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September 24, 2017

Audit says Oneida County running in strong position
Oneida County auditors have once again wrapped up their annual tasks, and once again they report the county to be in strong financial position as a new budget year approaches. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

Sex offender to be released in Rhinelander
A sex offender from Rhinelander convicted of possession of child pornography will be released back into the community Sept. 26, the Rhinelander Police Department announced Friday.
Friday, September 22, 2017

One step forward, and another back
The Vilas County Highway Committee heard arguments in support of and against Manitowish Waters Bike Trail (MWBT) Inc's proposed cycling trail improvements during its meeting Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

Man bound over for trial in Minocqua battery case
A 45-year-old Freedom man charged with a felony in connection with an incident in downtown Minocqua July 1 which left a man in a medically-induced coma for a time has been bound over for trial. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

Minocqua approves further study of public fishing pier
The Minocqua Town Board has approved the expenditure of no more than $7,800 to pay MSA Professional Services for further study of the town's fishing pier next to the Lake Minocqua bridge. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

Natural Resources Board to meet in Minocqua
Each month the Natural Resources Board (NRB), the body which sets the policy for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), meets to discuss a variety of things related to the state's natural resources and their management. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

Beef-A-Rama: The table is set
Fifty-three years ago, Beef-a-Rama, the now-trademarked event held annually in Minocqua the last Saturday in September, was borne from the notion that the town's business owners wanted to say "thank you" to all the visitors and customers who spent money that year in this small community. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Johnson, GOP senators launch push on health care
Earlier this year, after Republicans swept to majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress and won the presidency last November, almost everybody was surprised when the GOP could not unify long enough to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act that the party uniformly detests. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

Destroyed beauty
To the average person, a pile of junk in a scrapyard or derelict building is either a fire hazard or a tetanus shot waiting to happen.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Steve Wiczek joins Meyer Insurance
Steve Wiczek of Minocqua has recently joined Meyer Insurance of Eagle River, St. Germain and Land O' Lakes. Wiczek will be operating out of the St. Germain office of Meyer Insurance.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Free lunch offered during grand opening of store in Mercer
A grand opening will be held for Meyer Feed and Seed in Mercer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. A free lunch and hourly drawings will be held. Lunch includes brats and hotdogs, chips, pop and water.
Friday, September 22, 2017

I-39/90 project will continue to stress motorists for the next five years
With Minocqua's trademarked Beef-A-Rama event coming up next weekend, those travelling from outside of the area need to keep an eye on some major road construction. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

US 51 lane closure planned Friday in Oneida County
Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures and flagging operations on US 51, in the town of Hazelhurst, on Friday, Sept. 22.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lightning causes brief outage this morning
Roughly 2,500 Wisconsin Public Service customers in the Minocqua and Woodruff area were without power briefly this morning.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Judge explains Martinson sentencing decision
Oneida County circuit judge Michael Bloom had an opportunity last Wednesday to revisit the decision he made last summer to sentence a 19-year-old former Rhinelander woman to 23 years in prison for killing her mother and stepfather March 7, 2015. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Plum Lake board votes down proposed lake district
The goal of forming a lake district came to an uneventful end for area petitioners during a meeting of the Plum Lake Town Board on Sept. 12. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In wake of firing, former sergeant seeks to amend lawsuit
Following the announcement Monday that the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee had heeded the wishes of sheriff Grady Hartman and fired Sara Welcenbach for conduct unbecoming an officer and general inefficiency, the former Oneida County detective sergeant quickly filed a motion to amend her federal lawsuit against both Hartman and the county. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hazelhurst board creates sex offender residency restriction ordinance
The Hazelhurst Town Board held its regular meeting Monday evening with one of the agenda items being Ordinance 17-02 Sex Offender Residency Restrictions - Loitering. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Oneida County highway committee OKs 2018 budget
The Oneida County highway department's 2018 budget received preliminary approval from the county board's public works, highway and solid waste committee on Thursday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Weight restrictions in Woodruff nearing change
Soon, delivery truck drivers with heavier loads will be able to traverse on more roads in Woodruff. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Airport commission approves critical piece
The Lakeland Airport Commission, meeting in special session for the second time in four days, last week accepted an airport layout plan (ALP) as prepared by consultants over the course of the past several months. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Transparency Budget Act gains steam
Late-night and last-minute budget proposals receiving no public notice and no debate - often dealing with major policies - have long been a staple of the state's joint finance committee, but, if one lawmaker has his way, those days will soon be over. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Two injured in Cassian motorcycle crash
Two people were injured Friday in the collision of two motorcycles in the town of Cassian.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

13 Vilas County men arrested in sex sting
Thirteen Vilas County men have been arrested in connection with a multi-agency sex sting, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Thursday.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Innovation destination
Northland Pines High School in Vilas County became the latest educational institution in the state to offer 3-D printing and related services to their students on Sept. 14.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Motorcyclist dies following three-vehicle accident in Pelican
A motorcyclist involved in a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in the town of Pelican has died.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Retired detective sergeant contradicts Hook testimony
The Oneida County law enforcement grievance committee hearing against former detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach had its dramatic high points last week, but none more so than when a retired detective sergeant contradicted the sworn testimony of one of the county sheriff's top officers. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Boulder Junction electors approve road program
In a meeting of electors lasting approximately three and a half hours, voters in the town of Boulder Junction approved a road improvement plan and to keep the current setup of town clerk/treasurer. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Minocqua broadband committee continues PRAT study
In late May, Minocqua's broadband and business development committee began discussions regarding three possible changes for the area - a premier resort area tax (PRAT), a room tax increase and altering the revenue split. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Oneida County fires Welcenbach
Though it made no finding on the most serious charge against Sara Welcenbach, the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee found enough grief last week to heed the wishes of sheriff Grady Hartman and fire the detective sergeant formerly known as Sara Gardner. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Arbor Vitae man charged with 11th OWI
A 68-year-old Arbor Vitae man free on a $15,000 cash bond in connection with a pending OWI #10 charge in Oneida County was charged in Vilas County Aug. 16 with an 11th drunk driving charge. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Rentals to rise?
"This was not well thought out. The way the language has been put into the bill did not deal with the issue in any manor where anybody would have the ability to deal with the issues which could be created out of this problem." (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Judge denies Martinson's motion for reduced sentence
The Oneida County circuit court judge who sentenced a 19-year-old former Rhinelander woman to 23 years in prison for killing her mother and stepfather March 7, 2015 in their town of Piehl home has denied a defense motion for a reduced sentence. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Trump to consider reductions in J1 visa program
The Trump administration is considering implementing a reduction or elimination of visas for United States cultural work and exchange programs, specifically for five of the employment-based cultural exchange visas in the J1 visa program, the Wall Street Journal reported. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Minocqua Library requests funds from LdF
The Minocqua Public Library Board met Tuesday to discuss the funding request made to the Lac du Flambeau Town Board. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Ambulance issues continue to vex two Northwoods communities
The question of in-town ambulance services, as well as a joint agreement to share emergency costs with the nearby Plum Lake area, was once again on the minds of St. Germain Town Board members during its Tuesday night meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Locking down
The Vilas County Public Property Committee passed a resolution to increase security at the courthouse during the meeting on Sept. 12. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Presque Isle discusses single stream
In a much less contentious meeting compared to the last, the Presque Isle Town Board, minus supervisor Carl Wolter, met for a regular meeting Sept. 7.
Friday, September 15, 2017

AV-W discusses proposed charter school
One of the main topics the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School Board discussed at its meeting on Monday was in regards to a proposed charter school in the Lakeland area. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Granite monuments arrive for veterans memorial in Presque Isle
On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, the formal dedication for the Wilderness Veterans Memorial Flame in Presque Isle's Pipke Park is scheduled to take place. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Welcenbach grievance decision made
After two more days of often contentious testimony this past week, the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee has made a decision on the county's effort to terminate detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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