Associate Editor

Recent Stories

School board chooses manager to oversee tech ed construction project

Counter remains board president

The School District of Rhinelander’s board of education has chosen a project manager to oversee the additions to and remodeling of James Williams Middle School and Rhinelander High School authorized by district taxpayers on April 2.

Council approves new land sale policy

Citing a need to improve “transparency and consistency” in transactions involving city-owned property, the Rhinelander Common Council signed off last week on a specific policy to be followed when city-owned land is sold.

Tease photo

Splashpad project moving forward

Three weeks after he introduced the local Kiwanis Club’s plan to add a splashpad to Rhinelander’s Hodag Park, club representative Brandon Karaba was back before the common council last Monday to provide an update on the project.

Council sets new speed limit for Timber Dr.

Attention motorists, the speed limit on Timber Drive from Highway 17 to Iverson Street has been reduced from 35 to 25 miles per hour.

Memo: DNR will not take action against farmers for unintentional PFAS contamination

According to an internal memo, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is following the lead of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in signaling that it will not take action against farmers whose property has been impacted by PFAS (per-and polyfluoroakyl substances) contamination due to land spreading.

City grappling with tourist house conundrum

Tourism is an essential component of the local economy but the potential proliferation of tourist houses — Airbnbs, VRBOs and the like — is a concern for those who believe short-term rentals may pose a risk to residential neighborhoods.

Tease photo

Plan commission recommends rezoning of former St. Mary’s Hospital site

More than a dozen years after the old St. Mary’s Hospital on Kabel Avenue was torn down the new owner of the property is planning to redevelop the site as part of an effort to provide affordable housing for Rhinelander’s “working class.”

Tease photo

School board to take up busing contract

The next meeting of the School District of Rhinelander’s board of education is expected to include discussion/action on a new five-year rolling contract with Bowen’s Bus Service for transportation of students to and from school.

Tease photo

DNR announces another expansion of PFAS testing in Stella

The Department of Natural Resources is expanding the boundaries of its free private well testing program in Stella township. During an informational meeting Wednesday evening at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander, DNR officials announced free PFAS (per-and polyfluoroakyl substances) testing of private wells located within a 2.5 to 3 mile radius of the town hall.

DNR requests more information on paper companies’ past PFAS practices

As part of its ongoing investigation of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination in Stella township, the Department of Natural Resources has sent letters to the current and former owners of the Rhinelander paper mill seeking information, records and documents related to the “generation, transportation, treatment, storage and/or disposal of PFAS at sites or facilities within a three-mile radius of the Village of Starks...”

More stories