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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

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

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

Zoning committee postpones Marshfield Clinic CUP vote once more
The wait continues for those wondering whether the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee will approve Marshfield Clinic's request for a conditional use permit to build a 12-bed, $30 million hospital in Minocqua, less than a mile from Howard Young Medical Center. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Vilas DA files complaint against Boulder Junction town board
The Vilas County district attorney has filed an open-meetings complaint against the Boulder Junction town board and individual supervisors who were serving on the board last September for an alleged infraction related to a nearly $9,000 payout to the town clerk. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Affordable Care? Health insurance premiums doubled since 2013
Insurance premiums have more than doubled for individual health insurance plans in the past four years, in part because of the Affordable Care Act's insurance regulations, a new government report has found. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Health department warns against boating under the influence
Boating is a popular recreational activity across the Northwoods. It is safe and fun activity, but it does not mix with alcohol.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sowinski denies conflict of interest in IM21 case
The investigation into the conditions at the It Matters to One animal rescue is closed, but the confidential resolution of the matter has left many in the Northwoods, particularly those who use social media, both confused and outraged. Some have even accused the prosecutor of having a conflict of interest, an allegation she strongly denies. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Take Your Legislator to Work Day: Swearingen makes stop at Minocqua McDonald's
A young man named Peter Siegler met someone whom he greatly admires Friday afternoon. Representative Rob Swearingen visited Siegler at the Minocqua McDonald's, where he has worked one day a week for the last two years.

Siegler was excited and nervous to meet Rep. Swearingen, a Republican from Rhinelander. (subscriber acces)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Oneida County highway committee reviews bids for upcoming roadwork
The Oneida County Public Works/Highway and Solid Waste Committee last week reviewed three different sets of bids for chip seal aggregate, road striping and sand for 2017 sand and salt production. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Family, friends of Justin Schroepfer hold dedication for life-saving equipment
On June 11, 2016, Justin Schroepfer went into Lake Superior just off Little Presque Isle at Marquette, Mich. attempting to save a young woman who had been caught in a rip current.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Social Services committee receives updates on Family Care and WDVA grant
Family Care is a little more than a month away from its launch date in Oneida County.

On May 23, Social Services director Mary Rideout updated the Oneida County Social Services Committee on the implementation process. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Starks accident
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Social Services panel discusses unborn child abuse court ruling
The Vilas County Social Services committee met May 16 to discuss how a recent unborn child abuse judgment decision will affect the services they provide and the actions they can take involving pregnant women. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Oneida, Vilas counties looking at possible medical examiner contract in 2019
Over the past several years, Vilas County has explored contracting with Oneida County for medical examiner services but as of yet the two counties have been unable to come to an agreement. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Airport gets security upgrade
Air travelers departing from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport over the last few days have encountered a significant change in security procedures as the latest in screening technology was recently installed in the security checkpoint area. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Zoning panel delays decision on hospital permit
The Oneida County planning and zoning committee is moving closer to determining when it will vote on Marshfield Clinic's conditional use application to build a 12-bed, $30 million hospital in Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Marshfield Clinic: Responses to health survey likely came from Lakeland employees
Last week, The Lakeland Times released the results of an expanded health care survey made available to the Lakeland area earlier this month. The survey was part of an effort to gain information about the public's opinions and experiences with local health care. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

County board discusses compliance with open meetings law
Having been found in violation twice in the last six months, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors has struggled recently to comply with the state's open meetings law. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oneida County delays Marshfield Clinic CUP decision
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee has decided to postpone its decision on a conditional use permit (CUP) application submitted by Marshfield Clinic to build a 12-bed, $30 million Marshfield Clinic hospital in Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wisconsin tourism up $700M across state in 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has released the 2016 visitor spending numbers and the state experienced a boost for the sixth consecutive year.

Overall, the state's tourism industry brought in $20 billion last year, $700 million more than 2015. (subscriber access)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Public works committee to Pine Lake board: Take a stance on ATVs
The Oneida County Public Works/Highway and Solid Waste Committee has a message for the Pine Lake town board - neutrality isn't acceptable when it comes to ATV/UTV requests. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Oneida County Administration talks contingency fund
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors' handling of the county's contingency fund was the subject of discussion at the May 9 meeting of the county's administration committee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Three Lakes board decides to rebid Blue Ribbon Bridge project
After learning it would be better to complete repairs to the Blue Ribbon Bridge in the winter months, the Three Lakes town board voted May 2 to reject the initial bids and rebid the project. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lakeland Times concludes health care survey
In an effort to gather information about the Lakeland area's experiences with health care, The Lakeland Times released an expanded survey just over two weeks ago. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Schiek finds county board agenda item insufficient
The Oneida County district attorney has found a county board item listed on the board's March agenda to be "inherently insufficient" under the state's open meetings law but declined to assess any penalties for the infraction. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oneida County Tourism Council to rebrand website
A large part of the lengthy Oneida County Tourism Council meeting May 3 was spent discussing the benefits of making the Oneida County website more comprehensive and user-friendly. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 11, 2017

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