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they wanna be like mike
The annual Iron Mike 5K was held Saturday at Mike Webster Stadium. New this year, the public (at top) was able to participate in the run. Members of the Rhinelander football team (at left) raced while carrying a 40-pound weight. At right, sixth-grader Cal Laggis crosses Coolidge Avenue while Jared Fabich and Josh Randolph hold traffic. Laggis was the second overall finisher in the public race. The race is designed to honor the legacy of Rhinelander native (and pro football Hall of Famer) Mike Webster, and raise awareness of the impact of concussions.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Community supports YMCA at Denim and Diamonds Gala
The annual Denim and Diamonds gala, which benefits the YMCA of the Northwoods support campaign, lived up to its name Saturday as guests arrived at the Rhinelander Country Club decked out in casual and glam attire.

"I think it's a really fun theme," said Amy Ferguson, a first-time attendee.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Some gave all: Northwoods communities to honor the fallen
The Oneida County Veterans Council, consisting of members from the American Legion, American Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, invites all citizens to join them Monday, May 30, as they pause to remember and honor fallen military heroes who fought to create, preserve and defend the freedom of the United States of America. That ceremony, in Rhinelander, is one of many planned across the Northwoods.

Below is a schedule of local Memorial Day ceremonies...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Habitat for Humanity offering workshop for applicants
Those hoping to be chosen to receive the next Habitat for Humanity house can get assistance filling out the application form from 4 to 6 p..m. May 25 and 26 at Northern Coffee Haus.

Interested parties need to attend only one of the sessions. Children are welcome and refreshments will be available.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New 'Happy the Hodag' book to be released
Happy the Hodag, the brainchild of author/illustrator and Rhinelander native Jill Kuczmarski, is back and he's not alone.

Kuczmarski has announced the launch of her latest book "Hodag," which she describes as "a full-color, double story, rhyming picture book dedicated to hodags everywhere."

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Free car seat inspection event in Rhinelander June 6
A free car seat inspection event hosted by Ministry Medical Group, the Oneida County Health Dept., Safe Kids Wausau Area, and Kiwanis International will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. June 6 at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

The annual event is provided free to the community for families to get car seat inspections. Free car seats are also available based on need and income eligibility.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Health dept. warns about the dangers of heatstroke
Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That's why Oneida County Health Department has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rhinelander Roots photo contest winners announced
The city of Rhinelander Historic Preservation committee held a photo contest in conjunction with the recent Rhinelander Roots Celebration.

The following submissions were judged the winning photos.

Contemporary photo: "Thirty Below Zero at the Mill" by Retired Sgt. Benjamin James Tatrow. Vintage photo: "Rhinelander Paper Co.: Break Time Around the Old Stove, 1938," by Carl Anderson, submitted by Susanne Barcal. Barcal inherited Anderson's photo collection after he died in 2008.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Nicolet National Bank presents RASTA Rally May 22
Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA), will hold its annual mountain bike race, the Nicolet National Bank - RASTA Rally, on Sunday, May 22 with a 1 p.m. mass start, at the Washburn Lake Trails. New this year is beer sponsor Tribute Brewery.

Samples will be offered to the participants (21 and older), for non-participants, a small donation to RASTA would be welcomed.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Grunwald to speak at Minocqua Aglow meeting May 21
Joan Grunwald will be the guest speaker at the Minocqua Aglow meeting Saturday, May 21.

Her presentation is entitled "God's Encouragement that's Both Personal and Practical."

Minocqua Aglow is a Christian trans-denominational organization where men and women from teens to seniors come together to experience the love of God.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rhinelander District Library to hold seedling exchange
Did you plant too many seedlings this year? Have to thin out your plants?

The Rhinelander District Library will hold a seedling/plant exchange from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 for anybody interested in getting or giving away some plants.

For more information, call the Rhinelander District Library, at 715-365-1070.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Martinis in May winners announced
The St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the third annual Martinis in May event held May 7 at the Whitetail Inn.

The People's Choice Winner, presented by Cedaroma Lodge, was the Whitetail Inn with their "Pear"adise Martini. The same martini was also selected as the Judge's Choice Winner, presented by St. Germain Sport Marine.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Harlem Wizards visit schools prior to game against staff
Before taking the court Friday night for a charity game against the Hodag Hotshots, a team consisting of Rhinelander teachers and principals, members of the Harlem Wizards showed off their tricks at local schools.

The Wizards are a show basketball team akin to the Harlem Globetrotters. They perform basketball tricks at fundraisers across the country. (subscriber access)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Adopt healthy behaviors during Older Americans Month
The YMCA of the Northwoods is encouraging older adults in the community to eat healthy, get active and be social

May is Older Americans Month and the YMCA of the Northwoods is hoping all adults 50 years and older in the community get motivated and develop behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Oneida County DAV van drivers needed
The Oneida County Veterans Service Office is looking for volunteers to drive veterans to the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

The Oneida County DAV van is a free service that takes veterans who live in any county to the VA Medical Center. The route originates in Rhinelander and travels the "northern route" via Lake Tomahawk, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae, St. Germain, and Eagle River on Mondays and Tuesdays and the "eastern route" via Monico, Crandon, Laona, Cavour, and Armstrong Creek on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Tomahawk American Legion post to sponsor amplified phone program workshop
A state program that provides telephone vouchers for residents with hearing loss will be featured in a workshop May 19 sponsored by Tomahawk American Legion Post 93. The mission of this event is to reach out not only to local veterans with hearing loss but to the community at large, Post 93 officials said in a press release.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Autism and emergencies: Scholl Community Impact Group educates emergency services on special needs
There is never room for error in an emergency, and while emergency service professionals are trained to deal with an onslaught of unexpected scenarios, they are constantly trying to minimize as many surprises as possible - primarily through perpetual education. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016

American Legion Post 377 announces monthly pancake breakfast
American Legion Post 377, N11232 Elmo St., Elcho, is holding monthly pancake breakfasts on the third Sunday of the month.

The breakfast includes pancakes, potato pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

Cost is $6. All proceeds support various programs of the American Legion for Americanism, children and youth activities, national security & foreign relations, and veterans affairs & rehabilitation.

The next breakfast is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the American Legion Post.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Local girl a state finalist in the National Miss Wisconsin Pageant
Autumn Maree Shutte, 12, of Antigo has been chosen as a state finalist in the National Miss Wisconsin Pageant to be held Aug. 28 and 29 at the Chulla Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The pageant is held for girls ages 10 though 12, according to a press release announcing Shutte's involvement.

Shutte's activities include horseback riding, 4H Club, gymnastics, track and field, trombone and fashion design. She also enjoys reading and baking. She is currently co-owner of A & A Sweets and Treats.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Trees for Tomorrow announces summer programs
Trees For Tomorrow, a natural resources specialty school in Eagle River, has announces its new lineup of programs open to the public this summer.

"We offer programs for a wide variety of ages," environmental science educator Melanie Stewart, who also coordinates summer programming, said in a press release announcing the summer classes. "There's something for everyone this summer."

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Author, paranormal investigator to visit library
The Rhinelander District Library will welcome Wisconsin author Enid Cleaves and paranormal investigator Craig Nehring at 11 a.m. May 11.

The two will tell stories from recent investigations as well as personal encounters, library officials said in a press release. They will also sell and sign their new book "Wisconsin's Most Haunted," and other titles.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tech coalition bridges gap between small business and technology
The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced a new initiative to help small businesses embrace technology and compete against larger corporations. The Small Business Technology Coalition is comprised of multiple partners and offers education, training and technology to launch, grow and maintain small businesses. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Stay competitive in the small business market
Running a business successfully means staying competitive, particularly in small markets. To do this, owners should remain aware of changes and trends in business.

Whether these changes are in technology or public interest, tools are always available to help business owners stay competitive. (subscriber access)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Enchanted Doll Club to hold May meeting
The Enchanted Doll Club of the Northwoods will hold its next meeting on Thursday, May 26, at 1 p.m. The meeting is held in the conference room of the Eagle River Airport, 1311 Airport Road, Eagle River.

After the business meeting, Jill Helmke of Wausau, will present a program on Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls. These two dolls were designed based on illustrations in children's stories written by the American author, Johnny Gruelle. Gruelle patented the dolls in 1915 and they have been popular rag dolls for over 100 years.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Line dancing returns to Land O' Lakes
New line dancing classes are being offered this spring through LOLA, the Land O'Lakes Center for the Arts.

Gloria Anderson, the director of the StateLiners line dancing troupe, teaches the classes.

"Line dancing is a popular form of dance that anyone can do!" Anderson said in a press release announcing the classes. "It has been researched that dance of any kind is a healthy exercise. Some of the benefits of dance include...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Not Fade Away: 'Holly Buddies' make pilgrimage to Crystal Rock
A group of six Buddy Holly fans took a musical road trip recently to visit the venues where the famous musician and his band "The Crickets" performed before his untimely death in a plane crash. Last Friday, the group, known as the Holly Buddies, explored Crystal Rock near Rhinelander. Holly played there in July 1958 when the former roller rink was a ballroom. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mock trial team wraps up season, designs shirts to commemorate national record
The Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team recently celebrated the end of another successful season.

This year, the team won a record-setting 30th consecutive regional title, en route to a second-place finish in the state tournament. The team designed shirts to commemorate their national record of 30 back-to-back Regional titles.The back of the shirt reads: Regional Champs, 1987-2016, and repeats "back-to-back" 30 times.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chase the Hodag creative art contest deadline May 20
Young artists participating in the Chase the Hodag Creative Art Contest are encouraged to submit their work soon.

The deadline is Friday, May 20, contest organizers said in a press release.

"Students in grades K - 5 are encouraged to help the YMCA of the Northwoods design the 2016 Chase the Hodag Fun Run T-shirts by creating a picture that relates to the Chase the Hodag Kids Run," the release states.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Northwoods Jazz Camp coming to Holiday Acres
The 2016 Northwoods Jazz Camp will be held at Holiday Acres beginning the evening of Wednesday, May 11 and continuing through Saturday, May 14.

Aspiring students of jazz from college age to seniors will be arriving at Holiday Acres on May 11. A faculty of jazz professionals will teach instrumental and vocal master classes, improvisation, jazz listening (how to listen, and who to listen to, both old and new)...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Demmer Library to celebrate at spring fling
The Three Lakes Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Demmer Library are sponsoring the 15th annual Spring Fling Dinner to benefit the Demmer Memorial Library on Thursday, May 26 at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes.

The talented Woodland Strings will perform light classical selections as attendees socialize with their fellow library supporters, organizers said in a press release. The festivities will begin with a social hour at 5:30.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Slumberland reopens
The new Slumberland building, located at 1631 N. Stevens St., is complete. The new store opens for business last Saturday. Slumberland's hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lund and Taylor Bridal Gallerie to participate in Brides Across America gown giveaway
Brides Across America is proud is kicking off its annual Operation Wedding Gown giveaway event to be held July 5. Lund and Taylor Bridal Gallerie, 15 South Brown St. Rhinelander, will participate.

"In an effort to support our communities, Brides Across America will expand its efforts to include First Responders," the organization said in a press release. "Brides Across America and Lund and Taylor Bridal Gallerie will say thank you to military and now our first responder brides by giving away free gowns valued up to $5,000. Designers will vary and brides are encouraged to register early.'Operation Wedding Gown' has grown and we are excited to include first responders to this year's events."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Friends of the Library kickoff meeting set for May 16
The Rhinelander District Library, the Library Board of Directors, and RDL Foundation have announced the formation of a Rhinelander District Library Friends of the Library (RDLFOL). According to the Friends' Mission Statement, it is a volunteer organization whose primary purpose is to support the library through advocacy and volunteering.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Back to the past:  Historic Preservation Committee planning Rhinelander Roots Celebration
Do you ever wonder about the history of the businesses that line the streets of Rhinelander? Curious community members will have a chance to learn about the city's past during the first Rhinelander Roots Celebration set for 1 to 7 p.m. May 12 at City Hall, 135 S. Stevens St.

The event is free to the public and a social hour will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. It will include music, light food and drinks.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Peoples State Bank donates to Harshaw Memorial Day ceremony
Peoples State Bank recently donated $500 to Veterans Ceremony-Union Grove Cemetery, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that coordinates the annual Veterans Memorial Ceremony at Union Grove Cemetery in Harshaw.

"It's awesome (to receive the donation)," said John Pauke, board member with the Veterans Ceremony Committee. "The hardest part is trying to reach out to the community for sponsorship, of course there's nothing you can do these days that is free. The more donations we can get the easier it is for us to put on the show for Memorial Day."

Monday, May 9, 2016

Wisconsin Well Woman Program provides qualified women with free cancer screenings
National Women's Health Week, May 8-14, is an observance led by the Office of Women's Health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of National Women's Health Week is to empower women to make their health a priority. Oneida County Health Department provides case management for women enrolled in the Wisconsin Well Woman program for nine counties in northern Wisconsin...
Monday, May 9, 2016

humane society donation
The fourth annual John (Doodie) Loduha Memorial Doubles Cribbage Tournament, held Saturday, April 9 at Brokers, benefited the Oneida County Humane Society. Pet supplies along with a monetary donation of $1,000 were collected to help the animals of Oneida County Humane Society. Pictured are Kim Vandervest, owner of Brokers; Bria Swartout, director of OCHS, and Jamie Rice, organizer of the event.
Monday, May 9, 2016

High school students test skills at Nicolet College welding competition
Students from the 11 high schools in the Nicolet College District recently participated in the college's annual High School Welding Competition, starting with qualifying rounds and culminating with the finals competition in the Nicolet Welding Lab, the college said in a press release.
Monday, May 9, 2016

ww=p supports artstart
The Wisconsin Women Equal Prosperity (WW=P) organization awarded two $1,000 grants during the recent LUNAFEST film fundraiser at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts. Pictured, from left to right, are Patti Fitzpatrick, representing Rhinelander ArtStart TGI Art Fridays Children's Art Program; former Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton, Ginger Chrobak, representing the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry weekend food for kids program...
Monday, May 9, 2016

Tree seedlings available at Trees For Tomorrow
Four types of tree seedlings are available for purchase at Trees For Tomorrow, a private, non-profit natural resources specialty school.

The 2-year-old seedlings include red (Norway) pine, paper birch, white pine, and a white spruce hybrid. Cost is $1.25 per seedling, the school said in a press release. Proceeds support educational programs at Trees For Tomorrow.

Monday, May 9, 2016

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