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A decade-long Oneida county embezzlement case is nearing a conclusion.

41 year old Michelle Popenhagen of Arbor Vitae entered into a plea agreement Tuesday.. She pled no contest to three counts of misdemeanor theft from her former employer, Save More Foods of Minocqua as presented by Assistant Attorney General Michael Schaefer...

"...three counts of misdemeanor theft by employee, commonly known as embezzlement. Those offenses have offense dates of 2003 and 2004 as well..."

Natalie Jablonski

The Rhinelander city council has hired a firm to do a downtown economic development and Brown Street Streetscaping study at a cost of $32,000.

The council hired Vierbicher Associates of Reedsburg to do the work.

Council member Mark Pelletier said the consultant will look at a number of aspects of re-doing Brown Street...

"....this is just the first step. The $32,000...we're looking at as $5,000 stormwater, $5,000 water, $5,000 sewer and $15,000 grant and grant application..."

The Rhinelander city council Monday night sent a message to the Wisconsin legislature about giving state towns more leverage.

Bills in the legislature would put a crimp on municipalities' ability to annex property. It's part of changing rules concerning county development plans. A plan currently must be adopted by a city or village. The new legislation would change that. But the bills also give more power to towns to fight off annexation by cities as outlined by council member Alex Young...

Splendor in the Spring Grass

Jun 11, 2013
Mitch Mode

Today's takes on Northwoods Splendor in the spring grass come from Mitch Mode.

Architect Chosen for Rhinelander Library Remodel

Jun 10, 2013
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Architects will be drawing up a plan over the coming months for expanding the Rhinelander District Library.  

The Board of Trustees has selected HBM Architects for the redesign.  Board President Janet Baer says the board chose the Cleveland-based firm in part because of its experience redoing Carnegie libraries.               

Cloverland Debates Sex Offender Ordinance

Jun 7, 2013
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Vilas County town of Cloverland’s planning commission held a public hearing Thursday night on a proposed ordinance to regulate where state officials house sexual predators.  About two dozen people attended, with many expressing strong opinions on the issue.

The ordinance was prompted by the placement last year of 37-year-old Steven Burgess in a neighborhood on Chicaree Lane where families with young children live.  Burgess, from Lac du Flambeau, served 17 years in prison for attempted sexual abuse of a child. And his neighbors want him moved.

Three Lakes Gives Green Light to Library Expansion

Jun 6, 2013

The Three Lakes town board has unanimously approved a proposal to expand the local library. The board of trustees has been planning the renovation for more than three years. 

The plan for renovating and expanding the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library includes a 4000 square foot addition.  Board President Vicki Ruehling says the extra space is badly needed, and points to a 20 percent increase in the number of library visits last year.

Budget Proposal Diverts Timber Money to K-12 Schools

Jun 5, 2013
US Forest Service

Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.

The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools.  School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district.  Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Jun 5, 2013
John Rasmussen

Chestnut-Sided Warbler image taken by John Rasmussen June 4, 2013 in Oneida County submitted as part of WXPR's Northwoods Splendor photo series.

Swisher to Leave School District

Jun 4, 2013

The Rhinelander School District is looking for a new Community Education Coordinator.  Kim Swisher announced her resignation today.  She’s headed to a brand new communications position with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.   

“It was just too exciting to pass up.  I have greatly enjoyed my work with the school district and have learned a great deal serving our students and our community.  And this was just something too exciting and too much of an opportunity to walk away from.” 

Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander District Library Foundation is undergoing a leadership change. 

Former foundation president Linda Davidson has stepped down after 17 years.  She says she’s seen the library through some big changes. 

“When I came on board, we were in the middle of doing the fundraising for the computerization of the library.  Everybody recognized that we really did need these computers in the library.  And from there we added the new parking lot, the HVAC system, we did the lighting in the library.”

DNR Says, Time To Have a Chat About Invasives

Jun 3, 2013
Mike Pennington

June is invasive species awareness month and this week you’ll have a chance to brush up on your facts.  

The Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to chat online with experts Tuesday and Thursday at noon.  DNR Forestry Invasive Plant Coordinator Tom Boos says members of the public can ask whatever questions are on their mind. 

Fawns' First Days

Jun 3, 2013
Tuckey Requa

Tuckey Requa had the pleasure of encountering newborn fawns near Phelps, WI on Sunday, June 2, 2013. She shares these photos as part of our Northwoods Splendor series.

Andrew Leahy

Cool temperatures Sunday night had cranberry growers in northern Wisconsin on frost alert. 

On a chilly night, cranberry bogs can run many degrees colder than the average air temperature on the ground.  Bob Winter runs Vilas Cranberry Company in Manitowish Waters.  He says the mercury would have dipped below freezing in the bogs, if he hadn't turned on water sprinklers to help keep the plants warm. 

Rhinelander Looking Into Downtown Improvements

Jun 3, 2013

A committee of city leaders in Rhinelander has selected a company to outline an economic development initiative for downtown.  The plan from Vierbicher Associates will also look into giving Brown Street a bit of a facelift, by conducting a streetscape study.

Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says doing a streetscape…is kind of like landscaping, for a downtown sidewalk. 

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