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City to gather resident input on parks
The city of Rhinelander will not resolve the lingering question of whether to add a second softball field to Pioneer Park until after it gathers input from city residents via a survey to be mailed out this month.
Saturday, June 25, 2016


New police officer joins Rhinelander force
The Rhinelander Police Department has a new officer in its ranks, but don't think he's a just out of school, green rookie.

Mark Raddatz took the oath of office Friday morning in the city council chambers of city hall from city clerk Val Foley in front of his wife and two children. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

City panel outlines process for 'driveway expansions'
The city of Rhinelander planning commission has come up with a way to help local residents with so-called "driveway expansions" legally keep their vehicles where they are. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hodag announces 'presidential bid'
Look out Donald and Hillary, there's a new candidate in the presidential race looking for votes (and visitors).

Not content to sit on the sidelines during this most unique election year, the Northwoods' most famous resident has decided to "horn in" on the race, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced at a Tuesday morning campaign event in front of the recently repaired statue. (subscriber access)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jacobi clarifies discussion on alcohol use on district grounds
The School District of Rhinelander board of education tackled a rather light agenda Monday evening, covering all matters in just under 30 minutes.

Discussion on Superintendent Kelli Jacobi's report took up the majority of the meeting time. (subscriber access)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chamber honors police officer who recovered mascot's claws
Rhinelander police detective Brian Zohimsky received special recognition Tuesday for his quick work in solving the Hodag statue vandalism case last December.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

AAA: Don't Pokémon Go and drive
Pokémon Go has become one of the most popular app based games over the past few days. Those playing the game - identified as "Pokémon trainers" - can be found staring at their phones while walking along city streets throughout the U.S.; but there is danger if those "trainers" decide to play while behind the wheel, according to AAA-The Auto Club Group.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rhinelander's famous Hodag announces run for presidency
The Northwoods' most famous creature has thrown his hat - or his horns, more accurately - into the ring for the White House.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rhinelander one of three 'preferred' locations for state forestry office
Rhinelander is still in the running to be chosen as the new home of the State Division of Forestry.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Rhinelander to begin wage rate study of city employees
The Rhinelander City Council has approved a nine-page questionnaire to be distributed to non-union city employees as part of a wage rate study. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, July 16, 2016

City Council selects public's favorite intersection design
The Rhinelander City Council voted 6-2 Monday to go with the public's choice of design for the reworked intersection at Davenport and Brown streets.

In an online poll, seventy percent of the 258 votes cast by the public were for the most elaborate design, a finish of textured and colored concrete. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

County supervisors discuss future of Pioneer Park, workspace issues
The future of Pioneer Park has been a hot topic throughout the community over the last several months as the city continues to ponder a proposal to add a second softball field to the historic recreational area.

This week, the members of the Oneida County Conservation & UW-Extension Committee offered some input in response to a letter from the city of Rhinelander seeking assurance the county is still committed to holding the fair in that location. (subscriber access)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

RFD welcomes first female firefighter with open arms
Throughout the history of the Rhinelander Fire Department, the term "fireman" could accurately be used to describe everyone who has worked fighting fires here.

That changed June 20 when Andrea Boos started as the city's first female firefighter. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Three Lakes board looks at alternative building options
Following a three-hour session where people could tour the Demmer Memorial Library and Three Lakes town office complex to see firsthand why town officials are talking about expanding the facility, the town board heard about a less expensive alternative to the $3.6 million proposed joint complex design plan unveiled in 2015. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 9, 2016

City seeks public input on intersection plans
A change has to be made to an important aspect of the city of Rhinelander's ongoing $9.8 million streetscape project and city officials want public input before a final decision is made.

According to a press release issued by the city Thursday morning, when the streetscape project was finalized, the intersection of Brown and Davenport streets was slated for an elaborate design of textured, colored concrete in the middle and bump-outs rounding the usual corner curbs.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Finance panel approves bid for new fire department roof
City of Rhinelander firefighters, who make their living climbing on to roofs to put out fires, will soon have a more sturdy roof over their heads following action this week by the city's finance committee. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Smoke but no fire
Rhinelander police and fire departments were dispatched to the Bethesda Lutheran Communities Community Life Center at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of smoke in the building.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Additional block added to streetscape project
The Rhinelander Downtown Utility Project, commonly referred to as the streetscape project, has grown from 20 to 21 blocks.

Public Works Director Tim Kingman asked the public works and wastewater committees Thursday to authorize work on an additional block on the north end of Stevens Street. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Newbold's Kroll offers library funding amendment
The Rhinelander District Library Board of Trustees held a special meeting earlier this month with the district's member municipalities, the towns of Pine Lake, Crescent, Newbold, Pelican and the city of Rhinelander, to discuss a proposed amendment to the district funding agreement offered by Newbold town chairman Dave Kroll. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Rhinelander Walmart celebrates grand reopening
Walmart employees and those who assisted in a recent remodeling project celebrated the store's grand reopening Friday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It has been eight years since the store was last remodeled and store officials said it was time for a more vibrant look. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

City to start sending nuisance violation letters in July
After discussing the issue of how best to deal with properties in the city of Rhinelander that have become eyesores due to the accumulation of trash, junk cars or other items, city inspector Terry Williams told the city's protection of persons and property committee Tuesday he is about to take a more proactive approach. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 2, 2016

City parks director Paulsen to retire Jan. 4
At Monday's meeting of the City of Rhinelander's parks, buildings and grounds committee, alderpersons learned they would have to start looking for a replacement for longtime parks, buildings and grounds director Gunder Paulsen who recently announced he will retire effective Jan. 4, 2017.

City administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner said most people think that parks is all that Paulsen does, but he has a lot of responsibilities when it comes to the city, she noted. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

School board to hold retreat to study facilities needs
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education has formally rejected a proposal to create an ad hoc committee to study facility needs in the district, opting instead to bring building and district administrators together at a board retreat to gather information and discuss future classroom and grade configuration. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 25, 2016

RFD honors 7-year-old house fire hero
When Rhinelander firefighters were dispatched to a house fire at 335 N. Brown Street Tuesday afternoon they were told that there were three children possibly trapped inside the burning upstairs apartment. It was every firefighter's nightmare, but when they arrived on scene the crew learned all of the children were safe, thanks to the quick actions of an unlikely hero.

According to an account of the fire recounted during a press conference at the fire department Friday morning, 7-year-old Adam Cameron Lee Granger discovered the fire in the kitchen of the apartment, rushed to a back bedroom, pulled his 6-month-old sister Kierra from her crib and told his 4-year-old brother Eathan to follow him.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Commission approves Expera CUP
Expera Specialty Solutions' request for a conditional use permit (CUP) to modify the former Printpack Incorporated facility at 114 W. Kemp Street cleared its first hurdle Tuesday afternoon when the city's planning commission gave its unanimous approval.

(Subscriber access)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

7-year-old boy helps younger siblings escape Brown Street house fire (UPDATED)
The quick thinking of a 7-year-old boy saved several lives Tuesday afternoon when a fire broke out inside a Brown Street residence.

According to Deputy Chief Jim Plautz of the Rhinelander Fire Department, a call came in at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday reporting a structure fire at 335 North Brown Street.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Make way for kwik trip
The former Genisot Surveying building at 1512 Eagle Street was demolished this week to make way for the city of Rhinelander's second Kwik Trip store.
(5 comments)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Streetscape project reaches milestone
The downtown Rhinelander Streetscape project hit a milestone recently when Courtney Street reopened and a portion of Stevens Street was closed. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Council approves plans for 72-unit apartment complex
The Rhinelander City Council approved zoning and conditional use permit requests Monday evening clearing the way for the construction of a 72-unit apartment complex on 8.14 acres of land at the end of Driscoll Road. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Expera requests CUP for old Printpack building
A public hearing is set for June 21 on an application filed by Expera Specialty Solutions for a conditional use permit for the former Printpack Incorporated facility at 114 West Kemp Street, fueling speculation about what use the building would serve if it were to change hands. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rhinelander man drowns in Lake Superior
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of two people who drowned in the fierce waves of Lake Superior, including a Rhinelander man who died while trying to save others off Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Thursday, June 16, 2016


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