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Just a handful of electors in the audience – 9 to be precise – gave future holders of Minocqua supervisor posts a 33 percent pay boost at Thursday’s annual town meeting.

The unanimous vote brings the annual supervisor pay to $8,000 from $6,000 currently. The increases will take effect at the next term of the elected office for the four posts.

Elector Jerry Mader explains his motion to increase the salaries:

Northwoods Land Trust

A thousand foot section of the Wisconsin River north of Rhinelander is going to be preserved after an agreement signed at the Sustainability Fair.

Ann Eshelman and husband Scott have agreed to a conservation easement through the Northwoods Land Trust...

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  An author, adventurer and producer will be in the Northwoods next month to share stories from his experiences in the remote Alaskan wilderness. Wisconsin native James Campbell will focus on his books The Final Frontiersman and Braving It. The books document building a cabin and trapping with his daughter on the Colleen River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge….

Joel Lewis Announces Candidacy For District 7

Apr 21, 2016
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  Democrat Joel Lewis of Wausau announced his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District Thursday evening at the Oneida County Courthouse. Lewis is a member of the Marathon County Board and Bridge Community Board, and says if he’s elected he will focus on student loan relief, green jobs and living wage jobs. Lewis says he will also work to expand broadband to rural areas and preserve social security.

Congressman Sean Duffy currently holds the seat for District 7. Other candidates running include Phil Salamone and Ethel Quisler. 

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Bond has been set at $100,000 cash for a Tripoli area man after an alleged domestic altercation.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 60 year old Kenneth S. Welsh from the town of Lynne was arrested after authorities say gunshots were fired Tuesday morning. They report as the approached the Welsh home, Welsh allegedly aimed his gun at deputies, who apprehended Welsh using bean bag weapons. Welsh had threatened to blow up the residence and propane was detected in the home.

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With Earth Day being celebrated April 22, WXPR's Ken Krall had a chance to talk to Tia Nelson about the day her father originated and the impacts today.

Tia Nelson is Managing Director, Climate, for the Outrider Foundation. She previously had worked for the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and the Nature Conservancy.

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Revitalization in rural Wisconsin was the theme as Wisconsin Rural Partners held it's key meeting at the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was keynote speaker. Kleefisch says people tend to overlook the positive economics of rural Wisconsin...

"....we are still an economy largely based on manufacturing and agriculture. These are two things we do very well in the rural areas of the state. You add in tourism and additionally, woods, lumber and paper-pulp industries, you have a bustling economy....."

Vilas County Town Votes To Allow ATV/UTV's On Roads

Apr 21, 2016
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Another Vilas County town has approved travel with ATV's and UTV's on all town roads.

The Town of Washington board approved the use on a 3-0 vote after results of a mail survey to all property owners with improvements saw overwhelming support. Of 889 survey returns, 553 or 62%, favored ATV/UTV's while 336 were opposed.

Town chairman Jim Spring, who was personally opposed to the machines on town roads, indicated he acknowledges and would support the results as did supervisors Keith Numrich and Steve Burr. “

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  Results from the Community Needs Assessment from Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties show alcohol and drug use, mental health and chronic disease prevention as the top three health concerns facing the Northwoods. The Division of Public Health, UW-Extension and Ministry Health Care from the three counties are working to establish a health care plan for the Northwoods, but Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says public input is needed.

SEH out as Phase 3 architect at Lakeland

Apr 20, 2016
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The Lakeland Union High School District and the Wausau architectural firm it used for the last two major reconstruction projects at the Minocqua campus have parted ways.

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More Wisconsin homes sold in the first quarter this year than the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007.

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Lets hear from Ann Eshelman from Rhinelander, one of the organizers of the Sustainability Fair, to be held this Friday at the Newbold town hall.

The Fair is held each Earth Day to highlight how people in the Northwoods come together to support a sustainable environment and economy....

Ann Eshelman says the event will also feature many young people from area schools. The website for more information is here.

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An alleged domestic altercation has resulted in attempted homicide charges against a western Oneida county man.

The  Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 60 year old Kenneth S. Welsh from the town of Lynne was arrested after authorities say gunshots were fired Tuesday morning. They report as the approached the Welsh home, Welsh allegedly aimed his gun at deputies, who apprehended Welsh using bean bag weapons.

Welsh had threatened to blow up the residence and propane was detected in the home.

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Rhinelander District Library leaders are out in the community talking about the need for more space.

The library would like to upgrade from the current 15,000 square feet to 27,000 at the current property on Stevens Street. Library Director Virginia Roberts says things have changed since the Carnegie library was built...

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State and local officials are continuing to crack down on drivers who speed through work zones.

The latest example comes from the Oneida County Board. Supervisors agreed with a resolution offered to allow the county construction crews to set the work zone speed limit when they are present on a road construction site. Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says having the county sign off on allowing the county crews to set the speed limit makes it enforceable...

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