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2:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Survey Asks OC Residents About Night Or Day Meetings

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County residents can help determine when the Oneida county board holds its meetings.

Recently,  the board directed a committee and UW-Extension to put together a survey to help resolve an ongoing debate about meeting times. Twice in the last several months resolutions came to the floor to alter the standard meeting time of 9:30 a.m on the third Tuesday to a later time.

Oneida County UW-Extension agent Tim Brown says some would like to see later in the day meetings...

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Continuing debate
10:55 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Eagle River City Council To Uncouple From Olson Library

Walter Olson Library Eagle River
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The Olson Library in Eagle River is looking for a new owner. No, the library is not up for sale, but after more than 34 years, the City of Eagle River does not want to own it any longer.

In a unanimous decision Monday evening, the council authorized the city attorney to transfer the library property to any other six municipalities that fund the operation of the library.

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Investigation Continues
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Human Skeleton Found Near Lake Julia

A human skeleton has been found in the woods of Oneida County.  A citizen in the Town of Pelican found the remains near Lake Julia.  The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was notified just before noon on Monday.

Chief Deputy Dan Hess says detectives responded and did locate the skeletal remains of a human. 

“Skeletal remains were located.  Preliminary investigation indicates that it’s a suspected adult male.  It does not appear to be a recent death.” 

That means the death most likely occurred at least a year ago. 

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Boxes From Home
2:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Care Packages Sent to Overseas Military

AT&T is donating money to help send care packages to U.S. Troops deployed overseas. 

The nonprofit Military Support group is mailing nearly 50 packages to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. 

AT&T Spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the company announced the $2250 award Saturday at the Veterans Center in Rhinelander.             

“There’s actually going to be volunteers, as well as Representative Rob Swearingin, that are going to be on hand packing care packages, so we’re going to be packing probably about 30 tomorrow.” 

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Vilas county steep drop
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Most Northwoods Counties See Unemployment Drop

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Lower Northwoods jobless numbers reflect a slowly growing economy and traditional summer hiring practices.

The Department of Workforce Development late last week released the local unemployment rates. Price county had the area's lowest rate at 5.6 percent. Lincoln county at 6.7 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Langlade at 7.4 percent, Forest at 7.9 percent and Vilas at 8.1 percent. Iron county had the states second highest rate at 11.3 percent.

State economist Scott Hodek says businesses hurt by a slow economy and the weather saw an increase...

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund
2:50 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

10,000 Acres of Public Land To Be Sold

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A Democrat thinks a move last week by the Natural Resources Board to sell off 10,000 acres of state land funded by the Stewardship program is not well thought out.

 Republicans ordered the move as part of the state budget they passed a year ago. Their goal is to reduce the debt incurred by the purchase of Stewardship lands. It was noted that the ten-thousand acres represent only a small share of the one-point-eight million acres of state-owned nature lands.

The DNR's Doug Haag  says under the law, all parcels had to be located outside of project boundaries...

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College Foundation
2:38 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Record Number Of Scholarships At Nicolet College

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A record 308  scholarships for the  upcoming academic year have been awarded by the Nicolet College Foundation. The number is  nearly double the number awarded 10 years ago.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says exceptional students qualify...

"....our scholarships range from $500 up to $2,500 and they're for students in any and all of our programs...."

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WPS Foundation
2:30 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Deadline Nearing For First Responder Grants

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There's  one month to go for area emergency responders to get grant money from Wisconsin Public Service.
Wisconsin Public Service's Foundation is celebrating 50 years with a special effort...says spokesperson Leah Van Zile...

"....August 1st is the deadline for emergency responders to apply for our new safety grant. We'll be awarding 25 grants(in the service area) of $2,000 to area responders in the public service area...."

The total grant amount totals $50,000 for the WPS service area...

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Careful Mapping of Town Roads
11:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Three Lakes Gathers Detailed Info About Terrestrial Invasives

A recent roadside survey found only five locations of purple loosestrife in Three Lakes, WI.
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Three Lakes has completed a detailed survey of terrestrial invasive species in the town. 

The data was collected by one individual: Baerbel Ehrig walked and biked 260 miles in Three Lakes last year…on both sides of each and every town road. 

Ehrig explains the purpose is to better understand which invasives are present on a local level, and how many of them there are.  And roads are a good place to start. 

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Adventure Racing in the Northwoods
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Stubborn Mule Challenges Teams to Keep Going, and Not Get Lost

A race this weekend near Tomahawk will test endurance and problem-solving.  The Stubborn Mule Adventure race asks teams to compete in a kind of off road triathlon that lasts either 12 or 30 hours. 

Race Director Paula Waite says the race requires navigating on foot, on bikes, and in a canoe. 

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