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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
The Rhinelander High School football team did everything in its power to earn a home playoff game. The WIAA, and its computers, saw it differently.


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City commission recommends Tonnancour as next fire chief
Once the two finalists to be the next chief of the Rhinelander Fire Department completed their in-person interviews with the city's police and fire commission (PFC) Friday morning, it took about 20 minutes of closed door deliberations before Brian Tonnancour, assistant chief of operations with the Milwaukee County Fire Department, received the panel's unanimous approval. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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News
Judge denies defense motion in Kingman lawsuit
The federal judge presiding over the wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former public works director Tim Kingman against the City of Rhinelander has denied a defense motion for a status conference in the case. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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GOP bill would allow 'constitutional carry' without a permit
Convening a press conference with rocker Ted Nugent this past week, Republican lawmakers and the group Hunter Nation unveiled a package of bills that the lawmakers said were common-sense reforms aimed at cutting the regulatory burden on hunters in the state. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Vilas County department heads break silence
Concerns expressed by several female Vilas County department heads regarding human resources manager Richard Kipley have snowballed into something much larger that now involves both county board chairman Ron De Bruyne and corporation counsel Jack Albert. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Oneida County land and water committee looks at changes to draft manure storage ordinance
Last week the Oneida County land and water conservation committee took a second look at a draft of the county's manure storage ordinance. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Crescent mask requirement extended one week
The School District of Rhinelander has extended the mask requirement for students and staff at Crescent Elementary School for one more week. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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NTSB issues preliminary report on fatal plane crash
Late last week the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on the Sept. 28 plane crash in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that took the lives of three people. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Democrats, Republicans open fire at Gableman
Both Republican and Democratic elected officials this past week blasted the election investigation being conducted by former Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, with one party saying the investigation into potential election improprieties last November went too far and the other saying Gableman had not gone far enough. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Community
City announces trick-or-treating hours
Halloween will be celebrated with city-wide trick-or-treating from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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YMCA of the Northwoods offering Lambeau Field, Packer Hall of Fame tour
Calling all fans of the Green and Gold!

The YMCA of the Northwoods is sponsoring a coach bus trip to Green Bay on Nov. 4 that will include a guided tour of Lambeau Field and a visit to the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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ADRC announces Stand Up and Move More workshop
The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Oneida County is offering a new workshop.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Last Hodag Farmers' Market of the year to be held Saturday
There is one more Hodag Farmers' Market this year and it will be this Saturday, Oct. 16. We are fortunate to have a farmers' market that lasts so long. Many close up after Labor Day, but ours is community-driven (there are not many of those around) so it runs for a longer time. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Rhinelander District Library survey now available
Rhinelander District Library officials are asking members of the community to take a survey.

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Nicolet Players to present delightfully absurd 'DEERS'
The Nicolet Players are returning to the stage with "DEERS," a play structured as four episodes of a live sitcom. Thirteen actors from Eagle River, Hazelhurst, St. Germain, Rhinelander and Tomahawk will bring to life a cast of animals who frequent a bar in the Cascades.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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Trinity Christmas Bazaar Nov. 6
Trinity Lutheran Church in Rhinelander will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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Opinions
I never promised you a Rose Garden
President Joe Biden has been living in a fantasy world his entire presidency, and the polls are beginning to show it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Citizen engagement is democracy's bedrock
To the Editor:

Public input is vital to public education. Children succeed when their parents and family members are closely involved in their education.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Active citizenship is what we need
An understanding of civics - of the rights and duties of citizens - is essential to a well-functioning democracy. That means the effective teaching of civics is also essential.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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Your Right to Know: Bill Lueders named to National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame
Bill Lueders was a young journalist at Madison's Isthmus newspaper in the late 1980s when he learned the value of public records. Lueders wanted to see the complaints filed by citizens against the Madison police.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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The Manchin trap
Americans can be excused if they haven't paid too much attention recently to the debate over infrastructure and social spending in Washington, what with everything else going on with the Biden administration.

Friday, October 8, 2021
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One small step for a teen, one giant leap for free speech
Over in Marquette County, a courageous teenager, with the support of her family, prevailed in federal district court last week in an important First Amendment case against the Marquette County sheriff and a sheriff's patrol sergeant.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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How to deal with enemies
To the Editor:

We have lived through the commemoration of the beginning of the "War on Terror" which seems to me to be an oxymoron.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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Sports
Run to greatness
Cal Laggis led six Rhinelander finishers in the top 16 overall as the Hodags won the Great Northern Conference boys' cross country championship at Minocqua Winter Park. Rhinelander finished 18 points ahead of Medford for the conference title - the team's first since its state championship season in 1987.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Hodag soccer downs Antigo 4-0 in regular season finale
The Rhinelander High School boys' soccer team's 2021 campaign played out in miniature Thursday night in the regular season finale against Antigo. The Hodags are hoping when they start the WIAA playoffs, their form more closely resembles the second half than the first.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Johnson falls in final high school tennis match
Rhinelander High School's Annika Johnson was able to finish her high school tennis career Thursday on the state's biggest stage.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Hodag volleyball wraps up regular season in Wausau
The Rhinelander High School volleyball team finished regular season play Saturday, dropping all four of its matches in an invite at Wausau West High School. The Hodags had some competitive sets - pushing Northland Pines to extra points for the second weekend in a row - but were unable to come up with any victories.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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RHS sports recap: Saturday, Oct. 16
Cross country: RHS boys 1st/7, girls 5th/5, GNC meet
Volleyball: Rhinelander 0-4, Wausau West Invite


Sunday, October 17, 2021
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RHS sports recap: Friday, Oct. 15
Football: Rhinelander 36, Ashland 18

Saturday, October 16, 2021
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RHS sports recap: Thursday, Oct. 14
Boys' soccer: Rhinelander 4, Antigo 0
Girls' tennis: Annika Johnson defeated at WIAA state tournament


Friday, October 15, 2021
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Outdoors
Republican lawmakers introduce Wisconsin Sporting Freedom Package
The Wisconsin Sporting Freedom Package includes a draft of 13 bills. According to a press release from the office of Senator Mary Felzkowski's (R-Tomahawk), she and several Republican colleagues released the package this week. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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The Lake Where You Live
How successful are initiatives to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species? And how safe is your lake from an invasion by a nuisance plant or animal? (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge in full swing
This year's Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge has begun. Youth ages 10-17 are encouraged to register with the Challenge. All youth who enter the Challenge will be eligible for prizes at the Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge banquet, whether they harvest a deer or not. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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DNR sets wolf quota at 130, reduces tags available from 10:1 to 5:1
In August the Natural Resources Board (NRB) recommended a wolf harvest quota of 300 animals for the state's November hunt. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 8, 2021
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CWD found on Vilas County game farm
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal disease affecting cervids such as white-tailed deer and elk. It was first found in the southeastern portion of the state in 2002 and has since made its way across many areas of the state. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 8, 2021
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The Lake Where You Live
Another invasive aquatic plant has made appearances in Wisconsin and Michigan. European frog-bit is a plant that can spread rapidly and form thick mats on the water's surface, impeding boat traffic and dramatically affecting native plants and wildlife habitat. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 8, 2021
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Hunters should consider having deer tested for CWD
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal brain disease in cervids such as deer and elk. It was first detected in 2002 and has since been making its way across the state. Eradication efforts have been unsuccessful and the best hope, now that the disease is so prevalent on the landscape, is containment. In order to contain any disease, how the disease spreads must be determined. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 1, 2021
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Education
Rhinelander FBLA/DECA announces 'Trick or Can' food drive, Fall Fest
The Rhinelander High School chapter of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is once again participating in the statewide community project Trick Or Can.

Friday, October 8, 2021
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Nicolet College announces dean's list for summer term
Numerous students from Rhinelander and the surrounding area earned a place on the Nicolet College dean's list for the summer term 2021. To qualify, students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on a 4.0 scale.

Friday, October 8, 2021
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Students of the Month
Rhinelander High School recently announced their "Students of the Month" for September during a morning presentation.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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Inspire Wisconsin to provide career experiences for Rhinelander students
The recently launched Inspire Wisconsin network provides Wisconsin students with meaningful career-based learning experiences and gives employers an opportunity to support the cultivation of the next generation of talent.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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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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