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October 4, 2022

Oneida County approves ambulance contract with hefty increases
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors approved a new ambulance service contract last week - though not everybody was happy with it - welcomed a new supervisor, and approved using federal Covid relief funds for vaccine promotion. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Community gathers to celebrate new Hodag Park amphitheater
Mother Nature provided a picture-perfect backdrop Wednesday evening as the City of Rhinelander and the Rhinelander Community Foundation (RCF) celebrated the new multi-use stage/amphitheater at Hodag Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

District hosts informational meeting on referendum
Four times in the last 12 years voters in the School District of Rhinelander have approved operational referenda aimed at maintaining the community's educational standards. With the current referendum set to expire in 2023, the district's board of education is once again asking voters for permission to exceed the revenue limit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

October is Manufacturing Month
Persevering through a pandemic, serious supply chain issues, and a myriad of other challenges has paid off at Nicolet as the college celebrates October as Manufacturing Month with a fully functional Birchwoods Center which now houses all manufacturing disciplines under one roof.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Natural Resources Board hears wolf number estimates showing healthy population
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) large carnivore biologist Randy Johnson appeared before the Natural Resources Board (NRB) Sept. 28 to present the results of the 2021-22 wolf population estimate surveys. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Rhinelander man charged with child sexual assault
A 29-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with repeated sexual assault of a child and first-degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a child under age 13), both Class B felonies. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

St. Germain to seek elector approval for clerk pay raise
The St. Germain Town Board agreed to seek elector approval for a pay raise for the town's clerk and amended its procedures ordinance regarding past, present, and future raises during a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 22. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Connector trail may be solution to west side access issue
Five months after he first approached the City of Rhinelander about the possibility of adding a sidewalk to Davenport Street on the city's west side, Ben Meyer was back before the City Council Monday evening to announce a potential solution. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2022

Referendum Report
Six weeks before local taxpayers weigh in on the School District of Rhinelander's request for approval of a new operational referendum, superintendent Eric Burke stood before a modest crowd in the Hodag Dome Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, 2022, to share information on school funding and the district's financing. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2022

Walker sues Bangstad for punitive damages in defamation lawsuit
In a new lawsuit, Lakeland Times and River News publisher Gregg Walker is suing Minocqua Brewing Company (MBC) owner Kirk Bangstad for punitive as well as compensatory damages in a new defamation lawsuit, after Bangstad posted on Facebook what the complaint says is outrageous and extreme false information about Walker and about the accidental death of Walker's brother 35 years ago. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2022

Royal Court
Queen Abigail Bixby and King Cooper Radke, center, reigned over Rhinelander High School Homecoming festivities Saturday evening, Sept. 24, 2022, in the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.
Friday, September 30, 2022

Loudenbeck runs to restore purpose to secretary of state's office
Downstate state Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) is running for secretary of state this year with a mission in mind: restore respect and purpose for what she says is a long-neglected office. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2022

Ripco names new president/CEO
Ripco Credit Union has announced that Jennifer Grinder will serve as their next president and chief executive officer (CEO). Grinder, currently the Chief Retail Officer of Resource One Credit Union in Dallas, was placed by DDJ Myers, the well-known leadership development firm that recently became an ALM First Company, according to a Ripco press release.
Friday, September 30, 2022

County denies town's request to restrict engine braking
The Oneida County board's public works committee on Sept. 22 denied a request made by the Town of Crescent to restrict the use of engine braking on county highways K and N. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2022

Court appearances scheduled for October, November in Vilas County child death case
A Lac du Flambeau couple charged with neglecting a child (consequence is death) will be back in court later this fall for further proceedings. George Poupart, 29, and Sheila Thompson, 30, appeared before Vilas County circuit court judge Martha Milanowski on Sept. 20 at which time additional hearings were scheduled for October and November. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2022

Town of Minocqua accepting applications for new committee
The town of Minocqua is accepting letters of interest and other relevant experiences from community members who are interested in joining a newly formed committee focused on collecting information regarding the area's residential housing availability and more precisely, availability of housing for people with low to moderate incomes. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 30, 2022

School board amends policy on controversial issues in the classroom
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education has updated the district's policy on controversial issues in the classroom. The vote took place on Sept. 19, one week after the district's operations and strategic planning committee recommended forwarding the revised language to the full board. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Homecoming royalty
The Rhinelander High School Class of 2023 crowned its homecoming royalty during the annual pre-game pep rally Friday afternoon, Sept. 23, 2002, in the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Local man sentenced to 25 years in federal prison
A 36-year-old Rhinelander man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for child sex trafficking. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Trig's Supports local fire departments
Trig's grocery stores made three donations Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in support of local firefighters as part of its Love it Local campaign, which gives back to the community through charitable giving. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

With pick for Oneida County judge, Evers appoints a party loyalist
When Gov. Tony Evers appointed Rhinelander attorney Mary Roth Burns to replace retiring judge Patrick O'Melia, the governor called her a "respected attorney" loaded with legal experience. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Evers: Let public decide abortion issue through direct referendum
Democrats are banking that the abortion issue will carry them to victory in November, and last week Gov. Tony Evers attempted to paint the GOP into a corner, calling a special session of the legislature to allow voters to decide the issue for themselves. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Economic Development Summit Oct. 12 at Nicolet
The public is invited to join a day of lively discussion and presentations at the 2022 Northwoods Economic Development Summit at the Nicolet College Lakeside Center (Theatre and Commons) Oct. 12. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with opening remarks staring at 8:45.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Economists: Worker shortages reaching crisis levels
News analysis

Across America's economic landscape, the lack of workers has reached crisis proportions, according to many economists, and that is doubly so for northern Wisconsin, where two of the labor shortage's most impacted industries - hospitality and healthcare - make up a large segment of the overall job market. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 23, 2022

Bump, set, Spike!
School District of Rhinelander activities director Brian Paulson, left, referees the annual Homecoming spike volleyball game Monday, Sept. 19 in the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Kampf sentenced to prison in overdose death case
Just over three years after he delivered the heroin that took the life of 25-year-old Shauna Sarkauskas, Dalton Kampf was sentenced Tuesday to six years confinement to be followed by six years extended supervision. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

City to celebrate Hodag Park stage, amphitheater Sept. 28
The City of Rhinelander will celebrate the latest addition to Hodag Park, the new stage and amphitheater, with a special event Sept. 28. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Bangstad threatens to sue Oneida County on First Amendment claim
Minocqua Brewing Company owner Kirk Bangstad last week threatened to sue Oneida County unless the county dropped then pending zoning ordinance violations against him, saying the county was violating Bangstad's First Amendment rights. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Two charged with reckless homicide in April drug death
A 24-year-old St. Germain woman and a 23-year-old Green Bay man have been charged with first-degree reckless homicide-drug delivery (as party to the crime) in connection with the death of a 29-year-old Town of Pelican man last April. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

Final pretrial conference set in OWI homicide case
A final pretrial conference has been scheduled for Nov. 22 in the case of the 38-year-old Stevens Point man charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a fatal crash on State Highway 70 in July 2020. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 23, 2022

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