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December 15, 2017

County board will consider land deal at its Dec. 19 meeting
The county's bid to purchase 231 acres of land in the town of Enterprise for the county forest has moved a step closer with the property owners' acceptance of a county offer to buy the land at its appraised value. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Zoning committee approves substantial fee hikes
The economy has been picking up steam, and more zoning regulations have come down the pike in recent years, and in Oneida County those intersecting trends mean two things are almost as certain as death and taxes. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Oneida County officials grill transit commission
Members of the Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission (VOTC), which oversees Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC), met Monday with the Oneida County board's administration and labor relations committees. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

What to do with Brandy Park
The Wisconsin Towns Association will be consulted about some questions members of the Woodruff and Arbor Vitae town boards have with regard to membership on the Brandy Park Commission. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Walker signs mining bill into law
With the bill's co-authors in attendance, Gov. Scott Walker signed the "Mining for America" bill into law Monday at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

The bill, co-authored by Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), passed the Senate on a vote of 19-14 and was concurred in the Assembly on vote of 53-38. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Woodruff discusses Brandy Park agreement
At a relatively empty town board meeting, mostly due to a fire in Woodruff, the Woodruff Town Board revisited Brandy Park agreement. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

AV-W hears autism school update
The Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School Board heard an update and request for support on the proposed charter school with a focus on autistic students at their meeting Monday night. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Manitowish Waters begins building talks
Approximately 20 people met with the Manitowish Waters Town Board on Tuesday evening in the Manitowish Waters Community Center for the first meeting of what Manitowish Waters town chairman John Hanson said he hopes "will be the first of series of these types of meetings we'll have through the winter." (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Former Woodruff doctor has felony convictions vacated
A Northwoods physician who pled guilty in January 2016 to three felonies related to illegally obtaining prescription drugs had his felony convictions modified to misdemeanors Dec. 6 in Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

George's Pub Opening in Downtown Boulder Junction
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce welcomes newest member, George's Pub. Located in the middle of Main Street, new owners Mike and Sandi DeBauche will be holding a grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 16 beginning 11 a.m.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Transit commission approves 2018 budget
The Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission, which oversees the Rhinelander-based Northwoods Transit Connections, approved a proposed 2018 budget Thursday.

It will now be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for approval. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Highway G Landfill expansion runs into new obstacles
For more than a year, representatives of the Landfill Venture Group (LVG) in Cloverland have been engaged in discussions with officials in Vilas County about obtaining 70 acres of new land to prolong the operational length of the site. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LdF Public School commits to proposed autism school
The Lac du Flambeau Public School School Board committed to three years of support to the proposed charter school that has a focus on autistic students. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Woodruff town chairman votes on health insurance
Over the course of the past two years as the Woodruff Town Board has gone back and forth regarding replacement for its aging mainline fire truck, town chairman Mike Timmons has managed, for the most part, to stay out of public discussion regarding the matter. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LdF board pushes back Minocqua Library funding referendum vote
Lac du Flambeau town supervisor Bob Hanson requested at the Dec. 6 town board meeting there be a Minocqua Library funding referendum placed on the spring ballot. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

fire in minocqua
Minocqua and Woodruff firefighters responded Friday to a fire alarm at American Fireplace in Minocqua.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

woodruff accident
A 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Arres Malec, 19, Lac du Flambeau rests on its side in a ditch on Mid Lake Road Thursday afternoon.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Up and Down, Left and Right: A new look at zoning
Though it isn't much covered in national or state headlines, a sea-change is occurring in a long national battle over property rights, land use, and zoning, and it's producing some strange bedfellows of late. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

New fire station up and running
After more than a decade, a new fire station in Minocqua is operational.

Fire chief Andy Petrowski said as of 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, the fire department would be responding to calls from the new facility next door to the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce office on Minocqua's south side. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Minocqua looking closer at PRAT possibilities
Members of the Minocqua Broadband and Business Development Committee will continue to gather information relating to a premier resort area tax and meet again with the Minocqua Town Board. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Oneida County adopts anti-bullying policy
In recent years, the cliched schoolyard experience of bullying has garnered serious attention from academics, the White House and various figures in our popular media. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Boulder road committee begins next step
In its first meeting since electors in Boulder Junction voted to proceed with a multi-million dollar road plan, the town board's road improvement committee on Tuesday heard initial information about financing the project. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Post-conviction motion denied in murder scene break-in case
A 40-year-old Kaukauna man convicted in August 2016 of illegally taking property from the town of Piehl home where a Rhinelander teenager killed her parents in 2015 was in court Nov. 29 seeking a new trial. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Nass urges action on Wisconsin Sanctuary City bill
The not-guilty verdict last week for the killer of Kate Steinle has once more unleashed a national firestorm of debate on the question of illegal immigration, and Wisconsin is in the fray, too, as state Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) renewed his call for a bill that would sanction so-called sanctuary cities and municipalities. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

In escalating battle, Evers tries to take down REINS Act
For everything there is a season, we are told, and in this season of campaigning for governor, state education superintendent Tony Evers thinks he has found an issue ripe with voters - the state's newly minted REINS Act, which curbs the ability of state agencies to enact administrative rules without active legislative and gubernatorial approval. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Man accused of illegally killing bear in 2014
Charges have been filed against a Lake Tomahawk man accused of illegally killing a black bear in 2014. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Prevention efforts discussed at tribal concerns meeting
The opioid abuse issue is becoming something more and more people are being made aware of every day. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Highway commissioner gives update on Rhinelander roadway overhaul project
During a Nov. 29, meeting of the Oneida County Public Works Committee, highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek revealed residents and visitors who come to Rhinelander can look forward to navigating a less dangerous road near the highway department's offices in the future. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

woodruff fire call
Minocqua firefighter Andrew Alesauskas sprays foam on a propane tank and dry leaves around it as a precautionary measure Nov. 30 during a call to a fire at 7618 East Hasbrook Road in the town of Woodruff.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

LUHS report card data released to the public
At last week's meeting of the Lakeland Union High School board, which saw area residents and other stakeholders succeed in the next step needed in making their goal of a new school in the Northwoods a reality, there was also a new development for the high school itself. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Woodruff wants agreement clarification
Supervisors with the town of Woodruff would like to meet again with the town of Arbor Vitae as well as with members of the Brandy Park Commission. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Town of Winchester halts bike trail talk
The Winchester Town Board voted last week to put on hold any more planning for a bike trail in the area. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Walker proposes $6.8M talent attraction plan
Gov. Scott Walker proposed last week a nearly $7 million plan to attract workers to the state, drawing praise from conservatives and business groups and charges of gimmickry from one Democratic senator. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Teens accused of stealing vehicles, personal belongings
Two young Lac du Flambeau residents have been charged in Oneida County with stealing vehicles and the personal belongings of others. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Standoff suspect's preliminary hearing postponed
A 21-year-old Rhinelander man accused of engaging in a prolonged standoff with law enforcement Nov. 16 in the town of Crescent had his preliminary hearing postponed Thursday after his lawyer announced he may have a possible conflict of interest in the case and may have to step down. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Eagle River man accused of breaking into vehicles, damaging property
An Eagle River man is facing nine counts of theft and three counts of criminal damage to property after he allegedly broke into several vehicles Nov. 13 and 14 and stole property inside them. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Finding fortune Outback
Drive to the main drag of Woodruff near Culver's and find the newest business to call the Lakeland region home. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

nov. 27 collision
There were no serious injuries Nov. 27 in the collision of a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse and a one ton truck belonging to the town of Woodruff. According to the accident report, the Traverse, driven by Randolph Sliga, 69, Waukesha, was southbound on Rudolph Road.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boulder Junction Board guilty of violating open meetings law
The Boulder Junction Town Board is guilty of violating the open-meetings law last September when it convened in closed session to discuss the clerk/treasurer's compensation and then voted to pay the clerk-treasurer $8,700, a court order signed this week decreed. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 1, 2017

Marshfield Clinic wants to borrow $200 million more
After bonding for $209 million in 2016 and $314.3 million earlier this year, Marshfield Clinic is going back to the table to borrow even more to fuel its expansion plans. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Northwoods Transit Connections expands under cloud of controversy
On Nov. 17, The Lakeland Times reported on a proposed pilot transportation route for residents of the Minocqua and Woodruff areas which would see individuals transported to Minocqua Winter Park in order to ski and use the facilities at the wooded site. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 1, 2017

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