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January 18, 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


'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

Printpack employees give to Northwoods United Way
The Northwoods United Way, Inc. recently accepted a donation from Printpack and its employees from the Rhinelander facility. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A look back at the top local news stories of 2019
2019 was a turbulent and transformative year for the Rhinelander area. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Work on secure area at airport to start Jan. 6
Work to expand the secure holding area where passengers wait after clearing security at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will get underway in early January and be completed by the end of March, the airport commission learned during its monthly meeting Dec. 20. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Sheriff's department to sponsor snowmobile safety course
The Oneida County sheriff's office is sponsoring a Wisconsin DNR certified snowmobile safety course to be held in late January. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Natural Reaction
The reintroduction of elk to the state of Wisconsin is an amazing feat of wildlife management. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Forecasts indicate 2020 Wisconsin economy to be robust
Several economic forecasts and other data indicate that Wisconsin's economy is likely to keep on rolling along in 2020, and that's good news for President Donald Trump. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Local 'nonpartisan' referenda efforts find Northwoods success
As they are across the state, proposed referenda questions asking voters if the state Legislature should create a nonpartisan, independent method for drawing congressional and state legislative districts and whether corporate spending in elections should be limited are gaining traction in the Northwoods, with a number of town boards already putting them on their spring election ballots. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

St. Germain denies zoning re-class request
The town board of St. Germain denied a request to re-zone four multi-family residential parcels to downtown business status at a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 18. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A fire not so delightful: Winter fire safety and prevention
Winter has finally settled in and with it comes the importance of winter fire safety and prevention. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

On thin ice: Northwoods ice safety tips
At this time of year, it can be tempting to head out onto the lakes for some ice fishing, but fluctuating temperatures and heavy snow may make the ice unsafe. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Trump administration finalizes new food stamp rule
Working at the behest of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this month the finalization of new food stamp rules which will curtail the ability of states to opt out of food stamp work requirements. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Trump administration finalizes new food stamp rule
Working at the behest of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this month the finalization of new food stamp rules which will curtail the ability of states to opt out of food stamp work requirements. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Commission hires consulting firm to assist with PFAS investigation
The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Commission on Friday approved the hiring of an environmental consulting firm to help coordinate its response to the Department of Natural Resources' allegation that firefighting foam stored and tested at the airport is the most likely cause of PFAS contamination detected in two City of Rhinelander wells. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Packed house for pollinators
Pollinating insects, which are responsible for a significant portion of the fruits and vegetables that humans rely on, are in serious decline. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Oneida County committee approves UW-Extension agent contract
On a 3-1 vote, the Oneida County board's labor relations and employee services committee approved the UW-Extension agent contract Wednesday, with committee member Billy Fried voting in opposition. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Study: Foxconn likely to be an economic drag on Wisconsin
A study released last month by researchers at the conservative Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank at George Mason University, has concluded the state's billion dollar-plus subsidy deal with tech giant Foxconn isn't working and won't, and could cost the state tens of billions of dollars in economic growth over the next 15 years. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Frozen road law now in effect in northern Wisconsin
Wisconsin's frozen road law took effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 for the regions designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as Zones 1 and 2. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Judge orders 234,000 registrations removed from voter rolls
Despite an order from an Ozaukee County circuit judge last Friday to deactivate the registrations of up to 234,000 residents because they may have moved, the Wisconsin Elections Commission took no action this week to do so, opting instead to wait for the outcome of an appeal filed Tuesday by the state Department of Justice. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 19, 2019

St. Germain proposes Second Amendment sanctuary
St. Germain town supervisors Monday debated a proposed resolution to make the municipality a Second Amendment "sanctuary" town. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Some Oneida County snowmobile trails to open Friday
With two exceptions, the Oneida County Funded Snowmobile Trail System, as administered by the Oneida County Forestry, Land, & Recreation Department, will officially open for the 2019-2020 winter season at 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, county forestry officials announced Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 19, 2019

LWVNOW encouraging residents to check their voter registration status
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is encouraging residents to check their registration status after a ​state judge purged​ over 230,000 voters' ability to vote ahead of the 2020 elections. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 19, 2019

With impeachment pending, Trump moves up in polls
While they differ in margin, a parade of polls in the past two weeks finds the American public souring on the idea of removing President Trump from office ahead of next November's election, with several polls showing Trump gaining in support against his Democratic rivals. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

House Democrats reach deal with Trump on trade
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Oneida County committee revisits PTO concerns
The Oneida County board's labor relations and employee services committee is once again discussing the county's paid time off (PTO) system of compensation. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Public works committee supports Three Lakes sign request
The Oneida County board's public works committee on Thursday approved a request from the town of Three Lakes for use of county property for the placement of a town sign. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Camp American Legion to get a new snowplow
Camp American legion will soon have a new plow truck, a 2019 Ram 3/4 ton pickup. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Seed sowing party brings native plant benefits to the Northwoods
Pollinators are responsible for much of the food on our tables as well as in our grocery stores, especially specialty organic markets. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Provisions for larger boathouses could be on the way in Vilas County
When the Vilas County Board of Supervisors gathers for its January meeting it will have a resolution amending a portion of the county's shoreline zoning ordinance pertaining to boathouses to consider. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Mayor releases DHS letter supporting closure of Well 8
Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson has released a letter from the state Department of Health Services supporting his late November decision to take municipal well 8 out of service due to per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Former Arbor Vitae man convicted of child sexual assault
An Oneida County jury deliberated for approximately 2 1/2 hours Wednesday afternoon before convicting Brandon A. Darnick, 27, formally of Arbor Vitae, of first degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a person under age 13) in connection with an incident involving a 2-year-old child nearly six years ago. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Evers whips out executive pen, signs several bills
Until very nearly the end, it was one of the slowest years in decades for new bills being enacted into law, but in the past several weeks Gov. Tony Evers has let the ink flow, signing scores of bills. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

New veterans program coming to Oneida, Vilas counties
Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Javenkoski is happy to have an additional service she can offer the people she likes to refer to as "my veterans."

Last week, at the most recent meeting of the Oneida County board's social services committee, Debbie Meye, a representative for a federal program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families, made a presentation and expressed her intent to add Oneida County to the 10 northern Wisconsin counties she serves with the SSVF. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Project SEARCH continues to provide unique employment opportunities
Project SEARCH offers unique opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities or, as program instructor Jennifer Varsik likes to say, individuals with "varied abilities." (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Jensen keeps talk of a new highway shop alive
The Oneida County Public Works Committee continues to grapple with facility issues. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Evers' office denies request for a single day's emails
News analysis

Resistance to open government can run deep in both major political parties - both are committed to transparency except when they aren't - and the latest brawl is over on the Democratic side, with Gov. Tony Evers' office denying routine requests for the governor's emails. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 23, 2019


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