Next April, Rhinelander voters will see an advisory referendum whether the city should petition the legislature to become the next community with a Premier Resort Area Tax.
The question asks whether the city should levy one-half cent on a dollar sales tax on tourist-related items.
The money raised could only be used to upgrade infrastructure, namely city streets. The city could like to fix Lincoln Street from Oneida to Eisenhower Parkway, Stevens Street, Boyce Drive and Oneida Avenue, totaling some $2 million dollars.
Restaurant owners in Rhinelander are looking for input about what they can do differently. Oneida County UW Extension is organizing two focus groups Monday night…to talk about dining options in Rhinelander.
Extension Agent Tim Brown says several recent surveys have revealed a sense of public dissatisfaction with the Rhinelander restaurant scene. The focus groups hope to identify some of what the public is looking for.
Rhinelander’s Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting a gathering for cancer survivors.
It’s the sixth annual Celebration of Life. Event organizer Kim Hetland is a Manager in Radiation Oncology at Ministry’s James Beck Cancer Center. She says the evening is also a chance to honor those lost to cancer.
“We wanted it more than just a cancer survivor event. We wanted it more of a celebration – of life, that would honor not only our cancer survivors but also our patients that have passed on.”
The victim in a Monday night shooting in Rhinelander remains in critical condition.
The 49-year-old male received a single gunshot wound in the abdomen. Police responded to the incident at a residence on Mason Street at 7:45 pm. The wounded man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, and was later airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
A Rhinelander Catholic school is hoping to take part in the state’s expanded school voucher program. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School is one of 48 schools statewide that registered for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. It allows low-income students to attend private or religious schools using a state-funded voucher. Nativity Catholic School Principal Shirley Heise says it’s an opportunity for some families to afford a faith-based education.
Businesses in downtown Rhinelander put on their best show for an annual street fair Wednesday.
It was a breezy day on Brown Street and vendors were out in full force, selling everything from antiques to tshirts to shaved ice. Justine Whitefish is selling frybread. She's been making it for 33 years but she’s a new entrepreneur. It’s her first year at Redikulus Dae and she’s a little disappointed by the turnout.
Downtown Rhinelander is gearing up for an annual one-day street fair. Redikulus Dae is designed to bring people out to shop downtown. Executive Director for Downtown Rhinelander Inc. Maggie Steffen says it’s been a tradition for 55 years.
“I can tell you – some of us that have grown up here, it was a big deal to go downtown on that day and see your family and friends. It was a way to meet up with people that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s just a fun atmosphere – it’s not necessarily just shopping, it’s more of almost an experience.”