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July 23, 2019

Mayor seeks to form ad hoc committee on property, infrastructure
Rhinelander Mayor Chris Frederickson is looking for persons interested in serving on a new ad hoc committee that will review property and infrastructure projects in the city. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 22, 2019


BREAKING: PFAS found in Rhinelander municipal well
A Rhinelander municipal well is offline after levels of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were found above the EPA's health advisory (70ng/L) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommended groundwater standard level (20 ng/L), the Oneida County Health Department reported Tuesday. DNR is investigating potential sources of the contamination and is working to determine the extent of the contamination, health officials said in the press release.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Buck Lake Bash
Local musician David Dall entertained children and adults alike last Wednesday, July 17, at Buck Lake Beach. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

severe storms hit area
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

DATCP secretary-designee makes Rhinelander stop
The secretary-designee of a department responsible for a wide swath of government services that impact all Wisconsin residents, as well as tourists visiting the state, made a stop in Rhinelander last week as he makes the rounds of the state. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

City Council meeting rescheduled for July 29
The Rhinelander Common Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 22 was canceled due to an error in posting the agenda. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Reeling them in
Brody Will, age 8, tries to land a cast in the middle of a hula hoop during the casting contest at Eagle Riverís Fishing Day for Kids. Carol Heffner lBrody Will, age 8, tries to land a cast in the middle of a hula hoop during the casting contest at Eagle Riverís Fishing Day for Kids. Carol Heffner l
The Eagle River Fishing Day for Kids was held last Thursday at the fairgrounds in Eagle River and judging from the smiles on nearly 40 kids faces, the future of fishing looked bright. (subscriber access)-
Saturday, July 20, 2019

SDR expected to see increase in state aid
School District of Rhinelander superintendent Kelli Jacobi had two pieces of positive news to share with the Board of Education Monday evening - Rhinelander High School's graduation rate has reached 97 percent and the district is expected to see an estimated 32 percent increase in state aid for the upcoming school year under the 2019-21 biannual budget signed by Gov. Tony Evers July 3. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 20, 2019

OCEDC: Shopko, Petco properties still available
Two large commercial properties in the Rhinelander remain vacant months after their respective occupants ceased operation, despite efforts by the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation to lure new occupants. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Moren trial in doubt as defendant is still waiting for new attorney
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 is in doubt as the defendant continues to wait for attorney to be appointed to represent him. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Grants, donations helping kids in foster care
Many Northwoods children of all ages have been in need of out of home foster care in recent years, an ongoing trend counties continue to deal with. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Crescent Lake Weed Whackers
A crew from Invasive Weed Removal from Tomahawk make a beeline toward their first stop on Crescent Lake early Wednesday morning. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Arbor Vitae residents escape Canadian forest fire
What began as a typical fly-in fishing excursion quickly turned into a life-threatening situation for Eileen and Robert Young of Arbor Vitae as the couple was evacuated not once, but twice in the wake of forest fires raging across Canada. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tractor Supply Co. to replace OfficeMax
The Rhinelander OfficeMax store will be closing in late September and a rural lifestyle retail store will move into its Lincoln Street location, spokespersons for Office Depot, Inc. and Tractor Supply Co. have confirmed to the River News. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 18, 2019

School board selects firm to design sports facilities
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education is moving at a swift pace as it organizes the team that will be tasked with accomplishing the district's goal of building an air-supported dome for indoor practices, competition and community use. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hitting the road
A few campers waited out the early morning rush before exiting the Hodag Country Festival grounds Monday only to end up sitting through an afternoon shower. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lincoln County sheriff issues transient contractor scam alert
Lincoln County sheriff Ken Schneider is advising the public to be aware that transient home improvement scammers are in the area. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 18, 2019

New scam targets business owners in northern Wisconsin
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Wisconsin is warning businesses about a recent scam targeting home improvement contractors in northern Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Sheriff's department recommends misconduct charge for forestry director
The Oneida County sheriff's department is recommending that a felony charge of misconduct in public office be filed against Oneida County forest director John Bilogan, sheriff's department records show. (subscriber access)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lady A. lights up the Hodag
The 2019 Hodag Country Festival hit a high point Saturday night when Lady Antebellum performed before a huge, appreciative crowd. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Contractors express concern about kids playing in construction zone
Contractors working on the Stevens Street reconstruction project have reported a potentially dangerous situation in the work zone - children playing in the dirt piles while heavy equipment is operating. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Northwood Golf Club enjoying strong summer season
As the season moves past the midway mark, Rhinelander's city-owned Northwood Golf Club is welcoming a high volume of golfers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

RPD officer involved in high-speed pursuit
A Rhinelander police officer was involved in a high-speed pursuit Sunday evening after a shoplifting suspect fled the Rhinelander Wal-Mart store and headed toward Vilas County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Baltus charged with felony embezzlement
Kimberly Baltus of Minocqua, the former Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) executive director and a former director of Ascension Sacred Heart-St. Mary's Hospital Foundations, has been charged with one count of felony theft of more than $10,000 in a business setting, or embezzlement, a criminal complaint filed July 9 shows. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Every campsite tells a story: The next generation keeps Hodag Country Festival tradition alive
When you come right down to it, the Hodag County Festival is about much more than the music on the main stage and that is why it has survived for so many years. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Future Rhinelander Academy deadline nears
Want to learn more about local government and how you can participate in it? (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hodag underway
Two members of the band The Northern Lights rev up the Hodag County Festival crowd Thursday evening. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Siblings haul in muskie during holiday visit to Two Sisters Lake
Two Sisters Lake, Oneida County, Newbold Township Friday, July 5, 2019 (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 13, 2019

City to move ahead with parking lot
The vacant Lindey/Kabel property at 34 S. Stevens Street in Rhinelander is set to be converted to a parking lot, following action Monday evening by the city's common council. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Up high for five!
Rhinelander High School senior running back Drake Martin holds up his hand for a youth to high-five during the YMCA of the Northwoods flag football camp on Tuesday afternoon, July 9, 2019. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fire department begins annual Fill the Boot campaign
Starting today, motorists traveling on Stevens Street near the intersection of Dwight Street will not only encounter increased traffic due to the Hodag Country Festival but also members of the Rhinelander Fire Department. (subscriber access)
Thursday, July 11, 2019


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