Baldwin's Bill To Reform VA Practices Moves Forward

May 24, 2016
U.S. Congress

Senator Tammy Baldwin is continuing her fight against former staff members of the Tomah Veterans Affairs clinic with new legislation that has passed the U.S. Senate.

The reform is an amendment to the Veterans Acquiring Community Care Expect Safe Services (ACCESS) Act that passed with a larger package of VA funding on Friday. It would prohibit doctors who have been suspended or fired from the Department of Veterans Affairs from working with veterans through any VA community care program.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor announced salaried workers earning about $47,000 per year will be eligible for overtime pay beginning December 1. The prior level was roughly have that figure. Reaction was quick and negative from business groups and some politicians. But Dr. Robert Kraig is Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and says contrary to what business and politicians are saying, these are productive workers not being paid for work they're doing...

A state workforce official says bridging the gap between student training and employer needs will play an increasingly large role in future job training.

The Oneida County Board last week approved a $63,000 land purchase that will block in a mile-long stretch of land in the Oneida county forest in the town of Lynne.

Forest Director John Bilogan says a private landowner wished to sell the property and the parcel nicely fit into surrounding county forest. The parcel is bi-sected by West Road. Bilogan estimated the county could set up a timber sale after the purchase which would recoup some of the cost...

City of Rhinelander

The reconstruction of downtown Rhinelander streets is well underway and the public can find out more at a meeting on Wednesday.

Officially titled the Rhinelander Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project, the city is replacing underground infrastucture on most of the main downtown streets this year, and will update the above ground portion next year. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the meeting is to update the public as the project moves forward...

The country could save more than $100 billion dollars by negotiating with drug companies concerning prescription drug costs through Medicare. That assessment from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold. Feingold says the issue needs attention..

Keeping Loved Ones With Dementia Safe

May 23, 2016

  The inevitable changes of aging can be humbling yet surprising, but when life’s challenges include memory loss or dementia, a person’s perceptions and relationships shift hindering the patient’s life as well as the caregiver’s.  Community Outreach Specialist Julie St. Pierre of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Wisconsin Chapter says a patient’s care and safety is vital…

What You Should Know About Zika Before Traveling This Summer

May 23, 2016

  Mosquito season is here and although the zika virus isn’t a threat in the Midwest, health officials say take extra precautions if you find yourself in a high risk zika zone this summer. Oneida County Community Health Specialist Christie Oestreich talks about those safety measures…

Wisconsin DOT

Traffic will be rerouted May 31 as the DOT continues to replace the iconic Bearskin Trail Bridge which crosses U.S. 51 in the town of Hazelhurst.

Michael Wendt is the DOT Project Supervisor and says they will be doing work that night where traffic will be detoured....

" of 9 p.m. that evening we'll be closing down that section of Highway 51. It will reopen on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 a.m. So we're talking about a 9 hour closure during the night time period. Traffic will be detoured...."

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A second Democrat has announced for the 34th Assembly seat.

27 year old Matthew Michalsen is a teacher and coach at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and serves on the Lake Tomahawk town board. He's a graduate of UW-Stevens Point.

Michaelsen says he will focus on rural economic development, shoreland zoning issues, local control, tourism, opportunities for young people, and education. He says the issue of local control for rural Wisconsin is a key issue...

Names Of Crash Victims Released

May 20, 2016

The names of three persons injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Eagle River have been released.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the crash happened about 5:45 p.m.on Highway 70 in front of Parson's Chevrolet. A pickup truck collided head on with a Volkswagen. The driver of the truck and a man riding in the Volkswagen were flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

The Volkswagen driver was treated at Ministry-Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Van Stippen campaign

A Democrat who previously announced he was running for the 35th Assembly has suspended his campaign for that seat, and now says he will run in for the 12th State Senate seat currently held by Republican Tom Tiffany.

Bryan Van Stippen of Deerbrook, in Langlade county, announced the change. He says after talking with those close to him and others, he wants the Senate seat instead.

Van Stippen says the issues in both the 35th Assembly seat and the Senate seat are the same, citing jobs, local control and what he sees as an attack on our educational systems.

Picnic Spot Gets A Place At The Table At Torpy Park

May 20, 2016

During summer, Torpy Park on the Island of Minocqua bustles with sun worshipers, kids climbing on playground equipment, swimmers, and young sandcastle builders. For some, though, herding hungry kids back into the minivan for a trip to a restaurant puts a cloud over the fun.

Sue Perron of Park Falls saw an opportunity to capitalize on the dilemma. She asked the Minocqua Town Board that she be allowed to open a small, café-style business in the lower level of the pavilion. Her business would be named The Picnic Spot.


  Rhinelander High School was one of the top three winning teams at this year’s Solar Olympics at UW-Oshkosh. The Solar Olympics is sponsored by WPS Community Foundation and is an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills about solar power by designing, constructing and demonstrating a solar cooker, water heater and a solar powered model car. Most schools involved in the competition are part of the state wide SolarWise program. WPS Spokesperson Leah Vanzile says the competitive based program is paying off…

Design Work To Begin On Minocqua’s New Fire Station

May 19, 2016

Plans for a new $2 million Minocqua fire station are moving forward after the town board Tuesday, May 17th unanimously approved the $180,000 contract with MSA Professional Services to design the 15,000-squre-foot building.