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Vilas County News-Review, July 13, 2011

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 Youths will get achance to fish withthe guides this Thurs-day in Eagle River.Pg.10A
Guides/Kids Day set this Thursday
VOL. 126, NO. 17$1.25
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GREATWEATHER — With high temperatures in the 80s,sunny skies and little precipitation, the week following theFourth of July was perfect for water recreation. NorthWoods residents and visitors enjoyed a wide variety ofwater sports, including, above, Fritz Westfall of ThreeLakes cruising on a personal watercraft on the ThreeLakes Chain; right, Eric Olson of Madison displaying hisskills on a kneeboard on Franklin Lake; and below, a fam-ily enjoying a ride in a tube on the Chain.--STAFF PHOTOS
Kim Simac,president of theNorthwoods Patriots and aleader of the Tea Party move-ment in Wisconsin,will faceLincoln County Board Chair-man Robert Lussow in a Re-publican primary next Tues-day,July 19.The winner will challenge12th District State Sen.JimHolperin (D-Conover) in therecall election Aug.16.Thereis no primary on the Demo-cratic side.Thousands ofpeoplethroughout the 12th SenateDistrict signed recall petitionsagainst Holperin after he and13 other state senators leftWisconsin in February toavoid voting on Gov.ScottWalker’s budget repair billthat takes most collective bar-gaining rights away from pub-lic workers.Those signatures were re- viewed by the Government Accountability Board,and therecall election was approvedby the state panel last month.Simac,57,of Eagle River,led the recall effort in the
Simac, Lussow to square off in Republican primary July 19
KIM SIMACROBERT LUSSO
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 A 63-year-old St.Germainman was found dead in theRainbow Flowage in the townof Newbold late Sunday after-noon,according to authorities.Larry Stecker,who appar-ently had gone fishing at theflowage and got separated fromhis boat,was found dead byrescue personnel in the waternear a boat landing.The sheriff’s department re-ceived a phone call at 4:05 p.m.from a concerned citizen re-garding a small dog,wallet andcell phone located on the shoreof the public boat landing off South Rainbow Drive andStormy Landing Road in thetown of Newbold. An Oneida County Sheriff’sDepartment deputy and Wis-consin Department of NaturalResources warden initially re-sponded to the call in an at-tempt to locate the owner of theproperty.They eventually lo-cated an abandoned boat onthe Rainbow Flowage that be-longed to the same person asidentified in the wallet’s con-tents. A vehicle and trailer werethen located at the StormyLanding Road boat landing,also belonging to Stecker.Thedeputy made contact with fam-ily members and was informedthat Stecker had left to go fish-ing on the Rainbow Flowageearlier in the day. According to the sheriff’s de-partment,witnesses at theboat landing stated they hadseen the boat owner at thelanding.The Oneida County diveteam responded to the sceneand a search of the water wasinitiated.A short time later,Stecker’s body was recoveredfrom the water near the boatlanding and was turned over tothe Oneida County medical ex-aminer’s office.The Oneida County Sheriff’sDepartment and the OneidaCounty medical examiner’s of-fice are conducting an investi-gation into the death.
St. Germain manfound in flowage;investigation started
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Wisconsin has joined 48other states which have lawson the books allowing proper-ly trained individuals to carryconcealed handguns in mostplaces.Gov.Scott Walker signedthe concealed carry measureduring a ceremony in WausauFriday.The new law,debated formore than a decade in theWisconsin Legislature,autho-rizes individuals to obtain apermit to carry a concealedweapon after providing evi-dence of proper training andafter undergoing a criminalbackground check.“By signing concealed carryinto law,we are making Wis-consin safer for all responsi-ble,law-abiding citizens,”saidWalker.“This legislation hasbeen in the works for a longtime — I co-sponsored a simi-lar bill when I was a memberof the state Assembly.”The proposal,which takeseffect Nov.1,joins other long-sought measures that Repub-licans passed this year,in-cluding requiring photo iden-tification from voters andmaking health savings ac-counts tax-exempt.The measure includes pro- visions requiring training andpermits,which were soughtby both Walker and Demo-crats.Some Republicans un-successfully pushed “constitu-
Concealed carry signed;bill takes effect Nov. 1
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 Annual Artarama set this Saturday
The grounds of River-side Park in Eagle Riverwill swell with nearly 130colorful tentsSaturday,July 16,as the39th annual ArtaramaRiverwalk ArtShow & Saleis set to takeplace from 9a.m.to 3 p.m.,rain or shine.The showhas attractedthousands of visitors sinceits beginning in 1972,andfor nearly four decadeshas enjoyed an esteemedstatus because of itsartists. Artarama’s strict crite-ria demandsits artisansproduce hand-crafted itemsof exceptionalquality,ac-cording toboard memberLori Hahn.“Our showhas an excel-lent reputa-tion and thisyear will be noexception,said Hahn.“Through Internet sites,To CARRY LAW,Pg.6ATo ARTARAMA,Pg.2A
 
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WEDNESDAY, JULY13, 2011VILAS COUNTYNEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
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EXCELLENT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
Big Stone Golf & Country ClubReal Estate & Business
For additional information, contactDavid Jensen (715) 848-8009
OF WAUSAU
This excellent business opportunityis listed at
$
850,000.
The estimated fair market value is $1,342,300. It is sit-uated on 52 acres with 662 feet of lake frontage on BigStone Lake. Located 3 miles east of Three Lakes onHwy. 32.
The Eagle River AreaChamber of Commerce & Vis-itors Center has announcesthis year’s Fourth of July pa-rade winners.The parade had nearly 90entrants participating,withmore than 70 floats,accordingto chamber event coordinatorKim Emerson.“This year’s theme of ‘Down-home Pride’ showed off Eagle River’s hometownpride,”said Emerson.The float winners were:first place,Dobies North-woods Cottages;second, YMCA of the Northwoods;and third,America’s BestTree Service.“We would also like to senda big thank-you out to every-one who participated in theparade,said Emerson.“TheEagle River parade is createdby volunteer participantsand,without the entrants andthe behind-the-scenes sup-port,this parade would not bepossible.We hope everyonethoroughly enjoyed theirFourth of July and we are al-ready looking forward to nextyear’s parade.”
Chambernamesparade winners
we have been able to reach outto many more artists across thecountry,and the response hasbeen exciting.This year’s showwill feature more new artiststhan ever before.”In addition to the newartists,many Artarama fa- vorites will return,includingRick Schuette with his pottery,Demetra Saloutos with herironwork,Don Shunk with hisdetailed decoys and MonikaFairchild with her jewelry.Live jazz and R&B music byThe Fine Line will set themood throughout the afternoonas participants meander be-tween artist displays,silentauctions and a special set of booths called Young at Art,which will feature exhibitorsunder the age of 18.“These kids come from manybackgrounds,which is reflectedin the interesting art they cre-ate,”said Hahn.“We hope ev-eryone will include a strollthrough Young at Art duringthe day.”The silent auctions will offera taste of every media on exhib-it at the show from jewelry andwood carvings to paintings andphotography.Whether patrons arriveearly or late in the morning,they can participate,as twoseparate auctions are sched-uled,according to Hahn.Thefirst selection of items is openfor bid from 9:15 a.m.to 10:30a.m.,while the second auctionstarts at 11 a.m.and ends at12:15 p.m.The auctions willbenefit youth art programs andscholarships.Big Brothers,Big Sisterswill provide picnic-style festi- val food throughout the day.The Eagle River Lions Clubwill offer parking for a smallfee to be donated to the LionsClub for the Blind.Riverside Park,which bor-ders the river,is located justbehind the Vilas County Fair-grounds.For more informationabout Artarama,visit art-arama-er.com. A Lac du Flambeau homeand one vehicle were destroyedas a result of a house fire at13303 David Lake Lane Mon-day morning,according to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Depart-ment. Vilas County dispatch re-ceived a 911 call at 1:47 a.m.,with the caller stating that hishouse was aflame.When policearrived on the scene,the housewas fully engulfed in fire.Responding to the scenewere the Lac du FlambeauFire and Emergency MedicalServices,Minocqua Fire De-partment,Lac du FlambeauTribal Police Department, Vilas County Sheriff’s Depart-ment and Wisconsin PublicService.The incident is under inves-tigation by the Lac du Flam-beau Tribal Police Depart-ment,Lac du Flambeau FireDepartment and Vilas CountySheriff’s Department.
Fire takes Flambeau home
SKITIME — The AquaDevils Water Ski ShowTeam in Three Lakes of-fers a variety of entertain-ment every Wednesdayand Saturday evening,starting at 6:30. As seen inthese photos, the show in-cludes jumping, pyramidsthat include one solelydone by girls, doubles andtrios.--Staff PhotosBy KURTKRUEGER
WEATHERCORNER
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Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.
ONE YEAR AGO
LAST YEARCOMPARISONFORESTCONDITIONS
LAST SEVEN DAYS
STREAMSAND LAKES
(PORTIONS OF THE WEATHER CORNER ARE THROUGH THE COURTESY OFKEVIN BREWSTER,EAGLE RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST.)
With the mayfly hatch winding down, fishing will improve, es-pecially for walleyes.Lake activity has increased with thewarmer water temperatures.That means some of the bestmuskie and walleye fishing will be at night.Days precipitation recorded since July 1, 2011, 4 days;2010, 6 days.Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 77;2010, 78.Averagelow of past 30 days, 2011, 55;2010, 57.The average daily high at this time last year for the nextseven days was 81, while the average overnight low was 58.There was rain on three days measuring 1.87 inches.
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Wed., July 6............8055.35RThurs., July 7..........8060NoneFri., July 8...............8161.02RSat., July 9..............8259NoneSun., July 10...........8665NoneMon., July 11..........8570.03RTues., July 12..........7659None
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Tues., July 6............81641.23RWed., July 7............8262.13RThurs., July 8..........8262.55RFri., July 9...............8457NoneSat., July 10............8854NoneSun., July 11...........7662Tr.RMon., July 12..........7856.42RWild raspberries, strawberries and mulberries are ripeningwith the warm temperatures last week.Insect repellent is amust for those hiking in the forest, as mosquitoes are abun-dant this summer due to June precipitation.
OUTLOOK
Wednesday will be sunny and seasonally cool, with a high of73 and a low of 44.Thursday scattered thunderstorms areforecast and still cool, with a high of 71 and a low of 50.Fri-day is expected to be mostly cloudy with thunderstorms, witha high of 79 and a low of 57.Saturday will be more humid witha possible thunderstorm, with a high of 85 and a low of 64.
Artarama:
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VILAS COUNTYNEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWSWEDNESDAY, JULY13, 2011
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Published weekly byEagle River Publications,Inc.Eagle River,WI 54521www.vilascountynewsreview.comConsolidation of the Vilas County News,the Eagle River Review andThe Three Lakes News
Publication #659480
Member of the Wisconsin Newspaper Associationand the National Newspaper Association
Entered as periodical mail matter atthe post office,Eagle River,WI 54521,under act of March 3,1879.Subscriptionprice in Wisconsin,Vilas and Oneida coun-ties only,is $50.00 per year,all of Wiscon-sin except for Vilas and Oneida counties,$57.00 per year.Out of Wisconsin,$68.00per year.Subscription payable in advance.Published every Wednesday.POSTMASTER:Send address changes,form 3579,to Vilas County News-Review,Inc.,P.O.Box 1929,Eagle River,WI 54521,phone 715-479-4421,fax 715-479-6242.
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THANK YOU
Our sincere THANKS to everyone for making our experienceas 2011 E.R. 4th of July Parade Marshals so wonderful! And aspecial thank-you to Joe and Leila Hanson for nominating usfor this honor, to the E.R. Chamber of Commerce for select-ing us, to our children for the great float they built in tributeto us, and to all the people who sent cards, notes, shook ourhands and supported us.
It was a great experience and honor, and makes us even more“Home Town Proud.”
 Jim & Sally Ayers
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The second installment of the 2010 property tax bills isdue by July 31,according tocounty treasurers in Vilas andOneida counties.Due to limited parking andlong waiting lines,mailing taxpayments is recommended forboth counties,said Vilas Coun-ty Treasurer Jerri LynnRadtke. Vilas County payments canbe mailed to:Vilas CountyTreasurer,330 Court St.EagleRiver,WI 54521.The treasur-er’s office is located on the firstfloor of the Vilas CountyCourthouse in Eagle River.The Vilas County treasurer’soffice is open from 8 a.m.to 4p.m.Mondays through Fri-days.Radtke said Vilas paymentspostmarked after July 31 willreceive an interest charge of 7%.Interest will continue toaccrue at a rate of 1% permonth until the bill is paid infull. Vilas County payments alsomay be made at the followingfinancial institutions in EagleRiver:Associated Bank,FirstNational Bank,Peoples StateBank,River Valley Bank andNicolet Credit Union.Bankstaff will only collect thosepayments presented with a taxpayment stub and exact pay-ment amount. Also in Vilas County,pay-ment by credit card can bemade through Point & Pay bycalling 1-(866) 518-2304 or atco.vilas.wi.us.“Please be aware that Point& Pay will charge you an addi-tional 2.39% convenience feefor credit cards,$3.95 for a VISA debit card and $1.50 forelectronic check transfers,”said Radtke.For more information,con-tact Radtke at (715) 479-3609.
Paying in Oneida
Oneida County paymentscan be mailed to:OneidaCounty Treasurer,P.O.Box400,Rhinelander,WI 54501.Payments in person can bemade to the county treasurer’soffice weekdays from 8 a.m.to4:30 p.m.In addition,the officewill be open 7:30 a.m.to 5:30p.m.Friday,July 29.The Oneida County treasur-er’s office is located on the firstfloor,Dahl Street side of theOneida County Courthouse inRhinelander.For after-hourspayments,by check only,peo-ple can use the drop box locat-ed on the Dahl Street side of the courthouse,according toOneida County Treasurer KrisOstermann.In Oneida County,tax pay-ments received with a post-mark after July 31 will accruean additional 10
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% penaltyand interest charge for latepayment,according to Oster-mann.Penalty and interestwill continue to accrue at arate of 1.5% per month untilthe bill is paid in full.Ostermann said Oneidapayments also may be made atany US Bank or AssociatedBank in Minocqua,and FirstNational Bank branches in St.Germain and Three Lakes.Bank staff will collect onlythose payments presentedwith a tax payment stub andexact payment amount. Also in Oneida County,pay-ment by credit card or Auto-mated Clearing House (ACH)can be made through OfficialPayments by calling 1-(800)272-9829 or at officialpay-ments.com (use jurisdictioncode 5934 for Oneida County).“You will also need your taxbill number.Please be awarethat Official Payments willcharge you an additional2.50% convenience fee for cred-it cards and $2.75 for ACHtransfers,said Ostermann.For more information,callOstermann at (715) 369-6137.
Second installmentof property taxesis due by July 31
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The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association (ERCLA)will hold its annual meeting at9 a.m.Saturday,July 23,at theLincoln Town Hall,located at1205 Sundstein Road in EagleRiver.The agenda will include thetreasurer’s report,membershipreport and identification of offi-cers and lake representatives.There also will be updateson the Eagle River Chainaquatic invasive species (AIS)management program,CleanBoats Clean Waters program,Citizens Lake Monitoring Net-work,purple loosestrife on theChain and signing of the Na-tive Plant Protection Pledge.There will be an election of the board of directors.In addition,Dan Andersonof Long Lake in the PhelpsLake District will explain whata lake district is and the pro-cess the Long Lake propertyowners pursued to create theirlake district.ERCLA was formed in 2001and provided the initial impe-tus in the management of AISon theEagle River Chain.ERCLA functions as an um-brella organization coordinat-ing activities of the 10 individ-ual lake associations on theChain.It provides education toriparians on chainwide AISmanagement efforts.The association also linksthe functions of the individuallake associations and the Uni-fied Lower Eagle River Chainof Lakes Commission.Thecommission is the organizationresponsible for implementingthe Eurasian water milfoil(EWM) management programon the Chain.ERCLA servesto organize and coordinate theefforts of the commission andthe individual lake associa-tions in the achievement of their common goals of main-taining,protecting and improv-ing the quality of the lakes.Each lake association is rep-resented in ERCLA’s organiza-tional structure.ERCLA hasmade funding available to eachlake association as needed,andhas donated funds to the com-mission to fill the gap in financ-ing the EWM program.ERCLA has also helped fi-nance the Clean Boats CleanWaters Program to inspect wa-tercraft for AIS on boat land-ings on the Chain.The PinkBucket Program,which pro- vides a means for boaters todispose of weeds,is financedand maintained by ERCLA.There will be time for ques-tions and comments.Everyone is welcome at themeeting.Attendees need not bea member of ERCLA or a prop-erty owner to attend.Call(715) 479-6873 for further in-formation.
Chain of Lakes groupto host annual meeting
COUNTRYFESTThe34th annual Hodag Coun-try Festival attracted thou-sands of country musicfans to the festival groundson the north side of Rhine-lander Thursday throughSunday. Some of thescenes included: above,country music fans singingto the music of Kellie Pick-ler Friday evening; right,Montgomery Gentry enter-tainng the crowd Sundaynight; and below, a bigHodag Country Festivalcrowd gathered at themain stage.--Staff Photos ByGARYRIDDERBUSCH
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