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Sales up; prices slightly higher
3:50 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Housing Rebound Continues In Most of Northwoods

More homes sold
Credit wellheeledblog.com

Sales of homes in the Northwoods continue to climb, but prices leveled off in July according to a Wisconsin Realtors Association monthly survey.


Economist David Clark says July homes sales in the 18-county northern region were up about 300 units from 2012, or 3,314 sold. Average price was $110,000, down about 2 percent from last year.


Clark says statewide sales were up 17 percent from a year ago and the median sales prices were up about 9 percent. He says July is one of the prime home buying times in Wisconsin.

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Tie vote ends it
3:41 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Hard Surface Runoff Resolution Dies On OC Board Floor

Runoff chart
Credit oeconline.org

After more than two hours debate, the Oneida county board failed to pass a resolution rejecting stronger DNR rules concerning non-porous or impervious surfaces. Those surfaces are roofs and sidewalks. Runoff water from those surfaces near lakes and rivers concern scientists about water pollution. Property rights advocates say the rules go too far telling owners what they can do with their land.


The vote tied at 10 with one supervisor absent, meaning the resolution died, not getting a majority.

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Towns fought to build the plan
3:08 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Controversy Ends As OC Adopts Comprehensive Plan

Oneida county
Credit wisconline.com

After more than three years of sometimes heated debate, the Oneida county board has adopted a comprehensive land use plan. The vote was 20-1.

The plan is mandated by the state. The county adopted a plan having the 20 town plans and the city of Rhinelander compose the core, known as a "bottom up" approach. The plan gives local officials a blueprint to determine future land use.

Bill Liebert from Rhinelander and Newbold said planning could drive up local land prices beyond the ability to pay. He says Madison is an example...

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Former school custodian
8:57 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Phelps Man Charged With Child Porn

A former school janitor is facing multiple counts of possession of child pornography.


61-year-old Richard Buell of Phelps was arrested in Vilas County on Monday and now faces 78 counts of possession of child porn. He was a former employee at the Phelps school district. Administrators tipped off police that someone on the staff had been accessing pornography from school computers in February.

Managing for Old Growth
6:22 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

DNR Faces Management Decision for Van Vliet Parcel

Old-growth hemlock stands are rare in Wisconsin.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Department of Natural Resources officials are weighing public input in deciding how to manage a portion of the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  

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Harvest Camp Future Uncertain
4:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Harvest Camp Negotiations Underway

Mel Gasper oversees the Harvest Camp near the proposed Penokee Mine site.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Negotiations have begun between Iron County officials and the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp.  Tribal members and supporters set up camp in May near the site of a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.  

After signs that county officials planned to evict the group, the tribe asked to negotiate for a long term arrangement.  Tribal member and camp overseer Mel Gasper says he believes the conversations will be fruitful.              

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New type of outreach
4:15 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Nicolet College Brings Services To Your Community

On the road
Credit Terry Rutlin Nicolet College

Nicolet College is coming to you very soon via a new  trailer.

The 26-foot  trailer features two computer workstations, kiosks for video presentations, seating for students, and an outdoor awning area. It’s also wired to access the college’s computer systems for registering for classes, email, and other college computer services.

Vice-President Kenneth Urban says the Nicolet service area is wide and the trailer is an effective outreach...

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$420 million to private school students
4:10 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Wausau Democrat Criticizes GOP Voucher Plan

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A Wausau Democrat was quick to jump on a report last week that said public school students will not get preference over private students already in private schools in the expansion of the voucher system. It also said a large majority of the new applicants for taxpayer-funded voucher assistance are already enrolled in private schools.


Representative Mandy Wright says some $420 million tax dollars will be going to private voucher schools at a time when rural public districts are in tough fiscal shape...

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Federal subsidies recommended to be cut
4:05 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Alarm Sounded For Future Of Some Rural Hospitals

Aerial view Sacred Heart Hospital Tomahawk
Credit cardcow.com

The Wisconsin Hospital Association put out the alarm bells Friday after a report from Washington D.C. indicated a subsidy for some small rural hospitals should be discontinued.


The federal Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General recommended removing a Medicare payment status known as "Critical Access Hospital" for hospitals that do not meet certain distance requirements.


Wisconsin Hospital Association President Steve Brenton says Antigo, Merrill, Tomahawk, and Eagle River hospitals have this special status.

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Vote coming this fall
4:01 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Social Security, Medicare Cuts Focus Of Meeting

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A group advocating for the preservation of Social Security and Medicare is hosting a meeting next week in Rhinelander to explain some of the proposed cuts to the programs.


Billy Feitlinger from the Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Persons says Congress is looking at budget cutting this fall with both programs on the table...


 

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