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Peoples State Bank makes $100,000 donation to Hodag sports complexSubmitted: 12/10/2019
Story By Stephen Goin

Peoples State Bank makes $100,000 donation to Hodag sports complex
RHINELANDER - A new athletic dome in Rhinelander should make it easier for athletes to play sports year round. 

Generous donations from the community will help make the covered complex a reality. 

The Hodag Schools Foundation recently announced a $100,000 donation from Peoples State Bank in Rhinelander.

Peoples Assistant Vice President Brandon Karaba says making the substantial pledge was a "no-brainer."

"We like to donate into the community. Anything that betters the community obviously betters everybody that's involved," said Karaba. "There's a lot of good things happening in the area so this is definitely going to be one of them."

A 2001 graduate of Rhinelander High School and former three-sport athlete, Karaba said the dome would benefit athletes but also go beyond sports. 

"Being able to be outside, it'll help our teams … it's just a huge advantage for us being here in the Northwoods where we have feet of snow" said Karaba. "Something like this doesn't come around. It's a one in a lifetime kind of thing for the community that can change a lot of things."

In 2018, a local physician pledged $500,000 toward the project.

The Hodag School's Foundation raised an additional $700,000 and the school district will contribute $5.7 million. 

The total cost of the dome will come in at nearly $7 million.


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Hodag Lanes Closing Submitted: 08/14/2020

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RHINELANDER - After over 50 years of staying open, Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander has officially closed its doors.

"I mean COVID has hit the bowling business really, really hard no matter where your bowling center is," said Sharon Cline, bowling manager at Hodag Lanes.

And with the construction on Stevens Street, the bowling alley was in a tough situation.

"The construction was also a big play for us because with all the construction out here it was tough for anybody to get through," Cline said.

A lot of memories were created in the bowling alley for various citizens in the city.

"I probably started bowling in the early '80s on the Wednesday night women's league," said Sherri Schilleman, Rhinelander resident. "We had the 9 o'clock slot I believe back then."

For her and many families in Rhinelander, bowling was very popular.

"Bowling is actually a big sport in Rhinelander," said Schilleman. "And I think in the last couple of years bowling was actually starting to make another comeback. So it's sad because people are gonna have to find something else to do."

But Cline is hoping that this won't be the end for Hodag Lanes.

"It is costly to have a bowling center but we're just hoping again that we can get up and running again," said Cline. 

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MILWAUKEE -  Milwaukee's former police chief, who was demoted to captain in part for using tear gas against protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death, has chosen to retire instead of staying with the department. 

The city's Fire and Police Commission voted unanimously last week to demote Chief Alfonso Morales.

 Commissioners criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people, including the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. 

Speaking Wednesday on WTMJ-AM, Morales said he's retiring because if he returned as a captain it would be at a reduced salary and would negatively impact his pension payments. 

Morales also defended his record as chief. 

His attorney says he and Morales are exploring a range of legal action, including filing a claim for damages.

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NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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MADISON - The state Assembly's chief clerk released records of a legislative aide's sexual harassment complaint against a freshman Democratic lawmaker, months after news organizations sued to gain access to them.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received the 2019 test results from the second year of the ruffed grouse West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance project.

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MADISON - The grandmother of an 11-year-old girl shot in Madison said Wednesday the girl will be taken off life support.

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- The Rhinelander school district announced today a blended reopening plan for the 2020-21 academic year. The blended option will include high school and middle school students attending in-person classes twice a week, with the remainder of the week being online. Meanwhile, K-5th will have a four day school week, with Wednesdays off for a school-wide cleaning. Despite the district's decision to offer partly online classes, not all parents are ready for their students to return back to the school hallways.

"We have to put health in front of money. we have to put health in front of other important things to make sure everybody is okay to continue to enjoy the things we like so much. and if this is just one way we can keep her safe and the family safe,..again we just decided as a family that's the best route for us," Rhinelander parent, Kate Bauman said.

For parents wanting an alternative option, they can sign up for the districts online option by tomorrow night, August 9th, 2020. 

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