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County supervisor visits Washington, D.C. as member of Wisconsin delegation at PILD conference
Submitted photoOneida County Board Supervisor Bob Mott, left, at the PILD conference in Arlington, Va. April 2-5.
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Oneida County Board Supervisor Bob Mott, left, at the PILD conference in Arlington, Va. April 2-5.
Pelican Lake resident Bob Mott, a county board supervisor in District 7, was part of the Wisconsin delegation attending the 2017 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) in Washington D.C. This was the third time Mott attended PILD as part of the Wisconsin Delegation advocating for Cooperative Extension funding.
Thursday, May 4, 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

Proposed White House budget eyes federal airport subsidies
When President Donald Trump unveiled the first budget proposal of his administration in late February it included a provision to eliminate a Department of Transportation program that provides subsidies to airlines that encourages them to keep flights coming into and out of smaller airports. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Area chambers evaluate selling days as local audit surfaces
Area chambers of commerce received a wake up call over the past week as news broke that the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce was being audited.

Vilas County board supervisor Todd Achterberg mentioned the audit at a Vilas County Economic Development and Tourism Committee meeting last week. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

From Fab Lab to LLC: Students design new waste guard product
Three seniors from Three Lakes High School have gone from students to business owners with the help of the school's Fab Lab.

Jack Connelly, Tommy Stuckart and Stephen Gensler have formed their own Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) after creating a product to assist in the pumping of septic systems. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

County forestry committee opts for transparency on proposed land purchase
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors has had its struggles with transparency recently, but its forestry committee took a step forward in that direction at its last meeting May 3. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Governor touts tourism during Minocqua stop
Governor Scott Walker was in Minocqua Friday to cut the ribbon on the new Safari Ride section of the Wildwood Wildlife Park.

The stop was the last of four Walker made that day to promote tourism alongside state tourism secretary Stephanie Klett. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Crescent electors approve pavilion at annual meeting
Town of Crescent electors approved a project proposed by the fire department at the April 18 annual town meeting to build a pavilion with a metal roof measuring 40 feet on each side. The pavilion will be a significant step toward building a town park, town officials said. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Zoning panel to vote on Marshfield Clinic CUP May 17
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee did not make a decision this week regarding Marshfield Clinic's request for a conditional use permit (CUP) to build a 12-bed, $30 million hospital, but it did set a date for a vote. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Three Lakes Elementary facing pertussis outbreak
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) is monitoring an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in Three Lakes Elementary School. As of Wednesday afternoon there were four lab-confirmed cases, according to the health department.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

One killed in Lincoln County crash
A 21-year-old Manitowoc man was killed Wednesday evening when the vehicle he was operating on Grundy Road in the town of Birch left the roadway, striking a power pole and several large trees.

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting a one-vehicle crash on Grundy Road north of County Road J in the township of Birch.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Cassian board discusses ATV ordinance, sets new meeting night
All-terrain vehicle routes were on the agenda Tuesday when the new Cassian Town Board held its second meeting since the April election. Over 30 people attended the meeting and most of them appeared interested in the ATV information. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Battle over manufacturing tax break continues
As unemployment in Wisconsin fell in March to the lowest level since 2000, to 3.4 percent, furious debate continued over the impact of the manufacturing and agriculture tax credit, with supporters saying it has contributed to job growth and opponents denouncing it as a give away to the wealthy. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Newbold sets standards for ATV routes
The Newbold town board has signaled it intends to be slow and deliberate when it comes to deciding which town roads should be open to ATVs. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Zoning hearing devolves into debate over which hospital is better
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee heard approximately five hours of testimony Thursday during a public hearing at the Minocqua Center on Marshfield Clinic's request for a conditional use permit (CUP) to build a 72,000-square-foot, $30 million, 12-bed hospital on the grounds of its current Minocqua facility located roughly a quarter mile from Howard Young Medical Center. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Oneida County LRES approves filling three vacant positions
The Oneida County Labor Relations and Employee Services Committee made a variety of personnel-related decisions at its Thursday meeting.

In open session, the committee agreed to fill three open positions.

First, Sheriff Grady Hartman spoke about the need to fill an E911 Telecommunicator Sergeant position after the previous person left to take a job at Kwik Trip. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Road projects discussed at Cassian annual meeting
The town of Cassian held its annual meeting April 18. Town clerk Nikki Augustine swore in the new board members: Tim Augustine as chairman, Dick Herman as supervisor, Ed Phebus as supervisor, Loretta Morrow as treasurer and Ed Tadych as fire chief. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Vilas County home destroyed by fire
A house, garage and out building in the town of Lincoln was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sugar Camp dog rescue owner seeks return of animals
Over two months after 39 dogs were seized from a Sugar Camp dog rescue, and with no charging decision made as of yet, the owner and co-founder has petitioned to have the dogs returned to her, despite a Department of Agriculture order last month suspending the organization's license to operate. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bear that approached motorists to return to the wild
The young female black bear who displayed odd behavior and a lack of apprehension toward humans last December, and was taken into a local wildlife rehab facility, will be returned to the wild.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Area law enforcement trains to be prepared for special needs cases
Over the last few years, there has been increased awareness in the law enforcement community as to what personnel can do when dealing with individuals who may have special needs, such as those on the autism spectrum.

The Lakeland Times talked to representatives from the Oneida and Vilas County sheriff's offices as well as Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger about some of things law enforcement agencies have done or are doing to train officers for these complicated situations. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Three Lakes electors approve funding for infrastructure projects
Nearly 100 people attended the Three Lakes annual town meeting April 28. The electors said goodbye to chairperson Stella Westfall and town supervisors Pat Volk and Dr. Bill Martineau, and welcomed new chairman Jeff Bruss and new supervisors Matt Olkowski and Jeff Boehm. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 27, 2017

NORA well construction discussed at Newbold annual meeting
Newbold held a relatively concise annual meeting Tuesday, April 18, with the primary topic of discussion being the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Area (NORA).

The town recently received word from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources related to a request for a variance for well water at the recreation area. The notification states that the variance granted for the well to be constructed at the property is subject to seven conditions. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Proposal to open two county highways in Pine Lake to ATV/UTVs moves ahead
The Pine Lake town board voted Wednesday to continue the application process to open county highways W and C to ATV and UTV traffic. The proposal to open the roadways to ATV/UTV traffic was made by the Pine Lake ATV/UTV Club. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Holewinski updates committee on zoning issue in Sugar Camp
On April 12, Oneida County Planning and Development Committee chairman Scott Holewinski informed his committee that he had scheduled a meeting with State Senator Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Swearingen to discuss the zoning situation in Enterprise, Monico and Sugar Camp. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Electors grant raises to Pine Lake officials at annual meeting
The town chairman, supervisors and constable of Pine Lake will get a bump in salary following the April 2019 election after a motion to that effect was approved at the annual meeting Tuesday night. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lake Tomahawk continues to operate without debt
The highlight of the annual Lake Tomahawk Town Board meeting Tuesday came from a financial statement indicating all town departments ended 2016 under budget and the town continues to operate without debt. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

OC board passes resolution to alter zoning, rejects proposed amendments
Despite a relatively light agenda this month, there were a few fireworks Tuesday when the Oneida County Board of Supervisors met at the Oneida County Courthouse. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 20, 2017

County committee running into walls on boiler project
The Oneida County Buildings and Grounds Committee met Monday morning to discuss bids for a new boiler and kitchen exhaust system project at the Law Enforcement Center. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 20, 2017

ATV/UTV referendum creates stir in Newbold
A large crowd turned out Thursday for an unusually contentious town board meeting in Newbold. The main topic of the night was the board vote on the ATV/UTV advisory referendum. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Zoning committee making shoreland ordinance changes ahead of public hearing
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee is nearing the end of the process of making corrections and changes to the Shoreland Protection Ordinance presented to the public last month. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

County panel votes on chip-seal bids
The Oneida County Public Works/Highway and Solid Waste Committee voted Thursday on bids for chip-seal oil and chip aggregate for work to be done later this year on County Highway J. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pine Lake gathers public input on proposal to open two highways to ATVs
Nearly 50 people gathered in the Pine Lake Community Center Saturday morning to offer input on the question of whether the town should open county highways W and C to ATV/UTVs.

While the majority appeared to be in favor of the change, several attendees expressed concerns about safety. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Early identification crucial for those with autism
First in a four-part series

Early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can make a world of difference for individuals in regards to their future and independence. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

March housing sales update: Oneida County sees higher prices, less sales
In Oneida and Vilas counties, the median prices for three real estate categories increased from March of last year to the same month this year. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sheriff's office shares information on how people with medical issues can communicate with law enforcement
In light of a miscommunication Friday that led to an intense law enforcement response at 10 Sanns Street in Rhinelander, the Oneida County sheriff's office is reaching out to the public to explain how people who have medical issues can request medical assistance even if they cannot speak.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

County supervisors still trying to comply with open meetings law
Despite the entire Oneida County Board of Supervisors participating in mandatory open-meetings law training in February following a violation that resulted in fines, some supervisors still can't seem to grasp the concept. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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