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The nineteenth Habitat For Humanity Northwoods home was dedicated Sunday in Rhinelander and a spokesperson says this is a unique home.

Greg and Jennifer Bohn and their two children live in the home on Westhill Drive.

Habitat For Humanity Northwoods Acting President Jim Hohman says the home has some state-of-the-art efficiencies...

Skanawan Residents Oppose Gravel Pit

Jul 24, 2015
Lisa Satayut

Skanawan residents showed power in numbers when about 60 residents, or 20 percent of the population, attended a meeting to contest a proposed gravel pit.

Marathon County employee and Skanawan business owner Paul Daigle owns land ripe for the digging off County Highway S, and  County Materials Corporation wants the mineral rights to parts of it. The mine would sit on a 45-acre parcel with 33 of those acres designated for the non-metallic mining operation.

Marshfield Clinic-Minocqua Plans On Hold

Jul 23, 2015
Dean Acheson

The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee has put a temporary hold on Marshfield Clinic’s plans to build a 12-bed skilled nursing facility adjacent to their ambulatory surgical suites in Minocqua.

The committee took citizen comment and quizzed medical leaders during a public hearing  this week. The committee voted to take up to six months to review information and arguments for and against the conditional use permit required for the 17,000-square-foot facility. The review period is backdated to June 2 – the date of the permit application filing.

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Next week the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County, in partnership with the U-W Alumni Association and Wisconsin Public Television, is hosting the Northern Lights Tour.

"Wednesday Nite at  the Lab" features local researchers talking about their investigations and inventions that are changing how we look at life and how we lead our lives.

Oneida County Extension Family Living Educator Sara Richie says  one speaker is  Jeffrey Endelman, UW lead researcher at the Rhinelander Ag Research Station...

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Northwoods counties continue to follow the statewide trend as unemployment is down measurably from one year ago.

The state's numbers find Oneida county's unemployment rate at 5.5 percent, Vilas at 6.3, Forest at 7.6, Langlade at 6.5, Lincoln 5.1, Price at 4.7 percent. Iron county had the state's second highest rate at 9.2 percent. Forest county's rate was fourth highest.

Pickleball Sweeps The Northwoods!

Jul 23, 2015
Emily Bright

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport among Americans over 55. Many of the towns in our listening area have pickleball courts and frequent playtimes. From its playful beginning to a multi-state tournament, Emily Bright takes a look at a sport that has many retirees out on the courts.

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Oneida county has renewed its membership a regional consortium designed to improve housing in the Northwoods.

Tuesday the board approved a resolution joining again with Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Vilas and three other counties in the CDBG Consortium.

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Volunteers will be out next week to count how many people are homeless in the Northwoods.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness--or N*WISH--Continuum of Care --is joining other homeless coalitions in the statewide count.

Volunteer Lori Hallas...

"....we again are going to have groups of people going out and doing the homeless counts to see if anybody is on the streets from dusk to dawn of that day. We're going to be in Crandon, Eagle River, Minocqua, Rhinelander and Antigo...."

Housing Sales, Prices Continue To Climb In Northwoods

Jul 22, 2015
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Wisconsin Realtors sold six-percent fewer houses in November than in the same month a year ago and the Northwoods followed the trend.  

Statewide, the Realtors Association said the median sales price was 136-thousand dollars, about six-thousand more than the year before.    Median prices jumped seven-and-a-half percent for the first 11 months of the year, to 144-thousand dollars -- 10-thousand more than the same period of 2012.

Minocqua Town Board Unsure About K-9 Unit

Jul 22, 2015
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It’s been years since the Minocqua Police Department had a K9 team. That could change if the town board agrees to a request by its officers for a police dog.

Police Chief David Jaeger and his officers made the pitch Tuesday. Although officers said there would be no cost to the taxpayers, supervisors aren’t totally on board. They fear that future costs could come back to taxpayers.

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