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Monday, August 3, 2020
The Rhinelander Post 7 Rebels won their first and only state championship in American Legion Baseball 10 years and one day ago - Aug. 3, 2010. This is the story of that team (Part 1 of a series).


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Council approves PFAS testing at former city landfill
The Rhinelander Common Council voted 7-1 Monday to authorize two rounds of leachate testing at the old city landfill. The goal of the testing is to identify or rule out the dormant landfill as a potential source of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination discovered last year in two municipal wells. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 17, 2020
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News
Oneida County: In 2020, meth arrests soar
Drug abuse in general and methamphetamine addiction in particular have been growing problems in Oneida County for some time, but the problems have increased exponentially in the first six months of 2020, Oneida County sheriff's department arrest records indicate. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 31, 2020
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Vruwink hired as temporary assistant to the mayor
The Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously Monday evening to hire former Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink, who has been serving an independent consultant to the city since late spring, as a "temporary assistant to the mayor in his capacity as acting city administrator." (subscriber access)

Friday, July 31, 2020
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School board approves computer infrastructure upgrades
When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close in March and instruction switched to virtual learning, the School District of Rhinelander's technology infrastructure was up to the demand. Now, with plans for the fall term unclear, the school board voted Monday to approve the expenditure of just under $40,700 to purchase new components to handle even more demand, if need be. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 31, 2020
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PFC votes to fill 2 RPD patrol vacancies
The Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission (PFC) provisionally filled two vacant patrol slots Monday morning. However, filling the slot to be vacated by Captain Ron Lueneburg will take more time, the panel indicated. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 31, 2020
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Rhinelander man facing federal charge after ICAC sting
A 42-year-old Rhinelander man was indicted Wednesday on an attempted child enticement charge for allegedly using text messages and telephone calls to persuade an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 31, 2020
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Howard Young/Ascension Eagle River names medical director for emergency services
Heong P'ng, MD, is the newest medical director named to Ascension Wisconsin's leadership team in northern Wisconsin, Ascension Wisconsin announced earlier this week.

Friday, July 31, 2020
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Defense asks judge to dismiss 'flawed' case against former city administrator
The state's misconduct in public office case against former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild was flawed from its inception and is "legally baseless," defense attorney Kevin St. John argues in a brief filed last week in response to Price County Circuit Judge Kevin Klein's request for additional briefing on a defense motion to dismiss the matter. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Community
Redikulus Daez set to kick off Aug. 3
While nearly all festivals and other social gatherings have been canceled this summer due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, one annual event with a vibrant local history dating back more than 60 years will go on, albeit in an improvised format.

Friday, July 31, 2020
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Hodag Farmers Market report: Big, beautiful blueberries
More vegetable varieties are making appearances at the Hodag Farmers' Market these days. Every week there is something new that has been picked fresh and brought down to market for customers to enjoy. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 31, 2020
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'Powerful Tools for Caregivers' workshop to be offered online starting Aug. 5
The Aging and Disability Resource Centers of Oneida and Vilas counties will offer an online version of the "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" workshop once a week from 1 to 3 p.m. for six weeks on Wednesdays beginning Aug. 5.

Friday, July 31, 2020
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2020 Top 10 Under 40 winners announced
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce and Forward Rhinelander have Thursday the 2020 Top 10 community members under the age of 40.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Moving energy: Qigong benefits mind, body, spirit
As a small gathering of Qigong practitioners perform their choreographed flow on a sunny morning, the gentle wind becomes a welcome respite from the growing warmth, now escalating both inside and out. The sun's energy radiates to the earth while the rushing current of the distant river echoes among the clamor of children playing nearby. One's senses become heightened as a still awareness takes over mind, body and spirit. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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The gift of giving: Annual Hodag M*A*S*H Blood Drive draws a crowd
Blood donors gathered at a safe distance last Thursday, July 16, for the Community Blood Center's (CBC) 11th annual Hodag M*A*S*H Blood Drive. Although the drive has been held at the National Guard Armory in years past, this year the drive was held at Nicolet College's Lakeside Center. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 24, 2020
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Explore Local Week to include scavenger hunt
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Buy Local Campaign continues this week with "Explore Local Week".

Friday, July 24, 2020
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Opinions
Let's keep our neighbors and community safe
The emergence of the novel coronavirus early this year presented the world with an unprecedented challenge. Not since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 have we faced such a daunting public health crisis. By late February, it was clear our healthcare system, government and every American citizen would need to work together to conquer this invisible enemy.

Friday, July 31, 2020
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Mother of fallen Spirit 2 crew member speaks out about discontinued service
To the Editor:

This is an open letter to Joseph R. Impicciche, president and CEO of Ascension:


Friday, July 31, 2020
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Women of the Northwoods are rugged, capable and intelligent
To the Editor:

Women of the Northwoods are rugged and more than capable of thinking for themselves. The media tries to paint a picture of all women marching in-step because of gender and would like to make you believe "real" women do not support President Trump.


Friday, July 31, 2020
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Reader supports voting by mail
To the Editor:

Voting by mail should be a priority. If you represent the people you should be prioritizing their right, their health and safety and their ability to vote responsibly and freely. Instead you block it with lies when the common voter sees it as a great idea and a move to the future. It's working in several states that have chosen to favor their citizens. But what do we get in Wisconsin, a stall to kill the time needed to make it feasible.


Friday, July 31, 2020
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Kelly, Bradley make colossal blunder with guidance documents
Sometimes good people do bad things, and sometimes good Supreme Court justices do stupid things, and that's just what happened in a recent decision by the state Supreme Court.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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The cost to all citizens in a community when a newspaper closes
There are many aspects to the value of a community having a local newspaper serving its community.

Friday, July 24, 2020
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Reader reacts to Verso editorial
To the Editor:

Reading Mr. Moore's editorial about Verso Paper's struggle, and Governor Evers supposedly failing all involved, left me shaking my head in disbelief. Not only was it filled with Mr. Moore's usual bias presented as fact but he apparently had any sense of irony surgically removed as a child. The newspaper I was reading has been downsized, both literally and in terms of weekly issues. We subscribers were told it was due to economic issues related to the pandemic. Yet he seems to think Verso's largest problem is the governor. Nonsense.


Friday, July 24, 2020
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Sports
Shoutouts & Callouts
The WIAA last week presented an imperfect solution to an imperfect problem, trying to juggle participation in sports at a time when there are mixed plans as to what the school experience will look like this fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, July 31, 2020
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WIAC cancels its D-III college fall season
The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the conference for the majority of NCAA Division III schools in the University of Wisconsin system, announced Monday that it would cancel its fall 2020 sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, July 31, 2020
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WIAA delays start of fall sports season
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control considered a number of season schedule models as part of a virtual meeting Thursday, July 23 and resolved to maintain fall interscholastic opportunities with a delayed start, as well as an alternate opportunity for schools unable to start and administer the traditional fall season.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Taking the gym out of gymnastics
COVID-19 might be taking the gymnasts out of the gym, but it isn't taking the gym out of the gymnasts.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Volleyball team makes use of what it has
The Rhinelander High School volleyball team is trying to get ready for a new season with a new head coach but without its gym or much of its typical summer training schedule.

Friday, July 24, 2020
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Photos: Open for play
The Pioneer Park Pickleball Group held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, July 20, 2020 formally opening the $106,000, eight-court complex.

Friday, July 24, 2020
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Rhinelander ABC cancels golf scramble
The Rhinelander Athletic Booster Club has announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is cancelling what would have been its 40th annual charity golf scramble.

Friday, July 24, 2020
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Outdoors
NRB calls special meeting to reconsider reduction in antlerless tags above Hwy. 64
At last month's Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting, a 16-page document was prepared by board member Greg Kazmierski looking to change the antlerless quota recommendations sent on from the County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) for 11 counties above Highway 64. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 31, 2020
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DNR steps up efforts to check compliance to zero bag limit on Minocqua Chain
This year the Natural Resources Board approved a one-year emergency extension to the five-year study requiring a zero bag limit for walleye on the Minocqua Chain. This was done in an effort to get a better handle on walleye populations in the chain and in hopes that a self-sustaining population could be had in the chain once again. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) felt opening the chain too quickly would not be in the best interest of species and would create more of a "put and take" situation rather than a population that could be self-sustaining. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 31, 2020
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Snappers in love
You spend enough time on your lake and over time you see things you'd never seen before and may never see again.

Friday, July 31, 2020
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A Lasting Legacy: Local conservation organization promotes sustainable land management
The Northwoods offers a stunning spectrum of trails, lakes and natural areas in every direction, and for many, being outdoors is fundamental to life up north. At the same time, however, often it's easy to take for granted the rich resources native to our area. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Preserving the natural beauty of the Northwoods
This is the second installment in a two-part series. The first installment is available on our website, www.rivernewsonline.com



Burnt orange leaves crunch the forest floor as hikers stomp through a towering hemlock grove, an upward glance revealing a canopy of emerald evergreens swaying carelessly in the cool breeze.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Healthy Shorelines webinar looks at pollinators, bee lawns
Last month, the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department hosted a two-day webinar entitled "Healthy Shorelines for Animals, Plants and People."

Friday, July 17, 2020
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Checking the changes
All lakes change with time, some more rapidly than others, and some also more significantly. One way to track what's happening in your lake is to do a periodic deep dive, literally.

Friday, July 17, 2020
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Education
Nicolet College Northwoods Pride Festival Canceled
Saturday, June 27 would have been the 4th annual Northwoods Pride Festival at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, however, the event was canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Pelican families are unique
As part of a school-wide effort to raise cultural awareness, families at Pelican Elementary School were asked to discuss with their children their unique cultural traditions and heritages at home.

Friday, November 10, 2017
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Students of the month
Rhinelander High School recently announced its October Students of the Month.

Friday, November 10, 2017
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FBLA/DECA food drive a success
Rhinelander High School's FBLA/DECA Club collected a grand total of 1,820 food items for the local Rhinelander Food Pantry as part of its recent Trick or Can food drive.

Friday, November 10, 2017
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Nicolet College Visit Day Oct. 27
Anyone thinking about attending Nicolet can learn more about the college, its academic programs, and the careers graduates can pursue during College Visit Day, Friday, Oct. 27.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Crescent students visit pumpkin patch
First graders from Crescent Elementary School visited Helene's Hilltop Orchard Oct. 13. At the Merrill orchard, the students were reminded that pumpkins are a sign of the harvest season.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Rhinelander FBLA/DECA to hold Trick or Can food drive
The Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA Club is participating in a statewide community service project, Trick or Can. Members will be dropping off bags for community donations and flyers about the event this week and will be back around to pick up the non-perishable food items on Oct. 25.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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