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March 8, 2021

Vruwink named finalist for city administrator position
Pending approval of the Rhinelander Common Council, former Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zachary Vruwink is set to become the next Rhinelander city administrator.

City officials issued a press release Tuesday afternoon announcing that the administrative team had successfully negotiated an employment contract with its "number one candidate for the position of City Administrator." (subscriber access)

Friday, March 5, 2021

UPDATE: Vruwink hired as Rhinelander city administrator
Following a 15-minute open session discussion, the Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve an employment agreement the city's administrative team negotiated with former Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink to serve as Rhinelander city administrator.

Vruwink has been involved in Rhinelander government since May 2020 when he was hired as a consultant.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Snow Day
From left, Grace Cornelius, riding solo; Libbey Buchmann, front, Willow Mutter, back, riding tandem; Evan Shoeder, Sam Caselton and Isaac Mickevicius took turns Thursday afternoon sledding down the big hill at Sarocka Field.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Rhinelander Revisited: Water quality issues resurface
The Northwoods is blessed with an incredible array of natural resources, yet these vast stretches of forests, lakes and rivers have not always been appreciated for their interconnectedness and finite value. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

River News repeats as Division C Newspaper of the Year
With a total of 22 awards, including three first-place honors, the Northwoods River News has been named the Co-Division C Newspaper of the Year in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation's Better Newspaper Contest. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

City Council selects 'lead candidate' for administrator position; negotiations underway
The Rhinelander Common Council appears to be nearing the end of its search for a new city administrator. Following a closed session discussion Monday evening, the council voted unanimously to direct human resources employee Doreen St. Onge to "negotiate a contract with our lead candidate, with the assistance of our attorney to vet or approve the contract agreement." (subscriber access)
Friday, February 26, 2021

Northwood skier
Bob Heideman nears the end of a late afternoon traverse of the cross country ski trails at Northwood Golf Club Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Contractor on dome project penalized $148K for missing deadlines
A construction contractor on the $8.7 million Hodag Sports Complex has been penalized a total of $148,062.50 for failing to meet construction milestones during the construction of the air-supported dome. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 26, 2021

Council supports holding St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously Monday evening to support holding the annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Rhinelander next month. The move comes after the annual Fourth of July and Christmas parades were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 26, 2021

Salzer joins Nicolet College Board of Trustees
The Nicolet College Board welcomed its newest trustee when Joe Salzer was sworn in at the board's February meeting.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Nicolet College Presidential Transition Public Forum March 2
Members of the general public are invited to provide input on the selection of the next president of Nicolet College during the Presidential Transition Public Forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, online and at the Nicolet College Theatre.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Community use of Hodag Dome exceeds expectations
Three weeks after its grand opening, the Hodag Dome is drawing plenty of visitors, according to facility manager Janet Jamison. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Widening Thayer
Jenifer Berger uses the City of Rhinelander's giant snowblower to throw snow into a city dump truck on Thayer Street. Recent snowstorms have been keeping road workers busy.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

'100-year-old' students
Northwoods Community Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school on February 11.
Friday, February 19, 2021

PFC finalizes posting for RPD captain position
With the compensation details resolved by the Common Council, the City of Rhinelander's Police and Fire Commission on Tuesday finalized the job posting for the vacant captain position in the Rhinelander Police Department. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 19, 2021

Lake Tomahawk board, ATV club work toward compromise
Lake Tomahawk town chairman George DeMet spent the better part of an hour discussing the town's all-terrain vehicle and utility vehicle (ATV/UTV) issue with members of the Lake Tomahawk ATV Club at a town meeting Feb. 10. By the time the discussion was over, it appeared that he and the club's new president, Tom Kettler, had reached a compromise of sorts to work together to establish some ATV/UTV trails around the town. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 19, 2021

A story about tourist rooming houses published in our Feb. 16 edition included a poorly-worded headline. Both the Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee and Oneida County Tourism Council recently received briefings on steps the county is taking in terms of the regulation of short-term rental properties, but neither organization has taken a stand on the issue of tourist rooming houses.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Catching some air
Ayden Meyers, 13, found a way to practice snowboarding Thursday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2021.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Discovery deadline extended in Kingman federal case
A federal judge has extended by 90 days the discovery and dispositive motion deadlines in a wrongful termination case filed by former City of Rhinelander public works director Tim Kingman. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Chambers, county take aim at tourist rooming houses
The question of exactly how many tourist rooming houses (TRH) there are in Oneida County was an agenda topic this month for both the Rhinelander Tourist Marketing Committee (RTMC) and the Oneida County Tourism Council (OCTC).

The OCTC met on Feb. 1 and briefly discussed the matter, including how to find out who is running the short-term rentals and where. The RTMC got the answer to that question at its Feb. 9 meeting. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Snow Going
Jeff Dillenberg, warehouse manager at Slumberland Furniture in Rhinelander, endured frigid temperatures Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, while clearing snow from the sidewalk in front of the business along Stevens Street.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Council salutes fire chief on his retirement; Gleason appointed to PFC
Public safety topics dominated the discourse at City Hall Monday evening as the Rhinelander Common Council saluted retiring fire chief Terry Williams, appointed retired police officer and former alderman Tom Gleason to the city's police and fire commission (PFC) and adjusted the police captain wage. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 12, 2021

DPA calls for remaining charge in Guild case to be dismissed in May
The misconduct in public office case against former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild will be dismissed in May, provided the defendant commits no crimes between now and May 6, according to a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) filed by the Oneida County district attorney's office. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 12, 2021

Rhinelander welcomes Tom Jerow as new city forester
Last year Mayor Chris Frederickson authorized an advisory Tree Board with the goal of establishing a mechanism to better manage the city's urban forests. Tom Jerow, who has supported the effort to revive the city's Tree Board, was recently named as Rhinelander's new volunteer city forester. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 12, 2021

Grow North to host Wisconsin SBA for a webinar on the newly re-opened PPP Feb. 18
Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation will hold a webinar at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, hosting the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Wisconsin District Office to discuss the Payroll Protection Program (PPP).
Friday, February 12, 2021

Hodag Sports Club Banquet
Cora Eckrich and Tarsie Goes sell tickets for the TV raffle at the annual Hodag Sports Club fundraising banquet, held Tuesday evening, Feb. 2, 2021, at the Cabaret Cove in Rhinelander.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Grow North's Beyer elected to Wisconsin Economic Development Association Board of Directors
The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) has unanimously elected Brittany Beyer to its Board of Directors. Beyer currently serves as Executive Director of the Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation. The election took place at WEDA's annual meeting on February 4, during the association's annual Governor's Conference on Economic Development, the group announced in a press release.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Lazy Lake Day
Lazy days on the lake are not just for summer. Bright sunshine and an air temperature of 20 degrees brought both ice anglers and snowmobilers to Rhinelander's Boom Lake Thursday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2021.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

School board opts to keep custodians contracted
After more than a month of discussion at the committee level, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted Jan. 18 to seek a bid for custodial services rather than return to the arrangement where the janitorial staff were district employees. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Chamber celebrates accomplishments, resilience
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce (RACC) hosted its 97th Annual Awards Gala on Jan. 28, commemorating the community's successes and resilience during 2020. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Administration hoping to increase in-person instruction at RHS, JWMS
School District of Rhinelander administration is hoping to expand in-person instruction at Rhinelander High School and James Williams Middle School from two to four days per week starting in late February. (subscribe access)
Friday, January 29, 2021

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