Lakeland School Board Puts 2018-19 Budget On Hold

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MINOCQUA – The Lakeland school board of education Monday put its proposed 2018-19 budget on hold until it gets some clarification on soaring pre-opening costs for the two new charter schools for autistic students.

Last month, the board was told pre-opening costs for the two charters would come in at about $220,000. But the latest budget proposal headed for the annual meeting lists $365,000 for those costs, which were approved by the governing council that oversees the charters.

Finance manager Greg Kopp reports on the increased figures:



A joint law enforcement effort last Friday in Forest County resulted in several arrests, mainly for drugs and outstanding warrants.

Sheriff John Dennee reports the Drug Task Force organized criminal interdiction was targeting drug trafficking and other violations. They were joined by the Northeast Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group in the effort. Dennee reports the increased law enforcement presence netted 8 drug arrests and five outstanding warrant arrests. Quinnthe islander

The 11th annual Warm for Winter Clothing Pantry begins this Saturday in Rhinelander.

Warm for Winter provides clothing for free, no questions asked, says one of the coordinators Jan Leschke...

"...Anyone can come for free bedding, clothing and footwear. Everything's free for the whole family. All styles and sizes are available. The kids get toys to take home...."

The pantry is held the last Saturday of each month at 900 Boyce Drive at Friendly Village across from CoVantage Credit Union.

Doctors Address Rise of AFib: A Serious, Maybe Invisible Cardiac Issue

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Wisconsin News Connection is here.  MADISON, Wis. - September is AFib Awareness Month. Dr. Kelly McDonnell, a cardiac electrophysiologist from SSM Health, said doctors are seeing more AFib, which worries them because having this condition makes a stroke many times more likely.

  •  No serious injuries in a Rhinelander-area bus crash,
  •  A joint law enforcement effort nets drugs and warrant violations in Forest county,
  •  An Illinois man falls to his death in Door county,
  •  $7 million coming to help secure Wisconsin elections.


No serious injuries were reported Tuesday morning after a school bus accident.

The School District of Rhinelander reports the crash happened about 7:35 this morning.

The crash was reported to have happened at the intersection of county “C” and North Faust Lake Road in the town of Pine Lake.

All students were taken to St. Mary's Hospital to be checked over and no serious injuries were reported.

Parents were notified of the crash.

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They're not very pleasant to think about, much less deal with, but with the return of kids to school, sometimes they come home with a case of head lice.

Community Health Specialist at Oneida County Maria Otterholt says head lice are critters that feed on human blood and can cause severe itching.

She says the most common way to the bugs are transferred is from head-to-head contact..

A special meeting of the Northland Pines school board of education into an employment investigation is expected to continue this week after no decision was reached last week after a three hour session.

According to board president David Weber of St. Germain, the purpose of the meeting was “to discuss an employment investigation and we have not reached any conclusion . . . it's still open.”

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 While you're in your tree stand waiting for the trophy buck to saunter by, the DNR hopes you take a minute to see other wildlife and let them know.

September hunting seasons usher in the tenth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, a survey in which hunters can easily record their observations of deer and other wildlife while in the field.

The DNR's Jessica Rees Lohr is a research scientist.

She says the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey results help track abundance trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife...

October is Dyslexia Awarenss Month.

Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence.

While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Donna Hejtmanek is a retired educator and reading specialist who worked with students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders.

  •  An update on the fatal house fire Friday in Rhinelander,
  • A study is underway in this area about state-threatened wood turtles,
  • Tomorrow is voter registration day,
  • and the Iron Mountain VA gets high grades. alyn2bxs

The name of the victim who died in a house fire Friday evening in Rhinelander has been released.

Rhinelander Police report 35-year-old Jeffrey J. Becker died in the fire at 320 Rose St.

When firefighters entered the home they found Becker unresponsive man on the floor

. Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Fire Marshall's office is investigating along with Rhinelander Police and Fire Departments, and the Oneida County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Wood turtles have been hatching and the hatchlings of the increasingly rare species might be carrying a little extra baggage.

Up to 20 of these state- threatened species are being outfitted with tiny transmitters to allow biologists to track their survival and habits over a year. The turtles were banded along the Wisconsin and Tomahawk Rivers in the Northwoods.

Tiffany Bougie is a UW-Madison graduate research assistant. She says after the hatch, the young turtles were humanely captured and the turtles that were strong enough to carry the small transmitters were set up.

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Have you ever seen a cradle knoll? Do you know how they form, or their importance on the landscape? That is the subject of this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters.

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The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center In Iron Mountain has received top ratings from a group doing analysis of VA medical services.

Iron Mountain VA spokesperson Brad Nelson says the study is a measurement system the national VA has been using to help the local centers measure 25 quality metrics including efficiency and productivity metrics.

It measures death rate, patient satisfaction and many other services. Only the top 10 percent of the 130 VA medical centers get five-star rankings...