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Road Closure on State Highway 17
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After a sink hole was reported on Monday, June 5, on State Highway 17 near the intersection of Grosser Lane, north of the town of Phelps, detours were planned to accommodate traffic while the road is repaired.
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After a sink hole was reported on Monday, June 5, on State Highway 17 near the intersection of Grosser Lane, north of the town of Phelps, detours were planned to accommodate traffic while the road is repaired.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, the Vilas County Communications Center received a report of a sink hole forming on State Highway 17 near the intersection of Grosser Lane, north of the town of Phelps.
Tuesday, June 6, 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

Highway crews respond to Hwy. 17 sink hole near Phelps
The failure of two aluminum 36-inch culverts running under State Highway 17 north of Phelps late Monday afternoon resulted in a sink hole near the highway's intersection with Grosser Lane. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 9, 2017

VCEDT talks county drug problem
The Vilas County Economic Development and Tourism Committee (VCEDT) heard from community health consultant Bob Kovar this week on the importance of funding for drug prevention efforts. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 9, 2017

Vilas County Zoning Committee tries for position reclassification
The Vilas County board's zoning committee voted Thursday to return to the human resources committee a proposed reclassification for one of the department's employees. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vilas County man sentenced to 12 years for distributing child pornography
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Benjamin McHugh, 36, of St. Germain, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 12 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography. This prison term is to be followed by a lifetime period of supervised release. McHugh pleaded guilty to this offense on March 9.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Vilas DA files complaint against Boulder Junction town board
The Vilas County district attorney has filed an open-meetings complaint against the Boulder Junction town board and individual supervisors who were serving on the board last September for an alleged infraction related to a nearly $9,000 payout to the town clerk. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Land and water department cost share program helps riparian owners with shoreline projects
As more and more second home owners come north, they begin to notice more problems with their shorelines near their homes. Erosion from waves and run-off issues are two of the main problems, according to Quita Sheehan, a conservation specialist with the Vilas County Land and Water Department. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Vilas County board hears more about illicit drug issue
In recent months, members of Vilas County's tribal concerns committee have committed themselves to doing more about the illicit drug and opioid use issues in the county. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2017

Oneida, Vilas counties looking at possible medical examiner contract to start in 2019
Over the past several years, Vilas County has explored contracting with Oneida County for medical examiner services but as of yet the two counties have been unable to come to an agreement. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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