"We needed to distinguish ourselves. 'One Northwoods' seemed rather fitting. We're Oneida County and we're in the Northwoods of Wisconsin," said Oneida County Tourism Council President Krystal Westfahl. "We want people to come here, travel here. We want them to enjoy themselves, and maybe someday move here."
State Tourism Sec.-designee Sara Meaney helped Oneida County celebrate its new message in Minocqua.
She also highlighted the new Office of Outdoor Recreation, which was approved in the recent state budget.
"Our goal is to leverage that Office of Outdoor Recreation for greater growth, jobs, businesses, and visitors to the state of Wisconsin, which will ultimately mean more prosperity," Meaney said.
Visitors spent more than $230 million in Oneida County last year. That topped the Northwoods and put it number 16 among the state's 72 counties.
"I always say that Oneida County, and the Northwoods in general, is the gem of the state of Wisconsin," said Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander). "This is exciting stuff for the Northwoods. Any time you revitalize your brand, I think it's a good thing."
DE PERE - St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin has released the names of 22 priests who faced "credible" allegations of sexually abusing minors.
The abbey says an independent review deemed more than 40 allegations credible. About half came from the 1960s, and 12 Norbertine priests faced multiple allegations. All but five are dead. Two of the living have left the abbey and ministry; three others are restricted from ministry.
Abbot Dane Radecki says the names were released Friday in the spirit of accountability, but gave few details of the allegations.
The abbey serves St. Norbert College and some schools and parishes around De Pere.
The report came six months after the Green Bay Diocese named 46 priests with credible claims of sexual abuse against them but did not include priests from independent orders.
MADISON - Madison police say they've arrested two teenage girls after a report of shots fired led to a chase and a crash into a squad car.
Officers responded to the shots fired around 12:45 p.m. Saturday. They found nobody injured or any damage, but found a shell casing and evidence that a suspected stolen car that had left the area was connected to the shots.
Police spotted the car about 45 minutes later and began a chase. After crashing into a Madison squad car, the two suspects ran away, leading to a short foot chase before they were arrested.
The 17-year-old and 16-year-old female suspects face charges of eluding a police officer and operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.
Both suspects and two Madison officers were treated for minor injuries.
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