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Minocqua Town Treasurer Hours Under Review

May 17, 2017
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Minocqua town treasurer Laura Mendez is holding down two jobs – one of which is full time in the private sector. Now, town supervisors are asking if she’s adequately serving the people who put her in office.

At this week's town board meeting, town attorney Gregory Harrold said the board could not require her to spend specific hours at the town office. Supervisor Billy Fried says Mendez has done a commendable job over the years, but now worries about her the lack of daytime office hours:

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A Minocqua elector put the elected town treasurer on the hot seat at the annual meeting Thursday, April 20, but in the end, even he voted against his motion to make the position an appointed post.

LAMBO Mountain Bike Trail Proposal Hits A Few Bumps

Apr 20, 2017
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MINOCQUA – A proposal by a mountain bike club to build additional trails on town property hit a few bumps during Tuesday’ Minocqua Town Board meeting. But the trouble spots apparently were smoothed over after some discussion.

Minocqua Board Accepts Fire Station Bid

Mar 8, 2017

The Minocqua Town Board awarded a $2,455,500 contract Tuesday to the Marshfield–based Boson Company to build the town’s new fire station. Including land purchase and other costs, the total project cost will be about $3.17 million.

The low bid by Boson is $600,000 under estimates, according to town officials who met in special session with its fire department expansion committee. The town will have to borrow money for its construction, which is to be substantially completed by next November.

Pooches Rule Town Board Agenda

Feb 8, 2017
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It was a night when the Minocqua Town Board went to the dogs – in a good way. Dog matters – including a request to open a daytime, and possibly overnight, boarding facility for dogs as well as approval of a legal agreement between the police department’s K9 officer and the town – took up most of the board’s agenda Tuesday.

Minocqua Board Eyes Meeting On Fire Station Bid Package

Jan 4, 2017

In a low-key session Tuesday, the Minocqua Town Board learned what it would cost to buy two new pickup trucks and complete asphalt crack sealing of town roads next summer. Supervisors approved the bid from Dave Marston Motors of Minocqua to supply a 2017 Ford F150 pickup truck to be used by the police department. The cost will be $23,329 with the trade-in of the department’s 2008 Ford Expedition. Ewald Automotive Group of Oconomowoc offered three vehicles, with the trade-in factored in: a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, $26,665; 2017 Ford F150, $23,791 and 2017 Dodge Ram 1500, $22,935.

Stengl To Be Sworn In Thursday On Minocqua Town Board

Nov 16, 2016
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The Minocqua Town Board and town clerk Tuesday picked Minocqua businessman Bill Stengl to fill the supervisor post left vacant when Bryan Jennings died Sept. 8 from injuries suffered when he was struck by lightning.

New Minocqua Fire Station Could Cost $3.4 Million

Aug 31, 2016

Figures released this week show the proposed new Minocqua fire station coming in at a much higher cost than Minocqua officials had expected.

Cost Of Tree Removal Stalls Minocqua Project

Jun 28, 2016
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Minocqua supervisors applied the parking brake at their last meeting when they saw the price tag to remove two dozen trees along Dr. Pink Drive in advance of a proposed road project.

Director of Public Works Mark Pertile said the trees are on the road edge and snowplows have hit them over the years. Pitlik & Wick of Eagle River bid $140,000 to repave about a half mile of Dr. Pink Drive. But the $22,000 to have a tree service cut the trees and remove and grind the stumps drew opposition from supervisors.

Fire District Idea Floated At Minocqua Town Bd. Meeting

Jun 8, 2016
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Creation of a fire district to encompass area fire departments should not be rejected out of hand, a proponent urged the Minocqua Town Board Tuesday.

. “Approach this with an open mind,” asked Ed Bruner, member of the ad hoc Woodruff Fire Truck/Fire District Committee.

For the past few weeks the committee has been looking into the pros and cons of forming a fire district.

With Little Public Input, Minocqua Budget Passes

Nov 13, 2015

A bump in the 2016 budget, few attendees and even fewer questions sums up Minocqua’s annual budget meeting last night.

Department heads and town officials outnumbered the half dozen audience members. But all voted to approve the budget which calls for a general levy of $3,.8 million, an increase of $99,000 over last year’s levy. The 2016 budget totals $5.7 million, an increase of about $476,000 from the 2015 budget..


A public hearing is set for Thursday evening(9/17) in Minocqua on a proposal to build a water bottling plant. That hearing will take place even though a Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel story said the main water source for he plant might violate an agreement between the U.S. and Canada.

Northwoods Zip Line goes the Distance

Sep 8, 2015

  There will be more fun activities to do in Minocqua next year if the town board approves plans by the owners of Northwoods Zip Line to expand its recreation offerings.

The Planning Commission got its first peek at those plans on Tuesday, but tabled a recommendation until members tour the facility to see the proposed layout first-hand.

Owner Josh Russart wants to construct a new zip line course on property he leases from the town along Highway 51 South. He says their new three zip line course will better accommodate large tour groups.


For nearly two decades, Minocqua road crews have been plowing snow and patching potholes on a quarter mile of private easement road off Bolger Lake Road. That’s against stated town board policy. But residents who benefit from that oversight want it to continue.

It was suppose to have stopped in 1998 by town board action. But according to residents, an unofficial “gentlemen’s agreement” allowed those services to continue at taxpayers’ expense.

K-9 Unit Approved By Town Board With Conditions

Aug 5, 2015

Minocqua town supervisors are agreeable to a Minocqua police dog program but supporters need to come up with $81,000 before final board approval.

Last night’s board action gives the department a green light for community fundraising. It will cost roughly $20,500 to buy the dog and to train the K-9 team. The remainder of the $81,000 is for a police vehicle. Supporters say they have about $30,000 in hand already and promise it won’t cost taxpayers anything.