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County denies Marshfield Clinic CUP application
Nick Sabato/River News

Oneida County supervisor Billy Fried advocated for Marshfield Clinic’s conditional use permit application to pass, but was voted down, 3-2, by the planning and development committee on Wednesday, June 14.
Nick Sabato/River News

Oneida County supervisor Billy Fried advocated for Marshfield Clinic’s conditional use permit application to pass, but was voted down, 3-2, by the planning and development committee on Wednesday, June 14.
Wednesday was D-Day, as in deliberation day, for the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee regarding a conditional use permit application for a 12-bed, $30 million hospital proposed by Marshfield Clinic.

The decision was nearly two months in the making, with the original public hearing taking place in April. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 16, 2017


What to do about Methadone in LdF and Vilas County
The Vilas County Board's tribal concerns meeting Thursday provided the opportunity for another jab at a methadone clinic in Wausau which law enforcement and tribal officials say has been problematic for years. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oneida County opens stretches of county highways to ATVs
ATV and UTV usage is a hot-button issue in Oneida County as ATV clubs request access to more roadways. On Thursday, the county's public works/highway and solid waste committee granted the Pel-Cho Mudd Nutz ATV Club's request for access to stretches of county highways C and W in Pine Lake and highways G and P in Pelican. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Arbor Vitae denies ATV trail access from homes - for now
The Arbor Vitae Town Board turned down a request Wednesday to allow local access to town roads for all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles in the area between Blueberry Road and Ross Lake Road. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Deliberation on OC shoreland zoning ordinance postponed after architect raises questions
After more than a year of meetings, three public hearings and an additional three months of work on changes, the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee was prepared to host its final public hearing Wednesday on the county's shoreland zoning code. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Minocqua Town Board approves slow-no-wake buoys on Lake Tomahawk
The Minocqua Town Board gave its blessing to, on a 4-1 vote, a waterway marker application and permit for two slow-no-wake buoys on Lake Tomahawk.

The application was submitted by Ann Dell, who, along with her husband J.D., own property across the lake from the Lakeside Landing. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

LdF hears from public library regarding funding
The Lac du Flambeau town hall saw another full room at the Lac du Flambeau Town Board meeting last Wednesday with about 20 people gathered to voice their opinions on employee use of the transfer station and Minocqua Public Library's request for funding, among other items. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Newbold reiterates fireworks ordinance
Stemming from a series of inquires related to the Fourth of July season, the town of Newbold clarified its fireworks ordinance at the June 22 town board meeting. Newbold is stricter than the state when it comes to firework policy, but there are ways to host a firework show in the township. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lakeland Area Task Force discusses drug use in area
Wisconsin, along with the entire United States, is in the midst of an opioid epidemic with Vilas and Oneida counties leading the charge in Wisconsin. The Lakeland Area Task Force met June 19 to specifically discuss the area's prescription opioid usage and prescription rate. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lakeland Airport Commission discusses insurance bids, revised ALP
The Lakeland Airport Commission met Thursday to discuss several agenda items, including an update to the Airport Layout Plan (ALP), which has been an ongoing discussion throughout past meetings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hwy. 51 construction south of Hazelhurst nearing completion
The road construction on Highway 51 from Rocky Run Road in the town of Cassian to County Y just south of Hazelhurst is nearing completion. Work is scheduled to be finished as early as the end of this week.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

LVG looks into leachate irrigation
The Landfill Venture Group met June 21 to discuss, among other items, the possibility of installing a leachate irrigation system.

Bart Sexton of Sand Creek Consultants, came to propose a leachate irrigation system for the Highway G Landfill. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Anthem will leave most of Wisconsin health insurance market
Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced this week it would leave the individual Obamacare marketplace in most of Wisconsin next year, citing the volatility of the state's insurance market and uncertainty about the regulatory future in Washington. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oneida County receives update on UW-Extension contract
The Oneida County Labor Relations and Employee Services Committee learned Tuesday that UW-Extension is planning to present a new contract to the county July 18. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rollover on Hwy. 70
A 2001 Lincoln Navigator was involved in a single-car rollover Wednesday afternoon on State Highway 70 west of Minocqua. According to Minocqua police, the vehicle's driver, Lisa Wolfe, 32, Lac du Flambeau, and her passenger, Augustine Allen, 25, Lac du Flambeau, escaped serious injury. Witnesses told police the couple left the scene and began walking back to a relative's home in Lac du Flambeau. The couple were sought by police as both were on probation for previous minor offenses and were found the next day, Allen at Wolfe's father's home in Lac du Flambeau and Wolfe at a residence on Pinkhurst Drive in Minocqua. Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger said the department's K-9, Jennings, was used along with the K-9 for the Vilas County Sheriff's Office but information provided by witnesses as to where the couple might have been in the time following the rollover proved incorrect and the dogs had no scent to work with. There was no accident report available Friday but Jaeger said witnesses to the accident said the eastbound Navigator appeared to be driven at normal highway speed when it suddenly veered to the right, hit the shoulder and rolled into the south ditch.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rasmussen Dental expands practice
While working at some of the top dental practices in Singapore, Dr. Melanie Rasmussen dreamed of bringing the techniques and practices she learned there back to Minocqua to create a top tier dental clinic in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Open Late on the Island continues in 2017
Open Late on the Island continues for another year. Sponsored by the Minocqua Island Business Association, "MBA," there are 18 island business which will remain open until at least 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Boulder Junction Chamber welcomes new members
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce welcomes newest members: Amy Monday Design, Donna Mae's Antiques, Northwoods Transit Connection, On the Go North, Redman Realty Group and Team Retreat Musky Club.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Welcenbach criminal diversion agreement approved
A diversion agreement has been approved resolving the criminal case against the former head of the Oneida County unit of the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG). (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Minocqua to move forward with Morgan Oaks flood study
Heavy rain this spring in the Lakeland area has left its mark in many places.

That heavy rain has resulted not only in higher lake and river levels but flooded basements, streets and roads, much of which people said they haven't seen in quite some time. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Plum Lake 'EMS ball' in St. Germain's court
The Plum Lake Town Board met last Thursday and supervisor Gary Schmidt said he would be meeting soon with St. Germain town chairman Tom Christensen.

The topic of the meeting: Plum Lake's latest offer to St. Germain for emergency medical services. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Man sentenced to prison for Hwy. 70 burglary spree
A Lac du Flambeau man charged in connection with a string of burglaries to residences along State Highway 70 between Minocqua and Lac du Flambeau between Christmas 2015 and early February 2016 was sentenced June 15 to four years in prison and five years extended supervision. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

No one hurt in Presque Isle fire
Firefighters from Presque Isle and Boulder Junction responded late Monday afternoon to the report of a residence fully engulfed in flames on Cutoff Road in the town of Presque Isle.
Friday, June 23, 2017

VCEDC town forum sparks discussion on workforce challenges
In a forum hosted by the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation, local town board supervisors and economic development specialists gathered last week for a brief overview on current issues facing Vilas County growth, including workforce development. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Manitowish Waters accepts sprinkler, docks donation at Rest Lake Park
The Manitowish Waters Town Board moved through a large number of agenda items at their June 20 meeting. Perhaps the items yielding the most attention was the installation of a sprinkler system and a new dock system at Rest Lake Park. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Vilas highway committee approves preliminary 2018 budget
The Vilas County board's highway committee OK'd a preliminary department budget for 2018 on Tuesday, calling for the addition of two people.

That action followed an earlier vote to add the positions, the funding for both of them based predominately on state funding projections for work department personnel do which generates revenue from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017

HR request sparks discussion on lack of policy for bonuses
The Vilas County Finance Committee denied a request from the Human Resources Committee for contingency funds this week. The request was for $3,000, intended as a bonus for HR department head Debra Bohn for saving the county a considerable sum in medical insurance expenses. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Supreme Court: Government can't refuse to register offensive trademarks
In what is a major victory not only for the rock band The Slants but for others seeking to protect controversial trademarks - see the Washington Redskins - or to withstand calls to change their logos, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week that the government may not refuse to register allegedly or potentially derogatory trademark names. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Paws in the Park event fetches success
Travel with pets has increased dramatically in the past couple of years and the Minocqua area, not wanting to be left behind, strove to create a pet-friendly event to drive tourism and community engagement, and the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce created Paws in the Park. Paws in the Park is a pet-friendly event which took place June 17 and 18 at Minocqua's Torpy Park and allowed humans and dogs alike to socialize and compete. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

The Pines Luncheon and Quilt Show June 28
For those who have love quilts - and don't mind lunch - The Pines Luncheon and Quilt Show is just the right fit. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, the Church of the Pines will host this free gathering of quilt crafters and lovers.
Friday, June 23, 2017

OC committee waives informality on bid specification for paving
The Oneida County Buildings and Grounds Committee received bids this week for a project involving the paving of the parking lot at the health and aging facility. A low bid came in, but there was a minor glitch. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Manitowish Waters Chamber After 5 on June 27
The Manitowish Waters Chamber invites you to Chamber After 5 on Tuesday, June 27. Redman Realty in downtown Manitowish Waters is excited to host this event at their beautiful office - located right in the heart of downtown Manitowish Waters.
Friday, June 23, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court will hear Wisconsin redistricting case
In a case that will almost certainly shape the future of political redistricting nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court this week accepted Wisconsin's request to review last year's appeals court decision striking down the state's Assembly district maps as products of unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Accident in LdF
A 52-year-old Stanley woman was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident on State Highway 70 west of Minocqua near its intersection with Arnold Stock Road. According to the Lac du Flambeau Police Department, the woman was eastbound in a 2015 Yamaha 650 when she brushed up against westbound 1999 GMC Sierra pickup truck pulling a car trailer. She subsequently fell over onto the pavement, suffering injuries to her arm and hand as well as her outer left leg. She was transported to Howard Young Medical Center and, as of Wednesday, was in stable condition. Initial investigation of the accident by authorities indicated the woman may have swung wide around a curve with her motorcycle and collided with the trailer in the area of its axle.
Friday, June 23, 2017

LUHS graduates 96 percent in 2016-2017
The Lakeland Union High School Board met for the first meeting following the completion of the 2016-2017 school year on June 19. Topics of discussion included implementation of a new governance model, replacement of stadium lighting and hiring of several new positions for the 2017-2018 year. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

MHLT board invites 'Adventure Andy' to future meeting
The Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board is considering restructuring the school's field trip and outdoor education plan. Recently, several parents voiced concerns to district administrator Dr. Jim Ellis and board member Tracy Petrie about the number of trips each grade level takes and where the students travel. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Courtquake: Gableman won't run for re-election
In a political stunner, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman announced late last week he would not run for a second 10-year term on the court. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Collision on Hwy. 51 south of Harshaw results in a fatality
A 47 year-old Ironwood man operating a motorcycle died as the result of a collision between his bike and a car late Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 51 south of its junction with County Highway L and then south of Bearskin Creek. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Woodruff to send letter of support for Lakeland ATV Club
Over the course of the past few years, efforts to get trails for all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles established in the Lakeland area have been largely successful.

Arbor Vitae and Woodruff are among Lakeland area towns which have each adopted ATV/UTV ordinances in the past year and at its most recent regular meeting last week, the Woodruff Town Board considered a letter it received from the Lakeland ATV Club. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vilas HR committee again turns down zoning position reclass
The Vilas County board's human resources committee once again voted against the reclassification of a zoning department position Thursday.

The committee's vote was 3-2 and last month it turned down the initial request.

At a June 1 meeting of the zoning committee, members voted to have the matter returned to the human resources committee for reconsideration. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Topic of county administrator for Vilas County brought up again
From time to time, the possibility of a county administrator for Vilas County has been brought up at different times. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017


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