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School District of Rhinelander looking for new superintendentSubmitted: 01/08/2013

Hayley Tenpas
Evening Anchor/Reporter/Producer
htenpas@wjfw.com

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RHINELANDER - The School District of Rhinelander will have new leadership next year.

But the list of potential candidates is long, which means they're starting from square one.

Community engagement, financial responsibility and student achievement.

Those are some of the main values the School District of Rhinelander is looking for in a new superintendent.



Tonight's meeting started the hiring process for the new superintendent.

The current superintendent, Roger Erdahl, retires June 30th

Fifteen candidates have applied for his position so far.

Tonight's goal was defining what qualities in a candidate best reflect the school district.

"I think it's a good process that we're embarked on, I don't think it will take an over extenuating amount of time and I think in the end we'll have the best possible candidate for the Rhinelander School District," said School Board President Ron Counter.

The district brought in a consulting firm to assist in the search process.

That cost 9 thousand dollards.

School Board President Ron Counter says that cost has no effect on the $3 million per year referendum the district is asking for.

"We've been planning the superintendent search for a while in fact prior to going into referendum so the money was already outlaid and it won't have a direct effect on next year's budget, it will be taken out of this year's budget," said Counter.

The school board begins the interviewing process in February.

The public is invited to those interviews to observe.

The board will choose a candidate by March with the new superintendent starting July 1st.


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Antigo Firemen enjoy working on Christmas Submitted: 12/25/2014

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ANTIGO - Many people spend Christmas away from work and with their families, but some have to work on the holidays to keep people safe.

Fireman may have to work on Christmas, but they don't seem to complain.

"This is like the holiday I mean for us we don't have to do much," said Antigo Fireman and Paramedic Brian Baginski. "There ain't very much open to inspect or do inspections. Basically it's just a day when we get calls we go on, we do our normal duties around the station."

Fireman have very important jobs but when they're on duty and not on a call they get to sit back, relax, recline, and watch Christmas movies.

"What did we start with? I forgot the first one but the second one was the Christmas story," said Antigo Fireman and Paramedic Brett Hefty.

Baginski enjoys working on Christmas because as a fireman he can help people on the holiday.

"I love my job and I enjoy helping people out, holidays you know some of the elderly people are lonely and usually that is most of our calls," Baginski said. "People are lonely and they need someone to call to."

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Rhinelander Lions Club gives free dinners Christmas Day Submitted: 12/25/2014

RHINELANDER - A local Lions Club hosted a free Christmas dinner Thursday.

The Rhinelander Lions Club has been putting on the dinner for about 30 years. The club starts preparing the dinner in November with help from Trigs.

"They deliver their stuff to us on Christmas Eve here," said Christmas Not Alone Co-Chairman Thomas O'Rourke. "They bake their turkeys for us in their bakery. That's a big help because this year we baked 30 20lbs turkeys."

More than 180 people ate at the Rhinelander Armory Thursday. They also delivered more than 117 meals to people who couldn't leave their house.

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Free Christmas dinner held at White Lake Community CenterSubmitted: 12/25/2014

WHITE LAKE - A group of volunteers in White Lake wanted to make sure everyone got a Christmas dinner.

They held a free community dinner Thursday afternoon.

They've been preparing for the meal for a couple of months.

This is the second year the dinner has been held.

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'Keep it Green' wreath in Merrill reminds people to stay safeSubmitted: 12/25/2014

MERRILL - More than 400 people across the country die in fires during the holiday season each year.

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List of free Christmas dinners in the areaSubmitted: 12/24/2014

NORTHERN WISCONSIN - Tomahawk:
-At Grace Lutheran Church of Tomahawk
-11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.
-Reservations encouraged
-Call Debbie at 715-453-4066

Rhinelander:
-At Rhinelander Armory
-11a.m.-1:30p.m.
-Call 715-282-5904
-Home delivery available

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Helpful Holiday Tips: how to avoid weight gainSubmitted: 12/24/2014

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Rhinelander man arrested for sex registry violationSubmitted: 12/24/2014

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The U.S. Attorney for western Wisconsin tells us 58 year old Gregory Porter was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month.

They accuse Porter of traveling between several states over the last couple of years, without updating his sex offender registration.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years.

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