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Bomb Squad Called In
5:31 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

UPDATE: Courthouse Reopens After Suspicious Bag Found

The Oneida County Courthouse was closed Monday afternoon after authorities found an unidentified black bag on the first floor.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Oneida county courthouse opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday, after being evacuated Monday during a bomb scare.  

A black duffel bag was found outside the Social Services department on the buildings first floor.

According to a press release from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department the bag was found at approximately 10 a.m on Monday, and attempts to identify the owner were unsuccessful. 

The Oneida/Marathon County Bomb Team was called in to examine the bag, and the building was evacuated pending further investigation.  

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Expanding Broadband Capacities
4:26 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Northwoods Libraries to See Better Internet

More than 300 libraries across Wisconsin will receive better broadband access this year.
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Several Northwoods libraries are set to see improved broadband service by November. 

The Department of Administration and the Department of Public Instruction have announced a 4.2 million dollar expansion of BadgerNet through a partnership with several private companies.  The expansion will increase internet speeds for almost two thirds of the state’s libraries, including in Three Lakes, Eagle River, Crandon, and Mercer.  Libraries in Land o Lakes and Hurley will also benefit. 

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Teeth, eat, hair and cars
4:12 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Public Invited To Student Work At Nicolet College

Richard J. Brown Library
Credit Nicolet College

Nicolet College offers the public a chance to experience what students in certain courses are learning.

 

College President Libby Burmaster says several Nicolet academic programs offer services to the public ranging from basic auto repair and dental care to haircuts, perms and dining in the Top of the Hill Restaurant...

 

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Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reports
4:02 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

County Sales Tax Generally Effective For Property Tax Relief

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The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance in Madison looked over 12 years of data beginning in 2000. The county sales taxes came into vogue in the 1980's as a way to offset rising property tax rates.

Spokesperson Dale Knapp says the collections did little to offset property taxes. He said some counties found a reliable revenue stream, but for most others, it wasn't that good...

 

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Sentence far longer than recommendation
3:01 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

England Sentenced To Jail For Misconduct In Office

Traci J. England
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida and Forest County's former Medical Examiner will spend a year in jail as part of a plea bargain to end a case that has lasted more than two years.

47 year old Traci England was arrested in January, 2012 after a sheriff's detective heard her talking about bringing home parts of autopsied bodies to train a cadaver dog, referring to it as a 'doggie bag'. England had no authorization to take the parts.

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Community Education speaker
4:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Former Educator Seeks Positive Student Attitudes

Credit Rhinelander School District

Rhinelander School District Community Education Program is sponsoring a talk by a Rhinelander native who is hoping to show young people what a positive attitude can do for them. 

Tom Montgomery has a  long background in private business, but he also taught  at Wausau West high school for many years before retiring. He talked with Ken Krall to preview an upcoming talk at Rhinelander High School.

Tom's  father was Duke Montgomery, who is honored at the Logging Museum at Pioneer Park with the Duke Montgomery Antique Outboard and Fishing Museum.

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Workshops offered
3:38 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Nicolet Offering Scholarships For Students

Heather Schallock
Credit Facebook.com

Nicolet College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for students hoping to get money to attend Nicolet.

Last year the Foundation awarded scholarships ranging in value from $400 dollars to $3,000.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says students should be thinking about how they're going to be paying for college in the upcoming school year....

 

"....I want people to know there is help. We have more than 250 scholarships available for students, but you have to apply....."

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Arts Workshops Annually
2:00 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Registration Opens for School of the Arts

School of the Arts offers classes in everything from visual to culinary arts.
Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Summer might feel far away, but organizers of School of the Arts Rhinelander are already looking ahead to this July's programming. 

The 51st year of the program will offer five days of art workshops at a Rhinelander middle school. 

Director Lynn Tarnoff says registration is open for more than 50 courses.

“And we have five different tracks for people to take.  We have scheduling that is weekend-only, and scheduling that can be Saturday through Wednesday.”

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Boat Rides for Seniors, Vets, Disabled
10:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Let's Go Fishing Seeks Boom Lake Mooring Space

The Northwoods chapter of Let’s Go Fishing is running into some obstacles leading up to its second season. 

The group formed last year to take seniors, veterans, and disabled people on boat rides, free of charge. The trips leave from Hodag Park in Rhinelander, as it’s close to many care facilities.   

But chapter Vice President Mark Schroeder says the program faces the problem of where to store the 33-foot pontoon boat between rides. 

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Forest County proposal
6:03 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Off-Road Park Draws Opposition At Public Hearing

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A proposed 10,000-acre off-road vehicle park in Forest county drew opposition at a Saturday public hearing in Laona, along with calls for a referendum.

About 60 people attended the first gathering called by the Forest county board.. A private non-profit organization, Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc wants to develop the large facility but has not produced on the record details where the park would be located, saying it could be in seven possible locations.

One speaker asked a series of questions to the four committee members present...

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