Lac du Flambeau town board sends proposal to resolve road issue

$1.9 million offer moves forward on 2-1 vote

On July 3 the Lac du Flambeau town board voted 2-1 to send a proposal to the tribal council of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Chippewa Indians in an effort to resolve the ongoing dispute between the town and the tribe regarding easement expirations on tribal land on four roads.

Woodruff town board eyes overhaul of short-term rental ordinance; fee hike looms

The Woodruff town board is preparing to revise sections of the town’s ordinance related to the structure of its short-term rental permitting. This includes fees and revenue reporting by owners of operations such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO).

No charges for Lac du Flambeau supervisor in open meeting probe

Possible walking quorum via email and alleged document leak investigated by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office

The Vilas County district attorney will not pursue charges related to an investigation conducted by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office into an alleged open meetings violation on the part of Lac du Flambeau town supervisor Bob Hanson.

Oneida County highway department awaits delivery for 8 new plow trucks amid rising costs and delays

Hegeman: ‘It’s one thing after another’

The Oneida County highway department has eight plow trucks, or patrol trucks, on order, the oldest truck one of two ordered during 2022.

Lac du Flambeau town board sends proposal to resolve road issue

On a 2-1 vote, a nearly $1.9 million offer moves forward

The Lac du Flambeau town board has, on a 2-1 vote, sent a proposal to the tribal council of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Chippewa Indians in an effort to resolve the ongoing dispute between the town and the tribe regarding easement expirations on tribal land on four roads going back 10 or more years.

Future of a portion of Vilas County’s fairground area in the air

Burkett: ‘They don’t need all that land’

During the May 28 meeting of the Vilas County board, county board chairman Jerry Burkett spoked about an item that was on the meeting agenda regarding a discussion about the county owned fairgrounds in Eagle River.

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Arbor Vitae resident injured in one vehicle crash on Lemma Creek Road

An Arbor Vitae resident was injured in a one vehicle crash on Lemma Creek Road in Arbor Vitae on June 28.

No serious injuries in Land O’ Lakes plane crash

There were no serious injuries in the crash of a small airplane in Land O’ Lakes late Sunday morning.

Winchester town board mulls better communication possibilities

Discianno: ‘How do we communicate with our residents?’

The Winchester town board is looking at, or will be looking at, the possibilities of an email communications system for the town.

Vilas County board remote meeting attendance amendment fails

Issue could go back to committee for reconsideration

An attempt to amend the Vilas County board’s standing rules and committee duties pertaining to remote attendance failed at the county board’s June 25 meeting.

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Lac du Flambeau town board seeks legal advice on ‘conflict of interest’ amid heated dispute

The Lac du Flambeau town board decided at a June 26 special meeting to consult with the attorneys at the Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) regarding a clarification of the term “conflict of interest” on the part of an elected official as it relates to town business.

Oneida County Board of Adjustment to reconvene on controversial GLITC wellness center proposal

The Oneida County Board of Adjustment (BOA) will meet on July 25 to consider further all the conditional use permit (CUP) application material that has been submitted by the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) to build a 36-bed adolescent wellness center (AWC) in town of Cassian.

Vilas County board forwards enhanced wake regulation support to state legislature

Ritter: ‘This is not about any one particular boat’

Vilas County will be sending a letter of support to the Wisconsin legislature to get legislation enacted that would, as the title of the resolution passed said, provide for “effective regulations of surface water.”

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Vilas County board fails to pass recall effort for clerk of courts

Tables Judge’s recall

The Vilas County board Tuesday voted 18-2 not to approve a resolution calling for support of a recall election of Beth Soltow, the county’s circuit court clerk.

Oshkosh developer plans to build 50 units of housing in Woodruff

Dumke: ‘We’re going fullsteam ahead’

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Housing Authority (WHEDA) has awarded a federal housing tax credit (HTC) of nearly $1.4 million to an Oshkosh-based development firm with plans to build housing in Woodruff on eight acres of land just north of the town garage and fire station.

Lightning strike leads to fire damage in Arbor Vitae home

The storm system that went through the Arbor Vitae area overnight Monday and into the early hours of Tuesday morning resulted in a call for firefighters with the Arbor Vitae fire and rescue department.

Runway rehab at Lakeland Airport recessed a year

Messina: ‘A little environmental hangup’

A multi-million dollar rehabilitation project for the two runways at Lakeland Airport in Arbor Vitae has been pushed back at least one year.

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Light fixture catches fire at the Minocqua Public Library

No one hurt, no extensive damage

Minocqua firefighters responded Tuesday morning to the report of a “possible fire” at the Minocqua Public Library.

Arbor Vitae town board asked about enhanced wake ordinance possibilities

Bauers: ‘We know that’s a problem’

The Arbor Vitae town board last week heard, as so many town boards in The Lakeland Times coverage area have over the course of the past several months, about wake boats and the impact of their operation on area lakes, users of those lakes and property owners along the lakes.

LdF town board approves payment, latest proposal to tribe in road dispute

The Lac du Flambeau town board last week approved another monthly payment to the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Wake boat ban in effect on Lac du Flambeau reservation

As is the case with other wakeboat/enhanced wake ordinances, enforcement is a question

As municipalities and in some cases, counties in Wisconsin, have enacted ordinances to address enhanced wakes or are in the process of doing so, the tribal council of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has approved a resolution of its own regarding the issue.

Plum Lake community center cost estimate close to $4 million

Town attempting federal funding for the project

The town of Plum Lake, following a special meeting on Monday, has basic information regarding the size of a new community center as well as a cost estimate.

Plum Lake town board sends draft of ATV/UTV ordinance to legal counsel

Postuchow: ‘We need to come together as a community’

The Plum Lake town board last week sent a draft town ordinance for all terrain vehicle (ATV) and utility task vehicle (UTV) use on town roads and stretches of county roads and State Highway 155 in Sayner to its legal counsel for review.

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Phelps man arrested for possession of child pornography

A 65-year-old Phelps man is in custody at the Vilas County Jail in Eagle River after he was arrested last week for possession of child pornography.

Lac du Flambeau town board passes ethics measure

Role of town supervisor’s wife in town business questioned

The Lac du Flambeau town board, during one of the most contentious meetings in some time there on June 12, took action related to questions that have arisen regarding town supervisor Bob Hanson and the town board’s closed session procedures.

Vilas County garage project delayed

Olkowski: ‘It’s setback after setback’

The effort by the Vilas County board’s public property committee to have what is referred to as a “joint response” garage for the sheriff’s office and health department has hit a snag.

LVG buys backup compactor

The executive committee for the Landfill Venture Group (LVG), the consortium of Vilas County towns and the city of Eagle River that own the County G Landfill in the town of Cloverland, last week approved the purchase of a trash compactor.

AV-W school board approves computer purchase

The Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school district’s board of education Monday approved the purchase of nearly $75,000 worth of computer equipment.

Space needs analysis for Northwoods Transit Connections gets the green light

The Oneida Vilas Transit Commission’s (OVTC) long-awaited space needs study, a key step in the process of determining the best location for the new home of Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC), is expected to begin soon.

Plum Lake town clerk to resign

Kim Lechner, elected in April, 2023, is leaving the area

A little more than a year after her election as Plum Lake town clerk, Kim Lechner has informed the town board she’s leaving the area.

Plum Lake town board applies for federal funding for a new community center

The Plum Lake town board has once again begun to seriously look at replacing the town’s current community/recreation center with a new structure.

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Local police officers recognized for saving a life

Carroll: ‘You’re part of my family now’

At the start of the June 4 meeting of the Minocqua town board, town chairman Mark Hartzheim gave the floor to Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger.

Vilas County public property committee sends joint response building recommendation to finance committee

The Vilas County board’s public property committee at its June 4 meeting approved a recommendation for an expenditure of up to $220,000 for construction of a “joint response” garage.

Vilas County board vacancy is an Arbor Vitae seat

For the second time in a year, the Vilas County board heads into the summer months with at least one vacant seat.

Mellen man dies in FDXCR race on Minocqua’s west side

A 28-year-old man participating in a dirt bike race on Minocqua’s west side was killed Sunday.

OVTC space needs grant application progresses despite delays

It’s taking a little longer than Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC) director Barb Newman would like, but the organization’s grant application to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is moving forward.

Minocqua reaches agreement with Bangstad

Hartzheim: ‘It kind of cleans things up for both parties’

The Minocqua town board, following a closed session Tuesday afternoon, voted to accept a revocable license agreement with Kirk Bangstad, owner of the Minocqua Brewery Company.

Minocqua town board adopts food truck policy

Hartzheim: ‘We’ll see how successful this is’

The Minocqua town board Tuesday adopted a food truck policy that was the result of nearly three hours of discussion during the board’s previous two regular meetings.

Questions arise in Lac du Flambeau town board’s closed meeting process

Possin: ‘I think it’s important to know who supports this or not’

The Lac du Flambeau town board, during a nearly hour-long special meeting on May 31, voted 2-1 to make one more payment under the current arrangement to the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Plum Lake town board forms ATV/UTV ad hoc committee

Hanien: ‘It’s hard to see the town hurting over this issue’

The Plum Lake town board, following a May 16 polling of town electors that indicated people would like to have more all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and utility task vehicle (UTV) access in the town, will move forward to establish an ordinance that town chair Jackey Postuchow said will be limited in nature.

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Vilas County board hears about possible land sale ideas

No action taken but plenty of discussion

The possibility of Vilas County selling some of its property came up twice during the May 28 meeting of the Vilas County board.

OVTC space needs grant application progresses despite delays

It’s taking a little longer than what Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC) director Barb Newman would like, but the grant application to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is moving forward.

Lakeland Airport’s runways could be reconstructed in 2025

Bidding process commences on June 6

The next big step in what will be the reconstruction of the two runways at the Lakeland Airport in Arbor Vitae is to occur on Thursday, June 6.

LdF town board’s proposal on road issue gets response from LdF tribe

Thompson: ‘I find this very disturbing that the board decided to move in this direction’

The latest round in the dispute between the town of Lac du Flambeau and the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians regarding four roads involves a proposal from the town to the tribe to resolve the issue.

Minocqua town board to consider a food truck policy

Hartzheim: ‘We’re opening this up on a trial basis’

When the Minocqua town board meets in regular session this Tuesday, one of the items on the agenda is a town policy regarding food trucks.

Boulder Junction town board asked to address wake boat issue

Brouwer: ‘It really restricts or limits the use of the lake’

The issue of wake boats and enhanced wakes on area lakes was brought up briefly at Tuesday’s meeting of the Boulder Junction town board.

LdF town board OKs road proposal to LdF tribe

After meeting in closed session on May 22 with town attorney Greg Harrold and outside counsel Frank Kowalkowski, the Lac du Flambeau town board came to agreement on terms for a proposal to be presented to the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Cassian town board has a new supervisor

The Cassian town board at its May 13 meeting accepted the resignation of town supervisor Dick Herman.

U.S. Highway 51 shut down briefly Thursday morning

Gas line struck in construction zone

An excavator used on the Manitou Park Drive to the Lake Minocqua bridge construction project on U.S. Highway 51 hit a gas line on the northeast corner of Country Club Road and Hwy. 51 Thursday morning.

The memorial mission of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

DPAA chief researcher Joshua Fennell a keynote speaker at the Northwoods National Cemetery on Memorial Day

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, the remains of U.S. Army Private John Cummings, 22 years old at the time he was killed in action in Europe on Dec. 31, 1944, was buried with full military honors next to his parents in Hazelhurst’s Lakeside Garden of Sleep Cemetery.

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