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Trump wins Wisconsin, presidency
Republican billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump stunned the nation and the world with a historic victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton Tuesday, winning Wisconsin and other traditionally Democratic states in a historic triumph.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Oneida County Committee appears to violate open meetings law
On the heels of a report by Richard Moore in the Nov. 25 edition of The Lakeland Times that stated Oneida County agreed to pay the paper more than $50,000 in legal fees for an open records trial, it has been discovered that the county may be in further trouble. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Minocqua library to cut back services for Arbor Vitae users
The decision by the Arbor Vitae Town Board to reduce its contribution to the Minocqua Public Library in 2017 to $20,000 has resulted in what library director Mary Taylor called "service adjustments." (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

LUHS school board discusses school report card
After a busy month, board members had much to deliberate on during their Nov. 28 meeting. The Lakeland Union High School Board discussed a multitude of topics including the recently presented school report card, progress on funding for the upcoming outdoor renovation project, and installation of new rooftop solar panels.(subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Plan commission OKs CUP for new Unique Floors owner
The Minocqua Plan Commission has approved a conditional use permit application for what had been Unique Floors and Interiors. The building and property, owned by Bonnie Jennings - widow of Bryan Jennings, the town supervisor who passed away Sept. 8 after being struck by lightning two days before - is being purchased by Adam Alesauskas. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Mercer School District scores 88 on DPI report card
Erik Torkelson, district administrator of the Mercer school district, was excited to announce that Mercer received an 88 on their report card from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the 2015-16 school year. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Nicolet suspends graphic design program
Nicolet Area Technical College will be suspending their graphic design program for three years as soon as the current students in the program have completed their courses. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Elections commission approves presidential recount timeline
Green Party candidate Jill Stein wants a recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, and she's going to get one - though not the one she wanted - after paying almost $3.5 million to the state. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

A star for Minocqua's Christmas tree
When Minocqua's Christmas tree was lit Saturday, it was topped off with a new star, a star made by a man who wanted to do something for the community. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

DNR begins implementation of major effort to better align resources with stakeholder priorities
Following a yearlong effort to analyze staff resources and prioritize core work, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wednesday announced implementation plans for a strategic effort to better align its functions and organizational structure with the changing needs of customers and stakeholders. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Education in the workforce: What level of higher education is needed?
Last month, the Pew Research Center released a detailed analysis of the U.S. workforce. The study analyzed trends in wage, gender, political views, job satisfaction and educational beliefs. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

One killed when car and semi collide on U.S. Highway 8
One person was killed Wednesday afternoon when an automobile and a semi-truck collided on U.S. Highway 8 near Detienne Road in the town of Crescent. According to sheriff's captain Terri Hook, the preliminary investigation indicates the automobile was traveling eastbound on Highway 8 when it crossed the centerline and struck the truck head on.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thanksgiving eve blaze destroys Agawak Road home
No one was hurt in a fire Wednesday afternoon that destroyed a two story home on Agawak Road in the town of Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Oneida County discusses employees taking home county vehicles
Last week, the Oneida County Public Works and Solid Waste Committee discussed the ramifications of county employees taking home county vehicles. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Judge enjoins overtime rule from taking effect
A federal judge last week blocked a rule by the Obama administration that would extend mandatory overtime pay to some 4.2 million salaried employees, pending final outcome of a lawsuit filed by 21 states and multiple business groups opposing it. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Woodruff changes employee health insurance to M3
Last week, the Woodruff Town Board approved switching their medical insurance carrier to M3 Insurance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Minocqua J1 school district scores 85.7 on DPI report card
Dr. Ellis, Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School district administrator, was buzzing with excitement as he announced the school district's report card for the 2015-16 school year from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nomination papers for spring election ready to go Thursday
The nation just completed its latest presidential election and now it's time to gear up for the next round of elections. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday season brings surge in fake apps
As the holiday season begins, a surge in shopping will take place all over the country. Shoppers will be on the lookout for the best deal possible, many of which will be found online. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lake of the Torches donates $2,000 to help promote new business development in Vilas County
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino recently donated $2,000 to the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation to help promote and sustain healthy business development throughout the county.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nasi Construction showcased on Travel Channel's 'Hotel Impossible'
Watch Travel Channel's 'Hotel Impossible' at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 Wayne Nasi Construction in Hurley will be showcased as the general contractor. Wayne Nasi chose local subcontractors Munn's Industrial and Home Cleaning Service and Superior Drywall to work with his team to tackle the project. For more information about the episode, visit www.travelchannel.com/shows/hotel-impossible.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pointe manager receives Spirit of Hospitality Award
The Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association has honored front desk manager Dan Hoehn of the Pointe Hotel & Suites and Conference Center in Minocqua with one of its annual Spirit of Hospitality awards. Winners are nominated for their exemplary service by property owners or other key management.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Deer feeding and baiting still an issue
Feeding and baiting of deer has been banned in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties after a deer testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease was killed at a game farm in Three Lakes. With that positive finding, any county within 10 miles of that farm was subject to the ban. The ban went into effect on Jan. 11 of this year, but still some people are not following the rules of the ban. There is no ban on the sale of bait or feed. However, placing feed or bait out for deer is illegal in our tri-county area. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

MHLT holds public hearing for potential additions
The Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board held a public hearing for the initial resolution regarding the borrowing of up to $900,000 in general obligation bonds for a potential project at their regular meeting on Nov. 21. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Oneida County agrees to pay more than $50,000 in open-records case
Oneida County has agreed to pay The Lakeland Times more than $50,000 in attorneys' fees and court costs as a final settlement in an open-records lawsuit the county lost to The Times. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Carlin Lake Association files suit to stop water pumping at Carlin Club
The primary investors in a controversial water bottling plant being built in Marenisco, Mich. are being sued. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Eagle River Fab Lab slated to open in January
Earlier this year, Northland Pines Middle School in Eagle River was informed they will receive one of the state's Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) grants. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Oneida County CVSO plans Veterans Benefits Expo for 2017
The state of veterans is often a concerning discussion for those around the country. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Three Lakes board approves 2017 budget
The Three Lakes Town Board approved the town's 2017 budget and tax levy Nov. 15 after presenting it to over 70 qualified electors at the annual town budget meeting. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Three Lakes board addresses referendum results
Following the annual budget meetings on Nov. 15, the Three Lakes Town Board held a regular meeting to discuss the results of its Nov. 8 referendums. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Local business chosen to decorate Governor's Mansion
JJ's Acres in Woodruff was chosen, for the second time, to decorate the outside of the Governor's Mansion in Madison on Tuesday, Nov. 15. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Forest Riders take delivery on new Pisten Bully
The Minocqua Forest Riders goal of buying a new Pisten Bully came to fruition after several years of fundraising as the $180,000 piece of equipment was delivered on Tuesday. Pictured, from left, are Jim Heller, Pat Harkin and Curt Christensen from the Minocqua Forest Riders and Pat Swanson, sales representative for Pisten Bully. This piece of equipment will replace an older Husqvarna machine that was recently sold.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Oneida County approves fee schedule for white arrow signs
Oneida County will begin charging for the installation of white arrow signs in the right-of-way throughout the county. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Appeals panel tosses Wisconsin legislative redistricting maps
In a ruling that caught everyone by surprise, a three-judge federal court of appeals panel threw out this week Assembly district maps drawn by the state's Republican Legislature in 2011. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Study: Occupational licensing costs consumers $1.9 billion
Occupational licenses administered by Wisconsin's Department of Safety and Professional Services fence workers out of opportunities and cost consumers nearly $2 billion, according to a new study by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Shop Small Business Saturday: Support local business Nov. 26
For the shopper

This week kicks off the year's largest shopping season, starting with Black Friday. The following day, Small Business Saturday, can be just as important, particularly for smaller areas like the Lakeland Area.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

LUHS scores 62.9 on DPI report card
There was a bit of sombering news at the Nov. 17 Lakeland Union High School Curriculum Committee meeting. Director of curriculum, instruction and assessment Rob Way presented the high school's 2015-16 school report card from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction which denoted that LUHS "meets few expectations," with an overall score of 62.9, just a tenth of a point from the "meets expectations" category. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Minocqua board approves 2017 budget
The Town of Minocqua met Thursday evening to review the proposed 2017 budget.

After hearing the proposal and a public hearing, the budget was unanimously approved. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hanson makes request to DNR to reinstate bike trail application
Fireworks exploded once again in Manitowish Waters as town chairman John Hanson informed the planning commission on Nov. 16 that he has made a request to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to reinstate their once revoked bike trail application. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Arbor Vitae's 2017 budget approved
The 2017 budget for the town of Arbor Vitae was approved Wednesday.

The three step process - public hearing on the budget, meeting of the electors to approve the budget and special town board meeting to formally adopt the budget - took roughly 12 minutes to complete. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Oneida County Board rejects push for tighter boathouse rules
How big of a boathouse is too big? At what size does a boathouse threaten the quality of adjacent water bodies?

These questions have been hotly debated in Oneida County for years and the county board meeting on Nov. 15 brought another skirmish as the board voted 9-10 to reject a resolution brought by supervisors Bob Mott and Jack Sorenson who were hoping to limit the size of boathouses to 480 feet. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


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