Vilas Vision Seeking New Leadership Candidates

Sep 7, 2016

A program to develop the next generation of leaders in Vilas County is looking for candidates.

Since its start in 2003, Vilas Vision has graduated more than 130 candidates. The Vilas Vision program is a cooperative arrangement between Vilas county UW-Extension and the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

UW-Extension agent Chris Stark says the program outlines what it means to be a leader in your community…

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A shooting early Wednesday has led to charges against an Oneida county man.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of Timothy Evenson from the Town of Nokomis.

Officials report shortly before 1 a.m. they were called that Evenson had a hand wound from a gunshot.

Another person at the residence also sustained injuries. Both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening wounds. Evenson was arrested for intoxicated use of a firearm, 2nd degree reckless endangering safety, and endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm.

Two Rhinelander City Council members who voted against the termination of former City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner have come out saying Aschenbrenner was not given a fair chance and appear to be defying a council gag order passed Tuesday.  The city council passed a resolution putting a gag order on all city employees about the matter. A joint statement signed by council members Steve Sauer and Tom Gleason was distributed to the media after an city council meeting Tuesday.

After primary election voting yesterday in Lac du Flambeau, the current tribal President will not be on the ballot for the tribe's upcoming general election.

Joseph Wildcat, Sr. was the top vote getter for the President's post, followed by Greg "Biskakone" Johnson. Those two candidates defeated four other candidates, including current President Henry "Butch" St. Germaine and former chair Tom Maulson.

For Vice-President, John "Goober" Johnson, Sr. and Charles "Gus" Theobald won the primary.

An Eagle River man involved in an armed standoff last month in the Vilas County town of Washington will enter pleas to 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and going armed while intoxicated on September 26 after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College’s most recent Nursing graduates posted a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt at the national licensing exam to become registered nurses. That means all of the nursing students trained at Nicolet College will be able to work right away without having to take the exam again.

Dean of Health Occupations Lenore Blemke says the 100 percent pass rate is special...

New speakers have been added to a one-day summit on wolves called by State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representative Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake.

Tiffany says the summit was called to try to get momentum to return management of Gray Wolves to individual states...

Natalie Jablonski

A flood watch remains in effect through late Wednesday as yet another round of heavy rain travels across Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service says up to 6 inches of rain, or more, could fall in the area until the weather system begins to move away on Thursday. Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company is chartered to maintain a regulated water flow along the Wisconsin River and is based in Wausau. The Northwoods saw heavy rains beginning Tuesday morning.

Minocqua Town Supervisor Passes Away

Sep 6, 2016

Update 9/9/2016:

----- The Minocqua town supervisor struck by lightning earlier this week has died, according to media reports. Bryan Jennings was injured, eventually being taken to a burn unit in Madison. Jennings was first elected to the Minocqua town board in 2002. Jennings was owner of Unique Floors and Interiors on State Highway 70 in Minocqua.


A Minocqua town supervisor was struck by lightning early this morning, according to reports from the Minocqua Police Department and town officials.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has released the names of the person killed and another injured in a car crash near Hurley Monday morning.

Killed in the one-vehicle crash was 67 year old Patricia Anne O'Riley of Bolingbrook, Illinois. A passenger in the 2003 Nissan was 32 year old Nathan P. O'Riley also from Bolingbrook. Nathan O'Riley was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

No one welcomes thinking about their own death, but seminars coming up in Woodruff and Rhinelander this month might give those handling your affairs an easier time of it. Adults of any age are invited to the free "Final Affairs" seminars.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson outlines the event..

The wild rice harvest this year in the Northwoods will have different results depending on where you harvest. That assessment from DNR wetland habitat specialist Jason Fleener...

".....folks can expect a poorer year than average. However, that shouldn't discourage ricers from going this year, there's plenty of spots to go. They just need to do their homework in advance...."

Emergency loans are available for farmers in Florence, Forest, Vilas and Iron counties from the July flooding in northern Wisconsin.

Tom Brandt is the Farm Service Agency's Farm Loan Chief. He says the lower interest loans are designed to help farmers recoup losses caused by Mother Nature...

" goes to the actual operators of the farm. You have to be farming to qualify for one of these loans. It's to help them get back on their feet from losses they might have suffered from one of these disasters...."

One person has died in a single vehicle crash Monday morning near Hurley.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports a 2003 Nissan with two occupants was northbound on U.S. 51 at Russell Brothers Road in Iron county.

The driver was a 67 year old woman from Bolingbrook, Illinois and died in the crash. The vehicle hit gravel on the shoulder of the road and rolled over.

A 32 year old male passenger, also from Bolingbrook, Illinois was injured, but had non-life threatening injuries. Both people were using seat belts.

Vilas county has the highest amount of Social Security spending in Wisconsin given it's population, according to the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, based in Washington D.C.

The advocacy group has a report detailing how much money is spent by people on Social Security in a given area. Max Richtman is President of the organization. He says it's been long established the economic impact Social Security makes in communities. But he says their new report shows it has an even larger impact as recipients spend the money they get for daily living expenses...