RHINELANDER - On Monday, some Oneida County Supervisors hoped to end any future mining exploration.
They wanted to remove the current rules, making it more difficult for mining to come back before the board.
But, the full county board decided today to push the idea back to the Forestry Committee, which oversees mining, to make that call.
Any future mining projects would have to write new rules and form a new committee.
Supervisor Paul Dean put forth the resolution.
"Without the language there, that means whoever wants to start this up again will have to go through the language and startup a new committee," Dean said.
"It makes a little bit harder to have another committee or people saying we want this."
Other board members thought removing the committee would waste time in the future if the issue comes up again.
"I don't think it does any harm to anybody to leave this on the books," Supervisor Tom Rudolph said.
"Rather than in case there is some interest in mining or a referendum indicates we should resurrect this issue, we don't have to start again from scratch to draft a new ordinance."
The board voted 15 to 4 to send it back to committee.
Technology upgrades were also up for debate.
The board is looking into county wireless or internet coverage.
Dave Hintz and others mentioned the benefits of enhancing coverage across the county.
"The purpose of this committee would be to enhance internet service throughout the county and cell service throughout the county," Hintz said.
"Basically like an economic development effort to improve service in the area that was facilitated by the town of Three Lakes."
Supervisor Bob Martini thinks the expansion could help business, tourism, and residents.
"I think the more counties that undertake a coordinative role in this subject, the more this whole system will advance across the nation," Martini said.
While some support the idea, Jerry Shidell thinks wireless and information technology should be left to the private sector.
He doesn't think taxpayers should float the cost for people who live in areas without coverage.
"If you live out in the middle of the boondocks, you chose to live in the boondocks," Shidell said.
"Does that mean that, I, who chose to live in the city or others who chose to live in a more populous area have the responsibility to provide you with your coverage? I don't believe so. Especially since you can get that coverage from a satellite, if it is that important to you, put up a satellite."
The board ultimately voted to create a technology committee and explore the options.
MILWAUKEE - Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County.
Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a ``running gun battle'' on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the ditch near Fox Point. Three people in the van were arrested. Authorities say a fourth person left the scene.
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
Spirit of the North: water ski team wins state title
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser â€" The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the "Help!" release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
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