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St. Germain mom creates autism awareness with cupcakes
In an effort to help raise autism and Down syndrome awareness in her community, one St. Germain mom is getting people's attention by catering to one of their strongest urges: their appetites.

"Cupcake Wednesdays is an idea that I came up with a couple years ago," said Jen Hansen, pharmacist and mother of two sons - Jake, who is on the autism spectrum, and Nolan, who has Down syndrome.

Friday, April 29, 2016

DHS releases information on Elizabethkingia outbreak
The state Department of Health Services (DHS) released more information Thursday regarding the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak in Wisconsin.

"Our top priority is the health and safety of the people we serve," the release states. "Since the onset of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak, we have worked diligently to provide accurate, comprehensive information, and to prevent the spread of misleading information that can lead to unwarranted fear among the public.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Celebrate Bike and Walk to School Day May 4
Mark your calendars. May 4, 2016 is Bike and Walk to School Day. It's a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries biking or walking to school on the same day. This year, Northwoods LEAN (Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is taking action right here in Oneida and Vilas counties. Northwoods LEAN has partnered with area schools to help celebrate the day by offering schools a chance to win $500 by participating in the 100 Mile Challenge.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Community Health Assessment now available
The Oneida County Health Department has released the 2016 Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties Community Health Needs Assessment.

"On behalf of the three Boards of Health, steering committees, and the three Ministry Health Care hospitals, we hope you will find this information useful in planning and responding to the needs of our community," department officials said in a press release announcing the release of the assessment.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Illegal tobacco sales enforced by Wisconsin WINS program
Did you know that nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, "if smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today's Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness."
Friday, April 29, 2016

Teams are forming for Walk MS events
Residents of Oneida County (and surrounding areas) who are living with multiple sclerosis - or know someone who has been diagnosed - are invited to register for one of this year's Walk MS event. The walks raise money for MS-related services and research, and help those affected by the disease connect with each other.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Turk joins First Weber
First Weber has welcomed Amber Turk to its team. Turk will be working out of the company's Rhinelander office. She can be contacted at (715) 482-0669 or by email at
Thursday, April 28, 2016

ripco supports scouts
Ripco Credit Union recently donated $500 to the Samoset Council Boy Scouts of America. Pictured, from left to right, are Diane Sowinski, vice president of marketing and business development at Ripco Credit Union, and Steven Lowe, Crystal Lake and Northwoods senior district executive of the Samoset Council Boy Scouts of America.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rhinelander District Library to welcome author Sandra Kring May 16
The Rhinelander District Library will kick off its 2016 Author Series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 16 with longtime Northwoods resident and author Sandra Kring. This event will mark the recent release of Kring's highly anticipated young adult novel debut, "Running Water for Sky."
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Library presents monthly matinee
The Rhinelander District Library will screen the 1946 film noir "The Big Sleep" at 2 p.m. May 6. Directed by Howard Hawks, this is the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and the usual suspects.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Library to give away free comic books May 2-7
Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books May 2-7.

Taking place annually the first Saturday in May, the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Here in Rhinelander, comic books will be given away at Rhinelander District Library.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Denim and Dessert troupe to present 'Tuna Does Vegas'in May
The popular Denim & Dessert Readers' Theatre will present the wild comedy, "Tuna Does Vegas" in Presque Isle at the Community Center on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free with donations welcome. A cash beverage bar will be available at 6:30 p.m. and at intermission. After the show, complimentary coffee and homemade cookies and bakery will be served.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Complex character in Nicolet Players' 'Outside Mullingar' a welcome challenge for Schwartz
What's the most fun a person can have?

For Anna Schwartz, acting on the Nicolet College Theatre stage is right up there near the top.

"I just love it," said Schwartz, who is currently rehearsing for "Outside Mullingar," her tenth production as a member of the Nicolet Players.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Workers' Memorial Day to be observed Saturday at Pioneer Park
Local workers and community members will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30 in Pioneer Park to remember workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job.

The Workers' Memorial Rock is nestled in the pines on the right when entering the park off of Oneida Avenue. The keynote speaker will be Kelly Bubolz, OSHA Compliance Assistant Specialist, from the OSHA Regional office located in Appleton.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Regional broadband summit set for May 13 in Antigo
Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation is hosting a regional broadband forum.

This public forum will be held from 1-3 p.m. Friday, May 13 at North Star Lanes in Antigo. Topics to be discussed but not limited to: Connect America Funds, expansion projects, and state funding.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

All in the family: Rhinelander chamber announces new giveaway targeting Northwoods visitors
Looking for a family getaway this spring? The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce wants to help you out.

The chamber this week launched the Family Getaway Giveaway, a new promotion that will award one winner a family getaway to the Rhinelander area, including lodging, dining, certificates for local activities and attractions and more.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

RAFP joins campaign to link local gardeners with neighborhood pantries
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry has joined the Campaign, a nationwide program to enable neighborhood food panties to be easily located by local backyard gardeners who wish to share their excess garden bounty with neighbors in need. With one out of six American families now relying on pantries to help feed them, the pantries often have a hard time meeting the demand, RAFP officials said in a press release.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New 2016 Oneida County plat books now available
The newest edition of Oneida County plat books is now available at the Oneida County University of Wisconsin-Extension office, located in the lower level of the Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport.

The 188-page spiral bound book is available for purchase at the cost of $35.

Premium wall maps, SmartMaps and eBooks are also available.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Free program on how to prevent and treat plant diseases set for April 29
A free public program on how to prevent and treat plant diseases of northern Wisconsin will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County conference room, located in the lower level of the Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport in Rhinelander.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Third annual Martinis in May set for May 7
Northwoods bartenders will put their martini-making skills to the test May 7 at the third annual Martinis in May event.

The martini-making competition will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain.

The Whitetail Inn will provide signature hors d' oeuvres and Tony Ocean will entertain the crowd throughout the evening.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Crescent students welcome special visitors to Earth Day celebration
Northwoods residents recognized Earth Day late last week with a number of special events focused on appreciating and protecting our planet.

Students at Crescent Elementary School were treated to a special visit Friday from Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and staff from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

This is the first time in several years that Smokey Bear has visited the school, and the first time that he has come with Woodsy Owl. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Beer and wine lovers find their new favorite drink at annual Hodag Hops and Vines event
The annual Hodag Hops and Vines MicroBrew and Wine Tasting is getting bigger every year with more and more beer and wine aficionados targeting the event as an opportunity to find a new favorite wine or beer.

This year's event, the seventh annual, drew a large crowd to the Quality Inn in Rhinelander, according to Bill Clow, executive director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Entries sought for photo contest to be held in conjunction with Rhinelander Roots Celebration
Now is the time to enter your best photos of Rhinelander in the Rhinelander Roots Photo Contest.

The only limitations for entries are that the photos must be taken within city limits and be emailed to by May 1 for judging. Please include location and contact information with your entry. Selected photos will be on display at City Hall, 135 South Stevens Street, for the month of May.

Friday, April 22, 2016

YMCA Healthy Kids Day set for April 30
The YMCA of the Northwoods will hold a free community event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30 to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th Annual YMCA's Healthy Kids Day®, the Y's national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, the organization said in a press release. The event features activities such as arts and crafts, gym games, free swimming, bounce house, planting, emergency vehicles, hearing and vision screening, and much more to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Get healthy with 'Healthy Weight, Healthy Living' class
The School District of Rhinelander Community Education Program is offering a Healthy Weight and Healthy Living class.

"Join certified health and wellness coach and registered dietitian Paula Sweney-Wagler and discover how to boost willpower and raise self-awareness to achieve or maintain a healthy weight," the district urged in a press release.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Haas joins Transitions Center
Kim Haas, MS, has started providing counseling services at the Transition Center in Rhinelander.

Haas began her education at University of Stevens Point and eventually received a bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Phoenix and a master's segree in professional counseling from Grand Canyon University.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Lakeland Performing Arts Association presents fascinating rhythms of the world with the Alex Meixner Band
The Lakeland Performing Arts Association is bringing the Alex Meixner Band to the Lakeland High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Alex Meixner Band, led by one of the most spectacular accordionists in the world, is equally at home playing polkas for an Oktoberfest, Gypsy jazz, pops, folk, classical, latin or smokin' Zydeco-blues," the LPAA said in a press release.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wisconsin lakeside cabin getaway featured in new tourism video
Northern Wisconsin has been a go-to summer vacation destination for more than a century. To showcase the tradition of lakeside cabins and family reunions, Travel Wisconsin has created a new online video centered around "the Wisconsin cabin" experience, the department of tourism said in a press release. The debut of the video was positively received with more than 192,000 views since it was posted on Travel Wisconsin's Facebook page.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Local Pizza Huts look to top $1 million in 2016 Camp Heartland 'Share Your Heart' campaign starting April 24
Wisconsin Hospitality Group, operator of 74 Pizza Hut restaurants in the state of Wisconsin, is launching its annual five-week Share Your Heart campaign on April 24 throughout all of its restaurants. The campaign has raised more than $900,000 for Camp Heartland during the last 15 years and this year's effort is expected to push total donations beyond one million dollars, the company said in a press release. Proceeds raised will support Camp Heartland programs and operations, which provides children afflicted with HIV/AIDS the ability to enjoy an exciting and progressive summer camp experience.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Coldwell Banker agents win awards
Bryan Dahlin, Judy Mixis, Pete Tenderholt, Jeremy McCone and Jake Nelson, sales associates wih Coldwell Banker Mulleady REALTORS, have all earned awards.

Dahlin and Mixis have qualified to join the company's 2015 International President's Circle. This prestigious membership has been awarded to the top 6 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rhinelander Toyota earns prestigious President's Award
Rhinelander Toyota has been presented with the prestigious President's Award from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.

The award is presented annually to Toyota dealerships who've exhibited stellar work ethic.

The President's Award pays homage to Toyota dealerships throughout the U.S. that achieve high standards of performance in all facets of the automotive dealer profession, including vehicle and parts sales, service and customer satisfaction, the dealership said in a press release. TMS has recognized dealers with the President's Award since 1986.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

RMM Solutions announces 2016 Technology Fair
RMM Solutions, a leader in business-enabling technology solutions, has announced its 2016 Technology Fair will be held Wednesday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau.

"The event is free to IT professionals and business owners who want to spend the day learning and collaborating on technology," according to an RMM press release.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

WXPR announces Spring Sweepstakes
WXPR Public Radio is holding its Spring Sweepstakes drawing now through April 23. The grand prize of a standup paddle board was donated by Wildwood Outdoor Adventures of Eagle River. Other prizes include a two-night stay at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, tickets to see Lyle Lovett perform at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, and portable Bluetooth speakers.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rhinelander's Fourth of July parade theme and route announced
Organizers of Rhinelander's annual Fourth of July parade are hard at work planning this year's extravaganza and adjusting the route to accommodate the construction in the downtown area in connection with the city streetscape project.

The annual parade will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 4 . The theme this year is America: The Proud and The Beautiful. The theme pays homage to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, organizers said in a press release.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Public invited to 'Dining with Veterans' event April 27 at Nicolet
Going from being a soldier in a war zone to a student in a college classroom can be a challenging transition.

Rhinelander native David Chrisinger has devoted a large part of his professional life to helping veterans make this move, along the way becoming a national expert on the topic and master facilitator for countless veterans re-entering civilian life.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Donations needed for benefit for local woman battling persistent cancer
Dairy Queen of Rhinelander is seeking donations for a benefit to be held June 11 at the Northwoods Banquet Center for an employee battling persistent cancer.

In 2014, Michele Gambetti-Gerdes, a cake designer and shift leader at Dairy Queen, was diagnosed with rectal cancer. She won that battle only to have a malignant brain tumor appear in December 2015.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Proceeds from Rhinelander native's upcoming concert to benefit Ireland's Hope
The proceeds from a Rhinelander native's upcoming concert will benefit Ireland's Hope, a non-profit that increases organ donor awareness, registration and financial support for families whose children are recovering from or undergoing a heart transplant.

While recording his first solo song at Atomic K Studios in Minneapolis, Minn., Jon Storm, a pop music singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Rhinelander, met the president of the studio.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

RAFP Garden Fresh Salad Bowl luncheon buffet set for April 30
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, The Northwood Turners (AAW) and Holiday Acres are working together to present the first annual Garden Fresh Salad Bowl luncheon buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Holiday Acres Resort.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Elvis and Patsy return to the Northwoods May 6
The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, Inc. (NATH) will once again host the "Elvis & Patsy Cline Tribute Artists" May 6 the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain.

"In addition to his performance at the Whitetail Inn last June, award-winning tribute artist Garry Wesley has performed throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and South America," according to a NATH press release.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Applications for 2016 Room Tax funding now available
The Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee (RTMC) is accepting applications for the spring disbursement of Room Tax Community Grants, according to a Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce press release. Funding is available for not-for-profit community groups and organizations.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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