January is National Radon Action Month. Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Smokers have an even larger threat of developing lung cancer if radon is present in their surroundings.
Charlotte Ahrens from the Oneida County Health Department describes radon...
Vintage snowmobile racers compete this weekend in Eagle River in the world championship.
The world championship may be a week away…but spectators at the vintage race are all about the here and now. The qualifying rounds for the vintage championship are filled with sleds from the 70s and 80s…or older. They’re smaller and more antique looking than today’s ultrafast monsters. And though next weekend’s races will draw a bigger crowd, more people enter the vintage categories. Elmer Jensen is a longtime volunteer at the derby.
The Oneida County Board in February will consider a new way to pay employees which...among many other points.... sets in place merit pay for extra achievers and caps pay increases.
A committee this week recommended a multi-faceted change in how compensation is handled. Separate wage schedules were established for salaried and non-salaried employees. The schedules establish a market value. For management and professional staff, it sets a wage point pay beyond that achieved by extraordinary effort.
The Rhinelander area was well represented among 15 northeastern Wisconsin non-profit groups getting energy-efficiency money from Wisconsin Public Service.
WPS's Energy Challenge asked non-profits to work toward energy efficiency and weatherization.
ArtStart Inc., of Rhinelander placed third overall, garnering a top $1,500 check. Others getting $1,000 awards are the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Northwoods Community Elementary School, and the Rhinelander Basketball Association.
An Elkhorn, Wisconsin woman charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle has been bound over for trial.
50 year old Lynette Haman was arrested after a September 13, 2013 traffic incident with another motorcycist. The incident happened on Oneida county "L" and Prairie Rapids Road nine miles north of Tomahawk. Deputies say Haman was traveling south when her motorcycle veered in front of a motorcycle driven by 50 year old Benjamin Guite of Merrill. Both drivers were taken to hospitals in Marshfield and Wausau. Guite died from his injuries in Wausau.
A former Rhinelander man has been sentenced to just over 10 years in prison for using the U.S. Mail to defraud insurance companies and must repay more than a million dollars.
43 year old John Henricks III, now of Amherst, had pleaded guilty last August in federal court.
U.S. Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison determined Henricks was responsible for using his prior business, Custom Collision, a body repair shop in Rhinelander, to defraud 19 auto insurance companies out of more than $1.3 million by staging accidents and creating false work invoices.