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March 22, 2018

Airport director Brauer to retire
Jamie Taylor/River NewsJoe Brauer will retire following 28 years as manager of the Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport on May 18. Rhinelander native Matt Leitner will succeed Brauer.
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Joe Brauer will retire following 28 years as manager of the Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport on May 18. Rhinelander native Matt Leitner will succeed Brauer.
A longtime fixture at Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport will be handing over the controls to the next generation in May.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Oscar Johnson VA Hospital hosts town hall meetings
Representatives of the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center hosted Town Hall meetings for veterans and their families last week in Boulder Junction and Rhinelander.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lake Tomahawk surveys voters, property owners for ATV/UTV use
At its regular meeting last week, the Lake Tomahawk Town Board approved a request from the Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV Club to mail questionnaires to all property owners and registered voters in the town.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Town of Little Rice to vote on village powers
The Little Rice Town Board met last Tuesday for its regular town board meeting. On the agenda was an item asking for a vote on the adoption of village powers to be added to the annual meeting agenda.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Evers makes Rhinelander campaign stop
As of right now, the 2018 race for Wisconsin governor boils down to this: Republican, Scott Walker; Democratic, take your pick from nine hopefuls who will culled to one candidate following the party primary Aug. 14.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Walker calls special session on school safety
Gov. Scott Walker has unveiled a $100 million school safety plan for the state, and last week called for a special session of the Legislature to pass it.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wolfe bond set at $1 million in Valliere Jr. murder case
The fifth man being held in the murder of Wayne Valliere, Jr. of Lac du Flambeau had his initial appearance Monday in Iron County Circuit Court.

Valliere Jr., 25, was reported missing in late December, his body found in Iron County during the first few days of January. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Plum Lake gathers more ATV information
Tuesday's meeting of the Plum Lake Town Board was, for the most part, about all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

Manitowish Waters discusses launching evening public transit program
The Manitowish Waters Town Board raised the idea of evening transit services for the town during its meeting Tuesday. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Vilas County forestry meeting turns into snowmobile spat
On Monday, the Vilas County Forestry Committee revisited issues surrounding the opening of the Phelps snowmobile trail system last year. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

CCAP changes coming by the end of March
While lawmakers have haggled for years over making changes to the state's online circuit court records database, known popularly as CCAP, without much success, an oversight panel within the court system has quietly recommended a series of significant changes, and the director of state courts, Randy Koschnick, has begun implementing them. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

Brandy Park Commission works on a 'roadmap'
The Brandy Park commission, after extensive discussion Monday, voted to have amendments regarding the agreement the towns of Arbor Vitae and Woodruff have for Brandy Park looked at by an attorney. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Germain to adopt golf club memorial policy
Town chairman Tom Christensen presented a new golf club policy to the St. Germain Town Board during its meeting Monday. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

Arbor Vitae man convicted for second OWI
A 46-year-old Arbor Vitae man was found guilty following a two-day jury trial in late February of a second offense of OWI but the jury deadlocked on two felony charges of OWI causing injury. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

Current standing rules adjusted by Vilas County officials
The Vilas County Executive and Legislative Committee changed some rules for the area government Monday. This procedure is done every two years before a new board is seated. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

Woodruff decides against 2018 blacktopping
Due to the Highway 51 and Highway 47 construction to take place in Woodruff this summer, Woodruff road chief Mike Pockat suggested only doing crack sealing on Woodruff roads this year. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

Lake Tomahawk fire
Firefighters from Lake Tomahawk, Newbold and Hazelhurst were among emergency personnel called to a report of a structure fire on South Bluebird Road in Lake Tomahawk on Tuesday.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Camp American Legion needs local help
Wisconsin Army National Guard veteran Don Grundy is preparing for his first full year as director of Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

Remembering Tommy
Many residents of the town of Minocqua and the surrounding area were stunned March 7 as word of the passing of Tommy Handrick spread.

Handrick, 55, drowned on Thousand Island Lake in the town of Watersmeet, Mich.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Oneida County's timber market is entering a downturn
Last week, assistant forest director Paul Fiene briefed the county forestry committee on problems with the area logging market.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

LdF discusses records access ordinance
The Lac du Flambeau Town Board held its second reading of the proposed notice of records access ordinance, and as both the audience and members of the board had additional questions and comments, the ordinance was not approved at this time.(subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hoggie Doggies owner seeks resolution to contaminated well problem
Hoggie Doggies restaurant owner Steven Pletta briefed Oneida County's public works committee on his water problems last week.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

WILL takes lawmaker to court over records
In yet another open-records dispute involving the state Legislature, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has sued state Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) for refusing to turn over electronic records, opting to print them instead and charge what WILL says are unnecessary fees.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

LdF School has preliminary school safety discussion
School safety has been a highly discussed topic after the devastating school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The Lac du Flambeau School Board had a preliminary discussion on creating a safer school at its Wednesday board meeting.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Arbor Vitae goes with local access for ATVs/UTVs
The Arbor Vitae Town Board last week unanimously approved local access to town roads for users of all terrain vehicles and utility vehicles.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

State files response to Martinson's appeal
The State of Wisconsin filed a brief opposing the motion filed by a 19-year-old former Rhinelander woman with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in December 2017 challenging the severity of the sentence an Oneida County judge handed down to her in June 2016 for a double homicide to which she had pled guilty.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Audit: Oversight over UW, related foundations needed
The UW System needs increased oversight and monitoring of the relationships between UW institutions and affiliated organizations, a Legislative Audit Bureau report concluded after reviewing the UW System's connections with primary fundraising foundations and other groups. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wolfe has bond set at $1 million
The fifth man being held in the murder of Wayne Valliere, Jr. of Lac du Flambeau had his initial appearance Monday in Iron County Circuit Court.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Bail set at $1 million each for men charged in Valliere Jr. murder case
As members of the family of Wayne Valliere, Jr. watched, four of the five men accused of his murder made their initial appearances before Iron County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Madden on Monday. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 9, 2018

LUHS board expels student involved in threat incident
The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education expelled one LUHS student on Tuesday, and tabled an expulsion hearing for another, in connection to threats made at the school last month. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 9, 2018

Minocqua approves short term rental ordinance
The Minocqua Town Board adopted a short term rental ordinance for single family residential zoning districts at its Tuesday night meeting. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 9, 2018

Nicholson, Evers jump into lead in primaries
A new Marquette Law School poll gives an early edge to businessman Kevin Nicholson in the contested Republican race for the U.S. Senate and to state superintendent Tony Evers in the congested Democratic primary for governor. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Multi-million dollar road project goes to bid
A week after approving a $5 million bond package to finance a road improvement project in the works for a year, the Boulder Junction Town Board, meeting briefly in special session Tuesday morning, approved a bid package for the first phase of the project. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 9, 2018

Confusion, dysfunction continues in Presque Isle
The Presque Isle Town Board last week approved a letter of support for the Wilderness Pedalers and the accommodation, or room, tax recommendation requested by the town's Economic Development Committee, but not without some procedural confusion. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, March 9, 2018

AV-W School Board to conduct write-in election
The Arbor Vitae-Woodruff (AV-W) School Board heard from district administrator and curriculum director Jocelyn Smith on Monday, her presentation on how the board will be changed in the near future. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 9, 2018

Tuesday rollover
Two people received minor injuries as the result of a rollover Tuesday morning on State Highway 47 near Brunswick Road.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Trump tariffs draw negative Wisconsin reaction
Trade is a big issue that drives a wedge between President Donald Trump and the traditional pro-business wing of the Republican Party, and so mainstream Republicans were hardly surprised but mighty exasperated last week when the president announced major tariffs on steel and aluminum products coming into the United States. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 9, 2018

Monday rollover
A 27-year-old Wausau woman was injured Monday morning as the result of a one vehicle rollover in the town of Hazelhurst. According to the accident report from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Kyndra Reichel was northbound on U.S. Highway 51 in a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser when the vehicle left the road, went into the east ditch and rolled a few times, striking a highway sign in the process.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Tommy Handrick passes away tragically at 55 (UPDATED WITH MEMORIAL TIME)
The Lakeland area lost one of its more colorful characters Wednesday in an accident that occurred in the Watersmeet, Mich., area.

Tommy Handrick, 55, Minocqua, drowned on Thousand Island Lake in Watersmeet.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Vilas County sheriff holds press conference in Lussier matter
Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath conducted a press conference Friday at the courthouse in Eagle River to provide an update on what is now known in certain circles as "the Lussier incident."(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

DNR approves bridge building proposal in Manitowish Waters
After a period of public comment, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has made the decision that a bridge will be built over the Manitowish River in Manitowish Waters.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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