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Vilas County supervisors take the oath of office
Brian Jopek/Lakeland TimesDennis Neilsen takes his oath of office at Tuesday’s meeting of the Vilas County board. Neilsen, who served previously on the board, was defeated in a re-election bid by Vern Wiggenhauser in 2014. Wiggenhauser has had health problems that led to his resignation from the board earlier this year. Neilsen filed to run and ended up unopposed.
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Dennis Neilsen takes his oath of office at Tuesday’s meeting of the Vilas County board. Neilsen, who served previously on the board, was defeated in a re-election bid by Vern Wiggenhauser in 2014. Wiggenhauser has had health problems that led to his resignation from the board earlier this year. Neilsen filed to run and ended up unopposed.

The Vilas County board made some changes Tuesday as it passed a resolution pertaining to its standing rules and committee duties. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016


Vilas County Drug Take Back Day is April 30
The Vilas County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative on Saturday, April 30 at 330 Court Street, Eagle River.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Vilas County board makes standing rules changes
Every two years, during the first post-spring election of the Vilas County board, a resolution dealing with the board's standing rules is discussed and adopted.

This is done after the supervisors are sworn in, but before the board elects a chairman.

County clerk Dave Alleman runs the meeting through the chairman election and he had plenty to do at the April 19 meeting as board members introduced, discussed and adopted 11 amendments to the standing rules, a process that lasted over an hour. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Vilas County septic system maintenance pump/inspection cards to be sent out
It's that time of year again, time for the Vilas County Zoning Office to send out pump card notices to have septic tanks inspected or pumped. Remember you are on a three (3) year cycle. There are over 21,368 private on site waste water treatment systems (POWTS) sanitary systems in Vilas County. Each year the office sends out approximately 7,122 notices.
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

First Amendment weighed heavily in denial of gag order in Eliason case
When the matter of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's request for a gag order in the case of two St. Germain businessmen accused of securities fraud was weighed by the presiding judge, arguments related to the free speech rights of the defendants and their lawyers, and the right of area media to report on the proceedings, won the day. (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

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

Vilas tribal concerns committee hears sobering information
As is the case for most meetings of the Vilas County Board's Tribal Concerns Committee, the most recent gathering March 31 was a continuance of the ongoing discussion about the seriousness of the illicit drug problem in Vilas County, especially in the Lac du Flambeau area.

The effects of the problem have many facets, from the direct impact on the people who use drugs to what they do to their children - some of whom are born addicted to the same drugs. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Regional incumbents have rough night at polls
Wisconsin voters turned out in the highest numbers in decades for the presidential primary and local elections on Tuesday. Change was big theme in this year's election. In the five contested races for the Vilas County Board in 2016, the incumbents lost three. Add to that three new faces for seats on the board where people ran unopposed, and the result is eight changes on a county board with 21 seats. Incumbents were also defeated in two of the three contested races for the Oneida County Board.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Army Guard's first female Native American brigadier general hails from Lac du Flambeau
In October 2012, Col. Joane "Joni" Mathews, a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, became the first female brigade commander in the history of the Wisconsin Army Guard.

She did an interview with The Lakeland Times about a month later and was asked after

everything she had done in her Army National Guard career of more than 25 years, if she thought the next step in rank as a brigadier general or "one star," was a possibility. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

With a grain of sand
Considering he was born clinically dead, RJ Schmoll faced more adversity in the first 10 minutes of his life than most people ever have to experience.

In the following years the Eagle River resident would unknowingly cast aside a dismal diagnosis as he learned to walk and talk - in fact, he went on to become a gold medalist in the Special Olympics during his teenage years.

And now, with each and every passing day his very existence flies in the face of the doctors who told his mother 20 years ago he wouldn't make it more than a few months. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Response to gag order request hinges on constitutionality of motion
The lawyer for one of the two St. Germain businessmen facing 10 charges of securities fraud in Vilas County Court filed a response Wednesday to the state of Wisconsin's request for a court order prohibiting the parties from offering comments to the media about the case.

The response brief, authored by Stephen Kravit, lead defense attorney for David J. Eliason, covers his client's case as well as that of Eliason's codefendant and brother, Brian E. Eliason. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Vilas County juvenile intake supervisor leaving for Forest County
Vilas County's juvenile intake supervisor Eric Swanson recently announced his resignation, with his last day on the job falling on Friday.

Swanson's plans prior to Thursday's meeting of the Vilas County Board's Tribal Concerns Committee were no secret to some, but he took the

opportunity to make the formal announcement to those gathered in the Beverly Bauman room of Lac du Flambeau's Peter Christensen Health Center. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Nearly $285,000 in county forest road aid approved by Walker
Vilas and Oneida counties are among 24 Wisconsin counties to receive nearly $285,000 in state funding to be used for improvement of public roads in county forests.

Gov. Scott Walker made the announcement regarding the grant funding Monday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation administers the state's County Forest Road Aids program.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Vilas County OKs part-time position for treasurer's office
The Vilas County board last week approved the addition of a part-time administrative assistant to the county treasurer's staff.

Essentially, a limited time employee, or LTE, was moved to part-time status.

In August 2013, the staff had been downsized in a budget move and from that time, functioned with two limited-term employees (LTE) as well as two full-time staff members. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Vilas County introduces new highway commissioner
Vilas County officially has a new highway commissioner.

Nick Scholtes was introduced to supervisors at their March meeting on Tuesday at the courthouse in Eagle River.

In a move to try and cut costs by the county, the highway commissioner and patrol superintendent positions were combined in early 2012. (subscriber access)
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Vilas County snowmobile traffic: getting a better idea on numbers
For many snowmobilers the mild conditions of an El Nino winter meant an untimely end to an already abbreviated riding season.

Overall, that also meant slightly fewer accidents, but an analysis of accident reports indicate this season was on par with years past.

Randy Schneider, Vilas County Sheriff's Department deputy, summarized the department's accident reports Thursday during the Vilas County Recreational Trails Safety Committee meeting. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

County board makes changes in solid waste division
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 15, unanimously approved changes in staffing for the solid waste division of the highway department.

The staffing changes will take effect on March 26, and include increasing a part-time solid waste technician position to full-time with the $15.55 hourly wage remaining the same; creating a full-time mechanic/solid waste technician position, which would start at $19.62 per hour; and eliminating four limited-term employees or LTEs approved in the 2016 budget for 1,200 hours each. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bus-vehicle accident in Conover injures two
Two people, including a student, were injured Thursday morning when a school bus collided with a vehicle in the town of Conover, according to a Vilas County Sheriff's Department report.

The county's dispatch center received a call at 7:47 a.m., Thursday reporting a collision between a school bus and a vehicle on State Highway 45 approximately one-half mile north of Church Road in the town of Conover.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Vilas County highway department takes steps to improve its image
Even for those who have not personally witnessed it, most people are familiar with the popular anecdote about street or highway employees leaning against a vehicle at a job site, or standing still - propped up by a broom or shovel when they're supposed to be working.

At the Monday meeting of the Vilas County Board's Highway Committee, county human resources director, Deb Bohn, gave the go-ahead to take steps to address those perceptions. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 18, 2016


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