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EAGLE RIVER, WI 54521 • (715) 479-4421 • www.vcnewsreview.com VOL. 126, NO. 48





WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Three to contend in Oneida judge primary election


BACK TO ITS ROOTS — The seventh annual Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championships were held on Dollar Lake Friday through Sunday, attracting a record 281 teams for four-on-four hockey. Some of the scenes from Dollar Lake included: above, the We’re With Mugsy team in action on one of the 24 rinks; right, Matt Barklay of Phoenix, Ariz., celebrating a championship Sunday afternoon; and below, a busy lake with more than 2,500 hockey players and fans attending. See story and more photos on page 11A. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

A primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, to determine which two candidates will vie for the Oneida County circuit VOCKE judge seat in Branch II. Former Vilas County Circuit Judge Tim Vocke, Rhinelander attorney John F. O’Melia and Oneida County District Attorney Michael Bloom seek to replace the retiring Circuit Judge Mark Mangerson, who was appointed as Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge in District III. Election polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at both the Three Lakes Community Building and the Sugar Camp Town Hall. The top two vote recipients will advance to the

O’MELIA BLOOM spring election April 3. Vocke, 63, served as Vilas County circuit judge from 1979 to 1983. O’Melia, 58, has practiced at the O’Melia, Schiek & McEldowney Law Firm since graduating from law school in 1979. Bloom was an associate attorney at Eckert Kost & Vocke LLP from 2002-’07 and has served as Oneida County district attorney since 2007. Following is a brief biographical sketch and state-


Young announces bid for 34th District seat



Rhine land er City Council President Alex Young announced last week he will be a candidate for the 34th state Assembly seat YOUNG on the Republican ticket. State Rep. Dan Meyer (REagle River) announced Feb. 3 that he will not seek re-election this fall following a 12year run in the Assembly. Meanwhile, Kim Simac of Eagle River announced last week she was considering a run for the 34th District Assembly seat. Simac recently

ran in the 12th Senate District recall election against Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover). Young said that his extensive knowledge of local government and economic development issues has prepared him well to serve in the Legislature. “The top three issues in the fall election will be jobs, jobs and jobs,” said Young, noting that the state is facing many critical issues, but they all have a connection with jobs. “Keeping Wisconsin’s education system the best in the nation must be important in every legislative session,” To YOUNG, Pg. 3A

Phelps panel proposes Hwy. A for ATV route

Vintage races set Saturday in Three Lakes
The Northern Vintage Snowmobile Racing Series (NVSRS), Bonnie’s Lakeside, Three Lakes Trails Inc. and Northern Lights Snowmobile Club will sponsor vintage oval snowmobile races on Spirit Lake in front of Bonnie’s Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m. This race is one out of a series of six promoted by the NVSRS. It will feature snowmobiles from 1985 and older for the oval races. New this year is a 660-foot snow-packed radar run in which anyone is welcome to participate. Participants with vintage or new trail sleds can register for the radar run the day of the race for a cost of $10 for three passes. There will be six classes for the radar run, including 440, 500, 600, 700, 800 and 1,000cc. Food, beverages and raffles will be available throughout the day. Proceeds from the event will benefit Three Lakes Trails to help maintain the trails and grooming equipment. For more information, contact Mark Kirby at (715) 891-2928.



PHELPS — An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) committee, designated to look at the Phelps town ordinance allowing ATVs on town roads and portions of county highways for a route system, voted to recommend scaling back the proposal last week. Previously, the town board had requested use of 11.2 miles of county highways A and E to connect with a proposed route using town roads. At a joint meeting of the Vilas County Highway and Forestry committees, safety

concerns were expressed, especially allowing ATVs along Highway E. There was less opposition to using county highway rights of way, but those areas varied in width. Committee Chairman Steve Waier said panel members recognized the problems with right-of-way width and ownership and proposed concentrating only on Highway A using the paved portion of the road and not in the right of way. “We need to look at alternaTo ATV, Pg. 4A

Hockey teams ready for playoffs
n The Northland Pines boys and girls hockey teams will start WIAA tourney play this week. Pgs. 12A & 13A

FROSTY RUN — Dozens of sled-dog teams from across the Midwest competed in the Three

Bear Sled Dog Races last Saturday and Sunday in Land O’ Lakes. —STAFF PHOTO


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012


Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.

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Hi Wed., Feb. 8 ...........27 Thurs., Feb. 9..........22 Fri., Feb. 10.............12 Sat., Feb. 11 .............8 Sun., Feb. 12 ..........28 Mon., Feb. 13..........29 Tues., Feb 14..........32 Lo –1 –1 8 0 –2 –7 –4 Prec. None None 1.5"S None None None .2"S

Hi Tues., Feb. 8 ...........12 Wed., Feb. 9 .............9 Thurs., Feb. 10........12 Fri., Feb. 11.............18 Sat., Feb. 12 ...........29 Sun., Feb. 13 ..........45 Mon., Feb. 14..........35


The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 36, while the average overnight low was 17. There was a trace of rain on one day. Days precipitation recorded since Jan. 1, 2012, 18 days; 2011, 27 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2012, 27; 2011, 20. Average low of past 30 days, 2012, 5; 2011, 1.



While snowmobile 2010-’11 ’11-’12 trails remain open and Snowy days 53 38 are rideable, more Inches to date 46.78 45.14 snow is needed to Ground cover 12" 12" improve trail conditions around communities where traffic is the heaviest. Lake conditions have improved, with less slush on the ice due to the recent colder temperatures. There are 15 to 20 inches of ice on most lakes. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with possible flurries, with a high of 37 and a low of 21. Thursday a light dusting of snow is expected, with a high of 32 and a low of 22. Friday light lake-effect snow is predicted, with a high of 27 and a low of 17. Saturday should be partly to mostly sunny, with a high of 24 and a low of 15. Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny and nice, with a high of 30 and a low of 4.


ALL SMILES — The 6 Pack On Ice women’s pond hockey team from Rochester, Minn., won the championship in the Bronze Women’s division Sunday afternoon. Nearly 40 women’s teams partici-

pated in the Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey Tournament on Dollar Lake just east of Eagle River. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH


Judge race: Vocke, O’Melia, Bloom in primary
ment from each candidate. Timothy Vocke Vocke and his wife, Maribeth, have been married since 1975 and have lived in Oneida County since 1984. The couple have three children. His occupational experience includes serving as assistant district attorney in Racine County from 1973-’76, being appointed and elected as Vilas County district attorney from 1976-’79, serving as Vilas County circuit judge from 1973-’83, and practicing privately as an attorney from 1983 to 2009. In addition, Vocke assisted many Wisconsin counties as a reserve circuit judge, taking over a judge’s position for up to a week at a time as well as performing specific assignments, taking a case from beginning to end. He also served as a disciplinary referee for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, medical malpractice mediator for the Supreme Court since 1987, he provided alternative dispute resolution to attorneys and individuals around the state, and was appointed as one of six former judge members of the Government Accountability Board. Vocke’s educational background includes attending the University of Kansas, UWMadison Law School, Wisconsin Judicial College, National Judicial College and mandatory continuing education seminars sponsored by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Vocke’s statement: “With my extensive actual experience and training as a judge, I’m well qualified for the position. I have done every task that a judge has in different counties. I can hit the ground running. “I would be providing a service to the citizens of Oneida County, and I would consider it a privilege to do it full time. We were put on Earth to provide service to others. This is one way I could provide service. “I follow the original meaning when it comes to analyzing laws. I apply the existing law to the facts regardless of my personal belief.” John O’Melia O’Melia is a lifelong resident of Rhinelander. He and his wife, Kathy Lynn, have three children. He was elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin board of governors and served from 2002’08. O’Melia’s other occupational experience includes volunteering for the Board of Attorney’s Professional Responsibility from 1996-2002 (chairman from 2001-’02). O’Melia is a member of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. He also was president of the Oneida, Vilas, Forest County Bar Association from 1991-’92 and has been a member of this association and the State Bar of Wisconsin since 1979. In addition to his professional duties, O’Melia has been a member of the Rhinelander Rotary Club since 1979, Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation board of directors since 1996, he coached Pop Warner football from 1998 to 2002 and served as a WIAA basketball official since 1981. A 1972 graduate of Rhinelander High School, O’Melia went on to graduate cum laude from St. Norbert College in De Pere. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree at Marquette Law School. O’Melia’s statement: “My ethics and integrity make me the best choice for judge. I am the only candidate endorsed by eight area judges. Good judges have the right demeanor to treat all parties and attorneys fairly and respectfully. “I am confident that the extensive experience I have gained during the last 32 years has prepared me to preside over all areas of the law should I be elected. “I work hard and strive for a high level of professionalism and passion. These are the qualities I practice every day and will bring to the bench.” Michael Bloom Bloom and his wife, Beth, have lived in Rhinelander 18 years and have two children. They lived previously in Bloom’s hometown of Appleton. His occupational experience includes serving as Oneida County district attorney from 2007 to present, associate attorney at Eckert Kost & Vocke LLP of Rhinelander from 2002-’07 and staff attorney at the State Public Defender’s Office in Rhinelander from 1993 to 2002. As a part of his community, Bloom is active in Boy Scout Troop 660 in Rhinelander, is a member of the Rhinelander Rotary Club, serves as chairman of the board of directors to the YMCA of the Northwoods and has been an attorney coach for the Rhinelander High School mock trial team since 1994. Bloom’s statement: “I have a broad range of legal experience that covers all of the areas of law that a circuit court judge deals with on a regular basis. “Having worked as the Oneida County district attorney, in private practice, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation, and as a public defender, I have a uniquely balanced perspective on the different kinds of people who come before a judge every day. “I am respected in the courthouse and by law enforcement. I am known as honest, thoughtful and fair. These qualities will make me an effective circuit court judge.”

Sno-Eagles set meeting Feb. 16
The Sno-Eagles snowmobile club will hold its membership meeting Thursday, Feb. 16, at Chanticleer Inn in Eagle River. The business meeting will start at 7 p.m. followed by refreshments. Nonmembers are welcome to attend and meet club members and learn how to participate in area snowmobiling. Completed winter activities will be reviewed, along with a discussion of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved in the club. The Sno-Eagles maintain 100 miles of trails in and around Eagle River.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012



Primary election set in District 2 for Vilas County



OFF TO THE RACES — Anxious racers, eager dogs and a vocal race official added to the excitement at the starting chute of the Three Bear Sled Dog Races in Land O’ Lakes Saturday and Sunday. Once the four-dog teams left the chute (above), racers in the speedy skijoring competition (below) hit the snow-covered race course. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

A primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, to fill the Vilas County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat in order to narrow the field of candidates to two for the regular April 3 election. Chuck Hayes, Paul J. Specht and Sulo H. Wainio will contend for the vacant District 2 seat of Jack Harrison, which encompasses Presque Isle Ward 1 and Winchester Ward 1. Election polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at both the Presque Isle and Winchester community buildings. The top two vote recipients will advance to the spring election April 3. Hayes, 70, has been a supervisor on the Presque Isle Town Board since 2001. Specht, 61, is a retired accountant who operates a small part-time consulting practice. Wainio, 50, is the owner and operator of Thirty Point Trading Post and Tap in Winchester. Following is a brief biographical sketch and a statement from each candidate. Chuck Hayes Hayes and his wife, Karen, have lived in Presque Isle for 15 years since moving from Cedarburg. They have six children. His professional experience includes serving as principal of the Brown Deer High School from 1971-’97, president of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators from 1983-’84 and Presque Isle Town Board supervisor from 2001 to present. Hayes graduated from UWMilwaukee with a bachelor of science in secondary education, master of science in U.S. history and master of science in education administration. He also completed the doctor of education program at Marquette University. Hayes’ statement: “My many duties as a school principal included budgeting, planning, recruitment and supervision of personnel and communication with the public. My primary skill was to motivate others to achieve. “My primary reason for running is what it has always been since retiring — to give back to my community through public service.” Paul Specht Specht and his wife, Sharon, have two children and have lived in Presque Isle for four years since moving from Verona. His professional experience includes practicing as a certified public accountant as well as several private-sector accounting and management positions. He served as an alderman for the city of Verona in the early 1980s and as a director on the board of the Henry Vilas Zoo of Dane County, on which he was trea-

surer for 10 years and president for two years. Specht currently serves as treasurer of the Van Vliet Lake Association, the Northwoods Ski Touring Association and the Friends of the Van Vliet Hemlocks. He also volunteers as a soccer coach at North Lakeland Elementary School. He is a graduate of UWMadison with a degree in accounting. He subsequently passed the certified public accountant examination. Specht’s statement: “I am running for county supervisor because I belive my background and experience will provide value to Vilas County as it struggles with its primary issue of holding down its operating budget while continuing to provide the services our residents depend on. “In addition, I am concerned about the management of nonfinancial resources within our county that residents and businesses rely on, such as our lakes, rivers and forests, given our current budgetary constraints. Bolstering the county’s economic base is also key, but needs to be addressed in a manner that enhances and protects our North Woods way of life.” Sulo Wainio Wainio and his wife, Joan, have lived in the town of Winchester for 13 years. The couple previously resided in Merrill. Currently, Wainio and his wife own and operate the Thirty Point Trading Post and Tap in Winchester. From 1993’98, he worked as a department supervisor, or shift plant manager, in the folding carton industry. From 1984-’93, Wainio was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Wainio also has nine years of military training and staff experience in logistics, operations and planning. He has a bachelor of science degree from UW-Stevens Point and is a graduate of both the U.S. Army Armor Officers basic and advanced courses and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Staff School. Wainio’s statement: “I am also a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. I am running for the position of District 2 supervisor to equally represent all the residents of the district. District 2 is unique in the fact that the district contains two complete towns represented by just one official on the county board. “Because I am not an elected official on the Presque Isle or Winchester town boards, I will be able to vote for what is in the best interest of each town without the handicap of worrying about town re-election. If elected, I will do my best to insure county assets continue supporting District 2 projects.”

Young: elected to Rhinelander City Council in 2004
Young said. “But after we educate our young people, we have to have jobs for them or else they will leave the area and leave the state. Furthermore, through my work on the (Rhinelander) City Council and on economic development issues, I know that one of the first things a business considering locating in a state asks is about the quality of the schools.” Young said controlling government spending and rejecting increased burdens on business is central to any effort to create job growth. “Wisconsin has regulated and taxed too many businesses and senior citizens out of this state,” he said. “When businesses leave, jobs leave. When senior citizens leave, we lose tax base and lose a critical component of the fabric of our communities.” In Rhinelander, Young said the City Council has been able to provide city services with fewer resources. “The state of Wisconsin needs to do the same,” Young contended. He said the job comes down to always putting the interest of the state and the district first. Young was first elected to the Rhinelander City Council in 2004 and currently serves as the president of the City Council as well as the president of Downtown Inc., Rhinelander’s Main Street downtown development organization. “I look forward to continuing to serve the North Woods in the years to come,” Young said. “I look forward to working for the North Woods to ensure that the Wisconsin that we leave to future generations is a state that we can all be proud of.” Simac, the leader of the Northwoods Patriots Tea Party movement, led the recall effort against Holperin and later lost the recall election for the 12th District Senate seat. An Eagle River businesswoman, Simac said she has had an outpouring of encouragement and support from friends, family and political associates to consider running for the 34th District seat since Meyer’s announcement of retirement. She said she is seriously considering her options and will make a formal announcement in the very near future. Simac said she feels a strong sense of loyalty to the 34th District. “With so much opportunity for residents to build meaningful lives in the North Woods, we must have committed legislatures willing to work hard for solutions to problems that stand in our way,” she said. “In my opinion, we have so many rich blessVILAS COUNTY

ings here — the lakes, forests, schools and great people. There should be a waiting line to live and do business in the 34th.” Simac praised Meyer as “a legislator who has exhibited moral and ethical conduct worthy of those who elected him to represent them in Madison. “The people of the 34th District can be proud of Dan’s service and whoever is elected to fill this seat will have big shoes to fill,” said Simac.


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Edward Barich
Edward Barich, 95, a resident of Eagle River and formerly of Milwaukee since 1979, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Milestone Senior Living in Rhinelander. He was born Sept. 29, 1916, in Lake Mine, Mich., the son of Michael and Mary Barich. Mr. Barich retired from Bucyrus-Erie Heavy Equipment after 20 years as an industrial engineer. He enjoyed gardening until the age of 93 and was an Eagle River Knights of Columbus member. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, in 1986. Mr. Barich is survived by two daughters, Jo-Ann (Eugene) Tarczewski of Sturgeon Bay and Constance Barich of Oakland, Calif.; two sons, Dennis (Mary) of Rocklin, Calif., and Edward (Sue) of Santa Rosa, Calif.; one sister, Frances Romano of San Jose, Calif.; significant other, Christine Excell of Eagle River; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Feb. 10 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Eagle River.

Louise E. Thill Ives

Vilas health department makes move

Dale Richard Drayna Sr.
Dale Richard Drayna Sr., a resident of Clarksville, Tenn., for more than two years and former resident of Eagle River, died Mon., Feb. 6, 2012, at his home. He was 57. Mr. Drayna was born Nov. 28, 1954, in Milwaukee, the son of Leonard and Lois Drayna. He worked in construction and home building for many years. He was a member of the Eagle River Recreation Association and was involved in Fishing Has No Boundaries. Mr. Drayna served in the U.S. Marines from 1974-’76 and also served on the Eagle River Fire Department from 19872009. His parents preceded him in death. Survivors include his daughter, Rachele (Andrew) Sullivan of Enterprise, Ala,; his son, DJ (Sarah) of New Berlin; three brothers, Dean, David and Dan; two sisters, Diane Werner and Linda Koppelman; and three grandchildren. Visitation and a service were held Feb.13 at GaffneyBusha Funeral Home in Eagle River.

Ronald L. Meyers
Ronald L. Meyers, 75, of Sugar Camp, passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 8, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Merrill, Wis., on Jan. 30, 1937, to Laverne and Irene (Dettmering) Meyers. He is survived by his daughter, Laura (Norman) Arbogash of Sugar Camp; sons, Russell of Los Osos, Calif., John (Lisa) of Sacramento, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog and best friend, Coda. Ron will be remembered for his tireless approach to work and play. He served in the U.S. Air Force, completed barber college in Peoria, Ill., and then barbered in Laona, Wis., Cedarburg, Wis., and Rhinelander, Wis., for more than 35 years before retiring. In retirement, Ron operated a sawmill and paneling business, which was his passion. Always busy, Ron also was Forest County coroner in the 1970s, master wildlife woodcarver, farmer, musician, maple syrup maker, Christmas tree farmer and beekeeper, along with many other ventures. Ron enjoyed hunting and fishing, home renovation projects, softball, horseshoes and pool. Ron was always quick with a joke or story and a smile, which will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Ron will be laid to rest at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau, Wis. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Glen V. Post
Glen V. Post of St. Germain died Thursday Feb. 9, 2012, at his home. He was 58. He was born April 9, 1953, in Mauston, the son of Vernon and Dorothy Post. Mr. Post served in the U.S. Marine Corp. for seven years. During that time he served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded numerous badges, medals and awards. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed dancing and was a NASCAR/Dale Earnhardt fan. Mr. Post was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, Albert Schorr; and one brother, Richard Meden. His survivors include his mother, Dorothy Schorr of St. Germain; one son, Brandon of Winsted, Conn.; and one daughter, Melinda (Jessie) Post of Winsted. Additional survivors include two sisters, Rhonda (Jim Austin) Coker of St. Germain, and Maxine (Conroy) Madden of Panama City, Fla.; two brothers, Ron Meden of Baraboo and Robert (Teri) Meden of Poynette; and one grandson. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Wall in St. Germain. A celebration of life followed at Legend’s of the North Bar & Grill in St. Germain.

Louise E. Thill Ives of Pleasant Prairie, formerly of Milwaukee and later, Mequon, joined many loved ones in Heaven on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. Louise began this life’s journey on Aug. 8, 1926, growing up in Milwaukee through the Depression and World War II, with her loving parents, John and Mamie (Wheeler) Thill and her siblings, George, Elmo and Pearl. As Louise often said, she “never knew they were poor because no one told her.” Her family knew how to balance hard work and frugality with their generous and fun-loving spirits, nurturing Louise’s curiosity and playfulness. Louise attended Milwaukee Public Schools, studied voice with John Aiello and graduated from Washington High School. Louise attended business college and worked for her brother, Dr. George Thill, before working at Northwestern Mutual Life in downtown Milwaukee. On June 16, 1951, Louise married her true love, Dr. Donald G. Ives. They lived briefly in Ann Arbor, Mich., before settling with their baby, Donna Louise, near 87th and Capitol. Louise devoted this phase of her life to managing all of Don’s office work, perfecting her culinary talents, expressing her creativity through decorating cakes and countless artistic ventures. She designed their summer home near Eagle River, Wis.; it became a place for extended family to come together surrounded by the beauty of nature. Fascinated by history and always current with the news, Louise longed to explore the world, and her travels were among her happiest memories. Together with Don, they visited most of Western Europe, including her ancestral home in Stensby, Norway. They explored the East, walked on the Great Wall of China, marveled at the Taj Mahal, and roamed the streets of Singapore. They braved Russia, even as the Cold War raged, and she always dreamt of one day seeing Turkey. Her favorite place to escape the winter was Sanibel Island, Fla., where she would comb the beaches searching for shells. Louise loved with unsurpassed devotion and loyalty. Because of her love, she enriched many lives, including all those who’ve survived her. She will be deeply missed by daughter, Donna L. IvesKimpel; grandchildren, Katherine M. Kimpel and Benjamin C. Kimpel; adored great-granddaughters, Savannah Raine and Maddison Belle; dearly loved family; her caregivers and friends. Visitation and service was Feb. 12, at Krause Funeral Home. Interment was at Wisconsin Memorial Park. The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to Dr. George Lange, the Visiting Nurses Association, Hospice Alliance and her four home health-care providers for their exceptional attention and care during Louise’s final days. Memorials appreciated to Hospice Alliance.



The Vilas County Public Health Department has completed its move to a new location at 302 W. Pine St. in Eagle River, located in the Eliason building at the intersection of highways 45 and 17. According to public health director Gina Egan, the new location provides more confidentiality for many of the health programs serving the public. “We have a broad range of health concerns , along with a broad range of clients, who partake in our programs,” Egan said. “We address chronic disease, WIC (the Women, Infants and Children program), required immunization shots, animal bites, prenatal care, lead and radon, as an example.” In addition, the department does private well water testing along with water testing for commercial establishments in their on-site lab. Included in this program are restaurants and other licensed establishments that require annual testing by the

The Vilas County Health Department has moved to the Eliason building, along with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles. It also is home to Eliason Realty. —Photo By Ken Anderson

state. Department staff includes four registered nurses and two registered sanitarians. In addition, there are four parttime employees who serve specific areas. Egan’s department also cooperates with Social Ser-

vices in environmental health in homes and her county committee also oversees the humane officer. The phone number remains the same at (715) 479-3656 and mailing address remains the same at 330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521.

tives to Highway E, therefore my thoughts would be on County A first to the Forest County line,” he said. “We could use Eagle Farm Road to eliminate some travel on the highway.” The proposed route would start not at Highway 17, but at a town road. The total distance to Forest County would be about six miles, but using Eagle Farm Road would reduce that by about 1.25 miles. When asked how the county might react to using the Highway A pavement, county recreation coordinator Dale Mayo said he didn’t have an answer for the committee at this time. “It would be hard to guess what they would do,” Mayo said. “One thing they do look at is connectivity to other routes. This would connect with Forest County since they have approved using their portion of County A to the Vilas County line at Robinson Lake.” Reviewing a countywide system of possible bike trails connecting communities provided by Mike Robillard, it was said there wasn’t a known group that would push to develop that bike route to Forest County. “They (local bike trail developers) were concentrating on connecting Eagle River to Conover to Land O’ Lakes and from Conover to Phelps on this side of the county,” he told the committee. “Highway A is on the map, but is not being pursued. For bikes, it does not connect with any Forest County trail. Although I can’t speak for them, I can’t see why you can’t use it just because we have it on the map.” The ATV committee then voted to recommend reducing its original request and to pursue using only Highway A. It will recommend amending the present town ordinance to reflect that change, but keep the two-year trial period. The next meeting of the Phelps ATV committee will be Thursday, March 1, to review the proposed changes.

Majority of state residents have voting ID, says DMV
The state Legislature recently passed a law requiring Wisconsin residents to present photo identification (ID) when voting. Consequently, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers around the state are noticing an increase in the number of people coming in to request an ID card because they think they need one to vote. The Wisconsin state ID card is just one form of photo ID that can be used to vote, but many forms are acceptable, according to DMV Deputy Administrator Patrick Fernan. “A Wisconsin driver’s license is also acceptable, and that is what most people have and, ultimately, what most people will use,” he said. “If you have an unexpired Wisconsin driver’s license, you have the photo ID needed to vote.” Currently, around 4.3 million Wisconsinites have an unexpired driver’s license or state ID card. Both are acceptable as photo identification at the polls. For people who don’t have an acceptable photo ID for voting and want one, the DMV can issue a photo ID free of charge if they meet the requirements. For more information, visit wisconsindmv.gov. State law prohibits individuals from holding both a Wisconsin driver’s license and a Wisconsin ID card. “If you want an ID card and you already have an unexpired Wisconsin driver’s license, you have to turn in your driver’s license. State law doesn’t allow you to hold both,” said Fernan. More information about voting in Wisconsin, including other acceptable forms of photo ID to vote, is available through the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board at gab.wi.gov.

Public Health Department to offer $1 radon test kits
The Vilas County Public Health Department will offer radon test kits at a cost of $1 from Feb. 15 through March 15. Area residents can pick up a test kit at either the public health department or a local town hall. Radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas, is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States among nonsmokers and the second-leading cause for smokers. The invisible gas can’t be smelled or tasted, but it could be a problem in any home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year, resulting in more deaths per year than drunk driving, drowning, fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. Radon can be found all over the United States, according to the Public Health Department. Radon comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil. The EPA and the surgeon general recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Testing is inexpensive and easy and should only take a few minutes. The cost of reducing radon in a home depends on how the home was built and the extent of the radon problem. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs, according to the Public Health Department. For more information, call (715) 479-3656 or visit the Vilas County Health Department website at vilaspublichealth.com.

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Vilas County Sheriff A total of 237 complaints were entered by Vilas County Sheriff ’s Department dispatchers last week. In addition to those with sufficient detail to report below, a review shows at least five vehicle accidents, six requests for agency assistance, four ambulance requests, four animal problems, two attempts to locate, four burglar alarms, seven requests for citizen assistance, three reports of criminal damage to property, three disturbances, one report of domestic violence, two fires, three reports of harassment, six reports of hazardous conditions, one hit and run, two juvenile problems/runaways, one report of lost property, five reports of suspicious circumstances, three thefts, eight traffic violations, two vacation checks, two welfare checks, 12 911 hang ups and one snowmobile accident. At least 15 calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department, and there were at least 20 informational or procedural entries. In the past two weeks, at least 19 people were booked at the Vilas County Jail, including five for operating while intoxicated, four for disorderly conduct, one for operating after revocation, one for bail jumping, one for battery and two for manufacturing of THC. The inmate population ranged from 74 to 79. As of Feb. 13, there were 79 inmates. Saturday, Feb. 11 - 5:58 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 70 near Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae, involving Suzanne B. Geiger of St. Germain. - 5:58 p.m. - A two-vehicle accident was reported on Highway 70 near Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae, involving Jane A. Locy of Eagle River and Michael D. Buettner of Arbor Vitae. Thursday, Feb. 9 - 6 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway G near Watersmeet Lake Road in the town of Lincoln involving Jennifer R. Ruby-Durst of Eagle River. Sunday, Feb. 5 - 3:30 a.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Highway 51 near Town Line Road in Manitowish Waters, involving James M. Heller of Manitowish Waters. - 11:37 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 70 near Carpenter Lake Road in the town of Washington, involving Alicia A. Oberg of Eagle River. Eagle River Police Among the calls received by Vilas County dispatchers were at least 15 calls for the Eagle River Police. These included two vehicle accidents, one request for agency assistance, one burglar alarm, one ambulance request, one report of child abuse/neglect, one request for citizen’s assistance, one disturbance, one report of harassment, one report of suspicious circumstances, two traffic violations and one report of unsecure premises. Three Lakes Police This police department reported one vehicle accident, three burglar alarms, one ambulance request, one request for citizen’s assistance, two disturbances, one request for extra patrol, one weapons offense, one report of lewd and lascivious behavior, one operating while intoxicated, one juvenile problem/runaway, two snowmobile violations, two reports of suspicious circumstances and three traffic violations.

HOUSE FIRE — The Eagle River Area Fire Department responded to a house fire at 6033 Otter Drive just off Highway 70 west of

Eagle River last Tuesday morning. The St. Germain Fire Department provided mutual aid. —Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER

Vilas County Court report

Man who altered scale slips receives three years’ probation Suspects in pot case
A Lac du Flambeau man who altered scale slips after selling scrap metal at an Eagle River salvage yard was placed on probation for three years and must pay restitution after he was found guilty of uttering a forgery and misdemeanor theft in Vilas County Circuit Court last week. Joseph Mitchell, 19, altered scale slips at Scharf Automotive in the town of Lincoln June 27, 2011, resulting in a larger cash payout for copper, aluminum, brass and other scrap metal he collected at Lac du Flambeau and sold at Scharf’s Automotive. Mitchell pleaded no contest and was found guilty of uttering a forgery and misdemeanor theft in a plea agreement. Four other charges of uttering a forgery and four other charges of misdemeanor theft were dismissed, but were read in for restitution purposes at sentencing. Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III withheld sentencing and placed Mitchell on probation for three years with the following conditions: restitution of $4,737.58, any requirements deemed necessary by the agent, 60 days in the Vilas County Jail with workrelease privileges and he must report by March 15. He will receive credit for one day served. Judge Nielsen said Mitchell may request early discharge of probation after 18 months if all restitution is paid. He may also apply to have the felony charge expunged if he commits no other crimes when he turns 22. In other felony cases, Andrew C. Oettinger, 21, of Eagle River, reached a plea agreement on multiple burglary charges and sentencing was set for April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Judge Nielsen ordered a presentencing investigation. Oettinger was found guilty of four counts of burglary to a building or dwelling, three counts of theft of movable property, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property. Dismissed were charges of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and burglary of a building or dwelling, which will be read in at sentencing. Also dismissed were 11 other burglary and theft charges, some in Oneida County, and two citations. According to the complaint, Oettinger was involved in the theft of copper pipes and copper wire from homes in the town of Lincoln in January 2011, in the town of Conover between November and December 2010, and in the towns of Washington and Lincoln in December 2010. Jesse Allen Janssen, 28, of St. Germain, who pleaded no contest and was found guilty to a charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, was given a 12-month deferred entry of judgment. While a possession of marijuana charge was dismissed, Janssen pleaded no contest and was found guilty of receiving stolen goods and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class A misdemeanors. Sentencing was withheld on the first conviction and Janssen was placed on probation for 12 months with conditions, including: he must complete alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment and any treatment as deemed necessary by the agent, and he must spend 30 days in the county jail with work-release privileges to start March 15. He was fined $473.50 on the second conviction. He received credit for two days in jail. Dave M. Cook, 37, of St. Germain, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense. He was fined $1,689, which is due by March 15. In addition, his driver’s license was revoked for 26 months, he is required to undergo AODA assessment, must have an ignition interlock device for 26 months, and must serve 60 days in the county jail with work release privileges to commence March 5. Three other charges were dismissed, including operating while intoxicated causing injury. Cook was arrested Aug. 13, 2011, after the motorcycle he was driving hit a deer at 1:13 a.m. He sustained a head injury in the accident and a 21-year-old Arbor Vitae woman, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, sustained hand, arm and facial injuries. Cook had a blood alcohol level of .128%. Phil W. Poitra, 29, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a notguilty plea to a charge of operating while intoxicated with a minor child in the vehicle, fifth offense. A pretrial conference was set for March 20 at 11:30 a.m. Brandon L. Vetterneck, 35, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle after revocation, will see his case continue, as a motion to suppress evidence was denied by Judge Nielsen, who found that law enforcement officers were justified in searching Vetterneck’s vehicle at the Lake of the Torches Casino parking lot when he was arrested June 29, 2011. A pretrial conference has been set for March 20 at 1:45 p.m. Joshua S. Beson, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with physical abuse of a child, made an initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court last week. Beson was released on a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that he have no contact with minor children, including his own. It is alleged that Beson was upset the child led an employee of the Indian Child Welfare office into his Lac du Flambeau residence, striking the 3year-old boy on the face. Andrew C. Meshigaud, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery, had his bond amended from $2,500 cash to $500 cash a $2,500 signature bond. He is to have no contact with the victim, a 27-year-old Lac du Flambeau man whom he allegedly hit in the jaw while they were drinking in a garage in Lac du Flambeau Sept. 27, 2011. Edward M. Havican, 39, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 36 months. He also must undergo an AODA assessment and treatment deemed necessary by the agent, and must undergo random testing and house visits. He was arrested Dec. 4, 2009, following the execution of a search warrant at 14458 Haskel Lake Lane in Lac du Flambeau, where officers found 12.5 ounces of marijuana. Joseph R. Hiland, 25, of Green Bay, charged with two counts of burglary of a building or dwelling, theft of movable property, and two counts of criminal damage to property, had a plea and sentencing hearing adjourned to Feb. 17 at 9:30 a.m. Sausheen V. LaBarge, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with strangulation and suffocation, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for March 20 at 11:45 a.m. She is alleged to have choked an employee at Ojibwe Market in Lac du Flambeau Jan. 1. Patrick D. Hennessy, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with two counts of manufacturing/delivery of cocaine, entered a plea of not guilty and had a pretrial conference set for March 27 at 9:30 a.m. He is alleged to have sold 1.5 grams of cocaine for $100 to investigators during a controlled purchase March 2, 2011, in Arbor Vitae. Todd A. Koster, 49, of Pleasant Prairie, charged with operating while intoxicated, fifth offense, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and felony bail jumping, entered a plea of not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for March 27 at 10:15 a.m. Koster was involved in a motorcycle accident on Highway B in Land O’ Lakes July 2, 2011. According to the complaint, he had a blood alcohol concentration of .170. Gayle A. Allen, 50, and Kristin L. Allen, 30, both of Lac du Flambeau and both charged with premature disclosure of a search warrant Aug. 29, 2011, had their preliminary hearing adjourned to March 26 at 2 p.m. Each had a $2,000 signature bond continued. According to the complaint, they learned of the warrant and tipped off a resident, allowing the suspect to remove narcotics from his residence in Lac du Flambeau prior to the execution of the search warrant.

face trafficking charges


Two suspects allegedly involved in a large marijuanagrowinve town of Arbor Vitae appeared for their initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court last Friday. Kevin Shumake, 39, of Arbor Vitae, and Ramon Pineiro, 35, of Goldbar, Wash., face multiple charges alleging they maintained a drug-trafficking place as party to a crime. The complaint also alleges Pineiro was involved in a second marijuana-growing operation at a home he was renting on Whiskey Trail north of Eagle River. Vilas County District Attorney Albert Moustakis told the court a third person faces similar charges, but his whereabouts is unknown. A search warrant was executed Feb. 6 for a residence at 1399 S. Farming Road in Arbor Vitae, where authorities discovered several hundred marijuana plants in various

stages of growth. Pineiro was taken into custody at the residence, which was rented by Shumake. Shumake was arrested a short time later during a traffic stop. At a bond hearing, Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III ordered Pineiro be held on a $20,000 cash bond, while Shumake was given a $5,000 cash bond which was posted by his family. A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday, Feb. 15. Investigators said that information provided by Wisconsin Public Service to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department indicated average monthly electrical use for the past 12 months was 2,800 kilowatt hours per month, when the average use for a residence in northern Wisconsin was 700 kilowatt hours per month. Authorities said the high electrical usage was likely used to power lights for the indoor marijuana operation.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012


Three Lakes Board report

Election workers get pay increase; town to reimburse fitness center fees



The Three Lakes Town Board approved last week raises for its election workers, and authorized the reimbursement of fitness center fees at Three Lakes High School for town employees, members of the fire department and members of the ambulance crew. Town Clerk Sue Harris brought forth the proposal to increase pay for election workers, saying the chief election inspector should also play a bigger role on election day. “The inspector should be here when we do our test, know the machine and really oversee that election day,” she said. “I really don’t want to have to cut short a town board meeting to get over there for when they’re closing down polls. “I do still have to be there to close down the election and

take down the machines,” she said. “But I want the inspector to take on a little bit more responsibility.” In regard to the pay increases, Harris said the poll workers and election inspectors have been payed the same rate since 2000, despite an accumulation of more duties over the years. “I suggest a pay raise for poll workers from $8.50 to $9 per hour and a $1 raise for the chief inspector to $10 per hour,” said Harris, who added that this was a good time to bring up issues for election workers due to a reduction in election expenses. “We allocated more money expecting some recalls, and everything is going through the county now for the first year,” she said. “This judgeship election should not cost us anything other than our poll workers.” Supervisor Jeff Bruss noted, according to the records presented to the board, $8.50

appeared to be the going rate for poll workers. However, he conceded that, because the workers have taken on more responsibility maintaining the same rate of pay, he would support a motion to give them a raise. The town board also decided to reimburse those on the town payroll for fitness center fees at Three Lakes High School, should they choose to exercise at the facility. “Members of the fire department have come to us saying they’d like to use the fitness center at the school free of charge,” said Three Lakes Town Chairman Don Sidlowski. “District Administrator George Karling felt that since he charges $10 for everyone else, he couldn’t do that.” According to Sidlowski, Karling proposed a flat $250 fee per year to allow town employees, members of the fire department and members of the ambulance crew to use the

Hicks opens Top of the Line Detailing
With the coming of the new year, Mike Hicks has officially opened Top of the Line Detailing in Eagle River, offering cusHICKS tomers a show-quality cleaning that also can help preserve the life of a vehicle. Hicks, an Eagle River native who plays hockey for the Eagle River Falcons, performs professional automotive, boat and motorcycle detailing that includes hand washing, hand waxing, window washing, vacuuming, carpet shampooing, wheel cleaning (interior and exterior) and sticker removal. Although Top of the Line Detailing opened recently, Hicks, whose family owns Kukanich Oil Co., has many years of experience detailing vehicles. In addition to playing local hockey, Hicks said he enjoys racing sprint cars at Eagle River Speedway. For more information or a free estimate, contact Hicks at (715) 891-0807.

fitness center. The plan would cover nearly 50 people, effectively reducing the price by half if everyone took advantage of the center. Bruss then pointed out that the town could save money by reimbursing the fee only for those who actually use it and take an invoice from the school back to the town board. “This is $10 per year,” said Bruss. “There are 47 employees of the town, in which seven might be using this. Why don’t they just come to us on a caseby-case basis and we’ll just give them $10.” The board then passed an ordinance to that effect, since the paying of the fees constitute a disbursement of funds from the town. In other action, the town board: — heard quarterly reports on accomodations tax, the park commission and the Three Lakes Volunteer Fire Department; — accepted accomodations tax grant applications from members of the Three Lakes community for consideration at the Feb. 21 regular meeting; — announced a meeting Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. to address Superior Street closures for 2012; — announced a meeting March 6 at 5:30 p.m. for Wisconsin Valley Improvement Co. Burnt Rollways and Nine Mile dam/bridge repairs for 2012; — approved an amplified noise permit and temporary banner for the Three Lakes Lions Club’s Fishing Derby; and — appointed Ben Bonack as commissioner of Three Lakes Sanitary District 1 to fill the unexpired term of Dale Bruss, who also received a postmortem service citation from the town board.

Dustin Schoemaker and his daughter, Hannah, age 4, were in St. Germain last week raising money via snowmobile for the Helping Hands for Hannah fund. —Photo By Wally Geist

World record attempted on Big St. Germain Lake
Dustin Shoemaker of Greenup, Ill., recently wanted to break the Guinness world record for endurance on a snowmobile. Shoemaker has sponsors and accepts donations to the Helping Hands For Hannah fund. Hannah is Shoemaker’s 4year-old daughter who was diagnosed with biliary atresia at 2 months of age. The illness affects one in 15,000 children. “Hannah is starting to show signs that the illness is progressing and she may soon need to be listed for a liver transplant,” said Shoemaker. All donations and funds raised by the world-record attempt will be given to St. Louis Children’s Hospital Research Department. “That hospital is where Hannah had her six-hour surgery to attach her liver to the intestine so the liver would drain. There was already liver damage when she became ill, and the hospital in St. Louis is the only one doing research in this area. My wife and I believe they saved her life,” Shoemaker explained. The run was delayed due to poor snow and ice conditions on Big St. Germain Lake. Shoemaker’s run began Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m. To be successful, 1,900 miles, or 465 laps around the lake, would have to made in 24 hours. After 171⁄2 hours, about 1,420 miles traveled, his main and backup snowmobiles had broken down; the world record would not be set this year. In 2010, Shoemaker broke the endurance record on a Yamaha at 1,497 miles in 24 hours on Big St. Germain Lake. “His record was broken in 2011, so Yamaha asked him to try and break it again by riding 1,900 miles in 24 hours,” said Mark Hiller, organizer of the Radar Run on Little St. Germain Lake. Anyone may donate to the fund. Donations may be sent directly to U.S. Bank, Attn: Hannah Shoemaker Benefit, 1400 Charleston Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938. For more information, visit helpinghandsforhannah.com.

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Work begins on Eagle River end of Three Eagle biking, walking trail
Plans for the new biking and walking trail in Eagle River — that will one day provide outdoor recreationists with a trail that will connect the community with Three Lakes — are firming up quickly. The Three Eagle Trail Foundation has hired MSA Professional Services to perform the necessary engineering design of the new project. The 23⁄4-mile trail will head south from the Eagle River Dairy Queen, along the former railroad grade, skirt the western perimeter of the closed town of Lincoln landfill, continue south across the Mud Creek flood plain, climb through a remote upland forest and then terminate in a meadow just north of Section 9 Road. Last Wednesday morning, the route across the Mud Creek flood plain was marked so that soil-boring work can be completed. This is part of the preliminary engineering work needed to ensure that the planned boardwalk will be structurally sound well into the future. Jim Bollmann of MSA Professional Services will work closely with the Three Eagle Trail Foundation and property owners to blend a desirable aesthetic design with longterm functionality. “The Mud Creek crossing that appeared to be the best, from an engineering and cost standpoint, is the most scenic potential crossing as well, said Dick Aylward of the foundation. “After passing over a small backwater near a beautiful pond, it affords a broad, magnificent view of Mud Creek. It’s a very fortuitous coincidence and may be a good omen.” If all goes well with planning and construction, the new trail may be ready for use this fall. There are some unknown variables in both cost and timing, due to the potential for complications which could arise in boardwalk design and construction. The current cost estimate of the project is $650,000, including the limestone surface and boardwalk. Funding is entirely dependent on donations from citizens, businesses and organizations. To date, approximately $400,000 has been given toward this project. The Three Eagle Trail Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, so donations are tax deductible. Donations can be sent to Three Eagle Trail Foundation, P.O. Box 297, Three Lakes, WI 54562. More information is available at 3eagletrail.com.


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Roger and Norma Yaeger take key roles in library foundation building campaign

Hydro reservoir levels to be lowered: UPPCO
The Upper Peninsula Power Co. (UPPCO) has announced it’s preparing for spring runoff by lowering the water levels at its hydro reservoirs in the western portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). Because of license requirements and interim operations agreements with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates all U.S. hydro operations, the annual drawdowns and operations at lower levels have started earlier than the usual February or March time frame. This winter, UPPCO’s Victoria Dam reservoir drawdown began in January and the Prickett Hydro Dam reservoir and Bond Falls reservoir will not require any additional drawdown as they are already within their normal winter operating ranges. The Lake Gogebic reservoir is expected to be lowered slightly between now and the end of February to meet the end-of-the-month target elevation as required by the facility’s operating license. Bond Falls and Victoria are located on the Ontonagon River in Ontonagon County and Lake Gogebic is located in Gogebic County in the western UP. Prickett is located on the Sturgeon River in Baraga County in the central UP. “It’s an annual operating practice,” said Jim Melchiori, supervisor of regional generation at UPPCO. “We lower the reservoir to make room for the anticipated melting snow and spring precipitation.” Melchiori also warned that lowering the reservoir water may cause “bridging,” a condition in which the lower water level leaves a gap or space under the ice. He added that increased water flows may deteriorate the ice from the underside and result in unstable and unsafe ice conditions. These areas may not be easy to identify, so Melchiori urged the public to use extreme caution around all reservoirs, lakes and associated rivers this time of year. UPPCO’s service area extends into 10 of the 15 counties in Michigan’s UP, or about 4,460 square miles, and the utility provides electric service to nearly 52,000 customers.



Volunteers Roger and Norma Yaeger play vital roles in the daily operation of Olson Memorial Library, as well serve on the cabinet for the Memorial Library Foundation building project. Roger is the business representative for the cabinet and Norma is the campaign coordinator. Both are committed to the idea of a new library facility better equipped to meet the needs of today’s patrons as well as those who will need the library well into the future. And like other volunteers at the library, they said they see the magic “right before their eyes” of a facility that is valued as a center of the North Woods community. The theme of the $3.26 million fundraising campaign is “Right Before Your Eyes.” The Yaegers have never before lived in a town smaller than 25,000 people, but chose Eagle River as their home because of the warm feel the town gave them as they toured various areas in northern Wisconsin. “Gradually, as we settled in and began participating in community events, we realized what it means to live here — whatever gets done is because someone cares enough to shepherd the process, and others care to help,” Norma observed. Since becoming Eagle River residents, they have been avid users of the library and have enjoyed its friendly atmosphere. Having noticed the overcrowded nature of the facility, from the meeting room to the stacks for book collection, they both also commented on the importance of and

Norma and Roger Yaeger are regular volunteers at Olson Memorial Library. —Contributed Photo

the centrality of the library. “Eagle River may have two large grocery stores, many restaurants and churches, and numerous athletic facilities, but a community needs a store for the mind, and a place to get together to be a community larger than a church or club or neigborhood,” said Norma. “When we travel,” Roger added, “we like to compare other libraries with the Olson Memorial Library. Are the aisles wide enough to permit a shelving cart? At Olson, no. Is the lowest shelf in the book stacks in use? At Olson, yes. Here, both patrons and volunteers must get on hands and knees and crawl to see the titles on the bottom shelves, because we are out of space.” As library volunteers,

Roger and Norma find themselves doing a variety of jobs. Norma notes that patrons often do not realize the background work that goes into being able to check out a book. “Because our library participates in the Northern Waters Interlibrary Loan System, sometimes I collect the books that will be shipped to patrons in other libraries,” she said. “When the books are returned, they are checked in, needed repairs are made, then reshelved for use by the next Olson patron. The volume of books and materials involved in this threetimes-a-week rotation averages 150 per trip.” Norma views the wellused interlibrary loan service and shelving problems as proof for the need for a

new library facility. “The range of services offered by the library requires a facility that enables all these functions to work efficiently for the patrons, the volunteers, the staff and the whole community,” she said. Roger works the library’s service desk Fridays. “I am impressed with the inclusiveness of the memorial library. Patrons are centered in the Eagle River, St. Germain and Conover area,” he said. “The library welcomes anyone in the North Woods to apply for a library card at no cost. The only criterion is that we ask respect for the library materials.” As a member of the foundation cabinet, Roger has a unique responsibility for the new building project. He sees that contributions are deposited and properly recorded within 24 hours of receiving them. “Early in the planning stages, foundation treasurer Fred Prange, campaign treasurer Lee Liermann and I established financial procedures to ensure that every penny gets to where it’s supposed to go, and that an audit trail supports each decision,” said Roger. “We clearly understand that this is community money. It has been entrusted to the library for a specific use — the building of a new facility.” Norma has a different role in the cabinet. She organizes numerous meetings and calls upon volunteers who give freely of their time to be a part of the cabinet or various soliciting groups. “It is the individuals who believe, contribute and lend a hand who will bring this new building to its completion, ‘Right Before Your Eyes,’ ” concluded Norma.

Exhibitor space now available at Northwoods Business Expo
The newly named Northwoods Entrepreneurs Club, in association with the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation Inc., Nicolet College and UW-Extension, will sponsor the fifth annual Northwoods I & E Business Expo Wednesday, April 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. The expo will be held at the Northwoods Banquet Center (the former Taj Mahal), located at 1540 Pueblo Drive in Rhinelander behind Hodag Lanes. The cost for exhibiting in the event is $50 per 8-foot table space. The 2011 expo welcomed nearly 100 exhibitors and hundreds of community members as they poured in over a three-hour period to view business exhibits. “Again this year, there will not be any general admission fee,” said a chamber spokesperson. “If you’re an area business, we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to make a sale, find a new prospect, share your employee needs or find interested people who can help in the growth and expansion of your business.” This year, cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200, provided by Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation Inc. will go to the top three exhibitors with the best business idea and/or invention. Exhibitor space is currently available for reservation at the 2012 Northwoods Business Expo. To reserve a space, contact the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce at (715) 365-7464 for a registration form. Space at the event is limited, and the deadline for registration is Friday, March 30.

Vilas officials analyze jail operations to reduce liability, improve staff efficiency



A Vilas County Jail analysis was recently conducted to identify gaps in operational procedures and staffing deficiencies — all with a goal of decreasing liability and ensuring the efficient use of staff resources. Jail Administrator Tim Evenson, along with a number of county board supervisors, corrections staff and sheriff’s department administration, all contributed to the project. “When it comes to staffing jails, one size certainly does not fit all,” said Evenson. “There are many variables to consider and until a jail is actually in operation every hour of every day, can one begin to analyze how it’s functioning.” The Vilas County Jail began operations in May 1999 and was designed to house 125 inmates. The jail averages 69 to 98 inmates each day with a high percentage released within 72 hours of admission. It takes about an hour to process an inmate into the facility and 15 to 30 minutes to process an inmate out. While jail population can vary throughout the year, the requirement for staffing is mostly constant. Current staffing includes the jail administrator, 15 corrections officers, four jail sergeants, one part-time corrections officer to fill in, and one part-time officer for fill-in which is approved but not yet filled. “Staff turnover in many jails are high and we anticipate, based on past years, that we will lose two staff members each year,” said Evenson, who pointed out jails are high-risk settings and staff persons leave when they realize this

job “just isn’t for them.” Three incidents within the last several years put a focus on operational procedures that needed to be analyzed and changed. One was an escape; a second, an attempted hanging; and the third was a dryer fire causing smoke to fill part of the jail. The July 2009 escape was determined to be caused by officer error, according the Evenson. “A door was left ajar in the dishwashing area, and the inmate simply walked out of the facility when doing breakfast dishes,” said Evenson. “The door controls and the monitoring cameras are in the master control room which was not staffed at the time.” The jail has two control rooms, the “Pod,” which is staffed 24 hours a day every day, and the master control room, which does not have a staff person assigned to it as a post. “This particular door did not have an automatic closure, therefore we added controls that automatically close the door and did staff retraining,” Evenson said. The attempted hanging was discovered when a corrections officer walked past a holding cell. The inmate had ripped a blanket over time and hid the strips of cloth to be used in the attempted hanging. “He had been hanging for about five minutes, but survived,” Evenson said. “He began breathing on his own after being cut down, but was hospitalized for about a week. A review of the videotape determined if an officer had been stationed in the master control room, the hanging could have been prevented as someone would have monitored this holding cell over the

closed-circuit television camera in the cell.” A dryer fire in December 2008 caused smoke to fill half of the inmate-occupied spaces, and it required moving inmates from one part of the jail to another. “This happened during normal operating hours of the administrative portion of the sheriff’s department and they were able to assist jail staff,” Evenson said. “In review, we identified the need for a more comprehensive policy and training regarding emergency responses.” Evenson said if the fire had occurred during a time of day when administrative staff was not available to assist, evacuation would have been much more difficult. Unlike school fire drills, the jail can’t schedule practice evacuations, he said. Staffing the jail Officers respond to emergencies within the jail in groups of three, however, many times only two are available and outside assistance must be summoned. Evenson says there are not enough jail sergeants to provide first-line supervisory coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He said by improving the quality of first-line supervision, employees will be assisted in implementing assigned duties efficiently and effectively with proper guidance and mentoring from properly trained and seasoned supervisory staff. “Good staffing responds to the ebb and flow of daily activities and to the risks associated with the activities,” Evenson said. “There are some operations which we have no control over, such as when arrestees are brought in for processing and detention and when courts

order inmates to be present for proceedings. We often let the schedule manage us, but by looking at activity patterns, we may identify how current practices create staffing problems and inefficiencies.” Evenson noted there were many things to consider when looking at staffing levels. These include overtime costs, staff burnout and turnover, frequent understaffing resulting in essential posts being vacant, inability for staff breaks and staff backups, over-reliance on part-time help, and how long the hiring process takes. “Training a new corrections officer to be state certified requires about 440 hours, with 280 hours of field training and 160 hours of classroom instruction. It has been suggested to cross train telecommunication staff, but after reviewing this option, it would not be fiscally feasible,” said Evenson. The budget The 2011 jail budget was $1,937,042, of which $1,475,622 was for staffing — about 70% of the overall budget. National corrections figures indicate 80% to 85% is normally allocated for staffing purposes. The analysis found overtime expenses in 2008 were $119,993; in 2009, $102,473; and in 2010, $80,788. The reduction in 2010 was due to having full staff for the second half of the year, while in previous years, there were shortages, according the Evenson. “Vilas County does not have enough full-time staff to cover the shifts needed; there is not adequate staff on at all times to conduct a safe and timely evacuation of the jail; and there is not adequate assistance in case of an inmate disturbance or other emergency during all shifts,” said Evenson.

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The real estate transactions listed below are being published at the request of many of our readers. The information is public record and reflects an index of each week’s transactions. Property transactions exceeding $10,000 recorded at the Vilas County Courthouse the past week and the transfer fee: Jan. 30, 2012 Stephen J. Shea and wife to Dale H. Nackers, prt NE NE in 29-4112, gov lot 1, $396 Mary Seligman to Nancy McMurray, lot 16, 17 and 18, plat 192 in McGlinns R.J. subd., $150 Jan. 31, 2012 Gilbert S. Rosenthal and wife to Victor Rohrig and wife, prt SE NW, prt NE SW in 32-40-11, $264 Lynett Hilliker et al to Addis Hilliker et al, prt NW NW, prt SW NW, prt NW SW in 25-42-9, $195 Fred W. Ciebell Sr. and wife to Todd R. Laughman and wife, prt SW SW in 9-41-6, gov lot 8, $678 BMO Harris Bank to Thomas E. Reed et al, prt SE SE in 34-42-10, prt SW SW, prt NW SW in 35-4210, $367.50 Feb. 1, 2012 Richard E. Zagotta et al to Terry H. Johannes and spouse, lot 14 of plat 87 in Elbert’s Resort condo, $669 Christopher Oliver et al to Ronald Jaeger et al and Robert Rajchel et al, prt SW SW in 17-4210, gov lot 5, prt SE SW in 17-4210, gov lot 6, $90.90 Feb. 2, 2012 Thomas F. Lindeman and wife to Jay H. Metzger and wife, prt SW SE in 25-40-6, $666 Dwight R. Westmore to Daulton Family Revocable Trust, lots 10 and 21 of plat 799 in Rest Lake Woods condominium, $360 Feb. 3, 2012 CK Partners LLC to Twin Peaks III LLC, lots 5, 6, 7 and 8 on block 3 of plat 389 in Cary’s Addn., lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 on block 2 of plat 389 in Cary’s Addn., prt NE NW in 33-40-10, $11,850 Lindstrom Living Trust 5/06/97 to Richard Callender and wife, prt SE SE in 10-43-6, gov lot 4, prt SW SE in 10-43-6, $975 DEV Holdings LLC and ZO Holdings LLC to Adam G. Flyte and wife, prt NW SE in 25-43-5, gov lot 3, $495 Feb. 7, 2012 Tuttle Family Partnership to Brian Logan, gov lot 18 in 14-436, $67.50 Feb. 8, 2012 Joyce A. Scarpace to Bruce H. Johnson, lot 101 of plat 144 in Holiday Estates, $30 Feb. 9, 2012 Ronald E. Walters, land contract assignment, prt SE NE in 16-425, $150 River Valley Bank to Donald J. Sandberg and wife, prt NW SW in 15-40-10, gov lot 4, $330 Feb. 10, 2012 Almeda A. Zeiter Revocable Trust and Ronda Reffner Trustee to Robert C. Diehl and wife, prt SE NW in 2-42-9, $247.50 James D. Behm and wife and Patricia K. Strutz and husband to James M. Daffara and wife, prt SE NE in 35-40-10, $403.50

Eagle River public golf course produced most revenue in ’11



A comparison of revenue from three area municipal golf courses shows the Eagle River course held its own in comparison to Rhinelander and St. Germain courses last year, however, total golf revenue has been decreasing since 2007, according to information given to the Eagle River Golf Course Advisory Committee last week. The report showed total revenue for the three courses during 2011 was $1,597,086, which was a decrease from the 2010 revenue of $1,832,177. Total revenue from the three courses totaled $1,949,283 in 2007. Of the 2011 revenue, the Eagle River course saw $595,496, while Rhinelander was $521,000 and St. Germain was $480,590. These figures are in the public record, while figures from private courses are proprietary. Golf pro Brad Missling said the revenue figure shows Eagle River is doing well when compared to the other area public courses. “Spending on golf up here has gone down over the last five years,” said Missling. “The big drop last year was at St. Germain, whose revenue fell from $635,898 in 2010 to $480,590. Over the last five years, our market share of the three public courses has risen from 31.7% in 2007 to 37.3% last year. Rhinelander’s share increased slightly from 31.5% to 32.6% in that five-year period, while St. Germain dropped from 36.9% in 2007 down to 30.1% last year.” Eagle River had 10 damaged greens to start 2011 and had a slight revenue drop of $2,286. Rhinelander had no damaged greens to start last spring, yet saw a drop of $78,092. St. Germain had damaged greens similar to Eagle River and saw a drop of $155,308. In 2007, Eagle River’s revenue was $616,874, while Rhinelander’s was $613,365 and St. Germain’s was $719,044. “The market is shrinking nationwide and it’s the core

Eagle River Golf Course Advisory Committee chairwoman Carol Hendricks objected to having committee member Ken Biegel attend last week’s meeting by telephone. She was informed

under the new Robert’s Rule of Order, which governs committee meetings, she could not prevent Biegel’s attendance by electronic means. —Photo By Ken Anderson

golfers we’re losing,” Missling said. “It’s a tough battle when golfers are quitting.” Committee member Sally Ayers said she felt the drop in rounds played at Eagle River and the revenue decline was due to damaged greens, “so we didn’t charge full price.” Committee member Bill Lochte commented on the loss in revenue at St. Germain of $155,000, saying, “We couldn’t afford that.” Ayers pointed out three items that will make the course successful. “We need the course in good shape; we need a positive attitude of everyone; and we need the golfers to have a good playing experience,” she stated. Audience member Tom Marion, who golfs at Eagle River, warned, “They (St. Germain) lost their greens and that could happen to us.” He suggested Eagle River could lower their green fees by not providing city residents with $70,000 of property tax relief. Course manager Ken Smith said there were only two choices with damaged greens, with the most important getting them back in playing shape. “You won’t get them back

with people playing on them; you either close the course or you play on temporary greens,” Smith pointed out. Teaching pro With the departure of golf teaching pro Margo RogersAnderson to the position of golf pro at St. Germain, the committee said filling that position was important for the course. Smith indicated he has received 10 to 12 applications and the committee needs to set a meeting to review their résumés. The deadline for applicants is Feb. 17. Committee Chairwoman Carol Hendricks said, “Re views will be held in closed session and we have to decide how many to call in (for interviews) in closed session.” The City Council will have to decide if the new teaching pro is hired as an independent contractor or a city employee. The committee set Feb. 20 to review applications and Feb. 24 for possible interviews. Course conflict Committee meeting coverage, published statements about course debt and the

Solberg, Fonti named to new Marshfield Clinic committee
Trygve “Trig” Solberg of Minocqua, president of T.A. Solberg Co., and William Fonti, CEO of Furniture & ApplianceMart, were recently selected to serve on a new committee formed to promote philanthropy at Marshfield Clinic. The 20-member Marshfield Clinic Development Committee will work to build awareness of the clinic’s history of providing accessible highquality patient care, its nationally recognized medical research program and its extensive education division. “Trig and Bill, like all the members of the committee, are leaders in the community who understand both the importance of philanthropy and the tremendous need for the vital services provided by Marshfield Clinic,” said Teri Wilczek, chief development officer at the clinic. “The dedication, leadership and inspiration that they bring to this effort will help us reach a whole new level of giving,” said Wilczek. As a nonprofit organization, the clinic provides patients of all economic levels with access to high-quality health care and promotes research and education, said Dr. Brian Ewert, Marshfield Clinic president and CEO. “This committee will help us to develop the resources to not only continue this important work, but to expand our assistance to those in need and to build upon our knowledge,” he said. Solberg, who owns Trig’s grocery stores in Minocqua, Eagle River, Rhinelander, Stevens Point and Wausau, said he’s involved with a variety of nonprofit groups. “Having a lot of experience with fundraising for various causes, I’m looking forward to playing a greater role in increasing the support needed to not only maintain what the clinic does now, but to expand its service to help more people,” he said. The Fonti family, Furniture & ApplianceMart and Marshfield Clinic partnered in 2004 to create the Fore a Cure golf outing. The event benefited breast cancer research, mobile mammography screening and childhood diabetes services at the clinic. The Fonti family established the Catherine Fonti Angel Fund in honor of Fonti’s grandmother to assist clinic patients who are unable to pay for mammograms and other breast cancer prevention services.

annual practice of the golf course providing taxpayers with $70,000 in tax relief brought reaction from some committee members. “The sad reality is there is so much drama of this group,” said Lochte. “We deliver a check to the city and I thought we had no choice.” Hendricks said she felt she was not able to talk freely in an open-meeting format. “It’s unfortunate it gets to a point where we can’t really express our feelings without it going out to the public,” she stated. Hendricks distributed a position paper to committee members clarifying her responsibility to the advisory committee. She wrote that her relationship to the Eagle River Golf Course Advisory Committee included: “I am the nonvoting chairman of the committee having been appointed by the mayor and approved by the common council. “I am not a representative of the council on the committee. I am only the advocate for one-quarter of the city voters who elected me to the council and, as a council member, have the charge to support the welfare of the whole city. I cannot speak for the other three council members. “Likewise, I am not the representative of committee to the council. I am only the conduit of voted-on and passed motions to the mayor or city administrator who would then decide whether or not the item goes on the council agenda. “Finally, I am an advocate for the Eagle River Golf Course and always will be. It is my desire to have the best municipal course it can be, limited only by the resources available.” Under public comments, City Clerk/Treasurer Debbie Brown questioned the condition of the clubhouse, saying it “looks shabby” and suggested the pro shop might be reconfigured to make it more customer friendly and that fresh paint and repairs have “been neglected for too long.” Hendricks suggested that a five-year capital improvement plan be developed and “use the $70,000 to implement it.”

Pick ’n Save offers some DMV services
Roundy’s Pick ’n Save recently announced that its stores are now a registered agent of the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). As a result, vehicle owners can now renew and receive their annual license plate stickers at Pick ’n Save, located at 711 Highway 45 N. in Eagle River. The process takes approximately one minute to complete and requires a processing fee. “This in-store option affords vehicle owners a convenient and simple alternative to the traditional license plate renewal process,” said contact Randy Langkos. For hours of availability and fees, call (715) 479-4417.

St. Germain Town Board discusses golf course plans



ST. GERMAIN — The St. Germain Town Board discussed plans to increase play and revenues at St. Germain Golf Club presented by new golf pro Margo Rogers-Anderson and expressed appreciation for her insight at a meeting last week. Rogers-Anderson reported that the Fore Reservation System will be implemented. The Fore system will allow easier customer registration and will have features built into the program to reach potential customers with promotions. “It is a great tool for the golf course,” said Rogers-Anderson. Rogers-Anderson laid out plans to bring more golfers to the course. Plans include more league play, creative discounts, improved food service and discount packages involving local businesses. The driving range has been

lengthened and is in the process of being widened. “We cut red pines along the west side of the range,” said Steve Spears, superintendent. “Widening the range and also widening the tee box means we will increase the number of tee stations from eight to 10.” “With widening of the tee box, the goal is to make the driving range a destination, as much as the full course,” said Town Chairman Walt Camp. “We have a four and onehalf star Golf Digest rating for the course, and we want our driving range to be of the same caliber,” said Lee Christensen.


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The frozen package said simply ‘twin cities’
AS WE DINED on partridge pie one evening last week, a meal fit for kings and queens, it was hard to imagine that life could be any better. The scribbler had managed to please his bride with a mouthwatering meal you can’t buy in any store or restaurant, an accomplishment that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Lying across both of my feet was the lovable little Lab that made it all possible, Gracie, for without her there would be no tender grouse chunks tucked into crusts filled with potatoes, carrots, peas and a rich mushroom and celery gravy. Katie was in the house, too, the retired one, but at age 14 she isn’t as needy on the affection side. She does, however, know the sound of a fork scraping a nearly empty plate at the end of a meal. This particular package of grouse breasts had been in the freezer since early November. I know that because it was marked with the simple words “twin cities,” which sparked a whole lot of memories from a late-afternoon hunt in the national forest. I’ve made it a tradition to mark a grouse package or two every fall from uniquely productive hunts — the kind I’d like to replay in my mind during the cold days of winter. The twin cities of the North Woods — Alvin and Nelma — provide an escape into the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that’s a little less crowded than some areas closer to Eagle River. Gracie spent the morning in my truck while I struggled to get enough work done to sneak away early, knowing the chances for sunny afternoons with a light

In the Outdoors
By Kurt Krueger
breeze and no snow on the ground were quickly disappearing. It didn’t all go as planned, but by midafternoon we sped eastward anyway in hopes of getting in slightly more hunting time than driving time. Beggars can’t be choosers. I was taking what I could get. What we had going for us was that perfect timing that doesn’t come every year. Four or 5 inches of snow had melted entirely, and grouse that were holed up in balsams and swamps were suddenly given a new lease on life, their food supplies no longer covered in white. Gracie was pacing at my feet as I changed clothes and footwear while sitting on the tailgate. Two years of chasing grouse and pheasants had turned her into a bird nut. I can’t drive slow on a rough road without her whining and shaking in anticipation of the hunt. We crossed a clearing of tall grass headed for a series of distant clearings when the first bird exploded from the wooded edge, headed for a ravine to my left. The 20-gauge barked once and the bird’s right wing took a pellet. Gracie had to chase it some 20 yards before she finally nabbed it from under a windfall. As we entered the second clearing, two grouse flushed from the right edge. I knocked down the first but missed the second. We were

convinced that the birds were taking advantage of the thaw. We walked through a third and fourth clearing with no flushes, but a trail off the back side of the last clearing produced a straightaway flush that my dog could have hit. With three grouse in the game bag, it really didn’t matter what happened after that. As we circled back toward the truck on an old skid trail that was covered with windfalls, Gracie went off to my left into a ravine. She was hot on a track that took an angle up the next ridge and then back down the hill toward me, into some balsams. There were so many windfalls that I could not have kept up, so I just waited to see what would happen. And when she finally caught up to that grouse, it flushed and turned right at me. It flew right by my head and was gaining way too much speed, but I swung around and got off a shot before it disappeared into the cover. I thought its wings stopped pumping with the shot — or maybe it was just going into a glide. But we went to investigate anyway. I had no idea if the bird was hit or not. Gracie was suddenly on the sneak in some balsams, as if she had caught a track. It was at that moment that a grin came to my face, for I was about to witness the real reason that every grouse hunter needs a good retriever. I heard peeping, thunder and then nothing but muffled, heavy breathing. She had the bird. I was so happy with her performance that I set down my gun and tackled her. We rolled in the grass and leaves for a while, like kids.

Here’s a sight that I never tire of seeing — Gracie emerging from heavy cover with a bird in her mouth. —Photo By The Author

It was time to quit when we reached the truck, but four grouse were far more than we expected in a little more than an hour of walking. Grouse hunting just happens like that. We’ve walked all day for one bird and been happy with it. And then there are those rare outings where the stars and planets align, and the game bag gets filled

in an hour or two. The dead of winter is a great time to rekindle memories of the hunt. It would be a shame to experience all that glory just once, without tapping the memory banks for a second look at each shot and retrieve. There’s got to be some time to celebrate the hunt.

Three Lakes ready to host ice fishing derby
The Three Lakes Lions Club will hold its 59th annual Ice Fishing Derby and raffles Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at the grounds of the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center on Superior Street. Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest and the second-largest northern, walleye, bass and total panfish weight. There also are separate $50 prizes for the largest fish of any kind caught by a child 12 years old or under. Youths, supervised by a parent, are welcome to participate. There is no entry fee to participate in the derby, and official rules are available at Jokin’ Joe’s Bait & Tackle in Three Lakes, the Three Lakes Do it Best Hardware and Rental or the Three Lakes chamber of commerce. While the fishing is under way, the Lions also will conduct their annual derby ticket raffle and paddle wheel raffle at the chamber grounds. Lions Club Chairman Dave Cyrtmus announced this year’s ticket raffle includes a $500 cash grand prize, Hansen Cedar & Forest Products second prize, $200 cash third prize and $100 prizes for fourth, fifth, sixth. Raffle tickets are available up to the day of the derby at local restaurants, bars and businesses and will also be sold at the event. The ticket raffle drawing will be at 4 p.m., and participants need not be present to win. The paddle wheel raffles will take place from noon until 4 p.m. “Derby-goers purchase numbered paddles, and the lucky paddle number holder wins a prize lot consisting of food coupons, clothing, liquor, sporting goods and loads of other great prizes donated by local businesses,” said Cyrtmus. The Lions Club food trailers will have brats, burgers, hot chocolate, chips, coffee, soda and beer available. For more information about the tournament, contact Cyrtmus at (715) 369-0519.

Fishing with the Guides
By George Langley

Colder weather firms up area lakes
The combination of cold and wind kept most anglers off the ice last weekend. That’s OK, however, as it got the ice much thicker and got rid of a lot of that slush that had been hindering anglers. It is nice to realize that we are now in the second half of February already and getting ever nearer to longer days and warmer weather. Those cold fronts don’t last real long now and normal temperatures in the afternoon will be closer to 30 degrees — perfect for ice fishing!
Spring turkey hunters in Wisconsin hope they will call in a long-bearded tom during one of the six 7-day seasons that start April 11 and run through May 22. —Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER

137,000 turkey permits issued
Turkey permits issued by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through the spring turkey preference drawing numbered 137,598 for Wisconsin’s 2012 spring wild turkey season. The department printed and mailed postcard notifications to successful applicants, which should arrive within the next few weeks. Hunters who do not receive a postcard by mid-February can check on the status of their permit application online through the DNR online licensing center at dnr.wi.gov or by calling the DNR customer call center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m., seven days a week at 1(888) WDNRINFo (936-7463). A total of 234,568 permits will be available for the spring 2012 turkey season. This includes leftover permits that will be made available through over-the-counter sales beginning March 19. This is an increase from the 226,249 permits available during the 2011 spring season. The increase in total permit availability partially reflects an increase in the number of permits made available to hunters in zones 2 and 7, and is also due to an increase in permit issuance to correct an error that occurred during the drawing process. Considering high historic demand for permits in zones 2 and 7, as well as a healthy turkey flock in these zones as suggested by relatively high recent hunter success rates, the DNR wild turkey management committee decided to offer an additional 6,600 for Zone 2 and 1,200 more permits for Zone 7. In Zone 7, which includes all of Vilas and Iron counties and parts of Oneida, Forest, Florence, Price and Ashland counties, the permits went from 2,400 to 3,600. “These additional permits will go a long way toward meeting hunter demand in these zones and will allow hunters greater access to permits for their desired time period,” said Scott Walter, DNR upland wildlife ecologist. Seven days long Additional hunting opportunities will be available to turkey hunters this spring, as the traditional time periods have been extended by two days, lengthening each time period to seven full days. The spring 2012 turkey hunting season will run from April 11 through May 22. The season is divided into six 7-day time periods, each of which runs from Wednesday through the following Tuesday. This is a change from previous spring turkey seasons, during which the six time periods only ran for five days each. Hunters harvested 40,133 turkeys during the 2011 spring season. Final harvest numbers for the 2011 fall season will be published in the 2011 Wisconsin Big Game Hunting Summary in the spring of 2012. Youth turkey hunt The spring turkey youth hunt was created in 2007 to provide youths younger than the age of 16 with an opportunity to hunt turkeys and gain valuable hunting experience by working closely with an experienced mentor before the regular season opens. This year’s youth turkey hunt will be April 7-8. Youths ages 12 to 15 who have already completed To TURKEY, Pg. 10A

Ice thickness is about 14 to 20 inches at this point, much thinner than a normal winter. That slush and heavy snow is mostly tamped down now, and the biggest problem is frozen ruts on the ice roads. They’re still better than the thick slush, however, and the warmer weather will cause even better ice conditions. Walleye fishing has been pretty good for this time of year, with many anglers reporting some pretty nice fish. The cold weather slowed things down a little, but the warmer weather this week should improve things significantly. As always, either medium golden shiners or sucker minnows work best for these fish. Afternoons have been pretty good for anglers willing to fish a little deeper with tip-ups, then they just move in shallower during the evening period. Some deep-water jigging with vertical jigs also have been productive. Northerns have been providing the best tip-up fishing. These fish have been active throughout the area, especially in the midday period through the afternoons. Large golden shiners have been the best bait for them, but a number of anglers have had success with these fish by jigging with sucker minnows in the weeds. This is an especially fun way to fish because they hit so hard and fight so well. Panfish action was slowed by the weather over last weekend, as the only way to fish for panfish was in shacks. It kept the number of anglers down to a minimum. With the warmer weather now, the fishing should be very good this week. As most of you know, as we move toward spring and the weather warms, we have the best ice fishing for panfish of the year. Spikes and waxies are best for the bluegills, minnows or wigglers for the perch and minnows for the crappies. Enjoy the warmer weather out there. Good luck and good fishin’.





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Over 9,000 permits offered for bear hunt
A little more than 9,000 bear harvest permits will be available for the 2012 black bear season, about the same number of permits as last year. The Natural Resources Board approved offering 9,015 harvest permits at its January meeting — a number nearly identical to the 2011 permit offering of 9,005, according to Kevin Wallenfang, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) big game ecologist. A bear population study completed in 2008 estimated a Wisconsin bear population of at least 22,000. State biologists set the recommended 2012 harvest goal at 4,600 bears. “I think the state’s bear hunters will be pretty happy with the prospects for 2012 and the generous number of permits to be issued,” said Wallenfang. “Hunter application numbers increased yet again this year as interest in bear hunting continues to grow.” The annual drawing for black bear harvest permits is expected to take place soon and successful permit applicants should receive notification by mail in late February. Approximately 27,000 hunters have applied for the 9,015 permits available for the 2012 season. An additional 77,598 applied for a preference point only. “We would like to accommodate as many hunters as we can while keeping this a quality, memorable hunting experience,” said Wallenfang. “But this is something we must approach responsibly and not overhunt until we have another year of research under our belts. We need to verify earlier findings and evaluate bear population goals. Until then, we will take a cautious approach issuing permits at a level we feel will maintain the population at current levels.” A repeat of the 2008 markrecapture population study began in spring 2011. Bears were “marked” when baits with tetracycline were placed in prime bear range. Tetracycline is a harmless antibiotic that deposits a marker in bones when consumed. To fulfill the “recapture” part of the study, successful bear hunters must submit one premolar tooth and a 2-inch piece of rib from the bear they harvest. The samples are analyzed for the presence of tetracycline. The success of the population study relies on the bear tooth and rib samples submitted by hunters. Wisconsin’s preliminary 2011 black bear harvest total stands at 4,246. This number is expected to change only slightly in coming weeks as harvest data are fully entered and verified. Black bear harvests averaged roughly 3,000 from 1998 through 2008 when quotas were based on a lower estimated bear population. In 2009, harvest increased to more than 4,000 bears when permit levels increased 57%. Permit levels in 2010 increased an additional 22%, while permits levels in 2011 remained about the same as in 2010. Applicants currently need to have collected between four and nine preference points in order to successfully draw a bear harvest permit. Hunters can check their preference point status in one of three ways: by visiting the Online Licensing Center, by calling customer service and licensing toll-free at 1-(888) WDNRINFo (936-7463), or by contacting a local DNR service center. The permit breakdown by zone for 2012 is as follows: Zone A – 3,425 permits; Zone B – 1,335 permits: Zone C – 2,970 permits; and Zone D – 1,285 permits. The 2012 bear hunting season will run Sept. 5 through Oct. 9.

PREDATOR HUNT — Northern Waters Angling and Archery recently hosted its fourth annual Predator Hunt in Conover. Thirtytwo hunters harvested seven coyotes and one gray fox. Mitch Ellis

and Pete Blicharz took first place and the “big dog” award with three coyotes. Whitetails Unlimited helped sponsor the event through prize donations. —Contributed Photo

Plans started to refurbish public pier
The town of Plum Lake built a public pier a number of years ago that has been used as part of the boat launch, for walleye fishing and as a swimming pier. “Over time,” said Will Maines, a Plum Lake town supervisor, “the decking on the pier became damaged due to ice and heavy use. The pier would bounce with people walking on it.” “Volunteers removed the top and steel structure, much of it I would estimate to be quarter-inch steel,” continued Maines. “We sent 140 pieces of steel down to Illinois to be straightened so we could have volunteers rebuild the pier with the original material.” According to Maines, the Plum Lake Town Board held a special meeting Friday, Feb. 10, to sign a contract with Marcus Draeger of Eagle River for 68 new pilings to be driven between the existing pilings at a cost of $9,000. “This work should begin soon so we will be ready to rebuild the pier in the spring. We are doubling the number of pilings so there will be less bounce,” Maines stated. Sharon Brooker, Plum Lake clerk/treasurer, explained some of the fundraising for the new pier. “With this year’s tax bills, the town enclosed a letter asking for donations to this project and we have had great response. We are excited to be a part of this restoration.” Brooker also reported a $5,000 donation from the Alverin Cornell Foundation, through the Bill and Wendy Brewer family who are seasonal residents on Plum Lake. “The Lioness Club had a Harvest Dinner fundraiser and has pledged $1,500 toward pier restoration. The town has also set aside money in the budget to help cover the expenses,” added Brooker. “Total funding to date is approximately $19,000 and the project should be about $20,000,” said Maines.

Great Northern tournament sets record for Phelps Lions
A total of 196 anglers participated in the 26th annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament on Lac Vieux Desert in Phelps Saturday, with prizes awarded for the largest fish caught in each category in both morning and afternoon contests. The event was sponsored by the Phelps Lions Club, who presented $100 to each winner. Lion members Dennis Konieczka and Dick Martin co-chaired the event, whose record profits will benefit community services in Phelps. “We were overwhelmed at the turnout,” said Martin. “This definitely is the most profitable venture as a club that we have sponsored.” In the morning contest, the winners were: Joe Pestka, 30 1 ⁄2-inch northern; Austin Villani, 23 1⁄4-inch walleye; Chuck Abiez, 11 1⁄4-inch perch; Cristy Lafonater, 12 3⁄4-inch crappie; and Bob Schumacher, 8 1⁄2-inch bluegill. The afternoon winners were: Adam Slaminski, 30 1⁄2inch northern; Austin Garner, 22 1⁄2-inch walleye; Steve Golliner, 11 5⁄8-inch perch; Ward Edwardson, 12 1⁄4-inch crappie; and Wally Schumacher, 8 1⁄8-inch bluegill. More than 220 people attended the dinner at State Line Restaurant in Land O’


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Austin Villani of Pleasant Prairie caught this 231⁄4-inch walleye at the Phelps Lions Club’s Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament recently, taking first prize in the morning contest. —Photo By Sharon Gifford

Lakes after the tournament, where numerous prizes were awarded. Prizes included ice

shanties, ice augers, jig poles, rifles and Beaver Dam tipups.

Snowshoers take to Tara Lila for first Snowshoe Celebration
More than 100 participants explored the Tara Lila trails in Eagle River at the recent Snowshoe Celebration, taking advantage of above-average temperatures during guided and self-guided tours. Richard and Amy Jo Aylward, co-owners of Tara Lila LLC, hosted the event to spotlight the lesser-known backcountry trails and to give both experienced snowshoers and those new to the sport an opportunity to enjoy a local natural resource. “That so many people came moved us,” said Richard Aylward. “A dream became reality for us on February 4, yet we have far more to offer than most people saw. We will be making this an annual event.” Event participant Gary Fawcett said he had a great time at the Snowshoe Celebration. “I met some great people and had a really nice time snowshoeing — so much fun I even purchased my first pair,” said Fawcett. “We owe a special thanks to the Aylward family for their contribution to the Three Eagle Trail and for opening up the Tara Lila trails to the public. It’s great to have it in the North Woods.” The day’s festivities ended with a candlelit snowshoe walk on a mild and moonlit night. The Tara Lila trail system currently offers nearly five miles of public-access backcountry trails for hiking and snowshoeing, with more trails being added each year, according to the Aylwards. The property also hosts the northernmost section of the Three Eagle Trail, which is used by thousands of visitors and area residents annually for biking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Tara Lila LLC, the Vilas Area Silent Sports Association, Chain of Lakes Cyclery and Dairy Queen of Eagle River organized the event. A representative from Medford-based Northern Lites Snowshoes was on hand to assist first-time snowshoers with proper sizing and use of equipment. La Crosse-based Redfeather Snowshoes also provided equipment for participants to use. The Northwoods Children’s Museum provided hot food and beverages for the participants. Mike Reimer and Jeff Kordus of Eagle River each won a new pair of snowshoes in a raffle at the end of the event. For more information on Tara Lila LLC, visit taralila.org or call property manager Mike Robillard at (920) 312-8937.

Thank You
The Phelps Lions Club apologizes for missing the following businesses that contributed to our 26th Great Northern Annual Ice Fishing Tournament. The Great Escape Roundy’s Pick ’n Save The King’s Bookshelf Lampert Lumber BBT’s Gordo’s NAPA Dairy Queen


hunter education may hunt during the youth hunt while accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. Youths are allowed to hunt April 7-8 in the turkey management zone for which their permit is valid, regardless of the time period for which their permit is issued, and may harvest only one male or bearded turkey during the two-day hunt. Youths who do not successfully harvest a turkey during the two-day youth hunt may use their unfilled permit during the time period and in the zone for which the permit was issued. All other spring turkey hunting regulations apply, according to the DNR.

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Seventh national pond hockey tourney draws record 281 teams from 31 states



The Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championships on Dollar Lake in Eagle River attracted a record 281 teams last Friday through Sunday, with teams taking home “national champion” bragging rights in 16 divisions. The tournament, now in its seventh year, brought in nearly 2,000 hockey players who skated on 24 rinks built on the ice of Dollar Lake just east of Eagle River. During the three-day weekend, which included frigid early-morning temperatures and gusty north winds both Friday and Saturday, teams played a total of 551 games, according to Katie Holmgren, coordinator of women’s adult hockey for USA Hockey. “We think overall it went really, really well, even better than it ever has in the past,” said Holmgren Sunday afternoon. “We had a few issues with some parking, but everyone worked through it and everybody had a great time and we heard mostly positive feedback. We were really happy with it.” Holmgren said USA Hockey could not put on such a large tournament without the help of local volunteers, including the Eagle River Area Fire Department which builds the rinks and the Eagle River Recreation Association which supplies many of the officials. “We get a lot of volunteers from the Eagle River area,” said Holmgren. “We couldn’t do it without the fire department, all the scorekeepers, referees and everybody else.” Holmgren said USA Hockey officials are happy with

This player recorded the action on his helmet camera.

their decision to bring the national pond hockey tournament to Eagle River. “We absolutely love it here,” she said. “From day one it’s been really successful. We love the people we get to work with, so I don’t see why we would go anywhere else.” She also noted the tournament continues to grow, from 250 teams last year to 281 this year. The three women’s divisions also are growing. “Officially, we had almost 40 women’s teams this year,” said Holmgren. “It was the biggest year for the women’s division. That’s really fabulous. When this tournament first started, there were only about 40 men’s teams. So it’s come a long way in just seven years.” One of the happiest teams was the Shattuck Pioneers, made up of a group of guys that played together at Shattuck St. Mary’s boarding school in Minnesota. They won the Gold Division for the third year with a 12-10 victory over Pabst Blue Ribbon in the finals Sunday afternoon. “A couple of us are from Arizona and the rest of the guys are from Minnesota,” said Shattuck player Jimmy Alauria of Scottsdale, Ariz., who said he wouldn’t miss the pond hockey tourney. “It’s just a weekend where you can kind of let loose and be a kid again,” said Alauria. “It’s so well organized. You don’t have to put your attention on anything but arriving and playing hockey and having a good time.” While taking home a “helmet trophy” is the goal of most teams, Alauria said everybody has a good time. “There’s a competitive nature because you’re a hockey player and you want to win, but at the same time everyone has respect for each other.” Alauria said he hopes the tournament remains in Eagle River for many years to come. “I think it would ruin it if they moved it out of here. Eagle River as a community really embraces the tournament and we love it,” he said. “There are tournaments all over the country in big cities. This is very unique and anyone who has experienced anything else knows that.” Pat Weber, fire chief for the Eagle River Area Fire Department, said considering the warm weather prior to the tournament, the event went well. Due to the thin ice, only a limited number of cars were allowed on the ice. “We ended up with about

The Shattuck Pioneers from Minnesota celebrated their championship in the Gold Division. It’s the third year the team has won

the coveted championship, featuring players from Minnesota and Arizona. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

17 inches of ice and allowed more vehicles on the ice as the weekend went on,” said Weber. “Overall, I thought it went pretty well.” Weber said the players, who come from across the country, really appreciate the work of the volunteers and community. “We got a lot of compliments from the players and I talked to businesspeople who said the players really appreciate this tournament,” said Weber. “It takes hockey back to its roots.” Several teams from Indianapolis, Ind., played in the tourney, with two of the teams winning titles in the Beginner and Intermediate divisions. “We had three teams come up from Indianapolis and two of us made it pretty far, so we are very happy,” said Kurt Desserich of Indianapolis. “This is my first time playing in the tournament. I was subbing in for someone. I love the town, love the volunteers. We are very appreciative of everything the community does. I’m sure all three teams will be coming back.” The 6 Pack On Ice team traveled from Rochester, Minn., and went home with the Bronze Women’s Division title following a 7-4 victory over Ms. Conduct 4 of Chicago, Ill. Jodi Miller-Hammes of 6 Pack On Ice said it was her fourth year in the event.

One team used a portable sled, made of hockey sticks, of course, to transport their gear from

the warming and changing tents to the Dollar Lake rinks.

“I think it is one of the most fun things that I do. We look forward to it all year long. It’s the spirit of hockey,” she said. “As a team, this is the only time we get together and really play like this. We love it here.” Three Eagle River area teams made it to the finals Sunday, including We’re with

Mugsy, the Highlifers and Noontime Hockey, but none went home with a championship banner. Weber said plans are already being put together for next year’s tournament.

“There is talk of expanding the field to 300 teams next year,” he said. “I think we can do it in only three days utilizing the 24 rinks or we may have to play a few games on Thursday afternoon.”

The Eagle River Noontime Hockey League team, playing in the 60-and-over division, made it to the championship game. The

team included Dennis Carter, Ben Finco, Michael Eder, Bob Tijan, Jake Alward, Rick Toninato and Jim Patten.

Luke Maillette of We’re With Mugsy team skated toward the net in the championship game Sunday.


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Sports Sidelines
By Gary Ridderbusch

Snomo hall of famers to be inducted Saturday
Four people with a background in snowmobiling will be inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) in St. Germain this Saturday, Feb. 18. Lifelong North Woods businessman and club volunteer Larry Bosacki of Minocqua will be among the four new inductees. The others include Joey Hallstrom of Thief River Falls, Minn.; Toni Haikonen of Finland; and Marcell Fountaine of Quebec, Canada. The induction banquet will follow the daylong celebrity trail ride, now in its 29th year, known as the Ride With The Champs (RWTC), sponsored by Modine HotDawg Garage Heaters of Racine. Bosacki, 79, embraced snowmobiling during its formative years and has represented all brands during his career span, which began in 1967. Civic-minded people like Bosacki transformed winter recreation and the North Woods. The third-generation owner of Bosacki’s Boathouse eatery on Minocqua Lake in the town of Minocqua, Bosacki understood that the fledgling sport was about people, experiences and hospitality. By partnering with snowmobile clubs, grooming local spur trails at his own expense and promoting snowmobile tourism at every turn, Bosacki helped grow the winter economy of an entire region. To expand his local business and the opportunity to ride, he operated a SkiDaddler dealership from his boathouse in the 1960s. Bosacki also leveraged his many statewide political relationships to help forge important trail accesses and routes that would come to define the North Woods snowmobile experience. Hallstrom, 51, began as an independent Arctic Cat terrain racer in late 1978 and eventually became race manager in 1987. Hallstrom transitioned to Arctic Cat product manager in 1999, where he continues to influence the success of Arctic Cat snowmobiles. Haikonen, 41, is an international racing legend whose raw talent intersected with the rebirth of North American Sno-Cross. In a career spanning from 1983 to 2002, he has represented Ski-Doo, Polaris, Lynx and Arctic Cat. In a history-making night in 1995 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., Haikonen double-jumped the course’s jumps to score a victory that simultaneously launched the high-flying era of Sno-Cross. Fountaine, 63, has dedicated himself to snowmobile racing for more than four decades, representing all of the big names in the process. From racer to mechanic to race director, Fontaine guided Eastern Canadian oval racing for 30 years. The day’s festivities will include the Ride With The Champs with two late-model rider groups and two vintage sled rider groups. The $130 fee includes breakfast, lunch, a souvenir bib, an event cap, the 6 p.m. cocktail and autograph session and the induction banquet at 7 p.m. The Snowmobile Hall of Fame operates a year around museum on Highway 70 West in St. Germain and includes more than 100 valuable snowmobiles, a gift shop and the Wall of Fame. For more information about the SHOF, visit the website or call (715) 542-4HOF (4463).

Scoring the first goal of the game for the Falcons Friday night against Calumet at the Dome was Mike Otto, who got a rebound

and took a diving shot that found the net. Eagle River won the game 10-6. —Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW

Eagle River Falcons win two in front of huge home crowd



An estimated 2,500 hockey fans packed the Dome last weekend as the Eagle River Falcons beat Calumet 10-6 Friday and Portage Lake, Mich., 85 Saturday in Great Lakes Hockey League play. In the opening period of a game that saw more than 100 shots, both goalies made several key saves keeping the score at zero. But it was the Falcons who dented the scoring column first, when Mike Otto retrieved a rebound and scored on a diving backhand shot. Assisting on the play were Brad Adamovich and Kyle Matucheski. To the dismay of the crowd, Calumet answered a minute later with a shot from the blue line. It remained tied until the second stanza when the Wolverines knocked home a rebound and followed up with another score a minute later to silence the Falcons’ faithful and gain a two-goal edge. That lead would be shortlived, as Eagle River rallied with three quick scores of their own in only four minutes. Doing the damage for the Falcons was Jake Dern who was the recipient of a long pass at the crease from Will Aide. Derek Tijan followed up, scoring top shelf on a power play set up by Josh Calleja and Brady Horn. Then it was Aide beating the goalie just inside the pipe stick side. Calleja and Horn assisted.

A big home crowd watched with excitement during a brief scuffle involving Bob McDonald of the

Falcons (No. 3). There were an estimated 1,000 fans at the Dome Friday and Saturday nights.

Going into the second intermission, the home team held onto a 4-3 lead. Calumet came out of the break skating hard, scoring twice in the first five minutes of play to regain the lead. Trying to survive a Wolverine power play, the Falcons

caught a break as Lucas Otto cleared his zone with the puck and went coast to coast crashing the net from the side and scoring off the back side of the goalie’s stick. The assist came from Bob McDonald. The play was a momentum changer. It ignited the Falcons’

offense, who skated to four unanswered goals in a sevenminute span. Calleja found the net maneuvering through the defense and scoring from the edge of the crease. Zach Otto To FALCONS, Pg. 15A

Eagles girls dominate Rhinelander-Antigo



Three Jays advance to wrestling Sectional



The Three Lakes Bluejays wrestling team will advance three wrestlers to Sectional competition after taking fourth place out of six teams hosting the Regional wrestling championship. Qualifying individually for the Sectional in Auburndale Saturday, Feb. 18, were Emerson Hegeman with first place in the 285-pound class, Dalton Tietsort with first place at 120 pounds and Jake Schneider with second place at 182 pounds. As a team at the Regional, the Jays scored 126 points, placing ahead of Elcho with 116 and Wabeno with 100. Crivitz won the event, scoring 211.5 points, followed by Crandon with 180 and Florence with 130. Hegeman took first for Three Lakes after pinning Zach Timblin of Crivitz in 3 minutes, 51 seconds. Also taking home first place

The Northland Pines girls hockey team completed its regular season with a 12-9-2 record after a 3-0 win over the Rhinelander-Antigo co-op last Friday. Pines controlled the entire game, taking 45 shots and allowing only 11 on goalkeeper Kim Van Brunt. Team captain Kelly McGinnis scored all three goals. McGinnis scored her first goal at the 20-second mark of the first period off a nice tip. The score remained 1-0 until well into the third period. “Rhinelander goaltender Sophie Schmidt played exceptionally well as she stopped 42

shots during the game while allowing only three goals,” said Pines coach Al Moustakis. McGinnis took control in the third period, scoring twice within 30 seconds for the hat trick. “It was a good game from the perspective that the team did a nice job passing and hustling to the puck,” said Moustakis. “We really dominated the play and for the most part played four lines during the game.” Postseason play will begin with a Regional game this Friday in Eagle River, where the Eagles will have another chance at Tomahawk at 7 p.m.

TNT Speedway plans informational meeting
Three Lakes TNT Speedway LLC will hold a meeting for drivers, pit crew members and other interested parties Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Oneida Village Inn in Three Lakes. Anyone interested in racing at TNT Speedway this year is welcome to attend. During the meeting, people can meet the new managing partners. Rule changes for 2012 will be discussed, along with new procedures and start times. Those interested in competing in the Pure Stock class, formerly TNT Bombers, should weigh in on potential rule changes regarding 305 (and similar) cubic-inch engines. The 2012 season at TNT Speedway is slated to begin Saturday, May 12, with racing every Saturday through Sept. 8. Hot laps will begin at 6:45 p.m, with racing at 7:15 p.m. Those with questions regarding the upcoming racers meeting should contact Three Lakes TNT Speedway, LLC at (715) 479-1033 or visit tntspeedway.com.

Advancing to the Sectionals for the Bluejays will be, from left, Emerson Hegeman at 285 pounds,

Jake Schneider at 182 pounds and Dalton Tietsort at 120 pounds. —Contributed Photo

was Tietsort, who pinned both Tim Sotka of Crivitz in the semifinal and Jordan Miller of Elcho in the first-place match. Schneider earned second after winning by rule. He was

defeated in the first-place match by Danny Tomaszewski of Crivitz. Mitch Raatz took third in the 126-pound division, pinning Andrew Shepard of

Wabeno. Also winning by pin for Three Lakes was James Houg at 132 pounds. He pinned Austin Bauer of Wabeno in the quarterfinal.


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Members of the Northland Pines boys hockey team include, front row from left, Lukas Sergent, Austin Ramesh, Edward Zyhowski, Jacob Stephan, Duncan Hosking, Brett Hughes, Matthew Kaitchuck, Adam Kresl, Gabe Hartwig, Douglas Carson, Matthew Meyer, Dakota Klessig

and Devin Sauvola; second row, assistant coach Don Czarapata Jr., head coach Charles DePuydt, Dylan Weber, Trevor Laszczkowski, Zachery Kennedy, Brandon Hunt, Leif Offerdahl, Evan Hartwig, Kory Droes, Alex Kornely, Cody Droes, Spencer Oberg, Nicholas Staege,

Taylor Greene-Adamovich and assistant coach Robert McDonald; and back row, manager Lake Edwards, Aiden Olkowski, Bailey Ramesh, Steven Spencer, Jeromy Skibinski, Blake Molkentine, Joseph Roach, Carson Cox, manager Terry Satran and statistician Loren Nelson. —Photo By Kitty Sookochoff

Northland Pines boys finish GNC season 13-1
Eagles take 17-4-1 record into WIAA tourney this Thursday



After locking up the Great Northern Conference (GNC) championship last week, the Northland Pines boys hockey team ended the regular season on a positive note with a 5-4 victory at Waupaca last Friday. Pines won the league title with a 13-1 record, followed by Mosinee at 11-3 and Waupaca at 10-4. It’s the second straight year that Pines won the GNC championship. The Eagles got three power-play goals in the first two periods and built a 4-0 lead before Waupaca scored its first goal late in the second period. Pines coach Charlie DePuydt said he was able to play a lot of his players in the

game in preparation for the upcoming WIAA playoffs. “With the conference championship already wrapped up, we needed to see who would give us the best chance to win in the playoffs,” said DePuydt. “We are only allowed to suit up 20 players in the playoffs and we wanted to find out who those 20 were going to be. We were hoping this game would help us make that decision.” DePuydt said the game was intense and pretty rough from the start. “Early in the game, we saw some contact on our players that was pretty dirty,” he said. “We did a pretty good job of trying to stay out of that style of play.” Pines outshot Waupaca nine to three in the first period, scoring two goals. Adam Kresl scored a power-play goal 13 minutes into the period

and Leif Offerdahl scored at the 15-minute mark to give Pines the 2-0 lead. “The play continued chippy as Waupaca ended the game with four slashing penalties, a charging penalty, two head contact penalties and a roughing penalty,” said DePuydt. “Our boys continued to battle through, playing with class throughout the whole game. We showed a lot of discipline in the game. Even though penalties seemed to be fairly even, we did a great job of not retaliating when oftentimes it was very hard not to.” Pines added two powerplay goals in the second period from Dylan Weber and Trevor Lasczckowski to make it 4-0. Waupaca got its first goal at the 11-minute mark of the period and the Eagles made it 5-1 on a goal by Matt Kaitchuck at the 12:26 mark.

Waupaca added a goal late in the second period and got two more in the third period to make the final 5-4. Pines goalie Jacob Stephan made 16 saves in the game, while the Waupaca goalie made 28 saves. DePuydt said he was concerned about injuries in the game, especially with the WIAA tournament just around the corner. “I was excited to get out of the game without anyone getting injured,” he said. “With our first playoff game on Thursday, we have to have everyone healthy. We won the game and proved that we deserved to win the conference championship.” DePuydt said the Eagles’ power play continued to play well, along with the penalty kill playing well. Waupaca scored just one goal on the

power play in eight opportunities. “We will rely very heavily on both the penalty kill and power play in the playoffs,” said DePuydt. “Both have proven to be strengths of ours. Our third line, with a few different players in the game, played a very defensive and disciplined game.” DePuydt said it’s time for the Eagles to start preparing for the tournament. “The game overall was pretty well played and it was a win going into the playoffs,” he said. Pines, 17-4-1 overall, is seeded third in the Sectional tournament and will open the playoffs this Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. facing either sixth-seeded Wausau or 11thseeded Rhinelander. Those teams were scheduled to play Tuesday night.

The winner of Thursday’s game likely will face secondseeded D.C. Everest Tuesday, Feb. 21. D.C. Everest will play the winner of the seventhseeded Lakeland versus 10thseeded Tomahawk game this Thursday. The Sectional final is set for Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. at Greenheck Ice Arena in Schofield, with the winner advancing to the WIAA State Hockey Tournament in Madison March 1-3.
Standings Conf. OA NORTHLAND PINES ...13-1 17-4-1 MOSINEE ......................11-3 15-8-1 WAUPACA .....................10-4 15-7 LAKELAND .....................9-5 14-9-1 TOMAHAWK ...................6-8 7-16 ANTIGO ...........................5-9 8-14 RHINELANDER ...........2-12 3-18 MEDFORD.....................0-14 0-19

Pines girls upset ranked Medford

Gill joins basketball squad at Northland College
Fo r m e r Phelps High School student Lucas Gill is among five other freshmen taking a big role in Ashland on Northland College’s men’s basketball team. At Phelps High School, Gill started three years on varsity, where he was a premier guard. In his career, Gill surpassed 1,000 total points and, as a senior, had two games where he produced more than 40 points. Gill said he appreciates playing both soccer and basketball for Northland College. “Playing two sports has shown me how each sport has a different way of gelling with teammates, and each plays at a much different pace with different physical requirements,” he said. “Both are very fun to play and put out a challenge of going from one to the other and keeping up with grades.” The freshman class for the Jack’s men’s basketball program includes Dillon Riehle, Ty Weir, Zach Ringhouse, RJ Dean, Nathan Sharp and Gill.



The Northland Pines girls basketball team got its biggest win of the season last Friday, beating league-leading Medford on the road 62-46. Medford came into the game undefeated in the Great Northern Conference (GNC), 13-1 overall and ranked sixth in the state in Division 2. Pines came into the game in second place in the GNC with a 6-2 record and needing a win to stay in the title race. Pines jumped out to a 19-16 lead after one quarter, as all five Eagle starters chipped in on the scoreboard in the first period. “The girls were very focused from start to finish and it showed in the way they played,” said Pines coach Larry Bergum. The Eagles kept the pressure on throughout the first half as they came away with a 10-point lead, 29-19, at the break. Senior guard Kelsey Bergum led the way in the first half with nine points with three 3-pointers. “All four remaining starters were very active offensively in the first half as Abby Alft had six points, Ashley Mai had six points including two 3-pointers, and Holly Darton and Carly Bohnen chipped in with four points apiece in the half. “Medford was leading the conference in scoring and defense,” said coach Bergum. “The girls just did a tremendous job with their offensive and defensive output throughout the entire contest.” Medford made a run which was expected and cut their deficit to four points in the third quarter, but by the end of the period Pines was able to regain the momentum. The Eagles led 42-34 at the end of the third quarter. Alft led the charge in the third period with six points. In the fourth period, Pines outscored Medford 20-12 to


This season, the Northland College Lumberjacks feature six freshmen on a team of 12. With only one senior and two juniors on the squad, the young players have been forced to rely on each other. Gill is a two-sport athlete for Northland College, playing both basketball and soccer. He was a starter for the Jacks’ soccer team where he played in all 18 games.

Northland Pines players celebrating their win over Medford were, from left, Kelsey Bergum,

Carly Bohnen, Holly Darton, Abby Alft and Ashley Mai. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

get the 16-point victory. Mai went to the free-throw line 13 times in the fourth quarter and made 12 as Medford was forced to foul. “Defensively, the girls played very well,” said Bergum. “The girls held the Raiders to 10 points below their average. Kelsey Bergum did a very nice job on Katie Messman by holding her scoreless in the first half and allowing her six points for the whole contest. Everyone stepped up in a big way knowing the importance of this big GNC matchup.” Mai led all scorers with 18 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Alft played a solid game both offensively and defensively as she had 15 points, six boards, two assists and a block. Kelsey Bergum chipped in 12 points, five assists and three steals. Carly Bohnen continued her good play with seven points, nine rebounds and two steals. “Holly Darton had a very nice game with six points, three assists, three steals and

three rebounds,” said coach Bergum. “Lauren Lenz and Ellie Zyhowski played really well in a reserve role. Each had two points and Zyhowski added a steal and an assist.” Pines shot 68% overall from the field, 62% on 3-pointers and 70% from the free-throw line. The Eagles also out rebounded Medford 28-23. “I cannot say enough about the girls’ effort on offense and defense,” said coach Bergum. The Eagles also won 57-24 in a nonconference game at Niagara last Tuesday. Pines jumped out to a 14-7 lead after one quarter and led 29-11 at the half with the aid of full-court pressure. In the second half, the Eagles kept up their pace by outscoring the Badgers by 20 points to come away with the nonconference win. Northland Pines, 7-2 in the GNC and 12-5 overall, will play at Tomahawk this Friday, Feb. 17, and will host Mosinee next Friday, Feb. 24. Both varsity games will start at 7:30 p.m.

Date Tues., Nov. 22 Thurs., Dec. 1 Tues., Dec. 6 Thurs., Dec. 8 Sat., Dec. 10 Tues., Dec. 13 Thurs., Dec.15 Tues., Dec. 20 Thurs., Dec. 22 Tues., Dec. 27 Tues., Jan. 3 Tues., Jan. 10 Thurs., Jan. 12 Tues., Jan. 17 Fri., Jan. 20 Sat., Jan. 21 Tues., Jan. 24 Sat., Jan. 28 Tues., Jan. 31 Thurs., Feb. 2 Fri., Feb. 10 Tues., Feb. 14 Opponent at Kingsford Stevens Point at Rhinelander at Mosinee Waupaca Antigo Tomahawk at Houghton at Medford Area at Spooner Lakeland at Tomahawk Rhinelander D.C. Everest 2012 Pines Classic Mosinee Hayward, University School of Milw. at Antigo at Wausau East Medford Area at Lakeland at Waupaca WIAA Regionals Time W 4-2 T 4-4 W 9-0 L 5-4 W 6-3 W 7-0 W 7-3 L 4-2 W 7-0 LWW W 9-1 W 7-2 W 7-1 L 3-0 W 5-4 W 2-1 W 3-1 W 3-0 W 10-1 W 2-0 W 5-4 TBD

Date Sat., Nov. 19 Opponent Badger Thunder MSO Fond du Lac Mon., Nov. 28 Marshfield Fri., Dec. 2 Eau Claire North Sat., Dec. 3 Sun Prairie Fri., Dec. 9 at Lakeland Fri., Dec. 16 Medford Area Tues., Dec. 20 at Hayward Tues., Jan. 3 at Ashland Fri., Jan. 6 at Tomahawk Mon., Jan. 9 at Wisconsin Rapids Fri., Jan. 13 Antigo/Rhinelander Sat., Jan.14 at Appleton West Mon., Jan. 16 at Marshfield Fri., Jan. 20 Webster & Sat., Jan. 21 University School of Milwaukee Mon., Jan. 23 Lakeland Thurs., Jan. 26 at Medford Area Fri., Feb. 3 Tomahawk Mon., Feb. 6 Wisconsin Rapids Fri., Feb. 10 at Antigo/Rhinelander Time W 3-2 W 7-1 L 5-3 W 1-0 L 3-2 W 3-2 W 7-0 W 4-1 L 7-1 W 11-0 W 5-2 L 2-0 W 7-2 T 2-2 T 1-1 L 4-2 L 1-0 W 8-0 W 5-1 L 0-1 W 4-1 W 3-0

Date Fri., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3 Sat., Dec. 10 Sat., Dec. 17 Fri., Dec. 23 Fri., Dec. 30 Sat., Jan. 7 Sat., Jan. 14 Sat., Jan. 21 Opponent Brookfield Vernon Hills Capitals Oregon Outlaws Vernon Hills Capitals Fond du Lac Bears Madison Blues at Mosinee Papermakers Brookfield Battalion at Fox Cities Ice Dogs Green Bay Deacons Mosinee Papermakers (Derby) Fri., Feb. 3 at Madison Blues Sat., Feb. 4 at Fond du Lac Bears Fri., Feb. 10 Calumet Wolverines (Pond Hockey) Sat., Feb. 11 Portage Lakes Pioneers (Pond Hockey) Fri., Feb. 17 at Mosinee Papermakers (River Cup) Sat., Feb. 18 Mosinee Papermakers (River Cup) Fri., Feb. 24 at West Bend Bombers Sat., Feb. 25 at Oregon Outlaws Fri., March 9 at Green Bay Deacons Sat., March 10 Fox Cities Ice Dogs Sat., March 17 West Bend Bombers Fri., March 23 at Calumet Wolverines Sat., March 24 at Portage Lakes Pioneers Time W 5-2 L 8-4 W 8-2 L 9-5 T 6-6 W 18-6 L 6-3 W 11-4 L 8-2 L 8-3 L 6-1 W 8-4 L 12-4 W 10-6 W 8-5 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 6:00 PM CT 5:30 PM CT

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Vilas County News-Review The Three Lakes News


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012



Eagle Lanes Results of 2/8/12 Team results: Harry’s Market 2, Darrell’s Dummies 5; Boone’s Building Supply 0, Wild Eagle Corner Store 7; Rockettes 5, Twelve Pines 2. High games: Mary Simac 194, Susie Erickson 192, Carol Kubiaczyk 179, Bev Dietz 171. High series: Susie Erickson 529, Mary Simac 490, Kathy Lyczak 466, Joyce Leander 462. STANDINGS W L DARRELL’S DUMMIES ...........90 50 WILD EAGLE CORNER .........78 62 BOONE’S BUILDING ..............77 63 HARRY’S MARKET ..................77 63 ROCKETTES.............................57 83 TWELVE PINES .......................41 99

T&M Lanes Results of 2/8/12 Team results: Ramesh Motorsport 4, Great Lakes Stone 3; Rusty Nail 5, Lanny’s Fireside 2; Northern Exposure 7, bye. High team game: Ramesh Motorsports 840. High team series: Ramesh Motorsports 2366. High games: Ron Buell Jr. 213, Mike Bukoweicki 204, Mike Froemming 199, Ron Keller 197, Bob Kemppainen 193. High series: Ron Keller 586, Ron Buell Jr. 548, Mike Froemming 546, Mike Bukoweicki 523, Gary Goral 519. STANDINGS W LANNY’S FIRESIDE ...............34 NORTHERN EXPOSURE .......33 RAMESH MOTORSPORTS ....33 RUSTY NAIL ..........................33 GREAT LAKES STONE ..........19 L 22 23 23 23 37

Results of 2/1/12 STANDINGS W KATHAN INN B.........................67 GATOR’S LANDING ..................51 MOONDANCE............................49 KLINGEN’S IDLEWILDE .........33 KATHAN INN A.........................34 Seven-ball run: Jeff Bergemann.

L 32 39 41 57 65

Results of 2/6/12 Team results: Uncle Kent’s I 8, Eagle Lanes 1; Mud Creek Saloon 8, Uncle Kent’s II 1; Pine Isle 8, Tiny Tap 1; Club DeNoyer 6, Oneida Village 3; Gordo’s 6, Jake’s I 3; Jake’s II bye. Nine-ball break: Steve Lawonn (2), Darcy Smart, John Klessig, Tom Muench. Nine-ball runs: Tom Muench and Scott McCain. STANDINGS W L PINE ISLE ...............................102 42 UNCLE KENT’S I .....................94 47 GORDO’S ...................................75 60 MUD CREEK SALOON............73 62 CLUB DENOYER......................75 69 UNCLE KENT’S II....................65 70 TINY TAP ..................................64 80 EAGLE LANES .........................60 84 ONEIDA VILLAGE ...................54 81 JAKE’S II ...................................52 80 JAKE’S I.....................................48 87

Eagle Lanes Results of 2/9/12 Team results: Club DeNoyer 5, Wild Eagle Corner Store 2; Hiawatha Hide Away 5, Miller Sportsmen 2; Harry’s Market 5, Boone’s Building Supply 2; Daniel’s Distinctive Design 5, XXXOUTS 2; Dyna Manufacturing 5, BBT’s 2; Grembans 7, Leinenkugel’s 0. High team game: Daniel’s Distinctive Design 1008. High team series: Daniel’s Distinctive Design 2884. High games: Cliff Erickson 268, Steve Janssen 261, Mike Duquaine 258. High series: Cliff Erickson 685, John Gabriel 660, Glenn Lasowski 657. STANDINGS W XXX-OUTS..........................................32 HARRY’S MARKET ...........................31 WILD EAGLE CORNER STORE......24 MILLER SPORTSMEN .....................23 DANIEL’S DISTINCTIVE DESIGN..22 GREMBANS .......................................22 CLUB DENOYER...............................20 HIAWATHA HIDE AWAY..................19 BOONE’S BUILDING SUPPLY ........18 DYNA MANUFACTURING...............18 LEINENKUGEL’S ..............................17 BBT’S ....................................................6

T&M Lanes Results of 2/9/12 Team results: Northern Exposure 0, Black Bear Industries 7; Northern Carpets 5, FMN Floral 2. High team game: Black Bear Industries 880. High team series: Black Bear Industries 2486. High games: Dick Owen 256, Mike Froemming 209, Gary Goral 205, Dale Grosso 202. High series: Dick Owen 643, Dale Grosso 559, Mike Froemming 556, Gary Goral 516, Rick Schacht 507. STANDINGS W FMN FLORAL.............................30 BLACK BEAR INDUSTRIES...30 NORTHERN CARPETS ............21 NORTHERN EXPOSURE.........17 L 19 19 28 32

MILLER HIGH LIFE THURSDAY NIGHT POOL Lady Jay Natalie Miller looked to the basket for a layup during last Tuesday’s game against the Florence Bobcats. Miller scored nine points in the game. —Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW
Results of 2/9/12 Team results: House of Boos 10, Holiday Lodge 6, Uncle Kent’s II 10, Tiny Tap 6; Sweetwater 9, Finish Line 7; Uncle Kent’s I, bye. 8-ball runs: Eric Kline. STANDINGS W L UNCLE KENT’S II ...................128 96 FINISH LINE............................127 97 SWEETWATER.........................126 98 UNCLE KENT’S I.....................125 99 HOUSE OF BOO’S ...................116 108 HOLIDAY LODGE......................87 137 TINY TAP.....................................72 152

Lady Jays drop two in NLC
Last week saw the Three Lakes Lady Jays drop two Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) games, losing 59-63 to Florence Tuesday and 40-55 to Laona Thursday. The Lady Jays had problems stopping the inside game of Florence, as Cheyanne Schautt, Maddie Doll and Allie Young combined for 40 points. “We tried fronting them, playing behind them, and from the side,” said Three Lakes coach Steve Radaj. “We were overpowered in the paint, and that resulted in the majority of Florence’s success.” Three Lakes found themselves down 26-18 at the half. However, the Lady Jays exploded for 23 points in the third quarter, cutting the Bobcats’ lead to just one point. The fourth quarter saw Three Lakes rally twice from nine points down, giving themselves a real chance at tying the game. In the end, the Bluejays fell short. “We were down three with seven seconds left when Maddie Lorbetske came up with a big steal,” said coach Radaj. “If we get a three-pointer to fall, we tie the game up and head to overtime where I would have liked our chances.” Despite the loss, coach Radaj remained positive about the players and their level of competition. “These girls leave everything they have out on the court, and they give it their all every minute of every game,” he said. “We are competitive in every contest and winning is a lot closer than people think.” Three Lady Jays hit the double figures in points as Brooke Welch, Peyton Radaj and Lindsay Schoff netted 12

T&M Lanes Results of 2/7/12 Team results: Tackle Box 7, T&M Lanes 0; Bent’s Camp 0, LOL Pharmacy 7; All In The Family Hair 2, Sparo Coin 5. High team game: Tackle Box 763. High team series: Tackle Box 2195. High games: Yvette Garrison 213, Amy Froemming 210, Sherry Hawley 188, Judy Ratliff 187, Dianne Grosso 183. High series: Amy Froemming 567, Ronee Horst 523, Yvette Garrison 490, Mary Vales 468, Roni Kopanski 465. Split conversion: Charlene Bukoweicki 5-10. STANDINGS W L TACKLE BOX ........................40 16 T&M LANES..........................35 21 ALL IN THE FAMILY ...........27 29 BENT’S CAMP.......................26 30 SPARO COIN .........................21 35 LOL PHARMACY ..................19 37

Eagle Lanes Results of 2/11/12 Team results: Team No. 2 3, Team No. 1 2; 300 4, bye. High team game: Team No. 1 372. High team series: Team No. 2 1137. High games, girls: Morgan Gurka 149. High series, girls: Morgan Gurka 351. High games, boys: Seth Daniel 186, Joseph Pobjoy 153, Judd Klotz 148. High series, boys: Seth Daniel 514, Joseph Pobjoy 421, Judd Klotz 403. STANDINGS W 300 ....................................................35.5 TEAM NO. 2........................................33 TEAM NO. 1.....................................32.5

Results of 2/7/12 Results: Uncle Kent’s I 4, Tiny Tap 5; Bucktales 2, Buckshots 7; Smuggler’s Lounge 3, Uncle Kent’s II 6. STANDINGS W L TINY TAP...............................106 56 UNCLE KENT’S I....................97 65 UNCLE KENT’S II ..................80 82 BUCKSHOTS...........................79 83 BUCKTALES ...........................64 98 SMUGGLER’S LOUNGE ........61 101

Results of 2/8/12 Team results: Bonnie’s Lakeside 12, Loon Saloon 3; Jake’s II 11, Irish Waters II 4; Jake’s I 11, Wonder’s Pit Stop 4; Briggs Bar 10, Legion Eagles 5; Oneida Village 10, Pine Lake Pub 5; Legion Ravens 9, Irish Waters I 6; Pine Isle I 8, Black Forest 7; Pine Isle II bye. Eight-ball breaks: Terry Moe. Eight-ball run: Mary Flannery and Paul Paulick. Hot shots: Scott McCain (24); Rick Maney and John Kuglitsch (16); Jackie Walker and Scott Remington (12); Terry Bingham, Bill Scheurer and Steve Meyerring (11); Kelly Kuglitsch (10); Eddie Starke (9); Paula Stebbeds (7). STANDINGS W L JAKE’S II .............................166 74 BONNIE’S LAKESIDE .......149 91 ONEIDA VILLAGE .............141 99 PINE ISLE I.........................132 108 LEGION RAVENS ...............126 114 IRISH WATERS II...............126 114 BRIGGS BAR .......................124 116 PINE LAKE PUB.................123 117 WONDER’S PIT STOP........115 110 BLACK FOREST .................116 124 IRISH WATERS I ................108 132 JAKE’S I...............................105 135 LEGION EAGLES .................94 146 PINE ISLE II .........................87 138 LOON SALOON ....................73 167

Boys Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 Fri., Dec. 2 Sat., Dec. 3 Tues., Dec. 6 Fri., Dec. 16 Tues., Dec. 20 Thurs., Dec. 29 Fri., Dec. 30 Tues., Jan. 3 Thurs., Jan. 5 Fri., Jan. 13 Mon., Jan. 16 Fri., Jan. 20 Tues., Jan. 24 Fri., Jan. 27 Tues., Jan. 31 Fri., Feb.3 Fri., Feb. 10 Mon., Feb.13 Fri., Feb. 17 Mon., Feb. 20 Fri., Feb. 24 at Crandon Antigo Three Lakes (Doubleheader) at Rhinelander Lakeland at Wittenberg-Birnamwood at Watersmeet Hurley (Doubleheader) at Medford Area Houghton at Tomahawk at Niagara Mosinee Kingsford at Antigo Rhinelander at Lakeland Medford Area at Chequamegon (Park Falls) (Doubleheader) Tomahawk at Ashland at Mosinee 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 6:45 PM 7:30 PM 7:15 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM

Girls Varsity Basketball
Mon., Nov. 28 Thurs., Dec. 1 Sat., Dec. 3 Tues., Dec.6 Fri., Dec. 9 Fri., Dec. 16 Fri., Dec. 30 Tues., Jan. 3 Tues., Jan. 10 Fri., Jan. 13 Fri., Jan. 20 Tues., Jan. 24 Fri., Jan. 27 Tues., Jan. 31 Fri., Feb. 3 Tues., Feb. 7 Fri., Feb. 10 Mon., Feb. 13 Fri., Feb. 17 Fri., Feb. 24 Thurs., March 1 at Ontonagon, Mich. at L’Anse Three Lakes (Doubleheader) Wabeno Rhinelander at Lakeland Hurley (Doubleheader) Medford Area Prentice Tomahawk at Mosinee Watersmeet Antigo at Rhinelander Lakeland at Niagara at Medford Area at Chequamegon (Park Falls) at Tomahawk Mosinee at Antigo 5:00 PM 7:20 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:15 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM

Kiana Liebscher of Three Lakes fought for ball control against a Florence opponent during the home game last Tuesday.

points apiece, followed by Natalie Miller with nine and Lauren Sowinski with seven. Kiana Liebscher, Erika Running and Lorbetske also reached the scoring column. Against Laona, the Lady Jays found themselves up 1914 with approximately three minutes left in the second quarter when the Kellys went on a 13-0 run. “Our press worked well and we came out and staggered Laona,” said coach Radaj. “We missed several easy layups, put backs, short jumpers and some free throws which would have delivered a knockout punch to Laona in the first half. We let them stick around and let them off the hook. We let this one get away.” Schoff led the Jays with 12 points and 11 boards. Peyton

Radaj was next with seven points, five steals and three assists. Liebscher drained two threes for six points while Miller topped the team with four assists and netted five points. Running, Sowinski, Welch and Leah Mohr all reached the scoring column and gave the Jays excellent effort, according to coach Radaj. It was Mohr’s first game back since early December, when she went down with a serious knee injury. “It was great to have Leah back with the team; we all missed her,” said coach Radaj. Three Lakes will travel to White Lake Monday, Feb. 13, to take on the Lakers at 6 p.m.; there will be no junior varsity game. The Lady Jays will then host Goodman Pembine Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Results of 2/8/12 Team results: BBT’s I 0, Bucktale Inn II 3; Bucktale Inn I 0, Club DeNoyer I 3; Club DeNoyer II 1, Club 45 II 2; Club 45 I 1, BBT’s II 2; BBT’s III bye. Top women shooters: Kristin Zdroik 5/18, Jill Schmidt 4/11, Kerri Johann 4/13, Cindy Whochholz 3/14, Kathy Johnson 3/15, Christine Brown 3/16, Linda Brainard 2/8, Julie Schuit 2/14. Top men shooters: Jason Zdroik 8/18, Bob Ratke 7/17, John Mutka 6/16, Nate Johnson 6/17, John Olander 5/15, Pat Ganas 4/10, Phill Drager 4/14, Jeff Schmidt 3/11. Home runs: Peggy Swanson, Jill Schmidt, John Olander, Sharon Olander, Amber Arndt. STANDINGS W CLUB DENOYER I...................34 BUCKTALE INN I ....................29 CLUB DENOYER II .................28 BUCKTALE INN II ..................24 BBT’S II .....................................22 BBT’S III....................................18 BBT’S I.......................................20 CLUB 45 II ................................17 CLUB 45 I..................................12 L 11 16 17 21 23 27 28 28 33

Boys Varsity Basketball
Fri., Dec. 2 Fri., Dec. 8 Sat., Dec. 9 Thurs., Dec. 15 Thurs., Dec. 29 & Fri., Dec. 30 Tues., Jan. 3 Thurs., Jan. 5 Tues., Jan. 10 Thurs., Jan. 12 Fri., Jan. 13 Tues., Jan. 17 Fri., Jan. 20 Tues., Jan. 24 Thurs., Jan. 26 Tues., Jan. 31 Thurs., Feb. 2 Mon., Feb. 6 Fri., Feb. 10 Thurs., Feb. 16 Tues., Feb. 21 Thurs., Feb. 23 Tues., Feb. 28 at Laona at Florence at Watersmeet at Wabeno at Holiday Tour Crandon Elcho Butternut White Lake at Goodman/Pembine at Three Lakes Watersmeet Laona Florence at Gresham Wabeno at Crandon at Elcho at White Lake Goodman/Pembine Three Lakes WIAA Regional 7:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 7:30 PM TBD 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 6:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Girls Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 Fri., Dec. 2 Tues., Dec. 6 Thurs., Dec. 8 Fri., Dec. 16 Thurs., Dec. 29 & Fri., Dec. 30 Tues., Jan. 3 Thurs., Jan. 5 Tues., Jan. 10 Thurs., Jan. 12 Fri., Jan. 13 Thurs., Jan. 19 Tues., Jan. 24 Thurs., Jan. 26 Tues., Jan. 31 Tues., Feb. 7 Thurs., Feb. 9 Mon., Feb. 13 Thurs., Feb. 16 Tues., Feb. 21 Fri., Feb. 24 Tues., March 6 Lakeland at Laona at Watersmeet at Florence Wabeno at Holiday Tour Crandon Elcho Butternut White Lake at Goodman/Pembine Three Lakes Laona Florence at Gresham at Wabeno at Crandon Elcho at White Lake Goodman/Pembine at Three Lakes WIAA Regional 7:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM TBD 5:30 PM 5:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM

Lady Knights nearly stage comeback against conference rival Wabeno

Boys Varsity Basketball
Thurs., Dec. 1 Sat., Dec. 3 Fri., Dec. 9 Tues., Dec. 13 Thurs., Dec. 15 Wed., Dec. 28 Thurs., Dec. 29 Tues., Jan. 3 Thurs., Jan. 5 Mon., Jan. 9 Fri., Jan. 13 Tues., Jan. 17 Fri., Jan. 20 Tues., Jan. 24 Thurs., Jan. 26 Tues., Jan. 31 Thurs., Feb. 2 Mon., Feb. 6 Fri., Feb. 10 Tues., Feb. 14 Fri., Feb. 17 Thurs., Feb. 23 Tues., Feb. 28 Wabeno at Northland Pines at Elcho Prentice Florence at Lakeland Tournament at Lakeland Tournament at Laona at White Lake Goodman/Pembine at Crandon Phelps at Wabeno at Antigo at Prentice Elcho at Florence Laona White Lake at Goodman/Pembine Crandon at Phelps WIAA Regional 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM TBA

Girls Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 Fri., Dec. 2 Sat., Dec. 3 Thurs., Dec. 8 Tues., Dec. 13 Fri., Dec. 16 Sat., Dec. 17 Wed., Dec. 28 Fri., Jan. 6 Tues., Jan. 10 Thurs., Jan. 12 Mon., Jan. 16 Thurs., Jan. 19 Tues., Jan. 24 Fri., Feb. 3 Tues., Feb. 7 Thurs., Feb. 9 Mon., Feb. 13 Thurs., Feb. 16 Tues., Feb. 21 Fri., Feb. 24 Tues., March 6 Tomahawk at Wabeno at Northland Pines at Prentice Elcho at Florence Crivitz at Crandon Tournament Laona White Lake at Goodman/Pembine Crandon at Phelps Wabeno at Elcho Florence at Laona at White Lake Goodman/Pembine at Crandon Phelps WIAA Regionals 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 6:00 PM 7:30 PM 5:30 PM 10:00 AM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM TBA



The Phelps Lady Knights lost a close one to Wabeno last Tuesday 38-31 before falling to the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) leading Crandon Cardinals 45-18. Phelps was a good match against Wabeno, and they gave themselves numerous opportunities throughout the night. However, Wabeno took an early 22-13 lead after outscoring the Lady Knights 11-4 in the first quarter and 11-9 in the second. “The girls had a real nice stretch in the last four minutes of the first half,” said Phelps coach Josh Olivotti. “Our intensity went up on defense. Stormy Schreiber and Ashley Volkmann picked up a few steals, and we were much better in our attacking of the basket on offense.”

Both teams struggled to find the basket in the third quarter, and Phelps only gave up seven points in the period. However, the Lady Knights only put up three points themselves, bringing the score to 29-16 heading into the final quarter. At about the six-minute mark in the fourth, Phelps started picking apart Wabeno’s lead, relying on aggressive defense and solid rebounding efforts from Volkmann and Kendra Pietenpol. Wabeno struggled from the line at this point and the Lady Knights pushed the ball hard and found good shots. During this stretch, Schreiber and Volkmann both hit huge three-point shots. “At one point, we cut their lead to five and had all the momentum, but we missed a key foul opportunity and they put the ball into Marissa Popp’s hands,” said Olivotti. Popp hit the free throws,

sealing the win for Wabeno. Volkmann led scoring for the Knights with 18 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and two assists. Angela Grmick scored five points and Pietenpol had three points and five rebounds. Although Phelps held Crandon to only 18 points in the first half, they scored only five field goals in the game and were eight of 22 from the line. “Our young players — Riley Brockman, Jackie Samuelson, Sammi Smith and Destiny Schreiber — gave us a lot of solid minutes and worked hard against a much older and more experienced lineup from Crandon,” said Olivotti. Phelps put up 10 to Crandon’s 18 in the first half, but were outscored 27-8 in the second as the Cardinals improved their conference record to 11-1. The Lady Knights will travel to White Lake Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

Results of 2/8/12 Team results: OV Triple Diamonds 3, Village People 0; OV Wildcats 2, Oneida Village II 1; Oneida Village I 2, American Legion A 1; American Legion I 2, OV Nomads. Top women shooters: Ginny Arvey 5//7; Judy Metternich 5/10; JoAnne Matthiae and Sue Sadowske 4/11; Debbie Selman 3/8; Donna Mather 2/12; Jackie Wick 3/9; Sarah Rugotzke 2/7; Trudy Klauk 2/13. Top men shooters: Lee Klauk 7/13; Dick Moczynski 5/10; Ed Jacobsen 4/10; Bob Mather 3/12; Walt Bredeson 3/7; George Brunette 2/6; Larry Weinbrod 2/7; Jeff Smith and Ed Martens 2/8; George Leimbacher 2/9. Home runs: Paul Kamschulte; Mary Ann Stoll; Dick Stoll; Sue Sadowske; Betty Koehler; Kathy Candela; Debby Hintz. STANDINGS W L ONEIDA VILLAGE II ...........38 10 OV TRIPLE DIAMONDS ......30 18 AMERICAN LEGION I .........26 22 OV WILDCATS ......................24.5 23.5 AMERICAN LEGION A ........21.5 26.5 OV NOMADS .........................18 30 ONEIDA VILLAGE I.............18 30 VILLAGE PEOPLE ...............16 32

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Falcons: River Cup series will be next
collected the assist. Then, Tijan found the back of the net from the slot off a pass from Calleja. The fans had hardly settled back into their seats when Nic Weight lit the lamp with a wrist shot from the face-off circle, taking advantage of an Adamovich screen on the goalie. Mike Otto got the assist. The final goal of the barrage came from Brady Horn during a power play to give the host team a comfortable four-goal cushion. Each team added one more goal before time ran out on Calumet. Eagle River coach Mike Adamovich was pleased with his team’s offensive output. “We haven’t been getting enough shots on net as of late,” he said. “This game was different and the results showed it.” A near-record crowd filled the stadium Saturday night for the game against Portage Lake. The Falcons skated hard from the opening face-off. The efforts paid dividends, as Eagle River jumped to a 3-0 lead at seven minutes, 30 seconds into play. Brady Horn took a pass at the crease and poked home the game’s first goal. Assisting were D.J. Drayna and Calleja. Lucas Otto nailed the second score going upstairs from 10 feet out. Zach Otto and Aide made the assist. Only 30 seconds later, the Pioneers turned the puck over at their own net and Tijan put it in unassisted.

Falcon Zach Otto battled for puck control with a Calumet forward Friday in front of the goal. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

SILVER BRACKET CHAMPS — The Eagle River Pee Wee A team recently won the Silver Bracket Championship at their 12-team tournament at home. The team included, front row from left, Jacob Czarapata, Jack Rhode and Tyler EAGLE RIVER SQUIRT A’s
Results of 2/11/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-0-1—3 Keeweenaw — 2-1-3— 6 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Michael Paul (Gunnar Schiffmann), Gunnar Schiffmann (Michael Paul) Third period: Noah Miller (Riley McGee) Saves: n/a (Brett Wilkins) Shots on goal: n/a SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-0-0—0 Keeweenaw — 2-1-1— 4 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Saves: n/a (Brett Wilkins) Shots on goal: n/a

Hunt; back row, Mikey Alfonso, coach Eric Bolte, Ethan Polich, Max Zingler, Dawson Penn, T.J. Burke, Cody Jantzen, Sammy Spencer, assistant coach Orlando Alfonso and Nick Edwards. —Contributed Photo
Third period: Hunter Bill Saves: 7 (Zachary Szafranski) Shots on goal: 10 Results of 2/12/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-0-3 — 5 Wis. Rapids — 4-4-3 — 11 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Julia Nesbitt (Hunter Bill), Hunter Bill Third period: Hunter Bill, Hunter Bill, Cooper Fink (Hunter Bill) Saves: 14 (Andrew Hartwig) Shots on goal: 25 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-1-0 — 1 Wis. Rapids — 1-4-2 — 7 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: Hunter Bill Saves: 8 (Mitchell McCanles) Shots on goal: 15

Mosinee — 0-1-0 — 1 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Cody Jantzen (Tyler Hunt and T.J. Burke), Cody Jantzen Second period: Sammy Spencer (Max Zingler), Max Zingler (Cody Jantzen), Cody Jantzen (Max Zingler), Cody Jantzen Third period: Max Zingler (Sammy Spencer) Saves: 12 (Ethan Polich) Shots on goal: 52

Results of 2/5/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-1-3 —5 D.C. Everest — 2-1-1 — 4 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Carter Staege (Syrus McCormick) Second period: Carter Staege (Bobby Schlling, Tucker Wittkopf) Third period: Syrus McCormick (Tucker Wittkopf), Tucker Wittkopf (Jack Brown), Tucker Wittkopf (Bobby Schilling) Saves: 21 (Wesley Pearce) Shots on goal: 25 Comments: This Playdown win sends the PeeWee B’s to the state tournament.

Results of 2/12/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-1-1 — 3 Wausau — 1-1-0 — 2 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Jake Martin Second period: Jake Martin (Leo Horant) Third period: Max Brown (Adam Sima) Saves: 9 (Jesse Ebert) Shots on goal: 23 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-1-1 — 3 Wausau — 2-0-0 — 2 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Max Brown (Zach Maillette, Jake Martin) Second period: Jake Martin (Leo Horant) Third period: Zach Maillette (Jake Martin) Saves: 13 (Jesse Ebert) Shots on goal: 9

Portage Lake answered back three times and, after a lastminute Falcons goal, the host team clung to a 4-3 lead. The second frame started off with a stick-handling clinic put on by Calleja. The league’s leading scorer took a pass at center from Mike Siergiej, weaved his way through traffic, dragging the puck along with him and scored just 34 seconds into the period. Headed into the last intermission, the home team held onto a 6-5 lead. Period three saw defense dominate for both teams as it was scoreless for 191⁄2 minutes. The Pioneers pulled their goalie for the man advantage, and Eagle River scored two empty-net goals for the win.

Calleja and Drayna did the damage. The Falcons’ record improved to 7-7-1 with the win. “These games were of extreme importance to us as we are competing with Calumet for a league tournament berth,” said Adamovich. “The guys’ effort all weekend was a big plus for us at this point.” Next on the schedule for Eagle River will be the annual River Cup Series with longtime rival Mosinee. In the two-game series, the team scoring the most goals will claim the cup. On Friday, Feb. 17, the Falcons will travel to Mosinee, and Saturday, Feb. 18, the Falcons will host the Papermakers at the Dome. Both games will start at 8 p.m.

Results of 2/11/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-1-0 — 3 Appleton —3-0-1 — 4 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Amanda Sergent, Hannah Eiber (Natalie Decker) Second period: Natalie Decker (Allison Sauvola) Saves: 27 (Jenna Paez) Shots on goal: 15 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-0-0 — 0 Appleton — 0-0-1 — 1 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Saves: 26 (Jenna Paez) Shots on goal: 8 Results of 2/12/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-0-0 — 2 Marquette —1-2-0 — 3 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Amanda Sergent (Allison Sauvola, Natalie Decker), Anna Hartwig Saves: 12 (Jenna Paez) Shots on goal: 23 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-0-1 — 2 Marquette — 0-0-0 — 0 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Amanda Sergent (Natalie Decker, Allison Sauvola) Third period: Sally Spencer) Saves: 7 (Jenna Paez) Shots on goal: 12

Results of 2/5/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-2-4 — 7 Mosinee — 2-1-0 — 3 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: T.J. Ebert Second period: Andrew Neis (Nick Dean), Colton Raymond (Noah Weber) Saves: 30 (Dillon Gagliano) Shots on goal: 23

Food drive planned at Pines home game
Northland Pines boys basketball coach Ryan Clark has planned a food drive to take place during the last home game Friday, Feb. 17, against Tomahawk. All of the food donated at the event will be delivered to the Vilas Food Pantry. Any nonperishable food items donated that evening will earn a raffle ticket for the individual donating the item. The evening also will be Senior Recognition Night, and several events are planned around the four graduating seniors — Cody Lorenz, Alec Potter, Michael Eichner and Cody Drake. To celebrate youth members of the community, all children in 4-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade will receive a fan giveaway. “One of the goals of this event is to have all of our youths see how we recognize our special seniors,” said Clark.

Youth sports registration set Tuesday
A registration meeting has been scheduled for the Phelps recreational youth baseball, soccer and girls softball Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Phelps School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Registration will cost $10 per child per sport. After March 15, the cost will be $20 per child and, after June 1, the cost will be $30. For more information, call Todd Bierman at (715) 5452529 or (715) 617-4792.

Results of 2/11/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-3-0 — 3 Stevens Point — 0-0-1 — 1 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: J.J. Albee, Allie Kieffer, Allie Kieffer Saves: 11 (Michael Maillette) Shots on goal: 12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-1-1 — 4 Stevens Point — 1-0-2 — 3 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Hunter Bill, Roen McGee Second period: J.J. Albee

Results of 2/11/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-3-1 —5 Mosinee — 1-0-1 — 2 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Jack Rhode (Sammy Spencer and Jacob Czarapata) Second period: Jack Rhode (Cody Jantzen), Jack Rhode, Mikey Alfonso Third period: Jack Rhode Saves: 25 (Ethan Polich) Shots on goal: 51 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-4-1 —7

Girls Hockey Tourney Time…

Pines boys fall to Medford 74-54



The Northland Pines boys basketball team lost to Medford 74-54 in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) game last Friday. “I liked our energy to start the game. We were aggressive on offense. However, we didn’t set the tone on defense and allowed Medford to get into a nice offensive rhythm,” said Pines coach Ryan Clark. Meford led 18-13 after one quarter and built a 36-22 halftime lead. The Raiders put the game away in the third quarter with a 26-11 advantage. Pines outscored Medford in the fourth quarter 21-12. “Medford knocked down 12 3-pointers in the game, but I was really impressed with their ability to find an open teammate and make the extra pass,” said Clark. “They were disciplined to not settle for a contested shot. We can learn a lot from them, as we failed to kick the ball out and make the extra pass. We did a nice job of attacking the rim, but we struggled with court awareness once we got there.” Cooper Kerner finished with a team-high 15 points for Pines. Devon Gaszak reached double figures with 10 points. “Shane Levan (eight points) and Cody Drake (six points) gave us a good lift off the bench,” said Clark. The Eagles, 3-16 overall, are

still looking for their first GNC victory of the season. Pines will host Tomahawk this Friday, Feb. 17, on Senior Night. It will also be youth and food drive night. Clark said there are events are planned for the Eagles’ four graduating seniors, including Cody Lorenz, Alec Potter, Michael Eicher and Drake. “We are also celebrating our youth basketball players with youth night,” said Clark. “All youths in 4K through eighth grade will get a fan giveaway, and we will have special activities for the children. One of the goals of this event is to

have all of our youth see how we recognize our special seniors.” There also will be a food drive at the game this Friday. “For the food drive, all of the food brought in will be donated to the Vilas Food Pantry,” said Clark. “We would appreciate any nonperishable food items donated that evening. For every item donated, you will receive a raffle ticket for free Milwaukee Brewers tickets.” The Pines boys will play a nonconference game at Ashland Monday, Feb. 20, and will travel to Mosinee for the final GNC game Friday, Feb. 24.

Members of the Northland Pines girls hockey team include, front row, from left, manager Alexis Schilling, Emily Saltenberger, Paige Healy, Whitney Richards, Kim VanBrunt, Ali Plese, Kelly McGinnis, Lauren Czarapata and manager Vanessa Niemczyk; second row, head coach Al Moustakis, Syd-

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The Three Lakes Bluejays boys basketball team defeated White Lake 86-22 in a Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) game last Friday night. The Jays jumped to a huge first-quarter lead, outscoring the Lakers 24-2. Although Three Lakes only scored 12 points in the second quarter, they held White Lake to four to take a 36-6 halftime lead. The Bluejays continued to dominate in the second half, outscoring White Lake 32-8 in the third quarter and 18-8 in the fourth to coast to the con-

ference win. Ben Wales led in scoring for the Jays with 17 points, followed by Ross Thorn with 16, Riley Liebscher with 12 and Tyler Krusick with 11. The win takes the Jays to an 11-1 NLC record and a 135 record overall this season, tying them for first place in the NLC with Goodman-Pembine. Three Lakes was scheduled to travel to Goodman-Pembine Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Jays will host Crandon Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

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NEWS-REVIEW To achieve goals, aim to be above average
DO YOU KNOW that in the 10 years ending in 2009, U.S. factories shed workers so fast that they erased almost all the gains of the previous 70 years, roughly one out of every three manufacturing jobs —about 6 million in total? If you do repetitive, average work, a staple of middle-class Americans, your prospects for future job satisfaction and lifestyle fulfillment will be limited. Your job could be next to be eliminated. During the Feb. 4 WisconsinOhio State basketball game in Madison, the announcers told us that Badger Coach Bo Ryan had made copies of a recent Tom Friedman column, published in The New York Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and he gave them to members of his team to motivate them to raise the level of their play and not be satisfied with average. As it so happens, I also had clipped Friedman’s column to save because the message was important. That message was “average performance just won’t do in today’s workplace.” Friedman was citing an essay titled “Making It in America” by author Adam Davidson that recently appeared in an issue of The Atlantic. In case you missed it, here are excerpts from that essay/column. They point out a warning to all of us about how the world has changed in the

People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt
new global economy and how critical it is for Americans to adjust their thought process as we prepare for the future. Davidson says our current high unemployment, shrinking middle-class and dropping incomes are due to the Great Recession, a drop in demand and to quantum advances in information technologies. Industries are replacing labor with machines and cheap foreign workers. Face the facts, in the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to, Davidson warns. He says, “Employers have so much more access to so much more above-average cheap foreign labor, low-cost robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. New technology is being invented almost every day and everyone needs to prepare themselves to become above average at whatever skill they pursue.” Again, in whatever you choose to do, you cannot settle on being average. Davidson says, “The best jobs in the future (which will be able to support an above average lifestyle) will require workers to have more and better education to make themselves above average.” Before investing $60,000 to $100,000 for a college education, be sure to select a major and a minor that will prepare you for a future job and a career. The world needs engineers, scientists, medical professionals and tradesmen more than it needs English literature grads. Jobs and careers in those fields are going unfilled. Friedman and Davidson warn that automation is spreading to more than manufacturing. There will always be new jobs, new products and new services. If you plan to fill one of those average jobs and have an average lifestyle, you will be greatly disappointed and struggle to realize the American dream. Forget being average! Davidson told this joke in his essay. “In the cotton industry, the modern textile mill has been automated: The average mill has only two employees

today, a man and a dog. The man is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to keep the man away from the machines.” * * * Just 10 years ago, nearly every home/residence/business in the country was served by a landline providing telephone service 24/7. Since then, with the explosive growth of the cellphone and the Internet, millions of landline customers have “cut the cord” and now only use wireless devices. The industry calls it “the death of the landline.” Experts say the Great Recession is partly to blame as families look to cut expenses. The youth generation is another contributor to the movement. Officials predict that more than 30% of landline users have disconnected and at the current rate, nearly all landlines will be cut by 2025! That made me wonder if the same thing will happen with mailboxes. The United States Postal Service tells us the volume of first-class mail is dropping and the post office could eliminate Saturday delivery, and maybe go to four-to-fiveday route delivery to cut costs. Many businesses are using the Internet for billing, bill paying, direct deposit and customer relations. Individuals are using social media for communications, To McNUTT, Pg. 17A


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Record-setting hockey event drew teams from 31 states
Nearly 2,000 hockey players from 31 states converged on Eagle River last weekend for the Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championships, one of the best new sporting events found anywhere in Wisconsin. The record-setting 281 teams included 40 teams in the women’s division — matching the total number of teams that competed in the first pond hockey event seven years ago. There are few rural communities in the country that could pull off such a massive and well-organized national event, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it happened in Eagle River. The city and surrounding towns have been creating and sponsoring events with a national draw for decades. It’s another feather in the hat for the Eagle River Area Fire Department, the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) and Chanticleer Inn, which teamed up to host the largest pond hockey event in the country. Officials from USA Hockey and the sponsoring Labatt Blue have to be ecstatic over the growth of this event, which now offers 16 divisions from ages 18 to over 60. That equated to the playing of 511 individual games over the three-day weekend, with 24 games often going at the same time. In its seventh year, the pond hockey championships were played on the ice of Dollar Lake, where firefighters and other volunteers had carved out, flooded and otherwise created the 24 ice rinks. Once again, Eagle River has discovered another way to bring thousands of out-of-town visitors to the area. And with the strong hockey tradition here, home of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame and the official state Hockey Capital, the event is a perfect fit. Proof of that is USA Hockey billing the event as taking “hockey back to its roots,” and those roots are strong in Eagle River — where the first organized hockey game in Wisconsin was played in January 1926. We tip our hats to the Eagle River firefighters, the die-hard ERRA hockey supporters and everyone who helped propel this record-setting event into the national spotlight.

Cal Thomas
Obama fudging the numbers
The Obama administration is touting the latest unemployment numbers released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor as proof its policies are working. But a closer look at the actual number of ablebodied people who are willing to work, but are not, reveals a different picture. As economist John R. Lott has written, not only is the drop in the unemployment rate from 8.5% to 8.3% still half a percentage point higher than when President Obama took office three years ago, the number of unemployed is higher. Compared to January 2009 when 11.6 million Americans were jobless, today, writes Lott, “There are 12.8 million unemployed and 43% have been out of a job for more than six months. The average length of unemployment has increased dramatically since the recovery started. Back in June 2009, only 29% of the unemployed had been unemployed longer than six months.” The way government counts things, slowing the rate of increased spending amounts to a cut and reducing the percentage of unemployed people by two-tenths of 1% counts as more people finding jobs, which then counts as progress. Lott examined the Labor Department’s statistics and found nearly 1.2 million Americans no longer in the labor force. That means most have given up looking for work and are no longer counted as unemployed. That fact skews the statistics to make the employment picture appear better than it is. Real unemployment is mostly ignored by the major media, which was happy to tout the latest jobless rate reduction as a boon to President Obama and a problem for Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. Most reporting has focused on the impression voters might have of an economic recovery, or at least trending in the right direction. The opposite is true and it is up to RomTo THOMAS Pg. 17A

Event takes hockey back to its roots

Hockey players say there is something special about lacing up their skates and playing their favorite game on an icecovered lake. That passion helped attract nearly 2,000 players to the ice of Dollar Lake in Eagle River last Friday through Sunday. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Land of great town events
Promoting tourism in their own way, area communities have organized some great spectator events this month that bring thousands of visitors to the North Woods. As an example, look at the popularity of annual events like the Snowmobile Radar Run in St. Germain, the Three Bear Sled Dog Races & Games in Land O’ Lakes, and this weekend’s Vintage Snowomobile Races in Three Lakes. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Because of the work of civic-minded volunteers, the events give a boost to tourism while raising funds for great causes — which this time of year is quite often snowmobile trail grooming.

Hats off to hardy ice fishermen
TO PARAPHRASE a popular TV ad, last weekend was all ice fishing, all the time. It began on the brutally frigid side at 5:30 a.m. Saturday as four of us tried to put up the fish registration tent on the ice for the Plum Lake ice fishing tournament sponsored by the Sayner-Star Lake Lions. Trying to work bare-handed to push up metal legs and framework was nasty. Fingers became useless icicles in seconds, but after a lot of wrestling, we got the tent up. Fortunately, one of the guys had four 70-pound bags of sand in his truck which we used to anchor the structure, or we would have been chasing it all the way to Illinois the way the wind was howling. Actually, once we had it all in place and had a propane heater cranking, it got to a

Trails & Tales
By Will Maines
balmy 35 degrees or so inside, and after I wrapped a tarp over the entire tent, it was even more comfy, relatively speaking. With that chore out of the way, we waited for the first fish to come in. The biggest walleye was registered early, a 213⁄4-inch dandy caught by Tom Weaver at 6:45. After that, it was a somewhat slow trickle of fish brought in until closing time at 3 p.m., leading me to believe that even under the ice, the fish of Plum Lake somehow knew it was way too

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cold to wind up flopping on the ice. At the awards ceremony later, we handed out over 200 door prizes and another dozen and a half of great raffle prizes to a crowd of fishermen who didn’t let a little thing like a 20-below or worse wind chill factor dampen their fun or support of the Lions Club. Truthfully, my hat goes off to those folks, because it took me less than two hours of standing out on the ice swapping lies and sharing a ton of fantastic ice shack food at the Worthen-McCaughn party to freeze completely through. Many hardier souls spent the entire day on the ice, some spending most of the time in shacks, while others took refuge in trucks with To MAINES, Pg. 17A


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012


OP-ED/READER OPINION Maines Moved by local support FROM PAGE 16A at ‘shoe’ trail celebration
Letter to the Editor: We would like to thank Perry and Nancy Sippl, Dan and Diane Anderson and many others who participated in the Snowshoe Celebration on Feb. 4. The turnout for the event far exceeded our estimates. As this was the grand opening of our trail system, we were moved by the display of support. Tara Lila was created based on a simple idea. With imagination, one can often do the things that they most enjoy in a way that serves others. It is simply a fact that the area centered on Vilas County is a rare natural treasure trove of freshwater lakes and wetlands. It is also a fact that the economic well-being of the area’s residents correlates to the influx of visitors who come to play and to stay. If tourism is to continue to play such a large role, then it seems only rational to want to protect that rare treasure for the long term. That is why we focus on silent trail creation and woodland conservancy. We are not anti anything. But we do believe that going slowly and quietly is the best way to enjoy nature while having the least negative impact. The Vilas area has a vast untapped potential for economic development through the responsible creation of key bicycle-pedestrian corridors and links. And that potential will go untapped without the cooperation of private landowners willing to host trails, the financial support of full-time and seasonal residents, and the enthusiasm of local businesses. And maybe a few more “angels in the woods” who are able and inspired to lead. We are grateful that we have been blessed with the resources to create Tara Lila. And as much as we enjoyed that task, it is seeing people use our trails that brings deep satisfaction. We will be hosting a second annual Snowshoe Celebration on “Super Bowl Eve” 2013. There will be new trails and events. But don’t wait until 2013 to enjoy our trails. We are open daily in winter for snowshoeing and back-country skiing. For maps and info, go to taralila.org. Richard and Amy Jo Aylward Owners, Tara Lila LLC Neenah heaters going full blast. I did notice when it came time for fishing hours to end at 3 p.m., it was barely a minute after that before the first fishermen were in the Sayner rec building waiting for the 4 p.m. awards program to start. Practically every fisherman was there by 3:30, which told me that even the toughest of them had had enough of cold and wind for the day. Along with handing out a slew of small and major door prizes, it was my privilege this year to announce our first-ever Ice Shack Queen Pageant winner. When I first dreamed up the queen contest, I was shooting for a personal goal of raising an extra $750 for local Lions projects, and I would have been happy with $500. The contestants weren’t thinking in such low terms, however, and they absolutely amazed everyone when the vote totals were announced. Karen Altamore was crowned as the inaugural queen with over 800 votes — i.e., dollars collected — while Kathy McCaughn finished strong as second runner-up with over $650. First runner-up Kathy Liebenstein, at over 750 votes, accepted her floral bouquet after being advised that, if for any reason during the coming year, Karen did not uphold the high values expected of a queen reigning over such an esteemed event, or if she did anything to tarnish the crown — such as posing nude for Playboy — Kathy would inherit the crown and all accoutrements that go with it. Seriously, as president of the Lions, I can’t thank our three candidates enough for collecting over $2,100 during their campaigns, all of which

will be used for local Lions projects. As a matter of fact, $2,000 of the tournament proceeds has been donated to the Plum Lake public pier restoration project which is currently under way. When finished, the complete replacement of the 100plus-year-old pier will be ready for decades of use by boaters, swimmers and sun lovers enjoying the beauty of Plum Lake. While I’m at it, I want to sincerely thank the members of the Sayner-Star Lake Lioness Club for helping out at the awards program. We couldn’t do it without you. That goes for the Plum Lake Volunteer Fire Department members who pitch in each year to run the concessions during the afternoon, selling brats, burgers and other refreshments. They do a great job and add greatly to the success of the event. Last but hardly least, I want to thank the volunteer

judges who presided over the brand-new Chefs on Ice cookoff competition, which in its first year attracted nearly 30 entries. I envied Carole Froelich, Eddie Johnston, Marsha Krieck and Sam Patterson as they sampled dish after dish of really good food. The tournament wasn’t the only show in town. On Sunday I took my old buddy, Tennessee John, out fishing on one of our famous area lakes. Let me tell you, even though it was windy, it was a whole lot warmer than Saturday. Better yet, the bluegills and perch were snapping. In a couple of hours we caught perhaps 100 fish, kept 10 and had a great time whooping it up on a lake. For me, it’s now off the ice and back on snow to spend a final weekend of hard skiing getting ready for the American Birkebeiner. I only hope I survive it as well as I did our expeditions on ice.

Proud to be a liberal
Letter to the Editor: I see I touched a nerve when I said the Republican Party should have for their theme song “Why You Gotta Be So Mean.” Now you had to go and prove me right with the letter written by Mr. Bybee where he even attacks our teachers for turning us into progressives. Well, he can go and tell it to the nuns who taught me from grade school through college. I don’t happen to think of teachers that way. Most of them are good people trying to do their best to educate children. Too bad Gov. Walker doesn’t treat them like that. Now Walker is going to take money away from the people who lost their homes to pay his budget — which he claimed was balanced. Why then is he short $143 million for 2013 after all his gifts to big corporations and still no jobs? I don’t only call taking money from the mortgage settlement unfair — I call it stealing. By the way, I am proud to call myself a liberal or a progressive. They implemented Social Security, Medicare, child labor laws and civil rights and that’s a fact. Republicans like to call themselves convervatives, but they lost that right when George W. Bush was president and went on his spending spree. Yes, I do want big government because I want clean water, air and food. No one answered my question of why you are defending To LIBERAL, Pg. 18A

Frustrated with Left’s twisted message
Letter to the Editor: It would appear that Ms. Goldschmidt and other recent writers to this paper have taken up the liberal mantra and are spewing it out like so much bile. The Right is “mean spirited,” we want “dirty air and water for our children,” we are “protecting the millionaires and billionaires because they don’t pay their fair share,” and Gov. Scott Walker must be guilty of something because former aides are under indictment and investigation. Well, I’m fed up with this vile tripe the Left is trying to feed everyone. Do you guys have a conference call each morning to insure you are getting your twisted message out? If I may, I’d like to present another side of this picture. I don’t support what Mr. Obama is doing in Washington. I believe his policies and leadership are not the best for this country. A recent writer to this paper, however, stated that people who think as I do are simply racist and I’m mean spirited? I’ve heard Mr. Obama say that people such as myself who don’t support his fiscal policies, who don’t support his spending bills but do support the idea that we have to cut spending “want our children to have dirty air and water,” and I’m mean spirited? I’ve been cussed out by others when I collected recall petitions recalling Mr. Holperin, and I’m mean spirited? I believe every American should pay the taxes they owe. I hear that Warren Buffett believes he and others of his wealth should pay more taxes. Fine, he may at any time write a check to the U.S. Treasury and give to them the amount he believes he should be paying. I would ask all of you to ask your friends and neighbors whether or not they pay their fair share in taxes. If any say they don’t, please advise them of the above-mentioned option so they may soothe their guilt. The question is, what is fair? Mr. Obama keeps ranting and raving about how the rich should do their fair share, yet no one that I know of has ever defined what fair is. Is it just code for more? Do you just want the rich to pay more taxes and, if so, how much more? Could you give me and others a figure that would make you happy and content? Remember, though, this is all relative. Someone who has less than you could one day walk up to you and say it’s not fair that you have more than me and you should be willing to pay what’s fair or more. So be careful what you wish for. Finally, if I may add one last comment. The Left is now trying to use a broad brush to paint Mr. Walker guilty of some wrongdoing because some of his former aides are now under investigation and indictment for wrongdoings. “He must have known something and if he didn’t, why not?” Well, to all of you who feel that way, hear this. Mr. Walker did believe something was wrong, he reported his misgivings to local law enforcement authorities. They in turn began the investigation which has gotten us where we are today. The reason there are people being investigated and indicted is because Mr. Walker initiated the whole thing! What don’t you understand about that? Oh, yeah, I forgot, I’m just mean spirited and don’t care about what’s right. Kim Starke Three Lakes


stand and accept. Instead of opening the mailbox in front of the house once a day, emailers can open their cyber-mailboxes as often as they want. For older people, they can remember the anticipation of checking the mailbox each day and “opening the mail” for a letter with a personal touch. It’s a treasured part of Americana. It’s sad to watch old traditions fade away.

such as Facebook and Twitter. People are moving more often and living in apartments, condos and rental properties. Why have a mailbox? A front-page article in the Feb. 8 USA TODAY laments the death of “the mail moment.” Young Americans have forsaken the thrill of receiving paper correspondence for email. That’s hard for older generations to under-

Voter ID now in full effect



Clean and honest elections are a big part of our great country. Unfortunately, voter irregularities and election fraud chip away at the fabric of democracy. In response, last spring the Legislature approved the voter photo ID law. This law will help ensure the integrity of our state’s elections, and it is critical for every Wisconsinite to understand their new responsibilities. Feb. 21, 2012, marks the first day Wisconsin voters are required to show a photo ID at the polls. For the last few months, including the first round of recall elections, Wisconsin has applied a soft implementation of voter ID. Soft implementation meant poll workers would ask voters to provide a photo

ID and stopped short of actually requiring an ID to vote. If a voter did not have a photo ID, the poll worker informed the elector about the new requirement and provided written information about the voter ID law. The soft implementation period ensured that people without valid IDs had plenty of time to get their free ID for voting. It also gave the Government Accountability Board a chance to train poll workers and conduct a voter ID awareness media campaign. Beginning with elections Feb. 21, 2012, the soft implementation period is over and the voter ID requirement will be in full effect. This means, in order to have a vote counted on election day, every voter must bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls. The list of acceptable

forms of identification is long. It is designed to as many eligible voters as practicable. In fact, the vast majority of Wisconsinites will find they already have a qualifying ID. Other than a Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card, electors may also prove their identity by showing a military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service; a U.S. passport; a certificate of U.S. naturalization issued within two years of the election; an unexpired, valid for 45 days, driver’s license or ID receipt issued by the state Department of Transportation (DOT); an identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in this To LAZICH, Pg. 18A

ney to make that case. After an initial tepid reaction to the unemployment numbers, Romney rebounded, but it came a day late after the news cycle had moved on and the media cheerleading for President Obama had achieved the desired effect. Many in the major media can’t be counted on to tell the truth about the economy if doing so makes Obama and his policies look bad. Consider how some in the media collectively claimed the recession had not eased as the 1992 election neared. After the inauguration of President Clinton, it was reported that, in fact, the recession had ended more than a year earlier. Through the election, the media completely accepted

the Democratic line the recession had not abated. This means the Republican nominee will have to go over or around the media to make his case. The best way to do this is not with statistics, but with real people. The Republican candidates for president should identify unemployed people who have lost their jobs, or who have given up looking for one. Have them tell their stories and let the candidates put the blame on the president and congressional Democrats whose plans to raise taxes, drastically increase spending and impose Obamacare on the country has added to the economic uncertainty and the reluctance of businesses to hire new workers. Featuring real people who are out of a job and desperately want to work would help undermine the Democrats as the party of compassion, while

simultaneously blunting the Republican stereotype as the party that doesn’t care about the poor. Democrats seem eager to get more people onto food stamps than to adopt policies that would free them from addiction to government and give them the dignity of a real job and the self-sufficiency that goes with it. Romney must be less reactive and more proactive, less responsive to Obama and the news of the day and more concerned with creating his own news every day. Going on the offensive about unemployment is a strategy that can work. Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207. Readers may also email Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com.


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state; or certain college and university IDs. With each form of ID, expiration dates matter. Expired IDs will not work for voting except that state-issued driver’s licenses and IDs, military IDs, and U.S. passports are currently valid provided they expired after Nov. 2, 2010, the date of the last general election. Importantly, the name on a voter’s ID card does not need to exactly match their name in the poll book. For example, if your name is Michael in the poll book, but your ID says Mike, you may use that ID to vote. Further, if your ID has an old address, it will also still work for voting. For those without a valid ID for voting, photo ID cards are available from the state DOT. Visit a local Division of Motor Vehicles service center to get a free state ID card for voting purposes. Just remember to bring the required documentation. For most people, this means a certified birth certificate, utility bill and a Social Security card. If you show up to the polls without a valid ID, you do not lose your right to vote. Instead, you will be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted as a regular vote once you return and display proper ID to your election officials. State statute gives each voter until 4 p.m. the Friday following an election for voters to prove provisional ballots. If you cannot make it out to the polls, the law will accommodate you as well. For example, absentee voters indefinitely confined due to age, physical illness, infirmity or disability are specifically exempt from the ID requirement. Additionally, absentee military and overseas voters, as defined by federal law, are exempt from the ID requirement. The Legislature also wrote special accommodations for victims of sensitive crimes, people with recently suspended licenses, and voters residing in residential care facilities. All of these special considerations are designed to ensure every eligible elector is able to vote. In my work on the voter ID law, my top goals were to write a law that does not disenfranchise and withstands constitutional muster. The current law reflects those priorities. Voting is not only a right, it is a great responsibility. The photo ID law recognizes the importance of elections by introducing a greater sense of integrity to the process. All Wisconsinites are encouraged to review the new requirements before Feb. 21, 2012. For additional information and specific answers, all eligible electors should visit the Government Accountability Board (GAB) voter ID website at: www.bringit.wisconsin.gov. If you have comments on this or any other issue, please contact me at Sen.Lazich @legis.wisconsin.gov, senatorlazich.com, Senator Mary Lazich, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707 or 1(800) 334-1442.

the millionaires. They don’t need you to protect them. Romney says they are doing just fine. He pays 14% while the

rest of us pay 25% to 38% on our taxes. If you think this is fair while he is sending money to the Cayman Islands, maybe you should go back to school. I’ll give you the names of my teachers. Darlene Goldschmidt Eagle River

Natural Resources Board elects officers
The seven-member state Natural Resources Board elected its officers at its January meeting in Madison. David Clausen, DVM, was re-elected as chairman. Clausen is a veterinarian from Amery. He attended UW-Superior for preveterinary medicine. Clausen received bachelor of science and doctorate of veterinary medice degrees from the University of Minnesota. In 1973, Clausen founded Apple River Animal Hospital in Amery. His professional career includes 25 years as a largeanimal veterinarian with an emphasis on herd health and reproductive medicine. Clausen was appointed to the board Feb. 19, 2006, and reappointed May 1, 2007. His term expires May 1, 2013. Preston D. Cole was re-elected vice chairman. Cole holds a senior-level appointed position as director of operations for the city of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and acts as the deputy commissioner of Public Works. His span of control covers approximately 2,400 employees, $300 million operation, maintenance and enterprise budgets along with a $108 million capital budget. Prior to his promotion to director of operations, Cole served as the environmental services superintendent and city forester. He has been employed by the city of Milwaukee Department of Public Works since 1991. Cole was appointed to the board August 2007. His term expires May 1, 2013. Christine Thomas was reelected secretary. Thomas is dean and professor of resource management at the UWStevens Point College of Natural Resources. In addition to her role as a university educator, Thomas developed Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, a program that teaches women outdoor skills. Thomas has a bachelor of science degree in biology from Central Michigan University, a master’s in water resources from UW-Stevens Point and a doctorate in land resources from UW-Madison. Thomas was appointed to the board in March 2004 and reappointed July 10, 2009. Her term expires May 1, 2015. The Natural Resources Board sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources. Board meeting dates and locations are listed in the Natural Resources Board calendar.

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