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City Council to consider part-time administrator
The search for a new Rhinelander city administrator has been put on hold so the city finance committee can look into the possibility of making the position part-time. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

At hearing, DeVos stands up for school choice
What with the Obama administration accusing the Russians of trying to steal the presidential election for Donald Trump, and Obama sending American troops to the Russian border in Poland, it is no surprise that some of Trump's cabinet picks for the domestic side of policy have not received a lot of attention. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 21, 2017

RASTA makes improvements to local ski trails
The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) continues to work with the Oneida County Forestry, Lands and Outdoor Recreation Department to make major ski trail improvements. Cross country skiers can look forward to increased skiing opportunities, as well as, improved skiing conditions this winter, according to a RASTA press release.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rhinelander library district members approve one of two city proposals
The results were mixed Monday evening when the members of the Rhinelander Library District gathered at the Newbold Town Hall to vote on proposed changes to the library funding formula. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Speaker addresses diversity on MLK  Day
Rhinelander High School students received a lesson in diversity and tolerance Monday from a representative of an organization known for fighting for equal rights. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Officers came to citizens' aid during snowstorm
The Jan. 10 snowstorm that dumped several inches of snow in the Rhinelander area created havoc for local motorists, many of whom ended up with their vehicles stuck in the ditch, but police officers and Good Samaritans came to the rescue. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 19, 2017

One killed in Highway 51 crash
One person was killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and County Highway H near Eagle River.

According to the Vilas County sheriff's office and the state patrol, the crash was reported at approximately 3:33 p.m. Tuesday via a 9-1-1 call.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

One killed in Minocqua snowmobile crash
A Green Bay man was killed Tuesday evening in a snowmobile accident in the town of Minocqua.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Housing sales update
Last month, Oneida County saw an increase in the median price of waterfront lots and land over December of 2015. The increase from $34,700 to $81,750 is a 136 percent jump, however the number of sales dipped from 10 to 8.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Parks public engagement task force begins work
Under the direction of Myles Alexander, community, natural resources and economic development agent with the Oneida County UW-Extension, the Rhinelander parks public engagement task force began its work Thursday gathering input from community groups and organizations that use the city's parks. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jacobi: School district has made concerted effort to recruit substitute teachers
One of the factors in the School District of Rhinelander's Dec. 19 decision to cancel school three days ahead of the scheduled holiday break, in the wake of a pertussis outbreak, was that the pool of substitute teachers was running out due to staff illness. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nicolet selected for U.S. Department of Education financial aid experiment
Nicolet College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a national experiment which focuses on reducing student loan debt.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wisconsin DOT joins Waze Connected Citizens Program
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world's largest community of drivers. This is part of a next generation traveler information system that the department is launching in 2017.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Political Digest
Riemer: Hold AG Schimel's government waste accountable

State Rep. Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) said attorney general Brad Schimel should be held accountable for a scheme in which the Department of Justice paid $10,000 in taxpayer money to an out-of-state company in Florida to mint fake coins. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Council approves counteroffer on library contract
The City Council has signed off on a counteroffer to a proposed amendment to the district library contract that will be discussed Monday when the district members convene at the Newbold Town Hall. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Walker promises to lower UW tuition
Gov. Scott Walker hasn't announced whether he will seek a third term next year, but his State of the State address Tuesday contained all the ingredients for a tasty campaign dish: a promise to lower tuition, and to build on an already growing economy and lower taxes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Political Digest
Duffy introduces delisting bill

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) put forward legislation this week that would return management of the western Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolves to state control. (subscriber access)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Council rejects Sauer-Gleason finance committee appointment swap
The final item on the Rhinelander City Council's Monday evening agenda was resolved in short order but had major implications as the council rejected Mayor Dick Johns' appointment of alderman Steve Sauer to the finance, wage and salary committee to replace alderman Tom Gleason. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rhinelander downtown area roadway survey now available
The city of Rhinelander announced Tuesday afternoon its survey to evaluate specific roadway options that will be considered for the finish construction completed as part of the downtown streetscape project is now available on the internet and at City Hall.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Judge deems crimes in standoff case too severe for probation, jail time
It's not very often that a judge will reject a joint sentencing recommendation from the state and the defense in a criminal case. Faced with an unusual set of circumstances, Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom made that choice Friday in sentencing a 60-year-old Tripoli man who held several law enforcement agencies at bay for several hours and threatened to blow up his residence to a three-year prison term. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Man injured in explosion at Phelps foundry identified
The Vilas County sheriff's office has identied the Phelps Cast employee who was severely burned Friday morning in an explosion.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Final tally of police chief hopefuls is 21
The pool of applicants from which the next chief of the Rhinelander Police Department will most likely be selected totals 21 as the police and fire commission received seven more applications between Dec. 21 and the Dec. 30 deadline. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rhinelander man killed in town of Stella crash Saturday
A 60-year-old Rhinelander man was killed Saturday evening in a single-car accident in the town of Stella.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Finance panel examines library funding proposal
The city of Rhinelander finance, wage and salary committee is working to formulate a library funding proposal to counter a push by the library district's township members to amend the operating agreement. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Man involved in Lynne standoff draws prison sentence
A 60-year-old Tripoli man who held several law enforcement agencies at bay by threatening to blow up a residence on Clifford Road April 19, 2017 in the town of Lynne was sentenced Friday to three years in prison. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

REINS Act storms back: Bills on state, federal level seek to curb bureaucratic power
Bills to require legislative approval of major regulations have been introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature and in Congress, and the early betting is both will become law. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Political Digest
Sargent: GIB pulls the rug out from under trans state employees

State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) said she was disappointed last week after the Group Insurance Board's decision to reverse its original decision to extend insurance coverage to state employees for gender confirmation surgeries and related services. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Water main break on Phillip Street results in 10.88 million gallons lost
A ruptured 6-inch water main under Phillip Street near the Wisconsin River Dec. 11 went unnoticed for over two weeks and resulted in the loss of over 10.88 million gallons of water into Boom Lake, public works director Tim Kingman told the city's water and wastewater committee Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Finance committee agrees to city administrator timeline
The search for a new administrator for the city of Rhinelander will commence in earnest Jan. 10 and city officials hope the new hire will be in place by May 1, according to a timetable approved Tuesday at the finance, wage and salary committee meeting. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Senator Tiffany reappointed to Joint Committee on Finance
State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) has announced his 2017-18 committee assignments.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

WPS: Thin ice danger still possible despite frigid temperatures
Despite forecasts calling for subzero wind chills and temperatures hovering around single digits this weekend, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is reminding people to avoid winter recreation activities on the ice surrounding its hydroelectric dams.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

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