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home : news July 22, 2017

County denies Marshfield Clinic CUP application
Nick Sabato/River News

Oneida County supervisor Billy Fried advocated for Marshfield Clinic’s conditional use permit application to pass, but was voted down, 3-2, by the planning and development committee on Wednesday, June 14.
Nick Sabato/River News

Oneida County supervisor Billy Fried advocated for Marshfield Clinic’s conditional use permit application to pass, but was voted down, 3-2, by the planning and development committee on Wednesday, June 14.
Wednesday was D-Day, as in deliberation day, for the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee regarding a conditional use permit application for a 12-bed, $30 million hospital proposed by Marshfield Clinic.

The decision was nearly two months in the making, with the original public hearing taking place in April. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 16, 2017


Man suspected of setting vehicle on fire apprehended
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office has in custody a man suspected of setting a vehicle on fire.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Times sues DOJ over redacted records
The Lakeland Times has filed an open-records complaint against the Wisconsin Department of Justice after the law-enforcement agency redacted the names of employees and law-enforcement officers disciplined for various infractions. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 21, 2017

Minocqua denies The Cove's liquor license application
After a lengthy discussion Tuesday, the Minocqua Town Board voted to deny The Cove's liquor license application. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 21, 2017

Minocqua Public Library board discusses LdF funding
The Minocqua Public Library Board of Trustees met Monday to discuss the funding request to the Lac du Flambeau Town Board. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 21, 2017

LUHS School Board votes against using governance program
The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education voted Monday against taking part in what's referred to as a "coherent governance model." (subscriber access)
Friday, July 21, 2017

Michalsen moving to Marshfield
In the June 30 edition of The Lakeland Times, it was reported Matt Michalsen, "the unsuccessful candidate in the contest for the 34th District State Assembly seat in 2016, is expected to resign his seat on the Lake Tomahawk Town Board." (subscriber access)
Friday, July 21, 2017

Decision still on hold for a Plum Lake lake district
Following the June 15 public hearing, which saw area residents of Plum Lake share opinions on the formation of a lake district, the town board reacted to the comments received when they met Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 21, 2017

Senior day care center opens in Rhinelander
Home Away From Home Loving Care, LLC, a senior day care center at 1836 N. Stevens St., welcomed its first clients July 17. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 21, 2017

Sex offender to be released in Vilas County
A convicted sex offender will be released to Vilas County in August.

According to a press release issued by Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath, Steven Burgess, 41, will be residing on Chickaree Lake Road in Eagle River, Vilas County after Aug. 1.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tomahawk man charged with attempted homicide in stabbing case
A 24-year-old Tomahawk man has been charged with attempted homicide in connection with the alleged stabbing of another man July 8 in the township of Bradley.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Tomahawk man charged with attempted homicide in stabbing case
A 24-year-old Tomahawk man has been charged with attempted homicide in connection with the alleged stabbing of another man July 8 in the township of Bradley.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Arbor Vitae approves culvert funding resolution
Meeting in special session for less than five minutes Monday, the Arbor Vitae Town Board approved a resolution to spend $32,750.

Town chairman Frank Bauers said the money will be used to replace a collapsed culvert on Arrowhead Drive. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Lawmakers launch DOT reform effort
Republican lawmakers unleashed an effort late last week to reform the way the state Department of Transportation does business, circulating a package of bills they say would fundamentally alter the way the DOT delivers, finances, and administers state highway projects. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Gov. Walker's opioid abuse task force meets in Minocqua
It was a meeting put together rather quickly.

Vilas County supervisor Marv Anderson, a member of the county board's public health committee and one of four county supervisors in attendance, said he'd only heard about it the day before. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Newbold drafts ordinance to accommodate ATV guidelines
Since April, when the Newbold Town Board voted "no" to allow the opening of town roads to ATV traffic, many advocates of the cause have expressed their disapproval. As a result, the board compromised by offering the opening of certain town roads, with an application and approval process that uses set guidelines. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Ghost legislation' has craft brewers and others stirred up
A piece of legislation rumored to be inserted by the state legislature's finance committee into the state's 2017-19 budget has those in the local Wisconsin craft brewery, winery and distilling business somewhat concerned. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MHLT board meets with 'Adventure Andy'
The Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board invited Andy Teichmiller, owner of Chequamegon Adventure Company in Minocqua, and coworker Bryn Lottig to the Thursday meeting to discuss expanding the outdoor education program. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cassian board discusses trails, engineering contract
Trails, both snowmobile and bike, were a hot topic of discussion July 10 when the Cassian Town Board convened its regular monthly meeting.

On the agenda were two separate trail requests, one for a snowmobile trail and one to establish a bike route. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

VCEDC reviews town forum from June 20
The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation discussed Friday the success of its first town forum held on June 20. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

IrishFest 2017: Celebrating 'green' in the Northwoods
"There is a little Irish in all of us," so the adage goes ...

Literally, that will be true this Thursday when the doors open at Ye Olde Shillelagh for the first day of the second annual IrishFest in Manitowish Waters.

The event runs Thursday through Saturday, July 20-22, starting at 1 p.m. each day. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cloverland house destroyed in blaze
An unoccupied house in the town of Cloverland was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday afternoon. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lake Tomahawk Town Board talks conditional use permit, basketball court
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board met last Wednesday for its regular town meeting. On the agenda was a conditional use permit for Clark Thielig of Bitters and Bull, who was looking to provide permanent outside seating and occasional live music. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boulder Junction officials want open-meetings charges dismissed
Two current members and one former member of the Boulder Junction Town Board are asking the Vilas County circuit court to dismiss charges that they violated the state's open-meetings law in September 2016. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 14, 2017

AV-W changes employee handbook regarding days surrounding breaks
The Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School Board voted Monday to change policies in the employee handbook regarding vacation days before and after scheduled school calendar breaks. (subscriber access)
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Marshfield plans appeal of CUP denial for hospital
Marshfield Clinic will appeal Oneida County's denial of a conditional use permit (CUP) to build a hospital in Minocqua, a Marshfield Clinic official said this week. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 14, 2017

Next step for red brick schoolhouse in St. Germain
The St. Germain Town Board now has a recommendation from a design professional for the town's 1941 red brick schoolhouse.

For years, no one in St. Germain seemed to want to do anything with it. (subscriber access)
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Former credit union employee draws jail, probation for stealing funds
A 24-year-old Rhinelander woman was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail and two years probation after pleading no contest to using her position with the Minocqua branch of Park City Credit Union (PCCU) to steal over $12,000 between October 2016 and Jan. 2, 2017. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 14, 2017

Minocqua Plan Commission OKs church services in vacant building
The Minocqua Plan Commission met for nearly 15 minutes Tuesday morning, and the only new business item was an application for an administrative review permit from Michael Adams. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 14, 2017

Woodruff board discusses year-round weight limits
The Woodruff Town Board discussed repealing year-round weight limits on the roads between Highway 47 and Highway 70 at their board meeting on Tuesday.

Supervisor Ed Richardson questioned why some roads had summer weight limits and restricted through truck traffic while others did not. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Boulder Junction Town Lakes Committee still looking for participation
Another organizational meeting for a potential Boulder Junction Town Lakes Committee was held this past weekend at the community center. Again the meeting brought but meager attendance, but organizer Dick Jenks was encouraged by the fact that new lakes were represented at the meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 14, 2017

UW-Extension reorganization plan comes before committee
The reorganization of the UW-Extension system, prompted by a $3.6 million budget cut back in 2015, is starting to take shape. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 14, 2017

Arbor Vitae, Oneida County to hold further ambulance talks
Arbor Vitae town officials will be talking to Oneida County's emergency management director, Ken Kortenhof, in the near future regarding ambulance service. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

County files motion for summary judgment in jail lawsuit
Attorneys for Oneida County have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two former county jail employees who allege they were subjected to gender discrimination and a hostile work environment. In a motion filed June 9, the county argues Tracey Congleton and Rita Johnson's claims have no merit and should be thrown out. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Memorial wall at Camp American Legion dedicated
In the middle of an interview Friday at Camp American Legion, Gary Wetzel noticed something wrong with the way the American flag was going to be displayed by two U.S. soldiers. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Vilas County discusses Torch Lake RV Park
The Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee met last Wednesday to discuss the Torch Lake RV Park Campground, among other items. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Presque Isle Town Board delays letter to Tom Tiffany
The Presque Town Board decided Thursday to take up a revised version of a letter from the town's economic development committee to State Senator Tom Tiffany at its next meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

LdF approves a two-lot subdivision, bartender's license
In a five minute, regular town board meeting last Wednesday, the Lac du Flambeau Town Board approved a two-lot subdivision and a bartender's license. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Court knocks down noneconomic cap on medical malpractice
A Wisconsin appellate court threw out the state's $750,000 cap on noneconomic medical malpractice awards this week, saying the amount was arbitrary and discriminated against those most injured by treating them differently under the law. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Water bottling plant trial set for November
The water bottling plant in Marenisco, Mich., owned by four partners who make up Carlin Club LLC, is scheduled to be operating by mid-August. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 7, 2017

Minocqua parade nets nearly enough for two Honor Flights
Vietnam-era veteran Wally Obermann went on a Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., last year.

Like so many veterans who have made the trip, his reaction was a positive one. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 7, 2017


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