Opposition Speaks Out For Bike Trail Right-Of-Way

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Opposition to using county highway right-of-way for a bicycle trail in Manitowish Waters was expressed to the Vilas County highway committee this week by a group of business and property owners.

Led by Lee Stengele  they didn't want the county to approve a proposed paved bike path along Highway K to Highway J where the trail would go through their front yards. They suggested the bicycle group pay for paving a three foot shoulder on the county highway instead.

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The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association has finished consolidating nine represented lake associations along the popular chain of lakes.

The Watersmeet Lake Association became the final association of 10 lakes on the chain to dissolve and join the larger lake association.

Dave Tidmarsh is president of the unified association. He says over time the lakes members were confused by the many groups that were representing lakes on the chain.

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Smoking rates in the Northwoods continue to be holding stubbornly as reported in a recent study.

UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Population Health looked at the number of lives taken by tobacco use in Oneida county, showing 78 persons per year died in Oneida county from 2011-2015.

Corie Zelazoski of the Oneida County Health Department says two key categories were highlighted...

"....our smoking rate is 16.7 which is slightly lower than the state rate at 17 percent, but 22 percent of women smoking during pregnancy is very high..."

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Highway 45 in the Town of Schoepke was closed for two hours and injuries reported Monday after a crash with the trailer of a semi-tractor trailer.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the crash about 6:00 a.m. on Highway 45 south near Old 26 road involved the semi and two SUV's.

Deputies say the driver of one SUV was traveling south on Highway 45 and allegedly fell asleep, crossing the centerline and striking the trailer of the northbound truck. Emergency crews had to extricate the people from the southbound SUV.

An explosion in a boiler at a Moen's Chain resort near Rhinelander caused no injuries Tuesday night.

Pine Lake Fire Chief Brian Gehrig says they were called about 8 p.m. to the Pine Valley Lodge on Lake Shore Drive...

"....what we had was a malfunction of the boiler system and a storage tank. Apparently it was over-pressurized and it exploded, causing damage to the structure, exterior and interior of the building...."

Gehrig says there was no fire. What was thought to be smoke, Gehrig says, was a plume of steam from the boiler malfunction.


The James Beck Cancer Center at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander will host its 10th Annual Celebration of Life – “Capturing Moments” this Thursday.

The Celebration of Life honors patients battling or have battled cancer, for their strength and courage and to recognize the contributions of their families and friends. It also promotes awareness that knowledge, hope and inspiration can help beat the impact of cancer.

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They've had a cockroach, snakes and sheep and, of course, cats and dogs. Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church at Church Road in Conover is hosting the 10th annual Pet Blessing.

Event coordinator Bill Green says if you have a pet, or not, to stop by....

"...The pastor does a blessing and there's a little bit of music, some songs, the dogs howl and cry...you know it's a hoot, it's a real hoot..."

Green says the event is held under a tent, so weather isn't a factor.

He says pictures are taken of the many pets that are blessed...

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Most of us aren't thinking Christmas trees this time of year, but the many tree farmers here in the Northwoods and across the nation are meeting soon to figure out who gets to send the Christmas tree to the White House.

Last year a tree farmer from Oconto provided the White House Christmas tree and growers from across the nation are gathering in Green Bay on Friday to figure out who will deliver this year's conifer.

Marsha Gray of the National Christmas Tree Association...

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A consulting firm will look at what the City of Rhinelander should do with the money-losing city-owned Northwood Golf Club. One recommendation might be the sale of the course.

The city council Monday evening approved hiring Green Golf Partners of Indiana to recommend a course of action at the course on the city's far west side.

City Administrator Keith Kost said the firm will look at improving current management, look at third-party management and look at the possibility of selling the course. Kost said it would be completed within 60 days. Cost is $10,000.


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The Hodag Is Only Part Of The Rhinelander Brand

Recently a group of Rhinelander community volunteers called "Forward Rhinelander" saw a presentation by consultant Alison Schiek about rebranding the city to be more than just the "Home of the Hodag". Next, Ken Krall talks with Melinda Childs from Forward Rhinelander about the effort....

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