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Court security officer position gets attention in Vilas County
The Vilas County board's approval Jan. 26 to spend up to $10.8 million on a renovation and addition project for the courthouse in Eagle River signaled, for the near future anyway, the end to any thinking on the part of the board that the county would be getting a second judge. (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

Vilas County considers returning to split positions in highway department
An experiment in Vilas County is nearing an end.

That experiment began in 2012, when the positions of highway commissioner and patrol superintendent were combined and longtime highway department employee Jarred Maney was named highway commissioner. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Proposed resolution: one person to deal with Vilas County truancy
"The big picture" - or a part of it - was once again a topic of discussion Thursday at the latest meeting of the Vilas County board's tribal concerns committee in Lac du Flambeau. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vilas County sheriff hopes to slow down 'revolving door'
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department is having a difficult time keeping employees.

In 2014, Russ Kennedy, who first started working with the sheriff's department in 1981, retired and then went to work for the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Board approves courthouse renovation project
It has its naysayers and it took nearly two hours of questions, answers and some need for clarification on a few things, but the Vilas County board approved Tuesday an expenditure of up to $10.8 million over 10 years for a courthouse renovation project. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

New voting machines for Vilas County towns arrive
The Arbor Vitae town hall was the site recently for two days of training on new voting machines for town clerks and other election officials. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 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

Vilas County board discusses courthouse plans at length
There's a fairly large decision looming on the horizon for Vilas County supervisors. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 19, 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

One dead in Saturday Phelps structure fire
The Vilas County Sheriff's department received a wireless 911 call reporting a structure fire at 1905 STH 17 in the Township of Phelps, Vilas County, at 3:07 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

No injuries when snowmobiles go through lake ice Thursday
Despite the opening of snowmobile trails in Vilas County and parts of Oneida County last week, authorities were still urging people to stay off of area lakes with their snowmobiles. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Interim highway commissioner appointed in Vilas County
Nearly four years after he took on the position of Vilas County Highway Commissioner, Jarred Maney, a longtime employee of the Vilas County highway department, has submitted his resignation from that position. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Vilas County committee OKs truck bids
Vilas County is upgrading its fleet of dump trucks used for snowplowing, completing a process that began last summer. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Vilas County courthouse project moves to the front burner
The Vilas County board of supervisors will hold a special meeting in January - a week before its regular meeting - to go over plans and proposed financing options for a multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion of the courthouse in Eagle River. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Here and there, Vilas County candidates begin declaring and filing
With spring elections just a few months away, the field of candidates for the Vilas County Board of Supervisors is starting to take shape, but so far the campaign races are more of a trot than a sprint. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 11, 2015

LdF woman free on bond in embezzlement case
A 49-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman facing seven felony charges and one misdemeanor count stemming from her alleged theft of at least $104,393 from a Vilas County business between Jan. 1, 2011 and July 30, 2013 was released on a $10,000 signature bond following her initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 11, 2015

VCEDC receives $2,000 from Lake of the Torches to promote Northwoods economic growth
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino presented members of the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation with a $2,000 donation to assist the organization in promoting county-wide sustainable economic development.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Trash fire at Vilas County landfill finally extinguished
The fire deep inside a mountain of trash at the Vilas County Highway G Landfill that had first been reported to the Eagle River Fire Department the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 13, is for all intents and purposes, extinguished.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Employee buyouts cause temporary headache for Vilas County
With the Vilas County Courthouse Maintenance Department facing the departure of three employees as part of the county’s reduction in workforce voluntary buyout plan, the department seems caught between a rock and the proverbial hard place in keeping up with  the department’s workload.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013


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