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June 15, 2019

State officials hold final roundabout informational meeting
Jamie Taylor/river news PHOTOSWisconsin Department of Transportation officials and contractors working on the upcoming roundabout project answered questions from residents during an informational meeting Wednesday, May 29 at Rhinelander City Hall. The roundabout will replace the intersection of highways 8 and 47 on the cityís west side. At top: Andy Dana of Ayres Associates, far right, shows attendees a scale model of what the roundabout will look like when completed. The model, shown in the bottom photo, included vehicles to demonstrate how even large trucks will be able to easily navigate it.
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Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials and contractors working on the upcoming roundabout project answered questions from residents during an informational meeting Wednesday, May 29 at Rhinelander City Hall. The roundabout will replace the intersection of highways 8 and 47 on the cityís west side. At top: Andy Dana of Ayres Associates, far right, shows attendees a scale model of what the roundabout will look like when completed. The model, shown in the bottom photo, included vehicles to demonstrate how even large trucks will be able to easily navigate it.
A major entryway into the city of Rhinelander is about to change dramatically as the intersection of highways 47 and 8 on the city's westside will be converted into a single-lane roundabout or traffic circle. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 1, 2019


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Saturday, June 15, 2019

City Council pays bills submitted by outside law firm
The law firm of von Briesen & Roper is providing legal services to the city of Rhinelander while it is without a city attorney, but alderpersons remain at odds over the process used to engage the firm in investigatory work associated with recent personnel/work environment complaints. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 14, 2019

Sugar Camp garage fire
At approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, Oneida County dispatch received a report of a garage on fire off of Pine Lake Road in Sugar Camp. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Rhinelander High School building trades students help build house for Habitat for Humanity
The newest Habitat for Humanity house was unveiled Friday, June 7 and the Rhinelander High School residential construction students who built it got to take a bow. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 13, 2019

School board approves spending up to $5.7 million on indoor athletic facility
Applause filled the Superior Diesel Advanced Learning Center at Rhinelander High School Monday evening after the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted to spend up to $5.7 million in district funds toward the construction of an indoor athletic facility. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 13, 2019

City Council takes no immediate action on investigations
The status quo remains, for now, at Rhinelander City Hall as alderpersons review reports generated by the von Briesen law firm related to complaints lodged by public works employees alleging a hostile work environment as well as the "declaration of no confidence" presented by a group of City Hall employees to the council March 11 related to the conduct of city administrator Daniel Guild. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Prosecution petitions for amendments to Wolfe charges before trial
Prosecutors are preparing for a December jury trial for the last of five men to be charged in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man more than a year ago. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Newbold officials announce invasive plant training
Do you live in or near Newbold, either year-round or seasonally? The town of Newbold would like to invite all interested residents to learn more about the invasive plants that are found on their county roadways. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Rhinelander walking quorum complaint heads back to district attorney
A complaint alleging a walking quorum by four Rhinelander city council members and the city's mayor has once again been filed with the Oneida County district attorney, this time as a verified, or notarized, legal document. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Barnett announces bid for City Council
While the window for candidates to declare for the April 2020 City Council election doesn't officially open until December, an award-winning local artist and cartoonist has announced that he intends to throw his hat into the ring. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summer Farewell
Teacher's aid Tracy Fortier waves goodbye to four of her students Friday afternoon at Pelican Elementary School as classes were dismissed for the last time for the 2018-19 school year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Flamingos to flock to Rhinelander for school fundraiser
Five flocks of flamingos are now roosting in the Rhinelander area. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sun shines on annual art fair, car show
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 33rd annual Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn Saturday and executive director Lauren Sackett said Mother Nature cooperated to make the event a big success. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Man killed in motorcycle crash in Three Lakes
A 51-year-old Three Lakes man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening in the town of Three Lakes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Camp American Legion to host special day for veterans
Last week, volunteer boat captains for Camp American Legion took 30 veterans on five boats for the first "Minocqua boat cruise" of the season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Update: City Council takes no action on investigations; Kingman remains on leave
The Rhinelander Common Council spent over an hour in executive session Monday evening conferring with attorneys assigned to investigate various employee and workplace environment complaints but the panel took no action.
Monday, June 10, 2019

BREAKING: School board votes unanimously to spend up to $5.7 million on an indoor athletic facility
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to spend up to $5.7 million in district funds to build an indoor athletic facility.

The vote was 6-0 with three board members absent

Monday, June 10, 2019

Signal Hangers
Workers were busy Thursday stringing the wiring for temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Kemp Street and Boyce Drive in Rhinelander ahead of the start of construction of the roundabout to be built at the intersection of highways 8 and 47 starting Monday, June 10. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 8, 2019

History comes to life at Central Intermediate School
A unique tradition continued Wednesday as fifth-grade students at Central Intermediate School dressed up as historial figures as part of the school's fourth annual Living History Day. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Consultant presents revised Hodag Park plan to commission
When the first draft of a design outlining proposed improvements to Hodag Park was presented to the City of Rhinelander planning commission and the public in early March, consultant Justin Frahm of JSD Professional Services said he wanted feedback from the community. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 7, 2019

Cavorting at CAVOC
Rhinelander kindergarten students spent Monday at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Boat Fire
Pelican Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a boat on fire on Lake George Monday, June 3. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Advocacy groups, law enforcement call for regional mental health crisis centers
A coalition of mental health advocates, providers, and law enforcement organizations have rallied around a proposal to improve Wisconsin's mental health crisis system, specifically, a proposal to allocate $2.5 million in the upcoming state budget for regional crisis centers for adults. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 6, 2019

School district business director resigns
The School District of Rhinelander is about to lose another key member of its administrative team. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Public works director placed on paid administrative leave
City of Rhinelander public works director Tim Kingman was placed on paid administrative leave Monday at the direction of mayor Chris Frederickson, who said the action came at the suggestion of the outside law firm investigating employee complaints. (subscriber access)
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

UPDATE: Public works director on leave as $18 million Stevens Street project continues
Just weeks into the $18 million Stevens Street reconstruction project, Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson has temporarily relieved public works director Tim Kingman of his duties.

In an interview Tuesday, Kingman confirmed that Frederickson and city administrator Daniel Guild advised him of the change in his employment status Monday afternoon during an in-person meeting.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

City receives almost $154K in PRAT receipts
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue recently advised the City of Rhinelander it will receive $153,715.40 for its second premier resort area tax (PRAT) payment of the year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Turning the Tassel
Lexi Pond, center, turns her tassel along with the rest of the Rhinelander High School Class of 2019 following commencement ceremonies Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Mike Webster Stadium in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Historical items remain on display at VFW Ray Rousseau Post 3143 in Rhinelander
The photo displays and memorabilia from the recent history discussion at the VFW Hall (120 Park St. Rhinelander) are still available for view by the public. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

League of Women Voters to meet June 11
The June meeting of the League of Women Voters - Northwoods (LWVNOW) is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Minocqua Public Library, 415 Menominee St. Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019


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