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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
After years of pouring over books and sweating out exams, 540 students graduated from Nicolet Area Technical College Saturday morning. Students graduated with an associate's degree, diploma or certificate.


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Assistant corporation counsel files motion in IM21 civil case
The assistant corporation counsel representing Oneida County in a civil suit filed by the It Matters to One animal rescue organization seeking the return of 39 canines seized from its facility in February as part of an animal mistreatment investigation has filed a motion seeking to compel the operator of the rescue to turn over a copy of her agreement with Oneida County prosecutors, if one exists. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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News
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Oneida, Vilas counties looking at possible medical examiner contract in 2019
Over the past several years, Vilas County has explored contracting with Oneida County for medical examiner services but as of yet the two counties have been unable to come to an agreement. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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City expected to determine Kabel Auto building demo date this week
The city of Rhinelander is set to take formal ownership of the abandoned Kabel Auto building at 28 South Stevens Street May 23 and later the same day a date is expected to be set for the demolition of the eyesore. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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State treasurer Matt Adamczyk is on another constitutional mission
Say what you will about Wisconsin state treasurer Matt Adamczyk, but the man thrives on undertaking tough and often controversial constitutional missions.

For example, next spring voters will decide whether to abolish his position through a constitutional amendment, a vote that has made its way on the ballot largely because of his insistence - he campaigned by promising to abolish the treasurer's post if he won, saying it had become largely superfluous. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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BREAKING: Rhinelander street superintendent resigns
City of Rhinelander street superintendent Tony Gilman has tendered his resignation.

His last day will be Tuesday, May 23.

Gilman announced his resignation in a letter addressed to Mayor Dick Johns dated May 17. The River News obtained the letter late Monday.

While the letter lists no specific reason for Gilman's decision to leave the city's employ after more than 19 years with the public works department, it does include a reference to "workplace culture" issues.


Monday, May 22, 2017
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Zoning panel delays decision on hospital permit
The Oneida County planning and zoning committee is moving closer to determining when it will vote on Marshfield Clinic's conditional use application to build a 12-bed, $30 million hospital in Minocqua. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Marshfield Clinic: Responses to health survey likely came from Lakeland employees
Last week, The Lakeland Times released the results of an expanded health care survey made available to the Lakeland area earlier this month. The survey was part of an effort to gain information about the public's opinions and experiences with local health care. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Eagle River man gets probation in armed standoff case
A 49-year-old Eagle River man who fired a handgun at law enforcement officers during an armed standoff in Eagle River Aug. 24, 2016 was sentenced to probation Wednesday in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Community
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David Mickelson visits Rhinelander District Library
A large crowd packed the Rhinelander District Library May 15 to hear University of Wisconsin Professor David Mickelson speak about Wisconsin's extensive glacial landscapes. The program stood as part of the library's efforts to facilitate educational discussions on a bi-monthly basis.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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DRI announces Bikes & Burgers event
Rhinelander residents and visitors alike can look forward to a new event coming this June.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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National Women's Health Week recognized
The 18th annual National Women's Health Week kicked off on Mother's Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20. This observance is led by the Office of Women's Health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Empowering women to make their health a priority is the goal of National Women's Health Week.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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May is Water Safety Month: Tips to keep kids safe
Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14. With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, it's a great time for parents to remember the importance of ensuring their children are equipped with essential water safety skills. The YMCA of the Northwoods offers child group and private swim lessons, programs that help reduce the risk of childhood drowning, develop a lifelong love swimming and provide children greater access to water safety programs.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Encouraging passion: Garyn Roberts' love of comics is to be admired
It is simple to find a true joy in listening to an impassioned person speak knowledgeably about the topics they love. Someone who finds a deep appreciation and curiosity in whatever subject it may be, deserves respect.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Dairyland Walkers coming to Rhinelander
A volkssporting club from Madison called the Dairyland Walkers will hold a 5K/10K walking event Saturday, May 27, in Rhinelander.

The club is well on its way to holding a walk in every county in the state, according to a press release announcing the May 27 event.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Minocqua music weekend May 27, 28
Jerry and Tara Woolpy will host Old Town School of Folk Music instructor and artist-in-residence Mark Dvorak for a concert and two guitar workshops on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. The events are sponsored by Bats In the Boathouse Press and will take place at 8395 Woolpy Drive.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Opinions
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Reader is tired of bumps in the road
To the Editor:

I was traveling on Stevens Street yesterday and I came across something that was very unusual. I got to Frederick Street and there was an actual sign that warned me of a "BUMP" in the road. I thought to myself, "Gee, what a novel idea... warning drivers of an upcoming bump so they could slow down a bit to save their teeth and also their tires and shock absorbers."


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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A plea to our state legislature: Fund solutions to deal with direct caregiver crisis
To the Editor:

Wisconsin is in a workforce shortage crisis. Last year a report was released "The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: A 2016 Report." This report was the largest survey of Wisconsin's long-term care providers in state history.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Defining patriotism
To the Editor:

We all like to think of ourselves as patriots, but what does patriotism mean? The dictionary tells us it is love of and loyalty to one's country, but what does that entail?


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Fab labs can make a difference in developing skilled workforce
Talk to business leaders throughout Wisconsin and you will hear a recurring theme: There is a real need for skilled workers to fill jobs in just about every industry and in companies of all sizes. A survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, for example, says 70 percent of state businesses are struggling to find qualified workers and some are delaying expansions because of the problem.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Theater patron offers kudos to Nicolet Players
To the Editor:

Over Mother's Day weekend, three generations of our family, headed by our 80-year-old Mom, were treated to a production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the beautifully renovated Nicolet College theater in Rhinelander. The Nicolet Players set a new standard with their remarkable production of this perennial favorite. Bravo!


Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Reader appalled by Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russians
To the Editor:

The latest actions by our current president are appalling. Releasing classified information given by our allies in the fight against terrorism, potentially exposing our sources and at the very least making them unwilling to ever share information with the United States in the future, is treasonous.


Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Due process in the crosshairs
It's time for the Oneida County planning and development committee to do its job and make a decision regarding the conditional use permit applied for by Marshfield Clinic to construct a hospital in Minocqua.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Sports
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RHS sports recap: Tuesday, May 23
Baseball: Rhinelander 11, Northland Pines 1
Girls' soccer: Rhinelander 5, Wausau Newman 0
Golf: Rhinelander 7th/8, WIAA regionals


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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RHS sports recap: Monday, May 22
Baseball: Antigo 7, Rhinelander 4
Girls' soccer: Rhinelander 10, Medford 0
Boys' tennis: Rhinelander T1st/9, WIAA Subsectionals
Track: Rhinelander 9th/9, WIAA Regionals


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Hodag golfers struggle in GNC finale
Rhinelander High School golf coach Adam Schmidt is hoping that his team's performance Friday at Black River Golf Course in Medford is merely a blip on a radar, rather than an ominous sign entering the postseason.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Hodag softball looks to shrug off close losses entering playoffs
It's now or never for the Rhinelander High School softball team to turn its luck around in tight ball games.(subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Shoutouts & Callouts
It's funny how the lessons sports teach parallel everyday life. For me, the past 10 days have been proof of that, for which I am grateful. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Langberg, Allen among winners in Eagle River Speedway opener
Tomahawk's Nate Langberg not only won the WISSOTA Street Stock feature in the season opener at Eagle River Speedway, he did it by holding off the defending class champion, a past class champion, and one of the top WISSOTA racers in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Rhinelander native Smith to be inducted into UW-Superior Hall of Fame
Jake Smith, a 2007 Rhinelander High School graduate, will be inducted into the UW-Superior Athletic Hall of Fame in July.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Outdoors
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Online deer hunter surveys show some similarities, some differences, to previous survey results
Once all of the harvest numbers were in after last fall's gun deer hunt, the Department of Natural Resources released the harvest numbers. Those numbers showed a 30 percent increase in buck harvest in the Northern Forest Zone. Many hunters felt those numbers could not possibly be right. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Fish like a girl
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. TJ Dunn from Rhinelander. Many know him as a veterinarian, but he is also a scientist with a great deal of knowledge about a compound known as Triclosan. This antibacterial pesticide has received a great deal of press in recent years for its detrimental effects, both to us and to the environment. Our discussion centered around environmental factors - more specifically, fish in our inland lakes. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Call to report surviving bats this summer
A bat disease that has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada, killing upwards of 7 million bats, is following the same pattern in Wisconsin according to winter hibernacula surveys.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Tribal walleye harvest numbers available
The harvest numbers from the 2017 spearing season recently became available, with six tribes reporting their harvest as of May 9. Almost 39,000 fish were harvested through spearing by tribal members in 24 counties across northern Wisconsin. The reported musky harvest was 193 fish. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Bird Fest Celebration in Three Lakes June 2, 3
The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes will host the fifth annual Bird Fest celebration in honor of International Migratory Bird Day.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Preliminary 2016-17 bobcat harvest information now available
Preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin's 2016-17 bobcat season, the third year of a statewide harvest, show hunters and trappers harvested 338 bobcats.

Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information, and final harvest information should be available by mid-June. These preliminary figures include results from the newly opened southern bobcat harvest zone.


Saturday, May 20, 2017
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The lake where you live
Plants which grow on land have one main way of reproducing. They produce flowers that get pollinated, then grow some form of fruit containing seeds. The seeds are dispersed in many ways, some simply scattering on the ground, some taking to the air on bits of fluff, some distributed with the help of birds and animals. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Education
Nicolet College | School District | Area schools (other)
Elementary school students take spring field trips
Last week, all fourth-graders at Central Intermediate School were able to participate in an all-day field experience at Treehaven. Treehaven is an outdoor environment center where students were able to participate in experiential hands-on environmental science.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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RHS DECA members compete in Anaheim
Seven Rhinelander High School DECA members traveled to California last month to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). From April 25-30, the students competed, explored, and connected with other DECA members from across the state and country, according to a school district press release.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Three Lakes School District announces third quarter honor roll
The following students have met the criteria and are eligible for the Three Lakes honor roll. Three Lakes recognizes students on a quarterly basis for their academic achievements, therefore Youth Options students are excluded from this recognition.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Nicolet College graduation ceremonies to be held May 20
Hard work and perseverance will pay off for hundreds of students when Nicolet College holds its 48th annual spring graduation on Saturday, May 20.

In all, 540 individuals are expected to graduate from Nicolet with an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate during the 2016-17 academic year.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Nicolet writing instructor explores life on the Mexican-American border in first book
One hundred feet.

That's the distance between the quaint and comfortable confines of El Paso, Texas, and the decidedly opposite Juarez, Mexico, once a peaceful border city infested today by drug cartels that are violent to the extreme.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
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JWMS 3k
A time-honored tradition continued Wednesday morning when James Williams Middle School students ran the annual 3K around the school grounds. Runners pushed themselves to the limit trying to outrace their classmates.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
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James Williams Middle School celebrates 'Every Kid Healthy Week' to create a healthier school environment for students
In celebration of Every Kid Healthy Week (April 24-28), James Williams Middle School hosted daily events with students to promote healthy eating and physical activity and the link between health and academic success, and to celebrate the school's wellness achievements. (Subscriber access)

Saturday, May 13, 2017
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