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Thursday, September 16, 2021
The Hodags were business-like, dismantling winless Hayward 41-0 at Mike Webster Stadium, to move to 4-0 for the third straight year.


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Plan commission approves rezoning request, CUP for Blain's Farm and Fleet
The company seeking to build a Blain's Farm and Fleet store in Rhinelander cleared its first hurdle Tuesday when the City of Rhinelander plan commission approved the rezoning of the parcels where the store is to be located, along with a certified survey map and a conditional use permit for the location at the intersection of Timber and Chippewa drives. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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News
PFAS lessons, well options discussed during senator's visit
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's recent stop in Rhinelander offered local officials an opportunity to talk about what they've learned over the last two years in dealing with PFAS contamination as well as the various options available in terms of decontaminating the city's two shuttered wells. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Minocqua supervisor complained about pier to DNR for friends
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Writing in his official capacity as a town board supervisor on behalf of people he had referred to as friends, Minocqua town supervisor Brian Fricke complained to the state Department of Natural Resources about a pier's potential noncompliance, just after voting to tie the property owner's tourist rooming house permit to the pier's conformity, records obtained by The Lakeland Times show. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Oneida zoning committee: No carte blanche to enter private property
The Oneida County zoning committee has voted to change and clarify a county ordinance provision that appears to give county zoning staff the ability to enter private property at their discretion and without permission. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 10, 2021
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Swearingen: GOP is making region, state more attractive to business
State Rep. Rob Swearingen acknowledges that these are frustrating and challenging times - frustrating when it comes to government performance, challenging when it comes to issues like regional economic development - but he has a few words of advice to his constituents: Just hang in there and don't give up hope. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 10, 2021
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Oneida County redistricting committee reviews plan
The Oneida County redistricting committee met Tuesday, Sept. 7 to review a proposed plan for the redistricting of political boundaries. The redistricting process is still in its early stages. The draft of the tentative plan was created by Andrew Faust, senior GIS analyst of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 10, 2021
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Baldwin praises community response to PFAS problem, says federal infrastructure funds could help
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin visited Rhinelander Wednesday to see the city's two shuttered wells and inform local officials there is money included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the follow-up $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation act to help small cities like Rhinelander address the problem of so-called "forever chemicals" in their drinking water systems. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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OC forestry committee signs off on 2022 budget
The Oneida County board's forestry, recreation and land committee last week signed off on the forestry department's 2022 budget. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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Community
Nicolet College Outdoor Adventure program continues with fall offerings
The Outdoor Adventure program at Nicolet College is continuing this fall with opportunities for people to enjoy a number of outdoor autumnal adventures.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Health officials encourage flu vaccine during COVID-19 pandemic
With flu season right around the corner, the Oneida County Health Department wants to convey to the public the importance of getting the influenza vaccine, especially during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Local fire departments to commemorate 20th anniversary of 9/11
The chiefs of the Rhinelander Fire Department, Town of Crescent Fire Department, Town of Newbold Fire Department, Town of Pelican Fire Department and the Town of Pine Lake Fire Department, along with other department members, are planning an event to observe the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Friday, September 10, 2021
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Sept. 28 is National Voter Registration Day
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is recognizing National Voter Registration Day by encouraging all eligible voters to register to vote, or verify that their voter registration information remains correct.

Friday, September 10, 2021
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Hodag Farmers' Market Report: Sample the bounty of the Northwoods
Labor Day has come and gone. A great majority of summer residents and tourists have also left. Then there is the great burning question for this time of year: Is the Hodag Farmers' Market closed for the year? No! (subscriber access)

Friday, September 10, 2021
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Vendors needed for Three Lakes Oktoberfest
Raise your steins, Oktoberfest is returning to the Northwoods this month!

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 community members, families and tourists can experience Oktoberfest in all its beer foam and schwein roast glory on Superior Street in downtown Three Lakes, organizers announced in a press release.


Friday, September 10, 2021
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Light Up the Night for Recovery event Sept. 23 at Hodag Park
Mental health and substance use disorders affect all communities, people from all walks of life and all age groups. Each September, National Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery. This year's theme is "Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community".

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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Opinions
More abuse of power; wake up voters
Earlier this year, we wrote about potential issues in Minocqua town government, which at the time we characterized as a clear abuse of power.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Your Right to Know: Fee recovery is key to transparency
Many states, including Wisconsin, have public records laws. But that doesn't mean requesters always get the records they seek, or even that the laws are followed.

Friday, September 10, 2021
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Oneida County, town of Minocqua: Show us your papers, or else!
We have in this country witnessed over the past year and a half an explosive and largely uncontrolled growth of regulations of daily life, not just related to the pandemic but in all spheres of existence.

Friday, August 27, 2021
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Garrett: American K-12 education isn't nearly as good as we think it is
The performance of the United States' K-12 public school system is so poor that nothing less than a major overhaul, something akin to what the state of Maryland is undertaking, will fix its problems.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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Afghanistan and the media's mockery of tragedy
The tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan runs deeply on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin.

Friday, August 20, 2021
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Fire 'em all
To the Editor:

When I was a boy, many, many years ago, one of my uncles said to me: "Jimmy, when you are in a mess, that can't be fixed, get out gracefully; if you can't get out gracefully, get out any way that you can".


Friday, August 20, 2021
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Wolves, again
To the Editor:

I have been heartened to receive unanimous support for my recent letter regarding the senseless slaughter of wolves in Wisconsin.


Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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Sports
RHS sports recap: Tuesday, Sept. 14
Girls' tennis: Rhinelander 5, Antigo 2
Boys' soccer: Mosinee 4, Rhinelander 0
Volleyball: Northland Pines 3, Rhinelander 0
Cross country: RHS boys 1st/6, girls 3rd/5, Stratford Invite


Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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Relay fast: RHS swimmers win 6 events, Hodag Relays
The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team was far from full strength on Saturday, but that hardly seemed to matter in its home pool. The Hodags won six events, placed second in three others and won the four-team Hodag Relays at the Heck Family Community Pool.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Hodag boys win Ted Voigt Invite
Through three meets, Rhinelander High School boys' cross country teams is establishing itself as a contender in the Great Northern Conference. The Hodags placed five runners in the top 11 on Thursday to win the Ted Voigt Invite hosted by Lakeland at Minocqua Winter Park.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Lakeland downs Rhinelander 2-0 in GNC showdown
Only one team remains unbeaten in the Great Northern Conference following Thursday night's boys' soccer showdown, and Rhinelander will have to rally from behind if it wants to maintain its conference title.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Hodags' Smith announces UW-Superior commitment
Rhinelander High School senior Jacksen Smith announced on social media that he has verbally committed to play men's college basketball at UW-Superior next season.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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PHOTO: Off and running
The Rhinelander middle school girls' cross country team - led by (from left to right) Kayla Skubal, Ella Miljevich, and Aleece Johnson - takes off from the starting line during a seven-team meet held in front of Rhinelander High School Thursday, Sept. 10.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Baxter captures Eagle River Speedway B-Mod finale
Kent Baxter of Colfax made the tow east payoff Saturday, Sept. 4 as he went on to win the B Modified feature at Eagle River Speedway in the track's final race of 2021 last Saturday night.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Outdoors
DNR forms committee to complete five-year review of CWD plan
Wisconsin's Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) response plan is about to be reviewed. The plan was created in 2010 and will carry through to 2025, with a review to be conducted every five years. A committee with stakeholders from conservation, business and hunting organizations was recently formed to complete this review, according to a recent press release. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 10, 2021
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The Lake Where You Live: Freeing the fighter
I was about 10 years old, fishing with my dad on the Upper Michigan lake where my family took summer vacations. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 10, 2021
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2021 hunting season brings many harvest opportunities
In the fall of the year the minds of many residents and visitors alike turn to hunting season. As with last year, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is going to release a combined regulations pamphlet, which brings all of the regulations together in one document. The exception to this are the trapping and wolf harvest season regulations, which will be published separately. Those will also be available in print and online at the DNR website. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 3, 2021
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The Lake Where You Live: When lake fisheries change
How has the fishery on your lake evolved over time? I have three favorite lakes I've known well for 30 to 60 years, and it's amazing the changes I've seen. And I puzzle over the reasons behind the changes. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 3, 2021
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Time running short to get involved in Clean Boats Clean Waters program for next year
Many Northwoods lake organizations and towns utilize grant funding for the Clean Boats Clean Waters program on their lakes. Volunteers, interns, and even paid individuals in some cases, monitor boat launches across the state. They talk to boaters about how to help stop the spread of invasive species and gather information about transient boaters. Knowing from where boats come before entering another lake can help track any movement of invasive species from one place to another. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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The Lake Where You Live: Birch Lake loons grow up
Watching a pair of loons raise one or two chicks to maturity makes a year on the lake complete. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 27, 2021
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Fish Like a GIRL: AIS Snapshot Day is tomorrow, but the fight is year-round
AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) Snapshot Day has been going on for a good number of years. I believe the first year I got involved was 2014, and it was my first real experience learning about invasive species, what they are and why we should care about them. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 20, 2021
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Education
Nicolet College automotive student awarded industry scholarship
Nicolet College automotive technician student Tony Malek recently received a scholarship from the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Association Foundation and Snap-On Tools that includes up to $750 a semester for tuition and a collection of Snap-on Tools valued at more than $4,000.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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Backpack Donation
Jeremy Rivard, a financial representative from Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial based in Appleton, recently presented the School District of Rhinelander with 14 backpacks packed with school supplies on behalf of the Modern Woodmen firm.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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Start date for Boys and Girls Club afterschool program pushed back to October
The tentative start date for the Boys & Girls Club Northwoods-Rhinelander has been pushed back to Oct. 4, 2021, according to an update posted on the School District of Rhinelander Facebook page.

Friday, September 3, 2021
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Rhinelander schools welcome new professional staff for 2021-2022 school year
On Tuesday, Aug. 17, the School District of Rhinelander, Rhinelander Partners in Education, and the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce worked together to host an orientation day for new school professional staff.

Friday, August 20, 2021
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Nicolet College surpasses $1 million mark in textbook savings for students
Nicolet College has passed the $1 million mark in textbook savings for students as the college continues to expand its efforts to offer free and high-quality instructional materials.

Friday, August 20, 2021
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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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