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Oneida, Forest, Florence, Langlade and Lincoln counties. “We received roughly $300,000 in planning grants,” said Gauthier, “and another $200,000 for aquatic invasive species (AIS) control, including one for Boot Lake.” When it comes to the nine lake management plans for waters in Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties, Gauthier said it’s important for the project sponsors to receive funding. The sponsors include lake districts, lake associations and towns. “The baseline lake studies are necessary to develop a long-term management plan,” he said. “Those plans are required before any entity can submit future grant applications for management funds, including population control projects.” Gauthier said the largescale management plans were previously capped at $10,000, but the funding level was increased to a maximum of $25,000 due to the work involved in putting the plans together. “The new plans take a much more comprehensive effort,” he said. “The planning grants were changed to 67/33, meaning the sponsor must now fund 33% of the cost. The AIS control grants are 75/25, meaning the local share is 25% and that can be cash, volunteer hours or a combination.” The Butternut and Franklin Lakes Associtation Inc., received $25,000 for its first lake management planning project. Boot Lake wins grant Last February, a $34,132 grant application to treat Eurasian water milfoil in Boot Lake in the town of Cloverland was not funded, but the Boot Lake Association will receive $24,397 in this cycle.\ Gauthier said treatment of Eurasian water milfoil on Boot Lake will be a priority next spring. While Boot Lake didn’t get treated last summer, Gauthier said there was an AIS containment effort there as student interns provided 100 hours of service at the Boot Lake landing. The plan to treat milfoil in Boot Lake was part of the indepth town of Cloverland To AIS, Pg. 4A

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About $500,000 coming North for lake plans, AIS treatment
Boot Lake gets $24,000 grant for milfoil control
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BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
NEWS-REVIEW EDITOR

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Nine lake management plans for waters in three counties here will receive funding and a much-needed grant to treat Eurasian water milfoil on Boot Lake recently won state approval, officials said Monday. Kevin Gauthier, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lakes biologist for the Northern Region, said 21 projects were approved in this grant cycle for his six-county region, which includes Vilas,

HOMECOMING 2011 — Queen Zana Lorbetske and King Jake Schneider reigned over the Three Lakes Homecoming festivities last week. --Photo By Terri Lorbetske

Humane society needs expansion
Animal shelter seeking $300,000 for kennels
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BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR

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A recently enacted state law called Wisconsin Act 90 could cause the Humane Society of Vilas County to seek an estimated $300,000 expansion at the animal shelter, according to humane society director Jennifer Primich. “Basically, the law was originally put into place to crack down on puppy mills and breeders selling over 25 dogs per year,” said Primich. “As nice as we have it up here at this little shelter, unfortunately, my large-dog kennels are 2 cubic feet too small.” To comply with the new law, the shelter must upgrade

its facility within the next two years, making extra room for the larger animals. ‘ “Otherwise, by July 2013, I will not be able to take a dog in that’s more than 22 inches from nose to tail,” said Primich. “Which would pretty much be all of the dogs that are found in this area.” Due to the septic and electrical arrangement, the Humane Society of Vilas County only has the option of a southward expansion. And a simple layout reconstruction is out of the question because To SHELTER, Pg. 2A

NRA, Van Hollen at odds over concealed carry rules
GREAT WEATHER, COLORS — Though it’s now past the color peak, the North Woods just completed more than 10 days of mild temperatures and great fall colors. Some of the scenes included a brilliant shoreline reflecting on a calm lake, a leaf-covered road winding through the forest, and a maple leaf floating on the water. --STAFF PHOTOS ___________

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While the National Rifle Association (NRA) is concerned about the concealed carry rules that are being drafted in Wisconsin, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is defending the regulations being drafted by the state Department of Justice (DOJ). The new law allowing concealed carry takes effect in Wisconsin Nov. 1. Rules about the training requirements are expected to be made public in

the next few weeks. The NRA sent Van Hollen a letter last week accusing the DOJ of going beyond the law’s intent by imposing a minimum of four hours of training that must include hands-on practice. Chris Cox, legislative director for the NRA, says requiring a 4-hour, hands-on course would be a stricter requireTo CARRY, Pg. 2A

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

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it would reduce the number of animals the shelter could accept. “I can’t just tear the kennels apart and reconfigure them because then I’d have to take fewer dogs,” said Primich. “And we’re already a very small shelter that barely gets them out of here in time.” Primich said the shelter hopes to add at least 12 largedog kennels and a designated puppy area. To comply with Act 90, the shelter needs to provide a certain amount of square feet for each puppy. They would no longer be able to house a litter in one or two kennels. “One litter of puppies would fill half of the shelter then, and I can’t have that,” said Primich. The expansion project could result in the shelter being able to take many more dogs in the future, but as things stand, the facility will have to accept fewer animals to make more kennel space. “I’m also looking at, if enough money is raised, adding on a surgical room,” said Primich. “We do a lot of spaying and neutering here, but there’s no particular room for it right now.” An updated estimate will be available once Primich meets with a builder. Up until this point, she’s been tracking down septic plans in an effort to provide accurate information to a contractor. “I could do an add-on a lot less expensively, but it would only be a Band-Aid,” she said. “And I don’t want to have to keep changing Band-Aids for as long as I work here.” Although fundraising hasn’t yet begun for the expansion, the shelter will host its regular annual fundraisers to defray upkeep costs of $120,000 per year. There is no county or government funding, according to Primich. The Humane Society of Vilas County will host a lowcost rabies clinic Saturday, Oct. 15. The clinic gives rabies shots to pets for a cost of $12. The shelter has planned its annual Joe’s Pool Potluck Saturday, Oct. 22. _____________ We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home. Australian Aboriginal Proverb

Hi Tues., Oct. 5............70 Wed., Oct. 6............67 Thurs., Oct. 7..........69 Fri., Oct. 8...............79 Sat., Oct. 9..............72 Sun., Oct. 10...........79 Mon., Oct. 11 ..........69

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The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 62, while the average overnight low was 36. There was rain on two days measuring .29 of an inch. Days precipitation recorded since Oct. 1, 2011, 2 days; 2010, 2 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 66; 2010, 64. Average low of past 30 days, 2011, 42; 2010, 39.

COMPARISON

FOREST CONDITIONS

The fall color change is now past peak across much of the North Woods as many of the leaves have dried and dropped from the trees. Oak trees are still holding onto their leaves and some will continue to do so throughout winter. The recent warm weather attracted boaters and anglers to the lakes, allowing one more chance on the water before putting the boat away for the winter. Muskie anglers will continue to fish right up until the lakes freeze. Wednesday will be partly sunny with afternoon showers, with a high of 67 and a low of 54. There will be occasional showers Thursday, with a high of 59 and a low of 52. Friday lakeeffrect rain is expected and cooler, with a high of 50 and a low of 40. Saturday morning lake showers are in the forecast with partly cloudy skies, with a high of 54 and a low of 37.

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(PORTIONS OF THE WEATHER CORNER ARE THROUGH THE COURTESY OF KEVIN BREWSTER, EAGLE RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST.)

Pines student expelled, but allowed back in school
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A Northland Pines High School 11th-grade male student who was expelled for carrying a knife in school was allowed to return to school last week with strict conditions, according to District Administrator Mike Richie. Richie said the student had been suspended for a week prior to an expulsion hearing last week. The student was originally expelled through July 1, 2012. The conditions will run through that date.

The boy was allowed to reenter school last week with contingencies in place, according to Richie, who noted there were no previous discipline issues with this student. Richie said the student forgot to remove a knife that he uses in the woods. “He was never a threat to anyone or placed anyone in danger, was very cooperative and extremely apologetic about forgetting to remove the knife from his pocket,” said Richie.

FALL FUN — Eleven-month-old Brady enjoyed the warm weather in Eagle River this past week-

end as he played in a pile of the fallen oak leaves. --Staff Photo By MARIANNE ASHTON

Kohl’s rep to hold office hours
U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl’s regional representative Bryce Luchterhand will meet with constituents Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Arbor Vitae Town Hall. No appointment is necessary for the meeting, which will be held in the community room at 10675 Big Arbor Vitae Drive in Arbor Vitae. To contact Luchterhand, call (715) 832-8424 or email bryce_luchterhand@kohl.senate.gov. Kohl’s regional office is located at 402 Graham Ave., Suite 206, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Carry: legislation author also upset
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ment than the Legislature had in mind when the law was passed. He also says the DOJ is overstepping its bounds on what proof-of-training documents are required. Van Hollen says the law calls for training, but doesn't clearly define it. He said rather than laying a curriculum, the agency decided that setting a minimum time requirement would deter judges from later dictating how much training is needed. He says the agency won't create any other restrictions on training. Van Hollen says the NRA’s assertion the agency will require hands-on practice is inaccurate. State Sen. Pam Galloway (RWausau), the author of the legislation, also shared her concerns to the DOJ last week as it relates to the training requirement in the law. “Instead of imposing a onesize-fits-all training requirement, legislators overwhelmingly, and in bipartisan fashion, passed a bill that did not include a set number of hours for a training course,” said Galloway. “Instead, the law clearly allows applicants to take a qualifying course conducted by a firearms instructor who is certified by a national or state organization.” In addition, Galloway said applicants can take a course taught by a DOJ-certified instructor. “We provided the flexibility to applicants for a reason,” said Galloway. “For the attorney general to come out and state that a four-hour training course is required of permit applicants is outrageous and a clear overreach.”

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City officials continue work on handbook
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FALL FESTIVITIES — Visitors to Pumpkin Fest in Three Lakes Saturday were treated to good weather for the outdoor farmers market and crafts show (above). Inside the high school, attendees had their pick between a number of freshly baked goods, including pie by the slice served by Shirley Blicharz (left). Below, volunteers, from left, Elle Tryczak and Jeanie Bruss of Three Lakes displayed Sally’s Home Made Cinnamon Rolls. --Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW

City panel told free parking working
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In a brief meeting to summarize parking issues in Eagle River during the past summer, the city Parking Committee last week received news from Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen — no complaints. Vander Bloomen told committee members there were very few parking violations issued and no complaints from downtown visitors. Eagle River removed its parking meters and instituted free parking in the downtown area with a three-hour time limit. “Not even persons receiving citations (for exceeding the time limit) complained,” he
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said. “We’ve banked some of Ernie Lind’s (city parking enforcement officer) time to use on certain days this winter seeing the three-hour time limit was set to be yearround.” Committee Chairman Jerry Burkett said Eagle River’s management of downtown parking is important. “Eagle River is unique with its free parking and how we manage it,” he said. Committee member Sally Kemp and downtown business owner related a comment by some visitors who had not been in the city for several years and noticed “the parking meters are gone.” Off-street parking The city Plan Commission

had rejected several attempts by member Bill Doerr to address off-street parking issues related to churches, and the proposed expansion of Abundant Life Church. He addressed the parking issue with the Parking Committee, of which he is also a member. “Should churches be exempt from the off-street parking requirements?” he asked. “If they have to comply, they would purchase adjacent property and take more property off the tax rolls,” he noted. Doerr asked Burkett if the Parking Committee should be limited only to downtown parking issues or any parking issues within the city limits. Burkett indicated as far as

he was concerned, the Parking Committee could look at all parking issues in the city, including off-street parking requirements. “They (the city council) ought to give us a shot at us giving our opinion to them,” said Burkett. On-street parking at places of worship within the city usually occurs Sundays and it’s not an issue, according to Chief Vander Bloomen. He said it’s only a problem when July 4 falls on a Sunday and thousands of people are in Eagle River for the 11 a.m. parade. Doerr was directed to follow through with off-street parking requirements with city administrator Joe Laux.

Developing personnel manuals/employee handbooks that will cover many of the items previously written into union contracts dominated last week’s special meeting of the Eagle River City Council. With union contracts set to expire the end of the year, most bargaining topics are no longer negotiable due to Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, known as Act 10. Municipalities are working to replace union contracts with employee handbooks that include such items as health insurance, sick leave, vacation time and family leave. Councilman Jerry Burkett suggested modifying the longevity pay scale by replacing it with a lump-sum payment. “There are five city workers who are covered under health insurance policies of their spouses,” Burkett said. “I would like to see longevity increased to $1,000 per employee that can be used pretax for their health insurance deductible. We could save $8,000 a year. If they still want our policy, they would be charged 25%.” Currently employees pay 10% of the insurance premium and that is expected to go to 12% starting in 2012. Asked by Mayor Jeff Hyslop if they could do that, city attorney Steve Garbowicz indicated he “would have to give that some thought.” Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen, who is also on the Northland Pines School Board and is involved in school district contracts, indicated when both husband and wife are employees, the “district will give a stipend.” When asked if he would take the $1,000 toward the deductible, he replied, “In a heartbeat.” “We’re going to get rid of longevity and instead $1,000 can be applied to their deductible and, if they don’t need it, it would be $1,000 in their pocket,” Burkett declared, stating it would start for all employees and not just those with a minimum of five years of service. “One issue that needs clarification is that on Jan. 1, 2012, if there is a Health Saving Account (HSA) open, there would be no funds in it and bills could start piling up,” said City Administrator Joe Laux. “Should we wait one year to build on the HSA account? We need Security Health to explain this.” Two employees at the airport and two at the library were given permission to join the city health insurance plan provided they met a number of conditions — the most significant of which is they would participate for a minimum of 10 years. Employees who have questions on health insurance will be able to get them answered by a Security Health represen-

tative this week. Hyslop said the policy manual will be a work in progress as budget time nears, particularly solving the health insurance issues. He said the current city budget deficit is projected at $84,783. Sick leave Under current union contracts, city and utility employees can earn one day of sick leave per month up to 120 days. For each day more than 120 days, utility employees receive $60 per day payable each December, while city employees get $65 per day over 120 paid into a deferred compensation account. “The way it’s constructed, it’s an incentive not to use sick leave,” Vander Bloomen pointed out. Garbowicz indicated in this “new world,” there is no requirement to provide sick leave and “when the contracts end, the benefits are gone” except those that remain under former contracts. Burkett noted that sick leave was valuable to employees with a number of them out of work for long periods of time. “I’m not going to vote to take this away. Sick pay should remain the way it is and any new hire in Light & Water, it’s going to be $65 per day just as the rest,” Burkett announced. Councilwoman Carol Hendricks hinted at reducing the 120-day figure. “This is the time to do it,” Hendricks said, but Hyslop suggested the city “lock in what’s already been earned and put a new system in place.” The reality of the situation is “we’re all going to get hammered on all of this Jan. 1 at once and maybe we could look at phasing some of it in,” Vander Bloomen suggested. While employees value sick leave, utility commissioner Betsy Reach-Spencer said maybe they should be called “personal days” and employee can use them whenever they want. Other items Several other items for the employee handbook were discussed, including funeral leave, safety glasses, personal vehicle use and overtime. For funeral leave, the City Council decided to add stepchildren, with brothers and sisters, to be five days for all. Insurance coverage for using personal vehicles to attend out-of-county training programs will require carrying insurance according the League of Municipalities standards. For workplace safety, the employees will be provided new frames every year for safety glasses and new lenses every two years. The new employee handbook will follow the federal Family Medical Leave Act provisions for overtime.

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OBITUARIES
George L. Bennefield
George L. Bennefield, a resident of Land O’ Lakes for the past six years, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston. He was 77. Mr. Bennefield was born March 4, 1934, in Cullman, Ala., the son of David and Jesse Bennefield. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He married Delores Gilbert Dec. 16, 1961, in Wheeling, Ill., where they made their home until retiring in the North Woods. Mr. Bennefield was preceded in death by his parents. In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Paul (Sharon) of Steward, Ill., Randy (Tammy) of Channahon, Ill., and David of Harvard, Ill.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. No funeral service will be held.

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Rennes in Phelps. She was 86. A private graveside service was held Oct. 5 at Eagle River Cemetery in Eagle River.

Ruth Herman
Ruth Herman, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at Lillian Kerr Healthcare by

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Association received $25,000 for its Rest Lake management planning project. In Oneida County, the Pelican Lake Property Owners Association received a thirdphase grant of $6,805. The town of Newbold received $12,128 for lakes management planning on Two Sisters Lake, and the Margaret Lake Association received $9,929 for a phase three stewardship program. Also in Oneida County, the Big Bearskin Lake Association received $25,000 for its phase one management plan. The Litle Bearskin Lake Association received a $17,263 for its planning project. In addition, the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department received a grant totaling $45,705 for AIS education, prevention and monitoring. Ted Ritter, Vilas County invasive species coordinator, said at no point since the Vilas County AIS Partnership was launched in early 2005 has the local effort been stronger to prevent the spread of AIS.

Evelyn Fredrickson
Evelyn Fredrickson of Phelps died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. She was 78. She married Andrew Fredrickson in 1947 in Eagle River. He preceded her in death in 1992. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Bonnie; and one grandson, Davey. Her survivors include two daughters, Marilyn (Gary) Matthews of Wisconsin Rapids and Donna (Chuck) Sigurdson of Brown Deer; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m., at Twin Lakes Bible Church in Phelps with the Rev. Gary Spurgeon officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Lawrence E. Demmer
Lawrence E. Demmer entered eternal life Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Evelyn (nee Brindis). Stepfather of Dr. Charles (Debra) Brindis and JoAnn (Richard Goisman) Brindis. Larry is further survived by other relatives and many friends. Larry graduated from Hartford Grade School, Northwestern Naval & Military Academy and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After joining the Army Air Force, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., where he worked in the payroll department-patrol, picking up tens of thousands of dollars cash to pay the enlisted men. Larry had to carry a sidearm in case of robbery, which luckily never happened. He was discharged just prior to being sent to Europe during World War II. Larry worked for the gas company and was in charge of underground service location for excavation projects, which was largely responsible for his interest in maps and being so precise about things. There is a story that Larry was instrumental in the idea of color coding flame on the gas company building to give weather forecasts. Although Larry never had any children of his own, he loved and was very generous to children’s projects like funding the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes, Wis., funding the Demmer Pavilion for Children at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and funding “Sesame Street” on Channel 10. Larry was a philanthropist as an individual and through the Edward U. Demmer Foundation and the Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust. He funded the 20th Century Decorative Arts Curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum and 10 exhibits at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Larry made contributions to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee County Zoo and many charities involving the visually impaired. Larry was an avid aviator and was instrument rated. He owned and flew three “birds” during his flying years. He started out of Maitland field, located on the present-day Summerfest grounds. He then flew out of Timmerman Field. He often left work at the gas company, walked to Maitland field and flew to Three Lakes for the weekend. He flew into almost every state in the continental U.S. He even flew over the White House once — oops, restricted air space. As a young man, he enjoyed the outdoors, canoeing and camping the boundary waters, bicycling around Milwaukee and Madison. He once biked from Madison to Milwaukee and made it just in time to freshen up for dinner with his mom. Larry loved his Three Lakes home, which was designed by National League baseball player Cy Williams. He spent many relaxing days with Evie and family. He almost had a second family there between friends, residents and shop owners. If you visited his home there, you were made to have a drink of Demmer Wine. He was well loved and kind of a celebrity resident. Until his last days, he subscribed to The Three Lakes News. Private services were held with military honors. Memorials in Larry’s name can be made to any charity involving the visually impaired. Feerick Funeral Home, Milwaukee, (414) 962-8383. www.feerickfuneralhome.com.
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John ‘Bud’ Gaffney
John “Bud” Gaffney of Eagle River, formerly of Mesa, Ariz., and Janesville, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River. He was 92. Mr. Gaffney was born March 30, 1919, in Eagle River, the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Gaffney. He was a 1938 graduate of Eagle River High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a retired letter carrier. Mr. Gaffney was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 1998; six brothers, Lawrence, Tom, Bill, Francis, Robert and Gilbert; and one sister, Evelyn. He is survived by his nieces and nephews. A private family service was held.

Richard ‘Dyna Dick’ Maurice
Richard “Dyna Dick” Maurice of Eagle River died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Wausau. He was 76. Funeral services are pending with Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. A complete obituary will be in next week’s newspaper.

Edna ‘Sis’ Teresinski
Edna “Sis” Teresinski, a resident of Three Lakes since 1970 and formerly of Milwaukee, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Friendly Village Nursing Home in Rhinelander. She was 92. Mrs. Teresinski was born Oct. 30, 1918, in Elyria, Ohio. She was a member of the Three Lakes American Legion Auxiliary and an active member of Northern Lights Snowmobile Club. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Teri Jean, in 2010. Survivors include her husband, Dan; two daughters, Diane (Bruce) Brazeau of Arbor Vitae and Suzie Thomas of Greendale; one son, David of Three Lakes; and 12 grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Lakes Aquatic Species Survey (CLASS) lake management program. Meanwhile, the Unified Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association received $90,508 for phase five of its AIS project to chemically treat Eurasion water milfoil on the 10-lake chain of lakes. “In addition, we received $20,000 in AIS early detection and rapid response for the Kentuck Lake Eurasion water milfoil response project,” said Gauthier. “It takes a while to get the grant ready and the lake can’t be treated until next spring. So the money is available for Kentuck Lake if the application is completed.” Gauthier said he also received $20,000 in early detection and rapid response funds for the Manitowish Chain of Lakes Association. He said there is a presence of curly-leaf pondweed in the Manitowish Chain and the lake association also received a $25,000 planning grant. To carry out an established population control project, the Squash Lake Association in Oneida County received $17,147 to continue its manual removal of Eurasian water milfoil plants. “They use scuba divers to manually remove plants one at a time,” said Gauthier. “It’s slow, but it works in smaller areas or where the association doesn’t want chemicals. They have hired two scuba divers the past two summers and they may have turned the corner last summer.” Statewide, a total of $1.5 million was awarded for AIS control grants in this project cycle. Other planning grants Statewide, a total of $415,804 was awarded for lakes management planning grants. Gauthier said other local planning grant winners in Vilas County were the Spectacle Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District for phase three of its plan totaling $10,000; the Big Arbor Vitae Lake Association totaling $3,859 for its third phase of a management plan; and the Manitowish Waters Lake

Vilas AIS partners to meet Thursday
A meeting of the Vilas County Aquatic Invastive Species (AIS) Partners is set for this Thursday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Boulder Junction Community Center. The primary topic of discussion will be the Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) program, according to Vilas County invasive species coordinator Ted Ritter. Bob Wakeman, Department of Natural Resources statewide AIS coordinator, and Erin McFarlane, statewide CBCW program coordinator, will be attending to listen to the discussion and offer the state’s perspective on the future of CBCW. Ritter said other Northern Region AIS county coordinators also are likely to attend. Ritter said no preregistration is necessary to attend the program.

Wilmer R. Weber
Wilmer R. Weber, a 20-year resident of St. Germain and formerly of Greenfield, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff. He was 75. He was born April 13, 1936, in St. Germain, the son of Gifford and Judith Weber. Mr. Weber served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and was a member of the St. Germain Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Wayne. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Brenda; one daughter, Brenda (Steve) Kluge of Oshkosh; one son, William (Carrie) of Greenfield; three brothers, Joe (Mary) of Milwaukee, Bruce (Mary) of St. Germain and Russell (Noreen) of Greenfield; two sisters, Judith (Alex) Loresch and Laura (Dan) Peterson, both of St. Germain; and six grandchildren. A memorial service was held Oct. 8 at the St. Germain Veterans Wall in St. Germain.

With Heartfelt Thanks
The family of Earl Aabye wishes to thank the doctors, medical staff, hospice, clergy, VFW members, Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, and the family and friends who extended comforting support, prayer and sympathy in Earl’s final journey. Your thoughts of kindness meant so much. Joyce Aabye & Families Terry and Don Matson Pam and Dan Fox Cindy and Paul Burzinski 8424 Rick and Candy Aabye

Gretchen Diehl
Gretchen Diehl, age 68, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., since 2003, and a former resident of New Berlin, Wis., died on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at her home. Gretchen was born Oct. 24, 1942, in Little Chute, Wis., to Peter and Dorothy Drall. She was a loving and caring person. She loved music and dancing. She also enjoyed fishing, golf, trips to the casino and flower gardening. Gretchen had a good sense of humor and loved to laugh. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Three Lakes. Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, Jerry Diehl of Three Lakes; daughters, Cindy Shakula of Milwaukee, Wis., and Chris Hinners of Waukesha, Wis.; brothers, Peter “Babe” Drall of Library, Pa., Claire “Peanie” Drall of Markesan, Wis., Jerry (Pat) Drall of Shaftsford, Mich., and Robert “Porky” Drall of Oconomowoc, Wis.; sister, Joy Dziubek of Oak Creek, Wis.; and grandchildren, Jeremy Shakula, Zach Hinners and Taryn Hinners. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Three Lakes. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. In lieu of flowers, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. Arrangements by GaffneyBusha Funeral Home in Eagle River.
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Norman John Westerhold III, born May 30, 1942, in Evanston, Ill., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill. Norm was a lifelong summer resident from Wilmette, Ill. He was an avid fisherman and a founding member and former president of the Aqua Devils Ski Club. Every year, Norm looked forward to Three Lakes Pumpkin Fest and was proud to have won the award for Best Community Float in a past Three Lakes Fourth of July parade. Norm was president of The Rockwood Co. of Chicago for 26 years and currently held the title of chairman. Norm is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne; daughters, Lisa (Jason) Lersch and Wendy (John) Cayer; and cherished grandchildren, Alex Cayer, Holden Lersch and Billie Lersch. Visitation Thursday, Oct. 13, 4:30 to 8 p.m., Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091. Memorial service Friday, Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, 600 9th St., Wilmette, IL 60091. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Rockwood Foundation, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 960, Chicago, IL 60606, or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 651 W. Washington Blvd., Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60661.
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Stephen A. Evans of St. Germain died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at his home. He was 47. Mr. Evans was born Sept. 19, 1964, in Milwaukee, the son of Joseph and Barbara (nee Gorski) Evans. He was raised and attended schools in Milwaukee and moved to St. Germain in 2000. He enjoyed collecting, the outdoors and animals. His mother preceded him in death. Mr. Evans is survived by one brother, David of St. Germain; one sister, Elizabeth Walker of Niles, Mich.; his father of Michigan; his grandmother, Lucille Morris of St. Germain; and his aunt, Jean (Jerry) Leistikow of St. Germain. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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POLICE REPORT
Vilas County Sheriff A total of 491 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 six vehicle accidents, 21 vehicle/ deer accidents, four abandoned vehicles, five requests for agency assistance, four ambulance requests, six animal problems, four attempts to locate, three burglaries, 10 burglar alarms, 19 requests for citizen assistance, 12 reports of criminal damage to property, eight disturbances, six fires, one report of found property, one report of fraud, two reports of harassment, six reports of hazardous conditions, two hit-and-runs, three juvenile problems/runaways, one lost/missing person, one report of lost property, 11 reports of suspicious circumstances, nine thefts, 17 traffic violations, three weapons offenses, seven welfare checks and five 911 hang ups. At least 39 calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department, and there were at least 26 informational or procedural entries. In the past week, at least 13 people were booked at the Vilas County Jail, including four for operating while intoxicated, one for battery, five for probation violations, one for resisting arrest, one for theft and one for bail jumping. During the week, the inmate population ranged from 78 to 90. As of Oct. 10, there were 88 inmates. Sunday, Oct. 9 - 11:22 a.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on HIghway K near Highway N in the town of Plum Lake, involving Mary A. Pieske of Marshfield. - 12:30 p.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on West Big Portage Lake Road near Babcock Road in Land O’ Lakes, involving James P. Schlack of Land O’ Lakes. - 2:42 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 70 near Highway O in St. Germain, involving Paula H. Naumann of Eau Claire. Friday, Oct. 7 - 4:25 p.m. - A two-vehicle accident was reported on Highway 70 West in the town of Lincoln, involving Jonathan R. Kolinski and Maxine L. Beecher, both of Eagle River. - 8:34 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 45 North in Conover, involving Cody J. Mueller of Wautoma. Thursday, Oct. 6 - 3 p.m. - A vehicle fire was reported on Highway 45 near Church Road in Conover, involving Adam J.M. Gengler of Eagle River. Wednesday, Oct. 5 - 8:45 p.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Deerskin Road near Blackjack Road in Phelps, involving Shane H. Ray of Phelps. Eagle River Police Among the calls received by Vilas County dispatchers were at least 39 calls for the Eagle River Police. These included one 911 hang up, two vehicle/deer accidents, one hitand-run, two requests for agency assistance, three ambulance requests, two animal problems, three burglaries, three requests for citizen assistance, two disturbances, two probation violations, one report of suspicious circumstances, two thefts, one report of shoplifting, one report of threats, one report of hazardous conditions and four traffic violations. Three people were taken into custody and booked into the Vilas County Jail. Three Lakes Police This police department reported two 911 hang ups, five vehicle/deer accidents, one hitand-run, two burglar alarms, four ambulance requests, one request for citizen assistance, two burglaries, three disturbances, one fire, one report of fraud, one weapons offense, one report of harassment, three welfare checks, one juvenile problem, two requests for police services, four reports of suspicious circumstances and two thefts.

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Man who allegedly burned youths faces new charge of physical abuse
A 27-year-old Lac du Flambeau man who allegedly placed two children in a bathtub of hot water Sept. 9 resulting in burns on their bodies, faces a new charge of physical abuse of child, intentionally causing bodily harm, in Vilas County Circuit Court. Jeffrey E. Kulick entered a not guilty plea to two charges of physical abuse of a child, recklessly causing great bodily harm, and the new charge last week. Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III set a pretrial conference for Nov. 29 at 10:45 a.m. Kulick’s request for a bond modification was granted and amended to include no contact with children age 12 and under, may have contact with family minors if supervised by a responsible adult who cares for the children and no contact with the victims’ mother. Kulick paid his $10,000 cash bond on Sept. 30. According to the complaint, Kulick’s new charge was filed after investigators learned he allegedly bit the fingers of one of the victims the same day he was taking care of the two children and placed them in the tub of hot water. In other cases, Lindsey J. Doede, 24, of Eagle River, entered a plea of guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft during a plea/sentencing hearing last week. She was originally charged with two felony counts of burglary of a building or dwelling. The second charge was dismissed. Doede’s sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for 12 months. Conditions of the probation include a written apology to the victims and 30 hours of community service. Nielsen noted that restitution has been paid. According to the complaint, Doede took electronics and a Black Hills gold ring from two residences on Adams Road in Eagle River in October of 2010 and the items were later located in a pawn shop in Eagle River. Lucas A. Johnson-Burnett, 19, of Eagle River, who allegedly stole a snowmobile from the Schilleman Bus Service parking lot in Eagle River Feb. 7, entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of theft of moveable property. A pretrial conference was set for Nov. 8 at 10:45 a.m. The 2006 Arctic Cat Crossfire 6 was valued at about $4,000 and was later located at a residence on Illinois St. Waylon T. Wayman, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, reached a plea agreement on numerous charges last Thursday in Vilas County Circuit Court. Concerning the felonies, he was found guilty of two felony bail jumping charges and one resisting an officer. A third felony bail jumping and five misdemeanor bail jumping charges were dismissed. In another felony case, a charge of strangulation and suffocation was dismissed and a substantial battery charge was amended to battery. He also was found guilty of a misdemeanor bail jumping charge. A charge of battery/hate crime was amended to battery and a criminal damage to property was dismissed but will be read in at sentencing. Three other misdemeanor charges were dismissed, but will be read in at sentencing. A presentence investigation for Wayman was ordered and sentencing was set for Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Steven R. Gukich, 18, of Lac du Flambeau, who was convicted of two charges of misdemeanor theft and two charges of criminal damage to property damage July 9, 2010, allegedly breached a deferred entry of judgment agreement and was in Vilas County Circuit Court last week for a motions hearing on new charges of burglary of a building or dwelling, theft of movable property and misdemeanor theft May 23 to May 25 in Lac du Flambeau. Jennifer M. Johnson, 33, of Lac du Flambeau, had her sentence withheld and was placed on probation for 24 months after she was found guilty in a plea agreement. Johnson entered no-contest pleas to an amended charge of misdemeanor battery, repeater. The original charge was battery of a peace officer, repeater. Johnson also pled guilty to one charge of criminal damage to property, repeater, and one charge of possessing an illegally obtained prescription. Charges of disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and possessing an illegally obtained prescription, all repeaters, were dismissed. Johnson was arrested April 10 for possessing medications of another Lac du Flambeau woman. She resisted officers when she was arrested and kicked out the window of the officers vehicle during the incident. Conditions of Johnson’s probation include restitution due in 30 days, continue alcohol and other drug abuse counseling and mental health counseling, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, no medications unless prescribed and in prescribed amounts, apology to deputy and 60 days in the county jail. Henry Joseph Negani, 24, of Lac du Flambeau, who consumed alcohol and obstructed an officer by fleeing June 17, was in Vilas County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing on revocation last week for violating his probation/parole. He was originally convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespass Oct. 14, 2010. Negani’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 18 months. New conditions of his probation include not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, complete AODA counseling and get treatment as deemed necessary, restitution to be determined in 60 days, no contact with victim, 45 days in the county jail to be served in inpatient treatment, district attorney assessment of $75, fined $236 and written apology to victim. Brian Poupart, 53, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, had a jury trial set for Jan. 11, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Poupart was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at 851 Wild Rice Avenue in Lac du Flambeau Jan. 12, 2011. According to the complaint, numerous prepacked bags of marijuana were found in his bedroom, along with drug paraphernalia. Lisa M. Schuman, 43, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery, party to a crime, had a jury trial set for Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, Schuman and her daughter, Leila R. Schuman, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, allegedly punched, kicked and pulled the hair of another 26year-old woman over comments made about the daughter on Facebook. Scott A. Smith Jr., 18, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with four counts of uttering a forgery and four counts of misdemeanor theft, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m. Smith allegedly was involved in selling metal to Scharf’s Automotive in the town of Lincoln in July of 2011, changing the weight on the scale slips and was paid an inflated amount. Raymond L. LaBarge Sr., 41, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with 11 counts of uttering a forgery and 11 counts of misdemeanor theft, had a preliminary hearing adjourned to Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. He also sold metals to Scharf’s Automotive between May 17 and July 18, allegedly changing the weight on the scale slips to be paid an inflated amount.

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Interviews for a new Vilas County highway commissioner have been delayed by the county Personnel Committee while supervisors seek more information on the possibility of sharing a commissioner with an adjacent county. The Personnel Committee voted to stop any progress to interview candidates who have provided a completed application. Sources indicated there were approximately a dozen applications for the position on file. Previously, the county board rejected filling four vacant highway worker positions. An attempt to fill at least two of the four positions also failed at the September county board meeting. At the meeting last week, reaction from the Highway Committee was mixed on what was more important at this

time, with winter just around the corner. “We’ll just have to ride it out,” said committee member Charles Rayala. “We’ll eventually have a problem if we don’t get a commissioner.” Committee Vice Chairman Al Bauman said he was more frustrated about the delay in hiring highway workers. “I’m more upset with the board not filling the vacant worker positions,” he said. “I’m also upset we (the Highway Committee) weren’t aware of inviting the highway commissioner of Jackson and Clark counties to address the September board meeting; we should have been informed.” The two counties in central Wisconsin share a highway commissioner, who was present at last month’s county board meeting to give input to supervisors. Bauman stressed the Highway Committee’s position on the idea of a dual commissioner.

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The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is seeking nominations for the Man and Woman of the Year. These awards are presented each year at the chamber’s annual dinner banquet and are given to honor a man and a woman who have shown outstanding community service. Guidelines for the Man and Woman of the Year nominations include: any age; must live and be active in the immediate Eagle River area; must have contributed outstanding service to the community within the past five years; and can be selected only once. Last year’s recipients were Barry McCleane and Christine Caz. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 18. The awards will be presented at the chamber’s annual dinner Thursday, Dec. 8. For more information, phone the chamber office at (715) 479-6400.

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Vilas may lease office building
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RIVER VALLEY DONATES — River Valley State Bank recently donated $750 as part of a three-year pledge to support the Vilas County Economic Developement Corporation. Taking part in the check presentation were, from left, corporation executive director

Kenneth Stubbe, bank president Nancy Schuller, bank vice president Chris Kuehling and Barry McLeane, corporation board member. The corporation’s goal is bring small manufacturing operations to the county. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Vilas panel supports land trade to get railroad corridor for trail
County leaders meet with Gohlke to discuss trail
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A proposed land trade involving county property that would open a critical segment of the former Chicago & NorthWestern railroad corridor north of Eagle River was supported by the Vilas County Forestry and Land Committee last week. In the proposed trade, Vilas County would withdraw 40 acres from the county forest and deed it to Wayne Oldenburg in exchange for 22 acres containing the rail corridor which the county was prevented from using by the former owner. The corridor could be used for multiple recreation purposes, including snowmobiling and bicycling. “These 22 acres could play a large role in our recreation plans and will enhance our multiple-use trail system,” said Supervisor Sig Hjemvick. “It’s a key piece of property blocking our ability to further get grants and promote our economy.” But a problem may arise when seeking approval from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to withdraw lands from the county forest, according to committee Chairman Steve Favorite. “There’s an unwritten rule or policy of DNR that more acres should be received to enter into the county forest law program than taken out,” Favorite said. “We’ve been a little hung up on that policy. There is a great public benefit to having the 22 acres and this committee is trying to look at alternatives; we have some options available.” One of those options would be to enter other land into the county forest law, according to Forest Administrator Larry Stevens. The county has two 40-acre parcels in Land O’ Lakes obtained by tax delinquency foreclosure. These two parcels are outside the county forest boundary set in the current forest management plan. An amendment to the plan expanding the boundary would be required. Stevens said another option would be 61 acres the county owns on the Wisconsin River that are within the forest boundary off Adams Road. Noting it is not currently in the county forest program, Stevens

said, “These could be entered to satisfy DNR.” The new DNR forest liaison to the county committee, Jill Nemec, supported the policy. “Nobody disagrees with acquiring the 22 acres,” Nemec told the committee. “The issue is, what other land will be entered to make up the acres?” Stevens added that, when all is said and done, “the public doesn’t lose acres.” The 40 acres to be traded in the town of Conover is adjacent to property already owned by Oldenburg and, according to staff, is mostly wetland, while the 61 acres the county would enroll has about 44 acres of upland. The committee approved moving forward with the proposed land trade with Oldenburg, subject to county board approval. Appraisals of the properties to be traded would be required. An application for withdrawing 40 acres from the county forest will be prepared along with entering the 61 acres into the program. Snomo trail talks Favorite told committee members discussions are going on between several parties concerning snowmobile Trail 13 between Eagle River and Three Lakes, which has been closed by the property owner, the Clearwater Lake Condominium Association and developer Adam Gohlke. “Supervisor Gary Baier of Oneida County, who is chairman of their Forestry Committee, and I sat down with Adam Gohlke to see what it might take to reopen the trail,” Favorite told the committee. “He told us the only bargaining chip he had to play on the

alleged zoning violations was to close the trail.” Favorite said he was concerned about the way he was treated on the after-the-fact permits. “Oneida County was heavily involved and the DNR was also heavily involved. After it was done and recorded, a new DNR employee came in and changed the interpretation. He started asking all these questions and caught Oneida County zoning off guard on why it was being reopened,” he said. Favorite said Gohlke was looking for an apology or something about the inconsistencies and he might be open to a longterm lease. “It was a positive discussion and, while there are no guarantees, we will be meeting with DNR Secretary Kathy Stepp this month, along with our elected representatives,” said Favorite. Although there was about one-half acre of wetland disturbed on the 900-acre property, it has been restored. In addition, lake lots were divided around Clearwater Lake and a golf course was constructed. Gohlke told Favorite and Baier there was a different view of new state storm water rules between Oneida County zoning and DNR’s interpretation of the new rules. Favorite said the developer realizes the economic impact of snowmobiling and can even use it as a marketing tool to sell his parcels. Other business In other action, the committee: — accepted a bid of $14,000 by Tony Verkuilen for Mill Creek Lot 1 consisting of 13

acres and accepted a bid of $8,000 from Peter Mordinoff for a .19-acre Manitowish River access lot; — received a report from Assistant Forest Administrator John Gagnon that the September timber revenue was $6,309, bringing the yearto-date total to $244,958; and — discussed having a summer campground host at the county’s Tamarack Campground.

The possibility of renting office space outside the courthouse for the growing Public Health Department moved one step closer last week, according to Vilas County Board Chairman Steve Favorite. The county Forestry and Land Committee approved leasing office space, but did not recommend a specific site, at its meeting last week. Those details will be left to the Public Property Committee, and only with county board approval. The county is eyeing lease options in another building to increase space and improve confidentiality for the health department. One office space being considered is part of the Eliason Realty of the North building at 302 W. Pine St. in Eagle River. The county would rent 2,600 square feet, according to Health Committee Chairman Jim Behling, for an annual cost of about $35,416. “The base rent would be $2,293 per month, along with $350 per month for the common area and one-third of the property taxes which would be about $3,700,” said Behling. Supervisors were told there would have to be some minor changes inside that would include a hard-surface floor in one area for sanitation and a private bathroom. In addition, Information Technology Department director Chris Kamps said it would cost about $27,000 to provide a county Internet connection with the courthouse servers. Meanwhile, there is offstreet parking, availability of outside signs for public view, disabled accessibility and the

willingness for Public Health to move into the facility, supervisors learned. Lease details have not been finalized and building owner, Glenn Schiffmann, does not want to sell the building. However, he was interested in a long-term lease of at least three to five years. Supervisor Sig Hjemvick asked about other possibilities. “Do we give an opportunity for others to submit rental space proposals?” he asked. Favorite acknowledged the county has never leased office space off the courthouse grounds and the role of the Forestry and Land Committee was limited in this matter. “Public Property has to work out the details and they control where people (county departments) go,” he said. “Forestry (standing rules) states they oversee all leases of land to or by the county.” Favorite agreed the county should consider other buildings that may be out there. Behling said there is little difference in square footage between the current health department space in the courthouse and the Eliason building, but in the Eliason facility, “there is more usable space.” It was noted it would be up to the county to provide janitorial services for the leased space and cleaning an off-site facility did raise some concern with courthouse maintenance employees. Supervisor Bob Egan reminded the committee the county needed to consider other lease locations and that would be up to the Public Property Committee.

Wildwood Wildlife Park to renew fish farm permit
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received a 10-year renewal application for the use of natural water bodies for a fish farm in Oneida County. Wildwood Wildlife Park, located at 10094 Highway 70 West in Minocqua, has applied for a natural water body permit through the DNR, according to John Kubisiak, of the DNR. A 1997 state law requires fish farms operating in natural water bodies to get a permit from the DNR, as well as register their farm with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). A natural water body is any spring, stream, pond, lake or wetland that was historically present in a natural state, but may have been physically altered over time. If no substantive written objection is received by Oct. 31, the DNR may grant the application without a public hearing. Because all navigable water bodies in the state belong to the public, state law requires the DNR to request if anyone has objection to the permit. For more information or to file a hearing request, contact Kubisiak at (715) 365-8919.

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REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
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 (at $3 per $1,000): Oct. 3, 2011 Sandra L. Tadych to Louise M. Czarapata, lot 129 of plat 110 in Gateway Lodge Hotel Condo, $54 Ryza LLC to Liberty Investment Group LLC, prt NW NW in 11-39-10, $540 Estate of Lawrence A. Donohue to Lac du Flambeau Band Lake Sup. Chip., prt SE SW in 2141-5, gov lot 4, $1,050 Kevin Gerard Hecker to Larry L. Meier and wife, lot 4, blk 4 of plat 317 in St. Germain Park Estates, $408 Janet A. Gresmer Revocable Trust to Blevons/Wascher Marital Prop. Trust, prt NE NE in 19-405, gov lot 1; prt NW NW in 20-405, gov lot 1; prt NW NE in 19-405, $1,275 Thomas P. Schalles et al to Jason T. Bartelt and wife, lot 12 of plat 77 in Duner, $150 William E. Nesbitt and wife to Cheryl L. Campbell, lot 5 of plat 43 in Capich Park Subd., $201 Struve Trust 2/21/97, Kristen Raffensperger, Trustee, et al and Karen L. Kollmorgen, Trustee, et al to Kenneth P. Rutowski, blk 3 of plat 388 in Young & St. Germaine’s, $257.70 Oct. 4, 2011 D.L. Welsch Trust No. 393 to Andrew J. Naughton Revocable Trust, prt SW SW in 3-40-8, gov lot 4; prt SE SE in 4-40-8, $555 Edwin K. Sandle and wife to Joshua S. Doyen and wife, prt SW SE in 16-41-10, $195 Cheryl L. Campbell to Cheryl L. Campbell et al and Randall H. Birch et al, lot 5 of plat 43 in Capich Park Subd., $100.50 Headwaters State Bank to Helgeson Inc., prt NE NW in 941-10, $645 Lorene J. Harvey, Pers. Rep. and Estate of Aleah Bell Wenzler to Patrick T. Schmidt and wife, prt SW SW, prt SE SW in 25-40-10, $411 Brown Jug Capital LLC to Joseph E. Kelley and wife, prt NW NW in 31-40-10, gov lot 4, $759 D.L. Welsch Trust No. 393 to Gerald G. Walters and wife, prt SW SW in 3-40-8, gov lot 4; prt SE SE in 4-40-8, $55.50 William A. Brockman and Vilas County Sheriff Agent to Jonathan A. Dobbs, prt NE SE in 19-41-7, gov lot 2, $4,200 Mary Jo B. Breyer to Paul T. Bock and wife, prt SW SW in 641-10, $253.50 Oct. 5, 2011 Bank of Wausau to D. Brown Builders LLC, lot 26 of plat 99 in Forest Downs Div. #3, $579.90 Ronald Harvey to Steven and Paula Goetsch Trust, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, blk 31 of plat 260 in Racine Community Beach, $108 Steiner Equity Investments LLC to Rex A. Clark and wife et al and David L. Grusczynski et al, lots 2 and 5 of plat 858 in Pines Resort Condominium, $417 Oct. 6, 2011 J. & B. Collins Revocable Trust to Sheila M. Marabella Dec. of Trust, lots 72 and 73, blk 1 of plat 222 in Oliver Park, $75 Richard B. Ceman 2006 Living Trust to Schlifske Trust 3/30/02, prt SW NE in 23-43-8, gov lot 3; prt NW SE in 23-43-8; prt NE SE in 23-43-8, gov lot 4, $1,050 Soik Trust 9/17/98 to Essmann Trust 4/17/98, prt SE SW in 9-407; prt NE NW, prt NW NE in 1640-7, $1,320 Oct. 7, 2011 Mary B. Michonski to Richard R. Smith and wife, prt SW NE in 18-40-5, gov lot 5, $1,181.70 Nicholas Gohlke et al to Brian R. Kludt and wife, lot 43 of plat 915 in Clearwater Lake Club Condo, $232.50 Patricia M. Seizyk to Michael D. Custar and wife, prt NE NW in 29-41-8, gov lot 4, $900 J.O. VanHaverbeke Revocable Trust to J.S. Sieren Holding LLC, lots 9 and 10, blk 1 of plat 400 in Plat of the NENW, $489

All for the lake
Stiemke retires after 35 years helping Little Saint
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An era has ended for an area lake organization. Longtime lake improvement activist Commissioner Erv Stiemke has stepped down from his leadership role with the Little St. Germain Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District. No one seems to remember just when Erv began his service to the lake, but in the late 1970s, he was one of a few of the lake association members to launch a campaign to create a taxing district for Little St. Germain Lake. Wisconsin statutes enable creation of lake districts under a process that is lengthy and arduous, typically consuming two or more years of signature gathering, public meetings and petitioning to either a town or county board of supervisors. The Little St. Germain District was recognized in January of 1980 by order of the Vilas County Board and Stiemke was named a commissioner. He served repeated three-year terms as the district’s treasurer until September of 2011 when, after more than 35 years of dedicated service to the association and the district, he stepped down from the board of commissioners. The Little St. Germain District has a long history of activities to protect and preserve one of the heaviest-used lakes in northern Wisconsin. Its works include projects made possible by grants awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). While many lake residents worked with the board of commissioners on those projects, most residents and state officials agree that no one person stands out more as a contributor than Stiemke, who as treasurer assumed fiduciary responsibility for the grants. One of the people Stiemke worked closely with over the years was Jane Malischke, DNR grant specialist in the Spooner headquarters of the 18county Northern Region.

Erv Stiemke has led the Little St. Germain Lake District for the past 35 years. --Contributed Photo

“This lake district has quite a grant history starting with the first lake planning grant in 1991,” said Malischke. “There have been five lake planning, two lake protection and three aquatic invasive species grants awarded to the Little St. Germain Lake District. Erv has worked with all of them and I have worked with Erv on all of them except the first one. To date, DNR grant payments to the lake district have totaled $449,809.” Malischke said securing that much in state and federal funding is not an easy task. “Believe me, making that happen is no small amount of paperwork,” said Malischke after learning of Stiemke’s stepping down from his post. “Erv’s ability to keep track of federal funding, federal match, volunteer time, equipment donations, our bizarre state lab of hygiene payment process and local expenses has been fantastic,” said Malischke. “I always found myself smiling when I received a payment package from Erv because I knew everything would be in order. She shared one story about

Stiemke’s grant writing ability. “A note Erv sent with one of the huge lake protection grant payment requests read: ‘I tried to take the mud out to make it as clear as possible.’ I simply cracked up,” said Malischke. “Erv’s documentation was always perfect; his attention to detail unsurpassed. Believe me, his payment requests were never muddy!” When factoring into the grantfunded projects, the value of federal funding, lake district cash expenses, volunteer time, equipment donations and services provided by the state lab of hygiene, the total value of those projects likely exceeded $1 million, according to Paul Abbott, current chairman of the district’s board of commissioners. “No one, other than perhaps Erv’s wife, appreciates the countless hours of Erv’s time that was consumed administering all those projects,” said Abbott. “We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his countless contributions to the district and improving Little St. Germain Lake.” Wisconsin lake districts are governmental entities with tax-levying authority. As such, districts are subject to the same operating regulations as school districts, sanitary districts, and town and county boards. To date, the Little St. Germain District has levied its property owners nearly $920,000 since 1980 to support its lake protection and rehabilitation work. All of those dollars have been accounted for annually to district property owners and various state agencies by none other than Stiemke. The Little St. Germain Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will continue to function following Stiemke’s stepping down from the board, but there will be a steep learning curve for the new treasurer, according to Abbott. ”On behalf of the lake district, our community, residents and all who enjoy fishing and boating on Little Saint, thank you for your tireless dedication and many years of distinguished service,” said Abbott.

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Trig’s Smokehouse recently won first place at the World’s Best Brat competition in Watertown, giving it the World’s Best Bratwurst title for the second consecutive year. Competing against some big names in bratwurst like Johnsonville and Usinger’s, Trig’s Smokehouse was also voted fan favorite at the competition. Trig’s Smokehouse world’s best fresh brats were judged by an expert panel in blind sampling based on appearance, aroma, texture, flavor and overall impression. The Fan Favorite award was voted on by the event’s public attendees based on samples of Trig’s world’s best, green and gold and chicken fajita brats as well as their experience at the Trig’s Smokehouse booth. “We are incredibly honored to win the World’s Best Brat and Fan Favorite awards two years in a row,” said President and CEO of the T.A. Solberg Co. Lee Guenther. “The awards are a true testament to the top-secret, specialized brat recipe developed by our smokehouse team and the passion and enthusiasm our staff shows for our products.” This is not the first award Trig’s Smokehouse has won in recent years. In 2011, the Trig’s Smokehouse smoked Hungarian-style sausage won the Grand Champion award and Trig’s Smokehouse pizza brat won an honorable mention. In 2010, Trig’s Smokehouse world’s best fresh bratwurst was named grand champion; and, in 2009, the Trig’s Smokehouse pizza brat was named champion at the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors. “As we continue to be recognized for our World’s Best Brat and other awards, Trig’s Smokehouse operations have experienced sales growth in all categories, including smoked sausages, jerkies, hams and more,” said Guenther. “Subsequently, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be expanding the Trig’s Smokehouse in Rhinelander this winter. This will allow us to meet increased demand as well as further diversify and expand the variety of fresh and smoked meats produced by the smokehouse.” Trig’s Smokehouse is currently housed in the Trig’s store in Rhinelander. The expansion will relocate the smokehouse to the former Upper Lakes Foods building, located at 1607 N. Stevens St. in Rhinelander. Construction will begin this winter and the smokehouse is expected to be fully operational this spring. About Trig’s Smokehouse Trig’s Smokehouse prepares a wide variety of fresh and smoked meats in a natural wood smokehouse. Led by smokehouse manager Jamie Cline, the products are produced locally in the Trig’s Smokehouse in Rhinelander. Products are available in all five Trig’s locations in Wausau, Stevens Point, Rhinelander, Minocqua and Eagle River. Each Trig’s store has bratwurst, lean smoked bacon, summer sausage, beef sticks, Black Forest ham and other smoked delicacies fresh from the smokehouse. The smokehouse is also available to process venison for hunters. Trig’s is owned by the T.A. Solberg Co. For more information, visit trigs.com.

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Fall is time to identify, control invasive species on forestlands
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Composting leaves helps lawn, garden
As leaves start to fall across Wisconsin, state environmental officials remind people that autumn is an excellent time to start composting or to improve a home compost pile. Composting can help residents save money on fertilizer, save municipalities money on yard waste collection and protect the state’s air quality. Composting is better for the environment than burning leaves, branches, weeds and other yard materials, according to Brad Wolbert, recycling and solid waste section chief for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) waste and materials management program. “Burning yard waste can cause health problems for your family and neighbors, pollute soil and water, and start wildfires,” said Wolbert. State air quality and fire rules regulate the burning of yard materials in Wisconsin, and a growing number of communities have local rules in place that restrict or completely prohibit burning yard materials. Composting leaves, grass clippings and branches doesn’t mean they go to waste. Composting, said Wolbert, “not only helps keep our air clean and prevents wildfires, but the compost itself is a valuable product.” Composted yard materials keep soil healthy and provide nutrients for lawns and gardens, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides. State law bans yard materials from landfills, but there are a number of ways residents can manage leaves and other compostable materials in their backyard or garden. Urban residents who don’t compost on their own property often have access to a community compost site. Here are a few tips from the DNR for composting or reusing yard materials: — Keep it simple. Leaves make great mulch to be used now or in the spring. Mow leaves and grass together and leave the finely chopped material on the lawn. Ground leaves can also be folded into garden beds to add organic material and soil structure. If people would rather compost their leaves, there are many easy structures you can build to start the composting process. Search “compost bin” online for suggestions. — Mix it up. The key to good compost is having a mix of “browns” (fallen leaves, dead plants, coffee grounds and small branches) and “greens” (grass clippings, green plants and vegetable food scraps). — Supply the basics. Compost needs fresh air and water to help microbes break the material down and prevent odors. Rainfall and snow may provide enough moisture for an uncovered compost pile, but if the bin has a cover, add some water occasionally. Turn the compost to make sure air gets mixed in. — Expand previous horizons. Once started with yard materials, add raw fruit and vegetable scraps and coffee grounds and filters to the compost bin. Avoid attracting animals by using a covered bin and covering fresh food scraps with a thin layer of leaves or soil. Using earthworms to compost food scraps indoors, a method called “vermicomposting,” is an option for urban residents. “Feeding food scraps to worms has been a popular project in Wisconsin schools for years, and produces an excellent garden soil additive,” said Wolbert. More information on home composting and vermicomposting is available on the DNR’s website at dnr.wi.gov.

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Fall is a prime time for landowners and recreationists to identify and control invasive plant species, according to a U.S. Forest Service ecologist. Many hunters, hikers and sightseers are enjoying the outdoors in the autumn, so there are opportunities for those recreationists to find and report invasives on public lands and also control invasives on their private property. Fall is also a time when most plants are dispersing their seeds, according to Melissa Simpson, ecologist with the ChequamegonNicolet National Forest. She said some plants have developed mechanisms to hitch a ride with animals and are easily spread by hunters, hikers and others using the outdoors. “People should inspect clothing, boots and pets when in the woods or field and avoid moving seeds from a weedy area to one that is still relatively uninfested,” said Simpson. Some invasive species are most easily identified and controlled in the fall and winter, according to Simpson. “The leaves of some aggressive shrubs, like buckthorn and honeysuckle, remain green and stay on the shrubs into late fall, after most native shrubs have lost their leaves,” she said. “Most of the invasive shrubs produce distinctive fruits that stand out this time of year.” Identifying invasives Simpson said there are several things people can do to help control invasive plant species. Learn to identify invasives in your area and on your property. Control invasive plants on your property and report plants found on public lands. Clean clothing, footwear and pets before and after each hunt and/or hike. “A few moments is all it takes to check for seeds hitching a ride. Use a stick or brush to get the mud out of your boots,” said Simpson. “The best place to clean off is

This garlic mustard patch was located in the summer at the base of a treestand on prop-

erty bordering the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. --Photo By Chantelle Delay

before you leave infested areas. The next best option is to clean off at the parking area, where any seeds that germinate can be seen and treated right away.” Simpson said people also can easily identify several invasive plants in the fall and winter, and offered the following tips on identifying four common species: Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) — In fall, the first-year plants are green and remain so even under the snow, making fall a good time to spot and pull or spray the overwintering plants. The leaves grow in clumps, are bright green and heart-shaped, and have obvious net-like veins that give them a crinkled appearance. Bush honeysuckles (Lonicera) — Exotic bush honeysuckle holds its leaves into the fall, have opposite leaves, red fruits in clusters, and hollow, brown stems. The bark looks thin and stringy and has many stems coming from the ground. Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) — Buckthorn holds its leaves into the fall and produces many deep purple berries

that will remain on the twigs throughout the winter. The inner bark is orange, so you can scrape away the outer bark to determine if the tree or shrub is buckthorn. Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) — Japanese knotweed forms dense thickets, often along streambanks or abandoned fields, and can grow to 9 feet tall. It produces a delicate spray of white flowers in early fall and, after frost, the thick, hollow, bamboolike stems turn a deep reddish brown. Controlling invasives All of the woody species — trees, shrubs and vines — are best controlled in the fall. Cutting them down alone is generally not sufficient for these persistent plants, according to Simpson. “To prevent resprouting, a small amount of herbicide labeled for killing brush must be applied to the cut stump soon after cutting,” she said. A similar technique of basal bark application involves spraying or painting an herbicide in an oil carrier in a band around the

base of the tree. Also done in fall or winter, this method allows the tree to be killed without first cutting it. “Anyone using herbicides should be cautious and follow the label recommendation for the formulation and habitat where applied,” said Simpson. For garlic mustard and other invasive herbaceous plants that retain their leaves well into fall, this is a window of opportunity for targeting control work to those plants, according to Simpson. “Herbicide will be most effective if applied to leaves when temperatures are above 40 degrees and will stay above freezing the first night after applying,” she said. “Handpulling is also an effective control method as long as all the roots are removed.” For more information or to report infestations, contact the Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership. In Vilas County, contact Ted Ritter at (715) 479-3747; in Oneida County, contact Jean Hanson at (715) 3697837; or for the U.S. Forest Service, contact Simpson at (715) 528-4464.

September saw fewest traffic deaths since World War II, says state DOT
With a total of 46 traffic fatalities, last month was the safest September in terms of deaths on Wisconsin roads since World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT). The previous safest month of September occurred in 2008 with 50 traffic deaths. The deadliest September was in 1973 with 116 fatalities. Traffic fatalities last month were 12 fewer than September 2010 and 17 fewer than the five-year average for the month of September. As of the end of September, 409 people have died in 380 Wisconsin traffic crashes, including 70 motorcycle drivers, seven motorcycle passengers, 36 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists. Traffic deaths through the month were 17 fewer than during the same period in 2010 and 67 fewer than the five-year average. “Although fewer people lost their lives on our roads than any other month of September in more than half a century, there were still 46 people who didn’t return home because of a crash,” said Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Any preventable traffic death is one too many,” she said. “Motorists can help reach our goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin by slowing down, making sure everyone in their vehicle is buckled up, always driving sober, and eliminating distractions behind the wheel.” _____________ Those who wish to sing, always find a song. Swedish Proverb

Area towns, counties receive road aids
Gov. Scott Walker has announced that checks totaling $111.5 million for general transportation aids, connecting highway aids and expressway policing aids have been conveyed to Wisconsin units of local government. Among North Woods county governments receiving grant funds were Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties. Vilas County was awarded $247,001 and the following Vilas cities and towns also received funds: Eagle River, $79,546; St. Germain, $45,213; Plum Lake, $48,399; Phelps, $54,089; Land O’ Lakes, $44,584; Conover, $47,542; town of Washington, $38,481; town of Lincoln, $34,189; and town of Cloverland, $20,100. Oneida County received $249,023. Oneida cities and towns awarded funds include Three Lakes, $67,654; Sugar Camp, $38,534; Rhinelander, $132,823; Minocqua, $101,970; Woodruff, $39,120; and Lake Tomahawk, $31,813. Forest County received a total of $75,753. The October payments from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) include $108.23 million in general transportation aids to 1,921 local units of government, $3.01 million to 122 municipalities for connecting highway aids and $255,975 to Milwaukee County for expressway policing aids. This calendar year, local governments will share an estimated $446 million from the state transportation fund to build and maintain local roads and bridges, and in expressway policing aids that support the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office’s patrol of Milwaukee expressways. Quarterly payments for towns, cities and villages are sent the first Monday in January, April, July and October. County payments are made in three installments, with 25% of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January, 50% on the first Monday in July and 25% on the first Monday in October. General transportation aids help defray the costs of constructing, maintaining and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting highway aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways within municipalities.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2011

OUTDOORS
Short hunts can be productive times afield
SOME SAY it’s against the rules, and even good judgment, to put in 40 minutes of round-trip driving just to get an hour in the grouse woods on an evening after a full workday. The theory, according to one of my brothers-in-law, is that you have to hunt or fish for at least twice the driving time or it’s a bad idea. And that’s just the bare minimum, he claims, so more time in the great outdoors is obviously better. But I broke the rule on an evening last week because that funny yellow thing in the sky was showing, something it hasn’t done for much of the ruffed grouse season that started in mid-September. Also gone were the wet forests that plagued hunters until October arrived. The funny thing about hunting is that you have no idea whether the mad rush from work to home and home to public land will pay any dividends whatsoever, but even that doesn’t dim the anticipation. Grouse fever, you see, sparks high hopes that the selected location will contain birds. And if that doesn’t work, well, there’s still the exercise, scenery and fresh air. We may have fractured the speed limit slightly on the way there, but I was prepared to tell the officer that it was a matter of life or death — that Gracie wouldn’t survive the night without a couple of close flushes from her favorite bird. If I could get her to shed a tear on demand, I’d really be in business. With time in short supply, we headed for some edge cover between the hardwoods and a swamp that contained mixed thickets, tag elders and a few crab apple trees. And in the first 10 minutes of the hunt, I wished that I could shoot in heavy cover as well as I could pick out good habitat.

In the Outdoors
By Kurt Krueger
Gracie hit hot tracks from the moment we got close to the first couple of apple trees. The woods exploded in the next minute, grouse flying everywhere as a mix of adults and covey birds headed for the swamp. The trouble is, I never got a good look at any of them, though I busted a couple of trees with a dandy shot pattern. The early score was grouse 12, scribbler 0, or at least that’s how many flushes I heard. So despite the fact that we lost the element of surprise, and that the cover would get thicker as we went, we took chase. I was fighting my way through those nasty, curled tag elders when Gracie started snorting up scent as only an excited young Lab can. A bird flushed close and the 20-gauge caught only a wing, but Gracie ran it down and caught up some 40 yards beyond where it went down. And that’s why conservation-minded hunters use dogs. A minute later, still in the tags, she flushed a grouse at 20 yards, but my first shot opportunity came at twice that distance. It was one of those wild poke-and-hope shots that offers no swing, just a timed release of lead at a hole that you hope the bird flies through. We walked in that direction, just in case, and wouldn’t you know that Gracie got birdy. She followed the track and, quite some distance away, caught up to the grouse I had barely hit on the end of a wing.

And that’s why dogs are important. Little did I know that Gracie would become the focal point of the evening. We got one more flush on the way back to the truck near dusk, a grouse that flushed from a tree and was going gangbusters over the aspen at 40 yards before I knew it. I managed a swing and shot, and the bird tipped a little as it changed directions. So there we went again, busting brush just in case I got a piece of another bird. Gracie was back in the balsams along a swamp when I first heard it — some peeping and thundering. There was a bird on the ground. As most 2-year-old dogs do, she ran it down in short order. I would have never caught up to it, but then again, that’s why we use dogs. In review of what we’ve seen during the first three weeks of the grouse season, there’s no doubt in my mind that the hatch was above average and that grouse numbers are on the rise for another year. And there’s no telling if this will be the peak year in the cycle, or if it is yet to come. Tell me what the weather will be like during the nesting and brood-rearing season next May and June, and the scribbler could make a guess as good as any. It’s mainly about weather after the hatch, when the chicks have no feathers and need insects to survive. The warmer and drier, the better. There are a lot of grouse out there, and the best hunting after the leaves drop is about to start. The average covey is beginning the dispersal process, and soon those young birds will be on their own. That’s when things really get interesting in a year with a good hatch. There were three grouse in my

Gracie on the retrieve with a big male grouse, one of three she found on a short after-work outing on an evening last week. --Photo By The Author

game vest when we reached the truck an hour after we started, and the credit for every one went to my retriever, Gracie. The guy who almost skipped the evening hunt because time was short was smiling from ear to ear.

So I say the heck with rules about time. If you’ve got an hour or two, just go hunting even if the drive is long. Sixty minutes in the grouse woods is better than no minutes at all. And don’t forget the dog.

Muskies Inc. plans Enduro
The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. will hold its 2011 Fall Enduro Saturday, Oct. 29, with fishing during the day followed by dinner at Eagle River Inn & Resort. Paul Hansen, coordinator of the event, said participants do not have to be members of the Headwaters Chapter. “We are opening the event up to anyone who would like to attend this end-of-season muskie fishing outing,” said Hansen. Participants can fish any lake in the area from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and prizes will be awarded on the honor system. The cost is $15 for fishing and dinner. Dinner-only tickets are available for $10. The dinner at Eagle River Inn will include snacks, salad, broasted chicken, beef, potatoes, vegetables and dessert. Following fishing at 4 p.m., a social hour is planned at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. There also will be raffles throughout the evening. In addition, anglers can sign up for a fish pot for $5 each. Hansen will take late registrations from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Eagle River Inn Oct. 29. For more information, contact Hansen at (715) 617-4800.

Fishing with the Guides
By George Langley

Warm temps could bring second round of turnover
With some cooler weather on the way, the North Woods will be going toward the other side of that really warm weather of the past eight days. The water temperatures have gone up way too high for this time of year and guides fear that, with a sharp drop in temperatures, there will be turnover all over again on many lakes. The lakes also need some rain. The lake levels have been dropping with this unusually dry fall weather. Let’s hope we are in for just seasonal weather for the rest of the fall. Walleye action has been very good on the Chain despite the warm weather. They have moved into the holes in very good numbers. Fish the edges of these holes with jigs and minnows. Walleyes also are in deeper weeds, so if you can find some weeds in 8 feet of water or so, you might find some larger fish. On the deeper lakes, walleyes are still in 18 to 30 feet of water. Large fatheads have been working well for walleyes on the bigger lakes. Muskie action, to be honest, has not been great as this warmer weather has put a damper on the fishing and the action. We need colder water temperatures to get these fish going. What action has been reported has been in weeds, and many anglers have been surprised at how shallow the action has been. Sucker action has only been OK, but not as good as usual for this time of year. Bass fishing has been in a state of transition, with the largemouths moving a little deeper in the weeds and the shallow weeds dying off. They are feeding more and more on minnows, so try either spinnerbaits or twitch baits for best success. The smallies have been moving around a little, with the crayfish either dead or dying off now. Jigs and minnows are working for these fish. Northerns are in the weeds and hitting very well now. We have reports of great action both in shallow and in deeper weeds. Redtail chubs or pike chubs work best for these fish in those deep weeds. Panfish action has been OK, but not great. There has been some good perch fishing in the weeds. Just try the deeper weed beds with fathead minnows and slip bobbers. Suprisingly, we still have some bluegills in the shallow weeds. Watch out for turnover again this week and next weekend. Good luck and good fishin’.

The top teams in the Fall Classic on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes included, from left, second-place team of Jeremy and Jon Barber, first-

place team of Dan and Mike Wojtusik, and thirdplace team of Jack Smith and Tom Stark. --Contributed Photos

Wojtusiks win Fall Classic
The third annual Muskies Inc. Headwaters Chapter Fall Classic Tournament took place on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes Oct. 1-2, with the team of Mike Wojtusik of Rhinelander and Dan Wojtusik of Eagle River taking first place. Twenty-one boats were entered and a total of six fish were caught. This was the closest tournament in years, as the outcome wasn’t decided until the very last hour Sunday. The Wojtusiks caught three muskies, including the big fish of the tournament, 431/4 inches. “We knew the lakes were going through turnover, plus there were very strong winds leading up to the tournament,” said Dan Wojtusik. “Our plan was to seek out areas in the Chain that were the least affected by the high winds and turnover.” The Wojtusiks’ strategy paid off right away, as they caught two of their fish back to back within the first few hours of the tournament. The two fish measured 363/4 and 371/2 inches. They caught their fish in relatively shallow water throwing glide and jerk baits.

Praedel wins Musky Classic
More than 90 participants fished Big Sand, Lac Vieux Desert, Long, North Twin and South Twin lakes during the Phelps Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual Midwest Musky Classic Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Michael Praedel of Hales Corners caught a 441/2-inch fish on North Twin Lake at 12:35 p.m. Saturday to win the tournament. He was awarded $1,000 and will receive a replica of his fish from Lax Taxidermy. Second place and $400 went to Ken Yanke of Waukesha, who caught a 401/4-inch fish on Big Sand Lake.

Mike Wojtusik, left, and Dan Wojtusik show off the biggest fish caught in the Fall Classic, a 431⁄4-inch muskie.

Things slowed down after that, and it wasn’t until the final hour of the tournament Sunday that Mike Wojtusik landed the big fish of the weekend, moving them into first place. They only saw one other fish the entire weekend. Second place went to Jeremy Barber and Jon Barber, both of Eagle River, with two fish measuring 381/4 and 40 inches. Third place went to the team of Tom Stark of White Lake and Jack Smith of

Appleton with one fish measuring 40 inches. The Fall Classic headquarters was Northernaire Resort & Spa in Three Lakes. Coffee and doughnuts were served each morning at Anchor Marine. Sunday lunch was donated by the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center and prepared by Black Forest Pub & Grill. Sunset Grill and Pine Isle Sports Bar & Grill served as fish registration stations.

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Pheasant season opens Saturday
The longtime and popular tradition of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin will again take center stage for upland game hunters when the fall 2011 pheasant hunting season opens statewide at noon this Saturday, Oct. 15. The pheasant season will run through Dec. 31. Pheasants are among the most sought-after game birds in North America, and populations do best in the agricultural landscape of southern Wisconsin, provided there is habitat present in sufficient quantities to meet their food and cover needs throughout the year. Hunters should look for areas that contain adequate winter cover, such as cattail marshes and dense brush, intermixed with cropland, hay and idle grasslands which provide food and nesting cover. It will be important for hunters to identify areas with high-quality habitat, concentrating their hunting efforts in those areas, according to Scott Walter, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) upland wildlife ecologist. “Given the relatively snowy winters we’ve had lately, I would expect hunters to fare better in areas where pheasants have had access to sufficient winter cover. When hunting wild birds, I’d definitely focus on grassy landscapes with cattails, dense warm-season grasslands, or brush close at hand,” said Walter. “Successful hunters should also have a number of potential hunting spots lined up and be ready to move in order to find birds.” During the 2010 pheasant hunting season, an estimated 49,000 hunters went out in search of pheasants and reported harvesting 240,316 birds. The top counties for harvest included Kenosha, Fond du Lac and Dodge. Bag limits On Oct. 15 and 16, the daily bag limit is one cock and the possession limit is two. For the remainder of the season, Oct. 17 through Dec. 31, the daily bag limit is two cocks and the possession limit (CRP) grassland acres in the core of Wisconsin’s pheasant range. The CRP, originating with the 1985 Farm Bill, provides incentives to landowners to take environmentally sensitive acres out of crop production. These acres often produce outstanding pheasant habitat. “The state pheasant population increased in the late 1980s through the 1990s,” stated Walter. “High crop prices in the last couple years, however, have led many landowners to convert CRP acres back to crops. As a result, Wisconsin has lost more than 300,000 acres of quality wildlife habitat, nearly half of what the state enrolled at its peak. Consequently, hunters who focus on wild birds may end up flushing fewer pheasants.” While the 2011 Spring Crowing Count Survey showed a 30% decrease statewide, the 2011 Rural Mail Carrier pheasant survey indicated an 11% increase in the number of pheasants observed per 100 miles driven (from 0.38 in 2010 to 0.42 in 2011). However, the latter results are still 28.8% below the long-term mean of 0.59 pheasants per 100 miles. Counties with the highest number of pheasants seen per 100 miles driven were Washington (2.82), Polk (1.51), Lafayette (1.13), St. Croix (0.83), and Pierce (0.80).

Wisconsin pheasant hunters can take to the fields and marshes starting this Saturday, Oct. 15. --STAFF PHOTO

is four. Some public hunting grounds offer both hen and rooster pheasant hunting, which requires a free permit and tags, and some properties also have 2 p.m. closure times. The 2 p.m. closure restrictions are only in effect for the first two weeks of the season, from Oct. 17 through Nov. 3. A 2011 pheasant stamp is required to hunt pheasants statewide. Stocked birds This fall, DNR wildlife biologists plan to release approximately 50,000 game farm pheasants on 71 public hunting grounds. This is a very slight decrease from 2010 when 51,000 game farm pheasants were stocked in those same areas. In addition, pheasants raised by conservation clubs through the day-old chick program will also be released this fall on both designated public hunting grounds and private lands open to public pheasant hunting. Hunters are reminded to be polite and notify the landowner before hunting on private property open to public hunting as part of this program. Hunters can check the Pheasant Stocking on State

Properties map or check the 2011 pheasant stocking information sheet identifying public hunting grounds slated for pheasant stocking. Stocked public hunting grounds are primarily located in the southern part of the state, in the core of the pheasant range. The DNR reminds hunters that they should carefully verify which public hunting grounds have a 2 p.m. closure time and/or allow hen pheasant hunting. Wild pheasants This is the fourth year in a row of declining pheasant numbers, and the third-lowest average since the Rural Mail Carrier and Spring Crowing Count surveys were first conducted. Long and snowy winters in recent years, along with a wet and cool spring in 2008 and below-average summer temperatures in 2009, have set pheasant numbers back statewide. “In recent years, winter and spring conditions have been very hard on Wisconsin’s wild pheasant population,” said Walter. Compounding this has been a significant loss of Conservation Reserve Program

SUGAR CAMP CHAIN — Laurie Lein caught this 51-inch muskie on the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes on Sept. 23 while fishing with Paul Hansen. --Contributed Photo

Kroll to study state deer plan
The Department of Administration announced last week that Dr. James Kroll will fill the deer trustee position which was created Sept. 23 by an executive order of Gov. Scott Walker. Officials with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, the natural resources advisory body for the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said they will assist Kroll in any way possible as he reviews Wisconsin’s whitetail deer management practices. “Dr. Kroll is nationally known in the world of deer management,” said Rob Bohmann, chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, “and Wisconsin is arguably the best whitetail deer hunting state in the United States. We are pleased that someone with his credentials was chosen to fill the new position and we appreciate that he has taken on this challenge. He will soon find out how passionate Wisconsinites are about their whitetail deer.” Bohmann said the Wisconsin Conservation Congress looks forward to providing input and reviewing Kroll’s results which are to be completed by June 2012. “We already know that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has a very comprehensive management program and monitors the deer population closely, but if there are any other areas we can improve on, we welcome those suggestions,” said Bohmann. A 2006 audit of the sexage-kill model by a panel of six academics concluded that the Wisconsin DNR had “the most comprehensive and transparent deer management program for comparable states that harvest whitetailed deer” and that the DNR collects more demographic information on an annual basis than the other 21 states that were reviewed.

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Over half of Wisconsin anglers caught a muskie in 2010: survey
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Outdoors Calendar
— Duck season closes in the southern zone; reopens Oct. 15 through Dec. 4. 10/1310/16/11 — Antlerless deer hunt (gun and archery) in CWD management units. 10/15/11 — Pheasant season opens at noon; runs through Dec. 31. — Raccoon gun and trapping for state residents open through Feb. 15, 2012. — Red and gray fox hunting and trapping opens through Feb. 15, 2012. — Coyote trapping season opens through Feb. 15. — Period 1 hunting and trapping season for bobcat north of Highway 64 through Dec. 25. — Muskrat season in the northern zone opens through Feb. 29, 2012. — Mink season in the northern zone opens through Feb. 29, 2012. — Fisher trapping season opens in various zones through Dec. 31. 10/29/11 — Nonresident raccoon season opens through Feb. 15, 2012. 10/31/11 — Deadline to purchase Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing licenses.
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The mighty muskie might be getting a little less elusive. Fifty-six percent of Wisconsin anglers, 48% of nonresident anglers and 83% of muskie club members reported landing muskellunge in Wisconsin in 2010, according to a recent statewide survey of muskie anglers. “Anglers might not realize it, but muskie fishing is better than it’s ever been in terms of the number of fish and availability,” said Dan Isermann, a UW-Stevens Point assistant professor and the principal investigator in the survey. “Muskie are more abundant than they ever have been because of better fisheries management and the prevalence of catch and release.” Isermann said that improved technology also likely plays a role in the large proportion of anglers who report having caught a muskie, once known as the fish of 10,000 casts but now caught in closer to 3,000 casts. Forty percent of the resident and nonresident anglers, and 77% of the muskie club members caught at least one muskie larger than 32 inches, while the average size of the largest fish anglers reported catching in Wisconsin was 46 inches. Ninety-five percent of the fish were released by resident anglers and more than 99% were released by nonresidents and muskie club members. Isermann, working with UW-Stevens Point colleague Kristin Floress and Tim Simonson, a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries biologist who leads the DNR’s muskie team, mailed information to randomly selected resident anglers, randomly selected nonresident anglers and muskie club members, asking them to take an online survey about how often they fished, generally where, what they caught and what they kept. They also asked anglers questions about their attitudes and opinions regarding muskellunge fishing and management in Wisconsin. The survey, funded by a grant from the Hugh Becker Foundation and administered by Muskies Inc., contains many of the same questions asked in similar surveys in 1990 and 2000. The researchers have not yet fully compared 2010 data to results from those earlier surveys, but find results from this snapshot in time that are interesting, and will help manage muskie now and in the future, Isermann said. “To me, some of the more interesting findings spoke to harvest management and whether we could use mandatory reporting,” Isermann said. “We’re pretty certain muskie mortality is low, but we don’t have any idea how low is low. How many fish die every year?” Registration of harvested muskies would be a very useful tool to Wisconsin’s management program. Isermann said he was surprised that support for such a

harvest reporting requirement was not higher than 75%, given the popularity of catch and release for this species. He also found it interesting that avid muskie anglers are redefining upward what it means to catch a trophy muskie. “It is amazing to me how many people were choosing lengths greater than 50 inches because those fish are now available to them. Fifty-one or 52 is the new 50,” he said. The percentage of avid muskie anglers who picked some size 50 or larger as a trophy has increased from 44% in 1989, to 62% in 1999, and to 77% in 2011, Simonson said. Random license holders appear content to settle for a low 40-inch fish. About 23% of licensed resident anglers reported that they would harvest a “trophy” fish, while only 2% of avid muskie anglers said they would. Most anglers stayed home to fish for the state species. Thirty-two percent of licensed Wisconsin anglers fished specifically for muskies in Wisconsin during 2010 and 6% fished for muskies outside Wisconsin. Avid muskie anglers were more willing to travel. Fiftytwo percent of club members spent some time, generally less than 10 days a year, fishing for muskies outside of Wisconsin, figures very similar to responses from 1989, with Ontario and Minnesota the top two destinations, Simonson said. The primary reason anglers gave for fishing outside Wisconsin was an increased opportunity for bigger fish. The average of the largest muskie ever caught outside Wisconsin by avid muskie anglers was 48 inches, while the largest muskie they ever caught in Wisconsin averaged 46. More highlights Thirty-two percent of resident anglers and 39% of non-

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Terry Brand of Naperville, Ill., caught this 50-inch muskie on a 14-inch sucker last weekend while visiting the Eagle River area. It was one of three muskies he caught in three hours. --Contributed Photo

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Eagles defeat Mosinee, Lakeland
Tough Regional tournament starts this week
The Northland Pines boys soccer team defeated previously undefeated Mosinee and arch rival Lakeland to finish out their regular season play on a high note last week. The victories gave Pines a second-place finish in the Great Northern Conference, while Mosinee took the championship. Mosinee’s team speed carried them to a 15-3 record against the 12-5-1 Eagles on Tuesday. Trying to avenge an earlier 6-0 loss to Mosinee, the Eagles started strong in the early going with some offensive opportunities up the left side. After 30 minutes of play, Jacob Bozic found Duncan Hosking on a run to the net who then scored to give Pines the lead. Two minutes later, Bozic found an open Dylan Weber who drilled a 25-yard shot for the 2-0 lead, which the Eagles carried into halftime. With some minor adjustments at halftime, Pines went to work in the second half with a defensive mindset, making sure to control Mosinee’s speed. The defensive effort frustrated Mosinee, evidenced by the fact that Pines’ keeper Evan Hartwig needed to make only four saves for the game. “Our strikers and midfielders defended extremely well which took a lot of pressure off our back four defenders,” said Pines coach Larry Favorite. “We also were patient on the offensive end, so we ended up with nearly twice as many shots as our opponent. It was nice to see such a solid performance from the guys considering Mosinee had thrashed us so badly the first time around.” On Thursday, the Eagles traveled to Lakeland to face their long-time arch rivals. Once again Pines started strong, generating better possession and far more scoring opportunities than the Tbirds. But the 0-0 halftime score was a credit to Lakeland’s defending and goalkeeping.

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Older hockey players invited to lace ’em up
Just like the good old days, a group of Eagle River men and women are lacing up their skates and spending some time on the ice at the Eagle River Sports Arena. Men and women ice skaters of any age are welcome to participate in an Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) adult hockey program weekdays, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. It’s called the Noontime Hockey League (NHL). According to coordinator Michael Eder, hockey experience is not necessary to join the group and you don’t have to be older than age 50. It’s open to all ages. “We can teach the basics of no-check hockey,” he said. “It’s one of the few workouts that doesn’t punish knees, backs and joints. It’s easier on the body than tennis and jogging. It’s mostly a stretching exercise that’s really good for the heart.” Eder said one of the reasons he retired to the Eagle River area is the great hockey tradition. After all, the historic Sports Arena is home to the Eagle River Falcons men’s hockey team, the Northland Pines High School Eagles boys and girls hockey teams, and many youth hockey teams. All have won State championships. The banners that hang from the rafters are testimony to the great hockey played on the arena’s ice. “It’s a thrill to be able to skate in the oldest indoor skating rink in Wisconsin,” said Eder. “And it’s the home of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame. That’s a lot of hockey history right here in our own backyard.” Eder said additional skaters are needed, whether they can skate one or two days a week or four or five days a week, Monday through Friday. The players suit up at 11:30 a.m. and are on the ice at 11:45 a.m. “The late-morning timing makes it very convenient for retirees and working people can perhaps take an hour or so lunch break,” he said. “It’s just fun to get out on the ice to play and talk hockey.” To register or for questions, call Eder at (715) 4772945. The open hockey is a great opportunity to get on the ice of the historic Dome and get some exercise at the same time.

Northland Pines senior Dominic Caroselli slid in an attempt to take the ball away from a Mosinee player in the Eagles’ 2-0 victory of the undefeat-

ed Indians last Tuesday in a Great Northern Conference game in Eagle River. --Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Midway through the second half, with the game still scoreless, Weber put a nice ball through to Matt Meyer for a great scoring chance. Meyer made a strong move to beat the last defender and scored to give Pines the lead. Lakeland then got offensive for the first time in the game, but the Eagles put the game away in the 73rd minute. Once again it was Meyer who ripped a shot that Lakeland keeper Wren Umlauf knocked down, which was then cleaned up by Bozic for the score and the 2-0 win. Hartwig finished with five saves for the Eagles. “This was a good week for the team as we did not concede one goal in the two games,” said Favorite. “It’s

especially rewarding because this has been our focus in practice for some time. The whole team is now defending well, but it’s especially rewarding for Hartwig and our back four defenders, Alex Camp, Greg Chamberlain, Scott Moline and Steve Vogel.” With the regular season concluded, the Eagles (14-5-1) were scheduled to host Seymour (12-5-3) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday of this week in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 Regional playoffs. Pines drew a fourth seed and Seymour a fifth seed in the eight-team Regional. The winner will likely travel to top-seeded Fox Valley Lutheran in Appleton this Thursday, Oct. 13. Fox Valley

Lutheran was the State runner-up in 2010 and the State champion in 2009. “The Regional we are in is especially strong with five teams having 12 or more wins,” said Favorite. “And if Seymour and Fox Valley Lutheran are not enough competition, Mosinee and threetime state champion Appleton Xavier are seeded ahead of us, too.”
GREAT NORTHERN CONFERENCE BOYS SOCCER
FINAL STANDINGS School W L MOSINEE ....................................9 1 NORTHLAND PINES .................7 3 MEDFORD...................................5 5 RHINELANDER..........................5 5 LAKELAND .................................4 6 ANTIGO .......................................0 10

Eagles’ title hopes come up short in overtime loss
Pines to host L’Anse Friday in regular season finale
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BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
NEWS-REVIEW EDITOR

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Playing for a possible share of the WestPAC championship, the Northland Pines Eagles lost to West Iron County 22-14 in overtime last Friday night in Iron River, Mich. The Eagles dropped to 3-2 in the conference, while West Iron improved to 5-0. Calumet, Mich., is in second place at 4-1. A victory for the Eagles would have put all three teams at 4-1 with one game remaining in the regular season. Even with the loss, Northland Pines coach Jason Foster said he knows his players gave their best effort. “Our boys played with a ton of effort and a lot of heart, but came up just short of a possible share of the conference championship,” said Foster. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team and believe we have a lot of good ahead of us the rest of the season.” The Eagles, 5-3 overall, will host L’Anse, Mich., in the final game of the regular season this Friday, Oct. 14, with kick-

off set for 7 p.m. A victory will assure the Eagles of a WIAA play-off berth next week. After stopping several West Iron drives inside the Eagles’ 20-yard line in the first quarter, Northland Pines took a 70 lead in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Austin Ramesh and Rich Mork’s PAT-kick. Northland Pines increased its lead in the third quarter as Ramesh intercepted a West Iron pass and raced 42 yards for a touchdown. Mork’s PATkick gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead. But the West Iron offense put two drives together in regulation, scoring both on pass plays. A 2-point conversion on the first score and a failed conversion on the second made it 14-14, sending the game into overtime. In the overtime, West Iron got the ball first on the 10yard line first and the Northland Pines defense stopped To EAGLES, Pg. 14A

Pines plans donkey ball
A Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show will be held at the Northland Pines High School field house Monday, Oct. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. Local players will participate in the event by playing basketball while riding donkeys. “It will be wilder than a rodeo and funnier than a circus,” said an event coordinator. The show will be sponsored by girls and boys basketball and girls and boys soccer. All proceeds will be used to benefit the basketball and soccer teams. Advance tickets can be purchased from members of the girls and boys basketball organization or at the high school office. Tickets will cost $6 in advance or $8 at the door. For more information, visit dairylanddonkeyball.com or call 1-888-8DONKEY.

Northland Pines junior forward Jacob Bozic went high into the air to head this ball against Mosinee defender Alex Cater.

Northland Pines senior defender Alex Camp helped the Eagles get two shutouts last week against Mosinee and Lakeland.

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Lady Jays take fifth at Pines, compete at Tomahawk invite
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BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR

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Jays quarterback Brent LaDuke completed a pass as he took a hit from two Cardinals at last

Friday’s Homecoming game at Three Lakes High School. --Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW

The Three Lakes girls cross-country team traveled to Eagle River last Monday, taking fifth place in the Northland Pines Cross-Country Invitational before competing in Tomahawk Saturday. Runners experienced an exceptionally warm fall day as they ran on the Northland Pines course, much of which takes place on the Eagle River Golf Course. The Bluejays finished fifth behind Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Hurley and Northland Pines. Florence finished in sixth place. Caitlin Vreeland-Griffin was the first Three Lakes runner to cross the finish line, earning a 10th-place medal with a time of 22 minutes, 31 seconds. She was followed by Indi Yeager who was 16th overall in 23:08. Sonya Westfall finished 32nd in 24:40, Jena Miles finished 35th in

25:15 and Peyton Radaj finished 50th in 27:53. The Lady Jays harriers competed against 11 other teams at the 35th annual Hatchet Invitational held at Edgewater Golf Course in Tomahawk. The teams were separated for scoring purposes into large and small school divisions. Wausau West was the overall team champion as well as the large school division champion with a total of 44 points. Clintonville finished second overall and was first in the small school division with 70 points. For the second year in a row, Andrea Ostenso, a junior from Ladysmith, was the individual winner with a time of 14:29. Ostenso currently holds the girls course record that she set in 2010 by covering the 4,000 meters with a time of 14:09. Vreeland-Griffin was the first Three Lakes runner to finish. She was 16th in the small school division with a

time of 18:03. Yeager finished 20th in 18:26. Miles and Brooke Welch finished in 36th and 37th places with times of 20:03 and 20:30, respectively. “Unfortunately, we had only four out of our seven girls participating in the meet, so Three Lakes was not able to factor into the overall team scoring,” said Three Lakes coach Laurie Levandoski. “Injuries continue to take a toll on the Bluejay harriers, while Homecoming week activities pose a challenge at a time when we are ramping up to head into conference and Sectional competition,” she said. Three Lakes will travel to Lakewood Monday to participate in the Northern Lakes Conference meet to be held at McCauslin Brook Golf Course. Race time is slated for 5 p.m. The Lady Jays will face Sectional competition Friday, Oct. 21, in Edgar at the NineMile Recreation Area. Race time for the girls is 4 p.m.

Jays fall to Crandon on Homecoming
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ERRA to select youth coaches
The following coaches have applied for youth hockey coaching positions for the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) for the 2011’12 season: Darren Rubo, U14*; Larry Snedden Sr., Bantam*; Mike Sanborn, Bantam/U14; Larry Snedden Jr., Squirt*/U12; Glenn Schiffmann, Squirt; Jeff Newton, Bantam; Gregg Nesbitt, Mite*/Squirt; David Cox, Squirt*/Bantam; Dan Sauvola, U14*/U12; Orlando Alfonso, Pee Wee; Ron Ritzer, Bantam; Leo Horant, Mite/Squirt; Rodney Sternhagen, Squirt; Don Czarapata, Pee Wee; Ron Garske, Pee Wee*; Brian Fink, Mite; and Eric Bolte, Pee Wee*. The asterik behind the age level indicates head coaching interest. Head coaches will be chosen by Friday, Oct. 28. If there are any concerns with this year’s candidates, parents can contact a board member listed on the ERRA website at erra.com or by emailing skate@erra.com.

BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR

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The Three Lakes football team simply couldn’t put together an offense last Friday during a 41-0 Homecoming loss to Crandon. The Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) game was still tight at the end of the first quarter, as the Jays trailed by only eight points. By halftime, however, repeated defensive stops by the Cardinals led to a 28-0 score. From there, Crandon continued its defensive stand while slowly adding points to the board on offense. Bluejays quarterback

Brent LaDuke took a number of hits as he fought to complete four passes in the game for a total of 40 yards. Although there were a few hopeful moments, the Three Lakes running game also was shut down by a staunch Cardinals defense. Jays’ running back Patrick Levandoski carried the ball 10 times, averaging 2.2 yards per carry for a total of 22 yards. A shallow bench clearly hurt Three Lakes during its Homecoming game, an ailment that has plagued the team all season. Bluejays players were forced to take only short breaks before heading back on the field to face fresh Crandon players.

Injuries have also taken their toll on Three Lakes this season, and with a beginning roster of 22 players, the team didn’t have the depth to compete with the Cardinals in the end. The Jays will travel to Florence this Friday evening, ending their regular season with an NLC match against the Bobcats. Game time will be 7 p.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball WIAA Tournament Schedule
NORTHLAND PINES EAGLES DIVISION 2
Teams in the Regional C include Northland Pines, Mosinee, Adams-Friendship, Lakeland, Nekoosa, Tomahawk and Wittenberg-Birnamwood. Quarterfinals are Tuesday, Oct. 18, semifinals are Thursday, Oct. 20, and the Regional final is Saturday, Oct. 22.

DIVISION 3
Teams in the Regional B include Three Lakes, Crandon, Edgar, Marathon, Rosholt, Stratford, Athens and Abbotsford. Quarterfinals are Tuesday, Oct. 18, semifinals are Thursday, Oct. 20, and the Regional final is Saturday, Oct. 22.

DIVISION 4
Teams in the Regional A include Phelps, Bowler, Elcho, Gresham Community, Tigerton, White Lake, Newman Catholic and Wisconsin Valley Lutheran. Quarterfinals are Tuesday, Oct. 18, semifinals are Thursday, Oct. 20, and the Regional final is Saturday, Oct. 22.

Members of the Northland Pines volleyball team include, front row from left, Claire Decker, Kelsey Bergum, Paige Healy, Ellie Zyhowski and Mary Loeser; back row, coach Margo Rogers Anderson, Abby Alft, Nicole Sullivan, Carly Bohnen and Carly Ridderbusch. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

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well on offense, but had a few miscues on our first couple possessions. We blocked well, ran hard, but just couldn’t finish drives the way we needed to.” Ramesh led the offensive attack, carrying the ball 35 times for 272 yards and one touchdown. Pines’ quarterback Cooper Kerner completed one of two passes for 16 yards to Mork. Defensively, Ramesh had 10 solo tackles and six assists;Lucas Ferber had nine solo tackles, 10 assists and four tackles for loss; Adam Kresel had six solo tackles and four assists; Mitchell Elbe had six solo tackles and two assists; and Mork had three solo tackles, two assists and two passes knocked down.

them on first, second and third downs. But West Iron finally scored on a 10-yard pass on fourth down. West Iron then converted the 2-point conversion on a screen pass. Pines then took possession at the 10-yard line and rushed the ball four straight times with Ramesh carrying the ball. Ramesh got tackled on the 1yard line on fourth down to end the game. “It was an incredible battle where we came up just short in overtime,” said Foster. “Our defense played an incredible game, stopping West Iron County numerous times while our offense tried to get on the right track. It was the best defensive game we have played in years. We moved the ball

Members of the Three Lakes volleyball team include, front row from left, Hailey Sankey, Karlie Stefonik, Bella Devereaux, Abbie Baumann, Taylor Pitlik and Havala Snyder; back row, coach Roni Anderson, Lindsay Schoff, Lexi Bellman, Leah Mohr, Abby Zielke, Zana Lorbetske, Cassie Hoger and Cathrine Meeder. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

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SPORTS Eagles fall to T-Birds after two tough games
The Lakeland Thunderbirds defeated the Northland Pines volleyball team 3-0 in a Great Northern Conference match at Eagle River last Tuesday night. Northland Pines battled the T-Birds in the first two games, but still lost 25-16 and 25-20. “The first two games were great,” said Pines coach Margo Rogers Anderson. “We passed much better on serve receive and we were digging machines. We jumped ahead 19-18 in the second game, but couldn’t quite finish the job. I was very proud of the team.” Lakeland had the upper hand in game three 25-7. “We sort of folded up shop in the third game, but overall the girls left it all out on the court,” said the coach. “It was a great effort.” Statistically, Northland Pines was led by Nicole Sullivan with seven kills and two blocks. Carly Ridderbusch had four kills and two blocks. Ellie Zyhowski finished with four service aces. The Eagles were scheduled to play at league-leading Tomahawk Tuesday of this week and will return to Tomahawk this Saturday, Oct. 15, for the final conference tournament before starting WIAA Regional tournament action next Tuesday, Oct. 18. The WIAA will announce Regional pairings this week.

Lady Jays defeat Phelps, fall to Florence in volleyball
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BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR

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A youth participant at the Punt, Pass & Kick competition hosted by the Eagle River Area Jaycees at Northland Pines High

School booted a football off a tee for the kicking segment of the competition. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

Punt, Pass & Kick results announced
The Eagle River Area Jaycees recently hosted an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at the Northland Pines High School football field. The youths with the highest number of combined punting, passing and kicking yardage by age group were as follows: — 8-9, Bryce Langhoff, 77 feet, 6 inches; Hannah Worachek, 75 feet, 7 inches; — 10-11, Shawn Rein, 213 feet, 3 inches; Rebeka Long, 97 feet, 8 inches; — 12-13, Tyler Rice, 282 feet, 7 inches; Brooklyn Wolosyn, 280 feet, 4 inches; and — 14-15, Seth Erickson, 207 feet, 5 inches; Kendra Brown, 221 feet, 2 inches. The top finishers from each of the age groups from the Eagle River competition will advance to a Sectional competition at the Edgar High School football field Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. The field is located at 203 E. Birch St. The winners at the Sectional will have their scores compared with other Sec-

The Three Lakes Lady Jays volleyball team beat Phelps 30 last Tuesday before taking a 0-3 loss to the undefeated Florence Bobcats Thursday in two Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) games. Three Lakes coach Roni Anderson said the Bluejays played well during their win against Phelps. “Cassie Hogar broke our record for most continuous services in a row,” she said. “She had 11 points in a row against the Phelps team.” Zana Lorbetske and Abby Zielke had seven kills apiece. “The rest of the team played well and pulled it all together,” said Anderson. Serving accuracy hurt Three Lakes in the loss to Florence, but the team was still able to compete.

“Even though we lost this game, the girls played extremely well, scrapping for everything that came their way,” said Anderson. Zielke racked up seven blocks in the game. “Again, missed serves kept us from getting the job done, but we have improved so much since the begining of the season,” said the coach. Three Lakes was scheduled to travel to Laona Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. for an NLC game. In another conference match, the Lady Jays will travel to White Lake Thursday, Oct. 13, for a game at 6 p.m. Three Lakes and Phelps will open WIAA Regional tournament play next Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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2011 Fall High School Sports Schedule
Northland Pines Eagles
Varsity Football
Fri., Aug. 26 Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 Calumet at Bessemer at Hancock Hurley Ironwood (Homecoming) at Houghton Central at West Iron County L’Anse 7 PM 7 PM 6 PM 7 PM 7 PM 6 PM 6:30 PM 7 PM

Phelps Knights
Soccer
Thurs., Aug. 25 Tues., Aug. 30 Thurs., Sept. 8 Sat., Sept. 10 Tues., Sept. 13 Thurs., Sept. 15 Sat., Sept. 17 Tues., Sept. 20 Tues., Sept. 27 Thurs., Sept. 29 Tues., Oct. 4 Thurs., Oct. 6 Tues., Oct. 11 at Kingsford 5 PM Gresham 4 PM at Three Lakes 6 PM Pines JV Noon at Bayfield/Washburn 5 PM Ironwood 4:30 PM at Lakeland JV 1 PM Phillips 4:30 PM Three Lakes 5 PM Bayfield/Washburn 4:30 PM at Phillips 5 PM at Ironwood 4 PM WIAA TBD

Three Lakes Bluejays
Varsity Football
5 PM 10 AM 5 PM 5 PM 5 PM 2 PM 5 PM 5 PM 5 PM 10 AM 4:30 PM 4:30 PM 7 PM TBD Fri., Aug. 26 Fri., Sept. 2 Fri., Sept. 9 Fri., Sept. 16 Fri., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 14 at West Iron County Menomonee Indians North. Elite Pred. Lena/STAA at Elcho/White Lake at Laona/Wabeno Crandon at Florence 6:30 PM 7 PM 7 PM 7 PM 7 PM 7 PM 7 PM 7 PM

Girls Volleyball
Thurs., Aug. 25 at Crandon Tues., Aug. 30 Tues., Sept. 6 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Hurley, Bessemer Mosinee at Ashland at Antigo Tourn. NP Tournament Thurs., Sept. 1 Three Lakes, Houghton Thurs., Sept. 8 Park Falls Tues., Sept. 13 at Antigo 5:30 PM 5 PM 5 PM 7 PM 5:30 PM 10 AM 7 PM 10 AM 5:30 PM 10 AM 5:30 PM 5:15 PM 5:30 PM 5:30 PM TBD 10 AM TBD Tues., Oct. 4 Thurs., Oct. 6 Tues., Oct. 11 Sat., Aug. 27

Boys Soccer
Thurs., Aug. 25 at Antigo NP Double Dual vs. Merrill, Kingsford

Girls Volleyball
Sat., Aug. 27 Tues., Aug. 30 Thurs., Sept. 1 Thurs., Sept. 15 Sat., Sept. 17 Tues., Sept. 20 Thurs., Sept. 22 Sat., Sept. 24 Tues., Sept. 27 Thurs., Sept. 29 Tues., Oct. 4 Thurs., Oct. 6 Tues., Oct. 11 Thurs., Oct. 13 Tues., Oct. 18 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 22 Thurs., Oct. 27 Sat., Oct. 29 at Prentice Invite Coleman at NP Triangular w/Houghton Goodman at Menominee Invite at Elcho at Pembine at Phillips Tournament Crandon Wabeno Phelps at Florence at Laona at White Lake Regional Regional Regional Sectional Sectional 9:45 AM 6 PM 5 PM 6 PM 10:30 AM 6 PM 6 PM TBA 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Tues., Aug. 30 Rhinelander Thurs., Sept. 1 Medford Area Thurs., Sept. 8 at Mosinee Sat., Sept. 10 at Hayward

Cross Country
Sat., Aug. 27 Tues., Aug. 30 Thurs., Sept. 8 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Thurs., Sept. 22 Mon., Oct. 3 at Rhinelander TBD at Mosinee 4:15 PM at Phillips TBD at Mellen Noon at Wausau East 8:30 AM at Three Lakes 4 PM Invitational vs. Three Lakes, Florence, Rhinelander 4 PM at Rhinelander vs. Antigo, Lakeland, Medford Area, Mosinee, Tomahawk, Rhinelander 10 AM

Boys Soccer
Thurs., Aug. 25 Thurs., Sept. 1 Tues., Sept. 6 Thurs., Sept. 8 Sat., Sept. 10 Thurs., Sept. 15 Tues., Sept. 20 Thurs., Sept. 22 Tues., Sept. 27 Tues., Oct. 4 Thurs., Oct. 6 Sat., Oct. 8 Tues., Oct. 11 Thurs., Oct. 13 Thurs., Oct. 20 Sat., Oct. 22 at Peshtigo 4:30 PM Iron Mountain 6 PM at Phillips 5 PM Phelps 6 PM at Wausau Newman Tourn. 9 AM Bayfield/Washburn 5 PM at Ironwood - LL Wright 4:30 PM Phillips 5 PM at Phelps 5 PM Ironwood - LL Wright 5 PM at Bayfield/Washburn 4:30 PM Regional TBA Regional TBA Regional TBA Sectional TBA Sectional TBA

Volleyball
Thurs., Aug. 25 Tues., Aug. 30 Thurs., Sept. 1 Tues., Sept. 6 Thurs., Sept. 8 Thurs., Sept. 15 Fri., Sept. 16 Tues., Sept. 20 Thurs., Sept. 22 Sat., Sept. 24 Tues., Sept. 27 Thurs., Sept. 29 Tues., Oct. 4 Thurs., Oct. 6 Tues., Oct. 11 Thurs., Oct. 13 Tues., Oct. 18 at Goodman Tourn. Gresham at Butternut at Wakefield at Watersmeet at Laona Watersmeet Crandon Florence at Phillips Tourn. Elcho at Pembine at Three Lakes Wabeno at White Lake Goodman WIAA Regional 4 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 4:45 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 8:15 AM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 6 PM 7 PM

Tues., Sept. 20 Medford Area Tues., Sept. 27 Rhinelander Thurs., Sept. 29 at West Iron County Tues., Oct. 4 Tues., Oct. 11 Sat., Oct. 15 Sat., Oct. 15 Tues., Oct. 18 Lakeland at Tomahawk at Ashland Tourn. (JV) at Antigo Conf. Tourn. Regionals

Tues., Sept. 13 Lakeland Thurs., Sept. 15 Antigo Thurs., Sept. 22 at Rhinelander Sat., Sept. 24 NP Double Dual vs. Ashland, Iron Mountain

Cross Country
Sat., Aug. 27 Thurs., Sept. 1 Thurs., Sept. 8 Sat., Sept. 17 Thurs., Sept. 22 Thurs., Sept. 29 Mon., Oct. 3 Sat., Oct. 8 Tues., Oct. 11 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 at Rhinelander Invitational at Marathon Invitational at Phillips Invite at Smiley Invite Wausau East Three Lakes Invitational at Athens Invitational at Northland Pines at Tomahawk Invite at North. Lakes Conf. Meet Sectional State at Wisconsin Rapids 10 AM 4:30 PM 4 PM 8:30 AM 4 PM 4:30 PM 4 PM 10 AM 4 PM TBA TBA

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Results of 10/8/11 SCORE BY QUARTERS Eagle River Blue — 6-0-0-7 — 13 Eagle River Black — 0-0-6-7 — 13 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First quarter: Pierce Wursema, 55-yard touchdown run. Third quarter: Ty Springer, 55yard touchdown run; Aiden Lifshutz, touchdown; Dane Gleason, extra point. Fourth quarter: Aiden Lifshutz, touchdown and extra point. Statistical leaders: Running yards — Ty Springer 130, Silas Savage 125; tackles — Mason Birchbauer 5, Pierce Wursema 4; Logan Hissom and Zach Kroschel, interception. Results of 10/8/11 SCORE BY QUARTERS 5th-graders — 0-0-8-0 — 8 Park Falls — 0-6-0-0 — 6 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First quarter: Tyler Young, 30yard kick return. Second quarter: Brian fumble recovery. Eades, Third quarter: Tucker Wittkopf, 2 fumble recoveries, 2-point kick; Ryan Peterson, 1-yard touchdown. Fourth quarter: Ryan Peterson, fumble recovery. Statistical leaders: Brian Eades, 90 yards rushing. Results of 10/8/11 SCORE BY QUARTERS 6th-graders — 0-6-16-8 — 30 Park Falls — 8-0-6-0—14 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First quarter: Aaron Krause, tackle for loss; Mikey Alphonso, first down. Second quarter: Aaron Krause, tackle behind line of scrimmage; Aaron Ewert, touchdown; Syrus McCormick, tackle for 10-yard loss; Ethan Polich, two first downs. Third quarter: Nick Justice, 45yard run; Mikey Alphonso, touchdown; Cody Jantzen, PAT; first downs — Mikey Alphonso, Zach Ciran; Zach Ciran, touchdown; Cody Jantzen, PAT; Trent Fessenbecker, touchdown-saving tackle; Ethan Polich, interception; Tyler Hasenberg, tackle. Fourth quarter: Zach Ciran, 35yard run; Aaron Ewert, 15-yard run; Ethan Polich and Nick Justice, first downs; Blayde Conrad, safety; Ethan Polich, touchdown. Statistical leaders: Outstanding job by defensive and offensive lines — Clint Curtis, Jake Arnold, Nick Cato, Jason Brewer, Chase Kazda, Cree Korich, Aaron Krause. Results of 10/4/11 SCORE BY QUARTERS 7th-/8th-graders — 0-0-0-0 — 0 MHLT — 8-14-6-6 — 34 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First quarter: Leo Calix, 5-yard, 4yard and 3-yard runs, pass to Chris Sawalski for 15-yard gain; Judd Klotz, 7-yard and 4-yard runs; Second quarter: Leo Calix, 5-yard run, pass to Chris Sawalski for 35yard gain; Judd Klotz, 4-yard run; Leo Calix pass to Chris Sawalski for 10 yards. Third quarter: Leo Calix, two 4yard runs, two 5-yard runs; Judd Klotz, 3-yard and 8-yard runs; Fourth quarter: Blake Modjewski, 5-yard run. Statistical leaders: Conor Riley and Cameron Wait, 3 tackles each; Chris Sawalski, 2 tackles.

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Gary Ridderbusch N-R Editor Overall Record Winningest Percentage Last Week’s Tally 59-22 .728 10-3 Paula Hendrickson Tailgater 54-27 .666 7-6 “Painless” Pete Dentist 61-20 .753 9-4 Larry Snedden Youth Coach 58-23 .716 8-5 Rich Bruce Javenkoski Weber Sports Analyst Big B Grocer 61-20 .753 9-4 56-25 .691 11-2

YOUTH SOCCER — The Three Lakes U14 youth soccer team finished its season with an undefeated 6-0-2 record before taking second place at the Full Moon Jamboree tournament in Minocqua. Team members include Wade Miles, Derek Frane, Rachel Kane, Monty Stebbeds,

Ben Ribbe, Corrine Justice, Jordon Linquist, Jordon Rainer, Amanda Dessilier, Hope Sanderfoot, Will Starke, Mitch Campbell, Tommy Stuckart, Seth Eddington, Connor Stephens, Tony Discipio and Eli Ribbe. Team coaches were Leslie Miles and Rob Ribbe. --Contributed Photo

BOWLING
LADIES’ NIGHT OUT
Eagle Lanes Results of 10/5/11 Team results: Twelve Pines 2, Boone’s Building Supply 5; Paul’s Pump-N-Pantry 7, Harry’s Market 0; Darrell’s Dummies 7, Rockettes 0. High team game: Paul’s Pump-NPantry 1001. High team series: Paul’s Pump-NPantry 2794. High games: Sandy Kwietnewski 230, Mary Simac 187, Lynne Behrendt 181, Susie Erickson 180. High series: Sandy Kwietnewski 493, Susie Erickson 489, Sue Soderberg 487, Lynne Behrendt 480 STANDINGS W L PAUL’S PUMP-N-PANTRY ............23 5 DARRELL’S DUMMIES................20 8 BOONE’S BUILDING SUPPLY..17 11 TWELVE PINES ...........................15 13 HARRY’S MARKET .......................7 21 ROCKETTES..................................2 26

WEDNESDAY GOODFELLOWSHIP
T&M Lanes Results of 10/5/11 Team results: Northern Exposure 7, Rusty Nail 0; Great Lakes Stone bye; Lanny’s Fireside 5, Ramesh Motorsports 2. High team game: Northern Exposure 803. High team series: Northern Exposure 2318. High games: Jason Wehrmeyer 211, Pete Wyant 209, Russ Doscotch 200, Ron Keller 197, Josh Horst 192. High series: Jason Wehrmeyer 551, Russ Doscotch 522, Pete Wyant 521, Doug Horstman 496, Ron Buell Jr. 490. STANDINGS W L NORTHERN EXPOSURE .......26 9 RAMESH MOTORSPORTS ....24 11 GREAT LAKES STONE..........18 17 LANNY’S FIRESIDE ...............17 18 RUSTY NAIL ..........................13 22

THURSDAY SPORTSMEN
Eagle Lanes Results of 10/6/11 Team results: Club DeNoyer 5, Harry’s Market 2; BBT’s 7, Wild Eagle Corner Store 0; Daniel’s Distinctive Design 7, Grembans 0; Leinenkugel’s 7, Boone’s Building Supply 0; Hiawatha Hide Away 5, XXX Outs 2; Dyna Manufacturing 7, Miller Sportsmen 0. High team game: Dyna Manufacturing 970. High team series: Dyna Manufacturing 2638. High games: Steve Greenberg 241, Brian Fink 235, Steve Daniel 234. High series: Bob Burnett 605, Tim Richards 597, Steve Greenberg 583. STANDINGS W LEINENKUGEL’S ..............................21 HIAWATHA HIDE AWAY..................19 DANIEL’S DISTINCTIVE DESIGN..18 CLUB DENOYER...............................16 DYNA MANUFACTURING...............14 BBT’S ..................................................14 XXX OUTS ..........................................14 MILLER SPORTSMEN .....................12 HARRY’S MARKET ...........................12 BOONE’S BUILDING SUPPLY ........10 GREMBANS .........................................9 WILD EAGLE CORNER STORE........9

St. Louis at Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Carolina at Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Indianapolis at Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati San Francisco at Detroit Detroit Detroit Detroit San Francisco San Francisco Detroit Buffalo at N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants Jacksonville at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Philadelphia at Washington Washington Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Washington Philadelphia Houston at Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Cleveland at Oakland Oakland Oakland Oakland Oakland Oakland Oakland Dallas at New England New England New England New England New England New England New England New Orleans at Tampa Bay Tampa Bay New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans Tampa Bay Minnesota at Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Miami at N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets Open: Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, Tennessee COLLEGE Indiana at Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin

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Eagle Lanes Results of 10/6/11 High games, women: Karen Grace 200, Sara Klein 180. High games, men: Jim Grace 211, John Klein 193, Earl Newton 175, Frank Borkowicz 155. High series, women: Karen Grace 468, Sara Klein 428. High series, men: Jim Grace 592, John Klein 489, Earl Newton 459, Frank Borkowicz 429.

THURSDAY NITE MEN’S LEAGUE
T&M Lanes Results of 10/6/11 Team results: Northern Carpets 2, Black Bear Industries 5; FMN Floral 5, Northern Exposure 2. High team game: Black Bear Industries 826. High team series: FMN Floral 2260. High games: Dick Owen 239, Mike Froemming 216, Craig Mansfield 207, Chad Hosey 196, Steve Vold 187. High series: Dick Owen 580, Chad Hosey 526, Mike Froemming 517, Craig Mansfield 515, Rick Schacht 491. STANDINGS W BLACK BEAR INDUSTRIES...27 FMN FLORAL.............................21 NORTHERN CARPETS ............16 NORTHERN EXPOSURE...........6 L 8 14 19 29

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP — Winners of the recent Lake Forest Golf Club members only championship included, from left, Terry Bing-

ham, Teresa Cleary, Mike Springer and Bob Richardson. Missing from the photo were Barb Lindsay and Bill Ernst. --Contributed Photo

WEEK FIVE WINNER — The week five winner of the Vilas County News-Review Football Contest was Jan Christofferson of Eagle River (left). Presenting the $100 award for 14 correct guesses was Phil Dodds of Lumpy’s Bar and Grill in Eagle River. Christofferson was declared the winner after a tiebreaker. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

DARTBALL
EAGLE RIVER DARTBALL
Results of 10/5/11 Team results: Bucktale Inn II 1, BBT’s II 2; BBT’s III 0, Bucktale Inn I 3; Club 45 II 1, Club DeNoyer I 2; BBT’s I 3, Club 45 I 0; Club DeNoyer II 2, Eagle River Inn 1. Top women shooters: Jane Klug and Dawn Stauffacher 5/15, Barb Schofield 4/12, Kristen Zdroik 4/16, Gerri Holat 4/18, Diane Goodness 3/11, Nici Jovanovich 2/12, Debbie Millard 1/12. Top men shooters: John Mutke 8/19, Gary Goodness 5/10, Tom Newkirk 5/13, John Ariola and Gary Peske 5/15, Shane Graff 4/12, Tracy Spice 4/13, Butch Mattek 4/15, Randy Rein 3/16. Home runs: Rebecca Gjovik, Cindy Jungwirth, John Mutke (3), Gerri Holat, Sherry Shoberg. STANDINGS W L BBT’S I.......................................3 0 BUCKTALE INN I ....................3 0 CLUB DENOYER I ...................2 1 CLUB DENOYER II..................2 1 BBT’S II .....................................2 1 BUCKTALE INN II...................1 2 EAGLE RIVER INN..................1 2 CLUB 45 II ................................1 2 CLUB 45 I..................................0 3 BBT’S III ....................................0 3

THREE LAKES DARTBALL
Results of 10/5/11 Team results: American Legion A 3, American Legion I 0; Oneida Village II 3, Oneida Village I 0; OV Wildcats 2.5, OV 3 Diamonds .5; OV Nomads 2, OV Village People 1. Top women shooters: Sally Willman 3/10, Rosie Obukowicz 3/6, Lee Travis and Trudy Klauk 3/9, Deb Hintz 2/7, Peggy Wood 2/10, Rita Strathmann 2/6, Ginny Arvey 2/8. Top men shooters: Bob Steeves 4/9, George Brunette 3/6, Warren Yahr 3/10, Lee Klauk 2/9, George Leimbacher 2/6, Bob Borek 2/7, Lew Holbrook 2/10, Dave Lederhaus 2/8. Home runs: Bill Taylor, Ginny Taylor, Bob Borek, Deb Hintz, Lew Holbrook, Peggy Wood, George Leimbacher, Grace Spehrs, Dolly Hetzel. STANDINGS W ONEIDA VILLAGE II .............3 AMERICAN LEGION A ..........3 OV WILDCATS ........................2.5 OV NOMADS ...........................2 OV VILLAGE PEOPLE...........1 OV 3 DIAMONDS....................0.5 ONEIDA VILLAGE I...............0 AMERICAN LEGION I ...........0 L 0 0 0.5 1 2 2.5 3 3

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TUESDAY NIGHT LADIES
T&M Lanes Results of 10/4/11 Team results: All in the Family Hair Care 4.5, Bent’s Camp 2.5; Sparo Coin 2, T&M Lanes 5; Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy 2, Tackle Box 5. High team game: T&M Lanes 731. High team series: T&M Lanes 2118. High games: Ronee Horst 188, Kyha Buell 182, Roni Kopanski 177, Amy Froemming 160, Linda Sparks 155. High series: Kyha Buell 499, Ronee Horst 496, Roni Kopanski 476, Amy Froemming 453, Linda Sparks 432. Split conversion: Mary Vales 5-10. STANDINGS W T&M LANES..........................25 ALL IN THE FAMILY ...........22.5 TACKLE BOX ........................16 SPARO COIN .........................15 LOL PHARMACY ..................14 BENT’S CAMP.......................12.5 L 10 12.5 19 20 21 22.5

WEEK FOUR WINNER — LuAnn Gardinier (right) of Paul’s Pump-’n-Pantry in Eagle River recently presented $100 to Tracey Zirzow, week four winner of the Vilas County NewsReview Football Contest. Contestants can pick up contest forms at participating local businesses. --Staff Photo By JASON McCREA

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Results of 10/3/11 Team results: Jake’s II 6, Oneida Village 3; Uncle Kent’s II 5, Uncle Kent’s I 4; Club DeNoyer 5, Eagle Lanes 4; Tiny Tap 5, Mud Creek Saloon 4; Pine Isle 5, Boomers 4; Jake’s I bye. Nine-ball runs: Joe Garcia, Stan Healy. Nine-ball breaks: Kelly Kuglitsch, Tom Muench, Steve Salmon. STANDINGS W JAKE’S II ....................................6 UNCLE KENT’S II .....................5 TINY TAP....................................5 CLUB DENOYER .......................5 PINE ISLE ..................................5 UNCLE KENT’S I.......................4 EAGLE LANES...........................4 MUD CREEK ..............................4 BOOMERS ..................................4 ONEIDA VILLAGE ....................3 JAKE’S I ......................................0 L 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 0

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KURT KRUEGER GARY RIDDERBUSCH ANTHONY DREW MARIANNE ASHTON JEAN DREW ELIZABETH BLEICHER SHARINA ADAMS JEAN DEDITZ JEAN FITZPATRICK ELIZABETH SCHMIDT TERRY POSTO MARY JO ADAMOVICH DIANE GLEASON MARCIA HEYER MADELINE MATHISEN JASON MCCREA

Our national pastime: Gaming the system
THE BITTER political battle in Washington is setting us up for at least 13 more months of contentious partisan gridlock. That will make the 2012 general election very interesting, but not in a good way. Odds are, Americans will become less enchanted with politics. Groucho Marx once said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” Someone once explained our problem in these words: “When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.” In last week’s column, I gave a few examples of government waste and fraud. The amounts of money being borrowed by the federal government, and then squandered, is enormous. I also pointed out that too many people and corporations are just as guilty for taking government money that they know they are not entitled to. If you Bing or Google “examples of government waste and fraud,” you will

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By Byron McNutt
find dozens of documented cases of misappropriated funds. You get the impression no one is being held accountable with our tax money and no person or company would turn down the opportunity to take free money. We’re told Washington spends $25 billion annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties. Government auditors examined all federal programs and found that 22% of them, costing taxpayers a total of $123 billion annually, fail to show any positive impact on the populations they serve. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) reports wasteful duplication includes 342 economic development programs; 130 programs serving the disabled; 130 programs serving at-risk youth; 90 early childhood development programs; 75 programs funding international education, cultural and training exchange activities; and 72 safe water programs. Over half of all farm subsidies go to commercial farms, which report average incomes of $200,000. A GAO audit found that 95 Pentagon weapons systems suffered from a combined $295 billion in cost overruns. Many federal employees refuse to fly coach and in-flight upgrades cost taxpayers $146 million. The federal government owns more than 50,000 vacant homes. More than $13 billion in Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billion cannot be accounted for. Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina spending is estimated to top $2 billion. Auditors discovered that 900,000 of the 2.5 million recipients of emergency Katrina assistance provided false names, addresses and Social Security numbers. The state of Washington sent $1 food stamp checks to 250,000 households in order to raise state caseload figures and trigger $43 million in additional federal funds. Congress recently spent $2.4 billion on 10 new jets that the Pentagon insists it does not need and will not use. Medicare officials recently mailed $50 million in erro-

neous refunds to 230,000 Medicare recipients. I’m sure you can find at least one member of Congress who will defend every wasted dollar and earmark that is approved. *** AMERICANS NEED jobs. They need them now. What can we do to jump-start the American economy and get our friends and neighbors back to work? People working again will help solve our economic crisis. Well, a high school physics teacher once told her students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn’t slow a train very much, a billion of them would. It all starts with you. If we all do our part, we can get the ball rolling again. A shopper found a wastebasket at Walmart for $6.99. It was made in China. After looking around, the shopper found a wastebasket that was made in the United States and it only cost $2.50. She bought it. She also needed a kitchen rug. She found one that was made in Mexico, but after looking a little longer, she found a USA-made rug that was priced $3 less. Do you know Hallmark cards are made in China? Chances are, USA-made cards cost less. The founder of To McNUTT, Pg. 19A

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Emergency workers deserve much respect, appreciation
Emergency personnel who are on call 24 hours a day, from firefighters to police officers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), can often be the difference between life and death, serious injury and minor injury or loss of property and capture of criminals. With the help of area business owners, the Vilas County News-Review and The Three Lakes News salute those emergency workers and volunteers for the 26th consecutive year in a 72-page tabloid special section this week, commemorating Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15. It is our most effective way of saying “thank you” to the dedicated, community-minded citizens who perform these vital tasks throughout Vilas County and in northeastern Oneida County, including Three Lakes, Sugar Camp and Woodruff. And the credit extends beyond volunteer departments to state and federal agencies that are ready to fight wildfires, and specialists from the Fire Training Program at Nicolet College. Fire is a life-threatening, costly fact of life in our society, but North Woods residents can take comfort in the fact that there are well-trained, well-equipped firefighters ready at a moment’s notice to assist if disaster would strike. We will probably never fully compensate them for what they are worth to our communities, especially the firefighters and EMTs who volunteer countless hours for training, meetings, fundraising and actual emergencies. With an aging population in America, and especially the retirement havens of northern Wisconsin, ambulance services and search-and-rescue teams are critical aspects of the well-being and peace of mind people expect from their community. To the volunteers in emergency services, we all owe a great deal of thanks and praise for an outstanding job and for their seemingly endless contributions to society.

Andy Rooney
We must create time for ourselves
EVERYTHING’S crowding in on me. Please step back and give the man some air. It isn’t just too many people. It’s too many things to do, too many possessions, too much equipment designed to make life easier, too many wires leading to too many electrical appliances, too many relationships to maintain. There are too many events, too many movies and too much television. There are too many books to read. The newspaper keeps coming. There’s no time to sit down and stare out the window without feeling you ought to be doing something. Thinking and reading are two of the things I put off doing because there’s so much to do. Some days, I can stuff my day so full of going places and doing things that I can get from breakfast to bedtime without having had a single serious thought. And now I have to stay up until 11:30 to watch Letterman, too? Pardon me, but I don’t think so. Do I have any specific suggestions for opening up some free time in our lives? I do. I call for “An Hour of Golden Silence” every night on television. For one designated prime-time hour each evening, every channel would cease all programming. The hour could be 6 to 7, 7 to 8, 8 to 9, or 9 to 10, but there would be nothing on the tube. The screen would be blank. Children with nothing to watch might do their homework. We’d be forced to talk to each other, to read, to sit and think or go to bed. One of the great thieves of time is advertising. Advertisers won’t leave us alone. I don’t want someone tugging at my sleeve all day saying, “Buy this, buy this.” I sit down in my living room at night to read the paper. I’m thumbing through the ads to get to the news while someone on television is trying to get me to buy a new car and To ROONEY, Pg. 19A

Boot Lake finally gets grant to kill milfoil, aid prevention
Though it arrived a year later than it should have, the Department of Natural Resources has approved grant funding that will help residents of Boot Lake manage one of the last unchecked infestations of Eurasian water milfoil in Vilas County — a boost to aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention throughout the area. As the local experts have explained to the state for years, the massive effort being undertaken to keep invasives out of clean lakes takes a big hit when major infestations aren’t managed. That management means knocking back invasive weeds that are matting on the surface, floating near boat launches and being transported to other water bodies. It is good news that the Boot Lake AIS Control and Prevention Project was awarded a $24,397 grant on the second try, though it should have been approved last March. Another year of weed growth was allowed to occur. It’s also good news that a $90,508 grant was approved for the fifth phase of milfoil management on the Eagle River Chain, which has been highly effective.

Forest road littered with fallen leaves

People who enjoy the fall color change have this week, maybe less, to get outside and enjoy what’s left of the autumn color before most of the leaves fall to the ground. This forest road was covered with leaves — a natural litter — that dropped from hardwoods during the weekend. --Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER

No better time to be outdoors
THERE COULD NOT be a better time to be an outdoorsman. Anyone who has lived in this north Wisconsin country of ours for long knows that fall offers more for the outdoors people among us than any other time of year. We know that 80 degrees for the second weekend of October is almost unheard of and yet, here we were, most of the last week with nothing but sunshine and temperatures up to at least the mid70s every day, or as was the case Saturday, breaking 80. It would be a crime not to take advantage of such days and, since I am a law-abiding citizen at all times, I took advantage of them, at least once I got back Friday from the prairies of North Dakota where, I might add, it was anywhere from 75 to 85 every day

Trails & Tales
By Will Maines
for a week of duck hunting. Sun and heat notwithstanding, my North Dakota camp full of hunters ate somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 ducks while we were there, and every one of us brought back our allotted 12 ducks for wild game dinners throughout the coming year. Yes, it was another fantastic trip to North America’s “duck factory,” but it was also good to get back home again and, having shed the heavyduty head cold that hit me out there, I was ready Saturday

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for one of the most pleasant fall outings I can remember. I guess you could officially call it a partridge hunt since I did carry my 20-gauge over/under with me, but really, as are most of my partridge “hunts,” the afternoon was simply a wonderful walk in the woods. There might have been a time I would have complained about it being too hot for partridge hunting, but something pushing 80 on my truck thermometer didn’t bother me at all as I set out. Truth is, at my age, every warm day we get means one less day of cold and/or snow to chill bones that have come to like cold weather less and less. As I began a slow, shuffling walk along logging roads and deer trails, it was To MAINES, Pg. 19A

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OP-ED/READER OPINION

Writers missed the facts about road to schools
Letter to the Editor: An open letter to the authors of the Pleasure Island Road letter (10/05/11). I doubt that you would find more than a very few citizens of Eagle River who oppose a new, safer road to Northland Pines schools. That’s a given, but let’s look at the facts, which you have skirted. First, a bit of history. The only reason Eagle River took ownership of Pleasure Island Road was to have a way to provide water and sewer to the school. At the time, there was no other reason to annex that road. Except for the golf course, there wasn’t any property in the city. It was all in the town of Lincoln. Most of it remains in the town of Lincoln. Now, more facts. The cost of rebuilding the road is estimated at $1 million. The city did what it could afford last year to help the surface, but a new coat of asphalt won’t do the job. The road needs to be constructed from bottom to top. Any research to the present turns up no available grants to help cover the cost. (All of the other major streets which have been redone were paid, in large part, by grants from various sources.) Municipalities are closely limited to the amount they can raise the levy each year. There is no way the taxpayers of Eagle River could shoulder this debt even if the state would change its limitations. However, there is one way it might be done. The state allows a raise in the levy provided the assessed valuation rises enough to cover the increase. So here is my suggestion. You and all your friends who think as you do, come into the city, buy a nice lot, build a very large house and become citizens of our generous city. You would help to increase our valuation and then could vote. The fact that you list yourselves with an Eagle River address doesn’t make you residents. What is the saying? Your money needs to go where your mouth is! Maybe there’s an angel out there. Finally, I can assure you that Mr. Laux has done as much as possible to make this project happen. He has worked with the council and school district to try to find financing. It just doesn’t seem to exist. It is so easy to throw out criticism when you have no stake in the process. Now instead of complaining, maybe you could come up with a solution. Remember, bake sales won’t do it! We all know this is a big problem and we don’t deserve your letter. Carol Hendricks District IV Eagle River Common Council

Maines
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hard to believe how stunningly beautiful north Wisconsin can be in October. Sure, the brilliant reds of the maples were gone, all their leaves gone down over the past week or so, but there was still a sea of yellow-clad popple and orange- and russet-dressed oak covering every ridge and valley I surveyed. It didn’t take long for my shirt to soak through, and in short order I was wiping away salty sweat as it dripped down my forehead, but I was not doing any complaining. There aren’t many October weekends around here when you can hunt birds in a shortsleeved T-shirt but, briars be darned, I wore just such a shirt Saturday. A lightweight shell vest over the top helped ward off some of the briars, but my arms got raked pretty good by the time I finished my walk. Again, I was not com-

plaining at all. It’s a funny thing, this warm weather October hunting. Each time you top out on a ridge and look out over a sparkling blue lake below, you’d swear the lake is a deeper blue, a purer blue than any other time of year. Shafts of late afternoon sunlight slanting off creamcolored popple trunks are lighter than any other time of year and the leaves still stubbornly clinging to trees and brush are brighter, more warm-colored than any other time of year. The air has a clearness to it you don’t notice in summer, and the crunch of dried leaves under leather boot soles is a comforting sound to the person outdoors. There is a smell to the fall woods, a beautiful aroma that is missing in winter and summer, even different than spring when the woods give off the special scent of newborn life. A rare sultry October afternoon is one to be treasured, a time to walk slowly,

a time to inhale deeply of the autumnal air that even on a hot day is starting to whisper of much colder, even frigid days soon to come. On such an afternoon, one would be wise to stop at the top of a hill and lean against a handy oak tree, whether one needs a rest or not, and one would be wise to drink in all of such a wondrous day. For me, such a rare October afternoon means crushing a sprig of aromatic balsam in my fingers, watching a gray squirrel scratch through a maze of dried leaves searching for another acorn to add to its winter store and listening to a flock of ravens kicking up a fuss over who knows what. I have learned, during 50 years of partridge hunting walks, to go slow, to hear, feel and touch the woods that surround me. Voices speak to me, voices from the past. Grandpa Maines is sitting on the headstand of our deer hunting territory, telling me once again how happy he is that I got my first buck on a

long-ago Thanksgiving morning, and Uncle John, with that deep, full belly-laugh of his, gives me the business for being too slow on a partridge that should have gone in the frying pan. The smoke of many campfires past drifts lazily over the land, and I think of friendships I shared across warming flames with those of a generation mostly gone now. I think of those things often as I make my way through stands of pine and fir, wrestle my way through thick tangles of brush and briars and stroll leisurely along logging roads, every inch of which I know by heart. As usual, Saturday, I went home with an empty game bag and shell loops minus three shells. I was hot and sweaty, without a single bird for a fresh partridge pie, yet happy as a person of the outdoors could be. It was a rare treasure of an October day.

Make-A-Wish cheesecake was usual big hit at festival
Dear Editor: What a grand time for Cranberry Fest-goers! Perfect weather, lots of great artwork and craft items to buy and so many tasty treats to sample. The biggest one of all, the World’s Largest Cranberry Cheesecake, was its usual huge hit and sold out by 3:20 p.m. on Saturday. The best advertisement for this delectable dessert, which totally benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, was the crowds strolling the grounds, forking bites of cranberry-enhanced cheesecake off little white plates. Make-A-Wish, which has provided wishes for over 40 medically challenged children in the North Woods over the past 20 years, will receive approximately $7,400 from this year’s sale. Since its inception, over $140,000 has been sent to this compassionate organization, all from the sale of a huge, creamy, cranberry-infused cheesecake. Deep thanks go to Kevin Rietveld, bakery director for To CHEESECAKE, Pg. 20A helps to be close to their markets, but once they have established those foreign manufacturing plants, they may close all U.S. factories and ship products home. The message here is, read the product labels. Where are lightbulbs made? Colgate toothpaste is made in Mexico. Crest is made in America, for now! If enough people buy American-made products, they can make a difference. The job you save may be your own, or that of your neighbor.

Phelps ATV route plan is bar-hopping road map
Letter to the Editor: Mr. Cook’s letter about allterrain vehicles (ATVs) in Phelps avoids any comment on the factual information previously published, stated at forums and discussed during public meetings at the town hall. His letter does attempt to divert the debate to snowmobiles, ski trails and equipment used to run a business which may have been motivated for personal reasons. In any case, proponents of the Phelps ATV route plan fail to address statements such as: most of the proposed Phelps ATV trails are on public and paved roads; Phelps does not have off-road ATV trails; proposed off-road trails are not covered in the plan; the current route plan leads to nowhere; 12-year-olds are free to drive miles of public and paved roads with minor restrictions and instruction; the penalty for driving an ATV with a suspended auto license or while intoxicated is flimsy; and most important, ATV manufacturers place warning labels and include in their manuals that ATVs are not designed for use on paved roads. If this were not enough to raise warning flags and liability issues, the uncertainty of going to and coming from Michigan legally, as proposed in the plan, should send a strong negative message, especially when the ATV plan has been promoted as an economic boost for Phelps. The financial benefits for town residents are definitely in question since the marketing and detailed financial justification for the ATV route plan has never been shared in detail, other than that the sales tax receipts increased in some counties that allowed ATVs. This is not brain surgery. This is basic marketing 101. For example, simple questions need to be asked and answered, like how many ATVs are expected or projected to visit Phelps each year for the next three years? What are the promotional plans? Who will do the promoting and who will pay? What are the increased sales dollars being planned by each of the local businesses? What is the total sales dollar impact expected for the town? What new businesses are being planned to support the visitors once they arrive? How many new jobs are in the forecast? What logistical changes will the town be required to make (beach, park, rest rooms, parking, law enforcement, road maintenance, trash collection, building renovations, local regulations and restrictions required, etc.)? What will the total cost be for the town, and how will progress be measured? At some point in the process, Phelps government has a responsibility to view issues at home having a quiet time and don’t want to talk to anyone.” We could get ourselves some free time if sporting events were not drawn out the way they are to provide more time for commercials. Every event takes too long. The baseball season, for instance, drags on forever. Let’s get on with it and have the World Series. Now! The football season has started — too early. There ought to be some open water between seasons. Baseball should finish by Labor Day and be illegal after the football season starts. We don’t need two major sports fighting for our attention at the same time. I think of myself as particfrom a total picture and impartial perspective since it represents more than just one segment of the population. (Filling out an opinion survey by government officials before an issue comes to these same public officials for a vote in not impartiality.) Moving on and just as important, what is the ATV long-range plan and how does it fit with Phelps’ long-range expectations for growth or are they the same? Additionally, do ATV proponents plan to use the existing snowmobile trails in the future, buy private property to develop offroad routes, use county land to develop trails or whatever? Get it all out in the open so everyone can see what the ATV future plan looks like and what the real impact will be on Phelps. Someone out there must have an ATV game plan. In summary, the overall growth plan for Phelps has to be much more than just a tavern-to-tavern bar-hopping road map. In my opinion, the ATV route plan for Phelps, as To ATVs, Pg. 20A ularly busy but that’s what everyone thinks. I have friends who’ve retired and one of the things they always say is, “I wondered how I was going to fill the time when I quit my job, but now I don’t have time to do everything I want to do.” Someone told me about a relative of his who had to be institutionalized because he couldn’t face the world. He kept pulling the blankets up over his head and refusing to get out of bed. He may be the sane one. We’re crazy. (Write to Andy Rooney at Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207 or email aarooney5@yahoo.com)

McNutt
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Hershey’s Co., maker of my favorite chocolates, built the company by proclaiming that he was an American success story. Today, Hershey’s makes some of its products at plants in Mexico. The same can be said about many other USA products. Big companies are expanding to meet the global demand for their products. It

FROM THE CAPITOL
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
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BY J.B. VAN HOLLEN
WISCONSIN ATTORNEY GENERAL

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October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a month in which we rededicate ourselves to ending the cycle of violence that devastates too many women, men and children in our communities. The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence recently released a report showing that a person is killed in a domestic violence incident on average once a week in Wisconsin. And for every homicide victim there are thousands of other victims for whom violence or the threat of violence is an everyday reality. Unfortunately, options to escape the cycle of violence can be limited by many factors, including a feeling of isolation, fear of reprisal,

worry for the care of children and insufficient economic resources, to name a few. At the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor (VAWRP) Project, we are working to promote awareness and training in the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases. In October, the VAWRP Project sponsors trainings for state prosecutors on the importance of working with law enforcement and community partners in multidisciplinary teams to enhance prosecution outcomes for victims. In November, the DOJ will sponsor a daylong training for prosecutors on the increased use of expert witnesses to explain to juries the obstacles facing victims

as they try to leave violent relationships. But the DOJ also provides ongoing technical assistance to local district attorneys to help them investigate and successfully prosecute domestic violence cases. Our Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) provides federal grant money to domestic violence advocacy centers throughout the state to ensure victims receive the necessary support. The OCVS, through the Wisconsin Victim Resource Center, helps victims understand their rights and access the assistance they deserve. Working together, we can recommit ourselves to raise awareness and improve opTo VAN HOLLEN, Pg. 20A

Rooney
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the phone rings. Would I be interested in buying life insurance or a magazine subscription? I’m surprised the publishers of novels haven’t sold advertising space on some of those blank pages they put at the beginning and the end of a book. The telephone is a major time-consumer. Schools should teach courses in how to make phone calls brief. There would be one hour in every day when no one made any phone calls. Telephones could be programmed not to ring during that hour and a recording would say, “We are

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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS

READER OPINION Tiffany lacks facts on timber harvest
Dear Editor: The Sept. 28 issue of the Vilas County News-Review contained a front-page article titled “Tiffany calls for change in federal timber policies,” with the editor’s byline, referring to state Rep. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst. I have two comments about this article, one on its content and another on how the paper handles political press releases. First, regarding the content. Mr. Tiffany is incorrect in equating the 1 million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in Minnesota and the current forest fire there to Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) in Wisconsin and its management. In discussing the BWCA fire, he states, “The U.S. Forest Service has adopted similar harvest and access restrictions for the CNNF and other national forestlands in the Great Lakes states. These illadvised policies could lead to Wisconsin experiencing frequent wildfires similar to those in the western states.” This first sentence is factually incorrect. The second is startling hyperbole. Perhaps Mr. Tiffany lacks information. The scale of national forest lands in Minnesota dwarf those in Wisconsin and any other eastern state. There are 4.6 million acres of national forest land in Minnesota. The acreage of national forests in the western United States is many times more again. The BWCA wilderness is an area of 1 million acres along 150 miles of the Canadian border, without roads on either side of the border. This is no new policy. It has been the same wilderness, without roads, since the Superior National Forest was established by President Teddy Roosevelt 100 years ago. In Wisconsin, the entire CNNF contains about 1.5 million acres, and only 44,000 acres of wilderness in five areas averaging 8,800 acres. Most importantly, in contrast to Mr. Tiffany’s statement, no restrictions like those in the BWCA apply to the 97% of the CNNF not in wilderness. This information can be found easily online, in less than five minutes. Tiffany also goes on to state that reduced harvest on the national forests is the cause of the current situation. Harvest is down everywhere, on all lands, because of the economy. Mr. Tiffany should seek out easily available actual harvest data that show that for most of the last decade the CNNF had the greatest amount of wood harvested of any national forest in the United States. He further calls the national forests bad neighbors. This is disappointing, rude language we certainly don’t need more of. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin is not an abstraction; it is real people who work for the national forest. They are our neighbors, and most are good ones and work hard like everyone else. I appreciate Mr. Tiffany’s rights to his views, but as an elected official, a higher standard of truth and demeanor should apply. The current tone in political dialogue really needs to change. My second comment involves the paper’s editorial policy. Despite the editor’s byline on the article mentioned above, the piece appears to be a verbatim press release from state Rep. Tiffany of Hazelhurst that was issued last week, without any further content. This has occurred before, and gives a misleading impression when given a byline implying an original article. I suggest that if the Vilas County News-Review prints a political press release, it should be identified as such, not as an article with a reporter’s or, in this case, the editor’s byline on the front page. If the article had also contained the results of some follow-up investigative journalism that added to, or perhaps even assessed the accuracy of the press release, a byline would be in order. In either case, readers deserve a clear and unambiguous differentiation of what is the paper’s original journalism. David Mladenoff Conover and Madison

Cheesecake
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Trig’s, and the man coordinating all the ingredient donations from purveyors around the state. Kevin and his merry band of bakers spend a day baking the cheesecake, and have done it for over 15 years. As always, I salute his baking abilities and organizational skills. Kudos to Trig’s for its continual support of this fundraiser. For years, Trig’s has graciously donated its baking facility to make the cheesecake. It wouldn’t exist but for those available ovens. The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center does a superb job making this festival fun for all, no matter the weather. The NewsReview is great, generating publicity for this all-community event. Hundreds of volunteers step forward to promote the benefits of a little red berry. Each year I salute my volunteers, dedicated repeat helpers who step right in knowing

what to do. They come ready for any weather to sell cheesecake and to smile at the thousands who want a slice. I am most deeply grateful to my family, who traveled far to honor their father, my husband, the late Randy Bergstrom, who died very unexpectedly in March 2010. Randy was the originator of the cheesecake after we became wish granters for Make-A-Wish Foundation 20 years ago. My three kids, two spouses, one sister and two little grandsons either flew or drove big distances to make Saturday a special day to honor Randy. As they honor his memory, I honor their love, dedication and support as deeply as I appreciate all who helped on Saturday. And that includes the public crowding into a big white tent to buy a piece of happiness for children with life-threatening conditions. Thank you all. Sincerely, Michele Bergstrom North Woods representative for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin

ATVs
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currently proposed, has the potential of changing the town’s current image, future growth potential and ability to attract new residents and tourists. Phelps needs lots of tourists and visitors who will look around and say, “This is a great place to live or retire and rent, buy or build new homes, establish residency, and stay year-round.” This is the challenge. Earl Sherman Phelps and Florida

Van Hollen
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tions for victims who seek safety. Those efforts, in turn, will help us to hold abusers accountable and stop the cycle of violence. For more information and links to resources for victims, go to doj.state.wi.us/cvs.

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