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The state is requiring counties to have a new set of mining rules in effect by July 1.

As Oneida county is working on getting it's ordinances into alignment, the county board voted to open the process a bit more. A significant deposit of minerals exist under county forest land in the town of Lynne. With the end of the state's mining moratorium law, it's commonly thought mining companies again will be looking to extract minerals there.

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A 100-thousand dollar grant from the state will help expand broadband internet access to more parts of Oneida County.

The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation was notified by the Public Service Commission they will receive $100,000 of $218 thousand dollars requested to flesh out more fast internet to underserved areas. Development Corporation Executive Director Roger Luce says there was lots of competition for the money... 

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Mother Nature's snow wrath felt by northern Wisconsin residents might be difficult on animals not yet adapted to our changeable weather. While amounts varied, the general consensus was the Northwoods picked up at least 20 inches of snow this past weekend, with some points in eastern Wisconsin getting 30 inches of snow.

DNR wildlife biologist for Vilas county, Michele Woodford says the birds coming north are the ones feeling the brunt of the snow...

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A new database technology has led state and local law enforcement to bust a meth lab in Eagle River.

The state Department of Justice and Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath announced the arrests of two people. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a home on US Hwy 45 after review of the National Precursor Log Exchange database revealed individuals residing at the residence had purchased unusual amounts of pseudoephedrine. The database is a real-time electronic log that tracks sales of over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Dog Park Proposed For Eagle River

Apr 17, 2018
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Many communities have a public area designated as a dog park but communities have found creating a dog park is not as easy as it sounds yet the City of Eagle River has now lent it's support to find a location.

City Administrator Joe Laux formally asked the council to appoint an ad hoc committee to explore options for a dog park.

“This committee could look at possible locations,” Laux said. “Dog parks are very popular but we need a large area to allow dogs to roam without a leash. Dog owners tend to police themselves when using a dog park.”

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A rare bird that ornithologists are trying to attract to Vilas county has been de-listed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced recently  its plans to remove Kirtland's Warbler from the list.

DNR conservation biologist Davin Lopez says the warbler is a success story. At one point there were just a couple hundred birds living in Michigan, now more than 2,000 are known to exist in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario.

Lopez says Vilas county has the right habitat to attract a viable population...

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RIVER FALLS, Wis. - The Kinnickinic River is at the heart of River Falls, Wisconsin, and offers visitors to the Twin Cities area opportunities for trout fishing, kayaking and more.

But advocates for the Kinnickinic say the two dams on the river put its health in jeopardy, and it's on a list of 10 "most endangered" rivers, compiled by the group American Rivers.

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Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year.

April has been designated as Child Abuse and Neglect and Prevention Month.

The need for short-and-longer term foster care is also being emphasized.

Two staff members from Oneida County Social Services spoke recently about child abuse.

Social worker-foster care coordinator Rachel Nelson and Supervisor Beth Hoerchler talked about the need to report, the signs of abuse, the number of cases,  and how more foster parents are needed. We hear first from Rachel Nelson...

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The Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is hosting it's annual Memories and Melodies fundraiser this weekend and they are hoping for a large turnout to help fund local Alzheimer's efforts.

The event features music, dinner raffles and auctions to help those afflicted with the disease. The event is being held at Holiday Acres resort near Rhinelander.

One of the resort's owners, Kari Zambon, had family members affected by it and the event is always a special time for her...

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More snow and cold this weekend raises the concern that the continuing thick ice on many Northwoods lakes could lead to problems with fish kills.

DNR northern fisheries manager Mike Vogelsang in Woodruff says the added snow is not a bonus for the fish...

"....we're already starting with a couple of feet of snow on the ground and adding this snow along with very thick ice, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if we had some winterkill issues this spring...."

'Listen Up' Session Featured Energized Citizens

Apr 15, 2018
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From issues of Northwoods’ water quality, to healthcare, to gold and silver as acceptable payment for debt, two dozen people voiced concerns to their elected representatives Saturday in Rhinelander.

About 70 people ignored the threat of a major snowstorm to take part in the listening session sponsored by the Northwoods Friends for Civic Participation and the group Voters Engaged. Coordinator Jane Banning says she is gratified with the response to the listening session.

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A Rhinelander area man has been charged in Vilas county with alleged false imprisonment, attempted robbery with the use of force and burglary, all felonies.

Judge Neal Nielsen amended bond to $1,000 cash for 43 year old Timothy Kulhanek  Thursday in Vilas County Circuit Court.

Internet court records indicate Judge Nielsen also set conditions that Kulhanek have no contact with one person, not to go to Glick's Store in Minocqua, not possess alcohol or go in taverns and make an appointment for mental health counseling.

A preliminary hearing was set for May 17.

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