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December 7, 2022


Mayor hopeful 'substantial' announcement on city administrator search will come later this month
Rhinelander Mayor Kris Hanus remains hopeful that the city's next administrator will be in place by early next year, but the focus remains ensuring the right person is ultimately chosen for the position. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Teen Court panelists learn from sitting judge
A program in place in Oneida County since 2009 continues to have a positive impact on local youth. Oneida County Teen Court is a restorative justice option that offers a different approach to sanctioning youth offenders. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Local dentist, Nicolet College graduate, honored with distinguished alumni award
Nicolet College graduate Kricket Koehn has been named 2022 Alumni of the Year by the Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association, marking the first time this distinguished honor has been bestowed on a Nicolet graduate, the school announced in a press release.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Two alternate jurors to hear Iliopoulos case
Barring a last-minute settlement, 14 Oneida County residents will be selected to hear the child sexual assault case against former Rhinelander school custodian Stavros Iliopoulos starting on Monday morning, Dec. 19. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Newbold to buy fire truck from Manitowish Waters
The Newbold town board on Dec. 1 authorized its fire department to purchase a used fire truck from the Manitowish Waters Fire Company. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Trevor Young: Homegrown school resource officer
This article is the first in a series in association with Rhinelander Partners in Education.



While many people dream of venturing beyond their humble beginnings in favor of greener pastures, Rhinelander school resource officer Trevor Young has found there are plenty of opportunities to be explored within one's own hometown.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Marquette poll is latest showing DeSantis surge over Trump
The barn door appears to have swung wide open in the Grand Old Party, and running first out into the field is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with former president Donald Trump panting behind, as a spate of national polls this past month shows DeSantis leading Trump for the Republican nomination and running far better against Biden than the former president. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Former police officer agrees to give up law enforcement certifications in resolution of 'false swearing' case
A criminal case involving a former Minocqua police officer's alleged failure to respond to an intoxicated individual's repeated pleas for help for a female acquaintance, who claims she was sexually assaulted as a result of the delay, was resolved Monday afternoon when Oneida County circuit judge Mike Bloom accepted a plea agreement that ensures the now former officer's career in law enforcement is over. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2022

It's time for the 'Lights'
Organizers of the Lights of the Northwoods holiday display are busy preparing for the event's sixth year. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2022

State agencies propose massive spending increases
They say the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes, but the sayers better get busy editing that one because there's one more certainty that comes to mind, at least in Wisconsin: Government spending will increase every year. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2022

Compassus remembers loved ones with Trees of Love
This is the second year Compassus will light "Trees of Love" at its offices in Rhinelander and Arbor Vitae to acknowledge the pain of loss many feel during the holidays.
Friday, December 2, 2022

Convicted sex offender to be released to community Dec. 6
A convicted sex offender will be released to community supervision in the Rhinelander area later this month, the city police department announced Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2022

Council hears update on skate park, splash pad projects
The City of Rhinelander has exciting plans for additional amenities in the realm of outdoor recreation - including a skate park and a splash pad - and is looking at potential locations including historic Pioneer Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Become a bell ringer
The Rhinelander Salvation Army is looking for bell ringers this holiday season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

County rejects regulations for shipping containers
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors has torpedoed an attempt to impose countywide zoning regulations for shipping containers - there are none specific to containers now - with a proposed ordinance failing on a tie 8-8 vote, with four abstentions and one absent. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Nicolet educators share experience delivering flexible college classes at national conference
Nicolet College's expertise and effectiveness with providing highly flexible learning options for students seeking a college education was on full display recently at the national CBExchange conference, which drew hundreds of educators from across the country.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

School District of Rhinelander releases school accountability report card ratings
The School District of Rhinelander has received its latest "report card" from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The district received a report card rating of 66.8, which "meets expectations" according to the state's rating system, school officials announced in a press release. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Defendant in drug death case back in jail on bail jumping charges
The 24-year-old St. Germain woman charged with first-degree reckless homicide-drug delivery (as party to the crime) in connection with the death of a Town of Pelican man last April is facing two new counts of felony bail jumping for allegedly continuing to contact her codefendant in the case. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Stevens Point man enters no contest plea in Minocqua OWI homicide case
A 38-year-old Stevens Point man has entered a no contest plea to one count of homicide by use of a motor vehicle with a prohibited blood alcohol content, a Class D felony. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

State budget surplus swells to more than $6 billion
A new report from the Wisconsin Department of Administration estimates that the state will have a record surplus at the end of the fiscal year - along with a moderate increase in state revenues - and an all-time high in the state's Rainy Day, or Budget Stabilization, Fund, prompting a conservative group to renew its call to eliminate the state's income tax. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Fire destroys structure on Black Lake Road in McNaughton
Several local fire departments responded to a structure fire Tuesday, Nov. 22, on Black Lake Road in McNaughton. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ready, set, investigate: House Judiciary Republicans ready to probe FBI, DOJ
With a House majority secured, House Judiciary Republicans are ready to launch a series of extensive probes against the Biden administration once they take the reins of committee power, including and especially investigations of the Department of Justice and the FBI. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Judge denies motion to dismiss case against former school custodian
After hearing testimony from the School District of Rhinelander's network administrator regarding video footage of a hallway and alcove at Northwoods Community Elementary School, Oneida County circuit judge Mike Bloom on Monday denied a defense motion to dismiss the child sexual assault case against former school custodian Stavros Iliopoulos. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 25, 2022

Shrek Finale
Members of the Rhinelander High School drama department recently completed a successful run producing their version of "Shrek the Musical" at the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 25, 2022

Attorney explains resolution of city's relationship with firm that managed golf complex
The City of Rhinelander and Green Golf Partners, the outside firm that managed the city-owned Northwood Golf Club from 2018 to 2022, have resolved all matters associated with the termination of their business relationship. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 25, 2022

Dairy donation: Local food pantry receives two pallets of milk through the Giving Cow Project
Through the Dairy Farmers of America and Kemps, a regional dairy brand, the Giving Cow Project provides specially designed, shelf-stable milk to food pantries. The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP) recently received two pallets of this milk to supplement the Hodag Kids programs.
Friday, November 25, 2022

Former police officer to enter plea in misconduct, perjury case
Former Minocqua police officer Kaleb Punzel is due in court after the Thanksgiving holiday. According to online court records, Punzel is scheduled for a plea/sentencing hearing on the afternoon of Nov. 28. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 25, 2022

DNR secretary Cole announces retirement
Gov. Tony Evers has announced that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary Preston Cole will be retiring from the Evers administration effective on Nov. 23, 2022, after a 35-year career in public service.
Friday, November 25, 2022

Council approves purchase of electronic poll books
Less than a week after the general election, the Rhinelander Common Council approved an equipment purchase geared toward simplifying the voting process for voters and poll workers alike. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Pumpkin Lesson
The 4K students at Central Elementary School in Rhinelander recently enjoyed a hands-on lesson on the fall harvest of pumpkins. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2022


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