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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, May 24, 2019 7:30 AM
Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has filed a forfeiture action against Erv Teichmiller, the chairman of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, for an open meetings law violation. (subscriber access)
  • Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has filed a forfeiture action against Erv Teichmiller, the chairman of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, for an open meetings law violation. (subscriber access)
  • In what he called a close case, Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek said Tuesday a letter written by four Rhinelander city council members and the city’s mayor to the city council president did not constitute a walking quorum and so he would not prosecute them for an open meetings violation. (subscriber access)
  • Following the break-out of a squad window and threatening a deputy’s life and family, a 28-year-old Minocqua man is charged with a felony and several misdemeanors in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
  • Questions and concerns surrounding the charter-required independent audit resurfaced last Friday at the Northwoods Transit Commission meeting as commission members discussed a letter issued by the Corporation Counsel office in Oneida County. (subscriber access)
  • The Minocqua Town Board, meeting Tuesday for just over 20 minutes, approved the renewal of the liquor license currently held by the owner of the Best Western Plus Concord Inn. (subscriber access)
  • At its meeting May 15, the LUHS ad hoc referendum committee discussed in-depth the next steps needed in order to continue with referendum planning.

    One of the main items the committee discussed was the referendum’s timeline. (subscriber access)
  • A 73-year-old Rhinelander man has died following a boating accident Monday evening on Jennie Webber Lake in the town of Sugar Camp.
  • Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 a.m., seniors and disabled riders file on to the buses at Northwood Transit Connections (NTC) pickups. These are the riders NTC was created to help. With its current routes, the transit organization now connects more communities than ever. In January, NTC added a loop connecting Woodruff, St. Germain, Eagle River, Three Lakes, Sugar Camp, and Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
  • Oneida and Vilas counties have announced the opening of the ATV trails. In Oneida County, the  ATV/UTV trail system will officially open for the 2019 spring/summer/fall season effective 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Vilas county trails will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 24.  
  • Two local school districts awarded Fab Lab grants
    May 13 marked Fab Lab Day in Wisconsin as Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and state officials visited schools throughout the state, awarding $520,000 in Fab Lab grants to 20 school districts to enable them to expand fabrication laboratories (Fab Labs), which are high-tech workshops with state-of-the-art industry equipment. (subscriber access)
  • DNR, local firefighters contain Blue Lake Road blaze
    The call came in mid-morning Tuesday, the report of a brush fire on Blue Lake Road near its intersection with Hahn Road. Minocqua fire chief Andy Petrowski radioed dispatch at around 1:40 p.m. to report the brush fire — which at one point, had gotten into pine trees — had been largely contained as Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources firefighting personnel had been able to get a trench dug around the perimeter of the blaze. (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County administration committee authorized a letter Tuesday from the county corporation counsel’s office to the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, demanding the transit commission contract for an independent audit within 30 days or the committee would recommend the county board take appropriate action. (subscriber access)
  • The Minocqua plan commission on Tuesday approved two motions related to a conditional use permit (CUP) for a 30-acre gravel pit. The commission also approved signage for what will be the Tri-County Gravel Pit, to be in the extreme northwest corner of the town of Minocqua near the town of Pike Lake on State Highway 70. (subscriber access)
  • At its regular meeting May 14, the Woodruff Town Board heard bids from Northeast Asphalt, Inc. and Pitlik & Wick regarding the 2019 road project. (subscriber access)
  • Back when county board chairpersons were busy making their normal appointments to county committees and commissions, Oneida County board chairman Dave Hintz was especially busy: He was not only making his own appointments, he was also trying to influence a Vilas County appointment. (subscriber access)
  • Oneida County Highway Committee OKs chip and seal program
    The Oneida County Highway Department will go one more season having its own employees do chip and seal work. The county’s highway committee voted 3-2 on May 9 to continue the program, which is entering its fourth season. (subscriber access)
  • Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom will oversee a three-day bench trial in September for one man charged in connection with the Lake Tomahawk burglary in 2017, where the pistol later used to kill a Lac du Flambeau man was stolen. (subscriber access)
  • Long-time Oneida County forestry director John Bilogan is being investigated by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department following a complaint and has been placed on administrative leave, two Oneida County officials confirmed on May 10. (subscriber access)
  • A 20-year-old Woodruff man is facing felony charges after he allegedly used a computer to arrange a sexual encounter with an undercover sheriff’s detective posing as a 15-year-old female. (subscriber access)
  • At its regular meeting on May 8, the Lake Tomahawk Town Board approved a motion to adopt a resolution regarding volunteer firefighters and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (SPS) 330, which structures fire department safety. (subscriber access)
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