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Minocqua closes out 2014 in the black
About 20 members of the public attended Minocqua’s annual meeting on Tuesday.Jonathan Anderson/Lakeland Times

About 20 members of the public attended Minocqua’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

Jonathan Anderson/Lakeland Times

The town of Minocqua ended 2014 with a surplus of nearly $250,000, an outcome that’s not unusual, officials say. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015


18-year-old charged with breaking into scene of double homicide

A young Rhinelander man has been charged with breaking into the town of Piehl home were two people were killed March 7.  (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Climate debate erupts like a solar flare

It isn’t being covered much in the national press, but the inaccuracy of catastrophic predictions by advocates of manmade climate change are igniting ever more vigorous debates in academic circles and on Capitol Hill. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Agreement sought on Heal Creek proposals

Competing proposals for how to use a large plot of land owned by Oneida County might soon not be in competition. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Oneida County denies dog park near airport

Oneida County will not allow a dog park to be built on vacant property near the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, but park advocates are still hopeful for the future. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Estimates released for Oneida County Board iPads

Buying tablet computers for the Oneida County Board could cost between $15,000 and $18,000 — and possibly far more — according to recently released estimates. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

DNR holds public information meeting on Legion request
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a public information meeting Thursday afternoon in Lake Tomahawk’s Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kleinhans issues apology letters over party

Lakeland Union High School District Administrator Todd Kleinhans has issued two apology letters about his conduct at a staff holiday party in December. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NRB fight lays bare state's ideological divisions

When most people think about Wisconsin’s polarized politics and its struggles between left and right, the usual thought is of unions, public-sector collective bargaining and right to work. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Board to consider paying Walters'legal fees

The Oneida County Board today will consider paying the legal fees Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters incurred while defending herself against an array of employment misconduct charges, most of which were dismissed. (Subscriber access)


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Minocqua limits garbage service

Minocqua’s town board will restrict the weight and timing of garbage hauling on town roads while spring weight restrictions are in effect. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Poll: Thumbs down to Walker, budget, Bucks

The latest poll from the Marquette Law School finds Democrats with a traditionally strong advantage heading into a presidential election year, while it puts the Milwaukee Bucks in a perilous position. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

After 45 years, Petroskey steps down from veterans panel

Wilbur Petroskey stepped down from the Oneida County Veterans Service Commission last week, marking one of the longest — if not the longest — tenure of service in county history. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In 2015, federal government keeps on taxing and spending

The story of the federal government for the first half of this fiscal year was a familiar one, as growing entitlements continued to drive taxes and spending higher, while painting the deficit redder than it was a year earlier. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

County denies violating public records law

Oneida County is denying allegations that it is violating Wisconsin’s public records law. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Conservatives take aim at prevailing wage law

Economic conservatives have had a pretty focused agenda in Wisconsin in 2015, and now the second act has begun. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Oneida County spends $6K on chairs for board

Oneida County recently purchased 26 new chairs for members of the county board at a cost of more than $6,000 — or $231 per chair. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Original Camp American Legion footprint sought

A public information meeting regarding a request from the Wisconsin American Legion to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is scheduled for this Thursday at Lake Tomahawk’s Ralph T. Sloan Community Center. (Public access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Condo proposed on Minocqua Lake

A new condominium is being proposed on U.S. Highway 51 along Minocqua Lake that could house as many as 28 units. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Minocqua annual meeting scheduled

The town of Minocqua will hold its annual meeting later this month. (Public access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Martinson waives extradition in double homicide case

In an unexpected move, Ashlee Martinson this week waived extradition back to Wisconsin where she will face felony homicide and false imprisonment charges in connection with the deaths of her mother and stepfather. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Abrahamson asks court to declare her chief justice

By a margin of 53 to 47 percent, voters ratified last week a state constitutional amendment giving Wisconsin Supreme Court justices the right to select from among themselves the court’s chief justice, and now the current chief justice has headed to federal court to delay its implementation. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Walgreens to close 200 U.S. stores as part of restructuring plan

The drugstore chain Walgreens plans to close 200 stores in the U.S. this year.  (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hazelhurst to hold informational meeting on town hall

The Hazelhurst Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at Yawkey Hall for its regularly scheduled meeting. One agenda item for that meeting is an informational presentation by the Becher Hoppe architectural firm regarding the newly proposed town hall complex. (Public access)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Marenisco police chief wants wolf activity on the record

After nine reported wolf sightings since the first of the year, the police chief of Marenisco, Michigan, has appealed for help from that state’s Department of Natural Resources, saying he wants the town’s citizens protected and the wolf sightings on record. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Citations issued against garbage haulers

The town of Minocqua has ticketed two garbage haulers for allegedly violating spring weight road limits, but the haulers contend they’re just following past practice. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Vilas County Board approves multi-county transit charter

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors agreed in September to participate in the Forest-Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, funded largely by state grant money. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Traci England civil lawsuit on hold

A judge’s delay in ruling on a motion to vacate the sentence handed down to former Oneida County Medical Examiner Traci England in a criminal case in 2013 has brought a federal lawsuit against her to a halt. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Judge: Oneida County not liable for car accident

Oneida County and the town of Pelican cannot be held liable for potentially millions of dollars in medical claims stemming from a car accident where a stop sign was missing, even if the sign was knocked down by a snowplow, a judge has ruled. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Living in an RV? You might need a permit soon

People who use a recreational vehicle as a dwelling would have to obtain a zoning permit from Oneida County under a proposed ordinance amendment, but precisely how it would apply is not clear. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

LdF board still reviewing Bear River Watershed Plan

The main topic of discussion during the April 1 meeting of the Lac du Flambeau town board was the status of the board’s approval of the Bear River Watershed Comprehensive Plan. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Hartzheim re-elected Minocqua town chair

Mark Hartzheim was re-elected Tuesday to another two-year term as Minocqua’s town chairperson, defeating challenger Billy Fried and write-in candidate Loran Susor in the spring general election. (Public access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Martinson waives extradition in double homicide case

In an unexpected move, Ashlee Martinson on Thursday waived extradition back to Wisconsin where she will face felony homicide and false imprisonment charges in connection with the deaths of her mother and stepfather. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Evaluation scheduled for double homicide suspect
The teen suspect charged in connection with last month’s double homicide in Oneida County was scheduled to undergo an evaluation this week.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Law enforcement officials prevent suicide attempt in Minocqua

The Minocqua Police Department, the Woodruff Police Department, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and the Wisconsin DNR responded to a residence on Nutter Road in Minocqua at approximately 1:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon “for the report of an armed male subject who was threatening to commit suicide.”


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Election 2015 Update: Chairman, supervisor, school board results
The results of area town and school board elections are in ... and includes the updated school board information that had been in question last night.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Icy Rescue

A Mercer man ice fishing on Squirrel Lake Thursday was rescued after he fell through the ice. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vilas County seeks 'trail connectivity'

Following the passage last month of an ordinance regulating the use of all-terrain and utility vehicles on some Vilas County roads, the county’s forestry, recreation and land committee last week outlined several road segments where ATVs may be used. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

USFWS takes middle ground on northern long-eared bat

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service backed away this week from designating the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species, opting instead to list it as threatened, in a decision that pleased no one in particular. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

County to notify towns of CUP decisions

Oneida County will now notify towns about the disposition of conditional use permit applications. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

No action on LUHS party funding

The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education has yet to determine whether it was proper to fund a staff party with vending machine revenue — nearly four months after the event occurred. (Subscriber access)


Monday, April 6, 2015


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