The inaugural Lakeland Star Academy Golf Tournament saw Carl "Cully" Akey hit a hole-in-one on the 16th hole at the Minocqua Country Club on Tuesday. The ace earned Akey $10,000 for the hole-in-one prize. Witnesses to the...
High school students from across Wisconsin showed off their knowledge of solar energy at Wisconsin Public Service's (WPS) Solar Olympics competition recently in Stevens Point. Included were students from Lakeland Union High...
When Bruce Meinhart started his career at Trig's 44 years ago, he did not think it would be his last. (subscriber access)
Some coaches get a taste of success and can't get enough of it. Some coaches want everything to be done within their vision and input from assistants isn't necessary. (subscriber access)
Opponents of mining who spoke at this month's public hearing for a revised Oneida County metallic mining ordinance won a significant victory at the committee level this week, but they lost when it came to their side's overriding objective. (subscriber access)
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources could have fired two DNR rangers stationed in Woodruff for serious misconduct in 2017, but instead gave the rangers the lightest discipline possible - a one-day suspension - a Lakeland Times open records investigation has found. (subscriber access)
On Tuesday, the Woodruff Town Board approved the operation of all-terrain and untility vehicles on Bass Lake Road, Indian Shores Road and Tomahawk Trail, in order to connect with Department of Natural Resource ATV/UTV trails in the State Forest. (subscriber access)
The town of Hazelhurst will conduct a public hearing during its regular July meeting regarding the opening of Silver Lake Road to Lower Kaubashine Road and west to Cedar Falls Drive for all-terrain vehicle and utility vehicle use. (subscriber access)
The zoning committees of various counties these days are involved in multiple hot-button issues, from confined agricultural feedstock operations, or CAFOs, to sulfide mining to - yes, still and forever - shoreland zoning. (subscriber access)
When we took office, Democrats in Madison had left Wisconsin facing a $3.6 billion deficit, job loss was rampant across the state and businesses were closing up shop. Northern Wisconsin knows this unfortunate reality better than most - the backward, failed liberal policies of the past did serious damage, and the need for greater economic opportunity was real. (subscriber access)
At the outset of last week's Oneida County public hearing on a proposed metallic mining ordinance, the county's assistant corporation counsel, Michael Fugle, cautioned the crowd to stick to the ordinance language at hand, rather than address general beliefs about sulfide mining or other issues outside the hearing's scope, such as a possible mine in the town of Lynne. (subscriber access)
As Oneida County continues to write a new mining ordinance, and with pro-mining and anti-mining forces galvanized because of a huge zinc and mineral ore deposit in the county, we so far remain agnostic about the need to extract it, and whether it would be environmentally wise to do so. (subscriber access)
Remember Obamacare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a last-ditch effort this year to turn the program and the money over to the state. This isn't full Obamacare repeal, but it would make a world of sense. States would be free to experiment and find ways to reduce costs and provide better services. (subscriber access) (1 comments)
This year will be the 30th annual Charlie Baker Memorial Musky Tournament on the Moens Lake Chain in Rhinelander. This is a catch and release tournament that is an annual favorite for many musky anglers. Dave Brunette, one of the organizers, is the son-in-law of the late Charlie Baker. Baker was the Oneida County Veterans Service Officer. (subscriber access)
Recently Northwoods Wildlife Center released two more animals back to their natural environments. The center rehabilitates many different kinds of animals from across the Northwoods. The latest release was a common snapping turtle and an adult female mallard duck. (subscriber access)
The Musky Clubs Alliance is once again holding its annual raffle. This year's grand prize is a 2018 Ranger boat model 1880 Angler and trailer. The boat is powered by a 150-horse power Mercury outboard. Places two through 10 will receive musky fishing reels. (subscriber access)
Those of you who fish as much as I do have probably seen them many times: the "people in the blue shirts" at various launch ramps throughout the Northwoods. They are volunteers and, sometimes, interns from the UW system. (subscriber access)
During the previous 15 years, as a freelance columnist for The Lakeland Times, I've frequently mentioned the fact the up-north region we refer to as Northern Wisconsin is almost entirely dependent on tourism as our economic base. (subscriber access)
The sun had set on Birch Lake. My brother and I and two of his sons sat around a campfire in a little clearing down the hill from the house, close to the water. Now and then, amid the crackling of the firewood, came soft sounds from the lake.
Basketball season may be five months away, but Lakeland Union High School is back on the court attempting to get better in the UW-Marathon County Summer League on Tuesday nights, along with another summer league for younger high school players at Northland Pines High School on Sunday nights. (Subscriber access)
When the topic of the best team ever comes up, it's a completely subjective argument. We'll never know for sure since teams from different eras can't actually compete against each other and rule changes, modern technology and fitness from different eras also comes into play. (subscriber access)
Fond du Lac native Tom Schmitz recorded a hole-in-one during the Knights of Columbus Tournament at Trout Lake Golf Club in Woodruff on Saturday, June 10. Schmitz knocked it in on the eighth hole from 165 yards out. (subscriber access)
Gurner, Ill., native Bob Tomko made a hole-in-one for the second time in his life on Saturday, June 10, at Trout Lake Golf Club in Woodruff. Tomko used an eight iron from 145 yards out on hole No. 15. (subscriber access)
Tom Tiffany, senator from Hazelhurst, decided last year to turn the Northwoods over to mining interests instead of protecting the already established tourism industry. Or ... has he? (subscriber access)
On the night of April 26, 2018, our son Gregory Rosenthal, along with fellow flight crew members Rico Caruso and Klint Mitchell, were tragically killed in a Flight for Life helicopter crash in Hazelhurst. We are devastated at the loss of our son, and every morning we wake up to the reality that he is gone from this life. (subscriber access)
On June 6, the nation took time to note the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert Kennedy. The memory of that event is, and will be forever, a part of the collective consciousness of an entire generation who lived through that time of unprecedented political and cultural upheaval.
Change just two letters in Bob Dylan's song, and his prophetic words ring true for our times: "... for the climes they are a changin'." The reality of climate change resulting from rising levels of greenhouse gases (GHS) caused by human activity is recognized as a life imperiling issue by all but the most obdurate. And this denial by some and inaction by too many will inevitably make today's problems far worse. (subscriber access) (1 comments)
It's a common situation. Someone goes out and buys a motorcycle and rides it for months or even years without ever getting the required Class M motorcycle license from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (subscriber access)
The permanent protection of a new Van Vliet Lake Conservation Area will be celebrated on Friday, June 22 in Presque Isle. Open to the public, the celebration and dedication event will be hosted by the Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) at the Presque Isle Community Center's outdoor pavilion. (subscriber access)
Treasure hunters will find adventure as Presque Isle hosts its inaugural "Caching Up in Wisconsin's Last Wilderness" geocaching event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday June 22 at the community library. (subscriber access)
Supported by a multi-year Advancing Health Wisconsin Endowment grant award, the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council's Wisconsin Native American Tobacco Network (WNATN) will work with Tribes in Wisconsin to develop and implement community-driven smoke-free policies in tribal housing. (subscriber access)
The Superior Riders weekly bicycle ride starts June 20, 6:30 p.m. from Bessemer VFW, 605 W Lead St., Bessemer, Mich. Ride from a different location every Wednesday (8 to 15 miles) and last one to 1.5 hours (weather dependent). (subscriber access)