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Highly Anticipated Winter Recreation
4:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails to Open Early

Snowmobilers can hit the trails in Vilas County as of this Friday evening.
Credit Joe Ross

An early opening for Vilas County trails has snowmobile clubs and local businesses in good spirits.  The date was moved up from Tuesday December 17th to this Friday December 13th at 6 pm.

Vilas County Parks and Recreation Forester Dale Mayo says opening day usually happens after the four-day antlerless deer hunt ends.  But he says this year low temperatures and snow conditions seem to have discouraged many hunters.

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Former Oneida County Administrator
1:33 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

La Du-Ives Takes Over Marathon County Jail

After months of turmoil and searching for a new administrator, the Marathon County

Jail again has a permanent leader.

Sandra La Du-Ives was selected by Marathon County to run the jail, which has been

experiencing several problems that climaxed with the assault of two corrections officers

by an inmate last winter.

La Du-Ives was the Deputy Administrator for Oneida County’s jail, and has spent the

last eight months as their Administrator after her supervisor, Kaye Juel, died with her

husband in a February house fire.

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Must follow judge's orders
1:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Teen Avoids Prison Time In Stabbing Incident

A Lac du Flambeau teen has avoided prison time in connection with the stabbing of his mother's boyfriend.

17 year old Christian Soulier had entered a no contest plea to amended felony charges concerning a January incident at his mother's home in Forest county. He initially had been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, but entered into a plea agreement with the state in return to a guilty plea to lesser charges.

V.A. and private sector
1:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Veterans Without Dental Ins. Can Join New Program

Veteran getting dental care
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Veterans have another dental option as part of their VA healthcare.

V.A. spokesperson Brad Nelson says they're now offering dental isnurance at reduced premiums. He says veterans now get comprehensive dental benefits if they meet stringent eligibility standards, including total disability. But Nelson says the majority of veterans don't have full care. He says the VA has contracted with private companies MetLife and Delta Dental to provide insurance. He says the VA website has a link...

 

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Bustling Time of Year
12:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Help a Worker Out: Mail Sooner, Not Later

An influx of packages and letters make it a busy time of year for the US Postal Service
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

With the holiday season upon us, post office employees may find themselves up to their ears in packages.  The post office is asking you to mail early to avoid a last minute rush.

  More than two weeks before Christmas and the Rhinelander post office is already hopping with customers mailing cards and gifts.  Joan Santy walks in carrying a large package. 

“I like to mail early so I know they get it.  I’d feel bad if they didn’t get their presents on time, and this way I know it’s done, and I can relax a little bit.”

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Hoping to Prevent Accidents
5:42 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Law Enforcement On Lookout for Drunk Holiday Driving

Vilas and Oneida County Sheriff’s Departments are stepping up drunk driving patrols starting this weekend.  The statewide Booze and Belts campaigns also targets drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts. 

Vilas County Captain Russ Kennedy says grants from the state Department of Transportation pay for deputies to work overtime, targeting drunk driving and unbuckled seatbelts. 

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Residents Intend to Stay
5:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Eviction Vote is Deja Vu for LCO Harvest Camp

The Iron County Forestry Committee voted to evict the LCO Harvest Camp on the border of Ashland and Iron Counties.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Iron County Forestry and Parks committee members have again unanimously voted to evict the residents of the Harvest Camp near the site of a proposed iron mine.  

Members of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe and other supporters have been camping on county land since early spring in opposition of Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal. 

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Alleges city improperly tossed tent. agreement
3:25 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

City Union Files Suit Against City of Rhinlander

A city of Rhinelander union has filed suit against the city, accusing it of rejecting what had been considered a tentative agreement.

The suit alleges the city illegally struck down the agreement that was reached in December, 2012.

 

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Roads not ready yet
5:21 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

DOT Frozen Road Law Changed For Northern Haulers

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

  

Though temperatures have been cold, it's still several days before Wisconsin's Frozen Road Law will kick in. That word from the D.O.T.... but a new way of looking at hat roads are covered under the law has been announced.

The D.O.T.'s Mike Sproul says they've worked with the trucking industry to establish new boundaries for four of the state’s five frost zones....

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Cost savings or living up to a contract?
5:15 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Eagle River, Town of Lincoln, DOT Battle Over Street Lights

Credit en.wikipedia.org

City officials in Eagle River and the Vilas county town of Lincoln are upset with the Department of Transportation about lighting along highways. The state says it's a matter of keeping past agreements and safety.

In Eagle River, in city areas officials think are "over lit" they have turned off 27 lights. A couple of lights were turned back on after people complained. But local governments would like to save more money by turning off some of the lights along the state-maintained roadways.

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