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October 22, 2017

County board will pursue Enterprise land purchase
After viewing property appraisals in closed session, and after a short but spirited discussion in open session, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors is proceeding with its effort to purchase two separate properties totaling 231 acres for the county forest: the privately owned land surrounds Gillette and Wickham lakes in the town of Enterprise. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Lighting the flame
Approximately 400 to 450 people attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Winegar American Post 480's Wilderness Veterans Memorial Saturday in Presque Isle. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Broadband tower could benefit Minocqua residents
At Monday afternoon's Minocqua Board of Supervisors meeting, Phil Albert from Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) presented information about possible broadband towers which would be created with a PCS Broadband Grant. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Minocqua sex offender ordinance elicits comments and concerns
Tuesday, the Minocqua Board of Supervisors became the latest small municipality in northern Wisconsin to debate instituting a sex offender residency ordinance within its control boundaries. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

VCEDC reviews business survey
The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation held its regular board of directors meeting last week at the Vilas County Courthouse to review a Vilas County business survey and also take a look internally at its strengths and where it was going moving forward. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Eagle River man charged with homicide in September shooting
An Eagle River man accused of killing a 20-year-old Conover man after firing a gun he thought was unloaded has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a weapon (restricted controlled substance) and homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Judge sets deadlines in toddler death case
The case against a 29-year-old Rhinelander woman accused of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of her 20-month-old stepson April has not yet reached the trial stage but deadlines were set Tuesday for attorneys on both sides to disclose experts. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Building a foundation for autism education
During an Oct. 16 meeting, Lakeland Times publisher Gregg Walker and other Northwoods residents provided the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board with updates on the new educational site it's seeking to have opened in the area. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

What Trump's health care actions mean for Wisconsin
President Donald Trump last week made good on threats to take executive action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, signing an executive order that will loosen marketplace requirements for those buying and selling insurance and ending billions of dollars in subsidies to big insurance companies. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Annual Taste of the North event comes to an end
In a statement released on Oct. 16, the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce confirmed its ambassadors are ending the long-running "Taste of the North" fundraising event.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Winchester voters turn down town hall project
Residents of the town of Winchester voted Tuesday not to proceed with a project that would add offices on the north side of the municipal building. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Administration committee deliberates Oneida budget
In meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Oneida County Administration Committee went through the 2018 budget for the region and deliberated on what to remove, and what to approve and send onward to the county board in November. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Substitute care in Vilas County remains a challenge
In 2014, the Vilas County board budgeted for 2015 $650,000 in the county social services budget for substitute care, which includes adoption and foster care. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Marvelous medicine in the Minocqua area
Normally, the stereotype of a hospital in a rural area is multifaceted and negative. One need not look too far to find reports in various media outlets about poor quality, closed maternity wards and non-urban Americans struggling to pay various medical bills. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

St. Germain sends draft ambulance agreement for review
The St. Germain Town Board on Thursday tabled for review a draft agreement for ambulance service with the town of Plum Lake. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MJ1 artist in residence program continues onward
The Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board approved another year of funding for the recently launched artist in residence program during the board meeting on Oct. 9. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ATV ordinance to be discussed at Oct. 26 meeting
Newbold held a relatively light town board meeting on Oct. 13. Discussion and action at the meeting included approval of an aquatic invasive species prevention grant for Two Sisters Lake and approval of purchase of a new voter machine. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hazelhurst sees final reading of sex offender ordinance
At last month's Hazelhurst Town Board meeting, the board heard the first reading of Ordinance 17-02, Sex Offender Residency Restrictions-Loitering. At this month's town board meeting, town chairman Tom Cushing provided the second and final reading of that ordinance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jarchow calls out Conservation Congress lobbying
The chairman of Wisconsin's Conservation Congress has been busy trying to dissuade legislators from supporting draft legislation to amend the state's wetland permitting laws, and state Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) called him out last week, saying he was engaged in inappropriate lobbying. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Woodruff firetruck discussion ignites
The Woodruff Town Board took some heat from Woodruff firefighters in regards to the ongoing firetruck discussion at its Tuesday town board meeting.

Supervisor Ed Richardson began the conversation by asserting that the maximum amount to be allotted for a used firetruck should be $200,000. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Towns get closer to ambulance agreement
There is a plan for an ambulance service in the town of St. Germain and according to the draft of an agreement between the town and the town of Plum Lake, it would be in place by June 1, 2018. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Short-term rentals now legal through Wisconsin
Homeowners who have been prevented by their municipalities from renting their homes on a short-term basis can now do so under certain conditions, under a late amendment to the state budget bill that Gov. Scott Walker did not veto. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Another candidate for Oneida County Sheriff
The field of candidates in the Oneida County Sheriff's race - still more than a year away - has grown by one more.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Indoor tennis facility pitched to Brandy Park Commission
The town boards for Arbor Vitae and Woodruff will meet jointly soon regarding a proposal to build an indoor tennis/racquet ball court facility on what is now the north baseball diamond at Brandy Lake Park. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Vilas County Courthouse exterior to receive partial restoration
As part of his progress report to the Vilas County Public Property Committee on Tuesday, Samuels Group - the contractor working on the renovations - vice president Kurt Berner revealed the entrance to the building which faces Court Street will be restored to its 1930s appearance when work is completed. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Transit commission looking at fiscal director
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, the board that oversees Northwoods Transit Connections, is in what chairman Erv Teichmiller said are preliminary discussions about the hiring of a fiscal manager. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

120 AV-W students now CPR certified
Although not specifically stated on the agenda, district administrator Jocelyn Smith used part of her time at the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School Board meeting Monday to inform the board of the 120 seventh and eighth grade students who are now CPR certified. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Minocqua resident in state patrol training
A Lakeland area resident has begun a 26-week training program at the State Patrol Academy on Ft. McCoy.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Supreme Court to hear major case on TIF districts
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case raising constitutional questions about tax incremental finance districts, a case filed more than two years ago by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty on behalf of a group of Eau Claire taxpayers. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Mining moratorium bill moves forward
State Sen. Tom Tiffany's bill to repeal Wisconsin's mining moratorium took a major step forward late last week, with the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry voting 3-2 to move the bill to the full Senate for action. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tribal council general election held
A manual recount of ballots was done following the Oct. 3 general election conducted by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

St. Germain Town Board decides on square footage
The St. Germain Town Board, meeting Wednesday in special session, moved the red brick schoolhouse/community center issue forward by deciding on a square footage amount. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stenz shuts down water bottling plant
On Thursday, Forest County Circuit Court judge Leon Stenz essentially shot down the effort, at least at the circuit court level, to use water from Carlin Lake in Presque Isle for a water bottling plant in Marenisco, Mich. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rotary Youth Exchange: Experience of a lifetime
The Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program began locally in 1977 and has sent more than 70 Lakeland Union High School students abroad since. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Arbor Vitae approves ATV route
All terrain vehicle operators in Arbor Vitae are one step closer to riding more extensive routes after the Arbor Vitae Town Board approved additional ATV routes at its meeting on Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

LdF Public School approves 2018 budget
On Wednesday the Lac du Flambeau Public School Board approved the 2017-2018 budget to be brought to the budget presentation and annual meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Boulder Junction Town Board mulls multiple budget options
In an apparent first, the Boulder Junction Town Board debated during a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4, giving town electors two budget proposals to choose from at their next meeting in November. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vilas County budget hearing Oct. 24
Vilas County's finance director, Jason Hilger, feels comfortable with the proposed county budget for 2018. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Former Oneida County employee to receive another dedication
Towards the end of the meeting last Wednesday, the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee discussed naming a second property after former Oneida County forest director Werner Zimmer. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Down in the dumps
The Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee discussed challenges facing the Landfill Venture Group (LVG) and its proposed expansion of the Highway G Landfill during its meeting on Oct. 5. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In sexual assault case, truth is a hard-won thing
These days, former Oneida County detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach is fighting battles on multiple, though connected, fronts - she continues to try to clear her name for what she says are trumped up charges of misconduct against her, and she is pursuing justice in the criminal prosecution of the man she says raped her in 2011, former Oneida County deputy Lee Lech. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 6, 2017

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