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Potawatomi tribe opposes move
6:44 am
Sat August 24, 2013

BIA Gives Nod to Menominee Tribe Kenosha Casino

Credit paysbig.com

A spokesman for the Menominee Nation says the U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved plans to build a casino. The proposed casino will be built at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park near Kenosha. The old racetrack has been closed since 2009.

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A Community of Artists
12:07 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

School of the Arts: Many Hands and Much Work

Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Each summer Rhinelander gets hit with what amounts to an explosion of creativity: School of the Arts Rhinelander sets up camp for five days in a local middle school, and holds a slew of art classes for adults.  2013 marked the program's 50th anniversary.

Even though more than half of the 150 students enrolled in School of the Arts are newcomers, it’s not hard to spot the longtime attendees.  They’re wearing nametags with colored ribbons to indicate their veteran status. Lee Densmore sports a tag marking 15 years.  He’s here for a poetry class.

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Collection Friday and Saturday
11:16 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Electronics Collection Benefits Housing For Poor

Effort to keep it out of landfills
Credit e-wasteregulation.blogspot.com

Your electronic waste could help build housing for the poor.

Kiwanis Club of greater Merrill and Good News Project of Wausau are holding a computer and electronics recycling event this weekend at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

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Vilas county electric generation
9:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Company Buys Otter Rapids Dam From WPS

Otter Rapids Dam
Credit threelfbybike

Wisconsin Public Service has entered into negotiations to sell the Otter Rapids dam to Renewable World Energies.

The dam forms much of what is known at the Eagle River chain of lakes.

WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the sale is pending federal approval, but says the new owner isn't going to change the hydroelectric operation...

"...the key thing is nothing will change for the community of Eagle River and the surrounding area in terms of the water situation and the Chain of Lakes. We knew that's what everyone would be most concerned about..."

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Childs selected
5:15 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Interim Administrator Named at Antigo Schools

Antigo’s school district has a new administrator... again. Dr. Don Childs has agreed to serve as the Interim District Administrator until the end of June 2014.


The top administrator’s office has been occupied by a new person every year for the past three years. That trend will continue unless Childs agrees to stay on longer than his current one-year agreement.

More information likely Friday
5:10 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Body Found Near Antigo

The person was found on a trail north of Highway 64 near a bicycle. So far, Langlade County authorities haven’t released any information other than to confirm a body was found on private property near Western Road and Hazel Road just west of Antigo, so we don’t know if the cause of death was related to the bicycle or something completely different. Dispatchers say Sheriff William Greening plans to release more information Friday morning.


(Thanks Larry Lee, WSAU)

Water quality vs. economics?
5:26 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

DNR Holds Hearing On Impervious Surface Rules

A Wisconsin lake
Credit wislakes.com

The DNR heard from citizens Thursday in Tomahawk on proposed changes to it's shoreland zoning rules. Called NR-115, the rules...in collaboration with counties.. govern development along shorelines. The rules were revised in 2010 and county administrators said they were too burdensome to enforce. The revisions are now out for public comment.

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Oneida Co., Rhinelander actions
11:56 am
Thu August 22, 2013

OC Government Boards Seeking Faster Internet

Oneida County UW Extension agent Tim Brown
Credit U-W Extension

The city of Rhinelander and the Oneida county board this week each passed resolutions hoping to jump start this region as a high-speed internet hot spot.

The county board resolved as a goal to make the county home to the best broadband opportunities of any rural county in Wisconsin. Later that day, the Rhinelander city council passed a similar resolution. The county board directed a committee to act as a conduit to Oneida County Economic Development for these matters.

UW-Extension Community Resource Development agent Tim Brown says the action sets a benchmark....

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Rate falls mid-summer
11:51 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Northwoods Unemployment Rate Stabilizes

Credit wisconsin.gov

Unemployment trends for the Northwoods have settled into traditional patterns with the rates coming down in most counties.

The state released local numbers this week. Iron county continues to have the second-highest rate at 11.2 percent. Forest county is at 9.1 percent, Lincoln and Langlade counties are at 8.7 percent. Oneida county's rate has fallen to 7.1 percent, and Price county has the lowest rate in the region at 6.2 percent.

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5 year banishment
10:50 am
Thu August 22, 2013

55 Non-Tribal Members Banished From LDF

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

Following a state of emergency declared in April about the growing use and distribution of illegal drugs on the reservation, the Lac du Flambeau Police Department began serving banishment notices from the Tribal Government to 55 non-tribal members known to be involved in illegal activities.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says in declaring the state of emergency, law enforcement began a crackdown in June called "Operation Pandora" where a number of arrests were made....

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