A motorcyclist is charged in the drunk driving death of another biker during last month's Harley-Davidson Fall Ride at Tomahawk. 50-year-old Lynette Haman Elkhorn is due in Oneida County Circuit Court November 18th. She's charged with two felony counts of causing homicide by drunk driving, and with a prohibited blood alcohol content. Sheriff's officials said Haman's motorcycle turned left in the path of an oncoming bike at an intersection north of Tomahawk on September 13th.
A semi-tractor trailer crash on U.S. 51 this morning is forcing the re-routing of traffic in Vilas county.
Sheriff Joe Fath says U.S. 51 will be closed at the Spider Lake bridge after the mishap. He says power lines are across the road. The power company is at the accident scene making repairs. Fath expected traffic to be detoured into the early afternoon.
Many communities in the Northwoods are descended from eastern European immigrants.
Those with a Czech background may be familiar with the traditional pasties called kolaches. WXPR Contributor Jessica Samuelson wanted to hold onto that piece of cultural history, so she went to visit her grandmother, Alice Klimesh.
Homes prices in some northern counties are not quite keeping pace with the rest of the state.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association says statewide, median home prices went up almost eight percent in the first three quarters of this year. But in Forest County, prices dropped almost 40 percent.
Dave Clark, economist for the Wisconsin Realtors Association, says don’t panic. Statistics in the northern part of the state tend to be more volatile. There’s a smaller dataset and a wider mix of the types of homes that sell from year to year.
The Eagle River Police Department is getting a loan to pay for renovations. Police chief Mark Vander Bloomen says the department wants to create more space for evidence storage. Right now there’s just one small room.
“We identified that we’ve basically used up our evidence storage area. We’re running out of room. A lot of that has to do with DNA evidence – we’re having to keep certain kinds of evidence for longer periods of time.”
Vander Bloomen says the building also needs some security upgrades.
With ATV deaths hitting a high mark this year, ATV safety certification may be more important than ever.
Oneida County Sheriff’s Department helps put on ATV safety classes four times a year. Deputy Brad Fogerty says his classes emphasize rules and regulations.
“Rules of the road. And what causes the majority of the crashes. In every class I pull out the fatality sheet, and we actually go through each of them, and look at, this is how people are getting hurt, this is how people are dying riding an ATV. And a lot of it is just basic safety rules.
The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.
Director Lara Reed says many questions still exist about how the law will affect businesses and individuals...
"....a presentation about some of the basics as far as the exchange goes. Specifically more geared toward those that are individually insured. Those (persons) who don't have insurance through work, a spouse, or someone else...."