League of Women Voters Encourage Voter Registration

Sep 21, 2015

  The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is helping the public complete registration forms in honor of National Voter Registration Day Sept. 22. Spokesperson Jane Trotter says it’s a reminder for people who have moved, changed names or turned 18 since the last election, to register.

In August, four student firefighters from the Blackwell Job Corps Center near Laona were part of a multi-agency crew  dispatched to Washington to assist with wild land fires.
The 20- person  crew included  Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin DNR,  National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs personnel.

One of the students is  Ja-Won Barnett. He's studying to be an emergency responder at Blackwell. He was on a crew that worked  four fires in three weeks. He says initially they were doing routine tasks, but the fire threat increased...


In her commentary today, Catherine Marshall thinks about the mind, if you don't mind.

Yet another expression of displeasure with a state budget action to restrict counties from regulating shoreland property.

Last week the Oneida County Board voted to ask the legislature to remove language in the budget bill changing the state's shoreland zoning regulations.

Proponents, like Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, said it helped regain property rights and gave the rules uniformity, as all counties would follow less-stringent DNR guidelines.

This Year's Flu Vaccines Available

Sep 21, 2015

  Flu clinics are available for the public to get this year’s flu vaccine. The Oneida County Health Department is offering standard and high-dose vaccines. Health Specialist Marta Koelling says the higher dose vaccines have more antigen than the standard, and are meant for people 65 years and older.  She says the best way to fight the flu is to vaccinate yourself.  

The name of the bicyclist killed in a traffic crash last week was released Saturday.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says 41 year old bicyclist Conor Reardon of Eagle River died in the crash.

A 71 year old Eagle River woman was the driver of the vehicle. The crash happened east of Eagle River on state Highway 70 Wednesday evening. Reardon died at the scene.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A 48 year old Arbor Vitae woman has been jailed for admitting to embezzling $10,000 from a local animal hospital.

Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia sentenced Brenda J. Wigglesworth to 9 months in the county jail and five years probation. She was given Huber work release privileges.

Wigglesworth was working for Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua when they hired an independent accounting of their books in 2013. They discovered some irregularities which a Sheriff's Department investigation confirmed.

County Bottles Request, Back To Minocqua

Sep 18, 2015

An Oneida County panel is giving Minocqua officials another chance to review a proposed water bottling plant in Minocqua and the conditional use permit that’s needed.

Minocqua businessman Trygve (Trig) Solberg and fellow investor Robert Rynders wanted to draw water from a well in Presque Isle and truck it to Minocqua for bottling. However, after learning doing so would violate terms of the Great Lakes Compact they abandoned that water source.

Marshfield Clinic Request Denied By Committee

Sep 18, 2015

Oneida County officials have turned down a request for an expansion of Marshfield Clinic's facilities in Minocqua.

The county's Planning and Development Committee voted 3-2 against issuing a conditional use permit for the expansion. The medical group wants to build a new 17,000 square foot building that would serve as a recovery center and skilled nursing facility. The new facility would allow Marshfield Clinic to perform surgeries on their own property, rather than using the surgery center at Howard Young Medical Center which is operated by Ministry Health Care.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has released the name of the person killed in motorcycle crash Friday south of Tomahawk.

The victim was 75 year old Robert Berger of St. Francis, Wisconsin.

Deputies report Berger's motorcycle went out of control about 3:30 p.m. as he was northbound on U.S. 51 near the 225 exit. The motorcycle went into the median then crossed over into the southbound lanes. Berger was ejected from the motorcycle. He later died at a Tomahawk hospital.

The investigation into the crash continues.

Vilas County Bicycle Fatality

Sep 17, 2015

A bicyclist died after being hit east of Eagle River. The Vilas County Sheriff's Department tells us the accident happened on State Highway 70 around 8:00 last night. It happened near 2600 State High 70. A vehicle heading east struck the bicyclist in the east bound lane. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not cited. The investigation of the accident is still underway. The victim's name has not been released yet.  

Wisconsin DNR

The  master plan for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area includes an ATV trail,  along with other updates.

It's  a forested 3,000-acre property located about 10 miles west of Rhinelander. The DNR purchased the property in 1999 as part of the "Great Addition." In 2014, a local ATV club requested establishment of a trail across a portion of the land. This property did not have a master plan.

The DNR's Jeremy Holtz is property manager.....

One of the persons  interested in building a water bottling plant in Minocqua says public fears that they need a high capacity well are unfounded.

Trygve(Trig) Solberg and Robert Rynders have asked Oneida County for permits to build the plant in the town of Minocqua.

Statewide Precautions Emphasized as Cucumber Recall Continues

Sep 17, 2015

  Extra precautions are being advised by The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture as cucumbers from Andrew and Williamson Produce Company are still under a nationwide recall. Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney says anyone with cucumbers from the produce company should throw them away.

Rhinelander to Host Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's

Sep 17, 2015

  The Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Wisconsin Chapter is hosting its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event this weekend in Rhinelander. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, and Director Kathy Davies says while raising awareness is important, raising funds for the future of those affected is just as crucial.

 “…it is to bring rising awareness to the rising number of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but also to raise important funds to continue research efforts and also the cure and supports services available.”