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November 22, 2019

Plan commission reviews updated Pioneer Park plan
Jamie Taylor/river newsJustin Frahm of JSD Professional Services points out some of the changes made to the concept plan for Pioneer Park that came about after reciving public feedback.
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Justin Frahm of JSD Professional Services points out some of the changes made to the concept plan for Pioneer Park that came about after reciving public feedback.
Landscape designer Justin Frahm of JSD Professional Services attended last Tuesday's meeting of the Rhinelander Planning Commission to present updated drawings illustrating how he incorporated community input into his concept plan for a reimagined Pioneer Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019


BREAKING: Search warrants executed at Rhinelander City Hall
Officers from three separate Northwoods law enforcement agencies executed two search warrants Thursday at Rhinelander City Hall, according to Oneida County chief deputy Dan Hess.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Northwoods School of Dance to present 'The Nutcracker' Dec. 7
The Northwoods School of Dance will perform its interpretation of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 7 at the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center at Rhinelander High School. Shows are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Van Buren appointed to fill temporary vacancy on school board
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education held a special vote Monday evening to temporarily fill the seat of Ben Roskoskey, who has been called to federal service in the military. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Officers say Teichmiller appeared to be 'avoiding speaking with detectives'
Vilas County supervisor Erv Teichmiller, who is also the chairman of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, has failed to meet with Oneida County detectives who sought on multiple occasions to interview him about conflict-of-interest and other questions raised by The Lakeland Times, the sheriff's department confirmed this week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Rhinelander resident a finalist on 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
As almost anyone who has ever owned a dog and a cat at the same time will attest, there are times when harmonious coexistence is the norm. But, in a the blink of an eye, the same animals can also get along like, well, stereotypical cats and dogs. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Restitution ordered in clinic imprisonment case
Joseph Buza, 71, of Eagle River, has been ordered to pay just over $3.5 million in restitution and damages in connection with his convictions for threatening and imprisoning a Minocqua medical professional. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

One sentenced in St. Germain drug bust
The first of four defendants charged following a raid on a suspected drug house in St. Germain last spring has been sentenced. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 21, 2019

DNR questions language used by city administrator in notice to water customers
The Department of Natural Resources has weighed in on a statement Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild included in a recent notice to city water utility customers in which he appeared to question the "veracity and accuracy" of test results made public this summer showing PFAS chemical contamination in a municipal well. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Council votes to establish consulting relationship with economic development firm, pursue WEDC grant for downtown project
The Rhinelander Common Council is moving forward in establishing a consulting relationship with the Madison firm Redevelopment Resources that could lead to the firm managing the city tax incremental financing districts and providing assistance as the council continues to evaluate a request from Advanced Barrier Extrusions (ABX) for $1 million in public sector money to complete an expansion project. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tis the season
Rhinelander street department workers were busy last week dressing the city in its holiday finery. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Hodag, can you see?
Rhinelander High School senior Jaylen Janssen sings the national anthem prior to the WIAA Division 2 state girls' swim meet in Madison Friday, Nov. 15. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

St. Germain native shot, killed in Alaska
A St. Germain soldier is dead after his roommate fatally shot him with an AR-15 rifle in Anchorage, Alaska. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Firm gathers public, staff input as superintendent search ramps up
The firm leading the search for the School District of Rhinelander's next superintendent has been gathering input from the school board, teachers and the general public through phone calls and online surveys. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Snowy Field Trip
Central Elementary School fifth grade teacher Sara Lang, far left, leads her class back to their classroom Wednesday after visiting the Rhinelander District Library. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Police, fire chiefs look for ways to recruit new hires
While it's not unusual for local employers to find it challenging to find qualified applicants to fill open positions, it's even more complicated when you are seeking to fill vacancies in the Rhinelander police or fire departments, the chiefs of both departments told the city's Police and Fire Commission (PFC) Nov. 7. (subscriber

access)

Saturday, November 16, 2019

All Rhinelander public schools meet or exceed expectations, per DPI report cards
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released its annual school report cards earlier this week and the School District of Rhinelander once again achieved a "meets expectations" grade as a district, as did all of its individual public schools. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Nicolet Promise tuition assistance now available to eligible high school grads
Nicolet College is now accepting applications for its Nicolet Promise program which so far has paved the way for more than 50 students to attend college tuition-free. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Two-vehicle crash
Just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Oneida County 9-1-1 dispatch center received a report of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 47 at Killdeer Road. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Censure resolution withdrawn after city attorney raises concerns
Alderperson Dawn Rog was the subject of intense criticism during the public comment portion of Monday's Rhinelander Common Council meeting but the longtime city representative avoided a censure vote after new city attorney Steve Sorenson explained the city does not have a provision for the censure of a council member. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Liebscher enters not guilty plea in fatal hit-and-run case
A Sugar Camp man accused of striking a motorcyclist on State Highway 17 in Sugar Camp Aug. 28, and leaving the scene, entered not guilty pleas Monday afternoon to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit and run resulting in death.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Police and fire commission rejects sex offender appeal role
In August, the Rhinelander Common Council unanimously adopted an ordinance governing the residency and activities of convicted sex offenders. Later, the council decided the Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission (PFC) would be an appropriate panel to handle appeals under the ordinance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Solemn remembrance
Rhinelander attorney Brian Bennett, at podium, was the last of four guest speakers at the Oneida County Veterans Day Ceremony Monday morning inside the Oneida County Courthouse.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

OC public works panel approves road plan, discusses culvert issue
The Oneida County public works committee on Thursday approved a five-year road plan compiled by highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Theft case against former gas station manager stalled
A 41-year-old Pelican Lake man charged in August 2018 with one count of theft in a business setting (over $10,000) in connection with his employment as a gas station manager remains stalled as he tries to raise money to hire a new attorney. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New RPD officer ready to hit the streets
The Rhinelander Police Department has another full-fledged officer in its ranks. Officer Claire Decker was officially sworn in by police and fire commission chair Todd McEldowney Thursday morning. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 9, 2019

City Council to consider developer's request for financial assistance in revamping historic building
A developer interested in breathing new life into a historic building in downtown Rhinelander has asked the City Council for financial support. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sheriff's department investigating threat at JWMS
Parents of students at James Williams Middle School received a message Thursday evening regarding a threat made by a student that resulted in a law enforcement investigation, but detectives with the Oneida County Sheriff's Department have since determined that the student in question had "no means to carry out their threat," according to Capt. Tyler Young. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Guild updates city residents on well testing
Rhinelander water utility customers will have to decide for themselves how to respond to a recent update from Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild regarding the quality of the municipal water supply as well as subsequent pushback from the president of the lab that tested the water suggesting Guild may have misinterpreted the results.

In a notice to water utility customers posted to the City Hall Facebook page at 11:32 p.m. Nov. 5, Guild reported there have been "no repeated detections of the previous PFAS chemicals first sampled in May 2019."
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Friday, November 8, 2019

City Council considering creating Redevelopment Authority
The Rhinelander Common Council is considering hiring the Madison-based community impact consulting firm Redevelopment Resources to help city leaders through the process of establishing a Redevelopment Authority and amending the city's tax incremental financing districts. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nicolet Players' 'The Art of Dining' spoofs the restaurant biz
Everyone's heard how tough it is to keep a new restaurant afloat. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 7, 2019


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