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Proposed ATV crossing of Three Eagle Trail meets strong resistance
Contributed photoTom Rulseh, president of the Three Eagles Trail Foundation, presents each member of the town board with this recent photo of pedestrian traffic on the Three Eagle Trail and asked the board to envision an ATV crossing among those people.
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Tom Rulseh, president of the Three Eagles Trail Foundation, presents each member of the town board with this recent photo of pedestrian traffic on the Three Eagle Trail and asked the board to envision an ATV crossing among those people.
A request from the Three Lakes Nicolet ATV Club for a crossing over State Highway 45, an attempt to bring recreational vehicles into downtown Three Lakes, ran into intense opposition last week after town board members noted the crossing would impact the Three Eagle Trail which is used for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 18, 2016


cyclist cited after crash
A 29-year-old Tomahawk man escaped injury late Monday afternoon when the motorcycle he was operating left U.S. Highway 8 at County Road N as an Oneida County sheriff's deputy was initiating a traffic stop. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tiffany, Jarchow explain Homeowners' Bill of Rights
Northwoods Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) are launching a comprehensive initiative of property-rights' goals they call the Homeowners' Bill of Rights, which, among other things, would reform eminent domain laws, control property taxes, and guarantee property owners the right to fly an American flag. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Assembly candidate aims to renew voter faith in politics
Matt Michalsen, a 34th Assembly candidate, hosted a meet-and-greet fundraiser Friday, June 17 at Rocky Reef Brewing Co. in Woodruff. Michalsen met with constituents and explained his reasons and goals in running for assembly. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beware of phone, internet scams
In recent months, word has spread among local businesses, banks and residents of an increase in phone and internet scams. However, the Minocqua Police Department, unfortunately, claims that reports of scams are a perpetual occurrence. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Citizen members won't be joining county committee
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors stalemated Tuesday on the subject of whether to amend the county code to allow up to two citizen members to serve on the UW-Extension & Conservation Committee. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, June 23, 2016

River News' publisher calls for investigation into sheriff's department
Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News publisher Gregg Walker delivered a scathing critique last week of the Oneida County sheriff's office's handling of an open records request by The Times - records containing an allegation of rape against a department deputy - and urged the county's public safety committee to provide more oversight of the department.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

As autism increases, leaders explore education options
In recent years, headlines about autism have centered on the growing head count - one in 68 children are officially on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control - and on the possible causes of the disorder.

But, as that growing population inexorably ages, new priorities are beginning to take center stage: How do young autistic adults learn to live independent lives? How do they transition from more dependent support settings to self-sufficient community life and employment? (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Small business mentor steps forward in Minocqua area
SCORE is a national group of experienced men and women who offer advice and mentor opportunities to small business owners. Whether the business is a recent startup, expanding, going through a "rough patch" or the glimmer of an idea in someone's mind, SCORE offers resources to help.

All services provided by SCORE are free and include mentoring for more than 500 skill sets, online workshops, in-person events hosted by local chapters and access to online tools and planning templates.(subscriber access)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New trail at Camp American Legion a team effort
Terry McGowan saw a need at Camp American Legion and Friday he was there to see his role in fulfilling that need come to fruition.

McGowan is the president and business manager of the Pewaukee-based International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139. He said he'd heard a rumor several months ago the American Legion was looking for a way to give wheelchair-bound veterans access to the camp's nature trail. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

UW-Extension committee still studying workplace air quality issues
The Oneida County UW-Extension Committee continues to grapple with how to deal with UW-Extension staff concerns about air quality in the workplace.

The panel discussed the issue again last week but made no decisions other than to advise Lynn Feldman, 4-H Youth Development Agent for the UW-Extension office, to explore options and take direction from committee chairman Bob Mott. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Three Lakes man killed in single-vehicle accident in Vilas County
A Three Lakes man was killed Saturday after the truck he was operating struck a tree in the township of Washington, the Vilas County sheriff's office reports.

According to a sheriff's office press release, a call came in at approximately 6:33 p.m. Saturday reporting a truck had struck a tree on Military Road in the township of Washington.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Two burned when UTV starts on fire in Lincoln County
Two people were injured Saturday when their UTV started on fire in the township of Harrison.

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 3:24 p.m. Saturday reporting a UTV was on fire in the township of Harrison and the fire had spread to the woods.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

County panel talks about Wis. Act 180
The Oneida County Administration Committee heard an update last week on the possible ramifications of Wisconsin Act 180.

The law, which took effect March 1 of this year, affects the long-term support program for elderly and disabled residents in the county who still live in their own homes. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Political Digest
GOP unveils plan to fight poverty

Earlier this month at House of Help City of Hope in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., House Republicans unveiled an initiative aimed at lifting people out of poverty and onto what they call the "ladder of opportunity," the first plank of a policy agenda designed to lead congressional Republicans through the election year. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Marathon County man injured in logging accident in Tomahawk
A Marathon County man was injured Monday afternoon in a logging accident in the town of Tomahawk.
Monday, June 20, 2016

ATV trails planned years in advance
Oneida County's Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee heard from County Forest Director John Bilogan last week regarding the plans for ATV and UTV trails in the county. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

In Minnesota, an innovative autism school soars
The very name Lionsgate Academy sounds exalted and exceptional, and, to those who have been touched by the growing wonders of the school, which specializes in educating students with autism spectrum disorders, that's exactly the kind of experience the academy provides. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Alzheimer's and dementia task force visits Oneida County
Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah), chairman of the Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia, visited the Oneida County Health and Aging building in Rhinelander Wednesday to present the task force report to the community.

He was joined by Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma), both of whom served on the task force. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

WIS 17 lane closure scheduled to begin next week in Oneida County
Beginning Monday, June 20, motorists can expect to encounter a single lane closure and temporary traffic signals on the State Highway 17 bridge over the Pelican River (town of Pelican) in Oneida County.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Two injured in boating accident
Two people were injured Thursday evening when a motorized boat collided with a rowboat on Black Oak Lake in Land O'Lakes, the Vilas County sheriff's office reports.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Coroner releases name of Vilas County pedestrian killed Sunday
The Vilas County coroner's office has released the name of the pedestrian struck and killed Sunday morning in the town of Washington.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Former county corrections officers file federal lawsuit
Two former Oneida County corrections officers have filed a lawsuit in United States District Court alleging harassment and gender discrimination at the sheriff's department.

In a complaint filed Tuesday, Tracy Congleton and Rita Johnson claim county officials violated their rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1871. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

UW-Extension committee wants to add citizen members
The joint UW-Extension and Land & Water Conservation Committee has authored a resolution to amend the county code to allow up to two citizen members to join the committee.

The issue came up Monday at both the Administration committee meeting and the UW-Extension/Land & Water committee meeting. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Oneida County contributes funds to broadband grant application
Roger Luce, executive director of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation, met with the county's administration committee Monday to ask for the remaining funds in the Oneida County Broadband account. The funds will be added to an application for a grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lake Tomahawk tables Lark Road update
The intersection of Lark and Rainbow Roads was a topic of discussion at the Lake Tomahawk Town Board meeting last week. Lark Road intersects with Rainbow Road at a tight angle, and visibility is difficult for drivers turning from Lark Road onto Rainbow Road. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Human Service Center looks to be cornerstone for family care
For several years, the Human Service Center in Rhinelander has contracted its Birth to 3 program with Headwaters Incorporated, but, beginning Oct. 1, the program will transition to the Human Service Center.

Kelly Von Oepen, developmental disabilities coordinator for the Human Service Center, explained that the move has been discussed for several years and will provide families and children with continuous care. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

From Northern Lights to Northern Stars, Tommy O's Playhouse aims to reignite theater in the Northwoods
When we got here, in a lot of ways, we had to start from scratch," said Tom Organiscak, sitting backstage, hand-sewing part of a period costume for an upcoming production of "Romeo and Juliet" with deliberate care and sharp attention.

Tom works on the costume throughout my interview, providing insight into his theater operation while simultaneously crafting an authentic-looking vestment. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Deputies resign, retire in aftermath of rape allegations
Two deputy sheriffs in Clark County - one accused of rape, the other accused of omitting the allegations from a Clark County hiring report on the alleged perpetrator - are no longer with the Clark County sheriff's department. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Severe storms down trees, power lines across Northwoods
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Northwoods Friday evening, uprooting trees, breaking power poles and tangling power lines.

According to Wisconsin Public Service, tens of thousands of customers lost power at some point during the weekend. As of Monday afternoon, all but a small number of the utility's customers were once again enjoying electricity. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LRES requests another year to study merger
The Oneida County Labor Relations and Employee Services committee passed a resolution Thursday recommending continued study of the merger of the Land and Water Conservation and Planning and Zoning offices. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Newbold Outdoor Committee meets with DNR on NORA permit issue
Last month, the Department of Natural Resources informed the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Committee there was a possibility a storm water permit would be required for the work being done at the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Area (NORA) and the new frisbee golf course Rookery Run. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pedestrian struck and killed in Vilas County
A male pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday morning in the Vilas County town of Washington.

According to the Vilas County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 10:04 a.m. reporting

a vehicle versus pedestrian accident on Shangri La Road, off of Highway 17, in the town of Washington.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Senate hearing targets EPA's unfunded mandates
The broad reach of the federal government doesn't bypass state and local governments, especially when it comes to unfunded mandates imposed on states and municipalities, and last week a U.S. Senate hearing tackled both the scope of the regulatory costs, particularly inside the Environmental Protection Agency, and potential solutions. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Political Digest
State legislators endorse Paul Ryan

Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin might not be happy with Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, but Ryan scores much better among downstate Wisconsin Republican lawmakers, all 16 of whom endorsed Ryan last week, his campaign announced.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fair planning team seeks leader
Oneida County Fair coordinator Nancy Gehrig had hoped to elect a new president of the fair planning team Tuesday, but no one expressed interest in the position and the matter had to be tabled.

Less than two months before the fairgrounds open on Aug. 4, the team is still in need of people willing to help organize the event and a leader willing to take charge. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

'A man's home is his castle': Tiffany and Jarchow roll out 'Homeowners' Bill of Rights'
During a press conference Wednesday, Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) rolled out an initiative called the "Homeowners' Bill of Rights."
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vinehout rails against state GOP policies in presentation on schools and state budget
When Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) couldn't run for governor, due to injuries she suffered in a car crash in December 2013, the party lost a potential challenger to Gov. Scott Walker. Instead, the two-term state senator healed up, but continued to be a vocal opponent of the Republican agenda in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 11, 2016

County dump truck back on road day after accident
The county highway department dump truck that overturned Monday on County Road K at the intersection of County Round N was back on the job the next morning.

According to Oneida County highway department patrol superintendent Ben Rich, the 1994 Mack dump truck had just left a pit when the driver pulled onto the shoulder to allow a car to pass. He was hauling material for the County Highway Y construction project, Rich said. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Crews train for airliner emergency
It sounds like the plot of a disaster movie. A commercial jet with 50 passengers and three crew members is taxiing from the terminal at Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport toward the runway when the right engine explodes, quickly engulfing the plane in flames. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Changing roles: Sadauskas moves from AIS post to county conservation position
Michele Sadauskas has changed positions but her focus remains protecting Oneida County's precious natural resources from invasive species.

Sadauskas, who has served as the aquatic invasive species (AIS) coordinator for Oneida County since May 2011, began her new position as county conservationist on Earth Day, April 22. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Local post office celebrates 125th anniversary
Harshaw letter carriers will make history Friday when they deliver the day's mail as June 10 will mark the small post office's 125th anniversary.

The first town of Cassian post office opened June 10, 1891 and was believed to be located along the Bearskin Creek and Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul RR, according to town records. It burned down in 1961. The first postmaster was Charles A. Norway. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Highway 47 accident
A one-vehicle accident occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning when a medical issue caused the driver of the late-model Chevrolet Camaro to leave State Highway 47. The car traveled a short distance off the road before coming to a stop. The driver was not issued a citation. The driver was treated at the scene by Oneida County EMS and Newbold First Responders and released to a friend.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Potential for deer crashes will be high in June
With their size, swiftness and unpredictability, deer are huge hazards for motorists. In June, they likely will be even more prevalent on Wisconsin roads, the state Department of Transportation warns.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Selective Service seeking residents for Oneida County draft board
The Selective Service System wants to hear from men and women in Oneida County who might be willing to serve as a part of a five-member draft board.

The draft board, representing Oneida, Vilas, Florence, Price and Forest counties, is one of approximately 2,000 local draft boards across the country.

Tim Krause, a major in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, said the five-county area "is a big area."

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Seasonal hiring a roller coaster for area businesses
Last month, the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a job fair at Lakeland Union High School. During the event, local business owners took part in a discussion on the issues they face when hiring seasonal employees.

At the time, the focus was a shortage of help. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Transit panel talks with DisCab owner
Matt Daily, owner of DisCab-Minocqua Taxi, appeared before the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission Friday to discuss his concern that the new transit service offered by the two counties is cutting into his business.

Daily has been in the cab business for 10 years and focuses mainly on the Lakeland area, serving Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Congress looks to regain budget authority
News analysis

There's no question that Congress has ceded much of its power and authority to the executive branch in recent times, but a question does remain about how complicit Congress has been in the transfer of power.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ashland boy reaches out to local athlete struggling with traumatic eye injury
A young Ashland boy is trying to raise the spirits of a Rhinelander teen who suffered a traumatic eye injury on Mother's Day.

Matthew Rudolph, 17, was fishing when his jig caught on a log, came loose and shot back at him, catching him in his left eye. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Railroad crossing in Woodboro to get signal upgrade
The area where County Highway N crosses the Wisconsin Central railroad tracks in the town of Woodboro will soon be getting an upgrade, to include flashing lights and crossing arms, following a determination by a state agency that the present signals are "inadequate to protect and promote public safety." (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 4, 2016

EPA proposes increases in ethanol requirements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, increases the agency says would boost renewable fuel production and provide for achievable growth.

In plain language, the amount of ethanol in the nation's gasoline supply is going up. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 4, 2016


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