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January 22, 2022


School board approves expansion of 4K program to five days a week
After hearing a round of endorsements from district administrators, building principals and one teacher, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education on Monday approved expanding the 4K program to five full days a week. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Among the trees
An employee of Foley's Tree Service of Tomahawk gets into position to work on a tree early Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2022 on Pelham Street in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

With roll call vote, Oneida County keeps the roll call vote
On a 10-9 vote Tuesday, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors opted not to dispense with traditional roll call voting during its board meetings, rejecting a resolution by supervisor Scott Holewinski to buy an electronic voting system (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Habitat Shed Donation
Habitat for Humanity Northwoods recently donated a much-needed shed to Habitat family member Kelly Craig. The shed was built by the Rhinelander High School building trades class under the direction of instructor Wil Losch. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Court of Appeals denies defendant's petition in OWI homicide case
The Third District Court of Appeals in Wausau has denied a "petition for leave to appeal" filed by 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 in July 2020. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

DOJ special agent testifies during Grant preliminary hearing
Special agent Shane Heiser of the Wisconsin Department of Justice was the lone witness called during the preliminary hearing of former Oneida County sheriff's deputy Stetson O. Grant on Jan. 12. According to a transcript of the hearing, Heiser detailed his investigation of the case, including a review of approximately 50 recordings the complaining witness made of her interactions with the former deputy. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Omicron in the Northwoods: OC health department reports rising numbers
Omicron, the most recent - and to date, the most contagious - variant associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, is moving through the Northwoods. As a result, COVID-19 case numbers are up. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Oneida County tourist rooming house subcommittee continues discussions
Members of the Oneida County subcommittee tasked with looking into the complicated topic of tourist rooming house operations in the county met again Jan. 13. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Records: Plan in place to sample private wells as part of PFAS response
As many as 39 potable wells located near the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport may be sampled for possible PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance) contamination this month, according to correspondence between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a consultant working on behalf of the airport, the City of Rhinelander and Oneida County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

RHS math instructor receives U.S. Navy's 'Impact Influencer Award'
On Thursday, January 6, 2022, Mr. Taylor Kloehn arrived at Rhinelander High School like it was any other day. Outside of a few extra inches of snow, the day was as routine as it could be. As a calculus teacher, he expected to teach his classes, like usual. Answer some math questions, like usual. Assign some homework, like usual. Little did he know, however, that the day was going to take a different direction. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Former deputy bound over for arraignment
Former Oneida County sheriff's deputy Stetson Grant has been bound over for further proceedings following a preliminary hearing in Oneida County Circuit Court Jan. 12. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Crescent Lake District discusses AIS report, budget quandary
Not even halfway through the first month of 2022, the Crescent Lake District (CLD) Board of Commissioners has found itself in a quandary over its 2022 budget, the group's first since its formation was approved by the Oneida County Board of Supervisors on May 18, 2021. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Thomas Fletcher remembered in Crescent
Crescent town chair Joel Knutson, at a Jan. 12 meeting, began his monthly report by voicing condolences to absent town treasurer Carla Fletcher on the death of her 49-year-old son Thomas, who was shot Christmas Eve at the family's cabin in Marinesco, Mich. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

EPA: Air quality in Rhinelander now meets sulfur dioxide standard
Breathe deeply, Rhinelander residents!

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week the Rhinelander area has been formally redesignated to attainment of the most recent federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide, following a collaborative effort involving both agencies and the private sector. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Rhinelander man sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted child enticement
A 43-year-old Rhinelander man will serve 10 years in prison for attempted child enticement following sentencing earlier this month in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

More information on December wolf incident in Crescent
Three weeks after a wolf incident in the town of Crescent, which was documented Dec. 31 in The Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News, more information is available, town chair Joel Knutson shared at the Jan. 12 monthly meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Jarchow says he'll establish civil liberties bureau inside state DOJ
From the very beginning of his race for Wisconsin attorney general, Republican candidate Adam Jarchow has made the protection of religious and individual liberty a centerpiece of his campaign, and now, in an interview with The Lakeland Times, Jarchow says he will, if elected, establish a bureau inside the Department of Justice devoted to that mission. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Kingman to appeal dismissal of wrongful termination lawsuit
Former City of Rhinelander public works director Tim Kingman is set to appeal U.S. District Judge William M. Conley's Dec. 13, 2021 order dismissing the wrongful termination lawsuit he filed against the City of Rhinelander and various city officials back in 2019. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

RHS students have virtual meeting with RHS alum who argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court
Rhinelander High School students in AP Government & Politics recently hosted a virtual guest speaker who has the distinction of being the only person to have roamed the halls of RHS and argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Council approves deed and dedications associated with Swank donation
The Rhinelander City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve the quitclaim deed and dedications associated with the gift of 416.3 acres located in the Town of Crescent from Dr. Lee Swank to the City of Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

Minocqua man sentenced to prison for incident that injured Vilas deputy
A 46-year-old Minocqua man will serve 18 months in prison after pleading no contest to operating while intoxicated (5th or 6th offense) and causing substantial bodily harm to a Vilas County sheriff's deputy. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

Preliminary examination Jan. 17 for man accused in slaying of Rhinelander native
On Jan. 17, Gogebic County prosecutor Nicholas Jacobs will seek to convince a judge there is enough evidence to bind a 30-year-old Pennsylvania man over for further proceedings in connection with the shooting death of a Rhinelander native in Marenisco Township, Michigan on Christmas Eve. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

Bob Heck: A life well-lived
From truly silly to very serious, people flip coins to resolve all sorts of conundrums. For Bob Heck, a coin flip resulted in a movie date with the woman who would become his wife and eventual partner in building a legacy that goes well beyond their family and business to the community they called home for nearly 60 years. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

Offer to patrol candidate puts police department at full strength
With an employment offer made Jan. 6 to a candidate to fill the patrol officer spot left vacant by the promotion of Chad Brown to patrol sergeant, the Rhinelander Police Department is now at full strength, according to the chairman of the Police and Fire Commission. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

Wake boats: A wavy issue
Wake boats have grown in popularity over the past few years, causing tension on area lakes as various lake users attempt to coexist. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

City panel approves commercial site plan on Eisenhower Parkway
Anyone looking to build a commercial building on Eisenhower Parkway in Rhinelander will find slim pickings now that the city plan commission has approved a site plan for a two-occupant commercial building on what little vacant land was still available. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Airport titan Bob Heck dies at 85
The driving force behind the modernization of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has died. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Farmers raise concerns, opposition to proposed manure storage ordinance
Environmentalists marshaled support last week for a proposed code amendment in Oneida County that would significantly expand the regulation of many small and large farming operations, specifically, a proposed manure storage ordinance that could extend well beyond the shoreland zone. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Challenge bowl
Rhinelander was one of several area high schools that competed in the 10th annual Northwoods Regional Tournament of the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl (FICB), Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 at Nicolet College. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Winneconne man receives prison sentence for fatal Minocqua crash
A 32-year-old Winneconne man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison, to be followed by 6 1/2 years extended supervision, in connection with a fatal rollover crash in Minocqua on Sept. 6, 2020. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022


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