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June 29, 2022


Hospital, former nurse sued over illegal recording of patient
A woman who was recorded without her consent while a patient at a Rhinelander hospital has filed a civil lawsuit against Ascension Health, Aspirus Rhinelander and Tomahawk Hospitals & Clinics Inc. and Evan Sheedy, the former nurse convicted of making the illegal recording. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Pickleball battle
The pickleball courts at Rhinelander's Pioneer Park are bustling with activity nearly every day during the summer months. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

City to hold room tax listening session
The City of Rhinelander will hold a listening session at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday) on the subject of room tax. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Celebrate the Fourth of July 'up north'
There's a reason so many people look forward to heading "up north" for the Fourth of July, the Northwoods is one of the best places in the country to celebrate Independence Day.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

SCOTUS overturns Roe v Wade
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday struck down the long-standing Roe v Wade decision guaranteeing women a constitutional right to abortion, with the 6-3 majority declaring that the reasoning of the Roe decision amounted to an "abuse of judicial authority." (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Oneida LRES considers family advantage plan model for employee health insurance
Oneida County human resources director Lisa Charbarneau told the county's labor relations and employee services (LRES) committee June 8 that she and other members of Sheriff Grady Hartman's committee on health insurance were considering the merits of introducing a family advantage plan. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Minocqua board gives input on proposed county shipping container ordinance
Oneida County planning and zoning director Karl Jennrich was present for the Minocqua town board's June 21 meeting to answer any questions and hear input with regard to the county's proposed ordinance concerning the placement of shipping containers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

With staff shortages, OVTC tweaks anti-nepotism policy
Due to a staffing shortage at Northwoods Transit, the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) voted June 23 to create exceptions to its anti-nepotism policy, in anticipation that it will hire Alan Newman and Linda Moore - the spouses of transit manager Barb Newman and office manager Brian Moore - as drivers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Newbold town board renews Class B licenses
It's that time of year when municipalities renew liquor licenses and the town of Newbold renewed all but two during the town board's Thursday, June 23, special meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

City plan commission discusses proposed hotel projects
The Rhinelander Plan Commission approved a pair of resolutions Tuesday evening designating proposed boundaries for two new tax incremental financing districts (TIDs) associated with a pair of proposed hotel projects. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

A piece of history
Leadership Oneida County participants Rachel Boehlen, Erin Gottsacker and Tommy Wartmann stood on the Oneida County Courthouse lawn Monday morning to unveil the plaques fabricated as part of their effort to create a self-guided walking tour of the historic building. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Oneida zoning will take a fresh look at administrative review permits
The Oneida County zoning committee and department staff will take a fresh look at the complexity of the county's administrative review permit process - a process that was designed to simplify and streamline permitting for some businesses but which many find needlessly complicated. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Consultant outlines 'roadmap' for referendum communication
School may be out for the summer but the work is just beginning for the School District of Rhinelander as it gears up for an operational referendum on Nov. 8. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Preliminary hearing set for Wildcat in hit-and-run death case
The preliminary hearing for a 24-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman accused of fatally striking Alejandro Retana-Echeverria, 31, on U.S. Highway 51 during the early morning hours of June 16 is scheduled for June 29 at the Vilas County courthouse. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

MHLT reflects on response to threats
After June 7 threats against Oneida County school officials prompted the cancellation of that evening's school activities in Minocqua and a suspect, 18-year-old Adam J. Bauman, was arrested, the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school board discussed their district's response to the incident at the board's monthly meeting on June 20. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Oneida County sheriff's office participates in multi-agency raid
Members of the Oneida County sheriff's office were among law enforcement personnel involved in the execution of search warrant in Lincoln County in the town of Bradley. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Ad hoc committee discusses more potential transit sites
An ad hoc subcommittee of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC), formed this spring to pursue potential sites for a new Northwoods Transit headquarters after plans to purchase a long-sought property likely fell through, met June 15 to discuss updates on a variety of options. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Case against man accused of threatening school officials moves forward
The 18-year-old Woodruff man accused of making terrorist threats toward two local school officials is set to be arraigned July 11 following a preliminary hearing Thursday morning featuring testimony from a Woodruff police detective. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A long-awaited return
Surveying recent repairs to the Riverwalk Centre band shell are, front, Concerts on the Riverwalk coordinators Sue Schneider and Jan Leschke, and back, Rhinelander Area Community Band director Marilyn Pekol and president Nicki Roffers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

PFAS-related research 'halted' following alleged tampering incident
A PFAS-related research project at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has been put on pause while the police department investigates alleged tampering with equipment associated with the project. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Ripco Credit Union supports Rhinelander Fourth of July Parade
Ripco Credit Union is once again supporting the Rhinelander Fourth of July Parade. Diane Sowinski, vice president of marketing and business development, recently presented a $1,000 check to parade organizers on behalf of the credit union.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Schiek declares no open meetings violation in Mott listening session
Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has absolved former county supervisor Bob Mott of any liability - and further declared there was no open meetings violation at all - after The Lakeland Times filed a complaint alleging that Mott and the land conservation committee he chaired violated the law when they publicly noticed a formal public hearing and then turned it into an informal listening session without any further notice. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

City prepares for street reconstruction projects
Millions of dollars in improvements to Rhinelander city streets are set to get underway this summer.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Bangstad asks county to waive parking requirements
A day after agreeing to meet the conditions of his administrative review permit if the town of Minocqua would give him more time on two issues related to parking and access, Minocqua Brewing Company owner Kirk Bangstad went to the county asking for the permit conditions to be amended so that the parking requirement could be waived altogether. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Wildcat makes initial court appearance in Echeverria death
A 24-year-old of Lac du Flambeau woman accused of fatally striking a pedestrian on U.S. Highway 51 during the early morning hours of June 16 was expected to be charged Monday with one count of hit-and-run causing death. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Bangstad call to action prompted barrage of emails to Hartzheim
A call to action last December from the Minocqua Brewing Company (MBC), which is owned by Kirk Bangstad, stoked supporters to write hundreds of emails to Minocqua town chairman Mark Hartzheim, among other things calling him a bully and the king of an "old-boys-network" who was engaging in a political vendetta that amounted to obstruction and harassment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Crescent chairman speaks out about 'dysfunction' in government response to PFAS contamination problem
Last month, Crescent resident Rebecca Hinterberg went before the Rhinelander City Council seeking answers about PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance) contamination in her family's potable wells, and action on the provision of clean drinking water from local government entities in light of the issue. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

City highlights site of 'high potential' as skate park plaza study continues
Fifteen months after a group of local teens came to the City Council to request support for the creation of a skate park plaza in Rhinelander, city officials and park supporters are considering potential locations. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

Leadership Oneida County participants create new courthouse walking tour
The Leadership Oneida County (LOC) program, hosted by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, is extending an invitation to the general public to attend the unveiling and grand opening of the first ever self-guided Oneida County Courthouse Walking Tour.
Friday, June 17, 2022

Preliminary hearing in Punzel case July 8
A preliminary hearing in the case of a former Minocqua police officer charged with perjury and misconduct in office is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 8 before Oneida County circuit judge Mike Bloom. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022


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