The Rhinelander City Council has approved a Memorandum of Understanding which will permit visitors to the Mole Lake Casino Lodge to get a break on prices to use the Northwood Golf Course.

Council member Tom Kelly outlined the agreement...

"....this is very similar to the hotel packages we put together with the local hotels in the area. It gives a reduced rate for the guests staying at the Mole Lake Casino Lodge...."

Golf course Superintendent Joe Anderson told council member Tom Gleason this could be new visitors...

Mountain Bike Group Wants To Expand Minocqua Trails

Apr 12, 2017

A request by a mountain bike club to expand its footprint on town property will need to be coordinated with a private zip line business, which leases space on the same acreage, so there’s no adverse impact on either enterprise. That was the decision by the Minocqua Town Board after Lakeland Area Mountain Biking Organization (LAMBO) representatives approached the board Wednesday, April 5 to discuss adding three miles of trails to its current trail system.

Tuesday, April 11 Evening Newscast

Apr 11, 2017

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The person selected to be Rhinelander's next Police Chief has withdrawn his interest in the job.

In a letter sent to Mayor Dick Johns dated April 11, David Funkhouser said he was no longer interested in the position.. In the letter, Funkhouser said it wouldn't be in his personal or professional interest to take the Rhinelander job.

March 16, Funkhouser was named the top candidate by Rhinelander's Police and Fire Commission.

Crandon Nursing Home To Close

Apr 11, 2017
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CRANDON, WI (WSAU-WAOW) - Residents at the Crandon Nursing Home, family members and social workers are scrambling to find new places for elderly patients to live.

Mark Ferris, Executive Director of the Forest County Economic Development Partnership says it's a crisis for the community.

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After last Friday's large response by local emergency responders to a house in Rhinelander, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department is reminding the public to make preparations should a person with a medical emergency need help.

Captain Terri Hook says one way is to contract with any one of a number of private companies that provide a type of "one touch" alert service for people who can't speak or get help any other way...


A new owner of the former Taylor Park property on Rhinelander's southside is willing to work with the city on a new entrance to a nature reserve behind the building, but to make sure the city council approved keeping the parking area open for now.

Eagle River Police have released the name of a 6-year-old girl who died after sinking to the bottom of a pool in Eagle River. The accident happened Sunday.

Police report the victim's name as Grace K. Canada of Three Lakes.

Police were called to the Days Inn hotel around 2 p.m. Sunday. The girl was seen at the bottom of the pool. Emergency responders tried to revive her, but Canada was pronounced dead at Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

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A company that operates a nursing home in Rhinelander and three other facilities in Wisconsin has been fined $1 million for its role in alleged false billing of genetic testing.

Prestige Administrative Services, doing business as Prestige Healthcare, was fined in federal court in a role to allegedly scheme to falsely bill Medicare for unnecessary genetic testing.

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UPDATE 2:15 p.m. The Wisconsin Public Service website says the number of customers affected is 2,124, with 653 in the Tomahawk area and 514 in the Minocqua area, 213 in Arbor Vitae and 153 in Hazelshurst.

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The public has two more opportunities for input on how they would like to see in Rhinelander's parks.

A city committee has been meeting as part of putting together a master use plan for the parks.

Oneida County UW-Extension's Miles Alexander says after a dispute arose last year over use of the parks, the city put together the Task Force to see how the public wanted future park use....

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Public health agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties and tribal departments are collaborating on a comprehensive,long-term health plan for the Northwoods.

The plan addresses a number of issues, but as Oneida County Community Health Specialist Christie Oestreich three areas of concern stand out..

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A dispute over taking care of the roads in Lac du Flambeau between the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the town of Lac du Flambeau has led to a meeting next week.

George Thompson is the tribe's Program Manager for the Lac du Flambeau tribal roads department. Thompson says the town filed paperwork with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1919 concerning roads in place at the time.

He says the tribe then lacked the means to maintain the roads until 1935...

Monday, April 10 Evening Newscast

Apr 10, 2017