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Finance committee chair proposes room tax amendment
City of Rhinelander Finance, Wage and Salary Committee Chairman Mark Pelletier surprised his fellow committee members last week with a proposal to revise the accommodation (room) tax portion of the city code. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Antlerless tag sales reminiscent of Black Friday sales
For the first time in three years, antlerless deer tags went on sale in Oneida County this week. Reminiscent of the Black Friday sales that take place during the deer hunting season, hunters came out in large numbers to stand in line for their chance at a tag. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Council votes 6-1 to light alley for one year
The Rhinelander City Council spent little time Monday paying a number of bills related to now-completed streetscape project, and approving a request from the golf course advisory committee to hire an outside consultant to evaluate Northwood Golf Course at a cost of $10,000, but the proposal with the lowest price tag - $230 to light the alley between 28 and 38 North Brown Street - prompted a long debate. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pine Lake FD responds to boiler explosion
The Pine Lake Fire Department, Oneida County sheriff's office and Oneida County Medic 1 responded to a boiler explosion at 3980 Lakeshore Drive Monday evening.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

New street foreman settling in
The city of Rhinelander street department has a new leader.

Dan Mulhern took the position of street foreman effective Aug. 1. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cassian rollover
Just after 3 p.m. Friday, the Oneida County sheriff's department received a report of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Lakewood Road just north of County Highway K.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kingman: Stevens Street sewer pipeline needs to be replaced
The recent sewer collapse on Stevens Street, just east of Lake Creek Road, underscored a problem with that aging section of the city's sewer system, public works director Tim Kingman told the city's water and wastewater committee Tuesday afternoon. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

VFW Unmet Needs program
James Pederson, commander of the Rhinelander Ray Rousseau Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3143, presents a plaque to Josh Steinmetz, the general manager of the Rhinelander Burger King July 31.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

GOP poised for major tax reform push
The GOP's bid to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has crashed and burned about as badly as the imploding Obamacare insurance market, but Republicans seem much more optimistic about the coming effort this fall to reform the U.S tax code. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Veteran alderman seeks mayor's office
Alderman Alex Young, who has served on the Rhinelander City Council for 13 years, announced last week he will run for mayor in April of 2018. Most likely the announcement did not come as surprise to many, as Young has been considering a run for some time. (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Golf course advisory panel wants outside firm to evaluate Northwood
Down a projected quarter of a million dollars on the revenue side for the year to date, the latest in a string of down years for Northwood Golf Course, the city of Rhinelander golf course advisory committee on Tuesday heeded a recommendation to have an outside consultant evaluate the operation and provide guidance on how to get the course out of a financial bunker. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Balsam Street garage fire
The Rhinelander Fire Department extinguished a fire in a detached garage on Balsam Street Thursday morning. According to Fire Chief Terry Williams, the first crews arrived on the scene three minutes after the page to find flames shooting 40 feet into the air.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pilot OK following Monday float plane crash near Elcho
There were no serious injuries as the result of the crash of a float plane on Langlade County's Otter Lake near the town of Elcho Monday night.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Balsam fire
The Rhinelander Fire Department had a busy morning dealing with a fully engulfed garage fire on Balsam Street, however there were no injuries reported. See Saturday's print edition for more details. (Jamie Taylor/The Northwoods River News)
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Public works committee: High bids may put one PRAT-funded street project on hold
While the city of Rhinelander's premier resort area tax (PRAT) is expected to generate $400,000 in additional money for street and other infrastructure projects per year, the first quarter receipts were $83,222.01 and the second quarter receipts won't be known until at least next Monday. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Shalbreck family donates Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame plaque to airport
The early days of aviation, especially after World War I, were a heady time. Air travel spread like wildfire throughout the country and towns like Rhinelander were not immune. The old fairgrounds was the first place in the area where planes could land and take off and Steve Shalbreck was instrumental in getting a runway laid out there, literally laying the groundwork for the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport. (subscriber access)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Woodboro accident
At approximately 1:39 p.m. Monday, the Crescent Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Oneida County sheriff's deputies, Oneida EMS and the Spirit helicopter responded to a motorcycle accident at 7690 Hwy. 8. The accident involved two riders. One person was transported to the hospital via ambulance and another was airlifted via Spirit helicopter.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sew Smart moves to new location
Sew Smart has moved a few doors down to a larger space at 2193 Lincoln St.

This move, which occurred July 31, gives the sewing center an extra 800 square feet, from 1,550 to 2,350. Sew Smart reopened Aug. 1 in the new location. (subscriber access)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Drs. Foster and Smith announce LiveAquaria open house
This Saturday, Aug. 12, LiveAquaria, Drs. Foster and Smith's state of the art coral center, will hold the first of its brand new open houses. These guided educational tours are open to the public and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the filtration system the company uses, as well as its fish, coral, and invertebrate holding systems, according to a company press release.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Chamber receives TIC grant
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce (which serves as the Rhinelander Information Center) has announced that it has been selected to receive a $1,000 Tourism Information Center (TIC) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beyond the Hodag: Forward Rhinelander looks to rebrand community
Forward Rhinelander, a group of organizations, businesses and individuals dedicated to advancing the city's fortunes, got its first look Wednesday at a proposed brand guide that will be used to market the city in the future. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Walker announces broadband expansion grant recipients
Governor Scott Walker joined the Public Service Commission (PSC) Friday in announcing $1,500,000 in Broadband Expansion Grants awarded to 13 projects in underserved areas throughout the state.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Teachers and administrators prepare for new school year at annual Hodag Tech Fest
The new school year is still a few weeks away but teachers and administrators in the School District of Rhinelander and around the state were in class last week attending the fourth annual Hodag Tech Fest at James Williams Middle School. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Frederickson launches mayoral campaign
Christopher Frederickson has lived in the Rhinelander area for 19 years and feels he owes the city a debt of gratitude. He would like to repay that debt by serving as the next mayor. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Newbold Fire and Rescue takes public safety to new heights
Newbold Fire and Rescue Department is taking public safety to new heights, after investing in a drone approximately two years ago. (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Federal appeals court blocks gray wolf delisting
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling vacating a 2011 decision by the Obama administration to delist the gray wolf in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, handing environmentalists a major victory. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sad ending for bald eagle in Vilas County
Not all efforts to save the nation's bird, the bald eagle, are successful. That was the case late in the afternoon of July 17 when the Vilas County dispatch center received a call reporting an injured eagle in the road. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 5, 2017

DOT: July was the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads this year
July was the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads this year, prompting transportation safety officials to issue a "call to action" urging all motorists to be safe/responsible
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Menard Inc. files lawsuit against city over 2016 property assessment
Since 2008, when the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in Walgreens v. City of Madison that the drugstore chain had been over-assessed for tax purposes and the valuation of its property should be based on comparable stores in the area that are empty, what is known as the "Dark Store" theory, many retail operations have successfully brought lawsuits against municipalities to lower their estimated fair market values and trim their tax bills by tens of thousands of dollars. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 3, 2017

RPD continues to investigate block-throwing incident
The Rhinelander Police Department continues to investigate an early Sunday morning incident on North Brown Street that resulted in a Oneida County sheriff's squad car suffering over $7,000 in damages. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nicolet program focuses awareness and personal safety
Four community members walked away from a Civilian Safety Awareness Program at Nicolet College in Rhinelander July 26 with tools to help keep themselves safe should they find themselves in a dangerous situation. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 3, 2017

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