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Monday, September 25, 2017
Rhinelander was right back in the pool Thursday, a day after coach Lindsay Byrka's abrupt resignation, and cruised to a 124-46 victory over Antigo at the McKenna Aquatic Center.


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Former Oneida sheriff's deputy charged with sexual assault
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A former Oneida County sheriff's deputy has been charged in Dane County Circuit Court with sexually assaulting a coworker while the two were in Madison for a training session in October 2011. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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News
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Byrka out as RHS swim coach after contract negotiations reach impasse
Lindsay Byrka is out as the head swim coach at Rhinelander High School, effectively immediately. She resigned Wednesday after talks with the School District of Rhinelander regarding her contract reached an impasse. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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More details emerge in toddler death case
The criminal complaint charging the father of a 20-month-old boy who died in April after allegedly suffering injuries while in the care of his stepmother alleges the child might be alive today if Dr. Trung T. Tran had not left him with Ellen Tran. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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City gets good news on 2018 insurance rates
As the city of Rhinelander's finance, wage and salary committee got down to business Tuesday at their second session of work on the 2018 city budget, the panel received some very good news from city finance director Wendi Bixby regarding employee health insurance costs for the coming year. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Sex offender to be released in Rhinelander
A sex offender from Rhinelander convicted of possession of child pornography will be released back into the community Sept. 26, the Rhinelander Police Department announced Friday.

Friday, September 22, 2017
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City commission approves plans for new restaurant
The quest to open a Pizza Ranch franchise next to the Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway in Rhinelander cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when the city's planning commission approved a certified survey map and site plan. (subscriber access)

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Audit says Oneida County running in strong position
Oneida County auditors have once again wrapped up their annual tasks, and once again they report the county to be in strong financial position as a new budget year approaches. (subscriber access)

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Rhinelander man sent to prison for Rapids child sexual assault
A 60-year-old Rhinelander man was handed a lengthy prison sentence last month in Wood County Circuit Court after pleading no contest to a single count of first-degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a person under age 13). (subscriber access)

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Community
Community News | Entertainment | Area Events Calendar
Don't forget to make time for the flu shot this season
As flu season arrives along with busy fall activities, waiting in line for a flu shot can seem like a daunting task. However, waiting in that line might be well worth it. Flu season can run anywhere from October to May and usually peaks during December to February.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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'Beowulf' to kick off free animated film series Oct. 5 at Nicolet
Film animation has advanced light years since the days when Disney drew everything by hand.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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'A Night on the Farm' event helps fight local hunger
The UW-Madison Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station, Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) and Trig's Foods, in cooperation with area food pantries, are hosting an event to provide for local food needs. "A Night on the Farm" will be held Friday, Sept. 22 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and include opportunities to pick potatoes for area food pantries.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Library closed Sept. 29 for inservice
The Rhinelander District Library will be closed Sept. 29 for a staff inservice. Library staff from the area are welcome to join RDL staff for the morning program featuring Badgerlink State Database instructor Kara Ripley and WVLS Sierra expert Inese Christman, according to a library press release.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Harvest Hoedown is fun for the whole family
The third annual Harvest Hoedown, to be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill, will include loads of autumn-related activities for families including pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling and the Corn Bin.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Behind the scenes at the Hodag Farmers Market
There's a lot of work involved in selling at a farmers market. Preparation for produce vendors starts when gardens are still covered with snow.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Northern Arts Council launches grant program
Northern Arts Council (NAC) has launched a grant program that will offer financial assistance to individual artists beginning in 2018. Program details were announced at the opening of the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College Saturday.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Opinions
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When is a debate not a debate?
To the Editor:

When is a debate not a debate? This apparent paradox is particularly relevant to discussions of climate change. E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt, for instance, is planning a "debate" about the science of global warming.


Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Health care, tax reform: It's now or never
Republicans can argue about immigration and dreamers, they can argue about defense spending and Russia, they can argue about trade and marijuana (yes, they are fighting over that), but there are two issues they had better stop squabbling about and pass: a health care overhaul and tax reform.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Reader shares thoughts on jury duty
To the Editor:

I'd like to respond to the "Jurors serve justice and justice serves us all" letter to the editor.


Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Reader: McCabe has something better to offer Wisconsin
To the Editor:

As a sportsman and patriot, I support the Second Amendment and responsibly exercise my right.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Reader: Lyin' Tom's at it again
To the Editor:

At 9 a.m. on the 7th of September, a hearing was held in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on the proposal to repeal the "prove it first" Sulfide Mining Moratorium law.


Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Hoffmann offers more information on utility reconnection request
To the Editor:

I am Dennis Hoffmann, subject of your River News front page article in your Saturday Sept. 2, 2017 edition. Thank you for documenting my struggles and frustration in dealing with the city of Rhinelander bureaucracy. Please allow me to respond to and comment on your article to further explain and more thoroughly express my views on the main issues.


Thursday, September 14, 2017
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Jurors serve justice - justice serves us all
To the Editor: 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has designated September as Juror Appreciation Month.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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Sports
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RHS sports recap: Saturday, Sept. 23
Girls' tennis: Rhinelander 2nd/6, GNC Meet
Girls' swim: Rhinelander 3rd/9, Eau Claire North Invite
Cross country: Alayna Franson 129th, Roy Griak Invitational


Saturday, September 23, 2017
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RHS sports recap: Friday, Sept. 22
Football: Mosinee 35, Rhinelander 0

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Soccer: Hodags blast Antigo 10-0
The Hodags scored in the opening minute, and again in the second, as they went on to rout the last-place Red Robins 10-0 at Listle Field in Antigo.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Hodag girls' 2nd, boys 4th in Three Lakes Invite
Down a couple of its usual runners, the Rhinelander High school cross country team still fared well Thursday in the Three Lakes Bluejay Invite at Lions Park in Sugar Camp.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Registration open for Little Hodags basketball skills camp
The Rhinelander Basketball Association will once again hold its Little Hodags and Little Dribblers skills camps this fall.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Middle schools swimmers take 2nd in quad
The James Williams Middle School girls' swim team placed second in a quadrangular meet at Prairie River Middle School in Merrill Sept. 12.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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RHS sports recap: Thursday, Sept. 21
Girls' swimming: Rhinelander 124, Antigo 46
Boys' soccer: Rhinelander 10, Antigo 0
Cross country: RHS girls 2nd, boys' 4th, Three Lakes Invite


Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Outdoors
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Pollinator workshop provides important information
Pollinators are an important part of our lives. Much of the food we eat would not exist without the insects who work diligently to pollinate them for us. Recently, the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department held a pollinator workshop to enhance awareness of the role pollinators play in our lives and what people can do to help the declining pollinator populations. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Natural Resources Board to meet in Minocqua
Each month the Natural Resources Board (NRB), the body which sets the policy for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), meets to discuss a variety of topics related to the state's natural resources and their management.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Fish like a girl
Ed Hammer, town of Newbold supervisor, was present at the regular meeting of the Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership (WHIP) steering committee meeting to discuss his Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) application for the town. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Headwaters Chapter of Muskies, Inc. holds Paul's Pro Am
This year marked the 41st annual Paul's Pro Am Musky Tournament on the Eagle River Chain. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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River Series anglers take on Minocqua Chain for series championship
The Minocqua chain has built a reputation over the last few years for being a bass nursery. Anglers have waded through dozens of small fish for every tournament keeper they have been able to bring to the scales. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Online tools show hunters where baiting and feeding is banned
Before taking part in upcoming hunting seasons or placing feed for wildlife, hunters and wildlife watchers should be sure to check which counties currently prohibit wildlife baiting and feeding activities.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Fish like a girl
I came in to the office recently to discover a book on my desk called "Heaven on the Headwaters." A quick glance through the book told me it was something I needed to read. I love the history of the Northwoods, and with several historical photos jumping from nearly each page of the book as I flipped through it, I knew how I would be spending my evening. (subscriber access)

Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Education
Nicolet College | School District | Area schools (other)
District preparing for homecoming week
This year's theme for homecoming is "It's a Grand Affair."

Rhinelander High School has a busy schedule for the week of Monday, Sept. 25 - Saturday, Sept. 30.


Saturday, September 23, 2017
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'Eggs for Educators' event partners employers and teachers
On Thursday, Aug. 31, Northwoods Innovation hosted an "Eggs for Educators" event at Three Lakes High School.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Central Intermediate School seeks mentors for students
Central Intermediate School is looking for mentors from the community to work one-on-one with students.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Nicolet College announces dean's list for summer semester
Numerous students from the Rhinelander area earned a place on the Nicolet College dean's list for the summer semester of 2017. To qualify, students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on a 4.0 scale. Students, by community, include:

Saturday, September 16, 2017
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RHS wins award for behavior
Rhinelander High School has been successfully building a school-wide framework aimed at closing achievement gaps and increasing the number of students who graduate from high school ready for college or for a career. National research shows that full implementation of this type of framework leads to improved student outcomes.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Nicolet Promise tuition assistance available to eligible recent high school graduates
Nicolet College is now accepting applications for its popular Nicolet Promise program and looking to build on the success of the program's first two years, which saw 57 recent high school graduates from the area enroll at Nicolet tuition-free.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Nicolet College Foundation accepting online scholarship applications
Students planning on attending Nicolet College in the spring semester of 2018 can now apply for scholarships from the Nicolet College Foundation to help cover the cost of tuition and books.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
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