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Hintz re-elected Oneida board chairman
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors held its bi-annual organizational meeting Tuesday, re-electing Dave Hintz as chairman in an altogether benign affair. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016


Minocqua Town Board OKs $180,000 engineering contract
The years-long process to get a new building for the town of Minocqua's fire department cleared another hurdle Tuesday as the contract to develop the building's plans was approved by the Minocqua Town Board.

The architectural and engineering services contract, totalling $180,000, is with MSA Professional Services. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Minocqua, Woodruff police departments receive ATVs
The Minocqua and Woodruff police departments have received, thanks to the Bombardier Recreational Program, one all-terrain vehicle each.

Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger said his department has been using a utility vehicle, or UTV.

"We have been using those for our bigger events, like Fourth of July and Beef-A-Rama," he said. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lee Lech accused of violent sexual assault
In records released by the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, former deputy Lee Lech was accused by a co-worker in 2014 of violent sexual assault, an allegation leading to his ban from the department and ultimate resignation.

Lech is now a deputy in Clark County. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fried, Hallstrom, Pederson, Wentland vie for vacant LUHS board seat
Four people have declared their candidacy for a seat on the Lakeland Union High School Board of Education.

Minocqua town supervisor and former Minocqua, Hazelhurst, Lake Tomahawk school board member Billy Fried, MHLT teacher Wade Wentland, Emily Hallstrom and Leonard Pederson have all applied for the seat vacated by Joe Fahrenbach last month. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

County board passes resolution for State Forestry Department relocation
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday joined the chorus of local officials lobbying to bring the State Division of Forestry office to Oneida County.

The Rhinelander City Council passed a resolution last week asking the state to consider Rhinelander for the soon-to-be relocated office and Tuesday the county board passed a similar resolution. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Preliminary investigation into house explosion reveals the cause
The explosion that destroyed an unoccupied seasonal home in the early morning hours of May 13 in the town of Sugar Camp was caused, according to preliminary investigation results, by gas vapor.

That's the explanation from the Division of Criminal Investigations-Office of the State Fire Marshall through an Oneida County Sheriff's Department press release earlier this week. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Feingold visits Rhinelander as part of 72 county campaign tour
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's opponent in the 2016 election, former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, was in Rhinelander Saturday.

He served in the senate from 1993 to 2011, when he was defeated by Johnson in a re-election bid.

In early 2015, Feingold announced he was running again for the Senate seat and will face off against Johnson this November.

While in Rhinelander, Feingold toured the downtown area, which is undergoing a massive street reconstruction project. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Former Oneida County ADA takes over as tribal court prosecutor
A veteran assistant district attorney for Oneida County recently took over as the tribal court prosecutor in Lac du Flambeau, a job that also includes additional duties as tribal attorney.

Jodi Bednar-Clemens started the new position March 29. A former Iron County district attorney, she has also worked in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties as either a special prosecutor or assistant district attorney. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Michalsen announces candidacy
Matt Michalsen, a teacher and coach at Lakeland Union High School as well as a Lake Tomahawk town supervisor, is the most recent Democrat to announce his candidacy to oppose incumbent Republican Rob Swearingen in this November's election for state assembly. Michalsen was given the floor briefly at the start of Tuesday's Minocqua Town Board meeting. Earlier this week, Eagle River Democrat Lawrence Dale also announced his candidacy for the 34th District seat.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Authorities investigating cause of Sugar Camp explosion
No one was injured early Friday in an explosion that destroyed a seasonal home in the town of Sugar Camp.

A press release from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office said the dispatch center received a 911 call at approximately 4:46 a.m. from a person reporting an explosion.

The caller stated he had broken windows in his house. The press release goes on to say that upon arrival of emergency personnel, it was found the house at 5078 Sand Lake Road in the town of Sugar Camp was totally destroyed and there was a small fire in the basement. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Oneida County Public Works and Solid Waste Committee talks jobs
At a short meeting on Thursday, the Oneida County Public Works and Solid Waste Committee discussed adding one new part time new limited term employment position in solid waste, and discussed the problems facing the Solid Waste department's program to employ McNaughton inmate at the recycling sorting line.

Highway commissioner Freeman Bennet requested a LTE employee be added to help during the week and on Saturdays at the yard to help at the Oneida County Dump. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Newbold Town Hall to host 'The Fix Is In' animal clinic
The Newbold Town Board decided at Thursday's meeting to allow the Wisconsin nonprofit organization The Fix Is In to use the town hall in the future, after hearing from Karla Ortman from the organization, as a site for a temporary mobile veterinarian clinic to spay and neuter dogs and cats.

The Fix Is In is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to offering a high quality/high volume affordable spay and neuter clinic for dogs and cats.

The program started in 2012. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vets honored
Four members of the Lakeland post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars were recognized May 12 for 65 years of membership in the organization. Pictured, from left, are World War II veterans Ferdinand Gehrke and Rich McPherson and Korean War veteran Harold Else. Not shown is Korean War veteran Lyle Gehrke.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fire risk remains elevated in Northwoods
Some scattered showers throughout the week may have momentarily quelled the threat of wildfire in the area, but experts say until more rain falls and vegetation greens up the Northland must stay vigilant to prevent unintended ignitions.

Earlier in the week the Department of Natural Resources issued red flag warnings for Douglas, Burnett and Washburn counties. The Michigan DNR issued similar warnings for much of the Upper Peninsula. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Rhinelander man accused of possessing child porn
A 34-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, special agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice arrested Daniel E. Schellinger just after 8 a.m. May 5. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Courthouse one step closer to providing Wi-Fi
The Oneida County Administration Committee took the first step Monday toward providing Wi-Fi at the Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander. The committee is discussing connectivity issues in the historic building because it must comply with a recent decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court regarding electronic filing of court documents. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016

County approves CUP for Minocqua dog park
On a 5-0 vote, the Oneida County Planning and Zoning Committee on Wednesday approved a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for an outdoor dog park near the Minocqua Walmart.

The Lakeland Area Dog Park will be located on land zoned for business use along Northridge Way and bordering Plaza Drive to the north. The parcel is being donated by William Gardner. The park will include two separate fenced areas, totaling about 1.65 acres, so large and small dogs will be able to run around without a leash, according to an April 12 Lakeland Times article on the project. A parking lot with 10 spaces will also be part of the park. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Forestry officials say grant denial means more loss of local control
State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Mary Czaja (R-35th district) visited the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee on Wednesday to discuss the reasons the Joint Finance Committee denied Oneida County's request for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant for a parcel of land located at the McCord and U.S. Highway 8, known as the McCord CCC Camp, a historical site. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

USGS survey equipment leaves some residents puzzled
Lakeland Area residents have in recent weeks reported strange sightings of helicopters flying overhead outfitted with large nets.

One man, who owns a cabin on Brandy Lake, saw what he called a "150- to 200-foot tall fish basket" being pulled by a helicopter around 4 p.m. on Friday, April 22 - which isn't too outlandish of a claim considering the Northwoods' affinity for larger-than-life mascots such as Mercer's loon, Woodruff's penny, etc. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Oneida County Fair Committee regrouping following resignations
With summer around the corner, the Oneida County Fair Planning Committee is in need of more people to help plan this year's event.

The committee has lost three members in the past two months. Tom and Aprelle Rawski's resignation letter was read at the April meeting and at Tuesday's meeting, president Jim Intripedi, a former Oneida County board supervisor from District 6, also resigned. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


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