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February 16, 2020

Jacobson reflects on long career with county
Jamie Taylor/river newsMaria Kapellen presents Dianne Jacobson, far right, with a retirement present, while Dr. Walt and Donna Gager look on, during an open house Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at the ADRC of Oneida County.
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Maria Kapellen presents Dianne Jacobson, far right, with a retirement present, while Dr. Walt and Donna Gager look on, during an open house Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at the ADRC of Oneida County.
Thursday marked the end of Dianne Jacobson's nearly 23-year career working with older adults, the last eight of which were spent as the director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Oneida County. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 4, 2020


Canadian man arrested for recklessly endangering safety after striking 13 vehicles in Lake Tomahawk
A 52-year-old Canadian man was arrested Friday evening after the vehicle he was operating allegedly struck a number of parked vehicles in the town of Lake Tomahawk.
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Oneida Vilas Transit Commission to pursue Rhinelander facility
After months of exploring different options, the Oneida Vilas Transit Commission believes it has identified a facility that would not only support its operations but also allow for garage storage to house its buses. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Former CNA accused of sexual assault scheduled to stand trial in August
A 19-year-old Arbor Vitae man accused of sexually assaulting patients at a Minocqua residential facility last spring while working as a nursing assistant is scheduled to stand trial in August. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Zunker: An advocate and activist from an early age
From the age of 12, at least, Tricia Zunker has been an advocate and an activist, joining picket lines as a child, later overcoming underdog odds to win a seat as an associate justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court and also winning election to the Wausau school board and becoming the board's president. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Lawrence Dale says 7th district race a referendum on GOP policies
An independent businessman and Democratic candidate for the seventh congressional district, Lawrence Dale ended up in the Northwoods about a quarter-century ago just like many others who find their way here - he came for a visit and never left. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Attorney makes case for absolving airport as source of PFAS contamination
An attorney representing the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport and the two municipalities that operate it - the City of Rhinelander and Oneida County - has officially requested the Department of Natural Resource "clarify or rescind" a letter it issued to the airport in early December identifying it as the most likely source of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) detected last year in two municipal wells. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

RTMC still seeking agreement with city on room tax
The Rhinelander Tourism & Marketing Committee (RTMC) is still hoping to reach an agreement with the City of Rhinelander to keep the city and town of Pelican in a room tax zone, and the city appears interested in accomplishing the same goal, however getting all of the necessary parties into the same room to discuss the issue is proving to be a challenge. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

'In poor condition and getting worse': A look at road conditions in the Lakeland area
It's no secret that many Wisconsin roads are in rough shape and the Lakeland area is no exception. To make matters worse, the situation often becomes more pronounced in the winter months, as areas that were repaired months earlier quickly buckle under the pressure of winter weather. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Johnson, Baldwin introduce legislation to rename area post office after Einar Ingman
U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin introduced bipartisan legislation this week to rename a Tomahawk post office after Einar "Sarge" H. Ingman Jr., a Korean War veteran whose single-handed destruction of two machine gun nests near Maltari in 1951 allowed his squad to secure its objective. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Illinois man dies in Vilas County snowmo crash
One person is dead following a snowmobile accident Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 4, in the town of Conover. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 8, 2020

DNR asking Wisconsin fire departments to report use of PFAS-containing firefighting foam
A statewide survey on the use and storage of PFAS-containing firefighting foams at Wisconsin fire departments is currently being conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey Center (UWSC), on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Airport commission, DNR still at odds over responsibility for PFAS contamination
Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport officials remain hopeful that the airport will soon be absolved as the party responsible for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination detected in two City of Rhinelander wells last year, but a Department of Natural Resources official said this week he is unsure why Rhinelander officials are expecting the agency to execute a quick about-face on this complicated issue. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Tom Tiffany stresses his conservative credentials, roots in the North
Tom Tiffany, the Northwoods state senator running for the Republican nomination to replace Sean Duffy in the seventh congressional district, has a pretty straightforward message for voters: He is a proven conservative with deep roots in the district, and he will help President Trump take on Washington bureaucrats, just as he has fought for reform in the state Legislature. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jason Church says his campaign is about service to his country
One of Jason Church's campaign slogans in his race to replace Sean Duffy in the seventh congressional district is "Serve. Fight. Do what's right." (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 6, 2020

NEWS ALERT: School board offers district superintendent position to Port Washington principal
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday evening to offer the district superintendent position to Port Washington High School Principal Eric Burke.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lake Tom planning commission recommends ATV survey
The Lake Tomahawk town board may soon ask residents to answer "one simple question" - should all-terrain and utility vehicles be allowed on all roads within town boundaries? (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Oneida land and water committee talks manure
Manure storage was a hot topic when the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Committee met Jan. 14 in the Northwoods Center at Nicolet College. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

School choice sides duel at the Capitol
Last week was National School Choice Week, and both supporters and opponents of school vouchers took to the statehouse to rally their respective troops. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Oneida County judge dismisses walking quorum complaint
An Oneida County circuit court judge has dismissed an open-meetings complaint filed by the general manager of The Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Delta announces extra flights out of Rhinelander airport this summer
Strong passenger volume has prompted Delta Airlines to add extra flights between Rhinelander and Minneapolis this summer, Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Director Matt Leitner announced this week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Firefighters respond to McNaughton Correctional Center call
Firefighters were able to contain a fire in the sawmill of the McNaughton Correctional Center on Monday. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Entries sought from the Grow North area for 2020 Governor's Business Plan Contest
Producers of the 17th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest are hoping to see entries from the Grow North area before this year's deadline. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Airport will have extra flights this summer
The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport commission received word Monday morning that the midday round trip flight to Minneapolis will return this summer, along with a bonus fourth flight on Saturday evenings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Open government vs. open government
Many people will likely remember (or still indulge in) Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy, two almost identical Cold War creatures, except that one was dressed in all white and the other in all black, who spent most of their time trying to outwit the other, usually with absurd consequences. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

St. Germain board pares down referenda questions for April election
Following a special meeting Wednesday, the St. Germain town board decided to reverse course and pose only two referenda questions to voters this April. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Cabinet secretaries gather for roundtable at Nicolet
Just over 12 hours after Gov. Tony Evers gave his second State of the State address in Madison several of his cabinet members met Thursday morning with regional economic, education, financial and social agency leaders at Nicolet College in Rhinelander to discuss ways to boost the economy of northern Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Oneida County again votes not to borrow for capital projects
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors once again debated whether to borrow money to pay for needed capital improvement projects (CIP), and this week the board again rejected the idea, choosing instead to avail itself of ready cash already sitting in its general fund. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 23, 2020

WPS reminds customers to wipe out winter hazards by keeping meters, appliance vents clear
With multiple inches of snow and ice covering north central Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is reminding its customers to stay safe by clearing snow and ice off natural gas meters and appliance vents. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Wisconsin lawmakers approve firefighting foam restrictions
MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin Republicans signed off Tuesday on a bill that would impose new restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals in the hopes of reducing soil and water contamination, despite Democrats' complaints that the proposal would accomplish next to nothing. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Nicolet College Learning in Retirement launches 2020 winter/spring session
The Learning in Retirement program at Nicolet College will offer nearly 50 different courses this winter through spring that cover a broad range of topics that include natural resources, the arts, travel, film, history, current events, local tours, and many others. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Oneida Vilas Transit Commission tables lease decision
The Oneida Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) voted earlier this month to table further discussion on the possibility of leasing or purchasing a new facility in Eagle River. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Three contested races for Oneida County Board of Supervisors
There will be three contested races for the 21-member Oneida County Board of Supervisors this spring, according to the Oneida County Clerk's office. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Three arrested in Eagle River meth raid
The Eagle River Police Department, with assistance from the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) and the state Department of Justice Clandestine Lab Unit executed a search warrant at 916 E. Pine Street at approximately 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

7th Congressional District candidates to debate on WPR
Primary candidates for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District will debate live on The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) in the coming weeks. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Group suing Evers says interview contradicts his legal arguments
The conservative MacIver News Service sued Gov. Tony Evers in August for barring its reporters from a press briefing and for purposefully withholding press notifications from its journalists, and now the group suing on MacIver's behalf says Evers' own words are contradicting his lawyer's arguments. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

'The fight's going to be with the county'
The Cassian Town Board on Monday approved a petition from Medford-based James Peterson and Sons which is seeking a rezone to accommodate an expansion of its gravel pit operation. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 18, 2020

St. Germain board to pose Second Amendment sanctuary question to voters via referendum
The St. Germain town board voted Monday to take the question of whether their community should be a "Second Amendment sanctuary" to the voters in the form of a referendum. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Lake Tomahawk board hears question about PFAS
Recent issues the city of Rhinelander has experienced regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination was the basis for a question posed to the Lake Tomahawk town board last week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

dog licensing helps humane society
Brady, adopted from the Oneida County Humane Society in 2015, gets his annual license, and he wants to remind Oneida County dog owners that when a dog is licensed, owners are not only following the law but are helping support the services of OCHS, allowing them to help more animals like him. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Supreme Court refuses to take voter purge case
In a week of fast-moving developments, the state Supreme Court declined to bypass the state appeals court and take up the contested potential removal of more than 200,000 people from the state's voter rolls, giving Democrats at least a temporary victory in their bid to keep those voters on the books for the 2020 presidential contest. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bilogan files statutory notice of claim against Oneida County
Former Oneida County forestry director John Bilogan has filed a statutory notice of claim or potential claims against Oneida County, alleging breach of contract, wrongful termination, civil conspiracy, and a violation of his civil and contractual rights. (subscriber access
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

County, Frontier at odds over severed telecom line
The Oneida County Public Works Committee was advised last Thursday of an ongoing financial dispute between the county and telecom provider Frontier Communications over a severed telecom line. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association endorses Tiffany
The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association (GLTPA) announced Thursday, Jan. 9, its endorsement of State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) for Congress. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Northern Wisconsin continues to hemorrhage population
Northern Wisconsin rang in the new year with yet more discouraging economic news, with Semco Windows & Doors of Merrill announcing its permanent closure and the loss of at least 120 jobs forever. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Conservative group wants elections commission held in contempt
Arguing that the state elections commission has refused to comply with a court order requiring the commission to purge outdated voter registrations from state voter rolls, the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) filed a motion last week to hold the commission in contempt of court. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

WIS 47 public involvement meeting to be conducted by DOT Jan. 15
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will conduct a public involvement meeting later this month to discuss proposed improvements to State Highway 47, from Kildeer Road in Oneida County to the Vilas County line. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Police identify snowmobilers who died in Lake Nokomis accident (UPDATED)
Police identify snowmobilers who died in Lake Nokomis accident

The Oneida County sheriff's office has identified the two snowmobilers killed early Sunday morning following a snowmobile accident on Lake Nokomis.

David Erdman, 31, of Hubertus and Kurtis W. Shernell, 27, of Hustisford, died when their snowmobilers plunged into Lake Nokomis, the department announced Monday.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Ad hoc committee to review dome project
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education has a busy month of January ahead of it as it is expected to select finalists in the search for a new district superintendent and finalize the details of the new Hodag Sports Complex. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Falconers convicted of bartering Vilas County raptor
Falconers from Michigan and Wisconsin pled guilty on Dec. 30, 2019 in U.S. District Court in Madison for conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act - which makes it unlawful to transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase illegally captured wildlife, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Statewide availability of marriage certificates to expand
Oneida County Register of Deeds Kyle Franson has announced that it will soon be easier to obtain a copy of your marriage certificate. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 2, 2020


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