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Gauthier, finance committee reach salary agreement
Jamie Taylor/River NewsSheriff’s capt. Lloyd Gauthier, in blue shirt, listens as the city’s finance, wage and salary committee announces it has formally accepted his counteroffer on a salary and benefit package that will make him the next Rhinelander police chief on May 30, contingent on a City Council vote Monday.
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Sheriff’s capt. Lloyd Gauthier, in blue shirt, listens as the city’s finance, wage and salary committee announces it has formally accepted his counteroffer on a salary and benefit package that will make him the next Rhinelander police chief on May 30, contingent on a City Council vote Monday.
Only one hurdle remains for Oneida County sheriff's captain Lloyd Gauthier to become the next chief of the Rhinelander Police Department. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Yellow float plane rolls on Lake Tomahawk
A local resident had a rough landing on Friday, May 26, when her plane rolled over on Lake Tomahawk. Woodruff Police detective William Nichols responded at the scene. The pilot sustained minor injuries, but was able to walk into the ambulance unassisted.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Melms interview Part II: Analysis of debt load, payor mix, accepted insurance providers
Last month, The Lakeland Times released part one of an interview conducted with Marshfield Clinic regional medical director Bill Melms and chief external affairs officer Ryan Natzke. The interview was conducted to gain further insight to how Marshfield Clinic's proposed hospital will impact Northwoods residents and visitors. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gilman resigns as turmoil at City Hall continues
The city of Rhinelander is grappling with the departure of another key employee.

After almost two decades with the city, street superintendent Tony Gilman tendered his resignation in a letter dated May 17. His last day on the job was Tuesday, according to interim city administrator Keith Kost, but he will remain on the city payroll until June 2. In an interview with the River News Wednesday, Gilman said he has taken a job as street superintendent for the city of Baraboo. His employment there starts June 19. (subscriber access)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Streetscape project still set to wrap in June
Although the recent rainy weather has slowed the paving portion of the $9.8 million streetscape project, the city's public works director said this week the contractor is still planning to have the street work portion of the project completed by the end of June. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dog park proposal headed to council for approval
In dog years, Tina Werres has been trying to bring a dog park to the city of Rhinelander for over seven decades. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Parks committee receives task force report
The audience that watched as the Rhinelander parks public engagement task force presented a report representing the fruits of five months of work to the city of Rhinelander parks, buildings and grounds committee Monday afternoon was so big the meeting was held in the council chambers rather than a committee meeting room. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Schmidt Orthodontics gets new partner, name change
Joshua Bruce, DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) MS, has joined Schmidt Orthodontics in Rhinelander and the practice will now be known as Schmidt and Bruce Orthodontics. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 25, 2017

U.S. Forest Service Blackwell Job Corps honored with 2017 Nicolet College Foundation Friends and Partners award
The Nicolet College Foundation recently presented its 2017 Friends and Partners Award to the U.S. Forest Service Blackwell Job Corps. The career-training organization received the honor for its work with the college to build a first-of-its-kind partnership to teach firefighting skills to Blackwell students, according to the press release.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

More than 40,000 lose power during severe thunderstorm
More than 40,000 Northwoods residents lost power Wednesday when high winds and heavy rain hit the area. According to Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), the highest reported power outages were in Minocqua and Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

City expected to determine Kabel Auto building demo date this week
The city of Rhinelander is set to take formal ownership of the abandoned Kabel Auto building at 28 South Stevens Street May 23 and later the same day a date is expected to be set for the demolition of the eyesore. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

State treasurer Matt Adamczyk is on another constitutional mission
Say what you will about Wisconsin state treasurer Matt Adamczyk, but the man thrives on undertaking tough and often controversial constitutional missions.

For example, next spring voters will decide whether to abolish his position through a constitutional amendment, a vote that has made its way on the ballot largely because of his insistence - he campaigned by promising to abolish the treasurer's post if he won, saying it had become largely superfluous. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BREAKING: Rhinelander street superintendent resigns
City of Rhinelander street superintendent Tony Gilman has tendered his resignation.

His last day will be Tuesday, May 23.

Gilman announced his resignation in a letter addressed to Mayor Dick Johns dated May 17. The River News obtained the letter late Monday.

While the letter lists no specific reason for Gilman's decision to leave the city's employ after more than 19 years with the public works department, it does include a reference to "workplace culture" issues.

Monday, May 22, 2017

One in 2,470,424: Rhinelander child scores 174 on IQ test
All parents take great joy in watching their children say their first words, take their first steps, and begin life's journey, but for one Rhinelander family those milestone experiences have been especially unique as their son has been found to have a truly exceptional IQ. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Duffy calls for stepped up attention to drug-impaired driving
Drug-impaired driving is a major but under-addressed issue in the U.S. - associated with more fatalities than drunk driving - and, in the wake of an updated report highlighting the problem, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) called upon the Trump administration this week to issue national recommendations to improve public safety. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Prepare for the summer: Ticks ahead
Every summer, outdoor enthusiasts load up on essentials and hit the open trails. This traditionally includes insect repellent to keep mosquitos and ticks at bay.

This summer it will be particularly important to keep the small critters away, as there has been a spike in tick activity across the U.S.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

School board approves maintenance projects
The mild winter coupled with a lack of heavy snow allowed the School District of Rhinelander to save money budgeted for heating and snow removal. As a result, the district has money in its maintenance budget to complete a few projects that have been on hold.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

A fortunate ending
The woman who was driving this minivan and her young child escaped injury Tuesday when she lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement and it slid off State Highway 17. The Oneida County 911 center received a report of the one-vehicle accident just east of County Road G at about 1 p.m. Pelican Fire and First Responders and Oneida County deputies responded to the scene. Neither occupant of the vehicle was injured and once the minivan was pulled from the ditch by an employee of East Side Automotive, the woman was able to drive the vehicle away.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

GOP pushes benefit reforms, penalties for truancy
The state Assembly approved a package of five bills last week they say will reform state benefits' programs, including a work requirement for certain housing subsidies and a measure that seeks to chip away at the so-called benefits cliff - that point where the loss of benefits by going to work takes away more than the job brings in. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stoxen Professional Pharmacy continues to grow
Stoxen Professional Pharmacy continues to add new services at competitive prices as new owner Tabitha Bennish, settles in. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Parks task force readies report for presentation
In the space of five months, the Rhinelander parks public engagement task force, under the direction of Myles Alexander, community, natural resources and economic development agent with the Oneida County UW-Extension, has evolved from an idea suggested by the city's parks, buildings and grounds committee to a dedicated group seeking to provide that committee with meaningful input as to what Rhinelander area residents want from the city's parks. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Marshfield Clinic officials question CUP application process
One of the most contentious questions being debated across the Northwoods at the moment is whether Marshfield Clinic's proposed 12-bed, $30 million Minocqua hospital would be good for the area. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bear that approached motorists euthanized
The young female black bear who was taken to a local wildlife rehab facility after displaying odd behavior and a lack of fear toward humans last December was euthanized the morning of May 9.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Safety first: Kids prepare for summer with Rec Rodeo
Crescent, Northwoods Community Elementary School, Pelican, Nativity and Zion third-graders got a crash course in recreation safety Thursday, just weeks before summer vacation begins. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Proposal could end BCPL ownership of land
The continued ownership of land by the state Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has long been constitutionally problematic, but it could all come to an end in a proposal floated Tuesday by state treasurer Matt Adamczyk, Assembly speaker pro tempore Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva), and Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater). (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lakeland Times concludes health care survey
In an effort to gather information about the Lakeland area's experiences with health care, The Lakeland Times released an expanded survey just over two weeks ago. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Camp American Legion starts another season
May 6 marked not only the start of the 2017 fishing season in the Lakeland area but also the official start of seasonal activities at Camp American Legion near Lake Tomahawk. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wildfire danger remains high
DNR fire crews spent a couple hours Monday afternoon fighting a wildfire at the Hodag Sports Club at 5896 Sports Club Road off South River Road. The fire was reported at 3:47 p.m. and DNR foresters arrived shortly after. They used two bulldozers and men fighting the fire by hand to extinguish it. The Crescent Fire Department also responded to the scene. According to the DNR, the fire burned 2.73 acres, confined to an area just west of the club's shooting area. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire danger in all of Oneida County remains listed as high and according to the National Weather Service in Green Bay, after a slight chance of rain Thursday evening, no precipitation is forecast until Monday evening.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Kingman: Street work won't be as disruptive this summer
Navigating around downtown Rhinelander was a challenge last summer, for both residents and visitors, as the first phase of the city's $9.79 million streetscape project left a 21-block area of the central business district dug up for the entire season. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 11, 2017

City Council makes new police chief hire official
After nearly six months, the search for a new chief for the Rhinelander Police Department is officially over.

The City Council voted 8-0 Monday evening to approve the salary and benefit package offered to sheriff's capt. Lloyd Gauthier by the finance, wage and salary May 2. (subscriber access)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fire damages house on West Hill Road
The Rhinelander Fire Department, with an assist from the Crescent Fire Department, extinguished a structure fire Monday afternoon on West Hill Road.

A call came in to the Oneida County Dispatch Center reporting the fire in the four-apartment building at 2:50 p.m. According to RFD chief Terry Williams, the fire started in an upper apartment and spread into the attic before his crews arrived.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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