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September 19, 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

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
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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)

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)

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 AIS program receives committee support
Supporters of Oneida County's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program got a boost of confidence from the Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education Committee last week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Marker installed on gravestone of Lakeland area servicemember lost during World War II
On Dec. 25, 1943, Arbor Vitae native Dennis Joseph Paquette, serving in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II, celebrated his 26th birthday. It was also the last day of his life. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Town of Crescent, county health department announce Crescent spring test results
The Town of Crescent and the Oneida County Health Department have announced the results of recent tests on the Crescent Spring on S. River Road.

"The test results indicate significantly elevated levels of PFHxS (perfluorohexanesulfonic acid)," the town and health department announced in a joint press release.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Taxpayer costs climb in forestry director case
Taxpayer costs have begun to add up while the Oneida County forestry director has spent the past three months on the sidelines under paid suspension and as the county approved this month a limited term employee (LTE) to fill in until there is a resolution of the director's situation. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lawmakers propose gun tax to compensate gun violence victims
Two state Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation to impose a state tax on firearm manufacturers which would be used to create a fund for victims of gun violence, the lawmakers announced this past week. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

MacIver News Service sues Evers over access to press events
The MacIver Institute, a free-market non-profit organization, is suing Gov. Tony Evers for excluding its MacIver News Service journalists from press briefings and refusing to provide them with press material that is shared with other news outlets. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Rossing resigns from sheriff's office
Oneida County detective sergeant, and Rhinelander city alderman, Ryan Rossing will leave his employment with the county later this month, sheriff Grady Hartman confirmed this week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

City, sheriff's department discussing dispatch issues
The Oneida County Sheriff's Department is remodeling its 9-1-1 dispatch center and is looking to the city of Rhinelander for a contribution to the project. In addition, the county is seeking to put existing agreements between the police and sheriff's departments in writing. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Proposed dog rules could endanger thousands of canines, group says
The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) and other shelters across Wisconsin say they are vociferously opposed to newly proposed rules by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), which they believe will have a devastating effect on homeless dogs and Wisconsin families. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin hears from tribal leaders on impact of climate change
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) met with tribal community leaders Aug. 7 to discuss the ways in which extreme storms and flooding caused by climate change have threatened Lac du Flambeau's ability to harvest wild rice in recent years. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

VCEDC, Vilas County featured in national business magazine
Continuing to focus on broadening the scope of the economic and growth opportunities offered by Vilas County, the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) was recently featured in a multi-page article for national magazine Business in Focus. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino wins Romero recognition at international marketing conference
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau won a Silver Romero award and four honorable mentions at the 2019 Casino Marketing & Technology Conference held July 23-25 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Board of Adjustment OKs gravel pit CUP
With minimal deliberation and discussion, the Oneida County Board of Adjustment last week upheld the county zoning committee's approval of a conditional use permit (CUP) for a gravel mine in Hazelhurst. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Oneida County Tourism Council prepares for budget process
The Oneida County Tourism Council spent a considerable portion of its Monday meeting discussing ways it can bring in more revenue. By the time the discussion was over, a consensus was reached to approach the Oneida County Board of Supervisors for $100,000 in the next month or so as the board prepares to finalize the county's 2020 budget. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Supreme Court asks for more data on partial veto case
A petition asking the state Supreme Court to review some of Gov. Tony Evers's partial vetoes of the state budget bill as an original action and to find them unconstitutional earned a quick response this week from the high court, which said it wants more information before deciding whether to formally hear the case as an original action. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 10, 2019

WILL challenges partial vetoes at state Supreme Court
In an original action filed at the Wisconsin Supreme Court last week, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) has asked the state's highest court to review Gov. Tony Evers's use of partial vetoes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fair weather opening
The weather was nearly picture-perfect Thursday afternoon as the 123rd Oneida County Fair opened at Rhinelander's Pioneer Park. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Family donates famous botanist's artifacts to PPHC
Artifacts that belonged to famed UW-Madison botanist, and Rhinelander native, James A. Larsen have been donated to Pioneer Park Historical Complex for display in Duke's Outboard Motor and Boating Museum within the Complex. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Vaccine-reported injuries on the rise, $4B in compensation paid
Both vaccine-reported injuries and compensated vaccine injuries are on the rise, according to figures from the federal government, adding fuel to a fire which is already raging across the country about vaccine safety. (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Local law enforcement agencies advise caution with recent phone scams
Woodruff resident Peggy Marquez answered a phone call recently from someone claiming to be a representative of Publishers Clearing House looking for an individual who had won a large sum of money. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 3, 2019

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