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03 Apr News

Wisconsin Public Service Request Utility Rate Changes

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS), this week, has filed a request for new utility rates in 2015 with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). The proposal calls for an 8.0% increase in electric rates and a decrease of 0.5% in natural gas rates. The company’s residential electric rates have actually decreased the past six ...

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03 Apr News

Merrill Fire Limited to Single Room

The Merrill Fire Department was able to contain a fire to a single room yesterday afternoon. The initial call came in at just after 2:00 for a structure fire was on Pier Street. The occupants were out of the home when firefighters arrived, no injuries were reported. Crews were able to contain the fire to the room ...

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03 Apr News

Lac du Flambeau Mother, Son Plead Guilty to Drug Charges in US Court

Two family members from Lac du Flambeau reached a plea deal on drug charges in Federal Court. Fifty four year old Lois Vetterneck and her thirty seven year old son Brandon Vetterneck pleaded guilty to distributing oxycodone. According to US Attorney John Vaudreuil, a sentencing has been schedule for the two later this spring, one ...

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03 Apr News

Nicolet College Offering Accelerated Welding Program

In response to a high demand, Nicolet College is offering an accelerated program for welding students. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, they forecast ten percent job growth between 2010 and 2020 for skilled welders. Students at Nicolet will be able to earn an accelerated welding technical diploma over the summer and fall ...

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03 Apr News

DNR Launches “Keep Wildlife Wild” Initiative

The Wisconsin DNR is launching an initiative to help citizens understand how to best help their wildlife neighbors. The program is called “Keep Wildlife Wild.” One of the key aspects is for well-intentioned people assisting animals, perhaps unnecessarily. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says those citizens often come across an animal they feel is injured or ...

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02 Apr News

Municipal Election Results for Merrill/Tomahawk

Preliminary ballots have been counted and voters selected several new people to represent them. In perhaps the biggest change in our listening area, Clarann Stocker defeated Bob Lee to become the next mayor of the city of Tomahawk. Stocker received 209 votes, Lee 184. Lee had served as mayor since 2000. City Council races in ...

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02 Apr News

Lincoln and Oneida County Board Results

There will be a couple of new faces on the next Lincoln County Board of Supervisors. Julie Allen defeated incumbent David Fox in district 19 nearly doubling his total. In District 5 Garth Swanson defeated Frank Saal by just 10 votes 99-89. Jeff Hetfeld was able to hold onto his seat in District 4 while ...

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02 Apr News

Area School Board Races

School boards in the northwoods were also shaken up in yesterday’s election. The Merrill board had 7 candidates vying for 4 seats. Kevin Blake, Jeff Hetfeld and Eric Geiss will all be newcomers to the board. Incumbent Linda Yingling edged out Loretta Baughan for the final spot. In Rhinelander challenger Duane Frey received the most ...

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02 Apr News

Bucki Homicide Trial has Motions Hearing

A Merrill man accused of killing his wife appeared in Lincoln County Court yesterday in the lead up to his trial later this month. Mark Bucki is facing charges including first degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. He previously pleaded not guilty to those charges. His wife Anita Bucki went missing last spring; her ...

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02 Apr News

Ministry St. Mary’s Volunteers Donate $20,000 to Hospital

The Volunteers of Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, through their fund-raising efforts, recently donated $20,000 to the Saint Mary’s Hospital (SMH) Foundation. Volunteers provide many services at the Rhinelander medical campus and throughout the community. They operate the hospital’s gift shop and conduct many other fundraisers during the year. All profits support health and wellness programs, ...

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