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Saturday, April 1, 2023
The Hodags have dropped back below the enrollment cutline and now find themselves back in Division 3 this year. With a number of key players back from a squad that went 14-6-1 last year, there are plenty of high hopes and expectations for coach Nathan Bates' side this spring.


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Schiek, Burns vie for Oneida County judgeship
Earlier this year, during the spring primary season, The Lakeland Times asked the candidates for Oneida County circuit judge - incumbent judge Mary Roth Burns and Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek - a set of the same questions and both responded in timely fashion. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 31, 2023
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News
PFAS issue shadows race for Stella town chair
The discovery of high levels of PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination in the drinking water in the Town of Stella in late 2022 has upended the lives of a number of local families and motivated both candidates for town chairperson to seek election. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Supreme Court race heads to the finish line
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Former state Supreme Court justice Daniel Kelly and Milwaukee County circuit judge Janet Protasiewicz are heading toward election day in a battle that has now surged past $20 million, easily the most expensive state Supreme Court race ever, with millions of dollars still to go. (subscriber access)


Friday, March 31, 2023
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Newbold town board election profiles
In the Town of Newbold, incumbent chairman Dave Kroll isn't running for re-election and town supervisor Dan Hess is running unopposed to succeed him. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Former Newbold supervisor pleads not guilty in election fraud case
Former Newbold town supervisor Jim Staskiewicz entered a not guilty plea Monday afternoon to one count of election fraud, a Class I felony carrying a maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in prison. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Wisconsin bankers comment on SVB and Signature Bank closures
On March 10, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) in Santa Clara, Calif. was closed by the California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation who appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as the receiver. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 31, 2023
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School board approves new hires in response to literacy testing data
In response to testing data showing a decrease in reading growth at the early elementary level, the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education voted unanimously to hire additional elementary school staff members. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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La Follette resigns; Evers appoints Godlewski as secretary of state
Wisconsin secretary of state Doug La Follette stepped down abruptly last week, bringing to an end a long run in Wisconsin politics both for himself and his family name, and Gov. Tony Evers immediately appointed former state treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski to fill out the term. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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Community
Nicolet College Foundation launches Alumni Giving Week April 3-9
In an effort to build relationships with Nicolet College alumni, the Nicolet College Foundation will hold its first annual Alumni Giving Week April 3-9.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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Oneida County Tavern League announces St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl winners
The Oneida County Tavern League has announced the winners of the annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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Snowmobile trails closed for season
The Oneida County Snowmobile Trail System, including all state-funded and club-funded trails, is closed for the season as of Monday, March 27, the county forestry department reports.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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Community Service Fair March 31 at Nicolet
All members of the public are invited to attend the upcoming Community Service Fair at Nicolet College Friday, March 31, with the event featuring information and presentations by numerous area non-profit organizations set on building a stronger Northwoods.

Friday, March 24, 2023
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Northwoods Recovery: Be sure to pack your sobriety
Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of columns on recovery in the Northwoods.

Vacation is no excuse for taking a break from recovery. When leaving on vacation, be sure to pack your sobriety. (subscriber access)


Friday, March 24, 2023
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Friends of Town Line Lake Park promise major announcement at March 30 membership meeting
The Friends of Town Line Lake Park group has announced its first membership meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at the Crescent Town Hall.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
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Nicolet students advance to international business and entrepreneurship competition
All five Nicolet College students competing in the recent DECA State Career Development Conference will advance to the international competition in Orlando, Fla., in April thanks to their strong showing at the state level.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
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Opinions
Deputies endorse Schiek for judge
To the Editor:

Mike Schiek is the most qualified candidate to be elected judge for Oneida County Circuit Court.


Friday, March 31, 2023
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Schiek has the right qualities for the bench
To the Editor:

Dear Oneida County residents,

Now, more than ever we must have confidence in our judicial system. Michael Schiek is the person to preserve that confidence.


Friday, March 31, 2023
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In support of district attorney Michael Schiek for judge
To the Editor:

A vote for district attorney Michael Schiek is a plus for Oneida County! I have known Michael Schiek since we were classmates from 1st grade at Rhinelander Catholic Central through high school. Michael has been an important figure in the community since graduating from Hamline Law School and returning back to Rhinelander to join the O'Melia, Schiek & McEldowney law firm.


Friday, March 31, 2023
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Who gets to have a voice?
To the Editor:

Oneida County supervisors don't want to hear from residents that don't own property. A hearing about revisions to the Oneida County Shoreland Protection Ordinance was scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Before the hearing the Planning and Development Committee will discuss public participation in the hearing.


Friday, March 31, 2023
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River News: Our View
We endorse former state Supreme Court justice Daniel Kelly for the state Supreme Court over Milwaukee County circuit judge Janet Protasiewicz for many of the same reasons we are endorsing Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek over circuit judge Mary Roth Burns: Protasiewicz is an extremist far-left activist who will legislate directly from the bench and usurp the legislature's - and the people's - right to make the laws of the state.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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River News: Our View
When it comes to who should prevail in Tuesday's election for Oneida County circuit judge, there should be no lack of clarity among county voters: It's district attorney Michael Schiek by a mile, or more, over judge Mary Roth Burns.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Hate speech, censorship and disinformation
To the Editor:

In this "Brave New World" of deceit, division, propaganda and lies, disinformation is potentially destructive; yet, most would agree, hate speech (however it is perceived) is almost always worse.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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Sports
RHS sports recap: Thursday, March 30
Softball: D.C. Everest 19, Rhinelander 0, Game 1
Softball: D.C. Everest 6, Rhinelander 3, Game 2


Friday, March 31, 2023
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Team preview: RHS baseball
The WIAA playoffs have provided plenty of memorable moments for the Rhinelander High School baseball team over the last couple of seasons. For the Hodags to make similar memories this spring, the team will have to come a long way over the next two months.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Spring practice notebook
The last of the spring sports to begin practice for the upcoming season began on Monday. Rhinelander High School boys' tennis coach Matt Nichols and Hodag golf coach Adam Schmidt expressed one common relief as practice got underway - they're finally able to get back to coaching.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Hodag boys take 6th in Merrill meet
Rhinelander brought a relatively young crew to Merrill on Tuesday, taking sixth out of eight teams in the boys-only Bluejay Indoor Invitational.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Photos: Clash of the paddles
The YMCA of the Northwoods and Rhinelander High School boys' and girls' tennis teams hosted the Clash of the Paddles pickleball tournament on Saturday, March 25 at the Hodag Dome.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Informational meeting for Rhinelander Dairyland League baseball team Sunday
The Hodag Diamond Club will host an informational meeting for players interested in playing for Rhinelander's newly-formed Wisconsin Baseball Association amateur baseball team at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Fireside Supper Club.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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RIA to host curling event April 16
The Rhinelander Ice Arena will hold two Learn to Curl sessions on Sunday, April 16.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Outdoors
Residents asked to join Northwoods Lights Out!
It seems pollution is always in the news these days - water pollution, air pollution and even noise pollution. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Community education program to host 'Dissecting Your Walleye Waters'
The School District of Rhinelander Community Education Program is offering a seminar for anglers in April.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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The Lake Where You Live
The Birch Lake Bar and resort holds an annual contest in predicting the date for ice-out. Around 100 yards off shore, easily visible through the expansive windows behind the bar, a dummy sits on a chair. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Late winter snowfall could affect deer herd numbers
The Winter Severity Index is one of the metrics used by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) to determine the likely health of the deer herd. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2023
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Learn to Hunt Food program brings new hunters into the field
In recent years, as supply chains were hampered if not crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in sustainable living has grown. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2023
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The Lake Where You Live
Over halfway through March the snow banks are supposed to be receding. They're not. The ice and hard-packed snow are supposed to melt off the town roads. It's happening, but only in spots where the sun can reach. The snow and ice burden on our lakes is supposed to be receding. It isn't. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2023
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Fish Like a GIRL
Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to talk with the Lakeland Gardeners about bees and gardens. They were such a fun group - and if you cannot be out gardening, what better way to pass the time than to talk with other gardeners? (subscriber access)

Friday, March 17, 2023
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Education
Nicolet College selects 2023-24 Student Ambassadors
Nicolet College has presented its highest student honor to Kimberlee Soldier and Lena Symonds, naming each as a Student Ambassador for the 2023-24 academic year.

Friday, March 31, 2023
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Students showcase creativity, technical skill at Global Game Jam
In partnership with the 2023 Global Game Jam, the School District of Rhinelander Community Education Program, ArtStart, and Nicolet College recently hosted a "Game Design and Development Lab" for middle and high school students. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 24, 2023
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'Mad Money' simulation offers lesson in managing personal finances
The annual "Mad Money" simulation has become a rite of passage for Rhinelander High School sophomores. It's an opportunity for teenage students to begin to understand what awaits them in terms of managing their personal finances. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
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Student Spotlight: Dietary aide Jaiden Haff
This article is the latest in a series in association with Rhinelander Partners in Education. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 17, 2023
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February students of the month
The Rhinelander High School students and staff of the month were honored during a ceremony Thursday, March. 2.

Friday, March 10, 2023
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FCCLA students advance to state
The Rhinelander High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter recently competed in regionals in Stevens Point. The following five members advanced to the state competition:

Friday, March 10, 2023
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Nicolet College surpasses $1.5 million mark in textbook savings for students
The trend of students getting free college textbooks and other no-cost learning materials continues to grow at Nicolet with the total students have saved now over $1.5 million.

Friday, March 10, 2023
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