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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Hodags completed their annual rite of autumn Saturday, and added another trophy to their already impressive mantle, by winning the GNC tournament at the RHS tennis courts.


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Financial audit: Oneida County in good to great condition
Things might not be quite picture perfect - they never are in life - but Oneida County's financial condition is being described as good to great by its auditors at Schenck SC.

That sums up the yearly audit for 2015, the highlights of which were presented to the county board last week by Schenck accountant Scott Sternhagen. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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News
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Capital improvement subcommittee prioritizes 2017 projects
A major part of budgeting, whether it's for a household or a municipality, is prioritizing. Decisions have to be made about what will be fixed when, which items need to be upgraded and which can wait another year or two.

Oneida County makes some of those decisions via the capital improvement program, which is entering its third year. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Transportation dominates early budget talks
As expected, transportation will be the hot-button, big-ticket item in the 2017-19 state budget process, if early assessments are any indication, with Gov. Scott Walker proposing to clamp down on borrowing, delay major highway projects, and increase local road aids. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Rhinelander man accused of photographing nude teen
A 22-year-old Rhinelander man made his initial appearance Monday afternoon on a class I felony charge of capturing an image of nudity without consent.

Bradley A. Petonquot faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted of the charge. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Two deer poached behind Woodruff town shop
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 20, Minocqua Police Department responded to a call regarding a deer that was shot behind the Woodruff town shop. Two youth were apprehended in connection with this incident.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Vilas County sheriff, LdF police investigating woman's death
Personnel with the Vilas County sheriff's office and Lac du Flambeau Police Department are investigating the death of a woman who's body was found in Lac du Flambeau during the early morning hours of Sept. 22.

Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath said the call was received by the sheriff's office just before 6 a.m. that day...(subscriber access)


Monday, September 26, 2016
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Proposed UWX move to be debated at October budget hearings
Over the last few weeks, several Oneida County committees have discussed possible solutions to the ongoing workplace environment issue at the UW-Extension office in the lower level of the Rhinelander- Oneida County Airport. Earlier this month, the county's administration committee moved the discussion to the dollars and cents stage. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Hartman: Voters spoke in August
There will be a rematch for the position of Oneida County Clerk as Crescent town clerk Tracy Hartman is no longer running unopposed. As we reported Thursday, deputy clerk Kerri Ison, who finished second to Hartman in the Aug. 9 Republican primary, has filed paperwork to run in November as a write-in candidate.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Community
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RAFP requesting additional community support
Over the course of its 11 years in operation, the Rhinelander community has rallied many times in support of the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. Support for the purchase and remodeling of the current facility at 627 Coon Street, to better serve clients, is but one example, pantry officials said in a press release.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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The old and the new
At the chamber last week, as we prepared for our 80th anniversary celebration, we dug through some boxes of old documents and photos that had been hiding out in our storage unit. We found some truly amazing treasures of the chamber's past and the past of some of our members. I have had the pleasure of sharing a few of those old finds, including old articles, an old invoice (which we had paid!) and photographs with the companies involved. Without fail, the recipient has delighted at the glimpse of their past, and the fact that someone had preserved it. It reminded me that it is important to remember where we came from and to celebrate the path we have trod to get where we are now.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Volunteer drivers needed in the Rhinelander area
Volunteer drivers are needed in the greater Rhinelander area for the Oneida County Dept. on Aging. Escort drivers are needed to take people to medical appointments, and Meals on Wheels (MOW) drivers are needed to deliver mid-day meals to shut-in seniors, the department said in a press release. Mileage allowance for both MOW routes and escort trips can be paid at the current rate of 54 cents per mile.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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'Final Affairs' seminar moved to Rouman Cinema
Due to overwhelming response, the location for the "Final Affairs" seminar in Rhinelander on Sept. 28 has been moved to Rouman Cinema.

At this free event local professionals will be speaking on topics related to: trusts vs. wills, funeral arrangements, financial planning, advanced care planning and elder benefit specialist.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Alzheimer's Association announces October family education programs
Each month, the Alzheimer's Association offers family education programs across Wisconsin. These classes are designed to assist anyone who has questions about Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. All programs are free-of-charge and open to families, caregivers and the general community. Each program is presented by an Alzheimer's Association staff member or trained community volunteer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Wisconsin Catholic Healthcare Systems unify as Ascension
As of Sept. 20, the health care systems of Ascension Wisconsin - Ministry Health Care (including Affinity Health System), Columbia St. Mary's and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - will be among the first in the country to formally adopt and transition to using the Ascension name, the health system announced in a press release.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Flu vaccine available at health department
A flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, medical experts say. It is recommended that all people 6 months and older get a flu shot, especially those at higher risk of complications from the flu. This includes children age 6 months to 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 years and older, anyone with chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Opinions
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Reader wants the City Council to come clean
To the editor:

Why is the game of "blame the messenger" so popular around here? A couple of years ago, we saw the county board spend a bunch of time and effort harassing those who brought up those foul "Dam Plan" circulars, while taking no interest in going after the actual perpetrators.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Job interview questions for Tom Tiffany 
To the editor:

1. Mr. Tiffany, you received $75,000 from Gogebic Taconite to push their mining bill through, gutting Wisconsin's long- held environmental laws and regulations. Have you ever met a pristine wilderness or ecosystem that you didn't want to strip mine or frack, a tree you didn't want cut down, or a wetland you didn't want to fill in, if the price is right?


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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'For the land of the self-entitled, and the home of the disrespectful'
To the editor:

I truly believe the above is what the final lyric of our nation's beautiful national anthem should be.We may live in a small town, but how long will it be until students whose heroes are the athletes that are protesting start doing it at school functions themselves?


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Reader offers solution to city administrator controversy
To the editor:

Here is my solution to the Aschenbrenner fiasco.

Fire all of the City Council that terminated Ms. Aschenbrenner.

Retain Tom Gleason and Steve Sauer, and may I add kudos to them for letting the public know what happened.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Beware of scammers
To the editor:

Beware the scammers who hold up a sign that says "Need gas." Just this morning a couple with two school-aged kids were doing that in front of Brokers. From across the street I pretended to take their picture and then pretended to talk on my phone. You guessed it, they quickly threw the sign and kids in their silver van and departed. They nabbed two suckers as they were leaving.

Carolyn Cheslock

Rhinelander



Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Reader chastises City Council members who voted to fire administrator
To the editor:

I'm in 100 percent agreement with Buck Reed in his editorial. But I find the need to push the bar a little further. I've been a Rhinelander resident for only 2 1/2 years and I also see what a rundown, unkept, dirty town it is. The streets are deplorable, except for the recently completed (mostly) Lincoln Street (finally!) and now the downtown facelift (again, finally!).


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Reader fed up with local officials acting in secret
To the editor:

Apparently, we the people, do not count anymore. The Oneida County Board, the Rhinelander City Council, and the school board seem not to need the taxpayers anymore. Closed session is the new meeting schedule, and no comment is their mantra. Big government has found its way to little old Rhinelader. What do you say we get rid of it. Get out and vote!

Patrick Maass

Rhinelander


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Sports
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RHS sports recap: Tuesday, Sept. 27
Boys' soccer: Marshfield 5, Rhinelander 1

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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QB Freund, others hurt in 64-0 loss to top-ranked Amherst
Already outmatched by the No. 1 team in Division 5, things went from bad to worse Friday night for the Rhinelander High School football team against Amherst at Mike Webster Stadium.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Hodag swimmers fifth at Husky Invite
The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team finished in the middle of the pack Saturday, placing fifth in the nine-team Husky Invite at Eau Claire North High School.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Punt, Pass and Kick contest set for Oct. 1
The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Punt, Pass and Kick contest for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Rhinelander High School.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Shoutouts & Callouts
Earlier this year, when the WIAA was embroiled in controversy over the behavior of fans at high school sporting events, the message I delivered to fans was simple. Sadly, as we reported last week, some fans forgot the part of that message during a high school football game between Rhinelander and Lakeland Friday, Sept. 16 in Minocqua. (subscriber access)



Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Heideman: Hodag tennis 'in great position' entering GNCs
The Rhinelander High School girls' tennis team will walk into Saturday's Great Northern Conference meet on its home courts knowing almost all the heavy lifting has been done in its quest for a seventh straight conference title. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Franson wins Three Lakes Invite
Alayna Franson won the girls' race as the Hodag cross country team finished second as a team in the event at Lions Park. The Hodag boys' finished fourth in the eight-team competition.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Outdoors
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Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship on Lake Minocqua
The Wisconsin Bass Federation Nation held its State Championship last weekend on the Minocqua Chain. Each B.A.S.S. Nation club in Wisconsin could send as many anglers to the tournament, as long as they sent pairs of boaters and non-boaters. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Fish like a girl: New generation of anglers often missing the basics
Older anglers often talk about how easy kids have it, and by kids I mean the 20-somethings who are just starting out in our sport. In years gone by, there was no YouTube. We could not see hundreds of videos of how to tie a specific knot, rig a bait, or the intricacies of every technique used on the water. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Salzmann bags first bear
Janice Salzmann had been mulling over bear hunting this year. She got a bear tag but still was not completely sure she wanted to hunt. Having never killed anything before, it was not a decision Salzmann took lightly. Al Nyberg, who worked with Salzmann, told her she really should just get out there and do it. Give it a try, he told her. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Let's Go Fishing partners with Culver's for fundraiser
Let's Go Fishing Northwoods Chapter received a check for $475 last week from Culver's in Rhinelander.

The group held a fundraising night and served guests in the restaurant and at the drive-thru. In return, Culver's donated a portion of the proceeds from that night to the group. Not only did it allow Let's Go Fishing to raise money, but it helped the group get the word out about their pontoon boat, which they keep on Boom Lake. (subscriber access)


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Northwoods Wildlife Center releases several animals near Land O' Lakes
The Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC) is responsible for rehabilitating hundreds of animals per year. The best part of their jobs, they said, is when they get to release animals back out into the wild, healthy and able to fend for themselves. They were recently lucky enough to have the satisfaction of releasing several animals in Land O' Lakes. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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The lake where you live: Smallies
As a kid I had trouble telling smallmouth bass from largemouths. For some reason the instructions I read focused on the mouth. In largemouths the back of the mouth extends to just behind the eye; in smallmouths it reaches a point even with the middle of the eye. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Jesse and Vaughn dominate on Boom Lake
The Central Wisconsin River Series, presented by Minn Kota, Humminbird and Stevens Point Brewery, held its season championship on Boom Lake and the Rhinelander Flowage last weekend. There were four qualifier tournaments leading up to the championship: Stevens Point Flowage in May, Lake Nokomis in June, Boom Lake in July and Lake Mohawksin in August. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 17, 2016
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Education
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Moving Forward: The Wisconsin  state assessment
On Sept. 16, the School District of Rhinelander mailed the student individual "Forward Exam" reports home to parents/guardians. The Forward Exam, administered during spring of 2016, is a standardized achievement test designed to assess what students know in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. It is an electronic test taken on a computer or Chromebook.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Homecoming week is here!
Rhinelander High School will kick off homecoming week with a talent show in the Rhinelander High School auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this annual night of fun and talent.

Student performers will be judged by a panel of community members, with a $100 prize for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third place. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children over age five. Children ages five and under are admitted free.


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Kiwanis honors
The Kiwanis Club of Rhinelander honored two outstanding RHS seniors at a recent weekly meeting. Faith Bartelt, left, is involved in drama, choir, band, jazz band, FBLA/DECA, math league and is president of the RHS National Honor Society. She will pursue a bachelor's degree in fine arts, with the University of Indiana-Bloomington her top choice of schools. Max Holperin, right, is the secretary of FBLA/DECA and attended the FBLA nationals last year. He is a member of the Mock Trial team and RHS band. He also serves on the Oneida County Teen Court, and participated in the State Finance and Investment Bowl. He plans on attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison upon graduation. Pictured with the students is Kiwanian Ron Reupert.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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ITT Tech closes campuses, Nicolet picks up local fallout
In a press release earlier this month, ITT Educational Services, Inc. announced all ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech) campuses would close indefinitely. This comes after 50 years of educational service and a long, drawn-out battle with the U.S. Department of Education (DoED).

Thursday, September 22, 2016
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School lunch and free and reduced school meals
It is hard to believe that summer has come to an end and a new school year has begun. With students back in our buildings, the food service department is busy planning meals for the next several months. The food service staff works very hard to plan and provide nutritious breakfast and lunch meals so students can stay focused and learn throughout the school day.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
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New teacher shaking things up with 'Pokemon Go' lesson
"I'm shaking things up a bit," said John Kennedy, 22, a first-year teacher at Crescent Elementary School. As part of a lesson Thursday morning on counting and number lines, the second-grade teacher had students catch "Pokemon" using Pokemon Go, a popular mobile app which projects fantasy creatures onto "augmented reality."

Saturday, September 17, 2016
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College students volunteer at Rhinelander area food pantry
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. Most are local volunteers that work throughout the year doing all the tasks necessary to allow for the distribution of over 596,000 pounds of food to area families in need.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
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