City of Rhinelander

Northwood Golf Club

Rhinelander's Golf Course Advisory Committee heard a first draft of a consultant's analysis of the financially-troubled Northwood Golf Club.

A recent audit showed the municipal course owed Rhinelander more than $1 million.

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A local spokesperson says there's still time to join in a two-day celebration of Rhinelander's historic past, focusing on civic groups and clubs that helped to build the city.

Rhinelander's Historic Preservation Commission has joined with the Rhinelander Masonic Lodge to have the event October 6 & 7.

Last year's Roots Celebration focused on the businesses that built the community.

Lodge spokesperson Tony Jones says this year's event at the Masonic lodge will highlight the civic clubs and groups in Rhinelander's past...

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Last year, the City of Rhinelander, through its Historic Preservation Commission, held the first Rhinelander Roots Celebration, designed to highlight businesses that helped build the city

The second celebration is set for October 6 and 7, this year in partnership with the Rhinelander Masonic Lodge #242. This year, the celebration features local clubs and civic groups. The Masonic Lodge will open its doors for this year's celebration.

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A consulting firm will look at what the City of Rhinelander should do with the money-losing city-owned Northwood Golf Club. One recommendation might be the sale of the course.

The city council Monday evening approved hiring Green Golf Partners of Indiana to recommend a course of action at the course on the city's far west side.

City Administrator Keith Kost said the firm will look at improving current management, look at third-party management and look at the possibility of selling the course. Kost said it would be completed within 60 days. Cost is $10,000.

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A grant from the Rhinelander Community Foundation has improved the docks at Hodag Park in Rhinelander.

This week the city council approved a $5,000 donation.

Parks Director Jeremy Biolo says they will slide the docks northward down the beach and put boulders along the beach to slow erosion. Biolo said there wer larger docks at the park about 10 years ago, but they got old and unsafe.

Mayor Dick Johns thanked the Foundation...


Add Walmart to the Rhinelander large retailers appealing their taxes.

Large retailers are using a legal tax loophole to challenge their property tax assessments.

The "Dark Store" loophole proponents say their store may have cost $10 million to build and maybe on a thriving retail corner, but they argue that because their building is so unique, the only thing you can use as a comparable for tax purposes is an abandoned retail store, hence 'dark store' loophole.


A report on how area residents want Rhinelander parks to be used was presented to a committee Monday.

The detailed report was assembled by a Task Force under the direction of Oneida County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development agent Myles Alexander.

In the 36-page report, Alexander says it's  designed to turn Rhinelander's parks decisions from confrontation to collaboration, ad hoc to planned development and deferred maintenance to reinvestment.


The twists and turns of hiring a police chief for Rhinelander ended Monday night as the city council unanimously approved the salary and benefits for Lloyd Gauthier.

Part of the roll call to approve the hiring and Mayor Dick Johns.....

"....(roll call all aye Mayor Johns) .."it's over Lloyd, you're in...." (applause)


A new owner of the former Taylor Park property on Rhinelander's southside is willing to work with the city on a new entrance to a nature reserve behind the building, but to make sure the city council approved keeping the parking area open for now.

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The public has two more opportunities for input on how they would like to see in Rhinelander's parks.

A city committee has been meeting as part of putting together a master use plan for the parks.

Oneida County UW-Extension's Miles Alexander says after a dispute arose last year over use of the parks, the city put together the Task Force to see how the public wanted future park use....

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The City of Rhinelander has approved its portion of a 10-year agreement to operate the Rhinelander District Library.

The joint library district includes the city and the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican and Pine Lake.

Council member Alex Young noted the major change in the new agreement finds the city getting reimbursed for doing administrative duties, but in kind will pledge more to the library....

"....the administrative services the city provides, but it doesn't have a cash impact on the library district or any of the municipalities...."

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The City of Rhinelander is offering no interest home repair loans to qualified property owners.

The loans are through the Community Development Block Grant program.

MSA Professional Services is administering the home loan program. Spokesperson Kari Justmann says if a property owner is income qualified, they will inspect the house, and anything that fails is eligible for the zero interest loans..

The City of Rhinelander and the School District of Rhinelander have an agreement to use existing softball and baseball fields after passage by the city council Monday.

The School District approached the city earlier this year about constructing a new ball field at Pioneer Park, now the site of the Hodag Farmer's Market and the Oneida County Fair. In discussing the issue, the city discovered they had no formal contact in place for the school district to use the ball fields.

Committee chair Sheri Belliveau....

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Local governments are putting together their budgets for next year and the city of Rhinelander came up with a pleasant surprise.

Like many municipalities, the city struggled to keep services during the Great Recession when property values were plummeting. Taxes rose because of the loss of revenue.

But this year City Council Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier says something interesting happened. He says the budget went up slightly, but it shouldn't be seen in the city's portion of the tax bills...

The possibility of a dog park in Rhinelander got a major boost Monday on two fronts.

Tina Werres and other citizens has been collecting money over time to build the dog park. She says they've collected $2,000 to date which has been set aside in a city account. She says the delay in developing the park has been finding a concensus where to put the park.

Werres told a city committee Monday night that a generous donor has come forward....