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The ribbon cutting at Wavering Park in Phelps Saturday. Pictured are (from the left) State Representative Rob Swearingen, Roger Flaherty with the Landover ATV Club, Dan Swiecichowski, Bill Spence (cutting the ribbon), Don Johnson and Tom Retzer.Brian Jopek photographs

The ribbon cutting at Wavering Park in Phelps Saturday. Pictured are (from the left) State Representative Rob Swearingen, Roger Flaherty with the Landover ATV Club, Dan Swiecichowski, Bill Spence (cutting the ribbon), Don Johnson and Tom Retzer.

Brian Jopek photographs

Wavering Park in the town of Phelps was the site Saturday for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony. (Public access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Federal government denies railroad grant

The United States Department of Transportation in September turned down a grant application submitted by the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Judges balance treatment, punishment in sentencing heroin defendants

Once someone has been charged with a heroin-related crime, their next step is to appear before a circuit court judge. Judge Michael Bloom presides over Oneida County Branch II while those charged in Vilas County go before Judge Neal “Chip” Nielsen III (Oneida County Branch I Judge Patrick O’Melia declined to be interviewed for this series). (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shining a light on night deer hunting

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago sided with Chippewa tribes over the State of Wisconsin concerning the right of the tribes to deer hunt after dark on territory ceded in the 1800s. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Voters won't need photo ID after all

Recent polls show that large numbers of voters didn’t know a photo ID requirement was in place for the state’s Nov. 4 general election – even though most supported it – and now, it turns out, they didn’t need to know, after a U.S. Supreme Court split decision late last week put the law on hold. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Prosecutor treats heroin defendants with tough compassion

Once a heroin case has been investigated, or an addict is caught with the drug on their person, the case is sent to Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek for review. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

New state shoreland zoning rules in effect

It’s official: Counties have less than two years to comply with new state rules governing shoreland zoning. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Vilas County Finance Committee gives OK to move forward

Vilas County edged closer to eliminating the elected position of county coroner Friday. (Subscriber access)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Power outage: WPS reports some without after snowfall
Around 500 people woke up without power on Saturday, mostly in western Oneida and Vilas counties.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Deadly wave of heroin surges into Northwoods

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose on Feb. 2, 2014, a famous face became attached to a problem that many in law enforcement have been fighting for years. Although Hoffman died in New York City the drug has been making inroads into rural America for several years and the Northwoods of Wisconsin has not been spared. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

U.S. Marshals, state, and local law enforcement conduct compliance check
U.S. Marshals, along with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program, and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department conducted a residence verification operation for registered sex offenders.  
Friday, September 26, 2014

Most absentee voters must show photo ID

Nearly all voters who choose to cast absentee ballots in November’s general election will have to present a photo ID, according to the head of the state’s election oversight agency. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

In latest report card, a mixed bag for Lakeland schools

Some Lakeland-area schools bolstered student performance last year, while other schools moved backward, newly released data show. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vilas County Law Enforcement committee OKs resolutions

The Vilas County Law Enforcement committee Monday approved resolutions for the purchase of fleet vehicles for the sheriff’s department and the reinstatement of a full-time law enforcement clerk’s position. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Court reinstates state voter ID law

A federal appeals court last week reinstated Wisconsin’s voter ID law for the upcoming general election, marking a victory for the law’s proponents and prompting elections officials to swiftly adjust course. (Public access)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Debate resurrected over death investigations

Paul Tirpe has been Vilas County’s coroner for 25 years, but whether he will continue in that role is an open question. (Subscriber access)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Storm update: Oneida County
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Oneida County earlier today.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bottoming out?

Is the economy improving?

At least one metric indicates the answer is more positive than negative: equalized values, the state’s estimated worth of taxable property. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Study: New EPA ozone regulations could choke economy

It isn’t getting much press, but the controversial Environmental Protection Agency – which in the Obama administration has itself become a legislative powerhouse – is preparing to make a decision that some business groups say could become the most expensive regulation in the nation’s history. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Walleye plan gets early nod

The Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council last week voted unanimously to explore the possibility of a temporary ban on spearing on the Minocqua chain of lakes in an effort to restore walleye levels. (Public access)


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

As fall campaigns opens, Burke leads Walker

It’s still a statistical tie but a widening political gulf – and a landslide in terms of expectations – as the latest Marquette poll puts Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke ahead of Gov. Scott Walker among likely voters. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, September 2, 2014


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