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Hartzheim re-elected Minocqua town chair
After making her choices in Tuesday’s election, Lee Ann Ondracek enters her ballot into the electronic vote recorder at the Boulder Junction Community Center.Dean Hall/Lakeland Times

After making her choices in Tuesday’s election, Lee Ann Ondracek enters her ballot into the electronic vote recorder at the Boulder Junction Community Center.

Dean Hall/Lakeland Times

Mark Hartzheim was re-elected Tuesday to another two-year term as Minocqua’s town chairperson, defeating challenger Billy Fried and write-in candidate Loran Susor in the spring general election. (Public access)


Friday, April 10, 2015


In 2015, federal government keeps on taxing and spending

The story of the federal government for the first half of this fiscal year was a familiar one, as growing entitlements continued to drive taxes and spending higher, while painting the deficit redder than it was a year earlier. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

County denies violating public records law

Oneida County is denying allegations that it is violating Wisconsin’s public records law. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Conservatives take aim at prevailing wage law

Economic conservatives have had a pretty focused agenda in Wisconsin in 2015, and now the second act has begun. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Oneida County spends $6K on chairs for board

Oneida County recently purchased 26 new chairs for members of the county board at a cost of more than $6,000 — or $231 per chair. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Original Camp American Legion footprint sought

A public information meeting regarding a request from the Wisconsin American Legion to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is scheduled for this Thursday at Lake Tomahawk’s Ralph T. Sloan Community Center. (Public access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Condo proposed on Minocqua Lake

A new condominium is being proposed on U.S. Highway 51 along Minocqua Lake that could house as many as 28 units. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Minocqua annual meeting scheduled

The town of Minocqua will hold its annual meeting later this month. (Public access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Martinson waives extradition in double homicide case

In an unexpected move, Ashlee Martinson this week waived extradition back to Wisconsin where she will face felony homicide and false imprisonment charges in connection with the deaths of her mother and stepfather. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Abrahamson asks court to declare her chief justice

By a margin of 53 to 47 percent, voters ratified last week a state constitutional amendment giving Wisconsin Supreme Court justices the right to select from among themselves the court’s chief justice, and now the current chief justice has headed to federal court to delay its implementation. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Walgreens to close 200 U.S. stores as part of restructuring plan

The drugstore chain Walgreens plans to close 200 stores in the U.S. this year.  (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hazelhurst to hold informational meeting on town hall

The Hazelhurst Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at Yawkey Hall for its regularly scheduled meeting. One agenda item for that meeting is an informational presentation by the Becher Hoppe architectural firm regarding the newly proposed town hall complex. (Public access)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Marenisco police chief wants wolf activity on the record

After nine reported wolf sightings since the first of the year, the police chief of Marenisco, Michigan, has appealed for help from that state’s Department of Natural Resources, saying he wants the town’s citizens protected and the wolf sightings on record. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Citations issued against garbage haulers

The town of Minocqua has ticketed two garbage haulers for allegedly violating spring weight road limits, but the haulers contend they’re just following past practice. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Vilas County Board approves multi-county transit charter

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors agreed in September to participate in the Forest-Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, funded largely by state grant money. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Traci England civil lawsuit on hold

A judge’s delay in ruling on a motion to vacate the sentence handed down to former Oneida County Medical Examiner Traci England in a criminal case in 2013 has brought a federal lawsuit against her to a halt. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Judge: Oneida County not liable for car accident

Oneida County and the town of Pelican cannot be held liable for potentially millions of dollars in medical claims stemming from a car accident where a stop sign was missing, even if the sign was knocked down by a snowplow, a judge has ruled. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Living in an RV? You might need a permit soon

People who use a recreational vehicle as a dwelling would have to obtain a zoning permit from Oneida County under a proposed ordinance amendment, but precisely how it would apply is not clear. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

LdF board still reviewing Bear River Watershed Plan

The main topic of discussion during the April 1 meeting of the Lac du Flambeau town board was the status of the board’s approval of the Bear River Watershed Comprehensive Plan. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Martinson waives extradition in double homicide case

In an unexpected move, Ashlee Martinson on Thursday waived extradition back to Wisconsin where she will face felony homicide and false imprisonment charges in connection with the deaths of her mother and stepfather. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Evaluation scheduled for double homicide suspect
The teen suspect charged in connection with last month’s double homicide in Oneida County was scheduled to undergo an evaluation this week.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Law enforcement officials prevent suicide attempt in Minocqua

The Minocqua Police Department, the Woodruff Police Department, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and the Wisconsin DNR responded to a residence on Nutter Road in Minocqua at approximately 1:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon “for the report of an armed male subject who was threatening to commit suicide.”


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Election 2015 Update: Chairman, supervisor, school board results
The results of area town and school board elections are in ... and includes the updated school board information that had been in question last night.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Icy Rescue

A Mercer man ice fishing on Squirrel Lake Thursday was rescued after he fell through the ice. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vilas County seeks 'trail connectivity'

Following the passage last month of an ordinance regulating the use of all-terrain and utility vehicles on some Vilas County roads, the county’s forestry, recreation and land committee last week outlined several road segments where ATVs may be used. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

USFWS takes middle ground on northern long-eared bat

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service backed away this week from designating the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species, opting instead to list it as threatened, in a decision that pleased no one in particular. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

County to notify towns of CUP decisions

Oneida County will now notify towns about the disposition of conditional use permit applications. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

No action on LUHS party funding

The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education has yet to determine whether it was proper to fund a staff party with vending machine revenue — nearly four months after the event occurred. (Subscriber access)


Monday, April 6, 2015

Delay sought on O.C. highway garage
A panel investigating whether to build a new Oneida County Highway Department garage or renovate the existing facility has hit the brakes — opting to expand its review and possibly delay a decision until this summer. (Public access)
Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Election Candidate Profiles
The Lakeland Tims brings you candidate profiles for the upcoming spring elections. Be an informed voter April 7.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Arguments begin in Chagnon appeal

The second district Court of Appeals has received the first set of arguments in the case of Albert Chagnon, the sex offender accused of illegally amassing images of hundreds of Northwoods girls. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

Autism awareness: The calm before the storm

It might be called the calm before the storm. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

As Rhinelander preps for another, TIF controversies rise

Tax Increment Financing Districts, or TIF districts as they are commonly called, are a big deal in Wisconsin. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

Minocqua PD questions fee for training

The Minocqua Police Department will not test prospective hires at Lakeland Union High School this year because the school has sought to charge for use of the facility. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

'Synthetic acid' might be the next big thing in the Northwoods

Lac du Flambeau Police Chief Bob Brandenburg is among those in northeast Wisconsin law enforcement alarmed by some of the trends in the area of illegal drugs. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

Officials acted appropriately in Walters case, review finds

An internal review has found top Oneida County officials did not err in bringing verified charges against Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters, even though most of the allegations were thrown out. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

Victim in double homicide had violent past

Newly released records show a victim of the double homicide in Oneida County earlier this month had a history of violent behavior, raising fresh questions about a case still largely shrouded in mystery. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

Attempt to consolidate two Vilas County committees fails

A resolution seeking the consolidation of Vilas County’s forestry and tourism committees into one panel hit a stumbling block at the March 24 county board meeting. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

Woodruff Town Board takes first step toward allowing expansion of Wildwood Wildlife Park

The owners of the Wildwood Wildlife Park and Nature Center have purchased the former golf course property adjacent to the complex and have asked the towns of Woodruff and Minocqua for zoning changes and a conditional use permit (CUP) to allow for the expansion of operations onto the property. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 3, 2015

Parts of Mincoqua lose power Thursday

Approximately 1,500 Wisconsin Public Service customers were without power for 45 minutes Thursday afternoon. 


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Vilas board OKs ATV use on some county roads

For a time last year, the question of whether to allow the use of all-terrain and utility vehicles on Vilas County land was a touchy issue. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, March 31, 2015


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