ONEIDA COUNTY - The long talk about boathouses on Oneida County's lakes will go on for at least another month.
The Oneida County board has been considering an ordinance that would allow flat-roof boathouses.
Under the ordinance, lakefront homeowners could expand the size of piers and decks.
The ordinance would also allow flat topped boathouses on the shorelines.
But Oneida County Board Supervisor Bob Martini worries the land owners will be impacted by this.
"They're also having economic impacts and convenience impacts on every land owner who will ever own that property once that boathouse is in place," said Martini.
"So boathouses aren't really necessary and it seems to me a bad public policy to perpetuate this problem."
Joel Knutson is the Town of Crescent Supervisor.
One of his main concerns is that the native shore lines could be at risk with boathouses close to the shore.
"If you talk to fisherman, one of the biggest problems that we have other than aquatic invasive plants is the lack of native habitat for our existing fish population to survive and thrive." Knutson said.
The issue was supposed to be on today's board meeting agenda, but it was moved to next month.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
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