A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide charge has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
24 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested after a September 13 shooting incident at a home on Mason Street he shared with a cousin. Justin Alsteens was hospitalized but is recovering.
Alsteens is charged with attempted first degree homicide, aggravated battery, negligent handling of a weapon and injury by negligent use of a weapon, all charges have an additional domestic abuse provision.
The state’s wolf hunting season begins next week. People hoping to harvest a wolf have already applied for and received their permit.
About 2500 permits were awarded in mid-August based on a lottery system. DNR Carnivore Specialist David MacFarland says the number of applications dropped from 20,000 last year, to less than 17,000 this year.
Cranberry Fest is over. But if you’re ready for another fall celebration, Pumpkin Fest is coming up this weekend.
The Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary puts on the annual festival to raise money for the fire department. Spokesperson Spokesperson Mary Babich says last year the group was able to purchase a special boat motor, so crews can fight fires from the water.
Several Northwoods schools are receiving state awards for student performance and improvement.
Wisconsin School Superintendent Tony Evers will honor those schools at a statehouse ceremony Tuesday at noon. North Lakeland Elementary and Crandon Elementary are both being recognized for high progress.
Crandon Elementary principal Jamee Belland credits improvements in reading and math to the school’s use of classroom data. She says it helps teachers tailor curriculum to students at different levels.
Northern timber workers are heading to the capitol Wednesday, hoping to remind lawmakers of the importance of their industry.
Advocacy group Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is organizing the trip. Director Henry Schoenebeck says the group plans to bus 150 people to Madison and park several logging trucks around the capitol. They’ll even bring along special virtual reality machine called a harvester operator simulator, that mimics the experience of cutting down a tree.
The DNR is looking for public input on walleye stocking. State officials are holding a meeting in Rhinelander next week.
It’s one of a series of meetings where the DNR is hoping for feedback on its walleye management goals. Steve Hewett from the DNR’s fisheries program says it’s also a chance to talk with the public about which lakes are stocked and why.
Officials helping start-up businesses around the state are meeting up in Vilas County next week. Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is hosting the quarterly meeting of the state’s Business Incubation Association Board. Vilas County EDC Director Bob Egan says it’s a chance for the local chapter to learn from its counterparts in other cities and towns.
“And by having these folks here – we consider it a privilege but at the same time it will allow us to draw on their expertise, and help us proceed in being successful.”
A Crandon company is getting an extra $150,000 in loans to fund an expansion. Hometown Trolley is increasing its manufacturing capacity. The loan comes from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The agency uses money from timber sales to fund economic development projects. Hometown Trolley already received a loan from BCPL earlier this summer. But BCPL Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the company asked for extra money when it revised its project costs.