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September 21, 2017

Masons to host Rhinelander Roots Celebration Oct. 6, 7
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The recently renovated Rhinelander Masonic Lodge #242 F&AM will host the Rhinelander Roots Celebration Oct. 6,7 in conjunction with the city of Rhinelander’s Historic Preservation Committee.
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The recently renovated Rhinelander Masonic Lodge #242 F&AM will host the Rhinelander Roots Celebration Oct. 6,7 in conjunction with the city of Rhinelander’s Historic Preservation Committee.
Rhinelander Masonic Lodge # 242 F & AM is partnering with the city of Rhinelander's historic preservation committee to host an event celebrating the civic and social clubs of Rhinelander's past. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Father arrested in toddler's death
A Newbold man whose wife is facing a first-degree reckless homicide charge in connection with the death of his 20-month-old son last April has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally neglecting a child and physical abuse/failure to prevent bodily harm to a child in connection with the child's death.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

City Council agrees to help fund new holiday lights
Residents can expect downtown Rhinelander to sport a new look this holiday season as the City Council voted unanimously Sept. 11 to take a portion of the downtown streetscape budget earmarked for bike racks, trash receptacles and benches and use it to pay half of the cost of new holiday decorations for downtown streetlight poles. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Transparency Budget Act gains steam
Late-night and last-minute budget proposals receiving no public notice and no debate - often dealing with major policies - have long been a staple of the state's joint finance committee, but, if one lawmaker has his way, those days will soon be over. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Convicted sex offender to be released in Rhinelander
A 29-year-old former Rhinelander man who was sentenced to prison for the third-degree sexual assault of a then 15-year-old girl in 2011 is due to be released from prison on extended supervision Tuesday, according to a press release from the Rhinelander Police Department.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Finance committee begins work on 2018 city budget
The city of Rhinelander's finance, wage and salary committee has begun the roughly two-month process of putting together the annual city budget. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cassian board discusses bike and snowmobile routes
Trails, both the bike and snowmobile variety, were on the agenda Monday when the Cassian town board held its regular monthly meeting. At the last board meeting, Tom Rulseh of the Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Council, Inc. asked the town to sign part of Ole Lake Road as a bike route. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tomahawk observes 16th anniversary of 9/11
Just like that September day 16 years ago, the sky was a piercing blue Tuesday morning when a crowd gathered on the banks of the Wisconsin River in Tomahawk for a brief ceremony to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

New jewelry business opens in Rhinelander
A new jewelry business has opened at 26A North Brown St. in Rhinelander.

Gina and Rich Whitaker opened BLING on Brown, which sells Paparazzi jewelry for $5, on Aug. 29. (subscriber access)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Associated Bank welcomes two colleagues to Community Markets - Northern Wisconsin region
Brad Kowieski has joined Associated Bank as vice president, commercial banker, Community Markets - Northern Wisconsin.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has low delay, cancellation rates
When Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport commission chairman Robert Heck heard that some people are choosing to fly out of other airports because of an impression that Rhinelander has a lot of delays and cancellations he decided to take a close look at the numbers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Finance committee continues room tax discussion
The city of Rhinelander finance, wage and salary committee revisited the subject of its accommodation (room) tax ordinance last week, a month after alderman Mark Pelletier surprised the group with a draft document outlining potential revisions to the ordinance as well as the news that the city's room tax contract with the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce and the town of Pelican had expired at the end of 2016.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Community, merchants celebrate end of streetscape project with block party
While the city of Rhinelander's streetscape project was occasionally hampered by wet weather, when it came time to celebrate the end of the project with a block party Saturday, Mother Nature provided beautiful sunshine.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Joint Finance yields transportation budget deal
In a move that delighted Gov. Scott Walker but didn't please some other Republicans, or Democrats, the Legislature's joint finance committee (JFC) reached a transportation deal last week as part of the state budget it passed, a package which would, among other things, slap a fee on hybrid and electric vehicles and delay certain major road projects in southern Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Community foundation seeks to raise $1 million
The fledgling Rhinelander Community Foundation has announced a founders' circle campaign with the goal of raising $1 million. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Welcenbach grievance decision made
After two more days of often contentious testimony this past week, the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee has made a decision on the county's effort to terminate detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Walker visits Fab Lab, talks school funding in Three Lakes
Governor Scott Walker visited Three Lakes High School Thursday to talk about the $639 million increase in school funding approved by the joint finance committee earlier this week and the need to properly train the workers of tomorrow. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Police chief proposes academy sponsorship
Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier has been on the job for just a few months but he is already experiencing the same recruiting challenges as the leaders of other law enforcement agencies across the country. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Newbold moves forward with invasive species grant application
The town of Newbold, like many communities in the Northwoods, is always looking for new techniques to help with the elimination of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Calvary Baptist announced as new home of Ruby's Pantry
Starting in October, Ruby's Pantry (Rhinelander site) will shift from Grace Foursquare Church to Calvary Baptist Church. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Busing mixup on first day of school causes distress
The end of the first day of school Friday was a little on the stressful side for the parents of five Crescent Elementary School students as their children ended up on the wrong buses. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Town of Cassian receives loan
The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) has approved a State Trust Fund Loan totaling $127,818.50 to the town of Cassian for the purchase of a patrol truck.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pumping pain: Hurricane Harvey impacts gas prices
Minocqua may be a 20-hour automobile ride away from the weary and flooded city of Houston, but the troubles in the Lone Star State are negatively affecting the Northwoods. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 7, 2017

WILL: State must do more for special-needs children
The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty wants the state to do more for special-needs students, in particular giving those children and their families a greater ability to choose their own schools and for increased funding to help them do so. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Downtown Block Party to be held September 9
The merchants in downtown Rhinelander are throwing a party to celebrate the completion of the $9.8 million streetscape project.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bake sale for Harvey
Ripco Credit Union in Rhinelander hosted a bake sale Tuesday. All proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief through the Salvation Army.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

DRI asks city for help to buy new holiday decorations
Downtown Rhinelander may sport a new look this holiday season.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. has indicated it will pay for up to half the cost of new Christmas decorations for downtown streetlights and the city's water/wastewater committee has discussed taking unused streetscape money budgeted for benches and bike racks to pay the city's share. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

School district to further enhance teaching methods in 2017-18
Changes the School District of Rhinelander began implementing in 2013 as to how teachers reach elementary-level students will be emphasized district-wide this school year. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Budget provision moves charter school forward
A proposed charter school in the Lakeland area primarily for special-needs students, and with an autism specific program, took a giant step forward this week with the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee's approval of a state education budget.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

City announces 2017 bow hunt
The City of Rhinelander is renewing the bow hunt for deer within city limits for the 2017- 2018 season. According to a press release from the office of interim city administrator Keith Kost, applications must be received at City Hall by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

NOAA seeks jurisdiction of Lake Michigan waters next to Wisconsin
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is preparing to designate the waters of Lake Michigan next to Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Ozaukee counties as a national marine sanctuary, and that has set off a howl of protest that the state is surrendering its jurisdictional authority to the federal government, which critics say could threaten commercial fishing and coastal recreational activities, among other things. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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