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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Caleb Olcikas rushed for 108 yards in place of the injured Cayden Neri, Walker Hartman scored touchdowns on offense and defense, and the Hodags moved to 4-0 for the second time in as many years with a 26-7 victory over Ashland at Mike Webster Stadium.


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Guild files motion to disqualify Schiek, appoint special prosecutor in misconduct/tampering case
Attorneys for former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild have asked a judge to disqualify Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek from prosecuting the criminal case he filed against Guild in March, and amended in September, and appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case in his stead. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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News
Hoffman walks school board committee through COVID-19 mitigation strategies, quarantine procedures
Approximately six weeks into the fall term, School District of Rhinelander officials are continuing to devise strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in school buildings and develop best practices as to how to react to situations where a student or staff member has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Lake Tomahawk board approves ATV/UTV ordinance
Nearly a year after the Lake Tomahawk ATV Club first approached the town board with a request for a stretch of town road to be opened to all-terrain vehicle and utility vehicle traffic, an ATV/UTV ordinance authorizing the use of the machines on town roads has been approved. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Local man facing 29 counts of possession of child porn
A 28-year-old Rhinelander man made his initial appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court Friday afternoon on 32 felony charges, including 29 counts of possession of child pornography. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Movement to state prisons resumes for inmates at Oneida County jail
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of obstacles for county jails and state prisons to navigate, officials at the Oneida County jail report that headway is gradually being made. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 16, 2020
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Despite COVID, Oneida County sales tax collections up
When Gov. Tony Evers instituted his Safer at Home order March 25, shuttering many businesses in Oneida County, some elected officials and economic leaders predicted sales tax collections would plummet. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 16, 2020
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Metz sentenced to prison in vehicular homicide case
A 20-year-old former Douglas County man now living in Rhinelander was sentenced recently in Vilas County Circuit Court to two years in prison and five years extended supervision after he pled no contest to a charge of homicide by use of vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 16, 2020
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Officials issue warning about contract tracer scam calls
Oneida County officials are warning local residents to beware of "certain bad actors" who are making fraudulent phone calls pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers from the county health department. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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Community
A night of fright: Sprecksel's Slaughterhouse invites all who dare to enter on Halloween night
As youngsters dressed as goblins, ghosts and ghouls gallivant from door to door this Halloween, one particular Rhinelander home is sure to give passersby a thrill.

From 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, Meg and Gene Sprecksel will welcome the public into their home at 422 Abner Street, which will be decked out to the nines as the Sprecksel Slaughterhouse.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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OCHS invites community to celebrate National Animal Shelter Week with happy hour sampler
In an effort to raise funds to benefit animals at the local shelter, the Oneida County Humane Society (OCHS) is offering a happy hour sampler package in celebration of National Animal Shelter Week to be held Nov. 4-10. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Hodag Farmers Market report: A strange year indeed
The Hodag Farmers Market will hold its last day in the park for this year on Saturday, Oct. 17. It's been quite a unique year for all of us and the market was no exception.

Friday, October 16, 2020
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Rhinelander FBLA/DECA to participate in food drive
At a time of year when members of the community routinely open their doors to trick-or-treaters in search of a sweet Halloween treat, Rhinelander High School students involved in FBLA/DECA, a business and marketing club, will be asking members of the community to donate more than just sweets in support of those in need as part of their annual Trick or Can food drive.

Friday, October 9, 2020
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Rhinelander Area Food Pantry giveaway Oct. 9
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP) is continuing its efforts to help local residents struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, October 9, 2020
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Flu clinics to be held throughout Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department will be conducting flu clinics throughout the county in the coming weeks.

Friday, October 9, 2020
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Hodag Farmers Market report: The season is winding down
The growing season is beginning to wind down a bit due to the last couple of cold snaps. It's something that happens every year so it's not really a big surprise.

Friday, October 9, 2020
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Opinions
A case of misplaced logic
If we didn't know better, we'd think there must be some requirement that people in government - whether elected or bureaucrat - leave their logic at home when they go to work.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Tiffany is too extreme for the Northwoods
QAnon is a far-right, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group. It believes those who oppose Donald Trump are "deep-state," satan-worshipping, child-sex-trafficking cannibals. With no proof, it has named numerous Hollywood actors and Democrat politicians as part of this "cabal." It would be laughable, if it were not dangerous.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Republican legislature is failing Wisconsin
As numerous news outlets, including the River News, have pointed out, the Republican legislature could end Governor Evers Covid 19 emergency order by simply meeting, passing legislation by a simple majority vote.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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A dictator not a president
It's good to let off a little steam now and then. That's what Steve Marquardt did in his letter to the editor. He expressed himself well and so many of our locals and across the nation feel exactly as Steve does.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Doing bidding with the social justice brand
Recently, Kenosha County sheriff David Beth endorsed Donald Trump for re-election, which in itself was not all that surprising, given that Beth was on the front lines as he worked to save his community from rioting and violent thugs.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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Oneida County is facing a water crisis
Oneida County faces a crisis: water contaminated with toxic PFAS chemicals. PFAS are industrial chemicals linked to various cancers, low birth weights, thyroid disease, and increased cholesterol levels.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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Your life depends on your vote this time
There is a lot at stake this coming election. Your life and the life of your family depend on you voting for candidates who listen to experts and use science to make decisions.

Friday, October 2, 2020
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Sports
Short-handed Hodags finish fifth in GNC cross country
Health concerns took away the Rhinelander High School cross country team's opportunity to vie for its best finish in the Great Northern Conference boys' standings since 2011.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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RHS soccer rests starters, falls to Medford
With the GNC title already secured and nothing on the line at Medford, the Hodags sat a number of their starters in a 7-0 loss to the Raiders to close out the regular season.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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RHS swimmers wrap up GNC title with win over Mosinee
The Hodags wrapped up their second straight GNC title in dominating fashion on Thursday night, finishing one point shy of a perfect score in a 139-31 victory over Mosinee at the Heck Family Community Pool.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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RHS volleyball falls to Tomahawk in regular season finale
The Hodags generated a season-high 23 kills but could not get over the hump against Tomahawk, falling 25-20, 25-22, 25-8 at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Volleyball: Short-handed Hodags hang tough against Lakeland
The Rhinelander High School volleyball team was not at full strength on Tuesday but still hung around with Lakeland in a Great Northern Conference second-round game.

Friday, October 16, 2020
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WIAA Board approves track and field rules; non-school competition accommodations
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved two track and field coaches' recommendations and provided flexibility for non-school competitions during the spring and alternate fall seasons in 2020-21 only at its most recent meeting Oct. 9.

Friday, October 16, 2020
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Pigskin Preview Week 4: Ashland (2-1) at Rhinelander (3-0)
In terms of winning percentage, Ashland and Rhinelander are, historically, the two least successful programs in the Great Northern Conference. However, both teams are in the process of turning their programs around and will meet tonight in a battle of two of the conference's top three teams through the first three weeks of the season.

Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Outdoors
DNR asks hunters to help with CWD sampling again this year
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an always-fatal nervous system disease in cervids such as white-tailed deer. While the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began monitoring wild deer populations in 1999, the first positives were not found until 2002. More recently, the disease has been found in the Northwoods, with five deer now having tested positive within the current Lincoln/Oneida County surveillance area. The most recent positives came during last year's firearms season, according to DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. All of those positives, he said, have been in fairly close proximity in southwest Oneida and northwest Lincoln counties. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 2, 2020
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The Lake Where You Live: Whither the wakes?
Wakeboarding and wakesurfing are arguably the fastest-growing water sports in the country. They are also arguably the most controversial, as many lake users and property owners object to the large waves the wakeboats create.

Friday, October 2, 2020
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Oneida County land and water conservation committee hears plan for a Crescent Lake district
Crescent Lake property owner Ryan Peterson, and other interested in creating a Crescent Lake District, attended the Sept. 16 meeting of the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation committee to offer a progress report. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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DeGolier, Bennet win Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament
Rod Gaskill was an avid bass angler who moved to Rhinelander from Las Vegas in the 1990s. He was one of the founding members of the Hodag Bassmasters in Rhinelander. The club eventually took over the Boom Lake Open, and operated it for many years, with Gaskill often holding the position of tournament director.

In 2015, Gaskill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away in 2018.

With the Hodag Bassmasters Boom Lake Open no longer running, the decision was made to replace that tournament with the Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament. Aug. 15, 2020 marked the second annual tournament, with 34 teams registered for the event. Two teams had boat problems and had to back out, to their dismay. (subscriber access)


Friday, September 11, 2020
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If you love loons ...
Few people have studied loons more intensively than Walter Piper, a professor of biology at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. If you love loons, you'll want to get familiar with his work on The Loon Project.
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Friday, September 11, 2020
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Big Bass
The Upper Midwest Bass Challenge (UMBCS) is comprised of two team trails, the Lakes Division and the River Division. At the close of the year, anglers from both trails go head-to-head in the Tournament of Champions, held this year on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes. (Subscriber Access)

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Fish like a Girl
Back in July I got involved in a program called Snapshot Wisconsin. This program is sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. Citizens across the state host DNR-supplied trail cameras on their own land. (Subscriber Access)

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Education
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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RHS building trades class seeks partner for next project
Rhinelander High School is seeking an individual, family or other group that will contract with the school to have a 10 x 16 utility shed constructed by the high school building trades program during the 2017 - 2018 school year.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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