Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Allow Recognition of Tribal IDs

posted by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow members of federally recognized tribes to use their tribal identification cards for voter registration and more. 

The bill would allow tribal ID cards to be used to pick up medication at a pharmacy, as well as buy alcohol and tobacco products. 

State Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, who supports the bill, says other states recognize tribal IDs as official forms of identification, including Idaho, Minnesota and Washington.

Hemp Advocates Say Wisconsin Must Get Up To Speed

posted Dec 11, 2017, 5:55 AM by Ryan Quinn

EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) — Hemp advocates say Wisconsin's marketplace must get up to speed now that hemp production has been legalized in the state.   
Farmers will have to learn how to grow hemp, obtain seeds, modify farm equipment and build hemp processing plants.  
Hemp processors and equipment could get into the market quickly enough for production to begin in the spring, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill legalizing hemp production in Wisconsin last month.

Polk County Segment Of Gandy Dancer Open

posted Dec 11, 2017, 5:53 AM by Ryan Quinn

Starting Monday, December 11th, the Polk County segment of the Gandy Dancer will be open during frozen ground season to ATV/UTV's.  

ATV/UTV Users are asked to stay off any side trails and respect other trail users. 

All ATV/UTV's are required to be registered. 

A state trail pass is required for nonresidents and can be purchased at any DNR license agent or online. The trail is still CLOSED to snowmobiles. 

There Was Snow

posted Dec 11, 2017, 5:50 AM by Ryan Quinn

Another band of snow moved through the region overnight, covering roads and sidewalks. 

Up to 3 inches was reported in some areas and motorists are urged to give themselves plenty of extra time to get to their destination today.

Development Team For Telemark Project Has Been Named

posted Dec 11, 2017, 5:50 AM by Ryan Quinn

The development team for the Telemark Resort Project has been named. HK Hospitality has signed an agreement with Cedar Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company, to help restore the historic lodge. 

Cedar Corporation will provide architectural, civil engineering, economic development and other services during the project. 

HK Hospitality says the total amount of conference and social event space, as well as the dedicated training center space, will be expanded to 20,000 square feet, the largest amount in northern Wisconsin. 

The purchase of the Telemark Lodge is expected to be finalized after the new year.

Barron Co. Man Indicted For Possessing/Intent To Sell Methamphetamine

posted Dec 8, 2017, 5:44 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Federal Grand Jury is indicting a Barron County man for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. 

The indictment accuses 33-year old Daniel Swessel of Barron with possession of methamphetamine on September 1st and October11th. 

The charges allege that Swessel had more than 50 grams of the drug on him on October 11th. 

If convicted of both charges, Swessel faces 60 years in federal prison.

St. Croix Tribal Leaders Plan To Process CBD Oil

posted Dec 8, 2017, 5:43 AM by Ryan Quinn

With Governor Walker’s signature allowing industrial hemp farming in the state, the St. Croix Chippewa Indians have indicated they plan to process the plant to produce cannabidiol which is also called CBD oil.

CBD oil has been said to ease symptoms for people who suffer from seizures. 

Under the new law, farmers can grow hemp as long as the plants have THC levels below what’s considered marijuana, which is 0.3 percent or less. 

Another law passed this year would allow people to possess CBD oil for medicinal reasons, but state law doesn’t allow production. 

St. Croix tribal leaders say the tribe has the right as a sovereign nation to oversee the growth and processing of hemp under its own laws on the reservation, and have already created standards to oversee safety and compliance.

Barron Co. Woman Indicted For Wire Fraud, Tax Crimes

posted Dec 8, 2017, 5:40 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Barron County woman has been indicted for wire fraud and tax crimes. 

63-year-old Deborah Marcellus of Turtle Lake has been charged with four counts of filing false income tax returns and seven counts of wire fraud between 2012 to 2015. 

Marcellus is also accused of defrauding St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rice Lake when she served as the director of development from January 2011 to April 2017. 

Marcellus is accused of taking more than $818,000 from the church's bank accounts and using the money for herself.

Baldwin Calls On FCC To Delay Net Neutrality Vote

posted Dec 8, 2017, 5:39 AM by Ryan Quinn

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on the FCC to delay a controversial vote on repealing net neutrality rules. 

The request comes amid reports that automated bots were used to file hundreds of thousands of false comments about the rule – which essentially says providers must offer equal access to online content. 

The Wisconsin Democrat says that could have created a process that was fundamentally flawed. 

The change to the Net Neutrality rules would allow internet service providers to limit access to websites and charge users more for faster internet access that they already have.

Homelessness Declined 11% Since Last Year

posted Dec 8, 2017, 5:36 AM by Ryan Quinn

Homelessness declined in Wisconsin according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

In Wisconsin, local communities reported 5,027 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, a decline of 11.6 percent since last year and 20.6 % since 2010. 

Homelessness among families with children in 2017 declined by 14.9 percent since 2016 and declined by 27.7 percent since 2010. 

Meanwhile, local communities in Wisconsin report the overall number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness has increased 19.6 percent and veterans experiencing homelessness decreased by nearly 21 percent from 2016 and decreased by 46 percent since 2010.   

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