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August 9, 2022

New TIF districts, hotel development agreements approved
The City of Rhinelander has two new tax incremental financing (TIF) districts, and a pair of hotel development groups have approved agreements, following recent action by the Joint Review Board and the City Council. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The tradition continues
A Northwoods summer tradition continued Wednesday, Aug. 3 when Rhinelander merchants brought their wares outside for the annual Redikulus Dae sidewalk sale. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

State responds to father's brief in child neglect appeal
The state Department of Children and Families (DCF) has responded to a brief filed by the father of a 20-month-old boy from Virginia who died during a visit to Newbold in 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

YMCA of the Northwoods Board names Fred Hauser interim CEO
YMCA of the Northwoods Chief Volunteer Officer Jake Weinand has announced the Board has appointed Rhinelander native Fred Hauser as interim CEO.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Council takes no action on request from Let's Go Fishing group to place shed at Hodag Park
The Rhinelander City Council took no action late last month on a request from the nonprofit Let's Go Fishing Rhinelander chapter to allow placement of a permanent storage shed at the Hodag Park Landing. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Bond adjusted for Rhinelander man charged in ICAC case
The $20,000 cash bond originally set in the case of a 39-year-old Rhinelander man charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and attempted sexual assault of a child under 16 has been adjusted down after family members of Thomas Bartelme indicated they would be able to post a substantial amount in cash and sign a signature bond for the remainder. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Minocqua's pier ordinance likely to be challenged in court
On July 8, a claim was filed against the Town of Minocqua by attorneys Elizabeth Stephens and Charles Sweeney on behalf of East Chicago Avenue residents Teresa and Rich Hahn. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Vilas public health discusses monkeypox as handful of cases spring up in state
Though there has not been a confirmed case of monkeypox in Vilas County or its immediate neighbors at the time of this writing, local medical officials have been fielding citizen concern, county public health director Tammi Boers told the public health committee July 27. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Oneida social services details info tech plan, draft budget for '23
Though both documents are still at a tentative stage, Oneida County social services director Mary Rideout previewed the 2023 information technology plan and budget for the department at the July 26 social services committee meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Paper mill announces plan to reduce its carbon footprint
Ahlstrom-Munksjö, the Finnish company that owns the Rhinelander paper mill, is investing in new technology and converting the existing boilers at its Rhinelander and Mosinee plants to reduce its carbon emissions and landfill waste, the company announced Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

How About a Pony Ride
A youngster enjoyed some time in the saddle Saturday, July 30, 2022, during the Oneida County Fair. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Local man killed in garage explosion
The Oneida County sheriff's office has released the name of the 34-year-old Town of Crescent man who was killed Monday evening in a fireworks-related accident. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Tim Ramthun in Rhinelander
As part of his campaign for governor, Republican candidate Tim Ramthun made an appearance at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport on Wednesday, August 3. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

In governor's election, a race to the outside
According to polls, the race for the Republican nomination for governor is a dead heat with just a few days to go before the primary, and as the candidates sprint toward the finish line, they are both trying to use the outside lane to win. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Newbold town chairman serving final term
At the end of the July 28 Newbold town board meeting, town chairman Dave Kroll announced the current term he is serving will be his last. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

WILL calls for Legislature to act on open records
After the state Supreme Court recently overturned decades of precedent in open records case law, ruling that a denied records requester must prevail in a court ruling to win any attorneys' fees and court costs, a conservative legal group is calling upon the state Legislature to pass legislation to overturn the court ruling. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

OVTC increases pay for Headwaters split-shift routes in order to secure drivers
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) increased hourly wages for drivers on two split-shift routes Northwoods Transit is contracted with Headwaters, Inc. for, in hopes of finding permanent candidates to fill open positions during a driver shortage. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

In U.S. Senate race, Johnson tries to keep the focus on Biden
In a campaign that could be critical to which party controls the U.S. Senate next year, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is trying to keep voters focused on Joe Biden's policies, particularly the economy and inflation, while his opponents are zeroing in on abortion and, to counter the GOP's inflation narrative, the need for unions and a higher minimum wage. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Lt. Governor's race is a wide open affair
The election for lieutenant governor in Wisconsin is wide open with the departure of the current officeholder, Mandela Barnes, to run for the U.S. Senate, and it features a head-to-head battle in the Democratic contest and a crowded field of hopefuls for the Republican nomination. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 5, 2022

Skate park plaza study presented to council
A key milestone in the progression of one the most unique public/private projects in Rhinelander history took place on July 25 when members of the Over It group, along with their partners at ArtStart, presented to the City Council their completed public plaza skate park feasibility study. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

There's nothing like the fair
The 2022 Oneida County Fair kicked off Thursday, July 28 at Rhinelander's Pioneer Park. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

$1 million gift boosts expansion, renovation project at YMCA
YMCA of the Northwoods officials made a major announcement Thursday, revealing the identity of the $1 million individual donor whose gift will help make the planned multi-million dollar addition to the Rhinelander facility a reality. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Ready, set, shop: Redikulus Dae is Aug. 3
The annual shopping extravaganza known as Redikulus Dae will take over downtown Rhinelander from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

In AG race, it's all about the role
As one might expect, the upcoming race for attorney general is turning on the usual claims and counterclaims - who has the most experience, whether the candidate is conservative or liberal, among other things - but this year another issue is haunting the race: Just what is an attorney general supposed to do?

All three major candidates seem to have a different take. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Minocqua to debut new voter check-in system
The Town of Minocqua will be using a new poll book system starting with the Aug. 9 primary. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

High court affirms Dane County power to issue Covid orders
In a ruling that has statewide implications, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently upheld Dane County's Covid-19 restrictions. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Mayor marks first 90 days in office, notes hiring of assistant fire chief, public works director
Kris Hanus has just passed the 90-day point in his term as Mayor of Rhinelander and he marked the occasion by issuing a press release noting some of the "major accomplishments and progress" the city has made in the last three months. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 29, 2022

Worm Race Returns!
After two years of "virtual" racing, the annual Great Library Worm Race was held in person Tuesday afternoon, July 26, 2022 at the Rhinelander District Library. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

City hit with another 'dark store' lawsuit
The City of Rhinelander is facing another lawsuit from Walmart as the retailer is pursuing a property tax reduction using the so-called "dark store" loophole where large retailers argue that their properties should be assessed at the same rate as similar vacant buildings. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

In Wisconsin's Seventh, Kunelius takes on Tiffany
In the GOP primary for Congress in the seventh congressional district, incumbent Tom Tiffany looks poised to win renomination against challenger David Kunelius. The Lakeland Times will profile the general election race in October. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 29, 2022

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