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Bill drafted at request of police chief signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker
Gov. Scott Walker (front) recently signed Senate Bill 226, which was drafted at the request of Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen. Joining Walker at the signing were, from left, Vander Bloomen, Rep. Swearingen, staffer Dan Perchinsky, staffer Michelle Merdler and Sen. Luther Olsen.  —Contributed Photo

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law last Tuesday that was drafted at the request of Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander?Bloomen and coauthored by Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).

The bill — which adds the crime of child enticement to the forfeiture law in current state statutes — was among 61 others signed by Walker, who also held a ceremonial signing of Assembly Bill 770.

The legislation allows law enforcement officers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:01 PM
Northern Lakes Concrete receives two design awards

The Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association recently awarded the recipients of the 32nd annual Concrete Design Awards at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

Northern Lakes Concrete of Eagle River was the recipient of the awards for the Victoria Dam Spillway Improvement Project in Rockland, Mich.

The awards were given in the Municipal Infrastructure and North Central Region categories. The project began in June and was completed in November 2013.

Victoria Dam is a 12.4-megawatt

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:00 PM
Frozen lines
Eagle River public works employees were back at the intersection of Pine Street and Sixth Street last Friday, thawing out a frozen storm sewer line. Earlier in the week, the crew was repairing the water main.            —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:59 PM
Oneida officers pursue suspect in vehicle chase

PELICAN?—?Officers from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office were led on a vehicle pursuit through Rhinelander by a suspected burglar last Tuesday morning.

The officers made contact with a male subject — identified as Robert L. Flick, 51 — in the parking lot of America’s Best Value Inn at approximately 10:44 a.m.

This contact was initiated regarding burglaries which had recently occurred within Oneida County.

Flick fled in a vehicle and led officers on

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:59 PM
Garbage truck rolls over in Pelican causing injury

PELICAN — A?garbage truck rollover on Highway G?in the town of Pelican Monday resulted in the injury of the vehicle’s single occupant, according to a press release from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities received a 911 call reporting the crash of the truck at approximately 2:33 p.m. Monday.

The vehicle’s occupant was transported to Wausau Aspirus via Spirit Helicopter, according to the sheriff’s office. The name is being withheld pending notification of the family.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the traffic crash, according to the press release.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:59 PM
Eagle River area lineworkers honored for National Lineman Appreciation Day
Eagle River Light & Water Manager Pat Weber recently commended the utility’s lineworkers in anticipation of National Lineman Appreciation Day this Friday, April 18. Taking part in the   photo were, from left, lineman Zach Otto, lineman Mike Sanborn, Weber and lineman Jeremy Peterson. Missing from the photo was lineman Kurt Hennes.                                       —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

In honor of National Lineman Appreciation Day Friday, April 18, Eagle River Light & Water will join utility companies across the nation in recognizing the efforts of the men and women who risk their lives daily to keep electricity flowing to the nation’s homes and businesses.

Lineworkers construct and maintain electric transmission and

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:57 PM
Dams are dangerous during spring: WPS

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) recently reminded area recreation and fishing enthusiasts to exercise caution around dams and hydroelectric facilities.

The message was part of Dam Safety Awareness Week from April 7 to 12, as declared statewide by Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The week’s purpose was to emphasize the importance of safety near dams and on waterways to help prevent accidents.

Many of the accidents and fatalities

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:57 PM
Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshop slated April 29

A free Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) workshop, hosted by the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department is planned for Tuesday, April 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The workshop will be held in the Oneida County Courthouse, Committee Room Two.

The workshop will introduce volunteers to a new form and a new approach to talk with boaters regarding aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Participants will receive information on AIS identification,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:56 PM
Dazzling pair
The guest pairs skating team of Olivia Oltmanns and Josh Santillan dazzled the spectators at the 57th annual Silver Blades Ice Show during three performances at the Eagle River Sports Arena Saturday and Sunday. They currently skate under the direction of Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs, Colo.            —Staff Photo By  GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:55 PM
Voter registration rules now in effect

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) is providing guidance to voters and local election officials about voter registration requirements that became effective last week.

All electors, except those in the military and those residing overseas permanently, must now provide a valid proof of residence document when registering to vote.

Under previous law, a document establishing residency was not required if an elector registered to vote more than 20 days before an election.

“The Legislature sought to make the proof of

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:54 PM