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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Rhinelander High School varsity softball coach D.J. DeMeyer is becoming increasing frustrated with city officials who have put his program in limbo by refusing to make a decision on a proposal to add a second softball field to Pioneer Park. (subscriber access)


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Panel discusses impact of PRAT on 2017 budget
When city of Rhinelander voters approved the premier resort area tax (PRAT) on April 5, it was explained that the revenue collected would be earmarked for "transportation infrastructure." As part of the 2017 budget process, the city is beginning to focus on how the funds generated by the 1/2 cent on the dollar tax on tourism-related items sold, leased or rented through tourism-related retailers, will be used. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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News
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Proposed UWX move to be debated at October budget hearings
Over the last few weeks, several Oneida County committees have discussed possible solutions to the ongoing workplace environment issue at the UW-Extension office in the lower level of the Rhinelander- Oneida County Airport. Earlier this month, the county's administration committee moved the discussion to the dollars and cents stage. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Hartman: Voters spoke in August
There will be a rematch for the position of Oneida County Clerk as Crescent town clerk Tracy Hartman is no longer running unopposed. As we reported Thursday, deputy clerk Kerri Ison, who finished second to Hartman in the Aug. 9 Republican primary, has filed paperwork to run in November as a write-in candidate. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Recent state rail grants have no effect on northern Wisconsin
The awarding of $37 million in grants and loans for six southern Wisconsin freight rail improvement projects, announced earlier this month by Gov. Scott Walker, won't have an effect on northern Wisconsin and for more reasons than geography. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Oneida board approves $15 million loan for Expera
With one dissenting vote - and a supervisor whose absence was called disgusting - the Oneida County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a $15-million pass-through loan that will enable Rhinelander Coated Products to use the former Printpack facility in Rhinelander for what is being hailed as an uncommon economic development opportunity. (subscriber access)

Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Superintendent upset about district-related questions at city parks forum
Reporting to the School District of Rhinelander board of education Monday evening, superintendent Kelli Jacobi expressed her disappointment with some of the questions asked during a Sept. 8 forum on the future of city parks. (subscriber access)

Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Ison files as write-in candidate for county clerk
Two familiar names will be on the ballot in November when voters chose the next Oneida County Clerk.

Kerri Ison, the deputy county clerk who finished second to Crescent town clerk Tracy Hartman in the Aug. 9 primary, has filed paperwork to run as a write-in candidate.


Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Scott Walker conducts 'listening session' at Lincoln town hall
Governor Scott Walker was in the Eagle River area Tuesday and one of the things on his agenda was a "listening session" at the Lincoln town hall with members of the public.

The event was closed to media. (subscriber access)


Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Community
Community News | Entertainment | Area Events Calendar
Wisconsin Catholic Healthcare Systems unify as Ascension
As of Sept. 20, the health care systems of Ascension Wisconsin - Ministry Health Care (including Affinity Health System), Columbia St. Mary's and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - will be among the first in the country to formally adopt and transition to using the Ascension name, the health system announced in a press release.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Flu vaccine available at health department
A flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, medical experts say. It is recommended that all people 6 months and older get a flu shot, especially those at higher risk of complications from the flu. This includes children age 6 months to 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 years and older, anyone with chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Minocqua is my new home
Reporters can be classified as nomads.

They go from place to place, with work dictating the next move.

That's how I have landed in Minocqua. I grew up roughly 30 minutes outside of Buffalo, N.Y. and spent the past two years as a sports reporter for a newspaper 15 minutes from Niagara Falls. (subscriber access)


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, concerned about the rising rate of veteran suicides, is developing an initiative to assist veterans to find the hope and help they need in order to eliminate veteran suicide, the agency said in a press release.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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New 4-H year kicks off Sept. 25 with lineup of activities
4-H is vibrant and growing in Oneida County, according to Lynn Feldman, Oneida County 4-H Youth Development Educator with the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

"In 2013 there were 48 youth enrolled," Feldman said in a press release. "This past year that number jumped to 75."


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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CertainTeed honors Schoeneck Home Improvements Inc. with prestigious Select ShingleMaster Tenured Member Status
Schoeneck Home Improvements Inc., of Rhinelander, was recently honored with CertainTeed Corporation's Select ShingleMaster Tenured Member Status. This top level roofing credential represents the highest standards of excellence, quality and knowledge in the shingle roofing industry, according to a press release announcing the honor.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Third annual Nutty Trail Run promises 'nutty excitement'
The trails of CAVOC (the Cedric A Vig Outdoor Classroom) will come alive with running shoes on Saturday, Oct. 1 as the YMCA of the Northwoods hosts the third annual Nutty Trail Run. The race will begin and end at the trailhead of CAVOC. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the participants throughout the course while enjoying the peak scenery of autumn in the Northwoods.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Opinions
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Beware of scammers
To the editor:

Beware the scammers who hold up a sign that says "Need gas." Just this morning a couple with two school-aged kids were doing that in front of Brokers. From across the street I pretended to take their picture and then pretended to talk on my phone. You guessed it, they quickly threw the sign and kids in their silver van and departed. They nabbed two suckers as they were leaving.

Carolyn Cheslock

Rhinelander



Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Reader chastises City Council members who voted to fire administrator
To the editor:

I'm in 100 percent agreement with Buck Reed in his editorial. But I find the need to push the bar a little further. I've been a Rhinelander resident for only 2 1/2 years and I also see what a rundown, unkept, dirty town it is. The streets are deplorable, except for the recently completed (mostly) Lincoln Street (finally!) and now the downtown facelift (again, finally!).


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Reader fed up with local officials acting in secret
To the editor:

Apparently, we the people, do not count anymore. The Oneida County Board, the Rhinelander City Council, and the school board seem not to need the taxpayers anymore. Closed session is the new meeting schedule, and no comment is their mantra. Big government has found its way to little old Rhinelader. What do you say we get rid of it. Get out and vote!

Patrick Maass

Rhinelander


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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No conspiracy theory, Billy Fried, just the facts
As reported by The Times, when Lakeland Times publisher Gregg Walker addressed Oneida County's public safety committee last week, supervisor Billy Fried made several assertions about both the nature of Walker's invitation and the content of Walker's remarks.

We feel Mr. Fried's comments demand a straightforward and public response, both to factually set the record straight and to warn against the dangers of elitism.


Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Road rats
State Sen. Jon Erpenbach came to town the other week, and, no surprise, he was whistling and singing a familiar Democratic tune: "Happy days are here again. Let's raise taxes and spend, spend, spend."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Who is Tom Tiffany?
Supporters of Tom Tiffany cite his name recognition as a sign of political strength. Indeed. Let's recognize him.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Volunteer facilitator shares thoughts on parks meeting
My compliments to your newspaper for covering the recent meeting regarding the Rhinelander Parks community conversations.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Sports
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RHS sports recap: Saturday, Sept. 24
Girls' tennis: Rhinelander 1st/6, GNC Meet
Girls' swim: Rhinelander 5th/9 Eau Claire North Invite


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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RHS sports recap: Friday, Sept. 23
Football: Amherst 64, Rhinelander 0


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Heideman: Hodag tennis 'in great position' entering GNCs
The Rhinelander High School girls' tennis team will walk into Saturday's Great Northern Conference meet on its home courts knowing almost all the heavy lifting has been done in its quest for a seventh straight conference title. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Franson wins Three Lakes Invite
Alayna Franson won the girls' race as the Hodag cross country team finished second as a team in the event at Lions Park. The Hodag boys' finished fourth in the eight-team competition.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Hodag swimmers sink Antigo 120-48
The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team overwhelmed Antigo Thursday evening, taking nine of 11 events and cruising to a 120-48 win at Heck Family Community Pool.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Rhinelander Swim Club gearing up for winter season
The Rhinelander Swim Club's 2016-17 season is fast approaching. The club will hold registration Oct. 3 and 4 with swimmer evaluation and the opening practice taking place later in the month.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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RHS girls' netters down Ironwood 6-1
The Rhinelander High School girls' tennis team closed out the conference dual meet portion of its schedule with a 6-1 win over Ironwood, Mich. Thursday at the RHS tennis courts.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Outdoors
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Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship on Lake Minocqua
The Wisconsin Bass Federation Nation held its State Championship last weekend on the Minocqua Chain. Each B.A.S.S. Nation club in Wisconsin could send as many anglers to the tournament, as long as they sent pairs of boaters and non-boaters. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Fish like a girl: New generation of anglers often missing the basics
Older anglers often talk about how easy kids have it, and by kids I mean the 20-somethings who are just starting out in our sport. In years gone by, there was no YouTube. We could not see hundreds of videos of how to tie a specific knot, rig a bait, or the intricacies of every technique used on the water. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Salzmann bags first bear
Janice Salzmann had been mulling over bear hunting this year. She got a bear tag but still was not completely sure she wanted to hunt. Having never killed anything before, it was not a decision Salzmann took lightly. Al Nyberg, who worked with Salzmann, told her she really should just get out there and do it. Give it a try, he told her. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Let's Go Fishing partners with Culver's for fundraiser
Let's Go Fishing Northwoods Chapter received a check for $475 last week from Culver's in Rhinelander.

The group held a fundraising night and served guests in the restaurant and at the drive-thru. In return, Culver's donated a portion of the proceeds from that night to the group. Not only did it allow Let's Go Fishing to raise money, but it helped the group get the word out about their pontoon boat, which they keep on Boom Lake. (subscriber access)


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Northwoods Wildlife Center releases several animals near Land O' Lakes
The Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC) is responsible for rehabilitating hundreds of animals per year. The best part of their jobs, they said, is when they get to release animals back out into the wild, healthy and able to fend for themselves. They were recently lucky enough to have the satisfaction of releasing several animals in Land O' Lakes. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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The lake where you live: Smallies
As a kid I had trouble telling smallmouth bass from largemouths. For some reason the instructions I read focused on the mouth. In largemouths the back of the mouth extends to just behind the eye; in smallmouths it reaches a point even with the middle of the eye. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Jesse and Vaughn dominate on Boom Lake
The Central Wisconsin River Series, presented by Minn Kota, Humminbird and Stevens Point Brewery, held its season championship on Boom Lake and the Rhinelander Flowage last weekend. There were four qualifier tournaments leading up to the championship: Stevens Point Flowage in May, Lake Nokomis in June, Boom Lake in July and Lake Mohawksin in August. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 17, 2016
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Education
Nicolet College | School District | Area schools (other)
Moving Forward: The Wisconsin  state assessment
On Sept. 16, the School District of Rhinelander mailed the student individual "Forward Exam" reports home to parents/guardians. The Forward Exam, administered during spring of 2016, is a standardized achievement test designed to assess what students know in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. It is an electronic test taken on a computer or Chromebook.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Homecoming week is here!
Rhinelander High School will kick off homecoming week with a talent show in the Rhinelander High School auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this annual night of fun and talent.

Student performers will be judged by a panel of community members, with a $100 prize for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third place. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children over age five. Children ages five and under are admitted free.


Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Kiwanis honors
The Kiwanis Club of Rhinelander honored two outstanding RHS seniors at a recent weekly meeting. Faith Bartelt, left, is involved in drama, choir, band, jazz band, FBLA/DECA, math league and is president of the RHS National Honor Society. She will pursue a bachelor's degree in fine arts, with the University of Indiana-Bloomington her top choice of schools. Max Holperin, right, is the secretary of FBLA/DECA and attended the FBLA nationals last year. He is a member of the Mock Trial team and RHS band. He also serves on the Oneida County Teen Court, and participated in the State Finance and Investment Bowl. He plans on attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison upon graduation. Pictured with the students is Kiwanian Ron Reupert.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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ITT Tech closes campuses, Nicolet picks up local fallout
In a press release earlier this month, ITT Educational Services, Inc. announced all ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech) campuses would close indefinitely. This comes after 50 years of educational service and a long, drawn-out battle with the U.S. Department of Education (DoED).

Thursday, September 22, 2016
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School lunch and free and reduced school meals
It is hard to believe that summer has come to an end and a new school year has begun. With students back in our buildings, the food service department is busy planning meals for the next several months. The food service staff works very hard to plan and provide nutritious breakfast and lunch meals so students can stay focused and learn throughout the school day.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
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New teacher shaking things up with 'Pokemon Go' lesson
"I'm shaking things up a bit," said John Kennedy, 22, a first-year teacher at Crescent Elementary School. As part of a lesson Thursday morning on counting and number lines, the second-grade teacher had students catch "Pokemon" using Pokemon Go, a popular mobile app which projects fantasy creatures onto "augmented reality."

Saturday, September 17, 2016
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College students volunteer at Rhinelander area food pantry
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. Most are local volunteers that work throughout the year doing all the tasks necessary to allow for the distribution of over 596,000 pounds of food to area families in need.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
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