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Intersection of Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers
6:05 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Rhinelander Council Approves New Boat Landing

Wisconsin River
Credit Joshua Mayer

A contractor to build a new Rhinelander boat launch has been approved. The city council this week accepted the bid of Janke General Contractors to develop the Boyce Drive landing at the site of the former DNR ranger station. The landing will be at the intersection of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.

Committee chair Sherri Belliveau says it won't cost as much as first thought...

 

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No mining in Forestry Districts
5:59 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Survey To Sample OC Opinion On Piers, Boathouses

Pier at Pelican Lake
Credit Mark Miller-commons.wikimedia.com

Oneida county residents will get a survey in a few weeks to give their thoughts on rules concerning boathouses and piers. At a meeting Wednesday, the same committee said they wouldn't add language to code that would allow mining in forest areas.

Supervisor Billy Fried has expressed a view that Oneida county should not have it's own rules over piers, deferring to the more lax DNR rules. He says the rules make it difficult to place piers. He also objects to the Oneida county rules where investigations are prompted by complaints...

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Jury verdict in Bucki case
5:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Bucki Found Guilty; Large Drug Bust Near Rhinelander

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Two crime-related stories for April 16:

A jury in Lincoln county has found 50 year old Mark Bucki guilty of killing his wife and hiding her body last year.

Bucki was arrested May 13, 2013 after his wife's body was found in a swamp in Taylor county. Anita Bucki had disappeared several days before.

The 1st degree homicide verdict requires a minimum of life in prison.

A sentencing date was not set.

In Oneida county, A large drug bust near Rhinelander has led to the arrest of four persons for alleged methamphetamine use, production and distribution.

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Presentations and Activities
4:41 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Youth Summit Focuses on Sustainability

In spite of the snow, students from across the state gathered at UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven on Wednesday.  The Youth Summit featured environmental project presentations and activities. 

High school and middle schoolers gave presentations on topics ranging from threats to coral reefs to recycling and how to raise crickets.   

One student presented on how to make biodiesel as an alternative fuel. 

“First you mix the heat, with the lye – 5 grams of lye, you need to use powdered lye instead of liquid lye…”

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8 new supervisors
5:44 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Hintz Named Oneida Co. Board Chair

Oneida Co. courthouse
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Eight new faces joined long-time members of the Oneida County Board for the reorganizational meeting Tuesday.

The newly-seated board unanimously elected David Hintz of Three Lakes as new chair. Hintz has served as the board's vice-chair.....

"...thank you for the honor of being elected(chair) to serve the county board and work with you. I've worked with many of you over the years, talked to some(of you) on the phone and met some of you for the first time this morning and I think we have a good group..."

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New chair named
5:25 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Board Begins Term In Vilas County

Ron DeBruyne
Credit Vilas county government

Ron De Bruyne, a 20 year veteran of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors, was elected Tuesday morning to lead the board as chair for the next 12 months. Mark Rogacki was elected first vice chair.

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Outside groups selecting candidates?
5:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Partisanship Claimed In OC Board Races

One of the two political flyers in question
Credit Joel Knutson

Interests possibly from outside the area tried to influence the Oneida county board elections and a town of Crescent resident doesn't like it.

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Died in action in Afghanistan
4:42 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Rhinelander Street To Be Named For Sgt. Ryan Adams

Sgt. Ryan Adams
Credit Wisconsin National Guard

A street  will be renamed to honor one of Rhinelander's  fallen warriors.

At the urging of the Oneida County Veterans Council AmVets Post 724 in Rhinelander, they asked the city council to rename the current "Military Road" to "Adams Way". The street runs past the National Guard Armory. 26 year old Sergeant Ryan Adams of Rhinelander died in Logar Province in Afghanistan on October 2, 2009.

City alderman Tom Gleason says the local Post would like to dedicate the road at a future date...

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Fourth Annual Event
1:59 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sustainability Fair to Celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day is April 22nd, and organizers are gearing up for the fourth annual Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander.

Co-chair Ann Eshelman says it’s going to be the biggest one yet, with about 30 exhibitors ranging from green contractors to local farms.  

“It’s a wide variety of exhibitors.  We have people in the construction business, we have people in the gardening business, we have people in the retail business.  And we also have a lot of organizations that are conveying information about their sustainability mission.”

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Poets on Poetry
4:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

My Year in Haiku: Learning to Write Poetry Again

Haiku are known for evoking images and a sense of season.
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Rhinelander poet Brent Goodman once vowed he’d never write a haiku.  So why has he been writing nothing but haiku for the past 10 months?  As part this month’s Poets on Poetry series, Goodman tells how it all began with a course by Haiku Master Lee Gurga.

It’s April again, which for me means participating in a daily challenge called “NaPoWriMo,” or National Poetry Writing Month. It’s an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the entire month of April.

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