Joint Finance Committee To Meet Next Week

Jun 8, 2017
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Merrill-  During a press conference on the state Assembly's education budget plan, Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, confirmed that the group will be back to work next Thursday.

Deer and coyotes are the not the only intruders on the Noble F. Lee Lakeland Airport’s 520 acres in Arbor Vitae. It appears that humans have built a few structures on airport property without permission, according to Minocqua’s representative on the 4-town airport commission that oversees the airport.

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A sinkhole that halted traffic in Vilas county has been repaired.

Traffic has been rerouted on state Highway 17 near the intersection of Grosser Lane in Phelps.

The Vilas County Highway Department and Wisconsin DOT have completed repairs. A detour had been set up along county "A" and Highway 55. Monday it was found culverts had rusted through causing the ground to collapse and wash away the road surface.

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Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Parish Wednesday broke ground on a renovation and addition project at the King Steet location in Rhinelander.

After receiving a $1 million grant from the Cleary Foundation late last year, plans quickly moved forward to add a new vestibule and restrooms, remodeling the church to create a new gathering area and worship space.  Officials say the project is expected to cost $3.6 million.

Father Randy Knauf is pastor at the church. He says plans have been in the works for a dozen years and they hope to have all the work done by Easter of 2018.

Eight bills are being introduced in Madison that a sponsor says will help restore a more open and transparent state government campaign system.

State Senator Chris Larson was joined by open government advocates Wednesday.

The Democrat from Milwaukee is introducing the "Campaign Integrity" package to the legislature, designed to give the public a chance to see who are the money drivers in campaigns...

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Problems at Veterans Administration health facilities have been in the news. But a recent report generated by VA Secretary David Shulkin gave high marks to the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, with clinics in Rhinelander and Ironwood.

Center Public Affairs Officer Brad Nelson says 14 facilities in the U.S. were given one star, the lowest rating.

But Nelson says their facility is ranked 7th in the nation in quality and came through as a five-star facility....

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - Every year more than 350,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrest in a location other than a hospital, and for every one of them, survival depends on someone immediately stepping up to administer CPR. According to the American Heart Association, almost 90 percent of people whose heart suddenly stops die because they don't get CPR.

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A 52-year-old Crandon woman pled not guilty Tuesday to charges she helped smuggle some drugs into the Forest County Jail and on 161 counts of animal cruelty.

The Forest County Sheriff's Department, with help from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, seized nearly 40 wolf dogs and some sickly horses from the property of Patricia Kirker on Highway S March 17th.

Vilas DA Files Complaint Against BJ Town Board

Jun 7, 2017

A civil action against Boulder Junction town board members alleging they violated Wisconsin's Open Meeting law was filed in Vilas County court by district attorney Martha Milanowski.

Court documents indicate a complaint was received from Greg Walker of the Lakeland Times last February regarding a closed session held September 8, 2016. Milanowski requested Sheriff Joe Fath investigate the allegation and the complaint relies on his report indicating the town board went into closed session to discuss compesation over a public employee.

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A state legislator has floated the idea of making shore land zoning optional and that idea has raised alarm bells.

Republican Representative Adam Jarchow offered a proposal to be inserted into the currently-debated budget bill that would make shore land zoning optional for Wisconsin counties. The Wisconsin Counties Association also supports the bill.

The state's Joint Finance Committee has come to an impasse when it comes to approving the biennial state budget.

There have been talks about the assembly and senate working on the state budget separately. State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), who is a member of the Joint Finance Committee, says he's optimistic it won't come to that. "We haven't done that since I've been in the legislature," said Sen. Tiffany.

One of Wisconsin's worst aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, loves undrained live wells in boats.

This weekend, workers and volunteers will be out on area lakes hoping anglers and boaters help in stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Heat can be a killer and a local health professional says take precautions for both you, your neighbors and your pets.

Thursday is Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin, a campaign from state Emergency Management.

Dawn Klink is a public health nurse with Oneida county.

She says while heat affects most people in various ways, some people can get into trouble in the heat...