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November 13, 2019

Plan commission reviews updated Pioneer Park plan
Jamie Taylor/river newsJustin Frahm of JSD Professional Services points out some of the changes made to the concept plan for Pioneer Park that came about after reciving public feedback.
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Justin Frahm of JSD Professional Services points out some of the changes made to the concept plan for Pioneer Park that came about after reciving public feedback.
Landscape designer Justin Frahm of JSD Professional Services attended last Tuesday's meeting of the Rhinelander Planning Commission to present updated drawings illustrating how he incorporated community input into his concept plan for a reimagined Pioneer Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Police and fire commission rejects sex offender appeal role
In August, the Rhinelander Common Council unanimously adopted an ordinance governing the residency and activities of convicted sex offenders. Later, the council decided the Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission (PFC) would be an appropriate panel to handle appeals under the ordinance. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Solemn remembrance
Rhinelander attorney Brian Bennett, at podium, was the last of four guest speakers at the Oneida County Veterans Day Ceremony Monday morning inside the Oneida County Courthouse.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

OC public works panel approves road plan, discusses culvert issue
The Oneida County public works committee on Thursday approved a five-year road plan compiled by highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Theft case against former gas station manager stalled
A 41-year-old Pelican Lake man charged in August 2018 with one count of theft in a business setting (over $10,000) in connection with his employment as a gas station manager remains stalled as he tries to raise money to hire a new attorney. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New RPD officer ready to hit the streets
The Rhinelander Police Department has another full-fledged officer in its ranks. Officer Claire Decker was officially sworn in by police and fire commission chair Todd McEldowney Thursday morning. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 9, 2019

City Council to consider developer's request for financial assistance in revamping historic building
A developer interested in breathing new life into a historic building in downtown Rhinelander has asked the City Council for financial support. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sheriff's department investigating threat at JWMS
Parents of students at James Williams Middle School received a message Thursday evening regarding a threat made by a student that resulted in a law enforcement investigation, but detectives with the Oneida County Sheriff's Department have since determined that the student in question had "no means to carry out their threat," according to Capt. Tyler Young. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Guild updates city residents on well testing
Rhinelander water utility customers will have to decide for themselves how to respond to a recent update from Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild regarding the quality of the municipal water supply as well as subsequent pushback from the president of the lab that tested the water suggesting Guild may have misinterpreted the results.

In a notice to water utility customers posted to the City Hall Facebook page at 11:32 p.m. Nov. 5, Guild reported there have been "no repeated detections of the previous PFAS chemicals first sampled in May 2019."
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Friday, November 8, 2019

City Council considering creating Redevelopment Authority
The Rhinelander Common Council is considering hiring the Madison-based community impact consulting firm Redevelopment Resources to help city leaders through the process of establishing a Redevelopment Authority and amending the city's tax incremental financing districts. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nicolet Players' 'The Art of Dining' spoofs the restaurant biz
Everyone's heard how tough it is to keep a new restaurant afloat. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 7, 2019

County zoning official accused of violating restraining order
New charges have been filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court accusing Oneida County assistant planning and zoning director Peter Wegner of violating bond conditions and a restraining order when he allegedly yelled obscenities at a snowplow driver, who has accused him of battery, when the two crossed paths at an local gas station in late October. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Pine Lake rollover
The Pine Lake Fire Department and Oneida County Sheriff's Department were dispatched at approximately 6:20 p.m. Sunday for a one-vehicle rollover accident on Trails End Road near the intersection of River Road. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Senior Halloween Party
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Oneida County celebrated Halloween in style Thursday, Oct. 31. Pictured above: Mary Fortier, dressed as a clown, takes part in one of the many games available during the ADRC Halloween Party. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

School board seeking temporary replacement for Roskoskey
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education is in need of a temporary member to fill Ben Roskoskey's seat while he completes military service. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Hodag heritage hubbub continues as council votes to negotiate with Michigan community
The Rhinelander community's deep affinity for its iconic mascot, the legendary Hodag, reached new heights this week in response to reports that a community in Michigan is interested in holding its own hodag festival. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Tunneling for treats
Trick-or-Treaters had to walk through a tunnel to reach Bob Cepling, Megan Rheaume-Brand and Michael Brand who were handing out Halloween candy at their house on Dahl Street Thursday evening. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 2, 2019

City Council votes to pursue ethics committee idea
The Rhinelander Common Council voted Monday evening to direct staff to begin drafting a resolution creating a city ethics committee. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Moving the earth
Work has begun in earnest on the $14 million construction project that will add 22,000 square feet to the Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Liebscher waives prelim in fatal hit-and-run
The 53-year-old Sugar Camp man accused of killing a motorcyclist in a traffic accident last August, and then fleeing the scene, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

School board sets salary range for next superintendent
As part of a special meeting Monday evening where the 2019-20 budget levy was formally approved, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education also set the salary range that will be used in the search for a replacement for retiring superintendent Kelli Jacobi. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

(Some) Left and Right unite for felony trespass bill
You don't see it often, but here it is, the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and the state AFL-CIO supporting the same legislation, and they are being joined by colleagues from both sides of the aisle. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Local woman accused of credit card theft
An area woman used a relative's credit card for more than $6,000 in unauthorized expenditures, according to an Oneida County Circuit Court complaint. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Local teacher found guilty of misdemeanor
The 33-year-old School District of Rhinelander fourth grade teacher charged last spring with three drug-related offenses was found not guilty of the felony charge, but guilty of the misdemeanor, after a two-day bench trial earlier this week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Applications for 2019 winter room tax grants available now
The Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee (RTMC) is now accepting applications for the winter disbursement of Room Tax Community Grants. Funding is available for not-for-profit community groups and organizations. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

65-year-old man struck and killed in Schoepke accident
A 65-year-old man is dead following a traffic accident Tuesday morning in the town of Schoepke. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

No bones about it
Three-year-old Rhett Leighton became visibly enamored with the turnout gear hanging inside the Pine Lake fire station while attending the department's annual Haunted Town Hall event Saturday, Oct. 26. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Trinity Lutheran to host annual Christmas bazaar
The "lefse ladies" at Trinity Lutheran Church, 235 N Stevens Street, Rhinelander, are getting ready for the annual Trinity Christmas Bazaar. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Frederickson suggests council consider creating an ethics board
Earlier this month, Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson asked the Common Council to consider creating an independent ethics board to assist with the often thorny issue of resolving citizen complaints. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Early morning crash
A two-vehicle accident at the corner of Davenport and Courtney streets in Rhinelander complicated the Friday morning commute. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 26, 2019

RHS now has gender neutral bathroom
The restroom located between the library and the Superior Diesel Advanced Learning Center at Rhinelander High School is now a gender neutral facility, school officials confirmed this week. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 26, 2019


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