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Wet weather accelerates need for second phase of work at Mike Webster Stadium
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In addition to poor drainage, the lower playing surface and unevenness plays a big factor in soccer play. Its more difficult to make corner kicks from this extremely low area then from the other three corners.
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In addition to poor drainage, the lower playing surface and unevenness plays a big factor in soccer play. Its more difficult to make corner kicks from this extremely low area then from the other three corners.
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted Monday to spend over $486,000 from the district's 2017-18 maintenance budget to address problems with the field at Mike Webster Stadium that are threatening the new track surface as well as replace the existing concession stand and bathroom buildings. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lakeland Times sues DOJ over redacted records
The Lakeland Times has filed an open-records complaint against the Wisconsin Department of Justice after the law enforcement agency redacted the names of employees and law enforcement officers disciplined for various infractions.(subscriber access)
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Two RFD firefighters successfully complete probationary period
It was just a formality for the city of Rhinelander's police and fire commission Monday morning, but the latest hires by the Rhinelander Fire Department have now successfully completed probation and are fully certified members of the department. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tomahawk man charged with attempted homicide in stabbing case
A 24-year-old Tomahawk man has been charged with attempted homicide in connection with the alleged stabbing of another man July 8 in the township of Bradley.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lake Tomahawk Town Board talks conditional use permit, basketball court
The Lake Tomahawk town board held its regular town meeting Wednesday, July 12. On the agenda was a conditional use permit for Clark Thielig of Bitters and Bull restaurant, who was looking for permission to provide permanent outside seating and occasional live music. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Fill the Boot campaign surpasses previous year's total
It was a very good year for the Rhinelander Fire Department's Fill the Boot campaign which supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Assistance needed to clean, prep Shepard Park for dog park
After 10 long years, the city of Rhinelander is finally getting a dog park, but volunteers are needed to prep the area where the park will be located.

A workday at Shepard Park, site of the future dog park, has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

PRAT applies to more than tourism-related goods, services
When Rhinelander voters approved the premier resort area tax (PRAT) via a referendum in April 2016, the question they were asked to answer was pretty simple: "Should the city of Rhinelander levy a 0.5 percent (1/2 cent on the dollar) sales tax on tourist-related items sold, leased or rented through tourist-related retailers to pay for transportation infrastructure?" (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cheers to 40 years: Hodag fans celebrate milestone
After an amped up weekend of down-home fun and country music, the 40th annual Hodag Country Fest came to a close Sunday evening, leaving fans both satisfied and anxious for next year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pets help raise money for cancer research at Bark for Life
The unique bond between dogs and their owners was on full display Saturday at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport as pets and people came together to raise money for cancer research at the fifth annual Bark for Life. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Council formally accepts parks task force report, disbands group
Six months of work on the part of the Rhinelander parks public engagement task force came to an official end last week when the Rhinelander City Council voted unanimously to append the final task force report to the city's 2015 outdoor recreation plan. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Committee begins benefit comparison with surrounding communities
The city of Rhinelander finance, salary and wage committee is looking for more information on how cities comparable to Rhinelander provide benefits to their employees. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kabel Auto building finally comes down
A one-block section of South Stevens Street in Rhinelander was closed for a few hours Thursday afternoon, something area residents have grown accustomed to as of late. However, this closure was not related to the downtown streetscape project.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

The tradition continues: 40th Hodag Fest underway
As they have every July for the last four decades, country music fans made their way to Rhinelander this week for a few days of honky-tonk heaven.

The 2017 Hodag Country Festival is in full swing and the happy Hodagers are feeling positive vibes. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

School district committee approves adding mental health service
School District of Rhinelander students with emotional or mental health issues and who require therapeutic counseling will have a second source for those services if the school board approves a proposal that cleared the operations and strategic planning committee Monday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Council redesignates DPW superintendents as foremen
"What's in a name," William Shakespeare famously wrote in "Romeo and Juliet." For the Rhinelander City Council, the answer apparently is everything.

The panel voted 5-2 Monday, with alderman Steve Sauer absent, to redesignate the titles of the street superintendent, water superintendent and wastewater operator in charge to foreman. (subscriber access)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Berndt family donates $25K for new active learning center
The lower level of the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) will soon be used for more than storage, thanks to a $25,000 donation from Hal Berndt and his family. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Man found dead in Razorback Lake identified
Vilas County authorities have identified a 71-year-old Waterford man found dead in Razorback Lake July 3.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

City thanks businesses
The City of Rhinelander recently received generous donations from two local businesses. Musson Brothers Inc. donated over 14 truckloads of sand for the swimming beach located at Hodag Park, at an estimated value of $3,000, and Ministry Health Care donated two new water fountains, the city announced in a press release. One of the fountains will be placed in Hodag Park and the other will be placed at City Hall. The estimated value of this in-kind donation is $2,000. To show its gratitude, the city presented each business with a certificate of appreciation. Parks director Jeremy Biolo is pictured thanking the businesses for the donations. "These donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit the city for years," he said. At left is the presentation to Ministry Health Care. At right, Biolo presents a certificate to a representative from Musson Brothers Inc.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Enterprise ATV trail temporary closed for rehabilitation
The Oneida County Forestry Department's ATV Trail located in the Town of Enterprise will be closed Tuesday, July 11 and will re-open by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 for trail rehabilitation.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Finance committee recommends promoting payroll clerk to finance director position
The city of Rhinelander's finance, wage and salary committee voted Thursday to recommend Wendi Bixby be appointed as the city's next finance director/treasurer. The full City Council was expected to vote on the recommendation Monday evening, after this edition went to press. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Golf course advisory commission debates need for new sign
The old neon "open" sign at the entrance to the Northwood Golf Course that is lit when Mulligan's Restaurant and Pub is open has been broken for over a month now. The golf course advisory commission voted Wednesday to spend no more than $600 to replace it with a new L.E.D. version, but the decisions did not come easily. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Court knocks down noneconomic cap on medical malpractice
A Wisconsin appellate court threw out the state's $750,000 cap on noneconomic medical malpractice awards last week, saying the amount was arbitrary and discriminated against those most injured by treating them differently under the law. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Water bottling plant trial set for November
The water bottling plant in Marenisco, Mich., owned by four partners who make up Carlin Club LLC, is scheduled to be operational by mid-August. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Rhinelander Community Foundation awards grant to Tri-County Council
The Rhinelander Community Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. This is the first grant awarded by the foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity formed late in 2015 to develop a mechanism in the Rhinelander area for charitable giving.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Minocqua woman accused of assaulting corrections officer
A 24-year-old Minocqua woman arrested on a probation violation after officers allegedly found her drinking in a Rhinelander bar had another charge added after she allegedly injured a corrections officer while being booked into the Oneida County jail. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Police department releases information about local sex offender
The Rhinelander Police Department, in an effort to keep the community informed and provide for situational awareness, is providing the following information, which is public record.
Monday, July 10, 2017

County files motion for summary judgment in jail lawsuit
Attorneys for Oneida County have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two former county jail employees who allege they were subjected to gender discrimination and a hostile work environment. In a motion filed June 9, the county argues Tracey Congleton and Rita Johnson's claims have no merit and should be thrown out. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Tran charged with bail jumping
The 28-year-old Rhinelander woman charged with second-degree reckless homicide in connection with the death of her 20-month-old stepson was charged Thursday with felony bail jumping after she allegedly coordinated a meeting with her young daughter at the Rhinelander Fourth of July parade in violation of her bond. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Face for Every Name: Vietnam veterans memorial exhibit comes to Rhinelander
Amid the usual Independence Day holiday festivities - parades, fireworks, cookouts and the like - many Northwoods residents took time this week to visit ArtStart in Rhinelander and pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we celebrate every July 4. (subscriber access)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wastewater plant issues annual ratings, consumer confidence reports
The city of Rhinelander public works committee last week approved two annual reports required to be released by the city's wastewater treatment plant, one of which certifies the plant's operations to the Department of Natural Resources. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 8, 2017

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