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Construction of Newbold disc golf course on final lap
Since gaining town board approval in April of 2015, the Newbold Outdoor Recreation's disc golf course, known as "Rookery Run," has been under construction with organizers hoping to open the course to players in September 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Three injured in Highway 45 accident
Three people were injured Monday morning in a traffic accident in the town of Schoepke involving a semi-truck and two SUVs.

According to an Oneida County sheriff's office press release, a 9-1-1 call came in at approximately 6:07 a.m. reporting an accident with injuries involving a semi-truck and two SUVs on Highway 45 South near Old 26 Road.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DOT: July was the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads this year
July was the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads this year, prompting transportation safety officials to issue a "call to action" urging all motorists to be safe/responsible.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One killed, several injured in wrong-way crash on Highway 51
One person was killed and several Rhinelander area residents suffered minor injuries Saturday morning after a car traveling in the wrong lane of U.S. Highway 51 struck a Lamers motor coach head-on.

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 2:59 a.m. reporting a wrong way driver on U.S. Highway 51 in the area of County Road Q in the Town of Scott. Within seconds of the first report, an additional 911 call came in reporting a vehicle had struck a bus traveling northbound on U.S. Hwy. 51.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Crescent board resolves ATV trail, speed limit issues
The Crescent town board met Wednesday night to make a final decision on where to allow ATV/UTV traffic and to address what some feel is an unsafe speed limit. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cassian rollover
Just after 3 p.m. Friday, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department received a report of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Lakewood Road just north of County Highway K.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Sorensen pushing county to consider 200-foot minimum width lots
An Oneida County supervisor wants the county to consider requiring larger minimum frontages in the shoreland zone, but to get his way means that minimum-width requirements would have to be imposed on every new subdivision in the same zoning district, off water as well as on water. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Conservation and UW-Extension Education committee calls special meeting
The Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education committee is getting down to brass tacks as it prepares for the upcoming reorganization of the UW-Extension system. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Vilas health officials continue to discuss drug epidemic
As has become a regular occurence for the Vilas County Public Health committee, the panel had another conversation about drug issues in Vilas County July 26. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Oneida zoning moves against Minocqua Lake Condo encroachment
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee voted unanimously last week to schedule a public hearing to consider revoking, amending, or suspending the marina status conditional use permit (CUP) for Minocqua Lake Condo, after a complaint was filed alleging too many pier berths, an illegal pier, and property line encroachment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bill limiting length of feeding and baiting ban signed into law
Feeding and baiting of deer has been a hot topic in the Northwoods for some time. In 2015, a deer at a Three Lakes deer farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) or Bovine Tuberculosis (BT) and, as per the state law at the time, a feeding and baiting ban was enacted in any county within a 10-mile radius of the CWD positive test. This put Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties under a feeding and baiting ban that would last indefinitely. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Prosecutor dismisses charges against Welcenbach
Oneida County last week continued its push to fire detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach for the alleged theft of drug-unit funds, while prosecutors formally dismissed felony charges against Welcenbach in the same matter, in a two-day hearing packed with stunning revelations. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vilas County takes a step toward leaving ADRC of the Northwoods
The Vilas County Board of Supervisors last week approved a resolution authorizing the county's Commission on Aging to submit a notice of intent to submit an application to operate an aging and disability resource center (ADRC). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lawmakers introduce Homeowners' Bill of Rights
Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville), and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) have introduced several bills that are part of a package they say will help guarantee the rights of private property owners in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pine Lake town board sends recommendation on administrative review permit to county
Last Wednesday night the Pine Lake Town Board held its regular monthly meeting. On the agenda was a four-unit rental property at 4197 County W owned by Wayne Kulhanek, who wished to rent one of his four units out by the week rather than by the month. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Michalsen moving to Marshfield
In the June 30 edition of The Lakeland Times, it was reported Matt Michalsen, "the unsuccessful candidate in the contest for the 34th District State Assembly seat in 2016, is expected to resign his seat on the Lake Tomahawk Town Board." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Political Digest
Kooyenga apologizes for removing Capitol sign

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) has apologized for removing an unattended sign containing profanity at the Capitol last May, but a Democratic lawmaker isn't buying it. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BCPL seeks to buy nearly 1,000 acres in Oneida County
The staff of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands will seek approval Tuesday to purchase nearly a thousand acres of land in Oneida County from American Timberland.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Newbold drafts ordinance to accommodate ATV guidelines
Since April, when the Newbold Town Board voted against a proposal seeking to open all town roads to ATV traffic, many advocates of the cause have expressed their disapproval. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Man suspected of setting vehicle on fire apprehended
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office has in custody a man suspected of setting a vehicle on fire Thursday.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Missing woman found early Friday morning in Vilas County
Authorities in Vilas County used a drone to help find a woman who had been reported missing Thursday evening.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

June traffic crashes claim 59 lives in Wisconsin
Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) shows that 59 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month - three more compared to June of last year and five above the five-year average for the month of June. The safest month of June occurred in 2015 with 44 fatalities, and the deadliest June was in 1956 with 115 fatalities, according to a Department of Transportation press release.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lawmakers launch DOT reform effort
Republican lawmakers unleashed an effort earlier this month to reform the way the state Department of Transportation does business, circulating a package of bills they say would fundamentally alter the way the DOT delivers, finances, and administers state highway projects. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Political Digest
Wisconsin among nine states with computer science standards

With the adoption of standards for computer science, Wisconsin is one of nine states to have established academic standards for the subject area, according to the state Department of Public Instruction, and, as part of the ongoing standards review and revision process, public comment is now open on new draft standards in music, science, and information and technology literacy. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sex offender to be released in Vilas County
A sex offender will be released to Vilas County in August.

According to a press release issued by Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath, Steven Burgess, 41, will be residing on Chickaree Lake Road in Vilas County after Aug. 1.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Ghost legislation' has craft brewers and others stirred up
A piece of legislation rumored to be inserted into the state's 2017-19 budget by the state legislature's finance committee has those in the local Wisconsin craft brewery, winery and distilling business somewhat concerned. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

UW-Extension reorganization plan comes before committee
The reorganization of the UW-Extension system, prompted by a $3.6 million budget cut back in 2015, is starting to take shape.

Lynn Feldman and Will Andresen of UW-Extension made a presentation to the Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education Committee July 10 detailing the reconfiguration. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Gov. Walker's opioid abuse task force meets in Minocqua
Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren visited Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua Friday morning to discuss what can be done to curb the opioid overdose epidemic in the state of Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Crescent board delays action on ATV trails, speed limits
Like a number of Oneida County townships, the town of Crescent is wrestling with where to allow ATV travel within its borders. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cassian board discusses trails, engineering contract
Trails, both snowmobile and bike, were a hot topic of discussion Monday when the Cassian town board assembled for its regular monthly meeting.

On the agenda were two separate trail requests, one for a snowmobile trail and one to establish a bike route. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Arbor Vitae, Oneida County hold ambulance talks
Arbor Vitae town officials will be talking to Oneida County's emergency management director, Ken Kortenhof, in the near future regarding ambulance service. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Marshfield plans appeal of CUP denial for hospital
Marshfield Clinic will appeal Oneida County's denial of a conditional use permit (CUP) to build a hospital in Minocqua, a Marshfield Clinic official said this week.

Dr. William Melms, regional medical director for the clinic, said in a short July 6 statement that Marshfield would submit the paperwork by the applicable deadline to contest the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee's 3-2 denial of the permit application. (subscriber access)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Northwoods Transit Connection continues to grow
The Northwoods Transit Connection, a cooperative effort between Oneida and Vilas counties founded in 2015 and based in Rhinelander, is doing very well, according Vilas County supervisor Erv Teichmiller, chairman of the Oneida-Vilas transit commission. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Man found dead in Razorback Lake
A 74-year-old male was found deceased Monday morning in Vilas County's Razorback Lake.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Oneida County looks for piece of the pie with CCOP
The implementation of Family Care on July 1 has put social services departments in flux, and Oneida County is no different.

At a committee meeting Tuesday, the department discussed the administration of the Children's Long-Term Support Waiver Program. Currently, the Human Service Center provides that program and has expressed a desire to continue to do so. (subscriber access)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Three Lakes board discusses 'rural residential' rezoning
The Three Lakes town board is making progress in its search for a new home for its town offices.

Town chairman Jeff Bruss updated the board on the search last week. (subscriber access)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Oneida tourism council grapples with challenges presented by short-term rentals
It's summer in the Northwoods and there are plenty of visitors enjoying the fresh air of the north country.

Tourists flock from all over the Midwest and beyond to spend their vacation time in God's Country and many Northwoods residents take advantage of the demand for lodging by renting our their homes, cabins or even extra rooms on a short-term basis. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

VCEDC town forum sparks discussion on workforce challenges
In a forum hosted by the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation, local town board supervisors and economic development specialists gathered last week for a brief overview on current issues facing Vilas County growth, including workforce development. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oneida County opens stretches of county highways to ATVs
ATV and UTV usage is a hot-button issue in Oneida County as ATV clubs request access to more roadways. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Parking advisory board to begin search for new partners
When the city of Rhinelander parking advisory committee was first formed, the major push among many alderpersons in regard to the downtown parking lots owned by the city was to sell them off because of the drain they had been putting on the city budget. This despite the lots' economic impact in the form of parking for customers of downtown businesses. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Labor relations commitee receives update on UW-Extension contract
The Oneida County Labor Relations and Employee Services Committee learned June 20 that UW-Extension is planning to present a new contract to the county July 18. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vote on zoning ordinance postponed after architect challenges validity of public hearing
After more than a year of meetings, three public hearings and an additional three months of work on changes, the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee was prepared to host its final public hearing Wednesday on the county's shoreland zoning code. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Welcenbach criminal diversion agreement approved
A diversion agreement has been approved resolving the criminal case against the former head of the Oneida County unit of the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG). (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 22, 2017

County board tables proposed withdrawal from ADRC partnership
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors covered a number of topics Tuesday in the course of a four-hour meeting at the Oneida County Courthouse, the most contentious of which was a request for the county to exit its partnership with the ADRC of the Northwoods. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 22, 2017

OC committee waives informality on bid specification for paving project
The Oneida County Buildings and Grounds Committee received bids this week for a project involving the paving of the parking lot at the Health and Aging facility. A low bid came in, but there was a minor glitch. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Forest County officials investigating death of 25-year-old woman
The Forest County sheriff's office is investigating the death of a 25-year-old female.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Public safety committee looking to purchase new ambulance
The Oneida County Public Safety Committee on Thursday authorized the Emergency Management department to seek cost estimates for a new ambulance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

With budget bogged down, new bills seek reform outside the process
The state Joint Finance Committee met last week after a two-week hiatus due to dueling GOP budget proposals, but, if the JFC was stalled, the rest of the Legislature was not, as lawmakers pushed significant individual reform proposals outside the budget process. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Legislature passes bill to restrict agency rule making
After years of debate, the state Assembly passed the so-called REINS Act last week, sending to Gov. Scott Walker the measure, which would significantly restrict state agency rule-making authority. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

One killed in Highway 51 crash UPDATE
A motorcyclist was killed Saturday evening when his bike collided with an automobile on U.S. Highway 51 near County Highway L in the town of Nokomis.

According to the Oneida County sheriff's office, 9-1-1 callers reported the accident at approximately 5:08 p.m.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

County denies Marshfield Clinic CUP application
Wednesday was D-Day, as in deliberation day, for the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee regarding Marshfield Clinic's application for a conditional use permit (CUP) to build a 12-bed, $30 million hospital in Minocqua.

The decision was nearly two months in the making, as the original public hearing took place in April. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 17, 2017


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