RHINELANDER - Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman will face competition from one of his officers if he chooses to run for sheriff again in 2018.
Sgt. Greg Gardner announced his candidacy for sheriff in a press release Monday afternoon. Gardner is a 22-year veteran of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. He also served four years as a military police officer in the U.S. Army.
Gardner describes himself as a lifelong Oneida County resident who "welcomes scrutiny and understands that he is responsible to the taxpayers of Oneida County."
In his career with Oneida County, which started in 1995, Gardner has been a deputy sheriff, detective sergeant, and sergeant. He was a field training officer and Special Response Team member.
Gardner currently serves as the liaison officer for the School District of Rhinelander. He is in his first year as school resource officer at Rhinelander High School. Gardner also teaches at Nicolet College's Law Enforcement Recruit Academy as an adjunct instructor.
"I have enjoyed a great career with Oneida County and I want our current and younger officers, along with all employees, to have the same great work experience that I was fortunate enough to have," Gardner said in his press release. "I look forward to working with the citizens of Oneida County, and listening to their concerns as well as ideas to improve the Sheriff's Office."
Gardner is the second candidate to formally announce his campaign. Oneida and Forest county Medical Examiner Larry Mathein announced his campaign about a week ago.
Hartman has not announced publicly whether he will run again next year. Hartman was first elected sheriff in 2014 after Gov. Scott Walker appointed him in 2013. Hartman replaced Sheriff Jeff Hoffman, who retired.
RHINELANDER - By landing in New Zealand last week, Rhinelander's Darlene Machtan and her husband checked off another continent in their world travels. They landed and were confronted by huge national news.
"It's all people are talking about," Machtan said in a FaceTime interview.
Last Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand, a white supremacist started shooting at two mosques in a terrorist attack, killing 50 people.
Most years, the entire country has fewer than ten homicides with guns.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County Supervisor Bob Mott felt sadness as he toured the Doctors Foster and Smith property in Rhinelander on Feb. 22. Mott knew he couldn't save the nearly 300 jobs that are disappearing after Petco announced in January it was closing most of the facility.
However, Mott is now pushing the county to look at a new option for the buildings and land that could generate money and create jobs.
At Tuesday's county board meeting, Mott submitted a resolution that would form a committee to look at Oneida County buying the property from Petco.
RHINELANDER - The first day of spring on Tuesday greeted us with snow and cold, but a handful of people across Rhinelander did their best to deliver some warm feelings.
Hometown Chiropractic employees stood outside the Rhinelander District Library starting at 12:30 p.m. with motivational signs. This is the third year the chiropractic office decided to do "Sunshine on the Street."
It was a simple half-hour commitment to spread joy.
MERRILL - Dozens of people in Merrill considered who is representing them in city government. A group is pushing to recall five of the city's eight representatives and held a rally Tuesday night to make their case to their fellow taxpayers.
"It's now or never," said LaDonna Fermanich, one of the rally organizers.
The Recall Rally was held at Les and Jim's Lincoln Lanes less than a mile away from Merrill City Hall, where a common council meeting was taking place at the same time.
"This is nothing personal for the alderman. We believe you're all of good character," said Steve Sabatke, addressing the council. Sabatke plans to run for Merrill's 8th district seat.
ANTIGO - A sandbag can serve as a cheap, easy tool to stop floodwater from reaching homes, businesses, and other buildings. In Antigo, city workers have seen their fair share of sandbags lately. The city made a thousand of them. It's something workers do every year, but hope to never use them.
"Every melting season," said Antigo Public Works Project Manager Charlie Brinkmeier. "We never know, the weather changes day to day."
Since the flooding that took place in 2004, the city of Antigo has been doing its best to stay prepared.
"Everybody in this community has institutional memory from the 2004 event," said Antigo Administrative Services Director Mark Desotell. "It was quite an impact on the city. It impacted a lot of businesses."
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