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March 27, 2023


Mayor, city administrator to meet the public at town hall meeting
Residents of Rhinelander are invited to a town hall meeting with Mayor Kris Hanus and new city administrator Patrick Reagan scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Rhinelander District Library (106 North Stevens St.) (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2023

A night at the theater
Members of the Rhinelander Figure Skating Club rehearsed Monday, March 20, 2023 in preparation for their annual spring show. Performances are scheduled for March 24-26 at the Rhinelander Ice Arena. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2023

Bombshell: DNR sat on resolutions opposing Pelican River Forest purchase
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff did not inform the Natural Resources Board about resolutions of opposition to the Pelican River Forest easement purchase submitted by two Oneida County towns prior to the board's vote in October to approve funding for the project, though the agency had received the resolutions in timely fashion and had them in hand almost a week before the board's vote. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2023

Rhinelander Kiwanis Club announces Winter Escapes top prize winners
After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Rhinelander Kiwanis Club's Winter Escapes Extravaganza came roaring back on Saturday, March 4 with its most successful fundraiser ever.
Friday, March 24, 2023

City lodging representative still needed to round out tourism marketing committee
The new-look Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee (RTMC) held its first meeting of the year on Monday morning but the panel remains short a member as the city lodging representative position is still unfilled. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2023

Minocqua ad hoc committee to pursue bringing Holtz Builders solution to town board
Minocqua's ad hoc committee on labor and housing has decided to move forward with putting together a presentation to go with its final report for the town board showcasing one solution that would potentially address housing needs for seasonal workers in the area. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 24, 2023

County defendants file motion to dismiss federal lawsuit involving death of inmate
A lawsuit pitting Oneida County and four of its corrections officers against the family of a 20-year-old man who died while being held in the county jail during the summer of 2021 has reached the summary judgment phase where a federal judge must decide if the case should be heard by a jury. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Dear Rowyn...
Members of Shawn Belanger's kindergarten class at Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander recently used social media to reach out to a former classmate, Rowyn Wyss, who is now attending a different school. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

As election day looms, Republicans fight over abortion
With the April 4 spring election just around the corner - and with abortion effectively on the ballot, camouflaged only slightly as the Supreme Court race - Republicans in the legislature slugged it out this week, with one group of GOP lawmakers trying to carve out more exceptions to the state's abortion ban and another refusing to consider any changes to the 1849 law. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Military youth build friendships at winter camp in Rhinelander
Thirty-one children of Wisconsin National Guard members forged closer ties in the cold and snow of Hannah Venture Base in Rhinelander Feb. 10-12 as part of the annual Winter Warrior Weekend conducted by the Service Member Support Division (SMSD). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Lake Tomahawk residents share concerns about Lily Street flooding
Residents who live near Lake Tomahawk's Lily and Bradley streets attended the town board's March 8 meeting to voice concerns regarding flooding and drainage issues. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

On road issue, Lac du Flambeau town supervisor negotiates on his own
The Lac du Flambeau town board and Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians reached an agreement last week leading to the temporary reopening of four roads the tribe closed off on Jan. 31 because easements on portions of those roads designated as tribal land had expired a decade ago. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Fremont man charged in Oneida County ICAC case
A $5,000 cash bond was set Thursday in the case of a 43-year-old Fremont man charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Rules committee nixes meningitis vaccine requirement for students
Earlier this month, the legislature's joint rules committee gave the boot to a new rule mandating a meningitis vaccine for the state's seventh and 12th graders. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Oneida County conservation committee blinks; postpones 'ballot' discussion
Yielding to advice from the Oneida County corporation counsel - who himself changed his recommendation - the county's conservation committee postponed Monday a discussion it intended to have about proposed revisions to the county's shoreland ordinance after The Lakeland Times objected that the discussion did not appear on the committee's meeting agenda. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2023

Swearingen helps lead effort on major open records bill
A bill has been introduced to overturn a state Supreme Court decision last year that transparency activists say substantially weakened the state's open government laws by allowing records requesters to collect legal fees only when they prevail in a court decision. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2023

Nokomis firefighter recognized for lifetime achievement
The incredible dedication of those who serve as volunteer firefighters often goes unnoticed, unless one is unfortunate enough to experience a fire. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2023

90-day agreement reached in Lac du Flambeau road standoff
The Lac du Flambeau town board and the tribal council of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians have formally agreed to re-open four roads the tribe barricaded on Jan. 31. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2023

Men charged with possession of improvised explosive
Two local men are facing felony charges after police located what they identified as an improvised explosive device during a traffic stop in Rhinelander on March 9. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2023

DNR announces expansion of PFAS testing in Stella
The Department of Natural Resources is expanding its testing of private wells in the Town of Stella for PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Here come the Irish
Hundreds flocked to downtown Rhinelander Saturday, March 11, 2023 for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Committee recommends hiring Dean of Students at Crescent
The School District of Rhinelander's operations and strategic planning committee has forwarded a pair of hiring recommendations to the full school board for final approval. (susbcriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Kiwanis Winter Escapes was 'one singular sensation'
The annual Kiwanis Winter Escapes fundraiser, held Saturday, March 4 at Cabaret Cove, was "one singular sensation." The popular occasion is the only fundraiser event put on by the Rhinelander Kiwanis Club. The proceeds are used to fund local projects that directly benefit kids in the Rhinelander community. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Lake Tomahawk board hears presentation on Pelican River Forest easement issue
Members of the Lake Tomahawk town board heard a presentation and received insight into the Pelican River Forest land easement purchase by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during its March 8 meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Public works department to host informational meeting on Oneida and Timber improvement projects
The City of Rhinelander's Department of Public Works will hold a public information meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 on the 2023 Oneida Avenue and East Timber Drive utility and street improvement projects.
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Teacher accused of possessing child pornography free on $25,000 cash bond
A bond hearing was held March 7 in Vilas County Circuit Court for a former fourth-grade math teacher with the Minocqua Hazelhurst Lake Tomahawk (MHLT) school district arrested last week on suspicion of possession of child pornography. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Minocqua town board denies Marshfield Clinic unlawful tax claim
The Minocqua town board last week denied an "unlawful assessment of property" claim by Marshfield Clinic. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Discover becomes first credit card issuer to track guns
People who carry Discover credit cards - and there are about 57 million cards out there - will soon be subjected to a new tracking code for purchases made with the card at retail gun stores. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

A county board replay as easement committee convenes
A newly appointed Oneida County committee investigating the accuracy of a resolution opposing the DNR's proposed purchase of a conservation easement for the Pelican River Forest, as well as gathering information about the pros and cons of the purchase, met for the first time Monday, with a healthy crowd of advocates making their pitches once more and county board chairman Scott Holewinski offering a methodical opposition. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 10, 2023

Mad Money
Tarsie Goes of Rhinelander GM/Toyota offers Rhinelander High School students Seth Nofftz and Sam Schoppe a lesson on car shopping during the annual Mad Money event Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Rhinelander High School. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 10, 2023


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