Vilas County authorities are still waiting to determine cause of death for a woman whose remains were found in the woods last week. 55-year-old Sandra Schinke of Sayner went missing in 17 months ago in the Northern Highland Forest. Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says forensic evidence helped make the positive ID.
“The teeth were intact in the jaw at the scene as part of the remains. So we utilized a forensic anthropologist and dental records that we had obtained from Mr. Schinke when his wife went missing.”
A state lawmaker says he’ll keep working on a bill that would allow Gogebic Taconite to restrict public access to the site of a proposed iron mine. Right now the area is open to public recreation under the managed forest program.
After pulling the legislation from the Senate calendar, Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says he’ll make revisions in hopes of getting the votes he needs.
More than 15 thousand people will gather in Minocqua next weekend to pay tribute to.... the beef roast.
For the 49th time, Minocqua merchants say thank you to customers and travelers with "Beef-A-Rama". Initially held in the spring to lure those going fishing, the event moved to the fall and features beef, a parade, crafts, music and demonstrations.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Baltus says the event is a favorite...
Despite several nights of frost in the past week, some Northern Wisconsin residents are still plagued by the telltale buzz of mosquitoes. How does a mosquito survive in cold temperatures?
Common knowledge holds that once nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s, mosquito populations drop off. But that didn’t seem to be happening last week. Susan Paskewitz, a mosquito expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, says it’s possible most of the still-active mosquitoes are newly formed.
A federal program has awarded over $3 million in Wisconsin for tribal justice and public safety projects. Lac du Flambeau will receive more than a half-million dollars from the so-called COPS grant to increase community policing. John Vaudreuil is US Attorney for Wisconsin’s Western District. He says this type of grant is pretty straightforward.
“Pay for police, keep your police forces, train your police forces. And technical support – it might be recorders, cars, things like that.”
A ground search in Vilas county has begun after a hunter turned up a jacket and a shoe in the town of Plum Lake.
Sheriff Joe Fath reports the hunter said he saw a child's or smaller adult jacket and a shoe along a snowmobile trail. Fath reports the hunter thought it was strange that the clothing was there. It appears to have been there for awhile.
A ground search in the area is looking for other evidence.