What started as a contest between the states of Michigan and Wisconsin's Tourism Departments continues as an effort to help those without warm winter clothing.
"The Big Bundle Up" finds local Chambers of Commerce and other tourism organization beginning a collection.
Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed says this is the third year of the program. It all began with a public debate between the tourism department about 'which state looks more like a mitten, Wisconsin or Michigan?...."
Oneida county and regional law enforcement officials report nearly 20 new arrests this week for drug-related crimes. This follows another large number of drug-related arrests earlier this week in Forest county.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group made the nineteen arrests as part of a continued investigation.
Most charges relate to possession and distribution of methamphetamines and prescription drugs. Other charges include child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As the Oneida County Board recently wrestled to balance its 2014 budget, a proposed cut would have struck $10,000 from the county tourism council's budget.
Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed said cutting the promotional budget for tourism could hurt the local economy as tourism revenue generates tax base...
"....travelers in Oneida county spent $185 million dollars(this year)...that's $5,193 dollars for every man, woman and child in the county. Traveler spending supports 2,070 full-time equivalent jobs..."
The Oneida County Humane Society has too many cats. It’s running a discount on adopting adult cats to try and get some of them into homes before the holidays.
“So we come in at about eight in the morning, give them their canned food treat…”
Director Bria Swartout leads me into the humane society’s cat community room, where about sixty cats of all colors and sizes share space. About thirty more are down the hall, being checked in or getting medical care. says the shelter has been over capacity since May.