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Oneida County seeks outside legal help for Welcenbach hearing
Oneida County is considering hiring a former county board chairman to represent the law enforcement grievance committee at the grievance hearing for detective sergeant Sara (Gardner) Welcenbach. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

One killed in Highway 51 crash
One person was killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and County Highway H in the town of Boulder Junction.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LRES approves staffing plan for county clerk's office
Just two days after new Oneida County clerk Tracy Hartman requested for a part-time employee in the clerk's office at a joint meeting of the county's administration and labor relations and employee services (LRES) committee meeting, the labor relations panel approved the staffing request at a committee meeting Wednesday (Jan. 11), pending board approval. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Oneida County sets dates for Act 55 public hearings
It has been a long time coming, but the Oneida County Planning and Development committee is set to finalize its Act 55 shoreland zoning revisions. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Former County G landfill employee files lawsuit
The multi-municipality Vilas County consortium known as the Landfill Venture Group is being sued by a former employee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Welcenbach attorney says county charges will be refuted
The attorney for Oneida County detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach said this week his client is planning an aggressive defense of dismissal charges filed against her by the sheriff's department and forwarded in December to the county's grievance committee. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Northwoods police protocol examined
Just as with any other job, in the law enforcement realm it's important for people to have days off. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport renews with Delta
SkyWest Airlines and its Delta Connection partner service will officially continue to serve the Rhinelander-Oneida County for the next two years. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

County releases disciplined employee's name after complaint
Oneida County failed for a week to release the name of a suspended employee whose records The Lakeland Times had requested in December, even though the county was preparing to notify the employee of his right to challenge in court the newspaper's access to them. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Walker promises to lower UW tuition
Gov. Scott Walker hasn't announced whether he will seek a third term next year, but his State of the State address Tuesday contained all the ingredients for a tasty campaign dish: a promise to lower tuition, and to build on an already growing economy and lower taxes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hintz: County board wants to learn from mistakes
Oneida County board chairman Dave Hintz took a few moments Monday during a joint meeting of the county's administration and labor relations/employee services committee to address a recent open meetings law violation. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs donates to project
An effort launched in 2014 to establish a veterans memorial in Presque Isle's Pipke Park recently received a boost with a contribution from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs through its grant program for nonprofit groups. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Oneida County opts not to enter legal battle with landowner
The Oneida County forestry, land and recreation committee went into closed session Wednesday to deliberate on three items. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DNR ambiguity leaves Oneida County planning and development in limbo
With a deadline looming in October to bring the Oneida County shoreland zoning ordinance in compliance with Act 55, the county's planning and development committee continues to plug away at changes and revisions. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Teen court offers second chance to youth with first-time misdemeanors
Throughout the state, youth between the ages of 10 and 18 who have committed a first-time misdemeanor have the option of volunteering to appear before teen court and avoid having a juvenile record. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 7, 2017

One injured in explosion at Phelps foundry
An employee was severely burned Friday morning in an explosion at Phelps Cast.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Schiek: LRES committee violated open-meetings law
After The Lakeland Times filed an open-meetings complaint, Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has found that the Oneida County Labor Relations & Employee Services Committee violated the state's open meetings law.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Jolin takes over as interim Oneida County solid waste director
In early December Oneida County hired Junior Howard as the Solid Waste supervisor. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Woman, dogs make it out of house fire unscathed
A woman and her beloved pets made it to safety Tuesday morning after their home caught on fire. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Civil Service Commission approves charging document against Oneida County detective sergeant
Twelve days after Oneida County Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond announced that the county's civil service commission planned to file a complaint against a detective sergeant that group has forwarded to the county's law enforcement grievance committee a 109-page document seeking the dismissal of former Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) head Sara Welcenbach (formerly Gardner). (subscirber access)
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Newbold to comply with election public records request
On Nov. 30, each Wisconsin municipal clerk received an email from journalist Harvey Wasserman which contained requests for 64 documents related to the Nov. 8 election. Newbold's Kim Gauthier was included and she explained the requests to the members of the town board at the group's Dec. 29 meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Family Care implementation in Oneida County set for 2017
Family Care has been around for nearly two decades in Wisconsin, but in July 2015, it was announced that it was finally coming to Oneida County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Odd behavior lands bear in local animal rehab facility
A young black bear took a stroll on State Highway 17 north of Gleason Dec. 23 and behaved in such an unusual manner that the Lincoln County sheriff's office called Wild Instincts, a non-profit animal rehabilitation center in Rhinelander, for advice and assistance.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Milanowski set to take office as Vilas County DA
A familiar face is taking on a new job in 2017.

Longtime Vilas County corporation counsel Martha Milanowski is set to assume office as the county's district attorney effective Jan. 1. (subscriber access)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Life on the campaign trail: Matt Michalsen details his run for state office
Running for political office can be an arduous task. From shaking endless hands, making countless speeches and putting thousands of miles on your car, there is always more work to be done. Although Matt Michalsen's campaign for 34th district state is over, the 27-year-old Lakeland Union High School teacher told the Lakeland Times politics are still on his mind. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 29, 2016

County efficiency team finishes final report
An efficiency team was formed in 2011 to review and rank all Oneida County departments.

In December 2015, the county once again chose to form a team to develop a document ranking all of the departments costing at least $5,000 or more, in order to understand programs, funding and mandates as well as ease the budget process. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Six cases of pertussis confirmed in Vilas County
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has hit Vilas County with six confirmed cases.

Three cases have been identified at North Pines School District, one at Lakeland Union High School and two individuals under the age of five have contracted the illness.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Illinois man killed in Vilas County snowmobile accident
An Illinois man was killed Monday evening after the snowmobile he was operating struck a tree in the town of Arbor Vitae.

According to the Vilas County sheriff's office, a 9-1-1 call came in at approximately 8:25 p.m. Monday reporting a snowmobile crash on trail 6 along Vandercook Road in the town of Arbor Vitae.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Lawmakers take aim at UW 'Problem of Whiteness' class
Two Republican lawmakers are condemning a proposed UW course over what they say is its extreme politically correct content, and one said ongoing political correctness at the university could affect the UW System's upcoming budget. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Illinois man killed in Vilas snowmobile accident (UPDATED)
An Illinois man was killed Monday evening after the snowmobile he was operating struck a tree in the town of Arbor Vitae.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Pine Lake board approves request for snowmobile use of Lake Thompson Road
The Pine Lake town board voted Wednesday to grant the request of representatives of the Hodag SnoTrails Club to use Lake Thompson Road from the town of Pelican border to County Highway C. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Supervisors Volk, Martineau file letters of non-candidacy in Three Lakes
The Three Lakes town board will have two new members following the April 4, 2017 election as supervisors Pat Volk and Dr. Bill Martineau have filed letters of non-candidacy, it was announced during the group's Dec. 20 meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

As Wisconsin lags, lawmaker presses case for industrial hemp
The legalization of marijuana for recreational use is a headline generator, much more so than efforts to legalize its less glamorous cousin, industrial hemp, but multiple states are pressing forward to develop what could be a $500-million-a-year commercial hemp industry, and one lawmaker wants Wisconsin to get its share. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Revisions for Act 55 delayed in Oneida County
Shortly before Thanksgiving it appeared the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee and the planning and zoning department were nearing completion of ordinance revisions for Act 55 to send to the Department of Natural Resources, but that has changed. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Legal concerns could prompt Three Lakes board to end citizen comment period
Three Lakes supervisor Steve Garbowicz, an attorney by trade, brought a concerning trend about public comment periods at town board meetings to the attention of his colleagues Tuesday. Garbowicz said it is becoming more common for town boards to be sued over remarks made in response to the public during public comment periods. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 24, 2016

DNR stands behind phone-in registration
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be sticking with its new online and phone-in deer registration next year, despite controversy swirling around the agency's numbers, which show a higher deer harvest in the North amid conflicting reports from the field. (subscriber access)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Vilas County approves third bid pack for courthouse project
The new addition to the Vilas County courthouse took another step towards completion on Monday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Oneida County Public Works approves two items, declines another
The Oneida County Public Works/Solid Waste committee had an active meeting Tuesday morning. The committee acted on three items on the agenda, tabled two more for future discussion and discussed two more. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Desmond: Complaint to be filed against detective sergeant
County officials plan to file a written complaint related to the conduct of a detective sergeant "in the near future," Oneida County Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond told the county's law enforcement grievance committee Friday. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Northwoods Transit panel discusses finances, mechanic shop prospects
Financial matters were on the agenda Friday when the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission met for its December meeting. Vilas County supervisor, Erv Teichmiller, the group's chairperson, reported there is adequate funding at this time for all bills. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wisconsin improves national tax burden ranking, slightly
Census Bureau figures for 2014 show that Wisconsin is no longer in the top 15 highest taxing states, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance stated last week after analyzing the figures. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Local real estate agent targeted with sex video scam
A local real estate agent has been the target of a sex tape scam. The victim is being messaged and called by multiple phone numbers and Facebook accounts telling her to click on a link in order to remove an alleged sex tape. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Forestry panel signs contract with BTG for snowmobile trail use
The Oneida County forestry committee held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss a land use contract with Brazilian financial company BTG Pactual that must be signed in order for snowmobile enthusiasts to access a number of trails on the western side of the county. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cause of death determined in murder of Phelps woman
After nearly seven months of waiting for results to come back from the crime lab in Madison, the Vilas County Sheriff's Office now has confirmed the cause of death of Luann Beckman. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Lake Tomahawk allocates $4,000 for new parks project
Lake Tomahawk is one step closer to building an outdoor basketball court near the snowshoe baseball field for local residents to enjoy.

At a regular town board meeting last week, debate struck up regarding the use of $10,000 set aside for the parks department in the 2017 budget. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Forest County Potawatomi and U.S. Forest Service sign historic agreement
The Forest County Potawatomi Community and the U.S. Forest Service have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to allow for more cooperation and government-to-government communication between the two parties. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Recounts over as Trump eyes presidency Monday
Recounts have officially failed in the three critical states Hillary Clinton needed to overturn Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory, leaving liberal activists one last long shot to convince members of the Electoral College to deny Trump the presidency Monday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 17, 2016

After the recount, the open record requests begin
Now that the presidential recount is over, county and municipal clerks are turning their attention to another enormous task related to the elections: fulfilling a spate of open records requests. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 17, 2016

BREAKING: Rhinelander schools closed until Jan. 2
Students and staff in the School District of Rhinelander will have an extra-long holiday break this year as the district and the Oneida Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) announced late Friday all district schools will be closed until Jan. 2 due to "the high incidence of a variety of illnesses among students and staff."
Friday, December 16, 2016

Unemployment drops across U.S. in November
The U.S. unemployment rate is continuing its downward progress as it dropped an additional 0.3 percent in November, making the overall rate 4.6 percent. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 15, 2016

OCHS unveils plan for shelter expansion
The Oneida County Humane Society on Tuesday officially unveiled its plan for expanding the animal shelter. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 15, 2016

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