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The City of Rhinelander is closing city offices for walk-ins starting Monday due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Oneida County.

“The City’s utmost priority is keeping people safe while continuing to provide services andcarry out its functions,” said Mayor Chris Frederickson in a statement. “Wear a mask while in public, practicegood hygiene and avoid gatherings of people outside your immediate family wheneverpossible." 

City Hall, police, fire, and inspection offices will be closed to walk-in customers.

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Of the more than 3.5 million registered voters in Wisconsin, more than 173,000 are in our region.  That region includes eight counties stretching from Marathon to Iron County.

While we are seeing record early voting in our region and throughout Wisconsin, fewer than half of registered voters have cast their ballot.

Meaning there is still plenty of people that could show up to vote on Election Day.

Rhinelander City Clerk Val Foley said she’s expecting a large voter turnout. If that does happen, it could take longer for election workers to count and tally votes.

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The Rhinelander District Library is looking for people with creative pumpkin carving ideas.

It got a donation of pumpkins from the local Walmart.

The pumpkins are being given away to people to decorate. Then people will bring them back to sit on the front steps of the library through Friday.

“It’s a different way to get the community involved and coming to their library. This is another thing do for our community and then the community decorates the library for Halloween,” said library director Virginia Roberts.

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In a normal summer, there is some type of festival or event just about every weekend in the Northwoods.

Streets are blocked off. Music fills the town. Rows of open tents line the streets and sidewalks. You can find everything from handmade soaps to photographs of Wisconsin landscapes to intricately designed wood carvings.

Of course, this summer has been anything but normal and those events were largely canceled.

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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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Nearly two months ago, the DNR recommended the City of Rhinelander make full PFAS testing results available on the city’s website.

As of Thursday afternoon, those testing results still weren’t posted for the public to see.

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At its peak, more than 30,000 electric customers were without power in northern Wisconsin after the storm that swept through Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Snowfall across most of the region finally stopped Wednesday afternoon after a foot of accumulation.

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director Matthew Leitner began driving a snowplow himself at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning to clear the taxiway for a Delta flight.

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Rhinelander Mayor Chris Frederickson ordered a second city water well shut down Friday as levels of a PFAS-family chemical continued to rise.

Earlier this month, WXPR reported Well 8 was still providing water to the city as concentrations of PFHxS continued upward.

On Friday, Frederickson said those levels caused him to order the shutoff.

Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild is the subject of a felony investigation involving several agencies, documents obtained Friday show.

The documents, a pair of search warrants, show investigators seized 27 pieces of evidence during a lockdown of Rhinelander City Hall on Thursday.  Follow the links below to view the warrants.

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Note:  This story has been updated to include a comment from Alderwoman Dawn Rog.

Three sheriff’s offices and the Wisconsin Department of Justice locked Rhinelander City Hall on Thursday as they executed two state search warrants.

The investigation is into potential charges of tampering with public records and misconduct in public office, according to Oneida County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dan Hess.

Both crimes are felonies, and Hess confirmed the investigation focuses on a current city employee.

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Note: this story has been updated to include comments from the DNR's Kyle Burton in a Tuesday interview.  Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild has been invited to comment.

In a letter to Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild on Tuesday, the Wisconsin DNR said it had “no reason to question the accuracy” of tests showing high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a city water well.

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Despite ongoing concerns about city drinking water, Rhinelander’s Common Council adopted a

The latest testing on Rhinelander’s Municipal Well 7 showed no detection of the two best-known per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals.

In June, the city shut off Well 7 after the combined PFOA and PFOS levels exceeded both federal and state recommendations for the compounds, which have been linked to health problems.

Since then, the city has been drawing drinking water for residents from its other active wells.

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The Northwoods River News is reporting an Oneida County Sheriff's Department detective who is also a Rhinelander city council member has been placed on paid administrative leave by the Sheriff's Department.

An open records request by the Northwoods River News discovered Ryan Rossling is on leave pending an investigation into an alleged "walking quorum" of council members and Mayor Chris Frederickson.

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For many children, writing a letter to Santa has always been an important part of this time of the year.

Back in 1929 though, the letters reflected hardships in Rhinelander families. Gary Entz remembers those families this week as part of our continued series A Northwoods Moment in History.

Thanks to Liana Teter, Brynn Teter, and Cooper Dick for reading the letters from 1929.

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