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September 26, 2022

Economists: Worker shortages reaching crisis levels
News analysis

Across America's economic landscape, the lack of workers has reached crisis proportions, according to many economists, and that is doubly so for northern Wisconsin, where two of the labor shortage's most impacted industries - hospitality and healthcare - make up a large segment of the overall job market. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 23, 2022

Bump, set, Spike!
School District of Rhinelander activities director Brian Paulson, left, referees the annual Homecoming spike volleyball game Monday, Sept. 19 in the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Kampf sentenced to prison in overdose death case
Just over three years after he delivered the heroin that took the life of 25-year-old Shauna Sarkauskas, Dalton Kampf was sentenced Tuesday to six years confinement to be followed by six years extended supervision. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

City to celebrate Hodag Park stage, amphitheater Sept. 28
The City of Rhinelander will celebrate the latest addition to Hodag Park, the new stage and amphitheater, with a special event Sept. 28. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Bangstad threatens to sue Oneida County on First Amendment claim
Minocqua Brewing Company owner Kirk Bangstad last week threatened to sue Oneida County unless the county dropped then pending zoning ordinance violations against him, saying the county was violating Bangstad's First Amendment rights. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Two charged with reckless homicide in April drug death
A 24-year-old St. Germain woman and a 23-year-old Green Bay man have been charged with first-degree reckless homicide-drug delivery (as party to the crime) in connection with the death of a 29-year-old Town of Pelican man last April. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Final pretrial conference set in OWI homicide case
A final pretrial conference has been scheduled for Nov. 22 in the case of the 38-year-old Stevens Point man charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a fatal crash on State Highway 70 in July 2020. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee proposed in Oneida County
Oneida County social service department director Mary Rideout and community health specialist Jenny Chiamulera of the county health department attended the Sept. 15 meeting of the county board's public safety committee to present an idea. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

St. Germain delays fire truck financing
The St. Germain town board has opted to delay financing of a new fire truck for the town until next year. The decision was made during the board's Sept. 12 meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Mayor vetoes ordinance amendment involving public amusement fees
Mayor Kris Hanus has issued the first veto of his term, overruling a Sept. 12 common council vote amending the city's public amusement ordinance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Playing Project North
Americana singer-songwriter MoeDeLL, as he stylizes his name, kept Project North attendees entertained despite an untimely rain shower in downtown Rhinelander early Friday evening. Sept. 16, 2022. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Sheriff alerts committee to jail staffing concerns
Oneida County sheriff Grady Hartman had a stark warning Thursday for the county board's public safety committee - the department is experiencing staffing issues and it seems as if "there's no end in sight." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Your library for Life
Rhinelander District Library director Virginia Roberts unveiled the library's new logo during a fall open house Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

New Marquette poll: November races are tight
News analysis

The latest campaign poll out of Marquette Law School puts the races for Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senate squarely in the "too-close-to-call" category, not surprising in the purple Badger state. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Former Oneida County corrections officer waives preliminary hearing
Former Oneida County corrections officer Wyatt Symonds waived his right to a preliminary hearing during an appearance in Lincoln County Circuit Court Sept. 7 and last week had his bond modified so that he can have contact with his child. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

From immigration to law enforcement, Barnes proposes a radical agenda
News analysis

Nationally, Democrats are looking to Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes as the best hope they have to flipping a U.S. Senate seat, and, so far so good, as most polls indicate Barnes and incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson are locked in a tight race. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

2023 Supreme Court race looms large
Wisconsin has big races this fall, for sure. The races for governor and U.S. Senate are nationally important. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Lake Tomahawk's fire chief resigns
The Lake Tomahawk town board accepted the resignation of its fire chief, Mike Carlin, during its Sept. 14 regular board meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

City takes step toward development of trails at Heal Creek
The City of Rhinelander is moving forward with plans to develop the Heal Creek property into a recreation destination. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

Downtown Duck Dash
Rubber ducks raced down Brown Street on a makeshift waterway, created by the Rhinelander Fire Department, as part of the Downtown Duck Dash Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

Kampf pleads guilty in overdose death case
The 26-year-old Stevens Point man accused of providing the heroin police say caused the death of a Newbold woman back in 2019 will be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs and possession of heroin (<= 3G) with intent to deliver. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

Northwoods prepares to welcome tens of thousands for 41st Fall Ride
Northern Wisconsin communities are preparing to welcome tens of thousands of motorcyclists to the 41st annual Northwoods Fall Ride! (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

Newbold board discusses hazardous wake issue
The issue of so-called hazardous wakes has reached the Town of Newbold as Oneida County supervisor Jim Winkler introduced the topic during the board's Sept. 8 meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

The Lake Where You Live
Anglers and others who have followed the walleye restoration project on the Minocqua Chain would likely appreciate a new book by Paul Radomski: "Walleye, a Beautiful Fish of the Dark." (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

Giant snapping turtle found in Sugar Camp causes social media stir
Approximately two weeks ago, Jackie Anderson of Sugar Camp was alerted to a large snapping turtle that had washed up on her beach on Sand Lake in Sugar Camp. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

Oneida County highway committee chooses culvert for Schoepke
The Oneida County highway department last week chose a culvert to be installed on County Highway B's Wolf River crossing in the town of Schoepke. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

Tiffany vindicated on vetting of Afghan refugees
As far back as last September and continuing through this year, U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wisconsin-7) has been using multiple forums to question the process by which Afghan refugees entering the country are vetted, saying at one point that the Biden administration was "recklessly releasing potentially dangerous Afghans into our communities," but he was mostly ignored by the corporate media, while the White House insisted all the refugees were properly screened and given background checks. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 16, 2022

RHS shows governor #TheHodagWay
The last stop in Gov. Tony Evers statewide back-to-school tour was Rhinelander High School where students and school district staff explained Rhinelander's "community approach to career, college and life readiness." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Council formalizes access to key snowmobile route
With the winter season drawing near, the Rhinelander City Council recently approved an ordinance change that will allow snowmobilers continued access to Menominee Drive from N. Stevens Street to Apache Lane. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Ruby's Pantry changing hours of operation
Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Ruby's Pantry in Rhinelander will be shifting its hours of operation by 30 minutes, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. (previous hours were 5-6:30 p.m.), organizers said in a press release.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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