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May 27, 2020

Breaking: Oneida County Public Safety Committee approves permit for 2020 Hodag Country Fest
The Oneida County Public Safety Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday afternoon to issue a large assembly permit to organizers of the 2020 Hodag Country Festival.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Eighth case of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification an eighth person in Oneida County has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The individual is in their 30's and has no history of travel and no known contact with someone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was tested at one of the Wisconsin National Guard Community Testing events and has been self-isolating. County health officials are working to determine how the individual may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the person with the positive result had close contact with.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Teichmiller silent on inquiries about tax-exempt holding company
Former Vilas County supervisor Erv Teichmiller has failed to answer questions posed to him by The Lakeland Times - questions raised by the newspaper about the federal annual information returns of a nonprofit holding company Teichmiller has headed. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Closures extended at most state campgrounds
As of Saturday, May 23, all Wisconsin state parks have resumed normal operation, including being open seven days per week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The same cannot be said for campgrounds, however. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Oneida County touts guidelines for businesses to reopen
Oneida County has issued its guidance for a phased reopening of businesses and other normal routines of life in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its restrictiveness, with some exceptions, mirrors Gov. Tony Evers's Badger Bounce Back plan in many respects. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Some localities try to stay locked down, but legal confusion reigns
When the Supreme Court declared the state's Safer at Home order "unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable," some thought - and many had hoped - that the lockdown was over across the state, but it turns out that some local governments had other ideas. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Verdoorn to serve as interim director of OCEDC
The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC), one of the many entities providing assistance and information to small businesses as they weather the COVID-19 pandemic, has a new executive director. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Sugar Camp man charged with felony child abuse
A 44-year-old Sugar Camp man has been charged with child abuse- recklessly cause harm in connection with April 17 incident at a private residence. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Eau Claire man bound over for trial on exposure charge
A 20-year-old Eau Claire man was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing May 7 on two counts of exposing his genitals to two juveniles who were ice fishing on Boom Lake in December. Both charges include the repeater enhancer. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Lockdowns causing devastating damage to poorer Americans
Pandemic lockdowns across the U.S. that have caused businesses to be closed, jobs to be lost, and unemployment to skyrocket are taking their heaviest toll on poorer Americans, a new survey from the Federal Reserve Board shows. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

'The order is gone, the virus is not': Officials urge continued precautions as community takes first steps into new era
In the wake of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's May 13 ruling overturning the state's Safer at Home public health order banning nonessential travel and closing nonessential businesses, local residents, business owners and organizations are taking their first steps into a new world where each community in the state can enact its own rules, or chose not to take any precautions, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 400 Wisconsinites and sickened over 11,000. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Supreme Court strikes down Safer at Home order
In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has voided Gov. Tony Evers's order that shuttered businesses - many of them forever - closed schools and in-dining for restaurants, banned non-essential travel, and forbade most private and public gatherings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing coming to Oneida County
The Wisconsin National Guard will be assisting local health departments in scaling up COVID-19 nasal swab testing in northern Wisconsin, the Oneida County Health Department announced late Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

St. Germain man accused of being armed while intoxicated
A 61-year-old St. Germain man has been charged with operating a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, in connection with a May 2 incident on Little St. Germain Lake. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Michigan man reaches plea agreement on ICAC charges
A 29-year-old Crystal Falls, Mich. man has apparently reached a plea agreement with the district attorney which would resolve a case filed against him last June charging him with attempting to use a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and attempted sexual assault of a child under the age of 16. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Rhinelander teacher charged with child sexual assault tenders resignation (Updated)
The School District of Rhinelander announced Monday that middle school teacher Stephanie Pudlowski has tendered her resignation following an arrest on suspicion of child sexual assault.
Monday, May 18, 2020

Panel sends waiver of tax penalties to county board
As part of the state's COVID-19 relief legislation, the state is allowing counties and municipalities to waive interest and penalties on second installment property taxes if they are paid by October 1, but Oneida County's administration committee is fashioning a plan that will only waive the penalties. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

Groups: Emergency order violates state's constitutional right to hunt and fish
A coalition of sporting groups, individual anglers, and Great Lakes businesses have challenged state Department of Health Services secretary-designee Andrea Palm's current emergency health order as an overreach of the department's statutory authority and as a breach of their constitutional right to hunt and fish. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

Supreme Court strikes down Safer at Home order
In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has voided Gov. Tony Evers's order that shut down businesses, closed schools and restaurants, banned non-essential travel, and forbade private and public gatherings.

The Legislature had challenged the order, in which the administration claimed broad and unilateral powers to act through its Department of Health Services secretary, Andrea Palm.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing coming to Oneida County with National Guard assistance
Local health departments in Northern Wisconsin have requested assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard to scale up COVID-19 nasal swab testing.

In our area, Oneida, Iron, Forest, Lincoln, Price, and Vilas Counties are collaborating to host 2 community COVID-19 testing events in Oneida County. That National Guard will be providing drive through style COVID-19 swab testing.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

BREAKING: Tiffany wins special election
MADISON (AP) - Republican Tom Tiffany, a state senator endorsed by President Donald Trump, easily won a special congressional election Tuesday in the heavily conservative, rural 7th Congressional district.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Onward Oneida County Committee discusses potential reopening scenarios
The Oneida County Onward Committee met May 1 to discuss potential plans to safely reopen Oneida County taking both the Safer at Home order and the related Badger Bounce Back Program into account. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Governor orders testing of nursing home residents, employees
On May 4, Gov. Tony Evers announced plans to greatly increase the number of people tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, to as many as 85,000 a week. The state also announced a plan to test residents and employees of the state's 373 nursing homes for the contagious disease. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

April state tax collections year-to-year decline approached $1 billion
State policy makers were expecting grim news when April's state tax collections data rolled in; that state data has now rolled in, and the news is, well, grim. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Forum brings PFAS experts together
In the course of just over an hour Tuesday afternoon, experts on per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provided an in-depth look at the chemicals that prompted City of Rhinelander officials to shut down two municipal wells last year. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 8, 2020

In settlement, Evers releases records, pays $40,000 in legal fees
Gov. Tony Evers this week settled an open records lawsuit filed against him last year by state Rep. John Nygren, releasing 10,000 records and paying $40,000 in legal fees. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 8, 2020

Oneida County highway committee takes next steps in department improvements
When the Oneida County Board of Supervisors finalized the county's 2020 budget last November, among the items on the list of capital improvements was a fuel system upgrade at the county highway shop on Kemp Street in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 8, 2020

Appeals court limits Oneida County's ability to regulate piers
While Oneida County's ability to regulate piers more restrictively than the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been a hot-button issue for years, the matter moved toward some resolution late last month when a state appeals court struck down the county's ability to do so. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

All eyes on Supreme Court over state's emergency authority
Two weeks ago, opposition to Gov. Tony Evers's lockdown of the state through May 26 was manifested primarily in the streets as protests arose around the state, but since last week the terrain of complaint has shifted to the state's courts. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Meaney: Uncertainty over duration of pandemic presents challenges for tourism industry
While the general public continues to count the days until they can once again move freely throughout the state, Wisconsin Tourism Secretary-Designee Sara Meaney and her team are focusing on two parallel approaches to dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

7th case of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification a seventh person in Oneida County has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The individual is in their 80's and has a history of travel outside of the community. The individual has been hospitalized. County health officials are working to determine how the individual may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the person with the positive result had close contact.
Sunday, May 3, 2020

County authorizes zoning director to approve mining exploration permit
The Oneida County zoning committee unanimously authorized Wednesday the county's zoning director to approve a mineral exploration permit in the town of Schoepke. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Pandemic thrusts freedom to travel into the spotlight
In sunny times, resort areas welcome seasonal homeowners - and their money - with open arms, as property taxes from second homes fill government coffers and revenue from their spending in grocery stores and restaurants and other retail businesses boosts local commerce and sales tax collections. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

GOP legislative leaders sue Evers' administration over stay at home
The Republican leaders of the state Legislature sued Gov. Tony Evers' administration this week over the planned lockdown of the state through May 26, hoping to head off what they say will be an economic catastrophe if schools and businesses remain closed through the end of the Memorial Day weekend. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 24, 2020

IncredibleBank CEO: Hundreds of Northwoods business failures if lockdown extended
The president and CEO of IncredibleBank, the former River Valley State Bank that is headquartered in Wausau with a digital-only web bank and 15 traditional branches in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, says northern Wisconsin will experience a significant proliferation of business failures if coronavirus lockdowns and business closures continue through May 26. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Evers closes schools for rest of school year, extends lockdown to May 26
Gov. Tony Evers has ordered the extension of his Safer-at-Home lockdown of the state to last until May 26, in a new executive order signed by the governor last week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Final answer on Carlin Club water given
The attorney for Supperior NMW LLC said last week it's over.

That's in reference to failing attempts over the past few years by the company, with a partnership that includes Trig Solberg, to get the necessary permitting to use water from a well at Presque Isle's Carlin Club for bottling purposes.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Three Lakes chamber holds virtual event for business owners
The Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce held a Zoom event April 13 to share information with local business owners as to the assistance available to help them through economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions.
Monday, April 20, 2020

COVID-19 puts state tourism marketing on hold
Regional Tourism Specialist Jeff Anderson of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism participated in a recent meeting of the Oneida County Tourism Council to share information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Wisconsin's crucial tourism economy.
Monday, April 20, 2020

In states and in politics, resistance grows to lockdowns
With more than 16 million American having filed new unemployment claims in just three weeks and thousands of businesses shuttered - 35% of small businesses say they are less than two months away from permanent closure, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey - and with a growing concern about the suspension of civil liberties, a growing number of protests are pushing back against the unprecedented lockdowns that have swept the United States.
Monday, April 20, 2020

Brothers killed in Lincoln County crash
The Lincoln County sheriff's office has identified two men believed to have been killed in an April 11 traffic accident in the town of Wilson as brothers Andrew B. Griffin Jr., 23, and Elisha Benjamaine Griffin, 18, both of Medford.

"On Saturday, Saturday, April 18, 2020 the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was notified of a motor vehicle crash on Old 8 Rd north of US Hwy 8 in the Town of Wilson, north and west of Tomahawk," Lincoln County authorities explained in a press release. "The crash was initially believed to have occurred in Oneida County that prompted units from that county to respond. When a Trooper from the Wisconsin State Patrol arrived on the scene, he found the crash actually occurred on US Hwy 8 near County Rd CC in the Lincoln County Town of Wilson. Initial investigation shows an SUV was traveling east on US Hwy 8 when it left the road and rolled over. The crash is believed to have happened late last Saturday evening, April 11, 2020. The vehicle had left the roadway and was not visible to passing motorists; further significant snowfall last Sunday also concealed the vehicle."

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Fatal crash reported in Lincoln County
The Lincoln County sheriff's office is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that was discovered Saturday afternoon, April 18, in the Town of Wilson.
Sunday, April 19, 2020

Four newcomers will be sworn in to represent the City of Rhinelander when the Common Council holds its post-election organizational meeting. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 17, 2020

Trump campaign sues local TV station over ad
Rhinelander TV station WJFW-NBC 12 is facing a lawsuit alleging it repeatedly aired "a false and defamatory television advertisement" critical of President Donald Trump's response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 17, 2020

Autism increases to one in 54 children
A decade ago - even five years ago - annual reports of ever higher numbers of autism in the American population were enough to launch a battery of headlines, as the nation's families and schools braced for what they believed the exploding numbers foretold: a disorder of epidemic proportion in the United States and around the world. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 17, 2020

Ascension Medical Group launches dedicated respiratory care site in Rhinelander
Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin has launched outpatient Respiratory Care Sites dedicated to care for COVID-19 suspect or confirmed patients.

These sites are designed to offer care for patients with acute respiratory illnesses in a controlled, and safe care environment to minimize the spread of COVID-19 to otherwise healthy patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an Ascension press release.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Kelly surrenders Supreme Court seat to Karofsky
Not that it went according to script, but in the end this spring's election for a state Supreme Court seat went as most election observers always thought it would, as liberal challenger and Dane County circuit judge Jill Karofsky unseated the conservative incumbent, Daniel Kelly.
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Governor announces Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week
Gov. Tony Evers has declared April 13-17 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, and ReadyWisconsin is encouraging everyone to take time this spring to talk about weather safety with their families. ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association also encourages everyone to participate in a Virtual Tornado Drill at 1:45 p.m. on April 16.
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Sheriff's office observing National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Each year during the second full week in April, telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This year, April 12-16, is the time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public.
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Health department confirms McDonald's employee has tested positive for COVID-19 (UPDATE)
Oneida County Health Officer Linda Conlon confirmed Friday that an employee of the Rhinelander McDonald's restaurant has tested positive for COVID-19.

This individual is the sixth person in Oneida County known to have become infected with the virus.

Friday, April 10, 2020

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