The mixed economic news reflects on figures given to the Oneida county board on delinquent taxes and foreclosures.
County Treasurer Kris Osterman said the number of tax delinquencies last year were down which usually shows people have enough money to pay their taxes. But other parts of her report showed tough times...
"....we had the same foreclosures this year as we had last year. We finished foreclosing on 24 properties which is a record ever since I've been here, we've never had that many properties...."
As money gets tighter at the local level, governments are wrestling with balancing their budgets. The Oneida County Board passed a 2014 budget that saw an unexpected windfall give some space to reduce budget cuts.
A bill changing the approval process for high capacity wells has passed a Senate committee. Some environmental groups are up in arms.
The bill limits the DNR’s powers in reviewing commercial wells that pump over 100,000 gallons per day. For example a property with a well on it could be sold without having to get a new well permit. And applications not acted upon within 65 days would get approved by default.
On Veterans Day, we remember the service of veterans from many wars.
Walter Wendt served six and a half years in the Navy in World War II. He was onboard the ship the Helena when it was hit by a torpedo during the attack on Pearl Harbor. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with 95-year-old Wendt at his neighbor’s home in McNaughton, Wisconsin.
It's Veterans Day, the day set aside to honor all who have served our country in the military.
A truce was declared on November 11, 1918 which halted World War I hostilities. The next year, President Wilson declared November 11 as "Armistice Day" to remember the Great War. After Congress officially recognized the day as a holiday in 1938, it was renamed "Veterans Day" in 1954 to bring in the veterans from World War II and Korea.
Vilas County Veterans Service Officer Michael Biszak says the sacrifices veterans endure should be remembered...
Sharp pencils have produced a surplus from an initial budget deficit in Three Lakes.
Town chair Stella Westfall said in the early work they were about $143,000 dollars over budget. But she says staff and department heads found a way to turn that around...
"...they just did a great job and made recommendations to decrease our expenses. The department heads really tried to be efficient...bottom line is instead of this $143,000 deficit, we ended up with a $34,000 surplus...."