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December 3, 2022


Former police officer agrees to give up law enforcement certifications in resolution of 'false swearing' case
A criminal case involving a former Minocqua police officer's alleged failure to respond to an intoxicated individual's repeated pleas for help for a female acquaintance, who claims she was sexually assaulted as a result of the delay, was resolved Monday afternoon when Oneida County circuit judge Mike Bloom accepted a plea agreement that ensures the now former officer's career in law enforcement is over. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2022

It's time for the 'Lights'
Organizers of the Lights of the Northwoods holiday display are busy preparing for the event's sixth year. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2022

State agencies propose massive spending increases
They say the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes, but the sayers better get busy editing that one because there's one more certainty that comes to mind, at least in Wisconsin: Government spending will increase every year. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2022

Compassus remembers loved ones with Trees of Love
This is the second year Compassus will light "Trees of Love" at its offices in Rhinelander and Arbor Vitae to acknowledge the pain of loss many feel during the holidays.
Friday, December 2, 2022

Convicted sex offender to be released to community Dec. 6
A convicted sex offender will be released to community supervision in the Rhinelander area later this month, the city police department announced Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2022

Council hears update on skate park, splash pad projects
The City of Rhinelander has exciting plans for additional amenities in the realm of outdoor recreation - including a skate park and a splash pad - and is looking at potential locations including historic Pioneer Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Become a bell ringer
The Rhinelander Salvation Army is looking for bell ringers this holiday season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

County rejects regulations for shipping containers
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors has torpedoed an attempt to impose countywide zoning regulations for shipping containers - there are none specific to containers now - with a proposed ordinance failing on a tie 8-8 vote, with four abstentions and one absent. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Nicolet educators share experience delivering flexible college classes at national conference
Nicolet College's expertise and effectiveness with providing highly flexible learning options for students seeking a college education was on full display recently at the national CBExchange conference, which drew hundreds of educators from across the country.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

School District of Rhinelander releases school accountability report card ratings
The School District of Rhinelander has received its latest "report card" from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The district received a report card rating of 66.8, which "meets expectations" according to the state's rating system, school officials announced in a press release. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Defendant in drug death case back in jail on bail jumping charges
The 24-year-old St. Germain woman charged with first-degree reckless homicide-drug delivery (as party to the crime) in connection with the death of a Town of Pelican man last April is facing two new counts of felony bail jumping for allegedly continuing to contact her codefendant in the case. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Stevens Point man enters no contest plea in Minocqua OWI homicide case
A 38-year-old Stevens Point man has entered a no contest plea to one count of homicide by use of a motor vehicle with a prohibited blood alcohol content, a Class D felony. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

State budget surplus swells to more than $6 billion
A new report from the Wisconsin Department of Administration estimates that the state will have a record surplus at the end of the fiscal year - along with a moderate increase in state revenues - and an all-time high in the state's Rainy Day, or Budget Stabilization, Fund, prompting a conservative group to renew its call to eliminate the state's income tax. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Fire destroys structure on Black Lake Road in McNaughton
Several local fire departments responded to a structure fire Tuesday, Nov. 22, on Black Lake Road in McNaughton. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ready, set, investigate: House Judiciary Republicans ready to probe FBI, DOJ
With a House majority secured, House Judiciary Republicans are ready to launch a series of extensive probes against the Biden administration once they take the reins of committee power, including and especially investigations of the Department of Justice and the FBI. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Judge denies motion to dismiss case against former school custodian
After hearing testimony from the School District of Rhinelander's network administrator regarding video footage of a hallway and alcove at Northwoods Community Elementary School, Oneida County circuit judge Mike Bloom on Monday denied a defense motion to dismiss the child sexual assault case against former school custodian Stavros Iliopoulos. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 25, 2022

Shrek Finale
Members of the Rhinelander High School drama department recently completed a successful run producing their version of "Shrek the Musical" at the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 25, 2022

Attorney explains resolution of city's relationship with firm that managed golf complex
The City of Rhinelander and Green Golf Partners, the outside firm that managed the city-owned Northwood Golf Club from 2018 to 2022, have resolved all matters associated with the termination of their business relationship. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 25, 2022

Dairy donation: Local food pantry receives two pallets of milk through the Giving Cow Project
Through the Dairy Farmers of America and Kemps, a regional dairy brand, the Giving Cow Project provides specially designed, shelf-stable milk to food pantries. The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP) recently received two pallets of this milk to supplement the Hodag Kids programs.
Friday, November 25, 2022

Former police officer to enter plea in misconduct, perjury case
Former Minocqua police officer Kaleb Punzel is due in court after the Thanksgiving holiday. According to online court records, Punzel is scheduled for a plea/sentencing hearing on the afternoon of Nov. 28. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 25, 2022

DNR secretary Cole announces retirement
Gov. Tony Evers has announced that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary Preston Cole will be retiring from the Evers administration effective on Nov. 23, 2022, after a 35-year career in public service.
Friday, November 25, 2022

Council approves purchase of electronic poll books
Less than a week after the general election, the Rhinelander Common Council approved an equipment purchase geared toward simplifying the voting process for voters and poll workers alike. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Pumpkin Lesson
The 4K students at Central Elementary School in Rhinelander recently enjoyed a hands-on lesson on the fall harvest of pumpkins. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

No decision yet on administrator search
The Rhinelander Common Council met Friday evening to discuss the status of the city administrator search process only to emerge after less than 15 minutes with "nothing to report". (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Northwoods School of Dance to present 'The Nutcracker' Dec. 10
On Saturday, Dec.10, the Northwoods School of Dance, along with the non-profit Dance Northwoods group, will perform their interpretation of "The Nutcracker" in the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center at Rhinelander High School. The two shows are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

DOT blocks Minocqua Brewing Company's new access with concrete barriers
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has swooped in and placed concrete barriers to block a new driveway access off Hwy. 51 for the Minocqua Brewing Company, after the company created the access without DOT permits. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

State adds two felony counts in Wildcat case
The state has filed two new charges against Laurie Wildcat, the 24-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman who has already entered a not guilty plea to one count of hit-and-run involving death, a class D felony. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Thompson and Poupart await pre-trials
A Lac du Flambeau couple charged with child neglect resulting in death are awaiting judicial pre-trials. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Council hears presentation on potential locations for new city well
Three years after two City of Rhinelander wells were shut down for the protection of the public, the common council had a wide-ranging discussion Monday evening as to the next phase of the city's response to the PFAS (per-and polyfluorinated substances) contamination issue. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 18, 2022

History is made as Burns is formally installed as circuit judge
Her hand on a small Bible her father carried with him while serving in World War II, Mary L. Roth Burns made history last Friday afternoon as she was formally installed as the first female circuit court judge in the history of Oneida County. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 18, 2022


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