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December 2, 2021

Expert offers new take on DNA evidence as former custodian pushes for new trial
Just over two years after Stavros Iliopoulos was convicted of forcing a child into a janitor's closet at Northwoods Community Elementary School and committing a sexual assault, his appellate attorney is arguing the former custodian's trial attorney provided "ineffective assistance of counsel" and the jury might have come to a different decision if the defense attorney had secured an expert to review the state's DNA findings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

SDR's Burke champions connecting schools with businesses through Inspire Rhinelander
The traditional education model has high school seniors taking one of three paths upon graduation: enrollment in a university or technical college, military service or a move directly into the workforce. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Site plan approved for downtown Rhinelander art park
Following a spirited discussion regarding the possible inclusion of a modified shipping container in the plan, the City of Rhinelander planning commission on Nov. 16 formally approved a proposal from ArtStart for the creation of an ArtPark. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Democrats push climate change package of 22 bills
State Democratic lawmakers have introduced a far-reaching package of bills aimed at combatting climate change, including the creation of model academic standards related to climate change and establishment of a Wisconsin Climate Corps, which would sponsor projects relating to climate resilience, environmental justice, and more. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Anderson wants to dismiss appointed attorney, hire private counsel in Miller homicide case
Christopher Terrell Anderson, charged with the first-degree intentional homicide of his former girlfriend on a local roadside, made an appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court Monday afternoon at which time he repeated a Latin phrase indicating that he does not wish to proceed without an attorney. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Dome bonus hours
While the outside temperature Tuesday morning was in the upper 20s, people looking to play pickleball, walk, run or take batting practice found conditions much more comfortable inside the Hodag Dome. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Former alderman announces intent to run for mayor
Former alderman Steve Sauer has announced plans to run for mayor of the City of Rhinelander this spring. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Some hunting traditions remain: Tomahawk Venison Feed still draws a crowd
Hunting season in Wisconsin is steeped in tradition. While hunter participation in all types of hunting is down, anyone driving north on Highway 51 last Friday afternoon, or who stopped at a gas station on any major highway, might think otherwise. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Swank to donate land to the city for silent sports use
Two years after donating $500,000 to the Hodag School Foundation, kicking off a project that led to the construction of the $8.2 million sports complex that includes the Hodag Dome, Dr. Lee Swank is set to transfer approximately 416.3 acres of land to the City of Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

Library trustees seek legal review on project manager RFP
The search for a person to manage whatever construction project the Rhinelander District Library undertakes in regard to expanding the library building is one step closer to officially getting underway following a board of trustees meeting Nov. 16. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 26, 2021

School district 'meets expectations' on new state report card
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released its 2020-21 report cards, offering every school and school district in the state a progress report. The report cards were not produced last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the format has been redesigned since the last evaluation two years ago. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Marvelous 'Matilda'
The School District of Rhinelander Drama Department's production of Roald Dahl's "Matilda The Musical" was scheduled to wrap up its run Sunday afternoon, Nov. 21, with a matinee performance at the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center at Rhinelander High School. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Former SDR teacher speaks out at school board meeting, urges focus on 'common ground'
Citizen engagement at school board meetings is on the rise across the country and Rhinelander is no exception. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Fire destroys building at Pine Lake salvage business
Several local fire departments spent about four hours Wednesday evening, Nov. 17, at the scene of a structure file at Oak Leaf Auto Salvage in the Town of Pine Lake. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

OVTC looking at Adams Way site
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) is continuing to look into purchasing a property at 1106 Adams Way in Rhinelander for their operations. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Rhinelander man charged with stalking
A 36-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with felony stalking and misuse of a GPS device (plant without consent), a misdemeanor, after he allegedly "accidentally" dropped a cellphone in a vehicle belonging to a former romantic partner and used an app on another phone to connect to it so he could listen to her activities and make recordings. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Wisconsin Farm Bureau: Thanksgiving meal price increases for 2021
The price of a Thanksgiving meal in 2021 is experiencing a 17.25% increase this year according to Wisconsin Farm Bureau's annual Marketbasket survey that rang in at $71.49.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Evers, Biden underwater in Marquette poll
Republicans enjoyed extraordinary electoral success in elections in Virginia and New Jersey this month, and the latest Marquette Law School poll indicates the red wave is transcending those states and has washed into Wisconsin, with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in trouble with voters and the Democratic Party underwater on the issues. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Gov. Evers appoints Ronald Skallerud as Forest County Sheriff
Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Ronald Skallerud as Forest County Sheriff, filling a vacancy created by Sheriff John Dennee's resignation.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Frederickson, Larson file non-candidacy papers
Changes are coming to Rhinelander city government in 2022 as the incumbent mayor and at least one alderperson have filed notice that they will not run for re-election this spring. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

Racing winter
Workers constructing the 13-unit Settlers Village Apartments at the corner of North Oneida Avenue and Timber Drive in Rhinelander were busy last week pouring the concrete slab before the weather turns colder. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

State requests second competency evaluation in Wakefield case
Due to the length of time that has passed since the original evaluation was conducted, the Oneida County district attorney's office has requested the court order a second evaluation of Seth A. Wakefield "to supplement" the original examination conducted in late July. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

Overgrown plot at JWMS to be converted into memorial garden
Come spring, the southwest end of the James Williams Middle School property will be transformed into a memorial garden. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

District superintendent announces COVID-19 protocol change coming after Thanksgiving
The School District of Rhinelander has announced that it will be adjusting its COVID-19 protocol following the Thanksgiving break.
Friday, November 19, 2021

Forward Rhinelander holds first in-person meeting in 20 months
A lot has changed in the roughly 20 months that have passed since representatives of the various groups that make up Forward Rhinelander were able to meet in person, but the organization remains focused on its goal of improving the City of Rhinelander and surrounding communities. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

Crescent talks ORV park, updates to roads
Last month, the Crescent town board voted to dedicate the former dump site at 3113 South River Road to a proposed off-road vehicle (ORV) park and to move the project into planning stages. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

Local woman sentenced in child sexual assault case
A 38-year-old Rhinelander woman was sentenced last week to nine months in jail and five years probation after accepting a plea agreement resolving several charges against her including sexual assault of a child under the age of 16, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

Oneida County taps general fund again for operational expenses
Every year outspoken Oneida County supervisors warn against using the county's unrestricted general fund balance to pay for recurring operating costs, and just about every year the board taps the balance anyway, this year to the tune of $490,000. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 19, 2021

WILL study: Wisconsin has 161,000 regulatory restrictions in administrative code
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The Wisconsin administrative code contains more than 161,000 restrictions, making it the most regulated state on a per-capita basis in the Great Lakes region, according to a new study published by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL). (subscriber access)

Friday, November 19, 2021

Council passes budget resolution but 2022 budget is not final
The Rhinelander Common Council unanimously approved a budget resolution Monday, Nov. 8, however the 2022 city budget is not yet final. A public hearing on the budget is "anticipated" to occur at the council's Dec. 13 meeting, according to city administrator Zach Vruwink. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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