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April 19, 2018

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Bob Heck stands in front of the main terminal at Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, “The House That Bob Built.” Heck is stepping down after 43 years as chairman of the airport commission. Mayor Dick Johns is expected to name his successor at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Jamie Taylor/river news

Bob Heck stands in front of the main terminal at Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, “The House That Bob Built.” Heck is stepping down after 43 years as chairman of the airport commission. Mayor Dick Johns is expected to name his successor at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Imagine for a moment what Rhinelander would look like without large employers like Printpack or the numerous businesses headquartered in the air industrial park on U.S. Highway 8. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 7, 2018


Northwoods companies learn how to apply for Foxconn work
Representatives from construction-based companies from across the Northwoods attended an informational meeting Friday at Nicolet Area Technical College in Rhinelander to learn how to bid on projects related to the upcoming Foxconn development in Racine County. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 19, 2018

OC board waives privilege in mining rewrite
Supervisor Jack Sorensen succeeded Tuesday in getting the Oneida County Board of Supervisors to open up its mining ordinance rewrite proces. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Constituents, public officials connect at 'Voters Engaged' listening session
Roughly 50 people gathered in the Oneida County Senior Center Saturday to speak directly to their elected officials about their concerns including the cost of prescription drugs and health care, protection of the environment, school safety and gerrymandering. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 19, 2018

DOJ: Meth lab discovered in Eagle River
A joint investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Vilas County sheriff's office has led to the discovery of a meth lab in Eagle River and two individuals have been charged with multiple felonies, according to a press release issued by the office of attorney general Brad Schimel.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Oneida and Vilas County emerging from historic snowstorm
Last weekend, "Blizzard Evelyn" or "Winter Storm Xanto" (depending on the media outlet doing the reporting) slammed into the Northwoods, bringing wth it a record-breaking snowfall.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Winter pushes spring aside
A record April snowfall blanketed most of the state over the weekend causing hazardous driving conditions and forcing businesses and schools to close. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pinwheels for Avery
Residents of two communities separated by thousands of miles paused Saturday to remember a little boy whose tragic death has forever changed them both. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Transparency takes back seat to speed in mining ordinance process
Time is running out for Oneida County officials to draft and adopt a mining ordinance, despite the fact they hired outside legal counsel to expedite the process. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission gives update on bus loan
After a long wait, the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) will finally be able to pay for three new buses they have been wanting, the group's chairman Erv Teichmiller revealed during the commission's April 12 meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Study shows those with autism traits more at risk for suicide
A 2017 study by researchers in the United Kingdom has found that people who display various characteristics of autism but who are not diagnosed with autism are more at risk of attempting suicide than the general population. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cassian board passes fire dept. ordinance
Confusion over the relationship between the Cassian Town Board and the town's fire department, and lingering questions regarding whether the board has any authority over the department, has led to the passage of an ordinance meant to clarify the matter. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rhinelander man who died trying to save drowning swimmers posthumously awarded Carnegie Medal
For Justin Schroepfer's family, Tuesday, April 3 was bittersweet.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tri-County Council to hold events for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month and locally the Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is planning to recognize the occasion with two events, a memorial to a toddler who lost his life one year ago this week and a separate function celebrating all children.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

DOT outlines plans for Hwy 51 construction
Representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation hosted a public meeting in Woodruff April 4 to update the public on Lakeland area construction and to gather feedback from the community. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Governor supports, Pocan opposes plan to use National Guard
Far from the nation's southern border, two major Wisconsin politicians got into a fight this week over border security, specifically, the Trump administration's plan to send National Guard troops to help defend it. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Transparency is an issue in mining ordinance rewrite
Oneida County's rewrite of its mining ordinance is only a few months underway, but already transparency - or the lack thereof - is emerging as a central issue, at least for one county supervisor and many more members of the public. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Lac du Flambeau tribe files federal lawsuit
The Lac du Flambeau Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies in response to the opioid epidemic. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Oneida County to create new ruffed grouse management area
Oneida County forestry director John Bilogan brought a proposal to the forestry committee April 4 to create a new ruffed grouse management area in the county. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week observed
Each year during the second full week in April, telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Oneida Co. ITS director placed on leave
Oneida County's information technology services director, Jack Flint, has been placed on administrative leave.(subscriber access)
Thursday, April 5, 2018

No injuries reported in Newbold structure fire
Firefighters from six departments were dispatched to 6174 Black Lake Road in the town of Newbold Monday afternoon following a report of a structure fire.(subscriber access)
Thursday, April 5, 2018

The blue wave continues as Dallet smashes Screnock
Wisconsin voters took a sharp turn to the left in Tuesday's election, electing the first non-incumbent liberal to the state Supreme Court in a generation and voting by a wide margin to keep the state treasurer's office, which conservatives wanted to abolish.(subscriber access)
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Johnson joins Oneida County Economic Development Corporation
Stacey Johnson of Arbor Vitae has been named the new executive director of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC).
Thursday, April 5, 2018

BREAKING: Frederickson elected mayor of Rhinelander
Rhinelander voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose a new mayor and decide an aldermanic race while Oneida County residents selected representatives to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors and the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Newbold board approves road maintenance program for 2018
With the coming of spring comes roadwork. The Newbold town board started preparing for "orange season" March 29 when it authorized public works director Mark Fetzer to seek bids for roads to be worked on this year.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

County workers' compensation report discussed by committees
Oneida County's labor relations and administration committees received a briefing March 28 on workers' compensation for county employees and how claims are filed.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lakeland STAR open house attracts large crowd
It started with a dream, continued with more than two years of hard work, and this past Wednesday the vision moved into the realm of reality with a large and engaged crowd attending an open house to kick off and celebrate Lakeland's new charter school, Lakeland STAR School/Academy.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Informational meetings about Cassian National Cemetery to be held Wednesday
In February of this year, Bob Roeser, an administrative officer with the National Cemetery Administration's office at Ft. Snelling in Minneapolis, told The Lakeland Times design plans for a national cemetery to be established in the town of Cassian are under consideration.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

WDVA awards $71,000 grant to Camp American Legion
Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk received a check last week from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs for just over $71,000.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A look at the history of large lot zoning
Large lot zoning has taken it on the chin for more than a decade now - even environmental and pro-smart growth groups and Obama's EPA have cautioned against it, saying there are better methods of environmental regulation - but the zoning mechanism that gained steam in the 1950s still has its proponents, and, what's more, it's still the water-quality regulation of choice for local governments.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

BREAKING: Structure fire reported on Black Lake Road
Firefighters from several local departments responded to a fire Monday afternoon at 6174 Black Lake Road in the town of Newbold.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Vilas County joins nationwide opioid lawsuit
It's taken some time and discussion but the Vilas County board voted Tuesday to join ongoing litigation against large pharmaceutical companies which manufacture drugs - opioids - such as oxycodone. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Oneida board candidates answer election questionnaire (Pt. 1)
There are five contested races for Oneida County Board Supervisor in the spring election. Two incumbents, Carol Pederson in District 5 and Lisa Zunker in District 19, have chosen not to run again.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Oneida board candidates answer election questionnaire (Pt. 2)
There are five contested races for Oneida County Board Supervisor in the spring election. Two incumbents, Carol Pederson in District 5 and Lisa Zunker in District 19, have chosen not to run again.
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Oneida board candidates answer election questionnaire (Pt. 3)
There are five contested races for Oneida County Board Supervisor in the spring election. Two incumbents, Carol Pederson in District 5 and Lisa Zunker in District 19, have chosen not to run again.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

County mandates active shooter training
In a bid to toughen up security, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors voted last week to require active shooter training for all county employees and elected officials.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Minocqua hosts March for Our Lives
As part of a national campaign called March for Our Lives, Minocqua was one of 800 cities to host simultaneous demonstrations last Saturday to protest gun violence. Organizers estimate 260 people participated locally.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission considering outside management contract
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission's (OVTC) Executive Committee discussed bringing in management from outside the organization at its March 22 meeting.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Legislature passes reform of civil asset forfeiture
After years of debate, the state Legislature has passed a bill to reform the state's civil asset forfeiture procedures, a statute by which law enforcement can seize property used in the commission of a crime.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Walker taps Rhinelander for possible economic opportunity zone
Gov. Scott Walker announced Economic Opportunity Zone (EOZ) recommendations for Wisconsin this week, and he designated the city of Rhinelander as one of 120 census tracts eligible for certain tax-free investments.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ATV route approved for Hwy. 32 in Three Lakes
The Oneida County Public Works/Highway Department approved a request March 22 to open two-thirds of a mile of State Highway 32 near Three Lakes to all-terrain vehicle traffic.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Expert witness: No need for DOJ to redact informants' real names
A retired supervisory special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and coordinator for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program in Los Angeles is challenging the Wisconsin Department of Justice's redaction of law enforcement names requested by The Lakeland Times in an open-records request.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

'Voters Engaged' listening session to be held April 14 at Oneida County Senior Center
In conjunction with the Wisconsin Voters Engaged project, Northwoods Friends for Civic Participation is hosting a multi-partisan listening session to allow citizens to speak directly to their elected representatives.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

County board candidates answer questions at forum
Eleven candidates running for the Oneida County Board of Supervisors in the April 3 election took part in a candidate forum March 20 in the James Williams Middle School auditorium in Rhinelander.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Membership in NRA, gun groups on the rise
The student March for Our Lives scheduled for March 24 in the nation's capital might well be the largest demonstration for gun control ever, as its organizers predict, but out in the grassroots, and far away from TV cameras and the mainstream media, another story is being written: Rising membership in gun-rights groups, increasing intensity among existing members of those groups, and even growing numbers of young people expressing support for gun rights.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Questions raised about transit commission's operations
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors followed in Vilas County's footsteps Tuesday, approving the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission's effort to short- term borrow nearly $125,000 for the purchase of three new buses.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lake Tomahawk surveys voters, property owners for ATV/UTV use
At its regular meeting last week, the Lake Tomahawk Town Board approved a request from the Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV Club to mail questionairres to all property owners and registered voters in the town.(subscriber access)
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Oscar Johnson VA Hospital hosts town hall meetings
Representatives of the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center hosted town hall meetings for veterans and their families last week in Boulder Junction and Rhinelander.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Town of Little Rice to vote on village powers
The town of Little Rice is exploring the idea of adopting village powers.

On the agenda for the March 13 town board meeting was an item requesting that a vote on the adoption of village powers be added to the agenda for the town's annual meeting.(subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cassian board discusses possible ordinances regarding fire department
Recently, the Cassian Town Board disciplined a fire department member related to an incident that involved a third party.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018


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