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.
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...."
Different views of the property tax relief claimed by the Walker administration last week. Governor Walker announced $100 million dollars from surplus revenue would be funneled back to taxpayers. A Northwoods Republican said about $80,000 was coming to all the schools in his district...
34th Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen...
"....the money was injected into the state equalization aid in terms of the school funding formula. It does do what it's supposed to do.Crandon in the (34th) does about the best...
The Northwoods United Way has announced the resignation of it's long-time Executive Director Tracy Beckman. The organization began in 1976 and Beckman has been the only Executive Director. Beckman has accepted a position with Northwoods Saves.
The Northwoods United Way board has hired Nancy Sattler as it's interim Executive Director.
The Northwoods United Way funds human service agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.
One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C.
The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.
Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.
The DNR is changing its tune on a management plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks. The agency plans to take a hands-off approach to the 400-acre stand of mostly old growth trees.
Officials had originally proposed to actively manage a section of the forest that didn’t fit the profile of the rest of the site: meaning some trees would be cut in hopes of speeding the process of old growth development.
But community outcry appears to have changed the DNR’s mind. DNR Chief State Forester Paul DeLong says officials received dozens of letters.
Gas prices had dropped to $3.31 per gallon this week, then Wednesday the price rapidly spiked to $3.49 per gallon in Rhinelander and Eagle River, $3.39 in Minocqua, but held at $3.30 in Antigo, according to the website gasbuddy. com
Gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says wholesale prices are to blame for the spike after a long downward trend...
A Ministry Health Care leader has been given additional duties.
Monica Hilt has been named president of Ministry Howard Young Health Care in Woodruff. Hilt already is president of Ministry Sacred Heart-St. Mary's hospitals in Tomahawk and Rhinelander. Hilt replaces Shiela Clough who resigned in August.
Hilt says she's worked for 23 years at the two hospitals she currently oversees, but the Howard Young facility is familiar to her, having worked with Sheila Clough. She says Ministry has been working toward having officers in regional positions...