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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
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Assistant Attorney General Amber Hahn looks on as Brandon Darnick begins to cry as the jury is being polled after they found him guilty of of first degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a person under age 13) Wednesday afternoon.
Jamie Taylor/river news Assistant Attorney General Amber Hahn looks on as Brandon Darnick begins to cry as the jury is being polled after they found him guilty of of first degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a person under age 13) Wednesday afternoon.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 7:29 AM
An Oneida County jury deliberated for approximately 2 1/2 hours Wednesday afternoon before convicting Brandon A. Darnick, 27, formally of Arbor Vitae, of first degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a person under age 13) in connection with an incident involving a 2-year-old child nearly six years ago. (subscriber access)
  • The spring election season in The Lakeland Times coverage area is, once again, relatively light when it comes to contested races for county, town and school boards. (subscriber access)
  • Extension of Oneida County will host Master Gardener Volunteer Training in Oneida County every Thursday from Jan. 23 through April 16. The cost is $90, which includes 36 hours of training, a training manual, and one year WIMGA WI Master Gardener Membership, as well as other perks.
  • Following a discussion regarding the purchase agreement for a facility in Eagle River, the Oneida Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) at its most recent meeting Jan. 10, tabled the discussion for the lease or purchase of a potential new facility in Eagle River. (subscriber access)
  • The Woodruff Town Board on Jan. 14 approved a motion to approve parking lanes as part of a project proposed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to improve a stretch of U.S. Highway 47 from Kildeer Road to the Vilas County line in Oneida County in 2022. (subscriber access)
  • ‘The fight’s going to be with the county’
    The Cassian Town Board on Monday approved a re-zone petition from Medford-based James Peterson and Sons that now goes to the Oneida County Zoning and Planning Committee. (subscriber access)
  • Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce rebrands as Let’s Minocqua
    On Monday, the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce launched its latest branding initiative: Let’s Minocqua. In addition to becoming the organization’s new name, the brand “Let’s Minocqua” represents the future of its tourism promotional efforts. (subscriber access)
  • The Minocqua Plan Commission on Tuesday tabled a decision on a conditional use permit (CUP) for a nine-unit hotel on property where, until they were demolished in 2018, the 10-room Bayview Inn on Lake Minocqua and Mom’s Laundromat once stood. (subscriber access)
  • Two suspects caught after Vilas County high-speed chase, charges filed
    After an announcement by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department to the community to be on the lookout, authorities were able to successfully track down and arrest two area suspects who fled custody and led officers on a hazardous high speed chase which ended out of state last week. (subscriber access)
  • One in 10 homes in Wisconsin have high radon levels. Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas, and cannot be seen or smelled. Radon can even cause lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
  • How clear is your lake? Is it getting clearer or less so with time? What is its trophic state? How deep is it at the deepest point? What’s the acreage?

    Maybe you know some or all of this already, but if you don’t and you’re curious, there are easy ways to answer the questions. An abundance of data about Wisconsin lakes can be found in a few minutes online. (subscriber access)
  • Northern Wisconsin rang in the new year with yet more discouraging economic news, with Semco Windows & Doors of Merrill announcing its permanent closure and the loss of at least 120 jobs forever. (subscriber access)
  • The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Oneida County Committee is accepting applications from interested Oneida County residents for one citizen vacancy. The ADRC Committee is appointed by the Oneida County Board of Supervisors and is the policy-making body for the ADRC of Oneida County department (formerly the Department on Aging).
  • An area woman facing a felony credit card theft in Oneida County Circuit Court has been found guilty of a lesser amended charge. (subscriber access)
  • Former Oneida County forestry director John Bilogan has filed a statutory notice of claim or potential claims against Oneida County, alleging breach of contract, wrongful termination, civil conspiracy, and a violation of his civil and contractual rights. (subscriber access)
  • The Minocqua Town Board at its Jan. 7 meeting said a collective “no” to any change in the current county short term rental ordinance.

    Oneida County’s planning and zoning department had sent to each town in the county a request for input on behalf of a Three Lakes area business regarding provisions of the county ordinance pertaining to short term rentals. (subscriber access)
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