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BCPL seeks to buy nearly 1,000 acres in Oneida County
The staff of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands will seek approval Tuesday to purchase nearly a thousand acres of land in Oneida County from American Timberland.
Saturday, July 22, 2017


Newbold drafts ordinance to accommodate ATV guidelines
Since April, when the Newbold Town Board voted against a proposal seeking to open all town roads to ATV traffic, many advocates of the cause have expressed their disapproval. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Man suspected of setting vehicle on fire apprehended
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office has in custody a man suspected of setting a vehicle on fire Thursday.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Missing woman found early Friday morning in Vilas County
Authorities in Vilas County used a drone to help find a woman who had been reported missing Thursday evening.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

June traffic crashes claim 59 lives in Wisconsin
Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) shows that 59 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month - three more compared to June of last year and five above the five-year average for the month of June. The safest month of June occurred in 2015 with 44 fatalities, and the deadliest June was in 1956 with 115 fatalities, according to a Department of Transportation press release.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lawmakers launch DOT reform effort
Republican lawmakers unleashed an effort earlier this month to reform the way the state Department of Transportation does business, circulating a package of bills they say would fundamentally alter the way the DOT delivers, finances, and administers state highway projects. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Political Digest
Wisconsin among nine states with computer science standards

With the adoption of standards for computer science, Wisconsin is one of nine states to have established academic standards for the subject area, according to the state Department of Public Instruction, and, as part of the ongoing standards review and revision process, public comment is now open on new draft standards in music, science, and information and technology literacy. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sex offender to be released in Vilas County
A sex offender will be released to Vilas County in August.

According to a press release issued by Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath, Steven Burgess, 41, will be residing on Chickaree Lake Road in Vilas County after Aug. 1.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Ghost legislation' has craft brewers and others stirred up
A piece of legislation rumored to be inserted into the state's 2017-19 budget by the state legislature's finance committee has those in the local Wisconsin craft brewery, winery and distilling business somewhat concerned. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

UW-Extension reorganization plan comes before committee
The reorganization of the UW-Extension system, prompted by a $3.6 million budget cut back in 2015, is starting to take shape.

Lynn Feldman and Will Andresen of UW-Extension made a presentation to the Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education Committee July 10 detailing the reconfiguration. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Gov. Walker's opioid abuse task force meets in Minocqua
Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren visited Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua Friday morning to discuss what can be done to curb the opioid overdose epidemic in the state of Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Crescent board delays action on ATV trails, speed limits
Like a number of Oneida County townships, the town of Crescent is wrestling with where to allow ATV travel within its borders. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cassian board discusses trails, engineering contract
Trails, both snowmobile and bike, were a hot topic of discussion Monday when the Cassian town board assembled for its regular monthly meeting.

On the agenda were two separate trail requests, one for a snowmobile trail and one to establish a bike route. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Arbor Vitae, Oneida County hold ambulance talks
Arbor Vitae town officials will be talking to Oneida County's emergency management director, Ken Kortenhof, in the near future regarding ambulance service. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Marshfield plans appeal of CUP denial for hospital
Marshfield Clinic will appeal Oneida County's denial of a conditional use permit (CUP) to build a hospital in Minocqua, a Marshfield Clinic official said this week.

Dr. William Melms, regional medical director for the clinic, said in a short July 6 statement that Marshfield would submit the paperwork by the applicable deadline to contest the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee's 3-2 denial of the permit application. (subscriber access)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Northwoods Transit Connection continues to grow
The Northwoods Transit Connection, a cooperative effort between Oneida and Vilas counties founded in 2015 and based in Rhinelander, is doing very well, according Vilas County supervisor Erv Teichmiller, chairman of the Oneida-Vilas transit commission. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Man found dead in Razorback Lake
A 74-year-old male was found deceased Monday morning in Vilas County's Razorback Lake.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Oneida County looks for piece of the pie with CCOP
The implementation of Family Care on July 1 has put social services departments in flux, and Oneida County is no different.

At a committee meeting Tuesday, the department discussed the administration of the Children's Long-Term Support Waiver Program. Currently, the Human Service Center provides that program and has expressed a desire to continue to do so. (subscriber access)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Three Lakes board discusses 'rural residential' rezoning
The Three Lakes town board is making progress in its search for a new home for its town offices.

Town chairman Jeff Bruss updated the board on the search last week. (subscriber access)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Oneida tourism council grapples with challenges presented by short-term rentals
It's summer in the Northwoods and there are plenty of visitors enjoying the fresh air of the north country.

Tourists flock from all over the Midwest and beyond to spend their vacation time in God's Country and many Northwoods residents take advantage of the demand for lodging by renting our their homes, cabins or even extra rooms on a short-term basis. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

VCEDC town forum sparks discussion on workforce challenges
In a forum hosted by the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation, local town board supervisors and economic development specialists gathered last week for a brief overview on current issues facing Vilas County growth, including workforce development. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oneida County opens stretches of county highways to ATVs
ATV and UTV usage is a hot-button issue in Oneida County as ATV clubs request access to more roadways. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Parking advisory board to begin search for new partners
When the city of Rhinelander parking advisory committee was first formed, the major push among many alderpersons in regard to the downtown parking lots owned by the city was to sell them off because of the drain they had been putting on the city budget. This despite the lots' economic impact in the form of parking for customers of downtown businesses. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Labor relations commitee receives update on UW-Extension contract
The Oneida County Labor Relations and Employee Services Committee learned June 20 that UW-Extension is planning to present a new contract to the county July 18. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vote on zoning ordinance postponed after architect challenges validity of public hearing
After more than a year of meetings, three public hearings and an additional three months of work on changes, the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee was prepared to host its final public hearing Wednesday on the county's shoreland zoning code. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Welcenbach criminal diversion agreement approved
A diversion agreement has been approved resolving the criminal case against the former head of the Oneida County unit of the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG). (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 22, 2017

County board tables proposed withdrawal from ADRC partnership
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors covered a number of topics Tuesday in the course of a four-hour meeting at the Oneida County Courthouse, the most contentious of which was a request for the county to exit its partnership with the ADRC of the Northwoods. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 22, 2017

OC committee waives informality on bid specification for paving project
The Oneida County Buildings and Grounds Committee received bids this week for a project involving the paving of the parking lot at the Health and Aging facility. A low bid came in, but there was a minor glitch. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Forest County officials investigating death of 25-year-old woman
The Forest County sheriff's office is investigating the death of a 25-year-old female.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Public safety committee looking to purchase new ambulance
The Oneida County Public Safety Committee on Thursday authorized the Emergency Management department to seek cost estimates for a new ambulance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

With budget bogged down, new bills seek reform outside the process
The state Joint Finance Committee met last week after a two-week hiatus due to dueling GOP budget proposals, but, if the JFC was stalled, the rest of the Legislature was not, as lawmakers pushed significant individual reform proposals outside the budget process. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Legislature passes bill to restrict agency rule making
After years of debate, the state Assembly passed the so-called REINS Act last week, sending to Gov. Scott Walker the measure, which would significantly restrict state agency rule-making authority. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

One killed in Highway 51 crash UPDATE
A motorcyclist was killed Saturday evening when his bike collided with an automobile on U.S. Highway 51 near County Highway L in the town of Nokomis.

According to the Oneida County sheriff's office, 9-1-1 callers reported the accident at approximately 5:08 p.m.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

County denies Marshfield Clinic CUP application
Wednesday was D-Day, as in deliberation day, for the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee regarding Marshfield Clinic's application for a conditional use permit (CUP) to build a 12-bed, $30 million hospital in Minocqua.

The decision was nearly two months in the making, as the original public hearing took place in April. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Admin committee signs resolutions in preparation for county board meeting
With the Oneida County Board of Supervisors scheduled to hold its June meeting Tuesday, the county's administration committee signed several resolutions at its June 12 meeting to be forwarded to the board for approval. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bible camp developers appeal to high court
Three brothers who want to build a year-round religious camp on the shores of Squash Lake are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will hear their case. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cassian board approves changes to ATV/UTV ordinance
The Cassian Town Board made several changes to the town's ATV/UTV ordinance Monday as it continues its effort to increase opportunities for ATV/UTV usage. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Panel discusses prescription drug abuse problem in Vilas County
The Vilas County Economic Development and Tourism Committee (VCEDT) heard from community health consultant Bob Kovar earlier this month on the importance of funding for drug prevention efforts. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Local employers gather for free market health care symposium
Northwoods CEOs, CFOs, school administrators and county employees gathered at the Northwood Surgery Center in Woodruff on June 8 for a health care symposium. The event sought to inform employers about the potential cost savings which can be had under a free market system. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sex offender to be released in Oneida County
A 27-year-old Oneida County man convicted of felony child enticement in 2012 is scheduled to be returned to the community today, the Rhinelander Police Department reports.

According to a police department press release, Abel Jump is set to be released from prison today (June 13) and placed on supervision administered by the Department of Corrections.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Forestry committee signs resolution to acquire property in Enterprise
The Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee signed a resolution June 7 to purchase 231 acres of privately owned land around Gillette and Wickham lakes in the town of Enterprise.

The purchase of properties owned by the Haug and Houle families has the potential to be covered, in some portion, by the state's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant, if the county is deemed eligible, officials said. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

County highway committee awards bids for roadwork
At the May 25 meeting of the Oneida County Public Works/Highway and Solid Waste Committee bids for road striping, sand and salt, and chip sealing were submitted. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Oneida County LRES talks internal and external hiring
Oneida County has dome some shuffling within its departments recently, with a worker from Employee Services transferring to the Highway Department after Lisa Jolin was promoted to solid waste supervisor. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Oneida County sets date for shoreland ordinance hearing
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee announced that it is scheduled to hold a public hearing regarding amendments to Chapter 9 of its shoreland protection ordinance on June 21. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Forest County: Five hurt, one arrested in separate ATV related incidents
A 19-year old Crandon man was arrested Thursday morning following the crash of an all terrain vehicle.

According to a press release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for exceeding posted speeds limits.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Committee wants to beef up security at Oneida County Courthouse
Courthouse safety has been a topic of discussion for several Oneida County committees in recent weeks, with three different panels holding closed sessions on the matter. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

U.S. Senator says he has the trifecta for curbing agency power
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) made his way last week to the Federalist Society to give a major speech on curbing the power of federal agencies, and in it the senator claimed he had the perfect trifecta to rein in the power of the massive government bureaucracy - three bills that, if passed, would restore Congress's proper congressional authority. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Political Digest
Berceau: Wisconsin needs real transportation solutions

State Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison) hammered Gov. Scott Walker this week for what she said was his mismanagement of transportation issues and for operating in "full campaign mode." (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Welcenbach files lawsuit against Hartman, Oneida County
In the latest skirmish in a long-running legal battle, Oneida County detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach has filed a federal lawsuit against Oneida County sheriff Grady Hartman and the county, among other things alleging retaliation and deprivation of her civil rights under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Zoning committee opts not to challenge state on Act 55
On May 16, supervisor Bob Mott took to the county board floor to challenge his colleagues on the Planning and Development Committee to fight the state on shoreland zoning changes enacted as a result of Act 55. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 3, 2017

City receives first PRAT payment
When the premier resort area tax (PRAT) was passed in 2016 and implemented in January, it was designed to provide the city of Rhinelander with an additional source of revenue for infrastructure repairs and improvement without increasing property taxes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 3, 2017


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