WOODRUFF - Several landowners in Woodruff could fall victim to one man's wishes. Now property owners around Crescent Lake in Woodruff are in a dispute.
The Foltz's own property where no road reaches, and their lawyer says they want to build one for forest management purposes. The road would have to be built on surrounding neighbors properties, but they don't want it.
The Foltz's property, known as Arnett Farm, is north of Crescent Lake.
The Marciniak's say the road proposed by Foltz would not only depreciate surrounding property values but also diminish the Northwoods way of life.
"It would take a way the reason why my parents bought this land and all the other neighbors along here who bought this land for peace and quiet, and a nice northern get away without having all this truck congestion, noise, and pollution." According to Dale Marciniak.
The Foltz's need road access to their property for required logging purposes. By state law, the proposed road could be 66 feet wide, or the size of a five lane wide road. According to the law, the Foltz's would have to pay out of pocket for the road to be built. But because they signed the land up for Forest Crop Management, they are required to have it logged.
Foltz's lawyer says they only plan to build a road large enough for a logging truck to fit on. But surrounding neighbors believe other plans are in store.
"The cost of putting in a road, of this size, of this nature, at this cost, just to harvest forty acres of timber, I don't think that pays for this cost. I believe like other people believe, who have told us that his intentions are to subdivide that area."
But Foltz's lawyer says there are no plans for the land to be developed. The proposal will go before two town boards for a majority vote on November 14th.
RHINELANDER - It won't be much longer before the Hodag water show gears up for the summer, but right now they need to make repairs to their building. Rod Olson says it may cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to make repairs to the building. To watch the video click on the video link.
RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts donít know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer, a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
Dane County judge to hear Planned Parenthood lawsuit
MADISON - A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.
The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to perform a physical exam before they can prescribe abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are given to the woman.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors need to be present when drugs are dispensed or administered.
Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments Thursday morning.
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