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December 5, 2019

Chamber director maintains city can't take 45 percent of room tax revenue
Jamie Taylor/river newsLauren Sackett, executive director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, addresses the Common Council during the Nov. 25, 2019 meeting.
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Lauren Sackett, executive director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, addresses the Common Council during the Nov. 25, 2019 meeting.
The city of Rhinelander's 2020 budget has been approved, however the matter of the city's share of room tax revenue remains unresolved. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

City planning commission OKs CUP, site plan for Hodag Sports Complex
The conditional use permit (CUP) and site plan for the Hodag Sport Complex, complete with air-supported dome, received approval from the city of Rhinelander planning commission Tuesday night. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 5, 2019

All decked out
The Oneida County Courthouse has been decorated for the Christmas season, complete with three trees, wreaths, lights and other festive touches. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 5, 2019

OC admin committee struggles with funding possibilities
To borrow or not to borrow, that's the question facing Oneida County's administration committee, and they came to no conclusion at a meeting this past week, setting up another session next week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Oneida Vilas Transit Commission adopts route changes
Passengers utilizing the Eagle Eye route provided by the Northwoods Transit Connections will see changes to the route come January. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Rhinelander police detective pushes for local Boys and Girls Club
Community residents interested in opening a Boys and Girls Club in Oneida County will hold an informational meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in room 207 of Nicolet College's Northwoods Center. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 5, 2019

School district will seek city approval of Hodag Sports Complex site plan Dec. 9
The design of the Hodag Sports Complex, to include an air-supported dome, is entering the final stages. Members of the School District of Rhinelander administration, the district's capital projects ad hoc committee and the design team from Rettler Corporation, the firm designing and managing the massive construction project, spent more than two hours Tuesday morning reviewing the site plan and delving deep into the details. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

All hands on deck
Local residents of all ages were grabbing their shovels Wednesday morning after almost a foot of snow fell overnight. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Keep 'er moving
Lora Rose, an employee of the Rhinelander Menards store, works to keep the lines of Black Friday shoppers flowing smoothly to the cash registers Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Oneida County committee puts hold on UWEX relocation
The Oneida County board's facilities committee put a hold Monday on the UW-Extension's proposed move from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport to Nicolet College pending a formal contract with the county. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bible camp developers lose latest appeal
Three brothers who want to build a religious camp in Oneida County have been rebuffed by another court as the Wausau-based District III Court of Appeals issued a ruling Nov. 19 denying their latest appeal. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Fred Berner, editor and former owner of the Antigo Daily Journal, dies at 71
Frederick "Fred" A. Berner, 71, whose family owned the Antigo Daily Journal for more than 110 years before selling the newspaper in June, died Monday, Nov. 25, at his desk, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association announced Thursday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Council to discuss possible suspension of administrator Dec. 9
Four days after law enforcement officers from three separate departments executed two search warrants at Rhinelander City Hall, the city's elected officials gathered Monday evening in the Common Council chambers for a regular council meeting. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tangled up
Christina Bredeson found herself tangled in Christmas lights Monday afternoon as she and Peter Hodkiewicz worked to finish the yard decorations outside their home on the corner of Pelham and Keenan streets in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

BINGO!: Rhinelander Lions resurrect weekly games at VFW
Someone left the Nov. 19 Rhinelander Lions Club bingo game at Rhinelander's Ray Rousseau Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3143 with a lot more money then they walked in with after hitting the progressive jackpot that had grown to $2,119.75 on the last game of the evening. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mayor confirms second well taken out of service
Another City of Rhinelander municipal well has been taken out of service due to PFAS contamination. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Work begins on 'American Legion Family Cabin'
In June 2019, a ceremonial groundbreaking took place at Camp American Legion near Lake Tomahawk for a cabin on Thrush Road to be named "The American Legion Family Cabin." (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Nicolet College criminal justice program first in state to have zero student textbook costs
Every college student knows textbooks can get expensive - and fast. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Investigator recommended charges against Guild last summer
Court affidavits obtained in connection with last week's dramatic execution of search warrants at Rhinelander City Hall show that a Price County investigator recommended felony charges last June against Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild, the target of the search warrants. (subscriber access)
Monday, November 25, 2019

RHS newsies
Mallory Myers and Josh Gardner rehearse a scene in Jacobi's Delicatessen as part of the Rhinelander High School production of "Disney Newsies- The Musical." (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 23, 2019

RPD welcomes second K-9 to its ranks
In a simple ceremony Wednesday evening, Rhinelander residents learned about the legacy of an Everest Metro detective killed in the line of duty March 22, 2017 as they welcomed a new K-9 member to the Rhinelander Police Department who will hopefully carry on that legacy. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Guild a 'person of interest' in felony investigation
Officers from three law enforcement agencies executed search warrants Thursday at Rhinelander City Hall as part of an ongoing investigation involving alleged misconduct in public office and tampering with public records. According to Oneida County chief deputy Dan Hess, officers from Oneida, Vilas and Marathon counties executed two warrants beginning at 9:25 a.m.

The search ended at approximately 3:25 p.m., Hess said.

Friday, November 22, 2019

BREAKING: Search warrants executed at Rhinelander City Hall
Officers from three separate Northwoods law enforcement agencies executed two search warrants Thursday at Rhinelander City Hall, according to Oneida County chief deputy Dan Hess.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Northwoods School of Dance to present 'The Nutcracker' Dec. 7
The Northwoods School of Dance will perform its interpretation of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 7 at the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center at Rhinelander High School. Shows are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Van Buren appointed to fill temporary vacancy on school board
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education held a special vote Monday evening to temporarily fill the seat of Ben Roskoskey, who has been called to federal service in the military. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Officers say Teichmiller appeared to be 'avoiding speaking with detectives'
Vilas County supervisor Erv Teichmiller, who is also the chairman of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, has failed to meet with Oneida County detectives who sought on multiple occasions to interview him about conflict-of-interest and other questions raised by The Lakeland Times, the sheriff's department confirmed this week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Rhinelander resident a finalist on 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
As almost anyone who has ever owned a dog and a cat at the same time will attest, there are times when harmonious coexistence is the norm. But, in a the blink of an eye, the same animals can also get along like, well, stereotypical cats and dogs. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Restitution ordered in clinic imprisonment case
Joseph Buza, 71, of Eagle River, has been ordered to pay just over $3.5 million in restitution and damages in connection with his convictions for threatening and imprisoning a Minocqua medical professional. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

One sentenced in St. Germain drug bust
The first of four defendants charged following a raid on a suspected drug house in St. Germain last spring has been sentenced. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

DNR questions language used by city administrator in notice to water customers
The Department of Natural Resources has weighed in on a statement Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild included in a recent notice to city water utility customers in which he appeared to question the "veracity and accuracy" of test results made public this summer showing PFAS chemical contamination in a municipal well. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Council votes to establish consulting relationship with economic development firm, pursue WEDC grant for downtown project
The Rhinelander Common Council is moving forward in establishing a consulting relationship with the Madison firm Redevelopment Resources that could lead to the firm managing the city tax incremental financing districts and providing assistance as the council continues to evaluate a request from Advanced Barrier Extrusions (ABX) for $1 million in public sector money to complete an expansion project. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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