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YMCA Children's Learning Center in Rhinelander hiring Submitted: 07/17/2019

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RHINELANDER - Staff working in the YMCA's Children's Learning Center in Rhinelander enjoy what they do.

Many of the staff members have been there for 20 to 30 years. Some are looking to retire soon, which creates opportunities for new workers

They have full time and part time positions open. Those willing to get the proper certification to work there can get some help from the YMCA.

"We can help by tuition reimbursement," said YMCA Child Care Director Diane Zarembka. "There's a couple other programs out there, the T.E.A.C.H. program, that can help with getting people to take credit classes or getting certificates."

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UPDATE: Preliminary hearings set for contractor accused of misusing funds after effort to dismiss charges Submitted: 07/17/2019

VILAS COUNTY - UPDATE 7/18/2019

An earlier version of this report conflated the two criminal complaints filed against contractor Gerald Stodola.

The first complaint filed February 14, concerns Stodola and a homeowner who alleges Stodola failed to inform the homeowner of a delay in construction. The first complaint also alleges theft by contractor.

The second complaint also filed February 14, concerns Stodola and the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, whose leaders also allege theft by contractor. They believe Stodola used money meant for a new chamber building for other purposes.

The defense argued in both cases that the plaintiffs, both represented by the Asst. District Attorney, did not show probable cause in their complaints.

Judge Neal Nielsen rejected the defenses motion to dismiss the first complaint, saying the fact that Stodola did not finish the job he was hired to do was evidence enough to show probable cause.

Nielsen rejected the defenses motion to dismiss the second complaint because Stodla himself mentioned using funds for the St. Germain project for something else. Nielsen believed that showed probable cause.

Preliminary hearings for both cases are set for September 18, 2019.
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ORIGINAL STORY 7/17/2019
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Annual Hodag MASH blood drive comes to Rhinelander Submitted: 07/17/2019

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RHINELANDER - Thursday the Rhinelander Armory will look like a war-era hospital.

No one is being treated, but rather helping others who will one day need medical help.

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Improperly disposed needles force Oneida County Solid Waste to shut down recycling center Submitted: 07/17/2019

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RHINELANDER - Sifting through a sea of bottles, cans, and milk jugs, Lisa Jolin has pretty much seen it all come through her recycling center, including things that don't belong.  The plant processes nearly 2.5 million pounds of recycling each year.

"Diapers, you know, gross things," Jolin explained.

But a discovery late Tuesday morning stopped the Oneida County Solid Waste Director's workers in their tracks.

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67-year-old Rhinelander convent makes way to playground, parking and green space Submitted: 07/17/2019

RHINELANDER - Nativity of our Lord Parish in Rhinelander will see more structural changes following the renovation of its worship space in February 2018.

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Group sues to buy vacant Mattoon Elementary, open Christian school; Antigo School District seeks to block plan Submitted: 07/17/2019

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MATTOON - Wade Reimer thinks it's pretty simple.

There's a vacant school in the village of Mattoon, southeast of Antigo.

He wants to buy it and turn it into a Christian community center, and, someday, a school.

Reimer says the community is behind him.

But the Unified School District of Antigo is not.

In 2016, people in Mattoon fought as the district closed the school, saying rural elementary schools like Mattoon were too expensive to run. A year later, many of the same people tried unsuccessfully to open their own school district.

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Pizza Ranch partners with Little Rice Emergency Service Unit for fundraiser Submitted: 07/17/2019

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RHINELANDER - Three emergency response vehicles sat outside Pizza Ranch in Rhinelander Wednesday night.

Not because of a fire, but because of a partnership. 

"Here we are here tonight raising money for the Little Rice ESU," said Little Rice Fire Department Chief Scott Pockat.

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UPDATE: Wausau Police arrest sex offender who cut off ankle monitor Submitted: 07/16/2019

WAUSAU - UPDATE: James Begay was apprehended on his warrant and has been transported to the Marathon County Jail.

The Wausau Police Department thanks the community for sharing the information and offering tips.

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Lincoln Co. Sheriff on lookout for home improvement scammers after recent visit Submitted: 07/16/2019

MERRILL - Police believe a group of men have been driving around north-central Wisconsin trying to scam homeowners through shoddy "improvement" work.

The latest case comes from the Town of Corning in Lincoln County. Sheriff Ken Schneider reports the men showed up at woman's home in the last week offering to seal her metal roof.

The suspect, described as an eastern European man in his 40s, offered to demonstrate the product when two other men got out of their truck and started putting the sealant on her roof.

A family member showed up soon thereafter, confronted the men and they left.

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Former hospital foundations director Baltus accused of stealing nearly $46,000 Submitted: 07/16/2019

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RHINELANDER -
The former director of Ascension's St. Mary's and Sacred Heart Hospital foundations stole nearly $46,000, according to police.

Prosecutors charged Kimberly Baltus, 61, with a felony theft charge in Oneida County Court on July 9.

The police report shows Baltus admitted to stealing the money during a stretch that started in January 2017 and ran through October 2018, when she left the foundation.  

The foundation provides further support and services to patients in the Ascension system, including funding for the James Beck Cancer Center, free health screenings at wellness fairs, and diabetic supplies for patients in need.

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