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The Oneida County District Attorney has filed new charges against former Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild. 

An amended complaint was filed in Oneida County Court on September 11, 2020. According to the court documents, Guild is facing two new counts of Tampering with Public Records. Both are felony charges.

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Last fall, amid turmoil in Rhinelander government regarding actions by city officials, the common council approved the idea of an outside Ethics Board and the names of the people nominated to the board were presented Monday and approved.

The council named Michael Miller, Gary Entz, Christi Anderson,Lynn Feldman, and Doug Nelson has primary board members, with Ray Cheetham and Randy Bates as alternates.

Mayor Chris Frederickson said he used recommendations from City Attorney Steve Sorenson about establishing the group.

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With the reconstruction of Stevens Street on Rhinelander's north side going smoothly, the Rhinelander Common Council has approved fixing a portion of a another busy city street.

Mark Barden of the city's engineering firm said the Stevens Street project has a budget surplus and recommended shifting $190,000 to fix a heavily used portion of Lincoln Street that has seen better days. Thousands of cars drive the street daily.

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A former member of the Rhinelander city council has filed an open meetings complaint against Mayor Chris Frederickson, and current council members David Holt and Ryan Rossing.

Former council member Dawn Rog filed the written complaint Tuesday with the Office of Open Government in the state Department of Justice.

Rog's complaint centers on an April 21, 2020 meeting as a newly formed council was electing a new president. Rog and former president George Kirby did not run for another term on the council.

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The first tree among what are hoped to be many was planted Monday afternoon at Rhinelander City Hall.

Mayor Chris Frederickson authorized an advisory Tree Board to keep track of the current trees and to plant additional ones where possible.

Tree Board chair Tom Jerowsays he donated the white pine that was planted at city hall....

"We had a lot of street projects go in, removed a lot of trees. We want to get back to having shaded streets and neighborhoods..."

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Rhinelander Chief of Police Lloyd Gauthier says his officers are fully trained to handle situations like a protest. A recent demonstration at the courthouse following the death of George Floyd was without incident.

Gauthier was asked by the Common Council Monday evening to discuss what training the department has to deal with these types of situations. He says officers need 720 hours of training, including 8 hours with ethics and more training on culture to better serve the community...

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The Rhinelander Common Council decided at its last meeting to cancel the Independence Day parade downtown because of the coronavirus outbreak, but decided to proceed with the annual fireworks show at Hodag Park. Left open was the date for the show.

The City announced Wednesday the fireworks show will be held on Saturday, July 4 at dusk. It originally had been planned for a day earlier. 

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A former Rhinelander city council president has challenged Mayor Chris Frederickson's authority to hire a person to consult on administrative work.

Former Wisconsin Rapids mayor Zach Vruwink was hired as a consultant earlier this month by Frederickson to help with duties after the termination of former administrator Daniel Guild.

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Two area governmental bodies have reorganized after the controversial spring election held earlier this month.

The Rhinelander City Council will see four new alders. Thomas Barnett, Carrie Mikalauski, Gerald Anderson and Eileen Daniel joined the council.

The new group elected District 8 alder Ryan Rossing as the new Council President, succeeding George Kirby who did not run for reelection.

The Rhinelander Common Council will discuss the future of City Administrator Daniel Guild at a special meeting on Friday.

Guild was arrested by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office on Monday with an anticipated charge of Misconduct in Public Office, a felony.  He was booked into the Oneida County Jail and will make an initial appearance in court Tuesday.  Guild has been under investigation for more than a year.

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Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild is in Oneida County Jail after his arrest Monday morning by Oneida County Sheriff’s deputies.

The arrest was made on suspicion of Misconduct in Public Office, a felony.

Deputies arrested Guild during a traffic stop on Highway 8 west of Rhinelander, according to Oneida County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dan Hess.  The traffic stop was made with the express purpose of making the arrest.

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 The announcement this week that the City of Rhinelander settled with Walmart on a revised tax assessment has again put a focus on what's termed the 'Dark Store loophole'.

The tax loophole allows existing stores to be assessed the same as a store that is out of business, hence the name 'Dark Store'. This has resulted in some significant tax refunds to large retailers and a blow to city budgets and services across Wisconsin.

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A piece of state  tax law called the "Dark Store Loophole" has enabled a Rhinelander retailer to get a tax refund.

The Northwoods River News reports the city last fall settled with Walmart over three lawsuits. Using the tax loophole, the retailer said the city asked more than it should have in local property taxes.

The city settled with Walmart for just under $66,000.

What's termed the "Dark Store Loophole" enables currently operating businesses to say the city assessed the business at a higher lever than if it was closed.

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Following some high-profile incidents in the last year that nearly ended up in legal charges against members of the city government, the city is moving closer to forming an ethics board that will monitor actions of officials.

Monday, City Administrator Daniel Guild said after being asked by the council earlier this month to look at how other communities structure such a board, he said he found several examples.

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The City of Rhinelander recently removed the aging tennis courts at Pioneer Park, and a local group is raising money to replace those courts for a fast-growing sport: pickleball.

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton using a racket slightly larger than a ping-pong paddle over a net shorter than used in tennis.

At the park Thursday afternoon, spokesperson Maureen O'Melia stood by a banner facing South Oneida Avenue that asks for private funds to build the new courts...

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