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News analysis: Climate change debate erupts like a solar flare
It isn't being covered much in the national press, but the inaccuracy of catastrophic predictions by advocates of manmade climate change are igniting ever more vigorous debates in academic circles and on Capitol Hill. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 24, 2015

Pine Lake annual meeting draws sparse turnout
The town of Pine Lake held its annual meeting April 21, but only seven people attended and six of them were town leaders and officials. (Public access)
Friday, April 24, 2015

Proposal to pay Walters' legal fees fails
Oneida County will not help pay the legal expenses Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters incurred to fight off mostly unsubstantiated allegations of employment misconduct. (subscriber access)
(1 comments)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Oneida County sells land to former supervisor
The Oneida County Board on Tuesday offered to sell about a tenth of an acre of county-owned land to former Supervisor Jerry Shidell for $14,000 cash. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

More time sought on Kwik Trip offer
The Oneida County Board has voted to again seek more time to consider selling property where the county's highway garage is located. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Newbold panel ready to design disc golf course
The town of Newbold is moving forward with plans to build a disc golf course as part of a land reclamation project on 18 acres of an old landfill, said Pete Cody, chairperson of the outdoor recreation committee, at the town's annual meeting Tuesday night. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The bureaucracy rules, with rules
Much is heard these days in the media about the propriety of President Barack Obama's executive orders - whether he is within his office's legal bounds or far outside his constitutional jurisdiction. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Truck, school bus collide near Rhinelander
A school bus and pickup truck collided early Wednesday morning on County Highway K near Rhinelander.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DNR holds public meeting on Legion request
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a public information meeting Thursday afternoon in Lake Tomahawk's Ralph F. Sloan Community Center. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 20, 2015

After 45 years, Petroskey steps down from veterans panel
Wilbur Petroskey stepped down from the Oneida County Veterans Service Commission this month, marking one of the longest - if not the longest - tenure of service in county history. (subscriber access)


Monday, April 20, 2015

18-year-old charged with breaking into scene of double homicide
A young Rhinelander man has been charged with breaking into the town of Piehl home were two people were killed March 7.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Poll: Thumbs down to Walker, budget, Bucks
The latest poll from the Marquette Law School finds Democrats with a traditionally strong advantage heading into a presidential election year, while it puts the Milwaukee Bucks in a perilous position. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 20, 2015

In 2015, federal government keeps on taxing and spending
The story of the federal government for the first half of this fiscal year was a familiar one, as growing entitlements continued to drive taxes and spending higher, while painting the deficit redder than it was a year earlier. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 20, 2015

News Analysis: NRB fight lays bare Wisconsin's ideological divisions
When most people think about Wisconsin's polarized politics and its struggles between left and right, the usual thought is of unions, public-sector collective bargaining and right to work. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 17, 2015

Board to consider paying Walters' legal fees
The Oneida County Board next week will consider paying the legal fees Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters incurred defending herself against an array of employment misconduct charges, most of which were dismissed. (Subscriber access)
(2 comments)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Agreement sought on Heal Creek proposals
Competing proposals for how to use a large plot of land owned by Oneida County might soon not be in competition. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 17, 2015

County declines dog park near airport
Oneida County will not allow a dog park to be built on vacant property near the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, but park advocates are still hopeful for the future. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 17, 2015

In the ditch
A semi and minivan collided just after 7 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 8 West near South Rifle Road.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Political Digest
The political digest offers timely reporting of the latest news breaking at the state and local levels. Updated with special emphasis on the day's important political issues and events.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Extreme fire danger across Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this week issued red flag warnings for most of the state as warm, dry weather and high winds swept across areas in central and southwestern Wisconsin.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dumpster fire
The Pelican Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call reporting a dumpster on fire at 3123 County Highway G just before noon Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Eagle River man killed in Sugar Camp crash
One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash in the town of Sugar Camp Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Political Digest
The political digest offers timely reporting of the latest news breaking at the state and local levels. Updated with special emphasis on the day's important political issues and events.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Oneida County spends $6K on chairs for board
Oneida County recently purchased 26 new chairs for members of the county board at a cost of more than $6,000 - or $231 per chair. (Subscriber access)
Monday, April 13, 2015

County denies violating public records law
Oneida County is denying allegations that it is violating Wisconsin's public records law.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Law enforcement officials prevent suicide attempt in Minocqua
The Minocqua Police Department, the Woodruff Police Department, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team and the Wisconsin DNR responded to a residence on Nutter Road in Minocqua at approximately 1:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon "for the report of an armed male subject who was threatening to commit suicide."
Friday, April 10, 2015

Abrahamson asks court to declare her chief justice
By a margin of 53 to 47 percent, voters ratified this week a state constitutional amendment giving Wisconsin Supreme Court justices the right to select from among themselves the court's chief justice, and now the current chief justice has headed to federal court to delay its implementation. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 10, 2015

Judge: Oneida County not liable for car accident
Oneida County and the town of Pelican cannot be held liable for potentially millions of dollars in medical claims stemming from a car accident where a stop sign was missing, even if the sign was knocked down by a snowplow, a judge has ruled. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Living in an RV? You might need a permit soon
People who use a recreational vehicle as a dwelling would have to obtain a zoning permit from Oneida County under a proposed ordinance amendment, but precisely how it would apply is not clear. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring election 2015
Crescent Town Chairperson Bill Treder staved off a challenge in Tuesday's spring general election, prevailing in his re-election bid against Joel Knutson, a current town supervisor. (UPDATE 4/9)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Marenisco police chief wants wolf activity on the record
After nine reported wolf sightings since the first of the year, the police chief of Marenisco, Michigan, has appealed for help from that state's Department of Natural Resources, saying he wants the town's citizens protected and the wolf sightings on record. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BREAKING: Election results
The unofficial results of the 2015 spring election.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

USFWS takes middle ground on northern long-eared bat
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service backed away last week from designating the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species, opting instead to list it as threatened, in a decision that pleased no one in particular. (Subscriber access)
Monday, April 6, 2015

Newbold Fire Department gets approval for vehicle purchase
The Newbold Fire Department is expected to purchase a new rescue vehicle soon. The vehicle will be new to the department, anyway, though not new in the truest sense. (Subscriber access)
Monday, April 6, 2015

County to notify towns of CUP decisions
Oneida County will now notify towns about the disposition of conditional use permit applications. (Subscriber access)
Monday, April 6, 2015

Winter strikes back
It may be early April, but this was no joke.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Three Lakes school board candidates respond to questionnaire
Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Three Lakes Board of Education.
(1 comments)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Rhinelander school board candidates speak out
Five candidates for the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education will vie for three seats in Tuesday's election.
(1 comments)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Delay sought on O.C. highway garage
A panel investigating whether to build a new Oneida County Highway Department garage or renovate the existing facility has hit the brakes - opting to expand its review and possibly delay a decision until this summer. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2015

Northwoods legislators support proposed walleye bag limits
Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), Representative Mary Czaja (R-Irma), and Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) have issued a statement in support of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources proposal to create a new daily bag limit of three walleyes per angler in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2015

Crescent board candidates make their case
Every position on the Crescent Town Board is up for election this Tuesday, and every incumbent has challengers.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring election: Town board candidates introduce themselves to voters
Candidates in contested races were asked to answer four questions
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

News analysis: As Rhinelander preps for another, TIF controversies rise
Tax Increment Financing Districts, or TIF districts as they are commonly called, are a big deal in Wisconsin. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meeting possible on O.C. highway garage
The Oneida County Board could hold a special evening meeting next week to discuss the county's highway garage, but as of Wednesday, no formal agenda had been posted. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Autism awareness: The calm before the storm
It might be called the calm before the storm. That's because this past year has been relatively quiet, disquietingly quiet to some, on the autism front. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reports released on Presque Isle death
Authorities last week released official death reports on Corrine Gerster, whose body was found Jan. 2 outside The Towne House consignment and antique store in downtown Presque Isle.
Monday, March 30, 2015

Northwoods population on decline
Fewer people live in the Northwoods today compared to five years ago, according to recently released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. (Subscriber access)
Monday, March 30, 2015

Fire destroys home in Winchester Saturday
A home in the town of Winchester was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon.
Monday, March 30, 2015

Victim in double homicide had violent past
Newly released records show a victim of the double homicide in Oneida County earlier this month had a history of violent behavior, raising fresh questions about a case still largely shrouded in mystery. (Subscriber access)
(1 comments)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Officials acted appropriately in Walters case, review finds
An internal review has found top Oneida County officials did not err in bringing verified charges against Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters, even though most of the allegations were thrown out. (Subscriber access)
(2 comments)

Monday, March 30, 2015


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