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April 1, 2020

Vilas and Oneida counties continue to provide crucial meal delivery services
As of Thursday, March 19, the Vilas County Aging and Disability Resource Center has closed all Senior Meal Congregate Dining Site locations throughout Vilas County until further notice amid the evolving situation with the novel coronavirus in Wisconsin.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

As lockdowns intensify, political resistance, constitutional concerns grow
It started on, a petition drive to end the intensifying shutdowns of businesses and shut-ins of people across Wisconsin and the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification a second and third person in Oneida County have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The individuals are in their 60's and 80's and are unrelated to each other or the first case of COVID-19 diagnosed on Friday, March 27. The individuals are currently in isolation. County health officials are working to determine how the individuals may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the positive cases had close contact with.

With the two additional cases identified, it is reasonable to believe that there is now community spread of the virus in Oneida County. The term "community spread" means there is no known source of the disease, such as a recent contact with an infected person or travel from an area with a high number of cases.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Health department announces first confirmed COVID-19 case in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has confirmed that one person in Oneida County has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Friday, March 27, 2020

With a few exceptions, public employees escaping hardships, so far
Record layoffs are sweeping across the economic landscape as officials lock the nation down during the coronavirus pandemic, and, with few exceptions, most notably the public sector, almost all industries are feeling the pain. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Oneida County offices closed
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, all Oneida County offices will be closed until April 24, 2020, in accordance with Gov. Tony Evers order to Stay Safe at Home. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 26, 2020

BBB tips: How to support small businesses during coronavirus
We don't know how long the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, with its shutdowns and "social distancing," will last, but small businesses need the public's support to make it through these uncertain times.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

AG reminds Wisconsin consumers to know their rights
As the state continues to respond to the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, consumers should know their rights and how they can take action against suspected price gouging, the attorney general's office reports.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Vilas County confirms first case of COVID-19
The Vilas County Public Health Department confirmed in a press release its first case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). The case is a 65-year-old male with recent out-of-state travel history. He is currently hospitalized but in stable condition, the press release states. The Health Department will be contacting individuals who may have had close contact with him.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Oneida County becomes Second Amendment sanctuary county
Oneida County is now a Second Amendment sanctuary county after county supervisors voted 16-1 last week to approve the designation, with three supervisors absent and one seat vacant. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Lakeland area gun shops see large increase in sales
Chuck Dicka, owner of Hunter's Headquarters in Woodruff, is keeping pretty busy lately. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Gas prices keep on tumbling
Gas prices are plunging across the U.S, across Wisconsin, and in the Northwoods, and they are expected to keep falling, with one analyst saying the U.S. could experience the lowest gas prices in history, after adjustment for inflation. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

County issues coronavirus-related advisory to seasonal residents
Oneida County officials issued a new advisory Friday requesting that seasonal and second homeowners not travel to Oneida County.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Oneida County Health Department to increase community awareness of COVID-19
In an effort to keep community members up to date on COVID-19, the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) will update its Facebook page daily, Monday - Friday, with current COVID-19 case counts.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Oneida County faces difficulties in dispatch recruitment
Over the past seven years, Oneida County has had difficulty in recruiting and maintaining a fully-staffed dispatch center. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Oneida County declares state of emergency due to coronavirus
The Oneida County board of supervisors declared a local public health emergency Tuesday related to the COVID-19 pandemic, giving Oneida County board chairman Dave Hintz emergency powers to do business related to the pandemic should the full board or its committees be unable to carry out necessary functions. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 19, 2020

AG's office warns the public to be on the lookout for virus-related scams, price gouging
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is warning the public to be vigilant regarding potential scams related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Roundup: Gov. Evers orders ban on gatherings over 50 people
MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday ordered a ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people, a dramatic move in line with federal recommendations and as other states took similar action to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (subscriber acces)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Roundup: OCVSO takes DAV van offline due to COVID-19 concerns
The following is a list of press releases regarding the cancellation or postponement of upcoming events due do coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns:

Monday, March 16, 2020

Local organizations react to COVID-19
With the World Health Organization's (WHO) recently declaration that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is now a global pandemic, staying healthy and safe is now on most everyone's radar. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Evers pushes redistricting overhaul
With a swarm of towns and counties posing referenda questions this spring about restructuring the state's redistricting process, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has jumped head first into the fray since the first of the year, launching a move to try to eliminate lawmakers from the actual drawing of legislative maps and rallying Democrats to his cause. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 14, 2020

With uncertain future, UW Extension proceeds with move to Nicolet College
Despite clouds hanging over its very existence in Oneida County, the UW Extension is carrying on with its business, and this year that business includes a move of its offices from the lower level of the Rhinelander-Oneida County airport to Nicolet College. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Mandate Statewide Closure of All K-12 Wisconsin Schools
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order mandating the statewide closure of all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state's efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
Friday, March 13, 2020

Oneida Land and Water Conservation Committee talks manure, grants
Oneida County zoning director Karl Jennrich told the Oneida Land and Water Conservation Committee this month the planning and development committee decided not to go through with the manure storage ordinance he previously discussed with the committee. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Elbow Room
Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director Matt Leitner stands in the middle of the expanded secure holding area Wednesday morning. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Cabin at Camp American Legion receives furnace, air conditioner systems
In June 2019, a ceremonial groundbreaking took place at Camp American Legion near Lake Tomahawk for a cabin on Thrush Road to be named "The American Legion Family Cabin." (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 12, 2020

2020 Census invitations arrive soon
Ninety-five percent - or about 143 million - households in the country will receive an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in their mailboxes between March 12 and 20. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Telling it like it is
George Maloney is pictured in uniform in 1955 with his sons, Tom, right, and Mike. Tom had a dress blue Marine uniform, and Mike was dressed in a Rin-George Maloney is pictured in uniform in 1955 with his sons, Tom, right, and Mike. Tom had a dress blue Marine uniform, and Mike was dressed in a Rin-
George Maloney of Rhinelander was, like many members of the U.S. military who participated in World War II, referred to as "the greatest generation," one of those who seemed to skip ahead to adulthood rather quickly. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

DOT suggests photos of crumbling roads, not crumbling roads, endangers public safety
All across northern Wisconsin there's widespread concern about deteriorating and buckling roads, but, at least to one official in the state Department of Transportation, the threat to public safety seems to come from photos of those crumbling conditions in The Lakeland Times. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tri-County Council takes issue with part of superintendent's statement regarding alleged sexual assault at RHS
Following the alleged sexual assault of a minor girl last week in a bathroom by an 18-year-old male student in a bathroom at RHS late last month generated a firestorm of comments on various regional media outlets' Facebook pages. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Kelly, Karofsky face off in spring Supreme Court race
In a race that is breaking down along partisan lines, current state Supreme Court justice Daniel Kelly is seeking election to a full 10-year term in April, facing challenger and Dane County circuit court judge Jill Karofsky. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Political Digest
Evers vetoes bill to allow paddlewheel and meat raffles for charities

Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a charity raffle bill this week that was unanimously supported in both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature, and the veto drew immediate criticism from the bill's author, Sen. André Jacque (R-De Pere). (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Walking quorum decision to be appealed
News analysis

The general manager of The Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News said this week she will appeal a decision by an Oneida County circuit court judge to dismiss an open-meetings complaint filed against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members. (subscriber access)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Felzkowski announces run for state senate
State representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) announced Monday she is running for the Wisconsin 12th senate district seat formerly held by Tom Tiffany, who is running for the seat in the 7th congressional district vacated by Sean Duffy last fall. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 5, 2020

'A taste of the county fair'
A carnival will be held in Minocqua during the last weekend in August as part of an effort to expand Oneida County fair activities to other parts of the county. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Oneida County board candidate forum announced
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods will host a candidate forum for the District 11 seat on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at the Crescent Town Hall, 3231 Golf Course Rd. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Boulder Junction agrees to support Northwoods Transit Connections
The Boulder Junction town board, using the same reasoning the Manitowish Waters town board expressed earlier this month, recently approved a $2,500 contribution to Northwoods Transit Connections. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Sanders, Bloomberg surge in Marquette poll
Super Tuesday results could change the entire landscape of the chaotic Democratic presidential race, but so far it is Bernie Sanders' primary to lose, with Michael Bloomberg gaining fast, and the latest poll results in Wisconsin mirror that national trend. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

'It's turning back the clock'
In late May 1944, 22-year-old U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Frank Fazekas of Trenton, New Jersey, was returning from a combat mission when the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter he was flying was shot down over northern France. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Evers vetoes tax cut, wants more education spending
Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a proposed GOP tax cut Wednesday, saying he wanted more money invested in education. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Evers vetoes tax cut, wants more education spending
Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a proposed GOP tax cut Wednesday, saying he wanted more money invested in education. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Rhinelander engineering firm presents feasibility study for proposed River Trail
Engineering firm MSA Professional Services of Rhinelander presented findings from its feasibility study last Wednesday, Feb. 19, for a proposed non-motorized trail connecting St. Germain to Eagle River. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Oneida County to consider Second Amendment resolution
The Oneida County Board's public safety committee revisited a resolution Thursday declaring the county's support for Second Amendment rights with the intent to bring it to the full county board. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Three Illinois men die in weekend snowmobile accidents
Two Illinois men died as the result of two separate snowmobile accidents in Vilas County on Saturday, Feb. 22, and another Illinois resident was killed in a third snowmobile accident in Iron County on Sunday, Feb. 23. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Elder abuse cases on the rise
The Northwoods population continues to age, but resources for elder care are inequitable, few and declining, the Vilas County Social Services Committee learned at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Assembly passes tax cut, dairy legislation
The Wisconsin Assembly concluded its last regular floor session of the year last week with a full slate of votes, including a vote to send a $248 million tax cut to Gov. Tony Evers for his signature. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Primary boosts turnout in Rhinelander District 5; county also sees increase
This week's primary election prompted an upturn in voter turnout in both the City of Rhinelander and Oneida County, with Rhinelander aldermanic district 5 seeing an especially significant bump, local election officials report. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Election recap: Tiffany, Zunker sweep to primary victories in congressional race
Republican Tom Tiffany and Democrat Tricia Zunker rolled to robust wins over their primary challengers Tuesday, and will now go head-to-head in May for the seventh congressional district seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 20, 2020

ELECTION RESULTS: Spring election
Retired attorney and pastor Gerald Anderson will face off against Rhinelander High School teacher Wil Losch on April 7 for a seat on the Rhinelander Common Council.

Anderson and Losch were the top vote-getters in Tuesday's primary election in the 5th aldermanic district and will advance to April's general election. Assistant county veterans service officer Jason Dailey finished third.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Canadian man arrested after 13 vehicles struck
A 52-year-old Canadian man was arrested Friday for allegedly striking a number of parked vehicles in the town of Lake Tomahawk. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Resolution would reduce shoreland wetland setback in Oneida County
A contentious issue is headed to the county board today - a resolution that would reduce the county's shoreland wetland setback from 15 feet to five feet. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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