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October 26, 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


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

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

Facebook, Twitter at the center of election, even in Wisconsin
Charges of censorship by giant tech companies against conservatives have thrust social media giants Facebook and Twitter into the center of the 2020 election, but those associated with the two media companies are making their presence felt in other ways around the country, too, including in Wisconsin, and for some it's not a welcome visit.
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Pelican to shift to virtual instruction for two weeks
The following notice from district superintendent Eric Burke regarding the status of instruction at Pelican Elementary was posted on the School District of Rhinelander website Thursday afternoon:

After much thought and discussion with our district leadership team and Martha Knudtson today, we have made the decision to have Pelican Elementary School go remote temporarily for two weeks. The reason for this decision is the impact of COVID 19 on students and staff with both positive cases and in quarantine for close contacts.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Guild files motion to disqualify Schiek, appoint special prosecutor in misconduct/tampering case
Attorneys for former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild have asked a judge to disqualify Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek from prosecuting the criminal case he filed against Guild in March, and amended in September, and appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case in his stead. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Filled with Pride
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 was a milestone day in Rhinelander as the massive Hodag Dome was inflated over the course of several hours.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Hoffman walks school board committee through COVID-19 mitigation strategies, quarantine procedures
Approximately six weeks into the fall term, School District of Rhinelander officials are continuing to devise strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in school buildings and develop best practices as to how to react to situations where a student or staff member has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Community rallies to help with Hodag Dome work
While the coronavirus pandemic has caused some challenges in terms of getting certain key components for the Hodag Dome, the workers on the project have been relatively spared from the disease. That changed last week, however, when the workers hired to assemble the dome had to go into quarantine after just two days on the job due to a close contact with a COVID-19 infected person. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 16, 2020

Crescent to shift to virtual learning for two weeks due to increase in COVID-19 cases
With the number of COVID-19 infections rising, and more students and staff in quarantine due to close contact with infected persons, School District of Rhinelander superintendent Eric Burke announced Wednesday that Crescent Elementary will shift to 100 percent virtual learning for a period of two weeks. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 16, 2020

City administrator search moves forward
As of Monday evening's Rhinelander City Council meeting, a total of four people have applied for the vacant city administrator position, mayor Chris Frederickson reported to the council as part of an update on the administrator search. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 16, 2020

Cranes and trains: PPHC engine, tender moved so new base can be built
There were a number of moments last Friday when Kerry Bloedorn, the director of the Pioneer Park Historical Complex (PPHC), appeared to be holding his breath as two rather large displays were moved by a crane. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 9, 2020

Hodag Dome scheduled to be inflated over the weekend
The School District of Rhinelander is in the home stretch of an $8.5 million project that has transformed what was once a swampy, unusable patch of property into a sports complex featuring the largest high school owned air-supported dome in the country. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 9, 2020

DRI cancels downtown Halloween event; City Council OK with neighborhood trick-or-treating
There is good news and bad news for youngsters anxious to get their hands on some Halloween candy.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

PFC revisits residency requirement debate
The topic of residency requirements was the subject of considerable discussion during the Sept. 16 meeting of the Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission (PFC). (subscriber access)
Friday, October 2, 2020

Appeals court to hold Guild request in 'abeyance' until after preliminary hearing
The Third District Court of Appeals in Wausau advised this week it will wait until after a preliminary hearing is held in the misconduct in public office/failure to perform know duty case against former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild before deciding whether to grant his petition to appeal an earlier ruling denying a motion to dismiss the matter. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 2, 2020

Culvert affairs
Workers from Pitlik and Wick buried a piece of concrete pipe culvert last week on U.S. Highway 17 between Rhinelander and Sugar Camp. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 2, 2020

RFD ambulance service celebrates 10 years of saving lives
For many years, Mr. Rogers taught youngsters to "look for the helpers" in an emergency. In Rhinelander, a crucial group of "helpers" is the Rhinelander Fire Department ambulance service which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 2, 2020

Defense asks for second mental health exam in Pine Lake arson case
The new public defender assigned to represent a 41-year-old Rhinelander woman accused of arson in connection with a July 27 apartment fire has asked for a second mental health examination of his client. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 2, 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

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

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


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