A St. Germain woman has been sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison for filing false information on her income tax return, after she embezzled money from her employer. 58-year-old Cornelia Mutter worked for T.A. Solberg in Minocqua between 2004 and 2010. She was discovered to be using company checks for personal expenses and credit card payments. Though the company never pressed charges, the IRS calculated she embezzled more than 500-thousand dollars over seven years, resulting in a tax liability of over 100-thousand dollars. Mutter pled guilty to the charge in March.
Eagle River area residents will soon be able to preview design concepts for the Olson Memorial Library’s expansion.
Library Director Nan Andrews says some of the new features include programming spaces like a youth area and a genealogy research room.
“We have a lot of wall space that’s been targeted for art," she described, "and we’ve redesigned some community rooms so that those rooms could be broken up, and we could actually have a special art gallery for one month if we needed it or wanted it.”
A nonprofit pushing for an off-road vehicle park in Forest County says the plan is not dead, despite a committee’s vote to keep the door closed against allowing off-road vehicles on county forest land.
The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated or WORVPI says some of its members will meet Thursday to discuss next steps.
At least two people were injured Monday morning in a vehicle crash between a semi and an SUV. It happened in St. Germain at the intersection of Highway 70 and County C. The Vilas County Sheriff's Office got the 911 call at 8:42 Monday morning. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but the Sheriff's office says the occupants of the SUV were partly ejected from the vehicle. One injured person was transported by ambulance to Howard Young Medical Center, while another was flown by helicopter to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.
The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is working with partners to help carry out forest management projects, and that could be good news for the timber industry.
The forest products industry has complained that the national forest isn’t meeting its harvest goals, while the Forest Service says it doesn’t have enough funding to carry out all of its management projects.
But Henry Schienebeck of Great Lakes Timber Professionals says collaborations have begun to help get work done on the forest.
A declining species of bat will be federally protected throughout its range. But the US Fish and Wildlife’s decision to list the northern long-eared bat as threatened, is drawing criticism from wildlife advocates who wanted stronger protections.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the northern long-eared bat as threatened due to the impacts of the deadly white nose syndrome. But the agency withheld the more dire designation of endangered. It’s also exempting activities like forest management from rules that prohibit incidental killing of the bat.
Science on Tap this week is looking at water quality in the Great Lakes.
Director of UW Madison’s Aquatic Sciences Center Jim Hurley says the nature of Great Lakes pollution has changed over the years, now coming from more diffuse sources instead of point ones.
“We might have mercury, that used to be discharged directly from industrial sources, where dilution was the solution. And now we’ve pretty much eliminated most of those, but we find that mercury enters the lake based on rainfall, and from the atmosphere.”
A proposal to disband a board that oversees for-profit higher education is getting some pushback from those in the field.
The Educational Approval Board, or EAB, oversees about 250 Wisconsin institutions. Governor Walker wants to shift its duties into other agencies like the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.