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November 23, 2020

City Council approves 2021 tax levy
City of Rhinelander taxpayers can expect slightly higher tax bills in 2021 after the Common Council on Monday approved a general property tax levy of $6,023,309, up from $6,009,886 last year. The city's tax rate for 2021 is 10.80585, meaning a person who owns a $100,000 home will pay $1,080.59 in city taxes next year, up $5.39 from $1,075.19 last year. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2020

District attorney files second amended complaint in Guild case, denies conflict of interest
One year after officers from several area law enforcement agencies executed search warrants at Rhinelander City Hall related to a missing personnel file the misconduct in public office case against former city administrator Daniel Guild is still working its way through the court system. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2020

Decking the halls
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Rhinelander as holiday lights and displays are going up around town. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2020

Bus company reports all routes back in service
After spending last week trying to keep as many school bus routes running as possible, while drivers and other staff battled COVID-19 and other illnesses, the owner of Bowen's Bus Service told the school board Monday all routes are up and running once again. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2020

Ripco Credit Union issues COVID-19 relief grants to non-profit organizations
In partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Ripco Credit Union has issued grants of $5,000 each to Headwaters Inc. of Rhinelander and FORK (Feeding Our Rural Kids) of Eagle River.
Friday, November 20, 2020

City approves construction of 13 housing units off Timber Drive
An empty field where the city used to dump snow and store pipes during the Stevens Street reconstruction project will soon be the site of a 13-unit housing project after the Rhinelander Common Council voted last Monday to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) allowing its construction. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Teaching through a pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we all live, work and play. It has also changed how local teachers connect with and convey information to their students. To say teaching through a pandemic is a challenge would be an enormous understatement, but local educators are finding their way and reporting positive feedback, especially when comparing the beginning of this school year to last spring when local schools went completely virtual. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Lighting up the northwoods
Lights of the Northwoods volunteers, working in small groups, took full advantage of a sunny Saturday afternoon on Nov. 7, 2020 to hang lights for the annual holiday display.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Brine Building Collapses
High winds appear to have been the cause for the collapse Monday night of initial trusswork for the new brine building on the grounds of the Oneida County Highway Department on Kemp Street in Rhinelander.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Panel signs off on dome policies, rental rates
While the Hodag Dome won't be ready to be rented out until sometime in December, the policies for use and the rental rates should be finalized after Monday's meeting of the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2020

Nicolet College Trustees begin search for next college president
The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has started the search for a new president to lead the college following the recent announcement that current president Richard Nelson plans to retire this coming summer.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Winter parking regulations in effect Nov. 15
The Rhinelander Police Department issued a press release Monday reminding the public that the city's winter parking regulations will go into effect on Nov. 15.

"We would ask that residents follow the regulations to assist the Public Works Department in their efforts to clear and maintain the streets during periods of snowfall," the release states.

Friday, November 13, 2020

School district starts week down 8 bus routes as driver illnesses mount
With about 40 percent of Bowen's Bus Service staffers out due to illness, the School District of Rhinelander started this week down 8 bus routes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

School district starts week down 8 bus routes as driver illnesses mount
With about 40 percent of Bowen's Bus Service staffers out due to illness, the School District of Rhinelander started this week down 8 bus routes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Local officials report very high participation in presidential election
Local residents went to the polls en masse last Tuesday to vote in what was described as the most consequential election in modern history.

According to Rhinelander City Clerk Val Foley and Oneida County and Town of Crescent Clerk Tracy Hartman, it's likely new turnout records were set. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Women's club donates $10,000 to YMCA campaign
A $10,000 gift from the GFWC Rhinelander Woman's Club to the Building For The Future Capital Campaign has pushed the YMCA of the Northwoods closer to its $2 million goal.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Lawyers spar over attorney-client privilege in Kingman federal lawsuit
Lawyers for former City of Rhinelander public works director Tim Kingman have asked a federal judge to resolve a dispute with attorneys representing the city, its mayor, three current aldermen and one former aldermen regarding attorney-client privilege claims made with respect to certain information at issue in Kingman's wrongful termination lawsuit. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 6, 2020

Bus company temporarily suspends 3 routes due to employee COVID-19 infections
Bowen's Bus Service temporarily cut three school bus routes this week after "some of their staff have tested positive for COVID-19." However, the School District of Rhinelander maintains no students were exposed to any of the affected staff.

Parents received word of the change Monday by robocall, followed by a post on the district's Facebook page. (subscriber access)

Friday, November 6, 2020

Volunteers step up to work the polls
With less than 110 hours to go before the polls are scheduled to close on Tuesday night, Newbold town clerk Kim Gauthier had a lot to do Friday. There was a public test of the town's voting machines to conduct and two new poll workers to train.

Nancy Watry and Mary Dahl were among the volunteers gathered at the town hall for the testing of the Sequoia Insight Tabulating Equipment reader and the AVG Edge touchscreen voting machines. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Bus company temporarily cuts 3 routes after staff tests positive for COVID19
The School District of Rhinelander announced Monday afternoon that Bowen's Bus Service has temporarily cut three routes after "some of their staff have tested positive for COVID-19," but maintains no students were exposed to any of the affected staff members.

The notification first went out by robocall, followed by a post on the district's website and Facebook page.

Monday, November 2, 2020

'We're going to get it right this time': Work session held on search for new city administrator
Faced with another city administrator vacancy, the Rhinelander Common Council is trying a different approach to the search process in hopes of facilitating a better outcome. "We're going to get it right this time," Mayor Chris Frederickson said during an Oct. 7 council work session focused entirely on the administrator search. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 30, 2020

Watchful eyes
A worker from Arizon Building Systems inspects the Hodag Dome while the Hodag watches.
Friday, October 30, 2020

City looking at 'slight increase' to tax levy ahead of public hearing
The City of Rhinelander's 2021 budget is taking shape as municipal officials prepare for the annual budget hearing Nov. 9. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 30, 2020

School District of Rhinelander cuts mill rate 3.77%
An increase in state aid for the 2020-21 school year has made a difference in how much the School District of Rhinelander will be asking for in taxes following the adoption of the annual budget Monday evening at the meeting of the electors. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 30, 2020

City still struggling to get code violators into compliance
The City of Rhinelander's inspection department is continuing its efforts to resolve nuisance complaints and bring properties into compliance with city code. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 30, 2020

PFC sets 40-mile residency radius for city police officers
The City of Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission (PFC) on Friday approved a request from Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier to establish an official rule that members of the police department must live within 40 miles of the city limits. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

New patrolman
Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier, left, poses with new RPD officer Marc Nylund Friday after the city's police and fire commission confirmed that Nylund, a Rhinelander native, successfully completed his probation and was now a full officer with the department.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Pelican Elementary School shifts to virtual instruction for two weeks
A second School District of Rhinelander public school has shifted to virtual instruction due to the impact of COVID 19. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Early voter
Mary Stoll, deputy city clerk, looks over the voter registration paperwork of Megan Judnic Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Rhinelander City Hall.
Friday, October 23, 2020

'A really fantastic structure'
Two days after Saturday's long-awaited inflation of the Hodag Dome, the president of the main contractor in charge of the Hodag Sports Complex project attended Monday evening's meeting of the School District of Rhinelander's board of education to report on the milestone. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 23, 2020

Guild prelim off; motion hearing scheduled for December
Former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild's preliminary hearing on a misconduct in public office charge, originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, has been taken off the court calendar and replaced with a motion hearing to be held in December. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 23, 2020

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