Minocqua plan commission approves permit for Ripco Credit Union

3 lot land division sparks forestry 1A zoning discussion

The Minocqua plan commission on Tuesday approved a sign permit application submitted by Don Kuechler and Real Estate Ent., LLC in order to display the logo of Ripco Credit Union, which will be housed in the strip mall building at 8744 U.S. Highway 51 and adjacent to Domino’s Pizza.

LUHS asking for community input to help paint a ‘Portrait of a Graduate’

Administration looks to develop vision statement to guide decision-making and help students succeed

Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) administrators, until July 19, are seeking input from the community in order to develop an idea of characteristics and skill sets students should have upon their completion at LUHS.

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Snowhawks provide the fireworks in walk-off win over Chicago All-Stars

Morien’s two-out, ninth-inning hit propels Lake Tomahawk to dramatic, come-from-behind victory

The Lake Tomahawk Snowhawks beat the Chicago All-Stars for the second straight year, which is a matchup traditionally played on the Fourth of July.

Presque Isle town board continues debate over town lakes committee

PITLC stays with two-members for now

The Presque Isle town board at its July 2 meeting continued to debate what to do, if anything, with the Presque Isle town lakes committee (PITLC).

Kleinschmidt provides update on Fifield town supervisor recall effort

Board continues facing questions regarding June 26, 2023 incident

Fifield deputy town clerk Kelly Kleinschmidt at the town board’s July 2 meeting briefly spoke to the recall effort of town supervisor Ann Sloane.

Dr. Jast and family medicine

It’s no secret that health care is struggling, especially in rural Wisconsin. In rural communities, health care facilities play extremely important roles.

Fifield town supervisor will challenge recall petition

Sloane’s attorney: Ebert checked wrong box, reasons given for recall are ‘vague’

Fifield town supervisor Ann Sloane has filed a challenge to the petition to recall her which was submitted to town clerk Cystal Cowling and deputy town clerk Kelly Kleinschmidt at the beginning of a June 18 town board meeting.

Lakeland local lands 52-inch musky

Sauvola hopes to catch another one, but feels it’s a fish of a lifetime

Northwoods-native Tyler Sauvola landed a monster 52-inch musky on his first cast recently.

Minocqua plan commission approves 12-lot county plat land division

The Minocqua plan commission on June 25 recommended approval to the town board of a preliminary 12-lot county plat and two-outlot county plat of land off of Cator Drive, near State Highway 70 west.

Woodruff town board authorizes Timmons to accept 2024 road bids

The Woodruff town board at its June 25 meeting authorized town chairman Mike Timmons to accept three road work bids for 2024 after town road chief Dave Meier and him review them.

LUHS board OKs $38,280 cybersecurity package post-hack

Unanimous vote bolsters district’s cybersecurity, recognizing the growing complexity of digital threats

The Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) board of education agreed for the district to purchase a cybersecurity package for a total of $38,280.

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Lakeland pilot offers inside look on flight instruction

Lakeland Airport spotlights services during fly-in, communicates Lakeland Aviation’s dedication to the community

Lakeland Airport in Arbor Vitae was on full display June 20 when it hosted a hamburger social fly-in event for the second year in a row.

Hunt resigns from LUHS board of education

Massey provides end of school year data, including 98% graduation rate

Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) board of education member Ann Hunt resigned from her at-large seat on the board. The board “regretfully” accepted the resignation of Hunt during its meeting on Monday.

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Recall petition for Fifield town supervisor submitted again

Town clerks: Sloane has 10 days to challenge, election date will be set once certified

Fifield resident David Ebert submitted a recall petition with 197 signatures to town clerk Crystal Cowling and deputy town clerk Kelly Kleinschmidt at the outset of a June 18 town board meeting.

Presque Isle town board approves amendment to wake ordinance for Oxbow Lake

Amendment now heads to town’s attorney and DNR for review

The Presque Isle town board, during a June 20 meeting lasting over three hours, agreed by a vote of 2-1 to amend its wake ordinance, ordinance 507, in order to eliminate an original “carveout” of Oxbow Lake, but first have it reviewed by town attorney Steve Garbowicz and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Town chairman John MacLean was the dissenting vote.

MHLT board tackles controversy over same-sex relationship books read to 3rd-graders

Committee of whole may be formed, staff retention becoming an issue

At a Monday meeting, the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk (MHLT) elementary school district’s board of education discussed a situation involving two books dealing with same-sex relationships recently read to a third-grade class.

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MHLT school board accepts superintendent resignation

Ellis: ‘I have many great memories of working here’

Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk (MHLT) school district superintendent Dr. Jim Ellis submitted his letter of resignation on June 13.

Manitowish Waters town board talks ATVs/UTVs again after Times article alleges open meetings violation

Hajt questions outcome if survey results come back in favor

The Manitowish Waters town board had all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility task vehicles (UTVs) being allowed on town roads again on its meeting agenda for June 11.

Lake Tomahawk residents disagree with board on buoys being placed on North Two Lakes

Proposed CUP for ‘Garden Lodge’ near Larken Road gets denied

On June 12, the Lake Tomahawk town board agreed to create an ordinance for placing slow-no-wake buoys in a bay on North Two Lakes.

Manitowish Waters town board continues ‘excessive wake’ discussion

Committee meetings between both sides to continue, public can sign up for survey at town’s website

Manitowish Waters town chairman John Hanson and town supervisor Lynn Schroeder decided to hold off on making any decisions with regard to a possible draft ordinance addressing “excessive wake” during a June 11 meeting.

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Controversy arises over same-sex relationship books read to MHLT third-graders

Situation will likely be discussed at a future board meeting

Parents of third-grade students in the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk (MHLT) school district contacted The Lakeland Times after discovering that two books addressing same-sex relationships were read to their children.

Presque Isle town board agrees ­to send joint Papoose Lake ordinance to DNR

Board also agrees to send letter to county to open Winchester road up to ATV/UTV use

Paul Lewandoski, who presented a similar ordinance to the Winchester town board on June 3, presented the Presque Isle town board with an ordinance to regulate hazardous wakes on Papoose Lake during a June 5 meeting. The two ordinances make a joint ordinance between the towns, not the first of its kind, and is being referred to as subchapter 508.

Presque Isle town board tackles committee issue head-on

Lakes committee left with two members for now

During the June 5 Presque Isle town board meeting, town chairman John MacLean brought forth to the board his committee appointments to be approved.

Presque Isle town supervisors question $1,300 bill from attorney

Weber suggests MacLean pay it

The Presque Isle town board agreed to hire accountant and attorney Fritz Schellgell during a meeting last November in order for him to assist with the town’s budget, which town chairman John MacLean at the time indicated was lacking due to an election appeal that took him off the board for roughly six months.

Seminar focusing on state’s electoral process held in Woodruff

Voters urged to know their local clerks, understand how elections work

Keep Our Republic (KOR), a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit, conducted a community engagement seminar in Woodruff on June 7. The organization, which focuses on the integrity of the electoral system and educating citizens about threats to democratic values, stated it aims to safeguard the republic for future generations.

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Let’s Minocqua Visitors Bureau hires new sports and group travel director

Hulett excited to work in Lakeland area

The Let’s Minocqua Visitors Bureau recently hired a new sports and group travel director.

Winchester town board rescinds one wake ordinance, forwards joint one to DNR

Board continues to be questioned about enforcement

The Winchester town board on Monday during a meeting discussed briefly three different items pertaining to hazardous wake and ordinances to regulate it on town lakes.

NEMSD provides update on search for service directors

Hanson feels formation of four-town EMS has been going better than expected

The Northwoods Emergency Medical Services District (NEMSD) is in the process of hiring a service director, or two service directors, to operate the newly formed district comprising the four northwest Vilas County towns of Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, Presque Isle and Winchester.

Minocqua plan commission approves permit for makeup tattoo studio

Plan commission also approves two tourist rooming houses, one within single family zoning

The Minocqua plan commission Tuesday approved an administrative review permit (ARP) submitted by applicant Kelsey Hinterleinter for a makeup tattoo studio to operate in an existing commercial building at 8532 U.S. Highway 51 — business space in what’s referred to as the Boardwalk Shoppes.

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Temple Grandin rides into Winchester and leaves lasting impact

Grandin: ‘It’s the little people who get things done’

Dr. Temple Grandin spent Thursday, May 23, at the Scholl Community Impact Group.

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STAR students shine bright for Temple Grandin

Grandin stresses trades and importance of students learning through work at young age

Dr. Temple Grandin had a packed day on Friday, May 24, when she took tours and met with students and staff of STAR School/Academy, the school’s PAES Lab, Rising STAR Transition Center and more.

Presque Isle town lakes committee wonders what its status is

Williams mentions plan to solicit donations among lake associations to supplement town legal fees if sued

The Presque Isle town lakes committee (PITLC) met May 21 and discussed a couple of items with regard to a wake ordinance the town board agreed to adopt at its May 16 meeting, and also took a stance on its status while referring to an announcement town chairman John MacLean made May 2 which called for all town committee activities to cease until appointed with new members.

Ever hear the story of the 102-pound musky netted in Lake Minocqua more than 100 years ago?

Beware! These waters are infested with musky

People have heard of Jaws, the shark that terrorized the waters of the Jersey Shore and said to be over 25 feet in length. Or there’s the Loch Ness monster, a legendary creature from Scotland said to have bit a swimmer in 565 AD and believed to be over 20 feet as well. But has anyone ever heard of the 102-pound musky referred to as the “Loch Ness monster of the North?”

Year three stocking efforts on Minocqua chain a success for Walleyes for Tomorrow

The Walleyes for Tomorrow Headwaters Chapter’s efforts on the Minocqua chain this year were successful. The volunteer-based group was able to stock the chain with the most fry yet, as it’s estimated 3.5 to 3.9 million just hatched fish were released into the waters.

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Minocqua Antique and Classic Boat Show looking to make a splash for 33rd year

What’s become a staple event will be held June 14-15

The shores near Torpy Park will be overrun with an impressive display of antique, classic and newer wooden boats on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, when the Minocqua Antique and Classic Boat Show occurs for its 33rd year.

LUHS has 25 resignations and retirements, Smudde says available housing an issue

Administration gets go-ahead to hire additional assistant principal in place of dean of students

Lakeland Union High School’s (LUHS) board of education on Monday approved 15 resignations and four retirements.

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Jopek Stetson awarded to newly enlisted cavalry soldiers in honor of Ryan Jopek

Specialist Marlee Strysiek gets the Jopek Stetson for ‘selfless dedication’ and ‘willingness to go above and beyond’

The Jopek Stetson is an award given annually to a newly enlisted member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 105th Cavalry Regiment.

LUHS students engage in advocacy project

Teachers: Students wrote about issues that genuinely interest them

Some Lakeland Union High School students who took civics this year with teachers Jeremy Seehafer and Matt Roeder wrote letters to the editor.

Presque Isle approves controversial hazardous wake ordinance amid heated debate

Tensions flare over committee appointments in the aftermath of the ordinance’s passage

The Presque Isle town board on May 16 agreed to adopt ordinance 2024-1, subchapter 507 as submitted by the ordinance committee. The ordinance is with regard to regulating hazardous or enhanced wakes on town lakes and it’s been a contentious issue the town has been dealing with for the last few years.

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Boulder Junction Shooting Range has plenty to offer

Club gets donation in memory of long-time member Mike Manske

The Boulder Junction Shooting Range is a non-profit organization working in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources and is open to everyone. It’s occupied the land it sits on, 10449 Nebish Road, since 1975.

Minocqua plan commission recommends approval for rezone petition, certified survey map

The Minocqua plan commission recommended approval for a rezone petition submitted by applicant Jacob Anderson to convert a split-zoned parcel of land near the Minocqua Park Complex on Highway 70 west from residential and retail zoning to business B-2 zoning during a meeting on May 14.

North Lakeland School Board gets project update

North Lakeland School superintendent Brent Jelinski provided the school board with an update on the district’s building projects during its meeting on May 13.

Manitowish Waters town board may have breached open meetings law

Lengthy ATV/UTV discussion started by town chairman occurs, though it wasn’t on agenda

The Manitowish Waters town board had a wide-ranging discussion lasting nearly 40 minutes with regard to if all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility task vehicles (UTVs) should be allowed on town roads during its meeting on Monday.

Manitowish Waters town board will side with majority on ATV/UTV issue

Referendum or survey paid for by club suggested

The Manitowish Waters town board, under agenda item “subjects from the floor,” didn’t make a formal decision on anything, but it did discuss its stance on allowing all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and utility task vehicles (UTV) on public roads.

LUHS board gives nod to fundraising committee for campus upgrades

Smudde expected to lead committee of community members

The Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) board of education informally agreed at a May 13 committee of the whole meeting to form a committee.

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Timber! Facebook rumors fall flat as trees, come down

No development planned, just lumberjacks for land south of Paul Bunyan

A recent Facebook rumor has people assuming some sort of development, like lakeside condos, will be constructed at the property just south of the Paul Bunyan Cook Shanty. That’s not true, however.

Newbold town board unanimously adopts enhanced wake ordinance amendment

Effective date of May 18, with signage to be posted at all boat landings

The Newbold town board, with a unanimous vote of 5-0, adopted a resolution to amend its town ordinance chapter 11.09 to include regulations regarding artificially enhanced wakes.

Fifield town board authorizes new truck purchase for Pike Lake Fire Department

Smith dissents, Felch and Sloane give go-ahead

The Fifield town board at its May 7 meeting authorized the Pike Lake Fire Department to purchase a new mini pumper fire truck.

Arbor Vitae, Woodruff town boards agree to Brandy Park upgrades

The Arbor Vitae and Woodruff town boards held a joint meeting with the Brandy Park Commission on May 7.

The WOF releases 100 tickets for Dr. Temple Grandin

The presentation is May 24 at the Campanile Center for the Arts

The Walter Olson Fund has decided to release 100 tickets to the general public at a price of $20 each for a presentation by Dr. Temple Grandin at the Campanile Center for the Arts on Friday, May 24, in Minocqua. It will begin at 6 p.m.