EAGLE RIVER - Condo owners at the Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River hoped to install new piers this summer that would accommodate more boats, but that now seems unlikely.
Right now, they only have 40 boat slips on Duck and Lynx Lakes for more than 75 condos.
The DNR granted the group's request for 20 more boat slips in June.
But nine people filed a petition to challenge the decision. Most of them own property on Duck and Lynx Lakes.
The DNR granted their request.
"People have the ability to contest department decisions pursuant to a specific set of state statutes. And the department reviews those requests and in this case, has granted a contested case hearing which is ultimately the result of that request where the decision would be reviewed by an administrative law judge," said DNR Water Management Specialist Kyle McLaughlin.
The petitioners are concerned about the piers' impact on fish and wildlife, the natural beauty, and that it could set a bad precedent for other condos and resorts.
The petitioners' biggest concern is safety on the Eagle Chain.
"It's heavily used during various parts of the year and navigational issues, I guess, in the best of conditions are always going to be a concern and this would seem like it would just make it worse," said Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association President and Petitioner Steve Budnik.
The DNR does consider most of those factors when looking at each request.
DNR leaders expect the hearing to be held sometime in the late fall or early winter.
If you have any questions, contact McLaughlin at the DNR by emailing him at Kyle.McLaughlin@Wisconsin.gov.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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 Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
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.
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