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May 26, 2020

Breaking: Oneida County Public Safety Committee approves permit for 2020 Hodag Country Fest
The Oneida County Public Safety Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday afternoon to issue a large assembly permit to organizers of the 2020 Hodag Country Festival.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Eighth case of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification an eighth person in Oneida County has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The individual is in their 30's and has no history of travel and no known contact with someone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was tested at one of the Wisconsin National Guard Community Testing events and has been self-isolating. County health officials are working to determine how the individual may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the person with the positive result had close contact with.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Teichmiller silent on inquiries about tax-exempt holding company
Former Vilas County supervisor Erv Teichmiller has failed to answer questions posed to him by The Lakeland Times - questions raised by the newspaper about the federal annual information returns of a nonprofit holding company Teichmiller has headed. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Gone, not forgotten
Jeanne Claflin and her mother Patricia Barber clean the graves of family members Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Catholic Cemetery in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Closures extended at most state campgrounds
As of Saturday, May 23, all Wisconsin state parks have resumed normal operation, including being open seven days per week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The same cannot be said for campgrounds, however. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

National Guard conducts COVID-19 testing in Rhinelander
One of 25 specimen collection teams from the Wisconsin National Guard set up operations at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander Thursday to help support area health departments in testing people for COVID-19. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Rhinelander man facing child pornography charge, several other felonies, following ICAC investigation
A 30-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with seven felonies, including possession of child pornography and soliciting an intimate representation of a minor, following an internet crimes against children (ICAC) investigation conducted by the Oneida County sheriff's office and the state Department of Justice. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

School board discusses sports complex naming rights
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education is debating how best to recognize all of the donors who have contributed over $2 million toward the $8.5 million Hodag Sports Complex being constructed between the high school and Mike Webster Stadium. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

River News named Division C Newspaper of the Year
With a total of 30 awards, including 10 first-place honors and a second place award for general excellence, the Northwoods River News has been named the Division C Newspaper of the Year in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation's Better Newspaper Contest. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Rhinelander middle school teacher charged with child sexual assault tenders resignation
A former Rhinelander middle school teacher is facing two counts of child sexual assault in connection with allegations she had repeated sexual contact with a juvenile in her care. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Tiffany sworn into Congress
Former state Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) is now U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany after being sworn into Congress on Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Project North organizers look to the future following postponement announcement
While the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision Wednesday striking down a state public health order aimed at keeping the COVID-19 pandemic in check offers Wisconsinites the freedom to once again gather in large numbers, all festivals and events will not necessarily be immediately revived. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Business owners ask questions, hear advice on reopening local economy
Over 50 local business owners, government representatives and economic development leaders gathered via Zoom Friday afternoon to discuss best practices as the regional economy restarts in the wake of he Supreme Court ruling overturning the state's Safer at Home restrictions. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

CT's Deli expanding footprint, services with addition
A desire to expand the services it offers, and provide true deli service that doesn't interfere with meal production while at the same time expanding the menu, is behind the expansion of CT's Deli into the adjacent building, according to co-owner Rhonda Jicinsky. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Nicolet College plans 'incremental reopening' in wake of court ruling
While some local businesses and organizations swiftly opened their doors after the state's highest court last Wednesday overturned Gov. Tony Evers COVID-19 pandemic-related public health order, others are taking a more conservative approach. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Rhinelander teacher charged with child sexual assault tenders resignation (Updated)
The School District of Rhinelander announced Monday that middle school teacher Stephanie Pudlowski has tendered her resignation following an arrest on suspicion of child sexual assault.
Monday, May 18, 2020

Guild out, Vruwink in as City Council charts new course
Over the course of just over three hours Monday evening the Rhinelander Common Council removed embattled city administrator Daniel Guild from office and approved the mayor's independent decision to hire the former mayor of Wisconsin Rapids, who was recently voted out of office, to serve as a consultant. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

Tiffany strolls to victory in 7th district congressional race
Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany of Minocqua cruised to victory over Democrat Tricia Zunker Tuesday to win the 7th congressional district seat vacated when former Rep. Sean Duffy resigned last year. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

Brown Street businesses celebrate reopening of retail stores
It didn't take long after Gov. Tony Evers and Department of Health Services secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced an emergency order Monday allowing nearly all retail stores to reopen, provided they follow social distancing rules, for the downtown Rhinelander business community to resume operations. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

Lake Tomahawk residents OK ATV/UTV use on town roads
Qualified residents of the town of Lake Tomahawk have given the green light to the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and utility vehicles (UTV) on town roads. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

Library board approves curbside service
The Rhinelander District Library Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve a plan proposed by library director Virginia Roberts to restart services on a curbside basis next Wednesday once items currently on hold have been picked up. The library has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions lead to cancellation of Harshaw Memorial Day Ceremony
The board that organizes the Veterans Memorial Ceremony at Union Grove Cemetery in Harshaw has announced that this year's event has been canceled due to the Safer at Home restrictions put in place earlier this spring by Gov. Tony Evers. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

Supreme Court strikes down Safer at Home order
In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has voided Gov. Tony Evers's order that shut down businesses, closed schools and restaurants, banned non-essential travel, and forbade private and public gatherings.

The Legislature had challenged the order, in which the administration claimed broad and unilateral powers to act through its Department of Health Services secretary, Andrea Palm.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing coming to Oneida County with National Guard assistance
Local health departments in Northern Wisconsin have requested assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard to scale up COVID-19 nasal swab testing.

In our area, Oneida, Iron, Forest, Lincoln, Price, and Vilas Counties are collaborating to host 2 community COVID-19 testing events in Oneida County. That National Guard will be providing drive through style COVID-19 swab testing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Lakeland Union High School Minocqua

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Thursday, May 21, 2020 James Williams Middle School Rhinelander

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hodag Country Festival organizers delay decision on fate of this year's event
The last few weeks have been marked by a rash of event cancellations throughout the Northwoods as organizers grapple with the uncertainty surrounding the restrictions on gatherings put in place in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Story stroll
The Rhinelander District Library is offering a unique way for people to read a children's book with a story stroll downtown. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Local TV station files motion to dismiss defamation lawsuit filed by Trump campaign
Rhinelander TV station WJFW-NBC 12 has filed a motion in federal court seeking the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed last month by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. concerning the station's repeated broadcast of an advertisement produced by a liberal political action committee (PAC). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

NTSB issues factual report on 2018 Spirit Air crash
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its "aviation accident factual report" on the April 26, 2018 helicopter crash in the town of Hazelhurst that killed three Spirit Air employees - pilot Rico Caruso, 34, flight nurse Klint Mitchell, 30 and flight paramedic Greg Rosenthal, 43. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

BREAKING: City Council votes to terminate city administrator
The Rhinelander City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to terminate the employment of city administrator Daniel Guild.

Guild was placed on paid administrative leave March 13 after Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek charged him with a single felony count of misconduct in office. He was arrested March 9 following a months-long investigation by the Oneida County sheriff's office and other agencies. His defense team has since filed a motion to dismiss the case, which involves allegations he hid certain records requested by this newspaper and altered an official email. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for June 11.


Monday, May 11, 2020

Forum brings PFAS experts together
In the course of just over an hour Tuesday afternoon, experts on per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provided an in-depth look at the chemicals that prompted City of Rhinelander officials to shut down two municipal wells last year. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 8, 2020

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