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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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Thousands of jobs
9:14 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Tourism Big Business For The Northwoods

Coming attractions
Credit oneidacountywi.com

A Northwoods chamber of commerce leader showed the impact tourism has to Oneida county's economy during a presentation this week to the county board.

Kim Baltus from Minocqua also is president of the Oneida County Tourism Council, which is a joint effort among several communities to cross-promote the county to potential visitors. In 2012, visitors spent almost $186 million dollars here... 

"that's roughly a little over $5,000 for every man, woman and child in the county. That's a significant increase in spending over 2011..."

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Social Security cutbacks reviewed
6:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Possible Congressional Cuts Could Deeply Impact Economy

Credit SSA.gov

An advocacy group for Social Security and Medicare says their officials were surprised when they ran a report showing Wisconsin's 7th Congressional district has one of the highest impacts from Social Security in the nation.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare's Dan Adcock says they took numbers from the Social Security Administration and broke them down by congressional district. Adcock says, not surprisingly, that districts in Florida topped the list, but the district that covers much of northern and central Wisconsin was very high up the list....

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Tours woods, businesses
6:03 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Senator Baldwin Tours Northwoods

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin(D-Wi.)

Tammy Baldwin is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Wednesday she received first-hand knowledge of the impact natural resources have on the Northwoods.


Wisconsin's junior Senator visited Infinity Wood Flooring and Homeland Trolley in Crandon's Industrial Park and also toured some logging operations.


Baldwin says during the forest tour, she was able to see management first hand...

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Sales up; prices slightly higher
3:50 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Housing Rebound Continues In Most of Northwoods

More homes sold
Credit wellheeledblog.com

Sales of homes in the Northwoods continue to climb, but prices leveled off in July according to a Wisconsin Realtors Association monthly survey.


Economist David Clark says July homes sales in the 18-county northern region were up about 300 units from 2012, or 3,314 sold. Average price was $110,000, down about 2 percent from last year.


Clark says statewide sales were up 17 percent from a year ago and the median sales prices were up about 9 percent. He says July is one of the prime home buying times in Wisconsin.

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Tie vote ends it
3:41 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Hard Surface Runoff Resolution Dies On OC Board Floor

Runoff chart
Credit oeconline.org

After more than two hours debate, the Oneida county board failed to pass a resolution rejecting stronger DNR rules concerning non-porous or impervious surfaces. Those surfaces are roofs and sidewalks. Runoff water from those surfaces near lakes and rivers concern scientists about water pollution. Property rights advocates say the rules go too far telling owners what they can do with their land.


The vote tied at 10 with one supervisor absent, meaning the resolution died, not getting a majority.

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Towns fought to build the plan
3:08 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Controversy Ends As OC Adopts Comprehensive Plan

Oneida county
Credit wisconline.com

After more than three years of sometimes heated debate, the Oneida county board has adopted a comprehensive land use plan. The vote was 20-1.

The plan is mandated by the state. The county adopted a plan having the 20 town plans and the city of Rhinelander compose the core, known as a "bottom up" approach. The plan gives local officials a blueprint to determine future land use.

Bill Liebert from Rhinelander and Newbold said planning could drive up local land prices beyond the ability to pay. He says Madison is an example...

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Former school custodian
8:57 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Phelps Man Charged With Child Porn

A former school janitor is facing multiple counts of possession of child pornography.


61-year-old Richard Buell of Phelps was arrested in Vilas County on Monday and now faces 78 counts of possession of child porn. He was a former employee at the Phelps school district. Administrators tipped off police that someone on the staff had been accessing pornography from school computers in February.

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