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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Rhinelander High School baseball team had no answer for a hot-hitting Antigo offense Thursday. The Red Robins pounded out 15 hits - including six for extra bases - to defeat the Hodags 10-2 at Stafford Field.


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State inmates coming back to county jail
Come next month, state inmates - and state money - will be headed back to Oneida County, sheriff Grady Hartman said Thursday.

Hartman told the county's Public Safety committee the sheriff's department has signed a contract with the state of Wisconsin to house prisoners in the county jail for a fee of $51.46 per inmate per day. The county may receive up to 100 inmates at a given time, but Hartman said in the past the number was closer to 60 inmates. (subscriber access)


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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News
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Judge: Eliason legal advisor appears to be target of DFI probe
A hearing scheduled for May 13 on a motion to quash a subpoena issued to the lawyer who provided legal advice to two St. Germain businessmen accused of securities fraud was canceled when Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese recused herself from the case, according to court records.

Genovese was set to decide whether the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) can question Terry Nelson under oath regarding the advice he gave Brian and David Eliason related to the financial disclosure information at the heart of the criminal charges the brothers are facing in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Former ADA takes over as tribal court prosecutor
A longtime assistant district attorney for Oneida County recently took over as the tribal court prosecutor in Lac du Flambeau, a job that also includes additional duties as tribal attorney.

Jodi Bednar-Clemens started the new position March 29. A former Iron County District Attorney, she has also worked in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties as either a special prosecutor or assistant district attorney. (subscriber access)


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Van Stippen announces candidacy for the 12th Senate District
A Deerbrook Democrat is suspending his campaign for state Assembly to launch a campaign for state Senate.

In February, Bryan Van Stippen announced his candidacy for the 35th Assembly District. On Thursday he announced he was switching tracks and will now take on Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) in the 12th Senate District.

"It was not an easy decision to make, but as a father and small business owner, I care deeply about our community and I know I am ready to take on this race," Van Stippen said in a press release.


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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DA lowers boom on Woodruff man accused of stealing from Cassian couple
A 50-year-old Woodruff man accused of stealing over $570,000 from an elderly town of Cassian couple between May 2013 and July 2014 is now facing 108 separate charges after Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek amended the state's complaint.

Brian B. Smith has been facing criminal charges related to the alleged theft since August 2014. He was originally charged with one count of forgery, one count of identity theft for financial gain and theft of movable property over $10,000. (subscriber access)


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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DPI: '50 Shades' incident did not meet state's definition of immoral behavior
According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Mercer teacher and volleyball coach Robyn Schoeneman did not cross the state's threshold for immoral conduct when she rented the R-rated film "50 Shades of Grey" for a group of underage students on a road trip to an Oconto Falls tournament in August 2015. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Three injured in two-vehicle accident in Eagle River
Three people were injured Thursday evening in a two-vehicle crash in Eagle River.

According to a press release issued by Vilas County chief deputy Patrick Schmidt, a call came at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday reporting a two-vehicle accident with multiple injuries. The location of the traffic crash was State Highway 70, directly in front of Parson's Chevrolet of Eagle River.


Friday, May 20, 2016
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School board mulling grade configuration, facility needs
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education is considering appointing an ad hoc committee to "investigate future school facility and/or grade configuration needs."

Board member David Holperin has been advocating for the creation of an ad hoc facilities committee since he was elected four years ago.

The idea was met with a mixed reception when the board took up the subject Monday during its regular monthly meeting. Other board members questioned whether now is the right time to study the facilities issue and whether a special committee is needed at all. (subscriber access)


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Community
Community News | Entertainment | Area Events Calendar
Habitat for Humanity offering workshop for applicants
Those hoping to be chosen to receive the next Habitat for Humanity house can get assistance filling out the application form from 4 to 6 p..m. May 25 and 26 at Northern Coffee Haus.

Interested parties need to attend only one of the sessions. Children are welcome and refreshments will be available.


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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New 'Happy the Hodag' book to be released
Happy the Hodag, the brainchild of author/illustrator and Rhinelander native Jill Kuczmarski, is back and he's not alone.

Kuczmarski has announced the launch of her latest book "Hodag," which she describes as "a full-color, double story, rhyming picture book dedicated to hodags everywhere."


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Free car seat inspection event in Rhinelander June 6
A free car seat inspection event hosted by Ministry Medical Group, the Oneida County Health Dept., Safe Kids Wausau Area, and Kiwanis International will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. June 6 at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

The annual event is provided free to the community for families to get car seat inspections. Free car seats are also available based on need and income eligibility.


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Health dept. warns about the dangers of heatstroke
Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That's why Oneida County Health Department has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Rhinelander Roots photo contest winners announced
The city of Rhinelander Historic Preservation committee held a photo contest in conjunction with the recent Rhinelander Roots Celebration.

The following submissions were judged the winning photos.

Contemporary photo: "Thirty Below Zero at the Mill" by Retired Sgt. Benjamin James Tatrow. Vintage photo: "Rhinelander Paper Co.: Break Time Around the Old Stove, 1938," by Carl Anderson, submitted by Susanne Barcal. Barcal inherited Anderson's photo collection after he died in 2008.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Nicolet National Bank presents RASTA Rally May 22
Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA), will hold its annual mountain bike race, the Nicolet National Bank - RASTA Rally, on Sunday, May 22 with a 1 p.m. mass start, at the Washburn Lake Trails. New this year is beer sponsor Tribute Brewery.

Samples will be offered to the participants (21 and older), for non-participants, a small donation to RASTA would be welcomed.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Grunwald to speak at Minocqua Aglow meeting May 21
Joan Grunwald will be the guest speaker at the Minocqua Aglow meeting Saturday, May 21.

Her presentation is entitled "God's Encouragement that's Both Personal and Practical."

Minocqua Aglow is a Christian trans-denominational organization where men and women from teens to seniors come together to experience the love of God.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Opinions
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Rhinelander Roots organizers thank participants
To the editor:

A big thank you to all who helped make the first Rhinelander Roots Celebration on May 12 at Rhinelander City Hall a success.

We had 20 exhibitors who brought in a wide range of photographs, scrapbooks, antiques and memorabilia, and a good crowd the entire day of the event.


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Elected officials are endangering our lakes, rivers, streams
To the editor:

Having spent 30 years as a water plant operator and distribution specialist with Menasha Utilities, I have been working with what I call "blue gold" most of my life. When I bought property and retired in Townsend, I became very active in the Flowage Association. I currently serve as a board member of the Oconto County Lakes and Waterways Association.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Reader bemoans condition of local roads
To the editor:

The roads in Rhinelander are getting worse by the day. I can only imagine people are going to start avoiding town all together as they pass from the north or south. Obviously, this is not good for business.


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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The Nurse Ratched election
The 2016 presidential election just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser, as they say, and we're not talking about the Republicans.

Oh sure, the mainstream media keeps focusing its fire and fury on Donald Trump, as if they believe they can somehow sink him, though hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads and millions more from the media's own in-kind bombing missions haven't been able to do so.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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On transparency and executive overreach
It is an established if underreported fact that the Obama administration is one of the least open regimes in recent history, despite Obama's oft-repeated goal of being the most transparent president ever.

He may be transparent in his own mind, and in the minds of the media charlatans who give him transparency awards - yes, they really do - but at every turn he has tried to thwart openness. He has slowed down responses to open-records requests dramatically, turned on whistleblowers, and, when confronted with requests, the administration often says it can't find any records, only to find thousands of them if they are sued.


Monday, May 16, 2016
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Re-elect Sen. Johnson
To the editor:

The election of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has been a wonderful gift to the people of Wisconsin. Johnson has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB said they endorsed Johnson because he protects the rights of small business in Wisconsin.
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Friday, May 13, 2016
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Tiffany's policies have hurt the Northwoods
To the editor:

Senator Tiffany makes himself look pretty good in his recent article. I should be used to the GOP spinning the things they do to make them sound good. I'm not. It is just that much more fertilizer.

Tiffany sold us all out as one of his very first acts as senator. After receiving $90,000 from Gogebic Taconite and its officers, he took legislation written by their lawyers and submitted it as his own.


Friday, May 13, 2016
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Sports
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RHS sports recap: Monday, May 23
Boys' tennis: Rhinelander 5th/7, WIAA Subsectionals
Track: Rhinelander at WIAA regionals
Baseball: Rhinelander 6, Tomahawk 1


Monday, May 23, 2016
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RHS sports recap: Saturday, May 21
Baseball: Rhinelander 1-9, Rice Lake 3-7
Girls' soccer: Rhinelander 6, Wausau East 1


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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RHS sports recap: Friday, May 20
Girls' soccer: Rhinelander 5, Lakeland 0
Golf: Rhinelander 1st/7, GNC Meet No. 7


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Rhinelander Special Olympics sends five to state
Rhinelander Area 2-05 competed in the Special Olympics Region 2 Track and Field meet Saturday, May 14 in Merrill.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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JV golfers finish first, third in home invite
The Rhinelander High School golf team fielded two junior varsity squads Tuesday during the Hodag Invitational at Northwood Golf Course.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Hodag BMX competes in national event
Members of the Hodag BMX Club traveled to Isanti, Minn. last weekend for the USABMX Land O'Lakes National.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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WVC to offer stiff competition for Hodags at track regionals
Following some strong individual performances at the Great Northern Conference meet, the Rhinelander High School track team is preparing to take a step up in class Monday as the WIAA tournament series commences. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Outdoors
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Groups look for answers to CWD issues
While we know more about chronic wasting disease (CWD) now than we did when it was first found in the state in 2002, there are differing opinions as to what should be done about the disease. There are many stakeholder groups when it comes to Wisconsin's deer herd, and several of them weighed in on the issue earlier this month. The most notable were Whitetails of Wisconsin (WOW) and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF), both with seemingly very different views on the problem. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Invasive Impacts: Students create AIS posters
In a competition aimed directly at impacting invasive species, students were challenged to create a poster to stop the spread of invasive plants and animals.

Since its inception five years ago, the Oneida County AIS invasive species poster contest has grown to over 460 entries. This year, seven counties had students involved in the contest from 15 schools and 23 classes.

The contest started as the brainchild of Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS coordinator.(subscriber access)


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Fish like a girl: Fishing tournaments positively impact local economies
It is no secret there are many fishing tournaments in the North-woods over the course of the summer. They range from weeknight $5 jackpot tournaments with three or four boats to large, full-scale events with 40 or 50 boats from all over the midwest. At the bigger tournaments, whether they are bass or walleye tournaments, it is easy to see how much money anglers put into their sport. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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the lake where you live: Can't catch this!
The late basketball coach Al McGuire had his own vocabulary. He called a close game a "white knuckler." The point when a game's outcome became clear was "tap city." An opposing team's big center was an "aircraft carrier." And a small and very quick point guard was a "water bug." (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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On Guard
A pair of sandhill cranes scan the surrounding area as their newly hatched chick sticks close to them. This picture was taken on U.S. Highway 51 outside of Tomahawk Tuesday morning.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Dandelion breakfast
A little robin enjoyed a lovely morning on Wednesday picking breakfast out of a dandelion-dotted yard on Timber Drive across from Forth Floral.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Fish like a GIRL: Take Me Fishing offers great information for new anglers
As with most sports and outdoor activities, it can be hard to know how to get into fishing. People ask questions all the time: What kind of stuff do I need to get started? Where can I go? What should I fish for? When we watch all the TV shows and read the fishing magazines, there are so many techniques, so many different types of rods and reels and lures. How could anyone possibly know how to get started? (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 14, 2016
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Education
Nicolet College | School District | Area schools (other)
Rhinelander students win automotive competition at Nicolet
Students at Rhinelander High School walked away with a traveling trophy this month, after winning the first annual Nicolet Automotive Competition.

Led by their teacher Josh Legrey, all four of the students who competed placed in the top 10. Senior Jed Everson took first place, senior Lucas Price took second, sophomore Riley VanDoren took fifth, and junior Sam Julson took sixth. (subscriber access)


Saturday, May 21, 2016
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What is the Diversity Club?
The Diversity Club is a little known club that has a big impact at Rhinelander High School.  The club began in the spring of 2013 after a school climate survey on bullying, harassment and safety showed the need for improvement. School counselor Susan Laufenberg founded the "group" teaching interested volunteer students bullying definitions, roles played in bullying, and strategies to prevent bullying.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Beekeeper visits Crescent students
Mrs. Deitz's first-grade class recently participated in an inquiry project about insects. After the students chose an insect, they wrote many questions that they wanted to know about their insects. In turn, they used these questions as a start for their research project. To research, the students used their iPads to scan QR codes. Then they showcased their learning through 30 Hands. The application allowed students to make a movie using photographs and their voice to show what they had learned about their chosen insect.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
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pop top donation
On behalf of Crescent Elementary School, Mrs. Olson's kindergarten class recently gathered all the pop tops that students had brought in from home. The class loaded them into Mrs. Tinsman's van to be delievered to the Ronald McDonald House in Marshfield. Students learned how the pop tops help raise money for the House and learned how the Ronald McDonald House helps families of children. Crescent Elementary will continue to collect pop tops as a way to help others in our community and our state.



Saturday, May 21, 2016
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A case for warmth in the classroom
There is an age old story in education. Students don't always realize how much their teachers care until after they graduate. This time of year we hear things like "Mr. or Mrs. so and so is hard on me. Mr. or Mrs. so and so doesn't understand how much we have to do, or Mr. or Mrs. so and so just expects too much from me."

Friday, May 13, 2016
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What is a Matrix Walk?
Three times per year the entire Pelican K-3 student body and staff participate in a Matrix Walk. What is a Matrix Walk? A Matrix Walk is a time for students and staff to "get on the same page" about expected schoolwide behaviors and the 4 Bs at Pelican which are Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be Here.

Friday, May 13, 2016
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Elcho woman and three others to be awarded GFWC Health Scholarship in May
At the Wisconsin General Federation of Women's Clubs' annual convention this weekend at The Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay, Elizabeth (Beth) Goerke of Elcho will be awarded a 2016 GFWC - Wisconsin Health Scholarship.

Goerke is a returning adult student at Nicolet College who is re-inventing herself from veterinary services to become a medical assistant/emergency medical technician (EMT), the club said in a press release.


Friday, May 13, 2016
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