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An Oneida county intersection that has produced a higher than average number of fatalities and injuries is getting studied by the Department of Transportation.

The most recent fatality happened in April when a 38 year old Eagle River man died at the intersection of state Highway 17 andcounty road "A" in the town of Sugar Camp.

DOT traffic engineer Jack Keiffer  says the state is reviewing the intersection and completing a study...

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The master plan for the Willow Flowage in western Oneida county is 15 years old and the DNR is updating the plan and looking for input from the public.

Willow Flowage property manager Tom Shockley says a public comment period is open until June 18. On June 4 there will be a public meeting at the Nokomis town hall from 3-6 p.m.

The on-going review process looks at the adequacy of the current plan and recommendations...

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With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.

Witnesses Testify Against Jones

May 21, 2015
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More witnesses testified Wednesday in the Ray Jones trial at Crandon. Jones is charged with attempted homicide for his role in severely beating Steven Roberts and leaving him for the wolves to kill along a Forest County ATV trail in sub-freezing weather.

Remember that old MasterCard commercial, asserting that that value of some things are priceless? What about clean water? Emily Bright brings us a new Vilas County study that puts an economic value on its surface water—and it might be higher than you think.

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The Oneida County Board Tuesday approved a compromise allowing the Hodag Sports Club and the town of Crescent and the city of Rhinelander to have a part of county land on Rhinelander's far west side.

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Northwoods Republicans were pleased with the final numbers presented by the legislature's Joint Finance Committee as they ended the education funding portion of the next budget.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst said they restored more than $200 million dollars in previously-cut support, including and additional $100 dollars in the second year of the program. He says they added more than $8 million dollars to help fund the smallest enrollment schools, and  added more than $5 million to help fund busing in rural areas. Tiffany sits on the budget-writing committee.

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A recent federal court development could reopen the possibility of a federal court review of a long  running case arising in Oneida county.

An attempt by the Jaros family to  have federal courts overturn local zoning decisions decided  by Oneida county, its Board of Adjustment,  and the town of Woodboro  ended last year when the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the case.  A part of that case was refiled in Wisconsin's state court system and remains pending in Oneida County's Circuit Court.

More Charges For Nitschke, Millard

May 19, 2015
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More charges have been added to a Rhinelander man's file already facing  felony methamphetamine related charges on Monday.

49 year old Richard Nitschke had two more felony charges added to his file Tuesday in Oneida County Court. District Attorney Michael Schiek said officers responding to a warrant allege he engaged in a new production after another session where he was arrested...

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An improving economy is helping fuel a growth in home sales and prices in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reported sales in April of this year were up 16 percent from last year and median prices were about 10 percent higher than one year ago.

Economist David Clark says a combination of more people working, relatively lower cost housing and one other factor all lead to more homes being sold...

"...as you look at the level of interest rates in April, they were about 3.7 percent for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage....

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