Oneida county

Oneida County Sees Decrease in Illegal Tobacco Sales

Sep 29, 2015

  The Wisconsin Wins tobacco compliance checks show the current rate of illegal tobacco sales have decreased in Oneida County. Wisconsin Wins reports the illegal sale rate is at nearly 15%; about a 4% decrease from last year at this time. Wisconsin Wins is a program designed to keep tobacco products out of the hands of youth through the enforcement of retailers. Coordinator Maria Skubal says the biggest mistake retailers make is misreading IDs.

A Northwoods county treasurer is reminding property taxpayers the second installment of their payments are due by the end of the month. Changes in the U.S. Post Office might have something to do with it.

Property owners are given the option to pay those taxes in two payments, but the payment must be received by the county no later than July 31.

Oneida County Treasurer Kris Ostermann says many people wait until the last minute to pay, but they have to consider the U.S. Mail isn't moving at the speed it once did...

The woman and man found dead in Oneida County were the mother and step-father of the 17-year-old suspect arrested Sunday in Indiana.

The victims have been identified as 37-year-old Thomas Ayers and 40-year-old Jennifer Ayers.

They were found dead Sunday morning at 1625 County Highway C, after a 911 call from a juvenile female reported an emergency at her residence.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office got the call at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday morning.

Oneida county is conducting a staffing and services needs study for the University of Wisconsin-Extension office and for the Land and Water Departments.

North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is doing the study.

The number of voters coming to clerks offices to cast absentee ballots continues to be brisk.

The period to vote absentee began October 20 and clerks from around the state report many people are opting to vote before election day.

Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says the town clerks have been busy with early customers...

Oneida county has put 272 acres of land up west of Rhinelander up for bids.

The Heal Creek property is on the east side the Northwood Golf Course, owned by the city of Rhinelander.
At one time the county invested more than $500,000 in developing what was called a 'green' industrial park, designed for light manufacturing. The park never got off the ground, and earlier this year the county board decided to sell the property.

The impact of tourism on Oneida county's economy was outlined Tuesday in a presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

Dana DeMet, who heads the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce also is President of the Oneida County Tourism Council..

" spent $185 million dollars in Oneida county in 2013. That's more than $5,000 for every man, woman, and child within our county. It accounts for  over 2000 full-time equivalent jobs (here), and if we take it to a state level, one of every 13 jobs is tourism related..."

Local Clerks Scramble To Keep Up Voter ID Changes

Sep 16, 2014

Two groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to let Wisconsin require voters to show photo I-D's at the polls on November fourth.

 The Advancement Project and the American Civil Liberties' Union were among those opposing the I-D law in lower courts.  A spokeswoman for the Advancement Project tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it's asking the entire 10-member federal appellate court in Chicago to shut down the law again -- at least until the courts can rule on whether it's constitutional.

12 Wisconsin counties have placed referendums before their voters this November to ask the Walker administration to accept federal Medicaid funds. The program in Wisconsin is known as BadgerCare. Chippewa county is the latest to hold such a referendum and Lincoln county has already joined in.

Tuesday, the Oneida county board will consider whether to become the next county to take the issue to a referendum.

The Resolution was sponsored by the Board of Health. Health Department Director Linda Conlon details what the county board will consider....

The full Oneida county board next week will hear about committee acceptance of an offer by the investment firm for Kwik-Trip to purchase the Oneida County Highway Department grounds and 14 acres on Rhinelander's west side. The committees met in closed session to discuss the Kwik-Trip offer and no dollar amount was released.


High praise from a Northwoods circuit court judge about Oneida county's new courtroom.

Oneida county took space on the first floor and converted the area into a modern courtroom, replacing a tiny room which often served as the third courtroom in the courthouse. Visiting judges were often packed into the small room.

Judge Neal Nielsen from Vilas county is also Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial District, including  12 north-central counties...


The Oneida county board has signed off on a plan to help the city of Rhinelander dispose of the hazardous Lindey Cleaners property downtown.

The former owners owe about $70,000 in back taxes, but the county was hesitant to foreclose because of the chemicals in the former dry cleaners. The city and county have reached agreement for the county to convey the property to the city, with the city paying 2014 fees.

Joel Knutson

Interests possibly from outside the area tried to influence the Oneida county board elections and a town of Crescent resident doesn't like it.

The family hoping to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. The Jaros family asked Oneida county and the town of Woodboro in 2004 to construct a religious based facility on family property. The request was rejected at the town, county and Board of Adjustment level. Appeals were rejected in U.S. District Court in Madison and most recently  by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. In each U.S.

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The Oneida county courthouse opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday, after being evacuated Monday during a bomb scare.  

A black duffel bag was found outside the Social Services department on the buildings first floor.

According to a press release from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department the bag was found at approximately 10 a.m on Monday, and attempts to identify the owner were unsuccessful. 

The Oneida/Marathon County Bomb Team was called in to examine the bag, and the building was evacuated pending further investigation.