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Lakeland ATV Club gets closer to trail-opening goal
Photos by Brian Jopek/Lakeland Times

Split-rail fence was installed on Arbor Vitae town property by members of the Lakeland ATV Club on May 10.
Photos by Brian Jopek/Lakeland Times

Split-rail fence was installed on Arbor Vitae town property by members of the Lakeland ATV Club on May 10.
In late April, Vilas County's parks and recreation director Dale Mayo announced the eastern portion of the county's all terrain vehicle/utility vehicle route system was to open May 6. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017


More than 40,000 lose power during severe thunderstorm
On Wednesday, more than 40,000 residents lost power when high winds and mass rains hit the area. According to Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), Minocqua and Rhinelander received the largest number of power outages. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Biertzer named Howard Young Foundation president
Erin Biertzer of Minocqua has been named the president of the Howard Young Foundation. The move comes after the resignation of Mike Gibbons, who served in the role for four years. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Oneida, Vilas counties looking at possible medical examiner contract to start in 2019
Over the past several years, Vilas County has explored contracting with Oneida County for medical examiner services but as of yet the two counties have been unable to come to an agreement. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Minocqua Town Board again discusses town treasurer issue
An item which came from the floor at Minocqua's annual meeting April 20 was from Tom Handrick, who had a question about the town treasurer's office.

Laura Mendez, who's been town treasurer for 20 years, was re-elected April 4. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Back to the bid process for Minocqua on address signs
The Minocqua Town Board, on the recommendation of town attorney Greg Harrold, rejected two bids for uniform address signs last week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MHLT hires new assistant principal
The board of education for the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School District hired a new assistant principal Thursday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Minocqua Town Board OKs summer concert series at Torpy
This summer in Minocqua will feature something different and some of that is because of action taken by the town board at last week's meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LUHS reviews strategic plan for STEAM initiatives
Lakeland Union High School is in the midst of raising awareness for its ongoing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) initiatives taking place at the school. The curriculum committee gathered Thursday to discuss goals and action plans for instigating furthering the STEAM program at LUHS. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

St. Germain dissolves public works and golf course committees
The idea to disband the golf course and public works committees was one of the main topics discussed at St. Germain's special town board meeting on May 17.

The agenda item indicated the board would choose between operating as usual with added resolutions or completely dismantling the committees. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Welders speak to LUHS students
Many children are told that in order to be successful they must go to a four-year college. However, for those students who would prefer to avoid more school, there are several rewarding careers. Students at Lakeland Union High School learned last week that one such career is steamfitting, which includes welding and pipe installation. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Flagging operations continue on Hwy. 51
Construction continues on Highway 51 south of Hazelhurst. Last week crews paved the northbound lane from Little Bearskin Road to Warbonnet Lane and began work to remove the existing Rocky Run Creek culverts and complete the new stream alignment. That work will be completed in the coming week.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

US 51 lane closure planned this week in Woodruff
Utility crews plan to close one southbound lane of US 51 between Third Avenue and Townline Road, in Woodruff, on Wednesday, May 24.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Eagle River man gets probation in armed standoff case
A 49-year-old Eagle River man who fired a handgun at law enforcement officers during an armed standoff in Eagle River on Aug. 24, 2016 was sentenced to probation last Wednesday in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Assistant corporation counsel files motion in IM21 civil case
The assistant corporation counsel representing Oneida County in a civil suit filed by the It Matters to One animal rescue organization seeking the return of 39 canines seized from the rescue in February as part of an animal mistreatment investigation has filed a motion seeking to compel the operator of the rescue to turn over a copy of her agreement with Oneida County prosecutors, if one exists. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sixel's opens new Minocqua fitness location
While it was earlier than initial planned, opening nearly a month ahead of schedule, Sixel's Martial Arts and Fitness has opened a new location in Minocqua.

"We were planning on opening June 1 and do our grand opening, which we still will, on June 3," owner Dave Sixel said. "But it really took nothing to set this place up, so it's like, let's open up early." (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jasmin's Boutique debuts in downtown Minocqua
Jasmin's Boutique is the latest women's fashion boutique to hit downtown Minocqua. Karen Benck, the owner along with her partner Mark Trapp, are excited to begin their business in Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rhinelander-Oneida County airport gets security upgrade
Air travelers departing from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport over the last few days have encountered a significant change in security procedures, as the latest in screening technology was recently installed in the security checkpoint area. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Northwoods Super Shopper moving to Wednesday distribution Starting June 7
The Northwoods Super Shopper is a direct mail piece, total market coverage shopper with a 27,500 distribution delivered to the homes of a substantial portion of Oneida and Vilas counties.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arbor Vitae approached to ease restrictions on Witches Lake Road
At the May 3 Arbor Vitae Town Board meeting, a weight limit of 60,000 pounds was approved for Witches Lake Road. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

GOP continues strong push for state regulatory reform
Two state lawmakers are pushing a new bill they say will shine a light on government red tape, continuing a strong GOP push this legislative session to curb state agency regulatory authority. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

County board discusses open-meetings law compliance
Having been found in violation twice in the last six months, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors has struggled recently to comply with the state's open meetings law. As a result, the topic has been frequently included on the board's monthly meeting agendas. This trend continued Tuesday as chairman Dave Hintz took time to discuss the steps the board is taking to improve transparency and follow the law. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Social Services discusses unborn child abuse judgment decision
Vilas County Social Services met Tuesday to discuss how the recent unborn child abuse judgment decision will affect the services they can provide and the actions they can take involving pregnant women.

On April 28, a federal court in Wisconsin ruled a state law allowing the detention, forced treatment and incarceration of pregnant women as unconstitutional. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Oneida County delays Marshfield Clinic CUP decision
Wednesday was supposed to be the finale of the Marshfield Clinic hospital proposal saga.

The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee had scheduled Wednesday to be the day they deliberated on the conditional use permit application for Marshfield Clinic's proposed 12-bed, $30 million hospital. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Marshfield Clinic clarifies IP address, survey results
Last week, The Lakeland Times released the results of an expanded health care survey available to the Lakeland area earlier this month. The survey was part of an effort to gain information about the public's opinions and experiences with local health care. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Eagle River teen accused of terrorist threats against NPHS
An 18-year-old Northland Pines High School student is facing two felony and three misdemeanor charges in Vilas County Circuit Court after another student allegedly overheard him talking to other students about wanting to "shoot up the school on the last day." (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Duffy calls for attention to drug-impaired driving
Drug-impaired driving is a major but under-addressed issue in the U.S. - associated with more fatalities than drunk driving - and, in the wake of an updated report highlighting the problem, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) called upon the Trump administration this week to issue national recommendations to improve public safety. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Vilas County Highway Committee to look at road funding options
The Vilas County board's highway committee will receive more information at its June 20 meeting regarding funding options to repair a stretch of County Highway B in the Land O'Lakes area.

County highway commissioner Nick Scholtes had the matter on Tuesday's agenda as a "heads up"-type item. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Walleyes for Tomorrow banquet scheduled for June 8
The fourth annual Headwaters Basin Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow dinner banquet will be held on June 8 at the White Oak Grill in Manitowish Waters. Only 225 tickets will be sold for the event. Tickets are $85 and are good for dinner and into the door prize drawings. Many prize boards will be available and there is something for everyone to win.
Friday, May 19, 2017

State treasurer is on another constitutional mission
Say what you will about Wisconsin state treasurer Matt Adamczyk, but the man thrives on undertaking tough and often controversial constitutional missions.

For example, next spring voters will decide whether to abolish his position through a constitutional amendment, a vote that has made its way on the ballot largely because of his insistence - he campaigned by promising to abolish the treasurer's post if he won, saying it had become largely superfluous. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 19, 2017

LdF, Minocqua hosts 31st WIEA conference
The Wisconsin Indian Education Association hosted its 31st annual conference in various locations throughout the Northwoods last weekend. The 2-day event consisted of workshops, a youth color run/walk, pow wow, and an awards ceremony, among a variety of other events for attendees. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

North Lakeland school Board approves carpet bid
The North Lakeland School Board received a total of three carpet bids, however only two bids met the established deadline.
Friday, May 19, 2017

False alarm
Minocqua firefighters exit the Holiday Cafe in Woodruff after a false alarm call about smelling smoke earlier today.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Eliason brothers file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy
St. Germain businessmen David J. and Brian E. Eliason are no longer facing criminal securities fraud charges, however they are not through with lawyers and courtrooms. Less than a week after Forest County Judge Leon Stenz signed an order dismissing 10 counts of securities fraud filed against the brothers in February 2016, the two men filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Second draft of 2017-18 LUHS budget comes to finance committee
The May 11 Lakeland Union High School Finance Committee meeting saw the unveiling of the latest 2017-18 budget draft from finance manager Greg Kopp. Though not the final draft, this budget gave a good assessment of fund allocation for the upcoming school year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Woodruff Town Board hears building plans
As part of his quarterly report and request for a contribution to the Woodruff Town Board at its meeting last week, Lakeland Retirement Foundation president Brian Nerdahl provided plans and a rendering of what a new facility would look like. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

LdF board sticks by decision to charge town employees for transfer station usage
An item that arose at the Lac du Flambeau annual meeting was put back on the agenda at the May 10 town board meeting per a citizen's request. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Marshfield Clinic officials question CUP application process
One of the most contentious questions being debated across the Northwoods at the moment is whether Marshfield Clinic's proposed 12-bed, $30 million Minocqua hospital would be good for the area. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Newbold disc golf course coming along
The Newbold Town Board held a succinct meeting on May 11, with just one agenda item taking more than a minute's time. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boulder Junction approves Town & Country for road improvement project
Following the recommendation from the Boulder Junction Road Improvement Committee, the town board followed suit in approving Town & Country Engineering for assistance in planning the extensive road improvement project.

Throughout February and March Boulder Junction took pitches from a variety of engineering firms to determine who would best service the task, and ultimately, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was developed, with firms having until May 8 return to the town. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

VCEDC asks town leaders to save the date
The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation will host a workshop-listening session for elected officials on June 20. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017


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