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January 25, 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

Rhinelander man sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted child enticement
A 43-year-old Rhinelander man will serve 10 years in prison for attempted child enticement following sentencing earlier this month in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

More information on December wolf incident in Crescent
Three weeks after a wolf incident in the town of Crescent, which was documented Dec. 31 in The Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News, more information is available, town chair Joel Knutson shared at the Jan. 12 monthly meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Jarchow says he'll establish civil liberties bureau inside state DOJ
From the very beginning of his race for Wisconsin attorney general, Republican candidate Adam Jarchow has made the protection of religious and individual liberty a centerpiece of his campaign, and now, in an interview with The Lakeland Times, Jarchow says he will, if elected, establish a bureau inside the Department of Justice devoted to that mission. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Kingman to appeal dismissal of wrongful termination lawsuit
Former City of Rhinelander public works director Tim Kingman is set to appeal U.S. District Judge William M. Conley's Dec. 13, 2021 order dismissing the wrongful termination lawsuit he filed against the City of Rhinelander and various city officials back in 2019. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

RHS students have virtual meeting with RHS alum who argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court
Rhinelander High School students in AP Government & Politics recently hosted a virtual guest speaker who has the distinction of being the only person to have roamed the halls of RHS and argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Council approves deed and dedications associated with Swank donation
The Rhinelander City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve the quitclaim deed and dedications associated with the gift of 416.3 acres located in the Town of Crescent from Dr. Lee Swank to the City of Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

Minocqua man sentenced to prison for incident that injured Vilas deputy
A 46-year-old Minocqua man will serve 18 months in prison after pleading no contest to operating while intoxicated (5th or 6th offense) and causing substantial bodily harm to a Vilas County sheriff's deputy. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

Preliminary examination Jan. 17 for man accused in slaying of Rhinelander native
On Jan. 17, Gogebic County prosecutor Nicholas Jacobs will seek to convince a judge there is enough evidence to bind a 30-year-old Pennsylvania man over for further proceedings in connection with the shooting death of a Rhinelander native in Marenisco Township, Michigan on Christmas Eve. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022

Bob Heck: A life well-lived
From truly silly to very serious, people flip coins to resolve all sorts of conundrums. For Bob Heck, a coin flip resulted in a movie date with the woman who would become his wife and eventual partner in building a legacy that goes well beyond their family and business to the community they called home for nearly 60 years. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 14, 2022


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