Police say routine seach
11:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Lockdown At Rhinelander High School

K-9 unit

An administrative lockdown took place this morning(Thursday) at Rhinelander high school for a routine search done by area law enforcement.

Lieutenant Terri Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department...

"....this morning(1/22/15) at approximately 9:00 a.m., there was an administrative lockdown at Rhinelander high school. Periodically Rhinelander high school and the Oneida County Sheriff's office conduct random administrative searches of the school property...."

Hook says the school district requests these lock downs.

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Business & Industry
4:16 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Gas Prices Continue to Drop

Next, we hear from Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website

Ken Krall talked with Gregg Laskoski about the national gas price average dropping below two dollars a gallon and if the trend will continue....

That's Gregg Laskoski from the website

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Opposition to BID
3:06 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Petition Drive Nearing Completion For Rhinelander Downtown BID

Looking north in downtown Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

Business owners petitioning to disband Rhinelander's downtown Business Improvement District are nearing a trigger point that could mean the end of the district.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. began in 2006 as a majority of business owners were concerned the cash-strapped city government wanted to sell downtown parking lots and agreed to an extra assessment. Board President Dan Kuzlik says a few business owners have a large portion of the district. He  says for every dollar invested, $13 dollars return. He says each year, about 19,000 people come to the downtown during events.

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Natural Resources Board Set to Act in February
2:53 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

DNR Holds Public Hearings On Permanent Deer Management Changes

The Deer Trustee Report has already resulted in a series of changes including the creation of County Deer Advisory Councils.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

County deer advisory councils will have more flexibility this year, if a permanent rule for changes to the state’s deer management plan goes forward.

Changes thanks to the Deer Trustee Report took effect last season temporarily, and the state Natural Resources Board must act to make them permanent.  

DNR Wildlife Regulation Policy specialist Scott Loomans says continuation of the plan will expand options for County Deer Advisory Councils. 

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Presidential authority on Executive Orders
11:53 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Sen. Johnson Case Before U.S. Appeals Court

The federal appeals court in Chicago heard  arguments Wednesday on U-S Senator Ron Johnson's effort to revive his lawsuit against Obama-care.  The Wisconsin Republican challenged a requirement that members of Congress and their official staffers use the federal purchasing exchanges for their coverage.

Prior to a town hall meeting Saturday in Antigo, Johnson said he wants to look at Presidential authority....

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Left over feeling from Walter's hearing
4:52 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

OC Board Turns Down Job Reclassification For Two Positions

Oneida county courthouse

Earlier this month, the Oneida County Board went through a 10 hour session to determine whether Veteran Service Officer Tammy Walters should be dismissed. Following the marathon session, Walters was not dismissed for  eight allegations, but will face possible discipline on two of them.
But the lingering effects of that tension-filled day came to the surface again Tuesday when the board met in regular session. The board considered a new pay grade for the county lawyer and Human Resources Director, as recommended by a study done last year.

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Students Conduct Professionals
4:36 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Very Young Composers Program Helps Kids Write Music

Kierrah Epping (student) and volunteer musician Bethany Puffer.

It’s common to find artwork created by children in the schools, but how often do students have the chance to create music? As Emily Bright found out, a program at the SOAR Charter School in Land O’Lakes allows students to do just that.The SOAR charter school is one of four schools in the country to take part in Very Young Composers, a week-long program that offers middle school students the chance to compose their own music. Students pair with local professional musicians. Northland Pines Band Director Forrest Mann says no formal music training is required. 

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Building Ownership Paves Way for Permanent Changes
4:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

LOLA Plans Renovations to Classroom, New Building

Land O'Lakes Area Artisans says its classes drew 500 people last year.

An arts organization in Land O’Lakes is planning some renovations.

After purchasing the building it’s been housed in, Land O Lakes Area Artisans or LOLA is revamping its classroom space, called the Sandra Hardy Brown Classroom.

Spokesperson Beth Brown Anderson explains that classroom was formerly a coffee shop, so their first project is to renovate it this spring to be more flexible. 

“So we are opening it up, and we are putting in storage and lighting.  So that it can do everything from cooking classes to watercolor, to you name it.” 

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Alcohol a Factor in Most
1:20 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Minocqua Man Dies In Newbold Snowmobile Crash; Snowmobile Fatals Rise to Seven

A Minocqua man has died in a town of Newbold snowmobile crash.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports last Wednesday they investigated a snowmobile crash near Highway 70. The caller told the dispatcher the man was injured on the trail and his snowmobile was in the woods.

The operator of the snowmobile, 45 year old Jesse Wiesendanger of Minocqua, died Monday from injuries sustained in the crash. The Sheriff's Department says it appears alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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Death of Kenneth Wells
1:16 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Woman Charged in 2003 Drowning Death Of Uncle

Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A woman attacked by her former husband on Sutliff Avenue in Rhinelander has now been charged as party to the death of her uncle in 2003.  

Latoya Wolf made an initial appearance in court Tuesday.

In 2003, Kenneth Wells' body was found in the the Wisconsin River. Wells death was labeled as a drowning and the manner of death undetermined.

But as Rhinelander Police Chief Mike Steffes explains, new information has come forward.

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