A man reported missing from Minnesota was found Wednesday in Vilas County.

The Sheriff's Department reports the New Brighton Police Department in Minnesota alerted authorities about the missing man.

Wednesday morning, Vilas County dispatch got a call about a car in the ditch near Golf Course Road and found it belonging to the missing 79 year old man. The man was found near the vehicle and was taken to Howard Young Medical Center to be evaluated.

Several emergency departments responded to the scene to search for the missing man.

Wisconsin's most rural school districts...including several in the Northwoods...are getting money from the state to help meet expenses.

Department of Public Instruction spokesperson Tom McCarthy says the state allocates sparcity aid to small, rural districts who are required to provide curriculum and services, but don't have the student numbers to easily afford it...

A dead crow in Vilas county has tested positive for West Nile Virus, one of 12 birds statewide found to have the disease.

West Nile is a virus most commonly spread by mosquitos. Dead birds are often reflect the presence of the virus as infected mosquitos bite birds who get sick and die.

A recent study by the tax watchdog group Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance finds just nine counties in Wisconsin had property values that were flat or declined, all of them in northern Wisconsin.

The WTA analysis is from preliminary equalized value figures collected by the state. The total taxable Wisconsin properties rose 3 percent last year. But as the Alliance's Dale Knapp reports, that's still below the pre-recession levels. He says the positive is that it's three consecutive years of growth. 10 of the state's 72 counties showed increases of 4 percent.

A family that has tried for more a decade to build a religious camp and conference center on Squash Lake in Oneida county is making another attempt in federal court.

The Jaros family first tried to open Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center on family land in 2004. In 2010, they began a federal pursuit to have those courts overturn the town of Woodboro, Oneida county and the Board of Adjustment's denials of needed permits. Their federal case alleged the denial of their religious rights.

A State of Wisconsin mandate has led to greater Wi-Fi connectivity at the Oneida County courthouse.

The state's Court system has adopted electronic e-filing of court cases, and is requiring the court files coming to them be electronic by late fall. To conform with the new rules, the Oneida County Board has approved installing Wi-Fi connectivity inside the courthouse building in Rhinelander.

The cost is nearly $53,000 and will come from the county's general fund.


The idea of eliminating county Veterans Service Officers and adopting a regional office has gotten a sharp rebuke from the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. The state bill would put several counties under one umbrella office that could be run by someone other than a veteran. No one spoke in favor of the bill Tuesday.

Supervisor Ted Cushing of Hazelhurst says this issue is similiar to other mandates coming from Madison that strips away local control....

Several Northwoods communities will have the option of faster internet service in the upcoming months after a recent announcement by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

More than a dozen telecom companies and local economic development agencies could receive a total of $1.5 million under the government grants.

Oneida County Economic Development Corporation received more than $180,000. Executive Director Roger Luce. Luce says the money will provide wireless high speed internet to about 310 square miles within the most rural parts of Oneida county....

The public is invited to hear the latest on the progress of the work being done by Great Headwaters Trails at their 6th annual meeting on August 17th.

The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30pm in Conover’s Community Park. President of the Great Headwaters Trails, Jeff Currie says this meeting will be different than others in the past.

The annual Hodag Musky Challenge needs volunteers to staff boats and register fish over the tournament weekend, September 23rd through the 25th.


The tournament hours are 7am to 5pm on Saturday and 7am to noon on Sunday. Volunteers must provide their own boat, but official measuring boards and supplies will be provided. Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Bill Clow says this a great opportunity for people who want to get out on the water.

Public input is being sought early next month by the city of Rhinelander on how the public would like to see the parks used. The city is hosting two community input sessions on September 8.

City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the city is working on a master parks plan...

".....we have a comprehensive plan for our parks. When we make decisions it's in step with that major plan. This is an opportunity to get ideas on future development, infrastructure, amenities, the identities of every park and what they are used for...."

With the situation in Flint, Michigan as a backdrop, a first-of-its kind program to replace lead service lines on qualifying private properties is being expanded to 38 communities that requested assistance through the DNR.

The Oneida County Department on Aging says there are still vouchers available to area residents age 60 or older.

Director of Oneida County Department on Aging Dianne Jacobson says an individual must have a monthly income less than $1,800 or $2,400 for a household of two to qualify for the Senior Farmers Market Vouchers. Eligible residents will receive a $25 voucher to use at any certified farmer’s market.


Drug Related Arrests Made in Forest County

Aug 15, 2016

A ten month long, multi-jurisdictional undercover investigation in Forest County ended last week with four arrests.

The Forest County Sheriff’s Department reports Diana F. Alvarado and Kole W. McGeshick of Crandon and Tony E. Quintana and Karen L. Quintana of Wausau were arrested Wednesday, August 10 on felony drug charges.

The Drug Task Force and the Division of Criminal Investigation made the arrests for the manufacturing, delivery and possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription narcotics.


Mother Nature has thrown a problem or several into the works, but a Rhinelander official says the downtown construction project known as "Streetscape" is likely to be finished for this year in October.

The Davenport Street bridge has reopened and City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says this year's work should be done this fall...