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July 12, 2020

OC health department partners with local chambers in fight against COVID-19
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow throughout the state, the Oneida County Health Department is looking to partner with local businesses to assist with contact tracing efforts, the agency announced Wednesday.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Thompson hits the ground running as UW System president
Former Governor Tommy Thompson began his tenure as the interim president of the UW System with gusto this past week, naming a transition team and setting up an online "listening post" for citizens to give the "listener in chief" their input. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 10, 2020

OC health department makes change in policy of naming businesses
The Oneida County health department has made a change in the way it names businesses and locations where people might have come into close contact with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the county's health officer said this past week. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 10, 2020

Republicans win major lawsuit on voting rules
In a unanimous decision this week, a U.S. court of appeals sided with Wisconsin Republicans and reinstated early voting uniformity and residency requirements for certain elections. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 10, 2020

COVID-19: More than 40% of all deaths associated with long-term care facilities
It is one of the most underreported statistics of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns: at least 43-45% of all deaths related to the novel coronavirus - both nationally and in Wisconsin - are associated with nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other group home settings, either among residents or workers at the facilities. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Minocqua man draws 25 years in prison for child sexual assault
A 28-year-old Minocqua man convicted of first-degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a child under age 13) was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison to be followed by 15 years extended supervision. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Eagle River man killed in Sugar Camp motorcycle accident (UPDATE)
A 65-year-old Eagle River man is dead following a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon in the Town of Sugar Camp.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

County schedules classes as hunter safety education resumes
Weeks after the Oneida County Sheriff's Department announced it was being forced to cancel the hunter safety course it had scheduled for June, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reversed course and will now allow the classes to be held in July.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Oneida County Highway Committee OKs two miles of county road for ATV/UTV use
Local all-terrain and utility vehicle (ATV/UTV) enthusiasts moved another step closer to being able to access a portion of County Highway D in Oneida County as part of an ATV/UTV trail, following action by the Oneida County highway committee last week.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Evers announces package of police reforms
Gov. Tony Evers announced last week a package of legislation he says will increase accountability and transparency in Wisconsin policing.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Oneida County COVID-19 number tracking procedure clarified
One point of confusion that has persisted since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March involves how confirmed cases are counted.

As of Sunday, June 28, Oneida County has had a total of 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Oneida County public safety approves hybrid dispatch position
The Oneida County board's public safety committee took action earlier this month that, if ultimately approved by the full county board, will allow the sheriff's office to move forward with establishing a hybrid position for jailers and dispatchers.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

DNR announces resumption of hunter safety education classes
In-person hunter and recreational vehicle education classes will resume July 13 under a set of guidelines and safety protocols released Friday by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

OCHD announces 18th and 19th confirmed cases of COVID-19
The Oneida County Health Department has announced the county's 18th and 19th confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

DPI guidance: Smaller classes, remote learning options, face masks, and social justice
With a variety of scenarios, examples, and models, the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued this week its guidance for schools to re-open for the fall semester, but no matter which model or hybrid is implemented, the state's schools won't look the same in the DPI's vision. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 26, 2020

City Council extends consultant contract to July 27
Former Wisconsin Rapids mayor Zach Vruwink will continue as an administrative consultant to the City of Rhinelander at least until July 27 and negotiations are set to begin on an employment contract that would extend to the end of 2020. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 26, 2020

Stammler charged with attempted homicide in Lake Tomahawk shooting
Bail has been set at $25,000 cash for a 58-year-old Lake Tomahawk woman accused of shooting her boyfriend in the shoulder during a domestic dispute Monday, June 22. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 26, 2020

Florida man charged with attempted mayhem at Nokomis campground
A 34-year-old man from Panama City, Fla. is facing two felonies in connection with an incident at a Nokomis campground June 21 where he allegedly stabbed a man nine times. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 26, 2020

Verso delivers crippling blow to Wisconsin Rapids
Verso Corporation has announced it is shuttering its paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids, finally realizing what had been a long running fear in the paper-dominated central Wisconsin city. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 26, 2020

Governor directs agencies to submit zero budget increases
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers laid out his 2021-23 budget priorities in a letter to cabinet secretaries and agency heads this past week, calling for them to submit zero-increase budgets, but also asking them to prioritize decisions that promote equity for populations he says have been systematically left behind, especially low-income residents and communities of color. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 26, 2020

Tiffany calls for Evers to regain control of streets or resign
Saying enough is enough, U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) called Wednesday for Gov. Tony Evers to resign if he could not or would not regain control of the streets of the state capital, after a night of violence and vandalism in Madison.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hunter Nation, WILL sue DNR over hunter safety class cancellations
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has sued the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on behalf of Hunter Nation and Hunter Nation president and CEO Luke Hilgemann after the agency adopted what the plaintiffs call a policy that illegally cancels all in-person hunter education courses in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Oneida County Tourism Council considers Northwoods COVID-19 impact
The Oneida County Tourism Council discussed COVID-19 updates during its meeting June 8. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Oneida County ends emergency declaration
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors ended Tuesday the county's emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 virus. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

YMCA child care center staff member tests positive for COVID-19
The YMCA of the Northwoods announced Tuesday that a staff member at its child care center had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 15 and that the center will be closed until June 29. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

Lake Tomahawk ATV Club members want answers as to next step in ordinance process
ATVs were once again a hot topic of discussion when the Lake Tomahawk Town Board met June 10 at the Sloan Community Center. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

Vilas County sheriff responds to reports of a man seen in KKK attire
Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath issued a press release Tuesday afternoon "because of all the phone calls we've been getting this morning," he told The Lakeland Times. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

Oneida County Board of Health forwards resolution to county board
The Oneida County Board of Health on Tuesday approved a resolution to support the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Local summer camps unveil plans for 2020 season
Like nearly everything else, the time-honored tradition of kids heading off to summer camp has changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As local camps prepare for the summer season, they are taking different approaches to keeping campers and staffers safe. While some have plans to move forward with their summer programs, others have opted to postpone their programs until next year. Here we spotlight a few local camps. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

15th and 16th cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department announced two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the county's 15th and 16th cases since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Liebscher waives preliminary hearing in bail jumping case
The bail jumping case against a Sugar Camp man awaiting sentencing on a charge of hit-and-run causing death for striking and killing 23-year-old motorcyclist Sean J. Holtslander on Highway 17 last August will most likely be resolved July 30 when the defendant is sentenced on the underlying charge. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In Assembly records case, court allows plaintiffs' attorneys access to records
The attorneys for plaintiffs in an open records lawsuit brought by four news organizations and a former Lakeland Times reporter against the state Assembly and its chief clerk have been given access to the documents they requested related to last year's sexual harassment investigation of Rep. Staush Gruszynski (D-Green Bay). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

OVTC considers loan repayment plan
The Oneida Vilas Transit Commission executive committee met June 5 to discuss the Commission's repayment plan for the $50,000 loans it has received from Oneida County and Vilas County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Plea hearing set for Minocqua man charged with child sexual assault
A 37-year-old Minocqua man charged with second degree sexual assault of a child under age 16 will accept a plea agreement in a July plea hearing, according to online court records. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

15th and 16th cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification a 15th and 16th person in Oneida County have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). One individual is in their 40s and the other is under 10.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

New report shows continued population loss in rural Wisconsin
Wisconsin is suffering rural population lost just like most of America, but a new report by the demographic firm Forward Analytics shows the principal reasons for that decline to be somewhat different from other places. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 12, 2020

Billionaires soar with new profits during pandemic
With national unemployment claims surpassing 40 million, many if not most American households are suffering from the impact of coronavirus shutdowns, but at least one class of Americans has profited quite nicely: billionaires. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 12, 2020

Researchers retract study that found hydroxychloroquine dangerous
Three of the four authors of a report that found the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients caused higher risks of death and heart problems have withdrawn the study, saying they can no longer vouch for the data they used. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 12, 2020

Millions in federal stimulus aid to be used for absentee ballot request mailing
The state will spend more than $2 million in federal stimulus dollars this year to send absentee ballot applications to approximately 2.7 million voters, after a unanimous vote last week of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 12, 2020

Oneida County moves to Phase 2 of COVID-19 guidance; 14th case confirmed
The Oneida County Health Department announced Tuesday the county has moved from Phase 1 to Phase 2 as everyone continues the process of working together to keep the novel coronavirus COVID-19 from spreading in our community. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 12, 2020

Vilas man charged with hate crime stands mute, asks for substitute judge
A crowd of protesters arrived at the Vilas County Courthouse early Monday morning to show their support for the criminal prosecution of a St. Germain man accused of committing a hate crime against Native Americans. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 12, 2020

Tourism marketing efforts shift as businesses adjust to new reality
A large contingent of business owners from throughout Oneida County gathered via Zoom June 4 for a roundtable with area chamber directors to learn more about how marketing to potential tourists has changed since Safer at Home restrictions were struck down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 13. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

County committee discusses furloughs and reopening plan
The Oneida County board's labor relations and employee services committee discussed county furloughs Wednesday, May 27, in regard to COVID-19. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Oneida Vilas Transit Commission discusses ADRC funding, CARES Act
The Oneida Vilas Transit Commission on May 29 discussed how funds awarded through the CARES Act may be used and its correlation to funding from the Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Oneida and Vilas counties. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Committee forwards social services mutual aid resolution to full board
The Oneida County board's social services committee last month approved a draft of a resolution for neighboring counties to participate in a mutual aid agreement for social services in the event one department is unable to provide complete support for its clients. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

OC health department announces 12th case of COVID-19, fifth reported infection since May 26
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has announced that a 12th person in Oneida County has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is in their 80s, has had no known contact with someone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 and has no history of travel outside of the community, county health officials said in a press release. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tavern League lobbyist: OC health department practicing 'biological McCarthyism'
The Oneida County Health Department has begun to name certain businesses visited by people who have tested positive for COVID-19 if the department concludes the visit posed a risk of significant exposure to others, but a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Tavern League criticized the policy this week, calling it "biological McCarthyism." (subscriber access)

Friday, June 5, 2020

OCEDC touts new state grant program for small businesses
The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation is urging area small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for a share of a new $75 million grant program. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 5, 2020

County announces10th and 11th COVID-19 infections
Over the last week, the Oneida County Health Department has announced two more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the county. The newest infection brings the county's total to 11 cases, as of press time Wednesday, four of which were announced within the last 8 days. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 5, 2020

Tourism leaders, business owners discuss holiday weekend traffic
Now that the summer season is officially underway, the directors of area chambers of commerce and some business owners gathered on Zoom Thursday to discuss what went right, what went wrong and how to attract more tourists to the area amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dueling math: Evers administration says promised budget cuts delivered
The Evers administration has found ways to cut about $70 million from the state budget in the past month, the administration announced last week, but a Republican lawmaker says the percentage is less than half of what Gov. Tony Evers promised. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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