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Monday, March 8, 2021
Over the past decade, Oneida County 4-H has expanded considerably by offering a variety of programming to teach youth important life skills and empower them to reach their full potential. (subscriber access)


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Hintz gives emergency approval for health department staffing increases
Even with deaths, hospitalizations, and new cases due to Covid-19 broadly declining, government officials around Wisconsin are continuing to assert emergency powers that bypass procedures of normal governance, and Oneida County is no exception. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 5, 2021
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News
Oneida zoning panel asks lawmakers to clarify shoreland zoning statutes
After wrangling with charges that Oneida County's shoreland zoning ordinance is noncompliant with state standards, and being rebuffed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources when it sought clarification, the Oneida County planning and development committee is asking state lawmakers to intervene. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Preliminary hearing set for Prentice man accused of lewd behavior in local store
A preliminary hearing has been set for a 61-year-old Prentice man charged with lewd and lascivious behavior after he allegedly exposed himself to a mother and her teenage daughter at the Rhinelander Walmart store. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Wegner picks up fourth misdemeanor case in Lincoln County Circuit Court
The assistant director of the Oneida County Planning and Zoning Department is facing additional misdemeanor charges after he allegedly violated a restraining order and bond conditions prohibiting him from having contact with a snowplow driver who has accused him of harassment. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 5, 2021
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GOP calls for Evers to prioritize in-person learning
Assembly Republicans penned a letter to Gov. Tony Evers this week urging the governor to allocate more funding to schools that are holding classes in-person.

In the March 1 letter, Assembly speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), Northwoods state Reps. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Calvin Callahan (R-Tomahawk) and other Republicans called on Evers to direct $20.8 million in new federal funding to districts that have been providing full-time, in-person instruction since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. (subscriber access)


Friday, March 5, 2021
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Biden, Democrats begin major push for stricter gun laws
President Joe Biden used the recent three-year anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting to unleash a call for stricter gun laws, as Democratic senators and aligned interest groups also began a major effort to overhaul firearms legislation.

On Feb. 15 - the three year anniversary of the Parkland shooting - Biden said his administration was poised to act. (subscriber access)


Friday, March 5, 2021
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UPDATE: Vruwink hired as Rhinelander city administrator
Following a 15-minute open session discussion, the Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve an employment agreement the city's administrative team negotiated with former Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink to serve as Rhinelander city administrator.

Vruwink has been involved in Rhinelander government since May 2020 when he was hired as a consultant.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Bilogan legal team disputes 'excessive delay' argument in civil case, stresses absence of an 'up-or-down' decision on criminal charges
The uncertainty surrounding whether former Oneida County forester John Bilogan will face criminal charges related to the alleged use of county resources to build a road to a property in the Town of Enterprise has compromised his ability to continue his related civil lawsuit against several Oneida County officials and a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forester, his attorney has argued in response to a defense request for the civil case to be dismissed with prejudice. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Community
Town of Newbold announces upcoming informational meetings
Informational meetings have been scheduled for Town of Newbold citizens to hear a town proposal to reconstruct the Town Hall and construction of a Town Shop. Newbold voters will vote April 6, 2021 on this town referendum question.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Rhinelander Community Foundation seeks nominations for 'Unsung Difference Maker'
Do you know someone who quietly and unselfishly gives to the community? This is a person who makes a significant impact in Rhinelander but neither seeks or receives recognition or reward for their contribution?

Friday, March 5, 2021
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2020 Rhinelander marketing campaigns net three Addy awards
Three 2020 Rhinelander marketing campaigns have been awarded American Advertising Awards for their creativity and innovation, according to a Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce press release.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Do you know what's in your well water?
March 7-13 is National Ground Water Awareness Week and if you are a private well owner, it's a great time to think about collecting a sample to be sure your water is safe to drink.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Harnack releases second edition of 'Links of the Chain'
Will James Harnack recently reworked his novel "Links of the Chain," a fictional story of a small Northwoods town. Harnack added to the book that was originally written in 1984 and has since been republished with more content. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Beginner beekeeping class March 13
The Oneida County BeeKeepers Association will host an annual Beginner Beekeeper Class on Saturday, March 13 at Hansen's Honey Farm, Rhinelander.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Celebrating young writers: Students receive awards for annual creative writing contest
Winners of the third annual GFWC Rhinelander Woman's Club Creative Writing Contest were announced during a virtual awards ceremony on Monday, Feb. 22.

The annual contest is sponsored by the GFWC Rhinelander Woman's Club and is hosted by ArtStart. (subscriber access)


Friday, February 26, 2021
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Opinions
Protect government transparency
The Wisconsin legislature is currently considering a bill that would give local governments the option to stop publishing a summary of their actions in your newspaper. Senate Bill 55 would allow local municipalities to post meeting minutes on their websites instead.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Resident of Two Sisters. Lake explains clear-cutting, zoning controversy
I am a full-time resident of Two Sisters Lake in Oneida County and one of the members of a group of eight individuals that worked ardently and in good faith to offer revisions to the current Oneida County Shoreland Protection Ordinance (SPO). You have read my name multiple times in various recent articles written by Lakeland Times columnist Richard Moore. I am Joe Steinhage.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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America has arrived at a very dangerous place
This week, in what could be a cornerstone moment in American politics, Dr. Naomi Wolf appeared on Fox News's Tucker Carlson show to sound the alarm about what she correctly calls a growing despotism in the United States. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Reader shares a different take on zoning meeting
It is always interesting that two people can attend the same meeting and walk away with very different interpretations and impressions. Mr. (Richard) Moore's piece regarding the Feb. 3 Oneida County Planning and Development meeting is one such example. I was there, too. I interpreted what transpired completely differently.
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Friday, February 19, 2021
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Misplaced 'dressing down'
A recent article in The River News seemed to praise certain members of the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee for taking to task members of the P and D staff and Oneida County Supervisor Robert Thome.

Friday, February 19, 2021
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Rogue bureaucrats are riding roughshod over property rights again
Ever since the election of Tony Evers, we have been keeping an eye on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, wary of signs that the agency's rogue bureaucrats would soon be up to no good by trying to subvert the will of the people.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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What's the plan?
Not my job, not my responsibility, no authority, didn't know. That is what we are hearing out of D.C. as to why the mob was able to violently storm the Capitol.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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Sports
Ellenbecker steps down again from RHS wrestling
Citing a lack of drive, Paul Ellenbecker has stepped down from the Rhinelander High School wrestling program for the second time in four years.

Ellenbecker, who has been the program's head coach for nine of the last 10 years, went public with his decision in the team's end-of-season wrap-up video, which was published to YouTube on Sunday.


Friday, March 5, 2021
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RHS skiers prep for delayed state Nordic races
The Rhinelander High School Nordic ski team looks a little different than the one that would have competed in Cable three weeks ago when the WNSL Championships were postponed due to frigid cold temps. This will be the team's first competition since Jan. 28 and the Northern Conference meet.



Friday, March 5, 2021
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Five RSC swimmers compete at 12U state
Five members of the Rhinelander Swim Club competed in the 2021 12 and Under Wisconsin Short Course Yards State Championship held last weekend in Brown Deer.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Three Hodag bowlers place in D9 singles tournament
Three members of the Rhinelander/Elcho/Three Lakes club bowling team picked up scholarship money over the weekend by placing in the top six of the respective division in the Wisconsin High School Bowling Club's District 9 singles tournament hosted at Dale's Weston Lanes.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Fox, Wiese, Kurtz honored in wrestling video
The Rhinelander High School wrestling team presented three awards in a YouTube video published Sunday chronicling the recently completed season.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Hodag Gridiron Club to hold lineman camp March 20
The Hodag Gridiron Club is sponsoring a camp for offensive and defensive linemen Saturday, March 20 in the Hodag Dome.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Rhinelander native Owen White wins second straight GLIAC player of the week award
Michigan Tech junior guard Owen White, a Rhinelander High School alum, claimed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row, and third time this year, the conference announced Monday.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Outdoors
Wolf season ends early: Hunters, others claim populations have been grossly underestimated
At a special meeting last month, the Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved a 200 animal quota for the February wolf hunting and trapping season. Due to the shortened length of the season, which was statutorily required to end at the end of February, the board approved 4,000 tags in order to hit the harvest quota. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Lake Where You Live
The cisco that are a favorite prey for walleyes and muskies appear to be among the first fish in Upper Midwest to suffer the effects of climate change.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Fish Like a Girl
As many know, I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer about two and a half years ago after a fight lasting just as long. So when I attended the Conservation Foundation's 2021 Environmental Summit on Nature Rx, Using Nature to Improve Mental Health, I already understood a bit about how being outside and being able to enjoy nature could help a person struggling with a disease such as cancer. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 26, 2021
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OCLRA offers 'Healthy Lakes for Oneida County' presentation March 12 to mark Wisconsin Water Week
Oneida County residents can learn about loons, key issues facing the county's waters, and the route to healthy shorelines in a Wisconsin Water Week presentation on Friday, March 12, sponsored by the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association, the organization announced in a press release.

Friday, February 26, 2021
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The Lake Where You Live
They're the words on a familiar kind of sign. And there are various reasons not to feed the animals, or in some cases the birds.

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Wolf hunt to start Monday
In November of 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) delisted the gray wolf nationwide, taking effect on Jan. 4, 2021, 60 days after publication in the federal registry. The USFWS first announced its plan to delist the wolf in March of 2019, but the actual delisting did not take place until November of last year. (subscriber access)

Thursday, February 18, 2021
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Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Committee looks at Crescent Lake District petition
Crescent Lake property owners filed a petition with Oneida County in order to form a lake district, prompting the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Committee to hold a public hearing last month, as is required within 60 days of filing a petition. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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Education
Rhinelander High School announces first semester honor roll
The following students achieved honor roll status for the first semester of the 2020-2021 term at Rhineland-er High School.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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RHS mock trial team claims regional championship
The Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team won the Wausau Regional Tournament sponsored by the Wisconsin State Bar Association and held Feb. 6 and 7. The team won all four rounds of competition to walk away with the title, according to a school district press release.

Friday, February 12, 2021
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Nicolet College virtual Financial Aid Night Feb. 23
Anyone seeking financial aid to attend college or simply wanting more information about the process is invited to attend Nicolet College's virtual Financial Aid Night from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Friday, February 12, 2021
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RHS, JWMS taking steps to tamp down failure rate
At last month's Board of Education meeting, School District of Rhinelander superintendent Eric Burke stated that due to a reduction of in-person instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a good number of Rhinelander High School students will need extra help to make the graduation requirements. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 5, 2021
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RHS DECA Students deliver at districts
DECA Districts were held virtually Jan. 4-15. Thirteen Rhinelander students competed against approximately 400 other students in the North-Central region of Wisconsin in numerous business-related fields.

Friday, February 5, 2021
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Nicolet announces dean's list for fall term
Numerous students from Rhinelander and the surrounding area earned a place on the Nicolet College dean's list for the fall 2020 term. To qualify, students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on a 4.0 scale.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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JWMS announces first semester honor roll
The following James Williams Middle School students achieved honor roll status for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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