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Boulder Junction board moves forward with plaza
The Boulder Junction Town Board met Tuesday to make a long awaited decision on moving forward with the construction of a downtown plaza. The board approved moving to the next phase of the plan, which includes gathering data, creating a design and spending as much as $25,000. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Woodruff board to explore future with Brandy Park
The Woodruff Town Board will be reviewing the town's commitment to Brandy Park and the town of Arbor Vitae.

Brandy Park was originally established in 1963, a new agreement between the two towns signed in 2002 and an amendment signed in 2010. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Manitowish Waters bike trail saga continues
The Manitowish Waters Parks and Trails committee met on Tuesday with the main agenda point being that of the expansion of the bike trail. With a high level of public interest, the meeting focused on garnering public input on the proposed extension of the trail. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Vilas County board approves Torch Lake Campground bid
The Vilas County forestry committee's efforts to get Torch Lake Campground up and running received a big boost Tuesday when a resolution authorizing construction of the campground was approved by the county board. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Memorial for Vilas County deputy vandalized
A roadside memorial for a Vilas County sheriff's deputy killed in a two vehicle crash six years ago has been vandalized.

The memorial for Kory Dahlvig is along State Highway 47 in the town of Lac du Flambeau. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Vilas County sheriff, LdF police investigating woman's death
Personnel with the Vilas County sheriff's office and Lac du Flambeau Police Department are investigating the death of a woman who's body was found in Lac du Flambeau during the early morning hours of Sept. 22.

Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath said the call was received by the sheriff's office just before 6 a.m. that day. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dakota Pipeline outcry reaches Lac du Flambeau
On the border of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and Cannon Ball Ranch in North Dakota, more than 4,000 protesters have setup camp to prevent further construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Erpenbach: Change school funding formula, calendar
State Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Middleton has a lot to say about education in Wisconsin these days, and much of it is critical, though he says Wisconsin is holding its own when compared to other states. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Federal court dismisses right-to-work challenge
A federal district court judge has tossed out a challenge to Wisconsin's new right-to-work law, which bars union security agreements in contracts whereby workers are required to join a union or pay a fee to the union to work. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Student growth to be larger focus of upcoming LUHS report card
The Lakeland Union High School board gathered for their monthly meeting on Sept. 26 in the high school's media center. On the agenda an update from director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Rob Way as he highlighted the emphasis of upcoming report cards. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Library budget going to arbitration next month at Pine Lake's request
The Rhinelander District Library Board, and representatives from the five municipalities that fund the library, have been discussing possible changes to the funding formula since this summer. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Minocqua plan commission approves Wisconsin Benefit Planning relocation
In a brief regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Minocqua plan commission approved a permit for the relocation of Wisconsin Benefit Planning, Inc. The Minocqua-based company will move to 9781 State Highway 70, just west of Northwoods Animal Hospital. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

LdF woman set for preliminary hearing on theft charge
A 39-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman charged with theft in a business setting between $2,500 and $5,000 will see her case proceed to a preliminary hearing over a year after the charge was first filed. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2016

MHLT board hears updates on possible new addition
Funding for public schools in the state of Wisconsin has become a critical issue in recent years.

Since 2011, when collective bargaining compensation, retirement, health insurance, and sick leave of teachers and other public sector employees with the exception of police and firefighters was essentially... (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

'What's the next big thing for Boulder Junction?'
Thursday evening's public hearing for a new downtown plaza in Boulder Junction found a packed house and most in attendance appeared against the idea. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vilas County cleaning up ATV use on trails
The topic of ATV use on public property has been a hot-button issue in the Northwoods in recent years.

Vilas County implemented new trails for ATV and UTV use roughly a year and a half ago, and apparently they are starting to pay dividends. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fatal crash on State Highway 70 Thursday (UPDATE)
One person is dead following a one vehicle crash Thursday evening in Oneida County near the Price County line.

According to a press release from the Minocqua police department, law enforcement and other emergency personnel responded to the scene approximately a quarter mile east of the Price County line.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Two deer poached behind Woodruff town shop
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 20, Minocqua Police Department responded to a call regarding a deer that was shot behind the Woodruff town shop. Two youth were apprehended in connection with this incident. The investigation was turned over to DNR warden Tim Ebert. He confirmed that two deer had been poached, one in the Thiesen Road area in Woodruff and the other near the intersection of Highway 70 and Gopher Road. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vilas County Highway Committee to try for one additional employee
The Vilas County board's highway committee is going to try to add one person to its staff as part of the 2017 budget process.

That was the conclusion reached Thursday at the end of a nearly 30-minute discussion on the matter at the committee's most recent meeting. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Work commended of curriculum committee, connections program
The district administrators and board presidents of the Lakeland Area Consortium schools gatherered Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the high school to touch on a range of topics from data collection, shared staffing and discussion of timeline development for the special education program. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ike Walton Lake Association seeks support from Lac du Flambeau board
The Lac du Flambeau Town Board convened on Wednesday with a couple main topics on the docket.

The Ike Walton Lake Association submitted a petition in regards to Vilas County zoning issues due to Act 55, which was passed in July 2015. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Presque Isle Fire Co. gets new ambulance for first time since 2000
The shelf life of an ambulance isn't long. They often get taken out of service after about five years.

In Presque Isle, the fire department relied on the same ambulance since 2000. The shocks were starting to go - something that is not necessarily appealing to someone in pain on the way to the hospital - and it was time to get a new one. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

St. Germain gains tranquility and health with Nagomi Yoga and Massage
St. Germain's newest business, Nagomi Yoga and Massage, offers a little extra health, tranquility and relaxation for the Northwoods. Owner Shanna Stein has spent the past three years building an imported tea business with her husband Nori and now she offers yoga classes and massages in the studio next door. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fed chooses not to raise rates
After a widely anticipated meeting last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced they have elected not to raise federal funds rate. In a statement after the meeting, Federal Open Market chairman Janet L. Yellen announced there is a case to be made for an increase but the committee wishes to wait for further evidence of economic growth. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Family Dollar begins construction
Lac du Flambeau is getting a Family Dollar across from the town hall. Construction began this month and according to Bryn R. Winburn, public and media relations manager for Family Dollar, the store should be finished in Dec. "This store is slated to open in the first quarter of next year," Winburn said. "Each of our stores employs between eight and 10 associates and we look forward to hiring from the communities we serve."
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Highway 51 update
Construction continues on Highway 51 south of Hazelhurst. Crews will continue grading work this week along the west side of the roadway from Rocky Run Creek to Little Bearskin Road. They will also complete marsh excavation just south of Frost Bite Trail along the west side of the highway. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hartman: Voters spoke in August
There will be a rematch for the position of Oneida County Clerk as Crescent town clerk Tracy Hartman is no longer running unopposed. As we reported Friday, deputy clerk Kerri Ison, who finished second to Hartman in the Aug. 9 Republican primary, has filed paperwork to run in November as a write-in candidate. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Capital improvement subcommittee prioritizes 2017 projects
A major part of budgeting, whether it's for a household or a municipality, is prioritizing. Decisions have to be made about what will be fixed when, which items need to be upgraded and which can wait another year or two.

Oneida County makes some of those decisions via the capital improvement program, which is entering its third year. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Financial audit: County in good to great condition
Things might not be quite picture perfect - they never are in life - but Oneida County's financial condition is being described as good to great by its auditors at Schenck SC. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vilas County sheriff, LdF police investigating woman's death
Personnel with the Vilas County sheriff's office and Lac du Flambeau Police Department are investigating the death of a woman who's body was found in Lac du Flambeau during the early morning hours of Sept. 22...(subscriber access)
Monday, September 26, 2016

Scott Walker conducts 'listening session' at Lincoln town hall
Governor Scott Walker was in the Eagle River area Tuesday and one of the things on his agenda was a "listening session" at the Lincoln town hall with members of the public. The event was closed to media.

"A simple question in each of these is, 'Where do you want Wisconsin to be 20 years from now?'" he told The Lakeland Times after the session. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fatal crash on State Highway 70 Thursday
One person is dead following a one vehicle crash Thursday evening in Oneida County near the Price County line.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Board approves $15M loan for Expera
With one dissenting vote - and a supervisor whose absence was called disgusting - the Oneida County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a $15-million pass-through loan that will enable Rhinelander Coated Products to use the former Printpack facility in Rhinelander for what is being hailed as an uncommon economic development opportunity. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2016

RHS students accused of taunting LUHS student at football game
An incident involving the alleged bullying of a Lakeland Union High School student by a group of Rhinelander High School students during the football contest between the two schools last Friday at Minocqua drew a swift rebuke Monday from School District of Rhinelander school board president Ron Counter. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2016

Town board pays quiet tribute to Bryan Jennings
Prior to Tuesday's meeting of the Minocqua Town Board, town clerk Roben Haggart placed a glass with a Green Bay Packers logo on the desk in front of the seat that, since 2002, had been occupied during meetings by town supervisor Bryan Jennings. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2016

Minocqua Town Board ponders speed limit changes on town's south side
The Minocqua Town Board voted 3-1 to move forward with speed limit changes for the town's south side, although at its next meeting, the public will be allowed to speak on the matter before a final decision is made.

The board heard a presentation from Brent Matthews, a traffic supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Committee finally agrees on squad car recommendation for sheriff's budget
The Vilas County Budget and Finance Committee finally came to some form of consensus for their recommendation of a sheriff's department budget to submit to the county board next month. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2016

Lakeland Sanitary District addresses sewer line and manhole issues
Manholes and sewer lines.

Nothing at all sexy about either but items of everyday infrastructure people take for granted but need to be maintained.

At the intersection of Front and Oneida Streets in Minocqua, the Lakeland Sanitary District has been dealing with manhole repairs there for several weeks. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Northwoods Transit Connections considers options for adding routes
The executive committee of the Oneida and Vilas Transit Commission met Monday afternoon to discuss the possibility of Northwoods Transit Connections leasing two buses from Kalmar Community and Senior Center in Eagle River. This move would allow the transit commission to offer additional routes open to the public throughout Oneida and Vilas counties. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2016

County admin committee discusses moving UW-Extension
Over the last few weeks, several Oneida County committees have discussed possible solutions to the ongoing workplace environment issue at the UW-Extension office in the lower level of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport. Last week, the county's administration committee moved the discussion to the dollars and cents stage. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2016


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