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joining up: Minocqua enters into Bearskin lease with the DNR
The town of Minocqua's efforts to get the Minocqua Park Complex on State Highway 70 linked up with the downtown area via a bicycle trail received a bit of a boost Tuesday as the town board approved, on a 4-1 vote, a five-year lease with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

Woodruff committee abandons fire district idea
The town of Woodruff has stopped looking into the possibility of a fire district in the Lakeland area.

Its recently formed fire truck/fire district committee, made up of Woodruff resident Ed Bruner, assistant fire chief Victor Gee and Woodruff town supervisor Ed Richardson, after meeting for more than an hour with fire chiefs and other town officials from Minocqua, Lake Tomahawk, Arbor Vitae and Hazelhurst on June 16, decided to abandon any more talk of forming a fire district. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Times' publisher calls for investigation into sheriff's department
Lakeland Times' publisher Gregg Walker delivered a scathing critique last week of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office's handling of an open-records request by The Times - records containing an allegation of rape against a department deputy - and urged the county's public-safety committee to provide more oversight of the department. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

Woodruff woman wants town ordinance changes made
Woodruff resident Nancy Hilger has gotten herself on the agenda for the July 12 regular meeting of the Woodruff Town Board.

Her purpose for being there is to share her story and tell town chairman Mike Timmons and the rest of the board there needs to be something done about the town's animal control ordinance. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bus lane project approved for MHLT
When school starts at the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school district this fall, parents dropping off and picking up their kids will notice a big change with respect to the traffic pattern and school buses.

Monday, the MHLT Board of Education approved a bid from Pitlik and Wick of $201,285 to install bus lanes on the west side of the school building. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Standoff suspect's bond reduced
A 60-year-old Tripoli man accused of holding several law enforcement agencies at bay by threatening to blow up a residence on Clifford Road in the town of Lynne April 19 had his cash bond reduced and will be allowed to have contact with his wife while he is in jail following a bail hearing June 15. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

Citizen members won't be joining county committee
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors stalemated Tuesday on the subject of whether to amend the county code to allow up to two citizen members to serve on the UW-Extension & Conservation Committee.

The vote was 10-10 with supervisor Bill Freudenberg, who left the meeting early, absent. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Commission approves Expera CUP
Expera Specialty Solutions' request for a conditional use permit (CUP) to modify the former Printpack Incorporated facility at 114 W. Kemp Street cleared its first hurdle Tuesday afternoon when the city's planning commission gave its unanimous approval. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

One person injured in Bo Di Lac Rollover
One person was injured Monday morning in a one vehicle rollover on South Bo Di Lac Drive in the town of Minocqua.

According to the accident report from the Minocqua Police Department, a southbound 2014 Subaru Crosstrek, driven by Dustin White, 36, Minocqua, left the road and went into a ditch where it struck a small dirt hill and some trees before flipping onto its left side.

Friday, June 24, 2016

New trail at Camp American Legion is a team effort
Terry McGowan saw a need at Camp American Legion and Friday, he was there to see his role in fulfilling that need take place.

McGowan is the president and business manager of the Pewaukee-based International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 and several months ago, he said he'd heard a rumor the American Legion was looking for a way to get wheelchair bound veterans access for the camp's nature trail. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Alzheimer's and dementia task force visits Oneida County
Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah), chairman of the Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia, visited the Oneida County Health and Aging building in Rhinelander Wednesday to present the task force report to the community.

He was joined by Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma), both of whom served on the task force. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

UW-Extension committee still studying workplace air quality issues
The Oneida County UW-Extension Committee continues to grapple with how to deal with UW-Extension staff concerns about air quality in the workplace.

The panel discussed the issue again June 13 but made no decisions other than to advise Lynn Feldman, 4-H Youth Development Agent for the UW-Extension office, to explore options and take direction from chairman of the committee, Bob Mott. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

County panel talks about Wis. Act 180
The Oneida County Administration Committee heard an update June 13 on the possible ramifications of Wisconsin Act 180.

The law, which took effect March 1 of this year, affects the long-term support program for elderly and disabled residents in the county who still live in their own homes. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hwy. 51 update
U.S. Highway 51 construction continues south of Hazelhurst. Crews will continue grading along the west side of the highway from Cottage Inn Drive to Frost Bite Trail. They will also continue grading work along the west side of Hwy. 51 from Rocky Run Road to Little Bearskin Road to prepare for asphalt paving.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fishing for all
The new handicapped accessible fishing pier in Lake Tomahawk is finished and open for the public's enjoyment. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 17, Tom Heilig, center, explained the long process in acquiring the pier and thanked local friends for their encouragement as well as the Department of Natural Resources for the grant which assisted with funding. Heilig has been working on the pier project for more than three years. Also new is the walkway and handicapped accessible restroom.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

County contributes funds to broadband grant application
Roger Luce, executive director of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation, met with the county's administration committee Monday to ask for the remaining funds in the Oneida County Broadband account. The funds will be added to the application for a grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016

Committee sends two policies to LUHS board
Two policies will be sent to the Lakeland Union High School Board for review in the coming weeks. During a meeting Tuesday, the LUHS Policy Committee agreed on revisions to two policies: Board member authority and purchasing. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016

Minocqua Plan Commission OKs new office, storage units
The Minocqua Plan Commission Tuesday approved an administrative review permit from Rollie Pinno to build a three unit, multi-tenant office building on State Highway 70 between Park City Credit Union and the Morgan Stanley office. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016

Oneida County Forestry Committee looks to the future in planning ATV trails
Oneida County's Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee heard from county forest director John Bilogan June 8 regarding plans for future ATV and UTV trails in the county.

Bilogan discussed future plans for trail development as well as the use of gravel on the trails and how that affects logging operations in county forests. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Expera requests CUP for old Printpack building
A public hearing is set for June 21 on a conditional use permit application filed by Expera Specialty Solutions for a conditional use permit for the former Printpack Incorporated facility at 114 West Kemp Street in Rhinelander, fueling speculation about what use the building would serve if the building were to change hands. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016


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