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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


Fair or foul? Spat over proposed softball field goes to committee
Pioneer Park is one of the city of Rhinelander's most important recreational and historical areas. It is home to a museum complex where the community's logging history is preserved and it has been a favorite play area for generations of local children. It's also the home of the county fair, the Hodag Farmers Market and the Hodag softball program. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 21, 2016

City unveils plan for Green Bay Packers monument at Sarocka Field
These days the only football action at Sarocka Field is of the Pop Warner variety, but at one time the picturesque park was the epicenter of Rhinelander football culture. It was home to the Rhinelander High School team for decades and in 1935 the Green Bay Packers held practice there in the shadow of the Oneida County Courthouse dome. Some believe the 1935 practice sessions were the Packers first formal preseason training camp. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

School board mulling grade configuration, facility needs
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education is considering appointing an ad hoc committee to "investigate future school facility and/or grade configuration needs."

Board member David Holperin has been advocating for the creation of an ad hoc facilities committee since he was elected four years ago.

The idea was met with a mixed reception when the board took up the subject Monday during its regular monthly meeting. Other board members questioned whether now is the right time to study the facilities issue and whether a special committee is needed at all. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Nicolet College celebrates 2016 graduates
Hard work and perseverance will pay off for hundreds of students when Nicolet College holds its 47th annual spring graduation Saturday.

In all, Nicolet expects to award more than 580 college credentials to more than 470 individuals during the 2015-16 academic year. Many graduates earned multiple college credentials, which include associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

City Council wants Rhinelander to be new home of state forestry headquarters
The city of Rhinelander has thrown its hat in the ring of towns north of U.S. Highway 10 seeking to be chosen as the new location for the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry headquarters.

As part of the 2015-17 state budget, the DNR was directed to develop a proposal to move the headquarters of the Division of Forestry from Madison to a municipality north of U.S. Highway 10. (subscriber access)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Rhinelander Roots Celebration draws history buffs to City Hall
Local history buffs made their way to City Hall Thursday afternoon for the first Rhinelander Roots Celebration.

The event, held in conjunction with Historic Preservation Month, was meant to offer local residents a closer look at the history of various local businesses.

Organizers were thrilled by the public's response to the historic artifacts.

"Oh my goodness, this is amazing, great turnout," said Kristina Aschenbrenner, city administrator. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Downtown Rhinelander commercial property open house May 21
Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated (DRI), is planning another real estate open house of downtown properties for sale and/or lease.

"This is our fourth property open house, and each year we have found buyers or lessees for downtown properties as a direct result of this event," said Dan Kuzlik, president of DRI.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Volunteers needed for Boom Lake Log Jam
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce is asking for the community's help in making the third annual Boom Lake Log Jam a great success. Volunteers are needed throughout the weekend to help setup, run, and tear-down different parts of the community festival, chamber officials said in a press release. Those who choose to get involved will be a part of a major event and will also receive a free volunteer T-shirt.
Friday, May 13, 2016

More orange barrels: City street dept. eyes additional work
While the bulk of the roadwork in the city of Rhinelander this construction season is focused on the downtown streetscape project, area drivers can expect a few other places where traffic will be detoured as some long delayed work on problem streets is completed.

Two projects that should cause only minimal traffic flow issues will be when the intersections of Stevens Street and Timber Drive and Oneida Avenue and Lincoln Street are ground and overlaid with a layer of new asphalt. In addition, the street department hopes to do some spot grinding and overlaying on two streets that are taking a beating because of detour traffic, according to street superintendent Tony Gilman. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Local law enforcement officers complete crisis intervention training
Twenty-two area law enforcement officers have completed training in crisis intervention (CIT).

CIT teaches officers how to recognize people who are suffering a mental health crisis, and how to assist those people to get the help they need, according to NAMI Northern Lakes, sponsor of the program.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Master Gardeners of the North host Kind Root Organics
The Master Gardeners of the North hosted Veronica Pickar and Cody Bates from Kind Roots Organics at their April meeting. Pickar and Bates own a Certified Naturally Grown farm near Rhinelander. They grow a wide variety of vegetables as well as several different varieties of mushrooms. They recently expanded to have hogs, chicken and ducks as well. They attend farmers markets in Rhinelander, Minocqua and Eagle River during the summer to sell their organic produce and meats. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Two city intersections slated for repair
The city of Rhinelander Public Works committee accepted a proposal this week to apply paving overlays to two busy intersections. The plan is to repair the two streets until a more involved - and expensive - rebuild can be completed.

Street superintendent Tony Gilman said the proposal covers the intersections of Stevens Street and Timber Drive and Oneida Avenue and Lincoln Street. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Seefeldt named treasurer of Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
Sheryl Seefeldt, who is involved in professional development at Superior Diesel in Rhinelander, has joined the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce executive committee as treasurer of the board. She joins board president Eric Britton of Britton Photography, first vice-president Linda Krebsbach of West Bay Camping Resort, second vice-pesident Jay Anderle of the Northwoods River News and past president Brett Aylesworth of the Rhinelander Ice Arena.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Mamma 'Dag
Even mother hodags, like this one at 919 Thayer Street, will be getting their day of honor Sunday.
Friday, May 6, 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.
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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


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