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Monday, October 26, 2020
The GNC champion Hodags have 11 wins, and the No. 1 seed, and are anxious to make a deep postseason run.


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Supervisors crush bid to consider a new highway department
Oneida County supervisors overwhelming defeated Tuesday an attempt by supervisor Jack Sorensen to put the possibility of a new highway department back on the table, rejecting by a resounding 16-4 vote a resolution to hire an outside consultant to study the costs of building a new facility versus remodeling the current one. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 23, 2020
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News
'A really fantastic structure'
Two days after Saturday's long-awaited inflation of the Hodag Dome, the president of the main contractor in charge of the Hodag Sports Complex project attended Monday evening's meeting of the School District of Rhinelander's board of education to report on the milestone. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Guild prelim off; motion hearing scheduled for December
Former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild's preliminary hearing on a misconduct in public office charge, originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, has been taken off the court calendar and replaced with a motion hearing to be held in December. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Controversy erupts over snowmobile trail signs
The president of the Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club, which maintains snowmobile trails in southern Oneida County and Lincoln County, has an issue with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding trail signage.

Tim Calhoun said he recently received a phone call from the DNR about signs on what's known as the Bearskin Connector Trail. (subscriber access)


Friday, October 23, 2020
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Oneida County receives over $300,000 in TRAVEL grants from Dept. of Tourism
Oneida County recently received a total of $301,599.74 in Tourism Relief to Accelerate Vitality and Economic Lift (TRAVEL) Stimulus Grants from the Department of Tourism, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Oneida County Tourism Council.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Facebook, Twitter at the center of election, even in Wisconsin
Charges of censorship by giant tech companies against conservatives have thrust social media giants Facebook and Twitter into the center of the 2020 election, but those associated with the two media companies are making their presence felt in other ways around the country, too, including in Wisconsin, and for some it's not a welcome visit.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Pelican to shift to virtual instruction for two weeks
The following notice from district superintendent Eric Burke regarding the status of instruction at Pelican Elementary was posted on the School District of Rhinelander website Thursday afternoon:

After much thought and discussion with our district leadership team and Martha Knudtson today, we have made the decision to have Pelican Elementary School go remote temporarily for two weeks. The reason for this decision is the impact of COVID 19 on students and staff with both positive cases and in quarantine for close contacts.


Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Hoffman walks school board committee through COVID-19 mitigation strategies, quarantine procedures
Approximately six weeks into the fall term, School District of Rhinelander officials are continuing to devise strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in school buildings and develop best practices as to how to react to situations where a student or staff member has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Community
Rapid Cab donating rides to polls with free 'Ride To Vote' program
The Rapid Cab Company, Inc. of Rhinelander is offering a free "Ride To Vote" program, providing round trip transportation to the disenfranchised and marginalized, those who may not otherwise be able to get to their municipal clerk or voting location to register to vote, early vote, or to deliver an absentee ballot to their clerk or ballot box for early voting and on Election Day.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Free COVID-19 testing in Rhinelander
The Oneida County Health Department is collaborating with the Wisconsin National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing twice a week through Dec. 10 at the rear building of the Grace Foursquare Church, 4360 State Rd 17, Rhinelander.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Drug Take Back Day Oct. 24
Law enforcement agencies in Oneida County will be participating in a drug take back program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Applications for 2020 winter room tax grants available now
The Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee (RTMC) is accepting applications for the winter disbursement of Room Tax Community Grants. Funding is available for not-for-profit community groups and organizations, according to an RTMC press release.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Trig's to celebrate anniversary with shopping spree, giveaways
Trig's is celebrating 49 years of serving local communities by offering guests a chance to win a 2 minute and 49 second shopping spree at each of their locations. As part of the celebration, Trig's is also giving away a year's worth of Wisconsin Farms milk, Kemps ice cream, Pepsi and Bellatoria pizza, the grocery store chain announced in a press release.

Guests can register to win these prizes, as well as a $100 Trig's gift card or $100 Shell gift card, in stores now. The last day to register is Tuesday, Oct. 27.


Thursday, October 22, 2020
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A night of fright: Sprecksel's Slaughterhouse invites all who dare to enter on Halloween night
As youngsters dressed as goblins, ghosts and ghouls gallivant from door to door this Halloween, one particular Rhinelander home is sure to give passersby a thrill.

From 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, Meg and Gene Sprecksel will welcome the public into their home at 422 Abner Street, which will be decked out to the nines as the Sprecksel Slaughterhouse.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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OCHS invites community to celebrate National Animal Shelter Week with happy hour sampler
In an effort to raise funds to benefit animals at the local shelter, the Oneida County Humane Society (OCHS) is offering a happy hour sampler package in celebration of National Animal Shelter Week to be held Nov. 4-10. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Opinions
COVID-19: Death vs. Disinformation
According to recent media sources, the CDC reports that fatality figures from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner reveal that up to 97% of deceased persons who were believed to "have COVID," did not necessarily die "from COVID"; yet, it was officially ruled as the primary cause of death.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Retired physician speaks out on COVID precautions
A friend recently expressed concern because she didn't think that there were many, if any, public statements from the local medical community supporting the recommended actions for combating the pandemic.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Reader responds to Oct. 13 'Our View'
Your Oct. 13 editorial, "The return of the jackbooted liberal, with an elitist twist," presents a simplistic argument about Kirk Bangstad, Democratic candidate for the 34th Assembly district.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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A case of misplaced logic
If we didn't know better, we'd think there must be some requirement that people in government - whether elected or bureaucrat - leave their logic at home when they go to work.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Tiffany is too extreme for the Northwoods
QAnon is a far-right, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group. It believes those who oppose Donald Trump are "deep-state," satan-worshipping, child-sex-trafficking cannibals. With no proof, it has named numerous Hollywood actors and Democrat politicians as part of this "cabal." It would be laughable, if it were not dangerous.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Republican legislature is failing Wisconsin
As numerous news outlets, including the River News, have pointed out, the Republican legislature could end Governor Evers Covid 19 emergency order by simply meeting, passing legislation by a simple majority vote.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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A dictator not a president
It's good to let off a little steam now and then. That's what Steve Marquardt did in his letter to the editor. He expressed himself well and so many of our locals and across the nation feel exactly as Steve does.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Sports
Hodag swimmers knock off Black River Falls 125-35
The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team cruised to victory in its only non-conference meet of the regular season, defeating Black River Falls 125-35 Tuesday night at the Heck Family Community Pool.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Down coaches, Hodag volleyball suffers playoff sweep at Ashland
The Rhinelander High School volleyball team saw its 2020 season come to an end Tuesday night and head coach Jim Povolo could only watch from afar. Neither Povolo nor his assistant Dan Wolter were able to make the trip to Ashland on Friday night due to health concerns and the Hodags were swept by the Oredockers in three sets.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Jamison tapped to manage Hodag Dome
The School District of Rhinelander has chosen an individual with a background in local youth sports to be the first manager of the Hodag Dome. The school board approved the hiring of Janet Jamison Monday, Oct. 19.





Friday, October 23, 2020
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Hodag football to play Stratford Friday in replacement game
Friday's scheduled playing of the annual Northwoods Axe football game between Rhinelander and Lakeland has been canceled due to the coronavirus and, as of late Wednesday morning, the Hodags were scrambling to find someone else to play this evening in a Week 5 contest.



Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Short-handed Hodags finish fifth in GNC cross country
Health concerns took away the Rhinelander High School cross country team's opportunity to vie for its best finish in the Great Northern Conference boys' standings since 2011.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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RHS soccer rests starters, falls to Medford
With the GNC title already secured and nothing on the line at Medford, the Hodags sat a number of their starters in a 7-0 loss to the Raiders to close out the regular season.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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RHS volleyball falls to Tomahawk in regular season finale
The Hodags generated a season-high 23 kills but could not get over the hump against Tomahawk, falling 25-20, 25-22, 25-8 at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Outdoors
DNR asks hunters to help with CWD sampling again this year
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an always-fatal nervous system disease in cervids such as white-tailed deer. While the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began monitoring wild deer populations in 1999, the first positives were not found until 2002. More recently, the disease has been found in the Northwoods, with five deer now having tested positive within the current Lincoln/Oneida County surveillance area. The most recent positives came during last year's firearms season, according to DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. All of those positives, he said, have been in fairly close proximity in southwest Oneida and northwest Lincoln counties. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 2, 2020
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The Lake Where You Live: Whither the wakes?
Wakeboarding and wakesurfing are arguably the fastest-growing water sports in the country. They are also arguably the most controversial, as many lake users and property owners object to the large waves the wakeboats create.

Friday, October 2, 2020
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Oneida County land and water conservation committee hears plan for a Crescent Lake district
Crescent Lake property owner Ryan Peterson, and other interested in creating a Crescent Lake District, attended the Sept. 16 meeting of the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation committee to offer a progress report. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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DeGolier, Bennet win Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament
Rod Gaskill was an avid bass angler who moved to Rhinelander from Las Vegas in the 1990s. He was one of the founding members of the Hodag Bassmasters in Rhinelander. The club eventually took over the Boom Lake Open, and operated it for many years, with Gaskill often holding the position of tournament director.

In 2015, Gaskill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away in 2018.

With the Hodag Bassmasters Boom Lake Open no longer running, the decision was made to replace that tournament with the Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament. Aug. 15, 2020 marked the second annual tournament, with 34 teams registered for the event. Two teams had boat problems and had to back out, to their dismay. (subscriber access)


Friday, September 11, 2020
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If you love loons ...
Few people have studied loons more intensively than Walter Piper, a professor of biology at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. If you love loons, you'll want to get familiar with his work on The Loon Project.
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Friday, September 11, 2020
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Big Bass
The Upper Midwest Bass Challenge (UMBCS) is comprised of two team trails, the Lakes Division and the River Division. At the close of the year, anglers from both trails go head-to-head in the Tournament of Champions, held this year on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes. (Subscriber Access)

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Fish like a Girl
Back in July I got involved in a program called Snapshot Wisconsin. This program is sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. Citizens across the state host DNR-supplied trail cameras on their own land. (Subscriber Access)

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Education
Pelican families are unique
As part of a school-wide effort to raise cultural awareness, families at Pelican Elementary School were asked to discuss with their children their unique cultural traditions and heritages at home.

Friday, November 10, 2017
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Students of the month
Rhinelander High School recently announced its October Students of the Month.

Friday, November 10, 2017
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FBLA/DECA food drive a success
Rhinelander High School's FBLA/DECA Club collected a grand total of 1,820 food items for the local Rhinelander Food Pantry as part of its recent Trick or Can food drive.

Friday, November 10, 2017
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Nicolet College Visit Day Oct. 27
Anyone thinking about attending Nicolet can learn more about the college, its academic programs, and the careers graduates can pursue during College Visit Day, Friday, Oct. 27.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Crescent students visit pumpkin patch
First graders from Crescent Elementary School visited Helene's Hilltop Orchard Oct. 13. At the Merrill orchard, the students were reminded that pumpkins are a sign of the harvest season.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Rhinelander FBLA/DECA to hold Trick or Can food drive
The Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA Club is participating in a statewide community service project, Trick or Can. Members will be dropping off bags for community donations and flyers about the event this week and will be back around to pick up the non-perishable food items on Oct. 25.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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RHS building trades class seeks partner for next project
Rhinelander High School is seeking an individual, family or other group that will contract with the school to have a 10 x 16 utility shed constructed by the high school building trades program during the 2017 - 2018 school year.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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