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The Oneida County Board has approved mandatory active training shooting for all staff and county board members. 

"...before the meeting, one of the supervisors said it's too bad we have to do this, but we feel it's necessary for the safety of the county employees, as well as us as well as the public...."

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The Oneida County Board has voted to join with other counties and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to establish a controlled substance response committee.

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As budgets are getting put together for 2018, the Oneida County Board Tuesday approved adding help in the increasingly-busy Planning and Zoning Department. Some of the extra work appears to be the result of changes made by the legislature.

That department administers several programs that affect landowners.

County Board Chair Dave Hintz, who also sits on the powerful Administration committee says they recommended more help...

The Oneida County Board last February had a training session on Wisconsin's open meetings law but the board chair says more work needs to be done.

During a meeting this week, Board Chair David Hintz said the board must be careful with the open meetings law and they are working toward clearer agendas...

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Two key issues before the Oneida County Board are coming to a head, and scheduling what could be some marathon meetings isn't done yet.

What to do with the Heal Creek property west of Rhinelander and how to proceed with the offer by Kwik-Trip of LaCrosse to buy the current county Highway shops are running in parallel through the process. The Heal Creek land next to the Northwood Golf Course has competing proposals to either sell all or part of the land to Hodag Sports Club or a joint proposal from the city of Rhinelander and town of Crescent.

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The full Oneida County Board Tuesday went along with a committee recommendation and approved no further discipline for Veterans Services Officer Tammy Walters.

Walters faced a hearing last month where 8 charges were brought against her after an investigation was conducted by Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau.

Committee Takes No Action on Heal Creek Proposals

Feb 11, 2015
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The Oneida County Land and Records Committee will take more time to consider bid proposals for the Heal Creek property near Rhinelander.  The committee wants to give competing parties more time, in case of a compromise. 

About 50 people crowded a committee meeting room at the Oneida County Courthouse Tuesday, to weigh in on what to do with the 270-acre Heal Creek property.

The county is selling the land after plans to turn it into a business park stalled. 


No disciplinary action will result for Oneida county board supervisor Jack Sorenson, accused by two fellow supervisors of violating the code of conduct for supervisors.

Ted Cushing and Lance Krolczyk filed complaints. Two three-member committees met Thursday to decide if further action was needed.

Two Oneida county board supervisors have filed ethics complaints against a third supervisor.

The Northwoods River News is reporting supervisors Ted Cushing and Lance Krolczyk filed the complaints against fellow supervisor Jack Sorenson.

At the May meeting, Sorenson made sharply critical comments about campaign flyers distributed in four districts prior to the last county elections.


Just before the county board election seven weeks ago, postcard sized political ads appeared in the mailboxes of four specific Oneida county board districts. The professionally produced cards had a similar message, questioning the county board supervisors positions on the sale of the former WPS building and also about the removal of dams in the county's comprehensive plan.

The idea of holding night meetings in Oneida county has again been returned to committee.

Three Oneida county board races were close after the April 1 vote, but after an official canvas, all three races stayed the same.

County Clerk Mary Bartelt gave us the results...

"....supervisory district 7, that stayed the same. Bob Mott with 186, and Dennis Schoeneck with 180. District 16, that stayed the same also. Michael Timmons with 111 and Michael Pockat with 107. Supervisor district 18, that was Lance Krolczyk and Candy Sorenson, it's 127 for Lance, and 122 for Candy Sorenson..."

Oneida County Committee Optimistic About Broadband Funding

Mar 6, 2014

The Oneida County Technology Committee is seeking funding from federal and state sources…to help fuel broadband development. 

Chair Don Sidlowski says the committee is filing preliminary paperwork Friday for a grant program through the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission. 

“It turns out that all of Oneida County, with the exception of Rhinelander, qualifies and so there’s a lot of places we can look in Oneida County for the federal dollars.”

Sometimes it takes quite a bit of money  to integrate a complex telephone system, but the Oneida county board went along with a request to make E-911 dispatching more efficient.

The board agreed to spend nearly $72, 000 from the general fund to pay for a phone console integration at the sheriff's department.


Too many questions remain, so the Oneida county board has moved to have a committee study more options for the former WPS building on Davenport Street. At issue is just what should be done with space needs for the UW-Extension, and Land and Water Conservation Departments now housed at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.