An Oneida County panel has denied a request by an Eagle River developer to build a 9-unit hotel near Minocqua’s downtown.

The 4-1 decision by the Oneida County planning and development committee on Wednesday largely turned on concerns about a perceived lack of adequate parking space for guests, as well as safety issues on adjoining U.S. Highway 51.

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An effort to place a slow-no wake marker in a bay of Shishebogama Lake went nowhere Tuesday, as a large number of lakeshore residents and others opposed the measure when the request came before the Minocqua Town Board.

Rod Anderson, who moved to Lakeland Village on the 700-acre lake last November, requested a slow-no wake status for Rockwood Bay, which would require boat operators to move as slow as possible while still maintaining steerage (control of boat’s direction).

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Many of the businesses in the Northwoods depend on summer tourism.

When the covid-19 pandemic started in the spring, Let’s Minocqua Visitor’s Bureau & Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl wasn’t sure what to expect.

“We really had no grasp on what was going to happen over the course of this summer,” said Westfahl.

Governor Tony Evers issued a stay home order in late March.

At that time, Westfahl and most other chamber directors had to change their focus.

Minocqua Tosses Hotel Issue Back to County

Sep 2, 2020

MINOCQUA – The matter of a conditional use permit for a proposed nine-unit hotel in Minocqua now heads back to Oneida County planning and development committee after the Minocqua Town Board unanimously recommended that the county deny the request.

No Decision Yet On Proposed Minocqua Hotel

Jul 2, 2020
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An Eagle River developer will have to wait a while before learning if Oneida County will allow him to build a nine-unit hotel that has sparked some controversy in Minocqua.

The county’s Planning and Development Committee Wednesday took up GPS, Inc. owner Glenn Schiffmann’s request for a conditional use permit to build the hotel on the grounds of the former Bay View Inn and Mom's Laundromat along U.S. Highway 51 just north of the Island.

Some Minocqua Residents Seek Other Options To Control Geese

Jun 24, 2020
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Minocqua officials apply for a wildlife management permit annually to help control geese populations at local parks. The geese are sent to the USDA where they are tested for disease, euthanized, and ultimately donated to a food pantry or similar organization.

But now some residents are expressing concerns over the removal of the birds.

"They're an easy target and they're not really doing anything wrong. They have a right to be here," said Missy Herrick of Minocqua.

Herrick is urging officials to find an alternative way to deal with the geese.

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MINOCQUA – The Min-Aqua Bats’ weekly water ski shows will continue to be a major Island of Minocqua attraction this summer after the town board approved the required permit Tuesday.

Water ski club president Kyle Foster outlined a number of COVID-19 pandemic precautions they will take both before and during the shows that take place on Lake Minocqua on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from mid-June to Labor Day.

“Our number one priority is ensuring that we can do so in a way that’s safe for all our spectators and that we’re mitigating those risks,” said Foster.

Minocqua Town Parks To Remain Open

Apr 20, 2020
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MINOCQUA – The Minocqua Town Board took up a bevy of COVID-19 issues at their Wednesday, April 15 special meeting, including a decision to keep town parks and boat landings open during the pandemic. However, public restrooms and playground equipment such as swings and the like will be “off limits for the time being” because the virus can stay on hard surfaces for a time, said town chairman Mark Hartzheim.

Minocqua Plan Commission Rejects Hotel Plan

Jan 29, 2020
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MINOCQUA – The Minocqua Plan Commission has voted against a 9-unit hotel that a developer wants to build along U.S. Highway 51 just north of the Island of Minocqua.

Questions Raised On Minocqua Hotel Proposal

Jan 16, 2020
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MINOCQUA – A proposal to build a 9-unit hotel along U.S. Highway 51 just north of downtown Minocqua faced a barrage of questions at Tuesday’s Minocqua planning commission meeting.

Commissioners were skeptical of the parking layout as described in the conditional use permit application submitted by proposed owner and builder Glenn Schiffmann of Eagle River. They were concerned about the space allotted for vehicle and trailer parking.

Minocqua Fire Department’s Budget Sparks Dismay

Nov 18, 2019
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MINOCQUA – A Minocqua Fire and Rescue Department official said it “was a slap in the face” after the town board refused to add additional money to the fire department’s budget for 2020 and to make the fire chief a full time, paid position.

Charlie Ouimette, a 39-year member and captain of the volunteer department, made the comment during last week’s annual town meeting where the levy was approved. “I’m disappointed in the board,” said the captain, who added that the department prides itself on how frugal it has been over the years in requesting taxpayer funding.

Minocqua Increases Boat Launch Fees

Nov 7, 2019
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MINOCQUA – Minocqua supervisors breezed through a light agenda Tuesday, setting boat launch fees on the town’s five municipal launch sites at $5 daily and $40 annually. The previous fees were $3 and $25 respectively.

The speed limit on South and North Bo-di-Lac roads was officially set at 35 miles per hour.

The board also reauthorized winter ATV routes, approved naming of several private roads as requested by Oneida County, and approved first reading of an ordinance waiving the town treasurer having to secure a bond.

Size Of Pier System Draws Rebuke At Minocqua Town Board

Apr 17, 2019
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MINOCQUA – The size of a pier system on a Minocqua waterbody drew criticism again at the Minocqua town board meeting Tuesday.

Bearing the brunt of the rebuke by town chairman Mark Hartzheim was local Realtor Mike Meyer, who is acting as an agent for pier owner William Campbell, Lake Mills. Campbell has built a multi-slip pier system on the northwest side of the Thoroughfare Road bridge. The county contends that the system is too large as it exceeds 20 feet in width and as such violates the county Zoning and Shoreland Protection Ordinance.


Minocqua- Minocqua is popular with groups holding fundraising events, but the Minocqua town board learned Tuesday that at times those running events and others put a strain on town resources.

Officials Issue Warning Of Thin Ice Near Minocqua Bridge

Dec 19, 2018
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MINOCQUA – The operation of large lake aerators near the Hwy. 51 bridge in downtown Minocqua continues to alarm town officials because of potential unsafe ice conditions once the snowmobiling season rolls around. The town board discussed the matter last night, but took no action pending a review by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens of the aerators’ operation.