The Oneida County Board last February had a training session on Wisconsin's open meetings law but the board chair says more work needs to be done.

During a meeting this week, Board Chair David Hintz said the board must be careful with the open meetings law and they are working toward clearer agendas...

Dispute Continues Over Wittenberg Gaming Facility

May 19, 2017

The Ho Chunk Indians have urged a federal court to let the tribe continue an expansion of its small casino near Wittenberg.

The nearby Stockbridge Munsee tribe has filed suit to try and halt the current construction of a hotel and more gaming space in what's been an ancillary facility until now.

In a legal brief, the Ho Chunk says the expansion is allowed as part of the tribe's gaming compact with the state -- and the Stockbridge Munsee tribe should not be given the right to interfere with the plans of a competitor.

AG Schimel Says Redistricting Opponents Use "Hodge Podge" Arguments

May 19, 2017

The state Justice Department says opponents of Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting plan are using a "hodgepodge" of social science measures to make their case.

Attorney General Brad Schimel has filed a new legal brief with the U-S Supreme Court, which is considering the state's appeal of a ruling by three federal judges which found last year that the G-O-P's Assembly and Senate district maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered in the Republicans' favor.

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Thursday morning, the Transportation Safety Administration put air travelers through the newly installed "A-I-T 2" scanner at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

The machine produces a "cookie cutter" outline, which pinpoints any spot where someone might be hiding a weapon or device. The machine doesn't eliminate, but largely cuts down the need, for patdowns from false positives like replacement joints.

Rhinelander's is now one of about 860 machines in 258 U.S. airports.

The report below is an update from WPS Thursday afternoon.



Wisconsin Public Service crews continue working to repair power outages caused by Wednesday’s severe storms.

As of 3:15 p.m., our crews have restored power to more than 39,000 customers since 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. About 1,200 customers are currently without power.

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Saturday begins a new era for the graduates of Nicolet Area Technical College.

Nicolet College holds its 48th annual spring graduation on Saturday, May 20.In all, 540 individuals are expected to graduate with an associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate during the 2016-17 academic year.

College President Dr. Richard Nelson says they're pleased with the number of graduates, especially in one area...

Three Lakes Students Design Waste Guard Product; Become LLC

May 18, 2017
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Some students at Three Lakes High School have gone from friends to business partners thanks to the school’s Fab Lab.

Seniors Tom Stuckart, Jack Connelly and Stephen Gensler became owners of their own LLC, JTS Waste Products, last month after creating a product to boost efficiency during septic pumping.

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Minocqua Town Treasurer Hours Under Review

May 17, 2017
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Minocqua town treasurer Laura Mendez is holding down two jobs – one of which is full time in the private sector. Now, town supervisors are asking if she’s adequately serving the people who put her in office.

At this week's town board meeting, town attorney Gregory Harrold said the board could not require her to spend specific hours at the town office. Supervisor Billy Fried says Mendez has done a commendable job over the years, but now worries about her the lack of daytime office hours:

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More strong thunderstorms are forecast through Thursday and a local emergency government spokesperson says the theme is 'be prepared'.

Oneida County Emergency Management spokesperson Dawn Robinson says you need to think about what you're going to do in a storm emergency long before the storm is at your doorstep...

Graduation parties can turn into a major problem as adults are caught serving alcohol to minors, says a Northwoods health official.

Vilas County Health Department's Tammi Boers says the thing to remember is no one can serve alcohol to anyone under 21 except within one's family...

"....parents who supply alcohol can face a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail or up to a $500 dollar fine depending on law enforcement. Others can sue you if you give alcohol to their child and they get hurt or hurt somebody else or if they damage someone else's property...."

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For a short time the streets will be more open in downtown Rhinelander as the steady rain has caused paving to halt.

The downtown is in the second summer of street renewal, this year the final paving is being down.

City Public Works Director Tim Kingman says crews will resume work as soon as the rain ends...

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May 16, 2017

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White-nose Syndrome has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada , killing more than 7 million bats and is following the same pattern in Wisconsin.

DNR mammal ecologist Paul White says the fungus that causes the problem were found in 24 of 28 winter nesting areas in Wisconsin, mostly in southern Wisconsin....

".....populations have declines from 100 percent to 40 percent depending on the infection year and when they found the disease itself...."

Judge Rules In Favor Of Quicks In Rental Dispute

May 16, 2017
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An Oneida County judge has ruled in favor of Terry and Elizabeth Quick in a neighborhood dispute over the short-term rental of their house on Echo Lake in Oneida County.