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October 27, 2021

Defense has two weeks to find doctor to evaluate defendant in Miller homicide case
The attorney for a Rhinelander man charged in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Hannah Rose Miller on a local roadside June 30 has two weeks to find a doctor to perform a competency examination of her client following a hearing Thursday morning in Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

State bound
The Rhinelander High School boys' cross country team made some history Saturday, Oct. 23 by finishing second at a WIAA Division 2 sectional meet in Abrams. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Burke: 'No illegal activity determined' following investigation of complaints that prompted protest
A group of Rhinelander High School students walked out of class last week to protest the School District of Rhinelander's handling of complaints involving a student who has been accused of taking inappropriate photos of other students. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

ACLU challenges Oneida County inmate personal mail ban
The ACLU of Wisconsin is challenging an Oneida County sheriff's department policy that bans inmates from receiving physical mail from friends and family, calling the policy a violation of inmates' First Amendment rights and asking that it be rescinded. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Rapids teen draws DEJ, probation for texting inappropriate images
An 18-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man was sentenced last Tuesday to one year of probation on a misdemeanor charge resulting from his sending an inappropriate image to a person he thought was a 12-year-old girl. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

EIA: Expect sticker shock in winter heating bills
News analysis

With inflation already spiking prices on everything from bacon to furniture to used cars, experts are delivering new doses of bad news almost every day, predicting inflation to remain embedded in the economy into late next year, and for the short-term advising consumers to be sitting down when they open their heating bills this winter. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Vilas County struggles with social worker shortages
The recruitment of social workers has become an uphill battle across the country, and Vilas County is no exception, social services director Kate Gardner told the Vilas County board of social services at their Oct. 19 meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

New fire chief to start Nov. 1
The City of Rhinelander announced Wednesday that its new fire chief, Brian Tonnancour, will join the department on Nov. 1. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Cleaning and Closing
Jim Forsyth, owner of Forsyth Sunlite Resort on Lake George, took advantage of the dry spell recently to use a leaf blower to move fall's deposit from his property. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Former deputy charged with stalking, misconduct in office
A criminal complaint has been filed in Oneida County Circuit Court charging former Oneida County sheriff's deputy Stetson O'Keefe Grant with three felonies including stalking and misconduct in public office/act inconsistent with the duties of office. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

City Council tables proposed THC resolution
The Rhinelander City Council is expected to take a second look at a proposed ordinance regulating Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC when it meets Monday, Oct. 26. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Sign of the Times
People entering the main entrance of Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander have been greeted by a sign announcing the facility's upcoming name change. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Oconto County man charged following ICAC investigation
A 30-year-old man from the Town of Townsend in Oconto County is free on a $5,000 cash bond after he was arrested on Oct. 15 as a part of an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) case that began in August. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Lake Tomahawk town board talks road projects
Discussion of potential road projects in Lake Tomahawk took up a portion of the town board's Oct. 13 meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Swearingen and Felzkowski discuss election integrity in Boulder Junction
"Just keep in mind, no matter what we pass as a legislature, it has to get signed by the governor," State Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) told the crowd during a listening session in Boulder Junction Oct. 8. This reminder was a recurring theme during the session, which also included Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander). (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Trump pushes Duffy to run for governor
Former President Donald Trump made gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch's dream come true this past week, though the former Wisconsin lieutenant governor might have considered it a nightmare. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Transit dominates Crescent's October meeting
Agenda items were numerous at the Town of Crescent's Oct. 13 monthly meeting, which spanned more than two hours. These included the town's county supervisory wards, whose boundaries are to remain unchanged for the next decade according to the latest maps, and the possibility of a 2022 switch to two regular meetings per month in order to cut down on meeting times and push business along faster. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 22, 2021

City commission recommends Tonnancour as next fire chief
Once the two finalists to be the next chief of the Rhinelander Fire Department completed their in-person interviews with the city's police and fire commission (PFC) Friday morning, it took about 20 minutes of closed door deliberations before Brian Tonnancour, assistant chief of operations with the Milwaukee County Fire Department, received the panel's unanimous approval. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The City of Rhinelander hosted a meet-and-greet Thursday, Oct. 14 with the two finalists for the open Rhinelander fire chief position. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Judge denies defense motion in Kingman lawsuit
The federal judge presiding over the wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former public works director Tim Kingman against the City of Rhinelander has denied a defense motion for a status conference in the case. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

GOP bill would allow 'constitutional carry' without a permit
Convening a press conference with rocker Ted Nugent this past week, Republican lawmakers and the group Hunter Nation unveiled a package of bills that the lawmakers said were common-sense reforms aimed at cutting the regulatory burden on hunters in the state. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Vilas County department heads break silence
Concerns expressed by several female Vilas County department heads regarding human resources manager Richard Kipley have snowballed into something much larger that now involves both county board chairman Ron De Bruyne and corporation counsel Jack Albert. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Oneida County land and water committee looks at changes to draft manure storage ordinance
Last week the Oneida County land and water conservation committee took a second look at a draft of the county's manure storage ordinance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Golf course management company reports $125K in profit
The management firm operating Northwood Golf Club had positive numbers to share with members of the Rhinelander City Council Oct. 6, as part of a 2022 budget workshop session held in the Whipsaw Bar and Grill, but the reviews were mixed and a decision as to whether the city should continue its relationship with Green Golf Partners is looming. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Master weeders
Members of the Master Gardeners of the Northwoods have started preparing the garden beds in downtown Rhinelander for the coming winter. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Crescent mask requirement extended one week
The School District of Rhinelander has extended the mask requirement for students and staff at Crescent Elementary School for one more week. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Governor's office confirms Anderson requisition warrant has been sent to Illinois
The office of Gov. Tony Evers has confirmed the governor has signed a requisition warrant requesting the State of Illinois effectuate the transfer of Christopher Terrell Anderson to Oneida County to stand trial for the murder of his former girlfriend. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

NTSB issues preliminary report on fatal plane crash
Late last week the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on the Sept. 28 plane crash in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that took the lives of three people. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Democrats, Republicans open fire at Gableman
Both Republican and Democratic elected officials this past week blasted the election investigation being conducted by former Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, with one party saying the investigation into potential election improprieties last November went too far and the other saying Gableman had not gone far enough. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Nicolet breaks ground on new building to house college's public safety department
Nicolet College broke ground this summer on a new Public Safety building that will both expand and improve training opportunities for individuals dedicated to providing protective and emergency services.
Friday, October 15, 2021

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