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Questions raised about Minocqua condo project
Construction has already started on four units of the “Bayview Condominiums,” which have been authorized through an administrative review permit.Dean Hall/Lakeland Times

Construction has already started on four units of the “Bayview Condominiums,” which have been authorized through an administrative review permit.

Dean Hall/Lakeland Times

A proposal to build a $4 million, 24-unit condominium on Minocqua Lake faced a bevy of questions last week as the Minocqua Plan Commission began review of an application seeking a conditional use permit for the project. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Town board approves fee for farmers market

Communication between the town of Minocqua and the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce was the theme of a brief town board meeting Tuesday. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 22, 2015

$2 million auditorium upgrade approved at LUHS

The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education last week signed off on a $2 million set of upgrades to the school’s auditorium. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 22, 2015

County approves Heal Creek compromise

In what is being described as a win-win outcome for stakeholders and taxpayers alike, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors approved a divestment plan Tuesday for 272 acres of county-owned property near Rhinelander. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Petco Foundation 'invests' $100,000 in Oneida County Humane Society

Those in attendance at the Oneida County Humane Society’s second annual Furball Saturday at Reulands in Minocqua were treated to a huge surprise when the Petco Foundation presented a $100,000 lifesaving grant to the animal welfare organization. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Minocqua J-1 School District to consider expanding charter schools

The Minocqua J-1 School District currently hosts two charter schools, Woodland Charter School and Creative Minds Charter School, and the demand for admission into those schools continues to rise. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

LdF man accused of child sexual assault

A 31-year-old Lac du Flambeau man is facing six felony charges in Vilas County Circuit Court in two cases involving alleged improper sexual contact with children under the age of 13. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Drop box part of anti-drug effort

There’s now a place in Minocqua where people can safely dispose of out-of-date prescription medications. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Likely cost of new highway department pushes higher

Oneida County supervisors continued to adjust and fine tune design plans for the county’s highway department Thursday, tweaking options both for a new facility and a remodeled one, while questions lingered over the work performed by the county’s design firm. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

McNaughton inmates give back to the community

Correctional facilities don’t typically conjure up thoughts and images of volunteerism and civic engagement, but McNaughton Correctional Facility in Lake Tomahawk is trying to change that. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mother of missing boy charged with violating court ruling

The mother of a 15-year-old Lakeland Union High School student who has been missing since April 28 was charged Wednesday with contempt of court. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New scoreboards installed at LUHS

Lakeland Union High School recently installed the second batch of new scoreboards, replacing some equipment that was nearly three decades old. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Government reform battles in the backwaters

The early years of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration were marked by major upheavals in state politics — demonstrations in the street, recall elections, even death threats. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Man missing near Presque Isle found early Monday morning

A 78-year-old Blue Mounds, Wisconsin man who had gone missing while hiking in the Catherine Wolter Nature Conservancy near Presque Isle Sunday afternoon was found by search and rescue personnel just over 12 hours after he was reported missing.


Monday, May 18, 2015

20th Never Forgotten Honor Flight takes off out of Mosinee

Approximately 60 people sat waiting, all of them wearing dark green polo shirts with “Never Forgotten Honor Flight Guardian” on the left chest. (Public access)


Friday, May 15, 2015

Kleinhans' status under review

The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education is reviewing what role District Administrator Todd Kleinhans will have in the coming school year, even though his contract does not expire until next summer. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Police searching for teen at center of custody dispute

Reed Smolinksi, a 15-year-old Lakeland Union High School student, has been missing since April 28. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Economic development agency: Still a mess

The Legislative Audit Bureau has released another audit of the state’s principal economic development agency, and once again it has found a flawed department that does not follow its own policies, much less state law. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Compromise proposed on Heal Creek land

Groups vying to use 272 acres of Oneida County-owned land west of Rhinelander have struck a potential deal. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

St. Germain board discusses website, red brick schoolhouse

The St. Germain town board met Monday for its first regular meeting since the spring elections. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Firefighters learn about trenches in Arbor Vitae

Approximately 20 firefighters from the Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, Pike Lake and Superior fire departments attended a class Saturday that dealt with a topic most departments in the area have little background in — trench rescue.  (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

FCC bids to pre-empt state laws

A civics question: Is it possible for an independent federal agency that does not answer to the president of the United States or to Congress to simply decide to pre-empt a state law and declare it null and void? (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Review begins for proposed Minocqua condo

Minocqua’s Plan Commission on Tuesday will take up an application for a conditional use permit to build the second phase of a $4 million condominium development along Minocqua Lake, dubbed “Bayview Condominiums.”


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

No action taken on Times open meetings complaint

Vilas County District Attorney Albert Moustakis has responded to a complaint filed by Gregg Walker, publisher of The Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News, regarding an alleged open meetings violation. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sign bought for park complex

The Minocqua Park Complex along State Highway 70 West will soon have a new sign. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sisco draws jail time on probation revocation in Lincoln County

The 22-year-old Tomahawk man who traveled to Central Indiana with a 17-year-old Rhinelander area girl accused of killing her parents will spend some time behind bars. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Signs would point to side-street businesses

Businesses in downtown Minocqua are applauding a measure to promote foot traffic on side streets using directional signs. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Moratorium sought on massive feedlots

Oneida County is considering a moratorium on large factory farms — known as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs — until formal rules can be enacted about where they should be located in the county. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit against O.C. supervisor

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has thrown out a libel lawsuit against Oneida County Supervisor Bob Mott, but the matter may not yet be over. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crying in their red ink: Revenue estimates remain the same

Wisconsin’s weather has been unusually dry and sliding back toward drought lately, but GOP lawmakers might not have noticed after the Legislative Fiscal Bureau rained on their budget parade last week. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Community rallies after senior center fire
Holy Family Catholic Church staffHoly Family Catholic Church staff
Holy Family Catholic Church will host the meal program for area seniors after a fire last week destroyed the Lakeland Senior Center ... A key reason for that decision is that the church has a large kitchen and commercial-grade steam table, which will be used to keep food warm, according to Jacobson.
Friday, May 8, 2015

Boulder Junction board forms snowplow committee

Summer is right around the corner, but the town of Boulder Junction is focused on a decidedly winter-related chore. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 8, 2015

New town board in Plum Lake makes moves to correct errors

Plum Lake’s new town board met April 21 for its first work session since the April 7 election. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tiffany pushes local option sales tax for transportation

State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) have introduced a bill to give Wisconsin voters the legal ability to raise revenue for road repairs and street maintenance through a local-option sales tax. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 8, 2015

County clarifies RV dwelling ordinance

Oneida County would require people who use recreational vehicles as a dwelling for more than five consecutive days to obtain a zoning permit, according to a proposed ordinance amendment. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Could proposed EPA ozone rules actually kill people?

It’s time for the summer smog season in many urban areas around the United States, and that means it’s time for the latest push for proposed clean-air regulations by the Obama administration. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 8, 2015

MPD gets drug money

The Minocqua Police Department has received $3,000 in forfeited assets after helping solve a drug case. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lakeland Senior Center destroyed by fire
The Lakeland Senior Center in the town of Woodruff was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported.

Woodruff Fire Chief Mike Timmons told The Lakeland Times Wednesday morning the fire was discovered after Woodruff and Minocqua police officers responded to a burglar alarm.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Vilas board OKs contracts for courthouse study

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors has taken another step toward the possible renovation and expansion of the courthouse in Eagle River. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Proposed Minocqua condo gets early OK

A proposal to build a new condominium along Minocqua Lake has cleared the first regulatory hurdle. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kleinhans' contract not extended

Lakeland Union High School’s Board of Education voted unanimously last week not to extend the employment contract of District Administrator Todd Kleinhans, potentially in violation of Wisconsin’s open meetings law. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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