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October 22, 2017

Proposed 2018 public works budget examined
The public works budget was the focus Oct. 5 when the city of Rhinelander finance, wage and salary committee held its fifth budget review meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SDR mill rate set to drop in 2018
Thanks to an increase in state aid included in the 2017-19 biennial budget, along with a 1.65-percent increase in equalized value in the area, property owners in the School District of Rhinelander will see a reduction in the portion of their property taxes allocated to the district.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Final 2018 city budget achieves modest surplus
The city of Rhinelander finance, wage and salary committee wrapped up work on the proposed 2018 city budget this week, arriving at a spending plan with just over $21,000 in surplus revenue and avoiding a late round of budget cuts. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rhinelander police respond to concerns about release of sex offenders
The recent release of two convicted sex offenders in the Rhinelander area has raised some concerns for residents.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

RHS mock trial program to continue after Vick-Martini agrees to come out of retirement
Rhinelander's celebrated mock trial program will continue as veteran coach Kathy Vick-Martini has agreed to come out of retirement and an attorney coach is also onboard, school district officials confirm.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

County board will pursue Enterprise land purchase
After viewing property appraisals in closed session, and after a short but spirited discussion in open session, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors is proceeding with its effort to purchase two separate properties totaling 231 acres for the county forest. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 19, 2017

What Trump's health care actions mean for Wisconsin
President Donald Trump last week made good on threats to take executive action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, signing an executive order that will loosen marketplace requirements for those buying and selling insurance and ending billions of dollars in subsidies to big insurance companies. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 19, 2017

City finance director confident no cuts will be needed to proposed 2018 budget
Just over midway through the Oct 12 budget review meeting, Rhinelander finance director Wendi Bixby told the city's finance, wage and salary committee preliminary indications show the committee won't face a repeat of last year when it had to make $400,000 in budget cuts to arrive at a balanced budget. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Three measures approved at brief school board meeting
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education needed just under 30 minutes Monday evening to dispose of a light agenda. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Stenz shuts down water bottling plant
Earlier this month, Forest County Circuit Court judge Leon Stenz put an, at least for the moment, to an effort to process water from Carlin Lake in Presque Isle in a water bottling plant in Marenisco, Mich. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 19, 2017

More area veterans receive NightWare app, smartwatches
Nine more veterans received Nightware watches Friday at the Quality Inn in Rhinelander while a group of veterans who received the devices in September provided an update on their effectiveness. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

School committee mulls investment options for OPEB Trust
The School District of Rhinelander operations and strategic planning committee heard an update last week on how the district's investments in its Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust have performed in the last year as well as options for the future. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Camp American Legion gets speed limit reduction
The speed limit on the stretch of County Highway D that includes the entrance to Camp American Legion has been reduced. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Supreme Court to hear major case on TIF districts
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case raising constitutional questions about tax incremental finance districts, a case filed more than two years ago by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty on behalf of a group of Eau Claire taxpayers. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Library director, board president correct finance committee on library wages
The director of the Rhinelander District Library and the president of its board of directors appeared at the Oct. 5 city finance, wage and salary committee meeting to answer questions about the proposed 2018 library budget. (Subscriber Access)
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Eagle River teen identified as victim of Tuesday crash
A 17-year-old from Eagle River was killed Tuesday evening when his vehicle struck tree in the town of St.Germain

According to the Vilas County sheriff's office the accident occurred at approximately 6:36 p.m. at the intersection of State Highway 155 and West Lost Lake Dr.

Friday, October 13, 2017

School district reports fund balance surplus
When Gov. Scott Walker signed the 2017-19 biennial budget last month, the School District of Rhinelander learned it would receive an unexpected bonus, half a million dollars more in state aid for each of the next two years. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Future of downtown parking lots uncertain
The future of the independent Parking Advisory Board, made up of two city of Rhinelander alderpersons and two members from Downtown Rhinelander Inc, and the Cleary Foundation, is uncertain now that DRI and the Cleary Foundation have stopped contributing to the board's budget. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 12, 2017

City Council sets date for special meeting on administrator
The Rhinelander City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 to discuss whether the city administrator position should be a part or full-time position. The panel set the date during its regular meeting Monday, at which time it also received the results of a recent audit of the city's finances. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 12, 2017

One killed in Vilas accident
One person was killed Tuesday evening when a vehicle struck a tree in the town of St.Germain.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Consultant wants to survey golfers who've played Northwood course
The chief executive officer of the consulting firm studying Northwood Golf Course attended a city of Rhinelander golf course advisory committee meeting last week to offer an update on the project and to make a request. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ripco Credit Union to celebrate 85th anniversary on International Credit Union Day
On Oct. 19, credit union members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement's impact and achievements.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Park City Credit Union announces changes at Rhinelander branch
Park City Credit Union has announced the appointment of Sidney Ring as AVP Retail Success, and the hiring of Melinda Schultz as Rhinelander branch manager.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Finance committee gets more good news on insurance
The city of Rhinelander finance, wage and salary committee's picture of the proposed 2018 city budget became significantly clearer following the group's Oct. 3 meeting where alderpersons learned that the premiums for both health and dental insurance would not increase next year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New learning center dedicated in honor of late teacher
An active learning center was dedicated Friday in memory of longtime School District of Rhinelander kindergarten teacher Lu Berndt. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Council to discuss future of city administrator
With former attorney Keith Kost's one-year contract as interim part-time city administrator set to run out in a few months, the Rhinelander City Council plans to schedule a special meeting to discuss whether the position should remain part-time. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Public works committee debates lack of PRAT work
Now that the calendar has turned to October, with every passing day it becomes less likely that substantial repairs will be made to Rhinelander streets using premiere resort area tax (PRAT) revenue. But that hasn't stopped the city's public works committee from continuing to discuss street repair projects and the workload of the city road crew. (subscriber access)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

City experiences sanitary sewer overflow
The city of Rhinelander experienced a sanitary sewer overflow earlier this week, according to the city clerk's office.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

bringing it down
The site of the Pizza Hut restaurant at the corner of Oneida Avenue and Lincoln Street will soon be torn down to make way for a new Associated Bank branch office to replace the one at Davenport and Stevens Street in downtown Rhinelander.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Finance committee requests library budget arbitration hearing
The Rhinelander District Library and Northwood Golf Course budgets took center stage Thursday as the city's finance, wage and salary committee held its fourth budget review meeting. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Authorities: Albert Chagnon back in jail on probation hold
A convicted sex offender from Rhinelander who was released to community supervision Sept. 26 is back behind bars, according to the Oneida County sheriff's office. (subscriber access)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

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