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January 28, 2022

Times files open meeting complaint against Mott, conservation committee
Lakeland Times publisher Gregg Walker has filed an open meetings violation complaint against the Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education Committee and its chairman, Oneida County supervisor Bob Mott, for allegedly holding an illegal meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 28, 2022

Hodag Kindness Crew
Jesse Richter's second-grade class at Crescent Elementary School has started a Hodag Kindness Crew to "spread kindness around the City of Rhinelander."
Friday, January 28, 2022

Council approves 'statement of understanding' associated with land gift
Two weeks after approving the "quitclaim deed and dedications" associated with a gift of 416.3 acres in the Town of Crescent from Dr. Lee Swank to the city, the Rhinelander Common Council on Monday approved a "statement of understanding" which memorializes the commitments the city and Swank have agreed to with regard to "the use and development of the land" which is located near both Northwood Golf Club and the Heal Creek property. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 28, 2022

Lawmakers offer changes to clarify viewing corridors in shoreland
Area lawmakers have introduced a bill to clarify the allowable size of lake access and viewing corridors after garbled language in the current statute failed to meet legislative intent, and a ruckus was raised about corridors and vegetative buffer zones in Oneida County a year ago. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 28, 2022

Oneida County Health Department to distribute KN95 and N95 masks
The Oneida County Health Department is distributing 3,000 KN95 and N95 masks to county residents, businesses, and organizations to help protect them from the spread of COVID-19.
Friday, January 28, 2022

Police issue sex offender relocation notification
The Rhinelander Police Department is notifying the community that a convicted sex offender is set to return to the area. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 28, 2022

City issues running water notice
City of Rhinelander utility customers who have experienced problems with water and sewer lines freezing should check the city website,, or the posting at City Hall, to find out if their property is on the list of approved locations for running water.
Friday, January 28, 2022

The need for homes where the heart is
Like many Class of 2020 graduates, Savannah Giddings found herself back at square one when the job she had lined up fell through due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, she found another in Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 28, 2022

Rhinelander school board race set
Four candidates filed paperwork to run for the three seats on the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education up for election on April 5. This means a primary won't be needed in this race. If more than six candidates had filed paperwork to run, a primary would have been held Feb. 15. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 28, 2022

Appeal brief: Public defender alleges state presented 'paltry evidence' against stepmother in toddler death case
The assistant state public defender representing a former Newbold woman convicted of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of her toddler stepson has submitted his final arguments to the Third District Court of Appeals in Wausau. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

An adaptive challenge
Maria Velat of Cooper Country (Mich.) Nordic competes in an adaptive ski race as part of the Hodag Challenge Nordic ski race at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom in Rhinelander Saturday, Jan. 22. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

School board briefed on building safety procedures
Last April, when the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education approved its strategic plan for continuous improvement, one of the topics included was safe and orderly schools. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Nicolet College to kick off arts & enrichment program featuring numerous classes for a variety of interests
Nicolet College is set to launch many dozens of classes and events in coming months geared for those looking to learn new skills and also for individuals looking for activities that enrich their lives.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Oneida County committee proposes ordinance amendment on tourist rooming houses
The Oneida County planning and development committee discussed all aspects of the tourist rooming house issue during their Jan. 19 meeting. The result was a motion from committee member Ted Cushing to have county planning and zoning staff draft an amendment to the county zoning ordinance pertaining to tourist rooming houses. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Wegner hit with personal injury lawsuit in Lincoln County
A Town of Russell snowplow driver has filed a personal injury lawsuit against former Oneida County assistant zoning director Peter Wegner. The complaint, filed Jan. 17 in Lincoln County Circuit Court, alleges frequent "intentional battery, assault, harassment and other misconduct" on Wegner's part. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

In AG race, Jarchow says he will fight government overreach
Adam Jarchow, the former Assembly representative who is running for the Republican nomination for attorney general, says Wisconsin needs an attorney general who is willing to be tough on crime as well as to stand up for individual liberty, and the Balsam Lake attorney says incumbent Democrat Josh Kaul hasn't been willing to do either. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

School board approves expansion of 4K program to five days a week
After hearing a round of endorsements from district administrators, building principals and one teacher, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education on Monday approved expanding the 4K program to five full days a week. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Among the trees
An employee of Foley's Tree Service of Tomahawk gets into position to work on a tree early Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2022 on Pelham Street in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

With roll call vote, Oneida County keeps the roll call vote
On a 10-9 vote Tuesday, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors opted not to dispense with traditional roll call voting during its board meetings, rejecting a resolution by supervisor Scott Holewinski to buy an electronic voting system (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Habitat Shed Donation
Habitat for Humanity Northwoods recently donated a much-needed shed to Habitat family member Kelly Craig. The shed was built by the Rhinelander High School building trades class under the direction of instructor Wil Losch. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Court of Appeals denies defendant's petition in OWI homicide case
The Third District Court of Appeals in Wausau has denied a "petition for leave to appeal" filed by the attorney for a Stevens Point man charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a fatal accident in Minocqua in July 2020. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

DOJ special agent testifies during Grant preliminary hearing
Special agent Shane Heiser of the Wisconsin Department of Justice was the lone witness called during the preliminary hearing of former Oneida County sheriff's deputy Stetson O. Grant on Jan. 12. According to a transcript of the hearing, Heiser detailed his investigation of the case, including a review of approximately 50 recordings the complaining witness made of her interactions with the former deputy. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Omicron in the Northwoods: OC health department reports rising numbers
Omicron, the most recent - and to date, the most contagious - variant associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, is moving through the Northwoods. As a result, COVID-19 case numbers are up. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Oneida County tourist rooming house subcommittee continues discussions
Members of the Oneida County subcommittee tasked with looking into the complicated topic of tourist rooming house operations in the county met again Jan. 13. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Records: Plan in place to sample private wells as part of PFAS response
As many as 39 potable wells located near the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport may be sampled for possible PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance) contamination this month, according to correspondence between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a consultant working on behalf of the airport, the City of Rhinelander and Oneida County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

RHS math instructor receives U.S. Navy's 'Impact Influencer Award'
On Thursday, January 6, 2022, Mr. Taylor Kloehn arrived at Rhinelander High School like it was any other day. Outside of a few extra inches of snow, the day was as routine as it could be. As a calculus teacher, he expected to teach his classes, like usual. Answer some math questions, like usual. Assign some homework, like usual. Little did he know, however, that the day was going to take a different direction. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Former deputy bound over for arraignment
Former Oneida County sheriff's deputy Stetson Grant has been bound over for further proceedings following a preliminary hearing in Oneida County Circuit Court Jan. 12. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Crescent Lake District discusses AIS report, budget quandary
Not even halfway through the first month of 2022, the Crescent Lake District (CLD) Board of Commissioners has found itself in a quandary over its 2022 budget, the group's first since its formation was approved by the Oneida County Board of Supervisors on May 18, 2021. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Thomas Fletcher remembered in Crescent
Crescent town chair Joel Knutson, at a Jan. 12 meeting, began his monthly report by voicing condolences to absent town treasurer Carla Fletcher on the death of her 49-year-old son Thomas, who was shot Christmas Eve at the family's cabin in Marinesco, Mich. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

EPA: Air quality in Rhinelander now meets sulfur dioxide standard
Breathe deeply, Rhinelander residents!

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week the Rhinelander area has been formally redesignated to attainment of the most recent federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide, following a collaborative effort involving both agencies and the private sector. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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