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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 7:25 AM
Barring settlement of a federal lawsuit with the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, an energy company is beginning to explore options to relocate a crude oil and gas pipeline through portions of the Northwoods, including Iron County. (subscriber access)
  • A Mercer man who caused bodily and mental harm to his girlfriend’s child, according to charges filed in Iron County Circuit Court, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile, all charges against the mother have been dismissed. (subscriber access)
  • Wolfe rejects plea deal in Iron County homicide
    The final defendant accused of having a hand in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man in December 2017 will have his case heard by a 14-person jury trial this November in Iron County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
  • The Iron County Historical Museum will host its fourth annual Haunted History Flashlight Tour on Saturday, Oct. 12. 
  • With more than 800 cases of vape-related lung injuries and sicknesses reported in the United States — including 12 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control — local communities are taking steps to support new laws and warnings on vaping and e-cigarette products. (subscriber access)
  • The 17th annual Pumpkin Run ATV/UTV Rally kicks off Columbus Day weekend in Mercer. The event, held Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 12, promotes riding in Iron County. 
  • Broadband, employment, and housing — heavy hitters at Northwoods Economic Development Summit
    “Lack of” was the main phrase when it came to housing, broadband, workforce and entrepreneurship — sparking lively discussion on how to drive positive change at the recent Northwoods Economic Development Summit at Nicolet College in Rhinelander on Sept. 23. (subscriber access)
  • Barring settlement of a federal lawsuit with the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, an energy company is beginning to explore options to relocate a crude oil and gas pipeline through portions of the Northwoods, including Iron County. (subscriber access)
  • Gov. Tony Evers announced his appointment of Tony Stella to the Iron County Circuit Court. The appointment fills a vacancy created by the unexpected passing of Judge Patrick Madden.
  • A motion to have a felony case of causing explosions at an Iron County asphalt plant has been shot down in Iron County Circuit Court.  (subscriber access)
  • Prosecutors in pursuit of the last conviction of one of the five accused men in the killing of a Lac du Flambeau man just before Christmas 2017 are seeking a reconsideration of a hearing which would allow more time for a plea agreement. (subscriber access)
  • One of two men accused of creating and setting off bombs at an Iron County asphalt plant is attempting to have all charges against him dismissed. (subscriber access)
  • Pending proper signage and publication in a newspaper, all Iron County county roads will be open to all-terrain vehicles (ATV), the full Iron County Board approved unanimously without much comment on Aug. 27. (subscriber access)
  • A demand for a speedy trial Monday in Iron County Circuit Court has pushed up the expected final jury to be called to determine the fate of a man allegedly involved in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man in 2017.  (Subscriber Access)
  • Appeals attorney finds ‘no merit’ in Allen murder defense
    Following the request of Richard Allen — convicted last year in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man — an appeals attorney has withdrawn from the case, a judge approved Monday morning in Iron County. (Subscriber Access)
  • A presiding judge has dismissed one felony charge against the Iron County Board chair in an ongoing case involving false swearing and a city credit card.

    Joseph Pinardi, 69, Hurley, county board chair and past Hurley mayor, was charged earlier this year with felony identify theft as party to a crime as well as misdemeanor false swearing and resisting/obstructing an officer.  (Subscriber Access)
  • The Iron County Board took action last Tuesday to cover child and adult placement costs throughout the county to the tune of nearly $1 million. 

    The amount — which the basis has mainly raised from foster and facility care for children court-ordered to be removed from parental care and their parents, often due to addiction issues — is less than what was needed the prior year, it was noted. (Subscriber Access)
  • Longtime Iron County Judge Patrick J. Madden, 69, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep earlier in July. 

    A Montreal resident, Madden presided over the bench for some three decades. (Subscriber Access)
  • One man proven to have murdered a Lac du Flambeau man continues to attempt to appeal the judge’s decision which sent him to life in prison.

    However, last week, Richard Allen, 29, also formerly of Lac du Flambeau, was facing losing his court-appointed defense attorney. (Subscriber Access)
  • Last year after a Kimball man threatened to “blow up” a Mercer Marshfield Clinic, sheriff’s deputies arrested him and he was jailed. (Subscriber Access)
  • The Iron County Historical Society and Sturgul and Long Law Office present “A Historical Geography of Hurley, the Gogebic Range, and Wisconsin’s North Coast” by Eric Olmanson, Ph.D. The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 23 at the Iron County Museum in Hurley. 
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