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Tribal concerns committee's fate on hold
The Vilas County Board voted Tuesday to table a resolution regarding changes to the board's tribal concerns committee.

The board took the action during a joint meeting with members of the tribal council, who included tribal president Henry "Butch" St. Germain and Betty Jo Graveen. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Krist Oil Company files suit over markup law
A Michigan oil company has filed a lawsuit in Vilas County Circuit Court challenging the state's minimum markup law on gasoline.

In court documents filed Monday, Krist Oil Company, based in Iron River, requested a declaratory judgment that the law violates its due process rights under the state constitution and is "therefore void and unenforceable." (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bouché highlights upcoming in-service week
As the school year quickly approaches, teachers will step foot inside the doors of Lakeland Union High School a few days early. At the Aug. 22 LUHS board meeting, principal Jim Bouché spoke about what exactly to expect during the upcoming in-service days. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Three deer shot and killed in Woodruff
According to conservation warden Tim Ebert, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 23, three deer were shot and killed from the roadway along Highway 47 between Walter Drive and Forest Trail. They were found in the ditch line. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

County helps Arbor Vitae board weigh library options
During Tuesday's meeting between two Arbor Vitae supervisors, three Vilas County supervisors and the county clerk, Arbor Vitae's library situation was the topic of discussion. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Venture Landfill Group shares medical savings with employees
During Tuesday's meeting, the Venture Landfill Group received good news about their employee health insurance - premiums are going down 5.7 percent. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Gresham Lakes Association pleads for assistance
At Tuesday's Boulder Junction Town Board meeting, former Gresham Lakes Association Chairman John Winkelman was given the opportunity to speak on the topic of invasive species. During his presentation to the board, Winkelman spotlighted watermilfoil, which has plagued many Northwoods lakes in recent years. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Eagle River man headed to trial in sexual assault case
The case of a 36-year-old Eagle River man facing three counts of first-degree sexual assault with a dangerous weapon has been set for a three-day jury trial in Vilas County Circuit Court beginning Oct. 25. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Vilas County Highway Committee looks at personnel needs
Staffing needs for the Vilas County highway department were a topic of discussion at the Aug. 16 meeting of the county board's highway committee.

Highway commissioner Nick Scholtes, on the job five months, has spent considerable time working on ways to turn the department around in several different areas. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

LdF learns county not responsible for town ordinances
At last week's Lac du Flambeau Town Board meeting, the board discussed a sticky situation they've recently come across - a legal contract is needed for the Vilas County sheriff's department to help enforce town ordinances.

The situation arose when residents around Broken Bow Lake voiced problems with boat-users frequently causing waves in a no-wake zone. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Missing Minnesota man found in Sayner later passes away
The daughter of the New Brighton, Minn., man who was the subject of a search in the Sayner area last week and passed away Wednesday evening, is grateful for everything done to find her father. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Arbor Vitae continues to pursue a fair library fee
Members of the Arbor Vitae Town Board are scheduled to meet today with the town's four representatives of the Vilas County Board regarding library fees.

Over the course of the past five years, the town has paid the town of Minocqua for its residents to use Minocqua's library, the most recent payment for next year in the $45,000 range. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vilas County Recreational Trails Safety Committee discusses ATV complaints and more
Aug. 18 brought the monthly Vilas County Recreational Trails Safety Committee together to discuss talking points related to the county's many opportunities for outdoor recreation. While fireworks did not fly, several key points were addressed throughout the 13 person meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MACC expects valuable results from expensive website designer
The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) has set out to create a new website and they don't just want it be good - or even great - they want it to be top of the line.

During last week's room tax commission meeting, MACC vice president Randy Gilson said the chamber's marketing team has made their recommendation to the board of directors for a web designer to assist with the new site. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fish kill on Lake Minocqua likely related to weather event
Several readers and lake property owners on Lake Minocqua expressed some concern last weekend over an apparent fish kill on the lake. It was reported to the DNR and fisheries biologist John Kubisiak and conservation warden James Jung went out to Lake Minocqua Saturday afternoon to investigate. Kubisiak said a man at the boat landing reported observing "about 30 dead walleye" the previous day. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2016

Boulder Junction airport committee looks for answers
The committee that oversees Payzer Airport in Boulder Junction are looking for information regarding vandalism at the airport the night of Aug. 10.

Committee member Dan Ellingson said a reward of $1,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the vandalism. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Missing person found in Sayner
On Wednesday Aug. 17, 2016 at 8:44 a.m., Vilas County Dispatch received a call that a vehicle had been in the ditch near the end of Golf Course Rd. in Sayner since the morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

Upon checking the registration on the vehicle, it was discovered there had been a missing person alert sent out for the operator of the vehicle from New Brighten PD in Minnesota.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Crow tests positive for West Nile Virus in Vilas County
Vilas County Public Health Department reported a dead crow found in Vilas County Aug. 9) has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Vilas County this year.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Vilas County Board to consider a committee's future
A resolution to be on the agenda for the Aug. 23 meeting of the Vilas County board would, if approved as worded, drastically change the make-up of the committee and ultimately, its role.

Meeting this past Wednesday in Lac du Flambeau, members of the committee decided they will oppose the effort to, as committee members see it, do away with the committee altogether. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Lakeland Times announces staff changes
This month, as the Lakeland Times sees the departure of features editor Michael Strasburg, the award-winning newspaper will make the appropriate staff changes in order to continue providing quality news coverage across Northwoods.

Among those changes to the editing and writing staff are...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


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