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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
It's hard to say what the 2020 season would have held for the Rhinelander High School boys' tennis team as it looked to match the Hodag girls' tennis team's feats of seven consecutive Great Northern Conference championships and conference titles in nine of the last 10 seasons.


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The show won't go on: Hodag Fest postponed until 2021
For the first time in more than four decades, the sound of country music will not resound from the hills of Pine Lake this July. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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News
Former City Council president dies at 73
Former Rhinelander City Council president George Kirby passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, at a Lakeland area hospice, according to an obituary submitted by his family. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Tourism leaders, business owners discuss holiday weekend traffic
Now that the summer season is officially underway, the directors of area chambers of commerce and some business owners gathered on Zoom Thursday to discuss what went right, what went wrong and how to attract more tourists to the area amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Dueling math: Evers administration says promised budget cuts delivered
The Evers administration has found ways to cut about $70 million from the state budget in the past month, the administration announced last week, but a Republican lawmaker says the percentage is less than half of what Gov. Tony Evers promised. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Vilas supervisors pass resolution opposing hostile acts
On May 2, 2020, St. Germain resident James Kelsey was arrested for discharging a firearm while intoxicated. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Split decision: Fourth of July Parade canceled; fireworks approved
Independence Day celebrations in Rhinelander will look a little different this year after the Common Council voted 5-3 Tuesday evening to cancel the annual Fourth of July Parade but go ahead with the fireworks display at Hodag Park. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Eighth and ninth cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
Two more Oneida County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, as of Wednesday afternoon. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Liebscher remanded to jail following alleged bond violation
The 54-year-old Sugar Camp man accused of fatally striking a motorcyclist on State Highway 17 last August and fleeing the scene has been charged with felony bail jumping following an arrest on Memorial Day for consuming intoxicants. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Community
Northwoods United Way to host face mask giveaway June 4
The Northwoods United Way will host another face mask packet giveaway on Thursday, June 4 starting at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Rhinelander Area Food Pantry announces special food distribution
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry will host food giveaways the first three Wednesdays in June.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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'We did a very important job over there'
Not only did many people at home not thank Vietnam veterans for what they did, but they weren't interested in knowing about it. Tom Maloney of Rhinelander experienced this firsthand. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Ripco Credit Union announces expansion/remodeling project
Faced with a space shortage and looking to the future, Ripco Credit Union is planning an expansion project at its Sutliff Avenue headquarters in Rhinelander.

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Nicolet College honored with national Promising Places to Work diversity award
Citing its commitment to diversity and inclusive learning and work environments, Nicolet College has been selected as a 2020 Promising Places to Work award winner by two national organizations that support diversity efforts by community colleges across the country.

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Curbside pickup at the Rhinelander District Library
The Rhinelander District Library building remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however contact-free curbside pickup is now available.

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Generosity abounds across community during time of crisis
While the COVID-19 pandemic has created all sorts of challenges for everyone over the last two months, many in the Rhinelander community have responded with selfless altruism, doing what they can to help others. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Opinions
Reader speaks out on redistricting issue
To the Editor:

Who said "I didn't like it when the Democrats did it and I don't like it when the Republicans do it." Recognize former Governor Thompson's frank style regarding Wisconsin's current partisan process when drawing new legislative maps after each census?


Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Prioritize the people over political power
To the Editor:

I broke out laughing. It was when I read the statement by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, "As a Republican, I believe in local control." Here's the context.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Congratulations to students and parents
To the Editor:

We hear a lot of talk these days about "heroes"...healthcare workers, law enforcement staff, grocery store and food service workers, truck drivers, etc; a list I definitely agree with. But one group that I think has been overlooked is parents.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Who are we going to be?
To the Editor:

Rather than waste time in responding directly to your paper's offensive, juvenile, and frankly pusillanimous editorial of Friday May 22, 2020, I am offering the editorial column I wish I would have seen.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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The models aren't the problem
This past week, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes made some curious and telling remarks at a task force meeting he was leading on climate change.

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Lawsuits test limits of political speech
Donald Trump says it's just not fair.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Celebrating the Rhinelander High School Class of 2020
To the Editor:

The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation and Rhinelander High School held a virtual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, via YouTube, to recognize the hard work and perseverance of the Rhinelander High School Class of 2020.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Sports
Former Hodag swimmer Kiah Francis named captain of Liberty University swim team
Kiah Francis, a former state champion for the Rhinelander High School girls' swim team, will enter her senior season at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. as one of its swim and dive team's most distinguished members.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Photo: Paving the Pickleball courts
Workers from Pitlik and Wick Asphalt Paving started lying the base layer of asphalt on the Pioneer Park pickleball courts Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Column: Despite loss of handshakes, sportsmanship will continue in prep sports
There will be many concessions necessary to resume athletic competition in the wake of COVID-19, and shaking hands is one that must cease - at least for now. However, let's view this change as an opportunity to find new ways to showcase sportsmanship in high school sports.



Friday, May 29, 2020
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Martin, Losch receive ABC student-athlete scholarships
The ABC recently announced the winners of its $1,000 student-athlete scholarships. Drake Martin and Madi Losch were this year winners. The scholarships were presented during the Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation and Rhinelander High School scholarship award ceremony, which was conducted in a virtual setting May 17.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Eagle River Speedway juggles schedule, eyes June 23 opener
Eagle River Speedway promoters Pat and Patti Zdroik have been forced to push their season opening race back to Tuesday, June 23 at the D-shaped, third-mile clay oval located in Eagle River.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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Heideman retiring again as RHS tennis coach
Heideman informed the School District of Rhinelander last week that he will be hanging up the racket and the clipboard effective at the end of the month, marking the end of career that saw him as the head coach of either the RHS boys' or girls' tennis team, or both simultaneously, for 36 consecutive years.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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WIAA board approves extension of physical exam period
STEVENS POINT - The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved an extension of the alternate year physical examination period required for interscholastic participation and discussed options to modify operational revenues and expenses at its May meeting May 15.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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Outdoors
Anglers found success on first weekend of musky season
Opening weekend of musky season proved to be fruitful for many anglers. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Mosquito control can have unintended consequences
Today more than ever people are worried about sickness. Mosquitos are known to have the potential to carry some illnesses such as West Nile and others. For that reason, more residents of the Northwoods are thinking about ways to keep their distance from those pests. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Ticks the season
With its doors open for several months now, the Woodruff-based Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence is primed and ready as it enters its first tick season.

"May is Tick Awareness Month and we do have them coming in (already)," office manager Kathy McCaughn noted. (subscriber access)


Friday, May 22, 2020
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Everything I ever wanted to know about dragonflies, but was afraid to ask
As many who read the Outdoors section of this newspaper are aware, the Lakes and Rivers Convention, originally slated to take place at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Stevens Point, was turned into an online event. It was still very widely attended, and there were so many great sessions that it was hard to decide what to attend.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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Preventing tick bites is important year-round
A recent presentation entitled "Wisconsin Ticks," highlighted three tick species in Wisconsin. The webinar was presented by PJ Liesch, the director of the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Laboratory. While there are more than three types of ticks, there are three of special significance to humans in the state, he said. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 22, 2020
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The Lake Where You Live: OUR LAKES NEED A 'SMOKEY'
Imagine that for preaching forest fire prevention each state or county was on its own. They had to craft their own messages, create their own materials, handle distribution, and more, all at significant cost.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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Women's Legacy Foundation: Millions raised for tick-borne illness center through philanthropy
The establishment of the Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence in Woodruff was a community effort - with one group forging a powerful road to meet the $3.5 million fundraising goal: The Women's Legacy Council. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 22, 2020
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Education
Rhinelander High School seniors receive scholarships totaling $196,990
The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation (RASF), along with Rhinelander High School, held its annual scholarship awards ceremony Sunday, May 17.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Nicolet registration underway as college moves forward in virtual world
While the Nicolet campus is physically quiet due to COVID-19 Safer at Home guidance, the college is humming along in the virtual world as students finish up spring term classes online and enroll in upcoming offerings for summer and fall terms, school officials said in a press release.

Friday, May 8, 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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