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Thursday, March 23, 2017
It's a new season and a fresh start for the Rhinelander High School track and field team, which has roughly 70 kids out for the team in total this year, many of them underclassmen. (subscriber access)


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Snowmobile fatalities tally 16 throughout state
The Vilas County Recreational Trails Safety Committee received the state's snowmobile fatality report last week and found the county at the bottom of the list for number of fatalities. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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News
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Birth of first child prompts Roskoskey's run for school board
When Benjamin Roskoskey became a father for the first time Jan. 30, with the arrival of his daughter, Felicity Rae, he began to see his place in the community in a different way. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Woodruff man accused of biting jailer after turbulent arrest
A 23-year-old Woodruff man is facing one felony and three misdemeanor charges after allegedly creating a drunken disturbance in a Woodruff apartment complex and then biting a corrections officer at the Oneida County Jail. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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More than 40 animals, including wolf-dog hybrids, seized from Forest County property
Forest County authorities and the ASPCA removed 44 animals from a property in Crandon Friday as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Lily's House benefits from the generosity of AV-W eighth-grade class
In coordination with their annual project on domestic violence, the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School eighth-grade class offered an important donation to Lily's House in Rhinelander.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Lake Tomahawk board discusses three-year road plan
Lake Tomahawk officials have outlined a road plan stretching out to 2020. The plan, discussed at the town board's monthly meeting last week, is currently slated to include eight projects beginning in 2018. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Oneida County to hold public hearing for Marshfield Clinic April 6
The Oneida County Planning and Development committee reconvened on Wednesday for the first time since its public hearings for the new proposed shoreland protection ordinance. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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City Council approves changes to residency ordinance
Monday's meeting of the Rhinelander City Council was quick and to the point, lasting just under 30 minutes and most items passing with little or no discussion.

The amendments to the city codes covering the police and fire and plan commission and the board of review requiring all members be city residents was approved at the very start of the meeting as part of the consent agenda by a 6-0 vote with aldermen Steve Sauer and George Kirby absent. (subscriber access)


Thursday, March 16, 2017
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Community
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Rhinelander church installs system to help the hearing-impaired
A hearing loop was installed in the sanctuary and John Wesley rooms at Rhinelander's First United Methodist Church Feb. 9 to help the hearing-impaired participate in church services. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Sadauskas honored by Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers
Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County conservationist, was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) for her outstanding work in science education in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Drama department to presents 'The 39 Steps'
The School District of Rhinelander drama department will present "The 39 Steps" March 23-26 at Rhinelander High School's John and Dory Brown Performing Arts Center (Auditorium).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Alzheimer's Association offers telephone support group
The Alzheimer's Association has announced that an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will now be available by phone each month.

"A telephone support group is a way for people in rural communities to connect with other families, answer questions and provide support to each other," the Alzheimer's Association stated in a press release.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Senior center to hold diabetes presentation March 28
The Oneida Senior Center in Rhinelander will host a free presentation on diabetes at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Oneida County Senior Center, located at 100 W. Keenan St., in Rhinelander.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Northland Pines offering free community technology training sessions starting March 23
The Northland Pines School District has announced its Spring Computer Technology Training schedule.

The first class will be held Thursday, March 23.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Nicolet College Art Gallery to hold receptions March 18, 25
The Nicolet College Art Gallery will hold two receptions in coming weeks, one to close an exhibit of the finest art by area high school students and the second to open an exhibit by artist Stephen Wysocki.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
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Opinions
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Reader endorses Roskoskey for school board
To the Editor:

I've had the pleasure of knowing Ben Roskoskey for the past few years and can assure you he is the right choice for the school board of Rhinelander, based on my experiences with him in the past. He is patient and relatable, dependable and responsible. He has a strong background with public education, as his mother was teacher in his home state of Michigan. He has also made the admirable choice to serve in the National Guard.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Reader applauds Baldwin for fighting proposed Great Lakes Restoration Initiative cuts
To the Editor:

Like many other states, Wisconsin depends on the health of the Great Lakes for its economic, recreational, and cultural well-being. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a multi-state program that is vital to the continued integrity and vitality of our Great Lakes.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Writer challenges liberal idealogy regarding LGBT anti-discrimination laws
To the Editor:

On March 7, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit against city officials in Madison and against Wisconsin state officials on behalf of a Madison photographer who does not want to cater to the weddings of heterophobic homosexuals because doing so would make her violate her beliefs.
(2 comments)


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Sunshine Week: At a crossroads
This year, as we assess the state of open government in Wisconsin and across the nation, we find ourselves not the least bit optimistic about government officials but most optimistic about the people.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Trump Healthcare benefits the wealthy and young
To the editor:

Donald Trump promised Rural America he would repeal and replace Obamacare with something "terrific." He kept his promise.
(1 comments)


Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Howard Young board member opposes Marshfield Clinic's plan for new Minocqua facility
To the Editor:

I have been a resident of the Northwoods since 1974. During that time, I served as a lay professional at Ascension Lutheran in Minocqua and as pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River.


Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Reader weary of TrumpCare plan
To the Editor:

Candidate Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with "something terrific." The plan has now been released, and the only one using that adjective is Paul Ryan.


Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Sports
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Team review: RHS Alpine skiing
Despite the lack of practice and an overall lack of numbers, the Rhinelander High School Alpine ski team was competitive in the Northern Conference this season. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Registration underway for YMCA's Hodag Run
The YMCA of the Northwoods will hold the 11th annual Hodag Run For Your Life on Saturday, June 24, at Hodag Park.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Hodags turned corner late in season
Every team wants to finish the season playing its best and, despite a 10-14 overall record, the Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team felt like it did just that. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Circumstances hindered Hodags in 2016-17
The Rhinelander High School gymnastics team entered the 2016-17 season as the favorite to repeat as Great Northern Conference Small division champions and were an eyelash away from doing so, despite an injury-riddled season. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Hodag track competes in first meet of the season
While most of the team (and coaches) were away on spring break, Rhinelander High School added a track and field meet to its schedule, the first of the season.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Hodag BMXers compete in Minnesota
Several members of the Hodag BMX Club competed in a Gold Cup qualifier race Feb. 26 at Rum River BMX in Isanti, Minn.

There results were as follows...


Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Eagle River's Decker inks three-race deal with Venturini Motorsports of ARCA Series
Natalie Decker, a 19-year-old native from Eagle River has signed with the Venturini Motorsports for three upcoming races in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards. She is scheduled to compete in Elko, Minn., Toledo, Oh. and Pocono, Pa.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Outdoors
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DNR Spring Hearings coming April 10
The Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings will be held April 10 in every county across the state. The Oneida County meeting will be held at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. The Vilas County meeting will be held at the St. Germain Community Center. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Fish like a girl: Funding uncertain for many area lake organizations
Almost every lake association struggles with funding.

They all have projects they want to get completed on their lakes, but funding, or lack thereof, oftentimes is the driver that decides what does and does not get done. (subscriber access)


Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Several environmental questions posed on Spring Hearings questionnaire
This year the Department of Natural Resources' annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing and Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual Spring County Conservation Meeting, which is held yearly in April, contains several questions not related to fish and wildlife, but to environmental issues. These questions are put forth to stakeholders in the state by the environmental committee. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE: Meet the muskrat
It's been a long time since I have seen a clump of green foliage slowly swimming its way across the surface of Birch Lake.

The foliage of course was being carried in the jaws of a muskrat, and we don't seem to have those critters on our lake anymore.


Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Record number of extended growth walleye stocked in 2016 with more to come in 2017
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stocked a record number of extended growth walleye fingerlings in key Wisconsin waters in 2016, even as fish from the initial year of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are expected to begin reaching harvest size this year.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Hunkering honkers
A pair of trumpeter swans hunker down while buffeted by strong winds Wednesday March 8, on the Minocqua Thoroughfare in Woodruff.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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DNR spring hearings scheduled for April 10
The Department of Natural Resources annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing and Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual Spring County Conservation meetings will take place on April 10. There will be a meeting in each county in the state at 7 p.m. The meeting for Oneida County will take place at the James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. The Vilas County meeting will be held at the St. Germain Elementary School in St. Germain. (Subscriber access)

Saturday, March 11, 2017
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Education
Nicolet College | School District | Area schools (other)
JWMS students create permanent murals to decorate hallways
Sixth-grade students at James Williams Middle School created clay tile murals during third quarter of the school year.

According to the school, there are 91 tiles in each mural and students designed and created each mural under the direction of art teacher Josh Calhoun. These murals are on permanent display in the hallway at JWMS.


Saturday, March 18, 2017
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JWMS students perform random acts of kindness
Students and staff at James Williams Middle School participated in a Random Acts of Kindness Week in February. Every day had a different theme starting with teachers welcoming students with cheering and encouraging signs on Monday morning.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Teen Court panelist applications available
Oneida County UW-Extension is currently accepting applications for interested teens to serve on Teen Court.

"The Oneida County Teen Court program gives first time youth citation offenders, ages 10-16...


Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Three Lakes School honor rolls
The Three Lakes School District has announced its junior high and high school honor roll for the second quarter 2016-2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Kiwanis recognizes RHS seniors
The Kiwanis Club of Rhinelander recognized two outstanding RHS seniors at its weekly meeting. Seth Brown, left, has been involved in drama, the robotics team, FBLA/DECA, show choir, and solar club. He was the Wisconsin Ambassador of Music in 2016 and honored as Exemplary Solo at State Solo Ensemble.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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NCES students show off Project Day creations
HARSHAW - Students at Northwoods Community Elementary School got hands-on with science as they created projects and showed off their knowledge to parents Thursday afternoon. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Rhinelander students compete at DECA state
Fifteen Rhinelander High School students competed at the Wisconsin DECA Career and Development Conference last week in Lake Geneva.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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