Gun Charges Added to Federal Drug Case for Northwoods Men Published on 06/15/2017 under News Gun charges have been added to a federal case related to a drug ring connected to several individuals from the Northwoods.

US Attorney Gregory Haanstad of Wisconsin's Eastern District Court announced the superseding indictments yesterday. The announcement stated that a grand jury indictment added the fire arm charge against Lee Hueckstaedt of Rhinelander and Lance Bruette of Minocqua.

In all, 8 individuals are facing charges.

According to the Criminal Complaint, certain members of the conspiracy who resided in Northern Wisconsin would drive to Milwaukee and pick up hundreds of Oxycodone pills to be distributed, primarily in Vilas and Oneida Counties.

In Other News

Tomahawk Staff, Students 'Walk In' for School Safety
Published on 04/20/2018 under News It was a noteworthy arrival at the Tomahawk School District this morning. While many students across the country planned coordinated walk outs for school safety, Tomahawk students and staff did just the opposite. They arranged for another of their 'walk-in' events. As in past years, they gathered at Pride Park before the school day. They then walked that final mile to the campus where they had a small reception. This year's theme was, of course, safe public schools. Previous themes have included school funding cuts. About three dozen students and staff participated this morning.
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Sustainability Northwoods Hosting Earth Day Fair Sunday at Nicolet
Published on 04/20/2018 under News From renewable home energy to green funerals, sustainability will be the topic this weekend in Rhinelander. Sustainability Northwoods will be hosting their eighth annual Earth Day Fair. Organizers have more than 30 exhibitors planned for Sundays event at Nicolet College. The theme of the 2018 Fair is "Sustainability Where You'd Least Expect to Find It." They'll feature booths, demonstrations, student experiments and locally produced organic foods. The event coincides with Earth Day, on Sunday, from 11-3pm in the Lakeside Center at Nicolet.
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Merrill School District Adds Make up Date After Numerous Weather Cancellations
Published on 04/20/2018 under News One lingering effect of the extended winter, some area school districts are dealing with making up missed classroom time. While districts typically arrange time for a few cancellations, this year saw some schools surpassed those built-in dates. The Merrill School District is in that situation. They announced yesterday that they have scheduled that make up day for next Friday. April 27th was originally scheduled as a staff development day; the staff will make up the day after the school year. They also noted any additional cancellations would require additional make-ups. The decisions were made at their school board meeting earlier this week.
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Northwoods High School Students Compete at Nicolet College
Published on 04/20/2018 under News A number of Northwoods students attended an event yesterday to show off their skills in a number of academic areas yesterday. Nicolet College hosted their third annual Competition Day event. Overall, 14 districts from across the Nicolet region sent high school age students to participate. Tomahawk High School Principal Ryan Huseby said last week that THS was sending 10 students to compete in events including culinary, automotive and welding. He said the events offer a number of benefits including visiting campuses, meeting instructors, and networking with other students.
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Hatchet Baseball and Softball Teams Head South for Games
Published on 04/20/2018 under Sports The Hatchet Softball Team will travel to Monroe on Saturday for a tournament, with games beginning at 9:00 am. The Hatchet Baseball Teams are also heading south, heading to Brodhead High School to play a pair of games.  Tomahawk will play Wausau East at 1:00 pm and Antigo at 3:00 pm. These will be Tomahawk's first games of the season.
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Local Groups Share in Broadband Grants
Published on 04/19/2018 under News Several Northwoods Groups were among those awarded preliminary Broadband Expansion Grants to help improve high-speed internet access, particularly in rural areas. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin announced 46 grants across the state of Wisconsin. The grants total $7.68 million and will be combined with nearly $20 million in matching funds from the recipients. Among those receiving grants: ChoiceTel, LLC - $150,226. This project proposes to build a fiber route between Eagle River and St. Germain, connecting the elementary school in St Germain to main campus of the Northland Pines School District.  The route will also pass 235 homes and businesses located between Highway G and St Germain. Oneida County Economic Development Corporation - $100,000. This project will deploy a fixed wireless service on 6 towers in unserved and underserved areas of Oneida County (locations to be determined by Oneida County EDC). Price County Telephone Company - $250,292. Price County Telephone Co. will extend its existing fiber network, with dedicated backbone, distribution, feeder and drop fiber to approximately 173 properties on the west side of Solberg Lake in the Town of Worcester. SonicNet, Inc. - $51,913. This project will build and equip four towers to provide a fixed wireless service in the vicinity of Plum Lake in Vilas County. Also included in the grants, funding for 3 pilot programs to test TV White Space, which we have previously covered. That is the use of the frequencies located between aerial TV signals. Statewide, they hope this improves access to some 1,600 business locations and 18,000 residential locations. Another round of grants will be awarded this summer.
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Lincoln County Health Assessment Available for Review, Feedback
Published on 04/19/2018 under News The Lincoln County Health Department is working with Healthy People Lincoln County on their Community Health Assessment plan. The report makes up a year-long process of reviewing and analyzing comprehensive data on health issues and needs of Lincoln County Residents. As part of the process, they are once again presenting a Community Health Assessment. Challenges have been identified as: Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, Oral (Dental) Health, and Nutrition and Healthy Foods.  The assessment is available on the Lincoln County Health Department Website. They are accepting feedback on the Assessment through the end of the month. For your convenience a feedback form is available.
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Chequamegon Nicolet Forest Delays Trail, Campground Openings
Published on 04/19/2018 under News The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest announced that they will be delaying the opening of recreation trails and campgrounds due to the extended winter season. Access to these trails and campgrounds for preparations has been delayed due to lingering heavy snow pack. Crews typically spend April preparing ATV, UTV, horse and bicycle trails for a May 1 opening and a May 3 opening for the campgrounds. They haven't been able to get that work done at this time. Tim Vetter, the Acting Lands and Recreation Program Manager says, "We recognize this is an issue for visitors and we are working to get campgrounds and trails open as soon as possible." He says they will reassess the areas in about two weeks.
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Lincoln County Deer Advisory Council to Finalize Quota Recommendations
Published on 04/19/2018 under News Counties yet to make their final deer season recommendations, will finalize those decisions this evening. Over the past week, County Deer Advisory Councils have been meeting to make final recommendations on antlerless deer quotas and tag recommendations. It wraps up a process that began in February. The Lincoln County Deer Advisory Council is one of those meeting today. At their meeting in March, their preliminary recommendation was 1,800 public land antlerless tags and 7,200 private land tags. That's to reach the quota of 3,150. After considering online and public feedback, the board will forward recommendations to the Natural Resources Board to set the numbers at their May meeting. Tonight's meeting will be at the Lincoln County Sports Club on Schultz Spur Road, set to begin at 7pm.
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Update: Lincoln County Board Recap
Published on 04/19/2018 under News A couple of other odds and ends from Tuesday's County Board meeting. Supervisor Bob Lee was re-elected as the board chair for a second consecutive term. Among his duties, presiding over the monthly meetings. Bob Weaver will remain the vice-chair. Those positions are nominated and voted upon by the board. We also had one additional election result we haven't previously covered. There were no candidates on the ballot for the vacant district 22 representing the Towns of Merrill and Rock Falls. That race was determined by write-in with Tim Panfil declared the winner. He was among 6 new candidates sworn in on Tuesday. _______ The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors held their April meeting in Merrill Tuesday morning. New board members were sworn in, and outgoing members were recognized for their service. New members sworn in- Jeremy Ratliff, Calvin Callahan, Tim Panfil, Dora Gorski and Norbert Ashbeck. Outgoing Board members recognized including:Lorettta Baughan, Kirby Crosby, Kortney Pike, Robert Reichelt, Patricia Woller and Carl Vander Sanden. The board then spent much of the morning setting up their committee, which were ultimately approved. After reconvening for regular business, the board heard reports from finance director Dan Leydet. He has no concerns on the year to date budget. As for the 2019 process, he gave some background for the new board members, a common theme throughout the meeting. That conversation evolved to the looming decision on whether to renew the Vehicle Registration Fee. That conversation, with a presentation, is expected at next month's meeting. Leydet would like to see a decision either way by June/ July to allow time for any necessary changes to the budget. There were just 3 action items on the agenda. The first was a request to replace the deteriorating roof on the Merrill Salt Dome. Highway Commissioner John Hanz says they explored several options before making their recommendation. He noted that it is critical to maintain the facility which houses approximately $750,000 worth of road salt. After some discussion, the board approved the request unanimously. The second item was mainly clerical. It amended old deeds for the county maintained boatlanding and the adjacent property owners on Long Lake. There should be no actual change, as the deeds will now match how the site has been utilized. The final item was mandated for purchases utilizing grant funds. The resolution utilized required language and was approved with no discussion.
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