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The town of Boulder Junction paid Reuss Construction - of which the town chairman is an owner - more than $7,700 last year for work that was neither publicly advertised as required by law nor formally approved by the town board...


County board violates open-meetings law ... again
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The Oneida County Board of Supervisors held its monthly meeting on Tuesday and violated open-meetings laws in the process, just one month to the day after undergoing mandatory open-meetings law compliance training stemming from a violation last year. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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News
Oneida County | Vilas County | Business
Minocqua Town Board considers new uniform address signs
Minocqua's public works director Mark Pertile received the go ahead Tuesday from the Minocqua Town Board to get an updated estimate of the cost for new uniform address signs. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Minocqua voters to consider different town board setup in April
The Minocqua Town Board decided Tuesday to have the town's electors decide whether or not seats on the town board should remain numbered or return them to at-large, or unnumbered, seats as they once were. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Telecommunicators rate high on sheriff's disciplinary list
While disciplinary action taken against employees of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office continues to run high within its corrections division - seven of 17 instances within the department between mid 2012 and the end of 2016 were among the jail staff - misconduct is also high within the communications' division. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Summer help hard to come by for Vilas highway department
Finding summer help is something the Vilas County Highway Department is having some difficulty with.

The topic came up at Tuesday's meeting of the county highway committee in Eagle River. (subscriber access)


Friday, March 24, 2017
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Vilas County 2016 highway budget numbers on target
Vilas County Highway Committee members received good news once again Tuesday, news related to the highway department's final budget numbers for 2016.

At the January committee meeting, the 2016 budget wasn't due to be closed out for several weeks but the department's financial services coordinator, Tom Numrich, said then overall, "things are looking pretty good." (subscriber access)


Friday, March 24, 2017
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Minocqua area 4-H club makes debut
4-H is America's largest youth development organization and it has officially made its debut in the Minocqua area. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Opinions
Oops! They did it again
Well that didn't take long.

Just a month after undergoing open-meetings law training - at the last county board meeting in fact - the Oneida County Board of Supervisors has violated the open meetings law, as The Times reports today.


Friday, March 24, 2017
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Kindest cuts
"Devastating!" shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending "conservative" congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts "draconian, careless and counterproductive."

Friday, March 24, 2017
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How do you know ______?
Someone asked me the other day, "How do you know_____?"

After I thought about it, that is a good question. In my effort to be nice and explain my ideas and social media, if I scare you please delete me on Facebook. Hopefully this will just make you think.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Ignorant media
Has the media gotten worse? Or am I just grouchier?

Every day I see things that are wrong or that so miss the point I want to scream.

Four examples:
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Sunshine Week: At a crossroads
This year, as we assess the state of open government in Wisconsin and across the nation, we find ourselves not the least bit optimistic about government officials but most optimistic about the people.

Read the grades in today's newspaper, and a reader will know just how somber our assessment is. Over the years, the number of bad grades has mushroomed, while the number of good grades has dwindled.


Friday, March 17, 2017
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Sunshine Week: The Lakeland Times' 2017 open records grades (A-C)
In honor of Sunshine Week - a celebration and advocacy of open government - The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper's 2017 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business.

The following grades are calculated using several measures, including how responsive officials have been this past year to open records' requests, how diligently they have strived to keep the workings of government open, how willing they were to communicate with the media and with the public, as well as their past track record.

The rating scale:


Friday, March 17, 2017
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Outdoors
Features | Hunting | Fishing
DNR Spring Hearings coming in April
Each year the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) holds their Spring Hearings in April. At these hearings, citizens are asked a variety of questions related to fish and wildlife and how they are managed within the state. This is the third installment of this year's questions. The entire questionnaire can be found on the DNR website by searching the keywords "spring hearings." The hearings this year will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Learn to Hunt Turkey program slated for April
Since the Learn to Hunt program rolled out several years ago, many aspiring hunters have enrolled in classes for the species of their choice. There have been Learn to Trap classes as well as Learn to Hunt classes for bear, turkey and deer. These classes are aimed at introducing new hunters, both adults and children over 10. The classes are designed to help new hunters get the basics down and to possibly even harvest their first animal.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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New deer metrics system ready for use
Deer metrics by county are now available to all on the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov. These are the same metrics used by the County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) in each county to make management decisions about the deer herd in each county. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Fish like a GIRL
The Healthy Lakes program has been going on for three years in Wisconsin. It is aimed at lake property owners who are looking to help keep their lake healthy. While the zoning debate rages seemingly pitting personal property rights against the public trust doctrine, I believe most people want to do what is good for their lake and what can help keep it - as well as wildlife in the area - healthy. That is what the Healthy Lakes program is all about. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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traveling trails less traveled
It goes without saying, chambers of commerce all across the Northwoods spend a considerable amount of their annual budgets on advertising. Wouldn't it be nice if every family that visited the North Country for the very first time would continue to return year after year, simply because they fell in love with the location they visited! A situation like that would be a big luxury for the chamber of commerce's fundraisers! (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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the lake where you live
Why do they bask?

One of the pleasures of Birch Lake vacations, before we became residents, was taking the kids for a paddle boat ride down the shore and around a point to what we called Turtle Bay.


Friday, March 24, 2017
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LT Sports
Sports | Lakeland Union High School | Mercer High School
Lakeland's FitzPatrick, Mercer's Thompson break records in track invite
It was a solid opener for the Lakeland Thunderbirds track and field team, which took part in its first indoor meet of the season at Lakeland Union High School on Tuesday. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Girls' soccer begins spring preparation
Another Thunderbird team has begun their spring practice, with the girls' soccer team holding their first practice Monday.

While it was their first official practice, head coach Stephanie Hartzheim said that they've had some preparation already done. (subscriber access)


Friday, March 24, 2017
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T-Birds stressing fundamentals at first baseball practice of '17
On the first day of spring, Lakeland Union High School kicked off its first day of baseball practice. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Lakeland sixth graders finish 13th in state girls' basketball tournament
The Lakeland sixth grade girls' basketball team finished its season at the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship (WSICT) tournament in Merrill on Feb. 18 and 19.

The WSICT tournament was first organized in 2001 by The Great Northwest Basketball League (GNBL) to provide an opportunity for the best teams in the area to play the best teams from the rest of the state. (subscriber access)


Friday, March 24, 2017
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Track looks to continue success
The spring sports season will officially begin tonight with the Lakeland track and field team having their first competition of the year.

Beginning their practice season two weeks ago, head coach FitzPatrick said the team had a good first week. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Boys' hockey finds positives in tough season
There were highs as well as lows. The roller coaster effect that can grasp onto many teams couldn't let go of Lakeland's boys' hockey team this season.

The team finished just short of double-digit wins - clocking in nine during the regular season, along with a postseason victory - short of where they were expecting to be. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Letters
"Violation of the First Amendment"
To the Editor:

March 9, 2017 I attended an open meeting of the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee held in the boardroom of the Vilas County Courthouse in Eagle River. At this meeting, I witnessed what I consider to be a direct violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and a violation of Article 1, § 1, and 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution. To better understand what I am writing this letter about I am going to quote from each of these documents.


Friday, March 24, 2017
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Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative
To the Editor:

After months of delay and conflicting guidance, the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee yesterday (March 9) refused to consider a petition signed by seven town boards and 27 lake associations and committees calling for the return of local control of shoreland zoning and restoration of the county's lake classification system.


Friday, March 24, 2017
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We need local control over our waters
To the Editor:

The callous disregard by some of our elected representatives for our free speech rights and the rules of open meetings and fair play is eye opening. The tactics used by some members at the recent meeting of the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee were arbitrary and improper.


Friday, March 24, 2017
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Reader responds to LWCC meeting
To the Editor:

I would like to make several comments on the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee's (LWCC) recent handling of the shoreline zoning petition put forth by the Wisconsin Shoreline Initiative.


Friday, March 24, 2017
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'Violation of our Constitutional rights'
To the Editor:

I have been following the meetings and articles about the Vilas County Board of Supervisors for the last three years and my disappointment in their recent actions requires comment. The United States Constitution allows any and all citizens to petition their government for the redress of grievances.


Friday, March 24, 2017
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Letter to Tiffany and Swearingen
To the Editor:

Dear Senator Tiffany and Assemblyman Swearingen (open letter),

While attending the Oneida County Zoning Board meeting last night (Feb. 27, 2017) it came to my attention that Wisconsin Bill 55 in 2015 "prohibits a county shoreland zoning ordinance from ... imposing more restrictive shoreline zoning than those established by the DNR ..." which according to NR 115.05 on page 145 "Lots not served by public sanitary sewer shall have a minimum average width of 100 feet ..."

Thus you have voided the single most effective means that our zoning board had to control the pollution of our sacred lakes in the Northwoods. Shame on you for allowing this to happen.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Community
Features | Area events calendar | Events/concerts
Spring art classes begin at the Campanile on March 28
Harriet Ann Jacobs wrote "The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." This spring, revive your soul with art classes at the Campanile Conservatory.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Presque Isle theater group looking for new members
Denim & Dessert, a Presque Isle-based readers theatre group established in 2004, has recently re-organized. To date this not-for-profit Northwoods troupe has presented over 30 lively shows enjoyed by theatre-goers from Presque Isle and surrounding communities.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Wausau Conservatory of Music now enrolling for 2017 summer camps
The Wausau Conservatory of Music is now enrolling for 2017 summer camps and ensembles. Students of all ages and abilities can join a group and make new friends, or individually study voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Suzuki learning programs for several instruments will be offered as well.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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WPS Foundation offers technical college scholarships
Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation is committed to higher education and student success. As part of that commitment, WPS Foundation is partnering with the Wisconsin Technical College System to fund scholarships for students who live within the company's service area and plan to attend technical college programs in the fall.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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VA pension for wartime veterans
A non-service connected pension is a benefit that provides financial support to wartime veterans with limited income. In order to be eligible, a veteran had to have been discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions and had to have served 90 days or more on active duty with at least one day during a period of war.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Local quilter semifinalist in international quilt show
Jane Zillmer of Mercer is a semifinalist for the 2017 American Quilter's Society QuiltWeek Paducah, Kentucky to take place April 26 through 29 at the Schroeder Expo and Carroll Convention Center in Paducah.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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