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Questions posed concerning Minocqua bottling plant
On Aug. 11, Minocqua businessman Bob Rynders presented to the town's plan commission plans for a 24,000 square foot warehouse to be constructed on his property on State Highway 70 west of Minocqua. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Vilas County among those preparing for 'new' family care
The passage in July of the 2015-17 budget for the state of Wisconsin and what it means for residents of northeast Wisconsin and more precisely those in Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties, was a topic of discussion at last week's meeting of the Vilas County board's social services committee. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Peace pole won't be erected in Minocqua
At its Aug. 4 meeting, the Minocqua town board was approached by Terry Hoyt to erect a peace pole in the town's Veterans Park at the corner of Front Street and U.S. Highway 51. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Moose population decline: Researchers say don't overlook wolf impact
It's all the rage to blame a precipitous decline in the Minnesota moose population on climate change, but a 2014 study by a well-known wolf researcher concludes that wolves may play a more significant role than believed. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

County library board to ask for budget increase
Fiscal issues were the focus of the Oneida County Library Board's meeting last Thursday as the group discussed upcoming budget issues. (Subscriber access)
Monday, August 24, 2015

Water bottling plant CUP OK'd by town board
The Minocqua town board on Tuesday approved a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a proposed water bottling plant to be built on property owned by Bob Rynders of Minocqua off of State Highway 70 West. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 21, 2015

Tiffany defends zoning changes
State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) came to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to talk about the recently enacted state budget and a multitude of its provisions he said were good for Oneida County and northern Wisconsin, but the crowd and county supervisors had mostly one issue on their minds: Shoreland zoning. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 21, 2015

Group seeks endangered species listing for moose
First it was bats and now it's moose: The environmental group Center for Biological Diversity has filed a petition seeking federal Endangered Species Act protection for moose found in several midwestern states, including Wisconsin. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 21, 2015

Foster care issue in Vilas County in critical shape
Vilas County's social services committee met with state officials Monday to discuss funding for substitute care. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 21, 2015

Veterans to travel by bus to The High Ground near Neillsville
Vietnam veteran Frank Zagar is putting together a trip for veterans.
Friday, August 21, 2015

Sentencing hearing in animal hospital embezzlement case expected to last 2 hours
The court has set aside two hours for the sentencing of a 48-year-old Arbor Vitae woman who has admitted to stealing over $10,000 from a local animal hospital.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Missing 87-year-old woman found near Vandercook Lake
An 87-year-old woman went missing near Snyder Road in Arbor Vitae early Tuesday morning, and was located around 5:22 a.m., according to a press release from the Vilas County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sen. Baldwin tours CNNF logging site
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made a stop in Rhinelander Thursday to meet with forestry leaders in the wake of a key component of the 2014 Farm Bill that made it possible for timber harvesting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to increase by 25 percent. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Problems with Indiana BP refinery affect Lakeland fuel prices
Crude oil prices continue to drop, but in the last week the price of gas at the pump hasn't followed suit, not only in the Lakeland area but other parts of Wisconsin. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Building rebound now but 2014 was woeful
The overall economy has been slowly recovering for a few years in the Northwoods - tourism has been on the uptick, for example - but the building and construction economy has been in the doldrums, and, according to a new report, hit rock bottom in 2014 in Oneida County. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lake Tomahawk board rejects ATV route
The Cross Country Cruisers (CCC) and Lakeland ATV Club asked Lake Tomahawk town officials last month to extend a proposed ATV route to an existing multi-use trail in town. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Two peace poles to be placed on town property in Woodruff
Woodruff officials have accepted two peace poles from the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church and will place them on town land. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Minocqua town board OKs Lee Road project and two others
The improvement of Lee Road's intersection with U.S. Highway 51 was one of three road projects approved by the Minocqua town board last week. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Citizen disputes St. Germain bid process
Last week's meeting of the St. Germain town board began with a contentious dispute regarding the bidding process for the installation of LED lights at the town's veterans monument. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LUHS board to rework administrator job description
The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education met Thursday to continue developing a long-term administrative leadership model. (Subscriber access)
Monday, August 17, 2015

County J project set to begin after Labor Day
A project designed to improve County Highway J between U.S. Highway 51 and State Highway 47 is scheduled to begin Sept. 8. (Public access)
Monday, August 17, 2015

CUP approved for bottling plant
The Minocqua plan commission on Tuesday approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for the construction of a water bottling plant that will process and bottle water from the Lake Superior Water Basin. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2015

Governor denies open records request
Gov. Scott Walker has denied a Lakeland Times request for records produced and received by his office for a two-week period, his office informed the paper this week. (Public access)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Animal clinic embezzlement case hits another snag
A 48-year-old Arbor Vitae woman who pled no contest in June to embezzling $30,000 while employed at the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua is still awaiting sentencing after her case hit another snag Wednesday afternoon.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sherwin Williams files lawsuit against Henricks
Legal woes are continuing for John Henricks, the former owner of Custom Collision in Rhinelander, who is now being sued by Sherwin Williams for breach of contract. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2015

Woodruff man facing domestic abuse charges
A 45-year-old Woodruff man is facing a felony and two misdemeanor charges with the domestic abuse and repeater enhancers following an incident Aug. 5. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2015

LdF teen waives preliminary hearing on felony charge, misdemeanors
A 17-year-old Lac du Flambeau youth charged in two cases connected to incidents that allegedly occurred at Lakeland Union High School at the end of the previous school year had a warrant issued for his arrest last week after he failed to show up for a preliminary hearing. He later made a voluntary appearance and waived the hearing. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2015

Vilas sheriff introduces resolution for seven vehicles
The Vilas County Law Enforcement Committee on Monday approved four resolutions for equipment in the sheriff's office and jail. The proposals will now be sent to the finance committee for consideration. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Counties Association: Repeal or clarify shoreland ordinances
In the wake of the recent state budget bill, a confidential July 29 legal memorandum from attorneys for the Wisconsin Counties Association is advising counties to repeal or otherwise clarify portions of their ordinances that regulate shoreland matters more restrictively than the DNR. (Subscriber access)
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Man on outstanding warrants apprehended in Rhinelander
A Wausau man sought by Marathon and Rock counties since 2008 was apprehended in Rhinelander Monday.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Man accused of attacking deputy was wanted on sexual assault, other charges
A 27-year-old Rhinelander man wanted on felony charges including first-degree sexual assault, intercourse with a person under 12 and escaping criminal arrest, allegedly pepper-sprayed a Lincoln County deputy when he attempted to arrest him on the outstanding warrants and eluded capture for several hours Aug. 6 outside of Tomahawk. (Subscriber access)
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lambert Road parking issue not on Aug. 18 Minocqua agenda
The Minocqua town board will not discuss the parking situation on Lambert Road at its Aug. 18 meeting. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Arbor Vitae to request speed limit reduction for part of Hwy. 51
Motorists on what is known as the U.S. Highway 51 "corridor" through Arbor Vitae may soon see a change in the speed limit. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bass Lake Road to be widened, resurfaced this month
A much-delayed upgrade to Bass Lake Road off County Highway J in Woodruff will get underway on or before Aug. 17.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Johnson makes a campaign stop in Minocqua
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson visited Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty in Minocqua Saturday where he answered questions about a master agreement of the Good Neighbor Authority, recently finalized by the U.S. Forest Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as well as the problems at the Veterans Administration hospital in Tomah. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MHLT to add parking lot
The Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk (MHLT) school board last week agreed to spend up to $150,000 to build a 102-stall parking lot for employee use during school hours and to make other improvements to existing parking areas such as new striping to assist parents dropping off and picking up students. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jet traffic down, jet fuel sales up at Lakeland Airport
The sale of jet fuel at Lakeland Airport in Arbor Vitae is on the rise. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LdF board to fund environmental study
The Lac du Flambeau town board is preparing to conduct an environmental study on a parcel of land adjacent to the town hall, chairman Matt Gaulke reported at Wednesday's town board meeting. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Teen who broke into scene of homicide draws probation
The 18-year-old Rhinelander man who broke into the scene of a double homicide earlier this year in the town of Piehl avoided prison by pleading no contest to a lesser charge Aug. 4 in Oneida County Circuit Court. (Subscriber access)
Monday, August 10, 2015

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino receives national recognition
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino received national recognition from its peers in the casino marketing industry, winning two gold Romero awards and three honorable mentions during the prestigious 2015 Casino Marketing Conference held July 14-16 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The conference is co-produced by Raving Consulting and Casino Journal.

Monday, August 10, 2015

C-123 airplanes and agent orange
Some Air Force Reservists who were crew members on C-123 provider aircraft, formerly used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, have raised health concerns about exposure to residual amounts of herbicides on plane surfaces. Responding to these concerns, the VA asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study possible exposure and increase in adverse health effects in C-123 crew members.

Monday, August 10, 2015

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