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January 23, 2020

City defendants answer Kingman wrongful termination lawsuit
The city of Rhinelander, its mayor Chris Frederickson, city administrator Daniel Guild and the four defendant council members have filed an answer to the wrongful termination lawsuit filed last month by former city public works director Tim Kingman. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Isaac's journey: Local boy takes the plunge to help other pediatric patients
Not so long ago Isaac King was undergoing grueling treatments for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a common childhood cancer that attacks the blood and bone marrow. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Dome rules: School committee examining facility use policy
The Hodag Sports Complex that will soon take shape alongside Mike Webster Stadium is being designed as a multi-use facility and it's up to the School District of Rhinelander's board of education to determine the rules that will govern the use of the complex. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Digging out
A City of Rhinelander employee clears the sidewalk along the Highway 17 bypass between Eisenhower Parkway and Timber Drive Monday morning, Jan. 20, 2020. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Superintendent finalists to meet public, staff Jan. 28
The School District of Rhinelander's board of education has reached the homestretch of its search for a successor to superintendent Kelli Jacobi, who is set to retire at the end of the current school year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

School district mulling solutions to space shortage concerns
The School District of Rhinelander is clearing hurdles as it works toward its goal of opening the Hodag Sports Complex this fall. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Boulevard clearing
City workers took advantage of a lull in street plowing this week to work on clearing the boulevards, the grassy space between the curb and sidewalk, of the main streets. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 18, 2020

City Council hires assistant city attorney, environmental remediation consultant
The Rhinelander Common Council kicked off 2020 by approving two new hires during its Monday meeting. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mutual Aid
At approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, an employee at the service warehouse of Scandinavian Forestry Equipment's Crescent facility called 9-1-1 to report the building was on fire. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

School district may add multi-purpose room, new office at Crescent Elementary
School District of Rhinelander officials are considering adding a large multi-purpose room to Crescent Elementary School, along with other modifications, using $1 million set aside in this year's budget. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Four to vie for three school board seats
The field is set for the April 7 general election to fill three seats on the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Snowshoe Hare Race raises funds for RASTA
Holiday Acres in Rhinelander hosted the sixth annual Snowshoe Hare Race to benefit the Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) on Jan. 11. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

'I don't want anybody to go hungry'
As the end of the "season of giving" quickly approaches, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry continues to emphasize the need for donations and volunteers year-round. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Mayor says city not seeking to exclude Pelican from room tax zone
Discussions are continuing between the Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee (RTMC) and City of Rhinelander officials regarding room tax collection. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Smooth operator
John Bassette, one of the volunteers who keeps the cross country ski trails across from Rhinelander High School groomed, made a few laps around the course Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020. (subscriber access)

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Outgoing alderpersons reflect on city government
The Rhinelander Common Council is scheduled to hold its first meeting of the new year Monday evening. For three of the eight members, it will be the start of the countdown toward their final meeting as alderpersons. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 11, 2020

City Council race: Rog and Kirby out; primary to be held in District 5
The Rhinelander Common Council will have a new look this spring as two veteran alderpersons will not run for re-election after failing to file paperwork prior to the 5 p.m. Jan. 7 deadline for candidates to return nomination papers. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Dollars and sense
Students from area high schools took part in the eighth annual Rhinelander/Northwoods Regional Tournament of the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl at Nicolet College Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Committee nears final design for dome, complex
The School District of Rhinelander capital projects ad hoc committee met for four hours Monday in an attempt to give the designers of the Hodag Sports Complex as much feedback as possible on a host of details ahead of the project going out for bids later this month. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Semco shutters Merrill operation; 140 out of work
Approximately 140 employees with the Semling Menke Company, Inc. lost their jobs when the company permanently closed its facility in Merrill at the end of 2019. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Defendants tweak argument for walking quorum case dismissal
Attorneys for the Rhinelander mayor, city council, and four council members have filed a reply brief once again seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by Lakeland Times general manager Heather Holmes alleging a walking quorum violation of the state's open meetings law by the defendants. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Taking the Plunge
The 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge for Angel On My Shoulder cancer charity took place Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Bonnie's Lakeside in Three Lakes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lights of the Northwoods has third successful run
Organizers of the third annual Lights of the Northwoods holiday light display at Rhinelander's Hodag Park are calling the two-weekend event a success, having raised 3,500 pounds of nonperishable food donations for three area food pantries. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Water worries: Alderperson wonders if city wells could handle major fire
With two municipal wells out of service due to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, a question was raised during the December meeting of the Rhinelander Common Council regarding the capacity of the three remaining wells to provide enough water to extinguish a major fire should the city experience such an emergency. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Candidates begin to line up for 2020 City Council election
The 2020 Rhinelander City Council election is beginning to take shape as one incumbent has filed a declaration of non-candidacy and another has signaled he plans to run for another term. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Light work
Mark Kizewski from Van Ert Electric Company works on wiring the new traffic light control cabinet at the intersection of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue Tuesday morning, Dec. 31, 2019. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Record-breaking snowfall: Over 130 inches since last January
While the Northwoods is no stranger to inclement winter weather, heavy snowfalls from recent storms have brought a record-breaking amount of the white stuff to the area. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Airport sees increase in revenue, passengers, fuel sales in 2019
The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is about to close the books on what has proven to be a very successful 2019, airport director Matt Leitner told the airport commission at the group's Dec. 20 meeting. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Major think tanks propose another Wisconsin industrial cluster
At a time when industrial clusters are coming under increasing scrutiny over whether their regional benefits outweigh the economic costs to other regions, a couple of Washington think tanks are proposing as many as 10 new technological clusters in the Midwest, with Madison leading the way on their list. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Council votes to continue Committee of the Whole format
A divided City Council voted earlier this month to continue the current practice of holding two council meetings per month rather than return to the subcommittee structure that was in place until last December. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Double teaming
A pair of City of Rhinelander snowplows make their way down North Stevens Street Monday morning, Dec. 30, 2019, clearing both lanes of travel in one trip. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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