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October 1, 2020

Records outline compensation paid to consultant turned temporary assistant to the mayor
Former consultant turned temporary assistant to the mayor Zach Vruwink was paid approximately $26,600 for services rendered between May 1 and late July, according to records obtained by the River News through an open records request.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Chiming in celebration
The Rhinelander High School football team won back-to-back Bell Games for the first time since 2000 on Friday night, defeating Antigo in dramatic fashion, 21-18 in double overtime in Antigo. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Contractor explains dome inflation process
In less than two weeks the centerpiece of the new Hodag Sports Complex, an air-supported dome where local student-athletes will be able to practice even in the most inclement of weather, is scheduled to be inflated. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Pandemic, election, mayor's schedule cited in request to push back Kingman trial
Barring an out-of-court settlement, litigation between the City of Rhinelander and former public works director Tim Kingman is expected to continue until 2022 as the parties have received permission from the court to push back key deadlines and hearings including the trial. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 25, 2020

New officer joins RPD
The Rhinelander Police Department gained a new probationary officer Monday as Nathaniel Antilla was sworn in by city clerk Val Foley during a brief ceremony in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 25, 2020

Police chief asks PFC to eliminate residency requirement
The Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission heard a request earlier this month from police chief Lloyd Gauthier to eliminate the policy that members of the Rhinelander Police Department must live within 15 miles of the city limits. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 25, 2020

$50,000 cash bail set for Rhinelander man charged with trafficking of a child
Bail has been set at $50,000 in the case of a 34-year-old Rhinelander man charged Tuesday with trafficking of a child, a Class C felony carrying a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 25, 2020

City working on 'succession' plan as clerk's retirement approaches
The City of Rhinelander is preparing for a major transition as City Clerk Val Foley has announced she will retire in early 2021. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 25, 2020

Tomahawk woman dies after head-on crash on US8
A 76-year-old Tomahawk woman died Thursday en route to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 8 near Rhinelander.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Teaching and learning in the age of COVID-19
Two weeks into a fall term unlike any other, the School District of Rhinelander's instruction and accountability committee last week heard its first report as to how students and staff are coping with the challenges of teaching and learning during a pandemic.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Rhinelander man arrested in child sex trafficking investigation
A 34-year-old Rhinelander man was arrested Monday in connection with an investigation involving alleged sex trafficking of a child, the Oneida County sheriff's office reports.

Paul Osterman was arrested at approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to sheriff's captain Terri Hook.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Passenger killed in Highway 8 crash identified
The Oneida County sheriff's office has released the name of the individual who passed away yesterday following a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 8 near Rhinelander.

According to sheriff's captain Tyler Young, the deceased is Carol J. Brown, 76, of Tomahawk.

Friday, September 18, 2020

State adds two felony charges to Guild complaint
The Oneida County district attorney's office has filed an amended complaint against former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild adding two felony charges. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 18, 2020

Alderperson suggests city post names of record requesters
City of Rhinelander alderperson Eileen Daniel wants the public to know who is requesting city records and how much it costs the city to fulfill the requests. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 18, 2020

Hodag Dome set to be inflated in early October
Early October promises to bring with it a milestone occasion in Rhinelander history. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 18, 2020

Head-on crash on Highway 8 kills one
One person died Thursday on the way to the hospital following a multi-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 8 near Rhinelander.

According to Oneida County sheriff's captain Terri Hook, the county's dispatch received multiple 911 calls at approximately 10:14 a.m. reporting a two-car head-on accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 8 West and County Highway N in the Town of Woodboro.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Letter: State has no objection to Guild appeal
The State of Wisconsin will not object to former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild's petition to the Third District Court of Appeals in Wausau for review of a circuit court decision denying a defense motion to dismiss a misconduct in office charge filed against him in March. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

City to hold open house to unveil revamped zoning ordinance, map
The City of Rhinelander is planning to hold an open house to unveil its revised zoning ordinance and maps. A date for the open house has not been set but members of the city planning commission and the consultant hired to update the city's zoning code are expected to be on hand to explain the changes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Former Michigan man receives 10-year prison sentence for child sexual assault
A 37-year-old man who moved from Marinette, Mich. to Rhinelander over a year ago was sentenced recently to 10 years in prison and lifetime extended supervision following a conviction on one count of second degree sexual assault of a child. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Man facing trial in ICAC case charged with bail jumping
A 28-year-old Rhinelander man scheduled to stand trial later this month on charges including attempted sexual assault of a child under 16 and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime is facing a new felony bail jumping charge. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

District, health department report case of COVID-19 at Pelican Elementary School
A case of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has been reported at Pelican Elementary School, the School District of Rhinelander and the Oneida County Health Department announced Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 11, 2020

Rhinelander man draws prison for 2014 child sexual assault
A 61-year-old Rhinelander man was sentenced last Friday to 4 years in prison and 8 years extended supervision in connection with the sexual assault of an 8-year-old child back in 2014. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 11, 2020

Williams: Nuisance complaints on the rise,
Rhinelander fire chief/inspection department administrator Terry Williams had some sobering news for the city's planning commission last week. The inspection department is seeing a "staggering amount" of nuisance complaints where the property owner or resident of the property is refusing to correct the problem, Williams reported during the panel's Sept. 1 meeting. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

 City announces budget sessions
The City of Rhinelander will hold work sessions on Sept. 9, 16, 22 and 30 in preparation for the annual budget hearing in November.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

First COVID-19 Death in Oneida County reported
The Oneida County Health Department has confirmed the first death in Oneida County associated with COVID-19. The individual was in their 80s and had an underlying health condition, according to a health department press release.

"We are saddened by the loss of one of our community members," said Linda Conlon, Oneida County Health Department Director and Health Officer. "We extend our sympathies to their loved ones and all impacted."

Friday, September 4, 2020

Guild asks appeals court to review judge's ruling in misconduct case
Attorneys for Daniel Guild have filed a 66-page motion requesting the Third District Court of Appeals in Wausau review Price County Circuit Judge Kevin Klein's Aug. 13 ruling denying a defense motion to dismiss the misconduct in public office charge filed against the former Rhinelander city administrator. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 4, 2020

City, former administrator now represented by separate attorneys in Kingman civil lawsuit
Two sets of lawyers are now representing the defendants in a federal wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former Rhinelander public works director Tim Kingman. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 4, 2020

Rhinelander students return to the classroom: 'It was so wonderful to have them all back again'
Tuesday was the first day of in-person classes for students attending the four School District of Rhinelander public elementary schools since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a switch to virtual education in March. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 4, 2020

Woman tied to 2007 Tomahawk homicide facing felony drug charge
A 29-year-old Rhinelander woman who served time as a teenager for hiding bloody clothes linked to the fatal stabbing of a Tomahawk woman back in 2007 is facing a felony drug charge. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 4, 2020

Former JWMS teacher enters not guilty plea in sexual assault case
Former Rhinelander middle school teacher Stephanie Pudlowski pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she had repeated sexual contact with a juvenile in her care. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 4, 2020

School board approves modified contract with bus company
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted 6-3 Wednesday to modify its 5-year student transportation contract with Bowen's Bus Service. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 1, 2020


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