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Vilas County board: No advisory referendum
The Vilas County board, meeting in Phelps Tuesday night, voted down a resolution to hold an advisory referendum on ATV/UTV use in the county.Brian Jopek
The Vilas County board, meeting in Phelps Tuesday night, voted down a resolution to hold an advisory referendum on ATV/UTV use in the county.

Brian Jopek

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night voted down a resolution to hold an advisory referendum in November. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, August 28, 2014


WPS seeks to change rates

Wisconsin Public Service has asked state regulators to change rates for electricity and natural gas next year. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Room tax numbers on the rise

Tourism in the Lakeland area continues to grow, at least according to one metric: the latest room tax figures. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

At LUHS, school year brings faces new and familiar

Students returning to Lakeland Union High School this fall will see two main differences from last year: staff changes and building upgrades. (public access)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

New front entrance for Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School

When Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School opens it’s doors on the first day of classes Sept. 2, students will be met with a completely renovated front entrance to the school. (Public access)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Trinity Lutheran opens for 39th year

Trinity Lutheran School in Minocqua began its thirty-ninth year of operation Wednesday, Aug. 27. 

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nine new administrative and teaching staff members at MHLT

When school starts Tuesday at the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school district, it will be the first full school day there for nine new administrative and teaching staff members. (Public access)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Public School ready for 2014-15 school year

For Lac du Flambeau Public School, the new year will be used to continue getting students more actively involved in their own education. (Public access)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Political Digest: A look at state and local issues
The political digest offers timely reporting of the latest news breaking at the state and local levels. Updated with special emphasis on the day's important political issues and events.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wanted fugitive may be in Vilas, Oneida counties
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department, along with other regional law enforcement agencies, are seeking information on a man who once lived in Vilas County who is wanted in a string of multiple felonies, including leading police on a high speed chase.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Driver in 'road rage' case reaches plea agreement

The Woodruff man who was charged with pointing a weapon at another motorist on May 15 in what law enforcement authorities called an episode of “road rage” that ended after he drove onto Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School property accepted a deferred prosecution agreement Wednesday morning that will put the matter to rest if he stays out of trouble for the next two years. (Subscriber access)


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Threatened species, threatened industry: Endangered designation for northern long-eared bats could exact heavy price from loggers

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is proposing to list the northern long-eared bat – which is found in Wisconsin – as an endangered species, and that has set off concerns it could shut down northern Wisconsin’s timber industry if it does. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Highway 51 construction to start again

Work on the latest phase of the U.S. Highway 51 reconstruction project continues after Labor Day. (Public access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Survey shows support for shoreland zoning regulations

Newly-released survey data indicate many property owners in Oneida County support local regulation of shorelands, but are also comfortable with less-restrictive rules. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Full-time officer at MHLT considered

Officials are in talks over whether to hire a full-time police officer for the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Elementary School. (Public access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Lac du Flambeau students to eat free

Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students at Lac du Flambeau Public School this coming academic year. (Subscriber access)


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Minocqua accident
Minocqua firefighters (left) prepare to help place the driver of a 2012 Kia Sportage onto a gurnee following a two-vehicle accident Aug. 19 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and Country Club Road. (Public access)
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Northwoods Transit Commission moves forward

A plan to improve public transportation in the region is inching closer to fruition. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Money approved for new court video system

Oneida County supervisors last week OKed the purchase of a new video system between the county’s jail and courtrooms. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Arbor Vitae gets unexpected news on Hwy. 51 project

So far, several property owners along U.S. Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae don’t have a problem with having a fifth lane added to the roadway up to the Arrowhead subdivision as part of a reconstruction being planned by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

County seeks sale of failed business park

Oneida County will try to sell 272 acres of land outside of Rhinelander that officials had intended to develop it into a business park. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Oneida County seeks more time on Kwik Trip deal
The Oneida County Board wants more time to consider whether it should sell property to a chain of gas stations and convenience stores. (Subscriber access)
Monday, August 25, 2014

Merrill woman faces weapon charge

A 28-year old Merrill woman was arrested Sunday, Aug. 17, in Rhinelander after she allegedly tried to sell an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle to two undercover Oneida County Sheriff's deputies in a controlled buy. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Alleged drunk driver tries to elude deputy on motorcycle

A Hazelhurst man led an Oneida County Sheriff’s deputy on a high speed chase while allegedly riding a motorcycle while intoxicated Aug. 15, resulting in him facing charges of OWI fifth or sixth offense, among other charges. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

LdF husband, wife sentenced to federal prison
John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced Friday afternoon that Andrew Meshigaud, 28, and Charlie Sunn Meshigaud, 25, husband and wife from Lac du Flambeau, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and distributing oxycodone.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Vilas County Board to take up referendum

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors, when it next meets in regular session Tuesday evening in Phelps, will decide whether or not to have another non-binding, advisory referendum regarding the use on county owned land of all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles. (public access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

In trek for governor, Burke touts economic clusters

 In her trek toward the governorship, the newly minted Democratic nominee, Mary Burke, is recycling an economic idea from the early days of former Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration, namely, that establishing industrial and regional economic clusters can nurture a vibrant business climate and create good-paying jobs. (Subscriber access)


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Friday, August 22, 2014

County board halts revamp

The Oneida County Board this week voted overwhelmingly to not relinquish its own authority and reduce its size. (Subscriber access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Arbor Vitae man charged with forgery, identity theft

An Arbor Vitae man charged with forgery and identity theft for financial gain is being held in the Oneida County jail on $50,000 cash bail. (Subscriber access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

County will not appeal Hwy. Y lawsuit

In July, a judge ruled that Oneida County improperly awarded a bid contract for roadwork on County Highway Y. This week, the county decided to accept that decision. (Subscriber access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Vilas County committee ceases activity until further notice

At the end of the Aug. 12 regular monthly meeting of the Vilas County Law Enforcement and Emergency Management Committee, the committee’s members had decided to hold a special meeting to go over budgetary information from Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath that had been introduced for the first time at that meeting. (Subscriber access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Oneida County BadgerCare referendum OKed

Voters in Oneida County will be asked later this year whether the state should accept federal funds to expand BadgerCare, Wisconsin’s public health program for low-income residents. (Subscriber access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Man in child sex case involving LUHS student is now in prison

A man hired by high schools around Wisconsin to consult on and assist in certain student-related projects – including Lakeland Union High School – is serving a prison sentence after being convicted of multiple felony charges of exposing a Wisconsin child to harmful sexual descriptions. (Subscriber access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Gas line break briefly closes County Highway J

A stretch of County Highway J was closed down late Monday morning and into early that afternoon as authorities took safety precautions following the discovery of a gas leak. (Public access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Clarke defeats Moews, Bloomberg in Milwaukee sheriff battle

Controversial Milwaukee County sheriff David A. Clarke turned back a challenge from Milwaukee police lieutenant Chris Moews in this month’s Democratic primary, scoring a big re-election and a huge victory for gun-rights advocates. (Subscriber access) 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Tomahawk woman accused of stealing funds from Little Rice Volunteer Fire Department
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The former treasurer of the Little Rice Volunteer Fire Department was formally charged Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Oneida County Circuit Court with allegedly diverting $2,325.86 in department funds for her own use.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DNR hears concerns over Rest Lake dam

Concerned citizens packed the Manitowish Waters Town Hall on Saturday to voice their views on a plan that would alter water levels above and below the Rest Lake dam. (Subscriber access)


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Town electors to vote on St. Germain land deal

Eligible voters in the town of St. Germain will have the opportunity Wednesday, Sept. 3, to give a proposed land deal in the town the green light. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 18, 2014

Officials face highway department site decision

Officials are swiftly scrutinizing an offer by Kwik Trip, the chain of gas stations and convenience stores, to buy land presently occupied by Oneida County’s highway department. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 18, 2014

Assessors in your home: Illegal government search?

A couple in Racine County are suing their hometown of Dover for an alleged violation of their constitutional rights, saying town officials wanted to conduct an illegal search of their house and then penalized them when they didn’t oblige. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 18, 2014

Lake Tomahawk considers liquor license ordinance amendment

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board discussed amending the ordinance pertaining to liquor licenses at its Aug. 13 meeting. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 18, 2014


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