A higher than expected city assessed value has helped the Rhinelander city council keep a flat property tax level and also help its depleted general fund.
The council passed an option which holds city taxpayers bills flat for the city's portion of the bill. But after the state reported in with the city's property value, it enabled the council to still hold the tax rate the same, but helped the city replenish a depleted general fund. The fund had been tapped during the recession to keep tax increases down.
Michigan’s first wolf hunt has begun. At least one advocacy group is not happy about it.
The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is claiming Michigan DNR officials ignored thousands of emailed comments protesting the state’s wolf hunting plan. The group’s Great Lakes Section Leader Nancy Warren says about 1200 comments were from Michigan residents, and only 13 supported the plan.
The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools has had two meetings to date, including one in Rhinelander. The task force has a way for those interested in the issue to follow what is happening.
Task Force Chair Rob Swearingen from Rhinelander said they recently had their second meeting in Elroy, not far from Wisconsin Dells. Swearingen says they heard similar concerns there as the first session in Rhinelander, but some differences as well. He says they've found a way to let the public know what's going on...
Northwoods veterans are likely facing delays in their medical claims.
Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says a decision to transfer the processing of disability claims at VA facilities in other states to Wisconsin to eliminate a backlog means recent claims by Northwoods veterans will have to wait...
Eagle River police report a pedestrian fatality Friday afternoon.
Police Chief Mark VanderBloomen reports a vehicle driven by an 87 year old man was westbound on East Pine Street or Highway 70. At the intersection with South Second Street, his vehicle struck and 87 year old woman crossing East Pine Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident happened just before 4 p.m.
Eagle River police and Vilas county authorities are investigating the fatality. Names will be released when relatives are notified.
With little fanfare, the town board in Minocqua passed it's 2014 budget Thursday evening.
WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim about the budget which will remain frozen for another year. Oneida county helped November 12 by restoring funding for the Minocqua police dispatch.
The levy was set at $3.6 million dollars and the mill rate at $2.48 per thousand.