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August 3, 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

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

Apartment fire in Pine Lake contained
Firefighters from Pine Lake, Rhinelander and Pelican responded to a fire at an apartment complex at 4197 County Highway W Monday morning. The fire was contained primarily to the apartment of origin, according to Pine Lake Fire Department assistant chief Mike Braun.
Monday, July 27, 2020

Oneida County officers assist Milwaukee police in shooting investigation
Oneida County chief deputy Dan Hess reports local officers assisted Milwaukee police over the weekend in conjunction with an investigation involving a shooting in Milwaukee on July 19.
Sunday, July 26, 2020

District launches survey on options for fall term
New School District of Rhinelander superintendent Eric Burke is seeking feedback from parents on various issues related to the start of the 2020-21 school year in advance of a special school board scheduled for Aug. 3 where the board is expected to finalize plans for the fall term. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Dome completion date pushed back to October
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a delay in the anticipated opening of the air-supported dome that will be the centerpiece of the $8.5 million Hodag Sports Complex. The delay is the result of a nationwide shortage of key electrical components, the School District of Rhinelander's board of education learned Monday evening. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Social distancing selfie
YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow composes a selfie with Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce director Lauren Sackett Wednesday during a drive-through Coffee Social in the RACC parking lot in Sackett's honor. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Hearing set for Aug. 13 on motion to dismiss case against former city administrator
Judge Kevin Klein of Price County has scheduled a hearing on Aug. 13 for further argument and potentially a ruling on a motion to dismiss a misconduct in public office case alleging former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild improperly withheld certain records requested by this newspaper and altered an official email. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Duellman arrested in ICAC sting
The Oneida County sheriff's office arrested a 42-year-old Rhinelander man Tuesday on suspicion of child enticement, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and attempted second degree sexual assault of a child in connection with an Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) investigation. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Green Golf Partners CEO addresses council concerns
There are opportunities for the sport of golf, and Rhinelander's Northwood Golf Club in particular, to thrive as the world continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Golf Partners CEO Matt McIntee reported to the Rhinelander Common Council earlier this month. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Library plans to stay the course until after Labor Day
For the time being, the Rhinelander District Library will remain open with limited hours and with no one under 16 allowed, the library's Board of Trustees learned July 14 during a meeting at City Hall. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2020

Board of Review: ABX project on hold; Downtown, airport districts may get boundary expansions
Of the City of Rhinelander's six tax incremental financing districts, all but one are drawing enough tax revenue to cover upgrading infrastructure that improves the property values within the district and hopefully encourages property owners to make additional investments. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Net gain
Workers from Pitlik and Wick Asphalt Paving installed the last of the nets at the new pickleball courts at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander Friday afternoon, July 17, 2020. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

RHS administration OKs in-person graduation
The members of the Rhinelander High School class of 2020 will receive their diplomas as part of an in-person commencement ceremony July 31 at Mike Webster Stadium, RHS principal Shane Dornfeld announced Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

City Council directs staff to look into adding security cameras to downtown district
Looking to put another tool in the Rhinelander Police Department's investigatory toolbox, the Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously July 13 to direct staff to look into the cost and feasibility of placing two security cameras on Brown Street at the Rives and Davenport intersections. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Council approves PFAS testing at former city landfill
The Rhinelander Common Council voted 7-1 Monday to authorize two rounds of leachate testing at the old city landfill. The goal of the testing is to identify or rule out the dormant landfill as a potential source of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination discovered last year in two municipal wells. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 17, 2020

Overwhelming demand
A member of the Wisconsin National Guard looks at the vehicles lined up for a COVID-19 testing event Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 17, 2020

City ready to begin search for new administrator
Two months after severing its ties with former administrator Daniel Guild the City of Rhinelander is ready to begin the search for its next chief executive officer. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 17, 2020

City reports sanitary sewer overflow
The City of Rhinelander experienced a sanitary sewer overflow that has been corrected, the water utility reported earlier this week.

The overflow occurred from a manhole structure (MH S-5) located near 900 Boyce Drive, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m., according to a city press release.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

New superintendent ready for challenge of leading district through pandemic
July 1, 2020 was a Wednesday, a day sometimes viewed as the point in the week where the slide to the weekend begins. For Eric Burke, the new superintendent of the School District of Rhinelander, it was Day 1 of his new job. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

City panel approves site plan for new Fastenal location
The Rhinelander plan commission on Tuesday approved a certified survey map (CSM) and site plan for the development of a new Fastenal location near the airport. The move came during a relatively short meeting in the city council chambers at City Hall. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Hodag Water Shows canceled for 2020 season
Many well-established organizations across the Northwoods are coping with financial instability in the wake of COVID-19. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 14, 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

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