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Saturday, October 23, 2021
Despite an 8-1 record and the No. 8 ranking in the WisSports.net D3 coaches poll, the Hodags find themselves on the road at 7-2 Baraboo tonight to start the WIAA tournament.


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New fire chief to start Nov. 1
The City of Rhinelander announced Wednesday that its new fire chief, Brian Tonnancour, will join the department on Nov. 1. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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News
Former deputy charged with stalking, misconduct in office
A criminal complaint has been filed in Oneida County Circuit Court charging former Oneida County sheriff's deputy Stetson O'Keefe Grant with three felonies including stalking and misconduct in public office/act inconsistent with the duties of office. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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City Council tables proposed THC resolution
The Rhinelander City Council is expected to take a second look at a proposed ordinance regulating Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC when it meets Monday, Oct. 26. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Oconto County man charged following ICAC investigation
A 30-year-old man from the Town of Townsend in Oconto County is free on a $5,000 cash bond after he was arrested on Oct. 15 as a part of an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) case that began in August. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Lake Tomahawk town board talks road projects
Discussion of potential road projects in Lake Tomahawk took up a portion of the town board's Oct. 13 meeting. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Swearingen and Felzkowski discuss election integrity in Boulder Junction
"Just keep in mind, no matter what we pass as a legislature, it has to get signed by the governor," State Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) told the crowd during a listening session in Boulder Junction Oct. 8. This reminder was a recurring theme during the session, which also included Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander). (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Trump pushes Duffy to run for governor
Former President Donald Trump made gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch's dream come true this past week, though the former Wisconsin lieutenant governor might have considered it a nightmare. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Transit dominates Crescent's October meeting
Agenda items were numerous at the Town of Crescent's Oct. 13 monthly meeting, which spanned more than two hours. These included the town's county supervisory wards, whose boundaries are to remain unchanged for the next decade according to the latest maps, and the possibility of a 2022 switch to two regular meetings per month in order to cut down on meeting times and push business along faster. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Community
Police department issues winter parking reminder
The Rhinelander Police Department has issued its annual reminder to city residents regarding the winter parking regulations scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 15.

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Calvary invites kids to Trunk or Treat Oct. 30
The community is invited to the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church (320 Lincoln Street) in Rhinelander for Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. (or until the candy is gone).

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Women in STEM presents wildlife & conservation biologist Heather Stricker
The Demmer Library in Three Lakes is inviting families to join them in a programming series based on females in STEM. This month's presentation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Demmer Library with a presentation by wildlife and conservation biologist Heather Stricker.

Friday, October 22, 2021
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City announces trick-or-treating hours
Halloween will be celebrated with city-wide trick-or-treating from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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YMCA of the Northwoods offering Lambeau Field, Packer Hall of Fame tour
Calling all fans of the Green and Gold!

The YMCA of the Northwoods is sponsoring a coach bus trip to Green Bay on Nov. 4 that will include a guided tour of Lambeau Field and a visit to the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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ADRC announces Stand Up and Move More workshop
The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Oneida County is offering a new workshop.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Last Hodag Farmers' Market of the year to be held Saturday
There is one more Hodag Farmers' Market this year and it will be this Saturday, Oct. 16. We are fortunate to have a farmers' market that lasts so long. Many close up after Labor Day, but ours is community-driven (there are not many of those around) so it runs for a longer time. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Opinions
Two political parties, two unconstitutional investigations
It's little wonder these days that our younger generations, as reported in multiple surveys, don't take our state and federal constitutions seriously, and many even believe that some of our Bill of Rights guarantees should be removed.

Friday, October 22, 2021
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I never promised you a Rose Garden
President Joe Biden has been living in a fantasy world his entire presidency, and the polls are beginning to show it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Citizen engagement is democracy's bedrock
To the Editor:

Public input is vital to public education. Children succeed when their parents and family members are closely involved in their education.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Active citizenship is what we need
An understanding of civics - of the rights and duties of citizens - is essential to a well-functioning democracy. That means the effective teaching of civics is also essential.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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Your Right to Know: Bill Lueders named to National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame
Bill Lueders was a young journalist at Madison's Isthmus newspaper in the late 1980s when he learned the value of public records. Lueders wanted to see the complaints filed by citizens against the Madison police.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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The Manchin trap
Americans can be excused if they haven't paid too much attention recently to the debate over infrastructure and social spending in Washington, what with everything else going on with the Biden administration.

Friday, October 8, 2021
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One small step for a teen, one giant leap for free speech
Over in Marquette County, a courageous teenager, with the support of her family, prevailed in federal district court last week in an important First Amendment case against the Marquette County sheriff and a sheriff's patrol sergeant.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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Sports
RHS sports recap: Thursday, Oct. 21
Boys' soccer: Medford 1, Rhinelander 1
Medford advances on PKs, 5-4


Friday, October 22, 2021
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Strong bond gives Hodag harriers shot at state meet
The members of the team have formed a bond over the last few years that has already brought them some history and has them on the brink of more entering tomorrow's WIAA Division 2 sectional hosted by Oconto Falls at Patriot Golf Club in Abrams.

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Hodag swimmers seek to claim third straight GNC crown tonight at home
The Hodags are the overwhelming favorites to clinch a third straight Great Northern Conference championship tonight when the conference meet takes place. Furthermore, the Hodags have the opportunity to secure that title at home in the Heck Family Community Pool.

Friday, October 22, 2021
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RNC cyclists on the verge of team, individual state titles
Two years ago, in the last Wisconsin High School Cycling League season, the Rhinelander Northwoods Composite Mountain Bike team rode its way to the Division 2 state title as well as three individual state championships. The Hodags now sit one race away from practically copying the feat in 2021.

Friday, October 22, 2021
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RHS sports recap: Tuesday, Oct. 19
Volleyball: Merrill 3, Rhinelander 0

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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Run to greatness
Cal Laggis led six Rhinelander finishers in the top 16 overall as the Hodags won the Great Northern Conference boys' cross country championship at Minocqua Winter Park. Rhinelander finished 18 points ahead of Medford for the conference title - the team's first since its state championship season in 1987.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Hodag soccer downs Antigo 4-0 in regular season finale
The Rhinelander High School boys' soccer team's 2021 campaign played out in miniature Thursday night in the regular season finale against Antigo. The Hodags are hoping when they start the WIAA playoffs, their form more closely resembles the second half than the first.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Outdoors
CWD response plan review committee looks to define objectives
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal brain disease in cervids, including white-tailed deer and elk, caused by a misfiled protein. In 2010, the state's CWD response plan was approved. That plan will run from 2010 to 2025 with a review every five years. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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The Lake Where You Live: Last call on Birch Lake
The dealer comes for the pontoon boat tomorrow. It looks like a perfect mid-October evening, warm for the season, hardly any wind, sun sinking toward the treetops. I have about an hour-and-a-half of light before I have to call an end to the fishing season. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Republican lawmakers introduce Wisconsin Sporting Freedom Package
The Wisconsin Sporting Freedom Package includes a draft of 13 bills. According to a press release from the office of Senator Mary Felzkowski's (R-Tomahawk), she and several Republican colleagues released the package this week. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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The Lake Where You Live
How successful are initiatives to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species? And how safe is your lake from an invasion by a nuisance plant or animal? (subscriber access)

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge in full swing
This year's Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge has begun. Youth ages 10-17 are encouraged to register with the Challenge. All youth who enter the Challenge will be eligible for prizes at the Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge banquet, whether they harvest a deer or not. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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DNR sets wolf quota at 130, reduces tags available from 10:1 to 5:1
In August the Natural Resources Board (NRB) recommended a wolf harvest quota of 300 animals for the state's November hunt. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 8, 2021
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CWD found on Vilas County game farm
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal disease affecting cervids such as white-tailed deer and elk. It was first found in the southeastern portion of the state in 2002 and has since made its way across many areas of the state. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 8, 2021
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Education
District lifts mask requirement at Crescent
All schools in the School District of Rhinelander are back to "mask optional" status following a temporary three-week mask mandate for students and staff at Crescent Elementary School. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 22, 2021
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Rhinelander FBLA/DECA announces 'Trick or Can' food drive, Fall Fest
The Rhinelander High School chapter of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is once again participating in the statewide community project Trick Or Can.

Friday, October 8, 2021
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Nicolet College announces dean's list for summer term
Numerous students from Rhinelander and the surrounding area earned a place on the Nicolet College dean's list for the summer term 2021. To qualify, students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on a 4.0 scale.

Friday, October 8, 2021
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Students of the Month
Rhinelander High School recently announced their "Students of the Month" for September during a morning presentation.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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Inspire Wisconsin to provide career experiences for Rhinelander students
The recently launched Inspire Wisconsin network provides Wisconsin students with meaningful career-based learning experiences and gives employers an opportunity to support the cultivation of the next generation of talent.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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Nicolet College automotive student awarded industry scholarship
Nicolet College automotive technician student Tony Malek recently received a scholarship from the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Association Foundation and Snap-On Tools that includes up to $750 a semester for tuition and a collection of Snap-on Tools valued at more than $4,000.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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Backpack Donation
Jeremy Rivard, a financial representative from Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial based in Appleton, recently presented the School District of Rhinelander with 14 backpacks packed with school supplies on behalf of the Modern Woodmen firm.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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