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January 18, 2018


Investigation into death of LdF man continues
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is still actively investigating the death of a 25-year-old Lac du Flambeau man whose body was found New Year's Day in rural Iron County. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Area chambers report 'good' holiday tourism season
The 2017 holiday season provided a much-needed shot in the arm to the local economy, both in terms of retail sales and tourism-related activities, area chambers of commerce report. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

LdF Town Board to potentially meet with LdF Library Board, tribe
Lac du Flambeau town supervisor Bob Hanson originally requested at the Dec. 6 town board meeting there be a discussion regarding a Minocqua Library funding referendum to be placed on the spring ballot. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Brandy Park commission hears baseball field quotes
The Brandy Park commission is expected to make a decision at its February meeting regarding what would be, essentially, the re-conditioning of the park's two baseball fields. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Transit commission forges foundation for future
After many months of issues, the government body which oversees operations at Northwoods Transit Connections took major steps at its meeting Thursday to position itself on stronger fiscal and reputational ground in the years to come. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Woodruff agrees to letter of intent for broadband
The Woodruff Town Board agreed last week to submit a letter of intent for a one time total contribution of $7,500 for 2018 and 2019 as part of matching funds for the latest round of grant money for enhancing broadband capability in the Woodruff area. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Newbold discusses zoning, ATV routes
The town of Newbold held its first meeting of the New Year on Thursday, Jan. 11, touching on a variety of agenda topics during the 80 minute meeting. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Walker backs GOP sparsity aid increase for rural schools
Gov. Scott Walker said last week he is supporting legislation authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) to provide additional sparsity aid and a low revenue ceiling increase for rural schools. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Employment integration bill gets positive hearing
A bipartisan bill that supporters say will promote state agency collaboration to enhance competitive integrated employment and workplace choice for people with disabilities sailed through a public hearing last week. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Eagle River man bound over for trial in shooting death
A 19-year-old Eagle River man accused in the shooting death of a Conover man Sept. 3 has entered not guilty pleas to all charges. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Autism rate jumps to 1 in 36 U.S. children
In the highest reported percentage ever for autism prevalence in the United States, a recently released survey of parents by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) puts the rate for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in American children at 2.76 percent, or 1 in 36. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Former Arbor Vitae resident charged with four felonies
A Wausau woman with ties to the Arbor Vitae area faces the possibility of up to 28 years in prison for four felonies she's been charged with. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Latest transit commission updates elicit mixed feelings
Members of the commission which oversees public transportation in the Northwoods gave good news and revealed some challenging developments during a meeting with officials in Oneida County's administration and labor relations committees Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Vilas County backs away from opioid lawsuit
The effort by some in Vilas County to have the county board take a larger role in helping combat the opioid and opiate abuse epidemic suffered a setback Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Man held on $1M bond in Valliere death
A 27-year-old man is being held in the Iron County jail on a $1 million cash bond in connection with the death of a Lac du Flambeau man reported missing in late December. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

St. Germain moves forward with ambulance deal
St. Germain town chairman Tom Christensen confronted and neutralized rumors floating around the community about its future launch of a dedicated ambulance service during the town board's meeting Monday night. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Plum Lake Town Board debates new snowplowing ordinance
After tending to the long-running discussion with officials in St. Germain regarding ambulance services Tuesday night, the Plum Lake Town Board moved on to debate a new resolution which would penalize those who cause problems when plowing snow. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Woodruff town supervisor issues a warning
The recent back and forth between members of the Woodruff and Arbor Vitae town boards got a little more personal Monday at the January meeting of the Brandy Park Commission as one of its members, Woodruff town supervisor Ed Richardson, issued a warning. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Second snowmobile fatality in a week in Iron County
For the second time in less than a week, Iron County authorities dealt with a snowmobile-related fatality.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lac du Flambeau approves 'year-round' school calendar
The Lac du Flambeau Public School School Board officially approved a 'year-round' school calendar for the 2018-19 school year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Northwoods Transit Connections to sell advertising in future
The public transportation service for individuals in Oneida and Vilas County, Northwoods Transit Connections, made a new move to take in additional revenue from residents of the area during a meeting of its executive committee last Thursday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

DOJ: Body of missing LdF man found in Iron County
The body of a Lac du Flambeau man missing since Dec. 22 was located in Iron County, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced late Thursday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Purchase of Minocqua's Book World store in the works
A Minocqua businessman is in the process of purchasing what is soon to be the former Book World store in Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Presque Isle Town Board signs off on memorial land
The Presque Isle Town Board approved Thursday a resolution effectively guaranteeing ownership by the Winegar American Legion Post 480 of land in Pipke Park the Wilderness Veterans Memorial is on. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Oneida County sets record for 2017 timber stumpage
Oneida County forestry director John Bilogan and assistant forest director Paul Fiene brought good news on timber sales in the area to the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee during its meeting on Jan. 3. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New developments on Vilas dump
The long-running series of discussions in Vilas County about acquiring new property to expand the existing landfill near Eagle River took another turn during a meeting of the Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee on Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Iowa man dies in snowmobile crash in Mercer
A 56 year old Iowa man is dead following a crash Friday involving a snowmobile he was operating on a trail in Mercer.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Forest County deputy fatally shoots motorist wanted on felony sexual assault warrants
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting which took place last week in Forest County.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Food stamp enrollment plunges in nation
States are toughening up eligibility rules for food stamps across the country, and new data from the federal government shows the efforts are having a major effect, with enrollment in food stamp programs dropping by more than 2 million people in 2017. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Man held on $1 million bond in Valliere death
A 27-year-old man is being held in the Iron County jail on a million dollar cash bond in connection with the death of a Lac du Flambeau man reported missing in late December, the River News has learned.
Monday, January 8, 2018

Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Banquet draws hundreds
Over 410 people packed the commons area of the Lakeland Union High School on Monday night, even with the frigid temperatures outside, for the Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge banquet. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 5, 2018

Area firefighters fight New Year's Eve blaze
Fire destroyed a St. Germain home on New Year's Eve.

A press release from the Vilas County Sheriff's Office said a 911 call reporting a home full of smoke on Oldenburg Lane in St. Germain was received just before 6:30 p.m. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Contested races for Vilas and Oneida county boards in 2018
The spring 2018 election looks to be a relatively quiet one where the election of supervisor for the Vilas County board is concerned.

There are 21 supervisors and only one contested race. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Minocqua broadband committee approves lease fees
Minocqua's broadband and business development committee last week made a recommendation to the town board for tower rental leases on two of the town's vacant broadband towers. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 5, 2018

Five file for supervisor in Woodruff
A primary will be necessary in the town of Woodruff on Feb. 20 to narrow the field of supervisor candidates from five to four. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 5, 2018

Firefighters to compete in chili feed challenge
Those who serve in professional and volunteer fire departments across Wisconsin are normally in the business of keeping members of the public away from situations which can generate significant heat. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 5, 2018

Walker says tax cut lets average families keep thousands more
The new tax bill signed into law late last month by President Donald Trump, officially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will put thousands of extra dollars into the pockets of typical Wisconsin families and help drive the state's economic growth, Gov. Scott Walker says. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 5, 2018

Walker: Broadband infrastructure key to Northwoods job growth
While it is hoped the recently signed "Mining for America" bill will spur the local economy through the creation of new jobs, Gov. Scott Walker noted during the bill signing ceremony Dec. 12 real growth in jobs in the northern part of the state will hinge on greater access to high-speed internet. (Subscriber Access)
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Martinson files appeal challenging sentence
A 19-year-old former Rhinelander woman who killed her parents in March 2015 has taken her fight for a new sentencing hearing to the District III Court of Appeals in Wausau. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Law enforcement officials, addiction specialists battle the rise of meth in the Northwoods
Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) officers made over a dozen methamphetamine-related arrests in Oneida County from Nov. 1 to Dec. 5, according to a review of court records. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 2, 2018


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