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Rhinelander Celebrates Hodag Heritage Festival
Published on 05/17/2024 under News Rhinelander and the Hodag are somewhat synonymous. This week has been set aside to celebrate the mythical creature. It's time once again for the Hodag Heritage Festival, the fourth edition. The Rhinelander Chamber and their many partner businesses, organizations and volunteers have been busy preparing for the day-long celebration on Saturday. Over the past few days, they've had some scavenger hunts and art competitions. This evening, they'll re-dedicate the Hodag Historical Marker at Hodag Park. The small monument was recently refurbished and they'll host an unveiling at 6:30 Friday. It all leads into Saturday. Chamber Director of Events Rachel Boehlen says they've arranged more attractions than ever before, adding, "There is truly something for everyone." The defining link are the themes of hodag and community. An action packed Saturday will include the Hodag History Bus Tours, guest speakers, family friendly activities, food and entertainment, even a hodag calling contest. And while these events are centered around Rhinelander, the hodag will be recognized around the entire state. Govern Evers has once again declared Saturday as Hodag Day in Wisconsin. A full schedule of Saturday's events is available on the Chamber website, and they've also created a Hodag Heritage Festival Facebook page.
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THS Spring Children's Play Inspired by Aesop's Fables
Published on 05/17/2024 under News The Tomahawk High School Drama Department will take to the stage one last time this school year with a twist on some classic tales. For their annual spring Children's Play, the THS students will present 'A Bagful of Fables'. We heard from director Michele Balda ahead of this evening's public performance. This year's production is a spin on the works of the man most associated with fables, Aesop. Four of his many tales be featured: The Fox and the Crow; The Fox and the Grapes; The Tortoise and the Hare; and The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. More than a dozen THS students will take to to the stage.  Balda highlighted a trio of outgoing seniors in their final high school production: AJ Schertz, Xan Sutton, and Murphy Koth, the latter taking on the role of Aesop. Throughout the school day, they'll perform for St. Marys, Tomahawk Elementary, and Tomahawk Middle School. Then tonight it's a public performance at 7pm. Admission is free, but a goodwill donation is welcome. After the play, the THS Fine Arts Awards will take place recognizing the drama and forensics students for their efforts this school year.
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WPS Announces Results of Olympic-Themed Peregrine Falcon Naming Contest; 'Birdie Blair' Tops List
Published on 05/17/2024 under News Bonnie Blair won five Olympic gold medals, now the champion-speedskater has inspired another winner...the name of a new peregrine falcon chick. It's all part of the annual naming contest, held each spring for the peregrine falcons hatched in nesting boxes at Wisconsin Public Service and WeEnergies facilities around the state. Each year the utilities hold naming contests, offering the public a chance to select the monikers for the new clutch. With the summer Olympic games right around the corner, the theme was Olympians with Wisconsin ties. They received more than 10,000 votes with 'Birdie Blair' in the top spot. In addition to the names, WPS also provided an update on the peregrine falcon eggs. Eight of the ten have actually hatched, with the two remaining from the northern birds, utilizing the Weston Power Plant nesting box near Wausau. Those eggs were only recently laid and have another month or so before hatching. Overall ten names were selected: •Birdie Blair — in honor of five-time gold-medal speedskater and Wisconsin resident Bonnie Blair-Cruikshank. •Hero — in honor of Wisconsin's Special Olympics Athletes. •Warrior — in honor of Wisconsin's Paralympic athletes. •Trapper — in honor of sportshooter and Waterford native Madelynn Bernau. •Fitz — in honor of Casey FitzRandolph, a Verona native who won gold in speedskating at the 2002 Winter Games. •Khash — in honor of gold-medal and NBA championship-winning basketball star Khris Middleton. •Miracle — in honor of the Wisconsinites on the 1980 men's hockey team. •Puck — in honor of the many UW grads who have played on the women's national hockey team. •Champ — in honor of gold-medal winning speedskater and West Allis native Dan Jansen. •Glider — in honor of speedskater and Milwaukee resident Brian Hansen.
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Case Moves Forward for Langlade County Treasurer Charged with Embezzling Town, Fire Funds
Published on 05/17/2024 under News The case will move forward for a Langlade County man charged with taking funds from his township and fire service where he served as treasurer. Gary Kieper was back in Langlade County Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing and arraignment. The 69 year old is facing 9 felonies including multiple counts of theft in a business setting and misconduct in public office. Kieper was arrested in March following an investigation by the Langlade County Sheriff's Office. They were asked to look into the mishandling of money from the Town of Ackley and the Rural Fire Control. Detectives said they found more than $300,000 had been transferred for those accounts and into personal accounts belonging to Kieper. At yesterday's hearing, the judge ruled there is enough evidence for the case to proceed and Kieper entered pleas of 'not guilty' A status hearing has been scheduled for July 26.
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State Partners Launch Updated Spongy Moth Information Website
Published on 05/17/2024 under News Unfortunately, the spongy moth and its hungry caterpillars have established a foothold across much of Wisconsin. The state recently launched a new, updated website providing information on the invasive insect. Known as the Spongy Moth Resource Center, the website is a collaborative effort between the DNR, the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and the UW-Extension. According to the DNR, visitors will be able to learn about identifying spongy moth caterpillars versus native species; control or treatment options for landowners; available granting funding; quarantine zones and aerial treatment schedules. In the announcement, the DNR says experts anticipate another busy spring and summer of spongy moth caterpillar activity. Formerly known as the gypsy moth, the caterpillars are known to strip shrubs and trees of their foliage, which can eventually kill the infested plants. The state agencies will also continue operating the Wisconsin Spongy Moth Hotline, and we'll include a link to their new informational website.
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Hatchet Softball Team Loses to Newman
Published on 05/17/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's softball squad had their season end on a sour note at Sunnyvale Park in Wausau Thursday, losing to Newman Catholic, 11-7. The Hatchet offense provided plenty of spark, but bad fielding ultimately doomed them down the stretch. Averi Petta knocked two out of the park, which resulted in the first multi-homer game of her career.  The Hatchets finish the 2024 season with a 12-14 overall record and a 4-8 Great Northern Conference record. The Hatchets begin postseason play Tuesday for the WIAA Division 3 Regional Semifinal at Weyauwega-Fremont. Tune in for the broadcast on Sports Talk 810 AM and 100.7 FM WJJQ with the Fehrman Orthodontics Radio Pregame Show at 4:05 and first pitch at 4:30. Matt Theiler and Alex Koch will be in the broadcast booth.
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Hatchet Golf Team Finishes GNC Season
Published on 05/17/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's golf squad wrapped up their season with another sixth-place finish in Minocqua Thursday. The Hatchets finished the meet with a score of 368. Sawyer Hanna finished as the team's low golfer, placing 13th overall with a score of 85. Owen Dickrell finished second on the team with a score of 91, good for 21st overall.  Tomahawk will have their WIAA Division 2 Regional Meet at Hidden Greens North Golf Course in Solon Springs, hosted by Northwestern, Tuesday. Tee-off is at 10:00 AM.
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Hatchet Girls Track & Field Team Wins GNC Title
Published on 05/15/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's track and field squads competed in the Great Northern Conference meet at Medford Tuesday afternoon. The Hatchet girls took home the conference title, finishing with 146 team points. Tomahawk was 21 points clear of second-place Northland Pines.  The Hatchet boys finished sixth with 58 team points, 15 ahead of seventh-place Antigo.  Overall, Tomahawk finished with five individual conference champions at Medford. Elise Gibeault took home two conference champions in both the 200 and 400 meter dashes with times of 26.68 and 58.44 seconds, respectively. The girls' 4x200 meter and boys' 4x800 meter relay squads each came away with a conference championship.  The boys' lone individual conference title came from Patrick Samundsen in the shot put with a throw of 45'9.5".  Tomahawk will have their regional track and field meet Monday at Rice Lake.
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Hatchet Softball Team Wins Fourth GNC Game
Published on 05/15/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's softball squad finished their Great Northern Conference season in dominating fashion with a 13-2 victory at Rhinelander Tuesday afternoon. The Hatchets got the bat on the ball early and often, knocking in six runs in the first. Those six runs included a two-run home run from Scout Stromberg. Stromberg went three for four with a homer and three RBIs. Khianna Vacho went two for four with 2 RBIs.  The win puts Tomahawk at 11-12 on the season and 4-8 in Great Northern Conference play. The Hatchets wrap up the 2024 season Thursday against Newman Catholic.
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