Trend upward
3:11 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Economist: Property Values Improving In Northwoods


Wisconsin Department of Revenue Chief Economist John Koskinen  says northern Wisconsin property values took a steep hit during the recession, but recent data appears to show a turnaround.

Koskinen was one of the speakers during the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua last week.

He says a recent trend showed housing starts beginning to return, and a small rebound in property values..

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Boon for Log Haulers
5:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Frozen Road Law Takes Effect Saturday, Earlier Than Ever

Frozen roads mean fewer restrictions for log haulers.
Credit Wis. Dept. of Transporation

Colder than normal weather will enable log and forest product haulers to move heavier loads sooner.

Wisconsin's frozen road law takes effect Saturday in the northern part of Wisconsin.  That area includes Highway 8 along with numbered state and federal highways north of US 8.

Department of Transportation Permit Chief Kathleen Nichols says the declaration is happening much earlier than usual. 

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Large police sting
1:52 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ironwood Man Jailed For Child Enticement

An Ironwood man has been sentenced for child enticement in Oneida County Circuit Court.

25 year old Benjamin Lahti has been sentenced for child enticement.  Judge Michael Bloom placed Lahti on 5 years probation.  As a condition of that probation Lahti is to serve 1 year in county jail, register as a sex offender, undergo treatment, provide a DNA sample, maintain employment and pay all court costs.   Lahti pleaded no contest to the charge of child enticement on September 19.

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No injuries reported
11:30 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Fire At Fort Wilderness

Three town fire departments responded to a fire north of Rhinelander Thursday afternoon.

Fire destroyed a barn at Fort Wilderness Camp on Spider Lake Road. Reports indicate no injuries were reported. The fire is believed to have started from a piece of machinery in the building.

The building was heavily damaged.

Fire departments from Newbold, Cassian and Crescent battled the blaze.

Cut from his yard
4:14 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Pelican Lake Tree Farmer To See His Tree In Capitol


A Pelican Lake tree farmer will be on hand Friday  as a tree from his yard becomes  the main Christmas tree at the state Capitol in Madison.

The tree lighting will be at noon in the Capitol rotunda.

Dennis and Kim Schoeneck donated the 40 foot high balsam...

"....I actually cut it and I delivered it. It's pretty overwhelming. I had no idea what I was in for and now the gap left by where the tree was was right on my driveway so it's an everyday reminder that I will have to plant another one...."

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Also waiting on Kenosha Casino
3:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Walker Unclear On Right-To-Work Support

Gov. Walker at the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit
Credit WXPR news

Governor Walker gave the opening address to a two-day Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua.

Walker says the state is in the midst of an economic turnaround, saying there are nearly 80,000 jobs on the state job site. He says it isn't a matter of jobs, but of training a workforce to meet the needs of those jobs.
Speaking to reporters,  Walker deflected whether he will sign potential right-to-work legislation, saying he wanted to focus on other priorities...

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Casino decision nearing
8:32 am
Thu December 4, 2014

State Might Be On The Hook With New Gambling Agreements

Under a new agreement signed Monday, the state would guarantee that the Potawatomi tribe does not lose money from a proposed competing casino in Kenosha.  However, the Walker administration's attorney on the matter says the governor does not have the power to create annual spending obligations like that. 

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Substantial Drop Attributed To Winterkill
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Harvests Twenty Percent Fewer Bucks

Last year's harsh winter may have impacted this year's gun-deer harvest.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Harvest totals from the gun-deer season in northern Wisconsin were down even more than the state average.

Statewide, hunters shot 9 percent fewer bucks than last year, but up north the harvest was 21 percent lower. 

Though there were some challenging weather conditions during this year’s nine-day gun season, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says the major factor has been last winter’s extreme cold and snow. 

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How People Use and Value Road System
5:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Forest Road Study Extends Comment Period

The Chequamegon-Nicolet is giving people more time to comment on how they value forest service roads.
Credit Hilary Markin / USFS

People have about another month to give feedback on how they use the nine thousand miles of roads in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The comment period for a study on those roads is being extended until the end of December. 

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the study hopes to gain specific information about which roads are important to people.                    

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$846,000 awarded
3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Gets Large Housing Awards

Credit Kim Swisher/Brandon Thoms

Two awards from the Federal Home Loan Bank in Chicago will enable the construction of a large amount of affordable housing units in Forest county.

The Affordable Housing Program awarded two grants totaling  $846,000 to the Mole Lake  Sokaogon Chippewa Community. Jeff Ackley is the Sokaogon Housing Director and Tribal Program Administrator. He says the money will help offset the costs of two development projects. He says one grant will convert the Mole Lake Motel  into  supportive residence building...

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