Heavily armed and masked guards at the Gogebic Taconite mine site have raised the hackles of some Northwoods residents and lawmakers. But state regulators with the Department of Natural Resources don’t see a problem with the new security force.
Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County.
The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area.
“I think we have a duty to make sure that those folks, who are working to better that double digit unemployment rate that we talk so much about, are safe.”
The city of Rhinelander and the DNR have reached an agreement concerning the former ranger station on Boyce Drive.
The city has plans to build a boat launch on the site. The state had proposed demolishing the building at a cost of just over $13,000 but as City Administrator Blaine Oborn told the city council Monday, it looks like the city will get a check from the state. The city then will take care of the demo. He says the city would like to use the building as a training site first for the police department, then let the firefighters at it to train...
Geocaching is a growing phenomenon in the Northwoods and the rest of the world.
The hobby uses GPS technology to track down small treasures, often hidden in remote locations. Geocachers take pride in finding hundreds, even thousands of so-called “caches”…but what exactly motivates these searchers? Contributor Bill Wilkinson decided to find out more.
After more than 30 years with the city of Rhinelander, Phil Parkinson will retire as City Attorney December 31.
The Rhinelander city council last night approved Parkinson's resignation, effective the end of the year. Parkinson began his job in 1980. He says the job has evolved to the present day, but says "it's time" to retire....
"....I'm ready to spend winters in some place warmer than northern Wisconsin..."
Rhinelander is about to get hit with a wave of country music fans, during the area’s biggest tourism event.
The four-day Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday, and tens of thousands of people are expected to attend. Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Lara Reed says the economic impact on the region is huge.
“We say for every visitor that spends the night in our community, it’s $180 a day. So if we say there’s 20,000 people for Hodag Country Fest, it’s a $3.6 million impact a day for the duration of the festival.”
It’s almost the time of year for School of the Arts Rhinelander. That’s when the University of Wisconsin Madison Continuing Studies sets up a five-day art school for adults in a Rhinelander middle school.
Director Lynn Tarnoff says she and staff are getting ready to haul at least one van full of supplies from Madison.
“Actually make that two vans. And one of them’s been upgraded to a pick up truck with a car top carrier.”
Hunters will have an improved "app" for their smart phones courtesy the Wisconsin DNR.
Law Enforcement Division Deputy Chief Karl Brooks says the Sunrise-Sunset hunting app gives Android and iPhone users access to information out in the woods without carrying all the printed regulations..