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Jim Tait  Jan. 2017

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FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ON U.S. HIGHWAY 51
Photo by Dean Hall/The Lakeland Times Hwy. 51 is closed for a time with traffic rerouted from the south to County Highway M to Boulder Junction to County Hwy. K to County Hwy H and then north on Bakken Rd to Hwy. 51.
Photo by Dean Hall/The Lakeland Times
Hwy. 51 is closed for a time with traffic rerouted from the south to County Highway M to Boulder Junction to County Hwy. K to County Hwy H and then north on Bakken Rd to Hwy. 51.
One person is dead following the collision of tractor/trailer truck and a minivan Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017


LUHS outdoor renovation project vote coming Jan. 23
The long anticipated vote on the Lakeland Union High School outdoor renovation project is set to take place at the Jan. 23 school board meeting. After months of discussion and planning for the extensive project, the board is expected to recommend the most conservative of five construction options. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Oneida County officials, private parties accused of racketeering
In a massive lawsuit that has a little of everything - allegations of racketeering, official misconduct, fugitive flight, forgery, harassment, civil-rights violations, and even religious persecution - a former Harshaw resident is taking aim at current and former officials of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, as well as county corporation counsel Brian Desmond and various private parties. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Town board OKs fire station plans for bid letting
The bids for the new Minocqua fire station will go out as scheduled.

That was the conclusion the Minocqua Town Board reached Tuesday night at the end of a joint, nearly 90 minute meeting with three members - fire chief Andy Petrowski, public works director Mark Pertile and Nick Gilbertson - of the fire department expansion committee. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Newbold Town Board adds ATV/UTV referendum question to April ballot
The Newbold Town Board will pose the following question to residents on the April 4 ballot: "Should the Town of Newbold allow ATV/UTV traffic on town roads?" Residents were sent a survey on the subject along with their tax bill but an official vote is now scheduled for this spring. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Snowmobile fatality in the Town of Minocqua
A 48 year-old Green Bay man was found dead Tuesday night at the scene of a snowmobile crash in the town of Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Tractor/trailer rig, van collide north of Arbor Vitae on Hwy. 51
One person is dead following the collision of a tractor/trailer truck and a van Tuesday afternoon. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Oneida County approves $50,000 advance for transit commission
The Oneida County Board has approved an advance of $50,000 for the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission to offer relief in times of delayed assistance from federal or state sources. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Arbor Vitae Kwik Trip update
As previously reported, there will be a new Kwik Trip opening in late May after the company bought The Store on Highway 51. However, after recent meetings there has been a change of plans for the store. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Bids to be let for MHLT addition
A proposed $1.7 million addition project for the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School District got a little closer to happening on Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

MHLT School Board urged by teachers to keep program the same
The Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board heard some positive feedback from a group of district teachers Monday night regarding a change implemented this school year. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

LdF school hearing makes little impact
The Lac du Flambeau School District held an impact aid open hearing Monday to discuss programs of the LdF and Lakeland Union High School districts. However, no one from the community showed up. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

VFW's Unmet Needs program there for local veterans
Area veterans could get some help from a Veterans of Foreign Wars program that Minocqua's Burger King has been involved with for the past several years. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Landfill Venture Group to move forward with land survey
The Landfill Venture Group (LVG) briefly discussed the next steps of the landfill expansion at their Jan. 17 meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Nicolet board approves renovations to former child care facility
The Nicolet College Board of Trustees passed a resolution Monday authorizing the repurposing of the Child Care Center facility for workforce development at a cost not to exceed $75,000. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

MW Plan Commission holds on to bike trail recommendation
Though it was included on the Jan. 17 as a possibility, the Manitowish Waters Plan Commission felt more information needed to be procured to make a recommendation for the bike trail system, specifically, the crossing of the Manitowish River in the proposed town loop, which has potential negative ecological impacts. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Oneida County EDC developing 11 new broadband sites
The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation has allocated the grant funds received to 11 broadband sites. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

Local practice offers options for a variety of patients
A new private practice is offering primary care options for those who are insured, have high deductibles or are uninsured. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 20, 2017

SNOWMOBILE FATALITY IN THE TOWN OF MINOCQUA
A 48 year-old Green Bay man was found dead Tuesday night at the scene of a snowmobile crash in the town of Minocqua.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Welcenbach attorney says county charges will be refuted
The attorney for Oneida County detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach said this week his client is planning an aggressive defense of dismissal charges filed against her by the sheriff's department and forwarded in December to the county's grievance committee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ag tags spark heated debate in Stella
In recent weeks, outcry from neighbors over a deer hunt involving crop damage tags has brought to light what many are calling a conflict of interest. The debate was sparked when a DNR employee was seen hunting on farm land in the town of Stella using crop damage tags issued by the department on land owned by another DNR employee. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DNR looks to close $4 million shortfall
Madison - An audit of the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Account - requested by the legislature and conducted by the DNR - could end up raising money for the agency in any number of ways: license fee increases, charging non-license holders a fee to access state-owned land, or requiring the registration of non-motorized craft such as canoes and kayaks. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Boulder Junction Town Board pushes ahead with road plan
It's full speed ahead for the Boulder Junction's town board to have a presentation regarding the town's road improvement ready for the town's annual meeting in April. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Area towns prepare for spring elections
It seems recently the election cycle is almost never ending.

In November, it was the 2016 presidential election and in Wisconsin, less than a month after that election, people wishing to run for local office could begin taking papers out to begin their bid for a local municipality. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LUHS receives two special education grants
The special education department at Lakeland Union High School is about to get a boost in resources for students with disabilities who are transitioning into the community. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Master plan for Rest Lake Park, bike trail discussions continue in Manitowish Waters
Following a raucous public hearing related to the expansion of the bike trail on Jan. 10, residents and the town board of Manitowish Waters were reminded of the other topics of discussion in town. Namely, securing a master plan firm for the future of Rest Lake Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Plum Lake keeps public comment as an agenda item - for now
The Plum Lake Town Board will continue to hear public comment at its meetings in the forseeable future. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LdF Town Board discusses buoy ordinance
The Lac du Flambeau Town Board approved the place of slow no wake buoys on Gunlock and Shishebogama Lake, but only after a lengthy discussion regarding statutory responsibilities and the inclusion of the tribe. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Oneida County sets dates for Act 55 public hearings
It has been a long time coming, but the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee is set to finalize its Act 55 shoreland zoning revisions. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LRES approves staffing plan for county clerk's office
Just two days after new Oneida County clerk Tracy Hartman requested for a part-time employee in the clerk's office at a joint meeting of the county's administration and labor relations and employee services (LRES) committee meeting, the labor relations panel approved the staffing request at a committee meeting on Jan. 11, pending board approval. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Judge deems crimes in standoff case too severe for probation, jail time
It's not very often that a judge will reject a joint sentencing recommendation from the state and the defense in a criminal case. Faced with an unusual set of circumstances, Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom made that choice Jan, 6 in sentencing a 60-year-old Tripoli man who held several law enforcement agencies at bay for several hours and threatened to blow up his residence to a three-year prison term. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lakeland area housing sales update: December
Last month, Oneida County saw an increase in the median price of waterfront lots and land over December of 2015. The increase from $34,700 to $81,750 is a 136 percent jump, however the number of sales dipped from 10 to 8. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PSB Holdings, Inc. announces president Peter Knitt to retire next year
Wausau - PSB Holdings, Inc. announced last week president and chief executive officer Peter Knitt plans to retire January of 2018.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Donner's Bay welcomed by Mercer Chamber
On Wednesday, Nov. 16 the Mercer Chamber Ambassadors hosted a Ribbon Cutting celebrating and welcoming owners Marvin Schilling and Connie Kniesly of Donner's Bay Resort to The Mercer Chamber of Commerce. Marvin and Connie have owned the resort for just over two years. Donner's Bay offers seven year-round cabins, pontoon, boat, and motor rentals, year round bait shop, full bar and kitchen, and 91 octane non ethanol gasoline. Pictured, front row from left, are Associated Bank retiree Maxine Truemper, Nancy Snow of Snow's Family Market, Donner's Bay owners Connie Kniesly and Marvin Schilling, and Jama Johnson Boes of Associated Bank; back row, Deanna Pierpont of Tahoe Lynx Golf Course, Cindy Bodoh of Associated Bank, Sue Schellgell of Schellgell Law Office, Betty Meinholz of Loons Nest Motel, Joyce Brundage of Mercer Lioness, and Bill Brundage of Mercer Lions.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nicolet selected for U.S. Department of Education financial aid experiment
Nicolet College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a national experiment which focuses on reducing student loan debt. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

AV-W introduces kinder "garden"
At Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School, when this year's kindergarten classes move on to first grade, they will leave behind a potentially long-lasting gift of sustainability, nutrition and service. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Some of Minocqua's police protocol examined
In the law enforcement realm, it's important for people, just as with any other job and sometimes, even more so depending on the circumstances, to have days off. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 13, 2017

Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport renews with Delta
SkyWest Airlines and their Delta Connection partner service will officially continue to serve the Rhinelander/Oneida County for the next two years. Beginning Feb. 1, the service, which connects Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to Rhinelander will renew their contract through Jan. 31 2019. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 13, 2017

County releases disciplined employee's name after complaint
Oneida County failed for a week to release the name of a suspended employee whose records The Lakeland Times had requested in December, even though the county was preparing to notify the employee of his right to challenge in court the newspaper's access to them. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 13, 2017

Manitowish Waters fields mixed input on bike trails
After months of deliberation on the highly publicized Manitowish Waters bike trail expansion, citizens of the town were given the opportunity to share their input. Prior to the Jan. 10 town board meeting, nearly 20 visitors shared their vision for the future of the town's popular bike trail routes. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 13, 2017

Rhinelander man found dead at vehicle rollover scene
A 60 year-old Rhinelander man was found dead Saturday night at the scene of a one vehicle accident in the town of Stella. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 13, 2017


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