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Friday, December 6, 2019
The Oneida County Courthouse has been decorated for the Christmas season, complete with three trees, wreaths, lights and other festive touches. (subscriber access)


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City planning commission OKs CUP, site plan for Hodag Sports Complex
Jamie Taylor/River NewsJohn Kneer, president of Rettler Corporation, and Robert Thom, School District of Rhinelander director of business services (foreground), walk the members of the city planning commission through the design plan for the Hodag Sports Complex Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, 2019.
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John Kneer, president of Rettler Corporation, and Robert Thom, School District of Rhinelander director of business services (foreground), walk the members of the city planning commission through the design plan for the Hodag Sports Complex Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, 2019.
The conditional use permit (CUP) and site plan for the Hodag Sport Complex, complete with air-supported dome, received approval from the city of Rhinelander planning commission Tuesday night. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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News
OC admin committee struggles with funding possibilities
To borrow or not to borrow, that's the question facing Oneida County's administration committee, and they came to no conclusion at a meeting this past week, setting up another session next week. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Oneida Vilas Transit Commission adopts route changes
Passengers utilizing the Eagle Eye route provided by the Northwoods Transit Connections will see changes to the route come January. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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New charge filed against convicted sex offender
A man accused of failing to uphold the requirements of his status as a convicted sex offender has entered a not guilty plea to the charge. He is also facing new charges alleging contempt of court. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Rhinelander police detective pushes for local Boys and Girls Club
Community residents interested in opening a Boys and Girls Club in Oneida County will hold an informational meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in room 207 of Nicolet College's Northwoods Center. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Evers whips out executive pen, signs several bills
Until very nearly the end, it was one of the slowest years in decades for new bills being enacted into law, but in the past several weeks Gov. Tony Evers has let the ink flow, signing scores of bills. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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Noble enters not guilty pleas to drug charges at arraignment
A 59-year-old St. Germain man who once faced a negligent homicide charge, along with a number of drug charges, entered not guilty pleas at his arraignment Nov. 18. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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New veterans program coming to Oneida, Vilas counties
Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Javenkoski is happy to have an additional service she can offer the people she likes to refer to as "my veterans."

Last week, at the most recent meeting of the Oneida County board's social services committee, Debbie Meye, a representative for a federal program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families, made a presentation and expressed her intent to add Oneida County to the 10 northern Wisconsin counties she serves with the SSVF. (subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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Community
Santa Claus is coming to town: Christmas parade, tree lighting Dec. 7
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand Saturday evening, Dec. 7 for the annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony in downtown Rhinelander. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Salvation Army bell ringers needed
The Rhinelander and Minocqua Salvation Army chapters are in need of more bell ringers. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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CoVantage Cares Foundation pledges $150,000 in matching funds
CoVantage Cares Foundation has announced the kickoff of its annual two-week fundraising campaign. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Three Lakes Lions Club to host annual children's Christmas party Dec. 14
The Three Lakes Lions Club will host its annual children's Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 14 at Bonnie's Lakeside starting at noon. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest open for 2020 entries
The 17th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2020 competition until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Violinist Randy Sabien in concert at Nicolet Dec. 10
Acclaimed violinist Randy Sabien loves the holiday season - especially the holiday music tradition.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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Tavern League of Wisconsin promotes SafeRide Program
The Tavern League of Wisconsin recently kicked off a statewide advertising buy promoting their award winning SafeRide Program.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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Opinions
Our View
Oneida County has a big decision to make, and taxpayers should look closely at what they choose to do. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Lessons of service
Veterans serve our nation with honor. None of us did it for the money, the medals or the accolades. We are deployed to places where everyday citizens are oppressed, facing enemies that stand for tyranny and terror. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Fixing local government: Is it impossible?
To the Editor:

"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

In the midst of ongoing chaos at City Hall, I'd like to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of support for my role in trying to move our city forward, while also taking on the much more difficult (and for now seemingly impossible) job of trying to keep our government within the law.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Our View
Only days ago we opined in these pages about the terrible state of open government in the Northwoods, in Wisconsin, and indeed across the entire country. We wrote then that open government was in trouble, with a capital T, and we still believe it is. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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Our View
We begin this week by quoting the words of the immortal Harold Hill in "The Music Man":

"Friend, either you're closing your eyes To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated .... Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City." (subscriber access)


Saturday, November 23, 2019
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A great Veterans Day
To the Editor:

Thank you to all the people who made this past Veterans Day very special. I attended the breakfast and ceremony at Lakeland High School and then headed to Rhinelander.


Thursday, November 21, 2019
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860 million words and a hiccup
I lost count of the number of times my name was mentioned during Monday's Rhinelander City Council meeting. It might have been a dozen, give or take. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 16, 2019
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Sports
Hodag hockey clobbers Chequamegon co-op 12-2
Harlan Wojtusik scored five times, Jake Losch added a couple of tallies and the Hodags blasted the Chequamegon co-op 12-2 in Park Falls.

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Team preview: RHS gymnastics
The Rhinelander High School gymnastics team will not have a lot of depth this season but their goal is to remain in the mix in the Great Northern Conference Small division.

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Second-half surge
The Hodags won the final six races, outscoring Tomahawk 64-28 in the process, to defeat the Hatchets 105-65 in a Great Northern Conference dual meet at Hatchet pool.

Thursday, December 5, 2019
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RHS gymnastics team plans to hold holiday youth camp
The Rhinelander High School gymnastics team plans to hold a three-day gymnastics camp Dec. 26-28 at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.



Thursday, December 5, 2019
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SPASH dominates Hodags 89-63
Stevens Point shot an even 50% from the field, led by Evan Vollendorf's 29-point effort, and routed the Hodags 89-63 at the SPASH Fieldhouse.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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Team preview: RHS boys' swimming
Last year the Rhinelander High School boys' swim team returned to glory, snapping a 25-year drought without an individual title and placing third overall at the WIAA Division 2 state meet. The question for this year's squad - which returns four of its six state qualifiers from last year - is what can it do for an encore?

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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Hodag hoops squanders lead, falls to Shawano 60-59
Just about anything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Rhinelander High School boys' basketball team in the second half of its season opener Tuesday night at Shawano.

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Outdoors
Opening weekend harvest numbers down
The preliminary harvest totals from opening weekend of the gun deer season are in and the numbers are down from a year ago. This year in Wisconsin, 90,286 deer were harvested by gun and registered during the opening weekend in comparison to 123,090 deer taken during the 2018 opener. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Natural reaction
For opening day of deer hunting this year I returned to my hometown and my home marsh, which I have not hunted for years. Located just outside of Beaver Dam, Shaw Marsh is 900 acres of public wilderness surrounded by an ocean of farm fields. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Wild science
One of Wisconsin's great treasures is its abundance and diversity of wildlife. From bears and beavers to ducks and deer, the Dairy State has it all. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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The Lake Where You Live
As the education coordinator for Friends of Birch Lake, I get messages this time of year from folks who don't live here full-time, wondering about the state of the lake's ice. So it falls to me to check it out and give a report. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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2019 gun deer season preview
The 2019 deer gun season opens today, Saturday, Nov. 23, and despite last winter, which saw severe Winter Severity Index (WSI) readings across the north, hunters in the Northwoods should encounter a healthy deer herd. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 23, 2019
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Natural Reaction
In 2017 a deer in Lincoln County, near the Oneida County border, tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). In 2018 two deer within two miles of that deer tested positive in Oneida County. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 23, 2019
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Northwoods Wildlife Center accepting deer heart donations
Hunters who harvest a deer this year can show a little heart and donate their deer heart to the Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC). (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 16, 2019
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Education
Rhinelander High School named a state finalist in national STEM contest
Approximately 100 Rhinelander High School students working on possible solutions to the community's water contamination problem are state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Kindness matters at Pelican
Mrs. Belanger's students have been learning all about the word kindness in morning meetings. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Crescent school students make cards and letters for veterans
Mrs. May's fifth-grade class at Crescent Elementary School recently made cards and letters for local veterans, family and staff members in honor of the veterans that have served, or those who continue to serve, our country. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Elementary athletics revived at Rhinelander schools
The School District of Rhinelander has announced it has revived elementary sports at the district's elementary schools. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Grandparents Day celebration held at Crescent Elementary School
Crescent Elementary School fifth graders recently celebrated the end of their first English Language (EL) module about human rights by hosting a special event. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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Guest speaker to address teen technology use and misuse Dec. 16
Guest speaker Justin W. Patchin is coming to Rhinelander Dec. 16 to lead a series of presentations for students and the community about teen technology use and misuse, the School District of Rhinelander has announced in a press release. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 23, 2019
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Rhinelander FBLA/DECA takes on Trick or Can food drive
The Rhinelander FBLA/DECA has announced that its Trick or Can food drive collected a grand total of 1,888 food items for the Rhinelander Food Pantry. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 23, 2019
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