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Judges balance treatment, punishment in sentencing heroin defendants

Once someone has been charged with a heroin-related crime, their next step is to appear before a circuit court judge. Judge Michael Bloom presides over Oneida County Branch II while those charged in Vilas County go before Judge Neal “Chip” Nielsen III (Oneida County Branch I Judge Patrick O’Melia declined to be interviewed for this series). (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014


'On the map'

Wavering Park in the town of Phelps was the site Saturday for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony. (Public access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

O.C. jail housing Marathon County inmates

An old but lucrative lodging service has returned to Oneida County – one that caters to a very specialized out-of-town clientele: inmates. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Federal government denies railroad grant

The United States Department of Transportation in September turned down a grant application submitted by the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Minocqua police to test new work hours

Police in Minocqua are set to try a new work schedule next year that one official says will benefit officers and the community. (Public access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Progress made between St. Germain town board members

The St. Germain town board will have committees as one of the items on the agenda for its next regular meeting in November. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Woodruff man gets second OWI in Tuesday arrest

A 21-year-old Woodruff man is facing a host of charges in Oneida County Circuit Court after a night of drinking landed him in jail and in serious trouble after his alleged actions at the Minocqua Walmart. (Public access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two arrested in Internet crimes against children sting

Two men arrested in the City of Rhinelander on Friday as part of a statewide undercover operation conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made their initial court appearances Monday afternoon in Oneida County Circuit Court before Branch II Judge Michael Bloom. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shining a light on night deer hunting

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago sided with Chippewa tribes over the State of Wisconsin concerning the right of the tribes to deer hunt after dark on territory ceded in the 1800s. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Voters won't need photo ID after all

Recent polls show that large numbers of voters didn’t know a photo ID requirement was in place for the state’s Nov. 4 general election – even though most supported it – and now, it turns out, they didn’t need to know, after a U.S. Supreme Court split decision late last week put the law on hold. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Concerns raised over pay for Gabert daughter

In May, shortly before the Lakeland Union High School Board of Education was set to consider hiring a new English teacher, its president, Tom Gabert, walked out of the board’s meeting room to abstain from the vote. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Proposed county budget would slightly increase taxes

Property owners in Oneida County could see slightly more expensive tax bills this coming December under a draft Oneida County budget. (Subscriber access)


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Court to help England find lawyer

A federal judge will help former Oneida County Medical Examiner Traci England defend a lawsuit from her jail cell. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 13, 2014

A lower heating bill is possible for this winter

Americans will spend less money this winter on heating compared to last year, according to estimates from the federal government. (Public access)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Oneida County Sheriff's Department takes part in online child sex sting

Two men were arrested in the City of Rhinelander Friday as part of a statewide undercover operation conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that led to 24 arrests in total. (Public access)


Monday, October 13, 2014

St. Germaine elected Lac du Flambeau tribal president

Henry “Butch” St. Germaine, Sr. was elected president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal Council on Tuesday. (Public access)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Taxpayer dollars flow to tribes to sue .... taxpayers

A recent court decision has put a spotlight on the ability of Native American tribes to use federal tax dollars to fund litigation to protect treaty rights – essentially using tax dollars to sue taxpayers – and it turns out the spigot is wide open. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School looking to revive tech ed program

In the southern end of Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School, in room 315, stools sit atop islands of wood-topped workstations, while saws, drills, toolboxes and electrical equipment stand along the walls. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

MHLT to look at new after school bus transportation policy

The Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School District board of education will, at its next regular meeting in November, look at a recently enacted policy regarding after school bus transportation for students. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Prosecutor treats heroin defendants with tough compassion

Once a heroin case has been investigated, or an addict is caught with the drug on their person, the case is sent to Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek for review. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Official: County forecloses on record number of homes

Oneida County has likely foreclosed on more homes this past year than at any time prior, according to the county Treasurer’s office. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Into the home stretch, Walker takes the lead by a nose

The Wisconsin gubernatorial race is heading into its final weeks, and, as it does, the contours of the election are returning to normal for a mid-term election in the Badger state. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wetzler to step down from chamber

Beth Wetzler, the community events coordinator for the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, will retire at the end of the month. (Public access)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Meet Minocqua's new public works director

Minocqua has a new public works director. (Public access)


Monday, October 6, 2014

New state shoreland zoning rules in effect

It’s official: Counties have less than two years to comply with new state rules governing shoreland zoning. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Vilas County Finance Committee gives OK to move forward

Vilas County edged closer to eliminating the elected position of county coroner Friday. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 6, 2014

LdF School sets budget, levy rate for 2014-15 school year

At a meeting last week, the Board of Education of the Lac du Flambeau School was presented the best figures possible of the budget for the 2014-15 school year by the district superintendent. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Hwy. Y roadwork bids to be reissued after lawsuit

More than a year after Oneida County was sued over allegations it botched the bidding process for roadwork on County Highway Y, officials have decided to reissue bids for the project. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Minocqua bridge work
Workers with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation use a truck-mounted boom Wednesday to perform concrete patching to areas of the U.S. Highway 51 bridge in Minocqua. (Public access)
Monday, October 6, 2014

More timber money to Oneida County towns on hold

Towns containing Oneida County forestland will have to wait a bit longer before knowing whether more money will be coming their way. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Power outage: WPS reports some without after snowfall
Around 500 people woke up without power on Saturday, mostly in western Oneida and Vilas counties.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lakeland Airport 2015 operating budget approved

Meeting Monday evening at the Woodruff Community Center, three of the four towns that make up ownership of the Lakeland Airport approved the airport’s 2015 budget. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

New armored vehicle gets early OK

Officials this week gave initial approval of a request from Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman to buy a new armored rescue vehicle. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

MHLT school board selects new member

The school board for the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school district, meeting Monday afternoon, selected a replacement for board member Susan Greis. (Public access)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Town hears funding requests from community

Minocqua community groups want about $124,000 from the town next year. (Public access)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Deadly wave of heroin surges into Northwoods

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose on Feb. 2, 2014, a famous face became attached to a problem that many in law enforcement have been fighting for years. Although Hoffman died in New York City the drug has been making inroads into rural America for several years and the Northwoods of Wisconsin has not been spared. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

State dismisses jail discrimination claim

A sex discrimination complaint filed by a former Oneida County corrections officer has been dismissed, but the matter might not yet be over. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

UPDATE: Highway worker struck, injured in Woodruff this morning
An injured highway worker is moved to a waiting ambulance near the intersection of highways 51 and 47 in Woodruff.An injured highway worker is moved to a waiting ambulance near the intersection of highways 51 and 47 in Woodruff.
An Oneida County Highway Department employee was injured Wednesday morning near the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and State Highway 47 in Woodruff. 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hook named lieutenant in sheriff's office

Terri Hook has been promoted to lieutenant of investigations at the Oneida County sheriff’s office, Sheriff Grady Hartman said last Tuesday. (Subscriber access)


Monday, September 29, 2014

Culverts continue to be a problem for Boulder Junction

In May of this year, the old, decaying culvert on High Pines Lane in the town of Boulder Junction had finally had enough. (Subscriber access)


Monday, September 29, 2014

Oneida County Sheriff gets $1.2M in state, federal aid

The federal and state governments have doled out nearly $1.2 million to the Oneida County sheriff’s office in the past several years, according to data released by the agency at the request of The Lakeland Times. The data show state and federal funds given to the sheriff’s office since 2010. (Subscriber access)


Monday, September 29, 2014


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