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May 26, 2022

LUHS takes action after Rhinelander coach reports use of slur at soccer game
Lakeland Union High School officials announced Friday afternoon they have identified an LUHS student as "the individual responsible for the racially insensitive comments that occurred" during a varsity girls' soccer game between Rhinelander and Lakeland Thursday evening at IncredibleBank Field in Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

SDR drama department honored for musical theater excellence
The School District of Rhinelander drama department has been recognized for its November 2021 production of "Matilda: the Musical." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Site of former dry cleaning business to be assessed as part of brownfield program
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced last week that it has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess potentially contaminated brownfield properties in Wisconsin and one of the parcels to be assessed is in the City of Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

YMCA celebrates teens with character
The 20th Annual Y Teen Character Awards, presented by Rhinelander Rotary, took place Sunday, April 24 at The Pines Event Center.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Rhinelander man facing child abuse charge in Marathon County
Isaiah DeLisle, 21, of Rhinelander, was charged last week with physical abuse of a child (intentionally cause great bodily harm) after a toddler suffered what doctors have diagnosed as a brain bleed and retinal hemorrhages caused by "non-accidental trauma." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Guardian charged with chronic neglect of a child
A 54-year-old Indiana woman has been charged with chronic neglect of a child (consequence is bodily harm) following an investigation by the Rhinelander Police Department. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Squirrel lake tribal harvest exceeds quota by 121 fish
Each spring, tribes in the Ceded Territory declare a specific number of fish their tribal members will spear in area lakes. Those declarations are based on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Safe Harvest Limit. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Defense attorney requests adjournment of motion hearing in Miller homicide case
The attorney for a 31-year-old Rhinelander man charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his former girlfriend on a Town of Pelican roadside last summer has asked that a key motion hearing be rescheduled. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2022

Victory Lap
The Rhinelander High School boys' track team takes a lap around Listle Field in Antigo Tuesday evening, May 17, after winning the Great Northern Conference championship. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2022

School board approves referendum question
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to approve a referendum question to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2022

YMCA Recreation Rodeo
Groups of third-grade students participated in various activities at the Rhinelander YMCA, ranging from biking safety to self-defense courses, as part of the annual recreation rodeo. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2022

Oneida County zoning hammers alleged tourist rooming house violators
At the direction of the Oneida County zoning committee, the county's zoning department is foregoing the county's usual practice of sending warning letters before issuing citations in the case of alleged tourist rooming house permit violations, and it is issuing the citations based merely on the rentals being advertised for shorter time periods than allowed, without any proof the homes were actually rented. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2022

Next steps for town hall discussed
There was little action taken during the May 12 Newbold town board meeting, though options for next steps were discussed related to construction of the new town hall. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2022

Complaint outlines allegations against MMA fighter
The case against a Lac du Flambeau man charged with substantial battery, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment, all with domestic abuse enhancers, is in a holding pattern as the defendant remains without legal counsel. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2022

Federal lawsuit filed over death at county jail
The family of a 20-year-old Rhinelander man who died last summer while in the county jail has filed a federal lawsuit against Oneida County alleging "deliberate indifference" to serious medical conditions and failure to properly monitor detainees. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Top of the Rock
On May 4, 2022 James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander held its traditional 3K run. The entire school population and staff participated. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A Matter of interpretation: Existing structures and permits in Oneida County
News analysis

Most often, when people seek building permits from the Oneida County zoning department, they do so for new structures, but what most people don't know is that the zoning ordinance also requires permits for many projects undertaken on existing structures, and not all of them involve costly and extensive remodeling.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Hodag Park upgrades begin with addition of stage
Long considered the crown jewel of the city park system, Hodag Park will soon have a versatile new amenity - a mult-use stage. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

$400,000 cash bond set for Eagle River man charged with child sexual assault
A 41-year-old Eagle River man accused of sexually assaulting a child is being held in the Vilas County jail on a $400,000 cash bond. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Sheriff's office requests information from public regarding alleged 'criminal incidents'
The Oneida County sheriff's office is asking for the public's assistance in obtaining information about alleged "criminal incidents" involving Frank Schuman, 29, of Lac du Flambeau. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

St. Germain wants fiber optics before Newbold
The St. Germain town board spent nearly an hour Monday on one of 16 discussion items on it's meeting agenda, the installation of fiber optic cable by ChoiceTel. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

In wake of arson, abortion politics takes center stage
The attempted firebombing and subsequent arson at the Madison office of a major pro-life group this past week, along with a failed vote in Congress to legalize virtually all abortion, has pushed the politics of abortion to the forefront, both in Wisconsin and nationally. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

School committee approves language for November referendum
The School District of Rhinelander's operations and strategic planning committee has approved a referendum question to be posed to district voters in November. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2022

Stage is on the Way
The City of Rhinelander and the Rhinelander Community Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, May 11, 2022 to kick off construction of a multi-use stage at Hodag Park. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2022

Council signals approval of Trig's annexation request
The Rhinelander City Council expressed support Monday for the annexation of three Town of Pelican parcels along Old 8 Road into the city limits, per a request made by T.A. Solberg Co. Inc. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2022

Assistant fire chief position posted internally
The City of Rhinelander is officially seeking candidates for the assistant fire chief position. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2022

Rhinelander Fourth of July Parade theme announced
The theme for the 2022 Rhinelander Fourth of July parade will be "Rally Around the Flag," organizers announced this week.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Wisconsin freight rail restarted
The Fox Valley & Lake Superior Rail System (FOXY) has restarted the railroad they bought from the Canadian National Railway (CN) in March of 2021. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2022

Wausau man sentenced to 28 days in jail for incident involving 14-year-old
A 25-year-old Wausau man was sentenced last week to 28 days conditional jail time after pleading no contest to "underage sexual activity."
Friday, May 13, 2022

Oneida County judge to retire this summer
Oneida County circuit judge Patrick O'Melia will retire effective Aug. 1, he announced in a May 4 letter to Oneida County Human Resources Director/Administrative Coordinator Lisa Charbarneau. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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