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City panel votes to modify Heal Creek proposal
The city of Rhinelander Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee on Monday approved a modification to the joint proposal it has submitted with the town of Crescent to purchase the Heal Creek property from Oneida County. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

City working with MSA on multi-use trail study
The city of Rhinelander is working with MSA Professional Services on two multi-use trail studies - one along the Pelican River and one along the Wisconsin River. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bounce house ordinance bounced back to the drawing board
The city of Rhinelander's long-discussed bounce house ordinance is headed for a rewrite after the Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee on Monday learned new information requiring a change. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Get ready for bitterly cold temperatures this weekend
Dangerously cold temperatures and frigid wind chills are in the forecast for much of Wisconsin this week. ReadyWisconsin is reminding everyoneto take precautions to save safe.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Open or closed? Debate over ordinance amendment illustrates city's confidentiality confusion
The city of Rhinelander Finance, Wage and Salary Committee had a lively debate recently about a proposed schedule change for some city workers, only the debate wasn't about the schedule change. It was about whether the topic should be discussed in open or closed session. (Subscriber access)
Friday, February 20, 2015

City holds informational session on premier resort area tax
The city of Rhinelander began lobbying for approval of a premier resort area tax Monday with an informational session for affected businesses. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Council approves assessor contract for two years
After going from five years to one year to two years, the city of Rhinelander has finalized the contract for its property assessor for 2015 and 2016. (Subscriber access)
Monday, February 16, 2015

City council to discuss administrator performance review, employment agreement April 20
The Rhinelander City Council will discuss a performance review of, and employment agreement with, city administrator Blaine Oborn at a special meeting set for 5 p.m. April 20. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Input pouring in on future of Heal Creek site
As Oneida County mulls what to do with 272 acres of land just outside of Rhinelander, members of the public have been busy lobbying to influence that effort. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DRI responds to petition to dissolve BID
After months of rumors that a petition to terminate the downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and effectively defund Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) was being circulated, speculation became reality last week when Gerald Shidell submitted the petition to city officials. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Contract with city assessor draws ire
Members of the city of Rhinelander's Finance, Wage and Salary Committee expressed their displeasure last week after learning the city is committed to a particular property assessor for the next year because city administrator Blaine Oborn failed to bring contract proposals forward in a timely manner. (Subscriber access)
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Petition submitted to dissolve downtown BID
The city of Rhinelander has received a petition from a group of commercial property owners who are seeking to dissolve the downtown business improvement district (BID) and effectively defund Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI). (Subscriber access)
(1 comments)

Friday, February 6, 2015

City panel decides against delaying website upgrade
The city of Rhinelander Finance, Wage and Salary Committee on Tuesday rejected a request from city administrator Blaine Oborn to delay the planned upgrade of the city's website. (Subscriber access)
Friday, February 6, 2015

City, chamber to collaborate on economic development strategies
The city of Rhinelander will collaborate with the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce on an economic development session tentatively scheduled for March 13. (Subscriber access)
Friday, February 6, 2015

DEVELOPING: Federal law enforcement in Hazelhurst
Federal law enforcement agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were in Hazelhurst Wednesday morning, but what happened has not been publicly released.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mobile home fire
The Rhinelander and Pelican fire departments, in conjunction with the Rhinelander Police Department, responded to a structure fire at 329 Woodland Heights Terrace at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Stevens Street fire
The Rhinelander and Pelican fire departments, in conjunction with the Rhinelander Police Department, responded to a structure fire at 1327 Stevens Street at approximately 6:50 a.m. Friday morning.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Former treasurer of Little Rice VFD spared jail time in plea deal
The former treasurer of the Little Rice Volunteer Fire Department accused of diverting approximately $2,300 in department funds for her own use was spared jail time and a felony conviction as part of a plea agreement finalized Wednesday, Jan. 28. (Subscriber access)
Friday, January 30, 2015

Confidentiality policy update postponed
With the dust starting to settle in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the process used by city officials to relay information to council members regarding a drop in the assessed value of the Expera paper mill and its impact on the city's 2015 budget, the Finance, Wage and Salary Committee was set to discuss city policies regarding open meetings, open records and the process used to decide which information should be kept confidential.(Subscriber access)
(1 comments)

Friday, January 30, 2015

City to work with county on ambulance fee increase
The ambulance fees charged by the city of Rhinelander may be increased later this year following action Tuesday by the city's Protection of Persons and Property Committee, though when the increase will be implemented, and how much of an increase will be approved, has yet to be determined. (Subscriber access)
(3 comments)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

City to lobby in favor of its Heal Creek proposal
The city of Rhinelander is gearing up to lobby the county and the public in support of a proposal it submitted in conjunction with the town of Crescent to purchase a section of 272 acres of county-owned land outside of Rhinelander. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Law enforcement, school officials conduct 'routine' search of high school
Rhinelander High School was locked down Thursday morning for a "routine administrative search," the Oneida County Sheriff's Office announced in a press release.
(2 comments)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Courtney Street flagpole wall vandalized
There's an extra piece of "art" on the base of the flagpole that holds the American flag that flies above Courtney Street in Rhinelander. It won't be there for long, however.
(1 comments)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Five arrested in meth bust
UPDATED: Five individuals have been arrested on meth-related charges after authorities executed a search warrant at a location on Margaret Street in Rhinelander Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

City Council directs panel to develop new policies in aftermath of assessment debacle
For the first time since the city of Rhinelander's 2015 budget was approved Dec. 8, the City Council came together to discuss the controversy surrounding the process used by city officials to relay information to council members regarding a drop in the assessed value of the Expera paper mill. (Subscriber access)
(2 comments)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

City Council reviews claims stemming from accidents involving police officers
The Rhinelander City Council on Monday approved one claim against the city but will wait for more information on another before making a final decision. (Subscriber access)
(1 comments)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

City truck struck from behind
The Rhinelander Police Department and the Rhinelander Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at the corner of Shepard Street and Barnes Street Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Accident on Pelican Street
The Rhinelander Police Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on the 600 block of Pelican Street at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Monday, January 12, 2015

City panel watches video on local transportation funding
The city of Rhinelander will be posing a special referendum question to voters in April regarding the implementation of a premier resort area tax. (Subscriber access)
Friday, January 9, 2015

City panel hears updates on downtown project, railroad crossing and running water credits
Two city committees received updates on various public works related projects on Monday. (Subscriber access)
Friday, January 9, 2015


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