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February 8, 2023

New public works director talks snow removal, PFAS
Whether you live inside the city limits or not, it's very likely the City of Rhinelander public works department plays an important role in your daily life. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Field trip to Cavoc
First graders from Crescent Elementary School recently enjoyed a winter field trip to the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC). (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Early season snowmobile fatalities, off-trail riding cause for concern
Some call snowmobiling the "last free sport." Riders travel through the woods and across area lakes with few restrictions. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Kwik Trip supports K9 squad
Store leader Rebecca Briskie, left, and two employees, joined Rhinelander police officer Mark Raddatz and his K9 partner Jason who made a "thank you" trip to the Rhinelander Eisenhower Parkway store. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Johnson, GOP senators challenge Biden's WOTUS rule
As the U.S. Supreme Court gets set to rule on the reach of federal authority over navigable waters, the Biden administration is moving forward to implement new regulations involving the same issues at stake in the court case, and this past week Republican senators launched a formal challenge to the administration's efforts. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Mobile home damaged by fire
Firefighters from several local departments responded to a structure fire Wednesday, Feb. 1 on West Prairie Trail north of Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Spring voter's guide now available
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods (LWVNOW) has produced a voter's guide in advance of the spring election.

This resource is available at

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Newbold to pursue federal grant for community center project
The Town of Newbold will pursue federal funding to help finance construction of a new town hall. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

HOPE Consortium installs opioid overdose kits in northern Wisconsin
As the opioid epidemic evolves in Wisconsin, and in an effort to save lives and reduce harm, organizations across the HOPE Consortium service area have partnered with Wisconsin Voices for Recovery to install additional Nalox-ZONE boxes in central and northern Wisconsin.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Council rejects appointment of former city administrator to tourism marketing panel
While several of the alderpersons insisted their vote had nothing to do with his performance as city administrator or any personal ill will, the Rhinelander Common Council was unanimous Jan. 23 in rejecting Mayor Kris Hanus's appointment of former administrator Zach Vruwink to the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee (RTMC). (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2023

State Rep. visits child care center
State Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) visited the YMCA of the Northwoods Youth Development Center on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, to learn about the Y's impact on families in the Northwoods. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2023

Former deputy set to stand trial in stalking, misconduct in office case
A five-day jury trial is scheduled to start Feb. 20 in the case of a former Oneida County sheriff's deputy facing 11 felony charges related to alleged incidents involving his then-estranged spouse. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2023

Hodag Solar Park celebrates first anniversary
Wisconsin Public Service's latest clean energy project continues to shine bright as it hits a milestone, the utility announced in a press release. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2023

In every branch of government, a fight over school choice
News analysis

Republicans hold strong majorities in the state Legislature - not to mention a veto-proof majority in the Senate - but they are not likely to see two of their most prized priorities enacted in the next legislative session, a flat tax and universal school choice. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 3, 2023

Two more snowmobile deaths reported last weekend
After two operators died in snowmobile accidents on Thursday, Jan. 26, in Vilas and Oneida counties, two more deadly accidents were reported Friday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 29. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2023

Tiffany rep visits with Minocqua labor/housing committee
Landis Holdorf, district director from U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany's office, visited with the Minocqua town board's ad hoc committee for labor and housing on Jan. 26. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2023

St. Germain to draft ordinance regulating short-term rentals
During a town board meeting last Thursday, Jan. 27) supervisors in St. Germain agreed the time has come to regulate short-term vacation property rentals due to a growing number of complaints. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2023

LWVNOW sponsoring presentation on treaties, tribal sovereignty and ceded territory
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is sponsoring an upcoming presentation on the importance of treaties and treaty rights.
Friday, February 3, 2023

Rhinelander PFAS responsible party  group responds to notice of violation
The City of Rhinelander, Oneida County and the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport have sent the Department of Natural Resources a written response to the "notice of violation" they received from the agency late last year in connection with the ongoing PFAS investigation/remediation effort associated with two city wells located near the airport. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Child care counts
Lt. Gov. Sara Rodriguez, right,­ visited the First Steps Early Learning Center in Rhinelander Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26, 2023, to discuss efforts to increase access to quality, affordable childcare in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Ohlson Lane residents protest assessment for installation of city utilities
Their homes are located just steps from one of the City of Rhinelander's busiest commercial areas, but the residents of Ohlson Lane do not have city utilities. Most of them would prefer to keep it that way. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Students of the Month
The following Rhinelander High School students were honored last week as "students of the month" for January. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Kelly seeks return to the state's high court
Former state Supreme Court justice Daniel Kelly didn't spend the first 18 years of his life in the Badger state - he first came here to attend college - but once he arrived it didn't take the future justice long to fall in love with the people of the state. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Trial in Oneida County drug death case postponed
The trial of a 24-year-old Rhinelander man charged with first-degree reckless homicide-drug delivery (as party to the crime) in connection with the death of a Town of Pelican man last April has been postponed until at least the spring of 2023. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Three killed in Northwoods snowmobile accidents
Three men were killed late last week in separate snowmobile accidents in the Northwoods. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Minocqua will go to referendum for tax levy increase
The Minocqua town board adopted a resolution last week to place a question on April's ballot asking voters to raise the tax levy. This will be the first time the town has gone to referendum in order to do so. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Minocqua housing/labor committee ready to talk solutions
Minocqua's ad hoc committee on housing and labor met again last week to work on its preliminary report which was due to be submitted to the Minocqua town board by the end of the week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Study: Mandatory leave laws stalled narrowing of gender pay gap
After major gains occurred in the 1980s in erasing a persistent gap between the wages of women and men, the convergence of wages suddenly stalled during the 1990s and beyond, and now a new paper has pinpointed what its authors believe is the culprit: various mandatory federal and state family and medical leave laws. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Council votes to move forward with plan to add skate park, splash pad to Pioneer Park
The City of Rhinelander took another step Monday in a process the City Council hopes will end with the addition of two new outdoor recreational amenities for the community's youth. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 27, 2023

A primer on Public Works
City of Rhinelander Public Works Director Randy Myrum and staff met with the public Tuesday evening, Jan. 24. 2023, at ArtStart. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 27, 2023

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