Alex Young faces two write-in candidates in Rhinelander mayoral raceSubmitted: 02/19/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

Alex Young faces two write-in candidates in Rhinelander mayoral race
RHINELANDER - You don't get to choose your mayor every year. Rhinelander's Dick Johns has been mayor for more than a decade. But this spring someone will replace him.

Alex Young, Chris Frederickson, and Scott Counter will be running in the general election in April.

Alex Young would like to think he's learned a thing or two about running a city.

"I recall being somewhat overwhelmed when I first got elected," said Young.

Young has served on Rhinelander's City Council for 13 years, while working as a computer software engineer. 

It is that experience, paired with years on the Oneida County Board, that makes Young confident he would make a good mayor.

"I don't know that we can afford for a learning curve for somebody with no experience in local government to jump in," said Young.

Young will be Rhinelander's only mayoral candidate on the ballot this April.

Scott Counter and Chris Frederickson plan to run as write-ins. They were thrown off the ballot because they didn't collect their nominating signatures correctly. Young turned in the errors.

"I think attention to detail is important especially when you're running a $10 million enterprise like the city," said Young.

Counter hopes voters pay attention to him still being in the race.

"Just because I'm not on the ballot doesn't mean that I was going to drop out because I have a lot of people in town supporting me and would like to see me in office," said Counter.

Counter was born and raised in Rhinelander. He would like to help Rhinelander's economy get back to the way it used to be when he was a kid.

"Lost a lot of businesses, a lot of people moved out, younger people moving out and I think I need to hopefully sustain people staying here and looking to possibly bring more industry," said Counter.

Counter is a machine operator for Rhinelander manufacturer ABX. Before that, Counter was an EMT.

"It would be a really good accomplishment as far as growing up here and just trying to help the community. It's one of those things that I've thought about over the years and finally decided to do," said Counter.

Young, too, wants to see more family supporting jobs come to Rhinelander. He also would like to see improvements in parks and roads.

"This is where I live, this is where I work, this is where I have fun. I want to see this community prosper. I want to see this community better for everybody in the future," said Young.

Young did not file to run for his City Council job, which means if he loses he'll be out of city government completely. 

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Columbia County sheriff's authorities say the men were in a Toyota 4Runner that collided with a Chevrolet Silverado at an intersection on State Highway 127 on Saturday.

Authorities say the Toyota SUV apparently failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. The three men died at the scene. Authorities say they apparently were not wearing seat belts.

The 33-year-old woman who was driving the pickup was flown to UW Hospital. Her passenger, a 33-year-old man, was taken to another hospital.

Names and hometowns of the victims were not released.

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Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.

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According to a press release from the Rhinelander Police Department, Rhinelander police and firefighters responded to the fire at 320 Rose Street near Hodag Park around 7:30 p.m.  

Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found an unresponsive man on the floor.  Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Emergency responders got the call around 7:30 p.m. for a home near Hodag Park.

Steve Smith heard a dispatch call over his step-sons radio about the fire at his neighbor's home on Rose Street.

"We walked out the front door and it was plain as day," said Smith. "The flames were rolling out of the front window."

At first, Smith wasn't sure if anyone was in the home. "There was a man they brought out," said Smith. "unfortunately, I heard he was deceased,"

Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier confirmed the victim was found dead on the scene.

"Life saving measures were done by the paramedics. Unfortunately, the male had passed away," said Gauthier. "At this point, it appears that it was due to something left on the stove."

Gauthier says more details about the victim will be released on Monday. 

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