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The first step toward a reconstruction of one of Rhinelander's main routes was approved this week during a special city council meeting.

Mayor Chris Frederickson was authorized by the council to apply for Rural Development monies to pay for the complete reconstruction of Stevens Street. If it goes as projected, the anticipated cost of the project is said to be near $18 million dollars.

The city finished a similar project in downtown Rhinelander last year.

Vukmir campaign

One of two Republicans vying for a chance to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin in November stopped in Rhinelander Wednesday.

Leah Vukmir is a state Senator representing parts of Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Vukmir is running against Republican political newcomer Kevin Nicholson for the Republican nomination.

Vukmir emphasized her conservative credentials when asked how she is different than Nicholson...

50 Years Strong: Running the Paavo Nurmi

Aug 8, 2018
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Wisconsin’s oldest marathon – the Paavo Nurmi - is celebrating 50 years this Saturday, August 11th.

Just ahead, the story of a woman who is finally running the full marathon, 50 years after deciding to do it. WXPR’s Larry Lapachin has the story.

This Saturday, August 11, runners will gather in the quiet community of Upson, just outside of Hurley, to participate in Wisconsin’s oldest marathon, the Paavo Nurmi.  But for one participant, running the Paavo Nurmi marathon has been a goal ever since that inaugural race 50 years ago.

  • reports WalMart wants a change in its Rhinelander assessment,
  •  Almost one-third of all classes at Nicolet College are taken online,
  •  Public input sought on a new state aquatic invasive species plan,
  •  A non-profit developing bike-hike trails in Vilas county has its annual meeting.

WalMart Files Suit Against City Of Rhinelander

Aug 7, 2018

Lincoln Plaza, Inc. has filed a claim against the city of Rhinelander, seeking $97,925.50, plus interest, for what it states is “excessive tax assessment” of its Walmart property at 2121 Lincoln St. in Rhinelander.

Special Committee Makes Recommendations On UWSP Cuts

Aug 7, 2018
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(WSAU) -- A committee of faculty, students, and staff at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point has submitted a document with several ideas to help save some or all of the 13 programs that were proposed to be cut as part of a curriculum re-structuring proposal released in March.

Nearly a third of all credits earned in the last academic year at Nicolet College in Rhinelander were from online courses, and the trend is likely to keep growing to meet the needs of busy students. That's the message from Nicolet College's Managing Director For Strategic Initiatives, Chuck Komp.

He says they're seeing many students coming to Nicolet with responsibilities in their lives... 

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Lake property owners and others concerned about Wisconsin lakes are invited to provide input to the state before the end of the month.

The DNR has announced a Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan is available for public review and comment through August 31.

Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas says this update is a critical blueprint for controlling invasives in our waters...

Great Headwaters Trails

The annual meeting Wednesday (8-8-2018)  of Great Headwaters Trails has a backdrop of some solid work done, but more that needs to be done.

Great Headwaters Trails is an all-volunteer non-profit group developing biking and hiking trails in Vilas county. They're closing in on completing an 11 mile stretch between Conover and Phelps, with the final two miles to be built in 2019.

GHT President Jeff Currie says the annual meeting is a chance for the public to assess what has been done and plans for the future. He says they will hand out an annual report and more..

EPA Report Puts Ethanol Mandate Debate to Rest

Aug 7, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. - The U.S. government has acknowledged that the Renewable Fuel Standard is harming the environment. 

In a recent report, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized for the first time that federal mandates for fuels based on corn and soybeans have consequences on wildlife habitat and water resources. 

The standard was put in place in 2007 to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels. 

  •  One of five suspects pleads guilty in the killing of a Lac du Flambeau man
  • New campaign launched to improve awareness about teen dating violence
  • Homicide charge to be considered after deadly UTV crash in Oneida County
  • Portage County authorities investigate death of a man hit by a train

End Domestic Abuse WI

In late July, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched a statewide awareness campaign. It’s aimed at preventing and bringing awareness to teen dating violence by promoting healthy relationships.

The campaign is called Dare2Know and is only focusing on a few communities right now, including Rhinelander, Rothschild, and Ashland.

Stephanie Ortiz is the Prevention and Public Awareness Coordinator for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.

Medicare's Future Critical Issue for Wisconsin Voters

Aug 6, 2018
Wisconsin News Connection

MADISON, Wis. - Ahead of next week's primary election, new data reveals just how crucial Medicare is for the future of the state. 

Lisa Lamkins, federal issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin, says Medicare helps cover health care costs for more than 1 million Wisconsinites. 

But she adds that it doesn't just help older adults get the affordable care they need.

1992 Murder Case Returns to Vilas County Court

Aug 6, 2018
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A murder of a Conover woman in 1992 was back in Vilas County court last week after defense attorney Steven Wright filed motions for renewed DNA testing on the microscopic level.

According to court documents Danica Janssen was found by town of Conover road crew laying alongside Silver Birch Road in October, 1992.

James Janssen, now 52, was charged with 1st degree homicide and was found guilty by a jury on September 15, 1994. Then district attorney Steven Lucareli prosecuted the case and then Judge James Mohr sentenced Janssen to state prison for life.

1 of 5 Iron County Murder Defendants Reaches Plea Agreement

Aug 6, 2018
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(Hurley, WI)  --  The first of five men accused in an Iron County murder has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. 

Nineteen-year-old James Lussier admitted his participation in the killing of Wayne Valliere Junior, whose body was found near Mercer New Year's Day.  Investigators say the men who killed the Lac du Flambeau man thought he was a police informant who had stolen some of their drugs.