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In 2017, an assault on openness by all branches of government
No one thing in 2016 quite matched the spectacle of 2015, when Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP legislative majority tried to effectively repeal the state's open-records law. The public blowback was so strong and immediate that lawmakers ran for cover. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

County board violates open-meetings law ... again
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors held its monthly meeting on Tuesday and violated open-meetings laws in the process, just one month to the day after undergoing mandatory open-meetings law compliance training stemming from a violation last year. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2017

Town contract went to Reuss Construction without board approval
The town of Boulder Junction paid Reuss Construction - of which the town chairman is an owner - more than $7,700 last year for work that was neither publicly advertised as required by law nor formally approved by the town board.

In a contract pertaining to the installation and construction of four kiosks for the town, the town failed to publish a Class I notice prior to entering into the contract with Reuss Construction, owned by town chairman Dennis Reuss and Matt Reuss, nor did the town board vote to approve the contract, both an analysis of records obtained by The Lakeland Times and interviews confirm. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Minocqua Town Board considers new uniform address signs
Minocqua's public works director Mark Pertile received the go ahead Tuesday from the Minocqua Town Board to get an updated estimate of the cost for new uniform address signs. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2017

How the Howard Young Foundation services the Northwoods
As The Lakeland Times dives into the world of community health care in the Northwoods, exploring the inner operations of the current lone area hospital is the first step. Howard Young Medical Center is located in Woodruff and served the area in its current form since 1977. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2017

Minocqua voters to consider different town board setup in April
The Minocqua Town Board decided Tuesday to have the town's electors decide whether or not seats on the town board should remain numbered or return them to at-large, or unnumbered, seats as they once were. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2017

Telecommunicators rate high on sheriff's disciplinary list
While disciplinary action taken against employees of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office continues to run high within its corrections division - seven of 17 instances within the department between mid 2012 and the end of 2016 were among the jail staff - misconduct is also high within the communications' division. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2017

Summer help hard to come by for Vilas highway department
Finding summer help is something the Vilas County Highway Department is having some difficulty with.

The topic came up at Tuesday's meeting of the county highway committee in Eagle River. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Vilas County 2016 highway budget numbers on target
Vilas County Highway Committee members received good news once again Tuesday, news related to the highway department's final budget numbers for 2016.

At the January committee meeting, the 2016 budget wasn't due to be closed out for several weeks but the department's financial services coordinator, Tom Numrich, said then overall, "things are looking pretty good." (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Minocqua area 4-H club makes debut
4-H is America's largest youth development organization and it has officially made its debut in the Minocqua area. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2017

Vilas County Public Property Committee receives update on courthouse expansion
The Vilas County Public Property Committee discussed the courthouse expansion project, courthouse security project, and justice center parking garage floor among other items at the March 20 meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2017

Deer kill surveys available for area hunters
As The Lakeland Times has previously reported, many hunters and residents disbelieve the DNR claim of buck harvest up 30 percent in the Northern Forest zone. With the need to head to an in-person registration station eliminated, there were rumblings in the area of hunters harvesting does and registering them as bucks, claims of hunters registering deer they did not harvest to make population numbers look better and other nefarious goings-on.
Friday, March 24, 2017

MHLT addition project goes to bid soon
Monday's meeting of the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board of Education was brief - clocking in at not even 12 minutes - but informative as the three school board members present heard the latest on the addition project there.

The addition will be to the K-2 wing, on its north side, adding five classrooms, a multi-purpose room and storage space. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017

LUHS hears pitch on new governance model
A new governance model is under discussion at Lakeland Union High School. The LUHS Policy Committee spoke with Linda J. Dawson about "Coherent Governance" and what it can do to make the high school's board proceedings more efficient.

The Coherent Governance Model was developed by Dawson and her partner Dr. Randy Quinn and focuses on streamlining policy and encouraging board members to act as a unit, rather than separate entities. Over the past several months, LUHS board members were tasked with reading "Boards that Matter: Building Blocks for Implementing Coherent Governance' and Policy Governance'," written by Dawson and Quinn, to gain insight on the model. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2017

FirstNet opens door for interoperability in public safety
In 2012, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) was tasked with creating a private communications network for public safety personnel. The network needs to offer nationwide cellular data for emergency services and enhance interoperability among jurisdictions. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2017

FirstNet wins legal battle brought on by rejected bid provider
Last week, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of FirstNet in a case brought on by Rivada Mercury, LLC.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oneida County special response team participated in Weston shooting resolution
Members of the Oneida County Special Response Team were involved in the resolution of a string of shooting incidents that terrorized three suburban Wausau communities Wednesday afternoon and left four people including an Everest Metro police officer dead, according to Oneida County sheriff Grady Hartman.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Deer kill survey
The Lakeland Times is conducting a survey from the 2016 nine day deer gun season. We're asking fellow hunters to gives us accurate information, answer questions and give us your thoughts about hunting in Northern Wisconsin. Our goal is to attain information from you to bring meaningful discussions to the DNR and our elected officials to help all of us bring a thriving Whitetail deer herd back to our area.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Oneida County sets public hearing date for Marshfield Clinic
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee reconvened Wednesday for the first time since its public hearings for the new proposed shoreland protection ordinance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Carlin Club LLC water bottling plan suffers another setback
Florence County circuit court judge Leon Stenz Friday afternoon left intact a restraining order against the Carlin Club LLC. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Town of Lac du Flambeau, tribe to meet regarding roads
The town of Lac du Flambeau and the tribal council for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians have scheduled a meeting for Thursday, April 20, in the tribal council's chambers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kapenga introduces bill to deregulate barbers, cosmetologists
State Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing, and State-Federal Relations, gave legislative momentum last week to a movement to reduce what many see as burdensome licensing requirements in Wisconsin, circulating two bills aimed at deregulating barbers and cosmetologists. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Town of Arbor Vitae issues fine to Pinno Buildings
The town of Arbor Vitae is levying a $500 fine against Pinno Buildings, the town board voting 4-1 to take the action Wednesday on the recommendation of town chairman Frank Bauers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lily's House receives AV-W eighth grade generosity
In coordination with their annual project on domestic violence, the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School eighth grade class offered an important donation to Lily's House in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Boulder road improvement committee meets with Ayres, talks public outreach
Sticking with the weekly meeting schedule, the Boulder Junction Road Improvement committee met with their third engineering firm on March 15. Ayres Associates was the latest group to sit down with the committee to determine the best course of action for the town's multi-million dollar road reconstruction plan. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Snowmobile fatalities tally 16 throughout state
The Vilas County Recreational Trails Safety Committee received the state's snowmobile fatality report last week and found the county at the bottom of the list for number of fatalities. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Boulder Junction continues analysis of clerk/treasurer position
The discussion of the pros and cons of splitting up the clerk and treasurer position in Boulder Junction continues on. At a March 16 special town board meeting, the board continued to brainstorm just exactly will be the best for the town going forward. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Woodruff man allegedly bites jailer after turbulent arrest
A 23-year-old Woodruff man is facing a felony and three misdemeanors after an allegedly creating a drunken disturbance in a Woodruff apartment complex and then compounding the problem when he bit a corrections officer at the Oneida County Jail. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DWD offers thousands of apprenticeships throughout state
Over the past several decades, a common misconception has grown among those who are considering education and a future career. Individuals often think a four-year education is the only way to achieve their career goals. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

RE/MAX contributes $14,000 to ministry St. Joseph's Hospital
RE/MAX Property Pros Associates in the offices of Tomahawk, Eagle River and Minocqua are pleased to announce their 2016 contributions to Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, totaling $14,162.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LUHS honor roll, semester one
Editor's note: The original list of honor roll and honorable mention students at Lakeland Union High School sent to the Lakeland Times to publish inadvertently was missing names of students with 3.0 and 4.0 GPAs. Here is the complete list of students' names.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LUHS honorable mention, semester one
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Woodland students connect downhill skiing to energy unit
Woodland hit the slopes for a kick off of semester two! We took a trip to Ski Brule ski hill. While the trip was fun, it also helped us have a better understanding of how energy can change from one form to another.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Woodland students hit the slopes
Do you remember when you were younger and desperately wanted to know what it felt like to zoom through the air like a superhero? I know I did! Recently, students of Woodland Charter School, located in Minocqua, have tried one of the closest things to that ... downhill skiing!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lakeland Area Dog Park temporarily closed
The Lakeland Area Dog Park has temporarily closed to prevent further damage to the grass during the spring thaw.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Plum Lake Town Board again talks ambulance service
The Plum Lake Town Board approved a loan application Tuesday to be sent to the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners for Public Lands that will be used to purchase a new ambulance. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Germain red brick meetings begin March 25
The years long question over what to do with the red brick schoolhouse in St. Germain will continue March 25 with the first of several stakeholders meetings facilitated by Funktion Design Studios of Wausau. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

Manitowish Waters Town Board approves Rest Lake Master Plan
After a two year process, the master plan for Rest Lake Park in Manitowish Waters has been approved. The plan makes key additions to the park, including a handicap accessible car drop off loop to access the pavilion, additional parking and a children's playground. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

Woodruff Town Board continues discussion on ATV ordinance
The Woodruff Town Board is continuing discussions on the all-terrain vehicle ordinance in preparation for this summer when certain town roads will be opened up for ATV use. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

LdF hosts Mining Alternatives Summit, Standing Rock march
March 10 proved to be to be a busy day for Lac du Flambeau. In addition to the final day of the Third annual Mining Alternatives Summit, the tribe hosted a Standing Rock solidarity march to oppose the continuation of the Dakota Access Pipeline in South Dakota. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

Oneida County talks meeting procedures at admin meeting
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors received mandatory training in regards to open-meetings laws in February. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

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