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August 25, 2019

School board hires consultant to lead search for superintendent
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education took another step toward finding its next district administrator Monday evening when it voted unanimously to hire consultant Bruce Miles to assist in the recruitment effort. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 22, 2019


Rolling right along
Workers take measurements as they put down artificial turf at Mike Webster Stadium in Rhinelander Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 24, 2019

City receives $146K in PRAT revenue in third payment of 2019
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) recently announced the latest disbursement of Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) receipts to the seven municipalities that have been authorized to charge the extra half cent on the dollar (0.05%) in sales tax on tourism-related items. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Round and roundabout
Area motorists had an opportunity Tuesday to try out the new roundabout at the intersection of U.S. Highways 8 and State Highway 47 as it was partially opened for use.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Oneida County Highway Department continues to mull capital improvement options
As Oneida County continues to look at capital improvements, one "big ticket" type item on the list of considerations will likely continue to be the future of the county's highway department property on Kemp Street in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bob Mainhardt for the river news hardware hank comes down
Workers have started demolishing the building at 129 Brown Street in Rhinelander which once housed the Hardware Hank store. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

cops on a rooftop
Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier and Oneida County deputy Mike Baran wave from the roof of the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Rhinelander Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

City receives $77,000 in bills from law firm
The city of Rhinelander has received invoices totally approximately $77,000 for professional services rendered by the von Briesen & Roper law firm during the months of May and June as well as for services associated with the firm's investigation into four city personnel complaints. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Guild: Kingman personnel file 'inappropriately removed' from city files
The personnel file of former City of Rhinelander Director of Public Works Tim Kingman was "inappropriately removed" from city files, according to city administrator Daniel Guild. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

PFAS found in Crescent Town Spring
The Town of Crescent and the Oneida County Health Department have announced the results of recent tests on the Crescent Town Spring located at 3171 S. River Road. (subscriber access)
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Town of Crescent, county health department announce Crescent spring test results
The Town of Crescent and the Oneida County Health Department have announced the results of recent tests on the Crescent Spring on S. River Road.

"The test results indicate significantly elevated levels of PFHxS (perfluorohexanesulfonic acid)," the town and health department announced in a joint press release.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Tower Climbers
A team of workers this week began the process of upgrading the AT&T cellphone hardware on the Courtney Street tower in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

2019 Vets and Guides Event a huge success
An eagle perched in a tree overhead as veterans arrived for the 2019 Vets and Guides Event Aug. 7 in Lake Tomahawk. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Eager to repeat: Hodag squad with five new starters looks to start another GNC championship streak
In terms of dramatics, it will be hard to top what the Rhinelander High School girls' tennis team accomplished last year. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

City Council approves new sex offender ordinance
The Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously Monday to enact a new activity/residency ordinance directed at convicted sex offenders. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Rossing resigns from sheriff's office
Oneida County detective sergeant, and Rhinelander city alderman, Ryan Rossing will leave his employment with the county later this month, sheriff Grady Hartman confirmed this week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

City, sheriff's department discussing dispatch issues
The Oneida County Sheriff's Department is remodeling its 9-1-1 dispatch center and is looking to the city of Rhinelander for a contribution to the project. In addition, the county is seeking to put existing agreements between the police and sheriff's departments in writing. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Frustrated alderman wants more information from city department heads
A Rhinelander alderman expressed concern Monday about the lack of reports coming out of the city's water and wastewater departments following the announcement last month that municipal well No. 7 had been taken offline due to the presence of PFAS contaminates. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

City planning commission learns about wellhead protection
During a recent meeting of the Rhinelander Planning Commission, city administrator Daniel Guild addressed the city's need to update its wellhead protection policy to prevent contaminates from getting into the city's drinking water supply. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Glimpse of the future
Rhinelander High School alumni of all ages gathered in the downtown business district Saturday for the annual all-class reunion. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Rhinelander roundabout to open week of Aug. 19
Motorists will soon experience driving on the roundabout taking shape at the intersection of U.S. Highway 8 and State Highway 47 in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Site plan for Aspirus Clinic addition clears planning commission
The City of Rhinelander Plan Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the site plan for an addition to the Aspirus Clinic building at the intersection of State Highway 17 and Stevens Street that would double the size of the building. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 10, 2019

ArtStart art retreat to return for third year
In collaboration with the Rhinelander District Library, ArtStart art galley in Rhinelander will hold its third School of the Arts Legacy Program from Sept. 26-29. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Thursday City Council meeting canceled
Quorum issues continue to bedevil the Rhinelander Common Council as the panel on Thursday canceled its third meeting in less than three weeks. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Downtown gets 'Redikulus'
Shoppers took advantage of a break in the rain Wednesday to look for deals during the annual Redikulus Dae event in downtown Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Baldwin, Cole get feedback on timber program
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole spent over an hour in the Rhinelander area Tuesday listening to representatives from the federal and state government agencies that deal with forests, members of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and other stakeholders explain what parts of the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) are working well and what changes they would like to see made to the federal program. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Moren trial off as defendant is still without legal representation
The September jury trial of a 22-year-old Rhinelander man charged with five felony counts related to an alleged physical and sexual assault of an elderly town of Pelican woman in June 2018 was called off Monday as the search for a public defender to handle his case has so far proven fruitless. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Defense files motion to compel discovery in Iliopoulos case
A hearing on a defense motion to compel discovery has been set for today, Aug 8, in the case of a Tomahawk man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Northwoods Community Elementary School student last November. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Evers approves improvements to U.S. Highway 45
Governor Tony Evers has signed a $1.7 million contract which will fund improvements to U.S. Highway 45 in Eagle River. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Wolfe demands speedy trial on amended homicide charge, stands mute
A demand for a speedy trial Monday in Iron County Circuit Court has pushed up the expected final jury panel to be called to determine the fate of a man accused of being involved in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man in 2017. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Westfahl appointed to tourism council
Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Krystal Westfahl, executive director of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, to the Governor's Council on Tourism. A press release from the governor's office stated the council advises the agency as it develops and enacts the strategic plan to advance tourism. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 8, 2019


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