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DNR operating order
2:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Two Meetings Friday On Rest Lake Dam Proposal

Two public information meetings take place this Friday in Manitowish Waters concerning the controversial operating order for the Rest Lake Dam.

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Vilas Bd. to decide
2:44 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Phelps Tries One More Time For ATV trails

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The Phelps town board has asked Vilas county for one more chance to open town and county roads to ATV's.

The board recently approved an ordinance allowing ATV traffic for a two-year trial period. The ordinance would need the approval of the Vilas county board.

Phelps town chair Colin Snook says the ordinance is largely the same proposal that the county board rejected two years ago.

"...basically what we're looking to do is make some connections as proposed to get us out on(county)_"A" and hookup with other trails in connecting counties....."

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Citizens Testified in Rhinelander
12:35 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Wolf Hunt Quota Approved; NRB Wants More Data on Wolf Hunting With Hounds

The state Natural Resources Board has approved the quota of 156 wolves for this hunting season.
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Wisconsin’s wolf hunt will go forward with a quota of 156 wolves this winter.  

The state’s Natural Resources Board has approved the Wolf Advisory Committee’s recommendation.  The board met in Milwaukee but took live video testimony from Rhinelander, where about a dozen people gathered to voice their opinions. 

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No injuries reported
12:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Standoff In Rhinelander Ends After Six Hours

Law enforcement, including Special Response Team, at Pelican Street residence Tuesday evening.
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A six hour standoff with Rhinelander police and members of the Oneida County Special Response Team ended late Tuesday when a man gave himself up.

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Plan for Revamped Indian Bowl
5:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Arts and Cultural Center Lands Sizable Grant

An arts and cultural center planned for Lac du Flambeau is getting a financial boost. 

The USDA has awarded the project $88,000 towards job training for the Living Arts and Cultural Center. 

The center is being planned to replace the Indian Bowl, a venue that’s currently in disrepair. 

Georgine Brown is chair of the project’s board of directors.  She says the grant will lay the groundwork for staffing once the center is built.

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Marinette county
2:38 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pellet Manufacturer Fined By State of Wisconsin

Wood pellets
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A Marinette county wood pellet maker has been fined by the state for violating its air pollution control permit.

The Attorney General's office announced the $50,000 fine against Wood Fibers, Inc.

According to the complaint, Wood Fibers conducted emissions stack tests at its facility on September 14 and 15, 2011, and September 10, 2013.  At both stack tests, Wood Fibers exceeded its hourly particulate matter emissions limitation rates.  At one of the  tests, Wood Fibers’ measured particulate matter emissions were nearly five times its allowed rate.

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Local concerns about road, traffic
1:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Driscoll Rd. Development Approved By City Council

Rhinelander city hall
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Six, 12 unit apartments at the end of Driscoll Road were approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday evening, but some near by residents don't like it.

Premier Driscoll Road LLC asked the city for needed permits to build the apartment complex. Local residents objected to the possibility of many more cars heading up and down the narrow street next to a cemetery.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn says the council and the developer worked out a development agreement. He says they listened to the concerns of residents along the road...

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Stopped for speeding
1:18 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

High Speed Chase Results In Fatal Crash Near Rhinelander

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A 27 year old man has died after a high speed chase ended with a crash just outside the Rhinelander city limits in the town of Newbold.

Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes says Monday evening an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Davenport Street. Steffes says the driver made no attempt to stop for the officer and sped up in an apparent attempt to flee.

The pursuit ended at the intersection of county highway "K" and Forest Loop Road where the suspect's vehicle left the road and stopped in the ditch. The man died at the scene of the accident.

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Possible second Rhinelander location
1:13 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Kwik-Trip Looking At OC Highway Dept. Property

Oneida County Highway Department
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Kwik Trip is in the process of opening a location on Rhinelander's east side and apparently they are eyeing a large location on the city's west side.

Oneida County Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond says the county has been approached by Kwik Trip to buy the land along Kemp Street-Highway 8 west now used by the county highway department. He says they've been talking to Kwik Trip for about a year....

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Expecting a Rebound
4:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Home Sales Remain Slow, Despite Warmer Temps

For the fifth month in a row Wisconsin’s housing market is looking sluggish compared to last year.

Numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show statewide sales fell almost seven percent in May, compared to 2013.  In the Northern part of the state sales dropped by less than four percent, though the region has seen slower sales for 2014 as a whole.    

Marquette University Economist David Clark says the May numbers reveal that the weather hasn’t been the only factor dampening home sales this year. 

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