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Multi-county expo showcases programs for veterans
The National Guard Armory in Rhinelander hosted a seven-county veterans expo April 21. Organizer Tammy Walters said the event took months to plan but it was all worthwhile. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 29, 2017

McLaughlin joins ArtStart as program and operations director
ArtStart has announced that Ashley McLaughlin of Rhinelander has joined the organization as its new director of programming and operations.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Jayasingha joins Ministry Medical Group
Ministry Health Care, part of Ascension, has welcomed Eromi Jayasingha, MD, to Ministry Medical Group's palliative medicine department.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Local conservative groups to host rally
The Northwoods Patriots, Vilas County Republicans and Oneida County Republicans will host a free event Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Derby Track in Eagle River.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Hodag hosts the Green and Gold
While the Packer Tailgate Tour has come, and gone in Rhinelander, a small committee of five had been quietly scrambling behind the scenes since August of 2016, to ensure that the event would be well received in the community. Until the official announcement was made, the group was sworn to secrecy. Months of planning went into bringing the event to life in Rhinelander on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

City of Rhinelander recognizes Federation Day
The city of Rhinelander recognized Federation Day Tuesday.

Mayor Dick Johns signed an official proclamation declaring April 24, 2017 Federation Day in Rhinelander in recognition of the General Federation of Women's Clubs 127th anniversary.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Community invited to observe National Day of Prayer May 4
The community is invited to observe the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 4 starting at noon in front of the Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander. The event will last approximately 30 minutes and will be held rain or shine, organizers said in a press release. This year marks the 66th annual National Day of Prayer.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Authors to participate in library's Free Comic Book Day celebration
The Rhinelander District Library will kick off its Free Comic Book Day celebration at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, when Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D., author of Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award book finalist, "Dick Tracy and American Culture," discusses the history of newspaper comic strips and comic books in the United States. This illustrated presentation will include discussion of comic art in the Midwest and Wisconsin, according to a library press release.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Three Lakes Center for the Arts to focus on Mental Health Awareness Month
From May 1 to May 31, the Three Lakes Center for the Arts (TLCA) will display an exhibit from "In A New Light," a therapeutic nature photography program at Northwest Passage. 
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Friends of NRA event April 29
The public is invited to attend the 15th annual Friends of NRA event Saturday, April 29 at the Hodag Banquet Center in Rhinelander.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

A night in greece
The Rhinelander High School junior class hosted prom Saturday evening at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium. The theme was "A Night in Greece." Pictured are 2017 King Colton Krueger and Queen Cara Dreifuerst. At left in the red dress is last year's queen Gracie Linsmeyer. At the far right is last year's king James Michniak. Court members are Cayla Fritz, Megan Jones, Alayna Franson, Maddie Meyer, Carly Seidl, Molly Wagler, Grant Gilbert, Markus Johnson, Owen White, Jared Fabich, Alec Kurtz, and Jack Kovac.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nicolet College hosts Northwoods Sustainability Fair
Many citizens, businesses and local organizations gathered Saturday at Nicolet College to share knowledge and educate themselves about environmental impacts, organic foods and the future of green energy.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hodag Hops and Vines draws a crowd
The seventh annual Hodag Hops and Vines microbrew and wine tasting event, hosted by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, drew approximately 300 people to the Hodag Banquet Center Saturday.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

District offering course on rising health care costs
The School District of Rhinelander community education program is offering a presentation that will cover how health care coverage works in retirement, the potential costs of health care and its impact on your retirement.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Remembering Jon: Mother keeps son's memory alive with Arbirthday event
Friends and loved ones of Jonathan Ottman will gather at the Birchwood Lodge, 3966 Moen Lake Road April 28 to celebrate both Arbor Day and Jon's life.

The event, called Arbirthday, will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The proceeds from the event will go to a scholarship for Rhinelander High School students in Jonathan's name.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Driven to work in theater, Gustafson embraces role in Nicolet Players' 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
Finding your way in life isn't always easy.

But for Northwoods native Josh Gustafson, the direction he would take became clear in the spring of 2011 when he first stepped on stage to perform in a play at Lakeland Union High School.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Driven to work in theater, Gustafson embraces role in Nicolet Players' 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
Preparing for his role as Mortimer, Josh Gustafson, left, rehearses a scene with Tony Jones, who plays Teddy, for the Nicolet Players' production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" May 5-7, and 11-14. Tickets are $7 and $9 and can be purchased online at or by calling (715) 365-4646.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

'It's not like something you can go get fixed': Alzheimer's Association member shares family experience
The Alzheimer's Association will host the 15th annual Memories and Melodies fundraiser April 22 at Holiday Acres. Social hour is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner of herb-baked chicken and carved roast top sirloin at 6:30 p.m. Dave Drivas will perform during the social hour.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Multi-county veterans expo April 21 in Rhinelander
Oneida County's veterans service officer Tammy Walters, in partnership with six other veterans service officers, will hold a Veterans Benefit Expo April 21.

"Veterans, family members, survivors and care givers from anywhere are welcome to attend," Walters said.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Healthy Kids Day 2017: Charging up for a healthy summer
Summer is almost here and the YMCA of the Northwoods wants to start it off right.

In a press release, YMCA officials note that with summer comes a change in children's routine.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chamber announces Summer Kickoff Celebration May 12 in Elcho
Summer is right around the corner and to commemorate National Tourism and Travel Week the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first "Summer Kickoff Celebration" May 12 in Elcho.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lions help fight diabetes
Rhinelander Lion Sandy Mode provides an eye screening to a community member attending Lions Diabetes Awareness Day.

Club members assist in screening for diabetes every year. The Rhinelander Senior Center provided room for the Lions to serve those persons wanting to be screened for diabetes, and eye screening.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Monroe-Kane to speak at library April 24
Charles Monroe-Kane will discuss his memoir, "Lithium Jesus" at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Rhinelander District Library.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fair to include pallet recycling contest
This year's Oneida County Fair will include a pallet recycling contest. Local individuals or groups are invited to bring projects for indoor or outdoor use that are made from recycled pallets, fair organizers said in a press release.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 YMCA Teen Character honorees announced
The 2017 Y Teen Character Awards Banquet were held Monday, April 10 at the Rhinelander Quality Inn.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter dash
The rain just barely held off as children, giddy with excitement, dashed for colorful Easter eggs Saturday at the annual Rhinelander Optimist Club Easter Egg Hunt at Pioneer Park.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Northwoods residents gather to support Medicare For All bill
A group of roughly 50 gathered at Torpy Park in Minocqua on April 7 to express their support for H.R. 676, also known as the Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nicolet College event April 20 encourages men to enter health care profession
Nicolet College nursing students Luke Freund and Nicholas Hamus didn't think twice about being young men studying for a profession traditionally thought of as mostly for women.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Helen Mears Art Contest inspires young artists
This year's Helen Mears Art Contest winners have been announced and their work is on display at ArtStart in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Egg safety for the holidays
Whether eggs are from a store or your local farmer, safe handling and cooking will reduce the chance of getting sick. Even the cleanest eggs that do not have cracks in the shell can contain salmonella, which can cause food- borne illness, often called "food poisoning." The following are recommendations from the Oneida County Health Department for handling, cooking, serving and storing eggs and egg dishes.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

FACT members meet with sheriff
Rhinelander High School FACT members Matthew O'Melia, Anna Eckardt and Anna Joerns met with Sheriff Grady Hartman recently to discuss the ongoing issues they are seeing with candy-flavored tobacco products. The group works to remind the community not to be fooled by Big Tobacco's manipulative lies as all tobacco is deadly no matter what it looks, smells or tastes like.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

VFW hosts 97th birthday bash for World War II vet
Friends and fellow veterans threw a surprise birthday bash April 5 for World War II veteran Carl Weidling. Fittingly, the party was held at VFW Post 3143 in Rhinelander where Weidling spends much of his time. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Benefit planned for day care owner battling cancer
A benefit is being planned to help a young mother and business woman battling breast cancer. The benefit for Amanda Engstrom will be held at Rosewood Barn - N10830 State Hwy. 17 S., Gleason - from 4 to 8 p.m. April 29.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Oneida and Vilas Land and Water to host special Earth Day event
In celebration of the 47th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), the Oneida and Vilas County land and water conservation departments will partner to host and present a special showing of "Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes," on the big screen.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

OCEDC annual luncheon April 28
Would you like to upskill your game by discovering how your business can plug into local students? Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) is looking to connect area employers and students through use of Inspire, a cloud-based platform by Career Cruising. To learn more, attend the OCEDC Annual Luncheon to be held at noon Friday, April 28 at Holiday Acres.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

First Weber supports NATH
First Weber Rhinelander agents Linda Moore and Tarah Rappley recently delivered a $1,000 check from the First Weber Foundation to the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing. The First Weber Foundation also sponsored the Green Bay Packer Tailgate Tour in Rhinelander to raise funds for Frederick Place, the local homeless shelter. Agents and staff pitched in at the event Friday and collected donations.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Alzheimer's Association to host 15th annual Memories and Melodies April 22
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Wisconsin Chapter has announced that the 15th Annual Memories & Melodies event will be held on Saturday, April 22 at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Peoples State Bank remodels Minocqua location
Peoples State Bank has announced it has completed the remodeling of its Minocqua location.

The 2,000-square-foot facility has been entirely remodeled to provide an improved banking experience for customers which was finalized in mid-March, according to a press release announcing the completion of the project.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Rhinelander Rotary Club throws 'roaring' gala at Holiday Acres
Holiday Acres in Rhinelander resembled a speakeasy Saturday evening as the Rhinelander Rotary Club threw a 1920s-themed bash complete with dazzling "flapper" dresses, long necklaces, feather boas, stylish hats, suspenders, suits and jazz. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Library foundation to host Spring Fling dinner
The public is invited to attend the Three Lakes Public Library Foundation's annual Spring Fling fundraising dinner on Wednesday, May 10. This year's event will be held at the Black Forest Pub and Grille with a social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m., organizers said in a press release. Early bird tickets are on sale now at the Demmer Library for $60 each until April 15. After April 15, they will be on sale for $75 each until May 1.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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