Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.
The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation. Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access.
State Representative Rob Swearingen has been asked to Chair the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools.
The Rhinelander Republican was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos to study issues like schools financial stability, declining enrollment and transportation needs that are unique to most rural school districts.
He says he went along with a group of Rhinelander school officials to Madison several weeks ago to talk to legislators and officials about rural school problems...
A bi-partisan group of legislators is pushing a bill to require telephone companies keep land lines instead of dumping them for only cellphone coverage.
Talking from a landline on her farm in the hills of western Wisconsin, the bill's author...State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says at her place, cell coverage is spotty, just like across much of northern Wisconsin. Consumers with only one phone company had protections up to two years ago...
Unless there's an unexpected circuit court challenge, Ministry Health Care has gotten approval to construct a new helicopter pad at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.
Ministry officials have sought to build the upgraded helipad for 10 months. Oneida County's Planning and Development committee approved a conditional use permit, but that permit was challenged by the town of Woodruff. Last week a board that hears county land use appeals, the Board of Adjustment, also approved the conditional use permit.
New work is up at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander. It’s the first show since the gallery has built a glass wall for the front gallery. That newly finished room now features black-and white images from German photographer Karl Blossfeldt. President of the Board of Directors Ken Juon says Blossfeldt invented his own camera in order to take close-up pictures of natural forms.
Nicolet College is turning out a new batch of EMTs and state certified firefighters. 25 out of 26 students passed the most recent national certification for Emergency Management Technicians. 17 out of 18 passed the state's practical firefighting exam. Director of public safety and campus security Jason Goeldner says a new curriculum helped bring in the high passing rates.
Four years ago the Wisconsin legislature loosened restrictions on selling canning at places like Farmer's Markets. It was called the "Pickle Bill". Now a move is on to allow baked goods to be sold in a similar way.
The Assembly's Small Business Development Committee heard testimony this week on a bill allowing the selling of homemade baked goods like breads, muffins and cookies without the usual permit.