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Bearskin bridge removal project to start Monday
Dean Hall/Lakeland TimesThe Bearskin bridge over Hwy. 51 Tuesday. A contractor will begin the project that will eventually result in the bridge’s removal and replacement Monday.
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The Bearskin bridge over Hwy. 51 Tuesday. A contractor will begin the project that will eventually result in the bridge’s removal and replacement Monday.
In a surprise announcement Tuesday the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said it will begin the process of replacing the Bearskin Trail bridge over U.S. Highway 51 in Hazelhurst on Monday.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Vilas County Drug Take Back Day is April 30
The Vilas County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative on Saturday, April 30 at 330 Court Street, Eagle River.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Boulder Junction board adopts wildfire protection plan
The Boulder Junction Town Board met Tuesday and held a short meeting that clocked in at under 30 minutes, with supervisor Dennis Duke attending only for the new and unfinished business portion of the agenda by phone.

The board voted to adopt the state Department of Natural Resources' Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) that has been in the works for over a year, with hopes to identify and reduce the risk of wildfires for the residents of Boulder Junction. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mercer School Board has first meeting since election
On Monday the Mercer School Board had its first meeting since a spirited election season ended April 5, swearing in its newest member Christa Reinert. After Reinert took her oath, the board got right down to business, voting to move ahead with the purchase of a new van for the district and to extend the school day starting with the 2016 to 2017 school year. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 29, 2016

Plan commission discusses locations for new playground
During the course of a brief meeting Tuesday, the Minocqua Plan Commission determined it would meet at some point in the next month or so at the Minocqua Park Complex to get a good look as a group at some possible locations for playground equipment there. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 29, 2016

Multiple studies point to vaccine links to autism
News analysis

When Robert De Niro made waves earlier this month about a potential link between vaccines and autism, the outcry and the reporting was standard: There is no link, a scientific consensus exists that vaccines do not cause autism, a multitude of studies back them up, and, to sum it all up, vaccines are safe. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 29, 2016

MHLT board authorizes resolution for construction
The way has been cleared for some major construction this summer at the Minocqua Hazelhurst Lake Tomahawk School District.

MHLT's board of education on Monday approved a resolution authorizing the district to levy $429,290 toward the cost of the $1.79 million project.

That translates to a 4.3 percent increase in the district's tax levy. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Iconic 'T-Bird Country' bridge could come to LUHS
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced earlier this year the iconic "T-Bird Country" bridge over Highway 51 in Hazelhurst will come down in August, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will stay down.

Bob Metropulos Jr., local artist and owner of Parkside Gallery, announced Monday at the Lakeland Union High School Board of Education meeting that he has been in talks with Pfeifer Brothers, the construction firm removing the bridge, about future plans for the local landmark. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Public hearing for water plant in Presque Isle set for Wednesday
A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at the Presque Isle community building for what is, without argument, the hottest issue in the town of Presque Isle - a zoning change request to accommodate a water bottling plant.

Essentially, the plant, with Trig Solberg as one of the partners in the business, would bottle water from a well on private property and sell it. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Welcoming the Walleye Wagon
Last week, the Headwaters Basin chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow spent two days on Mercer Lake in the town of Mercer with their Walleye Wagon. The Walleye Wagon is a mobile fish hatchery that allows the group to expand stocking efforts to various lakes throughout the region. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 29, 2016

Controversial fire truck issue continues in Woodruff
The question of whether or not the town of Woodruff should purchase a new fire truck has been ongoing for about a year, and it was clear at Tuesday's town board meeting, it will continue for some time.

The hour-long discussion included the possibility of consolidating Lakeland area fire departments into a fire district. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Lewis is starting second term on Marathon County Board
A third person from the Wausau area will run against two-term Republican Sean Duffy for the 7th Congressional District.

Joel A. Lewis, 34, made his candidacy official Thursday evening with a speech in front of the Oneida County Courthouse.

A lifelong Wisconsin resident and graduate of Wausau West High School and Northcentral Technical College, Lewis holds a double bachelor's degree in psychology and social work and has spent much of his time working with community members. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Vilas County board makes standing rules changes
Every two years, during the first post-spring election of the Vilas County board, a resolution dealing with the board's standing rules is discussed and adopted.

This is done after the supervisors are sworn in, but before the board elects a chairman.

County clerk Dave Alleman runs the meeting through the chairman election and he had plenty to do at the April 19 meeting as board members introduced, discussed and adopted 11 amendments to the standing rules, a process that lasted over an hour. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pier Repairs
A truck used by a Wisconsin Public Service crew attempting to change light bulbs over the public fishing pier in Minocqua next to the bridge on U.S. Highway 51 on Monday caused some damage to the pier. ­Town clerk Roben Haggart said WPS will pay for the damage. Public works director Mark Pertile said Thursday he's working on finding contractors who can do the repair work, including replacement of at least one of the pier's girders, which broke under the weight of the Ford F-450.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sale of Sayner Street discussed at Plum Lake annual meeting
The town of Plum Lake held their annual meeting on April 15, 2016, with 11 people in attendance, followed by a regular town board meeting.

Sayner Street

One of several issues taken up at the meeting was the possible sale of Sayner Street, which leads to the post office. Ed McCarthy, owner of the property on which the post office sits since inheriting it from his father, said he would pay the fair market price for the land that is Sayner Street, as the street also serves as the post office parking lot. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Newbold names disc golf course
The Newbold Town Board held a special meeting on Thursday and voted unanimously to name the disc golf course "Rookery Run," in honor of the large amount of heron activity in the area.

The board also voted to approve the name of an informational kiosk to be placed in the parking lot. The kiosk, which will be named, "Wayne Wagler Forest Products Incorporated," will include information about the course, a list of the sponsors who helped with fundraising, and some information about the herons in the area.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hwy. 51 update
Crews began marsh excavation and backfill work along the west side of the work area from Cottage Inn Drive to north of Oak Ridge Road. They also continue to grade the west side of Hwy. 51 from Rocky Run Road to Little Bearskin Road. Motorists should be aware the northbound passing lane from Rocky Run Road to Oak Ridge Road is now also closed. There remains only one lane open to traffic in both the northbound and southbound directions in this area extending from Rocky Run Road to South Blue Lake Road.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Four charges filed against Tripoli man in standoff case
Kenneth Welsh, the 60-year-old Tripoli man accused of holding several law enforcement agencies at bay by threatening to blow up a residence on Clifford Road on April 19, has been formally charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

The criminal complaint in the case also accused Welsh of attempted first-degree reckless injury, a class D felony, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and misdemeanor battery (domestic abuse), both class A misdemeanors. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Vilas County septic system maintenance pump/inspection cards to be sent out
It's that time of year again, time for the Vilas County Zoning Office to send out pump card notices to have septic tanks inspected or pumped. Remember you are on a three (3) year cycle. There are over 21,368 private on site waste water treatment systems (POWTS) sanitary systems in Vilas County. Each year the office sends out approximately 7,122 notices.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Three Lakes electors authorize construction of town complex, library expansion
By a vote of 100-10, town of Three Lakes electors on April 19 authorized the town board to finance and build a new town hall complex and expand the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library.

The vote followed almost an hour of spirited discussion on the subject from the standing-room only crowd assembled in the town of Three Lakes Community Room for the annual town meeting. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Minocqua town supervisors to get a raise
Minocqua town supervisors will get a $2,000 per year raise as the result of a vote at the town's annual meeting Thursday.

The annual meeting is one of two times a year where town residents may make motions from the floor.

Toward the end of the 30-minute meeting, Jerry Mader, one of nine Minocqua residents in attendance, made a motion to increase the salary of town supervisors from $6,000 per year to $8,000. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Woodruff electors table truck purchase
At the Woodruff annual town meeting held April 19, elector Ed Bruner put forth a motion to table further discussion on the purchase of a fire truck until further research is done regarding grants and mutual financial assistance from other towns, and until Mid Lake Road issues are addressed. The motion was seconded by Gavy Ovans and passed by a 16-11 vote, with two members abstaining. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Eliason defense teams seeks to prevent deposition of former lawyer
Lawyers continue to trade paperwork - and accusations - in the Eliason securities fraud case.

In a new development, the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) wants to depose a lawyer who provided advice to the accused businessmen, Brian and David Eliason, but the defense is seeking to stop the question-and-answer session from taking place. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mann: Man-made climate change is real
The first in a series of interviews about climate change

The famous climate scientist Michael Mann has a simple, straightforward message for everyone: manmade climate change is real and significant, and the real debate should focus on solutions to problematic global warming, where he says a range of prescriptions should be on the table.

That said, Mann is not an alarmist. He doesn't fall in line with those who proclaim the sky to be falling tomorrow - the doom-and-gloom crowd - but he does believe steps should be taken and policies fashioned to get a handle on long-term greenhouse gas concentrations. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Missing 78-year-old woman found
On April 22, 2016 at approximately 10:34 a.m., the Oneida County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to a missing 78-year-old missing female with dementia in the area of East Big Lakes Loop Road in the town of Three Lakes in Oneida County.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

906Boom approaches art as business opportunity
Located on a small side street in Ironwood, Mich., sits a yellow building with a few colorful accents and a vertical sign reading "Open." The building isn't new and a few people might know it as the former Elks Club.

Those same people might not know it's become a mecca for local artists and now houses a business called 906Boom. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Small business tip of the week: Streamline your website
Websites can be a chore for business owners who aren't familiar with the virtual world. There are many sites available to help build and maintain your site, but ultimately the look and feel of the site is up to you.

It's important to keep your site easy to use for visitors. Overloading it with information can overwhelm visitors and cause them to leave the site without fully looking it over. When designing your site, you want to make sure you visitors enjoy the experience and return.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

De Niro: 'Let's just find the truth' on autism cause
Legendary actor Robert De Niro has called upon the media to investigate alleged links between autism and childhood vaccinations, and he says he's amazed at the resistance there is to even discussing the safety of vaccines. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Website a top priority for St. Germain board
Revamping the town of St. Germain website was a popular topic Tuesday night at both the St. Germain annual town meeting and a special meeting of the town board that directly followed it. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Jeff Vollmer honors recount
After an emotional recount April 13 that ended in a tie, and ultimately brought the Oneida County Board race in District 19 down to a coin toss, incumbent Lisa Zunker emerged as the winner, and challenger Jeff Vollmer had five business days to appeal the recount to the Oneida County Circuit Court, but in a letter to the editor sent to the Lakeland Times, he announced he will not move forward with an appeal. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Woodruff teen pleads to reduced charges in sexting case
A 17-year-old Woodruff youth charged with six felonies related to the alleged transmission of inappropriate photos and propositioning underage girls for sex acts pled no contest last week to two reduced charges. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Boulder Junction plaza project proves controversial
Over the past few months, as the town of Boulder Junction has readied to spend millions of dollars on major infrastructure improvements and discussed the evolution of a few community development projects, few board meetings have been shorter than two hours and virtually none have gone without confrontation. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Minocqua town board approves two CUP applications Tuesday
A light agenda for the Minocqua town board Tuesday resulted in two approvals of conditional use permits. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Hintz re-elected Oneida board chairman
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors held its bi-annual organizational meeting Tuesday, re-electing Dave Hintz as chairman in an altogether benign affair. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Arbor Vitae electors approve new pickup truck
Arbor Vitae electors voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the town to purchase a new town maintenance vehicle. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Reinert motion denied
Iron County judge Patrick Madden recently denied a motion for reconsideration on an injunction by Mercer School Board member Christa Reinert. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Vilas County supervisors take the oath of office
The Vilas County board made some changes Tuesday as it passed a resolution pertaining to its standing rules and committee duties. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Newbold to explore options for town hall update
A motion brought forward by Jackie Cody, a member of the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Committee, passed unanimously at the annual meeting Tuesday with the Newbold town board to discuss creating a new committee at the next town board meeting on April 28. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Lake Tomahawk expects new pier by end of month
At Lake Tomahawk's annual meeting Tuesday, parks commission chairman Tom Heilig announced the town's new pier will be installed by the end of the month. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Northwoods Policial Digest
U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Birchfield v North Dakota

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week concerning the legality of state drunk-driving laws in the case of Birchfield v. North Dakota.

The outcome could affect drunk-driving laws in 18 states, including Wisconsin, have signed on as amici curiae.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Man arrested on attempted homicide charge in connection with Lynne shooting
A town of Lynne man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in connection with an incident Tuesday morning in the town of Lynne.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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