Forest County

No resolution yet
3:27 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Teen Charged With Vehicular Homicide Has Case Move Forward

Austin Ginter
Credit Forest County Sheriff

No resolution yet  from a Forest County criminal complaint against an 18 year old man charged with vehicular homicide after a traffic crash killed another teenager.

Austin Ginter is charged with 1st Degree Reckless Homicide and 1st Degree Reckless Injury. Court records indicate the fatal crash happened July 13 on Old Eight Road near Crandon. Witnesses allege the car was travelling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. A 15 year old male died in the crash. Ginter and a 16 year old girl were injured.

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Board ties on question
5:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Forest Co. Board Rejects Park Referendum Vote

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A split Forest county board Tuesday failed to pass a resolution putting a ballot question before voters in November concerning a controversial off-road park plan.

The resolution needed a majority vote to pass, but the vote split evenly at 10-10, with one supervisor absent, meaning the question failed to pass.

To get on the November ballot the question had to be approved soon.

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Could Head to a Vote
4:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Forest County Committee Wants Referendum On Off-Road Park

A group wants to build a large park for ATVs and other off-road vehicles in Forest County, but the prospect has proved controversial.
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Voters in Forest county might see a referendum this fall whether to allow the county to work on the development of a large off­road park. The county Forestry committee Tuesday passed a resolution unanimously. Forest Administator David Ziolkowski says the committee discussed land acquisition and DNR requirements, then decided to ask the full county board for a public vote. 

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Grants May Depend on Specifics
10:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

DNR Wants More Details On Off-Road Park

The nonprofit that wants to build an off-road park in Forest County thinks vehicle use is compatible with timber management.
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The DNR says it needs more information to determine whether an off road park in Forest County would be eligible for certain grants. 

The nonprofit Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to buy the land for a 10,000-acre park. 

The group is pitching the project as a good deal for the county, saying park tourism and timber management on the land could generate revenue, while the purchase of the land could be fifty percent paid-for by DNR stewardship grants. 

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Possible County Ownership
3:57 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Forest County Board Hears Proposal in Closed Session

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The Forest County Board of Supervisors heard the details of a proposed off-road park Tuesday night in closed session. 

RT Krueger, President of the Forest County Economic Development Partnership, says the session was closed because it involved details of possible land purchases that can’t be public. 

He says now county board members have the details they’ve been waiting for.              

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Outlining Park Specifics
6:00 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Committee Proposes Location, County Land Purchase for Off-Road Park

The proposed site is north of Laona and east of Argonne in Forest County.
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Proponents of a controversial off-road park in Forest County have unveiled the details of their proposal. 

A planning committee has selected a location north of Laona, near the intersections of county highways G and O.  It includes a stretch of the Peshtigo River. 

The group Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to purchase the 10-thousand acre site over a series of several years and phases.  The land is currently held by private companies Crandon Timber and Plum Creek. 

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Current, past judges contend
4:19 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Charges, Rebuttals In Hotly Contested Forest Co. Judge Race

Forest Co. courthouse
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The past and current judge would like the next term leading circuit court in Forest and Florence counties.

Incumbent Leon Stenz is being challenged by Robert Kennedy, Jr. whom Stenz defeated in 2008. Kennedy won election in 2002 . Kennedy has been in private practice.

Kennedy says during his term, he made the county more money in revenue than Judge Stenz...

"...I was a better manager"...

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Possibly more hearings
4:43 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Public Hearing Set For Forest Co. Off-Road Park

Off-roading
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A public hearing about a proposed Off-Road Park in Forest county is set for early February.

Wisconsin Off-Road Park, Incorporated will be holding the first public hearing February 8 at the Laona School gymnasium.

Forest County Economic Development Partnership Director Jim Schuessler says there will be a presentation on the proposal, then open mike time...

  

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Remediating Vacant Lot
4:22 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Argonne to Clean Up Site of Abandoned School

Argonne School, pictured here about a hundred years ago, closed in 1991.

The town of Argonne is planning to remediate the site of its former elementary school.  And a new grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will cover a quarter of the expected cost. 

Town clerk Don Gordon says the 3-acre site next to the town hall is currently a vacant and overgrown lot. 

“There is extensive cleanup that has to be done – there’s a lot of bricks and trees and what have you, that all have to be leveled, cleaned and taken away.”

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Forest County Park Could Draw Tourists
2:40 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Committee to Help Oversee Off-Road Park Development

The Forest County Off-Road Park Committee will help assess the park's feasibility.
Credit Robert Thigpen

A new county board committee will oversee Forest County’s role in the development of an off-road park. 

A nonprofit is pushing to build a 10,000 acre off-road vehicle park that it says will stimulate the local economy.

The Forest county board recently approved over $40,000 toward park development, so the project could apply for matching funds from the state’s economic development corporation. 

Count Board Chairman Paul Millan says the new five-person committee will oversee how that money is being spent.

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