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MINOCQUA – Minocqua town officials are discussing upgrades to the electronic capabilities of its dispatch center, as well as signing a contract with the state to repair concrete joints and curbs on a large section of U.S. Highway 51 on the Island of Minocqua.

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Governor Walker was among those at the ribbon-cutting of the newly renovated Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River.

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The 20th person involved in a multi-city distribution of more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine has entered a guilty plea in federal court.

The U.S. Attorney for Western Wisconsin, Scott Blader, announced 37-year-old Marcos Casteneda of Pomona, California entered the plea in court Thursday. Castaneda pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth, with the conspiracy topping 500 grams. The operation lasted from June of 2013 to May of 2016.

Blader says during that time, the meth was brought into this area from Minnesota.

Eagle River Man Bound Over On Homicide Charges

Dec 15, 2017
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After a preliminary hearing Thursday, Jeremiah Solis, 19 of Eagle River was bound over to enter pleas January 8 to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon and homicide with a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance in the death of Connor Stephens of Three Lakes last September 3 in an apartment at 421 East Wall Street in Eagle River.

Vilas County District  Attorney Martha Milanowski called one witness, Eagle River police officer Mark Collins, who testified he found Solis applying pressure to a wound on Stephens chest, who later died.

Construction Green-lighted For Minocqua Hospital

Dec 14, 2017
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RHINELANDER – Minocqua is now back on track to have a $35 million hospital with 12 in-patient beds built adjacent to Marshfield Clinic’s Minocqua campus.

At its appeals hearing Thursday, the Oneida County Board of Adjustment agreed to issue Marshfield Clinic Health System a conditional use permit (CUP) to build the acute care facility, thus overturning the planning and development committee’s denial of the same request. Marshfield Clinic staff broke out in applause after the 4-1 vote

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Dec 14, 2017

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This week, lobbyists for municipalities had a 'Dark Store' day to draw awareness to a situation cities cite as a problem with certain big box stores and their tax bills.

One 'dark store' situation in Rhinelander has been resolved.

The city council this week reached an agreement with Menards. Under what is called the Dark Store loophole, big box stores are allowed to have their assessments judged against large stores that have been closed, as opposed to currently operating facilities.

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A couple of quirks in the report from the recently concluded Wisconsin 9-day gun deer hunt.

Wisconsin hunters shot their second lowest number of deer since 1982, and the state sold its fewest gun licenses since 1976. The D-N-R said almost 196-thousand deer were registered for the nine day gun season. That's the lowest since 2014, when 192-thousand were shot.

Eagle River Council Names New Golf Professional

Dec 14, 2017
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A new golf professional, Patti Marquis, has been selected by the Eagle River city council  to manage and market their 18-hole municipal course, replacing Howard Manske  who retired.

Marquis comes from the Pacific Northwest where she has been the head professional for four different courses. In an interview, Marquis indicated she has been in the Eagle River area three or four times recently and fell in love with the area. Although she didn't play the Eagle River course, she indicated she has viewed it. Marquis was one of 14 persons who applied with three being interviewed.

Armadillos in Wisconsin?

Dec 14, 2017

In the Northwoods, most of us don't spend a lot of time thinking about armadillos.

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters though, you'll hear about at least one verified armadillo report from North Central Wisconsin.

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Dec 13, 2017

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If you've moved to a new address there's a possibility you might not be able to vote unless you re-register.

David Barnhill is a member of League of Women Voters of the Northwoods,  the  Voter Outreach Task Force and a co-chair of the group Our Wisconsin.

In November the state Elections Commission mailed more than 300,000 post cards to people they determined had moved and put a deadline of this Friday to return the card. Barnhill says the card informed the people who moved that they had been removed from the voter registration rolls.

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One environmental group has responded to the signing Monday in Rhinelander of the Mining For America Act. The bill ended the 20- year Mining Moratorium Law, which said mining companies have to prove they wouldn't pollute water resources before getting a permit to mine. None have opened in that time.

League of Conservation Voters spokesperson Ryan Billingham called the signing 'a sad day for Wisconsin'. While Governor Scott Walker touted the new and cleaner mining technologies during a press conference Monday, Billingham says sulfide mining is still not clean....

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida county has recently joined a number of other Northwoods law enforcement teams offering a device that will help authorities find people with cognitive disorders who wander.

The department  has become a member of Project Lifesaver.

Sheriff Grady Hartman....

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