HARSHAW - A Northwoods ATV Club wants to add a trail in Oneida County, but first they need to make sure the community is happy with the proposed project.
The Nokomis ATV Club is asking for the nearly mile-and-a-half trail to go across the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife area. Those 3,000 acres are about ten miles west of Rhinelander.
DNR workers say there are several sensitive areas that the trail would need to avoid.
"We have to do some paving and stuff, but outside of that they said it could be allowed," said Nokomis ATV Club Secretary Jim Cleary.
The feasibility study shows the project could work, but a bridge over Rice Creek would need to get fixed.
"There are still questions about the viability of that bridge," said Wisconsin DNR Property Planner Tom Watkins. "We have to do more engineering studies to know what we have to do. It may have to be replaced or possibly be repaired."
The club has until August 25 to give their feedback to the DNR. After they talk to residents, they'll then present their data to the DNR board.
The club can move forward with the trail if they get approval from the board. They expect the board's decision some time in October.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
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