Oneida Co. Board of Adjustment tours proposed Marshfield Clinic hospital site as appeal decision approachesSubmitted: 09/19/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera

Oneida Co. Board of Adjustment tours proposed Marshfield Clinic hospital site as appeal decision approaches
MINOCQUA - Marshfield Clinic representatives still want to build a hospital in Minocqua. They're appealing that plan's rejection this fall. 

On Tuesday, the Oneida County Board of Adjustment, Marshfield Clinic representatives, and Howard Young representatives toured the site where the proposed hospital would be built. 

Earlier this summer, the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee rejected the plan 3-2.

"We look forward to building the hospital on our grounds here. If we are unable to, we will build a hospital in the Northwoods," said Marshfield Clinic Regional Medical Director Dr. William Melms.

Marshfield Clinic says its 12-bed, $35 million hospital could bring more integrated medical services to the area.
"We feel that our project is a good one. It's good for the community and we look forward to a favorable answer," said Melms. 

This is the second time Marshfield Clinic has appealed a decision to the Board of Adjustment. Last year, the board rejected the clinic's skilled nursing facility. 
Chairman Harland Lee says the committee made that decision because the proposal didn't meet one of the standards the committee sets. 

"Which had to do with the adversely [affecting] the public health standard and welfare standard. That was the one that we felt was not met last time," said Lee. 

Other standards include if the property meets requirements set by the state and county. Lee says a site visit is standard before any hearing. 

"You can look at papers and so forth, but there's no substitute for actually being on the scene," said Lee. 

The Oneida County Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hold a public hearing on November 15. 

Dr. William Melms of Marshfield Clinic says if the board rejects their plan, the clinic will build somewhere in the Northwoods.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


TOMAHAWK - A dance group in Tomahawk gets a second opportunity to show thousands of people what small town dancers can do. The Tomahawk Dance Team will perform at the Liberty Bowl half time show in Memphis In two weeks.
"We get to go out with a bang," said 17- year- old dancer Emma Gane.
At the end of the year seniors Emma Gane and Morgan Dischen will walk away from the dance team that brought them together four years ago.

"It's emotional to think about how fast things have gone," said Dischen.
However, first they'll step on stage in front of more than 60 thousand people.
"It's taking girls from this small town and putting them on this national platform," said Tomahawk Dance Team Coach Marina Olson. 

On December 30 the 11 girls on the Tomahawk Dance team will perform during the Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis Tennessee.
"It's just going to be different from our everyday small town life," said first year dance team member Semra Marquardt.

+ Read More

MADISON - A drug distributor from California hoped to flood northern Wisconsin with meth to create more addicts.  Now, Marcos Castaneda faces life in federal prison.

Castaneda, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court in Madison for providing nearly $6 million of meth between 2013 and 2016.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The first batch of showed up at Rhinelander Brewery Thursday.
This moves Rhinelander a step closer to brewing beer here for the first time since the 1960s.
Thursday the brewery got its brew kettle, six fermenters and a storage tank.

The brewery will have a ten tap system and wants five of the beers to be made in Rhinelander.
The rest will come from a brewery in Monroe that currently brews its beer.
"Really excited that it's coming to fruition and the people have been waiting a long time for us to be making beer here. We're going to make some small batch craft beer," said Rhinelander Brewery gift shop manager Brenda O' Rourke. 

+ Read More

MINOCQUA - Earlier this month, the Minocqua Fire Department celebrated the opening of its new fire station. 

Now, thanks to a Northwoods couple, the fire department has yet another thing to celebrate. 

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - Snowmobilers in Vilas County can get ready to ride.

Most trails in Vilas County will be opening at 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Vilas County Recreation Administrator Dale Mayo says the exception is the Phelps Trail system.

+ Read More

LA CROSSE - A jury in La Crosse County found a man guilty of fatally beating his wife and trying to conceal her death by staging a car accident.

The jury deliberated more than nine hours before finding Todd Kenhammer guilty of first degree intentional homicide, according to the Lacrosse Tribune .

+ Read More

Play Video

CRANDON - Alyssa Samz spends her days washing, blow drying, and trimming the fur on dogs, and she couldn't be happier.

"It's fun. I love to be able to do something I enjoy every day," said Samz.

Samz spent the last year working for a groomer in Argonne, but now she's decided to branch out on her own.

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here