A raffle to benefit Lily's House shelter is underway in the Northwoods, sponsored by Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.

From now until July 4, the public can buy a $1 raffle ticket and split the winnings 50-50 to support Lily's House.

Executive Director Shellie Holmes says they have 10,000 tickets that are available at the Tri-County offices on Highway 47 north along with businesses in the area, including the other service communities of Eagle River and Crandon.

Holmes says this fundraiser is key to their efforts... geralt

Last week, leaders of two agencies traveled to communities in the Northwoods and  Ironwood, Michigan to hold roundtable discussions with local leaders about business financing and accessing small business opportunities.

Under a federal Memorandum of Understanding, USDA Rural Development and the Small Business Administration are working more collaboratively on business financing and other resources.

Wisconsin Rural Development Director Frank Frassetto says the collaboration is designed to provide more to local communities. fsHH

UPDATE: 6/11/19

Three Lakes Police released the name of the person killed in the crash as51-year-old Jonathan D. Luepke of Three Lakes.

A motorcycle crash Saturday in Three Lakes claimed the life of one person.

Three Lakes Police report authorities were called at 7:23 p.m. to a crash on Highway "X" near the intersection of Shackleford Road.

A 51 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation indicated the motorcycle northbound on Highway 'X' when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the road.

Minocqua board, Police Union Agree To Contract

Jun 7, 2019

MINOCQUA – The Minocqua Town Board has signed a three-year contract with its police union, giving the department’s sworn officers a 2% wage increase for the first year and 3% the next two years.

The differential for the night shift was bumped up by a dime, it was noted at Tuesday’s board meeting. The union members will pay more into their health insurance. A patrolman with one year experience would make $26.90/hr. starting Jan. 1, 2020. The pay goes to $27.71 effective Jan. 1, 2021. Officers work a 12-hour shift.

Metz Enters Not Guilty Pleas To Vehicular Homicide

Jun 7, 2019
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After waiving his right last week to have a preliminary hearing, Vilas County Judge Neal Nielsen, III bound Tyler Metz, 19 over for arraingment on four felony charges stemming from an accident last January 23 on Highway 51 near Bakkan Road in Boulder Junction that claimed the life of Tim Boss, 59 of Manitowish Waters.

Metz is alleged to have been the driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line of the snow covered road and collided head on with the other vehicle.


The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin announced charges Thursday against Douglas P. Bannister.

The 37 year old Bannister was arrested in Merrill on Wednesday afternoon. He made an initial appearance in federal court in Madison on Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Bannister had the lower receiver to an Anderson Manufacturing AM-15 and an unregistered silencer. Bannister is a convicted felon and not allowed to carry a gun. While not a complete weapon, the lower receiver is legally a firearm under federal law.

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Bids for the state Pine Street project in Eagle River from Highway 70 west to Bridge Street including sidewalk along the north side came in higher than expected, especially for concrete, according to a report by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to the city council last week.

Jed Peters of the DOT's Rhinelander office said the bids received three weeks ago came in as a whole 27% over the estimate. The Pine Street plan is to modify the present four lanes to three lanes; one in each direction and a center turn lane.

VC Timber Sales Top $600,000

Jun 7, 2019 Didgeman

Bids were opened and awarded for the annual timber sales on the Vilas County forest recentlythat will generate more than $600,000 in revenue over the next two to four years.

Of 17 tracts available for sale, only three did not receive any bids and will be re-advertised, according to county forest administrator John Gagnon. Harvesting operations will be restricted where oak is involved until after July 15 due to oak wilt concerns. The highest minimum bid was $91,650 by Cloverland Logging for a 72 acre tract in the town of Cloverland east of Honeysuckle Lake.

A new charter school in the Minocqua area has been granted more than a quarter-million dollars by the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction approved 11 awards totaling more than $7 million in federal funds to plan, open, or expand charter schools. One of the schools getting funding was the the Lakeland Star School Academy, which will open in the fall to all types of learners and more specifically students on the Autism spectrum. The academy will work with students in 7th through 12th grade.

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The Trump Administration recently announced it was closing down Blackwell Job Corps Center, near Laona, in Forest county, and eight other Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across the country.

The Trump Administration unveiled a plan to effectively privatize the program by transferring 16 Job Corps from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Department of Labor. The remaining Job Corps programs will be run by a privately-held companies working for the Labor Department.

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The next house constructed by the Rhinelander High School Residential Construction class for Northwoods Habitat for Humanity will be open for the public to see Friday afternoon.

The school district has worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a home on other occasions.

Ryan Paszek is the Building Trades teacher at the school. He says the students have put much effort into making the home a reality... 44833

(WSAU) Nearly 10 Republican Senators are banding together to propose a one-time payment of $133.6 million for local road projects. The proposal calls for $1 million to each County and $1,000 per mile of road for each Town. stevepb

One of the peak fire danger times has passed, but the warm and dry weather the past few days means the chance of wildfire has risen a bit.

Catherine Koele is a DNR wildfire prevention specialist based in Woodruff. After the snow leaves and before the forests green up is a high fire danger time. The green up has happened but now other concerns arise...

A man has died in a Lincoln county ATV crash.

The Sheriff's Department reports the call came in at 8:21 p.m. Wednesday of a crash in the Town of Bradley near Tomahawk.

The 60 year- old- driver was traveling along Park Lane north of Thomas Road when he lost control. The ATV rolled and the driver was thrown from it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies report he was not wearing a helmet. Speed is said to be one factor in the crash. 

The identity of the driver has not been released.

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