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December 14, 2017

County board will consider land deal at Dec. 19 meeting
Oneida County's bid to purchase 231 acres of land in the town of Enterprise for the county forest has moved a step closer with the property owners' acceptance of an offer to buy the land at its appraised value. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Zoning committee approves substantial fee hikes
The economy has been picking up steam, and more zoning regulations have come down the pike in recent years, and in Oneida County those intersecting trends mean two things are almost as certain as death and taxes. (Subscriber Access)
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Walker signs mining bill into law
With the bill's co-authors in attendance, Gov. Scott Walker signed the "Mining for America" bill into law Monday at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport. (Subscriber Access)
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Transit commission approves 2018 budget
The Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission, which oversees the Rhinelander-based Northwoods Transit Connections, approved a proposed 2018 budget Thursday. The financial plan will be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for approval. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Oneida County adopts policy on bullying
In recent years, the cliched schoolyard experience of bullying has garnered serious attention from academics, the White House and various figures in our popular media. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stefonek gives update on roadway overhaul project
During a Nov. 29, meeting of the Oneida County Public Works Committee, highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek revealed residents and visitors who come to Rhinelander can look forward to navigating a less dangerous road near the highway department's offices in the future. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sex offender to be released in Oneida County
A convicted sex offender will be released from prison Dec. 5 and is expected to make his home in the Rhinelander area, the Oneida County sheriff's office announced Thursday.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Northwoods Transit Connections expands under cloud of controversy
On Nov. 17, The Lakeland Times reported on a proposed pilot transportation route for residents of the Minocqua and Woodruff areas which would see individuals transported to Minocqua Winter Park in order to ski and use the facilities at the wooded site. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Missing Hazelhurst woman found dead (Update: No foul play suspected)
The body of a missing Hazelhurst woman has been recovered.

According to Oneida County sheriff's captain Terri Hook, searchers found the body of Margie Hurula, 62, Tuesday afternoon, roughly two days after she went missing near her home on County Highway Y in Hazelhurst.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New law curbs counties' ability to deny conditional use permits
When the state Assembly passed the new Homeowners Bill of Rights two weeks ago and sent the measure to the governor for his signature, most of the attention was on restoring the ability of homeowners to develop substandard lots if they were legal when they were bought. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Political Digest
Members of the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety voted along party lines last week to approve a bill to set statewide standards for the use of body cameras.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Woodruff woman found dead in UP
A 65-year-old Woodruff woman has been found dead in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Gogebic County officials report.

According to a press release issued by under sheriff Ross C. Solberg, Gogebic officials received a call at approximately 7:26 a.m. Wednesday requesting their help in locating a 65-year-old female from Woodruff.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Oneida zoning panel warns condo association to follow CUP
A dispute between Oneida County and Minocqua Lake Condo over pier configuration, berthing spaces, and property encroachment has been resolved with a promise by the condominium association to adhere to its conditional use permit. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hartman seeks solution to salary discrepancy
During a meeting Nov. 16, the Oneida County Public Safety Committee was presented with issues pertaining to staffing in the county police service by sheriff Grady Hartman. Specifically, some employees are making more than other officers on the job. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Proposed transit program bothers taxi company owners
The Oneida and Vilas County Transit Commission inched closer to instituting a new transportation route for residents of the Northwoods during its meeting Nov. 13. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Northwoods Transit Connections now offers free books
In an effort to become more involved in the community and increase literacy, the Literacy Task Force of Northern Wisconsin (LTF-NW) has launched a Books on the Bus program. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Expera Coated Products dedicates new coater
One year after formalizing its lease of a vacant industrial building at 114 West Kemp Street in Rhinelander for a new manufacturing operation, Expera Coated Products held a dedication ceremony Thursday for its new state-of-the-art coater to be used to make release paper for its graphite fiber composite products. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Confirmed: One dead in Tomahawk shooting; suspect in custody
A 52-year-old Tomahawk man was fatally shot while standing in his Mohawk Drive driveway Thursday evening, Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed in a Friday morning press conference.

The suspect, a 32-year-old Wausau man, is in custody, the chief confirmed.

According to Elvin, a call came in at approximately 5:47 reporting Charles K. Ramp, 52, had been shot at his residence.

Ramp was transported to Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk where he later died.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

21-year-old in custody following 6-hour standoff
Officers from the Oneida County sheriff's office and the Rhinelander Police Department responded to a residence on U.S. Highway 8 West in the town of Crescent Thursday morning following a report of a suicidal subject.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Oneida highway department may eliminate superintendent position
On Nov. 9, the Oneida County Public Works Committee discussed highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek's money saving proposal to eliminate the position of county highway superintendent and replace it with two lower-paid assistant workers. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Homeowners' Bill of Rights one step closer to law
The Homeowners' Bill of Rights - legislation designed to expand private property rights in Wisconsin - moved one step closer to enactment last week when the measure passed the state Assembly. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Marshfield Clinic appeal to be rescheduled
The Oneida County Board of Adjustment has postponed a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, regarding Marshfield's Clinic's appeal of the zoning committee's denial of its conditional use permit (CUP) application. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pozarski honored for 19 years of service to veterans
A local man who has been driving local veterans to and from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain for 17 years received a surprise Friday near the close of the annual Oneida County Veterans Day ceremony. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

JEM grant boosts Oneida County Tourism Council rebranding project
The Oneida County Tourism Council (OCTC) received a $39,550 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant Tuesday from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 10, 2017

County heads for decision on Enterprise properties
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors is heading toward a decision on the purchase of more than 200 acres in the town of Enterprise for the county forest, and, as decision day draws closer, the purchase is raising traditional questions about the continued purchase of private lands by state and local governments in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 9, 2017

OC panel votes to ban weekend rentals
Oneida County took its first tentative steps toward regulating residential short-term rentals last week, with the zoning committee voting to ban rentals of six consecutive days or less. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Property owners in land offer owe thousands in delinquent taxes
Some of the owners trying to sell hundreds of acres of land to Oneida County - a purchase the county is pursuing - owe more than $20,000 in delinquent taxes on the property they are trying to sell, and the figure could swell upward to more than $26,000 if payments aren't made soon, according to documents obtained by The Lakeland Times. (Subscriber Access)
Saturday, November 4, 2017

County, Congleton reach settlement in hostile workplace lawsuit
A federal lawsuit filed by a former Oneida County corrections officer alleging a hostile work environment has been settled. (Subscriber Access)
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Walker: State forestry headquarters moving to Rhinelander
Rhinelander has been chosen as the new location for the State Division of Forestry headquarters, Governor Scott Walker announced Wednesday in a visit to the city.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Magistrate narrows scope of plaintiff's claims
A federal lawsuit filed by a former Oneida County corrections officer alleging sexual harassment and gender discrimination by her supervisor is set for trial next month in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, but the scope of the case has been narrowed considerably following a pretrial ruling. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oneida County adjusting to rental policy change
With supervisors Billy Fried and Dave Hintz absent, the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee had zoning director Karl Jennrich present options to the group during their Oct. 18 meeting which could lessen issues arising from short-term rentals in the area. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Crandon officer uses 'deadly force' during struggle
CRANDON (AP) - Crandon police say an officer has used "deadly force" during a struggle following a traffic stop.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Woodboro town board discusses nuisance ordinance
The Woodboro town board held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of enacting a nuisance ordinance. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Building the Oneida County budget
In meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Oneida County Administration Committee went through the 2018 budget and deliberated on what to remove and what to approve and send onward to the county board in November. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ATV ordinance to be discussed at Oct. 26 Newbold meeting
The Newbold town board held a relatively light meeting on Oct. 13. Discussion and action at the meeting included approval of an aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention grant for Two Sisters Lake and approval of the purchase of a new voting machine. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Short-term rentals now legal throughout Wisconsin
Homeowners who have been prevented by their municipalities from renting their homes on a short-term basis can now do so under certain conditions, under a late amendment to the state budget bill that Gov. Scott Walker did not veto. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 14, 2017

ATV/UTV ordinance discussion at Cassian board meeting becomes heated
Monday's Cassian town board meeting featured a brief, heated exchange over ATV/UTV usage on town roads. (Subscriber Access)
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Oneida County sergeant seeks sheriff's post
The voters won't go to the polls for over a year, but signs are pointing toward a lively race for Oneida County sheriff in 2018. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mining moratorium bill moves forward
State Sen. Tom Tiffany's bill to repeal Wisconsin's mining moratorium took a major step forward late last week, with the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry voting 3-2 to move the bill to the full Senate for action. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In sexual assault case, truth is a hard-won thing
These days, former Oneida County detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach is fighting battles on multiple, though connected, fronts - she continues to try to clear her name for what she says are trumped up charges of misconduct against her, and she is pursuing justice in the criminal prosecution of the man she says raped her in 2011, former Oneida County deputy Lee Lech. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Neuman says he won't compromise confidential info
When it comes to internal probes at the Oneida County sheriff's department, sheriff Grady Hartman has turned increasingly to jail administrator Mark Neuman and captain Terri Hook to lead the investigations of their fellow officers. (subscriber access)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

County highway facility maintenance pushed to 2019
The Oneida County Public Works Committee voted Wednesday to make highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek wait a little longer for key upgrades to his Kemp Street facility in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Vilas County supervisors compromise on compensation
The compensation of county board supervisors is a hot topic this fall.

The Oneida County administration committee is looking to revamp pay and compensation for board supervisors in that county and Vilas County supervisors last week approved a compromise on a resolution regarding supervisor pay. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oneida-Vilas transit commission to get funds
In an effort to cut costs, the Oneida and Vilas Transit Commission, the board of directors which oversees Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC), last week approved changes in how NTC will operate. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Oneida County closer to electronic voting for officials
In separate meetings on Sept. 20, the Oneida County capital improvement and administration committees discussed a proposal which would cause members of the county board to cast their votes electronically in the future. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Northwoods Transit Connections adjusts 'on call' procedure
Growing pains.

That's the way Jim Altenburg, the director og Northwoods Transit Connections, describes the current situation with the organization, put together under the umbrella of the Oneida and Vilas Transit Commission. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Former Oneida sheriff's deputy charged with sexual assault
A former Oneida County sheriff's deputy has been charged in Dane County Circuit Court with sexually assaulting a coworker while the two were in Madison for a training session in October 2011. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Audit says Oneida County running in strong position
Oneida County auditors have once again wrapped up their annual tasks, and once again they report the county to be in strong financial position as a new budget year approaches. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 21, 2017

fall ride
Participants from this past weekend's 36th Annual Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA head south on U.S. Highway 51 Sunday morning. The weekend drew tens of thousands of visitors to several sites in Tomahawk and Oneida County. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

County committee hears fair report
Despite some occasional rain showers, approximately 15,000 people attended the 2017 Oneida County Fair, the Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension committee learned Sept. 11. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump to consider reductions in J1 visa program
The Trump administration is considering implementing a reduction or elimination of visas for United States cultural work and exchange programs, specifically for five of the employment-based cultural exchange visas in the J1 visa program, the Wall Street Journal has reported. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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