• Driver killed in crash following high speed chase,
  • Minocqua investigates premier area resort tax,
  • late snow extended ski season in Wausau,
  • and Denim 'n' Desert Readers Theatre presents Harvey.

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Denim ‘n’ Dessert Readers Theatre is presenting the beloved comedy – Harvey – this weekend at the Presque Isle Community Center. 

Now in their 15th year, the Denim ‘n’ Dessert Readers Theatre group in Presque Isle has produced over 35 productions, run completely by volunteers. Unlike traditional reader’s theater groups, the performances are complete with sets, sounds, and costumes.

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A rate increase of 50% for Eagle River water users was approved by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and will provide an additional $163,907 in revenue to the city light and water department beginning with the June billing, bringing yearly earnings to $601,145.

In its ruling the PSC stated “this will provide the municipality with sufficient earnings on its investment . . . and maintain confidence in the utilities financial integrity without resulting in rates to customers that are excessive.”

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A request by Headwaters Trails to erect a bench on the Conover-Phelps bike trail and memorialize an individual prompted a long discussion. It ended with the Vilas County forestry committee voting 4-1 to not allow any memorials on county lands. Existing memorials can remain, but county corporation counsel was directed to draft a formal resolution for the June committee meeting.

Minocqua Takes a Second Look at Premier Resort Area Tax

May 7, 2018
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Minocqua should join surrounding cities in enacting a new sales tax known as PRAT, or premier resort area tax, according to supporters who say the tax would reduce the local real estate tax burden or slow its growth.

The PRAT proposal calls for a half cent on the dollar (0.05%) tax on items that tourists or visitors typically purchase, lease or rent when coming to a resort area. The state Department of Revenue estimates Minocqua could collect over $640,000 annually from the PRAT.

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An additional five students will be allowed to enroll in the Lakeland Star Academy, a charter school for high school-age autism students, which opens this fall on the Lakeland Union High School campus in Minocqua.

A member of the body that oversees the charter schools said his group is fundraising and will help shoulder any extra cost associated with those five other students. Amichaelr07

A Northwoods resident has been invited to speak later today at the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding. The Commission has made Tomahawk one of the stops on it's tour around the state.

You can get rid of some of your electronic gear and help the local homeless shelter at the same time. 

Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing and the Good News Project will be holding an electronic recycling event Friday and Saturday June 22 and 23 at Charter NEX Films on Red Arrow Drive in Rhinelander.

Good News Project spokesperson Bettina Peters says two positive things happen with the collection....

One person was killed and another seriously injured late Saturday afternoon following a high-speed chase that resulted in a crash.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports the Shawano County Sheriff's Department was pursuing a vehicle traveling more than 90 miles per hour along U.S. 45 near Old 26 road south of Antigo.

The vehicle rolled over about one mile into Langlade county before Shawano ended the pursuit.

The driver, 35 year old Stacey King of Green Bay was killed and a passenger of Antigo was taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Medical Helicopter Crew Praised for Dedicated Service

May 5, 2018
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WOODRUFF – Friday’s memorial service for the three men who lost their lives in a medical helicopter crash more than a week ago drew some 1,200 people and included a fly-over of six medical transport helicopters.

Gov. Scott Walker was also there to read his proclamation calling for the lowering of the U.S. Flag and Wisconsin state flag to half staff Saturday in honor of Rico Caruso, Klint Mitchell and Greg Rosenthal who died April 26.

  • Helicopter crew remembered at memorial service,
  • gun forum held in Merrill,
  • better sleep encouraged for nurses,
  • and Wisconsin tourism numbers out.

MINOCQUA – The Lakeland Union High School invites the public to visit the first ever STEAM Night on Monday, May 7 at the high school.

STEAM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.” The educational approach guides student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking through exploration, problem solving, collaboration and creativity.

Advocate Argues Nurses Need More Rest To Stay Effective

May 4, 2018
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A new study is calling for a "culture change" in healthcare, to help prevent life-threatening mistakes at the nation's hospitals. It focuses on nursing, a profession facing a labor shortage that can involve stressful 12-hour shifts at odd hours.

  • Cars streamed north to Minocqua Thursday to honor a helicopter crew killed last week in Hazelhurst,
  • gas prices likely to keep going up until Memorial Day,
  • and a foundation donates to upgrade Hodag Park facilities.

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As you drive past the gas stations in the Northwoods, you'll notice the price of gas is up from a week ago. It might go higher at least until Memorial Day. Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website, Patrick DeHaan says the refinery fire in Superior recently didn't have anything to do with rising pump prices...

"....It really hasn't. Gas prices have continued to move up nationally about two cents a gallon, in Wisconsin about three cents a gallon to $2.69 statewide average..."

DeHaan says the price rise is squarely on the international price of oil...