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Friday, April 26, 2019
After losing their first 10 games to bad weather, the Rhinelander High School softball team finally got on the diamond Tuesday night and a young Hodag squad turned in a respectable showing against one of the Great Northern Conference's better outfits.


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State, defense make closing arguments in Mendez murder trial; verdict expected Tuesday
Jamie Taylor/River NewsDefense attorney Peter Prusinski displays a Park City Credit Union membership card during his closing argument in the Robin Mendez murder trial Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
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Defense attorney Peter Prusinski displays a Park City Credit Union membership card during his closing argument in the Robin Mendez murder trial Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
The trial of Robin "Bob" Mendez, accused of striking his wife Barbara from behind as she completed closing tasks at the former Park City Credit Union in Minocqua at approximately 5:15 p.m. April 28, 1982, wrapped up Wednesday with closing arguments from Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek and defense attorney Peter Prusinski. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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News
One of five city employees who signed 'no confidence' letter resigns
Rhinelander city administrator Daniel Guild's administrative assistant Stephanie Rajnicek, one of five people who signed a "no confidence" declaration last month questioning the administrator's ability to lead the city, has resigned. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Nursing assistant accused of assaulting patients pleads not guilty
An 18-year-old Arbor Vitae man accused of sexually assaulting patients at a Minocqua residential facility where was working as a nursing assistant has entered not guilty pleas to all charges. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Minocqua man charged with child sexual assault
A 31-year-old Minocqua man was charged Monday with first-degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a child under age 13) after a child reported an assault that reportedly took place several years ago while the child was sleeping. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Judge drops felonies in Mercer School Board case
Five felony cases against current and former Mercer School Board members were dropped Monday morning in Iron County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Changing dynamics of hiring, retaining employees topic of Nicolet HireUp event May 3
Attracting and retaining top talent is becoming increasingly challenging for virtually all businesses across the Northwoods. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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KerberRose brings electronic recycling event to Rhinelander
Locally owned KerberRose Certified Public Accountants will host Recycle Fest in partnership with Norsec Computer Recyclers LLC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Hodag Water Shows files claim against city over damaged ski jump ramp
At the end of March, Rhinelander parks director Jeremy Biolo discovered that the ski jump ramp belonging to the Hodag Water Shows (HWS) that is stored at Hodag Park had suffered severe damage. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Community
Rhinelander students earn first place at Nicolet's high school business competition
Rhinelander High School students Alexis Pyrchalla, Andrea Olds, Emilee Pontell and Payton Johnson displayed their knowledge of business-related subjects and earned top honors at the recent High School Business Jeopardy Competition at Nicolet College. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Nicolet's Gatton earns nurse educator distinction
Nicolet College nursing instructor Amy Gatton recently received the distinguished nurse educator certification from the National League for Nursing, recognizing her specialized knowledge, skills, and excellence in teaching. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Erie Insurance, St. Pat's Swap Meet support Rhinelander Area Food Pantry
Erie Insurance recently donated $2,000 to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Martinis in May coming May 4
The St. Germain Chamber of Commerce has announced the sixth annual Martinis in May will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Whitetail Inn. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Minocqua to host screening of 'Around the Corner With John McGivern' on June 11
Wisconsin Public Television and the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce will host a free community screening of the Minocqua episode of the hit public television show "Around the Corner With John McGivern." (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Performing in 'The Crucible' a dream come true for Lynch
Actor Charles Lynch has performed in more than 70 different plays with seven different theater troupes over the past 25 years. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Veterans Benefits Expo in Rhinelander April 26
A multi-county Veterans Benefits Expo is being held at the Army National Guard Armory, 1136 Adams Way in Rhinelander from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Opinions
Reader shares observations of City Council meeting
To the Editor:

I attended the April 22 Rhinelander City Council meeting and listening to the dysfunction was disheartening.


Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Reader shares thoughts on ATVs in the city of Rhinelander
To the Editor:

Rhinelander can not be designated primarily as a tourist town like surrounding municipalities. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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'Real democracy'
To the Editor:

There are a few simple principles of an authentic democracy. One person, one vote. Every vote is equal.


Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Justice is blind and corrupt
To the Editor:

It is said "Justice is Blind". Nowhere is that more true than in Chicago. An actor, Jussie Smollett, stages a fake hate crime, and hires two African-American men to fake a verbal and physical attack on Smollett.


Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Our view
Well, the Petco fiasco is behind us, and we have a lot more to say about that topic another time, but what caught our eye in Tuesday's county board debate were remarks by supervisor Bob Mott, when he talked about why the county needed to keep the Petco study committee going. (subscriber access)

Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Reader supports city employees
I don't feel I am seeing the transparency we were promised during the mayoral campaign and it is so disillusioning.
(1 comments)


Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW: Don't purge records of expunged cases
Wisconsin legislators are looking to reform current law governing the expungement of criminal records.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Sports
Hodag baseball struggles to split with Northland Pines
The last time a Rhinelander varsity-level team played at Stafford Field last summer, it was shocked by an Eagle River-based team. Rhinelander's first day at home this year ended in a similar manner.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Hodag track teams take second at Lakeland Relays
The Hodags collected nine first-place finishes as they finished second in both the boys' and girls' divisions of the Lakeland Relays Tuesday at River Valley Bank Field in Minocqua.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Hodag tennis sweeps Pacelli
The Rhinelander High School boys' tennis team played its first match on its own courts Thursday and maintained its Great Northern Conference lead in the process.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Hodag golfers take third in GNC opener
Rhinelander High School golf coach Adam Schmidt wasn't quite sure what to expect as the Hodags teed it up for the first time on Tuesday. The results were better than expected.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Hodags go winless at SPASH Invite
The Rhinelander High School boys' tennis team did not have the day it was looking for Saturday against three Division 1 programs. The Hodags went 0-3 on the day at the SPASH Invite in Stevens Point, winning only five matches in the process.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Shoutouts & Callouts
April 16, 2019 will mark the day that the Northern Edge and Lakeland co-ops were officially wed in girls' hockey matrimony. The date marks an important, but omnious day for the Northern Edge and Lakeland - and girls' hockey in general in the state.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Hayward addition eases GNC's football scheduling challenges
According to new RHS football coach Aaron Kraemer and activities director Brian Paulson, scheduling concerns are alleviated not only for the GNC, but statewide, now that the WIAA Board of Control has officially approved the creation of football-only conferences beginning in 2020.

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Outdoors
Turkey season begins
For turkey hunters whose minds have been gobbled up with visions of bagging a long beard, the wait is over. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Natural reaction
As my nephew, Truman Leisses, and I climbed our way up a massive hill through the early morning darkness last Saturday, the gobbles of turkeys, the colloquial cries of sandhill cranes and the honking of geese blended into perfect prehistoric harmony. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Vilas county CDAC sets a 200 antlerless deer quota for 2019 deer season
In March, the Vilas County Deer Advisory Council, which is overseeing a three-year plan to maintain the population of the county's deer herd, set a preliminary antlerless deer quota of 200 deer to meet its 2019 population goal. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Natural Resources Board approves 2019 migratory bird structure
Earlier this month, Taylor Finger, the Department of Natural Resources migratory game bird ecologist, presented the 2019 migratory bird season framework to the Natural Resources Board (NRB). (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Northwoods Wildlife Center celebrates 40th season with a baby shower
The Northwoods Wildlife Center is preparing for its 40th baby season by holding a baby shower. Spring has finally sprung and many of the hibernating mammals and reptiles are waking up from a very long winters nap. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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WFT and GLIFWC to do walleye count on Lake Minocqua
Walleye on the Minocqua chain of lakes are a treasure to all who fish them, and never has that been more apparent than over the last four years when an unprecedented collaboration of conservation groups, tribes, and government has been conducting a massive effort to strengthen their population. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Natural reaction: Seeing eye to eye with severe storms
Spring storms will soon be hovering above the Northwoods, and thankfully, there will be plenty of trained, local eyes on the skies watching for signs of severe weather. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Education
RHS students enter annual Congressional Art Competition
Two students enrolled in Mr. Josh Calhoun's Painting II class at Rhinelander High School recently entered their original artwork into the 2019 Congressional Art Competition which will be held in Wausau. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Kiwanis Honors Fab Lab members
The Kiwanis Club of Rhinelander recently honored members of the RHS Fab Lab. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation to host Spring Fling for Scholarships
The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation will host an evening of fun and fundraising Thursday, April 25 at Brown Street 151 in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Intense learning for Hodags during 2019 Spring Break in Spain
Yes, 27 students from the Spanish Club of Rhinelander High School (RHS) visited the land of Cervantes, España. Led by trip leader Señora Mara Krueger and assisted by chaperones Taylor Kloehn, Linda Goldsworthy, Denise Zalewski and Kelli Jacobi. These students had the time of their lives on a tour of Toledo, Granada, Ronda, Seville, Córdoba and Madrid.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Rhinelander teacher Lori Linsmeyer receives Herb Kohl Foundation Award
A $6,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2019 Teacher Fellowship was presented to Lori Linsmeyer, teacher at Crescent Elementary School in Rhinelander, at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl, Wisconsin philanthropist and businessman.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
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RHS junior class planning 'Spring in Tokyo' prom
The members of the Rhinelander High School Junior prom court are busy planning prom that will take place Saturday, April 27. The dance starts at 7 p.m. and will last until 11 p.m., with the Grand March at 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
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James Williams Middle School announces National History Day state qualifiers
Alex Johnson holds the Golden Ticket to the National History Day state competition in the Paper Category.
Alex Johnson holds the Golden Ticket to the National History Day state competition in the Paper Category.
For the sixth year in a row, James Williams Middle School has qualified student historians for a trip to the state National History Day competition. (subscriber access)

Saturday, April 6, 2019
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