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Online survey
1:50 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Extension Survey Asks Oneida Co. Residents Likes, Dislikes

An Oneida county lake
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  Oneida County UW-Extension is asking county residents to fill out a survey about what they think about living here. Extension leader Erica Brewster says rather than have formal meetings, they've put a series of questions on a website called "Survey Monkey". She says they're hoping to take the pulse of Oneida county residents...  

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Lindey Cleaners
1:39 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Clean Up Site Moving Toward Parking Lot

A future parking lot
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  The city of Rhinelander would like to clean up the  former Lindey Cleaners in downtown Rhinelander and should they get ownership, they would like to remove the building. The city council voted Monday to authorize working toward a grant to build a parking lot on the site. The city could eventually get ownership of the property for back taxes through foreclosure.  The federal Environmental Protection Agency would like to remove solvents and underground tanks underneath the Stevens Street property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn gave an update...  

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Seventeenth State Championship
1:32 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Rhinelander Mock Trial Again Captures State Title

Rhinelander Mock Trial team with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
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Rhinelander High School is once again the state champion in mock trial.  The team competed before the state Supreme Court justices in Madison. 

It’s the 17th time Rhinelander has won the state championship.  But with one loss in the semifinals, Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says the final round against Shorewood High School was tense. 

“So we knew going into the finals that Shorewood had defeated the team that had defeated us.  And we were definitely the underdog.” 

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Average increase: $8 a month
8:42 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

City Asks PSC For Water Rate Increase

The Rhinelander city council has voted 6-2 to ask state regulators for a 30 percent increase in water rates.  Officials say, if approved, it could mean about $8 more per month for the average utility user. A study found the water utility losing money, and the increase was needed to get the utility back on sound financial footing. Council member Alex Young said this past budget cycle,  the council  took money from the utilities to put into the city's general fund to help it balance...  

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500 freeze ups
8:39 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Mayor Asks To Keep Water Running

Rhinelander utility worker recently thawing pipes along Stevens St.
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  The warmer weather    Monday could lead Rhinelander residents to stop running their tap water to prevent freeze up. Mayor Dick Johns says you should still keep running your tap water. He says the surface might warm up some, but where the pipes are located is still very cold...  

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Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center
8:33 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Family Files Oneida County Case To U.S. Supreme Court

The family hoping to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. The Jaros family asked Oneida county and the town of Woodboro in 2004 to construct a religious based facility on family property. The request was rejected at the town, county and Board of Adjustment level. Appeals were rejected in U.S. District Court in Madison and most recently  by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. In each U.S.

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Jobs, Education and Beyond
5:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Research Summit Asks How to Strengthen Communities

A research summit next week looks at community development in the Northwoods.  It takes place at UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven.  

Community sustainability is the theme of the 7th Northwoods Research Summit. 

Treehaven Director Corky McRenolds says presentation and discussion topics are broad…to look at all the components of a thriving community. 

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Campaigning in Northwoods
5:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Richards Questions A.G.'s Office Work in Milw. Co. Probe

Jon Richards(D-Milwaukee)
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  A Democrat running for Attorney General says he would have been more aggressive in pursuing investigations into what went on in the Milwaukee County Executive's office when Scott Walker was in charge. Jon Richards of Milwaukee is a legislator and lawyer. He stopped in Rhinelander recently on a campaign swing. Richards says  Republican Attorney General  J.B.

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Severity Index high
5:10 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Harsh Winter Likely Means High Deer Kill

Hard times for the deer
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  It seems like almost everyone has been complaining about our long, cold winter. A DNR wildlife biologist says this one likely will take a toll on the animals in the wild. Jeremy Holtz says they calculate how hard the combination of snow depth and chill will be on animals like deer and come up with a severity index....  

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Discussion at Nicolet College
5:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Property Tax or Sales Tax To Fund Schools?

Revenue Sec. Rick Chandler in front of Nicolet College image
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Two Walker administration officials have been touring the state getting feedback on what residents would like to see  to improve the business climate and lower taxes. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler talked with Northwoods residents Friday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Kleefisch says property taxes paying for schools is dealt with in different ways in other states....  

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