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August 16, 2022

Judge rules on admissibility of Wakefield police interview in Anderson trial
Five days before 80 Oneida County residents were scheduled to appear for jury selection in the first-degree intentional homicide trial of Christopher T. Anderson, circuit judge Mike Bloom ruled on a motion involving the admissibility of statements alleged co-conspirator Seth Wakefield made to police following his arrest last summer. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Running in the Rain
A gloomy forecast did not stop a group of hearty runners from taking part in the YMCA of the Northwoods' 15th annual Hodag Run For Your Life Saturday, Aug. 13. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Governor appoints Mary Roth Burns to the Oneida County Circuit Court
History was made Friday morning when Gov. Tony Evers announced his appointment of local attorney Mary Roth Burns to the Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Doing the Right Thing
A large crowd of enthusiastic Northwoods residents greeted Gov. Tony Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Lt. Gov. candidate Sara Rodriguez Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 at the Rhinelander Cafe & Pub. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

PFAS research project at the airport to resume
A PFAS-related research project at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is set to resume following a unanimous vote of the Rhinelander City Council on Aug. 8. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Lake Tomahawk town board and residents discuss private lake access point
It'll be up to property owners along Lake Tomahawk's Cardinal Lane to deal with noise and congestion complaints near the privately owned boat landing there. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

LRES committee approves public health restructure
Oneida County's labor relations and employee services (LRES) committee, on Aug. 10, voted in favor of a restructuring of the public health department, which was advocated for by public health director Linda Conlon. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Another election, another complaint about illegal voting
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) has filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) against the Racine city clerk for employing mobile voting sites that WILL says violate Wisconsin state law governing alternate absentee ballot sites. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

BREAKING: Anderson pleads guilty in Miller homicide case
Christopher Terrell Anderson entered a guilty plea late Friday afternoon to one count of first-degree intentional homicide in the June 30, 2021 killing of his former girlfriend, Hannah Miller.

Anderson, 31, was set to stand trial starting Monday. Sentencing is now set for 1 p.m. Aug. 23.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Bulletin: Governor appoints Mary Roth Burns to the Oneida County Circuit Court
History was made Friday morning when Gov. Tony Evers announced his appointment of local attorney Mary Roth Burns to the Oneida County Circuit Court.

Burns, a veteran of the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office and a Rhinelander resident, will be the first female judge in the history of Oneida County.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Council 'reluctantly' authorizes recruitment of new city administrator
The City of Rhinelander is gearing up to recruit a new city administrator to replace Zach Vruwink who will leave City Hall this fall to take a position with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Primary Day at the Dome
City of Rhinelander residents visited the Hodag Dome, now the polling location for all city districts, Tuesday, Aug. 9 to cast their votes in the fall partisan primary election. The general election is Nov. 8. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Michels defeats Kleefisch; Toney takes down Jarchow
News analysis

Trump-backed businessman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels rolled to the Republican nomination Tuesday, defeating former lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch comfortably, while a candidate who texted his disdain for Donald Trump in 2020, Fond du Lac district attorney Eric Toney, edged conservative former lawmaker Adam Jarchow for the GOP nod for attorney general. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 12, 2022

Ralph J. Kelpsas
Ralph J. Kelpsas, of Antigo, went to be with his wife Marty on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 under the care of his family and LeRoyer Hospice. He was 90 years old. He was born Aug. 29, 1931, in Chicago, son of the late Bruno and Emily (Mikutis) Kelpsas.
Friday, August 12, 2022

Nicolet College holds graduation ceremony for McNaughton Correctional Center students
Ten men from the McNaughton Correctional Center can now call themselves Nicolet College graduates after a recent commencement ceremony at the college.
Friday, August 12, 2022

Oneida County administrative committee discusses broadband issue
When the Oneida County board convenes its September meeting, the intent is to have an initial, non-binding resolution on the agenda concerning a countywide enhanced broadband project. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Oneida County forestry committee gets update on Town Line Lake Park
The Aug. 3 meeting of the Oneida County forestry committee included an update from Tracy Beckman of the Friends of Town Line Lake Park. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

St. Germain to be flush with broadband
While many municipalities in Wisconsin are scrambling to get a fiber-optic broadband internet system installed and others have yet to begin such projects, St. Germain finds itself in a very unique position: having two competing contractors building two nearly-identical, redundant networks to serve the one town. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Minocqua man dead in Lake Minocqua boat crash
A 34-year-old Minocqua man died early Saturday in a motorboat accident on Lake Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Fire heavily damages building in Minocqua
A fire early Monday morning that began in a Chevrolet Suburban parked next to Copy Cat Printers on U.S. Highway 51 in Minocqua spread to the building itself. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

BREAKING: Council 'reluctantly' authorizes recruitment of new city administrator
The City of Rhinelander is about to begin recruitment for a new city administrator.

Following a closed session discussion Monday evening, City Council president Eileen Daniel made a motion "to direct staff to secure proposals and begin recruitment for a replacement city administrator". The motion also directed that recruitment of a replacement city administrator be included as "standing item" on future meeting agendas.

Before reciting her motion, Daniel noted it was a proposition she did not want to make. Several of the council members also stressed that their "aye" votes were being made "reluctantly."

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

New TIF districts, hotel development agreements approved
The City of Rhinelander has two new tax incremental financing (TIF) districts, and a pair of hotel development groups have approved agreements, following recent action by the Joint Review Board and the City Council. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The tradition continues
A Northwoods summer tradition continued Wednesday, Aug. 3 when Rhinelander merchants brought their wares outside for the annual Redikulus Dae sidewalk sale. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

State responds to father's brief in child neglect appeal
The state Department of Children and Families (DCF) has responded to a brief filed by the father of a 20-month-old boy from Virginia who died during a visit to Newbold in 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

YMCA of the Northwoods Board names Fred Hauser interim CEO
YMCA of the Northwoods Chief Volunteer Officer Jake Weinand has announced the Board has appointed Rhinelander native Fred Hauser as interim CEO.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Council takes no action on request from Let's Go Fishing group to place shed at Hodag Park
The Rhinelander City Council took no action late last month on a request from the nonprofit Let's Go Fishing Rhinelander chapter to allow placement of a permanent storage shed at the Hodag Park Landing. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Bond adjusted for Rhinelander man charged in ICAC case
The $20,000 cash bond originally set in the case of a 39-year-old Rhinelander man charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and attempted sexual assault of a child under 16 has been adjusted down after family members of Thomas Bartelme indicated they would be able to post a substantial amount in cash and sign a signature bond for the remainder. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Minocqua's pier ordinance likely to be challenged in court
On July 8, a claim was filed against the Town of Minocqua by attorneys Elizabeth Stephens and Charles Sweeney on behalf of East Chicago Avenue residents Teresa and Rich Hahn. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Vilas public health discusses monkeypox as handful of cases spring up in state
Though there has not been a confirmed case of monkeypox in Vilas County or its immediate neighbors at the time of this writing, local medical officials have been fielding citizen concern, county public health director Tammi Boers told the public health committee July 27. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Oneida social services details info tech plan, draft budget for '23
Though both documents are still at a tentative stage, Oneida County social services director Mary Rideout previewed the 2023 information technology plan and budget for the department at the July 26 social services committee meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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