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DNR reopens contamination site on State Highway 70
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are taking another look at the former Tower Standard site in Vilas County. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 21, 2016

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe CC group set to give aid at ND protests
As protests begin to heat up in North Dakota over a controversial pipeline dig, a group of people from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College in Lac du Flambeau set out Thursday to make the trip to lend a hand. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eliason defense files motion to dismiss charges based on Franks-Mann doctrine
Defense attorneys for two St. Germain businessmen charged with 10 counts of securities fraud have filed a joint motion in Vilas County Circuit Court to dismiss the case based on the Franks-Mann doctrine. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Franks, Mann cases led to ensuring warrants, charges based on accurate information
With the filing of a Franks-Mann motion, the legal team representing David and Brian Eliason have asserted that the Department of Justice knew information in its criminal complaint contains inaccurate information but proceeded to file charges anyway. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tiffany and Swearingen host broadband roundtable
On Friday, Oct. 7, Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) met with local broadband providers and area leaders to garner input in the wake of recent Broadband Expansion Grants in the Northwoods. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 14, 2016

Vilas County towns get some money back
Seven Vilas County towns will receive or have received a total of nearly $159,000 in reimbursements from the county. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 14, 2016

Arbor Vitae hears road weight limit request
The Arbor Vitae Town Board will take up the matter of load limits for Trapp Road at its next meeting.

Wednesday, during the public comment portion of the meeting, Arbor Vitae resident Wayne Trapp thanked town chairman Frank Bauers and the town's road crew for repair work done on Trapp Road behind Plowman's Marine. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lakeland airport on track for another good year
During last week's joint meeting of the Lakeland Airport Commission, airport administrator Jon Schmitz informed the town board representatives they are in possession of a "well-run, modern, aesthetically pleasing" airport with facilities in "very good to excellent" condition. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Eagle River man accused of assaulting LdF officer spared prison time
A 26-year-old Eagle River man who had been banished from the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation but returned in August 2015 and created a disturbance that ended with him allegedly kicking a tribal police officer and the window of a tribal police car as he was being transported to the Vilas County Jail, was sentenced Monday to probation and jail. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Vilas County creates subcommittee for new recreational paths
The Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee met Wednesday at the Vilas County Courthouse in Eagle River to discuss some key topics.

Perhaps the biggest thing that was discussed was developing a trail in the county for walkers or cyclists to use, along with ATV/UTV riders, which is always a topic in the Northwoods. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lac du Flambeau School Board prepares for budget hearing
The Lac du Flambeau Board of Education approved its budget Wednesday for the 2016-2017 school year that will now be presented at a public hearing Oct. 25.

The overall budget is $12,628,504 with a tax levy of $6,412,499. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

See orange cones? Put down the phones
A new Wisconsin law took effect Saturday, Oct. 1, making it illegal to talk on a hand-held mobile device while driving through a work zone. The law is part of Wisconsin's continued efforts to reduce distracted driving and enhance highway safety.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Boulder Junction Town Board to revisit road plan
Next Friday, as part of a special town board meeting and 2017 budget workshop, a road plan will be on the agenda for a special meeting of the Boulder Junction Town Board.

The town board reached that conclusion Tuesday morning as part of another special town board meeting. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 7, 2016

DNR withdraws application for Manitowish Waters bike trail bridge
On Tuesday, both the Manitowish Waters Town Board and the Planning Commission gathered in back to back meetings. Following the succinct town board meeting, the planning commission followed with the hot topic being that of the proposed bike trail expansion. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 7, 2016

Increased safety aspect of LUHS renovation
The Lakeland Union High School Finance Committee met Tuesday to discuss the latest updates in the Phase III renovation project. While numbers and prices were discussed around the meeting floor, one topic seemed to bond the group - safety. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 7, 2016

Vilas County set to borrow $2.5M for 2017
The Vilas County Finance and Budget Committee met Tuesday to finalize the 2017 budget proposal they will submit to the county board later this month.

The capital borrowing amount the county is facing stands at $2,489,352.22. The loan will be serviced through mBank and is expected to be paid off on March 1 of next year. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Brandy Park Commission recommends status quo
The Brandy Park commission voted 5-1 Tuesday to recommend to the Woodruff and Arbor Vitae town boards their contributions to its budget - $13,000 per year - remain the same as it has the past few years. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 7, 2016

Tribal election results announced
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has a new president.

Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr. was elected to the office, defeating Gregg "Biskakone" Johnson. Henry "Butch" St. Germaine, the current president, was defeated in last month's primary. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Donation helps Northwoods Transit Commission grow fleet
The Northwoods Transit Commission has received a very timely donation.

Commission chairman Erv Teichmiller announced to the panel Wednesday the fledgling group has received a donation of $18,350 made from the Community Mental Health Foundation for the purchase of a new vehicle.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SBA Deadline for Wisconsin private non-profit organizations to apply for Physical Damage Disaster Loans is Oct. 11
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit (PNP) organizations in Wisconsin of the Oct. 11 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by severe storms and flooding on July 11-12, 2016.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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