ANTIGO - We saw several Northwoods school districts ask taxpayers for more money in recent referendums.
But Antigo didn't take that route.
Instead, the school district took on budget reductions head on tonight.
Two important items were up for discussion tonight.
First up- More than 1 million dollars needs to be cut from the 2013-14 budget.
That means eliminating jobs within the district.
The board unanimously voted to cut four teaching positions.
That includes a 5th grade teaching position at East Elementary, a 4th grade position at a city school, an elementary position at Mattoon Elementary and second grade job at North Elementary.
Superintendent Steve Smolek says this isn't the first time they've had to make tough decisions.
"This district has been doing this for almost 20 years now since the revenue cap. Since the situation came into play in 1993 so we've been down this road quite often, so, in the interim, this is kinda what we're looking at," said Smolek.
Also on tonight's agenda was filling the spot left by the death of school board member Miles Stanke.
He was currently serving his first term on the board and was a retired teacher and former Antigo mayor.
He passed away February 13.
In the past, the school board has taken applications from community members, interviewed them and selected a replacement.
The board decided they will post the position on April 3rd.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County district attorney says he's confident the public will see he made a fair decision in not charging a white Milwaukee police officer in the shooting death of a black man.
John Chisholm said the officer, Christopher Manney, was justified in using deadly force when his encounter with Dontre Hamilton turned into a fight last April. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times after Hamilton got control of the officer's baton.
Chisholm said the release of the full investigative file will help people understand what went into the decision.
RHINELANDER - A 23-year-old Wausau woman faces three charges for allegedly stealing a purse and using a stolen credit card in Rhinelander. Those charges include burglary, theft and credit card fraud.
Prosecutors accuse Brieanna Persike and Andrew Washburn, 25, of Wausau, of stealing a purse from an unlocked home on South Rifle Road in Rhinelander. The criminal complaint shows that Persike told investigators they broke into the home. She said it was after visiting Washburn's grandmother early on December 17th.
The two then went to Wal-Mart and spent more than $500 using the stolen credit card. The criminal complaint shows that the two bought a car installation kit, a car amplifier, a black BB gun, cat food, ice fishing equipment and other items just hours after the reported burglary.
RHINELANDER - You can't find public radio stations as easily as you can find commercial radio stations in the Northwoods. That's because they're funded mostly by donations. However, one Rhinelander radio station has found a way to make it work for more than 30 years.
"The station came about as the result of a dream, really, of a fella named Peter Nordgrin who came from northern Minnesota at a station very similar to this one," said Ken Krall, news director and interim station manager at 91.7 WXPR in Rhinelander. "He realized that there was a hole in northern Wisconsin for public radio."
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