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Howard Young Medical Center begins renovation and construction project
Howard Young Medical Center, part of Ascension, will begin Phase I of a multi-phased renovation and construction project on Monday, April 17. Work will begin on the development and extension of road access to the campus from Highway 51 on the north side of the facility. This phase of construction is expected to take four to six weeks, with planned completion by mid- to late May.
Sunday, April 16, 2017


The Lakeland Times expanded health care survey
As part of our ongoing health care series, The Lakeland Times is presenting a survey to gain better insight of our readers' experience. Please view full article to take survey.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

School board takes further action against veteran teacher
The Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school district voted Friday to confirm the non-renewal of Lori Blank, a teacher who's been with the district since 1996. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vilas County illicit drug use prompts extensive discussion
Members of the Vilas County Board's tribal concerns committee last month vowed to come right at the rest of the Vilas County Board with the illegal illicit drug use in Vilas County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Minocqua changes supervisor setup on town board
A small group of Minocqua town electors decided at Thursday's annual meeting to return seats on the town board to at-large seats as they were before a change to numbered seats at the 2006 annual meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Town of Arbor Vitae hears Ahlborn family trust issue
Items in a town ordinance related to a land division issue originally denied by the Arbor Vitae Town Board months ago will be reviewed by the town's attorney.

There are four families involved in what is referred to as the Ahlborn family trust and the land is at the top of Upper Road. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lakeland area joins Fab Lab ranks
Three Lakeland area school districts have been approved for a Fab Lab grant which will assist each district in acquiring manufacturing and engineering equipment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Opening roads for ATV traffic discussed at Plum Lake annual meeting
"We need ATVs and UTVs on our roads," Plum Lake citizen Clark DeWitt said during the town's annual meeting April 18 after town chairman Will Maines asked for public comment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lac du Flambeau Town Board, tribal council meet
A committee from the tribal council for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and another from the town of Lac du Flambeau will meet in the near future to begin work on a new agreement between the two governing bodies. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CDAC recommends antlerless tags in Vilas and Oneida counties
Both Vilas and Oneida counties' County Deer Advisory Committees (CDAC) recommended some antlerless tags be available in their respective counties in last month's CDAC meetings, but Vilas County's recommendation changed at last week's final recommendation meeting. As would be expected, public reaction to each decision was mixed, as were the feelings of members of each committee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Town of Cassian discusses road crew at annual meeting
The Town of Cassian held their annual meeting April 18. Town clerk Nikki Augustine swore in new board members after the annual meeting: Tim Augustine as chairman, Dick Herman as supervisor, Ed Phebus as supervisor, Loretta Morrow and treasurer and Ed Tadych as fire chief. New chairman Tim Augustine swore in Nikki Augustine as clerk. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Airport Commission reviews ALP, talks drones
The Lakeland Airport Commission met Thursday evening to, among other things, review a preliminary Airport Layout Plan (ALP) from Strand Associates. Matt Yentz presented the preliminary ALP and told the commission he would have a full draft to them, he hoped, by this Friday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Times releases expanded health care survey
In an effort to study the current health care needs of the Lakeland area, The Lakeland Times is releasing an expanded survey in conjunction to a previous survey we released last month.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Area law enforcement trains to be prepared for special needs
Over the course of the past few years, there's been an increasing awareness in the law enforcement community as to what personnel can do when dealing with individuals who may have special needs, such as those on the autism spectrum.

The Lakeland Times talked to representatives from the Oneida and Vilas County sheriff's offices as well as Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger about some of things those agencies have done or are doing. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NORA water well construction topic at annual meeting
Newbold held a relatively concise annual meeting on Tuesday, April 18, with a primary topic of discussion being the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Area.

The town recently received a notification from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources related to a request for a variance for well water at the recreation area. The notification states the variance granted for the well to be constructed at the property is subject to seven conditions. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Highway 51 construction update
Construction on Highway 51 south of Hazelhurst continues. Last week crews finished removing pavement from the existing northbound lane. They also completed grading for the proposed northbound lane from South Blue Lake Road to Rocky Run Road. Crews installed cross drains, graded and placed base on Frost Bite Trail and Warbonnet Lane.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Battle over manufacturing tax break continues
As unemployment in Wisconsin fell in March to the lowest level since 2000, to 3.4 percent, furious debate continued over the impact of the manufacturing and agriculture tax credit, with supporters saying it has contributed to job growth and opponents denouncing it as a give away to the wealthy. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Holewinski updates committee on zoning issue in Sugar Camp
On April 12, Oneida County Planning and Development Committee chairman Scott Holewinski informed his committee he had scheduled a meeting with senator Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Swearingen to discuss the zoning situation in Enterprise, Monico and Sugar Camp. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Role of LUHS curriculum committee analyzed at meeting
The Lakeland Union High School Curriculum Committee meets monthly to explore ways in-class work can be improved to create ultimate student achievement. Though the committee has a positive definition, some members are questioning if group has too much influence. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MHLT welcomes continued service of two board members
Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board members Joan Christgau, left, and Christy Seidel, right, watch as Tracy Petrie, back left, swears in Mary Whitman for another term on the board. Both Whitman and Christgau were re-elected earlier in the month. Whitman was first elected to the board in 1985 and Christgau was elected in 2014. Lynn Redenbaugh, not pictured, serves as the fifth board member. The swear-in took place at a regular board meeting earlier this week and board reorganization will be determined at the May meeting.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sheriff's office shares information on how people with medical issues can communicate with law enforcement
In light of a miscommunication April 7 that led to an intense law enforcement response at 10 Sanns Street in Rhinelander, the Oneida County sheriff's department is reaching out to the public to explain how people who have medical issues can request medical assistance even if they cannot speak.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reuss: Boulder Junction to recover payout to town clerk
The town of Boulder Junction will recover $8,700 improperly paid to the town clerk last year for unused sick and vacation days, town chairman Dennis Reuss announced Tuesday night at the town's annual electors' meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Road construction on Hwy M begins Monday, April 24
Road construction on County Highway M between US Hwy 51 and County Highway N in Vilas County will begin on Monday, April 24. CTH M will be closed to thru traffic and there will be a signed detour.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Transitioning with autism: Independence provides motivation
On a warm, sunny day in the middle of summer, a young man in his late teens can be seen riding a scooter around Minocqua. He wears basketball shorts, a T-shirt, a side bag and travels along the sidewalks of U.S. Highway 51.

He stops at McDonald's where he works and St. Matthias Episcopal Church where he practices the organ. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stepmother charged with second-degree reckless homicide in death of toddler
A 28-year-old Rhinelander woman was formally charged Tuesday with second degree reckless homicide in connection with the death of her 20-month-old stepson. (subscriber access)
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Arbor Vitae gets the OK for ambulance service
Rising costs for ambulance service has been an item of concern for Arbor Vitae in recent years and Tuesday, a group of just over 20 Arbor Vitae residents took a step toward what is hoped will be a relief from some of those costs.

Electors unanimously approved spending no more than $150,000 to establish an ambulance service. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Manitowish Waters Town Board takes prompt action
Less than 12 minutes after Bob Becker and Mike Kramer of the Manitowish Waters Town Board officially took their new seats, a special meeting was called to take action on several hotbed issues. The meeting drew a large crowd, despite the 10 a.m. time on Tuesday, the morning of the annual meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Constituents advise Woodruff Town Board to move forward with purchase of salt shed and ladder truck
Woodruff's annual meeting sparked a heated discussion regarding the moving forward of purchasing a new salt shed but delaying the purchase of a ladder truck for the fire department. The meeting brought out about 30 members of the community, many of whom participated in the discussion. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

St. Germain makes a move to accommodate ATVs
The St. Germain Town Board approved Monday the use of the snowmobile trail from Juve Road to State Highway 155 for all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles.

Town chairman Tom Christensen said the reason he brought the matter up for consideration was he felt it was logical in his mind "to allow the ATV folks to go on what is the snowmobile trail." (subscriber access)

Friday, April 21, 2017

LdF Town Board to increase to five members
Lac du Flambeau's annual meeting had the largest turnout in recent years, according to chairman Matt Gaulke. About 35 constituents gathered for the Tuesday meeting at 1 p.m. Community members made motions from increasing the town board from three to five members to changing the meeting time. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Minocqua board awards mowing bid, tables other agenda items
The Minocqua Town Board has awarded Back Country Property Services, owned by Jeff Ziemba, the contract for mowing the corridor along Hwy. 70 West, after opening bids at Tuesday's town board meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Foul play ruled out in Michelle Rosinski death
The Vilas County sheriff's office has ruled out homicide in the death of a 45-year-old Boulder Junction woman found dead in a car in Lac du Flambeau in September of last year. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Oneida County passes resolution to alter zoning, rejects proposed amendments
Despite a relatively light agenda this month, there were a few fireworks Tuesday when the Oneida County Board of Supervisors gathered for its regular monthly meeting at the Oneida County Courthouse. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Free-market movement slowly gains steam
As the national and local debate over health care continues to fester, mainstream Republicans and Democrats are boxing each other within a small ring of policy parameters, meaning they are mainly sparring over how much to fund or regulate within the existing health-care system, and arguing the finer points of how to lower health-insurance premiums, if they can. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Lake Tomahawk continues to operate without debt
The highlight of the annual Lake Tomahawk Town Board meeting came from a financial statement indicating all town departments ended 2016 under budget and the town continues to operate without debt. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Hazelhurst holds first annual town board meeting in new community center
The annual Hazelhurst Town Board meeting was held Tuesday and no concerns were brought forward from residents in attendance.

The pinnacle of the meeting hovered around the new community center. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 21, 2017

No action taken at St. Germain annual meeting
St. Germain held its annual electors' meeting on Tuesday night at the St. Germain Community Center. There was no action taken at the meeting, but two main topics were discussed. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Tadych: The current health care system creates immoralities
To Dr. Kevin Tadych of Northern Wisconsin Bone & Joint, the nation's current health-care system imposes a bureaucratic burden on people that he says is unethical, almost immoral, in the way it treats people. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

County making shoreland ordinance changes ahead of public hearing
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee is nearing the end of the process of making corrections and changes to the Shoreland Protection Ordinance presented to the public last month. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ATV/UTV referendum creates stir in Newbold
A large crowd turned out Thursday for an unusually contentious town board meeting in Newbold. The main topic of the night was the board vote on the ATV/UTV advisory referendum. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Considerations continue on LUHS's 'Coherent Governance' model
The Lakeland Union High School Policy Committee continued discussions about the possibility of instituting the Coherent Governance model into the school board system. The idea behind the model is to make proceedings more efficient. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017


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