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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


Newbold names disc golf course
The Newbold Town Board held a special meeting on Thursday and voted unanimously to name the disc golf course "Rookery Run," in honor of the large amount of heron activity in the area.

The board also voted to approve the name of an informational kiosk to be placed in the parking lot. The kiosk, which will be named, "Wayne Wagler Forest Products Incorporated," will include information about the course, a list of the sponsors who helped with fundraising, and some information about the herons in the area.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Four charges filed against Tripoli man in standoff case
Kenneth Welsh, the 60-year-old Tripoli man accused of holding several law enforcement agencies at bay by threatening to blow up a residence on Clifford Road on April 19, has been formally charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

The criminal complaint in the case also accused Welsh of attempted first-degree reckless injury, a class D felony, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and misdemeanor battery (domestic abuse), both class A misdemeanors. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Three Lakes electors authorize construction of town complex, library expansion
By a vote of 100-10, town of Three Lakes electors on April 19 authorized the town board to finance and build a new town hall complex and expand the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library.

The vote followed almost an hour of spirited discussion on the subject from the standing-room only crowd assembled in the town of Three Lakes Community Room for the annual town meeting. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Minocqua town supervisors to get a raise
Minocqua town supervisors will get a $2,000 per year raise as the result of a vote at the town's annual meeting Thursday.

The annual meeting is one of two times a year where town residents may make motions from the floor.

Toward the end of the 30-minute meeting, Jerry Mader, one of nine Minocqua residents in attendance, made a motion to increase the salary of town supervisors from $6,000 per year to $8,000. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Eliason defense teams seeks to prevent deposition of former lawyer
Lawyers continue to trade paperwork - and accusations - in the Eliason securities fraud case.

In a new development, the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) wants to depose a lawyer who provided advice to the accused businessmen, Brian and David Eliason, but the defense is seeking to stop the question-and-answer session from taking place. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Missing 78-year-old woman found
On April 22, 2016 at approximately 10:34 a.m., the Oneida County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to a missing 78-year-old missing female with dementia in the area of East Big Lakes Loop Road in the town of Three Lakes in Oneida County.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jeff Vollmer honors recount
After an emotional recount April 13 that ended in a tie, and ultimately brought the Oneida County Board race in District 19 down to a coin toss, incumbent Lisa Zunker emerged as the winner, and challenger Jeff Vollmer had five business days to appeal the recount to the Oneida County Circuit Court, but in a letter to the editor sent to the Lakeland Times, he announced he will not move forward with an appeal. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Newbold to explore options for town hall update
A motion brought forward by Jackie Cody, a member of the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Committee, passed unanimously at the annual meeting Tuesday with the Newbold town board to discuss creating a new committee at the next town board meeting on April 28. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Man arrested on attempted homicide charge in connection with Lynne shooting
A town of Lynne man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in connection with an incident Tuesday morning in the town of Lynne.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

UPDATE: Two subjects in custody in connection with reported shooting in Lynne
Two subjects have been taken into custody in connection with a reported shooting Tuesday morning in the town of Lynne.

According to chief deputy Dan Hess, the county's 9-1-1 dispatch center received a call at approximately 11:20 a.m. Tuesday from a male reporting that another male had shot him with a firearm, however the caller threatened to blow up the house if anyone approached it. The caller also claimed the shooter had left the area.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Highway commissioner post offered to Stefonek
The Oneida County Labor Relations and Employee Services committee has finalized its selection of the next county highway commissioner and landfill

supervisor, formally recommending the full county board appoint Bruce Stefonek to replace Freeman Bennett, who is retiring Aug. 9. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Zunker wins with 'heads'
A recount of votes cast on Election Day in the town of Lynne and Minocqua districts 5 and 6 for the open Oneida County Board seat in district 19 came down to an unexpected coin toss. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

AV-W creates successful culture with Expeditionary Learning
On a recent afternoon after school let out and the weather prevented the track team from practicing outside, it was hard not to notice the unique atmosphere about the halls of the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school.

Above the cafeteria, where students first enter the school, six words are printed in large letters - compassion, integrity, courage, grit, craftsmanship and curiosity. On the wall to the right is a board labeled "Nightly Reading Wall of Fame" and to the left is a three-piece display filled with notices about school expectations.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jobseekers and employers come together
Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander was buzzing with job seekers and employers on Wednesday as host of the Northern Advantage job fair, sponsored by Nicolet College, Job Center of Wisconsin and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (WDB). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Arbor Vitae woman ordered to repay trust $96,000
An Arbor Vitae woman, who was spared prison time when she reached a plea agreement on charges she stole money from a trust fund she administered, has been ordered to pay $96,000 in restitution. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rhinelander man pleads no contest to November fatal OWI
A 21-year-old Rhinelander man facing a charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a Nov. 21 automobile accident that took the life of his 23-year-old friend pled no contest Tuesday afternoon.

A second charge, homicide by use of a vehicle with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration, was dismissed per a plea agreement. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Eagle River man faces 38 forgery charges in Oneida, Vilas counties
A 23-year-old Eagle River man is facing a total of 38 counts of forgery and seven counts of fraudulent use of a credit card in Oneida and Vilas counties in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred between April and June 2015.

According the criminal complaint, the alleged victim contacted the Vilas County sheriff's department on June 22 when she received a credit card statement that contained several purchases she had not made. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Zunker wins?
Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt, left, and Minocqua Town Clerk Roben Haggart count votes for the Dist. 19 seat on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors while candidate Jeff Vollmer looks on. After the initial recount, Vollmer and incumbent Lisa Zunker remained tied at 306 votes each. A coin toss was then held. Zunker won the toss, but Vollmer has five days to challenge the recount in circuit court. As of press time, he was taking the matter under consideration.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Bridge construction
A heavy equipment operator with Medford-based James Peterson Sons, Inc. uses an excavator Monday to begin the process of clearing land near the former railroad bridge over U.S. Highway 51 in Hazelhurst. It's one of the first steps in building approaches for a new, taller bridge that will replace the current, nearly 80 year-old structure. The project is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation committee discusses priorities for public land
The Oneida County Forestry, Land, and Recreation Committee gathered on Wednesday to hear from local logger, Dennis Schoeneck, on priorities for the future of the county forest, as well as to meet the new Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL), Jonathan Barry, to discuss the possibility of a possible land trade. It also invited Dale Mayo from Vilas County Parks and Recreation Administrator to discuss Vilas County's Trails Ad Hoc Committee, and reviewed the rejection of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant by the Joint Finance Committee last month with Vilas County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016


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