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June 17, 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


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

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

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


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