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October 20, 2019

Tiffany calls for Convention of the States
State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) and a Republican colleague from Germantown are calling for a Convention of the States, saying states must act to rein in entrenched politicians in the D.C. swamp, but the liberal-leaning Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says it's the idea of a convention of the states that is really reckless. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 8, 2019


State tourism secretary designee Sara Meaney visits the Northwoods
The Sunrise Lodge is a hidden gem. It's a quaint and cozy resort nestled on the shores of Lac Vieux Desert near Land O' Lakes and its 24 cabins are spread throughout a charming parcel of forest near the source of the Wisconsin River. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 19, 2019

UW Extension survives round 1 of budget process
The Oneida County administration committee trimmed the proposed budget of the UW-Extension only slightly last week, asking the Extension to cut $1,756 from its 2020 request and at least delaying a move to Nicolet College that a majority of supervisors viewed as an additional cost next year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Federal budget deficit continues to mushroom
During his three years in office, President Donald Trump has moved aggressively to cut taxes and government regulations, but so far he has been unable or unwilling to rein in the federal budget deficit, which was $984 billion in fiscal year 2019, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oneida Vilas Transit Commission discusses 'conflict of interest' policy'
With its audit completed and reviewed, the Oneida Vilas Transit Commission has turned its attention to the task of implementing various recommendations made by the auditor. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Transit Commission violated federal rule
The Northwoods Transit Commission violated a federal transit rule that governs the commission's provision of charter services when it provided shuttle transportation for the Country Rocks Autism concert in September, the state Department of Transportation has confirmed to The Lakeland Times. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Oneida County board approves solid waste loan for demolition landfill
At its most recent meeting, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors approved a loan of $175,000 to the county's solid waste department for the construction of a Demolition IV landfill site, and also approved withdrawing approximately 10 acres from the county forest law program to establish the construction material landfill. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Sorensen acknowledges straying off agenda
Oneida County supervisor Jack Sorensen has acknowledged to the county's district attorney that he believes he crossed the line and discussed a topic not on a meeting agenda, an action which prompted an open meetings complaint by this newspaper. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Vilas County hosts presentation on drug endangered children
Representatives from the Human Service Center and Vilas County Youth Coalition gave a presentation on drug endangered children during the Sept. 24 Vilas County Board of Supervisors meeting and afterward board members and the public were invited to view a related documentary as well as explore an interactive exhibit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fiscal bureau - Taxes cut by $13.1 billion since 2011
An analysis of tax law changes since 2011 shows taxes in the state were cut by more than $13 billion over the 10-year period, according to a memo released late last week by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sheriff's department says supervisors 'clearly' discussed topics not on agenda
A sheriff's department investigation of a Lakeland Times complaint alleging an open-meetings violation by two Oneida County supervisors has found the two did indeed discuss topics not on the meeting's agenda. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Peoples State Bank donates $1,000 to Oneida County Sheriff's Department
Peoples State Bank has announced a $1,000 donation to each of the Rhinelander Police, Rhinelander Fire, and Oneida County Sheriff Department. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Speaker asks governor to move congressional special election
MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Friday "respectfully demanded" that Gov. Tony Evers reschedule a congressional special election because the primary would fall during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hartman says sheriff's department won't participate in gun confiscation
He attended a news conference to help roll out so-called red-flag legislation, but, responding to a question, Gov. Tony Evers last week also said he was open to supporting mandatory gun buy-back programs called for by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Slip lane smoothers
Workers from Chippewa Concrete Services work on the concrete portion of the slip lane that will take motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 8 to bypass the new roundabout last week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Environmental activists gather for climate change rally in Minocqua
Environmental activists across the world protested for climate change Friday, Sept. 20, and the rally was brought to local level as Northwoods environmental groups gathered at Torpy Park in Minocqua to support the effort. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

State legislators introduce Missing and Murdered Tribal Women and Girls bill
State legislators, allies, and community members gathered in Lac du Flambeau Wednesday morning to introduce a bill regarding missing and murdered tribal women and girls. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Consultant reaps taxpayer-funded windfalls evaluating government wages
News analysis

A Madison consultant has become big business since 2011 by scoring lucrative government contracts to assess local government wages, and in many cases taxpayers are paying twice: Once to pay the consulting firm tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to evaluate the wages, and then to pay the higher wages the evaluation often finds is needed. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Evers backs red flag bill; open to mandatory gun buyback programs
He attended a news conference to help roll out so-called red-flag legislation, but, responding to a question, Gov. Tony Evers this week also said he was open to supporting mandatory gun buy-back programs called for by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 21, 2019

County facilities committee discusses potential relocation of UW-Extension
As the budget hearing process begins, the future of the University of Wisconsin- Extension services in Oneida County continues to be a hot topic of discussion. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Bilogan files retirement notice with county
John Bilogan has officially retired from the Oneida County forestry department. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Rockin' the fall ride
Spectators enjoy the music as singer-songwriter Melissa Childers of Woodruff performs on the Outlaw Stage Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 as part of the Country Rocks Autism event at Bonnie & Clyde's Gangster Park in Harshaw. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mental health awareness forum held in Minocqua
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, community members gathered at Ascension Lutheran Church on the evening of Sept. 11 for a Mental Health Awareness program. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Oneida County seeks location for new demolition waste site
Oneida County solid waste department director Lisa Jolin updated the county's public works committee Wednesday on the search for a new construction and demolition waste site. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lawmakers, business leaders point fingers at Canadian National Railway
Business leaders and state and federal lawmakers are complaining about the lack of dependable, adequate freight rail service in the Northwoods, and about the economic disruption that lack of service causes, and at recent hearings in Rhinelander and in Marquette, Mich., they took aim at whom they think is to blame for a lot of it: the Canadian National Railway (CN). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Wagons circling around Oneida County UW-Extension program
The future of University of Wisconsin-Extension services in Oneida County has been a topic of discussion among a number of county committees of late. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 14, 2019

VFW holds flag retirement ceremony on Sept. 11
It was on a sunny morning 18 years ago this week that America's sense of invulnerability was shattered, along with both towers of the World Trade Center, a portion of the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Ascension leaders showcase Woodruff-based outreach efforts to Rep. Rob Swearingen
34th State Assembly District Rep. Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander recently visited with leaders of Howard Young Medical Center, part of Ascension, to learn how the organization is partnering and responding to needs of the Lakeland area community. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 14, 2019

OC funding opportunities committee sticks with AIS position
An Oneida County subcommittee charged with taking a closer look at county programs and their costs approved recommendations Monday to remove the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program and the county's dive team from the chopping block. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Carlson-Dettmann resolution to go to full county board
The Oneida County administration and labor relations and employee services committees this week approved a motion to forward the Carlson-Dettmann reclassification implementation resolution to the full county board. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Evers protests proposed food stamp rule
Joining the governors of 16 other states, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers last week blasted a proposed rule by the Trump administration that could push some 25,000 Wisconsin households - and 12,000 children - off the state's food stamp program. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Oneida County board's LRES committee votes to non-renew UWEX agent contracts
The agenda for the Sept. 4 meeting of the Oneida County labor relations and employee services committee included two items pertaining to the University of Wisconsin Extension Service. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Oneida County: A lot of priorities, a whole lot less money
The Oneida County capital improvement projects subcommittee has prioritized and sent to the administration committee for review a list of 20 proposed 2020 capital improvement projects totaling about $7.9 million, about $3.7 million more than what the county's undesignated general fund can responsibly bear, officials say. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tiffany to run for Congress
12th District State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) has announced he will run for U.S. Congress this fall in a special election to fill the seat to be vacated by Republican Rep. Sean Duffy of Wausau later this month. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Oneida County LRES approves reclassification resolution
The Oneida County board's joint labor relations and employee services committee approved an employee reclassification resolution Sept. 4 that would change classifications for 17 salary and hourly county positions as of Sept. 21. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Vilas County sheriff, department of corrections, and U.S. marshals conduct sex offender compliance check
The U.S. Marshals, along with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program and the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, recently conducted a residence verification operation for registered sex offenders, according to a Vilas County press release. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

'It's a dream worth living'
Mike Robillard is the property manager of Tara Lila, LLC and the president of the Three Eagle Trail Foundation. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

WisDOT to welcome 40,000 motorcyclists to the Northwoods
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) North Central Region is preparing to welcome more than 40,000 motorcyclists to the Northwoods this week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

U.S. Navy veteran makes Minocqua part of nationwide effort to document Gold Star stories
Brian Jopek/Lakeland Times Keith Sherman, U.S. Navy veteran and founder of Gold Star Dirt, counts on a map the number of states heís been to as part oBrian Jopek/Lakeland Times Keith Sherman, U.S. Navy veteran and founder of Gold Star Dirt, counts on a map the number of states heís been to as part o
If there is a man on a mission lately, it's Keith Sherman of Heath, Massachusetts.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Times files open meetings complaint against Jensen, Sorensen
The Lakeland Times and publisher Gregg Walker have filed an open-meetings complaint against Oneida County supervisors Robb Jensen and Jack Sorensen, alleging that the two engaged in an illegal discussion about building a new highway facility that did not appear on a meeting agenda. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 6, 2019

Rossing: I looked city attorney 'in the eye' and lied
Rhinelander alderman and former Oneida County detective sergeant Ryan Rossing said he lied to the then Rhinelander city attorney about who wrote a letter to city council president George Kirby last January questioning Kirby's leadership and tried to engineer a broader cover-up about the letter's authorship, according to an Oneida County sheriff's department investigation. (subscriber access)
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Jensen again says new highway department being considered
It's sometimes been a lonely highway he's traveling, and he hasn't yet succeeded, but Oneida County supervisor Robb Jensen has over the years kept on trucking toward his dream of a new highway department facility for the county, which he says is still under consideration. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Local business leaders learn about cyber threats to companies of all sizes
Technology is supposed to help business owners and employees be more efficient and productive, thus boosting profits. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 31, 2019

One person killed in highway accident in Sugar Camp (UPDATE)
A 23-year-old St. Germain man found dead late Wednesday evening in the middle of the roadway on State Highway 17 North, alongside a motorcycle, is believed to have been the victim of a hit and run, the Oneida County sheriff's office reports.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

A sign of the times - Oneida County Sheriff's Department seeks body scanner for prisoners
The Oneida County Sheriff's Department is seeking $138,000 to purchase and install a body scanner to help stop the smuggling of drugs and other contraband into the county jail. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

And they're off
A float plane takes off from Rhinelander's Boom Lake Friday afternoon Aug. 23, 2019, bound for parts unknown. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Zoning department wants to track all impervious surfaces on shoreland, beyond
Though it has not yet been approved and one county committee voted not to propose the idea, the Oneida County zoning and land information departments are seeking to spend $66,000 to track and map impervious surfaces on properties in the shoreland zone and beyond. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Oneida Vilas Transit Commission learns results of audit ordered by admin committee
A representative from Wipfli LLP attended the Aug. 19 (OVTC) Oneida Vilas Transit Commission meeting to present the results of Wipfli's recent audit of the organization, which operates a public bus system called Northwoods Transit Connections. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 24, 2019

One box at a time: Trio continues to support troops serving overseas
Combat troops often go for long periods of time without the simple comforts those of us back home often take for granted. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 24, 2019

'There's all kinds of ways to have a family'
For one Arbor Vitae family, it's another summer vacation - camping in handmade forts in the backyard, jumping into the chilly lake, playing with the dogs, collecting firewood to make the perfect s'mores and an out-of-town trip or two. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Oneida County capital improvement requests mushroom to $7.9 million
Oneida County departmental capital improvement requests for the 2020 budget year have swelled to nearly $8 million, putting pressure on the county's general fund at a time when supervisors are also trying to find new revenues or spending cuts to raise employee wages by about $800,000 a year. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 22, 2019


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