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Clean up site
3:58 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

County, Rhinelander Agree On Lindey Property Sale

A future parking lot
Credit WXPR

The Oneida county board has signed off on a plan to help the city of Rhinelander dispose of the hazardous Lindey Cleaners property downtown.

The former owners owe about $70,000 in back taxes, but the county was hesitant to foreclose because of the chemicals in the former dry cleaners. The city and county have reached agreement for the county to convey the property to the city, with the city paying 2014 fees.

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Coordinated response
3:46 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Large Drug Bust Near Eagle River

 

More drug busts in Vilas county. Sheriff Joe Fath reports nine arrests as part of a coordinated effort .

A search warrant was executed Tuesday morning at 3684 Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

The types of drugs seized were not reported.

 

Buried in Rhinelander
3:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Civil War Veteran Will Get Gravestone, Recognition

Civil War graves in Fond du Lac, Wi.
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Monday morning, Rhinelander and Oneida county will host the annual Memorial Day services at the Davenport Street Bridge and the county courthouse lawn. But following the 11:00 a.m. ceremony, those gathered at the courthouse could also see a special dedication at a local cemetery.

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Wildcat Falls key to dispute
3:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Federal Judge To Decide On U.P. Land Deal

Wildcat Falls near Watersmeet
Credit Partners In Forestry website

Both sides are waiting on a Michigan federal judge's ruling in a land swap battle in the Ottawa National Forest that has gone on since 2010.

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Gradual Population Reduction
1:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Committee Recommends Smaller Wolf Hunt for 2014

This year will mark the third wolf hunt in Wisconsin since wolves since wolves were removed from the state's endangered species list.
Credit Derek Bakken

State officials still want to shrink Wisconsin’s wolf population, but at a much slower rate.

The state’s Wolf Advisory Committee has recommended a harvest of 156 wolves this fall – more than a hundred fewer than last year.

DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says that’s because the population is shrinking.  Recent state counts put the wolf population at about 660, down from 809 the previous winter.

“A stable quota on a smaller population would represent a much higher rate and would result in accelerating population decline.” 

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Tiffany says as an OC citizen, he's concerned
5:46 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Sen. Tiffany Blasted For Local Election Tinkering

Credit WXPR News

Just before the county board election seven weeks ago, postcard sized political ads appeared in the mailboxes of four specific Oneida county board districts. The professionally produced cards had a similar message, questioning the county board supervisors positions on the sale of the former WPS building and also about the removal of dams in the county's comprehensive plan.

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Report back by September
5:20 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Night Meeting Proposal For Oneida Co. Bd. Fails, For Now

Oneida county courthouse
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The idea of holding night meetings in Oneida county has again been returned to committee.

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Sales Lower Than 2013
4:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Winter Hinders Housing Market in April

Home sales compared to last year dropped for the fourth straight month in April, with the trend more dramatic in the northern part of the state.

According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association…northern home sales in April were down more than 17 percent compared to April of last year.  Statewide the drop was almost 12 percent. 

CEO of the Wisconsin Realtors Association Mike Theo says even though it’s getting warmer…we’re still feeling the effects of a long cold winter.

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Food For All
3:20 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Monthly Breakfast Hopes for More Diners

A new community breakfast has its second installment Wednesday.  A pair of business owners is organizing a free breakfast once a month at the VFW in Rhinelander.

Organizer Nancy Smith says the idea for Coffee and Company began last fall. 

“It was last October.  We started thinking – we saw the people roaming the streets in downtown Rhinelander, and the first thing it started as just coffee and a sweet roll.” 

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May is national Mental Health Awareness Month
4:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

One In Five Families Deal With Mental Health Issues

Credit National Alliance on Mental Illness

A spokesperson says a goal  is to have mental illness viewed in the same light as any other disease.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Northern Lakes president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter, Mick Fiocchi spoke with Ken Krall about their efforts.

This month the NAMI meeting features a question and answer session with psychiatrist Dr. Richard Immler. It's scheduled for Tuesday, May 27th at 7pm.at First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander. More information is at  nami.org  or  email  naminorthernlakes@ yahoo dot com.

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