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May 12, 2021

School board approves strategic plan for continuous improvement
Courtesy of School District of RhinelanderThis graphic shows the front page of the School District of Rhinelander’s Strategic Plan, which was approved by the Board of Education Monday, April 26. The plan utilizes a 1-5 rating system that is used to score how well the components of the four core areas of everything from an individual classroom to the entire district stack up. The entire plan is available to view at https://www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us/district/StrategicPlan.pdf
Courtesy of School District of Rhinelander

This graphic shows the front page of the School District of Rhinelander’s Strategic Plan, which was approved by the Board of Education Monday, April 26. The plan utilizes a 1-5 rating system that is used to score how well the components of the four core areas of everything from an individual classroom to the entire district stack up. The entire plan is available to view at https://www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us/district/StrategicPlan.pdf
With the ceremonial swearing in April 26, Ben Roskoskey took his seat as a member of the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education. He then cast his aye vote with the other eight members in favor of the strategic plan for continuous improvement that superintendent Eric Burke and the rest of the administrative team have been working on the entire school year, working on fostering the use of continuous improvement tools. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021


Guild misconduct case dismissed
The misconduct in public office case against former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild was dismissed Friday following a review hearing before Price County Circuit Judge Kevin Klein. According to online court records, the hearing lasted approximately 4 minutes and consisted of Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek stating that Guild was in compliance with the terms of the deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) approved by the court in early February and requesting the case be dismissed. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Crescent expansion
Members of the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education turned the ceremonial dirt Friday morning, May 7, 2021, to signify the start of construction at Crescent Elementary School.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Looking back to look ahead: SDR officials reflect on a year of COVID, discuss plans for the future
At this time last year, schools across the globe pivoted their pedagogy to go fully virtual in response to the effects of COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic. In the year since, our collective understanding of the virus has grown substantially while institutions worldwide continue to develop strategies to curb its spread. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Plan commission gets first look at proposed $10 million housing complex
The City of Rhinelander plan commission got its first look last week at plans for a $10 million apartment and townhouse complex development next to the Pelican River surrounding the former Taylor Park Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

$10,000 cash bond set for local woman accused of child sexual assault, contributing to the delinquency of minors
A $10,000 cash bond was set Friday afternoon in the case of a 31-year-old Rhinelander woman accused of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 16 and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, both Class C felonies. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Local man charged with possession of child pornography opts for trial
A 19-year-old Rhinelander man charged with one count of possession of child pornography is scheduled to face a jury in September. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Airport will soon accept parking payments by credit card
Travelers who use long-term parking at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will soon enjoy a more user-friendly payment system. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 7, 2021

Boom Dock Saints
City of Rhinelander Parks Director Jeremy Biolo holds up the ramp plate to one of the Hodag Park boat docks into Boom Lake as parks foreman Brian Tesky assists Wednesday, April 28. The two were busy getting the docks in before Saturday's fishing opener.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

City Council considers Hodag Park priorities
As summer approaches, the Rhinelander Common Council is moving closer to determining which element of the recently approved Hodag Park master plan will be implemented first. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Police chief explains use of force options to PFC
A recent discussion between the City of Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission (PFC) and RPD Chief Lloyd Gauthier regarding the challenges associated with recruiting new officers led to a frank dialogue involving a number of hot topics including officers' use of both Tasers and deadly force. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 30, 2021

PFC appoints Schmitz interim assistant RFD chief
The City of Rhinelander police and fire commission (PFC) voted on Friday to appoint deputy chief Josh Schmitz to the position of interim chief of the Rhinelander Fire Department, pending his acceptance of a pay and benefits to be negotiated between himself, the city administrator and mayor and approved by the city council. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

School board approves new staffing plan
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education last week approved a plan for future staffing with an eye toward providing more educational and behavioral support for struggling students over the next two years. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Revised city zoning code, map nearing completion
The City of Rhinelander Plan Commission reviewed the latest changes to the city's zoning code and map April 6 and learned the revisions could be ready to be passed on to the City Council as soon as the April 26 meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 23, 2021

Oneida forestry committee hears update from Friends of Townline Lake Park
The April 12 meeting of the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee included a dialogue with the Friends of Townline Lake Park group.

According to the mission statement on its Facebook page, the Friends of Townline Lake Park seeks to "preserve, maintain and improve historical Town Line Lake Park for the continued enjoyment of the lake and natural area by Rhinelander, Oneida County and Wisconsin residents." (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Airport submits 'wish list' for funding to FAA and BOA
The Oneida County board's administration committee has forwarded a resolution to the Oneida County board that amounts to a letter of support for the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Cultivating career readiness
To prepare students for life after high school, the School District of Rhinelander provides a myriad of academic and career planning resources which afford students the opportunity to explore their interests and skills while participating in workplace learning experiences. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Frederickson's campaign treasurer is walking quorum judge's son
The son of the lead appeals judge in a walking quorum complaint against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members served as Frederickson's campaign treasurer in 2018, The Lakeland Times has found, prompting Times publisher Gregg Walker to call for the review of the case by a higher court. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 16, 2021

City alderpersons express support for new skate park
A group determined to see a new skate park built in Rhinelander is gaining momentum for its cause as the Rhinelander Common Council on Monday expressed support for the project. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 16, 2021

RFD handles dryer fire at Lake States Yeast
The Rhinelander Fire Department spent about 2 hours at Lake States Yeast the evening of Wednesday, April 7 handling a fire in a dryer and standing by to make sure it was out. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Waydick explains reasons for retiring to PFC
At a quickly called meeting of the Police and Fire Commission Friday morning, interim Rhinelander Fire Chief and building inspector Tom Waydick outline the reasons behind his recently announced retirement after nearly 23 years with the department. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

RFD interim chief announces retirement
The Rhinelander Fire Department will soon be without its interim chief as Tom Waydick announced Tuesday that he has submitted his retirement paperwork. June 4 will be his last day with the city, he said. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 9, 2021

ELECTION RESULTS
Below are the unofficial results of the spring election as posted on Oneida County website's election information page:



County referendum question No. 1

Increase taxes by $500,000 to pay for road and bridge construction?



Yes 3,088

No. 3,535

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Judge issues sealed order on attorney-client privilege issue in Kingman civil suit
A federal judge has ruled on various attorney-client privilege and confidentiality issues in the wrongful termination case filed by former City of Rhinelander public works director Tim Kingman. According to online federal court records, Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker issued a sealed order on March 18 "granting in part and denying in part" plaintiff's motion to compel discovery. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The spring 2021 election is expected to be fairly quiet on the local level. Town of Newbold voters will answer a referendum question while voters in the Town of Crescent will choose a town chairman and a town supervisor. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 2, 2021

Four candidates vie for three school board seats
Two incumbents will face off with two write-in candidates April 6 for three seats on the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 2, 2021

Voters to choose new state superintendent Tuesday
On Tuesday, former Brown Deer superintendent Deborah Kerr and Pecatonica superintendent Jill Underly square off in the contest to become Wisconsin's new state superintendent of education. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 2, 2021

Airport gains additional carrier, hub destination
Summer air travelers into and out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will have two airlines and airline destination hubs to choose from in the very near future, according to airport director Matt Leitner. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rhinelander to receive $760,000 in direct aid through American Rescue Plan Act
The City of Rhinelander is set to receive just under $760,000 from the federal government following the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, city administrator Zach Vruwink announced last week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

PFC, city leaders seek middle ground on fire chief search
A vacancy in the senior leadership of the Rhinelander Police Department has been a source of frustration for the city's police and fire commission (PFC) and the city's administrative team for over six months, as the department has been without a captain since Ron Lueneburg's retirement last May after 30 years on the force. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Appeals court sides with Bloom on walking quorum case
In an unpublished opinion, a three-judge court of appeals panel has upheld circuit court judge Michael Bloom's dismissal of an open-meetings complaint filed by the general manager of The Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 26, 2021


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