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August 19, 2022


School board votes to cover cost of pay increase for bus drivers
With the new school year less than three weeks away, the School District of Rhinelander's board of education voted Monday to cover the cost of a pay increase for Bowen's Bus Service drivers. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

Dome tour
Tours of the Hodag Dome were once again offered as part of the annual All-Class Reunion Party Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

County board wants private funding of election administration prohibited
Despite an attempt by liberal supervisors to derail it, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors voted 15-6 Tuesday to go on record supporting a prohibition on the use in election administration of private donations from special interest groups, individuals, or other private entities. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

Hodag homecoming
Brown Street was busy Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 as Hodag alums returned home for the annual Rhinelander High School All-Class Reunion Party. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

Highway department asks for $1.2 million to fund road projects
The Oneida County board's public works and solid waste committee heard a very preliminary 2023 budget request last week from county highway commissioner Alex Hegeman. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

Police department announces release of convicted sex offender
A convicted sex offender will be released to community supervision in the Rhinelander area later this month, the city police department announced Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

State candidates make campaign stop in Rhinelander
With less than 90 days to go before the November election, Gov. Tony Evers, newly-minted Lt. Gov. candidate Sara Rodriguez and attorney general Josh Kaul visited the Rhinelander Cafe & Pub Friday afternoon as part of their "Doing the Right Thing" tour, kicking off a campaign that promises to be a pitched battle to the finish. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

Newbold will seek different bids for new town hall
The Newbold town board will seek new bids for construction of a new town hall, a project electors approved in April. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

Northwoods native aided Ukrainians following Russian invasion
On Feb. 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. As a result, some U.S. citizens responded to the news by coming to the aid of the many Ukrainians in crisis. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2022

Judge rules on admissibility of Wakefield police interview in Anderson trial
Five days before 80 Oneida County residents were scheduled to appear for jury selection in the first-degree intentional homicide trial of Christopher T. Anderson, circuit judge Mike Bloom ruled on a motion involving the admissibility of statements alleged co-conspirator Seth Wakefield made to police following his arrest last summer. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Running in the Rain
A gloomy forecast did not stop a group of hearty runners from taking part in the YMCA of the Northwoods' 15th annual Hodag Run For Your Life Saturday, Aug. 13. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Governor appoints Mary Roth Burns to the Oneida County Circuit Court
History was made Friday morning when Gov. Tony Evers announced his appointment of local attorney Mary Roth Burns to the Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Doing the Right Thing
A large crowd of enthusiastic Northwoods residents greeted Gov. Tony Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Lt. Gov. candidate Sara Rodriguez Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 at the Rhinelander Cafe & Pub. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

PFAS research project at the airport to resume
A PFAS-related research project at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is set to resume following a unanimous vote of the Rhinelander City Council on Aug. 8. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Lake Tomahawk town board and residents discuss private lake access point
It'll be up to property owners along Lake Tomahawk's Cardinal Lane to deal with noise and congestion complaints near the privately owned boat landing there. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

LRES committee approves public health restructure
Oneida County's labor relations and employee services (LRES) committee, on Aug. 10, voted in favor of a restructuring of the public health department, which was advocated for by public health director Linda Conlon. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Another election, another complaint about illegal voting
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) has filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) against the Racine city clerk for employing mobile voting sites that WILL says violate Wisconsin state law governing alternate absentee ballot sites. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

BREAKING: Anderson pleads guilty in Miller homicide case
Christopher Terrell Anderson entered a guilty plea late Friday afternoon to one count of first-degree intentional homicide in the June 30, 2021 killing of his former girlfriend, Hannah Miller.

Anderson, 31, was set to stand trial starting Monday. Sentencing is now set for 1 p.m. Aug. 23.


Friday, August 12, 2022

Bulletin: Governor appoints Mary Roth Burns to the Oneida County Circuit Court
History was made Friday morning when Gov. Tony Evers announced his appointment of local attorney Mary Roth Burns to the Oneida County Circuit Court.

Burns, a veteran of the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office and a Rhinelander resident, will be the first female judge in the history of Oneida County.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Council 'reluctantly' authorizes recruitment of new city administrator
The City of Rhinelander is gearing up to recruit a new city administrator to replace Zach Vruwink who will leave City Hall this fall to take a position with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Primary Day at the Dome
City of Rhinelander residents visited the Hodag Dome, now the polling location for all city districts, Tuesday, Aug. 9 to cast their votes in the fall partisan primary election. The general election is Nov. 8. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Michels defeats Kleefisch; Toney takes down Jarchow
News analysis



Trump-backed businessman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels rolled to the Republican nomination Tuesday, defeating former lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch comfortably, while a candidate who texted his disdain for Donald Trump in 2020, Fond du Lac district attorney Eric Toney, edged conservative former lawmaker Adam Jarchow for the GOP nod for attorney general. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 12, 2022

Ralph J. Kelpsas
Ralph J. Kelpsas, of Antigo, went to be with his wife Marty on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 under the care of his family and LeRoyer Hospice. He was 90 years old. He was born Aug. 29, 1931, in Chicago, son of the late Bruno and Emily (Mikutis) Kelpsas.
Friday, August 12, 2022

Nicolet College holds graduation ceremony for McNaughton Correctional Center students
Ten men from the McNaughton Correctional Center can now call themselves Nicolet College graduates after a recent commencement ceremony at the college.
Friday, August 12, 2022

Oneida County administrative committee discusses broadband issue
When the Oneida County board convenes its September meeting, the intent is to have an initial, non-binding resolution on the agenda concerning a countywide enhanced broadband project. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Oneida County forestry committee gets update on Town Line Lake Park
The Aug. 3 meeting of the Oneida County forestry committee included an update from Tracy Beckman of the Friends of Town Line Lake Park. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

St. Germain to be flush with broadband
While many municipalities in Wisconsin are scrambling to get a fiber-optic broadband internet system installed and others have yet to begin such projects, St. Germain finds itself in a very unique position: having two competing contractors building two nearly-identical, redundant networks to serve the one town. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Minocqua man dead in Lake Minocqua boat crash
A 34-year-old Minocqua man died early Saturday in a motorboat accident on Lake Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

Fire heavily damages building in Minocqua
A fire early Monday morning that began in a Chevrolet Suburban parked next to Copy Cat Printers on U.S. Highway 51 in Minocqua spread to the building itself. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2022

BREAKING: Council 'reluctantly' authorizes recruitment of new city administrator
The City of Rhinelander is about to begin recruitment for a new city administrator.

Following a closed session discussion Monday evening, City Council president Eileen Daniel made a motion "to direct staff to secure proposals and begin recruitment for a replacement city administrator". The motion also directed that recruitment of a replacement city administrator be included as "standing item" on future meeting agendas.

Before reciting her motion, Daniel noted it was a proposition she did not want to make. Several of the council members also stressed that their "aye" votes were being made "reluctantly."

Tuesday, August 9, 2022


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