Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin has begun a community-based youth mentoring program in the Northwoods.
Kinship of the North had previously performed the community-based mentoring but that organization has dissolved, having been active in the Northwoods since 1980.
Big Brothers-Big Sisters spokesperson Mary Kinnunen says that organization had provided school-based youth mentoring but now will do both. She says Kinship asked Big Brothers-Big Sisters to take over their community-based mentoring programs.
An angry Rhinelander city council last night reprimanded both the City Administrator and Mayor for withholding key information that impacted the council budget process.
Expera Specialty Solutions asked the state Department of Revenue last year to have it's paper mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander reassessed. The new numbers had a 4.6% impact on the city's revenues. But that information was withheld by Mayor Dick Johns and City Administrator Blaine Oborn until just days before the council was to vote on this year's budget.
The Menominee tribe says its proposal for a Kenosha casino is getting closer to reality, now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an amendment between the state and the Forest County Potawatomi.
But the Potawatomi say the state could still owe the tribe money if the Kenosha casino moves forward.
The amendment would have put the state and the Menominee tribe on the hook to make up any Potawatomi losses as a result of a new casino in nearby Kenosha.
Gary Besaw is Chair of the Menominee Kenosha Gaming Authority.
A father and son who entered guilty pleas in October to distributing Oxycodone on the Lac du Flambeau reservation are going to federal prison.
54 year old Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and his son, 30 year old Ryan Old Coyote will spend two-and-a-half years in prison. Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced for distribution , and Ryan was sentenced for using wire communication via Money Gram as part of the distribution scheme.
Longtime Rhinelander educator and author Ced Vig began a tradition at the Rhinelander District Library and this year marks its 30th anniversary. The tradition began with Vig donating the first book to the Holiday Book Fund.
Library Foundation member Kari Zambon says since it's beginning, nearly a quarter-million dollars has been raised for book purchases...
"....nearly one in four of the books taken out in the Children's Department are book-plated with the Ced Vig book fund..."
Rhinelander is one of a handful of Wisconsin communities that bans cell phone use while driving. That ordinance went into effect last June.
Police Chief Michael Steffes says the department did limited enforcement, focusing initially on getting the word out and educating drivers...
"....between signage, notifying the media and working with the media and giving verbal warnings as officers encounter people on the phone, particularly if they were demonstrating other aspects of inattentive driving..."