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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Logan Freund threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and the Hodags improved to 2-0 for the first time in the 2000s, defeating Wittenberg-Birnamwood 31-13 Friday night in Wittenberg.


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Rhinelander city administrator out
The dust is settling at City Hall following city administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner's abrupt departure Monday after less than a year in office.

"The City of Rhinelander has ended its employment with Kristina Aschenbrenner as the City Administrator, effective immediately," the City Council announced in a press release issued Tuesday morning. (subscriber access)


Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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News
City News | County/State News | Court News
Public works committee signs 'Just Fix It' resolution
A resolution supporting the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin's Just Fix It campaign will go to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors in September. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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In 2016, law enforcement killed civil asset reform
The latest in a series

A bipartisan push to reform the state's civil asset forfeiture laws - a process by which police can take cars, cash, and homes, even when the property owner is never convicted or charged with a crime - failed earlier this year after state law enforcement and judicial agencies unleashed an intense lobbying effort to kill it. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Federal judge blocks Obama transgender school bathroom rules
As students get ready to head back to school, a federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction against Obama administration bathroom guidelines for public schools, in which students are allowed to use bathrooms based on their gender identity rather than on their biological sex. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Political Digest
Democrats unveil urban education recommendations

Democrats on the Assembly speaker's Task Force on Urban Education, which includes state Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse), released a minority report last week containing a set of policy recommendations the Democrats believe should have been included in the committee's original report, released in June.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Oldenburg to sell defense, mining divisions to private equity firm
Private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Company has agreed to purchase Oldenburg Group Incorporated's Heavy Equipment Group, which includes its defense and mining divisions, Oldenburg Group announced Thursday. (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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County administration and LRES committees begin 2017 budget discussions
Seven Oneida County supervisors, members of the county's administration and labor relations committees, met with county finance director Margie Sorenson and LRES department head Lisa Charbarneau Wednesday to begin the process of developing the county's 2017 budget. (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Oneida County jury finds Kaukauna man guilty of burglarizing murder house
It took an Oneida County jury just over an hour Thursday to convict a Kaukauna man of burglarizing the scene of recent double murder in the town Piehl.

Mark F. Spietz, 39, was found guilty of three counts of burglary and one count of theft between $5,000 and $10,000 Thursday afternoon after jurors heard two days of testimony and argument. (subscriber access)


Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Community
Community News | Entertainment | Area Events Calendar
One last taste of summer
It seems to me, as the days inch closer to the Labor Day weekend, that things are getting busier. It seems as if we are all trying to squeeze in one more summer event, one more trip, one more long weekend before that final summer holiday. The good news is that there are many options in Rhinelander and the Northwoods for those of us who are trying to hang onto summer.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Duck Regatta fundraiser planned to protect Oneida and Hancock lakes
Rubber ducks will go on a voyage from Oneida Lake to Hancock Lake Sept. 3 to raise money to protect those bodies of water.

The first annual Duck Regatta is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The 500 yellow ducks will be released in three heats. The first 10 ducks in the first and second heats will compete against one another in the third heat to determine the winner.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Y to host fish dinner fundraiser for older adult department
The community is invited to a fish dinner fundraiser Friday, Sept. 9 at the YMCA of the Northwoods in Rhinelander. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Alzheimer's Association announces September family education programs
The Alzheimer's Association has announced several education programs for those who have questions about Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. There is no charge to attend. These workshops are open to families and caregivers and are presented by Alzheimer's Association staff and trained representatives. Registration is not required. These programs are made possible, in part, by funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer's®.

September offerings include...


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Solving childhood obesity: A family affair
Next month is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their children's habits with the ultimate goal of improving health. That's why the YMCA of the Northwoods wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through improved eating habits and increased physical activity.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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The Community Blood Center declares blood supply critically low
The blood supply at The Community Blood Center (CBC) is reaching dangerously low levels and officials there are urging the public to donate immediately. Inventory has dropped 35 percent since July 1, 2016 and donors of all blood types are needed, the organization said in a press release.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Senior center group headed to Cirque du Soleil
Hold on to your hats! The Oneida County Senior Center has a high flying adventure planned for you on Saturday, Oct. 1! We are going to the Target Center in Minneapolis to see Cirque du Soleil performing Toruk, the First Flight, inspired by James Cameron's "Avatar."

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Opinions
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Seizing back our property rights
The biggest problem with law enforcement is, they think we're stupid.

That's why they feel emboldened to just seize all the property they can for police budgets through civil asset forfeiture, the process by which law enforcement can take property suspected of being used in a crime even if no one is ever charged with the crime.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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The poor are poor, so why are they so rich?
As correlational deductions go, it isn't all that hard to figure out why poverty keeps on rising.

Here's a correlation for you: Because of Democratic and Republican trade policies, middle-class jobs have been disappearing and continue to vanish, and with it the middle class.


Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Readers decry utilities treatment of customers
To the editor:

Wisconsin Public Service has contracted with Michels Construction to install underground utilities. The crew has been working on Highway C in Rhinelander since early July. Our utility lines were buried when we built our house, so this project has nothing to do with us, although, our driveway has been a huge part of the process since day one.


Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Reader thinks governor is being irresponsible with state funds
To the Editor:

Gov. Walker requested a $1.3 billion loan for the transportation budget for this budget. Wisconsin legislators reduced the amount of the loan to $850 million. The debt service (interest) is $344.9 million in 2016 and $372.5 million in 2017.


Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Reader supports Van Stippen
To the Editor:

I was driving along Highway 32 a couple of weeks ago and noticed a really large sign. It said Van Stippen for Senate #12. I was impressed; this was pretty sharp as campaign signs go. However, I had no idea who Bryan Van Stippen was. That evening I googled him and was directed to his campaign website. Wow! This candidate has an impressive resume.


Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Low-life politics has come to the Northwoods
To the Editor:

Citizens in Senate District #12 have been receiving prerecorded opinion polls asking if certain things about Tom Tiffany or Bryan Van Stippen would make them more or less likely to vote for him. The questions paint Senator Tiffany as a highly desirable candidate. Van Stippen, not so much. In fact, some questions about him have racial undertones.


Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Reader weighs in on forest resolution
To the Editor:

A few counties in northern Wisconsin are considering resolutions requiring our county forest lands meet FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. FSC is an international governing body based in Bonn, Germany; the current secretary is based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Wisconsin does not have representation on FSC in a voting capacity.


Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Sports
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RHS sports recap: Wednesday, Aug. 31
Girls' tennis: Rhinelander 2-0, Hodag Invite

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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RHS sports recap: Tuesday, Aug. 30
Boys' soccer: Rhinelander 3, Lakeland 1
Girls' tennis: Rhinelander 5, Lakeland 2


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Hodags soccer goes 1-2 in home invite
The RHS boys' soccer team went 1-2 over the weekend in a home invitational, with each game decided by a 2-1 margin.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Hodag volleyball wins two more matches in the Dells
The Rhinelander High School volleyball team picked up two more wins Friday to finish in the middle of the pack in the Friendship Tournament at Just-a-Game Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Tennis: Singles roll in sweep of Phillips
The Rhinelander High School girls' tennis team remained undefeated in Great Northern Conference play Friday, taking care of Phillips in short order, 7-0, in Phillips.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Grasse and Gennet win challenge series at ERS
Jerry Grasse and Kyle Gennet claimed Eagle River Speedway's Challenge Series titles Friday night.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Shoutouts & Callouts
Colin Kaepernick had every right sit in protest during the national anthem Friday, however, he could have better served his cause by going about it in another manner. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Outdoors
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World Musky Hunt Kick-off
The 40th Annual World Muksy Hunt got underway Thursday, and Gov. Scott Walker to help kick off the event. The World Musky Hunt showcases the Lakeland area and provides donations to many local charities as well as scholarships to two Lakeland Union High School biology students. Here Gov. Walker thanks honorary guide and event organizer Ron Rickman (left) for taking him out on the water Thursday.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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National Championship Musky Open draws a crowd
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin held their 31st annual National Championship Musky Open last weekend. Anglers braved rain, wind and cold front conditions to compete in the largest amateur musky tournament in the country. (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Mentored hunts: What you need to know as a mentor
For most outdoorsmen and women, passing on the love of hunting or fishing is important. We all enjoy seeing new people, young or old, learn how to find and harvest their own meat from the lake or forest. For hunters, the mentored hunting program offers just that opportunity and fosters an environment of learning. (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Learn to Fish Musky class prepared attendees for that 'big catch'
Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a Learn to Fish Musky day at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River. Fisheries staff and conservation wardens were assisted by Eagle River musky guides as well as directors from the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies, Inc. The class was for anyone interested in learning how to musky fish but who had never been on a lake hunting the Esox previously. (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Fish like a GIRL: Release the hounds... or not
In the last few weeks, incidents of dog/wolf interactions have increased dramatically as hunters head out into the woods with their bear dogs. The following reports come directly from the DNR website... (subscriber access)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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A female ruby-throated hummingbird gets a meal from a bee balm bloom at the Rhinelander Community Garden.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Sept. 1 marks opener for early Canada goose, mourning dove and early teal
Migratory game bird hunters are reminded that Sept. 1 marks the opener for Wisconsin's mourning dove, early teal and early goose hunting seasons.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Education
Nicolet College | School District | Area schools (other)
School board revises graduation requirements
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education wasted little time Monday evening approving revisions to the district's graduation requirements.

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi told the board the district has occasionally adjusted the requirements in the past and it was time to do so again. (subscriber access)


Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Arts Day workshops, celebration Sept. 24 at Nicolet College
Arts Day is coming to Nicolet College Saturday, Sept. 24 to celebrate the opening of the college's new Art Gallery with the event featuring numerous creative workshops and the opening reception for the Northern National Art Competition in the evening.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Nicolet instructor Kilgus named Advanced Placement exam evaluator for sixth year
Nicolet College Spanish and English instructor Ocie Kilgus recently participated in her sixth year as a Spanish exam evaluator for the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, which gives high school students the opportunity to get a jump-start on college along with providing them with other significant academic benefits.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
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'Hodags Take Downtown' all-alumni party set for Aug. 19
Hundreds of Hodag alumni - spanning nine decades and living in at least 16 states - are headed home for the annual Hodags Take Downtown all-alumni party.

The event will be held on Friday, Aug. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. at Pat's Tavern (70 South Brown Street) in downtown Rhinelander.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Nicolet to offer evening nursing assistant classes in Eagle River, Laona; tuition assistance for income-eligible students
Nicolet College will offer new evening nursing assistant classes this fall in Eagle River and Laona that will have tuition assistance for students who meet certain income eligibility requirements.

"These classes are perfect for individuals looking to start a rewarding career in health occupations," Lenore Blemke, Nicolet College Dean of Health Occupations, said in a press release.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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Let's get to work project celebrates success
The Wisconsin Let's Get to Work project was a five-year, national systems change grant charged with improving, developing and implementing policies and practices that raise community expectations and overall employment outcomes for high school youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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James Williams Middle School announces honor roll
James Williams Middle School this week announced its Honor Level of Achievement (3.0-3.499 GPA) and Honor Level of Excellence (3.5 or higher) students for second semester.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
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