Minocqua http://wxpr.org en Minocqua 51 Construction Set to Take a Break Soon http://wxpr.org/post/minocqua-51-construction-set-take-break-soon <p>Construction along Highway 51 is getting closer to completion.&nbsp; But it will still be jamming up traffic and slowing business for a little while longer.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“Here in Minocqua and there is lots of construction going on, lots of traffic and heavy equipment, whole lanes are torn up…”&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:09:43 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 19686 at http://wxpr.org Minocqua 51 Construction Set to Take a Break Soon Plan for Smaller Torpy Park Pavilion Moves Forward http://wxpr.org/post/plan-smaller-torpy-park-pavilion-moves-forward <p>The Minocqua Plan Commission has given its blessing to a new shelter design plan for Torpy Park. &nbsp;</p><p>The Minocqua Lions Club’s original plan drew public outcry when it proposed to remove 13 trees to make way for a large structure.&nbsp; Many argued that the old white pines are essential to the aesthetics of the downtown park.&nbsp;</p><p>Minocqua Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the revised plan calls for a building about half the size of the original design.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:23:26 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 19090 at http://wxpr.org Plan for Smaller Torpy Park Pavilion Moves Forward No Action But Opinions Strong On Torpy Park Trees http://wxpr.org/post/no-action-opinions-strong-torpy-park-trees <p>The Minocqua town board took no action on a plan by the Minocqua Lions to build a pavilion at Torpy Park. But debate about whether to remove trees in the park brought out many opinions.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 01:31:28 +0000 Ken Krall 17965 at http://wxpr.org No Action But Opinions Strong On Torpy Park Trees Torpy Park Controversy Prompts Town Meeting http://wxpr.org/post/torpy-park-controversy-prompts-town-meeting <p>A special town hall meeting is taking place Tuesday evening in Minocqua, regarding the fate of a group of trees in Torpy Park.&nbsp;</p><p>The Minocqua Lions Club wants to build a new shelter in Torpy Park, and in the process remove about a dozen white pines estimated to be over a hundred years old.&nbsp;</p><p>Many locals are up in arms about the plan, and have been contacting town officials and spreading the word through social media.&nbsp; They say they like the atmosphere the trees provide, and say the trees are a vestige of old growth forest in the Northwoods.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:43:29 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 17963 at http://wxpr.org Oak Wilt Arrives in Minocqua-Woodruff http://wxpr.org/post/oak-wilt-arrives-minocqua-woodruff <p>A lethal tree disease has been found for the first time in near Woodruff.&nbsp; Oak wilt is prevalent in southern and central Wisconsin.&nbsp; But tests have confirmed its presence in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">DNR Forest insect and disease Specialist Brian </span>Schwingle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the finding is significant.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:24:42 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 10958 at http://wxpr.org Oak Wilt Arrives in Minocqua-Woodruff Minocqua Budget Frozen Again http://wxpr.org/post/minocqua-budget-frozen-again <p>With little fanfare, the town board in Minocqua passed it's 2014 budget Thursday evening.&nbsp;</p><p>WXPR's&nbsp; Ken Krall talked with Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim about the budget which will remain frozen for another year. Oneida county helped November 12 by restoring funding for the Minocqua police dispatch.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The levy was set at $3.6 million dollars and the mill rate at $2.48 per thousand.</span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:34:40 +0000 Ken Krall 10765 at http://wxpr.org Minocqua Budget Frozen Again Chief Gee Resigns From Minocqua Police http://wxpr.org/post/chief-gee-resigns-minocqua-police <p>The police chief in Minocqua has resigned, after the town reached a settlement with his former administrative assistant. The town board accepted Andy Gee's resignation last night after six years as chief. The town reached a 100-thousand dollar settlement with his former aide Julie Mager. Media reports said Mager accused the chief of shouting so loudly at her, it could be heard throughout the police station. She claimed Gee discriminated against her, and intimidated her. Lieutenant Dave Jaeger will temporarily head up the Minocqua police department until permanent chief can be hired.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:10:37 +0000 Ken Krall 10071 at http://wxpr.org Chief Gee Resigns From Minocqua Police Meeting set for U.S. 51 Reconstruction in Hazelhurst, Cassian http://wxpr.org/post/meeting-set-us-51-reconstruction-hazelhurst-cassian <p>The DOT has set a public hearing date for later this month to take comment on the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 51 in Hazelhurst and Cassian.</p><p>Minocqua's portion of the road work is being done this year. Hazelhurst to the south of Minocqua and Woodruff to the north have both challenged the DOT concerning plans in those towns, as has Arbor Vitae in Vilas county.</p><p>DOT Project Leader Forrest Van Asten says the meeting will give the state input...<i><u> </u></i></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:05:38 +0000 Ken Krall 6486 at http://wxpr.org Meeting set for U.S. 51 Reconstruction in Hazelhurst, Cassian Clamping Down on Drunk Driving http://wxpr.org/post/clamping-down-drunk-driving <p>Local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving.&nbsp; It’s Wisconsin’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running for two and a half weeks between August 16<sup>th</sup> and September 2<sup>nd</sup>. &nbsp;</p><p>Lieutenant Dave Jaeger of the Minocqua Police Department says officers will be extra vigilant during this time.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 6088 at http://wxpr.org Clamping Down on Drunk Driving HAWK Signal To Begin July 31 In Minocqua http://wxpr.org/post/hawk-signal-begin-july-31-minocqua <P>Motorists and pedestrians in Minocqua Wednesday will be seeing a new pedestrian crossing device called a "HAWK".</P> <P>The High-Intensity Activated Cross-Walk has been installed south of Rogers Drive-U.S. 51 intersection near Minocqua Furniture. D.O.T. engineer Joanna Bush says as a pedestrian or bicyclist touches an activation button, a different lighting system begins for motorists...</P> <P><I><U> </U></I></P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P><I><U>"....once the pedestrian pushes the button, the vehicular traffic will see a flashing yellow ball. This means the beacon has been activated. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:11:41 +0000 Ken Krall 5814 at http://wxpr.org HAWK Signal To Begin July 31 In Minocqua