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Minocqua plan commission tables Marshfield Clinic plans
Bill Melms, Marshfield Clinic Regional Medical Director, attended the Minocqua Plan Commission meeting Jan. 31, where the commission decided to table the project to the next plan commission meeting on Feb. 14.
Bill Melms, Marshfield Clinic Regional Medical Director, attended the Minocqua Plan Commission meeting Jan. 31, where the commission decided to table the project to the next plan commission meeting on Feb. 14.
On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Marshfield Clinic Health System announced plans to build a 12 bed, 72,000 square foot hospital attached to its current clinic and ambulatory surgery center in Minocqua.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Times asks Vilas DA to investigate Boulder Junction Town Board
The Lakeland Times is asking the Vilas County district attorney to look into what appears to be an improper payout of almost $9,000 to the town clerk and another smaller payout to a town employee, and the newspaper has filed open-meetings complaints in both instances. (subscriber access)
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Former animal hospital office manager ordered to repay $95K
A 49-year-old Arbor Vitae woman convicted of taking over $10,000 from the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua must pay the owners of the clinic $95,000 in restitution, a judge ordered Feb. 10. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Woodruff renews ATV route for 2017
The Woodruff Town Board approved Tuesday, with a 4-1 vote, a renewal for an all terrain vehicle route in 2017 that connects the town with Arbor Vitae. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

County signs up attorney who fought Times on records
The Oneida County district attorney ordered open government training for all Oneida County supervisors after finding that a county committee violated the open-meetings law, but the county has selected an attorney to draft the training document and give the presentation who has routinely fought cases against records requesters, and was one of the lead attorneys in The Times' records case against the county's sheriff's department, a case the county lost in 2016. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Area snowmobile accidents last week result in one fatality
What may be one of the final big weekends for snowmobiling in the area this season last week began with two accidents and both on Friday.

The first occurred Friday afternoon in Vilas County on trail 10 west of Plum Vitae Road near Sayner. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 17, 2017

St. Germain Town Board to sign library agreement
St. Germain Town Board's nearly three hour meeting Monday began with agreeing to, but not signing, the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library revised joint library agreement and closed with town supervisor John Vojta questioning effectiveness of adopting proposed citation writing policies and procedures. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

AV-W experiences high energy pow wow
Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School experienced a unique community crew Tuesday when the Lac du Flambeau Cultural Connections team hosted a school-wide pow wow emphasizing the heritage of the Ojibwe nation. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

LUHS continues intellectual property discussion
Tom Gabert, chairman of the Lakeland Union High School Policy Committee, presented a proposed approach to tackle the issue of "intellectual property" at their Feb. 14 meeting. Having been discussed for several months, the policy is now on its way to coming to fruition. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Northland Pines School District is going international
The Northland Pines School District is partnering with Nicolet College and the University of Wisconsin (UW) system to provide international students the opportunity to attend all three schools. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Tribe settles bond litigation, invites Tribal members to learn more March 4
Membership meeting scheduled to discuss settlement, path forward, answer questions

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced Wednesday the settlement of all litigation between the Tribe, Saybrook Tax Exempt Investors, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, and the law firms of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and Denton's US LLP.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Landfill Venture Group, Vilas County wait for survey results
Members of the Landfill Venture Group, the consortium of 13 Vilas County towns and the city of Eagle River that own the County G landfill in the town of Cloverland, received an overview of the landfill's possible future expansion Monday at the Arbor Vitae town hall. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

City of Rhinelander hits snag in purchase of land from Oneida County
The city of Rhinelander hit a snag Tuesday in its effort to purchase a 30-foot parcel of land on Forrest Street. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Mercer School closes due to high rate of flu-like absentees
Mercer Area School close Wednesday through Friday due to the high rate of absenteeism with Influenza-like illness. The school will reopen Monday.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau candidates in primary on Tuesday
There are only two towns in The Lakeland Times coverage area that have primaries Tuesday.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Town of Lac du Flambeau's primary
Lac du Flambeau this year has the most candidates for town board of any of the towns in The Lakeland Times coverage area and a primary will be needed to reduce from six to four the field of town supervisor candidates.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Tribe settles bond litigation, invites Tribal members to learn more March 4
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced Wednesday the settlement of all litigation between the Tribe, Saybrook Tax Exempt Investors, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, and the law firms of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and Denton's US LLP.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Howard Young announces plans to renovate hospital
Tuesday, Feb. 14 marks the unveiling of Howard Young Medical Center's plans of a multi-million dollar renovation project to their Woodruff hospital. After spending nearly a year in the planning stages how to improve efficiency and patient experience, construction is set to begin in June 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New FAA runway rules affect flights into, out of Rhinelander
In years past freezing rain posed little or no hardship to passenger flights into or out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, however under the new Operational Runway Condition Assessment Matrix the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) put into affect Oct. 1 the freezing rain that fell in the Rhinelander area Feb. 7 resulted in a runway score of 1 or poor. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Oneida County holds interviews for potential promotions in sheriff's department
The civil service commission held interviews for possible promotions within the Oneida County Sheriff's Department on Feb. 7 and 8. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dysfunction surrounds OC solid waste supervisor opening
Dysfunction and discombobulation emerged when the Oneida County Public Works/Solid Waste Committee met Thursday morning.

The committee hired Junior Howard in early December to fill a vacancy as solid waste supervisor, but a no-compete clause with a previous employer forced him to resign shortly thereafter. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LUHS Finance committee questions future use of purchase cards
Featured on the agenda for the Feb. 9 Lakeland Union High School Finance Committee meeting was a presentation conducted by Amber Danielski of Schneck Audit. During the report, questions arose of the use of purchase cards, more commonly known as "P" cards at the high school. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Governor takes aim at public notices
The administration of Gov. Scott Walker has been relentless in its attempt to weaken the state's public records and open meetings laws, and in his new budget Walker unleashed yet another assault on transparency, proposing to abandon requirements that governmental bodies publish certain public notices in newspapers. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Manitowish Waters' bike trail expansion remains stagnant for now
Still awaiting reply from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about the presence of Native American artifacts, Manitowish Waters continues to halt any proceedings on the issue of a proposed town loop. During a Feb. 8 town board meeting, members continued the notion of a necessary connection to Mercer, which is hoped to be completed in the coming months. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lac du Flambeau School moves forward with playground
The Lac du Flambeau School Board approved an intermediate playground replacement and a virtual reality program at the Feb. 8 meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lac du Flambeau Town Board to hold public hearing
The Lac du Flambeau Town Board passed a motion to hold a public hearing regarding discontinuing part of Walleye Circle Road at the Feb. 8 meeting.

The board received a petition from Pat and Ruth Wierschem to discontinue the cul de sac portion of Walleye Circle. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lakeland area housing sales update: January
The Northwoods housing market remained fairly steady last month, with few major changes taking place.

Oneida County saw the most drastic increase in any category, with off water lots and land jumping from three sales in January of 2016 to 10 sales last month. The median price for this category saw a minor decrease, dropping from $53,500 to $46,800. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New US Department of Commerce goals could benefit Northwoods
Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce released a new initiative focusing on the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

VCEDC goes back to school
The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) Board of Directors received a special tour Friday at Northland Pines High School. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Boulder Junction paid town clerk nearly $9,000 in accumulated benefits
The Boulder Junction Town Board convened into an arguably illegal closed session last September to approve a nearly $9,000 payout in accumulated sick and vacation days for the town clerk, while the clerk's eligibility for - and the amount of - the payout was questionable, a review of records obtained by The Lakeland Times in an open-records request reveals. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Walker proposes 5 percent tuition cut
Gov. Scott Walker unveiled this week his UW System budget plan for the 2017-19 biennium, and, as the governor promised, it contains new state funding and a hefty tuition cut. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

MACC releases statement opposing school start date change
The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) has released a statement opposing senator Alberta Darling and representative Jim Ott's proposed bill to allow the change of the school start date. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Dr. Tony Evers visits LUHS
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers payed a visit to Lakeland Union High School on Tuesday, Jan. 7. During his two hour stay, Evers gave a brief speech and went on a tour to see some of the unique facilities the school has to offer. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Dog daycare business approved by Minocqua Town Board
The Minocqua Town Board approved Tuesday a conditional use permit for a dog daycare business in the former Lakeland Sign building on Clawson Drive.

The business, which would be run by Dick Sedlak, would feature retail pet product sales, grooming, a pet training facility and a physical rehab area and pool for recovering dogs. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sheriff's office removes 39 dogs from Sugar Camp animal rescue
Numerous dogs have been removed from a local animal rescue following an investigation by the Oneida County sheriff's office and other agencies.

According to the sheriff's office, 39 dogs were removed Monday from the It Matters to One Animal Rescue in Sugar Camp. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Minnesota man tries to run from Minocqua police
A 47-year-old Somerset, Minn., man apprehended by authorities Feb. 3 after he took off running during a traffic stop conducted by a Minocqua police officer had his first appearance Monday in Oneida County court. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Manitowish Waters unable to make bike trail recommendation
The Manitowish Waters Plan Commission met Feb. 7 for a brief meeting, and on the agenda was a discussion/action related to the public hearing which took place on Jan. 10 to garner input on the proposed bike trail additions. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Vilas County works to correct financial error
The Vilas County Communications Committee heard from forest administrator John Gagnon this past week regarding revenue from one of the county's communications towers. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Winchester takes next step toward building improvements
The Winchester Town Board approved for submission Monday the second application for an $80,000 loan through the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Political Digest
Kremer wants reform of state's "seat time" requirements

State Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) are circulating legislation for co-sponsorship that would establish a pilot program that would remove the state's so-called seat-time requirements in public schools.

Friday, February 10, 2017

New FAA runway rule leads to cancellation of commercial flights into Rhinelander
Due to new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) runway rules that went into affect Oct. 1, the freezing rain that fell in the Rhinelander area Tuesday has led to the cancellation of commercial flights into and out of Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.
Thursday, February 9, 2017


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