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July 18, 2019

School board to hear building, dome presentations Monday evening
Two weeks after a historic vote approving the construction of an indoor athletic facility, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education will hear presentations Monday evening from contractors who specialize in building the two types of structures it is considering for the new facility - air-powered domes and steel buildings. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 22, 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

Oneida County health department emphasizes performance management
Oneida County does really well in some important public health indicators, and not so well in others, but the Oneida County Health Department is constantly measuring its own performance to try and improve the quality of both public health and its own organization, no matter where a specific indicator might be. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

State Supreme Court upholds laws enacted in extraordinary session
On a 4-3 vote along ideological lines, the state Supreme Court last week reversed a lower court decision invalidating so-called lame duck laws enacted last December in an Extraordinary Session of the Legislature, a session that had been challenged as unconstitutional. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Oneida County sued over pier regulations
Oneida County has long promoted itself as the place where nature lingered longer, but one thing which has lingered just about as long is a battle over whether the county's pier regulations are even legal. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Wisconsin Paper Council selects Tiffany as the trade association's 'Legislator of the Year'
Calling him a "tireless advocate for the papermaking industry," the Wisconsin Paper Council (WPC) has named State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) as the organization's 2019 "Legislator of the Year." (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Not your ordinary boat ride
Lowell Hagen of Whitewater recently visited Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk for the very first time. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

County finalizes short-term rental ordinance
After months and months of work, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors has passed regulations for short-term rentals, an ordinance that more than anything aims to regulate rentals of less than 30 days in single-family residential neighborhoods. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Teen killed in Sugar Camp crash
One person is dead following a vehicle versus tree crash on County Highway H in the town of Sugar Camp. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Vilas County undersheriff completes FBI academy
He's been with the Vilas County Sheriff's Office nearly 20 years and on June 7, the department's undersheriff, Pat Schmidt, reached another career milestone. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day brings attention to crucial need in social services
Local professionals and state legislators gathered for a luncheon at the Vilas County Courthouse June 14 in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as health department and social services professionals addressed the needs their departments face in light of a growing aging population and an absence of sufficient care providers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

BREAKING: School board chooses dome option
After hearing presentations from two firms specializing in steel buildings and one firm that builds air-supported domes, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted 9-0 Monday to move forward with the dome option for the indoor athletic facility it approved at its June 10 meeting.
Monday, June 24, 2019

One killed in Sugar Camp crash
One person is dead following a vehicle versus tree crash on County Highway H in the town of Sugar Camp.
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Hodag Water Shows may start season without new jump ramp
The Hodag Water Shows (HWS) water ski team will hit the water Wednesday evening for its first show of the 2019 season, but it might have to forego the high-flying jump acts, at least in the early season, as it's still working to assemble its new ski jump ramp. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Step therapy reform legislation heads to governor
The state Assembly this week unanimously passed legislation which supporters say will improve the insurer process known as step therapy and allow greater access to needed medications for patients with chronic conditions. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Minocqua Island Swim Challenge to benefit local public safety dive team
The 2019 Minocqua Island Swim Challenge will be held Saturday, June 29 at Torpy Park in downtown Minocqua.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Transit commission continues rocky ride in Oneida County
On a 16-3 vote, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution allowing the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission to borrow up to $192,000 for four new buses, but it was anything but a resounding vote of confidence. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Recruiting for new American Legion post underway
For nearly 100 years, Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk has been a unique place for veterans of the U.S. military to visit. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Lake Tomahawk has a new treasurer
The process was a little out of the ordinary, but by the end of the June 12 meeting of the Lake Tomahawk Town Board of Supervisors, a new town treasurer was selected. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Groundbreaking held for American Legion Family Cabin
In June 2018, there was a groundbreaking at Camp American Legion for a cabin to be designated primarily for use by families of fallen U.S. military service personnel. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Committee lowers speed limit on Nokomis highway
The Oneida County Highway Committee on Thursday approved a request to reduce the speed limit on a stretch of County Highway L in the town of Nokomis from 55 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission shares audit update with Vilas County ADRC
The process of obtaining and completing an independent audit of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission is going along as well as can be expected, the Vilas County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Committee was updated last week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

New midday flight draws travelers to Rhinelander airport
The weather wasn't exactly summerlike when the first midday SkyWest flight arrived at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport from Minneapolis Friday, but the first of the airport's new seasonal summer flights was full of travelers anyway. (subscriber access)
Monday, June 17, 2019

Hintz presses transit commission for ridership numbers
The Oneida County administration committee this week approved and sent to the county board a resolution which would allow the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission to borrow funds for four new buses, but not before county board chairman Dave Hintz repeatedly asked for ridership numbers. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Oneida County Solid Waste Department still looking for demolition site
The search will continue for a future solid waste demolition site in Oneida County.

At last week's Oneida County Forestry, Land, and Recreation Committee meeting, chairman Jack Sorensen reported the Oneida County Solid Waste Department is no longer seeking the committee's approval to use a parcel of land in the Washburn Lake Silent Sports Trails Area. They are instead looking at other options.

The development is the result of a decade-old designation of the land as a silent trails area. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 15, 2019

One-vehicle rollover in Hazelhurst results in minor injuries
A one-vehicle rollover on Friday, June 7 resulted in a lane closure and minor injuries for a Hazelhurst man. The incident occurred on Cedar Falls Road in Hazelhurst. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 15, 2019

State Patrol Law of the Month: Motorists reminded to properly secure trailers and cargo
It's that time of year when many travelers are pulling boats, campers and hauling a variety of items along highways. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Joint Finance Committee's transportation package would more than double title fees
The Republican-dominated Joint Finance Committee approved a transportation budget late last week, which would inject $483 million into transportation coffers by raising vehicle registration fees and more than doubling vehicle title transfer fees, among other things. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Names added to Wilderness Veterans Memorial
The Wilderness Veterans Memorial Flame in Presque Isle was dedicated in October 2017 but the most recent engraving of veterans' names was completed May 16. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

BREAKING: School board votes unanimously to spend up to $5.7 million on an indoor athletic facility
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to spend up to $5.7 million in district funds to build an indoor athletic facility.

The vote was 6-0 with three board members absent

Monday, June 10, 2019

Man killed in motorcycle crash in Three Lakes
A 51-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening in the town of Three Lakes, Chief of Police Scott Lea reports.

According to Lea, a call came in at approximately 7:23 p.m. reporting a one-vehicle crash on Highway X near the intersection with Shackleford Road in the Town of Three Lakes.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

New taxes still on table as panel looks for money
Oneida County's funding opportunities committee, tasked with coming up with a ballpark $800,000 in sustainable revenues to fund wage increases, continued to work through a multitude of revenue and cost-savings ideas this week, putting some concepts, such as selling county forestland, on hold, while leaving other possibilities, such as new taxes, on the active table. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Bilogan reports turned over to DA's office
The Oneida County sheriff's department has completed its investigation into a complaint lodged against the county's forestry director John Bilogan and reports have been submitted to the Oneida County district attorney's office for review, sheriff Grady Hartman confirmed Friday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Milwaukee man killed in ATV crash in Lincoln County
A 60-year-old Milwaukee man was killed Wednesday evening in an ATV crash in the township of Bradley in Lincoln County. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Ready to change from life of addiction
A waiting list usually indicates frustration, but for the Vilas County Jail Recovery Pod program, a waiting list illustrates hope and a potential commitment to change. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 8, 2019

State lays down the law with 200,000 'guidance documents'
At stake in the state Supreme Court case over so-called lame-duck laws passed by the Legislature after last year's gubernatorial election but before Gov. Tony Evers took office is not just the constitutionality of the Legislature's Extraordinary Session last December, and what that means for previous and future sessions, but the practical impact the decision will have as a result of enacting or voiding the laws themselves. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 6, 2019

County works to tighten rules on riparian replacement homes
The Oneida County zoning committee has directed the county's zoning staff to come up with a general policy that would require riparian property owners to have a bond or pay a cash deposit when they want to keep and use an existing home until a new home to replace it is built. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Supporting a neuro-diverse community - Autistic employees in the workplace
As the Northwoods continues to experience a significant lack of employees, one local entrepreneur has an option for businesses to consider: Supporting a neuro-diverse workforce by hiring autistic community members. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Justice Dan Kelly announces re-election bid
Conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Dan Kelly put many of the prognosticators about next year's state Supreme Court race out of business this week, at least for now, announcing his bid for a full 10-year term next spring. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Concert to benefit Northwoods autism projects
With autism becoming more and more prevalent in society, projects and programs dedicated to providing support and acceptance to autistic children and adults are becoming more crucial than ever. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 30, 2019

FCPC breaks ground on historic community center in Crandon
The Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) held a traditional ground blessing ceremony Tuesday to mark the beginning of construction on the Tribe's new community and recreation center. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 30, 2019

LdF Tribe wants control of six roads
In a February 2017 letter to Lac du Flambeau town chairman Matt Gaulke, Joseph Wildcat, president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, advised the town of Lac du Flambeau that the tribe would like 29 roads back. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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