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The incidents of Vilas county retailers selling tobacco products to underage persons has risen, according a local health professional.

Vilas County is part of the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition and Tammi Boers from Vilas County Health Department says spot checks of retailers found the illegal sales rising...

"....in 2015, Vilas county had 22.86 percent of our retailers sell to minors. That increased from 2014 which was at 13.5 percent..."

She says they work to educate retailers about how to do proper ID checks...

Former Rhinelander Mayor Mary Kinnunen, died late Wednesday after a long illness. She was 58 years old. Dawn Rog recently was re-elected to the Rhinelander city council, but she and Kinnunen came onto the city council together before Kinnunen was elected mayor in 2000...

"She was so smart and so witty and her interest was the best interest of the city of Rhinelander. We were sworn in together in 1998, we didn’t know each other. She was an inspiration to work with and I’m glad she became my friend...”

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Governor Scott Walker Thursday signed a bill updating the state's Managed Forest Law which one of the bill sponsors says will provide more money for local towns.

The Managed Forest Law is a landowner incentive program encouraging sustainable forestry on private woodland. In exchange for following sound forest management, the landowner pays reduced property taxes. One of 11 points signed into law allows some of the money going to the state to stay in the local towns says Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz who worked for four years to get it passed...

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The state Natural Resources Board this week amended and approved a revised master plan for the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area in Oneida County. 

DNR officials say the revised plan increases public access on lightly developed existing roads and provides additional camping opportunities on the flowage and Tomahawk River.

Willow Flowage Property Manager Tom Shockley says after three years of feedback and work the plan is balanced between several different groups..

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Eagle River may consider annexation of the Northland Pines school district property, and others, as a step toward fixing heavily used Pleasure Island Road.

At a city council meeting this week, the council and district administrator Mike Richie felt a solution needed to be found that would increase the roads base and widen the travel surface.

“We're in the business of educating kids, not fixing roads,” Richie said, pleading with the council to fix the road that not only damages vehicles but also presents a poor image of their school campus for both residents and visitors.

St. Louis-based Ascension Health plans to issue $1.35 billion in tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance and refinance numerous projects and debt of its Wisconsin Benefited Affiliates, including Ministry Health Care, Inc.

The maximum principal amount for each of the local Ministry facilities was listed as follows: Eagle River Memorial Hospital, Eagle River -- $12 million: Sacred Heart-Saint Mary’s Hospital, Tomahawk and Rhinelander respectively -- $84 million; and Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff -- $24 million.

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Incumbent Republican 12th State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst has announced he is seeking another term. Tiffany says when he went to Madison to change the state's finances.. .

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A recount led to a coin flip and an incumbent stays on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors.

Election night last week found challenger Jeffrey Vollmer leading incumbent supervisor Lisa Zunker by one vote, 306-305.

A recount Wednesday requested by Zunker ended in a 306-306 tie. The process to determine the winner at that point is a coin flip, which Zunker won, retaining the seat.

The 19th district covers parts of Minocqua and the Town of Lynne in western Oneida County.

Judge Denies Gag Order In Vilas County Case

Apr 14, 2016
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A gag order requested by the Wisconsin Attorney General's office to prevent brothers David and Brian Eliason, and their attorneys, from talking to the press about allegations of fraud in connection with sale of investment contract securities was denied after a two hour hearing yesterday in Vilas County court before substitute Judge Leon Stenz of Forest County.

Black's Cliff Resort

  A video posted late last week by Travel Wisconsin featuring a Northwoods resort has caught the attention of 200,000 people. The video features Black’s Cliff Resort of Hazelhurst and showcases the tradition of lakeside cabins and family reunions. State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says the video is centered on the Northwoods cabin experience from a family’s point of view.

Businesses Spring Up In Minocqua

Apr 13, 2016
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The Minocqua Plan Commission has sent a trio of new and expanded business plans to the town board with recommendations to approve them.

Northwoods Zip Lines unveiled plans Tuesday to add another 3 zip lines and aerial trekking elements to their complex south of the Island of Minocqua. But a proposal to add a team building option was held over for more information, including impact on sanitary facilities.

Benson Builders of Land O’ Lakes will open a new home sales office for Timber Bay Homes just south of the Island also.

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April 15 is tax filing day each year, unless it doesn't happen that day.

Your tax returns must be received electronically or postmarked by midnight, April 18. April 15 is a routine business day, so we asked Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Ric Chandler why the delay...

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Work is progressing on a new disc golf course planned off Ole Lake road in the town of Newbold and folks helping to construct the course need volunteers Saturday.

Last year, the town just north of Rhinelander announced they were building course with completion expected by fall. The logging has been done, but town resident Pete Cody says a volunteer work crew is needed. He says they've been getting rid of left over brush....

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A regional meeting providing the latest information on a sustainable forest is set for next week in Florence.

12th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference focuses on a healthy forest and healthy industries who use the forests says UW Extension educator Corrin Seaman. She says there's a wide range of speakers who will discuss the status of the industry and forests, invasive species, spotting marijuana grows in the woods. An explanation of the agreement between the Forest Service and others concerning management will also be discussed...

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