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Sex offender to be released in Vilas County
A convicted sex offender will be released to Vilas County in August.

According to a press release issued by Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath, Steven Burgess, 41, will be residing on Chickaree Lake Road in Eagle River, Vilas County after Aug. 1.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Missing woman found early Friday morning in the town of Washington
Authorities in Vilas County used a drone to help find a woman who had been reported missing Thursday evening.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

VCEDC reviews town forum from June 20
The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation discussed Friday the success of its first town forum held on June 20. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boulder Junction officials want open-meetings charges dismissed
Two current members and one former member of the Boulder Junction Town Board are asking the Vilas County circuit court to dismiss charges that they violated the state's open-meetings law in September 2016. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 14, 2017

Vilas County discusses Torch Lake RV Park
The Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee met last Wednesday to discuss the Torch Lake RV Park Campground, among other items. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Northwoods Transit Connections continues its growth
The Northwoods Transit Connections, a cooperative effort between Oneida and Vilas counties, begun in 2015 and based in Rhinelander, is doing very well. (subscriber access)
Monday, July 3, 2017

Vilas County Sheriff's Office patrol lieutenant promoted
Gerard Ritter, a 16-year veteran of the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, has been promoted to captain. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 30, 2017

Vilas board approves full-time parks position
The Vilas County board approved a resolution Tuesday to create a new full-time parks and recreation technician position for the county's forestry department.

The resolution's approval also eliminates a joint position between the highway and forestry departments, created in 2014. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Vilas County jail administration seeks more candidates
At Monday's meeting of the Vilas County board's law enforcement committee, chairman Jerry Burkett asked Bill Weiss, the Vilas County jail administrator, how the facility's staffing was. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 30, 2017

What to do about Methadone in LdF and Vilas County
The Vilas County Board's tribal concerns meeting Thursday provided the opportunity for another jab at a methadone clinic in Wausau which law enforcement and tribal officials say has been problematic for years. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lakeland Area Task Force discusses drug use in area
Wisconsin, along with the entire United States, is in the midst of an opioid epidemic with Vilas and Oneida counties leading the charge in Wisconsin. The Lakeland Area Task Force met June 19 to specifically discuss the area's prescription opioid usage and prescription rate. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Man sentenced to prison for Hwy. 70 burglary spree
A Lac du Flambeau man charged in connection with a string of burglaries to residences along State Highway 70 between Minocqua and Lac du Flambeau between Christmas 2015 and early February 2016 was sentenced June 15 to four years in prison and five years extended supervision. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

VCEDC town forum sparks discussion on workforce challenges
In a forum hosted by the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation, local town board supervisors and economic development specialists gathered last week for a brief overview on current issues facing Vilas County growth, including workforce development. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Vilas highway committee approves preliminary 2018 budget
The Vilas County board's highway committee OK'd a preliminary department budget for 2018 on Tuesday, calling for the addition of two people.

That action followed an earlier vote to add the positions, the funding for both of them based predominately on state funding projections for work department personnel do which generates revenue from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017

HR request sparks discussion on lack of policy for bonuses
The Vilas County Finance Committee denied a request from the Human Resources Committee for contingency funds this week. The request was for $3,000, intended as a bonus for HR department head Debra Bohn for saving the county a considerable sum in medical insurance expenses. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Vilas HR committee again turns down zoning position reclass
The Vilas County board's human resources committee once again voted against the reclassification of a zoning department position Thursday.

The committee's vote was 3-2 and last month it turned down the initial request.

At a June 1 meeting of the zoning committee, members voted to have the matter returned to the human resources committee for reconsideration. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Topic of county administrator for Vilas County brought up again
From time to time, the possibility of a county administrator for Vilas County has been brought up at different times. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LdF man gets 18 years in prison for multiple child sexual assaults
A 33-year-old Lac du Flambeau man will spend just under 18 years in prison after he was sentenced Friday morning in Vilas County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting eight children ranging from 4 to 12 years old. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shoreland zoning still a sticking point for conservation committee
In past meetings, shoreland zoning has been hotly debated by the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee. Some feel the issue is not one the committee should undertake, while others were adamant it should start with them and a recommendation be forwarded to the county board. Many feel shoreland zoning authority should be returned to the county level rather than subject to the "one size fits all" directive of the state's Act 55. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

Helo makes debut as new Vilas County K9
Vilas County Sheriff's Department recently added a new member to its team, Helo, the one-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois from Hungary. Deputy Zac Stern, the K9 handler, is excited to continue working and getting to know Helo, a dog with a seemingly endless amount of energy and drive, and a replacement for the previous K9 unit, Draco. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

Stormy Sunday for the Lakeland area
Thunderstorms moved through the Lakeland area early Sunday afternoon, bringing heavy rain, high wind and in places, hail.

It was the third time this spring stormy weather has resulted in some sort of damage over a large area, with the April storms being the worst. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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