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Thursday, April 2, 2020
On March 19, 1980 a local couple disovered the remains of an adult male while hiking along a private snowmobile trail four miles north of Rhinelander on Highway 17. Four decades later, the body still has not been identified. (subscriber access)


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City Council debates loaning money to local businesses
The Rhinelander Common Council conducted business for approximately one hour and 40 minutes Monday afternoon before the meeting - the first since the state restricted gatherings to less than 10 people - had to be adjourned abruptly to avoid a violation of the state's open meetings law. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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News
As lockdowns intensify, political resistance, constitutional concerns grow
It started on change.org, a petition drive to end the intensifying shutdowns of businesses and shut-ins of people across Wisconsin and the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification a second and third person in Oneida County have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The individuals are in their 60's and 80's and are unrelated to each other or the first case of COVID-19 diagnosed on Friday, March 27. The individuals are currently in isolation. County health officials are working to determine how the individuals may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the positive cases had close contact with.

With the two additional cases identified, it is reasonable to believe that there is now community spread of the virus in Oneida County. The term "community spread" means there is no known source of the disease, such as a recent contact with an infected person or travel from an area with a high number of cases.


Sunday, March 29, 2020
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River News to make temporary adjustments in response to COVID-19
To our readers:

We at The Northwoods River News want to assure you, our readers, that our staff will continue to work diligently to bring you the most up-to-date and thorough Rhinelander area news.


Saturday, March 28, 2020
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A changing landscape: Local businesses confront uncertainty amid COVID-19 pandemic
In a time of unparalleled uncertainty brought on by a global public health emergency, local business owners are facing a minefield of decisions, knowing that their choices will have a long-term impact on their customers, their employees and themselves. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Vilas County confirms two cases of COVID-19
Late Wednesday afternoon the Vilas County Public Health Department confirmed the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the county.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Judge denies Plude motion for sentence modification
A Vilas County judge last week rejected a motion for sentence reduction filed by attorneys representing Doug Plude. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Oneida County social services committee hears COVID-19 reports
The Oneida County board's social services committee met Tuesday to hear updates on the veterans services and social services departments' response to the COVID-19 health crisis. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Community
Ascension Medical Group launches drive-through COVID-19 testing
Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin has launched its next wave of drive-through testing locations for COVID-19.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Tim Cavanagh delivers slap-happy comedy show at Nicolet
Comedian Tim Cavanagh performed his one-man variety show at (and around) the Nicolet stage on March 14 in front of a nearly sold-out crowd, a testament to the loyalty of his Midwest following and the general urgency to find laughter and connection in the midst of the recent coronavirus-related social isolation. (subscriber access)

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Rhinelander Area Food Pantry still distributing food
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry wants the public to know it is still open for business. (subscriber access)

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Over $24,000 raised through Kiwanis Escapes event
With the overwhelming support of local businesses and community supporters, the Rhinelander Kiwanis Club raised over $24,000 at its 33rd annual Winter Escapes Extravaganza. (subscriber access)

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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COVID closures: Northern Lakes Center closed; no PEP distribution this weekend
Community and non-profit organizations continue to make changes in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (subscriber access)

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Marshfield Clinic Health System creates COVID-19 Community Support Fund
In response to the challenges presented by the coronavirus, Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan have established the Marshfield Clinic Health System/Security Health Plan COVID-19 Community Support Fund.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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Aspirus and Ascension establish phone lines for COVID-19 questions
To prevent the spread of the virus and provide the most appropriate care to the communities served, Aspirus and Ascension Wisconsin have both established a phone line for people concerned they might be infected with COVID

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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Opinions
Truth and error - Supervisor Jensen responds to letter
To the editor:

It was Benjamin Franklin that said, "When men differ in opinion both sides ought equally to have the advantage of being heard by the public." and "When Truth and Error have fair play the former is always an overmatch for the latter."


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Reader shares thoughts on city administrator
To the Editor:

I believe that Mr. Guild should be relieved of his duties as city administrator without severance pay.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Family caregivers need a plan for taking care of elders while staying safer at home
Dear Editor,

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread across Wisconsin, the nation and the world, health officials have made it clear that older adults and those with chronic health conditions are particularly susceptible to the effects of this dangerous respiratory illness.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Reader questions county official's message to seasonal residents
To the Editor:

On Sunday, Channel 12 news reported that Vilas County board chairman (Ron) DeBruyne stated that he would ask people not travel to the Northwoods in an effort to lessen the exposure of the Northwoods elderly population to the coronavirus. (subscriber access)


Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Right now, a time for shared sacrifice
These are tough times, and in tough times Americans unite.

In so many crises, citizens have come together to equally bear the burden of battle; they have shared in the sacrifice. (subscriber access)


Thursday, March 26, 2020
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A glimmer of light in a Dark State
Of all the Sunshine Weeks we have covered, this is simultaneously one of the most discouraging ones and one of the best ones.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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Sunshine Week 2020
In honor of Sunshine Week - a celebration and advocacy of open government - The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper's 2020 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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Sports
It's not goodbye, it's see you later
With each passing day, the reality of the situation grows clearer and clearer. The COVID-19 pandemic is going to have a profound impact on all of us that will extend far beyond my perch at the sports desk. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Hodags' Van Zile earns AP All-State honors
Rhinelander High School senior Kenedy Van Zile received another honor this week in recognition of her strong season for the girls' basketball team. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Rhinelander Soccer Club suspends activities through April 30
As a result of the ongoing health crisis, and in consideration of the safety and wellness of our members, WYSA (Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association) and the Rhinelander Soccer Club are suspending all activities through April 30, 2020, the club announced this week on its Facebook page.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Team review: RHS/NPHS Alpine skiing: Fast squad had Hodags near top of Northern Conference
The Rhinelander/Northland Pines Alpine ski and snowboard team had a little more depth this year compared to years past. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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Rhinelander's Kraemer honored as WISTCA District 2 track coach of the year
Last month, Rhinelander High School track and field coach Aaron Kraemer received one more accolade for the Hodag boys' remarkable 2019 turnaround season.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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WIAA Board of Control cancels annual meeting; postpones decision on spring sports season
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted Thursday to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting and to delay making a determination on the continuation or cancellation of the spring sports seasons and tournaments.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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Nicolet bank donates to rba
Members of the Rhinelander Basketball Association eighth-grade girls' traveling team display duffle bags they received through a donation from Nicolet National Bank to the RBA.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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Outdoors
A great guide to growing your own food
With many Northwoods residents stuck inside, or staying home, we are all looking for more things to do at home and more ways to stay occupied. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Many meetings move to online format
Lakes and Rivers Convention online registration open

Due to concerns over COVID-19 and Gov. Evers' recent "Safer at Home" order, the annual Lakes and Rivers Convention, scheduled to be held in the beginning of April at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn and Convention Center, has been moved online. (subscriber access)


Saturday, March 28, 2020
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The Lake Where You Live: Rulseh ponders what matters most
The evening sun dips into purple above the treetops, casting a mellow light across Birch Lake, where grandson Tucker and I, jig rods in hand, hunch over holes drilled in the ice. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Snowmobile trails close in Oneida and Vilas counties, still open in Iron
The Northwoods snowmobile season is coming to close, as both Oneida and Vilas counties announced earlier this week the closures of trails. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 14, 2020
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Fish Like A Girl
I am like a kid in a candy store when I have a new field guide. I love them, and there are so many of them out there. Enthusiasts can find field guides dedicated to plants, animals, insects, fish and any other thing, truly, that may be of interest. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 14, 2020
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Bonus spring turkey harvest authorizations on sale March 16
Starting March 16, spring turkey bonus harvest authorizations go on sale for each of the seven spring turkey hunting zones. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 14, 2020
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Top guides to present at Musky Seminar April 3, 4 at Nicolet College
Musky anglers looking to stack the odds in their favor are invited to join some of the top musky guides in the country for the 2020 Musky Seminar Friday night and all day Saturday, April 3 and 4, at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 14, 2020
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Education
Artist-in-residence works with Rhinelander students on tree election project
The School District of Rhinelander, in partnership with ArtStart and Nicolet College, recently hosted its second artist-in-residence as part of the Culture Tap program launched in fall 2019. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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RHS featured in 'The Most Important Class You Never Had' documentary
Rhinelander High School (RHS) was recently featured in a 37-minute documentary following the stories of eight remarkable high school teachers and classrooms from around the nation. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Elementary students learn about birds of prey during visit to CAVOC
On March 12 first graders from Northwoods Community, Crescent, Pelican, and Central Elementary Schools visited the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC), to learn how birds use their body parts to survive in the wild. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Saturday, March 21, 2020
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School District of Rhinelander to start free meal distribution Monday
The United States Department of Agriculture has approved the plan that School District of Rhinelander food service manager Pat Karaba designed to provide meals to district students during the state-mandated closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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School district taking steps to continue educating special education students
According to a letter to parents of School District of Rhinelander special education students from Maggie Peterson PhD, director of learning support/student services, the district is putting a plan in place so that special education students can receive instruction on "Continuity of Learning" days.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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How to talk to kids about coronavirus
As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
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