As Rhinelander's downtown Streetscape project continues, crews are working on the opposite side of the Davenport street bridge after they found the bridge needed more work.

One of Rhinelander's three bridges has been closed since early April as part of the project. Part of the construction was to fix the point where the bridge connects with the street near the Courtney Street intersection.

Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says when crews checked the approach on the west side, it needed work...


The Assembly Speakers Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia stopped in Rhinelander last fall to take testimony on the needs of this region.

Random drug testing for Northland Pines high school students is being prepared by the district policy committee for implementation with the 2016-17 school year for all 9-12 grade levels, with expansion to include grades 7-12 in the 2017-18 school year.

“We will send a letter to all parents giving them the option of allowing the school to randomly test their kids for up to 10 substances,” district administrator Mike Richie said. “We will enclose a stamped, self addressed letter for them to respond.”

Appeals Court Sides With Oneida Co. Judge On OWI Case

Jun 14, 2016

A northern Wisconsin prosecutor was wrong to reduce a drunk driving charge in a plea deal, without a judge approving it beforehand.

More bicycles are on the road this summer and a Wisconsin Bike Federation spokesperson says motorists and bicyclists need to know the rules of the road.

Richard Hablewitz says according to Wisconsin law, a bicycle is a vehicle and has the same rights afforded to any other vehicle using the roadway....

" have to by law give bicyclists at least three feet by law. A bicyclist can use the full travel lane if they wish to. The law does say the bicycle has to ride as far right in the lane as practical...."

Rhinelander voters in April approved a half-cent-on-a-dollar sales tax called the Premier Resort Area Tax.

This special tax is granted by the legislature to enable tourist communities to repair roads damaged by increased tourist traffic. The final local step passed a test Monday night as the city council conducted a final public hearing.

City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says there were no objections...

Vilas county authorities are investigating a crash Sunday morning that killed a pedestrian in the town of Washington near Eagle River.

Deputies report the man was blowing leaves along the shoulder of a roadway when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver remained at the scene. The names the victim and the driver of the vehicle have not been released.

Martinson Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison

Jun 11, 2016

The teenager convicted of killing her mother and stepfather nineteen months ago will spend the next 23-years in prison.

Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom heard both the defense and prosecution arguments for over ten hours Friday before sending now-18-year-old Ashlee Martinson to prison for stabbing her mother 40-year-old Jennifer Ayers and shoot 37-year-old Thomas Ayers at the family's rural Rhinelander home in March of 2015. Martinson will also have to engage in treatment or counseling.


The sentencing for the 18 year old Rhinelander area girl charged with killing her parents at their home in the town of Piehl in March of 2015 is going on today in Oneida County Court.

Ashlee Martinson was found guilty of two counts of 2nd Degree Intentional Homicide after entering into a plea bargain. T

he bodies of  step-father Thomas Ayers and his wife Jennifer were found in the home and other children were left in the home.

A Northwoods Democrat thinks deep budget cuts placed on the UW system during the last budget cycle will come home to roost on student tuition beginning this fall.

25th District State Senator Janey Bewley of Delta, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, says the recent news that the UW system said it would raise fees came as no surprise to her....

OnlyTwo Show Up for $14.6 Million Bond Issue Hearing

Jun 9, 2016

OnlyTwo Show Up for $14.6 Million Bond Issue Hearing Only two members of the public showed up for public hearing Wednesday on the proposed $14.66 million general obligation bond issue to finance 20 energy-saving projects at the Lakeland Union High School.

The school board got only one question: whether construction activities would disrupt classroom learning.

One woman was assured that construction would take place only during non-school hours, i.e. after hours, weekends.

A former Oneida County Circuit Court Judge has been named to the newly created state Ethics Commission.

Governor Scott Walker announced the appointments of Judge Robert Kinney to the newly created commission along with Judge Mac Davis. Davis is the Legislature’s majority party nominee, and Kinney is the minority party nominee.

Which Committee Leads Recreational Planning Debated

Jun 8, 2016

Which Vilas County department should take the lead in outdoor recreational planning was debated Monday by the county zoning committee.

Zoning committee chairman Jay Verhulst favored planning be incorporated into the overall land use plan “where zoning has land use authority” but zoning administrator Dawn Schmidt disagreed indications outdoor recreation planning is administered by the forestry department and “we just review it after it's done.”

Vilas Courthouse Addition Cost Likely To Rise

Jun 8, 2016

After approving spending up to $10 million for a courthouse addition, the Vilas County board will be asked to spend additional funds, possibly another million dollars, to add a second story shell that may not be used for years.

The county public property committee learned Tuesday from architect Kurt Berner of the Samuels Group, to reduce the cost to under $10 million part of the addition would only be one story.

Fire District Idea Floated At Minocqua Town Bd. Meeting

Jun 8, 2016
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Creation of a fire district to encompass area fire departments should not be rejected out of hand, a proponent urged the Minocqua Town Board Tuesday.

. “Approach this with an open mind,” asked Ed Bruner, member of the ad hoc Woodruff Fire Truck/Fire District Committee.

For the past few weeks the committee has been looking into the pros and cons of forming a fire district.