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September 21, 2017

fall ride
Participants from this past weekend's 36th Annual Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA head south on U.S. Highway 51 Sunday morning. The weekend drew tens of thousands of visitors to several sites in Tomahawk and Oneida County. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017


County committee hears fair report
Despite some occasional rain showers, approximately 15,000 people attended the 2017 Oneida County Fair, the Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension committee learned Sept. 11. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump to consider reductions in J1 visa program
The Trump administration is considering implementing a reduction or elimination of visas for United States cultural work and exchange programs, specifically for five of the employment-based cultural exchange visas in the J1 visa program, the Wall Street Journal has reported. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One killed in Lincoln County crash (Updated)
A 57-year-old Wausau woman was killed Friday afternoon when her vehicle was struck by a pickup truck operated by an Irma teenager.

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 3:14 p.m. Friday reporting a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road Q and Joe Snow Road in the town of Scott.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Two injured, one arrested in Bradley bike crash
Two men were injured Saturday in a motorcycle crash in the town of Bradley and one of them was arrested for operating while intoxicated (4th offense).

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 12:52 a.m. Saturday reporting a two-motocycle crash at County Road L at Theisen Road in the town of Bradley.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Welcenbach seeks to amend federal lawsuit
Following the announcement Monday that the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee had heeded the wishes of sheriff Grady Hartman and fired Sara Welcenbach for conduct unbecoming an officer and general ineffiency, the former Oneida County detective sergeant quickly filed a motion to amend her federal lawsuit against both Hartman and the county. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lake Tomahawk town supervisor selected
Lake Tomahawk's next town supervisor has been chosen.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Two injured in motorcycle crash in Cassian
Two people were injured Friday morning in a motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 51 near Little Bearskin Road.

According to the Oneida County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 11:10 a.m. reporting a two-motorcycle crash near Little Bearskin Road in the town of Cassian.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cyclist dies following three-vehicle accident in Pelican
A cyclist involved in a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in the town of Pelican has died. According to the Oneida County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 3:41 p.m. Thursday reporting a motorcycle versus truck accident on County Highway P. The operator of the motorcycle, Charles S. Eye, 26, of Rhinelander, was transported to Ascension Saint Mary's Hospital and then airlifted by helicopter to a hospital outside the area. Eye later died of his injuries, the sheriff's office said Friday.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Oneida County fires Welcenbach
Though it made no finding on the most serious charge against Sara Welcenbach, the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee found enough grief last week to heed the wishes of sheriff Grady Hartman and fire the detective sergeant formerly known as Sara Gardner. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Retired detective contradicts testimony of Hook
The Oneida County law enforcement grievance committee hearing against former detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach (see related story at top) had its dramatic high points last week, but none more so than when a retired detective sergeant contradicted the sworn testimony of one of the county sheriff's top officers. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has low delay, cancellation rates
When Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport commission chairman Robert Heck heard that some people are choosing to fly out of other airports because of an impression that Rhinelander has a lot of delays and cancellations he decided to take a close look at the numbers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Stefonek seeks fuel tank upgrades
When safety risks at a government facility are so commonplace every worker knows about them, it's time to spend money on upgrades.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Timber up in Oneida County
While speaking to the Oneida County Forestry Committee last Wednesday, county assistant forest director Paul Fiene briefed members on good news he didn't quite understand. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Highway shop priorities discussed
The Oneida County board's public works, highway and solid waste committee last week approved an assessment of the highway department's shop facility on Kemp Street in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

(UPDATE) Missing boater identified
Authorities have identified the missing boater whose body was found in Big Sand Lake in Vilas County.

According to the Vilas County sheriff's office, a Department of Natural Resources warden found the missing boater at approximately 6:50 a.m. Saturday.

He has since been identified as Eric Reese, 48, of Stoughton.

Authorities had been looking for the boater since a call was received at 12:46 p.m. Aug. 28 reporting a fishing boat had been seen up against the shoreline with its running lights on and motor running but with no operator present.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Eagle River man in custody following weekend shooting
A 19-year-old Eagle River man is being held in the Vilas County jail on suspicion of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon.

According to the Eagle River Police Department, a call came in at approximately 11:42 p.m. Sept. 3 reporting a disturbance at 421 E. Wall Street in the city of Eagle River and that a male had sustained a gunshot wound.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hartman wants mechanic for sheriff's department
A proposal from Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman to add a mechanic to his department generated considerable discussion Tuesday at a meeting of the county's highway, public works and solid waste committee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Conover business destroyed by fire
A business in the town of Conover was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.

According to the Vilas County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 4:37 a.m. Saturday reporting a structure fire at Twin Haven Resort in the township of Conover.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Speed limit in front of Camp American Legion to be reduced
Don Grundy, the new director of Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk, is one step closer to accomplishing his goal of having the speed limit on County Highway D reduced. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 2, 2017

HOPE Consortium tackles opioid epidemic
About 140 people gathered at the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau Aug. 24 and 25 for a HOPE (Heroin, Opioid, Prevention and Education) Consortium meeting. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Oneida County horse tests positive for West Nile Virus
A horse in Oneida County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), the Oneida County Health Department announced Thursday morning.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Rape allegation went unreported to sheriff for three years
At least two Oneida County sheriff's department officers failed to report a sexual assault allegation against former deputy Lee Lech to the county sheriff for almost three years after learning of it in 2011, despite civil service requirements that officers report other officers engaged in crime and despite the sheriff's own assertion that it is important to investigate such allegations immediately, recent testimony in the Sara Welcenbach hearing asserts. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Stepp resigns to take EPA position
DNR secretary Cathy Stepp has resigned from the agency to take a deputy administrator position with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Stepp announced this week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Stenz rules in favor of Carlin Lake Association
Forest County circuit court judge Leon Stenz ruled Friday Carlin Club Properties LLC violated a temporary injunction he issued against the company in March. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pine Lake board discusses roadwork, voting machines
The Pine Lake Town Board took a recommendation from its highway department last week and accepted a per unit bid from Pitlik and Wick for work to be done on Shepard Lake Road. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Massive fire destroys spa
A spa and retreat center in the town of Crescent was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 25, 2017

Fire destroys Riverwood Spa and Retreat Center UPDATED
Numerous fire departments responded to a structure fire Thursday morning at the Riverwood Spa and Retreat Center at 3033 Woodwind Way in the town of Crescent. The call came in shortly before 8 a.m. The structure was empty and no one was injured, according to firefighters on the scene.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tiffany pushes end to state's mining moratorium
State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) have introduced a bill to repeal the state's moratorium on nonferrous metallic mining, a ban that came about because of the Crandon mine struggles of the 1990s and before. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

UW-Extension committee grapples with budget
As fall moves ever closer, and budget time approaches, the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation and UW-Extension committee must make some hard decisions about future UW-Extension system programming. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Oneida committee approves deputy medical examiner
Superman once famously sang that "it isn't easy being me" and on some days the Oneida County medical examiner says he can relate.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Woodboro board discusses ATV/UTV trail in wildlife area
As ATV use increases across the Northwoods, more and more Oneida County towns have had to make difficult decisions about where to allow the vehicles. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Oneida board votes to integrate ADRC, Department on Aging
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors followed in Vilas County's footsteps and pulled a trigger Tuesday, authorizing the Oneida County Department on Aging to give the state notice that it intends to submit an application to operate an integrated Aging and Disability Resource Center. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cassian board discusses liability issues related to bike route signage
One of the items on the agenda for the Cassian town board's monthly meeting Monday was whether to allow bike trail signage on a portion of Ole Lake Road.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Three injured in Highway 45 accident
Three people were injured Monday morning in a traffic accident in the town of Schoepke involving a semi-truck and two SUVs.

According to an Oneida County sheriff's office press release, a 9-1-1 call came in at approximately 6:07 a.m. reporting an accident with injuries involving a semi-truck and two SUVs on Highway 45 South near Old 26 Road.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Construction of Newbold disc golf course on final lap
Since gaining town board approval in April of 2015, the Newbold Outdoor Recreation's disc golf course, known as "Rookery Run," has been under construction with organizers hoping to open the course to players in September 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DOT: July was the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads this year
July was the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads this year, prompting transportation safety officials to issue a "call to action" urging all motorists to be safe/responsible.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One killed, several injured in wrong-way crash on Highway 51
One person was killed and several Rhinelander area residents suffered minor injuries Saturday morning after a car traveling in the wrong lane of U.S. Highway 51 struck a Lamers motor coach head-on.

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 2:59 a.m. reporting a wrong way driver on U.S. Highway 51 in the area of County Road Q in the Town of Scott. Within seconds of the first report, an additional 911 call came in reporting a vehicle had struck a bus traveling northbound on U.S. Hwy. 51.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Crescent board resolves ATV trail, speed limit issues
The Crescent town board met Wednesday night to make a final decision on where to allow ATV/UTV traffic and to address what some feel is an unsafe speed limit. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cassian rollover
Just after 3 p.m. Friday, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department received a report of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Lakewood Road just north of County Highway K.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Sorensen pushing county to consider 200-foot minimum width lots
An Oneida County supervisor wants the county to consider requiring larger minimum frontages in the shoreland zone, but to get his way means that minimum-width requirements would have to be imposed on every new subdivision in the same zoning district, off water as well as on water. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Conservation and UW-Extension Education committee calls special meeting
The Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education committee is getting down to brass tacks as it prepares for the upcoming reorganization of the UW-Extension system. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Vilas health officials continue to discuss drug epidemic
As has become a regular occurence for the Vilas County Public Health committee, the panel had another conversation about drug issues in Vilas County July 26. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Oneida zoning moves against Minocqua Lake Condo encroachment
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee voted unanimously last week to schedule a public hearing to consider revoking, amending, or suspending the marina status conditional use permit (CUP) for Minocqua Lake Condo, after a complaint was filed alleging too many pier berths, an illegal pier, and property line encroachment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bill limiting length of feeding and baiting ban signed into law
Feeding and baiting of deer has been a hot topic in the Northwoods for some time. In 2015, a deer at a Three Lakes deer farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) or Bovine Tuberculosis (BT) and, as per the state law at the time, a feeding and baiting ban was enacted in any county within a 10-mile radius of the CWD positive test. This put Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties under a feeding and baiting ban that would last indefinitely. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Prosecutor dismisses charges against Welcenbach
Oneida County last week continued its push to fire detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach for the alleged theft of drug-unit funds, while prosecutors formally dismissed felony charges against Welcenbach in the same matter, in a two-day hearing packed with stunning revelations. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vilas County takes a step toward leaving ADRC of the Northwoods
The Vilas County Board of Supervisors last week approved a resolution authorizing the county's Commission on Aging to submit a notice of intent to submit an application to operate an aging and disability resource center (ADRC). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lawmakers introduce Homeowners' Bill of Rights
Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville), and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) have introduced several bills that are part of a package they say will help guarantee the rights of private property owners in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pine Lake town board sends recommendation on administrative review permit to county
Last Wednesday night the Pine Lake Town Board held its regular monthly meeting. On the agenda was a four-unit rental property at 4197 County W owned by Wayne Kulhanek, who wished to rent one of his four units out by the week rather than by the month. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Michalsen moving to Marshfield
In the June 30 edition of The Lakeland Times, it was reported Matt Michalsen, "the unsuccessful candidate in the contest for the 34th District State Assembly seat in 2016, is expected to resign his seat on the Lake Tomahawk Town Board." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Political Digest
Kooyenga apologizes for removing Capitol sign

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) has apologized for removing an unattended sign containing profanity at the Capitol last May, but a Democratic lawmaker isn't buying it. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


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