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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The 2020-21 season for the Rhinelander/Antigo/Lakeland girls' hockey team featured more downs than ups. A lack of depth, particularly at goaltender, saw the Edge win only four games this season, after winning 13 the season before.


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Hazelhurst group loses rezone case in court of appeals
A state court of appeals has affirmed the judgment of a lower court that upheld Oneida County's rezoning of 10 acres of land in Hazelhurst to make way for a gravel pit. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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News
City of Rhinelander announces finalist for city administrator position
A special Rhinelander Common Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at which time the panel is expected to formally hire Zachary Vruwink as the next city administrator.

According to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Chris Frederickson, with the assistance of the city attorney and Human Resources director, have negotiated an employment contract with Vruwink.



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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River News repeats as Division C Newspaper of the Year
With a total of 22 awards, including three first-place honors, the Northwoods River News has been named the Co-Division C Newspaper of the Year in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation's Better Newspaper Contest. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Complaint details case against nurse accused of filming patient
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 19 in the case of a Three Lakes man accused of filming a patient at Ascension-St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander without their consent. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Oneida Vilas Transit Commission considers lease options
The Oneida Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) approved a motion Thursdat for the commission to research prospective new locations following an announcement from Northwoods Transit Connections transit manager Roger Youngren that the NTC's current location, 3611 U.S. Highway 47 in Rhinelander, was going to be sold. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Contractor on dome project penalized $148K for missing deadlines
A construction contractor on the $8.7 million Hodag Sports Complex has been penalized a total of $148,062.50 for failing to meet construction milestones during the construction of the air-supported dome. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Council supports holding St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Rhinelander Common Council voted unanimously Monday evening to support holding the annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Rhinelander next month. The move comes after the annual Fourth of July and Christmas parades were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Community
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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Ralph Larson shares his own oral history of growing up in Rhinelander
Ralph Larson, a 60-year member of the Rhinelander Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ray Rousseau Post 3143, has called Rhinelander home for nearly his entire life. He is well-known in the community both as a local VFW member and for sharing his wealth of knowledge about Rhinelander history. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 26, 2021
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'Celebrating Sunshine in Government' online event March 9
Sunshine Week, March 14-20 this year, was created in 2005 to emphasize the importance of letting the "sunshine" on governmental activities, instead of allowing them to run in the shadows.

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Library to host virtual Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash
The Rhinelander District Library will host its annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 1 via Facebook Live.

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Tax forms available at the Rhinelander District Library
State of Wisconsin and federal basic forms (1040, 1040-SR), including rent certificates and homestead forms, are available at the Rhinelander District Library.

Reprinted forms and booklets are limited in supply, and free to the public. Forms may be requested by calling 715-365-1070 to request the forms you need for curbside pickup.


Friday, February 26, 2021
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The call is not coming from inside the house
Are you getting calls from your own phone number? Or, maybe from a number that looks like it could be a neighbor, a local business, or even a government agency, but when you answer it's a telemarketer or collection agency?

Friday, February 26, 2021
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The Table offers free meals for families
The Table is free meal program held the last day of each month, sponsored by St. Augustine's and various civic and church groups.

Thursday, February 25, 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
Rhinelander's Bishop finishes 20th on state balance beam
Bishop finished 20th out of 20 qualifiers in the event with a score of 7.25. The senior stated prior to the meet that she had nothing to lose in her final high school performance, and she added a few new skills to her routine.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Shoutouts & Callouts
The records may show that some sports teams were more successful than others on the field of battle this winter, but the fact that everyone got something resembling a normal season is an incredible success, and a credit to all of those who made it possible.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Assumption clips Three Lakes for D5 state girls' title
Two teams the Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team faced during the 2020-21 season met Thursday night at the La Crosse Center as Wisconsin Rapids Assumption held off Three Lakes 55-48 for the WIAA Division 5 state championship.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Rhinelander alum White earns GLIAC North 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 last week for the second time this year.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Hodag bowlers solidify four state qualifying spots
The Rhinelander/Elcho/Three Lakes high school club bowling team dropped its final match of the season Sunday against Wittenberg-Birnamwood, but accomplished a bigger goal in the process. The team solidified individual state qualifying spot for four of its members in a 5-4 loss to the Chargers at Nick's Hodag Lanes.



Friday, February 26, 2021
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Hodag Dome hosts collegiate, club softball games
Balmy conditions greeted Rhinelander toward the end of last weekend. After a few weeks in the deep freeze, the high on Sunday final reached 30 degrees. It was the perfect weather for ... softball?

Friday, February 26, 2021
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SDR to offer community pickleball lessons in Hodag Dome
The School District of Rhinelander Community Education Program has announced it will host pickleball lessons in the Hodag Dome next month for beginner and intermediate players.

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Outdoors
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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Dozens of new bald eagle nests reported in Wisconsin
Eagled-eyed Wisconsinites reported dozens of new bald eagle nests in 2020, while volunteers from Madison Audubon Society monitored known nests from the ground in nine counties.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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Rhinelander Lions Club Fisheree returns Feb. 13-14
A beloved winter tradition will continue this weekend when the Rhinelander Lions Club hosts the 45th annual Fisheree on the Boom Lake and Bass Lake sections of the Rhinelander Flowage.

Friday, February 12, 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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