Wednesday, June 14 Evening Newscast

Jun 15, 2017

Update: Oneida Panel Denies Permit For Hospital

Jun 14, 2017

RHINELANDER – Marshfield Clinic officials are weighing their options after the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee Wednesday, June 14 denied their request for a conditional use permit (CUP) to build a 12-bed hospital adjacent to their Minocqua Clinic.

Voting to deny the permit were supervisors Jack Sorensen, Scott Holewinski and Mike Timmons. Supervisors Billy Fried and Dave Hintz voted against the motion.


The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is hosting its 28th annual Energy Fair this weekend in Custer, east of Stevens Point.

Promoters say it's the longest running event of it's kind in the nation. More than 13,000 persons come to learn about clean energy and sustainability, and take action towards a sustainable future. There are 200 workshops, more than 200 exhibitors. Among the many speakers is JB Straubel, Co-Founder of Tesla.

Spokesperson Allison Lindquist outlines the purpose of the Fair...

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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer's Association is hosting public meetings soon to talk about the brain, brain health, Alzheimers and other dementias.

Rhinelander-based outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre says the month is set aside to look at the impact Alzheimer's has on families and the challenges those families face supporting their loves ones. She says the meetings give family members help and also raise awareness to help keep your brain healthy.

Wisconsin DNR

A meeting next Monday in Rhinelander could have an impact on future recreation in the Northwoods.

The DNR is hosting the meeting to get feedback about outdoor recreation for a Recreation Opportunities Analysis they are doing.

DNR recreation specialist Cameron Bump says the analysis is examining existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities. Bump says they held an initial set of meetings in March and have put together a draft document for the public to provide input...

Daily Mail

Gun charges have been added to two Northwoods residents already facing federal charges of distributing Oxycodone.

Federal prosecutors allege  31 year old Lee Hueckstaedt of Rhinelander and 34 year old Lance Bruette of Minocqua had the additional firearm charges brought by a grand jury. The charges are in addition to early charges brought by federal authorities against several other Northwoods residents.

Prosecutors allege a Milwaukee man brought the Oxycodone to the Northwoods where it was distributed by people in Vilas and Oneida counties

Residents' Views on Changes in the Northwoods

Jun 14, 2017
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I hit Brown Street last week to gauge opinions in Rhinelander on the community and the surrounding area. I asked one question: What changes would you like to see in the Northwoods? While an infrastructural motif was evident, the responses were as varied as the people themselves.


Patty Olenik is a Rhinelander native and the owner of the Mad Batter Bakery.


State of Wisconsin

Flooding and construction are affecting Northwoods roads. U.S. Highway 8 in Forest county is having traffic rerouted because of a culvert failure.

Flood waters damaged the road Monday night, prompting officials to close a portion of the road between Laona and Armstrong Creek.

Traffic is being sent through Cavour.

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A traveling exhibition honoring Vietnam War veterans from Wisconsin will be in the Northwoods in July.

The exhibition "Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name" honors the 1,161 Wisconsin veterans on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

An exhibit host is the GFWC- Rhinelander Women's Club. Spokesperson Sue Bessert says much research went into the making of this exhibit...

Wisconsin Public Service

Mother Nature isn't helping as Wisconsin Public Service and other crews are working around the clock to restore power. WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says the outages are extensive....

"...we've been able to restore service to more than 97,000 customers since the storms began at noon on Sunday. Our crews are continuing to work as they face extensive damage that includes numerous broken power poles several downed trees and downed wires...."

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Donald Trump made his second visit to Wisconsin as president Tuesday afternoon -- and discussed the importance of jobs and education during a speech at Waukesha County Technical College.

All spring gas prices were nudging upward but that has changed.

A spokesperson for the gas price watchdog website says we have a shot at reaching historic gas prices this summer.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan refreshes our gas pump memories...

A Three Lakes resident is competing in a grueling cross-country competition named the Trans Am Bike Race.

Jon Lester began the journey several days ago in Oregon and has been near the top of the leader board.

Ken Krall contacted his spouse Sally Lester to get an update...

Children's Advocates: Medicaid Cuts Would Hurt Wisconsin

Jun 13, 2017
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Wisconsin News Connection is here.

MADISON, Wis. - Medicaid plays a bigger role in providing health coverage to people living in small towns and rural areas than it does in metropolitan areas, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families. And with its many small communities, that means Medicaid is a major factor in the well-being of Wisconsinites, the report shows.