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Weather, contractor schedule delays Stevens Street paving
Jamie Taylor/River NewsLimited traffic was allowed on Stevens Street Friday, with traffic cones and barriers in place to slow drivers down so they wonít damage the castings that have been raised to their finished height in anticipation of the paving work to be done this week
Jamie Taylor/River News


Limited traffic was allowed on Stevens Street Friday, with traffic cones and barriers in place to slow drivers down so they wonít damage the castings that have been raised to their finished height in anticipation of the paving work to be done this week
The overly wet spring is to blame for delays in paving streets in the downtown streetscape construction zone that have left residents and business owners frustrated, city officials say. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Anthem will leave most of Wisconsin health-insurance market
Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced this week it would leave the individual Obamacare marketplace in most of Wisconsin next year, citing the volatility of the state's insurance market and uncertainty about the regulatory future in Washington. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stevens Street paved
The weather finally cooperated Wednesday, allowing Northeast Asphalt to put down the final layer of paving on Stevens Street. The pavement markings were painted on Thursday and the street reopened Friday. Although this was the last major paving portion of the $9.8 million downtown streetscape project, there still are small portions left to be completed. The target deadline for completion remains June 30.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Police: LdF woman died from self-inflicted gunshot wound
Forest County authorities believe a 25-year-old woman found dead June 21 inside a Crandon residence died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to a department press release, at approximately 4 a.m. June 21 deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting "a disturbance that involved a gunshot" at 200 E. Cobb Blvd. in the city of Crandon.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Supreme Court: Government can't refuse to register offensive trademarks
In what is a major victory not only for the rock band The Slants but for others seeking to protect controversial trademarks - see the Washington Redskins - or to withstand calls to change their logos, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week that the government may not refuse to register allegedly or potentially derogatory trademark names. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rudolph shelter dedicated
In a ceremony Tuesday, the Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee formally named the upper pavilion at Almon Park the Rudolph Shelter in recognition of Dr. Rudolph's more than 20 years of service to the citizens of the county.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Paddle Paws event to benefit American Cancer Society
People can take to the water with or without their canine companions Saturday as part of the annual Paddle Paws event on Two Sisters Lake.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Errand Solutions coming to Northwoods
Errand Solutions does exactly as the name entails - they find solutions for individuals' errand needs. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Political Digest
Wisconsin District Attorneys Association endorses Marsy's Law

Marsy's Law for Wisconsin announced last week that the board of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association has voted unanimously to support bipartisan legislation to ensure equal rights for crime victims by updating the state constitution. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New basketball court could solve Lake Tomahawk parking issue
Lake Tomahawk's future basketball court will soon go out to bid and the project is expected to assist with a growing parking issue within the town. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LdF man gets 18 years in prison for multiple child sexual assaults
A 33-year-old Lac du Flambeau man will spend just under 18 years in prison after he was sentenced Friday morning in Vilas County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting eight children ranging from 4 to 12 years old. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Charges filed after man allegedly drives recklessly through construction zone
A 38-year-old Rhinelander man is facing his 8th OWI offense, among other charges, after he allegedly recklessly drove his vehicle through the downtown construction zone just after midnight on June 14. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

High water on bridge road
Recent storms have led to high water in a number of areas across the Northwoods, including the boat landing on Bridge Road in McNaughton, which is partially submerged, and the surrounding area. Anglers hoping to launch there should use caution and be aware the Wisconsin River is high and running fairly swiftly.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Parks committee includes task force report in rec plan
The work of the Rhinelander parks public engagement task force came to an official end Tuesday following a special meeting of the city's parks, buildings and grounds committee, but many of the members intend to keep working together in an unofficial capacity for the betterment of recreational facilities in the city. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 17, 2017

'Courtquake': Gableman won't run for re-election
In a political stunner, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman announced this week he would not run for a second 10-year term on the court.

The announcement scrambled the race, and prompted Democrats and liberals to express fears he would resign before the election next spring, allowing Gov. Scott Walker to appoint a conservative replacement. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tadych: Current health care system is unethical
As reported in the Tuesday, June 15 edition of The Northwoods River News, a free market healthcare symposium was held June 8 at the Northwoods Surgery Center in Woodruff. Among the guests were area human resources department representatives, CEOs, CFOs, and school administrators. All were there with the common goal of potentially lowering and simplifying their offered insurance plans. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wisconsin birds test positive for West Nile Virus
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 12 birds found in eight counties in the state have tested positive for West Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Newbold Outdoor Recreation Area working to have signage on Hwy. 47
A respectable-sized crowd gathered at the town hall June 8 for a meeting of the Newbold town board, however many dispersed as a series of agenda items were tabled, primarily due to the absence of town clerk Kim Gauthier.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Shopko donates to RPD
Shopko in Rhinelander donated $500 to the Rhinelander Police Department Monday. The RPD will split the money between the RPD K-9 Unit and D.A.R.E. program. Back row, left to right, are Autumn Winter, freight supervisor; Jim Olson, GM specialist; Jan Krohnfeldt, apparel manager; Erin Jaecks, front end supervisor; Debbie Lochte, apparel. Front row, left to right, are Mark Hall, store manager; Lloyd Gauthier, RPD chief; Amanda Lasowski, presentation supervisor; and Sgt. Angela Mertz with K-9 officer Drago.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Police union, city settle contract
After almost a year of negotiations, the city of Rhinelander has reached a new three-year contract with the union representing its police officers.

Following a closed session discussion during Monday's City Council meeting, the alderpersons voted 8-0 to accept a proposal from WPPA/LEER Local 38. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

ArtStart presents its summer exhibition
Summer in the Northwoods is famous for its variety of recreatonal activities, however stormy weather inevitably puts a damper on outdoor plans from time to time. ArtStart in Rhinelander provides an opportunity to expand one's mind to encompass characteristic artwork, art education, roots music concerts and distinctive events. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Zoning committee denies Marshfield Clinic CUP
The Oneida County Planning and Devopment Committee has denied Marshfield Clinic's request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to build a 12-bed, $30 million hospital in Minocqua, less than a mile from Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Council unanimously approves dog park
Every dog has its day and thanks to an 8-0 vote Monday by the Rhinelander City Council the city's canine population will soon have a new place to play in the city's historic Shepard Park. (subscriber access)
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gun charges added to Oxycodone cases
United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad of the Eastern District of Wisconsin has announced that a federal grand jury has returned a five-count Superseding Indictment against Lee Hueckstaedt, 31, of Rhinelander containing charges related to distributing Oxycodone.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Finance committee wants to create payout fund
The recent departure of finance director Julie Ostrander sparked a discussion at the June 6 City of Rhinelander Finance, Wage and Salary Committee about the possibility of setting up a fund starting with next year's budget to help soften such economic blows in the future. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nativity breaks ground on remodel, expansion
A long-discussed major renovation project at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church got underway June 5 with a brief ground-breaking ceremony. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

One injured in fiery crash on Hwy 17
Multiple callers reported a two-vehicle crash on southbound State Road 17 about 10 miles south of Rhinelander between County Road B and County Road D Monday afternoon. According to an Oneida County Sheriff's Department spokesman on the scene, a northbound minivan crossed the centerline at approximately 1:30 p.m. and struck a southbound dump truck loaded with granite. The truck left the road, went into a wetland area and caught fire. The female driver of the minivan had to be extracted from her vehicle and was airlifted from the scene by Spirit 2. There is no information currently available on the condition of the driver of the dump truck. State Road 17 was closed for several hours while the scene was cleaned up.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

23-year-old Irma man killed in boating accident on Wisconsin River
A 23-year-old Irma man was kiled Saturday afternoon in a boating accident on the Wisconsin River in the city of Tomahawk.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Assembly Republicans roll out education budget package
Republicans in Congress have had a hard time getting much done this year with so much infighting, even though they control both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, but they don't have anything on Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Facebook post exposes latest City Hall spat
Social media has become the medium du jour of late among politicians at all levels to get their unvarnished message to the public, with decidedly mixed results. On Wednesday evening, that trend emerged in Rhinelander city government when an alderperson took to Facebook to accuse the mayor of plotting a late election move to throw next spring's mayorial race. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Public Works discusses PRAT projects
With the recent announcement that the city has received $83,222.01 for the first quarter of 2017 in Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) receipts, the board of public works discussed ways to use the money for needed street repairs at their meeting Monday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017


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