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City Council to consider part-time administrator
The search for a new Rhinelander city administrator has been put on hold so the city finance committee can look into the possibility of making the position part-time. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Parks public engagement task force begins work
Under the direction of Myles Alexander, community, natural resources and economic development agent with the Oneida County UW-Extension, the Rhinelander parks public engagement task force began its work Thursday gathering input from community groups and organizations that use the city's parks. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jacobi: School district has made concerted effort to recruit substitute teachers
One of the factors in the School District of Rhinelander's Dec. 19 decision to cancel school three days ahead of the scheduled holiday break, in the wake of a pertussis outbreak, was that the pool of substitute teachers was running out due to staff illness. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nicolet selected for U.S. Department of Education financial aid experiment
Nicolet College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a national experiment which focuses on reducing student loan debt.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wisconsin DOT joins Waze Connected Citizens Program
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world's largest community of drivers. This is part of a next generation traveler information system that the department is launching in 2017.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Political Digest
Riemer: Hold AG Schimel's government waste accountable

State Rep. Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) said attorney general Brad Schimel should be held accountable for a scheme in which the Department of Justice paid $10,000 in taxpayer money to an out-of-state company in Florida to mint fake coins. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Council approves counteroffer on library contract
The City Council has signed off on a counteroffer to a proposed amendment to the district library contract that will be discussed Monday when the district members convene at the Newbold Town Hall. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Walker promises to lower UW tuition
Gov. Scott Walker hasn't announced whether he will seek a third term next year, but his State of the State address Tuesday contained all the ingredients for a tasty campaign dish: a promise to lower tuition, and to build on an already growing economy and lower taxes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Political Digest
Duffy introduces delisting bill

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) put forward legislation this week that would return management of the western Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolves to state control. (subscriber access)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Council rejects Sauer-Gleason finance committee appointment swap
The final item on the Rhinelander City Council's Monday evening agenda was resolved in short order but had major implications as the council rejected Mayor Dick Johns' appointment of alderman Steve Sauer to the finance, wage and salary committee to replace alderman Tom Gleason. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rhinelander downtown area roadway survey now available
The city of Rhinelander announced Tuesday afternoon its survey to evaluate specific roadway options that will be considered for the finish construction completed as part of the downtown streetscape project is now available on the internet and at City Hall.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Judge deems crimes in standoff case too severe for probation, jail time
It's not very often that a judge will reject a joint sentencing recommendation from the state and the defense in a criminal case. Faced with an unusual set of circumstances, Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom made that choice Friday in sentencing a 60-year-old Tripoli man who held several law enforcement agencies at bay for several hours and threatened to blow up his residence to a three-year prison term. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Man injured in explosion at Phelps foundry identified
The Vilas County sheriff's office has identied the Phelps Cast employee who was severely burned Friday morning in an explosion.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Final tally of police chief hopefuls is 21
The pool of applicants from which the next chief of the Rhinelander Police Department will most likely be selected totals 21 as the police and fire commission received seven more applications between Dec. 21 and the Dec. 30 deadline. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rhinelander man killed in town of Stella crash Saturday
A 60-year-old Rhinelander man was killed Saturday evening in a single-car accident in the town of Stella.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Finance panel examines library funding proposal
The city of Rhinelander finance, wage and salary committee is working to formulate a library funding proposal to counter a push by the library district's township members to amend the operating agreement. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Man involved in Lynne standoff draws prison sentence
A 60-year-old Tripoli man who held several law enforcement agencies at bay by threatening to blow up a residence on Clifford Road April 19, 2017 in the town of Lynne was sentenced Friday to three years in prison. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

REINS Act storms back: Bills on state, federal level seek to curb bureaucratic power
Bills to require legislative approval of major regulations have been introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature and in Congress, and the early betting is both will become law. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Political Digest
Sargent: GIB pulls the rug out from under trans state employees

State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) said she was disappointed last week after the Group Insurance Board's decision to reverse its original decision to extend insurance coverage to state employees for gender confirmation surgeries and related services. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Water main break on Phillip Street results in 10.88 million gallons lost
A ruptured 6-inch water main under Phillip Street near the Wisconsin River Dec. 11 went unnoticed for over two weeks and resulted in the loss of over 10.88 million gallons of water into Boom Lake, public works director Tim Kingman told the city's water and wastewater committee Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Finance committee agrees to city administrator timeline
The search for a new administrator for the city of Rhinelander will commence in earnest Jan. 10 and city officials hope the new hire will be in place by May 1, according to a timetable approved Tuesday at the finance, wage and salary committee meeting. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Senator Tiffany reappointed to Joint Committee on Finance
State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) has announced his 2017-18 committee assignments.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

WPS: Thin ice danger still possible despite frigid temperatures
Despite forecasts calling for subzero wind chills and temperatures hovering around single digits this weekend, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is reminding people to avoid winter recreation activities on the ice surrounding its hydroelectric dams.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Move Over Law: Drivers must provide a safety zone for stopped law enforcement and other emergency vehicles
A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper was fortunate to sustain only minor injuries when his cruiser, which was stopped on the side of a highway with its emergency lights activated, was hit in the rear by a vehicle in December.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

After Times' questions, DNR web page catches up to policy
After questioning from The Lakeland Times, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has changed its climate-change web page to reflect a policy of neutrality on its causes and effects, rather than embracing the dramatic manmade hypothesis the web page has touted since the Doyle administration. (subscriber access)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

State traffic deaths increased by nearly 6 percent in 2016
Wisconsin ended 2016 with 588 traffic fatalities, which was 33 more than 2015 and 40 more than the five-year average, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Housing market caps off exciting year
The local housing market is continuing to rebound after the 2008 crash and excitement in the Northwoods grows steadily each month. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Rhinelander schools reopen after extended winter break
Monday was the first day of classes for students in the School District of Rhinelander following a Christmas break that was extended by three days due to an outbreak of pertussis/whooping cough.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Newbold search and rescue dog dies after freak accident
The Newbold Fire Department's K-9 Search and Rescue team is mourning the loss of a devoted and beloved teammate. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Rhinelander man charged with possessing child porn
A 60-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged in Oneida County Circuit Court with three counts of possession of child pornography following an investigation that began in Wisconsin Rapids. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Rhinelander man's joke at credit union leads to disorderly conduct charge
A 58-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with disorderly conduct after a "joking" comment to a teller at Park City Credit Union was not taken humorously by the teller, the credit union or the police. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 5, 2017

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