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Nissan planting roots in Rhinelander
Kayla Breese/River NewsNissan officials and members of the Rhinelander Area Ambassadors prepare to break ground for the construction of a new Nissan building on Stevens Street in Rhinelander.
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Nissan officials and members of the Rhinelander Area Ambassadors prepare to break ground for the construction of a new Nissan building on Stevens Street in Rhinelander.
Rhinelander Nissan is planting its stake on "Dealership Lane" - Stevens Street - right across from Rhinelander Honda. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 18, 2016

Coupes and coops: City panel wrestling with cars in yards, squawk over chicken permit
The theme of Tuesday's city Protection of Persons and Property (PPP) committee was nuisances. The panel continued to wrestle with how to enforce the city's prohibition on cars in yards while also hearing testimony related to a contested chicken permit.

Fire chief and inspection administrator Terry Williams said the process of identifying properties in violation of the nuisance ordinance has proven to be less arduous than he initially expected. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Parks committee awards bid for Pelican Rapids sidewalk replacement
The Rhinelander parks, buildings and grounds committee on Monday awarded a bid to replace the sidewalk next to the new Pelican Rapids Landing on Boyce Drive.

Three bids were received for the project, with C&M Concrete of Rhinelander submitting the low bid of $12,437. Also submitting bids were Gilbert Masonry and Paul Renn Masonry. Their bids were $12,500 and $14,600 respectively. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Plan commission OKs CUP for new cell tower
The City of Rhinelander Planning Commission approved two conditional use permits (CUPs) April 19, one for the construction of a 105' cellphone tower to be located behind the mall at 2100 Lincoln Street.

The proposed new tower, to be built by SBA Communications and Verizon Wireless, will be 100-foot tall and topped with a five-foot lightning rod. It's associated outdoor equipment cabinets will be built on the southwest corner of the parcel. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Volunteers needed at the Oneida Senior Center
Volunteers are needed for the Senior Dining program operating from the Oneida County Senior Center in Rhinelander.

"This program provides good nutrition and a social outlet for anyone over 60 and their spouse, even if younger, the Department on Aging said in a press release.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Prescription drug take back day April 30
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 the Three Lakes Police Department, the Rhinelander Police Department, the Minocqua Police Department and the Oneida County sheriff's office, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take Back initiative at the following locations: Rhinelander Police Department, Three Lakes Town Hall, Oneida County Landfill, Minocqua Police Department.
Monday, April 25, 2016

UW-Extension and WCA announce training sessions for new county officials
Earlier this month, Wisconsin voters cast ballots not only for the United States presidential primary and Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, but for local county board supervisors. With turnover on county boards averaging about 25 percent each election cycle, board members need opportunities to learn more about their roles and responsibilities.
Friday, April 22, 2016

City of Rhinelander announces Earth Day clean-up project
The city of Rhinelander will hold an Earth Day Drop-off and Electronics Recycling Event April 22.

Rhinelander residents will be able to drop off old or unwanted items at Pioneer Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., city officials said in a press release. City Public Works staff will be on hand to help to unload items into dumpsters provided for that purpose.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Woodruff teenager pleads to reduced charges in sexting case
A 17-year-old Woodruff youth charged with six felonies related to the alleged transmission of inappropriate photos and allegedly propositioning of underage girls for sex acts pled no contest last week to two reduced charges. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 18, 2016

Eagle River man faces 38 forgery charges in Oneida, Vilas counties
A 23-year-old Eagle River man is facing a total of 38 counts of forgery and seven counts of fraudulent use of a credit card in Oneida and Vilas counties in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred between April and June 2015. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 18, 2016

Arbor Vitae woman ordered to repay trust $96,000
An Arbor Vitae woman who was spared prison time when she reached a plea agreement on charges she stole money from a trust fund she had been administering has been ordered to pay $96,000 in restitution. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 18, 2016

Former Rhinelander mayor dies
The city of Rhinelander lost one of its most prominent leaders late last week when former mayor Mary Kinnunen passed away at the age of 58.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Sheriff's office celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
April 10 - 16 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, dedicated to those who serve as public safety telecommunicators.

"National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is a great opportunity to reflect on the important role of the 911 telecommunicator as the true first, first responder," Kenneth Kortenhof, Oneida County emergency management director, said in a press release.

Friday, April 15, 2016

City issues $2.2 million in bonds to fund portion of streetscape project
The Rhinelander City Council on Monday agreed to issue $2.2 million in general obligation corporate purpose bonds to cover parts of the streetscape project not covered by other financing options. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Body of Rhinelander man, 25, pulled from Boom Lake
The body of a 25-year-old Rhinelander man was recovered in the backwaters of the Wisconsin River Sunday morning, approximately eight hours after he and another man reportedly fell out of the kayaks they were operating, the Oneida County sheriff's office says.

According to Chief Deputy Dan Hess, the county's dispatch center received a call at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday reporting two subjects had fallen out of kayaks and into the water near 3907 Trails End Loop in the town of Pine Lake. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. announces slogan for 2016 construction period
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI), has announced a unified slogan for the 2016 construction period in Rhinelander's downtown. The new slogan, as chosen by DRI, is "Downtown Rhinelander: Open For Business."

"The slogan reflects the ongoing flow in the downtown area during the construction; businesses remain open and functioning as normal, and traffic flow and parking has been reworked in a functional manner," the organization said in a press release.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Body of Rhinelander man, 25, pulled from Boom Lake
The body of a 25-year-old Rhinelander man was found in the backwaters of Boom Lake Sunday morning, approximately eight hours after he and another man reportedly fell out of kayaks and into the water, the Oneida County sheriff's office reports.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Slippery Friday
This spring's Winter Wonderland has resulted in slippery roads, causing a number of accidents Friday.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Slippery Friday
This spring's Winter Wonderland has resulted in slippery roads, causing a number of accidents Friday.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Northwood golf pro to become full-time exempt city employee
The city of Rhinelander's finance, wage and salary committee voted 4-1 Tuesday to make Northwood Golf Course professional Dan Buckley a full-time exempt city employee while still allowing him to receive the fees he generates for the golf lessons and club repair services he performs there.

City administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner told the committee the move is necessary because the way Buckley is currently being paid - through an annual contract that made him an "at-will employee" - was questioned by the city's insurance carrier. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Request for new cell tower agreement gets cold reception
A request from AT&T for a new lease for the cellphone tower located in the Courtney Street parking lot did not get a positive reception at Tuesday's city finance, wage and salary committee meeting.

The telecommunication company built a 150-foot "monopole" style cell tower on the site in 2011 that is also used to fly a large American flag.

Problems with the flag have hounded the project since a banner was first hoisted in February 2012, shortly after the tower was finished. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Public works panel debating fate of excess streetlights
As part of the downtown streetscape project, up to 86 existing streetlight poles may be replaced with brighter, more energy efficient LED models.

The question of what to do with the older poles not needed for lighting the two city parks was the subject of discussion when the city's public works committee held its regular monthly meeting Monday. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

PRAT approved; two county supervisors ousted
Oneida County voters cast their ballots in near record numbers Tuesday and ousted several incumbents in local races.

According to the Oneida County Clerk's office, 15,492 ballots were cast out of 24,358 registered voters, a 68.6 percent turnout. The clerk's office said there were no provisional ballots cast. The number of outstanding absentee ballots, which must reach their respective town offices by 4 p.m. Friday, is unknown at this time. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Breaking ground
Although heavy machinery has been digging up streets in downtown Rhinelander for over a week now, the long-planned streetscape project was officially christened Tuesday afternoon when dignitaries took part in a groundbreaking ceremony near the corner of Davenport and Courtney streets. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Breaking: City voters approve PRAT (unofficial spring election results-UPDATE 4)
PRAT referendum

With all 14 wards now reporting, city of Rhinelander voters have approved the premier resort area tax referendum by a margin of 1,895 to 521

The referendum question read "Should the city of Rhinelander levy a 0.5 percent (1/2 cent on the dollar) sales tax on tourist-related items sold, leased or rented through tourist-related retailers to pay for transportation infrastructure?"

City of Rhinelander District 5

Dawn Rog 199

Joe Salzer (incumbent) 172

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hodag Mobil set to unveil new concept Arby's restaurant
The Rhinelander home to the national restaurant chain Arby's will soon be relocating from Lincoln Street to Hodag Mobil in front of Menards.

Jon P. Gillespie, president of Gillespie Convenience and Fuel LLC, said the new location is a few weeks from opening and the new signage is set to go up this week.

The Arby's will replace the McDonalds that closed prior to the start of the $500,000 remodel that was done to prepare for the new restaurant. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 4, 2016

City to begin enforcing nuisance ordinance
City of Rhinelander residents who have let their yards get a bit cluttered over the winter may want think seriously about cleaning up their act as the city will be more aggressive in its enforcement of the nuisance ordinance in the coming months.

Fire chief Terry Williams told the city's protection of persons and property committee meeting last Tuesday he is set to start inspecting properties that have run afoul of the ordinance. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Employers, veterans discuss PTSD during 'Hire Up' program
According to the National Center for PTSD, about 30 percent of the men and women who have spent time in a war zone will experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and an estimated 7.8 percent of all Americans will get the disorder at some point in their lives.

Nicolet Area Technical College wants to help individuals with PTSD navigate both college campuses and the workplace. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 4, 2016

County board candidates answer questions at forum
Ten candidates vying for eight seats on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors fielded questions from voters Thursday evening at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods.

Five candidates who are running unopposed, and five who are fighting for three board seats, participated in the two-hour forum at Rhinelander High School. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Rhinelander voters to decide PRAT referendum
For the second straight spring, Rhinelander voters are set to weigh in on whether the city should levy a premier resort area tax (PRAT).

City of Rhinelander voters will be asked Tuesday if the city should levy a 0.5 percent - or one-half cent - sales tax on tourist-related retailers to pay for transportation-related infrastructure expenses. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Streetscape project begins
Kruczek Construction Inc. of Green Bay is hard at work reconstructing utilities on Davenport Street. This kicks off phase one of the first half of the city streetscape project, which will also include new curbs, sidewalks, light poles and streets. During this phase Davenport Street from the bridge to the intersection of Stevens Street will be closed.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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