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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


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)
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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

Counties to receive update on transit audit
The Oneida Vilas Transit Commission met Friday to discuss, among other things, the progress on the independent audit of the OVTC ordered by the Oneida County administration committee in May. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Long Distance Fishing
Melcolm Ritter of Los Angeles spent part of Friday afternoon trying his luck from the fishing pier at Hodag Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lake Tom board chooses Rhinelander firm to build addition to community center
On July 25, the Lake Tomahawk Town Board of Supervisors, meeting in special session, accepted a bid of nearly $284,000 from a Rhinelander construction firm for an addition to the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Pukall Lumber cited by OSHA
Pukall Lumber Company of Arbor Vitae has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing employees to multiple safety hazards. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Trump administration rule would pare food stamp eligibility
The Trump administration unveiled a proposed rule last week which could remove up to 27,000 Wisconsin households and 61,000 individuals from food-stamp eligibility, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) taking aim at those who qualify for benefits under so-called categorical eligibility rules. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Elcho town chair frustrated with storm response
When a line of severe thunderstorms swept through northern Wisconsin July 19, spawning tornados and straight line winds that tore through swaths of forestland, one of the hardest hit communities was Elcho in Langlade County. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Family donates to Marshfield Hope Lodge in memory of wife, mother
The name of a Rhinelander woman has been added to a memorial at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Marshfield. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 27, 2019

OC solid waste warns against recycling 'sharps'
The Oneida County Landfill shut down recycling last week as a result of improper needle disposal. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Hazelhurst gravel pit lawsuit can move forward
A lawsuit challenging Oneida County's rezoning of a parcel in Hazelhurst to make way for a gravel pit survived its first legal test this week, with a circuit court judge ruling that most of the lawsuit could move forward and be heard on its merits. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 27, 2019

State fraud hotline tops 1,100 tips since 2008
The state Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB)'s fraud, waste, and mismanagement hotline has collected more than 1,100 tips since its inception 11 years ago, a clip of about 100 calls per year, the LAB reported this month in a semi-annual report to the Legislature. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 25, 2019

WMC survey offers solace for Trump's trade policies
Most Wisconsin business leaders support President Donald Trump's use of tariffs as he aggressively tries to negotiate a trade deal with China, despite short-term pain, a new survey of Wisconsin business leaders shows. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Evers' local roads veto another blow to rural communities
In the recent state budget debate, legislative Republicans made a strong push for additional funding for local roads, inserting a one-time $90 million appropriation into the budget specifically for that purpose, but a partial veto by Gov. Tony Evers not only slashed that appropriation, but removed language which restricted the use of the money. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

National cemetery in Harshaw named
After gathering input for several months, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the national cemetery under construction in Harshaw has been named. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Vilas County finance committee OKs Northwoods Transit Connection's request to borrow funds to purchase buses
Northwoods Transit Connections is one step closer to purchasing four new buses. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

County dept. heads weigh in on fiscal future
When Oneida County established a funding opportunities committee to try and find an additional $800,000 a year for wage increases - and to ponder the county's fiscal future in general - the mammoth task of finding new revenues and/or cutting spending fell not merely on the shoulders of county board supervisors but on those of department heads as well. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Political Digest
Shilling: Health coverage for pre-existing conditions in jeopardy

Wisconsin Republicans are refusing to ensure coverage protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions at the state level, a Democratic state lawmaker charged this week.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Multiple injuries reported in Highway 8 crash
At least five people were injured Thursday morning in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 8 in the town of Crescent.

According to Oneida County patrol captain Tyler Young, the sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call at approximately 10:40 a.m. Thursday reporting a three-vehicle crash on Highway 8 near North Rifle Road. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 19, 2019

It's OK, you're on vacation: Oneida County Tourism Council revitalizes brand
The Oneida County Tourism Council (OCTC) unveiled the new Oneida County website and brand Thursday morning, revitalizing the brand to promote everything the Northwoods has to offer. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tiffany criticizes state budget spending levels
When Gov. Tony Evers signed the state budget last week, legislative Republicans largely claimed victory, saying they had managed to eliminate what they saw as Evers's worst excesses. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Bradley becomes a concurring but fiery justice
Rebecca Grassl Bradley, the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice appointed to her seat by Gov. Scott Walker in 2015 and elected to a 10-year term in 2016, has in her short tenure become not only a leader on the high court but a conservative who is not afraid to take issue with mainstream orthodoxy, especially if it's coming from other conservatives. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 13, 2019

St. Germain Chamber of Commerce welcomes summer season in new building
Just in time for the height of the 2019 summer season, the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce has opened the doors of its new building on the corner of State Highways 70 and 155. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

New American Legion post one step closer to becoming a reality
"The belief in the past was not to use Camp American Legion as a recruiting mechanism," the camp's director, Don Grundy, told The Lakeland Times last month. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rhinelander ATV/UTV ordinance now in effect
The city of Rhinelander's brand new ATV/UTV ordinance is now in effect. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 6, 2019

'Understanding Why & How Behavior Changes,' a workshop giving hope for every child with autism
Autism is the disorder with two-degrees of separation, meaning if you don't personally know someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), most likely you know someone else who does. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Political Digest
Evers signs Lincoln Hills bill

Gov. Tony Evers last Friday has signed into law a bill which makes a number of technical changes to 2017 Wisconsin Act 185, including modifying the deadlines related to county-run juvenile facilities, modifying the deadline for closing Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, and clarifying the process for transferring between facilities. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Oneida County to receive funds under emergency food and shelter program
Oneida County has been chosen to receive $5,386.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 6, 2019

UW Extension works to justify its existence
Over the course of the past 20 years, more than a few critics have questioned the UW Extension and whether the program has outlived its usefulness in the modern age - those questions persist even today - but the Extension itself eagerly touts it programs and relevance, and they did so again at the most recent meeting of the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 3, 2019


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