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Oneida County Treasurer's Report
4:33 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Tax Delinquencies Down, But Foreclosures Up

Oneida county foreclosures up
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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...."

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Levy up 2.4%
4:18 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

OC Budget: Lots Of Debate, Cuts Mostly Restored

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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.

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Heated exchange at meeting
7:55 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Rhinelander Council Ok's Mayor Meeting Pay

Mayor Dick Johns at Rhinelander Brewing event
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The Rhinelander city council last night fixed a loophole regarding the mayor's pay. It got a little heated.

The mayor gets a thousand dollars a month, plus paid for committee meetings. But a loophole in the pay regimen found the mayor runs the city council meetings, but doesn't get paid for them.

Three of eight councilmembers voted not to allow the extra pay including Alex Young, saying other employees have been asked to sacrifice...

 

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Proposed Changes to DNR Review Process
3:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

High Capacity Wells Bill Moves to Senate

Some groups worry proposed rule changes could lead to an increase in high capacity wells.
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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. 

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Career Development Focus
3:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

High School Jobs Program Lands Grant

AT&T presented the $30,000 check to students and teachers at Rhinelander High School.
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Rhinelander High School is getting a grant to fund a career training program.  

AT&T is donating $30,000 to fund the Jobs for America’s Graduates – or JAG—program. 

Regional JAG coordinator Sandy Sobek Leslie says it’s a national career development program, aimed especially at students who are at risk for not graduating.

“We try to integrate right into the school day, so the kids are in our classrooms as part of their curriculum that they’re already involved in. So we find our way into homerooms, or advisories.”

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A Win for Environment and Business
10:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

DNR: Focus on Recycling

Many people know to recycle aluminum cans, but they can still end up in landfills.
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The DNR is reminding people to re-commit to recycling, and seek out more ways to re-use materials.  Friday is America Recycles Day nationwide. 

It’s a day that aims to call attention to how recycling is good for the environment and good for the economy. 

DNR recycling spokesperson Elisabeth Olson says around 100 million dollars of re-usable materials goes into landfills every year. 

“So often it’s your basic materials.  We’re still seeing plastics, aluminum, paper, steel.  These types of things, they’re going into our landfills.”

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On Veterans Day
4:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Ocean Epic of Walter Wendt

Walter Wendt is 95 years old and lives in McNaughton, Wisconsin.
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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. 

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Multiple events around Northwoods
1:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Honors Those In Service

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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...

 

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Reworked health coverage
4:30 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

A Deficit To A Surplus In Three Lakes

Three Lakes Town Chair Stella Westfall
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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...."

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Fumes can be deadly
4:23 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Hunting Shacks Need CO Detectors Too

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Hunting cabins will be busy in the next several weeks, and after that, ice fishing shacks. But a utility spokesperson says stay vigilant against a silent, odorless killer.

Leah VanZile from Wisconsin Public Service says with the cold weather here, the portable heating devices also come out for the shack or camper....

 

"....now is the time to make sure those furnaces are working properly and also that they are properly vented. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless and can build up if an appliance is not properly vented...."

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