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Friday, May 26, 2017
The Lady Hodags kicked off the week's schedule with back-to-back home victories against Medford and Wausau Newman.


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Gilman resigns as turmoil at City Hall continues
The city of Rhinelander is grappling with the departure of another key employee.

After almost two decades with the city, street superintendent Tony Gilman tendered his resignation in a letter dated May 17. His last day on the job was Tuesday, according to interim city administrator Keith Kost, but he will remain on the city payroll until June 2. In an interview with the River News Wednesday, Gilman said he has taken a job as street superintendent for the city of Baraboo. His employment there starts June 19. (subscriber access)


Thursday, May 25, 2017
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News
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Dog park proposal headed to council for approval
In dog years, Tina Werres has been trying to bring a dog park to the city of Rhinelander for over seven decades. (subscriber access)

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Parks committee receives task force report
The audience that watched as the Rhinelander parks public engagement task force presented a report representing the fruits of five months of work to the city of Rhinelander parks, buildings and grounds committee Monday afternoon was so big the meeting was held in the council chambers rather than a committee meeting room. (subscriber access)

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Social Services panel discusses unborn child abuse court ruling
The Vilas County Social Services committee met May 16 to discuss how a recent unborn child abuse judgment decision will affect the services they provide and the actions they can take involving pregnant women. (subscriber access)

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Schmidt Orthodontics gets new partner, name change
Joshua Bruce, DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) MS, has joined Schmidt Orthodontics in Rhinelander and the practice will now be known as Schmidt and Bruce Orthodontics. (subscriber access)

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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U.S. Forest Service Blackwell Job Corps honored with 2017 Nicolet College Foundation Friends and Partners award
The Nicolet College Foundation recently presented its 2017 Friends and Partners Award to the U.S. Forest Service Blackwell Job Corps. The career-training organization received the honor for its work with the college to build a first-of-its-kind partnership to teach firefighting skills to Blackwell students, according to the press release.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Oneida, Vilas counties looking at possible medical examiner contract in 2019
Over the past several years, Vilas County has explored contracting with Oneida County for medical examiner services but as of yet the two counties have been unable to come to an agreement. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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City expected to determine Kabel Auto building demo date this week
The city of Rhinelander is set to take formal ownership of the abandoned Kabel Auto building at 28 South Stevens Street May 23 and later the same day a date is expected to be set for the demolition of the eyesore. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Community
Community News | Entertainment | Area Events Calendar
Memorial Day ceremonies to be held across the Northwoods
Memorial Day is meant to honor those men and women who died in service to the U.S. armed forces. In recognition of this important holiday, cemetery services and ceremonies will be held in the Rhinelander area.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Library to hold recycled book craft contest
The Rhinelander District Library will hold a recycled book craft contest for adults during as part of the Summer Reading Program.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Denim and Diamonds Gala to be held at Rosewood Barn
The YMCA of the Northwoods will host the third annual Denim and Diamonds Gala at 5:30 p.m. June 2 at the Rosewood Barn. The Rosewood Barn is located 8 miles from downtown Rhinelander at N10830 Highway 17 South. Set amongst the rolling Harrison Hills, the Rosewood Barn offers its guests a warm and relaxing atmosphere where they can soak in the rustic elegance and beautiful landscape surrounding them. To view photos of the new venue, visit The Rosewood Barn, LLC on Facebook.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Revel in nostalgia at the Main Street Memories Car Show
Nostalgia lovers and gearheads look forward to Tomahawk's signature Memorial Day weekend event, the Main Street Memories Car Show.

This year's event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28.


Thursday, May 25, 2017
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David Mickelson visits Rhinelander District Library
A large crowd packed the Rhinelander District Library May 15 to hear University of Wisconsin Professor David Mickelson speak about Wisconsin's extensive glacial landscapes. The program stood as part of the library's efforts to facilitate educational discussions on a bi-monthly basis.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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DRI announces Bikes & Burgers event
Rhinelander residents and visitors alike can look forward to a new event coming this June.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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National Women's Health Week recognized
The 18th annual National Women's Health Week kicked off on Mother's Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20. This observance is led by the Office of Women's Health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Empowering women to make their health a priority is the goal of National Women's Health Week.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Opinions
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Supervisor gone rogue
There are many ways to say it.

We could say he's insane, but that would surely require us to have some type of government license. We could say his wheels have come off, but we cannot proclaim to be engineers.


Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Reader is tired of bumps in the road
To the Editor:

I was traveling on Stevens Street yesterday and I came across something that was very unusual. I got to Frederick Street and there was an actual sign that warned me of a "BUMP" in the road. I thought to myself, "Gee, what a novel idea... warning drivers of an upcoming bump so they could slow down a bit to save their teeth and also their tires and shock absorbers."


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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A plea to our state legislature: Fund solutions to deal with direct caregiver crisis
To the Editor:

Wisconsin is in a workforce shortage crisis. Last year a report was released "The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: A 2016 Report." This report was the largest survey of Wisconsin's long-term care providers in state history.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Defining patriotism
To the Editor:

We all like to think of ourselves as patriots, but what does patriotism mean? The dictionary tells us it is love of and loyalty to one's country, but what does that entail?


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Fab labs can make a difference in developing skilled workforce
Talk to business leaders throughout Wisconsin and you will hear a recurring theme: There is a real need for skilled workers to fill jobs in just about every industry and in companies of all sizes. A survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, for example, says 70 percent of state businesses are struggling to find qualified workers and some are delaying expansions because of the problem.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Theater patron offers kudos to Nicolet Players
To the Editor:

Over Mother's Day weekend, three generations of our family, headed by our 80-year-old Mom, were treated to a production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the beautifully renovated Nicolet College theater in Rhinelander. The Nicolet Players set a new standard with their remarkable production of this perennial favorite. Bravo!


Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Reader appalled by Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russians
To the Editor:

The latest actions by our current president are appalling. Releasing classified information given by our allies in the fight against terrorism, potentially exposing our sources and at the very least making them unwilling to ever share information with the United States in the future, is treasonous.


Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Sports
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RHS sports recap: Thursday, May 25
Baseball: Rhinelander 10, Merrill 4
Girls' soccer: Rhinelander 10, Anitgo 0


Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Hodags fall to Antigo, beat Pines to end GNC season
A couple of bad innings Monday ended the Rhinelander High School baseball team's Great Northern Conference championship chances. A couple of big innings Tuesday ensured the Hodags would finish second alone in the GNC.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Hodag netters send entire team to sectionals
The Hodags advanced all seven of their entries to sectionals and tied for first place in the WIAA Division 2 subsectional they hosted at the RHS tennis courts. The last time the Hodags accomplished that feat in the WIAA tournament was 1997.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Hodag golfers done in by home course
Home course advantage proved to be anything but for the Rhinelander High School golf team Tuesday in a WIAA Division 1 regional at Northwood Golf Course.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Noon Time Hockey seeks goalies, skaters
Noon Time Hockey, a new hockey group in Rhinelander, is looking for members from all around the area - Rhinelander, Minocqua, Eagle River - to join. The group skates from noon to 1 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday at the Rhinelander Ice Arena.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Hodag track team finishes season at WIAA regionals
For the Rhinelander High School track and field team, the season came to an end on Monday at the Division 1 Regional at Wausau East High School.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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RHS sports recap: Wednesday, May 24
Softball: Rhinelander 2, Merrill 1
Boys' tennis: Rhinelander at WIAA sectionals


Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Outdoors
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Online deer hunter surveys show some similarities, some differences, to previous survey results
Once all of the harvest numbers were in after last fall's gun deer hunt, the Department of Natural Resources released the harvest numbers. Those numbers showed a 30 percent increase in buck harvest in the Northern Forest Zone. Many hunters felt those numbers could not possibly be right. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Fish like a girl
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. TJ Dunn from Rhinelander. Many know him as a veterinarian, but he is also a scientist with a great deal of knowledge about a compound known as Triclosan. This antibacterial pesticide has received a great deal of press in recent years for its detrimental effects, both to us and to the environment. Our discussion centered around environmental factors - more specifically, fish in our inland lakes. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Call to report surviving bats this summer
A bat disease that has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada, killing upwards of 7 million bats, is following the same pattern in Wisconsin according to winter hibernacula surveys.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Tribal walleye harvest numbers available
The harvest numbers from the 2017 spearing season recently became available, with six tribes reporting their harvest as of May 9. Almost 39,000 fish were harvested through spearing by tribal members in 24 counties across northern Wisconsin. The reported musky harvest was 193 fish. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Bird Fest Celebration in Three Lakes June 2, 3
The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes will host the fifth annual Bird Fest celebration in honor of International Migratory Bird Day.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Preliminary 2016-17 bobcat harvest information now available
Preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin's 2016-17 bobcat season, the third year of a statewide harvest, show hunters and trappers harvested 338 bobcats.

Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information, and final harvest information should be available by mid-June. These preliminary figures include results from the newly opened southern bobcat harvest zone.


Saturday, May 20, 2017
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The lake where you live
Plants which grow on land have one main way of reproducing. They produce flowers that get pollinated, then grow some form of fruit containing seeds. The seeds are dispersed in many ways, some simply scattering on the ground, some taking to the air on bits of fluff, some distributed with the help of birds and animals. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Education
Nicolet College | School District | Area schools (other)
Elementary school students take spring field trips
Last week, all fourth-graders at Central Intermediate School were able to participate in an all-day field experience at Treehaven. Treehaven is an outdoor environment center where students were able to participate in experiential hands-on environmental science.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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RHS DECA members compete in Anaheim
Seven Rhinelander High School DECA members traveled to California last month to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). From April 25-30, the students competed, explored, and connected with other DECA members from across the state and country, according to a school district press release.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Three Lakes School District announces third quarter honor roll
The following students have met the criteria and are eligible for the Three Lakes honor roll. Three Lakes recognizes students on a quarterly basis for their academic achievements, therefore Youth Options students are excluded from this recognition.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Nicolet College graduation ceremonies to be held May 20
Hard work and perseverance will pay off for hundreds of students when Nicolet College holds its 48th annual spring graduation on Saturday, May 20.

In all, 540 individuals are expected to graduate from Nicolet with an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate during the 2016-17 academic year.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Nicolet writing instructor explores life on the Mexican-American border in first book
One hundred feet.

That's the distance between the quaint and comfortable confines of El Paso, Texas, and the decidedly opposite Juarez, Mexico, once a peaceful border city infested today by drug cartels that are violent to the extreme.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
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JWMS 3k
A time-honored tradition continued Wednesday morning when James Williams Middle School students ran the annual 3K around the school grounds. Runners pushed themselves to the limit trying to outrace their classmates.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
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James Williams Middle School celebrates 'Every Kid Healthy Week' to create a healthier school environment for students
In celebration of Every Kid Healthy Week (April 24-28), James Williams Middle School hosted daily events with students to promote healthy eating and physical activity and the link between health and academic success, and to celebrate the school's wellness achievements. (Subscriber access)

Saturday, May 13, 2017
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