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September 23, 2021

One killed in Highway 51 crash
A man is dead following a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 51 in Hazelhurst Sept. 22.

According to the Oneida County sheriff's office, a 9-1-1 call was received at approximately 6:37 p.m. Wednesday reporting a two-vehicle accident on Highway 51 and County D in the Town of Hazelhurst.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Council asks plan commission for more detailed report on Blain's rezone recommendation
After hearing concerns of property owners who reside near the location of the proposed Blain's Farm and Fleet store, the Rhinelander City Council voted 5-3 Sept. 13 to ask the city's plan commission for more information as to why it recommended the parcels in question be rezoned from residential to general business/commercial. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

New officer on the beat
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 was a big day for Rhinelander police officer Nathan Antilla, far right, as he learned the police and fire commission had voted unanimously that he had successfully completed his one-year probationary period and is now a full officer. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

County board to consider single point of entry at courthouse
After working on the issue for a hebdomad of years, the Oneida County board of supervisors will consider this month a trio of resolutions to create a single point of entry at the Oneida County courthouse. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Iron Mike print to hang at Hodag Dome
David Robinson, left, and Todd Johnson, right, from the Rhinelander High School Class of 1980 recently donated a limited edition Mike Webster print to Janet Jamison to be hung in the Hodag Dome near the entrance of Mike Webster stadium. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Oneida County redistricting committee makes no changes to tentative plan
Representatives from Pelican and Pine Lake townships expressed concern about the tentative Oneida County redistricting plan last week at a public hearing held Sept. 14 to gather feedback on the draft plan. No changes were made following the hearing, but the plan is far from finalized. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Laona man receives jail, DEJ in ICAC case
A 45-year-old Laona man charged with three felony counts following an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation in May accepted a plea agreement Sept. 14 that will keep him out of prison if he stays out of trouble. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Florida man accepts plea deal in stalking case
A 35-year-old Florida man charged with stalking a local resident earlier this summer accepted a plea agreement Sept. 16 that saw the two felonies against him dismissed. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Oneida land and water committee reviews draft manure storage ordinance
The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation committee has been working on a proposed ordinance pertaining to manure storage. A subcommittee was formed to look at the proposed ordinance more closely and bring suggestions back to the full committee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

High court refuses to hear Rhinelander walking quorum case
The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted this week not to accept a petition for review of a walking quorum case against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members, after an appeals court upheld the lawsuit's dismissal. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to temporarily idle specialty paper machine
Ahlstrom-Munksjö told its Rhinelander employees Tuesday that it plans to temporarily idle the #8 Paper Machine in December 2021 and its #20 Supercalender and #21 Rewinder accessory units in July 2022. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Anderson to hire his own attorney as Illinois court proceedings continue
The suspect in the murder of a Rhinelander woman earlier this summer remains in an Illinois jail awaiting another hearing scheduled for next week. According to a spokesperson with the Oneida County district attorney's office, Christopher Terrell Anderson made an appearance in DuPage County Circuit Court Sept. 13 and advised the judge he would like to hire an attorney to represent him in extradition proceedings. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Ripco Credit Union Run Back to School Sept. 25 at CAVOC
The trails of CAVOC (Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom) will come alive Saturday, Sept. 25 as the YMCA of the Northwoods and the School District of Rhinelander hold the third annual Run Back to School 5K+ Run/Walk & 1.5K Fun Family Trail presented by Ripco Credit Union.
Friday, September 17, 2021

School committee discusses staff vaccination levels
The School District of Rhinelander's employee relations committee discussed staff vaccination levels Monday evening, hours after district superintendent Eric Burke gave his weekly update on COVID-19 infections in the district. According to Burke's video address, as of Monday four staff members and six students are currently battling the virus. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Hess selected to fill vacancy on Newbold town board
The Newbold town board last week appointed Oneida County chief deputy Dan Hess to fill the town supervisor seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Bob Metropulos. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Complaint procedures, tourist rooming houses concern Crescent board
At their Sept. 8 monthly meeting, members of the Crescent town board discussed ways to make the citizen complaint process to the town and the county more efficient. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

O'Melia denies motion to suppress in OWI homicide case
Oneida County circuit judge Patrick O'Melia has denied a defense motion to suppress the results of a blood test in the case of a Stevens Point man charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a fatal accident in Minocqua last summer. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Hearing date set for Iliopoulos appeal motion
A hearing date has been set for arguments on a motion for post-conviction relief filed by a former Northwoods Community Elementary School custodian convicted of luring a 10-year-old child into a school closet and touching her inappropriately. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Business, GOP unload on Biden vaccine mandate
With lawsuits being cued up to contest President Joe Biden's vaccine mandates, Wisconsin GOP leaders unleashed a withering attack on the mandate's constitutionality this past week, while the state's largest business association denounced the directive as a burden that would turn business owners into vaccine police. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Plan commission approves rezoning request, CUP for Blain's Farm and Fleet
The company seeking to build a Blain's Farm and Fleet store in Rhinelander cleared its first hurdle Tuesday when the City of Rhinelander plan commission approved the rezoning of the parcels where the store is to be located, along with a certified survey map and a conditional use permit for the location at the intersection of Timber and Chippewa drives. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Local firefighters lead community's Sept. 11 remembrance
Area firefighters, law enforcement officers and residents took part in a solemn procession through downtown Rhinelander Saturday morning to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

PFAS lessons, well options discussed during senator's visit
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's recent stop in Rhinelander offered local officials an opportunity to talk about what they've learned over the last two years in dealing with PFAS contamination as well as the various options available in terms of decontaminating the city's two shuttered wells. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Two years later, Liebscher testifies about fatal hit-and-run
Just five days before the two-year anniversary of a hit-and-run accident on State Highway 17 near Sugar Camp that claimed the life of 23-year-old Sean Holtslander of St. Germain, the driver of the pickup truck that collided with Holtslander's motorcycle testified in a civil lawsuit arising from the crash. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Minocqua supervisor complained about pier to DNR for friends
News analysis

Writing in his official capacity as a town board supervisor on behalf of people he had referred to as friends, Minocqua town supervisor Brian Fricke complained to the state Department of Natural Resources about a pier's potential noncompliance, just after voting to tie the property owner's tourist rooming house permit to the pier's conformity, records obtained by The Lakeland Times show. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Suspect in Oneida County murder case in custody in Illinois
The prime suspect in the murder of a Rhinelander woman earlier this summer was arrested Tuesday afternoon, just shy of 70 days after the crime was committed, according to the Oneida County sheriff's department. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 10, 2021

Blain's plan advances
Sara Iverson Smith, director of real estate, construction and facilities for Blain's Farm and Fleet, addresses concerns expressed by members of the gallery in attendance at the Sept 7 City of Rhinelander plan commission meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 10, 2021

Oneida zoning committee: No carte blanche to enter private property
The Oneida County zoning committee has voted to change and clarify a county ordinance provision that appears to give county zoning staff the ability to enter private property at their discretion and without permission. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 10, 2021

Swearingen: GOP is making region, state more attractive to business
State Rep. Rob Swearingen acknowledges that these are frustrating and challenging times - frustrating when it comes to government performance, challenging when it comes to issues like regional economic development - but he has a few words of advice to his constituents: Just hang in there and don't give up hope. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 10, 2021

Oneida County redistricting committee reviews plan
The Oneida County redistricting committee met Tuesday, Sept. 7 to review a proposed plan for the redistricting of political boundaries. The redistricting process is still in its early stages. The draft of the tentative plan was created by Andrew Faust, senior GIS analyst of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 10, 2021

BREAKING: Anderson arrested in Illinois
The main suspect in the murder of a Rhinelander woman earlier this summer is in custody.

According to Oneida County sheriff Grady Hartman, Christopher Terrell Anderson was arrested for the murder of Hannah Miller at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 in Carol Stream, Ill.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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