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Missing since February
3:25 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Remains Found Near Antigo Identified

Langlade county officials have released the identity of a person found dead west of Antigo August 22nd.


Sheriff Bill Greening reports the skeletal remains were identified through dental records at 77 year old Leonard Allen Peth of Antigo. The remains were found at Western Road and Hazel Road just west of Antigo.


Sheriff Greening says the Langlade County Coroner has ruled the cause of death as undetermined, although no foul play is suspected. Peth was last seen in Antigo in February of 2013.

More than a million dollars to be cut
3:17 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

OC Board Begins Debate On Projected Deficit

Supervisors Sonny Paszak(L) and Greg Berard and the rest of the Oneida County Board in special session 9/3
Credit WXPR

The Oneida county board has begun what could be some tough budget meetings.


Administration committee chair David Hintz says the county is looking at a $1.1 million deficit out of a $50 million routine budget.


Some department heads were called in to talk about capital projects including more road building, fixing problems in county buildings and aging equipment that needs updating among others. Buildings and Grounds Director LuAnn Brunette said the projects for that department could be in the neighborhood of $500,000 alone if the board went ahead with them.

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Early morning and afternoon
4:02 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Drivers Asked To Be Alert As School Begins

Kids on the way to school
Credit futurity.org

County health departments treat the ills of the public, but they also are concerned about the safety of children to and from school.


Public Health Nurse Rob Deede in Oneida county says while walking can be a great way for kids to get some exercise, drivers should be cautious...


 

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A Long Day's Ride
4:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Bike Path Expands to 33 Miles

Part of the newly-paved section runs parallel to Highway M.
Credit Pete Rondello

Cyclists can now enjoy over 30 miles of paved bike trails in Vilas County.  

The town of Boulder Junction has finished an expansion of the bike trail system that connects Boulder Junction, Sayner and St. Germaine.  Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Theresa Smith is hoping the expanded trail will be a boost for tourism.              

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A Convenient Location
4:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

School Lends Space to Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department is opening a new office station at an elementary school.  Deputies will use a room at the Northwoods Community Elementary School as a stopping point to take care of administrative tasks.  No suspects will be brought to the location.  County Sheriff Grady Hartman says the new office on Highway K will help the department have a stronger presence on the west side of the county. 

“We get a high call volume especially around Highway 51.  And we needed a place where the officers could stop or take care of personal business.” 

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Rhinelander Info Session
2:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Questions About Obamacare? State Officials May Have Answers Tuesday

Health insurance questions abound as the state's health exchange prepares to launch.
Credit Daniel Oines

With the state health exchange opening in less than a month, state officials are working to demystify changes to the health care system. 

The state Insurance Commissioner’s office is holding an info session in Rhinelander Tuesday to answer questions consumers may have. 

Topics won’t be limited to the health exchange; discussion will include all parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

The Rhinelander session will be at the county sheriff’s department training center from 10:30 to noon.

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Recent labor actions
4:03 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Spokesperson: Labor Day Has New Meaning

Pullman strike image
Credit lib.niu.edu

Labor Day for many is a day off from work or school. But for people active in today's labor movement, it's a day to pause and reflect.

Dean Einerson of Rhinelander is a member of the Northwoods Labor Solidarity Group. He attended a rally in Wausau last week as fast food workers rallied for higher pay. He says the continuity of worker needs from the 19th century to today is similar...

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Fall also looking strong
4:02 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Summer Tourism Rebounds After Slow Start

The Northwoods
Credit tpl.org

The season started slow, but has really come on. That's the assessment of an area tourism spokesperson.

Kim Baltus leads the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce and is also president of the Oneida County Tourism Council.

She says the early warm season activities were frozen out...literally...by an unusually long winter and cold spring. Once the ice left the lakes, things changed... 

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40,000 visitors expected this weekend
2:48 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Brush Run Brings Millions Of Dollars To Northwoods

Racing at Crandon
Credit douglasmotorsports.com

40,000 visitors are expected this weekend in Crandon as the World Championship Off-Road Races are held.


Off-Road racing's top drivers come for a winner take all $40,000 championship on Sunday. But for Forest county, this is a big economic boost.


Forest County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melinda Otto says they had a large turnout Friday for the annual parade downtown. But she says all the visitors spend a lot of money...


 

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Asks Seniors To Contact Congress
11:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Senior Advocate Says Social Security Not Part of Deficit

Billy Feitlinger in Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

  An advocate for retired persons says some have lead the public to believe that Social Security is part of the federal budget deficit. He says that simply isn't true.


Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Americans Executive Director Billy Feitlinger spoke at the Rhinelander District Library.


In the upcoming debate in Congress this fall, a proposal is to cut the amount of potential increases called the "Chained CPI".


He outlined the descent the economy has taken since 2000, including the Great Recession....

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