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June 7, 2023

Pleas entered in unsafe burning of building cases; one sentenced
A pair of Oneida County men entered pleas last week, resolving felony charges filed in connection with separate incidents where they were alleged to have set their own homes on fire. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Racing on out
James Williams Middle School celebrated the end of the 2022-23 school year with its annual 3K run/walk through the JWMS, Rhinelander High School and Central Elementary School campuses. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

One killed in Hwy. 45 rollover
A 60-year-old man was killed Thursday evening as a result of a one-vehicle rollover on State Highway 45 in the Town of Piehl. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Major Milestone
According to City of Rhinelander Public Works director Randy Myrum, the Oneida Avenue/Lincoln Street intersection was scheduled to be reopened to traffic on Saturday, June 3. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

U.S. sues town of Lac du Flambeau over road dispute
The U.S. Department of Justice sued the town of Lac du Flambeau last week over the town's ongoing impasse with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, saying the town is engaged in intentional and unauthorized use and occupancy of tribal lands as part of the towns' road system. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Newell Street home destroyed by fire
A single-family home on Newell Street in Rhinelander was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Harshaw man facing three felonies in connection with alleged incident in bar
A Harshaw man has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with an alleged incident at a bar on the Willow Flowage. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Arraignment scheduled for former teacher accused of possessing child pornography
An arraignment has been scheduled in Vilas County Circuit Court for the former Minocqua Hazelhurst Lake Tomahawk (MHLT) fourth-grade math teacher accused of possessing child pornography. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

St. Germain town roads now open to year-round ATV/UTV use
The St. Germain Town Board voted unanimously at its meeting on May 25 to open the town's roads for ATV and UTV traffic on a year-round basis with certain exceptions. Their use was already permitted on town roads from May 1 to October 31 of each year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Pothole Patrol stops in Rhinelander
On Tuesday, May 31, Gov. Tony Evers was in Rhinelander as part of his "pothole patrol." He is pictured helping city public works employees fill potholes on Messer Street near Hodag Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Community pauses to remember the fallen
On a sun-drenched Monday morning, Rhinelander residents and visitors gathered at Mike Webster Stadium to remember and honor those who gave their last full measure of devotion for the peace and freedom of all. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 2, 2023

Judge: Racial prejudice is 'obvious' in Oneida County
In a decision handed down in May by outgoing Oneida County circuit court judge Mary Roth Burns, the judge refused a state motion to join two criminal cases together for trial, saying that tying the case of a white woman to that of a black man could harm the woman's case, in part because of the "obvious" link between race and substantial prejudice in Oneida County. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 2, 2023

Supreme Court rolls back EPA regulatory authority over wetlands
In a major win for both property owners and the various states, the United States Supreme Court has delivered a staggering blow to the federal Environmental Protection Agency's ability to usurp state authority to manage water and wetlands, vastly curtailing federal jurisdiction. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 2, 2023

Class of 2023 bids farewell to RHS
The School District of Rhinelander sent 184 new graduates out into the world following commencement exercises Friday evening, May 26, 2023, at the Hodag Dome. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 2, 2023

Council approves use of Hodag Park tennis courts as temporary skate park
The construction of a permanent skate park facility in Rhinelander's Pioneer Park is still in the offing but this summer local skateboard enthusiasts will have another option as the Rhinelander Common Council voted last week to authorize the use of the tennis courts at Hodag Park as a temporary summer skate park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Graduation Practice
Members of the Rhinelander High School Class of 2023 participated in a rehearsal session inside the Hodag Dome on Friday morning, May 26, 2023, in preparation for commencement exercises scheduled for Friday evening. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Probation ordered in explosive device case
A 32-year-old Rhinelander man facing multiple counts of possession of improvised explosives has resolved all of the charges against him by pleading guilty to one count of possession of improved explosives and one count of second degree recklessly endangering safety. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Project Search Graduates First Interns
On Wednesday, Goodwill of North Central Wisconsin (Goodwill NCW) celebrated the first seven interns to graduate from its Project SEARCH site at Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Oneida County zoning committee votes to hire outside counsel
With frustration building over the state's unwillingness to allow Oneida County to amend its shoreland ordinance to allow what other counties have routinely permitted, the Oneida County zoning committee has voted to seek outside legal counsel to determine if it can wage a reasonable fight against the agency. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Task force apprehends 14 fugitives in Wisconsin as 'Operation Capture Hodag' closes 26 felony warrants
The Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force for the Western District of Wisconsin arrested 14 fugitives, including two sex offenders, during a five-day warrant sweep named "Operation Capture Hodag" from May 1-5. "Operation Capture Hodag" focused on apprehending dangerous fugitives located in Vilas, Oneida, and Marathon counties, according to a U.S. Marshal's Service press release.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Sentencing in Woodruff child abuse case set for June
The 37-year-old Woodruff man accused of causing his infant son to suffer a brain injury is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23 after entering a no contest plea to one count of repeated acts of child abuse causing great bodily harm. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Appeals court upholds stepmother's conviction in toddler death case
The District III Court of Appeals in Wausau has denied an appeal filed by a former Newbold woman convicted of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of her toddler stepson. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2023

Final Bow
Members of the Northwoods School of Dance performed a recital "Snow White and the Seven Maidens and Specialty Favorites" on Saturday, May 20. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2023

Former town official sentenced to probation in election fraud case
Former Newbold town supervisor Jim Staskiewicz was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation after pleading no contest to one count of election fraud, a Class I felony. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2023

Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital Foundation donates life-saving equipment to Rhinelander Fire Department
The Rhinelander Fire Department (RFD) has new life-saving technology thanks to a donation from the Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital Foundation.
Friday, May 26, 2023

Oneida County resolution gives Pelican River easement supporters an opening
News analysis

On a 12-6 vote with two abstaining, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution two weeks ago opposing the state's proposed conservation easement purchase in the Pelican River Forest, but a number of equivocations may have given an unintentional boost to easement supporters. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 26, 2023

Woodruff man charged with attempted homicide in parking lot shooting
A 27-year-old Woodruff man is being held in the Oneida County jail on a $100,000 cash bond in connection with a shooting in the parking lot of the Minocqua Wal-Mart store on May 21. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2023

Help appears on the way for local prosecutors
It's been a long time in coming, but help finally appears to be on the way for local prosecutor offices around the state. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2023

Man drowns in Black Oak Lake in Vilas County
A 62-year-old Colorado man drowned Monday in Black Oak Lake in the town of Land O' Lakes. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2023

County prevails in jail death lawsuit
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the family of a 20-year-old man who took his own life while an inmate in the Oneida County jail. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

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