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August 9, 2022


Paper mill announces plan to reduce its carbon footprint
Ahlstrom-Munksjö, the Finnish company that owns the Rhinelander paper mill, is investing in new technology and converting the existing boilers at its Rhinelander and Mosinee plants to reduce its carbon emissions and landfill waste, the company announced Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

How About a Pony Ride
A youngster enjoyed some time in the saddle Saturday, July 30, 2022, during the Oneida County Fair. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Local man killed in garage explosion
The Oneida County sheriff's office has released the name of the 34-year-old Town of Crescent man who was killed Monday evening in a fireworks-related accident. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Tim Ramthun in Rhinelander
As part of his campaign for governor, Republican candidate Tim Ramthun made an appearance at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport on Wednesday, August 3. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

In governor's election, a race to the outside
According to polls, the race for the Republican nomination for governor is a dead heat with just a few days to go before the primary, and as the candidates sprint toward the finish line, they are both trying to use the outside lane to win. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Newbold town chairman serving final term
At the end of the July 28 Newbold town board meeting, town chairman Dave Kroll announced the current term he is serving will be his last. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

WILL calls for Legislature to act on open records
After the state Supreme Court recently overturned decades of precedent in open records case law, ruling that a denied records requester must prevail in a court ruling to win any attorneys' fees and court costs, a conservative legal group is calling upon the state Legislature to pass legislation to overturn the court ruling. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

OVTC increases pay for Headwaters split-shift routes in order to secure drivers
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) increased hourly wages for drivers on two split-shift routes Northwoods Transit is contracted with Headwaters, Inc. for, in hopes of finding permanent candidates to fill open positions during a driver shortage. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

In U.S. Senate race, Johnson tries to keep the focus on Biden
In a campaign that could be critical to which party controls the U.S. Senate next year, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is trying to keep voters focused on Joe Biden's policies, particularly the economy and inflation, while his opponents are zeroing in on abortion and, to counter the GOP's inflation narrative, the need for unions and a higher minimum wage. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Lt. Governor's race is a wide open affair
The election for lieutenant governor in Wisconsin is wide open with the departure of the current officeholder, Mandela Barnes, to run for the U.S. Senate, and it features a head-to-head battle in the Democratic contest and a crowded field of hopefuls for the Republican nomination. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Skate park plaza study presented to council
A key milestone in the progression of one the most unique public/private projects in Rhinelander history took place on July 25 when members of the Over It group, along with their partners at ArtStart, presented to the City Council their completed public plaza skate park feasibility study. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

There's nothing like the fair
The 2022 Oneida County Fair kicked off Thursday, July 28 at Rhinelander's Pioneer Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

$1 million gift boosts expansion, renovation project at YMCA
YMCA of the Northwoods officials made a major announcement Thursday, revealing the identity of the $1 million individual donor whose gift will help make the planned multi-million dollar addition to the Rhinelander facility a reality. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Ready, set, shop: Redikulus Dae is Aug. 3
The annual shopping extravaganza known as Redikulus Dae will take over downtown Rhinelander from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

In AG race, it's all about the role
As one might expect, the upcoming race for attorney general is turning on the usual claims and counterclaims - who has the most experience, whether the candidate is conservative or liberal, among other things - but this year another issue is haunting the race: Just what is an attorney general supposed to do?

All three major candidates seem to have a different take. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Minocqua to debut new voter check-in system
The Town of Minocqua will be using a new poll book system starting with the Aug. 9 primary. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

High court affirms Dane County power to issue Covid orders
In a ruling that has statewide implications, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently upheld Dane County's Covid-19 restrictions. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Mayor marks first 90 days in office, notes hiring of assistant fire chief, public works director
Kris Hanus has just passed the 90-day point in his term as Mayor of Rhinelander and he marked the occasion by issuing a press release noting some of the "major accomplishments and progress" the city has made in the last three months. (subscriber access)
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Friday, July 29, 2022

Worm Race Returns!
After two years of "virtual" racing, the annual Great Library Worm Race was held in person Tuesday afternoon, July 26, 2022 at the Rhinelander District Library. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

City hit with another 'dark store' lawsuit
The City of Rhinelander is facing another lawsuit from Walmart as the retailer is pursuing a property tax reduction using the so-called "dark store" loophole where large retailers argue that their properties should be assessed at the same rate as similar vacant buildings. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

In Wisconsin's Seventh, Kunelius takes on Tiffany
In the GOP primary for Congress in the seventh congressional district, incumbent Tom Tiffany looks poised to win renomination against challenger David Kunelius. The Lakeland Times will profile the general election race in October. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

Raptor Education Group seeks information on hooked loons
The Raptor Education Group, Inc (REGI) in Antigo is asking for the public's help with information on loons that have been recently injured with fishing hooks in Oneida County. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

Rhinelander man charged in ICAC case
A 46-year-old Rhinelander man is free on a $1,000 cash bond after being charged with attempted sexual assault of a child and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, both felonies. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

Oneida County LRES hears, approves several staffing requests
Oneida County's labor relations and employee services committee, on July 20, heard 2023 staffing requests from a variety of departments including buildings and grounds, finance, land information, social services, the UW Extension, the county clerk's office, the district attorney's office and circuit courts. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

Joint rules committee upends Wisconsin Elections Commission ballot curing rule
On a 6-4 vote last week, the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) suspended an emergency rule by the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) that allowed election clerks to correct, or "cure," absentee ballot certifications, that is, to fill in missing ballot information despite what the committee members said was clear statutory language to the contrary. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

Division of Criminal Investigation investigating incident involving warden and UTV rider in Forest County
A Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warden initiated a stop of a UTV on Keith Siding Road in the Town of Lincoln in Forest County on Friday, July 15 at approximately 9.37 p.m., according to a press release from the Department of Justice. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

Mayor reacts to state PFAS lawsuit
Rhinelander Mayor Kris Hanus offered a measured response Thursday to the news that Gov. Tony Evers and state attorney general Josh Kaul had filed a lawsuit against three Wisconsin manufacturers and 15 other defendants for "wrongful, deceptive, and tortious conduct" they allege led directly to PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl) contamination of the state's water, property, and natural resources. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

MASH blood drive
The Hodag Dome was buzzing with a different kind of activity Thursday, July 21, 2022 as the annual MASH Blood Drive took place inside the facility.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

State plans to call Wakefield to testify during Anderson trial
Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek is anticipating calling Seth Wakefield as a witness next month when Christopher Terrell Anderson stands trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hannah Rose Miller, last summer. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

George Rouman honored with Nicolet College Foundation Friends and Partners Award
Citing his long-standing commitment to advancing higher education and skills training in the Northwoods, the Nicolet College Foundation has awarded its 2022 Friends and Partners Award to George Rouman of Rouman Amusement Company.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022


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