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July 10, 2020

Law enforcement: Evidence shows Guild altered emails
After reviewing evidence seized in a raid of Rhinelander city hall last November, as well as information in an outside investigation, an Oneida County sheriff's department captain concluded in March that former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild tampered with public records by altering emails before releasing them to the then city council president and city attorney, sheriff's department records show.
Friday, July 3, 2020

New brief in Guild case: 'The defendant should not be allowed to circumvent the open records law'
Former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild was the legal custodian of records requested by the Northwoods River News back in 2018 and "should not be allowed to fall back on the discretionary act immunity, as he never used discretion, rather he intentionally and blatantly refused to comply to the request," Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek argues in a brief filed July 7 in response to Price County Circuit Judge Kevin Klein's request for an additional written submission explaining the theory of the state's misconduct in public office case against Guild to include relevant legal authority. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 10, 2020

YMCA of Northwoods kicks off $2 million campaign
The YMCA of the Northwoods formally kicked off a $2 million capital campaign Tuesday while also unveiling the sign at its new Youth Development Center on S. Pelham Street in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 10, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing in Rhinelander July 14
The Oneida County Health Department has requested and will receive assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard to scale up COVID- 19 nasal swab testing.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce supports retailers during Shop Local week
The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce's ongoing Buy Local campaign continues this week with Shop Local week.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport bucking national passenger trend
While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on nationwide air travel, with demand for seats down and airlines parking idled planes at regional fields such as Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is flourishing. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

'And now people want to listen to me'
Just over a month has passed since a group of demonstrators marched through downtown Rhinelander to protest the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died at the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer May 25, and draw attention to the national issue of racial injustice and police brutality. At the front of the pack that night, clad in a gray Black Lives Matter T-shirt, was 18-year-old Katera Hoskins. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Ripco Credit Union breaks ground on expansion
Ripco Credit Union broke ground Monday morning for the planned expansion of its headquarters on Sutliff Avenue in Rhinelander.
Friday, July 3, 2020

New questions raised about future of city-owned golf course
For years, various city officials have questioned whether Northwood Golf Club can be a profitable enterprise for Rhinelander. Faced with mounting debt, the previous City Council made a major change in 2017 when it hired the management firm Green Golf Partners to revive the long-struggling city-owned course.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Holmes, attorneys file brief in walking quorum appeal
Attorneys for the general manager of The Lakeland Times and Northwoods River News filed their supporting legal arguments earlier this month in an appeal of a decision by an Oneida County circuit court judge to dismiss an open-meetings complaint filed against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four Rhinelander city council members.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Golf course a hot topic at mayoral listening session
The future of the city-owned Northwood Golf Club, the dismissal of former administrator Daniel Guild and the need to properly equip city employees were some of the topics mentioned during a mayoral listening session held Wednesday evening, June 24, at Rhinelander City Hall.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Consultant recommends PFAS testing at closed city landfill
One year after a Rhinelander municipal well was taken out of service due to per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination, the city continues to search for the source of the pollution.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Pinning day
Nicolet College nursing student Katie Behn receives her R.N. pin from Vicky Cummings during a pinning ceremony June 19, 2020. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 26, 2020

Rhinelander chamber announces 'Buy Local Pledge'
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce (RACC) is jump-starting its recently introduced eight-week "Buy Local" campaign with a plea for members of the community to take the "Buy Local Pledge".
Friday, June 26, 2020

City Council agrees to apply for loan to assist developer of 123 Rives Street
The Rhinelander Common Council has signaled its interest in assisting a developer with a project involving 123 Rives Street. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 26, 2020

Tiffany calls for Evers to regain control of streets or resign
Saying enough is enough, U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) called Wednesday for Gov. Tony Evers to resign if he could not or would not regain control of the streets of the state capital, after a night of violence and vandalism in Madison.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The SWEET Sound of Summer
A familiar sound of summer was heard last week in Rhinelander's Pioneer Park as the A'la Mode on the Road ice cream truck played a familiar jingle to let residents know that cold treats were available nearby. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Despite minor setbacks, work on sports complex on schedule
Despite a few minor setbacks, construction of the $8.5 million Hodag Sports Complex remains on schedule, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education learned last week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

'I'm very happy with my career': Jacobi bids farewell to SDR after 29 years
When June ends so will School District of Rhinelander superintendent Kelli Jacobi's four-decade career in education. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Mayor invites public to listening session at City Hall
As a continuation of the City Council work sessions held last Tuesday and Wednesday, and to guide the future of Rhinelander, Mayor Chris Frederickson is inviting residents to a listening session to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in the City Council Chambers.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Supposedly missing records found in search of Rhinelander City Hall
Some supposedly missing personnel-related records that were not released to the Northwoods River News after an open records request but that law enforcement officers believe should have been were found to be in Rhinelander City Hall all along, newly released documents pertaining to the Oneida County sheriff department's raid on city hall last year show. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 19, 2020

A little touch-up
One of the rites of late spring is watching members of the Rhinelander public works department touching up the pavement markings around town. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

Gauthier discusses culture of accountability, training standards at Rhinelander Police Department
Rhinelander police chief Lloyd Gauthier has been in law enforcement for nearly three decades. He has patrolled the streets, served in a supervisory capacity at the Oneida County sheriff's office and for the last three years has led his hometown force of 17 sworn officers. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry hosts multiple food giveaway events
During the first three Wednesdays in June, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP) hosted a food giveaway in support of individuals in need of extra food assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic challenges. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

Local lodging facilities report upturn in business
With hotels, resorts and campgrounds forced to close their doors for several weeks due to the coronavirus, it would be a gross understatement to characterize the spring 2020 tourism season as challenging. However, local lodging industry officials are reporting some positive signs as the calendar turns to summer. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

Preliminary hearing set for former JWMS teacher accused of sexual assault
The child sexual assault case involving a former Rhinelander middle school teacher accused of having repeated sexual contact with a juvenile in her care has moved to the preliminary hearing stage following a brief hearing Monday in Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 19, 2020

Judge takes motion to dismiss Guild case under advisement, requests further briefing
The felony misconduct in office case against former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild was put on pause Thursday following a 90-minute hearing on a defense motion to dismiss. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

City adjusts PFAS testing schedule
The Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously last week to adjust the city's schedule for testing its three remaining municipal wells for the presence of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from every month to every other month. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tree tour
Members of the Rhinelander Tree Board took a walking tour of the downtown area on the evening of June 11, 2020. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

15th and 16th cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification a 15th and 16th person in Oneida County have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). One individual is in their 40s and the other is under 10.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Council votes to pay consultant $2,200 per week through June 30
Following action Monday evening by the Rhinelander Common Council, former Wisconsin Rapids mayor Zach Vruwink will be paid $2,200 per week through June 30 to provide consulting services to the City of Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 12, 2020

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