While most of the bill resolved issues concerning farming, food programs, subsidies and crop insurance, the recently-signed federal Farm Bill also affected the nation's forest industry.
Executive Director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...Henry Schienebeck says it clarifies some issues concerning federal forests. There was a question concerning whether loggers would need to file for permits for non-point pollution run-off on forest roads. He says that's not part of the bill...
A bill...authored by state Assembly Republicans ... would establish a clear method for people served with domestic violence injunctions to surrender their weapons. Current law requires people to surrender their weapons if an injunction is approved by a judge, but the method to do the surrender has been ambiguous.
A father-and-son who run a large Oneida county potato farm will pay 100-thousand dollars in restitution, for the poisoning deaths of two bald eagles and 70 other wild animals.
65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and his 46-year-old son Paul of Sugar Camp have made a plea deal on federal charges of illegal bald eagle possession. They'll have separate plea hearings on May 8th before Magistrate Stephen Crocker in Madison. U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil said wildlife poisoning cases are extremely rare. He has only prosecuted one-or-two of them in the last 30 years.
A different approach to marketing Northwoods winter recreation has come out of a state-funded survey.
The five county, three-year study was funded by the Department of Tourism for Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Lincoln and Langlade counties. Milwaukee area residents showed not only a liking for snowmobiling and ice fishing, but silent sports showed strong favor, says Kim Baltus of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce...
As of Wednesday morning, the city of Rhinelander was running about 30 jobs behind as water pipes continue to freeze in the city.
The extended cold snap has caused many problems along some of the city water mains. Last week the city asked property owners to let their water trickle. But that amount proved to be not enough says Mayor Dick Johns...
A Rhinelander man offers insight into what it’s like to compete in the Olympic games. Chris Cook was on the United States ski team at the 2006 Torino Olympics.
Cook describes being on the start-line as a moment of clarity.
“Everything else about the Olympics is a huge distraction, and pulling you in all sorts of directions. But at the end of the day when you get to that starting line that’s where you’re comfortable, that’s where you’ve had all the training, all the preparation.”
A Rhinelander teacher has been honored for his role in financial education. The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy gave out twenty awards this week, and one of them went to Patrick Kubeny, who has taught at Rhinelander High School for 21 years.
“It would be an award that I knew was out there that I knew existed. Just like guys in the NFL want to win the superbowl someday – you know it’s there but you don’t expect it!”
Northwoods residents have several chances to get help signing up for health insurance through the online marketplace. Bridge Community Health Clinic has four sessions coming up in Rhinelander, providing one-on-one help.
The clinic’s Central Wisconsin Enrollment Coordinator Mary Testin says Oneida County residents have been some of the most ready to sign up for health care.