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Delay up to a year
9:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Backups Slow Northwoods Veterans Claims

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters
Credit Oneida county

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...

 

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87 year old woman
6:08 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Pedestrian Fatality Friday In Eagle River

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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.

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Town Budget Stays the Same
2:34 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Minocqua Budget Frozen Again

Minocqua passed its budget last week.
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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.

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$50,000 cash bond
3:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Brecht Facing Escape Charge In Oneida County

Brecht mugshot

A convicted murderer who allegedly walked away from the minimum-security McNaughton Correctional Center near Lake Tomahawk in October and was apprehended in Florida has been assigned an attorney.

 

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Preventing Spread of Invasives
3:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Deer Hunters: Leave Firewood At Home

State officials urge hunters to buy local firewood to prevent the spread of invasive pests.
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The “buy where you burn” principle still applies in hunting season.  

The Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding hunters not to haul firewood long distances when they head to their deer camps. 

Department spokesperson Donna Gilson says doing so could introduce new pests to an area. 

“There’s always that temptation to bring firewood with you because you’ve got some right in your backyard. IT’s never a good idea to haul firewood around the state.  And in some cases it may actually be illegal to do so.”

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Attorney says he will get treatment
2:31 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Bond Set For RHS Teacher Accused of Theft, Drugs

The Rhinelander high school teacher accused of theft and marijuana manufacturing will be allowed out of jail to seek drug treatment.

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom set a $1,500 cash bond for Joshua Jurgens. Public Defender Maggie Hogan said arrangements had been made for treatment December 9....

 

"....we have secured a bed for him at Koinonia that is available for him on December 9. I would also request the court consider to modify his bond to allow treatment..."

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Drug, theft charges
11:36 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Jailed English Teacher Not Likely Back At RHS

Joshua Juergens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Office

The Rhinelander High School English teacher that is now facing drug and theft charges will not be back in the classroom. That’s according to District Administrator Kelli Jacobi. 35-year-old Joshua Juergens has been suspended from all school activities.

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Says court should look at other law
9:48 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Family Petitions U.S. Court For Reconsideration

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An Oneida county property owner has asked for a federal court reconsideration on a recent decision concerning a religious facility.

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Winter hours only
4:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Budget Cuts Means Less Rhinelander Library Hours

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

The Rhinelander District Library Board has agreed to cut hours to make up a budget shortfall.

This fall, Director Ed Hughes told the Rhinelander city council his budget was overdrawn because of an error made concerning employee health insurance last year. With the city and supporting towns experiencing tight fiscal times, they rejected an increase to cover the loss.

Hughes says the library board agreed to not fill a vacant position and cut hours...

 

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High Speed Access Plan Gets Pushback
3:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Phelps Broadband Tower Goes to Referendum

The town of Phelps has little high-speed internet access outside of downtown.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

Voters in Phelps will have a referendum next spring on whether to go ahead with a plan for a new wireless internet tower.  

A town meeting vote narrowly defeated a proposal for buying a property slated for tower construction.  But a margin of just five votes prompted the town board this week to approve a referendum.

Phelps Town Chair Colin Snook says better high speed access would boost the economy. 

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