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August 5, 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


Local sheriff's departments say no to governor on face masks
Gov. Tony Evers last week declared a new COVID-19 state of emergency and issued an order requiring all Wisconsin residents aged 5 and older to wear face masks indoors through Sept. 28, but both the Oneida County and Vilas County sheriff's departments quickly said "no thank you," saying the order would not be enforced by their departments. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Chicago adds Wisconsin to restricted travel list
The city of Chicago has added the state of Wisconsin to its list of states under an emergency travel order, as the Badger State joins 21 other states under restrictions. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Liebscher gets three years for fatal hit-and-run
Eleven months after he left 23-year-old Sean Holtslander's battered body on a dark road and fled into the late summer night, Jeffrey M. Liebscher was sentenced Thursday to three years incarceration and seven years extended supervision on the Class D felony of hit and run involving death. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Gun ownership, armed protests explode in 2020
To many Americans, some recent headlines and photos make America look increasingly like two armed camps of opposing racial forces: an armed militia of blacks facing off with an armed militia of whites, the quintessential snapshot of the nation's racial polarization. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Oneida County: In 2020, meth arrests soar
Drug abuse in general and methamphetamine addiction in particular have been growing problems in Oneida County for some time, but the problems have increased exponentially in the first six months of 2020, Oneida County sheriff's department arrest records indicate. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2020

Howard Young/Ascension Eagle River names medical director for emergency services
Heong P'ng, MD, is the newest medical director named to Ascension Wisconsin's leadership team in northern Wisconsin, Ascension Wisconsin announced earlier this week.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Evers wants $250 million more in spending reductions
The lockdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic are continuing to take their economic toll on Wisconsin, and, in the latest indication, this past week Gov. Tony Evers instructed state agencies in his administration to identify $250 million more in cost savings for the current fiscal year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Oneida Vilas Transit Commission receives audit report
The Oneida Vilas Transit Commission heard a report Friday from WIPLFI auditor Brian Anderson regarding the commission's 2019 audit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

State bureaucracy scores a win with guidance documents
It was hailed as a victory for Republicans over Gov. Tony Evers, and mostly it was - "it" being a recent court decision upholding most of the Legislature's "lame duck" laws curbing Evers' authority - but conservatives also suffered a major setback, a 4-3 ruling striking down the Legislature's ability to set procedures for creating so-called agency guidance documents. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Face masks: The science never changed, but the politics did
For years, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the science behind universal face masking was pretty much settled: Face masks didn't do much if any good, the experts said, and themselves posed some downsides, a false sense of security chief among them. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Apartment fire in Pine Lake contained
Firefighters from Pine Lake, Rhinelander and Pelican responded to a fire at an apartment complex at 4197 County Highway W Monday morning. The fire was contained primarily to the apartment of origin, according to Pine Lake Fire Department assistant chief Mike Braun.
Monday, July 27, 2020

Oneida County officers assist Milwaukee police in shooting investigation
Oneida County chief deputy Dan Hess reports local officers assisted Milwaukee police over the weekend in conjunction with an investigation involving a shooting in Milwaukee on July 19.
Sunday, July 26, 2020

Oneida County sheriff's office requests $188,529 for squad car cameras
The Oneida County Public Safety Committee voted July 16 on a request from the sheriff's office's that the purchase of new squad car cameras be moved up from 2022 to 2021. Sheriff Grady Hartman personally requested the public safety committee approve the need for replaced squad car cameras. Hartman said the cameras are failing after 12 years of use and have now exceeded their 7-year expectancy. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Duellman arrested in ICAC sting
The Oneida County sheriff's office arrested a 42-year-old Rhinelander man Tuesday on suspicion of child enticement, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and attempted second degree sexual assault of a child in connection with an Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) investigation. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Harshaw man facing second sexual assault charge after adult reports new allegations
A 55-year-old Harshaw man charged earlier this month with first-degree child sexual assault in connection with an incident that allegedly took place in his home in early May is facing a second sexual assault charge after an adult came forward to report he abused her 30 years ago when she was a young child. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV ordinance sent out for review
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board voted earlier this month to forward a draft of a rewritten all-terrain vehicle and utility vehicle (ATV/UTV) ordinance to the town's attorney for further review. The draft ordinance was created after a survey of town residents conducted earlier this year showed a majority have no opposition to allowing ATV and UTV access to town roads. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

The great American coin shortage of 2020
The year of COVID-19 has also been a year of shortages - sometimes some pretty curious shortages - sparked by the pandemic, everything from toilet paper to yeast for baking to inexpensive bicycles to hand sanitizer. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

As courthouse opens, more county workers want to work from home
Call it a paradox of the times, and a curious one at that: While the Oneida County Courthouse has reopened, and many workers across the region have returned to their job sites, more and more Oneida County employees want to stay at home to work - even more than worked from home while the courthouse was closed to the public. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Unprecedented number of gun sales spurred by jump in new gun ownership across the country
The FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reports there have been over 19 million background checks since the beginning of 2020. June totals were the highest, with 3.9 million background checks for individuals looking to purchase a firearm. In Wisconsin alone, over 331,600 background checks have been performed through June in relation to firearms purchases. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Health department announces results of recent PFAS testing at Town of Crescent spring
Oneida County health officials continue to warn the public not to consume water from the Crescent Spring due to the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Rapids' mill's permanent closure would have deep impacts across region
The closure of paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth, Minnesota, announced in June by Verso Corporation, will have far-reaching and long-term economic impacts not just in those two cities but across northern Wisconsin if the mills stay closed for long, industry officials and analysts are saying. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 17, 2020

Petition circulating in response to Spirit 2 announcement
On July 8, Ascension Wisconsin issued a press release announcing "adjustments to its air medical transport operations in northern Wisconsin." The "adjustments" will include basing the Spirit 2 medical helicopter, currently located at Woodruff's Howard Young Medical Center, at Mosinee's Central Wisconsin Airport. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 17, 2020

Oneida County hits 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19
With eight new cases reported July 13, and two on July 14, Oneida County has reached a total of 42 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 17, 2020

Harshaw man charged with child sexual assault
A 55-year-old Harshaw man has been charged with first-degree child sexual assault in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred in his house in early May. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 17, 2020

In wake of COVID-19, OCTC invites tourism-related businesses to be listed on website
Knowing how critical this time in the wake of coronavirus is for local businesses, the Oneida County Tourism Council (OCTC), a cooperative group of four county chambers, is again inviting all county tourism-related businesses to be a part of its website.
Friday, July 17, 2020

CBO: Higher unemployment to linger for a decade
Unemployment will average above 6% for the next 11 years, nearly 2% higher than previous forecasts, the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office projects. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 17, 2020

The race to prevent a coronavirus pandemic was a 20-year failed journey
Though one can quite likely come up with more, there are at least three major COVID-19 issues being debated in scientific and political and layperson circles. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Juveniles injured in ATV accident in Monico
Two juveniles suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon July 9 after their ATV collided with a vehicle in the Town of Monico. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Forestry committee learns of possible impact of Verso mill closure
The closure of a pulp mill in Wisconsin Rapids could impact the local forestry industry, according to Oneida County forestry director Paul Fiene. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Arbor Vitae restaurant building vandalized
Some of the recent national news scene made its way to Arbor Vitae on Thursday, July 9, as a detective with the Vilas County sheriff's office is investigating graffiti found on the vacant Plantation restaurant in Arbor Vitae. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 14, 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.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020


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