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Garage Fire in Vilas County
4:12 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Plum Lake Blaze Consumes Two Structures

A fire near Sayner destroyed two structures and one vehicle Wednesday.  The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just before 11 am…reporting a garage fire at 8616 Camp Highland Road in the township of Plum Lake.  The blaze fully engulfed the garage and the vehicle inside.  The fire also spread to an adjoining mobile home.  Both structures were destroyed. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s office responded to the fire along with crews from Plum Lake Fire, Saint Germain Fire, Boulder Junction Fire, Westside RIT and Wisconsin Public Service.

Convicted twice
3:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Sex Offender Moves To New Location In Oneida Co.

Steven A. Kunze
Credit Wi. Dept. of Corrections

  

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department says a convicted sex offender has been released to the community and they are providing public information on his new residence.

Steven A. Kunze was convicted in 2001 and 2006 of felony sex offenses, including second degree sexual assault and exposing genitals to a child. Kunze was placed on parole in 2013 and was living in Rhinelander. Kunze recently relocated to 3441 County Highway Q in the town of Enterprise, Oneida county.

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Planned for 2017
3:39 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

DOT Gets Public Input On U.S. 51 In Woodruff, AV

U.S. 51
Credit en.wikipedia.org

A town chairman says they will sit down as a board soon and discuss the state's construction options for U.S.51.

Tuesday evening, the Department of Transportation held a public information session on a proposed road upgrade between 3rd Street and state Highway 70 in the towns of Woodruff and Arbor Vitae. The state presented a series of options.. Minocqua had its portion redone this year. Hazelhurst in Oneida county also is in the construction cue.

Woodruff Chairman Michael Timmons says the board will meet soon...

 

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Captured in Florida
3:29 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Escapee Enters Plea, Sentencing in April

Todd Brecht
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The convicted killer that escaped custody in Oneida County was back in court Tuesday.

54-year-old Todd Brecht walked away from the Camp McNaughton State Prison October 1st, and wasn’t located until three days later. Brecht had ridden buses and taxi cabs until he was arrested on a bus in Orlando, Florida.

Brecht appeared for a pre-trial conference with Judge Michael Bloom, where he entered a guilty plea. He will remain in the Oneida county jail awaiting an April 29th sentencing hearing.

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Thinking Spring
3:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Gardening Project to Host Seed Swap

Gardeners save seeds to reduce cost and encourage genetic diversity.
Credit Alex Bayley

Gardeners will be swapping seeds next week in Eagle River.  The Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project and Vilas County Master Gardeners are hosting the fourth annual exchange of vegetable and flower seeds.

Debbie Jircik is founder of Seed to Seed.  She says seed saving is the process of letting plants flower and go to seed at the end of the season, and saving those seeds for next year’s planting. 

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League of Women Voters of the Northwoods
4:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

New Website Offers Voters Local Candidate Info

Credit League of Women Voters

Jane Trotter is a spokesperson for the  League of Women Voters of the Northwoods. The League has launched a new on-line voter tool called VOTE 411 and she describes how it works.

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Central Wisconsin cities already have ban
7:46 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rhinelander Discusses Cell Phone Ban While Driving

Rhinelander could be next
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Rhinelander could be the next community banning the use of cell phones while driving.

A committee Tuesday agreed to look into the ban over the next 30 days.

Alderman GeorgeKirby brought the request forward, saying he's concerned about safety...

 

"....we've(all) seen somebody not driving properly, not paying attention while driving...on the way here I kept track and there (were) 12 people on cellphones between my house and city hall...."

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Financial simulation of adulthood
3:49 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rhinelander HS Juniors Learn "Mad Money"

Diane Sowinski(center) teaching students how to properly write checks.
Credit WXPR

Kids wonder why they can't always get money from their parents. Tuesday, Juniors at Rhinelander high school learned from a simulation why their parents sometimes say no.

Students do paperwork to see if they can budget items like food, child care, living expenses and savings on the money they are given. Jacob Froseth is working part-time now and sees how that isn't enough to get by..

 

"...a part-time worker you don't get as many hours as you would like to pay for the things you want and need...."

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County-tribal relations cited
3:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Vilas Supervisors OK New Secretary in D.A's Office

Credit ldftribe.com

"...What I’ve been able to accomplish with the tribe really is a history thing for Vilas County…"

That's Vilas County District Attorney Al Moustakis, addressing Tuesday’s meeting of the Vilas county board of Supervisors about an agreement reached with the Lac du Flambeau tribe to pay for a full time secretary in the DA’s office…

 

" ...For the tribe to stand up and say we’re going to take ownership of what is happening in our county and try to reduce what’s happening is a really big thing."

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Vilas, Forest counties
3:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Two Attempted Homicide Cases Go Forward

Andrew Rosner
Credit Vilas County Sheriff's Department

Two suspects have been bound over for trial in two separate Northwoods attempted first-degree homicide trials.

In Forest county, 30 year old Brandon Brunette was bound over for trial and entered not guilty pleas to three other felony and misdemeanor charges including child abuse. Brunette is charged with allegedly tossing a one-year-old child hard enough to cause a brain injury last October. He denies the allegations.

The child was transported to a Marshfield hospital for his injuries. Brunette has a pre-trial set for May.

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