Mary Jo Berner

News Contributor

Reporting on Vilas County news and events. 

New chair named
5:25 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Board Begins Term In Vilas County

Ron DeBruyne
Credit Vilas county government

Ron De Bruyne, a 20 year veteran of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors, was elected Tuesday morning to lead the board as chair for the next 12 months. Mark Rogacki was elected first vice chair.

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County-tribal relations cited
3:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Vilas Supervisors OK New Secretary in D.A's Office

Credit ldftribe.com

"...What I’ve been able to accomplish with the tribe really is a history thing for Vilas County…"

That's Vilas County District Attorney Al Moustakis, addressing Tuesday’s meeting of the Vilas county board of Supervisors about an agreement reached with the Lac du Flambeau tribe to pay for a full time secretary in the DA’s office…

 

" ...For the tribe to stand up and say we’re going to take ownership of what is happening in our county and try to reduce what’s happening is a really big thing."

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Speaking to the business community
5:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Walker Touts Business Growth During Vilas County Visit

Governor Scott Walker says the state’s business climate is improving.  He made an appearance at a Vilas County Economic Development meeting Monday at Eagle Waters Resort.    

Speaking to a crowd of business people and local officials, Walker said good things are happening in Wisconsin, and noted 13,000 new businesses have been created since he took office.   Walker also talked about his Walleye Initiative, which resonated with Dick Mendham, owner of Sunset Resort near Phelps:

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Financial Balancing Act
4:19 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

County Board Weighs Budget Options

At Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors went through a second round of voicing their ideas for how to balance the 2014 budget. Finance director Jason Hilger says the county is facing a deficit of roughly $1.2 million for the upcoming year.  Nonetheless, Hilger says Vilas county is in good shape, with a reserve fund of more than $7 million.

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Government
4:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Vilas D.A. Employee to Stay On

 

 The limited term employee working in the Vilas County District Attorney’s office will be staying on the job for another six months while the office implements a paperless system.

The Vilas County board of supervisors on Tuesday approved a request by District Attorney Al Moustakis to extend the limited term employee through March, 2014.

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Strong support at public hearing
3:49 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Snowmobiles Likely on Eagle River Streets

Snowmobile to appear on streets
Credit sno-eagles.org

Eagle River has a registered trade-mark as the snowmobile capital of the world. Yet for all the years--decades in fact--that snowmobiling has been the backbone of the city’s winter economy, snowmobiles have not been allowed to operate on city streets.

That’s about to change.

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$1.2 million deficit
2:14 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Vilas Co. Supervisors Share Insights On Budget, Deficit

Vilas county board of supervisors
Credit Vilas county

There were a couple of "firsts" at the Vilas County board of supervisors meeting Tuesday night. For the first time, their regular board meeting was held at the Arbor Vitae town hall. And for the first time, they participated in a special information gathering session.

Nancy Anne Miller, head of UW-extension in Vilas county, facilitated the process, passing the microphone from one supervisor to the next to hear their feedback on goals for upcoming budgets.

After the meeting, Jason Hilger, Vilas county finance director, said it was a worthwhile exercise:

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Consultant warns against micromanagement
3:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Vilas Board Gets ACT 10 Update

ACT 10 protests in 2011
Credit Flickr

You might have noticed that your county board is going through major change.

The impetus for the change stems from implementation of Act 10, the controversial legislation enacted into law two years ago that bans most public employee unions in Wisconsin. The legality of the law will be decided by the state Supreme Court. In the meantime, counties are struggling to handle their vastly increased responsibilities.

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