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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Danny Zuiker has spent a lot more time on the water recently. It is a small consolation for the Rhinelander High School senior who was supposed to be manning second base for the Hodag baseball team this spring and the Rhinelander Post 7 Rebels this summer.


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New brief in Guild case: 'The defendant should not be allowed to circumvent the open records law'
Former Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild was the legal custodian of records requested by the Northwoods River News back in 2018 and "should not be allowed to fall back on the discretionary act immunity, as he never used discretion, rather he intentionally and blatantly refused to comply to the request," Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek argues in a brief filed July 7 in response to Price County Circuit Judge Kevin Klein's request for an additional written submission explaining the theory of the state's misconduct in public office case against Guild to include relevant legal authority. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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News
Thompson hits the ground running as UW System president
Former Governor Tommy Thompson began his tenure as the interim president of the UW System with gusto this past week, naming a transition team and setting up an online "listening post" for citizens to give the "listener in chief" their input. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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OC health department makes change in policy of naming businesses
The Oneida County health department has made a change in the way it names businesses and locations where people might have come into close contact with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the county's health officer said this past week. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Free COVID-19 testing in Rhinelander July 14
The Oneida County Health Department has requested and will receive assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard to scale up COVID- 19 nasal swab testing.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Republicans win major lawsuit on voting rules
In a unanimous decision this week, a U.S. court of appeals sided with Wisconsin Republicans and reinstated early voting uniformity and residency requirements for certain elections. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Hair sample leads to child neglect charge against local mother
A 24-year-old Rhinelander woman is facing a felony child neglect charge after a hair sample taken from her toddler child tested positive for several controlled substances. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce supports retailers during Shop Local week
The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce's ongoing Buy Local campaign continues this week with Shop Local week.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Minocqua man draws 25 years in prison for child sexual assault
A 28-year-old Minocqua man convicted of first-degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a child under age 13) was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison to be followed by 15 years extended supervision. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Community
Time capsule found at former Newbold School
In 2005, following two failed referendums to fund their maintenance and operational costs, the School District of Rhinelander closed Newbold, Pine Lake, West and Curran elementary schools. But when those doors closed, another opened for one Northwoods family. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Blending old and new: Rhinelander Historical Society unveils new virtual tour, website
While the Rhinelander Historical Society Museum remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhinelander Historical Society board members have implemented virtual alternatives to keep visitors in the loop during these uncertain times and beyond. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Northern Advantage Job Center to host drive-through job fair July 15
The North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB) and the Northern Advantage Job Center in Rhinelander are partnering to bring prospective employees and employers together.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Sell your extras at the Hodag Farmers Market
In a previous article I mentioned a vendor who has been bringing lovely garden plants to sell at the market. He divided some of his overgrown perennial plants, placed them in pots and brought them to the Hodag Farmers Market. This is a very good way to make a bit of money on something you have readily on hand. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Rhinelander District Library kicks off virtual summer reading program
Beginning July 13 and running through Aug. 28, the Rhinelander District Library (RDL) will host its 2020 summer reading program online with the theme "Imagine Your Story: Fairy Tales, Mythology and Fantasy." (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Northwoods artists' work on display at Rhinelander store
With pristine lakes and picturesque pinery as far as the eye can see, it's no wonder artists of all walks of life call the Northwoods home. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Fostering community and creativity: Spotlight on Lakeland Art League
In recent years, the Northwoods' astounding arts scene has attracted many to the area, welcoming artists of all flavors to showcase their unique, out-of-the-box creations, and benefitting the community's aesthetic in the process. Local businesses and organizations across the area provide ample opportunity for artists to display their work and engage in other arts-related events and workshops, but for one local artist, that's just the tip of the iceberg. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Opinions
Reader responds to June 30 Our View
To the Editor:

There you go again: consuming a whole page on bashing "unelected bureaucrats" [30 June]. The allegation that bureaucrats are a threat to individual liberty is ludicrous in the midst of a pandemic, when we need the best people to advise and act to preserve life without which liberty is meaningless.


Friday, July 10, 2020
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Kudos to parents and teenagers
To the Editor:

My husband and I went to the Briq's Soft Serve for ice cream last Saturday evening June 27. Instead of sitting at one of the picnic tables we took our cones and walked down to the green space at the end of the block. From that space we could watch two teenage girls skateboarding up and down the Brown Street sidewalk. The amazing thing about this was that they were both wearing masks. At the time, they were definitely social distancing and outside, so a mask would not be totally mandatory but here they were enjoying themselves and wearing masks.


Friday, July 10, 2020
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'Make our democracy strong again'
To the Editor:

Does your November candidate, Republican or Democrat, pledge to support the non-partisan map drawing process after the 2020 Census? If Wisconsin's current partisan process continues with incumbents feeding us "it is my constitutional duty" to draw these maps, political gridlock will continue along with back and forth yelling and very little will get done. Democracy gets weaker and weaker; people's voices are heard less and less.


Friday, July 10, 2020
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Of masks and seat belts
To the Editor:

Individual rights and freedoms have been an important part of our country since its beginning. But with those rights come responsibilities. Recently, it seems that individual rights have taken precedent over everything else. COVID-19 has brought this issue to a head. People say they have the right of personal preference when it comes to wearing masks and social distancing. Unfortunately, the issue has become hotly political and health officials have been vilified for simply trying to do their job to protect the public's health.


Friday, July 10, 2020
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Reader thanks law enforcement emergency personnel
To the Editor:

When little girls and boys are asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" quite often the answer is "I want to be a policeman or a fireman." 

Children have always admired these two professions, not because they enforce the law but because in a child's mind they are there to help, to protect.


Friday, July 10, 2020
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Reader shares thoughts on protective equipment
To the Editor:

Some people in Rhinelander who persist in wearing COVID-19 masks are being ridiculed for doing so. It seems, to some others, that the danger is over and the masks are no longer needed.


Friday, July 10, 2020
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The second wave
Some experts say the recent surge in COVID-19 cases may represent a second wave of infection sweeping through the country, while others think it is still the first wave, and still others think we're somewhere in between, kind of like a wave-and-a-half.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Sports
Northwoods Fastpitch teams compete in Michigan
The Northwoods Fastpitch softball club, featuring players from the greater Rhinelander, Lakeland and Eagle River areas, got back on the diamond June 27-28 when it traveled to Houghton, Mich. for a tournament.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Larson, Larock among new winners in Eagle River Speedway special
On a hot and humid Fourth of July Eve, 39 cars signed in for some hot racing action at Eagle River Speedway.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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UW study: No school, sports during pandemic having negative impact on Wisconsin student-athletes
A study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has concluded that the school and sports cancellations prompted by the coronavirus pandemic to date "appear to be associated with significant, negative impacts on the health and well-being of Wisconsin adolescent athletes."

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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YMCA of the Northwoods to hold 20th annual golf scramble July 17
The YMCA of the Northwoods will hold its 20th annual charity golf scramble, Friday, July 17 at Pinewood Country Club in Harshaw.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Aho goes wire-to-wire in Eagle River Speedway B-Mods
Defending champion Jesse Aho of Twin Lakes led every lap, and dodged four caution periods, to capture the B-Mod feature at Eagle River Speedway Tuesday night, June 30.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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RHS coaches encouraged by WIAA winter sports changes
The WIAA during its June 24 Board of Control meeting approved a number of changes that will impact winter sports teams beginning in either the 2020-21 or the 2021-22 season.

Friday, July 3, 2020
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WBCA cancels All-Star basketball games
The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches association announced late last week that it has canceled its WBCA All-Star Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. Four members of the Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team were scheduled to take part in the event.



Friday, July 3, 2020
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Outdoors
Natural Resources Board reviews responses to questions posed during spring hearings
During the June Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife regulation policy specialist Scott Karel reviewed some of the results of the DNR and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) spring hearings questions. Each year questions are posed to the public from the department, the WCC, various advisory committees to the DNR, and the NRB itself. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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What goes into running a bass tournament
Under normal circumstances, running a tournament, or a series of tournaments, can be a big undertaking. This year we had a new twist to it all. As many know, I am the tournament director for the Wisconsin River Series. We usually have four qualifying tournaments and a two-day championship. Of course, our tournament in early May had to be canceled due to the pandemic and the governor's Safer at Home order.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Wisconsin Explorer program lets kids solve mysteries, earn patches
The Wisconsin Explorer program lets kids solve mysteries and earn patches. I happen to think it is a great fun to see kids in the outdoors learning and exploring. They have a natural desire to explore and learn. (subscriber access)

Friday, July 10, 2020
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A loon grows up
Maybe you have a loon pair nesting on your lake. You're hoping nothing befalls the nest, like black flies that drive the mom and dad away, or a motor boat wake that washes the egg or eggs off the nest and into the water.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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DNR shuts down hunter safety classes in Oneida County
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office has canceled its hunter safety course scheduled for next week after the Department of Natural Resources refused to recognize the classes, prompting a firestorm of criticism against the DNR from the sheriff's department, state lawmakers, outraged sports clubs, and others. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 19, 2020
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Clean Boats Clean Waters training helps volunteers educate others
While we all continue to navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, we've learned to adjust how we learn. This includes online training sessions and meetings.

Friday, June 12, 2020
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Oneida County outdoor recreation committee discusses park shelters
One of items on the agenda for the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee's June meeting, held last week, was to discuss the reopening of the Judy Swank shelter as well as the Rudolph shelter at Almon Park. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 12, 2020
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Education
Nicolet College Northwoods Pride Festival Canceled
Saturday, June 27 would have been the 4th annual Northwoods Pride Festival at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, however, the event was canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Rhinelander High School seniors receive scholarships totaling $196,990
The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation (RASF), along with Rhinelander High School, held its annual scholarship awards ceremony Sunday, May 17.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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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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