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April 7, 2020

Mayor Frederickson declares COVID-19 State of Emergency
On Friday morning, Rhinelander Mayor Chris Frederickson issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in the City of Rhinelander in response to COVID-19, setting several restrictions in place until April 17.
Saturday, March 21, 2020


Oneida County up to five confirmed cases of COVID-19
Local health officials on Monday announced two more COVID-19 infections in Oneida County, bringing the county's total to five.

According to an Oneida County Health Department press release, the fourth infected individual "in in their 50s and has not had contact with any of the previously confirmed cases in the county."

"The individual has a history of travel outside of the community and is currently in isolation," the release states.

The fifth infected individual "is in their 70s and has not had contact with any of the previously confirmed cases in the county, nor traveled outside of the community," the department announced in a second press release. "The individual is currently hospitalized."

Monday, April 6, 2020

Covid-19 confirmed in north-central Wisconsin nursing homes
Two nursing homes in north-central Wisconsin - one in Rhinelander - have confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of Wednesday morning, as the coronavirus continues to spread in the region.
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Friday, April 3, 2020

Stevens Street work resumes
Work started last week on the second phase of the City of Rhinelander's Stevens Street reconstruction project. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

NTSB releases report on March 5 crash at Rhinelander airport
The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a report on its investigation into the single-engine plane crash at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport March 5. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

Clerks seeing avalanche of absentee ballot requests
City and township clerks throughout Oneida County are being deluged with requests for both absentee ballots and in-person absentee voting as the COVID-19 pandemic, and related restrictions, have voters looking to avoid going to the polls April 7. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

Oneida County requests personal protective equipment donations to prevent spread of COVID-19
The Oneida County Health Department is encouraging all outpatient surgical and procedural centers, ambulatory surgery centers, dental providers, veterinarians, schools, construction companies, nail/hair salons, and others to donate their unused PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that is not immediately needed to assist healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, and first responders in need.
Friday, April 3, 2020

Oneida County board election statements
Candidates for the Oneida County Board of Supervisors were asked to tell voters why they are running, why they should be elected, and to touch upon some of the priorities they would pursue if elected. Here are their statements. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

City Council candidates share viewpoints (UPDATED)
Voters in three City of Rhinelander aldermanic districts will choose their representatives on the Common Council April 7. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

City Council debates loaning money to local businesses
The Rhinelander Common Council conducted business for approximately one hour and 40 minutes Monday afternoon before the meeting - the first since the state restricted gatherings to less than 10 people - had to be adjourned abruptly to avoid a violation of the state's open meetings law. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Detective hoping to identify victim of 40-year-old cold case
On March 19, 1980 a local couple disovered the remains of an adult male while hiking along a private snowmobile trail four miles north of Rhinelander on Highway 17. Four decades later, the body still has not been identified. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification a second and third person in Oneida County have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The individuals are in their 60's and 80's and are unrelated to each other or the first case of COVID-19 diagnosed on Friday, March 27. The individuals are currently in isolation. County health officials are working to determine how the individuals may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the positive cases had close contact with.

With the two additional cases identified, it is reasonable to believe that there is now community spread of the virus in Oneida County. The term "community spread" means there is no known source of the disease, such as a recent contact with an infected person or travel from an area with a high number of cases.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

City of Rhinelander moves polling places for spring election
The City of Rhinelander is advising voters they may need to report to a new location to cast their ballots on April 7.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Social Distancing
This was the lunch hour traffic on Courtney Streets Wednesday, March 25, 2020 after Gov. Tony Evers' "Safer At Home" order went into effect. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 28, 2020

River News to make temporary adjustments in response to COVID-19
To our readers:

We at The Northwoods River News want to assure you, our readers, that our staff will continue to work diligently to bring you the most up-to-date and thorough Rhinelander area news.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Show of Solidarity
The Rhinelander Fire Department lit up its engines, ambulances and other vehicles Wednesday evening, March 25, 2020. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 28, 2020

A changing landscape: Local businesses confront uncertainty amid COVID-19 pandemic
In a time of unparalleled uncertainty brought on by a global public health emergency, local business owners are facing a minefield of decisions, knowing that their choices will have a long-term impact on their customers, their employees and themselves. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Vilas County confirms two cases of COVID-19
Late Wednesday afternoon the Vilas County Public Health Department confirmed the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the county.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Oneida County social services committee hears COVID-19 reports
The Oneida County board's social services committee met Tuesday to hear updates on the veterans services and social services departments' response to the COVID-19 health crisis. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Health department announces first confirmed COVID-19 case in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has confirmed that one person in Oneida County has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Friday, March 27, 2020

Evers issues stay-at-home edict for residents
At the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the state Department of Health Services this week issued a massive 16-page order directing nonessential businesses to close and Wisconsin residents to stay at home and avoid nonessential travel.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Local police mourn the loss of retired K-9
The Rhinelander Police Department is mourning the loss of a retired officer who served the community honorably for nine years. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 26, 2020

BBB tips: How to support small businesses during coronavirus
We don't know how long the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, with its shutdowns and "social distancing," will last, but small businesses need the public's support to make it through these uncertain times.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wisconsin SBDC to assist businesses with disaster loan applications
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is helping small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

AG reminds Wisconsin consumers to know their rights
As the state continues to respond to the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, consumers should know their rights and how they can take action against suspected price gouging, the attorney general's office reports.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

City Hall closed; council meeting may be rescheduled for March 30
On Friday morning Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson announced that the March 23 meeting of the Common Council had been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Meals on Wheels
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Car chase, battery leads to multiple charges for several in Lake Tomahawk
A hang-up phone call that led police to an abandoned vehicle in rural Lake Tomahawk has resulted in a variety of battery and intimidation of witness charges against at least five area people. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Airport sees drop in passenger traffic due to COVID-19
As the number of people traveling by air has dropped considerably due to restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is seeing a drop in passengers flying into and out of the facility.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

County court procedures changed due to coronavirus
No aspect of life has been untouched by the coronavirus pandemic and that includes the local court system.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

City Council meeting postponed
The Rhinelander Common Council has postponed its next regular meeting which had been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 23.
Saturday, March 21, 2020


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