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August 15, 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

Alderperson appointed to act as council's 'ears and eyes' inside new ethics board
The Rhinelander Common Council on Monday chose one of its own to act as its "ears and eyes" inside the new city ethics board and directed staff to take additional steps as the search for a new city administrator continues. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2020

Absent but counted
Poll workers at the City of Rhinelander polling stations saw lower than normal in-person voting through 1 p.m. Tuesday. Aug. 11, 2020. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2020

SDR committee approves proposed dome manager position
The first School District of Rhinelander school board committee to hold a meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March met Monday to discuss two employee positions directly related to the air-supported dome under construction behind the high school. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2020

Pine Lake arson case moves forward
A 41-year-old Rhinelander woman charged with arson in connection with a July 27 fire at an apartment complex in Pine Lake has been bound over for further proceedings following a preliminary hearing Aug. 11. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2020

California women charged with perpetrating health care fraud scheme involving nursing homes
Two women from California have been charged with conspiring to commit health care fraud, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin announced late last month. The case involves nursing homes in Wisconsin, including Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2020

City reports sanitary sewer leak
The City of Rhinelander experienced a sanitary sewer leak last week that has been corrected.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Defendants in walking quorum case file brief, claim allegations fail
An attorney for the Rhinelander city council, four individual council members, and the city's mayor has filed a reply brief in the walking quorum case against them, among other things contending that the five officials did not constitute the statutory two-thirds number of members required for a council to take formal action at a duly convened meeting. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

City officials: Treatment for contaminated wells expensive and 'high maintenance'
The members of Water Action Team Rhinelander (WATR) learned last week that there are treatment options for the city's two PFAS-contaminated wells - Nos. 7 and 8 - but they are expensive and would require "high maintenance". (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

'We're All In' initiative comes to Rhinelander
Sam Rikkers, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, visited a couple of downtown Rhinelander businesses Thursday morning to see how local merchants are adapting to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also promoting the WEDC's new We're All In initiative to foster embracing enhancements such as plexiglass sheets to separate workers from customers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Automatic rainwater collection apparatus installed at Rhinelander Area Food Pantry
Volunteers at the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP) recently completed a project more than a year in the making to install a new automatic rainwater collection system at the RAFP Greenhouse, which will allow for near year-round utility. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Local businesses deem Redikulus Daez a success
With so many traditional summer events canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those that did go on in an improvised format were welcomed with open arms. One such time-honored festivity that boasted an alternative setup was the annual downtown Redikulus Dae event that earned an extra "z" in 2020 due to the week-long format. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Council discusses security cameras, housing issues
Armed with feedback from their constituents, the members of the Rhinelander City Council on July 27 continued discussing a proposal to place security cameras on Brown Street at the Rives and Davenport intersections. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Graduation delayed but not denied
As the class president noted in her commencement speech, the members of the Rhinelander High School Class of 2020 came into the world just before or shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 changed American life forever and are coming of age in the midst of a pandemic that has once again rearranged nearly everything. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 7, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing in Rhinelander Aug. 8
The Oneida County Health Department has announced the Wisconsin National Guard is returning to Rhinelander to conduct additional COVID-19 nasal swab testing.
Friday, August 7, 2020

District unveils fall reopening plan
The School District of Rhinelander administrative team on Monday unveiled an instructional plan for the 2020-21 school year that focuses on flexibility amid the COVID-19 pandemic. District superintendent Eric Burke explained the plan to the school board and assembled public during a special meeting held at Rhinelander High School. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 7, 2020

Complaint details Pine Lake arson case
According to a criminal complaint filed July 31, the 41-year-old Rhinelander woman charged with arson in connection with a July 27 fire at an apartment complex in Pine Lake told police she poured an accelerant in her bedroom in an attempt to scare away a person she claimed had broken in. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 7, 2020

Local sheriff's departments say no to governor on face masks
Gov. Tony Evers last week declared a new COVID-19 state of emergency and issued an order requiring all Wisconsin residents aged 5 and older to wear face masks indoors through Sept. 28, but both the Oneida County and Vilas County sheriff's departments quickly said "no thank you," saying the order would not be enforced by their departments. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Grad salute
Izzy Haverkampf, left, and Jaiden Thiel respond to the crowd during a car parade Friday, July 31, 2020 in honor of the Rhinelander High School Class of 2020. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Nicolet College to launch fall term online
When the state's Safer at Home order went into effect in March the Nicolet College campus in Rhinelander was closed to students and staff and nearly all of the school's programming was shifted to an online format in an effort to minimize transmission of the novel coronavirus. But Kate Ferrel, executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Nicolet, said this wasn't a major switch for the technical college because the majority of its courses were already offered in an online or distance-based format, and those courses that weren't already offered virtually were altered to that format. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Gleason man draws year probation in 2019 battery case subhead
A 22-year-old Gleason man with ties to Rhinelander was sentenced recently to a year of probation for his role in May 30, 2019 incident at the Hat Rapids Dam where two Rhinelander men were beaten by a group of men. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Arson charged filed in connection with July 27 fire
A 41-year-old Rhinelander woman was charged Friday with arson of a building in connection with a July 27 fire in the apartment she and her husband rent at 4197 County Highway W. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

County W apartment fire
A fire in an apartment building at 4197 County Highway W Monday morning closed that stretch of highway for about 3 hours. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2020

Vruwink hired as temporary assistant to the mayor
The Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously Monday evening to hire former Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink, who has been serving an independent consultant to the city since late spring, as a "temporary assistant to the mayor in his capacity as acting city administrator." (subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2020

School board approves computer infrastructure upgrades
When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close in March and instruction switched to virtual learning, the School District of Rhinelander's technology infrastructure was up to the demand. Now, with plans for the fall term unclear, the school board voted Monday to approve the expenditure of just under $40,700 to purchase new components to handle even more demand, if need be. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2020

Rhinelander Revisited: The shifting scenery of the downtown district
Prior to the high-speed technology of planes, trains and automobiles that have defined the 21st century, rural communities such as our own had to be self-sufficient. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2020

PFC votes to fill 2 RPD patrol vacancies
The Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission (PFC) provisionally filled two vacant patrol slots Monday morning. However, filling the slot to be vacated by Captain Ron Lueneburg will take more time, the panel indicated. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2020

Rhinelander man facing federal charge after ICAC sting
A 42-year-old Rhinelander man was indicted Wednesday on an attempted child enticement charge for allegedly using text messages and telephone calls to persuade an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2020

Defense asks judge to dismiss 'flawed' case against former city administrator
The state's misconduct in public office case against former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild was flawed from its inception and is "legally baseless," defense attorney Kevin St. John argues in a brief filed last week in response to Price County Circuit Judge Kevin Klein's request for additional briefing on a defense motion to dismiss the matter. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Cruising down brown
As a way to help classic car owners get together and show off their rides, Dennis McGill came up with a classic car cruise. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Rhinelander Revisited: Over a century later, Lassig's legacy lingers
Agriculture has been a mainstay in Wisconsin's economy since its infancy, but that landscape continues to shift as resources and technology come and go. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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