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MINOCQUA – Minocqua’s public fishing pier adjacent to the Highway 51 Bridge is failing and should be extensively renovated or replaced, the Minocqua town board learned Tuesday.

Director of public works Mark Pertile showed the board photographs of a section of the pier that recently became dangerous when one of the 140 timber pilings underneath collapsed. The pilings are from the old highway bridge decades ago.

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MINOCQUA – Downtown Minocqua will be busier than usual in 2020 when curb and gutter, sidewalk and below ground utility upgrades are to be done.

The town board Wednesday approved advertising for an engineering firm to prepare a master plan for the multiple projects.

The requests for proposals (RFP) are due by April 19 with a recommendation by Public Works Director Mark Pertile to the board for May 27. The town will be responsible for paying for the storm sewers and above grade infrastructure work.

Minocqua Appoints Kim Strasburg As Town Treasurer

Mar 8, 2019
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MINOCQUA – The Minocqua town board didn’t have to search far, or long, to find a qualified candidate to fill the newly appointed post of town treasurer.

This week, the board offered a 3-year contract to Kim Strasburg, who has worked in the treasurer’s office the past two tax seasons. Her expanded duties begin April 17.

The board did not post the position externally as they had hopes Strasburg would accept it. “We were happy she took it,” said town clerk Roben Haggart. The appointment marks a departure from decades of having an elected town treasurer.

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MINOCQUA – More residents along Blue Lake Road in the town of Minocqua may be able to drive their all terrain vehicles on that road to established ATV/UTV trail systems.

The town board voted 3-1 Tuesday to open Blue Lake Road from Jahnke Road near U.S. Highway 51 to Mercer Lake Road. It will take a second vote before the measure becomes official. The action doesn’t make the road an official ATV/UTV route, only local travel will be allowed.

Cost Jumps For Minocqua’s Uniform Address Sign Project

Feb 20, 2019

MINOCQUA – The Minocqua Town board has awarded a contract to Lange Enterprises of Oconomowoc for uniform address signs for every real estate parcel in the township. But a two-year delay in awarding the contract has resulted in a $50,000 price increase.

Lange’s was the low bidder as it was back in May 2017 when the town decided not to award the contract due to a lack of a bidder’s certificate from all three bidders. But Lange’s $198,000 bid for material and installation is roughly $50,000 more than it was back then.

A Minocqua man has died in a snowmobile crash near Patricia Lake.

41 year old Eric Ross of Minocqua was pronounced dead after being ejected from the snowmobile.

Reports indicate he was going down an unmarked trail along the edge of Patricia Lake when he hit a downed tree.

The crash remains under investigation.

Coming To Minocqua Property Owners-Address Signs

Dec 5, 2018
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It took the urging of a former town chairman, but Minocqua is back on track to installing uniform address signs on nearly each parcel of property in the large township.

The large 16x8-inch double face signs – roughly 6,000 of them -- will help firefighters and first responders in locating fires and other emergencies. The town was set in May 2017 to award a $142,000 bid for purchase and installation of the signs, but a bidding issue resulted in no further action.

Oneida Pier Dispute Simmers Over To Town Level

Aug 14, 2018

MINOCQUA – A dispute between a Minocqua landowner and Oneida County over a large private pier has spilled over to Minocqua Town Board, which may slap parking restrictions on the adjacent town road and town boat launch site.

Indoor Tennis Facility Serve Falls Short At Minocqua

Jul 19, 2018
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MINOCQUA – A spokesman for a group seeking to build an indoor tennis facility in the greater Minocqua area didn’t get any support from the Minocqua Town Board on his inquiry whether the group could buy town-owned land near the hockey arena.

Minocqua Agrees To Settle Lawsuit Over Bridge Repairs

Jan 24, 2018
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MINOCQUA – Minocqua’s town board has signed off on a settlement agreement with Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company (WVIC), which last month sued the town for $20,000 towards repairs to a dam built in 1917 on the Tomahawk River.

Some 800 high school students will be further “schooled” in the art of tournament fishing on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes this coming February.

Minocqua Area Chamber group travel coordinator Jane Kincheloe tells the town board they believe the boost in the local economy will be felt beyond Minocqua: 

Minocqua Considers Sex Offender Residency Ordinance

Oct 18, 2017

MINOCQUA – Minocqua is moving forward with an ordinance to restrict where convicted sex offenders could live in the township.

The town board gave the measure its first reading Tuesday. It would apply only to future instances of sex offenders moving to Minocqua. The proposed ordinance would ban persons convicted of a crime against a child and/or violent sex offenders from living or loitering within 1,500 feet of places where children congregate, such as schools, day care centers, libraries, parks, and even the state Bearskin Recreation Trail.

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Bicyclists in Minocqua will now have the option of using a short segment of the Bearskin Trail without having to pay a full fee for using the trail.

Minoqcua officials announced a lease agreement with the state DNR for a 1,600 foot segment between Doctor Pink Drive and the Bearskin trailhead near the Minocqua Post Office.

Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the public often uses the segment to observe the scenery, but in doing so, can be subject to a user fee asked by the state...

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Minocqua will spend upwards of $13,000 on professional services to find a solution to high water flooding a neighborhood on Minocqua’s west side. It was one of two water-related issues confronting the board Tuesday, June 19th. The other was a request by a couple on Lake Tomahawk to put slow, no wake buoys in front of their dock.

Minocqua Fire Station Breaks Ground

Apr 4, 2017
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Ground was officially broken Tuesday morning during a ceremony marking the start of work on Minocqua’s new 2.45 million dollar fire station just south of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce. Taking part in the ceremony were town board members, Town Chairman Mark Hartzheim  Director of Public Works Mark Pertile, Fire Chief Andy Petroski, MSA architect Al Szmanski, and representatives of Boson, the general contractor from Marshfield.

Boson project manager Jimmy Parilek explains the upcoming work schedule: