Additional Counties Follow Lincoln County, Pass Redistricting Resolutions Published on 05/19/2017 under News Back in March, the Lincoln County Board passed an advisory resolution calling on legislators to draw district boundaries in a nonpartisan way. Now a handful of other counties have followed with similar measures.

That resolution aims to end gerrymandering, a process where the party in power redraws irregular political lines to their benefit. Those lines are drawn at the state level, here in Wisconsin by the legislature. Several states in the country use a nonpartisan board to draw those lines including neighboring Iowa.

Hans Breitenmoser, a Lincoln County Supervisor lead the push for the resolution in Lincoln County which passed by an 18-4 margin earlier this spring. At Tuesday's meeting he updated the board on other counties that have passed similar advisory resolutions.

According to a Wisconsin Public Radio report, that list now includes Jefferson, Wood and Dunn Counties.

Whether any changes are made in Madison remains to be seen. The state is currently appealing a ruling that found the 2010 Republican drawn lines as unconstitutional.

In Other News

Sen. Tiffany Introduces New Mining Legislation
Published on 08/21/2017 under News A local legislator is again looking to open mining in Wisconsin. Late last week, state senator Tom Tiffany, along with Rep. Rob Hutton of Brookfield introduced a bill they've titled the Mining For America Act. Tiffany said, "Our neighbors, Minnesota and Michigan have placed their shovels in the dirt of America's future. It is Wisconsin's turn to do the same." The bill would lift the nearly 20 year moratorium the legislature previously put in place. In the announcement, the two noted that Wisconsin has mining laws in place and the state can mine in a responsible way. Shortly after the announcement, conservation groups quickly voiced opposition including the Sierra Club which called the legislation the "Mining Giveaway Bill."
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Tomahawk Man Injured in Single Vehicle Rollover
Published on 08/21/2017 under News A Tomahawk man was injured in a single vehicle crash in Lincoln County last evening. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says that accident happened at just before 8pm on County Road CC near Tomahawk. They found the vehicle had left the roadway and rolled. The driver, a 50 year old Tomahawk man was transported to a local hospital before being airlifted to Marshfield. He was listed in stable condition as of this morning. Investigating deputies say that alcohol was a factor in the crash and as a result, cited the man for a first offense OWI and operating without insurance.
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Tomahawk Kinship Distributes School Supplies Through Backpack Program
Published on 08/21/2017 under News The school year is right around the corner and after this weekend some Tomahawk students are set with supplies for the year. The Tomahawk Kinship program once again hosted their Back to School, Backpack Supply distribution at their end of summer picnic yesterday. Each year the Kinship program provides grade appropriate supplies in new backpacks prior to the start of the school year. Patti Hilgendorf with Kinship joined Jeff on the Morning forum earlier this month. She noted that this gives students the "right tools to learn when they get to class." Hilgendorf says they have 72 Kinship kids currently in the program. Over the past few weeks, the organization has had tags with grade specific supplies needed for the upcoming year. They turned to the community to purchase or donate the supplies, with their group rounding out the remaining items. New this year, the Kinship program partnered with the Vineyard Church as Hilgendorf noted that they held overlapping events which sometimes lead to the doubling up of supplies for some families.
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Governor Seeking Applicants for Upcoming Price County Judicial Vacancy
Published on 08/21/2017 under News A northwoods judge is retiring, and the state is seeking someone to fill that seat on the bench. Price County Circuit Court Judge Douglas Fox submitted his resignation effective on October 6. Fox was first elected in 1984 and was most recently elected in 2014. To fill the vacancy, the Governor announced that they are accepting applicants to take over. The appointment, made by the Governor, would be for through the next election, coming up in April of next year. The online application is available on the Governor's website. The application period runs through Friday September 8.
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Record Number of Anglers in Eagle River Musky Tournament
Published on 08/21/2017 under News Several winners were crowned in a record setting Musky tournament in Northern Wisconsin this weekend. The Eagle River Chamber and the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin hosted their National Championship Musky Open in Eagle River this past weekend. The catch and release tournament is now in its 32nd year. The Chamber says with 1,330 anglers signed up this year, they broke the participation record set last year with 1,296. Those anglers came from 16 different states. The anglers also caught and released 185 muskies. Al White of New Berlin won the tie breaker with his 48.5 inch musky. The win earns him a free replica of the fish which will be presented at next year's tournament. Chad Rosinski of Conover had the largest overall haul with 187 inches worth of musky with his 5 fish caught. This year's 2017 Ranger tournament boat winner was Paul Dimmer of Green Bay, WI.
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DoT Reminds Drivers to Keep Eyes on the Road During Eclipse
Published on 08/21/2017 under News Today's solar eclipse is sure to bring an exciting opportunity to see a somewhat rare natural phenomenon. However a variety of groups are urging people to do so responsibly. One of those groups is the Department of Transportation. Their officials want driver's to click on vehicle low beams, stay focused on the road, and if you do decided to pull over to view, park in a safe area away from traffic. Transportation Safety Director David Pabst said, "We're simply reminding motorists to remain focused on driving at all times, use common sense, and never stop along a roadway unless it's an emergency." He noted that anytime a vehicle stops along a highway they put themselves at risk. The DoT's digital signs will pass along similar messages today. In Wisconsin, Monday's eclipse will be evident between 11 am. and 3 pm. with peak darkness shortly after 1 p.m. as the moon covers about 80 percent of the sun.
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Hatchet Football Team Loses Opener at Shiocton
Published on 08/21/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Football Team opened the season on Friday, with a 24-0 loss at Shiocton. The Chiefs led 16-0 at the half, and added a fourth quarter touchdown for the shutout victory. Tomahawk had 108 yards rushing and 42 yards passing and were outgained 319-150. Tomahawk will have their home opener on Friday night, hosting Rhinelander at Hatchet Field. The Fehrman Orthodontics Coaches Show is at 6:35 pm on Northwoods 92-5.
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Tomahawk Cross Country Teams Host Alumni Scrimmage
Published on 08/21/2017 under Sports On Saturday the Tomahawk Hatchet Cross-Country team hosted their 16th annual Alumni Scrimmage at Bradley Park. The 2017 Hatchets competed against former alumni and local TARA (Tomahawk Area Runners Association) members at of one of the Hatchets' first race sites in Bradley Park. The 5000 meter men's event was won by, Connor Ahrens (class of 2012) in a time of 18:23. Other men's alumni finishers were: Justin Lund ('00-3rd), Bill Turgeon ('86-11th), Cayton Scholz ('17-14th), Alex Johnson ('17-15th), Nathan Goehe ('17-21st), Josh Wick ('17-26th), Victor Ierulli (TARA-28th), Mark Gass (TARA-29th), and Roger Martens (TARA). The current Hatchets were able to offset the individual top alumni finishers as placed eight runners in the top ten, led by freshman Drew Bolder's runner-up 18:28 effort and junior Evan Ploeckelman's 4th place 18:55 5K placement. The next group of Hatchets were grouped tightly together with a near 1-minute split: Parker Johnson (5th), Keaton Jed (6th), Luke Olson (7th), Sam VonSchrader (8th), Trey Baalke (9th), and Matt Johnson (10th). This pack effort helped to inflate the "unofficial" alumni score to 44, while the locals finished "unofficially" with 24 points to claim their 8th victory in the past decade. The following Hatchets also paced the locals: Matt Bartz (12th), Anthony Ierulli (13th), Jacob Miller (16th), Shawn Dirkx (17th), Hunter Borchardt (18th), Hunter VanRyen (19th), Adam Hall (20th), Jared Leverance (22nd), Jerett Flynn (23rd), Cole Svacina (24th), Reed Zedler (25th), Jordan Tomaszewski (27th), Garron Albrent (30th) and Brandon Pankow (31st). The alumni women were led by middle level Hatchet coach Maria Harrington, she placed 2nd covering the 5K distance in 22:53. Other alumni finishers were: Amanda Koshak (4thclass of '12), Stephanie Welke (5th-'13), Heather Leverence (7th-'91), Joanne Lazore (11th-TARA), Emmy Larson (15th-'15), Susan Waye (16th-'16), rounded out the alumni finishers. The 2017 lady Hatchets placed six in the top ten on with sophomore Haley VoermansDean crossing the tape with a 1st place medalist effort of 22:09. Teammate Gillian Buckwalter finished 3rd in 24:48, then a "pack" of Hatchets crossed with Meagan Berg (6th), Autumn Peissig (8th), Morgan Waye (9th), and Arianna Schreiner (10th) to help the Hatchets sneak by the alumni by a close score of 27-29 keeping their streak of 11 straight victories intact. Rounding out the finishers for the Hatchets were: Lauren Bauman (12th), Jackie Wick (13th), Brittany Jashinsky (14th), Corinn Genelin (17th), and Keli Borem (18th). A brat fry near the finish line was enjoyed by all following the race. The Hatchets "open" the season on Thursday at the multi-team Ashland Invitational. Meet gets underway at 1:00 from Chequamegon Bay Golf Course on the west side of Ashland.
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Rep. Felzkowski Talks About Foxconn Bill in Assembly Following Vote
Published on 08/18/2017 under News As expected, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed an incentive package designed to attract tech manufacturer Foxconn to construct a facility in south eastern Wisconsin. Local representative Mary Felzkowski was among the votes in favor of the bill. We heard from her following its passage. She said that the legislators have worked "to craft an appropriate package that would incentivize Foxconn while also ensuring protection for the taxpayers." Felzkowski said she was proud to be part of "an incredible opportunity to accomplish the largest economic development project in Wisconsin history." She also touched on the potential for indirect growth across the Wisconsin. She says "Foxconn will need a supply chain to produce their product that will reach every corner of the state, even potentially attracting out-of-state businesses and workers to move here as well." The Assembly passed the measure on a 59-30 vote, with three Democrats joining 56 majority Republicans in support. 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted against it. It will receive a public hearing in the Joint Finance Committee before heading to the senate.
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Rep. Felzkowski Comments on Recent Grants to Local Communities
Published on 08/18/2017 under News Over the past few weeks, we've told you about several state grants awarded to local communities including Antigo and Oneida County. This week we heard from local representative Mary Felzkowski about those grants awarded in her district. The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation was awarded a Broadband Expansion Grant to help build two additional towers in rural portions of the county. It's part of a statewide program created in the 2013 budget that provides funding to undeserved portions of the state. Felzkowski said she is contacted every week by constituents who continue to have issues with access to quality broadband. She said "The program truly helps communities invest in connectivity and increased benefits for Wisconsin families and businesses." Meanwhile, Antigo received a Community Development Block Grant earmarked to improve streets and infrastructure. Felzkowski noted that these grants are "especially competitive" and she applauded the City of Antigo for their "diligence and hard work to prepare and apply."
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