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Times prevails in records' lawsuit against sheriff's department
A circuit court judge ordered Thursday the Oneida County Sheriff's Department to release certain records The Lakeland Times has sought in an open-records dispute, but the judge withheld the records' release and imposed a gag order on the proceedings until a final resolution of the case. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Ordinance would cut speeds in work zones
The Oneida County Public Works and Solid Waste Committee last Thursday authorized highway commissioner Freeman Bennett to draft an ordinance for temporarily reducing speed limits in work zones. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Taxiway project part of 5-year plan for local airport
The recently announced $1.6 million project to extend the main taxiway and repaint airfield pavement markings at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is part of a rolling five-year plan.

The main part of the project, which will extend the taxiway along the airport's 6,800-foot primary runway, will greatly improve aircraft safety, according to airport manager Joe Brauer. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Northwoods rail consortium to try again for TIGER grant in 2017
The effort by the logging industry to get a federal grant worth millions of dollars for badly needed railroad cars will be refocused on in 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rhinelander man draws probation for fondling young girl
A 37-year-old Rhinelander man accused of fondling a 12-year-old girl while exposing himself was sentenced to two years probation as part of a plea agreement finalized last Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

NORDEG receives $52K grant to assist in heroin cases
Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman on last week brought "a small tidbit of good news" to the Public Safety Committee. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Oneida board reduces minimum staffing at jail
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors on last week unanimously approved changing the minimum staffing requirements for inmates in double cells.

The action followed recommendations by the Public Safety Committee and the Sheriff's Office. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter has been easy on plow budgets
The abnormally low snowfall totals for the winter season thus far have been easy on municipalities' plowing budgets, but the fickle weather may also mean more costs for road repair come spring. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Board OKs pay raise for county employees
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday voted 17-1 to approve a .73 percent wage increase for exempt and non-exempt employees effective Jan. 2. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

$1.6M project planned for Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
A taxiway will be extended and airfield pavement markings repainted at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Former doctor reaches plea agreement in drug case
A former Howard Young Medical Center emergency room doctor and resident of Woodruff has reached a plea agreement on charges he illegally obtained prescription drugs. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 22, 2016

Sheriff's department records' decision nearing
The Lakeland Times' open-records case against the Oneida County Sheriff's Department is barreling toward a lower-court conclusion, with a hearing and possible - even likely - decision set for Jan. 28. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 22, 2016

Wolf sentenced to 19 years for 2003 murder
A 41-year-old Rhinelander man convicted of killing a man under the Davenport Street bridge in 2003 was sentenced Friday morning to 19 years in prison and 11 years extended supervision. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Weekend snowmobile accidents result in two dead
Two persons were killed as the result of snowmobile accidents Saturday, Jan. 16.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

LUHS teacher, football coach placed on indefinite leave
Lakeland Union High School special education teacher and head football coach Brent Luebke was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday, Jan. 6, pending an investigation. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Making a living in the Northwoods: Low cost of living one of area's greatest assets
In the ongoing conversation about worker shortages in the area, local business owners frequently question why it is so difficult to attract employees when the cost of living in the Northwoods is so darn cheap. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 15, 2016

Dual county transit commission loses its first director
The Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission has accepted the resignation of the commission's first ever director. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Lakeland area will have quiet spring election
The spring election season will be a relatively quiet one in the Lakeland area.

While a few county, town, and school board seats are being contested, none will require a February primary. In some area towns, such as Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, Lac du Flambeau, Hazelhurst and Lake Tomahawk, there are no town-board elections at all this year. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Final motions resolved ahead of Wolf murder trial
Last-minute procedural issues and motions were resolved Friday afternoon during a two-hour hearing that cleared the way for the nine-day jury trial of a 41-year old Rhinelander man accused of killing a man under the Davenport Street bridge in 2003. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kaukauna man bound over for burglary of double homicide home
A Kaukauna man charged with breaking into a town of Piehl home where two people were killed in March has been bound over on five felony charges following his arraignment Dec. 28 in Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 8, 2016

Woodruff teen's use of Facebook nets bail jumping charge
A 17-year-old Woodruff youth who was charged Dec. 23 with six felonies relating to the sexting of inappropriate photos and propositioning underage girls for sex acts had a bail jumping felony added to his list of worries Tuesday.

The Lakeland Times is withholding the name of the teen to protect the identity of the alleged victims. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 8, 2016


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