Appeals Court Sides With Oneida Co. Judge On OWI Case

Jun 14, 2016

A northern Wisconsin prosecutor was wrong to reduce a drunk driving charge in a plea deal, without a judge approving it beforehand.

More bicycles are on the road this summer and a Wisconsin Bike Federation spokesperson says motorists and bicyclists need to know the rules of the road.

Richard Hablewitz says according to Wisconsin law, a bicycle is a vehicle and has the same rights afforded to any other vehicle using the roadway....

" have to by law give bicyclists at least three feet by law. A bicyclist can use the full travel lane if they wish to. The law does say the bicycle has to ride as far right in the lane as practical...."

Nicolet Area Technical College


Anyone interested in attending Nicolet College this fall can speed up the enrollment process by attending the college’s Quick Start event on June 21st from 9am to 7pm in the University Transfer Center on the Nicolet Campus. Career Coach, Patrick Burns has more on the event.

Rhinelander voters in April approved a half-cent-on-a-dollar sales tax called the Premier Resort Area Tax.

This special tax is granted by the legislature to enable tourist communities to repair roads damaged by increased tourist traffic. The final local step passed a test Monday night as the city council conducted a final public hearing.

City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says there were no objections...

Due to the high number of children from low-income families in the area, the School District of Rhinelander will be offering a Summer Food Service Program beginning June 13th through July 8th for students under 18 and those who have mental or physical disabilities. Breakfast and lunch will be offered at various schools in the district. Food Service Director, Pat Karaba (ka-rah-bah) says there is a great need in our community for this program.

At least one person has already won a prize as the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a summer-long fishing contest on the Three Lakes Chain.

Chamber of Commerce Director Skip Brunswick says one lucky angler could win big cash and others can win too...

"...they went in with the Fish and Wildlife Association. They purchased 100 fish, got a permit to tag them, The first-fish prize is $5,000, two fish are tagged with a value of $500, 20 fish are tagged at $100 each. The remaining anglers with tagged fish win coolers...."

Farmers, foresters and the general public are invited to a meeting next month to set priorities and to implement local conservation efforts.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the schedule for Local Working Group meetings for this year.

District Conservationist Michael Stinebrink in Rhinelander says the local meeting is set for July 26 at the U.S. Forest Service office in Rhinelander. He says the main topic will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program...

  Each spring, Department of Natural Resources biologists and volunteers head outdoors to complete surveys in order to learn more about Wisconsin’s wildlife species. Wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist, Brian Dhuey says that the surveys help the DNR determine how populations of certain animals and doing, and how many permits will be available for the upcoming seasons.

Vilas county authorities are investigating a crash Sunday morning that killed a pedestrian in the town of Washington near Eagle River.

Deputies report the man was blowing leaves along the shoulder of a roadway when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver remained at the scene. The names the victim and the driver of the vehicle have not been released.

Wisconsin Public Service

A long weekend without electricity is coming to an end for many Northwoods communities hit hard by a vicious Friday afternoon storm. At one point Friday, tens of thousands of customers were without power, but crews worked through the night to bring back the power.

Sunday morning, more than 8,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers mainly in Oneida and Vilas counties were still in the dark.

Martinson Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison

Jun 11, 2016

The teenager convicted of killing her mother and stepfather nineteen months ago will spend the next 23-years in prison.

Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom heard both the defense and prosecution arguments for over ten hours Friday before sending now-18-year-old Ashlee Martinson to prison for stabbing her mother 40-year-old Jennifer Ayers and shoot 37-year-old Thomas Ayers at the family's rural Rhinelander home in March of 2015. Martinson will also have to engage in treatment or counseling.

Tourism is up and running for many areas in the Northwoods. Memorial Weekend kicked off the start of tourism season, and gave businesses and chambers up north an optimistic view for the rest of the summer.



The sentencing for the 18 year old Rhinelander area girl charged with killing her parents at their home in the town of Piehl in March of 2015 is going on today in Oneida County Court.

Ashlee Martinson was found guilty of two counts of 2nd Degree Intentional Homicide after entering into a plea bargain. T

he bodies of  step-father Thomas Ayers and his wife Jennifer were found in the home and other children were left in the home.


Three Lakes will be holding their 5th Annual Northwoods Heritage Fest this Sunday at Cy (sigh) Williams Park from 10am to 7pm. Executive Director of the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce Skip Brunswick says the event is a celebration of the heritages of the Northwoods.