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December 13, 2017

Inspection department to establish complaint tracking procedure
There are no shortage of complaints coming in to the city of Rhinelander inspection department. In fact, grievances have become so commonplace that the department is working to establish a complaint tracking procedure. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Walker signs mining bill
In a brief ceremony at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Monday afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker signed the "Mining for America" bill into law while surrounded by lawmakers, including the bill's authors Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), and several graduates from Northwoods high schools studying mining science at various universities.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Up and Down, Left and Right: A new look at zoning
Though it isn't much covered in national or state headlines, a sea-change is occurring in a long national battle over property rights, land use, and zoning, and it's producing some strange bedfellows of late. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Questions surround validity of golf course deed restrictions
After three decades of ownership, the city of Rhinelander appears to be on the brink of taking a very different approach to the debt-ridden Northwood Golf Course. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Capturing the Packers: ArtStart hosts exhibit featuring iconic gridiron moments
Local Green Bay Packers fans waiting anxiously to learn if star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be back under center this season can visit the ArtStart gallery in Rhinelander for a look at a photography exhibit featuring some of the best moments in the club's storied history. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Students taste holiday treats from other countries
Food is an integral part of holiday celebrations with certain special treats served only on festive occasions. In this country, Christmas often brings special cookies and candy. But, as the second-grade class at Crescent Elementary School learned this week, other cultures have their own tasty holiday treats. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Two people under investigation in connection with Forest County death
Two people are under investigation in connection with the death of a 29-year-old man Nov. 29 in the Forest County town of Nashville.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

City panel votes to fire Northwood golf pro, terminate restaurant lease
The city of Rhinelander golf advisory committee wants to make major changes at the cash-strapped Northwood Golf Course. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Johns won't run for re-election
Rhinelander mayor Dick Johns is ready to pass the torch to a new leader.

Johns told the River News Tuesday afternoon he has decided not to seek another term as mayor, ending a more than 50-year career in city politics. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

WisDOT considering roundabout for Rhinelander
Due to a number of factors, including deteriorating pavement, safety conditions and poor drainage, the intersection of state highways 8 and 47 is due to be reconstructed in 2019 and one of the two plans for the project includes a roundabout to replace the signal lights. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Traffic crashes claim 46 lives in Wisconsin last month
Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) indicates 46 people were killed in traffic-related crashes last month. That's well below the 75 traffic deaths in November of last year and below November's five-year average of 53.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

NCES students demonstrate their knowledge of other cultures
Culture is defined as "the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group." Students at Northwoods Community Elementary School recently completed a schoolwide project focusing on the concept of culture: American culture, other countries' cultures, and world-wide cultures. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 7, 2017

'Lights of the Northwoods' preview event Dec. 14-17
The date for the Lights of the Northwoods preview is fast approaching.

"We are getting ready to set up and display a wonder lighting event in Hodag Park Dec. 14-17, 2017," organizers said in press release.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Postal Service to deliver early in the morning, later in the evening during the holidays
With the holidays in full swing, the Postal Service is delivering more cards, letters, and packages every day. This means our customers will start to see postal employees delivering packages earlier in the morning, later in the evening, and on Sundays.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Home heating costs expected to be less than $500 this winter
For the third consecutive year, the average Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) residential customer will likely pay less than $500 in overall home heating costs this winter, according to the energy company's most recent winter heating forecast.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

BREAKING: Rhinelander mayor won't seek re-election
Rhinelander mayor Dick Johns will not run for re-election in 2018.

Johns told the River News Tuesday afternoon he has decided not to seek another term as mayor.

"I didn't want to just hand it to someone," he said, noting that he is pleased that others have expressed an interest in the position.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BREAKING: City panel votes to fire golf pro, terminate restaurant lease UPDATED
The city of Rhinelander golf advisory committee wants to make major changes at the financially-beleagured Northwood Golf Course.

The committee voted 3-1 Tuesday afternoon to fire longtime golf pro Dan Buckley, terminate the lease between the city and Mulligan's restaurant operator Dave O'Melia and hire a management company or manager to run the golf course.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stefonek gives update on roadway overhaul project
During a Nov. 29, meeting of the Oneida County Public Works Committee, highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek revealed residents and visitors who come to Rhinelander can look forward to navigating a less dangerous road near the highway department's offices in the future. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Committee nixes request for fair admission fee
The Oneida County Fair will remain free after the city of Rhinelander's parks, buildings and grounds committee last week rejected a suggestion from the county to start charging admission to the annual exhibition. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Santa receives warm welcome at Christmas Parade, tree lighting
With temperatures in the 40s, it didn't exactly feel like Christmas Saturday afternoon when crowds gathered in downtown Rhinelander for the annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting, but holiday spirit filled the air just the same.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Post-conviction motion denied in murder scene break-in case
A 40-year-old Kaukauna man convicted in August 2016 of illegally taking property from the town of Piehl home where a Rhinelander teenager killed her parents in 2015 was in court Nov. 29 seeking a new trial. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Finance panel selects health insurance plans
The city of Rhinelander finance, wage and salary committee has approved three health insurance plans from which city employees can choose, with the employee share of the premiums on two of the plans increasing from 10 percent to 12.5 percent.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Walker proposes $6.8 million talent attraction plan
Gov. Scott Walker proposed last week a nearly $7 million plan to attract workers to the state, drawing praise from conservatives and business groups and charges of gimmickry from one Democratic senator. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Library officials ponder ways to close budget gap
The Rhinelander Library District Board of Trustees has its work cut out for it as it must trim about $17,000 from its proposed 2018 budget. Library officials are in belt-tightening mode following an arbitration hearing in October where the five library district member municipalities - the towns of Newbold, Pelican, Pine Lake, Crescent and the city of Rhinelander - voted to give the library an increase of just under $4,000 rather than the $45,000 increase the library board had requested. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Replacement signal cabinet for intersection delayed
Motorists waiting for the four-way stop signs at the intersection of Courtney and South Pelham streets to be removed, and the normal traffic signals to return, will have to wait about another week due to a problem obtaining the cabinet that controls the lights, city officials said this week. (subscriber access)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Oneida County Courthouse roof repairs completed
Oneida County Buildings and Grounds director Lu Ann Brunette provided a welcome update to the county grounds committee members during the group's Nov. 20 meeting. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Swearingen honored
State Representative Rob Swearingen was recently presented with the "Building Wisconsin" award from the Assicated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, a construction trade organization. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Northland Pines district administrator to retire in 2019
Dr. Mike Richie, Northland Pines School District administrator, submitted a letter of retirement to the Northland Pines Board of Education Monday, Nov. 27 at the group's regular monthly meeting, the district announced in a press release.
Saturday, December 2, 2017

City receives final PRAT payment for 2017
According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the city of Rhinelander's fourth premiere resort area tax (PRAT) payment total is $134,309.08. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Marshfield Clinic wants to borrow $200 million more
After bonding for $209 million in 2016 and $314.3 million earlier this year, Marshfield Clinic is going back to the table to borrow even more to fuel its expansion plans. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 30, 2017

fire destroys three Lakes cabin
Just after 4 p.m. Monday the Oneida County 9-1-1 center received a report of a fully engulfed structure fire on Bundo Road in the town of Three Lakes. Firefighters from the Three Lakes and Sugar Camp fire departments, with assistance from Stella and Eagle River, spent the better part of four and a half hours extinguishing the hot spots in the crawl space of the summer cabin.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

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