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February 21, 2018

Minocqua police make arrest in LUHS threat situation
Contributed PhotographThis photo, of a 15 year old from South Carolina arrested for disturbing schools, was allegedly “doctored” with the LUHS logo and sent by a Lakeland area minor via SnapChat a day after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week. That person was arrested by the Minocqua police department Friday.
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This photo, of a 15 year old from South Carolina arrested for disturbing schools, was allegedly “doctored” with the LUHS logo and sent by a Lakeland area minor via SnapChat a day after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week. That person was arrested by the Minocqua police department Friday.
An arrest by Minocqua police was made Friday in connection to a threat at Lakeland Union High School.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Attorney: Mendez 'maintains innocence' in murder case
An attorney for a 69-year-old Minocqua man accused of killing his wife back in 1982 said Feb. 15 his client "maintains his innocence at this time" and wants a preliminary hearing within the statutory time limit of 10 days.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sparks fly at Woodruff Town Board meeting
The fire truck update and possible action appeared on the agenda of the Feb. 13 Woodruff Town Board meeting.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Updated advertising policy, draft business plan discussed at transit meeting
Last week, the Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission (VOTC) heard new information on two major and in development policies.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Plum Lake ATV decision not expected before summer
In 2015, the town of Plum Lake, consisting of Sayner and Star Lake, conducted a survey to guage the public's feeling about the use of all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles on public land and town roads.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lake Tomahawk ATV question to be sent in March
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board heard an update last week on the effort by members of the newly formed Lake Tomahawk ATV-UTV Club to get a questionnaire in the mail to town residents and taxpayers.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Teen who made terrorist threats at NPHS draws probation
An 18-year-old former Northland Pines High School student charged with making terrorist threats will serve 18 months probation.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Last suspect in Valliere homicide apprehended
Oshkosh police have nabbed an Arbor Vitae man wanted in connection with a Northwoods murder case.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WIFA State Championship
Wisconsin Interscholastic Fishing Association State Championship ice fishing tournament organizer Wendy Dallman interviews a group of students after the tournament Saturday.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

'Snowmy' returns
Dan Hartwig, Mike McClintock and Krystal Westfahl work on getting the size 96 Stormy Kromer hat adorned on the top of the 30-foot "Snowmy Kromer" snowman on Thursday, Feb. 15, in front of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce along U.S. Highway 51 in Minocqua.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Altenburg out at Northwoods Transit Connections
The Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission (VOTC) lost one of its staff members upon the conclusion of a closed session last week.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vilas committee approves tri-county resolution
Vilas County's executive and legislative committee approved a resolution Monday to establish a Tri-County/Tribal-Controlled Substance Response Committee. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

St. Germain board goes back to drawing board
The initial plans for the new community center in St. Germain went back to the revising stage after the town board met Monday. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

Gang activity in Vilas County becoming more prevalent
The investigation into the recent murder of Lac du Flambeau resident Wayne Valliere Jr., has revealed heavy involvement in street gang membership. (Subscriber Access)
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Friday, February 16, 2018

DCI issues statewide alert for Valliere murder suspect
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has sent out a statewide alert for a 19-year-old Arbor Vitae man who is accused of participating in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man in December. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

New type of tribal concerns committee advances in Oneida County
The Oneida County board's administration and labor relations committees Monday approved a resolution creating the Tri-County/Tribal Controlled Substances Response Committee. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

Five candidates for two seats on Woodruff Town Board
The spring election season in the Lakeland area will be a relatively quiet one.

There are contested races - five of them - on the 21-member Oneida County Board while in Vilas County, there will be one.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Oneida County hears presentation on fair map resolution
On Monday, Oneida County's administration committee was urged to send a message about drawing electoral districts to favor one political party over others. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

Brandy Park ball diamonds to be reconditioned
The Brandy Park Commission approved bids Monday to have the park's two ball diamonds reconditioned. The commission was approached at its January meeting by Chris Seeliger, president of Lakeland Little League. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

High court: OK to delay release of union election records
The Wisconsin Supreme Court disappointed open-records advocates last week when it ruled 5-2 that officials could delay the release of voter lists during union elections because those records could be used to harass eligible voters during those elections. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

VCEDC hears a fresh perspective
Local entrepreneur Brad Gauthier stopped in to last week's Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) meeting, invited by Jim Tuckwell. Tuckwell thought Gauthier brought a different perspective on the Northwoods, one that was decidedly from a different demographic. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

Long-time River News delivery driver dies
A newspaper is made up of more than just the people who write the stories, take the photos, design the advertisements and answer the telephone. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

Suspect in Valliere murder case still on the loose
One of five men charged in the Wayne Valliere Jr., murder case but not in custody attempted to turn himself in to the Vilas County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 9.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Initial appearances set in Valliere murder case
Four of the five men charged with the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man will make their initial court appearances in Iron County Circuit Court next month.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ascension won't appeal BOA decision
Ascension Health's fight to stop construction by Marshfield Clinic of a 12-bed hospital in Minocqua a few blocks from its own Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff is officially over. Ascension owns HYMC.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LdF school board's school calendar change discussed
In early January, the school board for the Lac du Flambeau School District approved what is considered a "year-round" school calendar for the 2018-19 school year.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LdF accepts audit and truck bids
The Lac du Flambeau Town Board approved bids for a financial audit and a new plow truck at its Wednesday meeting.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

'Cold Justice' TV show plays a key role in the Mendez case
On Feb. 5, 2018 Robin Mendez, 69, Minocqua was arrested for the April 1982 murder of his wife, Barbara Mendez.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Former MHLT employee avoids prison for embezzlement
A former office employee at the Minocqua J1 School District charged with the theft of over $11,000 from school deposits dating from 2012 until she resigned in early December 2015 was sentenced last Thursday to three years probation and 30 days in jail.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Two facing drug charges bound over for trial
Two of four people facing felony drug charges in connection with a Nov. 21 drug bust in Rhinelander have been bound over for trial.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LdF School Board discusses expansion
The Lac du Flambeau School Board has authorized district administrator Larry Ouimette to begin looking into the possibility of an expansion resulting in up to six new classrooms.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Arbor Vitae Town Board approves ATV renewal
The Arbor Vitae Town board last week renewed for another year all terrain and utility vehicle trails and routes in the township.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mendez charged
Oneida County sheriff's investigators believe they have solved one of the Northwoods most notorious cold cases bringing to an end a mystery that has endured for more than 30 years. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

5 charged in Valliere murder case
Five men from northern Wisconsin have been charged in connection with the murder of a missing Lac du Flambeau man whose body was found in rural Iron County New Year's Day. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Revolving loan fund draft structure discussed in Vilas County
On Tuesday, Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) executive director Bob Egan presented a first outline of how a county revolving loan fund would work to the county board's economic development and tourism committee. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Boulder committee to steer clear of ATV debate
A group's effort to get the use of all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles on town roads and property OK'd for the Boulder Junction area was briefly discussed at last week's meeting of the town's economic development and Community Connections Committee. (subscriber access)
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Vilas County trail map app seeing success
Before discussing the revolving loan fund draft on Tuesday, the Vilas County Tourism and Economic Development Committee heard from tourism and publicity director Cindy Burzinski on her department's trail app. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Austin pleads not guilty in stabbing case
A 29-year-old St. Germain man pled not guilty Monday to a pair of charges stemming from an alleged stabbing incident outside a St. Germain tavern in the early morning hours of Jan. 21. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Winchester Town Board looks to go for bids in March
In October, residents of the town of Winchester voted not to proceed with a project that would add offices on the north side of the town's municipal building and community center. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Tiffany expected to hold meeting this spring on new building permit process
For the past few months, Rick Clem, a Winchester-based building inspector, has been a guest at the town board meetings for most of the 26 towns he does inspections for. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Tim Burns embraces progressive agenda in Supreme Court run
Middleton attorney Tim Burns hasn't been shy about taking partisan positions in his campaign to win a seat on the state's high court, and indeed he thinks his embrace of progressive values might just be the ticket to winning. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018


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