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Walker saying no to Syrian refugees
Local opposition to Syrian refugee resettlement continued to grow in both Europe and the U.S. this week after one of the attackers in last Friday's terrorist assault in Paris likely posed as a Syrian refugee to enter Europe, with 30 U.S. governors saying this week they would fight any such resettlement in their states. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2015

'Massive' EPA has larger budget than some states
Perhaps no other government agency strikes as much fear in the hearts of limited-government proponents and business owners as the Environmental Protection Agency, which over the past generation has become the poster child of big government. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Arbor Vitae town board approves $1.2 million budget
The town of Arbor Vitae's 2016 budget is $1,249,544, a 4 percent increase over last year.

The town board approved the budget and tax levy last week. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 gun deer season off to a quiet start
Not every hunter in the Northwoods saw deer on opening weekend, but some were able to bag a buck to kick off the nine-day gun deer season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chamber director questions Plum Lake board about room tax revenue
The Sayner/Star Lake Chamber of Commerce has been very active over the last couple of years, thanks in large part to revenue it has received from its portion of a room tax enacted by the Plum Lake board nearly two years ago. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

One killed in Pine Lake crash; driver arrested
A 23-year-old Rhinelander man is dead, and the driver of the vehicle he was riding in is under arrest, following a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning in the town of Pine Lake.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mercer seeks input on sign ordinance
The town of Mercer is seeking public input on whether its existing sign ordinance should be amended. The town board has sent out surveys in order to glean community feedback. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MHLT board hears progress report on professional compensation plan
The Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Board of Education will hold a special session in early December to discuss issues related to compensation for its teaching staff. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Woodruff board approves budget
The Woodruff Town Board approved the town's 2016 budget Nov 17.

The total budget for the town is just slightly over $2 million dollars. Kim Albano, town clerk, stated the tax levy will remain the same as in 2015. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MHLT board divided on revenue from 2013 equipment sale
Revenue received by the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school district from the 2013 sale of physical education equipment was a subject of debate when the school board met Monday meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2015

Town of Plum Lake approves 2016 budget
In contrast to the last couple of years when the annual budget hearing drew much larger crowds, there were fewer than five electors present Tuesday night when the town of Plum Lake's 2016 budget was approved. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2015

Skidder in the ditch
The intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and Lee Lake Road was the site Wednesday morning of an incident that could have been much worse than it was.
Friday, November 20, 2015

LUHS board discusses later start time, facility naming rights
In the midst of a discussion on the district's 2016-17 calendar Monday, Dr. Tom Gabert, president of the Lakeland Union High School Board of Education, floated the idea of pushing the school's start time to later in the morning. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2015

Clow to lead Rhinelander chamber
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce has found its new leader.

Bill Clow will take over as executive director starting Dec. 1​, the chamber's board of directors announced Monday.

Friday, November 20, 2015

northwoods political digest
Swearingen hosts public hearing on Alzheimer's and dementia
Friday, November 20, 2015

LDF woman gets probation, jail for host of drug-related charges
A 27-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman facing numerous drug-related felony charges dating back to January will serve 60 days in jail as a condition of three years probation. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2015

Myles Alexander brings experience to Oneida County UW-Extension staff
Oneida County UW-Extension announced addition of a new Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator, Myles Alexander.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Sneak Peek on the Island
While Black Friday may remain the biggest shopping day of the year, downtown Minocqua businesses are planning to give customers an advance look at their holiday fare and seasonal sales one week earlier on Nov. 20-21. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2015

Nona Berray - 1937-2015
The Lakeland area lost a good one, as longtime Arbor Vitae resident Nona Berray passed away Friday, Nov. 13 at the age of 78.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Lawsuit: O.C. sheriff's department violating records law
The Lakeland Times asked a state circuit court this week to order the disclosure of records related to several internal investigations by the Oneida County Sheriff's Department of alleged misconduct by a department employee or employees. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Oneida County OKs $51M budget
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday unanimously approved a budget of $51 million in gross expenditures for 2016. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lac du Flambeau woman to face embezzlement charges
A 49-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman is facing seven felony charges and one misdemeanor charge stemming from the alleged theft of at least $104,393 from a Vilas County business between Jan. 1, 2011 and July 30, 2013.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Vilas board addresses its standing rules
The next general election cycle for governing bodies at the town and county level is a little over five months away.

With that in mind, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors last week passed a resolution updating its standing rules. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Minocqua finalizes budget
It was short, sweet, and neat, as town electors and Minocqua supervisors finalized the town's 2016 budget Thursday night. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Legislators take logging and forestry tour in Antigo and Tomahawk
A group of 13 Republican legislators, several from the southern part of the state, spent Thursday touring sites in Antigo and the Tomahawk area that represent three key aspects of the forest product industry in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Woodruff snow ordinance updated
The town of Woodruff snow ordinance will be amended to clarify the rules for removal of ice from sidewalks.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lake Tomahawk electors approve 2016 budget
The electors of Lake Tomahawk last week approved the town's 2016 budget, highway expenditures and tax levy in a whirlwind series of meetings that lasted less than 20 minutes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Three Lakes: Board gets early look at funding for capital projects
The Three Lakes town board heard a presentation earlier this month on what the town's debt service would look like if the panel uses long-term borrowing to finance some capital projects it is considering, including the resurfacing of Highway X, the reconstruction of the Blue Ribbon Bridge, a library expansion and the construction of a new town complex. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tomahawk man pleads no contest to child porn charges
A Tomahawk man who had three felony cases dismissed "with prejudice" in Oneida County Circuit Court 2012 and reinstated in 2014 recently reached a plea agreement that finally resolved all charges. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nokomis man reaches DPA in sexual assault case
Terry A. Luecht, 62, of Nokomis, charged with third-degree sexual assault and two counts of bail jumping in two separate cases, has reached a deal with the district attorney's office that will eliminate the need for a second trial. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Man sent to prison for making meth
A 40-year-old Rhinelander man will spend the next three years in prison and another three years on extended supervision for manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Federal appeals court upholds injunction against Obama's amnesty
President Barack Obama's bid for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants has fallen short once again in a federal court room. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2015

Manitowish Waters board approves trail maintenance agreement
After months of deliberation, the Manitowish Waters town board on Tuesday approved what has become a divisive bike trail maintenance agreement between the town and benefactors Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2015

Presque IsleZoning committee hears water plant plan
The Presque Isle zoning committee heard preliminary information Tuesday about a plan backed by local businessmen to build a water bottling plant near the Carlin Club.

For members of the Carlin Lake Association, it was a case of deja vu.

Friday, November 13, 2015

St. Germain board approves ATV/UTV routes
Less than a month after a public hearing on the issue of all-terrain vehicles drew a large crowd, the St. Germain town board on Monday approved the use of the vehicles, and side-by-side utility vehicles, on town roads and property. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2015

Vilas board votes to bring back Verhulst
The Vilas County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed a former supervisor to serve the remainder of the late Rocco "Rocky" Caffarella's term on the board. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2015

New records show full-bore GAB involvement in John Doe probe
As the Wisconsin Senate prepares to deliberate a bill that would end the Government Accountability Board after GOP charges of uber-partisanship - the Assembly has already passed such a bill - newly released documents show the agency was centrally involved in the now defunct second John Doe probe of Gov. Scott Walker and various conservative groups, despite its assertions to the contrary. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Government spends millions for paid patriotism
Honoring veterans may be a heartfelt exercise on the part of most sports fans, but for many major sports franchises - including three major teams in Wisconsin - expressing patriotism has been a significant source of taxpayer revenue, according to a new report by two U.S. senators. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

VC address system under fire
A state law, and a subsequent Vilas County ordinance based on that law, is at the center of a disagreement between the owners of the Alpine Resort in Presque Isle and Vilas County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Chagnon sentenced to prison
A convicted sex offender from Rhinelander who was accused of clipping hundreds of photos of young girls and keeping them in a notebook while an inmate at Oshkosh Correctional Institution was sentenced Friday to 701 days in prison for violating prison rules. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

LdF town lakes committee accused of politicizing lake zoning, ATV research
Two town supervisors put the Lac du Flambeau town lakes committee under scrutiny Wednesday afternoon during a town board discussion of the group's activities. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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