Hodag Music Festival Draws Big Names, Crowds to Rhinelander Published on 07/11/2019 under News
While festivities have been ongoing throughout the week, one of the largest country music festivals in the area kicks off today.

Now in its 42nd year, the Hodag Country Music Festival in Rhinelander continues to draw some of the most popular performers to the Northwoods. This year's lineup includes LoCash, Lady Antebellum, and Old Dominion. With those big names, it also draws fans from across the midwest, many camping out for the four day party.

The annual chair line last night allowed participants to pick their seats.

The Hodag runs through Sunday and ends with another tradition, the closing performance by Neal McCoy.

With the current road construction in Rhinelander, local officials and concert organizers have prepared detour maps.



In Other News

Tomahawk Kicks Off Hunting Season with Annual Venison Feed
Published on 11/22/2019 under News A unique, annual tradition returns to Tomahawk giving hunters an early taste of venison before opening day. For more than half a century now, downtown Tomahawk has hosted what is simply known as The Venison Feed. Each year, on the Friday preceding the hunt, the west end of Main Street turns orange. Locals gather with out of town hunters, to share stories and camaraderie, while also getting a free venison burger.  The event, organized by the Tomahawk Chamber, is now in it's 54th year. They again anticipate serving up around 1,500 burgers. But it's truly a community event, as the burgers are made with donated meats and volunteers manning the grills. Over the years, those volunteer grill masters have even added their twist to the burgers, be it a special seasoning or adding condiments and toppings. When the City Council approved this year's event, they added a temporary waiver for open intoxicants during the event on that block.   If you'd like to stop by and grab a bite, they'll be serving up at their traditional location in front of the Post Office starting at 11:30am while supplies last.
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Oneida County Investigators Execute Search Warrant at Rhinelander City Hall
Published on 11/22/2019 under News The Oneida County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Rhinelander City Hall yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation. The Sheriff's Office provided minimal information on the investigation at this time. The did confirm through a news release that the warrants were issued in regards to an investigation into misconduct in public office and tampering with public records. They did not disclose who the target of that investigation is. City Hall closed at 9:30 yesterday morning and the closure lasted through much of the day. Oneida County investigators were assisted by a number of agencies including Vilas, Price and Marathon County deputies, as well as a team of digital forensics experts from the state Division of Criminal Investigation. They did not provide a timeline as to when additional information would be released.
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Tomahawk City Council Approves New Deputy Clerk/Treasurer
Published on 11/22/2019 under News Tomahawk City Hall will have a new face starting next month. At a special meeting earlier this week, the City Council approved hiring Miranda Freeman as the new Deputy Clerk/Treasurer. She'll be taking over for Loretta Wanta who announced her retirement earlier this year. Wanta will continue working a reduced schedule through the end of the year to allow for training. Freeman holds an associate degree in Business Management and is pursuing a degree in Accounting as well. She was recommended by a hiring committee from a pool of 15 applicants; 6 received interviews. Clerk Amanda Bartz said they were "pleased with the number of applications received and are excited to welcome Miranda to the Clerk's Office." She's set to begin December 2.
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Hunters Can Donate Deer Hearts for Eagles at Rehab Center
Published on 11/22/2019 under News Hunters who bag a deer this season can also help assist local birds in recovery. We recently heard from Mickey Mueller, the executive director at the Northwoods Wildlife Center. They are once again asking hunters to consider donating their deer's heart to the organization. She says, "Deer hearts provide valuable nutrition as a low-fat protein for eagles and other raptors." She did stress that they can only accept donations coming from deer harvested with lead-free ammunition or during the archery season. The hearts can be frozen or fresh and brought to the Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua during regular hours.
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Rhinelander Community Band Preparing for Sunday Concert
Published on 11/22/2019 under News Not every community can boast of its own band, but Rhinelander can. The Rhinelander Area Community Band has a history dating back 37 years.The 40+ member group will perform at the Nicolet College Theatre on Sunday. Conductor Jim Pekol says their set-list includes a wide range of music from swing and polka to Broadway and selections from the Wizard of Oz. Like the music it performs, the band itself represents a wide range of ages, from high school students to senior citizens. Nicolet College Theatre Director Jim Nuttall. "The audience here loves the group and there's a special spirit to it of neighbors entertaining neighbors in a highly accomplished way." The performance is part of the Nicolet Live! 2019-2020 Performing Art Series and will take place in the Nicolet College Theatre. The free performance is Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Tomahawk Group Collecting Christmas Cards for Overseas Military Members
Published on 11/22/2019 under News A simple Christmas card can make a difference for those away from their family for the holidays. Coming up tomorrow in Tomahawk a local group will be collecting Christmas cards or letters of thanks for military members. It's part of a national effort known as "A Million Thanks." Once the cards are collected, they'll be distributed to military members both overseas and those stationed stateside, but away from home. Last year more than 300 cards were collected locally. That drop-off tomorrow, coinciding with the Santa's Workshop Craft Show, is from 9am to 3pm in the entryway at SARA Park.
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Hatchet Girls Basketball Team Wins Opener
Published on 11/22/2019 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Girls Basketball Team opened their 2019-20 season on Thursday night traveling to White Lake. The Hatchet get the win, 40-21.  Gracie Barnett had 15 and Maddie Marino added eight. Tomahawk is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Elcho.  The opening tip is at 6:00 pm.
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Officials Hope Hunters Continue Safe Hunting Traditions
Published on 11/21/2019 under News Tens of thousands of hunters will head to the woods and fields this weekend, and the DNR is reminding hunters to use proper practices to continue Wisconsin's safe hunting tradition. The DNR has credited Wisconsin's safe reputation to hunters themselves, as well as a strong corps of volunteer hunter education instructors. Since those courses, initially voluntary, were established in 1967, the now required safety courses have lead to a 90% decline in firearm incidents involving hunters. Last year, Wisconsin had 17 hunting firearm incidents including 2 fatal. According to the DNR data, six of those incidents occurred during the gun deer season, 3 of which were self inflicted. There have been no gun-deer season fatalities in seven of the last nine seasons. (That total does not include hunters who died of natural causes.) Hunters should use caution when getting into and out of stands, treat all firearms as if they are loaded, and know your target and what is beyond. And a reminder for non-hunting outdoor enthusiasts, wear visible orange when heading out to avoid any tragic accidents.
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Tomahawk Donations Add Up to $10,000 for Honor Flight
Published on 11/21/2019 under News The Never Forgotten Honor Flight was once again the recipient of Tomahawk's giving spirit. Yesterday the Tomahawk VFW hosted a check presentation, with the Honor Flight receiving a check of $10,000. With the associated cost, yesterday's donation was enough to cover 20 veteran's trips. On behalf of the VFW, Bill Burcalow was quick to call the donation a community effort. The sum came from a number of smaller efforts from local businesses, organizations and even some students. He says Sew Peaceful Quilting raised more than $4,000 through their raffles. Incredible Bank, which contributed as part of their recent re-branding effort. Another contribution came from The Well church. Lastly, Tomahawk Middle School students raised more than $500 in pennies. The Never Forgotten Honor Flight serves 13 Northwoods counties. Over the past decade, they have organized 38 trips to Washington for more than 3,600 local veterans.
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Small Chimney Fire in Tomahawk
Published on 11/21/2019 under News A small fire was put out by Tomahawk Firefighters yesterday morning. Crews were called out at shortly after 9am for a chimney fire on Dam Drive in Tomahawk. According to their incident report, they arrived to find a small fire in the attic area which was put out with minimal water. No injuries were reported, and crews were on the scene for around 90 minutes.
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