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RFD to get one additional firefighter as council approves 2024 tax levy

Despite a “once in a generation” boost in state aid to the City of Rhinelander coming in 2024, the Rhinelander Fire Department will add one, not three, new firefighters to the team next year.

School board OKs referendum question

Voters to decide in April

Come spring, School District of Rhinelander voters will be asked to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $26 million for the purpose improving technical education facilities at James Williams Middle School and Rhinelander High School.

City ethics committee reviews complaint

Discussion to continue Nov. 27

The ethics committee created by the Rhinelander Common Council back in 2020 met Nov. 13 to discuss a complaint filed against a city employee.

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Trial in overdose death case set for April

A four-day jury trial has been scheduled for early April in the case of a 25-year-old Rhinelander woman charged in connection with the overdose death of a 29-year-old Town of Pelican man back in 2022.

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Answering the call: Veterans Day speeches focus on service, sacrifice

During the annual Veterans Day program at James Williams Middle School last Friday morning it was noted that just three days are set aside each year for formal recognition of those serving or who have served in the military.

Plan commission approves second phase of Settlers Village project

New multi-family development planned near Walmart

It took an extra two weeks but the City of Rhinelander plan commission has approved the second phase of the Settlers Village development on Timber Drive near Central School.

New study sheds light on extent of PFAS contamination in Wisconsin

Highest detection in Stella is 45,000 parts per trillion

The results of a comprehensive study of 450 samples of ambient shallow groundwater taken from private wells across the State of Wisconsin are in and the Town of Stella in Oneida County has the unfortunate distinction of having the highest levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) detected.

SDR board, superintendent sued over treatment of nonbinary student

Complaint alleges sex-based discrimination

A mother and her nonbinary minor child, a former Rhinelander High School student, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week alleging the Rhinelander school board and school superintendent Eric Burke “repeatedly refused to recognize or respect (the child’s) gender identity” and (undertook) “a series of discriminatory and highly stigmatizing actions against them based on their sex, gender identity, and nonbinary status.”

SWOT analysis is next step for golf course advisory committee

It will be several months before golf balls are once again launched from the tees at the city-owned Northwood Golf Club but the newly created golf course advisory committee has begun holding meetings with the goal of improving golfers’ experience and bringing additional members and players to the course.

Questions raised regarding ownership of land where city trail is to be located

City attorney to research issue

Two weeks after the Rhinelander Common Council unanimously authorized the construction of a new pedestrian/bicycle path connecting westside residents to the rest of the city an adjacent property owner has raised questions regarding ownership of the land in question.

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