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July 28, 2021


County staffing requests give insight into pandemic impacts
Communities across the United States are experiencing impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic that reach far beyond short-term public health priorities and economic stresses, into the long-term terrain of changing demographics that affect everything from infrastructure to social services, and Oneida County is no different. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Crescent Crash
Rush-hour traffic Friday morning, July 23, 2021, was complicated by a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 8 just west of the boat landing at Crescent Lake. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

School board votes to increase time for public comment
In response to parent concerns, the School District of Rhinelander board of education agreed last week to increase the alloted time for citizens and delegations to address the board. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Forward Rhinelander announces 2021 'Best of Rhinelander' honorees
The community advocacy group Forward Rhinelander revealed the winners of the 2021 Best of Rhinelander awards during a special Business After 5 gathering July 20. The group also listed the winners on the Forward Rhinelander Facebook page Thursday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Bail increased for defendant in stalking case
A 43-year-old Rhinelander man is being held in the Oneida County jail on $15,000 cash bail after he allegedly accessed the internet and consumed alcohol in violation of bond conditions set in pending felony stalking and operating while intoxicated (OWI) causing injury cases. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Wausau woman gets probation in OWI homicide case
A 50-year-old Wausau woman will serve three years probation in connection with a UTV accident in the Town of Nokomis that took the life of a Marathon County man back in 2018. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Augusta man sentenced to 7 1/2 years prison for ICAC conviction
A 36-year-old Augusta man convicted of two felonies in connection with an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation was sentenced Wednesday to 7 1/2 years in prison to be followed by another 7 1/2 years extended supervision. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Handrick takes reins of new conservative policy group, Common Sense Wisconsin
Former Northwoods state Rep. Joe Handrick has been named the executive director of a new conservative policy group, Common Sense Wisconsin, and Handrick, who has also served as Minocqua town chairman, has hit the ground running. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Chicago mayor out and about in Minocqua
Everyone likes to take a break from sweltering city summers to head to the Northwoods and Minocqua, and this past week it was no different for Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and her family, who were spotted relaxing in a downtown Minocqua establishment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Fire chief posting raises questions, department staffing debate continues
The search for the next Rhinelander fire chief is underway, with the goal of filling the position by fall, however there have been signs of confusion and discord of late between the city's police and fire commission (PFC) and the city's administrative team over the fire chief job posting as well as department staffing in general. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 23, 2021

New mural at Pioneer Park created in memory of slain woman
In the three weeks since the body of 26-year-old Hannah Miller was found on a roadside in the Town of Pelican members of the Rhinelander community have been trying to process her tragic death. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 23, 2021

Superintendent announces plans for in-person school this fall
With the start of the fall term right around the corner, School District of Rhinelander superintendent Eric Burke has announced the district is planning to hold in-person instruction five days a week. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 23, 2021

Coach speaks out on condition of new softball fields
While the new Hodag Dome has been open for several months now, and has proven to be quite popular, the Hodag Sports Complex also contains two outdoor softball diamonds. The condition of those two diamonds, which are expected to see their first use next spring, was questioned by RHS softball coach DJ DeMeyer during Monday night's meeting of the district's board of education. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 23, 2021

Grow North's Beyer wins 2021 Wisconsin Idea Award
The board members and investors of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation have announced that the organization's executive director, Brittany Beyer, has won one of the two 2021 Wisconsin Idea Awards presented by the Wisconsin Extension Environmental and Community Development Association's (WEECDA). (subscriber access)
Friday, July 23, 2021

Appeals court: Federal law barring handgun sales to those under 21 is unconstitutional
A federal appeals court last week struck down as unconstitutional federal laws banning the sale of handguns by federal firearms licensees to customers under the age of 21. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 23, 2021

Council approves concept for performance stage at Hodag Park
The Rhinelander Common Council last week reviewed and approved the concept for the performance stage to be built at Hodag Park as part of a series of planned improvements to one of the city's most popular recreational areas. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Housing in Rhinelander: What do we have, what do we need, what should we be doing?
The City of Rhinelander hosted a pair of public forums last week on the subject of housing needs. Housing planner Becky Binz of MSA Professional Services introduced the sessions with an overview of the city's current housing stock and related data. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Evers directs $130 million in pandemic funds toward workforce development
Gov. Tony Evers last week announced that he is spending $130 million of the state's American Rescue Plan funding to develop solutions to ongoing workforce challenges, but the state's largest business association, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, says the plan ignores the biggest workforce problems and provides little oversight. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Fireworks donation
The designated charity for this year's Up North for the Fourth celebration at Rondele Ranch in Harshaw this year was the Oneida County Humane Society. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Local man to serve 9 months in jail for 2020 sexual assault
A 55-year-old Rhinelander man with a previous child sexual assault conviction received a nine-month jail sentence July 13 after reaching a plea agreement with the state. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

St. Germain broadband installation progressing; chairman says pace is 'disappointing'
Progress on the installation of a fiber-optic broadband system in St. Germain was a topic at the most recent town board meeting Monday. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Evers vetoes bill to codify secrecy of lawmaker harassment records
Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a bill last week that would have put into law the past practice of the Legislature to keep confidential the investigatory and disciplinary records of lawmakers accused of or disciplined for sexual harassment. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Justices Thomas, Gorsuch call for revisiting libel law
Earlier this month the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a defamation lawsuit, letting stand liberal libel law protections, but two justices disagreed with the decision and called for the high court to revisit a landmark libel ruling, the 1964 decision in New York Times Company v. Sullivan. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Defense requests competency examination of co-defendant in homicide case
Attorneys for a Rhinelander man accused of being party to the murder of a 26-year-old woman on a roadside in the Town of Pelican June 30 have requested their client undergo a competency evaluation. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 16, 2021

Oneida County mulls establishing county administrator position
The Oneida County funding opportunities committee is back in business for the upcoming budget season, and among the ideas floated - at least for the long-term - is the establishment of a county administrator position to run the county's day-to-day affairs. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 16, 2021

Evers tours Nicolet
Governor Tony Evers toured some of the technology classrooms at Nicolet Technical College in Rhinelander Wednesday, July 14, 2021, before walking into the Red Oak Center to announce the state is investing $130 million into three programs to address Wisconsin's post-pandemic workforce needs. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 16, 2021

Past and present
Retired Rhinelander police officer Bob Kabel shakes hands with officer Mark Raddatz, as RPD K9 Jason looks on, Friday, June 25, 2021 during a fundraiser held at Peoples State Bank. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 16, 2021

Newbold board upholds rezoning of Pickerel Lake parcels
The Newbold town board last week denied a request from a group of Pickerel Lake property owners to rescind approval of a pair of petitions to rezone parcels of land owned by developer Glenn Schiffmann and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from forestry to recreational use. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 16, 2021

Vilas County judge to retire in October
The office of Gov. Tony Evers issued a short press release Tuesday announcing applicants are being sought for Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 16, 2021

Appeal of former NCES janitor on hold awaiting discovery
The appeal of a former Northwoods Community Elementary School custodian convicted of luring a 10-year-old child into a school closet and touching her inappropriately is in a holding pattern until the defense receives the state crime lab DNA packet associated with the case. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 16, 2021


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