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May 26, 2019


Leadership Oneida County graduates ninth class
Leadership Oneida County recognized 16 new graduates of the program in a ceremony at Pinewood Country Club in Harshaw Thursday, May 16. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Northwoods Transit Commission audit issues come to a head
Questions and concerns surrounding a required independent audit resurfaced at the Northwoods Transit Commission's May 17 meeting as commissioners discussed a letter issued by the Oneida County Corporation Counsel's office. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 25, 2019

GOP lawmakers agree on $500-million education boost
Republican leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have endorsed a $500 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years, lawmakers announced this week. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Male dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound near Nicolet College entrance (UPDATE)
An 83-year-old man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the entrance to Nicolet Technical College Thursday afternoon, the Oneida County sheriff's office has reported.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Teichmiller charged for open meetings violation
Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has filed a forfeiture action against Erv Teichmiller, the chairman of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, for an open meetings law violation. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rhinelander man dies following boating accident
A 73-year-old Rhinelander man has died following a boating accident Monday evening on Jennie Webber Lake in the town of Sugar Camp.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Rhinelander man dies following boating accident
A 73-year-old Rhinelander man has died following a boating accident Monday evening on Jennie Webber Lake in the town of Sugar Camp.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Northwoods Transit Connections struggles to leave problems in the past
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 a.m., seniors and disabled riders file on to the buses at Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC) pickups. (subscriber acccess)
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

'One try to become addicted' - How illicit and legal drugs impact the Vilas County community
In the wake of several recent drug-trafficking raids and amid ongoing drug-related cases filed each week in Vilas County Circuit Court, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department and Health Department recently hosted a community town hall meeting to raise awareness and increase education regarding drug abuse trends.

"Drug abuse and overdoses have a devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities," Vilas County Health Department health coordinator Tammi Boers noted. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ATV/UTV trails to open
Local ATV trails are about to open for the season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tax law changes net state revenue windfall
The state Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released revised fiscal estimates that project the state will bring in $753 million more than what was projected in January, primarily due to strong individual and corporate income tax collections. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Lake Tomahawk board approves motion regarding SPS 330 resolution
At its regular meeting on May 8, the Lake Tomahawk Town Board approved a motion to adopt a resolution regarding volunteer firefighters and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (SPS) 330, which structures fire department safety. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Oneida County committee to transit commission: Get an audit, or else
The Oneida County administration committee authorized a letter Tuesday from the county corporation counsel's office to the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, demanding that the transit commission contract for an independent audit within 30 days or the committee would recommend that the county board take appropriate action. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Oneida County Highway Committee OKs chip and seal program
The Oneida County Highway Department will go one more season having its own employees do chip and seal work. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Moustakis loses again in open records fight
Retired Vilas County district attorney Albert Moustakis has extended his years-long losing streak in his quest to prevent state Department of Justice records from being released to The Lakeland Times, with a state appeals court rejecting his latest arguments. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sayner man killed in one-car accident in St. Germain UPDATE
One person was killed early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle accident in the town of St. Germain.
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Trig's trucking facility catches fire
The Trig's Trucking & Recycling facility on Grossman Avenue in the town of Pelican was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Preparing for the worst: OC health department conducts disaster exercise
After months of planning, the Oneida County Health Department tested its Public Health Emergency Preparedness Family Assistance Center (FAC) Plan Thursday with a full-scare exercise at Grace Foursquare Church's community building. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Search continues for next Oneida County landfill
For the second time this year, the Oneida County Solid Waste Department swung and missed on a proposed solid waste demolition site. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Visitor spending surpassed $237 million in 2018, Department of Tourism figures show
Oneida County continues to be one of Wisconsin's favorite vacation destinations, according to figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Monday in conjunction with National Tourism Week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sheriff's department: Transit executive committee discussed topics not on agenda
Following an investigation, the Oneida County sheriff's department has concluded that the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission's executive committee clearly discussed a topic not on its agenda in March when its members engaged in a conversation about asking Lakeland Times and River News publisher Gregg Walker and/or The Lakeland Times/River News for a substantial donation. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

In need? Get assistance from Caritas Minocqua
Caritas Minocqua is a group of community volunteers dedicated to helping Oneida and Vilas county residents with urgent immediate needs. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Informational program: A citizen's guide to participation in the Wisconsin State Legislature
The May meeting of the League of Women Voters - Northwoods (LWVNOW) will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Oneida County Department on Aging (ADRC of the Northwoods), 100 W. Keenan Street, in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Mock disaster teaches teamwork under stress
Area fire and rescue agencies, along with a cadre of law enforcement officers, gathered Thursday at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport to practice what they would do if a commercial airliner leaving the airport experienced an engine explosion. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Road weight limits removed in several towns
Despite the dusting of snow to kick off May, the Northwoods is slowly moving forward toward spring as several towns begin removing the weight limits on roads. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wolfe jury trial in homicide case pushed to December
It will be nearly the year's end - almost two years' since the brutal homicide of a Lac du Flambeau man - before the fourth of five men accused in the crime will stand trial. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mindak appointed to the Federal Reserve Advisory Council
Val Mindak, CEO/President of Park City Credit Union, has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis advisory council. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 2, 2019

FISTA training
A FISTA (Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance) training session was held April 5 at CrossTrac Equipment for loggers to keep their qualification as a logging professional. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Oneida County SRT responds to disturbance in Crescent (UPDATE)
The Oneida County special response team responded to a disturbance in the town of Crescent Wednesday that ended with the discovery of a deceased male.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

GUILTY: Mendez convicted in 1982 cold case murder
Thirty-seven years and two days after Barbara Mendez was fatally bludgeoned while wrapping up her workday at the former Park City Credit Union in Minocqua her husband, Robin "Bob" Mendez, was convicted of delivering the fatal blows.

In a 90-minute oral ruling Tuesday afternoon, Marathon County Circuit Judge Jill Falstad found the Oneida County district attorney's office had proven beyond a reasonable doubt it was the victim's husband, and not a robber, who struck Barbara from behind on April 28, 1982.

Mendez, now 70, was charged with first degree murder in February 2018 after the Oneida County detective bureau, with assistance from the television show "Cold Justice" reopened the unsolved case.






Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Spirit 2 crew remembered
Friday marked one year since an air ambulance crash in the town of Hazelhurst took the lives of Spirit Air crew members Rico Caruso, Greg Rosenthal and Klint Mitchell. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sheriff's detective placed on leave
Oneida County detective sergeant and Rhinelander city alderman Ryan Rossing has been placed on administrative leave, according to a memo authored by chief deputy Dan Hess dated April 19.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Lawmakers tackle homelessness with funding, services package
A group of bipartisan lawmakers is tackling the issue of homelessness in Wisconsin with a package of eight bills supporting services for homeless individuals and families. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Building safer communities
Commit a crime, go to jail. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 27, 2019

MacIver: Evers' claims about road funding false
A state lawmaker wants to use the state's windfall from the recent Wisconsin lottery winner to go for local roads, and Gov. Tony Evers says the state needs to increase its aid to local governments for road construction, but a fact check by the MacIver Institute asserts that the state is already paying a lot for local roads.

And some local communities aren't spending any local money at all, the group asserted this week. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Political Digest
Vos, Tauchen introduce Lottery Privacy Act (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sen. Tiffany: Evers' Foxconn position threatens job creation
A day after Gov. Tony Evers announced he wants to renegotiate the state's contract with Foxconn, Northwoods state Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) said the governor is shutting the door to business growth around the state. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Dining sites 'best kept secret' in Oneida, Vilas counties
It's more than just a meal when one visits a local county nutrition dining site - it's also community, laughter and new friendships, indicate area ADRCs (aging and disability resources centers). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Public's help sought in dog, wildlife fatal poisoning cases in northern Wisconsin counties
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service are seeking the public's help in solving several cases involving the poisoning deaths of domestic dogs and wildlife since December. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

'Pier' pressure at Minocqua Town Board meeting
At its April 16 meeting, the Minocqua Town Board discussed an update from the Oneida County Planning and Zoning department regarding the status of a pier system on the northwest side of Thoroughfare bridge, but tabled making a decision on recommending enforcement of the county's pier ordinance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Forest County deputies find body of missing man
Forest County deputies located the body of a deceased man Friday evening.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Forest County deputies find body of missing man
Forest County deputies located the body of a deceased man Friday evening.

According to a press release issued by sheriff John Dennee, dispatch received a call just before 6 p.m. Friday reporting a vehicle off the roadway near the intersection of State Highway 32 and Strong Road in the Town of Argonne.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Transit commission searching for solution to audit requirement
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, which oversees Northwoods Transit Connections, is in a pickle. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Brennan: Budget would help local governments provide vital services
Joel Brennan, whom Gov. Tony Evers has tapped to run the administration's Department of Administration, visited the Northwoods earlier this month to promote the governor's budget - a budget he says would ease property tax levy limits and help local governments secure the resources they need for vital services. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

OC board kills Petco study committee
In a sweeping and dramatic reversal Tuesday, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors abruptly ended its consideration of buying the Petco facility in Rhinelander, both rejecting funds to carry out a structural assessment and disbanding the committee it established to study the feasibility of a purchase. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mendez trial continues with testimony from sexual assault victim, inmates
Accused murderer Robin Mendez came face to face Friday with the woman he was convicted of sexually assaulting more than 30 years ago as well as two former cell block mates who claim he bragged to them about killing his wife with a tool from his motorcycle repair kit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Projected costs mount of renovating, maintaining Petco facility
Despite the Oneida County public works committee vote Thursday not to support a resolution to fund $15,000 for a facility condition assessment of the Petco building in Rhinelander - effectively saying no to moving the highway department there - it was pretty much business as usual for the county's Petco study committee Friday, as supervisors continued to gather information about the feasibility and desirability of a possible county purchase. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Disciplinary action taken against Woodruff police officer
The Woodruff town board last week approved recommended disciplinary action for a Woodruff police officer in connection with an off-duty motor vehicle accident in late March. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Oneida County committee members blast transit commission, demand audit
In a scathing rebuke to a request by the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, members of a joint administration, labor relations and employee services committee last week told the transportation agency it must submit to a yearly audit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

DPI sued over alleged school choice discrimination
A big battle has been brewing over choice and charter schools since the start of Gov. Tony Evers's administration - the governor has proposed capping the number of students in the choice program and capping the number of independent charter schools - and now several groups are alleging discrimination against choice programs by the state Department of Public Instruction. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019


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