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December 5, 2021

Council backpedals in wake of backlash over Delta 8 ordinance
Hit with complaints from merchants and consumers of Delta 8 THC, the Rhinelander City Council appears poised to replace the ordinance it approved on Oct. 25 with a new version. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 3, 2021

Circle of Compassion
An unidentified woman and her young daughter are comforted by first responders following a recent traffic accident on State Highway 47 just south of County K. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 3, 2021

Preliminary hearing scheduled in Miller homicide case
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Christopher Terrell Anderson in the death of his former girlfriend, Hannah Miller, on a local roadside June 30 and his public defender counsel remains on the case. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 3, 2021

Rhinelander High School and Habitat for Humanity collaborate on shed project
The RHS Residential Construction class recently completed a collaborative project with Northwoods Habitat for Humanity. The team built an 8 x 12 gable shed for a local family that was a recent Habitat for Humanity awardee.
Friday, December 3, 2021

Oneida County social services committee hears update on 'veterans village of tiny houses'
The Oneida County board's social services committee heard an update Nov. 23 regarding a proposed "village of tiny houses" for veterans to be built in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 3, 2021

St. Germain to investigate concerns over dog-breeding operation
The town of St. Germain will contact property owners who may be in violation of multiple ordinances due to a dog-breeding operation. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 3, 2021

WILL, Walker ask U.S Supreme Court to take press freedom case
Acting on behalf of former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) recently submitted an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the high court to take a press freedom case in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 3, 2021

Schools closing - from Covid burnout, not Covid
The mass closings of schools and the loss of in-person instruction during the Covid-19 pandemic have been roundly criticized as catastrophically harmful to children, yet in the current school year many school districts have continued to routinely send students home for short closures or class quarantines when positive cases show up. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 3, 2021

Economists: Higher inflation could be a deliberate strategy to reduce debt ratio
News analysis

During the first year of Joe Biden's presidency, as inflation has spiked to its highest year-over-year increases in 30 years, the administration has assured the nation that the price increases are temporary. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 3, 2021

Expert offers new take on DNA evidence as former custodian pushes for new trial
Just over two years after Stavros Iliopoulos was convicted of forcing a child into a janitor's closet at Northwoods Community Elementary School and committing a sexual assault, his appellate attorney is arguing the former custodian's trial attorney provided "ineffective assistance of counsel" and the jury might have come to a different decision if the defense attorney had secured an expert to review the state's DNA findings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

SDR's Burke champions connecting schools with businesses through Inspire Rhinelander
The traditional education model has high school seniors taking one of three paths upon graduation: enrollment in a university or technical college, military service or a move directly into the workforce. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Site plan approved for downtown Rhinelander art park
Following a spirited discussion regarding the possible inclusion of a modified shipping container in the plan, the City of Rhinelander planning commission on Nov. 16 formally approved a proposal from ArtStart for the creation of an ArtPark. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Democrats push climate change package of 22 bills
State Democratic lawmakers have introduced a far-reaching package of bills aimed at combatting climate change, including the creation of model academic standards related to climate change and establishment of a Wisconsin Climate Corps, which would sponsor projects relating to climate resilience, environmental justice, and more. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Anderson wants to dismiss appointed attorney, hire private counsel in Miller homicide case
Christopher Terrell Anderson, charged with the first-degree intentional homicide of his former girlfriend on a local roadside, made an appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court Monday afternoon at which time he repeated a Latin phrase indicating that he does not wish to proceed without an attorney. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Dome bonus hours
While the outside temperature Tuesday morning was in the upper 20s, people looking to play pickleball, walk, run or take batting practice found conditions much more comfortable inside the Hodag Dome. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Former alderman announces intent to run for mayor
Former alderman Steve Sauer has announced plans to run for mayor of the City of Rhinelander this spring. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Some hunting traditions remain: Tomahawk Venison Feed still draws a crowd
Hunting season in Wisconsin is steeped in tradition. While hunter participation in all types of hunting is down, anyone driving north on Highway 51 last Friday afternoon, or who stopped at a gas station on any major highway, might think otherwise. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Swank to donate land to the city for silent sports use
Two years after donating $500,000 to the Hodag School Foundation, kicking off a project that led to the construction of the $8.2 million sports complex that includes the Hodag Dome, Dr. Lee Swank is set to transfer approximately 416.3 acres of land to the City of Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Library trustees seek legal review on project manager RFP
The search for a person to manage whatever construction project the Rhinelander District Library undertakes in regard to expanding the library building is one step closer to officially getting underway following a board of trustees meeting Nov. 16. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

School district 'meets expectations' on new state report card
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released its 2020-21 report cards, offering every school and school district in the state a progress report. The report cards were not produced last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the format has been redesigned since the last evaluation two years ago. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Marvelous 'Matilda'
The School District of Rhinelander Drama Department's production of Roald Dahl's "Matilda The Musical" was scheduled to wrap up its run Sunday afternoon, Nov. 21, with a matinee performance at the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center at Rhinelander High School. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Former SDR teacher speaks out at school board meeting, urges focus on 'common ground'
Citizen engagement at school board meetings is on the rise across the country and Rhinelander is no exception. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Fire destroys building at Pine Lake salvage business
Several local fire departments spent about four hours Wednesday evening, Nov. 17, at the scene of a structure file at Oak Leaf Auto Salvage in the Town of Pine Lake. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

OVTC looking at Adams Way site
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) is continuing to look into purchasing a property at 1106 Adams Way in Rhinelander for their operations. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Rhinelander man charged with stalking
A 36-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with felony stalking and misuse of a GPS device (plant without consent), a misdemeanor, after he allegedly "accidentally" dropped a cellphone in a vehicle belonging to a former romantic partner and used an app on another phone to connect to it so he could listen to her activities and make recordings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Wisconsin Farm Bureau: Thanksgiving meal price increases for 2021
The price of a Thanksgiving meal in 2021 is experiencing a 17.25% increase this year according to Wisconsin Farm Bureau's annual Marketbasket survey that rang in at $71.49.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Evers, Biden underwater in Marquette poll
Republicans enjoyed extraordinary electoral success in elections in Virginia and New Jersey this month, and the latest Marquette Law School poll indicates the red wave is transcending those states and has washed into Wisconsin, with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in trouble with voters and the Democratic Party underwater on the issues. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Gov. Evers appoints Ronald Skallerud as Forest County Sheriff
Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Ronald Skallerud as Forest County Sheriff, filling a vacancy created by Sheriff John Dennee's resignation.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Frederickson, Larson file non-candidacy papers
Changes are coming to Rhinelander city government in 2022 as the incumbent mayor and at least one alderperson have filed notice that they will not run for re-election this spring. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

Racing winter
Workers constructing the 13-unit Settlers Village Apartments at the corner of North Oneida Avenue and Timber Drive in Rhinelander were busy last week pouring the concrete slab before the weather turns colder. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

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