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September 20, 2017

Judge explains Martinson sentencing decision
Jamie Taylor/River News

Judge Michael Bloom explains his sentencing decision in the Ashlee Martinson case last Wednesday in Oneida County Circuit Court. After explaining his rationale, Bloom denied a defense motion for post-conviction relief.
Jamie Taylor/River News

Judge Michael Bloom explains his sentencing decision in the Ashlee Martinson case last Wednesday in Oneida County Circuit Court. After explaining his rationale, Bloom denied a defense motion for post-conviction relief.
Oneida County circuit judge Michael Bloom had an opportunity last Wednesday to revisit the decision he made last summer to sentence a 19-year-old former Rhinelander woman to 23 years in prison for killing her mother and stepfather March 7, 2015. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Lightning causes brief outage this morning
Roughly 2,500 Wisconsin Public Service customers in the Minocqua and Woodruff area were without power briefly this morning.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Plum Lake board votes down proposed lake district
The goal of forming a lake district came to an uneventful end for area petitioners during a meeting of the Plum Lake Town Board on Sept. 12. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In wake of firing, former sergeant seeks to amend lawsuit
Following the announcement Monday that the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee had heeded the wishes of sheriff Grady Hartman and fired Sara Welcenbach for conduct unbecoming an officer and general inefficiency, the former Oneida County detective sergeant quickly filed a motion to amend her federal lawsuit against both Hartman and the county. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hazelhurst board creates sex offender residency restriction ordinance
The Hazelhurst Town Board held its regular meeting Monday evening with one of the agenda items being Ordinance 17-02 Sex Offender Residency Restrictions - Loitering. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Oneida County highway committee OKs 2018 budget
The Oneida County highway department's 2018 budget received preliminary approval from the county board's public works, highway and solid waste committee on Thursday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Weight restrictions in Woodruff nearing change
Soon, delivery truck drivers with heavier loads will be able to traverse on more roads in Woodruff. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Airport commission approves critical piece
The Lakeland Airport Commission, meeting in special session for the second time in four days, last week accepted an airport layout plan (ALP) as prepared by consultants over the course of the past several months. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Transparency Budget Act gains steam
Late-night and last-minute budget proposals receiving no public notice and no debate - often dealing with major policies - have long been a staple of the state's joint finance committee, but, if one lawmaker has his way, those days will soon be over. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Two injured in Cassian motorcycle crash
Two people were injured Friday in the collision of two motorcycles in the town of Cassian.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

13 Vilas County men arrested in sex sting
Thirteen Vilas County men have been arrested in connection with a multi-agency sex sting, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Thursday.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Innovation destination
Northland Pines High School in Vilas County became the latest educational institution in the state to offer 3-D printing and related services to their students on Sept. 14.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Motorcyclist dies following three-vehicle accident in Pelican
A motorcyclist involved in a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in the town of Pelican has died.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Retired detective sergeant contradicts Hook testimony
The Oneida County law enforcement grievance committee hearing against former detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach had its dramatic high points last week, but none more so than when a retired detective sergeant contradicted the sworn testimony of one of the county sheriff's top officers. (subscriber access)
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Boulder Junction electors approve road program
In a meeting of electors lasting approximately three and a half hours, voters in the town of Boulder Junction approved a road improvement plan and to keep the current setup of town clerk/treasurer. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Minocqua broadband committee continues PRAT study
In late May, Minocqua's broadband and business development committee began discussions regarding three possible changes for the area - a premier resort area tax (PRAT), a room tax increase and altering the revenue split. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Oneida County fires Welcenbach
Though it made no finding on the most serious charge against Sara Welcenbach, the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee found enough grief last week to heed the wishes of sheriff Grady Hartman and fire the detective sergeant formerly known as Sara Gardner. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Arbor Vitae man charged with 11th OWI
A 68-year-old Arbor Vitae man free on a $15,000 cash bond in connection with a pending OWI #10 charge in Oneida County was charged in Vilas County Aug. 16 with an 11th drunk driving charge. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Rentals to rise?
"This was not well thought out. The way the language has been put into the bill did not deal with the issue in any manor where anybody would have the ability to deal with the issues which could be created out of this problem." (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Judge denies Martinson's motion for reduced sentence
The Oneida County circuit court judge who sentenced a 19-year-old former Rhinelander woman to 23 years in prison for killing her mother and stepfather March 7, 2015 in their town of Piehl home has denied a defense motion for a reduced sentence. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Trump to consider reductions in J1 visa program
The Trump administration is considering implementing a reduction or elimination of visas for United States cultural work and exchange programs, specifically for five of the employment-based cultural exchange visas in the J1 visa program, the Wall Street Journal reported. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Minocqua Library requests funds from LdF
The Minocqua Public Library Board met Tuesday to discuss the funding request made to the Lac du Flambeau Town Board. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Ambulance issues continue to vex two Northwoods communities
The question of in-town ambulance services, as well as a joint agreement to share emergency costs with the nearby Plum Lake area, was once again on the minds of St. Germain Town Board members during its Tuesday night meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Locking down
The Vilas County Public Property Committee passed a resolution to increase security at the courthouse during the meeting on Sept. 12. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Presque Isle discusses single stream
In a much less contentious meeting compared to the last, the Presque Isle Town Board, minus supervisor Carl Wolter, met for a regular meeting Sept. 7.
Friday, September 15, 2017

AV-W discusses proposed charter school
One of the main topics the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School Board discussed at its meeting on Monday was in regards to a proposed charter school in the Lakeland area. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Granite monuments arrive for veterans memorial in Presque Isle
On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, the formal dedication for the Wilderness Veterans Memorial Flame in Presque Isle's Pipke Park is scheduled to take place. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Welcenbach grievance decision made
After two more days of often contentious testimony this past week, the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee has made a decision on the county's effort to terminate detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

'Anytime anybody wanted anything to do with the military, Ray was there'
A fixture at Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies in Oneida County for years, and co-founder of the Military Support Group responsible for sending packages to thousands of deployed soldiers over the last 16 years, Ray Zastrow's dedication to the men and women of the U.S. military knew no bounds. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Timber sales up in Oneida County
While speaking to the Oneida County Forestry Committee last Wednesday, county assistant forest director Paul Fiene briefed members on good news he didn't quite understand. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Stefonek seeks fuel tank upgrades
When safety risks at a government facility are so commonplace every worker knows about them, its time to spend money on upgrades. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Burning brighter: Torch Lake campground to receive more upgrades
In a meeting of the Vilas County Forestry Committee last Wednesday, county parks and recreation administrator Dale Mayo revealed more updates are coming to the Torch Lake Campground & RV Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lake Tomahawk town supervisor selected
Lake Tomahawk's next town supervisor has been chosen.

The town board, at the moment consisting of town chairman George DeMet and supervisor Stephanie Sowatzka, met in special session Thursday morning along with town clerk Nancy Schneider to review applications for a third supervisor.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Walker visits Fab Lab, talks school funding in Three Lakes
Governor Scott Walker visited Three Lakes High School Thursday to talk about the $639 million increase in school funding approved by the joint finance committee earlier this week and the need to properly train the workers of tomorrow. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LdF appoints new members to library board
In a quick meeting Wednesday the Lac du Flambeau Town Board appointed two new members to the library board and adjusted budget line items. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LdF school changes 4k schedule
The Lac du Flambeau Public School School Board met Wednesday to discuss a changing 4-year-old kindergarten schedule. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

State Joint Finance yields transportation budget deal
In a move that delighted Gov. Scott Walker but didn't please some other Republicans, or Democrats, the Legislature's joint finance committee (JFC) reached a transportation deal last week as part of the state budget it passed, a package which would, among other things, slap a fee on hybrid and electric vehicles and delay certain major road projects in southern Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Welcenbach grievance decision made
After two more days of often contentious testimony this past week, the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee has made a decision on the county's effort to terminate detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Details emerge in shooting
Details of a Sunday evening shooting at an Eagle River residence that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old Conover man emerged Tuesday afternoon when the 19-year-old suspect had a bail hearing in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 8, 2017

Minocqua Town Board considers excavation permits
At this time, there is no provision in the public works section of Minocqua town ordinances requiring a permit to excavate in the right-of-way to a town road.

The Minocqua Town Board will take another look at that at a future meeting following a discussion on the matter at its meeting Tuesday. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Walleye stocking in Minocqua Chain showing positive results
The Minocqua Chain is in the third year of an intensive stocking effort for walleye with a zero bag limit for hook and line anglers. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) has also set a zero limit for tribal spearing for the chain for this same amount of time. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 8, 2017


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