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D.O.T. has two projects set for 2016 in Hazelhurst and Harshaw
Two projects are planned for Highway 51 this summer. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016


Winchester hits snag with land swap
In a discussion at Tuesday night's regular board meeting, Winchester town chairman Rick Clem announced there had been "a little snag" in the town's

proposed land swap with the Department of Natural Resources. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Minocqua joins many in opposition of deer feeding ban
The deer feeding ban put in place by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in January was a topic of discussion at Tuesday's meeting of the Minocqua town board. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Storm doesn't live up to hype
The Groundhog Day storm that preemptively closed schools and prompted warnings of poor driving conditions from officials turned out to be less of a whiteout than expected. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

'Audit the Fed' gains support on right and left
The battle cry "Audit the Fed" has long been associated with libertarian former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) and his supporters, and dismissed by many as a sloganeering prop of conspiracy-theory-driven crackpots. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Longtime Minocqua Public Works employee fired by the town
The town of Minocqua has dismissed a 17-year veteran of its public works department for failing to comply with the town's work rules, but Loran Susor says he has been wrongfully terminated. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Gogebic Taconite lease officially expires
Local officials weren't expecting a payment from Gogebic Taconite (G-Tac) to Iron County by Friday, as there had been no communication between the entities since G-Tac swiftly shuttered its Hurley office in late February of last year, and many breathed a sigh of relief as the county's attorney Chris Jaekels circulated an email confirming the absence of the $30,000 lease-renewal payment meant Iron County no longer had any contractual obligation to the embattled mining company.  (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Manitowish Waters board, nonprofit put differences behind them
The dispute over the planning process of bike trails in Manitowish Waters may very well be over following a public hearing meeting Tuesday evening. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Break-in reported at Krist Food Mart in St. Germain
The Vilas County Sheriff's Office recieved a call at 6:01 a.m. Feb. 1 reporting a break-in at Krist Food Mart in St. Germain, the office reported in a press release.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Snowmobile fatality in Price County
The Price county Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call of a single snowmobile crash at 6:57 p.m. Jan. 30 on Solberg Lake east of Phillips in the Township of Worchester.
Friday, February 5, 2016

northwoods political digest
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is relaunching its statewide "Bring It to the Ballot" multimedia campaign to educate Wisconsin residents about the voter photo ID law that will be in effect in 2016, starting with the spring primary Feb. 16.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Walker says he won't pay back travel, security costs
After a failed presidential bid that ended in September, Governor Scott Walker's campaign still owes more than $1 million to consultants, direct mail companies and other promotional material producers. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

2015 year in review
Year in Review for September 2015.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Ordinance would cut speeds in work zones
The Oneida County Public Works and Solid Waste Committee last Thursday authorized highway commissioner Freeman Bennett to draft an ordinance for temporarily reducing speed limits in work zones. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hurley, Ironwood benefit from updated water systems
Even before the news broke on Wisconsin Public Radio in October 2015 that the city of Hurley's water supply contained contaminants that exceeded state and federal levels, city officials were scrambling to solve the problem that had miffed them for months. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Court security officer position gets attention in Vilas County
The Vilas County board's approval Jan. 26 to spend up to $10.8 million on a renovation and addition project for the courthouse in Eagle River signaled, for the near future anyway, the end to any thinking on the part of the board that the county would be getting a second judge. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Taxiway project part of 5-year plan for local airport
The recently announced $1.6 million project to extend the main taxiway and repaint airfield pavement markings at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is part of a rolling five-year plan.

The main part of the project, which will extend the taxiway along the airport's 6,800-foot primary runway, will greatly improve aircraft safety, according to airport manager Joe Brauer. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dems, vets cry foul on CVSO legislation
A proposed bill in the state legislature to shift power over veteran's benefits from the counties to the Wisconsin Department of Veteran's Affairs is going back to the drawing board after it incited harsh criticism from Democrats and local officials alike. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Times prevails in records' lawsuit against sheriff's department
A circuit court judge ordered Thursday the Oneida County Sheriff's Department to release certain records The Lakeland Times has sought in an open-records dispute, but the judge withheld the records' release and imposed a gag order on the proceedings until a final resolution of the case. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Northwoods rail consortium to try again for TIGER grant in 2017
The effort by the logging industry to get a federal grant worth millions of dollars for badly needed railroad cars will be refocused on in 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cassian chimney fire
Keith Ploeckelman, a firefighter with the town of Nokomis, stands near the chimney of a house in the town of Cassian Friday.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vilas County considers returning to split positions in highway department
An experiment in Vilas County is nearing an end.

That experiment began in 2012, when the positions of highway commissioner and patrol superintendent were combined and longtime highway department employee Jarred Maney was named highway commissioner. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Proposed resolution: one person to deal with Vilas County truancy
"The big picture" - or a part of it - was once again a topic of discussion Thursday at the latest meeting of the Vilas County board's tribal concerns committee in Lac du Flambeau. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cell towers on Hwy. 70 west of Minocqua now active
Verizon Wireless customers traveling on State Highway 70, west of Minocqua may have noticed something different about the cell phone reception recently, that there actually is a signal. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New chairman for Lakeland Airport Commission
For the first time in a long time, the Lakeland Airport Commission has a new chairman. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Fire truck decision
Warren Beck, left, on Monday is shown warranty information from the Appleton-based Pierce manufacturing company by Woodruff fire chief Mike Timmons at the Woodruff town hall.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Minocqua Plan Commission grants signage, building permits
The Minocqua Plan Commission paved the way for new businesses in the area with the unanimous approval of two permits at its regular meeting Tuesday at the Minocqua Center. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Lincoln hills school: Corrections veteran speaks for staff at troubled youth center
While much of the media attention has been focused on the alleged abuses by the staff on the youth incarcerated at Lincoln Hills School just outside of Irma, one man who retired after working 33 years with the Department of Corrections says that not enough attention has been paid to the working conditions for staff that might have led to the problems in the first place. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Vilas County sheriff hopes to slow down 'revolving door'
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department is having a difficult time keeping employees.

In 2014, Russ Kennedy, who first started working with the sheriff's department in 1981, retired and then went to work for the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Updated enrollment estimates raise new doubts about Obamacare
Expected 2016 enrollment in health-insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, will be far lower than previously projected, according to new estimates released this week by the Congressional Budget Office. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Police forward LUHS teacher investigation to DA
Early this week, the Minocqua Police Department began wrapping up a two-week investigation of Lakeland Union High School teacher Brent Luebke and his online correspondence with four students. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter season shaping up for area businesses
Employment trends and the cost of living can be gloomy topics in this day and age, especially in a tourism-driven area like the Lakeland region. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Board approves courthouse renovation project
It has its naysayers and it took nearly two hours of questions, answers and some need for clarification on a few things, but the Vilas County board approved Tuesday an expenditure of up to $10.8 million over 10 years for a courthouse renovation project. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Public, board divided over proposed room tax increase
After more than an hour of heated debate Tuesday, the Boulder Junction town board opted not to vote on a proposed room tax increase and instead decided to hold a public hearing on a date yet to be determined. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

LUHS board addresses talk of year-round school schedule
The Lakeland Union High School board of education took time out of its Jan. 25 meeting to address an ongoing discussion about year-round school schedules. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Jan. 22 accident
A 32 year old Woodruff woman escaped serious injury Jan. 22 in a one vehicle accident in Arbor Vitae.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Blizzard of red ink buries Postal Service
Delivery of the U.S. mail was halted in some East Coast areas this past weekend after a massive blizzard buried postal vehicles - and much of the eastern seaboard - under record snowfalls, but it's a monster storm of a different type that's threatening to bury the United States Postal Service nationally. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Rhinelander man draws probation for fondling young girl
A 37-year-old Rhinelander man accused of fondling a 12-year-old girl while exposing himself was sentenced to two years probation as part of a plea agreement finalized last Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Mercer football will co-op with Butternut
The Mercer school board on Monday gave its football program the go-ahead to join forces with Butternut High School. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

New voting machines for Vilas County towns arrive
The Arbor Vitae town hall was the site recently for two days of training on new voting machines for town clerks and other election officials. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Mercer Town Board candidates forum to be held Feb. 2
The Mercer Public Library and the Iron County Citizens Forum (ICCF) will host a candidates' forum at the Mercer Community Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Six candidates for Mercer Town Board will answer questions from the audience during this 1-1/2 hour forum.
Friday, January 29, 2016


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