Gangsters in Wisconsin topic of library talk

Find out about Wisconsin’s gangster past with presenter Chad Lewis at the Florence County Library, Saturday, November 3, at 10 a.m. Lewis is a researcher, author and lecturer of the strange and unusual. His background is psychology and he had both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in that field. For the last 20 years he…

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City Council aims to keep tax rate steady

Bobbie Samme’ A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at Niagara City Hall to discuss the city’s 2019 annual budget. “We are trying to hold the tax rate where it stands right now,” said George Bousley, mayor. “We don’t have the equalized valuation from the Department of Revenue at this point.”…

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Injunction to block sex offender placement denied

Jeffrey LeVasseur by Dorothy Kegley A series of meetings between the Town of Nashville, Mole Lake Community, Forest County and other interested parties resulted in the filing of a petition to the court asking for a temporary stay of the placement of recently released sex offender Jeffrey LeVasseur at the residence on Sand Lake Rd.…

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Rickaby looks to take on new role

Sarah Giddings A familiar name will be on the ballot on Aug. 14, but not for the office he’s held for the past 29 years. Sheriff Jeff Rickaby is retiring from his post as sheriff, but hopes to continue to serve Florence County in another capacity: as coroner. Mary Johnson has held the office for…

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Local man achieves U.S. citizenship

Bobbie Samme’ Walk into the Subway in Florence on any given day and you will most likely be greeted by an employee with a contagious smile and a distinctive British accent. Meet Craig Connell, 48, of Florence – a newly inducted citizen of the United States of America. Connell, born and raised in Gillingham, England,…

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Old Forest County highway shop to be demolished

Dorothy Kegley The Old Forest County Highway Shop will soon be a memory. The building sustained severe damage this winter when the heavy snow caved in the center of the roof of the building which had been used by Infinity Flooring for storage. The building will be demolished by Flannery Trucking & Contracting for a…

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Crandon School District jumps the gun on PA system contract

Dorothy Kegley        The Crandon School Board approved sending a contract to Wire Technologies, Inc., for the installation of a new PA system for the school at the July 23 workshop. The proposal presented was approximately one hundred thousand dollars less than another proposal presented to the board at a previous meeting. At a…

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Organizers apologize for Aurora Mudd Run mix-up

A last-minute cancellation on Saturday night shocked the many people planning to enjoy the challenge of the Aurora Mudd Runs the next day. The popular fundraiser for the Aurora-Homestead Rescue Squad has a been held on the first Sunday of August for over two decades and the announcement sparked angry, confused and disappointed responses. Organizers…

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DNR fish biologist to speak Aug. 2

Greg Matzke, Florence County’s Department of Natural Resources fish biologist will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Florence Natural Resource Center. Matzke started his position here in 2010, and since his arrival he has surveyed nearly every lake larger than 50 acres, with boat access, in Florence County. The findings from his…

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Library gets fresh look

Bobbie Samme’ A total facelift is underway at the Florence County Library, with many new upgrades for its patrons to enjoy. “We started this project about three weeks ago,” said Stephanie Weber, librarian. “We have new carpeting already installed as well as new ceiling tiles, and will also have new, more efficient lighting installed this…

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