Oneida County Counters Newbold's Offer for County Land

Aug 20, 2015

  The Town of Newbold’s initial offer on a piece of county land was countered by the Oneida County Board of Supervisors this week. The Town of Newbold made an offer of $8,000 on a parcel of county land in hopes to expand their 9-hole disc golf course to an 18-hole course with a hiking trail. However, Oneida County is offering $15,000 for the lot. The Town of Newbold Chairperson Dave Kroll says the town board is setting a time for the electors meeting to discuss the purchase.

Car Vs Motorcycle Crash Near Rhinelander

Aug 20, 2015

    One person was taken to the hospital after an SUV collided with a motorcycle on Highway 17 and North Shore Drive on Thursday.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department reports the driver of the SUV failed to yield while making a left turn. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital.

The town of Three Lakes is in the initial stages of looking at the town's airport.

The town board Tuesday discussed applying for a grant says town chair Stella Westfall. She says to be eligible for state DOT grants, they have to have a survey to present. The last survey done at the airport was completed in 1977...

" this hearing we had, kept the same airport layout plan and just updated the date to 2015 so we would be eligible for grant money to get a survey done and update the airport layout plan. So we're stepping through hoops, basically...."

Antigo School District residents got a chance Tuesday to hear from district officials about school facilities options.

The presentation laid out many options, some going back 20 years says District Administrator Dr. Donald Childs says. He says the informal meeting was a way to show the public the complexity of the situation. He says they will be putting cost estimates to the options and the positives and negatives of each option...

"....and get that down to two or three truly viable programs the community has an understanding of..."

Minocqua Water Bottling Permit Heads To County

Aug 19, 2015

People living near a proposed water bottling plant in Minocqua want more than verbal assurances that its operation won’t create excessive noise or pollution.

More than a dozen people who live along nearby Hill Lake showed up at Tuesday’s town board meeting seeking detailed information about the manufacturing process.
While some said it would be a modern plant,  Fred Petters asked for more documentation..

Northwoods Housing Market Above State Average

Aug 19, 2015


   Wisconsin’s hot housing market is setting a trend for the rest of the year with existing home sales around the state seeing a drastic increase. Wisconsin Realtors Association economist David Clark says every region around the state saw an increase in sales, but the Northwoods came out on top.

 “…Sales volume is actually stronger in the northern region for the first seven months than the statewide average. The state average was 13.7 percent; the north was up 17.4 percent.”

The four and a half hour search for a missing 87-year-old Arbor Vitae woman has come to a close. The Vilas County Sheriff Department reports Ardyce Koski was found near the shoreline of Vandercook Lake around 5:30 Tuesday morning.

Deputies report that Koski lost her way while on a walk. She was last seen by a neighbor Monday night walking down Snyder Road. The neighbor noticed around midnight that Koski still had not returned. Her dog was barking and her house doors were unlocked with the interior lights still on.

Seven area emergency responder teams have picked up money from Wisconsin Public Service Foundation to help supply their needs.

The Foundation's  grants enabled qualifying responders up to $2,000 says WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile...

"....this is the second year the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has awarded 50 thousand dollars to area responders as part of our "Safety--It's Worth The Energy" grant opportunity..."

State Senator Tom Tiffany  met opposition to changes in state shoreland zoning regulations while attending the Oneida county board meeting.

He faced sharp questions from board members, then about a dozen members of the public about taking local control away from counties and weakening water protections. Many in the audience questioned Tiffany putting in a motion late in the budget process that takes away the ability of counties to regulate beyond less stringent DNR rules.

Tiffany said it was balancing property rights versus government regulations...

The DNR and Department of Transportation unveiled a new eagle license plate design last week that replaced the Badger design, making it a novelty item. Beginning today drivers will be able choose between the new plate and the 20 year old timber wolf design.

According to the DNR the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007, and Species Management Chief Owen Boyle says the new design will highlight that recovery. He says funds raised by the sale of the specialty plates goes towards the DNR’s effort to continue to restore native plants and animals.