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Says he understands impacts of crime
12:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Brecht Gets More Prison Time For OC Escape

Todd Brecht
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Todd Brecht was closing in on a time when he might rejoin society after a killing in 1985. That plan took a sharp curve Tuesday when he was sentenced for escape.

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Warning issued
6:52 am
Tue May 13, 2014

D.A.--Committee Violated Open Meetings Law

Rhinelander city hall
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A Rhinelander committee violated the state's open meetings law, but won't get fined...this time.

City council member Alex Young asked for an investigation into a meeting held April 2 by the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee. District Attorney Michael Schiek had the Oneida County Sheriff's Department investigate.

In response, Schiek said the committee is a group that falls under the provisions of the open meetings law, and as such, must give a full 24 hours public notice prior to meeting. The meeting had been noticed on April 1, with the meeting held 22 hours later.

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Burmaster to leave this summer
6:43 am
Tue May 13, 2014

VP Urban Named Nicolet College Interim President

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees named Kenneth Urban Interim President of the college during a special meeting of the board Monday.

Urban will begin those duties July 1, the day after current President Elizabeth Burmaster ends her tenure in that position.

Burmaster is returning to her hometown of Frederick, Md., where she has been named President of Frederick Community College.

She has been President of Nicolet College since 2009.

The board will soon begin a nationwide search to select a new president of Nicolet College.

Grace period first
6:38 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Rhinelander Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

Banned in Rhinelander
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Rhinelander has joined some central Wisconsin communities as banning cell phone use while driving.

A split city council last night voted to allow police to stop drivers from using cell phones while motoring.

Council member George Kirby asked for the ordinance. Personal injury attorney Peter Young told the council in the cases he's seen, cell use contributed to distracted driving and favored the ordinance...

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Opposition from neighbors
6:24 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Halfway House Exemption Denied By Rhinelander

Following a recommendation byRhinelander's Planning Commission, the city council Monday unanimously denied an exception that would allow a halfway house on Phillip St.

The Department of Corrections had recommended Rhinelander get a place where people with alcohol and other chemical dependencies could reside. Attic Correctional Services found a property at 835 Phillip Street, across from West Park, that met requirements. But at a public hearing several weeks ago a large number of nearby residents voiced opposition.

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More Than 70 Years of Data
4:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Citizen Science Data Show Improving Water Clarity in Northwoods Lakes

Boom Lake, Rhinelander
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A new study on lake clarity across eight Midwestern states relies solely on data from citizen scientists.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Noah Lottig, a research scientist based at the UW Madison Trout Lake Station, about the study’s significance.

The records dated back to the late 1930s and spanned eight Midwestern states.  The trend across more than three thousand lakes was a slight increase in water clarity.  And in Wisconsin and Minnesota, that trend was stronger in the northern regions.

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Optional Exam
5:20 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Health Officials Hope Online Program Will Reduce Illegal Tobacco Sales

Health departments are promoting an online training program for tobacco retailers, designed to reduce illegal sales of tobacco to minors.

Marta Koelling is Community Health Specialist for the Oneida County Health Department.  She says the online program called smokecheck.org is free and educational. 

“It offers information and study guides on Wisconsin’s tobacco laws, checking ids, and communicating with customers.” 

Participants can choose to take an exam at the end of the training and receive a state-approved certificate. 

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Still Early for Most Vegetables
5:17 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Greenhouses Fill as Gardeners Wait for Warmer Temps

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Temperatures are warming up and that means many people are eager to plant gardens.  

Spring is the busiest season of the year for Hanson’s Garden Village in Rhinelander.  Many of the greenhouses are bursting with flowers, herbs and vegetable starts that have been nurtured since March. 

Brent Hanson says it’s still too early to plant most things outside. 

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Best Showing Since 2004
2:46 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

RHS Mock Trial Finishes in Top Ten at Nationals

Rhinelander High School’s mock trial team finished eighth in the nation this weekend.  46 teams competed in the national tournament held in Madison. 

Faculty coach Kathy Vick-Martini says it’s the best they’ve done at nationals in a decade.  And that’s with seven of the nine members new on the team this year. 

Senior members and co-captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien both earned recognition as “outstanding performers” in attorney roles.  Three underclassmen from the Rhinelander team also earned “outstanding performer” recognition in witness roles. 

Arts & Life
10:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

RASTA To Hold Mountain Bike Race

RASTA is hoping to attract mountain bikers of all levels to its race this weekend.
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A mountain bike race outside of Rhinelander this weekend hopes to drum up financial support for trail maintenance. 

RASTA, the Rhinelander Area Silent Sports Association is holding the bike race May 17th at the Washburn Silent Sports trails near Perch Lake.

Spokesperson Suzanne Flory says it’s a new location for the RASTA Rally…which could make it more exciting for riders of all levels. 

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