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April 25, 2019


Sen. Tiffany: Evers' Foxconn position threatens job creation
A day after Gov. Tony Evers announced he wants to renegotiate the state's contract with Foxconn, Northwoods state Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) said the governor is shutting the door to business growth around the state. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Dining sites 'best kept secret' in Oneida, Vilas counties
It's more than just a meal when one visits a local county nutrition dining site - it's also community, laughter and new friendships, indicate area ADRCs (aging and disability resources centers). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Public's help sought in dog, wildlife fatal poisoning cases in northern Wisconsin counties
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service are seeking the public's help in solving several cases involving the poisoning deaths of domestic dogs and wildlife since December. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

'Pier' pressure at Minocqua Town Board meeting
At its April 16 meeting, the Minocqua Town Board discussed an update from the Oneida County Planning and Zoning department regarding the status of a pier system on the northwest side of Thoroughfare bridge, but tabled making a decision on recommending enforcement of the county's pier ordinance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Forest County deputies find body of missing man
Forest County deputies located the body of a deceased man Friday evening.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Forest County deputies find body of missing man
Forest County deputies located the body of a deceased man Friday evening.

According to a press release issued by sheriff John Dennee, dispatch received a call just before 6 p.m. Friday reporting a vehicle off the roadway near the intersection of State Highway 32 and Strong Road in the Town of Argonne.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Transit commission searching for solution to audit requirement
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, which oversees Northwoods Transit Connections, is in a pickle. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Brennan: Budget would help local governments provide vital services
Joel Brennan, whom Gov. Tony Evers has tapped to run the administration's Department of Administration, visited the Northwoods earlier this month to promote the governor's budget - a budget he says would ease property tax levy limits and help local governments secure the resources they need for vital services. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

OC board kills Petco study committee
In a sweeping and dramatic reversal Tuesday, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors abruptly ended its consideration of buying the Petco facility in Rhinelander, both rejecting funds to carry out a structural assessment and disbanding the committee it established to study the feasibility of a purchase. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mendez trial continues with testimony from sexual assault victim, inmates
Accused murderer Robin Mendez came face to face Friday with the woman he was convicted of sexually assaulting more than 30 years ago as well as two former cell block mates who claim he bragged to them about killing his wife with a tool from his motorcycle repair kit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Projected costs mount of renovating, maintaining Petco facility
Despite the Oneida County public works committee vote Thursday not to support a resolution to fund $15,000 for a facility condition assessment of the Petco building in Rhinelander - effectively saying no to moving the highway department there - it was pretty much business as usual for the county's Petco study committee Friday, as supervisors continued to gather information about the feasibility and desirability of a possible county purchase. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Disciplinary action taken against Woodruff police officer
The Woodruff town board last week approved recommended disciplinary action for a Woodruff police officer in connection with an off-duty motor vehicle accident in late March. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Oneida County committee members blast transit commission, demand audit
In a scathing rebuke to a request by the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, members of a joint administration, labor relations and employee services committee last week told the transportation agency it must submit to a yearly audit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

DPI sued over alleged school choice discrimination
A big battle has been brewing over choice and charter schools since the start of Gov. Tony Evers's administration - the governor has proposed capping the number of students in the choice program and capping the number of independent charter schools - and now several groups are alleging discrimination against choice programs by the state Department of Public Instruction. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Highway committee votes down proposal to study Petco space
The Oneida County Highway Committee said no Thursday to a proposal to pay $15,000 to study whether the massive warehouse in Rhinelander vacated by Petco should become a new home for the highway department and other county agencies. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month as proclaimed by Governor Tony Evers. The month provides an opportunity to acknowledge the collective efforts of families, caregivers, communities, and agencies preventing child maltreatment.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Oneida County sheriff's office celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Each year during the second full week in April, telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Political Digest
Bill would address fraudulent auto sales

Last week, the Senate Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs, by a vote of 5-0, recommended passage of a bill to crack down on fraudulent auto sales.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Brennan talks up governor's budget in the Northwoods
First of two articles

The new secretary of the state Department of Administration came calling in the Northwoods last week, touting a state budget he says will help both urban and rural areas across the state and especially the Northwoods in several critical areas. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Pelican Lake couple thanks firefighters for blizzard rescue
Countless snowmobiles dash across frozen Northwoods lakes every winter without incident, but for Guy and Theresa Davis a trek across Pelican Lake Feb. 24 was anything but ordinary. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Committee changes course on Oneida County landfill expansion
The Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee sent the county's solid waste department back to the drawing board to search for a new location for a proposed landfill expansion after residents near the site protested the project. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Zoning committee approves Hazelhurst gravel pit CUP
Despite the revelation of a zoning violation by County Materials Corporation (CMC) and a concern about the proper notice of its meeting, the Oneida County Zoning Committee voted 5-0 on April 3 to approve CMC's bid for a conditional use permit (CUP) for a gravel pit in Hazelhurst. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Conservative Hagedorn wins Supreme Court race
In a likely upset, the conservative candidate for the state Supreme Court prevailed last Tuesday by a margin of about 5,900 votes out of 1.2 million cast. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

One killed, two injured in Highway 17 rollover
A 28-year-old Rhinelander man was killed, and his passenger injured, early Sunday morning when the vehicle he was operating rolled over on State Road 17 in the town of Harrison.
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Spirit Air crew lost last year to be honored
It's been nearly a year since a single engine Airbus Eurocopter AS350 B2 crashed in the town of Hazelhurst. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Evers budget would create $2 billion deficit
If Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had his way - he won't - the state would fall into a nearly $2 billion structural deficit at the beginning of the 2021-23 biennium. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Springtime Sweetness
Jesse Randall, far right, from the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, explains how maple sap collected in the spring is boiled down to become syrup. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

2018 autism research homes in on combined environmental factors
Several new studies last year continued to underscore the likelihood that environmental factors play an important role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), particularly when acting in concert, with two major studies corroborating earlier evidence that air pollution and pesticides, among other toxins, are among the culprits. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Oneida and Vilas Transit Commission approves motion to pursue bus procurement
The Oneida and Vilas Transit Commission approved a motion March 22 to submit a request to the Oneida and Vilas County finance committees and county boards for permission to approach financial institutions for the purpose of securing a short-term loan in the amount of $240,000 for the purchase of new buses. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Men plead not guilty in separate internet sex sting cases
Two men entered not guilty pleas in Oneida County Circuit Court last week in separate cases involving internet child sex stings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

County calls for more spending on child support enforcement
Child-support enforcement caseloads are increasing, but state money to support enforcement is lagging, and so the Oneida County Board of Supervisors has joined with other county boards in calling for increased state funding. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Supreme Court race features a typically left-right divide
When voters head to the polls next week to select a replacement for retiring state Supreme Court justice Shirley Abrahamson, they will find a typical left-right choice on the ballot. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Supervisors clash as Petco committee launches
An Oneida County committee created to study the pros and cons of a county purchase of most of the existing Petco property in Rhinelander didn't make it past committee member introductions Monday before sparks flew over whether it was even government's proper role to consider it. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Survey: Opioids impact 75 percent of workplaces in America
Three out of four workplaces in America have been impacted by opioid usage according to a new survey from the National Safety Council. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Woodboro residents on landfill expansion: Not in my backyard
If the solid waste department keeps moving closer to adding a new demolition site to the Oneida County landfill, it will be over the protests of its neighbors. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dane County judge tosses lame-duck legislation
A Dane County circuit court judge has issued a temporary injunction against legislation passed during an extraordinary legislative session after last November's election, which stripped powers from incoming Gov. Tony Evers and attorney general Josh Kaul. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Vilas County strip club owner faces drug-related felonies in addition to state violations
An Eagle River strip club owner already facing a misdemeanor charge following a state investigation has also been charged in Vilas County Circuit Court with five felony charges of possession of narcotics in addition to misdemeanor possession of an illegal prescription and drug paraphernalia. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Attorney: CMC proposal would still allow crushing near gravel pit
The company proposing a gravel pit in Hazelhurst is promising the town and its residents no crushing will take place on or near the mining parcel, but an attorney for property owners fighting the project say the company's carefully worded language could allow the company to crush in the area anyway. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 23, 2019

St. Germain man killed in snowmobile accident
A 62-year-old St. Germain resident was killed Wednesday evening after the snowmobile he was operating struck a vehicle on Found Lake Road in the town of St. Germain.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Melting snow poses problems for drivers and homeowners
The five feet of snow which dropped on the Northwoods over the past month had to go somewhere once it melted, and right now a lot of it is ponding on streets and seeping into basements. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 21, 2019

County officials remind drivers to stay safe this construction season
With the 2019 road construction season around the corner, Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce R. Stefonek is urging people to drive carefully in highway work zones. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March 18-22 is Flood Safety Awareness Week
In recognition of Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 18-22, the Oneida County Health Department is reminding residents how to stay safe during flooding events. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hazelhurst board recommends approval of gravel pit CUP
After a public hearing Thursday, March 14, the Hazelhurst Town Board unanimously recommended approval of a nonmetallic mining conditional use permit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Northwoods River News awarded high honors at WNA awards
At the Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards March 7, The Northwoods River News accompanied its sister paper The Lakeland Times in a night filled with excitement and well-deserved recognition. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sunshine Week 2019:
In honor of Sunshine Week - a celebration and advocacy of open government - The Northwoods River News presents the newspaper's 2019 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Special education costs stretch northern school districts' budgets
School districts are legally required to provide special education services to students who qualify, but districts across Wisconsin spend significantly more than they are provided in state and federal funding. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Law enforcement agencies keeping sharp eye out for impaired drivers on St. Patrick's Day weekend
Due to the potential for impaired driving associated with St. Patrick's Day on Sunday (March 17), the Wisconsin State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state are reminding travelers to plan ahead, be safe and responsible. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tribal leader Henry 'Butch' St. Germaine, Sr. passes
The Lac du Flambeau community is mourning the loss of one of our cherished leaders, Mr. Henry "Butch" St. Germaine, Sr., who served his community in several aspects, including Tribal president, vice president, Tribal Council member, and Natural Resources Fish Hatchery manager. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Taxpayer funded lobbying group not subject to open records laws
A major unincorporated but taxpayer funded lobbyist association in Wisconsin is not only not subject to the state's open records laws, according to a state court of appeals, but in fact has used its resources to seek a weakening of the open-records statutes that do apply to its member entities. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Political Digest
Evers moves forward with plans to close Lincoln Hills

Gov. Tony Evers has announced that the Department of Corrections, in cooperation with the Department of Administration, will begin construction on two Type 1 juvenile facilities as directed by 2017 Wisconsin Act 185. (subscriber access)

Thursday, March 14, 2019


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