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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

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

Town of Plum Lake conducts public hearing
By several accounts, the idea of forming a lake district in the town of Plum Lake is a contentious one.

Thursday, the town conducted a public hearing to get input from the public on the issue. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LdF man gets 18 years in prison for multiple child sexual assaults
A 33-year-old Lac du Flambeau man will spend just under 18 years in prison after he was sentenced Friday morning in Vilas County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting eight children ranging from 4 to 12 years old. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LUHS construction in full swing
The Lakeland Union High School Finance Committee received an update on the school's construction projects and costs during a regular meeting last week. Director of business services Gregg Kopp said the committee will need to decide soon if they want to update the football field lighting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New basketball court could solve Lake Tomahawk parking issue
Lake Tomahawk's future basketball court will soon go out to bid and the project is expected to assist with a growing parking issue within the town. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

North Lakeland student scores show continued growth
North Lakeland School district administrator Brent Jelinski shared the school's Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) results with the school board last week. Overall, the students showed positive growth in both reading and math. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Legislature passes bill to restrict agency rule making
After years of debate, the state Assembly passed the so-called REINS Act last week, sending to Gov. Scott Walker the measure, which would significantly restrict state agency rule-making authority.

Walker is expected to sign the legislation into law. The Senate had already passed the proposal. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Boulder Junction continues to sort through survey responses
Boulder Junction's Economic Development/Connect Communities Committee has taken on the task of sorting through respondents' comments from a recent survey regarding the Town of Boulder Junction. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shoreland zoning still a sticking point for conservation committee
In past meetings, shoreland zoning has been hotly debated by the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee. Some feel the issue is not one the committee should undertake, while others were adamant it should start with them and a recommendation be forwarded to the county board. Many feel shoreland zoning authority should be returned to the county level rather than subject to the "one size fits all" directive of the state's Act 55. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

New phone scam involving WPS has emerged
Two local businesses have reported to the Minocqua Police Department they received calls from someone who identified themselves as Wisconsin Public Service, telling them they were late on their bill and requested payment.

Both businesses recognized it was a scam and reported it to local law enforcement immediately.

Friday, June 16, 2017

St. Germain discusses site options for schoolhouse and community center
The St. Germain Town Board was presented with four site options Monday for the red brick schoolhouse and community center.

Melody Hamlin, a project manager with Funktion Design Studio, made the presentation to the town board and 20 residents. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Oehrlein dissatisfied with treatment during Hazelhurst CUP issue
Hazelhurst resident and business owner Tod Oehrlein has been working with the Hazelhurst Town Board and plan commission for the approval of a conditional use permit relating to a boat repair business. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

Minocqua library board to approach Lac du Flambeau for funding
With the months-long back and forth between the board of trustees of the Minocqua Public Library and the town of Arbor Vitae settled in February, the library board is preparing to formally approach another Vilas County town for funding assistance. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

Changes on board for Minocqua classic boat show
Every year in July, many Northwoods visitors and residents look forward to the annual Minocqua Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show. This year, boat enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the show one month earlier. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

Tadych: Current health care system is unethical
As reported in the Tuesday, June 13 edition of The Lakeland Times, a free market healthcare symposium was held on June 8 at the Northwoods Surgery Center in Woodruff. Among guests were area HR department representatives, CEOs, CFOs, and school administrators. All were there with the common goal of potentially lowering and simplifying their offered insurance plans. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

Woodruff Town Board decides on salt shed financing
The $84,000 question facing the Woodruff Town Board on Tuesday was answered with a suggestion from town supervisor Barry Seidel, Jr.

At a special town board meeting May 30, Lakeland Landscaping was one of four businesses vying for an opportunity to construct the town's new salt shed and came in with the low bid at $103,550. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Helo makes debut as new Vilas County K9
Vilas County Sheriff's Department recently added a new member to its team, Helo, the one-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois from Hungary. Deputy Zac Stern, the K9 handler, is excited to continue working and getting to know Helo, a dog with a seemingly endless amount of energy and drive, and a replacement for the previous K9 unit, Draco. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

Admin committee signs resolutions in preparation for upcoming board meeting
With the Oneida County Board of Supervisors scheduled to hold its June meeting next Tuesday, the county's administration committee signed several resolutions at its meeting Monday morning to be brought to the board for approval.

In total, the committee signed four resolutions to be brought to the county board. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 16, 2017

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