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April 19, 2021

Frederickson's campaign treasurer is walking quorum judge's son
The son of the lead appeals judge in a walking quorum complaint against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members served as Frederickson's campaign treasurer in 2018, The Lakeland Times has found, prompting Times publisher Gregg Walker to call for the review of the case by a higher court. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 16, 2021

City alderpersons express support for new skate park
A group determined to see a new skate park built in Rhinelander is gaining momentum for its cause as the Rhinelander Common Council on Monday expressed support for the project. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 16, 2021

RFD handles dryer fire at Lake States Yeast
The Rhinelander Fire Department spent about 2 hours at Lake States Yeast the evening of Wednesday, April 7 handling a fire in a dryer and standing by to make sure it was out. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Waydick explains reasons for retiring to PFC
At a quickly called meeting of the Police and Fire Commission Friday morning, interim Rhinelander Fire Chief and building inspector Tom Waydick outline the reasons behind his recently announced retirement after nearly 23 years with the department. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

RFD interim chief announces retirement
The Rhinelander Fire Department will soon be without its interim chief as Tom Waydick announced Tuesday that he has submitted his retirement paperwork. June 4 will be his last day with the city, he said. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 9, 2021

Below are the unofficial results of the spring election as posted on Oneida County website's election information page:

County referendum question No. 1

Increase taxes by $500,000 to pay for road and bridge construction?

Yes 3,088

No. 3,535

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Judge issues sealed order on attorney-client privilege issue in Kingman civil suit
A federal judge has ruled on various attorney-client privilege and confidentiality issues in the wrongful termination case filed by former City of Rhinelander public works director Tim Kingman. According to online federal court records, Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker issued a sealed order on March 18 "granting in part and denying in part" plaintiff's motion to compel discovery. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The spring 2021 election is expected to be fairly quiet on the local level. Town of Newbold voters will answer a referendum question while voters in the Town of Crescent will choose a town chairman and a town supervisor. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 2, 2021

Four candidates vie for three school board seats
Two incumbents will face off with two write-in candidates April 6 for three seats on the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 2, 2021

Voters to choose new state superintendent Tuesday
On Tuesday, former Brown Deer superintendent Deborah Kerr and Pecatonica superintendent Jill Underly square off in the contest to become Wisconsin's new state superintendent of education. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 2, 2021

Airport gains additional carrier, hub destination
Summer air travelers into and out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will have two airlines and airline destination hubs to choose from in the very near future, according to airport director Matt Leitner. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rhinelander to receive $760,000 in direct aid through American Rescue Plan Act
The City of Rhinelander is set to receive just under $760,000 from the federal government following the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, city administrator Zach Vruwink announced last week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

PFC, city leaders seek middle ground on fire chief search
A vacancy in the senior leadership of the Rhinelander Police Department has been a source of frustration for the city's police and fire commission (PFC) and the city's administrative team for over six months, as the department has been without a captain since Ron Lueneburg's retirement last May after 30 years on the force. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Appeals court sides with Bloom on walking quorum case
In an unpublished opinion, a three-judge court of appeals panel has upheld circuit court judge Michael Bloom's dismissal of an open-meetings complaint filed by the general manager of The Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 26, 2021

Council extends golf course management contract to the end of 2021
The Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously Monday evening to extend the city's contract with Green Golf Partners (GGP) to manage Northwood Golf Club until the end of 2021, however some of the alderpersons made it clear that they were hesitant to offer approval. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 26, 2021

COVID-19 and homelessness: NATH officials report steady resident numbers at Frederick Place
Since the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH) opened the doors of Frederick Place in January 2011, the temporary emergency shelter has been a beacon of hope for individuals across the Northwoods experiencing homelessness. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 26, 2021

School board approves new 3-year deal with Victory Janitorial
Earlier this month, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education approved a new 3-year contract with Victory Janitorial for custodial services after requests for bids were not received from the other four companies the district had invited to take part. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 26, 2021

gliding to perfection
Skaters practice their routines Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in preparation for this weekend's figure skating shows at the Rhinelander Ice Association arena. Shows will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Only four people per skater will be allowed in the arena.
Friday, March 19, 2021

School board approves both Crescent construction projects
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education on Monday approved a $4.5 million construction project at Crescent Elementary School that will include remodeling of the office as well as the addition of four classrooms and a second gymnasium space. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 19, 2021

Great day for a parade
It was a nearly perfect day in Rhinelander Saturday, March 13, 2021 for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade down Brown Street.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Newbold board unveils $4.1 million referendum proposal
The Newbold Town Board held two informational meetings March 9, and will hold two more today, to explain to the voters its request for permission to borrow $4.1 million to build a new town shop and make improvements to the existing town hall. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

2020 a year of ups and downs for open government
Reporting about open government in these dark days is far from a walk in the park, and 2020 was no exception, as freedom of information advocates scored a few wins to go with some potentially big losses in an up-and-down year for transparency in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

reaction shot
The School District of Rhinelander was administering COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday, March 9, 2021 inside the new Hodag Dome. Pictured: Denise Zalewski receives her vaccination shot from school nurse Kerri Schmidt.
Friday, March 12, 2021

School board to consider adding classrooms to Crescent
After a lengthy discussion Monday, the School District of Rhinelander's capital projects ad hoc committee voted to forward to the full school board a plan to add four classrooms to Crescent Elementary School, and remodel the office area, at a cost not to exceed $2 million. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 12, 2021

City Council adopts Hodag Park master plan
After hearing a summary of the most recent revisions to its various elements, the Rhinelander Common Council on Monday approved the new Hodag Park master plan. Now, as city administrator Zach Vruwink put it, the city and stakeholders have to answer the "great question" of when and how to implement the planned improvements. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 12, 2021

Joint Finance Committee to hold public hearing at Hodag Dome April 21
The Committee on Joint Finance has announced it will be holding four public hearings around the state to hear feedback from Wisconsinites on Governor Evers' 2021-23 Executive Budget. One of the four hearings will take place in Senator Felzkowski's district in the City of Rhinelander.
Friday, March 12, 2021

Spring Forward safely this weekend as daylight saving time begins
Clocks will jump forward this weekend for daylight saving time and ReadyWisconsin is encouraging you to change more than the time on your clock.
Friday, March 12, 2021

Habitat For Humanity Restore to move to Lincoln Street
The Habitat For Humanity Northwoods Wisconsin Restore will soon be relocating from its current site on Kemp Street to the old Sears building on Lincoln Street.

The organization has also welcomed Dennis Shimeck as the new Restore manager.

Executive director Dave Havel said they expect to close the sale on the former Sears building on March 12 and anticipate opening the Restore to the public at their new location on April 5. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Council approves Vruwink as city administrator
Less than a year after accepting a consulting position with the City of Rhinelander, and over six months as temporary assistant to the mayor, Zachary James Vruwink has been hired as city administrator following a brief special Common Council meeting Wednesday evening. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Public will get look at new zoning system March 24
A public input session on the new City of Rhinelander zoning ordinance and zoning classifications will be held March 24, the city plan commission learned last Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

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