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Times files open meeting complaint
After consulting with the newspaper's open-records attorney, The Lakeland Times has filed another open-meetings complaint against the Boulder Junction Town Board, this time for using a variation of a walking quorum in which town board members - facilitated by the town clerk - used email communications to conduct town business. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Northwoods River News files open records lawsuit against city
The Lakeland Times' sister paper The Northwoods River News filed a public records lawsuit Thursday against the city of Rhinelander asserting the city wrongfully redacted and withheld records the newspaper requested relating to complaints and disciplinary actions against certain city employees. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Presque Isle town meeting gets heated
The Presque Isle Town Board meeting saw a packed room Thursday night with many constituents having to stand in the back of the room or gather out the door. Most attendees seemed to be there to discuss Presque Isle changing to single stream recycling. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tiffany cosponsors legislation to eliminate mining moratorium
State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and State Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) introduced a bill Thursday to eliminate the moratorium on nonferrous metallic mining in Wisconsin.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

County OKs deputy medical examiner
Superman once famously sang that "it isn't easy being me" and on some days the Oneida County medical examiner says he can relate. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Plum Lake looks for answers from St. Germain
The Plum Lake Town Board is curious to know what the town of St. Germain plans to do regarding ambulance service. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

St. Germain's golf course paid in full
St. Germain's golf course is one of those courses people from all over can't wait to play on. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BOA schedules Marshfield hearing
The Oneida County Board of Adjustment has set the week of Oct. 9 for a public hearing on Marshfield Clinic's proposed limited service hospital for Minocqua.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

LdF accepts road bids
The Lac du Flambeau Town Board opened two sets of bids at the most recent meeting Wednesday, the first for a crack seal project and the second for road reconstruction. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse across America
On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be traveling across the entire United States and everyone will be able to view it, weather permitting. According to NASA, the total eclipse will traverse through sections of 14 states, while the rest of the country will experience various levels of partial eclipses. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Minocqua discusses illegal buoys
One of the largest items the Minocqua Town Board discussed at its meeting Tuesday was the increasingly prominent personal buoys lake front owners are placing in front of their properties. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Founder of Minocqua boat show passes away
Gordon Moore of Minocqua is one of those "matter of fact" type people.

When contacted by The Lakeland Times about this story and told his name came up as someone who might know a little something about Minocqua's Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show in the latter part of July, he didn't miss a beat. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Antlerless tag sales reminiscent of Black Friday sales
For the first time in three years, antlerless deer tags went on sale in Oneida County this week. Reminiscent of the Black Friday sales that take place during the deer hunting season, hunters came out in large numbers to stand in line for their chance at a tag. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Plum Lake Town Board delays lake district decision
The Plum Lake Town Board has delayed action on a decision to approve the formation of a Plum Lake lake district. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Boulder Junction road committee makes recommendation
The Boulder Junction Town Board's road improvement committee met briefly Monday, long enough to make a formal recommendation to the town board. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Oneida board votes to integrate ADRC, Department on Aging
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors followed in Vilas County's footsteps and pulled a trigger Tuesday, authorizing the Oneida County Department on Aging to give the state notice that it intends to submit an application to operate an integrated Aging and Disability Resource Center. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Mercer VFW post breaks ground for new building addition
Members of the mercer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9536, along with other community members, broke ground Saturday for the expansion of the post's current building. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Minocqua Public Library to appeal for meeting with LdF
The Minocqua Library Board of Trustees met on Monday to further discuss the funding request to the Lac du Flambeau Town Board. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Hwy 51 accident
U.S. Highway 51 north of Arbor Vitae was shut down very briefly last Friday evening following a two vehicle accident just south of the highway's junction with Day Lake and Gresham Lake roads.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Unveiling of new LUHS athletic facility is a community event
Lakeland Union High School is just days away from opening its renovated football field, which has been dubbed River Valley Bank Field. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Boulder Junction's road committee holds information meetings
After months of meetings, data gathering and getting "eyes on" assessments of Boulder Junction's 93 miles of roads, the town board's road improvement committee, formed in February with the mission of developing something electors can vote on Sept. 12, got another step toward that with two public information meetings last week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Minor injuries in two-truck crash Thursday
Two people with minor injuries were taken to Howard Young Medical Center Thursday morning following a two vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 51 at the exit to the Save More grocery store. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lakeland Sharing Foundation gears students up for school year
With September fast approaching, students in the Lakeland area are beginning to prepare for school which, for the most part, encompasses getting the necessary supplies. Children in the Lakeland area will walk into school with all the supplies they need, thanks to the Lakeland Sharing Foundation. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Michalsen says goodbye
Matt Michalsen, first elected to the Lake Tomahawk Town Board in 2015, has officially given the board his resignation letter. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New report shows tobacco still a deadly problem in Oneida County
Rhinelander, WI - A report released by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Population Health provides new details on the number of Wisconsin lives taken by tobacco use -including right here in Oneida County. The report shows that an average of 78 residents died annually from tobacco use during 2011-2015.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Minocqua man has forgery charges dismissed
A 56-year-old Minocqua man, who was charged with two felonies in November 2016 after it was alleged he forged several personal checks totalling over $10,000 belonging to his business partner, saw the charges dropped in February. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Construction of Newbold disc golf course on final lap
Since town approval in April of 2015, the Newbold Outdoor Recreation's disc golf course, known as "Rookery Run," has been under construction, awaiting a scheduled opening date of September 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

AV-W School Registration Day on Aug. 24
Thursday, Aug. 24, is Registration Day at Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Boulder Junction ELECTORS CLERK/treasurer ANALYSIS meeting
Boulder Junction resident/elector Laura Bertch, who heads up a citizens committee gathering information regarding the town clerk/treasurer position in Boulder Junction, listens to input at the committee's meeting Wednesday at the Boulder Junction Community Center. 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From judiciary to the economy, Trump remaking government, economy
It is a well-known cautionary saying in journalism that the headline never tells the whole story, and, too often, neither does the story. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sorensen pushing county to consider 200-foot minimum width lots
An Oneida County supervisor wants the county to consider requiring larger minimum frontages in the shoreland zone, but to get his way means minimum-width requirements would have to be imposed on every new subdivision in the same zoning district, off water as well as on water. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Conservation and UW-Extension Education committee calls special meeting
The Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education committee is getting down to brass tacks as it prepares for the upcoming reorganization of the UW-Extension system. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 11, 2017

Arbor Vitae asks Vilas County for zoning change
Arbor Vitae's town board is asking the Vilas County zoning department to add a minimum house size to the county's zoning ordinance. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 11, 2017

Woodruff discusses fire truck options
The Woodruff Town Board heard another fire truck update at its meeting Tuesday.

Victor Gee of the Woodruff Fire Department presented a bid to the board for an aerial truck from Marion Body Works. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Public property committee hears courthouse update
The Vilas County Board's Public Property Committee heard an update on the Vilas County Courthouse at the Tuesday meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 11, 2017

LdF school students may tour fab labs
A tour of another school's "fab lab" may very well take place for students of the Lac du Flambeau school district at some point after the 2017-18 school year gets underway in a few weeks. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 11, 2017

Meeting of the road improvement committee
Greg VanGrinsven, a member of the Boulder Junction Town Board's road improvement committee established in February, speaks Tuesday evening to an audience of 12 town residents at the first of two public information meetings the committee conducted this week at the community center.
Friday, August 11, 2017

GOP poised for major tax reform push
The GOP's bid to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has crashed and burned about as badly as the imploding Obamacare insurance market, but Republicans seem much more optimistic about the coming effort this fall to reform the U.S tax code. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 11, 2017

Progress on minocqua fire station
The rainy weather the Minocqua area has had since ground was broken in April for the new Minocqua fire station has caused a few delays but Al Szymanski of MSA Professional Services, team leader for the project, said Monday things are moving forward despite the challenges presented by that rainy weather.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Pilot OK following Monday float plane crash near Elcho
There were no serious injuries as the result of the crash of a float plane on Langlade County's Otter Lake near the town of Elcho Monday night.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Bill limiting length of feeding ban signed into law
Feeding and baiting of deer has been a hot topic in the Northwoods for some time. In 2015, a deer in a Three Lakes deer farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) or Bovine Tuberculosis (BT), and as per the state's law at the time, a feeding and baiting ban was enacted in any county within a 10-mile radius of the CWD positive test. This meant Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties were under a feeding and baiting ban that would last indefinitely. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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