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September 25, 2021

Anti-mandate contingent pickets outside high school; local doctors implore district to implement 'all' mitigation measures
Just three weeks into the new school year, tension is building over the question of whether the wearing of masks should remain optional rather than mandatory for students in the School District of Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

Protesters picket
Protestors congregated on the sidewalk on Coolidge Avenue adjacent to the Rhinelander High School student parking lot prior to the Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 meeting of the district's board of education. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

Rhinelander- Oneida County Airport reports 'best summer since 2005'
The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has become the air gateway to and from the Northwoods, and this summer only added to that reputation with a daily round trip flight to Chicago and three daily round trip flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

Hodag Schools Foundation announces $290,000 donation
The John and Dori Brown Peforming Arts Center at Rhinelander High School is about to get a much-needed upgrade in the form of air conditioning, thanks to the Brown family and the Hodag Schools Foundation. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

Tribes file lawsuit to stop November wolf hunt
After a controversial February wolf harvest season lasting just over two days, six Native American tribes have come together in an attempt to stop November's wolf harvest season. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

Gore files petition to appeal blood test ruling in OWI homicide case
The attorney for a Stevens Point man charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a fatal accident in Minocqua last summer has filed a petition with the Third District Court of Appeals in Wausau seeking permission to appeal Oneida County circuit judge Patrick O'Melia's Sept. 2 ruling on the admissibility of his client's blood test results. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

Court: Prehn lawfully holding over as National Resources Board chairman
The Natural Resources Board (NRB) is made up of seven citizen stakeholders each appointed to a staggered three-year term. This year Gov. Tony Evers appointed Sandra Nass and Sharon Adams to the board. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

GOP bill would require notification of gender identity, sexual orientation curriculum
Republicans say a GOP bill that would require schools to notify parents and guardians before providing any program related to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression and to allow parents to opt their children out of such programs is all about choice in education, but Democratic opponents say it is about hate instead. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

Gableman warns county election clerks of subpoenas for noncompliance
Retired Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, who is heading a review of the 2020 elections for Assembly Republicans, said this past week he is prepared to issue subpoenas to county election officials who don't comply with his directives. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 24, 2021

One killed in Highway 51 crash
A man is dead following a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 51 in Hazelhurst Sept. 22.

According to the Oneida County sheriff's office, a 9-1-1 call was received at approximately 6:37 p.m. Wednesday reporting a two-vehicle accident on Highway 51 and County D in the Town of Hazelhurst.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Council asks plan commission for more detailed report on Blain's rezone recommendation
After hearing concerns of property owners who reside near the location of the proposed Blain's Farm and Fleet store, the Rhinelander City Council voted 5-3 Sept. 13 to ask the city's plan commission for more information as to why it recommended the parcels in question be rezoned from residential to general business/commercial. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

New officer on the beat
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 was a big day for Rhinelander police officer Nathan Antilla, far right, as he learned the police and fire commission had voted unanimously that he had successfully completed his one-year probationary period and is now a full officer. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

County board to consider single point of entry at courthouse
After working on the issue for a hebdomad of years, the Oneida County board of supervisors will consider this month a trio of resolutions to create a single point of entry at the Oneida County courthouse. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Iron Mike print to hang at Hodag Dome
David Robinson, left, and Todd Johnson, right, from the Rhinelander High School Class of 1980 recently donated a limited edition Mike Webster print to Janet Jamison to be hung in the Hodag Dome near the entrance of Mike Webster stadium. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Oneida County redistricting committee makes no changes to tentative plan
Representatives from Pelican and Pine Lake townships expressed concern about the tentative Oneida County redistricting plan last week at a public hearing held Sept. 14 to gather feedback on the draft plan. No changes were made following the hearing, but the plan is far from finalized. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Laona man receives jail, DEJ in ICAC case
A 45-year-old Laona man charged with three felony counts following an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation in May accepted a plea agreement Sept. 14 that will keep him out of prison if he stays out of trouble. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Florida man accepts plea deal in stalking case
A 35-year-old Florida man charged with stalking a local resident earlier this summer accepted a plea agreement Sept. 16 that saw the two felonies against him dismissed. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Oneida land and water committee reviews draft manure storage ordinance
The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation committee has been working on a proposed ordinance pertaining to manure storage. A subcommittee was formed to look at the proposed ordinance more closely and bring suggestions back to the full committee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

High court refuses to hear Rhinelander walking quorum case
The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted this week not to accept a petition for review of a walking quorum case against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members, after an appeals court upheld the lawsuit's dismissal. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to temporarily idle specialty paper machine
Ahlstrom-Munksjö told its Rhinelander employees Tuesday that it plans to temporarily idle the #8 Paper Machine in December 2021 and its #20 Supercalender and #21 Rewinder accessory units in July 2022. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Anderson to hire his own attorney as Illinois court proceedings continue
The suspect in the murder of a Rhinelander woman earlier this summer remains in an Illinois jail awaiting another hearing scheduled for next week. According to a spokesperson with the Oneida County district attorney's office, Christopher Terrell Anderson made an appearance in DuPage County Circuit Court Sept. 13 and advised the judge he would like to hire an attorney to represent him in extradition proceedings. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Ripco Credit Union Run Back to School Sept. 25 at CAVOC
The trails of CAVOC (Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom) will come alive Saturday, Sept. 25 as the YMCA of the Northwoods and the School District of Rhinelander hold the third annual Run Back to School 5K+ Run/Walk & 1.5K Fun Family Trail presented by Ripco Credit Union.
Friday, September 17, 2021

School committee discusses staff vaccination levels
The School District of Rhinelander's employee relations committee discussed staff vaccination levels Monday evening, hours after district superintendent Eric Burke gave his weekly update on COVID-19 infections in the district. According to Burke's video address, as of Monday four staff members and six students are currently battling the virus. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Hess selected to fill vacancy on Newbold town board
The Newbold town board last week appointed Oneida County chief deputy Dan Hess to fill the town supervisor seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Bob Metropulos. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Complaint procedures, tourist rooming houses concern Crescent board
At their Sept. 8 monthly meeting, members of the Crescent town board discussed ways to make the citizen complaint process to the town and the county more efficient. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

O'Melia denies motion to suppress in OWI homicide case
Oneida County circuit judge Patrick O'Melia has denied a defense motion to suppress the results of a blood test in the case of a Stevens Point man charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a fatal accident in Minocqua last summer. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Hearing date set for Iliopoulos appeal motion
A hearing date has been set for arguments on a motion for post-conviction relief filed by a former Northwoods Community Elementary School custodian convicted of luring a 10-year-old child into a school closet and touching her inappropriately. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Business, GOP unload on Biden vaccine mandate
With lawsuits being cued up to contest President Joe Biden's vaccine mandates, Wisconsin GOP leaders unleashed a withering attack on the mandate's constitutionality this past week, while the state's largest business association denounced the directive as a burden that would turn business owners into vaccine police. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 17, 2021

Plan commission approves rezoning request, CUP for Blain's Farm and Fleet
The company seeking to build a Blain's Farm and Fleet store in Rhinelander cleared its first hurdle Tuesday when the City of Rhinelander plan commission approved the rezoning of the parcels where the store is to be located, along with a certified survey map and a conditional use permit for the location at the intersection of Timber and Chippewa drives. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Local firefighters lead community's Sept. 11 remembrance
Area firefighters, law enforcement officers and residents took part in a solemn procession through downtown Rhinelander Saturday morning to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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