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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Vilas County is the 27th lowest state aid-receiver in Wisconsin, but one of the highest counties for numbers of reports and clients of elder abuse — making it the second lowest in the state when receiving aid per case handled. Pictured are the case numbers by county for 2018. (Contributed map)
Vilas County is the 27th lowest state aid-receiver in Wisconsin, but one of the highest counties for numbers of reports and clients of elder abuse — making it the second lowest in the state when receiving aid per case handled. Pictured are the case numbers by county for 2018. (Contributed map)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:30 AM
The Northwoods population continues to age, but resources for elder care are inequitable, few and declining, the Vilas County Social Services Committee heard at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18.
  • Vilas County board passes state of emergency resolution
    The Vilas County board Tuesday approved two resolutions critical to county operations during the current COVID-19 pandemic. (subscriber access)
  • The Vilas County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday, March 24, received what amounted to a formal briefing regarding what the county’s health department is doing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic locally. (subscriber access)
  • Charges and cases against a Minocqua contractor have increased in number and counties since last year. (subscriber access)
  • The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of information and safety precautions because of COVID-19. (subscriber access)
  • In honor of Sunshine Week — a celebration and advocacy of open government — The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper’s 2020 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business.

    The following grades are calculated using several measures, including how responsive officials have been this past year to open records’ requests, how diligently they have strived to keep the workings of government open, how willing they were to communicate with the media and with the public, as well as their past track record.
  • Minocqua area grocers staying stocked despite COVID-19
    As the United States continues to mobilize and adjust to take on COVID-19, there are bound to be rumors. (subscriber access)
  • Lakeland Pantry changes protocols to deal with COVID 19
    As with most everything else at this time, the Lakeland Pantry in Arbor Vitae has made changes to its operational protocols. (subscriber access)
  • As part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Governor Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order on March 13 mandating the closure of all K-12 schools statewide.

    The closure affects both public and private schools and will begin Wednesday, March 18 with the anticipated reopening date of April 6, which may change subject to pending information, according to a press release.

  • The Vilas County board’s public property committee voted unanimously on Tuesday, March 10 to authorize the purchase of a 2020 Jeep Renegade with all-wheel drive for the price of $27,295 with the intent of adding the vehicle to the county’s courthouse fleet.
  • Snowmobile trails close in Oneida and Vilas counties, still open in Iron
    The Northwoods snowmobile season is coming to close, as both Oneida and Vilas counties announced earlier this week the closures of trails. (subscriber access)
  • Two non-binding referenda will be on the April 7 ballot in the city of Eagle River and the towns of Arbor Vitae, Boulder Junction, Lac du Flambeau, Manitowish Waters, Phelps, Plum Lake, Presque Isle, and Winchester in Vilas County, and in the city of Rhinelander and the towns of Pine Lake, Crescent, Pelican, Woodruff, Hazelhurst, Lake Tomahawk and Newbold in Oneida County.
  • DOT suggests photos of crumbling roads, not crumbling roads, endangers public safety
    All across northern Wisconsin there’s widespread concern about deteriorating and buckling roads, but, at least to one official in the state Department of Transportation, the threat to public safety seems to come from photos of those crumbling conditions in The Lakeland Times. (subscriber access)
  • Telling the Vilas County story as a place of not only scenic and picturesque beauty, but also as an economic place to call home are part of what “re-writing the rural narrative” will be about, the Vilas County Economic Development, Tourism and UW-Extension Committee learned March 4, from Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) executive director Kathy Schmitz. (subscriber access)
  • Presque Isle Fire and Emergency Medical Services was once again a heated discussion topic at the Presque Isle Town Board, despite it not being an agenda item.

    During the board’s “Board Correspondence and/or Future Agenda Items” section of its agenda at the March 5 meeting, town supervisor Cathy Logan Weber mentioned she had a correspondence to share with the board. (subscriber access)
  • The Presque Isle Town Board approved a motion Thursday, March 5, authorizing the construction of a temporary highway to bypass construction work on Highway B within the township of Presque Isle during 2020 and 2021. (subscriber access)
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