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April 25, 2018

Mendez pleads not guilty to wife's 1982 murder
Jamie Taylor/River NewsAccompanied by his attorney Peter J. Prusinski, Robin “Bob” Mendez leaves an Oneida County courtroom after his arraignment Thursday, April 19.
Jamie Taylor/River News


Accompanied by his attorney Peter J. Prusinski, Robin “Bob” Mendez leaves an Oneida County courtroom after his arraignment Thursday, April 19.
A 69-year-old Minocqua man accused of killing his wife back in 1982 entered a not guilty plea last Thursday to one count of first-degree murder. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018


First wild deer tests positive for CWD in Oneida County
Chronic wasting disease (CWD), an always-fatal brain disease in cervids such as white-tailed deer, was found for the first time in Oneida County in a game farm in Three Lakes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Woodruff constituents advise meeting time change
About 30 constituents gathered at the Woodruff annual Town Meeting last Tuesday where an impassioned speech was given on town positions and voters advised a change in the regular meeting time. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Town board updated on WFT work
The five-year-old Headwaters Chapter of Walleyes For Tomorrow has been heavily involved, along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, in working to help restore walleye populations in area lakes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Minocqua electors make change to treasurer's office
At its annual meeting last Thursday, the Minocqua electors voted for a major change in the treasurer's office. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Attorney outlines mining ordinance issues
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee began a true slog through the marshes of its mining ordinance last week, as the outside attorney retained to help the committee outlined 13 substantive issues related to the rewrite. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Northwoods Rail Transit Commission studies regional use
Sister studies conducted in 2013 and the present confirm the logging industry is the primary driver for railway use in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Rhinelander man charged with false imprisonment
A Rhinelander man has been charged with false imprisonment and two other felonies after an Arbor Vitae woman reported he forced his way into her home April 9 and demanded money from her safe while dressed as a UPS delivery driver. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fire department, EMS service focus of recent Plum Lake meetings
The Plum Lake Town Board pulled double duty on Tuesday, April 18, with back-to-back annual and regularly scheduled meetings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Golf fore charity
The 16th annual Ice Golf Tournament on Lake Minocqua, hosted by the Thirsty Whale and Albee's Yacht Club, brought out a record number of golfers on March 3. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

St. Germain Town Board debates revisions to employee handbook
The St. Germain Town Board discussed revisions to its handbook for public works employees during a special meeting last week, and if changes go through, a number of things in the document will be different. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

St. Germain electors updated
The town of St. Germain held its annual elector meeting Tuesday, April 17. Other than swearing in newly elected supervisors Ted Ritter and Brian Cooper, the town took no actions. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Vilas County K9 demonstrates skills to Avanti residents
Vilas County Sheriff's Department deputy Zac Stern and K9 partner Helo gave an informative demonstration at Avanti Health and Rehab Center in Minocqua on Tuesday, April 17. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Drug Take Back Day on April 28
Dispose of unused medications and sharps on Saturday, April 28 during the statewide Drug Take Back Day. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hazelhurst's equalized value increases
Residents attending Hazelhurst's annual meeting last week heard good news regarding their tax assessments. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Manitowish Waters ended 2017 with a budget surplus
During its annual meeting last week, officials in the Town of Manitowish Waters presented information to the public about the town's finances. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Oneida County National Cemetery Information Sessions rescheduled
The information sessions regarding the National Cemetery coming to Oneida County, township of Cassian, originally scheduled for April 4 but canceled due to inclement weather, have been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 25. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Minocqua roads a focus of next town board meeting
When the Minocqua Town Board next meets in regular session May 1, possible funding options for roadwork on the town's 160 miles of road will be a topic. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Presque Isle annual meeting recap
Presque Isle Town Board members convened April 17 evening to recap the following year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Vilas County road funding options looked into
At the April 17 meeting of the Vilas County board, chairman Ron DeBruyne said in remarks to the board the county's finance director, Jason Hilger, had the week before "dropped a bit of a bomb" on the county board's highway committee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Boulder Junction refuses public comments over pay-back plan
The Boulder Junction Town Board convened in a special meeting Monday evening to consider a repayment plan of $8,700 illegally paid to the town clerk-treasurer, but supervisors refused to allow any public comment on the proposed repayment after the plan was revealed and before the board voted. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Board moves for more transparency with mining ordinance writing process
Supervisor Jack Sorensen succeeded in getting the Oneida County Board of Supervisors to open up its mining ordinance rewrite process Tuesday, this change coming after earlier debate on the issue turned tense. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Times takes home 36 WNA awards
The Lakeland Times won 36 awards, with 11 of them being first place honors, at the 2018 Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) awards in Madison last weekend. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Oneida and Vilas County emerging from historic snowstorm
Last weekend, "Blizzard Evelyn" or "Winter Storm Xanto" (depending on the media outlet doing the reporting) slammed into the Northwoods, bringing a record-breaking snowfall with it. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Eagle River meth lab bust nabs two
Two people were arrested in Eagle River on March 30 following the discovery of a meth lab there. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Minocqua Town Board looking at numbers for road financing
The Minocqua Town Board directed town clerk Roben Haggart Tuesday to gather more financial information for a possible loan to finance town road projects in the near future. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Local access for ATV/UTVs discussed in Arbor Vitae
The Arbor Vitae Town Board will need more information from voters and the community before moving ahead on ordinances regarding all terrain vehicles (ATV), it was decided at Tuesday's monthly meeting. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Vilas County board meets for first time since spring election
The Vilas County board, meeting in its first regular session since the April election, re-elected Ron DeBruyne as chairman. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

LdF rescinds five member board resolution
The Lac du Flambeau annual town board meeting on Tuesday attracted over 80 constituents eager to make their voices heard about issues such as the town board size and town ambulance services. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Newbold reviews finances, committees at annual meeting
The Newbold Town Board met Tuesday, April 17 for its annual meeting. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Arbor Vitae annual meeting covers short term rental changes, fire department updates
Town officials met in Arbor Vitae for the annual meeting Tuesday evening where they recapped the past year and looked forward to the coming months. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Former House speakers reap the perks of power
Current House speaker Paul Ryan might soon be done with Congress, but he might not be done with the nation's taxpayers, and the taxpayers might not be done with him, either. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Ldf accident
Ambulance crew in Lac du Flambeau reported to an accident scene near Lake Breeze Lane around 11 a.m. on April 13. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

VCEDC starts new fundraising campaign, retargets advertising efforts
Approaching the busiest time of the year for the Lakeland area, the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) recently met to approve a fundraising campaign and plan for the year to obtain the most advantage from its budget. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Boulder Junction Town Board denies electors ability to approve $8,700 repayment plan
The Boulder Junction Town Board denied an attempt by resident Jeff Long to have the electors sign off on a payback proposal for $8,700 illegally paid to the town clerk-treasurer during the annual meeting Tuesday. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

New members
New Oneida County Board members, from left, Russ Fisher, Steven Schreier and Bill Liebert are sworn in for their terms on April 17. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Walker, GOP target local control once again
Local control once again wore a bullseye on its back this week, as Gov. Scott Walker signed yet another bill to rein in the powers of municipalities, this time a law creating uniform employment standards across the state. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

MHLT parents pitch school safety proposal to board
The effects of the recent threats of violence at Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) continue to be felt, as on Monday, the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk (MHLT) School Board heard from parents wanting the school to increase its security in the future. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

'Blizzard Evelyn' hits the area
Extreme weather hit sections of the country over the weekend, including a spring snow storm which crippled parts of the Midwest. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Accident near LdF stops traffic on Hwy. 70
A one-vehicle semi-truck accident stopped traffic last Thursday near Lac du Flambeau on Highway 70 near Mitten Lake Road. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

State and Oneida County deny request for new well at Hoggie Doggies
Last year, Steven Pletta, owner of Hoggie Doggies restaurant in Woodruff, noticed a white film was developing on his stainless steel and his water had taken on a funky taste. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018


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