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Hodag BMX seeks to build on success of track
Jeremy Mayo/River NewsIn this July 31, 2016 file photo, Hodag BMX Club riders do a parade lap prior to a race at the Hodag BMX Track, located at West Park in Rhinelander. The Hodag BMX Club is looking to build upon renovations to the track which began last year.
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In this July 31, 2016 file photo, Hodag BMX Club riders do a parade lap prior to a race at the Hodag BMX Track, located at West Park in Rhinelander. The Hodag BMX Club is looking to build upon renovations to the track which began last year.
When Hodag BMX Club track operator Rob Deede came before the city's parks, buildings and grounds committee in August 2015, he presented the committee with an ambitious list of goals for the next few years. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Planning commission opts against changing accessory building ordinance
Those city residents who have carport-style structures on their property and who were hoping for a change in the city ordinance governing such accessory buildings will have to dig into their wallets for the fee to apply for a conditional use permit (CUP). (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chairperson takes issue with alderman's comments about parks committee
City parks committee chairperson Sherrie Belliveau took to social media this week to express her displeasure with alderman Steve Sauer's comment at a recent meeting of the Parks Public Engagement Task Force that his fellow task force members should keep "harassing" her committee to make sure the task force's recommendations for the future of the city's parks are implemented. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

School board approves pilot program for joint 4K with Head Start
The School District of Rhinelander board of education voted Monday to approve a collaborative four-year-old kindergarten pilot program with Head Start. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Marshfield Clinic's Melms: 'Ingenuity is driven by competition'
As part of The Lakeland Times' ongoing health care series, an interview was conducted with Marshfield Clinic regional medical director Bill Melms and chief external affairs officer Ryan Natzke on April 10. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Successful treatment for autism is team effort
Several factors play into the success of treatment for those with autism. As mentioned in the first part of this series, early identification is a key factor. The earlier a child starts treatment, the greater their chance of living an independent life. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

City officials nix joint meeting on police chief search
There is yet another new twist in the city of Rhinelander's ongoing search for a new police chief. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 20, 2017

School board votes 7-2 to end NCSS contract in June
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted 7-2 Monday evening to dissolve its contract with the Northwoods Community Secondary School governing board at the end of the 2016-17 school year. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 20, 2017

She rests her case: RHS mock trial coach retires after more than three decades
Kathy Vick-Martini, retired Rhinelander High School teacher and the school's mock trial coach for more than three decades, has announced her retirement effective with the end of the 2016-17 mock trial season.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Court set to hear petition to set recusal rules
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled this month to take up a petition filed by 54 retired judges to establish threshold levels for recusal from cases for those judges who have received campaign contributions from a plaintiff or defendant in the case. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Assembly approves bills to fight drug abuse, addiction
The state Assembly passed a package of nine bills earlier this month to combat drug abuse and addiction, but Democrats tried and failed to pass multiple amendments to the legislation, including one to accept federal funding of Medicaid expansion. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Preparing for summer: Hiring the area's youth
With tourism season swiftly approaching, local businesses are searching for summer employees.

Oftentimes, businesses look to the area's youth to join the workforce and with these hirings, knowledge on youth labor standards is essential. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Parks task force input meetings tonight, Thursday at RHS
Since January, the Rhinelander parks public engagement task force has been preparing for the two meetings it will host this week at Rhinelander High School. The panel is hoping the sessions will provide data to be passed on to the city's parks, buildings and grounds committee at the end of May. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Crandon nursing home closure has major effect on community
At 9:45 a.m. April 5, the administrator of the Crandon Nursing Home's Facebook page posted the following message:

"The ownership of AGI Healthcare has made the difficult decision to voluntarily close the facility after over 29 years of successful operation," the post read. "It happened because it is no longer possible for small independent owners to operate and maintain financial viability in a small town." (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Prescription drug take back day coming to Oneida County April 29
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29, the Three Lakes Police Department, the Rhinelander Police Department, the Minocqua Police Department, the Human Service Center, and the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take Back initiative at the following locations:

Rhinelander Police Department, Three Lakes Town Hall, Oneida County Landfill and the Minocqua Police Department

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wisconsin's Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week: April 17-21
Schools, businesses, families, and individuals have two opportunities to test their emergency plans during statewide tornado drills on April 20. The drills are part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage everyone in Wisconsin to be ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather, according to a press release from the state emergency management office.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Health department reports illegal tattooing and body piercing on the rise
The Oneida County Health Department is an agent for the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) for licensing and inspection of all tattooing and body piercing in Oneida County.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Commission to move forward with remaining police chief finalists
Two days after its preferred police chief candidate turned down the position, the city of Rhinelander police and fire commission decided Thursday to move forward with the remaining two finalists for the job, interim police chief Ron Lueneburg and sheriff's captain Lloyd Gauthier, rather than reopen the position to other candidates.

The decision was made during a meeting in the City Council chambers Thursday morning attended by numerous current and former police officers and featuring some strong words about how the commission's first choice for the job, Dave Funkhouser of Kiel, was treated. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Panel recommends dissolution of NCSS charter
A perfect storm of dwindling enrollment, a staff retirement and a change in the state's rules for how charter schools can operate may lead the Northwoods Community Secondary School to cease operations at the end of the current school year. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Court: People can feed deer if purpose isn't to hunt
A Wisconsin court of appeals ruled this week that baiting and feeding deer is allowable even in chronic wasting disease zones so long as the intention is not to hunt, and, what's more, the burden of proving intent falls on the state. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Seventh area person indicted on oxycodone-related charges
A seventh Northwoods resident was added April 4 to an eight-count, superseding indictment involving the distribution of oxycodone.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sheriff's office celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

City Council approves CUP for Taylor Park project
The Rhinelander City Council approved a conditional use permit (CUP) Monday requested by a developer hoping to transform the former Taylor Park Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, 903 Boyce Drive, into a mix of offices, restaurants and student/young adult housing. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Funkhouser declines city police chief position
Just under a month after he was selected as the police and fire commission's choice to be the next chief of the Rhinelander Police Department, David Funkhouser formally declined the city's offer Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Early identification crucial for those with autism
First in a four-part series

Early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can make a world of difference for individuals in regards to their future and independence. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sheriff's office shares information on how people with medical issues can communicate with law enforcement
In light of a miscommunication Friday that led to an intense law enforcement response at 10 Sanns Street in Rhinelander, the Oneida County sheriff's office is reaching out to the public to explain how people who have medical issues can request medical assistance even if they cannot speak.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

BREAKING: Funkhouser declines Rhinelander police chief post
The River News has learned Dave Funkhouser, the candidate chosen by the city of Rhinelander's police and fire commission to succeed former Rhinelander Police Chief Mike Steffes, has declined the city's offer of employment.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Packer Tailgate Tour makes Rhinelander stop
Three former and two current Green Bay Packers players, along with the team's president, made a stop Friday in Rhinelander as part of the 12th Annual Tailgate Tour, giving hundreds of fans a chance to get up close and personal with their football heroes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Interim chief defends response to Sanns Street incident
An ill man's inability to communicate with dispatchers resulted in a large-scale police response on the city's west side Friday, but interim police chief Ron Lueneburg said local law enforcement's reaction to the emergency call was appropriate. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

School board candidates look to the future
The makeup of the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education has changed following the April 4 election, but those who prevailed say there is plenty of work to do and many reasons to be optimistic about the future. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Benefits payout approved for interim police chief
The city of Rhinelander's finance, wage and salary committee has recommended the City Council allow interim police chief Ron Lueneburg to cash in 172 hours of benefits for $6,468.92 because he has been unable to take any vacation time since he was put in charge of the department last fall. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 8, 2017

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