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Woodruff committee abandons fire district idea
The town of Woodruff has stopped looking into the possibility of a fire district in the Lakeland area.

Its recently formed fire truck/fire district committee, made up of Woodruff resident Ed Bruner, assistant fire chief Victor Gee and Woodruff town supervisor Ed Richardson, after meeting for more than an hour with fire chiefs and other town officials from Minocqua, Lake Tomahawk, Arbor Vitae and Hazelhurst on June 16, decided to abandon any more talk of forming a fire district. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Vilas County landfill expansion at a standstill
Expansion for the Highway G landfill in Vilas County is at a standstill after the Landfill Venture Group received conflicting information from county and state representatives this month.

During a Tuesday meeting, executive committee chairman Scott Maciosek gave a recap of a meeting with the forestry department earlier in the month. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 24, 2016

AV-W teachers union seeks additional pay
Teachers of Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School are seeking additional pay after a state mandate has caused an extremely low salary increase this year.

Each year, teachers have the option of joining a union and those who join have to decide if the union will be state certified or not. For several years, the AV-W union has been certified. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Plum Lake Town Board says 'no' to ATV ordinance
The Plum Lake Town Board has essentially decided to uphold the results of a survey of its residents done last year that said "no" to all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles on town roads and property.

A 3-0 decision to not approve an ATV ordinance for the town Wednesday followed a session of public comment, in which town chairman Will Maines allowed only comment from those in the audience of approximately 60 people who were residents. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

DFI subpoena of Eliason attorney quashed
The Department of Financial Institutions will not be allowed to depose an attorney who provided legal advice to two St. Germain businessmen accused of securities fraud, a judge has ruled.

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) wanted to question Terry Nelson, the lawyer who advised David and Brian Eliason about the financial disclosure at the heart of the criminal case against them in Vilas County. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Two taken to Wausau's Aspirus following boating accident
Two people were flown to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau Thursday night after the rowboat they were in was struck by a motorboat.

A press release from the Vilas County Sheriff's Office said the accident occurred on Black Oak Lake in the town of Land O' Lakes.

The press release said one of the occupants of the row boat had been ejected from the boat into the water.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Man's name released in town of Washington accident
The Vilas County Coroner's Office has released the name of the town of Washington man killed June 12 after he was hit by a vehicle.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Three Lakes man dies in one vehicle Vilas County crash
A Three Lakes man was killed early Saturday evening as the result of a one vehicle crash in the town of Washington near Eagle River.

Lt. Matt Schaub with the Vilas County Sheriff's Office said a 911 call was received at 6:33 p.m. reporting a truck hit a tree on Military Road.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dollars for Dr. Kate
During Wednesday's Arbor Vitae Town Board meeting, Mike Doud thanked the board for their contribution to the Dr. Kate Museum in Woodruff. The board approved using a portion of the town's room tax revenue to assist with the cost of the museum's new historical marker.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

St. Germain Town Board votes to work with chamber on building
The St. Germain Town Board has agreed to move forward with support for a plan by the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce to construct a new office building on town property.

However, because the building would be on town property, the town - not the chamber - would be taking out a loan to handle the financing and the chamber would then pay the town. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Disagreements over Rest Lake Pavillion continue
The Manitowish Waters Town Board gathered for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 14 in front of a full audience. While a number of items including expansion of the fire company graced the agenda, much of discussion centered around the contentious issue of the Rest Lake Park Pavillion. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016

AV-W School discusses impossible policy load
Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School has approximately 700 policies and only 138 are required by state law. The school's policy committee has been meeting regularly for the past 11 years and has barely brushed the surface of the stack. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016

Woodruff to look at ATV ordinance again
Tuesday's meeting of the Woodruff Town Board went for over two hours, just over an hour of it spent going over the town's ordinance for all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles.

That discussion and changes made - which include the approval of three items - resulted in having the matter come back at the next meeting to essentially address a revised draft ordinance. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Vilas County Republicans membership meeting to be held June 20
The Vilas County Republican Party will be holding a general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at the Eagle River Inn, located on Highway 70 just east of the bridge.

Please stop in and join our 2016 victory team. For more information call Charlie Gullan at 715-479-5063.

Friday, June 17, 2016

In the path of the STORM
The quick, strong thunderstorms that pummeled Minocqua and the Lakeland area Friday left thousands of people without power for at least 24 hours, if not a little more in some places.

The National Weather Service had issued severe storm watches for the area earlier in the day and, by 4:30 p.m. in Minocqua, a storm that lasted not much more than 15 minutes but carried extremely high winds, as well as rain, was poised to strike. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LUHS board authorizes up to $14.6 million in energy efficient renovations
At the May meeting of the Lakeland Union High School board of education, the board approved measure to raise the tax levy to spend up to $14.6 million on energy efficient infrastructure renovations over the next few years.

A public hearing was held June 8 to answer questions and inform the public on the upcoming projects. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LdF board moves forward on sand-salt shed construction
The Lac du Flambeau town board received approval from town electors Wednesday to construct a new sand-salt shed on town property. The board is moving forward with a $99,366 bid from Athens Lumber for constructing the shed. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Breaking: Storm Watch
Law enforcement, fire department and other emergency personnel are currently dealing with a slew of calls regarding power lines and trees down all over Vilas and Oneida counties as a result of strong thunderstorms that passed through the area late Friday afternoon. Here, a Minocqua fire truck leaves the station to respond to one of the calls.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Presque Isle town supervisor resigns after water bottling plant fails
One of the three Presque Isle town board members has resigned.

Karen "K.C." Swenson declared her resignation in a letter dated June 3 - the day after the town board denied a controversial rezoning request. The letter hinted Swenson's resignation was essentially the result of a recent failed attempt to build a water bottling plant in Presque Isle. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friction over pavilion furniture boils over
While much of the debate at the June 7 meeting of the Manitowish Waters planning commission retained a civil atmosphere, a particular point of contention arose when the panel discussed the particulars of the furniture that currently occupies the Rest Lake Park Pavilion. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 10, 2016


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