EAGLE RIVER, WI 54521 • (715) 479-4421 • VOL. 126, NO. 33






Environmental protections would be relaxed under bill
Dredging, filling along lakeshores would be allowed



Austin Wierschke, a junior at Three Lakes High School, won the national texting championship. --Staff Photo By MARIANNE ASHTON

Texting champ!
Wierschke wins $50,000

While some say a bill that would vastly change the regulatory process and rules protecting water and other resources in Wisconsin is being fast-tracked through the Legislature, a North Woods senator said the timetable is uncertain. The new regulations would affect navigable waters and environmental protections primarily through the permitting process, with many organizations calling the legislation a mining bill. Opponents say the bill creates a culture of permitting by default, eases restrictions on dredging or filling on public lakebeds, makes it easier to

gain permits for high-capacity wells, changes standards regarding size and placement of piers, and changes standards regarding repair and maintenance of boathouses. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment and Assembly Natural Resources Committee held a joint public hearing on Special Session Assembly Bill 24/Senate Bill 24 last Wednesday in Madison. Sen. Jim Holperin (DConover), a member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment, said he expected the two committees will meet in executive session to discuss the bill and any amendments because the legislation was so wide ranging. “There were probably 125 people at the hearing and about 75 expressed an interest in testifying. Of those, about 40 to 45 testified and I would say 90% of those were against the bill,” said

“Some people are calling this a mining bill, but I really don’t think this legislation really creates enough jobs to call it a mining bill.”
JIM HOLPERIN State senator

Holperin. Holperin said the problem with the bill, written at the request of Gov. Walker, included at least six different topics, including dredging in lakebeds. “Some of the things in there, like grandfathering piers or adjusting the permitting process, I think people can agree to, but when you lump five or six things into one bill, it’s hard to approve the entire bill,” said Holperin. “I think people could agree to about 60% of what is in it.” Holperin suggested that

the committees find out what people can agree to and then create a whole new bill. “Some people are calling this a mining bill, but I really don’t think this legislation really creates enough jobs to call it a mining bill,” said Holperin. “Our regular session ends this Thursday and we will come back in January. I believe at that time we will have a separate mining bill.” More public input Toni Herkert, policy director for Wisconsin Lakes, a statewide nonprofit organization with more than 1,000 members, said two of the bill’s changes are particularly alarming. “First, public input was seriously curtailed, with only the one public hearing,” said Herkert. “Secondly, if the Department of Natural Resources fails to meet the tighter timelines for processTo AB24, Pg. 2A



Three Lakes High School Junior Austin Wierschke was taken by surprise when he recently won first place at the 2011 LG U.S. National Texting Championship held in New York, N.Y. Austin said he got his first cell phone when he was in seventh grade. While he never set out to be a fast texter, he just texted a lot. He first learned about the contest from a commercial on the MTV television network and found more information on Facebook. After entering the contest, he had to qualify through several rounds using his cell phone to text and was one of the top 12 contestants to make it to the championship contest. “I never thought I’d win, it was really a surprise!” exclaimed Austin.

“The trip to New York was enough of a prize already.” Austin said he even texted a little more slowly during the contest, since he had to be 100% accurate. At one point, he saw that his speed was up to 6.3 characters per second. He felt that he had some pretty stiff competition, with some of the contestants returning for their second year. As the winner, Austin received $50,000 in prize money. He said it has all been put into a savings account, and his plan is to use it for his college education. While he’s made no definite plans on where he will attend, he would like to study architecture. He said he really liked the experience of going to New York and seeing all of the people. He will return there in February when he will represent the To TEXTING, Pg. 3A
ST. GERMAIN FIRE — A fire at 1779 Moon Road in St. Germain last Thursday left a house and one vehicle completely destroyed, according to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department. There was no report of any injuries. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

Chain group sets meeting on milfoil project Nov. 10
Over 850 acres treated in past



HALLOGRAS FUN — Hundreds of youths turned out for the Hallogras Halloween party sponsored by the Eagle River Lions Club Monday night at

Northland Pines Middle School. The students played a variety of games, including bowling. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Since the Eagle River Chain of Lakes began being managed for Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) four years ago, a total of 857 acres have been treated at a total project cost of more than $1 million. Those statistics and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) treatment results from the Eagle River Chain will be discussed at a public informational meeting Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Town Hall, located at 1205 Sundstein Road in Eagle River. Tim Hoyman, aquatic ecologist from Onterra LLC, will conduct the meeting. Onterra LLC is the lake management consulting firm hired by the Unified Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Commission

(ULERCLC) responsible for implementing the AIS treatment program on the Eagle River Chain. Onterra applied herbicide to about 270 acres annually the first three springs of the project to reduce milfoil densities on the 11 lakes that make up the lower Chain. In 2010, about 66 acres of colonized milfoil were treated. Hoyman said the 2011 strategy included funds to treat about 145 acres, attacking both colonized EWM and areas containing clusters of single

plants. Hoyman’s presentation Nov. 10 will provide a summary of the Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan 2011 Phase 4 project that occurred and an overview of the proposed 2012 treatment program on the Eagle River Chain. “His discussion will address the Eurasian water milfoil treatment areas in 2011, rationale for selection of treatment areas and results of To AIS, Pg. 2A




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

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Hi Wed., Oct. 26..........47 Thurs., Oct. 27........48 Fri., Oct. 28.............51 Sat., Oct. 29............48 Sun., Oct. 30...........45 Mon., Oct. 31 ..........45 Tues., Nov. 1 ...........52 Lo 31 22 22 26 26 29 33 Prec. .26R Tr.R None .07R None .05R None

Hi Tues., Oct. 26..........60 Wed., Oct. 27..........38 Thurs., Oct. 28........40 Fri., Oct. 29.............43 Sat., Oct. 30............44 Sun., Oct. 31...........44 Mon., Nov. 1............48


The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 49, while the average overnight low was 26. There was snow on three days measuring .15 of an inch.


Days precipitation recorded since Oct. 1, 2011, 17 days; 2009, 12 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 59; 2010, 59. Average low of past 30 days, 2011, 37; 2010, 34.


White-tailed deer movement has picked up considerably the past week as bucks pursue does during the breeding season known as the rut. Many archers will be hunting this week.


With warmer temperatures predicted this week, muskie fishermen will be out searching for trophies muskies on area lakes. Water temperatures are in the mid-40s now.


Wednesday there will be morning showers and a chance of afternoon snow, with a high of 42 and a low of 36. Thursday morning frost is expected and partly cloudy, with a high of 45 and a low of 26. Friday should be mostly sunny and pleasant, with a high of 49 and a low of 25. Saturday is expected to be partly sunny and windy, with a high of 51 and a low of 33. The forecast for Sunday is isolated showers and still breezy, with a high of 45 and a low of 36. NIGHT RAIDERS — Raccoons, those masked bandits of the nighttime, are very skilled at breaking into just about anything for food. Here, two raccoons crack into a bird feeder to get the remaining sunflower seeds. --Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER



Public warning system to be tested
First ever nationwide alert set for Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.
Wisconsin will participate in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) next Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. and will last approximately three minutes. The test will be heard on radio stations and will be viewed on televisions across the country as part of national preparedness efforts. Television viewers and radio station listeners will hear a message indicating “This is a test.” The national-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the president of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers across all states and territories. “Although EAS is frequently used by our state and local governments to send weather alerts and other emergency information, there has never been a national activation of the system,” said Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator Brian Satula. “EAS messages were sent out 23 times in the last two years by local and state government agencies in Wisconsin to communicate vital emergency information. Last February, EAS messages were used to warn people about treacherous road conditions during the Groundhog Day blizzard.” The purpose of the Nov. 9 test is to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system and identify improvements to better serve and protect citizens and communities. The test has been in the development stages for the last two years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Weather Service (NWS), along with state, local and tribal agencies, have been coordinating this test. Vilas County Sheriff ’s Department Chief Deputy Joe Fath said the EAS test is a reminder that everyone in Wisconsin should have an emergency preparedness kit and create an emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses. Fath said frequently asked questions about the EAS test include: What is the Emergency Alert System? The national-level EAS is a national public alert and warning system that enables the president of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Alerting authorities can leverage the state and local EAS to send alerts and warnings to radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers. What is the nationwide Emergency Alert System test? FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NWS, will send an EAS test message to all participating radio, television, cable and satellite providers. What can the public expect to hear/see? The test may look like regular, local EAS tests that most people are already familiar with, but there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will repeat “This is a test.” The video message scroll may not indicate “This is a test” due to programming limitations. The message will last for approximately three minutes, and then regular programming will resume. Where will the public hear/see the test? On all participating radio, television, cable and satellite providers (who are called EAS participants). When will the test occur? Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. (Central time). That time was selected to make sure the test can occur during normal business hours across many time zones.

vidual lake peak biomass surveys conducted by volunteers every summer since the program began have been instrumental and paramount to the success of the project,” said Linn. Meeting attendees will be able to ask questions of Hoyman regarding any aspect of the treatment program. “This is an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders and interested individuals to learn about the AIS management plan so vital to improving, maintaining and promoting the quality of the waters of the Eagle River Chain,” said Linn. “All are welcome and encouraged to attend.”

treatment,” said Carol Linn, ULERCLC spokesperson. “He also will address the strategy for the proposed treatment areas for 2012. In addition, Hoyman will discuss criteria used in the evaluation of the success of treatment.” Earlier this fall, the ULERCLC learned it received $90,508 for phase five of its AIS project to chemically treat milfoil on the Chain in 2012. Linn said the battle against EWM would not be possible without the assistance of volunteers who spend time on the water. “Hoyman has stressed to the ULERCLC that the indi-

Meeting to focus on voter ID law
The November American Association of University Women (AAUW) meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Minocqua Public Library. The speaker will be Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters. She will discuss the new state voter identification law and the legal challenge being initiated by the league. If there is time, a question-and-answer session will follow. This meeting will be open to the public and all those interested in this issue are welcome to attend. Kaminski will speak in Rhinelander the following Tuesday.


lakes group calls for changes in proposed legislation
in navigable waters from 10 cubic yards to 500 cubic yards.” Piers and boathouses Concerning piers, the bill exempts all piers from permitting requirements if they were in place upon the date of publication of this bill, even though pier permitting requirements were recently revised and significant compromise was made by all represented interests. The bill would require that the 3-foot depth calculation in the exemption is measured at summer low levels. The bill also replaces the requirement that a loading platform be no more than 8 feet wide and meet the other listed conditions with a provision limiting the loading platform surface area to 200 square feet. The bill also specifies that a riparian owner may secure to a pier up to two personal watercraft for the first 50 feet of the riparian owner’s shoreline footage and one additional personal watercraft for each additional 50 feet of shoreline footage without affecting the riparian owner’s eligibility for this exemption. Under the grandfather exemption, it would apply to any pier placed before the bill goes into effect if the pier does not interfere with the riparian rights of other riparian owners. The bill also prohibits the DNR from issuing a general permit for a permanent boat shelter if the permanent boat shelter extends behind the waterward end of the owner’s pier or the waterward side of the owner’s wharf. Areas of concern Wisconsin Lakes also has identified six areas of concern and is calling for immediate changes to the legislation, including: — remove default permitting from the bill; — remove the provision allowing fill within bulkhead lines; — remove the provisions allowing for removal of lakebed and vegetation for placement and access to piers; — remove the provision allowing for a general permit for removal of nuisance plant and animal material; — retain the bill’s establishment of an Internet-based public notice system, but do not reject the existing requirement for newspaper notice; and — remove the pier, wharf and boathouse sections from the bill. “Many organizations have called this legislation a mining bill, in that many of the changes (easier permitting, easier dredging and fill) benefit mining interests, and that cannot be denied,” said Wisconsin Lakes lobbyist John Keckhaver. “But the bill’s loosening standards and inflexible deadlines reach to practices of all types, and will impact the waters of Wisconsin across the state — not just near a mine.” Keckhaver noted that a majority of the attendees at last Wednesday’s public hearing either spoke or registered against the bill. Sandra Gillum, an Eagle River ecologist, said the bill details should be delayed and evaluated. “It is not only impossible for either of these two groups to critically review and consider all the changes included in this bill in the time frame set forth, but to envision the extensive scope and impact the changes will have upon this state’s water resources,” said Gillum. “There is no sound reason for the pace set for this bill other that simply a response to special interests.” Holperin said the two committees could be called into executive session later this month to discuss the bill, but he said no meetings were scheduled for this week.

For AAUW membership information, contact Susan Welch at (715) 362-6384.

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ing permitting applications, the permits for the application is automatically granted. Wisconsin Lakes refers to this as default permitting.” Under default permitting, Herkert said if the DNR runs out of time, the permit is granted even if DNR staff worked diligently on the application. “It also allows only one request for additional information if the department determines an application to be incomplete or have insufficient detail,” said Herkert. In addition, Herkert said there are no time limits for the application’s submittal of additional information upon the department’s request. The bill also states the clock begins on the public comment timeline once the department gives notice of pending application — not necessarily a complete application — therefore the public may be commenting on or requesting a public hearing on an incomplete application. “The bill would allow the DNR to issue general permits where currently individual permits are required,” said Herkert. “General permits are now allowed for greater removal of lakebed (dredging)





Pines sets levy at $20.99 million
Tax rate will be $6.23 as property values drop



Richard Aylward, left, holds a symbolic match, with Amy Jo Aylward, announcing a $25,000 matching gift to benefit the Three Eagle Trail segment from the old depot in Eagle River to Section Nine Road and the Olson Memorial Library expan-

sion plans. Phil Jensen and Christine Caz, co-chairpersons of the Library Fundraising Campaign, along with Tom Rulseh, right, president of the Three Eagle Trail Foundation, witness the gift through Tara Lila LCC. --Photo By Ken Anderson

Tara Lila, Aylwards initiate challenge grant for trail, library

The Northland Pines School Board approved the final tax levy for the 2011-’12 school year at $20,993,921 to support a budget of $24,427,821 at its meeting last Monday night. The board also set the tax rate at $6.23 per $1,000 of property value. The rate is up 2.23% compared to last year, according to district business manager Margo Smith, who said the drop in district equalized value is the main reason for the tax rate increase. “Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued their October certification of district equalized value of $3,372,197,321, which is a 4.96% decrease over last year,” Smith told the board. “This increased our rate by 14 cents, even though our school levy will decline $613,596.” While the third Friday student count used by DPI showed a decline of 43 pupils, the actual number of students sitting at a desk increased by one student, according to District

Administrator Mike Richie. “People may ask why there wasn’t a staff decline with 43 fewer students, but we have to staff according to the count of students physically at a desk,” Richie said. “Our true student enrollment is 1,421 compared to 1,420 last year. The third Friday count that DPI uses was 1,356. It’s a real slap in the face; we had a family of seven open enroll out (to other schools) and all came back after the third Friday and we couldn’t count them officially.” Smith also said there was a further reduction in the final equalization/special adjustment aid from the state. “On Oct. 14, DPI certified our special equalization aid at $151,158, which was a decline of $16,756,” she said. Richie noted the number of students currently enrolled at Eagle River Elementary School is a good sign for the future of the district. He said in 2006-’07 there were 295 students and today there are 416.



A challenge grant of up to $25,000 to expand the Three Eagle Trail along with raising funds for the new library in Eagle River was revealed this week by Tara Lila LLC, and Richard and Amy Jo Aylward. According to the Aylwards, for each $1 donated to the Three Eagle Trail project, Tara Lila LCC will donate $2 to the nearly 3mile trail extension that will go from the former railroad depot in Eagle River south to Section 9 Road in the town of Lincoln. In addition to the trail project, Tara Lila LCC will donate $1 to the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library project for each $1 raised. The library foundation has kicked off a campaign to raise $3.26 million for the new public library. The first $25,000 received between now and Feb. 1, 2012, will be eligible for the matching gift for each campaign, with no single donation making up more than 20% of the matching offer. Tara Lila LCC is a pri-

vately held company involved in woodland preservation and silentsports trail creation in Vilas and Oneida counties. “We grew out of a relationship with the Three Eagle Trail and we host a portion of the existing trail and are actively engaged in its care and enhancement,” said Richard Aylward. “This is a safe and scenic link to Eagle River and was a dream we’ve shared with Tom Rulseh of the Three Eagle Trail Foundation for years.” The southern segment of the trail is 8.4 miles long, 10 feet wide and surfaced with crushed limestone. The trail also includes two boardwalks and one bridge. A small parking area is available on the south end of Sundstein Road where the southern trail segment begins. The northern segment of the trail into the city of Eagle River will be completed as phase two of the trail project. The estimated total project cost for the new segment will be $745,000. The city of Eagle River, the municipal sponsor of the project, was awarded a

Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant in the amount of $596,000. “As was true with the first segment of the trail, the Three Eagle Trail Foundation will work with community volunteers to raise the remaining funds and coordinate the help necessary to support trail design, construction and maintenance,” said Tom Rulseh of the trail foundation. The new trail segment will be approximately 2.75 miles long, 12 feet wide and surfaced with crushed limestone. It will begin at the historic train depot in downtown Eagle River and follow the established snowmobile trail south for about 1.5 miles. From there, the trail will meander south through woodlands and wetlands on an exciting new pathway, according to Rulseh. “The segment will feature a picturesque boardwalk and bridge crossing Mud Creek leading to an expanse of forested upland and a secluded meadow — a perfect picnic destination for bikers and walkers,” said Rulseh. The segment terminates

near Section 9 Road, just 1.25 miles from the existing Three Eagle Trail. Richard Aylward said there were many local projects worthy of funding with limited dollars, so he’s hoping the challange grant will stimulate donations. “We also support the planned library, so we were challenged to be creative with a solution to the problem of competing charitable dollars,” he said. “Now people will have an opportunity to easily support both while making their own donation go further.” Amy Jo Aylward added that the challenge grant is good for everyone. “We hope the message behind our gift is very clear — read books, ride bikes,” she said. Donations may be mailed to the Three Eagle Trail Foundation Inc. at P.O. Box 297, Three Lakes, WI 54562. Indicate Challenge Grant in the memo line of checks. Questions regarding the projects and the matching grant can be directed to Mike Robillard, Tara Lila LCC properties manager, at (920) 312-8937 or

Oneida’s AIS program awarded DNR grant
The Oneida County Land & Water Department was recently awarded a $45,705 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grant to help increase the department’s effectiveness battling aquatic invasive species (AIS) in 2012. The grant will fund three limited-term employees, increase Clean Boat, Clean Waters (CBCW) inspection hours, step-up monitoring for AIS and allow for continuing educational outreach. Some of the AIS projects for 2012 will include distribution of recycled grocery bags, placemats and napkins; increasing AIS awareness to businesses with private landings; collecting data on AIS movement and distribution in Oneida County; and a poster contest for school children. Oneida County also will host six workshops to help increase knowledge on Phragmites, Japanese knotweed, CBCW, Citizen Lake Monitoring Program and how aquatic native plants help keep AIS in check. Oneida County AIS Coordinator Michele Sadauskas said she’s excited about the number of projects that the AIS program will be able to generate. “We have some really exciting new educational projects for 2012, one of which involves having students collect data that the county and the DNR can use in monitoring and managing AIS,” she said. “The county benefits, the DNR benefits and the kids will partake in a fantastic opportunity.” A number of presentations and activities also will be on the agenda for children and adults throughout the year. Joining Oneida County in receiving a DNR AIS Education, Prevention and Planning or Lake Planning grant award are the town of Newbold, the Pelican Lake Property Owners Association, the Big Bearskin Lake Association, the Little Bearskin Lake Association Inc. and the Squash Lake Association Inc. The next grant deadline will be Feb. 1, 2012. For more information, contact Sadauskas at (715) 365-2750 or email msadauskas@co.

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Thomas G. ‘Tom’ Baker
Thomas G. “Tom” Baker, 62, of West Salem, passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. BAKER He was born Aug. 21, 1949, in Ironwood, Mich., to Gordon and Marilyn (Anderson) Baker. Tom was a 1967 graduate of Crystal Falls High School in Crystal Falls, Mich. He attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., for three years. In 1984, Tom then moved to Stevens Point, Wis., where he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Mid State Technical College. He was currently employed at Braun Intertec in La Crosse as a geotechnical engineer. On Oct. 23, 2004, Tom married Dona (Kastenschmidt) Horstman at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Salem, where he was a current member. Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, vacationing to the Dominican Republic, making wine and venison sausage, and playing with his grandchildren, whom he loved so much. Survivors include his wife, Dona; his son, Bryan (Kelly) Baker and their children, Ethan, Christian, Paul, Cassie, Carl and Patrick, all of Rosholt, Wis.; his daughter, Heather (Adam) Felzer of Tomahawk, Wis.; his daughter, Sarah (Don) Korstanje and their children, Joanna and Taylor, all of West Salem; his daughter, Jessica (Carl) Ziemer and their children, Justin and Carl, all of Eagle Lake, Minn.; and his son, Matthew (Mileen) Horstman of Onalaska; his mother, Marilyn Baker of Crystal Falls; his mother-in-law, Doris Kastenschmidt of West Salem; his three sisters, Susan Aberly of Norway, Mich., Diane (Larry) Thorpe of Ontonagon, Mich., and Jayne (Doug) Schmidt of Big Rapids, Mich.; his two brothers-in-law, Rick (Lori) Kastenschmidt of West Salem and Mark (Kay) Kastenschmidt of Bangor, Wis.; his sister-in-law, Amy (Mike) Froemming of Land O’ Lakes, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his father; his infant daughter, Adriene L. Baker; his father-in-law, Donald “Casey” Kastenschmidt; and his paternal and maternal grandparents. Funeral services were held Oct. 28, 2011, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Salem. Pastor Joel Stuebs officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, West Salem, or to the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, La Crosse. Online condolences may be sent at The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, who cared for Tom.


Richard ‘Dick’ Wetzel
Richard “Dick” Wetzel of Eagle River died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 74. Mr. Wetzel was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Libertyville, Ill., the son of Howard and Peggy (nee Bangs) Wetzel. He was raised and attended schools in Wilmette, Ill. In 1964 he married Ruth Sack in Glenview, Ill. Mr. Wetzel served in the U.S. Navy and was later employed as a mobile mechanic for Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, Ill. He vacationed in the North Woods prior to moving to Eagle River 12 years ago. He enjoyed fishing and working on cars. In addition to his wife, survivors include one son, Jim of Chicago, Ill.; one brother, Graham (Barbara) of Ontario, Canada; one sister, Sally (Len) Klingshere of San Diego, Calif.; one brother-inlaw, Richard (Kathy) Sack of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; and seven nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Event to benefit hospice program
Ministry Home Care-Hospice will hold its fifth annual Christmas from the Heart event Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. The fair will feature a variety of vendors, who will give a portion of their sales directly to Ministry Hospice. Admission will be free. Visitors also may purchase a variety of holiday treats at the cookie walk and tickets for the Good Meat to Eat and basket raffles will be available. New this year will be an area for children to buy and wrap gifts for their parents or others, with donated items marked with old-fashioned dime-store prices. A portion of every sale will go to hospice and will benefit patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Ornaments may be purchased in memory of a loved one, and a memorial tag can be placed on the Tree of Love, which will be displayed at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. The fourth annual Tree of Love tree-lighting ceremony will be held Monday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. at the chamber. For more information on either of these events, call (715) 361-2230.
NICOLET BOARD — The Nicolet College board of trustees recently elected new officers for 2011-’12. They are, front row, from left, Betsy Reach of Eagle River, vice president; Ron Zimmerman of Tomahawk, president; back row, Amy Jacobs of Elcho, secretary; and Thom Umlauf of Rhinelander, treasurer. Other trustees on the nine-member board are Jeannine Bruguier of Lac du Flambeau; Dave Hintz of Three Lakes; Marcelina Metropulos of Lake Tomahawk; Richard Peters of Crandon; and Deanna Pierpont of Mercer. --Contributed Photo

Ann A. Bubanovich
Ann A. Bubanovich of West Milwaukee died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. She was 86. Miss Bubanovich was born Jan. 22, 1925, in Eagle River, the daughter of Peter and Ana (nee Vidovich) Bubanovich. She was a graduate of Eagle River High School and worked on the assembly line for General Motors. She was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church in Milwaukee. Survivors include her sister, Mary of Oconomowoc. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Eagle River. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

First case of influenza confirmed in Wisconsin
State health officials recently announced the first confirmed case of influenza among Wisconsin residents for the 2011-’12 flu season, citing an adult from the northeastern part of the state. “This laboratory-confirmed case indicates that influenza has arrived in Wisconsin and serves as a reminder to everyone to get their flu shot if they haven’t already done so,” said state health officer Dr. Henry Anderson. “Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu.” To get a flu shot, contact a health-care provider, local public health department, tribal health clinic or visit to find a flu vaccination center. This first case indicates an early start to flu season for Wisconsin that generally runs from November to March, with peak activity around late January or February. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the influenza vaccine will continue to be shipped to Wisconsin throughout the flu season. “There is still time for the vaccine to be effective and help prevent complications that can be caused by the flu, such as pneumonia or hospitalization,” Anderson said. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. Flu illness ranges from very mild to severe cases and, in some instances, can cause life-threatening complications, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Influenza symptoms can come on quickly and include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches and tiredness. The department offers the following tips to stay healthy and avoid the flu: Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Stay home. Cover cough or sneeze with upper sleeve and, if using a tissue, throw it away after one use. Use own drinking cups and straws. Avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flulike symptoms. Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke. Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, refrigerator handles, telephones and faucets. The Department of Health Services urges those who believe they have the flu to stay home, get rest, drink plenty of liquids and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. If symptoms persist, contact a doctor. To learn more about influenza, visit

Alfred S. Savaglio
Alfred S. Savaglio, a 19year resident of Eagle River and formerly of Kenosha, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Lillian Kerr Healthcare by Rennes in Phelps. He was 79. He was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Kenosha, the son of Bruno and Rosaria (nee Aiello) Savaglio. Mr. Savaglio married Erika Grieger Nov. 27, 1954, in Kenosha. He worked for American Motors in Kenosha for 30 years and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Carmen, Albert, Louis, Michael and Peter; and three sisters, Mary Toigo, Yolanda Salo and Amilia Rice. In addition to his wife, survivors include one daughter, Monica (Antril) Suydam of Mukilteo, Wash.; one son, Kurt of Kernersville, N.C.; one sister, Rose Inman of Wetmore, Mich.; and one grandson. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Vilas County Forestry, Recreation & Land Committee — Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Timber sale contracts activity, snowmobile and bicycle trails. Eagle River Plan Commission — Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m., City Hall. Agenda: Comprehensive plan and/or future of Eagle River. Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Committee — Friday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Lake organizations, new department website, agent reports. Vilas County Economic Development Committee — Monday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Committee reports, budget. Vilas County Board of Social Services — Monday, Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Juvenile intake supervisor’s report, 2012 budget.

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Vilas County Sheriff A total of 263 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 three vehicle accidents, nine vehicle/ deer accidents, two ambulance requests, five animal problems, two burglaries, four burglar alarms, 16 requests for citizen assistance, three disturbances, five fires, one report of found property, one report of fraud, two reports of harassment, two juvenile problems/runaways, 11 reports of suspicious circumstances, six thefts, three reports of threats, seven traffic violations, one trespassing complaint, two vacation checks, three welfare checks, two 911 hang up and one vehicle/bobcat accident. At least 18 calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department, and there were at least 10 informational or procedural entries. In the past week, at least 11 people were booked at the Vilas County Jail, including four for operating while intoxicated, one for battery, three for probation violations, two for operating after revocation and one for criminal damage to property. During the week, the inmate population ranged from 72 to 79. As of Oct. 31, there were 75 inmates. Wednesday, Oct. 26 - 5:55 a.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 45 near Oneida Farms Road in the town of Lincoln, involving Daniel J. Zenefski of St. Germain. - 7:15 a.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 70 near Highway C in St. Germain, involving Abby L. Trapp of Arbor Vitae. - 11:40 a.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Sugar Maple Road near Highway E in Phelps, involving Lyman A. Carter of Tampa, Fla. Eagle River Police Among the calls received by Vilas County dispatchers were at least 18 calls for the Eagle River Police. These included one vehicle accident, three ambulance requests, one report of battery, one burglar alarm, three requests for citizen assistance, one disturbance, one report of hazardous conditions, one hit-and-run, one report of suspicious circumstances and four thefts. Three Lakes Police This police department reported two vehicle accidents, one vehicle/deer accident, three burglar alarms, four ambulance requests, two animal problems, one disturbance, one report of harassment, three thefts, three traffic stops and one report of vandalism.

DEVASTATING FIRE — Plum Lake Fire and EMS were among six emergency departments that responded to a fire on Moon Road in

St. Germain last week. The residence and a single vehicle were a complete loss, officials said. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

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Man wearing mask in hospital arrested for disorderly conduct
A Conover man was arrested early last Thursday afternoon after it was reported he was walking around Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital wearing a mask and handing out candy. The Eagle River Police Department responded to the hospital regarding the suspicious activity about 11:37 a.m. Staff at the hospital had contacted the Vilas County dispatch center and reported that a man dressed in torn blue jeans, a torn blue-jean shirt and wearing a “Jason” mask was walking around the hospital, in and out of offices, acting suspiciously and handing out candy. According to Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen, hospital personnel reported that when the man was approached and asked who he was, he replied not to worry, that he only killed on Fridays. Hospital staff indicated that he had left the scene on foot and headed into a wooded area. Officers of the Eagle River Police Department and the Vilas County Sheriff ’s Department responded to the area and began a search for the man. As the last-known location of the subject was in close proximity to the Northland Pines School District buildings, the schools were called and subsequently locked down for the duration of the investigation. A witness had observed the male getting into a silver-colored Chevrolet HHR and provided a license plate number. At approximately 12:09 p.m., a Vilas County deputy observed the suspect vehicle in the downtown area of Eagle River and conducted a traffic stop. The operator of the vehicle admitted to the deputy that he had gone to the hospital wearing the costume, but denied making comments about killing people. The investigation later revealed that the man entered several businesses in the Eagle River area and was walking about those businesses freely while wearing the costume and creating a disturbance. The man was taken into custody by the Eagle River Police Department for disorderly conduct and booked into the Vilas County Jail. Vander Bloomen said a search of the man’s vehicle subsequent to his arrest found the clothing and mask in the vehicle.

Eagle River man who was burned charged with burglary of garage
A 19-year-old Eagle River man, who allegedly was stealing gasoline from a pole shed and was severely burned when the building started on fire, made his initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court last week. Nicholas W. Martinson is charged with burglary of a building or dwelling and attempted misdemeanor theft from the July 26 incident in the town of Cloverland. Martinson told Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III he wants an attorney and will contact the public defender’s office. His initial appearance was adjourned to Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. and he signed a $2,500 signature bond with the condition that he has no contact with the owner of the garage. According to the criminal complaint, Martinson was attempting to steal gasoline when the fire started. He told officers he heard a “whoosh” sound and everything was on fire, including his clothes. Martinson was severely injured during the incident, receiving second- and thirddegree burns to 25% of his body. After initial treatment at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital, he was taken by helicopter to a burn unit where he received skin grafts, court records said. Authorities said Martinson was attempting to steal gas and he did not intend to burn the garage, which contained an all-terrain vehicle, snowmobiles, canoe, lawn mower, flatbed trailer and truck. In other felony cases, Daniel R. Chapman Sr., 38, of Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced to four years in the Wisconsin Prison System after he was convicted of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated. He was sentenced to one year and six months of confinement and two years and six months of extended supervision. Other conditions of the sentence include absolute sobriety and continued counseling as deemed appropriate by the agent. He received credit for 233 days served in jail. Prior to the sentencing, Judge Nielsen was told Chapman received treatment at Koinonia Residential Treatment Facility from May 6 to June 30 and completed all aspects of the treatment. Chapman also had a sentence withheld on a misdemeanor battery conviction and was placed on probation for one year to run concurrent with the sentence. He is not to possess or consume intoxicants during his probation and must receive counseling. Chapman was arrested at 1:55 a.m. March 5 in Lac du Flambeau at the intersection of Highway F and East Fence Lake Road, where an officer found him asleep at the wheel. His blood alcohol level at the jail was .09. Zachary J. Bodeau III, 18, of Lac du Flambeau, who was sentenced March 25, 2011, after being convicted of intentional mistreatment of animals and theft of movable property, both misdemeanors, was back in Vilas County Circuit Court last week for a sentencing hearing on revocation on a probation violation. Bodeau had a no-drink stipulation as a condition of his 24 months of probation and was arrested in Lac du Flambeau July 31 for underage drinking. He was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail and must pay a judgment of $500. He received credit for 19 days served in jail. According to court records, Bodeau also was found guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, after entering a plea of no contest. He was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail to run consecutive to the revocation sentence, which was stayed. He was placed on probation for one year, with the conditions that he is not to possess or consume intoxicants and he must follow through with mental health professionals and alcohol and other drug abuse treatment. A charge of resisting was dismissed. According to the criminal complaint, Bodeau had a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .30 and fought with an officer at the hospital for clearance into the county jail. Brian Poupart, 53, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, had a jury trial set for Feb. 1, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Poupart was arrested Jan. 12, 2011, during the execution of a search warrant at 851 Wild Rice Ave. in Lac du Flambeau. According to the criminal complaint, investigators found numerous prepackaged bags of marijuana in a bedroom in the residence, as well as drug paraphernalia. James B. Armstrong, 23, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and operating without a license, third offense, both Sept. 4 in Lac du Flambeau, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for Dec. 12 at 8:45 a.m. Armstrong also had charges of felony bail jumping and misdemeanor battery, from an incident June 30, dismissed upon a motion from the district attorney. Judge Nielsen granted the motion without prejudice, meaning that a new case may be brought on the same basis as the dismissed case. Suzanne A. Miller, 25, of Birnamwood, charged with 10 counts of obtaining a prescription drug with fraud, four counts of manufacturing a prescription drug and one count of obstructing an officer, had a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 31. She also faces a felony bail jumping charge from Aug. 16. The prescription drug charges date back to Feb. 4, when she allegedly got prescription drugs under another person’s name at Wall Street Health Care Pharmacy in Eagle River.

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the budget to be adopted for said county for the calendar year 2012. Said hearing will be held at the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, the 8th day of November 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

EXPENDITURES 2010 FOR OPERATION Expense & MAINTENANCE General Government $4,640,962.45 Prot. of Pers. & Property 6,653,070.52 Health & Human Services 6,384,004.49 Education & Recreation 1,056,764.82 Conservation & Devel. 1,801,657.10 Indebtedness 3,723,183.69 Capital Projects Carryover Outlay Accounts 205,088.66 Highway Dept. 3,621,462.89 Contingency Fund 0.00 Total Expenditures Less All Revenues Less Applied Funds Net Expense (Levy) $28,086,194.62 $14,475,569.67 2011 Budget $4,632,318.27 7,135,188.15 7,081,558.26 765,640.08 2,302,288.35 1,270,145.15 Carryover 154,512.07 4,058,417.00 200,000.00 $27,600,067.33 $13,558,542.40 $945,998.47 $13,095,526.46 2012 Proposed $4,871,253.49 7,018,330.03 6,632,191.29 1,233,772.59 1,622,047.21 1,283,353.08 Carryover 93,903.87 3,219,372.00 0.00 $25,974,223.56 $11,936,853.86 $983,541.70 $13,053,828.00 % Change + 5.16% – 1.64% – 6.35% +61.14% –29.55% + 1.03% 0.00% –39.20% –20.67% –100.0% – 5.89% –11.96% + 3.97% – 0.32%

Lake protection group sets quarterly meeting
The Alma/Moon Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will hold its quarterly commissioners meeting Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. at Moon Beach Camp. Agenda topics will include water quality and levels, fish stocking, the lake district registry, website development, town lakes committee, lake improvement, shoreline restoration, challenges for the future and more. District residents are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Glenn Svetnicka at (715) 479-8255 or

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Year 2009 for 2010 Budget 2010 for 2011 Budget 2011 for 2012 Budget (Proposed)

Levy $12,669,561.39 $13,095,526.46 $13,053,828.00

Equalized Value $7,775,508,800.00 $7,545,097,100.00 $7,344,418,900.00

Tax Rate $1.63 per M $1.74 per M $1.78 per M

Said budget, in detail, is available for public inspection at the Office of the County Clerk, at the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors, at my office in the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, Wisconsin, this 20th day of October 2011.

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Vilas discusses bridging benefits as part of employee handbooks



Vilas County will have two employee handbooks developed by the Transition Committee — one for administrative staff and another for regular employees. That decision last week came after discussions with the committee, human resource director Jana Kahl and employees who attended the late afternoon meeting. Meanwhile, the present policies in union contracts will continue on an interim basis and are set to expire at the end of the year. Gov. Scott Walker ended collective bargaining for most public workers through the budget repair bill (Act 10) earlier this year. Committee Chairman Jim Behling asked committee members to assign priorities on a number of handbook subjects and list ways to bridge benefits accumulated over the past years under union contracts with new policies to be developed by the committee. “For instance, how do we handle the accumulated sick days?” Behling said. “We are obligated to honor them, but going forward, how do we bridge it?” Behling suggested the committee assign priorities, commit to a timeline and remain with the status quo until they get it done. Committee member Erv Teichmiller suggested the county may want to simply extend the current contracts, even on a month-to-month basis while working on the employee handbook. “We should look at implementing interim work rules until we finalize the policies, not extend the contracts, Kahl suggested.” One of the changes discussed previously was implementing a paid time off (PTO) program that would replace many of the benefits under previous and current county policy. Teichmiller had questions, including some that the employees were concerned about. “Where do we address spe-

Vilas County human resources director Jana Kahl is helping the Transition Committee develop the new employee handbook. --Photo By Ken Anderson

cific issues such as highway tools, work clothes, work hours in different departments?” he asked. He said without specific contract language, the language could be interpreted differently by different supervisors. Kahl responded if the committee wanted specific language, they can do that, but “my experience is leaving some things open for discussion.” Committee member Bob Egan favored a focus on what will impact employees most and start there, with Kahl indicating she will supply some sample language being developed among a consortium of 14 counties. Behling narrowed the topics, saying the No. 1 priority they need to address is hours, overtime, compensatory time and the bridge to accrued benefits. Teichmiller spoke on behalf

of the employees, who he said had to be informed in some manner the status quo will go forward. “At the next meeting, we need to take up hours, overtime, comp time, leaves, holidays and how to bridge these,” said Egan. “Let’s target these items and then target what evolves out of that.” Employee comments A number of county employees at the meeting spoke how grateful they were the committee held their sessions after regular work hours to allow them access to the process. They expressed both respect and doubt and indicated the rumor mill at the courthouse is going wild at times. While Behling indicated the committee couldn’t control rumors, Teichmiller wanted the rumors shared with the committee.

“We’re also trying to find our way through this process,” committee member Sig Hjemvick told the employees. “I’m glad you’re here telling us your concerns.” Behling responded to a question on pay increases based on merit, saying the committee “has been looking at merit pay and if or how it may be implemented.” Egan admitted they don’t have a real understanding of what employees in departments really do, with some committees inviting county board members to spend time with staff to see their work. Union President Dave Sadenwasser reminded the committee it is affecting real people’s lives. “We see decisions you make have the potential on the way we live our lives and it causes us apprehensions,” he said. Some employees related derogatory remarks they have heard a minority of county supervisors make about county workers. That received a response from committee member Emil Bakka. “It upsets me deeply that I’m still working with people (fellow county board supervisors) who put their mouth in gear before they put their brains in gear,” said Bakka. The employees were encouraged to continue to attend the committee meetings. “I feel bad that any of you have to come here and feel it takes courage to talk to us,” Egan told the employees. “That’s why we’re here.” The committee took a brief side step, discussing the new concealed carry law that took affect in Wisconsin Nov. 1. County Corporation Counsel Martha Milanowski said they will be posting all county buildings to “prohibit dangerous weapons,” but still need to decide how to make policy “for our employees.” Milanowski said there will be an ordinance covering the buildings when it comes to concealed carry, but a policy covering employees. The next meeting of the Transition Committee is tentatively set for Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in the courthouse in Eagle River.

Trees for Tomorrow recently receieved a $1,400 donation from Cellcom. Taking part in the check presentation were, from left, Cellcom representative John LaShua, Trees for Tomorrow Executive Director Maggie Bishop and Board President at Trees for Tomorrow D.J. Alderman. --Contributed Photo

Trees For Tomorrow gets ‘green’ gift from Cellcom
Trees For Tomorrow received a “green” gift from Cellcom in the amount of $1,400 at a recent presentation at its facility. “We are very honored to be acknowledged by Cellcom’s green gift program,” said Trees For Tomorrow director Maggie Bishop. “Trees For Tomorrow has reached more than 200,000 students, teachers and adults during the past 68 years and is proud to be the only accredited natural resources specialty school in the Midwest.” Bishop said the gift will be used to provide scholarship support to underprivileged students interested in learning about natural resources and the importance of sustainable management. A total of $30,950 was given out to 17 green organizations in Cellcom’s service area. Since 2004, Cellcom has offered a cell phone recycling program where customers can take their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who, in return, send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. The money is then donated to local nonprofit organizations. This is the second year that the company has donated its recycling funds to green nonprofit initiatives. “We are constantly taking steps to become more ecofriendly as a company,” said director of public affairs Brighid Riordan. “By dedicating our recycling money to green initiatives, Cellcom continues our longstanding commitment to the community and together we can work toward a greener tomorrow.” Other green gifts went to nonprofits throughout Cellcom’s service area, including one gift to Northwoods Elementary School in Rhinelander. The program has generated more than $105,000 for local charities over the past seven years. Trees For Tomorrow is an accredited specialty school focusing on natural resources topics, and has offered environmental education to students, teachers, adults, seniors and others since 1944. It uses a combination of field studies and classroom presentations to teach conservation values as well as demonstrate the benefits of contemporary resource management.

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Consumers urged to seek assistance before heating moratorium begins
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) has asked energy consumers to contact local utility if their heat is currently disconnected. The PSC also encouraged residents to take advantage of energy-efficiency programs and the state’s low-income bill payment assistance programs to reduce the burden of utility bills this winter. Wisconsin law states that consumers’ heat-providing utility service cannot be disconnected during the heating moratorium period from Nov. 1 to April 15 if they are connected at the start of the moratorium. Consumers who are currently disconnected must make arrangements with their local utility to pay outstanding bills in order to have service restored. If a consumer has not made arrangements to pay an outstanding bill, the utility is not required to reconnect the service until payment arrangements have been made. Consumers who need to set up a payment agreement should call their local utility. Phone numbers for the largest utilities in Wisconsin are listed below. If consumers cannot reach an agreement with their utility, they may contact the PSC at (608) 266-2001 or 1-(800) 225-7729. Alliant Energy, 1-(800) 8626222 ; Madison Gas & Electric, (608) 252-7144; Superior Water, Light & Power, (715) 394-2200; We Energies, 1-(800) 842-4565; Wisconsin Public Service Corp., 1-(800) 450-7260; and Xcel Energy, 1-(800) 895-4999. Energy assistance Consumers may qualify for assistance in paying their heating bills through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), which provides financial assistance to low-income residents. WHEAP is part of the state’s comprehensive Home Energy Plus program which provides assistance with emergency energy needs, emergency furnace repairs, conservation service and weatherizing for low-income households. For the 2011-’12 heating season, the income eligibility limit for WHEAP and Weatherization is 60% of the state median income level. This is the same limit used for the 2010-’11 program year. Prior to the 2010-’11 program year, the income limit was based on 150% of the federal poverty level. The state of Wisconsin anticipates nearly 237,000 households, about a 5% increase over last year, will receive energy assistance to pay a portion of their fuel costs this heating season. It is estimated that the average benefit for 2011-’12 will be $221. Payments are based on household size, income level, home energy costs and dwelling type and size. A family of four with an annual income of $46,700 or less may be eligible for energy assistance. For more information about applying for WHEAP, call the Home Energy Plus hotline at 1-(866) 432-8947 or visit Applicants must provide photo identification for applicant, proof of income for all household members for the previous three months, Social Security cards for everyone in the household, current energy bill and a rent certificate or statement from landlord if the applicant is a renter and heat is included. Energy-saving tips Focus on Energy, the state’s energy-efficiency and renewable energy program, can help customers make changes around the home so they can stay warm and comfortable this winter without spending more on their utility bills. By having a home-energy evaluation conducted, Focus on Energy can help consumers identify ways to make their homes more efficient, which reduces their utility bills. Customers may also be eligible for cash-back rewards if they implement the recommendations from the evaluation. The PSC offered the following tips for consumers who want to save energy during the winter months: Open window coverings such as drapes, shades and blinds to use the natural sunlight to heat your home or office, especially on the west and south. Close drapes and shades in the evening to prevent the heat from escaping. Close storm windows. Use plastic window coverings to reduce drafts through the window seals. Caulk and seal leaky windows and door frames. Use furnaces and appliances that are Energy Star® qualified. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They are 75% more efficient and last up to seven years. Use a programmable thermostat and set the temperature lower when you are away from home and warmer just before you return. Check that no objects are blocking the heating vents, preventing heat flow. Clean or replace filters on central air units, furnaces, and air handlers frequently, monthly during heating and cooling seasons. Close the damper in fireplaces when not in use. Close the doors and shut off registers in rooms not being used. Use the dishwasher only when it is fully loaded. Regularly clean the lint out of the dryer. For more information about Focus on Energy and home energy audits and for more tips on saving energy around the home, call 1-(800) 7627077 or visit




NEWS Meeting slated Nov. 9 for broadband project
The Public Service Commission (PSC) announced that broadband Internet initiatives adopted by the Region 2 team of Link-Wisconsin will be launched at a Grow North meeting set Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Eagle River Inn & Resort, located at 5260 Highway 70 W. in Eagle River. The Region 2 team is comprised of north central Wisconsin community leaders working to identify ways to fill in gaps in broadband availability and improve adoption of available broadband services. Those attending the meeting will have the opportunity to interact with team members and to start advancing broadband projects of their own. Light refreshments will be served. The planning team included representatives from local and county government, education, health care, business, libraries and regional planning. The team developed feasible concepts to elicit public and private investment of time and money for more broadband adoption and infrastructure to deploy broadband to more rural areas. The draft plan is designed to enhance the regional economic development and quality of life by initially focusing on expanding broadband access and adoption among second-home owners in identified areas of concentration and density which possess the greatest chance for adoption and success. Three Lakes town chairman and Region 2 team member Don Sidlowski emphasized the high odds of achieving implementation because of the five-county approach. “We have counties, towns, organizations, businesses and individuals all committed to the success of this project because it is so commonsense and achievable,” he said. “What we propose requires no great capital investment or new research. Rather, it leverages existing infrastructure and known technology with a marketing approach that cobrands economic development and broadband.” Sidlowski said the concept was already successful in a pilot program in one town in Oneida County. “We’re simply rolling it out to the next tier of locations with the highest chance for success,” he said. A regional leadership team consisting of representatives of Internet providers, education, businesses and government will be formed and will meet later this fall to act on the recommendations in the plan. Maps of where broadband exists across the state are available online at The north central Wisconsin regional plan is available online at or by contacting Bart Lamers of One Prospect Technologies, at (715) 369-1119. Those without Internet access can view the maps and regional plan at a local library or other facility with public computers.

COSTUME CONTEST — The Three Lakes Lions Club hosted its annual Halloween party Monday night, which featured a costume contest (above). Among the creative entries was a youth costumed as toothpaste (below). The winners of each age group, declared by crowd enthusiasm, were awarded tickets to a prize table loaded with toys and games (right). --Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW

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The real estate transactions listed below are being published at the request of many of our readers. The information is public record and reflects an index of each week’s transactions. Property transactions exceeding $10,000 recorded at the Vilas County Courthouse the past week and the transfer fee (at $3 per $1,000): Oct. 24, 2011 Neil Barncard, Pers. Rep., and Estate of Mark K. Fitting to Paul W. Kranner, prt SW SW in 17-408, gov lot 4, $1,137 Richard M. Dudek and wife to Anthony R. Chiconas and wife, lots 241 and 242 of plat 146 in Holiday Estates #3, $117 Lynda Jo Holmgren to Gregory G. and Maria Gorak Trust, lot 8 of plat 379 in Wilson Park, $750 Lori Varro, Pers. Rep., and Estate of Alfred G. Mayo to Henry C. Mayo and wife, prt SE NW in 1-40-10, gov lot 2; 1-40-10, gov lot 3, $76.20 Jeffery W. Brown and wife to Dennis J. Berndt and wife, lot 15, blk 10 of plat 277 in Rockwood Estates North Div. #3; lot 2, blk 11 of plat 277 in Rockwood Estates North Div. #3, $1,057.50 Alf A. Vretfors and spouse to Leonard V. Mlodik and wife, lot 23 of plat 23 in Birch Springs Estates, $277.50 Nicolet Credit Union to Scott Eskridge and wife, prt NW NE in 22-41-10, $225 Arbopa LLC to Nicholas J. Nigro, lot 47 of plat 17 in Big Bass Addn., $1,095 Oct. 26, 2011 Steven Winkler and wife to Mary E. Barklow, prt SE SW in 341-6, $90 BMO Harris Bank to Dew North LLC, lot 108 of plat 851 in Wild Eagle Lodge Condominium, $437.70 Michelle Trapp et al and Anna Sederstrom et al to Michelle Trapp et al, Anna Sederstrom et al and Robert W. Eaton et al, lots 29 and 30 of plat 42 in Camp Flambeau/Reservation, $267.90 Thomas E. Hicks to John J. Schauer, prt NW SE in 14-40-8, gov lot 7, $600 John J. Schauer to Thomas E. Hicks, prt NW SE in 14-40-8, gov lot 7; prt NE SE in 14-40-8, gov lot 8, $600 Dale E. Brown and spouse to Brian C. Pottinger and wife, lot 8 of plat 207 in Neuville’s Island Lake Subd., $280.50 Oct. 27, 2011 Robert E. Sheppard et al and Judith C. Stoltenberg et al to Juliana Stover, lot 23, blk 4 of plat 405 in McIntyre’s Addn., $306 Michael D. Finney et al and Tory Stefonek-Finney et al to Francis J. Gorshe and spouse, prt SW NE in 33-40-10; outlot 3 of plat 393 in County Clerk’s Plat NWNE, $405 Oct. 28, 2011 Wayne Trapp et al to Travis S. Trapp and wife, prt SE SE in 3640-6, $562.50 Deutsche Bank Nat. Trust Co. Trustee and Saxon Asset Securities Trust to Jacob Weinand et al, lot 19 of plat 17 in Big Bass Addn., $615 John S. Nareski and wife to Todd A. Wunsch and wife, prt SW SE in 25-40-10; prt SE SE in 2540-10, gov lot 10, $630 Manuela Sullivan to Frederick William Benthien and wife, prt NE SW in 35-40-6, gov lot 2; prt SE NW in 35-40-6, $400.50

Real estate firm sets liquidation on properties
Micoley and Co. is currently hosting a bank-ordered liquidation sale through Nov. 12, which includes more than 60 properties and assets throughout Wisconsin. The sales include a number of properties througout the North Woods, which are available to view online at During one of the worst real estate markets in history, Micoley and Co. is experiencing record-breaking sales through a new approach to selling real estate. The company has taken a 30-year-old traditional real estate business model and created what Wade Micoley, CEO of Micoley and Co., calls a hybrid approach. The company’s business approach is to place properties on sale for limited time periods, rather than simply list a property “for sale.” “Working with financial institutions has allowed us to bring people the best deals in real estate nationwide,” said Micoley. “We truly are changing the way real estate is being sold. Our drive is to help jump-start America, one property at a time.” Micoley has been in the real estate business for 30 years, and Micoley and Co. has taken its selling approach from Wisconsin to more than 20 states nationwide.

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NEWS Discover Mediaworks expands with destination marketing division
The Eagle River-based Discover Mediaworks, an industry leader in video production and strategic media services, announced the expansion of its full-service integrated communications company to include a new division focusing on destination marketing and branding. The new destination marketing and branding unit will complement the company’s flagship program, “Discover Wisconsin.” For 25 years, viewers have looked to Emmyaward winning “Discover Wisconsin” for vacation destinations throughout the state. Now Discover Mediaworks, will be able to share its expertise with communities and its marketing arms throughout Wisconsin, providing brand development and integrated marketing. Discover Mediaworks’ branding experience includes a client list ranging from Johnson Timber to Renk Seed to HelpHOPELive (Philadelphia) to tourism and hospitality clients like Wilderness Resort-Wisconsin Dells and Wilderness at the Smokies in Tennessee. Most recently, Discover Mediaworks has been selected as the communications firm for Volm Companies Inc., headquartered in Antigo. Discover Mediaworks launched this new destination marketing and branding effort in Fond du Lac. “We were looking for a partner to lead us in our rebranding process,” said Craig Molitor, president of the Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With creativity, enthusiasm and depth of branding knowledge, their team has been guiding us each step of the way — we can’t wait to see what they come up with and how it will paigns with Coca-Cola, Motorola and The Athlete’s Foot while with McCannErickson in Atlanta. “D.P.’s knowledge, expertise and creative vision leads our team of more than 40 employees in our new destination marketing and branding focus,” said Rose. “In addition, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to bring in a proven tourism executive in Randy Prasse.” Randy S. Prasse joins Discover Mediaworks’ sales department as the director of destination marketing and branding in the Madison office. He will be responsible for collaborating with tourism marketing organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and Wisconsin attractions on comprehensive branding strategies and marketing solutions. “Prasse is the former CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park and our first director of destination marketing and branding,” said Rose. “His 25-plus years of successful destination marketing and economic development experience is a definite advantage for us and for our client partners.” Prasse has previously held positions as director of marketing with Visit Racine, executive director of Milwaukee’s East Town Association and most recently as executive director of a regional economic development alliance in northwest Illinois. Discover Mediaworks Inc. is a full-service strategic communications firm which grew from “Discover Wisconsin” and its production company founded by Dick Rose in 1987. In 2012, “Discover Wisconsin” will celebrate 25 years on air as the nation’s longest-running tourism show.

Oneida Health department seeks input on reproductive health services
The Oneida County Health Department is currently looking for community input on how it can improve its services to Oneida County residents when it moves into its new offices in 2012. Anne Cirilli, health educator for the reproductive health clinic, has designed an online survey to look at specific ideas to improve clinic services for its clients. Cirilli said, “Quality improvement starts with collecting information to better understand what our clients’ needs are.” The online survey is an assessment designed to get feedback from current family planning clients, past users of the Oneida County Health Department’s reproductive health clinic and future potential clients. “We know our demographics are changing and there are other clinics that may provide similar services but are still not as cost effective as the state family planning system,” she said. Cirilli added that traditionally people think that family planning clinics are for highrisk or teen services. In reality, family planning programs are providing low-cost reproductive health services and supplies for anyone who needs these services. Charges are based on client income with a sliding-fee scale. Many people whose income falls below 300% of poverty are eligible for federal Medicaid called Wisconsin Family Planning Only Services program. Since the Internet is now in most homes, people are welcome to apply for these programs on their own. The Oneida County Health Department is currently developing its new website and wants to include many of these links to help people get the services they need. Cirilli added, “We want to take advantage of all the new technology available to us to make the lives of our clients better and healthier.” For more information, visit To take the online survey, visit


drive our efforts to promote the Fond du Lac area!” Mark Rose, CEO of Discover Mediaworks, chose to expand the business scope to include comprehensive branding, marketing and creative services to not only existing Discover Mediaworks clients, or as Rose refers to them, “partners” — but especially to economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, nonprofits, attractions, festivals and events throughout Wisconsin and beyond. “When Mark Rose shared his vision with me to expand into this arena, it just made sense,” said Joe Eck, general manager of Wilderness Territory in Wisconsin Dells. “We began working with Discover Mediaworks on video production and our marketing more than 10 years ago. They became such trusted partners with us that we’ve engaged them in helping us define our brand.” The creative and branding efforts behind Discover Mediaworks are led by D.P. Knudten. Knudten, a Discover Mediaworks veteran, has worked on branding cam-

(Six Weeks, 10/12-11/16/11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 10-CV-394 Foreclosure of Mortgage - 30404 Money Judgment - 30301 ______________________________________________ JOHNSON BANK, Plaintiff, v. RAE DANE DEVELOPMENT, LLC, et al., Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by authority of the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-captioned action on June 1, 2011, the undersigned Sheriff of Vilas County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, 300 Court Street at Eagle River, Wisconsin, on December 6, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., the Mortgaged Premises and collateral directed by the Judgment to be sold, and described as follows: See Exhibit A. The Mortgaged Premises and collateral are sold subject to all liens and encumbrances. Certain of the Mortgaged Premises are subject to first mortgage liens. The Sheriff will accept as a deposit or down-payment from a purchaser, other than the Plaintiff, an amount of at least 10% of the purchaser's bid, which deposit or downpayment shall be paid by either cash, certified check or cashier's check at the time of sale. The remainder of the bid is to be paid in cash, certified check or cashier's check at the within ten (10) days of the date the sale is confirmed. Any purchaser other than the Plaintiff is responsible for payment of any and all transfer fees/taxes, which amount shall be paid out of the bid amount. EXHIBIT A LEGAL DESCRIPTION A PARCEL OF LAND BEING A PART OF GOVERNMENT LOT SIX (6) AND A PART OF GOVERNMENT LOT SEVEN (7), SECTION TWENTY-TWO (22), TOWNSHIP FORTY-TWO (42) NORTH, RANGE FIVE (5) EAST OF THE FOURTH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, MANITOWISH WATERS TOWNSHIP, VILAS COUNTY, WISCONSIN, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT A WOODEN POST MARKING THE SOUTHEAST 1/16TH CORNER OF SAID SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 5 EAST, AND THE SAID 1/16TH CORNER BEING THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SAID GOVERNMENT LOT 6; THENCE N 00° 13' E ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID GOVERNMENT LOT 6 A DISTANCE OF 120.00 FEET TO A POINT INTERSECTING THE CENTER LINE OF THE TOWN ROAD; THENCE N 53° 45' W ALONG THE CENTER LINE OF THE SAID TOWN ROAD A DISTANCE OF 164.90 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N 51° 15' E A DISTANCE OF 34.16 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE MARKING THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTHEASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF THE SAID TOWN ROAD, AND THE SAID IRON PIPE MARKING THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SAID PARCEL OF LAND; THENCE CONTINUE N 51° 15' E A DISTANCE OF 350.69 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE SITUATED ON THE SOUTHWESTERLY SHORE OF MANITOWISH LAKE; THENCE S 37° 34' E ON A STRAIGHT LINE ALONG THE SHORE OF MANITOWISH LAKE A DISTANCE OF 84.18 FEET TO A STAKE; THENCE S 45° 56' E ON A STRAIGHT LINE ALONG THE SHORE OF MANITOWISH LAKE A DISTANCE OF 89.90 FEET TO A STAKE; THENCE S 44° 56' E ON A STRAIGHT LINE ALONG THE SHORE OF MANITOWISH LAKE A DISTANCE OF 156.70 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT; THENCE LEAVING SAID LAKESHORE LINE ON A BEARING OF S 30° 41' W A DISTANCE OF 280.35 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE SITUATED ON THE NORTHEASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF THE AFORESAID TOWN ROAD; THENCE N 53° 45' W ALONG THE SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 442.69 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. INCLUDING ALL LANDS LYING BETWEEN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED LAKESHORE MEANDER LINE AND THE ACTUAL LOW WATER MARK OF MANITOWISH LAKE. Address: 129 Alder Lake Road A parcel of land in Government Lots Two (2) and Three (3), Section Twenty-seven (27), Township Forty-one (41) North, Range Five (5) East, Lac du Flambeau Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin, being more particularly described as: Commencing at the 1/4 corner common to Sections 27 and 28, marked by an iron pipe, witnessed by a White Pine Stump bearing S 70° E, 69.5 feet; thence S 89° 30' 00" E, 931.76 feet along the East-West 1/4 line of said Section 27 to the Place of Beginning, marked by a 1" iron pipe. Thence N 44° 51' 30" E, 675.83 feet to a 1" iron pipe near the shore of White Sand Lake; thence S 47° 19' 02" E, 238.42 feet along the shore of White Sand Lake and crossing a small creek to a star drill hold set in a concrete abutment; thence S 0° 10' 31" E, 323.13 feet to a 1" iron pipe on the East-West 1/4 line of said Section 27; thence N 89° 30' 00" W, 652.98 feet along the East-West 1/4 line of said Section 27 to the place of beginning. Including the land lying between the lakeshore baseline and the water’s edge. Together with and subject to a Boundary Line Agreement recorded in Volume 1388 Records, page 476 as Document No. 438594. Together with an easement for the purpose of ingress and egress to the Town Road over a 66 foot wide easement road, said road lying approximately 280 feet Southwesterly of White Sand Lake and crossing Parcel “A” and also including an easement for the purpose of ingress and egress to the Town Road over a 3 rod road, said road lying approximately 260 feet Southwesterly of White Sand Lake and being that road described in Vol. 147 Deeds, pg. 425. Address: 13580 Sand Creek Lane That part of Government Lot Seven (7), Section Twenty-three (23), Township Fortytwo (42) North, Range Five (5) East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, Manitowish Waters Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the monument marking the Southwest corner of said Government Lot 8, being also the Southwest corner of said Section 23; thence along the South line of said Government Lot 8 S 89° 50' 01" E 1305.34 feet to a railroad spike; thence N 01° 25' 21" W 33.01 feet to an iron rod on the Northerly right-of-way line of Alder Lake Road; thence along said right-of-way line S 89° 50' 45" E 360.14 feet to an iron rod, the Point of Beginning; thence N 01° 25' 21" W 240.87 feet to an iron rod; thence S 86° 05' 13" E 389.09 feet to an iron rod on the Westerly right-of-way line of Little Manitowish Lake Road; thence continuing S 86° 05' 13" E 39.24 feet to the centerline of Little Manitowish Lake Road; thence along said centerline S 24° 56' 11" E 100.78 feet and S 17° 38' 02" E 127.53 feet to the intersection of said centerline and Northerly right-of-way line of Alder Lake Road; thence along said Northerly right-of-way line of Alder Lake Road N 89° 50' 45" W 34.66 feet to an iron rod on the Westerly right-of-way line of Little Manitowish Lake Road; thence continuing N 89° 50' 45" W 467.82 feet to the point of beginning. Address: 207 Little Manitowish Road Frank Tomlanovich Vilas County Sheriff This document was prepared by: John M. Van Lieshout Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. 1000 North Water Street, Suite 1700 Milwaukee, WI 53202 414-298-1000 4917


(Six Weeks, 10/26-11/30/11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 11-CV-199 Hon. Neal A. Nielsen III Br. 1 ______________________________________________ RIVERSIDE FINANCE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. RONALD W. WILTZIUS KRISTINE P. WILTZIUS Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovecaptioned action on September 7, 2011, in the amount of $100,979.20, the Sheriff or his assignee will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. PLACE: in the main lobby of the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521 DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land being part of Lot Seventeen (17) of Gondolf’s Plat located in Government Lot Eight (8), Section Twenty-six (26), Township Forty (40) North, Range Five (5) East, Lac du Flambeau Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin, being “Parcel 2” shown on Map No. 87-143 by Wilderness Surveying, Inc., dated May 6, 1988, more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Section Twenty-six (26), marked by a capped aluminum monument; thence North 00º 07' 29" East, for a distance of 259.81 feet along the Westerly line of that parcel of land described in Volume 382 of Records on page 437 to an iron pipe; thence North 67º 26' 29" East, for a distance of 174.90 feet along the Northerly line of that parcel of land described in Volume 382 of Records on page 437 to an iron pipe; thence North 83º 38' 03" East, for a distance of 69.07 feet along the Northerly line of said parcel of land described in Volume 382 of Records on page 437 to an iron pipe; thence South 00º 07' 50" West, for a distance of 339.32 feet to an iron pipe on the South line of said Section Twenty-six (26); thence North 88º 49' 00" West, for a distance of 230.00 feet along the South line of said Section Twenty-six (26) to the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1330 Wyandock Lake Road, Minocqua, WI 54548 TERMS: Cash; down payment required at the time of Sheriff’s Sale in the amount of 10% by cash, money order, cashier’s check or certified check made payable to the Vilas County Clerk of Courts; balance of sale price due upon confirmation of sale by Court. Property to be sold as a whole ‘as is’ and subject to all real estate taxes, accrued and accruing, special assessments, if any, penalties and interest. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the Sale upon Confirmation of the Court. Purchaser to pay the cost of title evidence. Frank Tomlanovich, Sheriff Vilas County, Wisconsin Plaintiff’s Attorney: Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. 500 Third Street, Suite 800 P.O. Box 479 Wausau, WI 54402-0479 (715) 845-8234 4943

Two Discover Mediaworks shows nominated for Emmy recognition
Into the Outdoors, a television series dedicated to educating children on Wisconsin’s natural resources and healthy recreation activities, has received an Emmy nomination from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Meanwhile, Family Inc., a television series that profiles successful family-owned companies, has received its first Emmy nomination from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for outstanding achievement for interview/discussion programming-feature/segment. Both shows are produced by Discover Mediaworks. This is the 11th straight year Mark and Lisa Rose, executive producers of Into the Outdoors and owners of Discover Mediaworks Inc., have been nominated for an Emmy in the major category of outstanding achievement in children’s/teen program or series. The program has been nominated every year since making its broadcast debut in 2001. “We’re extremely honored to be nominated again, because it tells us that our commitment to the high quality of Into the Outdoors is recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,” said Mark Rose. This year’s nomination is a composite of two episodes, “The Art and Science of Cheesemaking” and “Tater Tales” produced by Amy Wallace, Steven Nelson and John Oakes. Winners will be announced at the 53rd annual Chicago/ Midwest Emmy Awards Ceremony Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Alhambra Palace in Chicago. Into the Outdoors and Family Inc. airs in markets throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. For more information, visit


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Phelps School Commons, a PUBLIC HEARING on the PROPOSED 2012 BUDGET for the Town of Phelps in Vilas County will be held. The proposed budget in detail is available for inspection at the town clerk/treasurer’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The following is a summary of the proposed 2012 Budget: Category General Government Public Safety Public Works Human Services Culture Recreation Conservation & Development Total Expenditures Inter-government Revenues Licenses & Permits Public Charges Miscellaneous Revenues Total Revenues Total Expenses Less Revenues Less Surplus Levy Limit Compliance Budget 2010 206,763 409,632 456,582 6,160 47,306 96,740 53,817 $1,277,000 342,647 3,630 81,948 61,901 $490,126 Budget 2011 155,296 277,858 671,045 9,670 49,237 90,997 57,183 $1,311,285 340,387 3,463 83,691 11,705 $439,245 1,311,285 (439,245) (112,816) $ 759,224 Proposed 2012 172,634 264,098 623,437 8,274 53,271 92,281 63,946 $1,277,942 330,288 3,460 81,520 21,300 $436,568 1,277,942 (436,568) (78,611) 762,762 Increase 0.47% % Change

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF NORTHLAND PINES Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the provisions of Wisconsin Statute 65.90(5)(a), that the School Board of Northland Pines on 10/24/11, adopted the following changes to previously approved budgeted 2011-’12 amounts. The following presents only adopted budget line items with changes. Unchanged line items are not presented.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, immediately following the Public Hearing, a Special Town Meeting of the electors will be held pursuant to Section 60.12(1)(c) of the Wis. Stats. for the following purposes: 1. To approve the 2011 town tax levy to be collected in 2012 pursuant to Section 60.10(1)(a) of Wis. Stats. 2. To approve total highway expenditures for 2012 pursuant to Section 82.03 of Wisconsin Statutes. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that immediately following the previous two meetings, a special Town Board Meeting will be held to adopt the 2012 budget pursuant to Wis. Stats. 60.40(4). Dated this 31st day of October 2011



/s/ Marjorie Hiller, Clerk/Treasurer




Legislators gutting state’s conservation ethic
POLITICAL maneuvering intended to slow conservation efforts of the Natural Resources Board because it might interfere with economic growth is already causing fallout that will adversely affect the state’s outdoor community. One measure passed by Republicans who now control Wisconsin government is Act 21, which gives the governor unprecedented power over administrative rules. By requiring an economic review and scoping before rules can be implemented, it is expected to double the time it takes to change an administrative rule — even simple rules that affect hunting, fishing and trapping. Traditional rule changes have always been brought to the Natural Resources Board following a lengthy process involving the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and thousands of sportsmen and -women. The process includes spring fish and game hearings in every county. What was already a slow and cumbersome process, by design, just got a lot slower. In fact, officials are now talking about only having spring fish and game hearings every other year. That means it could take three to four years to make a simple change involving the spring turkey season, the muskie size limit or local regulations on walleye, bass and other species. It’s doubtful that hunters, anglers and trappers were the target of Act 21. What Republicans wanted to take away from the Natural Resources Board was some of its authority to change more significant rules, such as the state’s

In the Outdoors
By Kurt Krueger
minimum shoreland zoning regulations. It was just two years ago that the board approved revisions to Chapter NR 115 of the Administrative Code, strengthening the state’s minimum shoreline protections while also adding flexibility to the regulatory system for lakefront property owners and the counties that are charged with implementing the code. Many Republican lawmakers didn’t like the changes, but the rule survived legislative review at a time when Democrats were in charge. Now that the political climate has changed, there is talk of gutting the rule as well as changing the entire rule-making process to prevent such events in the future. The scribbler and this newspaper supported the revision because most of what the DNR came up with reflects what Vilas County has been doing with shoreland zoning since 1999. I figure if it works in a county with the highest concentration of inland lakes in the state, it should work everywhere. The rule now deals more with controlling runoff by regulating impervious surfaces and offers flexibility for building projects through mitigation. The project started as an objective mission with input from all stakeholders, but it ended with two years of silence and closed-door negotia-

tions. In the end, the impervious surface limits were just too strict. But, instead of opting for a quick fix, the party in charge is tossing the baby out with the bath water. Unfortunately, Republicans went for a buckshot approach instead of the rifle bullet, and the entire rulemaking process is going to bleed out because of it. The losers will be hunters, anglers and trappers who can’t get needed regulation changes in a timely fashion. “Act 21 has already started to cause severe problems in adopting simple hunting, fishing and trapping regulations,” said Chuck Matyska, president of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. “Virtually all of the many regulations governing hunting, fishing and trapping in Wisconsin must be adopted by administrative rule and are supported by sportsmen and -women.” The federation has called on the governor and the Legislature to modify Act 21 to allow the adoption of noncontroversial and inexpensive hunting, fishing and trapping regulations without the added red tape and delay caused by the new law. Unfortunately, Republicans aren’t stopping there. They’ve also introduced legislation that would undermine pier regulations, allow unrestricted shoreline bulldozing and give property owners the right to dredge the lakebed without a permit. Rep. Dan Meyer (R-Eagle River) has frequently defended his conservation stance, so we’ll see where he stands on legislation that would gut decades of work aimed at protecting lakefronts, wildlife habitat and water quality. I might be wrong, but it looks like Wisconsin’s great conservation

Changes to fishing regulations, such as largemouth and smallmouth bass rules, will take twice as long under Act 21. --Photo By The Author

ethic is taking some big hits at the hands of Republican legislators. The question is, How far will the pendulum swing before we say enough is enough? For sure, there is no reason

for simple hunting, fishing and trapping regulations to be delayed one day longer than the deliberately slow process that has been in place for years.

Ruffed grouse championship attracts 30 hunter, dog teams
LAND O’ LAKES — The fifth annual Ruffed Grouse Championship of America was held Oct. 20-22 and headquartered in Land O’ Lakes at Gateway Gun Club. The three-day event, which featured 30 two-person teams hunting for ruffed grouse and woodcock, a sporting clays contest and dog competitions, was filmed by the “Discover Wisconsin” television show. Funds raised at the event went to the Ontonagon, Mich., Sportsman Club youth shooting program. Past tournaments have raised more than $40,000 for youth shooting programs and youth recreational opportunities. Special guests for the 2011 Ruffed Grouse Championship were New York City Sept. 11 responders, including Fire Lt. William Russell and firefighter Steven Cycan, who presented a 10th anniversary memorial Sept. 11 tribute program for all participants. Russell was not scheduled to work Sept. 11, 2001, but came in that day and worked on “The Pile” for rescue and recovery for two months at the World Trade Center site. Cycan was on vacation Sept. 11, 2001, came off vacation and also worked on “The Pile” in rescue and recovery efforts for two months. Bret & Frisk, a Land O’ Lakes musical duo, opened the ceremonies with the national anthem. Teams of two hunters and one dog hit the forests around Land O’ Lakes trying to harvest a tournament limit of three grouse and three woodcock. Each hunter was limited to six shells. The top five teams in the championship were as follows: First place: Team Heads, Gregg Mallick, Wisconsin, and Chris Davis, North Carolina; five grouse, zero woodcock, four shells left, bird weight, 6.19. Prize, two L.C. Smith side-byside 20-gauge shotguns. Second: Team North of 28,

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By George Langley

Now is the time for trophy muskies
With the calendar turning to November, the openwater fishermen and -women will be experiencing their final weeks in the boat prior to the fastapproaching gun deer season. Water temperatures have fallen into the low 40s throughout the area. This is the time the real muskie nuts hit the water prior to ice up. The muskie season closes at the end of the month, but options are reduced the later into November we get as lakes freeze up. Muskie fishing should improve each week now that the water temperature has dipped into the low 40s. The fish have become much more aggressive to any slow-moving bait, however, the fish can be anywhere from 5 to 50 feet so watch your electronics. Use large, slow-moving baits such as Bulldawgs or Suicks, and Bailey Croker of Eagle River search depths to locate caught this nice largemouth fish. Many anglers also bass on an Eagle River area hang a sucker over the lake. --Contributed Photo boat at this time. Walleye fishing has been good as these water temperatures have fallen. Follow the fall pattern, meaning the holes and the deepest weeds on the Chain. Anglers can usually locate these fish with their electronics and fish with jigs and large fathead minnows. The fish in the deep weeds are less numerous but larger than those in the holes. On the deep, clear lakes, the walleyes are pretty deep as anglers are catching fish in up to 40 feet of water. Jigs with either large fatheads or redtail chubs work best on these bigger lakes. Northern action can be found in the weeds on most lakes. Larger minnows or chubs work very well on jigs or under a bobber. The small jerk baits also are working well for these fish. Panfish action is slowing considerably, with only a few panfish anglers braving the colder weather. Most panfish anglers are now waiting for the ice fishing season to begin in mid-December. If you are in search of a trophy muskie, this is prime time in the North Woods. Good luck and good fishin’.

The first-place team in the Ruffed Grouse Championship of America in Land O’ Lakes included, sitting from left, Chris Davis and Gregg Mallick,

with dogs Doc and Willy. The scorekeeper was Andrew Wolford, standing. The winners shot five grouse. --Contributed Photo

Neil Codd, Michigan, and Mark Dawejko, Pennsylvania; four grouse, two woodcock, two shells left, bird weight, 5.17. Prize, two $250 gift certificates for Midwest Shooters Supply. Third: Team Shank Lake Steelers, Chris Manzini and Larry Heathman, both of Michigan; three grouse, zero woodcock, seven shells left, bird weight, 3.48. Prize, two $125 gift certificates for Tadpole Sports. Fourth: Team Tails, Giff

Fisher, North Carolina, and Jim Lapp, Michigan; two grouse, one woodcock, seven shells left, bird weight, 2.74. Prize, dinner for four and a bottle of wine at Bent’s Camp resort and restaurant. Fifth: Team Mouthful of Feathers, Mark Haynes and Ramsey Haynes, both of Wisconsin; two grouse, one woodcock, six shells left, bird weight, 2.67. Prize, dinner for two and a bottle of wine at Marty’s Place North.

Bird dog challenge The top finishers in the bird dog challenge were as follows: First place: Canine competitor Buddy, Labrador retriever; hunters, Sam Smith and Harvey Kimmes; total points, 1,518. Second: Canine competitor, Captain, Labrador retriever; hunters, John Muir and Craig Kusick; total points, 1,264. Third: Canine competitor, Doc, English springer spaniel; hunters, Gregg Mallick and Chris Davis; total points, 1,191.








Muskies Inc. sets program on boat service
The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. will host guest speaker Brian Siekierzynski at its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Eagle River Inn & Resort. Siekierzynski serves as service manager for Shoeder’s RV and Marine in Rhinelander and will speak about proper boat winterization as well as general maintenance ideas. He also will take questions from the audience. Siekierzynski began his marine career in 1995 and underwent extensive training with Outboard Marine Corp. (OMC), focusing on repairing outboards and snowmobiles. He is an up-to-date master technician with Johnson/Evinrude and has kept current on all available training for Mercury, MerCruiser, all Yamaha products, Honda outboards and many other motors, boats and snowmobiles. He has written articles on boat maintenance for publications, including Musky Hunter, and over the years has advised many people on how to care for their marine products. The Headwaters Chapter meeting will take place at 7 p.m. and Siekierzynski’s presentation will begin at 8 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend.

Volunteers needed to monitor wolves
People interested in volunteering to locate timber wolves and other forest carnivores in the coming year and help keep count on the elusive animals can learn how to track wolves during a series of upcoming training sessions. In Wisconsin, wolves continue to be an endangered species under federal law, but may be delisted by end of 2011. The state will be required to conduct intense monitoring of the wolf population for the next five years after delisting. Volunteer trackers are assigned survey blocks in forest portions of northern and central Wisconsin, and are asked to conduct three or more surveys in their assigned block each winter. Data they gather can be compiled with those of other volunteers to aid Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists in evaluating wolf populations. Wolf and carnivore tracker training sessions are scheduled: — Nov. 5, Ashland, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, highways 2 and G, west of Ashland. — Dec. 3, Babcock, Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, 1 mile north of Highway 173 along County Road X; — Dec. 10-11, Tomahawk, Wildlife Tracking with Dr. James Halfpenny, Treehaven UW-Stevens Point Field Station on Pickerel Creek Road off County A. Training sessions at Ashland and Babcock will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applicants should register as soon as possible because space is limited. There is a small fee for the classes. Training at Treehaven near Tomahawk will be held Dec. 10-11 will be by worldrenowned tracker, Dr. James Halfpenny. Cost of the workshop has yet to be determined. Details about the volunteer tracking program and the wolf ecology and tracking training sessions are available on the DNR website at In late winter 2011, DNR biologists and volunteers counted 782 to 824 wolves in the state, including 751 or more outside Indian reservations. Normally, about one-third of the state packs are monitored by radio-telemetry; the remaining packs are monitored by DNR and volunteer trackers. In 2011, 137 volunteer trackers surveyed 86 200square-mile survey blocks covering 8,232 miles of snowcovered roads and trails. Volunteers averaged 4.1 surveys per block, covering 95.7 miles, conducting 15.4 hours of tracking per block, and detected more than 430 different wolves. “With the continued spread of the state wolf population and reduced funding for surveys, the volunteer carnivore tracking program is critical for us to obtain accurate counts of the state wolf population,” said Adrian Wydeven, DNR mammal ecologist who coordinates the state wolf program. “Despite changes in federal listings these surveys will continue to be important for long-term conservation of wolves and other forest carnivores in Wisconsin.” Volunteers are also helpful in other ways, Wydeven said. Last fall, several volunteers conducted hunter outreach in the field and made contacts with deer hunters across several northern counties. During the spring volunteers helped with wolf trapping, radio collaring, donations of radio collars, and howl surveys as well as staffing educational booths at sport shows and other events. Training sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Try to register at least two weeks before each session. Volunteers also are strongly encouraged to take a wolf ecology course if they have not done so already, and biologists recommend taking the ecology course before signing up for track training workshops. Wolf ecology courses will be offered next year on the following dates at the locations listed: — Jan. 14-15, Tomahawk — Treehaven, cost $102-$150 (includes meals; optional lodging), contact Treehaven at; — Jan. 21-22, Babcock — Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, Babcock, $80 (includes two meals and dorm lodging), contact; — Feb. 18-19, Babcock — Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, cost $80 (includes two meals and dorm lodging), contact; and — Feb. 25-26, Tomahawk — Treehaven, cost $102-$150 (includes meals; optional lodging), contact Treehaven at More information about Wisconsin’s volunteer carnivore tracking program is available on the DNR website.

BIG MUSKIE — Brannon Garsow of Eagle River recently caught this 471⁄2-inch muskie while fish-

ing on an area lake with his angling partner, Dominic Ayers. --Contributed Photo

‘Deer Hunt 2011’ to air on public TV Nov. 3 & 8
“Deer Hunt 2011,” hosted by Public Television’s Dan Small, is set to air on public television Nov. 3 and 8, and on the Fox Sports Network Nov. 10 and 12. This year’s show will be packed with deer hunting features, including current deer research focused on answering Wisconsin hunters’ questions about populations and predators. Other deer topics will include: deer season forecasts; hunter safety tips; new rules and regulations; efforts to recruit new hunters and retain old hunters with a drop in on a youth deer hunt; a new deer hunter outreach effort called Hunt, Harvest, Help; and a fireplace conversation on hunting traditions and values. Broadcast dates and times: — Milwaukee Public TV: Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. — Wisconsin Public TV Digital Wisconsin Channel: Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.; and — Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin: Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. Show segments also will be posted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Web page following public broadcast dates. “The annual outbreak of buck fever is spreading rapidly across Wisconsin as the rut and November gun deer season fast approach,” said Tom Hauge, the DNR’s wildlife program director. “ ‘Deer Hunt 2011’ is a fantastic way to kick off the fall hunt and keep your fever under control.” Small will be joined by DNR wildlife biologists and conservation wardens who will share updates and important information hunters should review before they head to the woods for the November deer hunt. “This is the 20th season for our annual deer hunt special,” Small said. “This year we’ve decided to broaden our reach to include the Fox Sports Network in an effort to reach even more hunters in Wisconsin and also those in Minnesota, the Dakotas and northern Iowa. Wisconsin offers some of the best deer hunting in the U.S., and we hope to help convey that message to our viewers.” Highlights of the show also will include advice on sighting in a rifle, gear and strategy tips to help hunters improve their chances of success, a look at a hunter recruitment program for college students at UW-Madison and an interview with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. Deer researchers will share first-year data collected from radio-collared adult deer and fawns on causes of death from predators to vehicles to environmental stresses and how hunters can help by getting involved. DNR customer service lines will be open during the broadcast and are just a toll-free phone call away nearly every other day of the year. The DNR operates its toll-free information line 1-(888) WDNR-INFo (936-7463) 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, year round, including right through the hunting seasons when operators have taken calls from hunters sitting on their deer stands on opening morning. “I hope you’ll join Dan and the rest of the crew in this annual salute to one of our most hallowed traditions — the November deer hunt,” Hauge said. “It’s part of who we are in Wisconsin and I wish all hunters good luck and safe hunting.”

Muskie anglers using live bait
Avid muskie anglers are increasingly relying on live bait to catch their quarry, according to a recent statewide survey of muskie anglers. About 54% of muskie club anglers reported some use of live bait in 2010, compared to 38% in 1990 and 37% in 2000, according to a recent survey of anglers by researchers from UW-Stevens Point and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Resident anglers, those who don’t necessarily target muskie, reported lower use of live bait for muskie — 36% over the same time period, according to Tim Simonson, a DNR fisheries biologist and co-leader of the DNR’s muskie team. That widespread use of live bait makes it even more important that muskie anglers follow bait rules aimed at preventing the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) fish disease and that they use quick strike-rigs to decrease the number of fish that die due to single-hook rigs baited with minnows, Simonson said. Quick-strike rigs The vast majority — 98% — of avid muskie anglers reported using quick-strike rigs, which are designed to reduce hooking mortality, compared to using singlehook rigs, which have been shown to result in greater than 80% mortality in hooked muskies, Simonson said. Starting next year, the use of single-hook rigs, other than non-offset circle hooks, will be prohibited when fishing with live minnows 8 inches and larger, Simonson said. About 68% of muskie anglers supported this ban on singlehook swallow rigs during voting at the spring fish and wildlife rules hearings, Simonson said.

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State volleyball field includes Tomahawk
The 39th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Volleyball State Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The single-elimination tournament features matches with a best-of-five-games, rally-scoring format. Eight teams will play for the State title in Division 1, with four teams still in contention for the State crown in Divisions 2, 3 and 4. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session. The Division 2 field is of interest for local volleyball fans, as Tomahawk, champions of the Great Northern Conference this season, will be making its third appearance in the State Tournament. They look to advance to the final for the first time after falling in the semifinals the last two seasons. The Hatchets’ third consecutive berth comes following a three-set sweep over Altoona in the New Richmond Sectional final. The Hatchets, 37-9 overall, will face Oconto Falls, 456, in a Division 2 semifinal at 4 p.m. Friday. The other Division 2 semifinal will have Big Foot, 40-4, playing against Catholic Memorial (44-6). The Division 2 championship match will be at 3 p.m. Friday. For fans living in northern Wisconsin who that can’t make the trip to Green Bay, the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of all four divisions of the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament will be streamed live on the Internet on p. Fans also can watch the delayed broadcast of the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Championships on FS Wisconsin. The Division 1 title match will be aired on Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. The Division 2 championship match will be aired on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The Division 3 title match is scheduled to be aired on Nov. 21 at 9:30 p.m. In addition, the Division 4 championship match is scheduled for Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The State Girls Volleyball Championships are definitely worth taking in, whether in person at the Resch Center, over the Internet or on delayed television.

The Northland Pines boys soccer team was tough on the defensive end of the field all season. The back row included defenders Alex

Camp, Scott Moline, Greg Chamberlain and Steve Vogel, along with goalkeeper Evan Hartwig. --STAFF PHOTO

Eight from Pines receive GNC honors
The Great Northern Conference (GNC) has announced its 2011 all-conference boys soccer teams, including eight players from Northland Pines. Northland Pines players named to the first team were senior defenseman Alex Camp and senior defenseman/forward Scott Moline, who were the backbone of the Eagles’ defense. Camp was named the conference’s defensive player of the year, while Moline also scored two goals for the Eagles. Eagles named to the second team were senior forward Matt Meyer and senior defenseman Greg Chamberlin. Meyer had six goals and 13 points in conference play, good for 10th in the league. Northland Pines players receiving honorable mention were four juniors, midfielder Dylan Weber, forward Jacob Bozic, forward Trevor Laszczkowski and goalkeeper Evan Hartwig. Hartwig was second in the conference with a 1.16 goals against average. Bozic, Weber and Laszczkowski each had four goals in conference play. Others named to the first team included senior goalkeeper Mike Prihoda and senior Victor Aguilera, both of Medford; seniors Nick Zahn, A.J. Gulan and Andrew Gulan, all of Mosinee; junior Nathan Kingstad and senior Peter Frost, both of Lakeland,; and junior Brent Lewis and senior Nathan Schmitz, both of Rhinelander. Kingstad was named the conference’s offensive player of the year. Other second-team selections included junior goalkeeper Ryan O’Hara, junior Leigh Olszewski, junior Ryder Kent and senior Brandon Cheshire, all of Mosinee; senior Jake Bures of Antigo; senior Wyatt Tabbert and junior Kaylin Felix, both of Medford; and senior Adam Schmitz and junior Ben Franson, both of Rhinelander.









Other honorable mention selections included junior Trey Bussey of Antigo; senior Brian Iltis, senior Justin LaBarge and freshman Riley Neri, all of Lakeland; junior Devin Cypher, junior Gadi Samson and senior Collin Bauman, all of Medford; seniors Austin

Fochs and Tyler Sondelski, both of Mosinee; and junior Conar LaBell of Rhinelander. Mosinee won the conference with a 9-1 record, followed by Northland Pines in second at 7-3. Medford and Rhinelander tied at 5-5, Lakeland was 4-6 and Antigo was 0-10.

Basketball all-stars to gather Saturday for skills challenge
Prizes include football signed by Packers team
The Northland Pines Basketball Association (NPBA) will host its first Northwoods Basketball All-Star Event Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Northland Pines High School field house for boys and girls in second to eighth grades. Participants will compete in events such as a skills challenge, three-point competition, hot-shot event, free throws, lay-up challenge and passing fancy. The event will be open to the public with concessions and auctions starting at 11 a.m. Anyone can try to qualify for a charge of $5 per event. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit youth basketball through the NPBA. One of the silent auction items will be a signed football from the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl winning team. Qualifying rounds will be held Saturday morning and afternoon and the top qualifiers will compete in the allstar event that night. Sixth-grade students and younger will qualify from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and their all-star event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Qualifying for seventh- and eighth-grade students will be from 2 to 5 p.m., with their allstar event from 6 to 9 p.m. Every youth who attempts to qualify will receive a Tshirt, and there will be trophies for first, second and third places. “Those who don’t qualify can still win,” said event coordinator Tim Kruse. “For every event you try to qualify for, you’ll get a raffle ticket to win an iPod to be drawn during the event that evening.” In addition to the competition, there will be a shooting stars competition, which will include local personalities Emmy Fink of “Discover Wisconsin,” Joe Dufek of WJFW TV-12, youth coach Larry Snedden and News-Review Editor Gary Ridderbusch. Danceworks Unlimited and Northwoods Idol winner Madeline Consoer and guests will provide entertainment. In addition, there will be a silent auction with signed memorabilia, games for children of all ages, raffles and a chance to win $3,500 with one threepoint shot. The YMCA of the Northwoods will be on-site with games. For details or to register, visit or contact Kruse at (715) 8911877 or

Four Bluejays earn All-Conference honors
Hegeman, Wales named to first team



Four members of the Three Lakes Bluejays football team were awarded All-Conference honors last week in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC). Emerson Hegeman, Ben Wales, Brent LaDuke and Riley Liebscher received various types of recognition for their play during the 2011 season. The NLC coaches named junior lineman Hegeman and senior punter Wales to the defensive first team, while Hegeman was also recognized on the offensive first team in the center position. Wales made the offensive second team as a kicker, but he





also made an impact for the Jays as a receiver, connecting five times for 110 yards and two touchdowns this season. Adding to his accomplishments, Wales earned honorable mention as an offensive end. Senior defensive end LaDuke earned a spot on the second team for Three Lakes, while junior defensive back Liebscher earned honorable

mention this season. Jesse Gomez of Florence was named the Defensive Player of the Year, Weston Sexton of the Northern Elite Predators was Offensive Player of the Year and Dan Nett of the Predators was named Coach of the Year. Joining Hegeman and Wales on the defensive first team were Northern Elite seniors Dakota Jeffords, Brody

Millan and Weston Sexton; Florence seniors Bryce Kerscher, Zach Harrison, Cole Dollar and Jesse Gomez; Laona-Wabeno senior Travis Harris; Crandon senior Willie Sekel; and Northern Elite juniors Ross Moll and Craig Kowalkowski. With Hegeman on the offensive first team were Northern Elite seniors Sexton, Millan and Mike Parent and junior Jordan Zawada; Crandon seniors Avery Smith and Sekel and junior Hayden Krueger; Florence seniors Kerscher and Gomez; and Laona-Wabeno senior Don Bartels and junior Zach Reeves. The Bluejays, who suffered from a shallow bench and numerous injuries, finished the season 0-8.

Three Lady Jays, two Knights earn NLC honorable mention



Five players from Three Lakes and Phelps received All-Conference honorable mention in volleyball for the 2011 season in the Northern Lakes Conference. For the Three Lakes Lady Jays, senior Zana Lorbetske, sophomore Abby Zielke and sophomore Lindsay Schoff were awarded honorable mention. Senior Sydney Munds and

sophomore Ashley Volkmann were awarded honorable mention for the P h e l p s Knights. Making first team this LORBETSKE season were Wabeno senior Ashley Baugnet and junior Steph Prasser; Florence senior Jazmyne Franklin and junior KayCee Lund; Crandon senior Megan Sprenger; and Elcho senior Kristine Irish.

Pines to host basketball camp
Northland Pines High School will host a Hoosier School of Basketball shooting camp and offensive fundamentals camp Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12. The camp is designed to give future basketball players an opportunity to sharpen their basketball skills. “A great deal of time will be spent on each camper’s mechanics of their shot, footwork, coming off of screens and the use of the dribble to create their shot,” said Northland Pines basketball coach Ryan Clark. The Hoosier School of Basketball Fall Camp will again be directed by Hall of Fame coach Woody Wilson. Wilson will begin his 22nd season as a college coach. For more information, contact Clark at (715) 477-0593 or (715) 550-0908.





Named to the second team were Laona senior Sara Johnson; Florence juniors Lauren Joerns and Shannon Drexler and sophomore Aly Young; Crandon senior Alexis Marvin; and Goodman senior Des-

tini Eliasson. The Bluejays finished the season with a 1-6 NLC record and a 2-13 record overall. The Knights were 0-7 in the NLC, finishing with an overall record of 1-10.





Bohnen honored in GNC volleyball
The Great Northern Conference has announced its all-conference volleyball team for the 2011 season, including one player from Northland Pines. E a g l e s BOHNEN junior Carly Bohnen received honorable mention to the all-conference teams. Players named to the first team included Tomahawk senior Anna Sudbury, who was named the conference player of the year. Other firstteamers included Tomahawk senior Kellan Flynn, Lakeland junior Abby Scharbarth, Rhinelander junior Taylor Wissbroecke, Medford senior Taylor Kuhn, Mosinee senior Alyssa Rusin and Mosinee junior Aubrey Antosch. Scharbarth, Wissbroecke, Rusin and Sudbury were all unanimous selections. Players named to the second team included junior Lindsey Berrell and sophomore Katie Berrell, both of Rhinelander; freshman Anna Nyberg and senior Kayli Ogstad, both of Tomahawk; junior Breanna Nedden of Antigo; senior Lyndsey Jonas of Lakeland; and junior Brook Wibben of Medford. Joining Bohnen with honorable mention honors were senior Savanah McCarthy, senior Nicole Leiterman and senior Cassie Brennecke, all of Antigo; senior Kaylin Chiolino of Lakeland; senior Heather Lindahl and junior Kylie Christianson, both of Medford; senior Katie Barker of Mosinee; senior Katie Sweeney of Rhinelander; and senior Kelsey Paramore of Tomahawk. The co-coaches of the year were Jen Pfannerstill of Tomahawk and Kathy Wawrzynowicz of Rhinelander. Tomahawk won the conference title with a 12-0 record and Rhinelander was second at 7-5. Three teams were 6-6, including Mosinee, Medford and Antigo. Lakeland was 5-7 and Pines finished at 0-12. The Eagles will lose two seniors from this year’s team, including Kelsey Bergum and Nicole Sullivan, who was the team’s most valuable player. Junior Abby Alft was named most improved player. Other Pines players included juniors Claire Decker, Mary Loeser, Ellie Zyhowski and Paige Healy, and sophomore Carly Ridderbusch.

MEN’S CHAMP — M&I/BMO Financial Group representative Connie Olson, left, congratulates Luke Nelson, the 2011 men’s champion at Eagle River Golf Course. Nelson shot a 70 to win the match over John Hletko. M&I/BMO Financial Group sponsored the event. --Contributed Photo



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Samuelson joins Luther women’s basketball team

Gary Ridderbusch N-R Editor Overall Record Winningest Percentage Last Week’s Tally 88-35 .715 10-4 Paula Hendrickson Tailgater 85-38 .691 9-5 “Painless” Pete Dentist 89-34 .723 9-5 Larry Snedden Youth Coach 88-35 .715 9-5 Green Bay Buffalo Dallas Houston Atlanta Kansas City New Orleans Rich Bruce Javenkoski Weber Sports Analyst Big B Grocer 88-35 .715 9-5 Green Bay Buffalo Dallas Houston Atlanta Kansas City New Orleans 87-36 .707 10-4 Green Bay N.Y. Jets Dallas Houston Atlanta Kansas City New Orleans



Jennifer Samuelson, a 2010 graduate of Phelps High School, was recently named to the Luther College women’s basketball team in Decorah, Iowa. Samuelson, standing 5feet, one-inch tall, joins the team as a sophomore in the guard position. Samuelson was a three-year letterwinner playing basketball for Phelps High School. She also lettered twice in both soccer and softball at the high school and was named a soccer Scholar-Athlete. Samuelson, the daughter of Randy and Jan Samuelson of Phelps, was co-salutatorian of her graduating class and a member of the National Honor Society. The Luther College Norse will begin its women’s basketball season hosting its own Tip-Off Classic Nov. 18-19.


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Eagle Lanes Results of 10/26/11 Team results: Rockettes 0, Boone’s Building Supply 7; Harry’s Market 5, Twelve Pines 2; Darrell’s Dummies 7, Paul’s Pump-N-Pantry 2. High team game: Harry’s Market 946. High team series: Harry’s Market 2734. High games: Sue Soderberg 204, JoAnn Bathel 189, Susie Erickson 180, Carol Kubiaczyk 178. High series: Sue Soderberg 557, Susie Erickson 496, JoAnn Bathel 490, Sandy Kwietnewski 461. STANDINGS W DARRELL’S DUMMIES.................39 PAUL’S PUMP-N-PANTRY ...........32 BOONE’S BUILDING SUPPLY..24 HARRY’S MARKET ......................21 TWELVE PINES ..........................19 ROCKETTES................................12 L 10 17 25 28 30 37

T&M Lanes Results of 10/26/11 Team results: Northern Exposure 5, Lanny’s Fireside 2; Rusty Nail 2, Great Lakes Stone 5; Ramesh Motorsports 7. High team game: Great Lakes Stone 829. High team series: Great Lakes Stone 2360. High games: Mike Bukoweicki 211, Bob Kemppainen 205, Pete Wyant and Ron Buell Jr. 194, Josh Horst 192. High series: Mike Bukoweicki 584, Ron Buell Jr. 558, Pete Wyant 545, Bob Kemppainen 531, Jason Wehrmeyer 512. STANDINGS W L NORTHERN EXPOSURE .......45 11 RAMESH MOTORSPORTS ....33 23 LANNY’S FIRESIDE ...............31 25 GREAT LAKES STONE..........27 29 RUSTY NAIL ..........................20 36

T&M Lanes Results of 10/27/11 Team results: FMN Floral 3, Northern Exposure 4; Black Bear Industries 7, Northern Carpets 0. High team game: Black Bear Industries 784. High team series: Black Bear Industries 2297. High games: Dick Owen 204, Rick Schacht 199, Craig Mansfield 193. High series: Dick Owen 609, Rick Schacht 552, Craig Mansfield 539, Dale Grosso 495, John Neumann 486. STANDINGS W L BLACK BEAR INDUSTRIES...36 20 FMN FLORAL.............................34 22 NORTHERN CARPETS ............25 31 NORTHERN EXPOSURE.........17 39

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Results of 10/24/11 Team results: Kathan Inn 8, Club DeNoyer 5; House of Boo’s I 5, Club 45 8; Sweetwater I 7, Sweetwater II 6; O’Brien’s Pub 10, House of Boo’s II 3; Smuggler’s Lounge 12, Uncle Kent’s 1. Three-in-a-bed: Chris Blicharz. Six-dart out: Ralph Daring. Seven-dart out: Nick Warwick Eight-dart out: Josh Doyen. Nine-dart out: Josh Doyen (2), Chris Blicharz (2), Ralph Daring (2), Greg Nagy, Troy Elliot, Jon Gosda, John Garsow, John Dutz, Bob Dutz, Jay Rabenberg. Hat tricks: Ralph Daring (3), Josh Doyen (2), Melissa Jones, Nick Warwick, Rick Behrens, Greg Maney, Chris Blicharz, John Garsow, Jon Gosda, Mason Gerlach, Bob Burnett, Ken Daring, Bill Kahlenberg, Jay Rabenberg, Cody Schneider. STANDINGS W KATHAN INN ............................26 O’BRIEN’S PUB .........................26 SWEETWATER I........................24 SWEETWATER II ......................22 CLUB 45 .....................................22 SMUGGLER’S LOUNGE...........20 HOUSE OF BOO’S II .................19 HOUSE OF BOO’S I ..................15 CLUB DENOYER.......................13 UNCLE KENT’S...........................8 L 13 13 15 17 17 19 20 24 19 31

Eagle Lanes Results of 10/27/11 Team results: Harry’s Market 5, BBT’s 2; Club DeNoyer 5, Leinenkugel’s 2; Daniel’s Distinctive Design 5, Boone’s Building Supply 2; Grembans 7, Miller Sportsmen 0; Hiawatha Hide Away 5, Wild Eagle Corner Store 2; XXX Outs 5, Dyna Manufacturing 2. High team game: Dyna Manufacturing 937. High team series: Harry’s Market 2727. High games: Don Tess 240, Rob Erickson and Steve Daniel 226, Ron Grulkowski 225. High series: Jim Kauzlaric 615, Don Tess 609, Rob Erickson 598. STANDINGS W DANIEL’S DISTINCTIVE DESIGN..32 LEINENKUGEL’S ..............................30 CLUB DENOYER...............................31 HIAWATHA HIDE AWAY..................28 MILLER SPORTSMEN .....................28 HARRY’S MARKET ...........................26 BBT’S ..................................................25 DYNA MANUFACTURING...............25 WILD EAGLE CORNER STORE......21 XXX OUTS ..........................................21 GREMBANS .......................................19 BOONE’S BUILDING SUPPLY ........15

Eagle Lanes Results of 10/23/11 Team results: Why Nots 5, Underdawgs 2; Rolling Thunder 3, This Week in the Northwoods 4; Bowling Oldies 5, Wheeler Dealers 2; Twinkle Toes 2, Head Pins 5; Tom’s Tavern Tippers 2, To Be Determined 5; Bear Pack 5, Bucktales 2. High team game: This Week in the Northwoods 835. High team series: Rolling Thunder 2348. High games, women: Nancy Kortenhoff 197, Jackie Walker 188, Becky Brainard 175. High series, women: Sue Diehl 480, Karen Landvatter 466, Nancy Kortenhoff 461. High games, men: Roger Brisk 224, Bill Landvatter 218, Rick Huber 216. High series, men: Roger Brisk 592, Rick Huber 588, Fred Goertz 571. STANDINGS W HEAD PINS...............................5 WHY NOTS ...............................5 TO BE DETERMINED .............5 BOWLING OLDIES ..................5 BEAR PACK ..............................5 THIS WEEK ..............................4 ROLLING THUNDER ..............3 TWINKLE TOES.......................2 TOM’S TAVERN TIPPERS .......2 UNDERDAWGS ........................2 BUCKTALES.............................2 WHEELER DEALERS..............2 L 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 5 5 5

T&M Lanes Results of 10/25/11 Team results: All in the Family Hair Care 7, Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy 0; Bent’s Camp 5, T&M Lanes 2; Sparo Coin 5, Tackle Box 2. High team game: Bent’s Camp 710. High team series: All in the Family Hair Care 2075. High games: Ronee Horst 179, Charlene Bukoweicki 167, Kyha Buell 158, Linda Sparks 157. High series: Ronee Horst 486, Charlene Bukoweicki 466, Kyha Buell 441, Linda Sparks 427, Roni Kopanski 423. STANDINGS W L ALL IN THE FAMILY ...........38.5 17.5 T&M LANES..........................38 18 TACKLE BOX ........................26 30 BENT’S CAMP.......................25.5 30.5 SPARO COIN .........................24 32 LOL PHARMACY ..................16 40

Eagle Lanes Results of 10/27/11 High games, women: Marie Baumann 174, Karen Grace 165, Sara Klein 152. High games, men: Jim Grace 221, Don Baumann 164, John Klein and Walt Maciag 158, Frank Borkowicz 148. High series, women: Marie Baumann 454, Karen Grace 441, Sara Klein 435. High series, men: Jim Grace 581, John Klein 463, Don Baumann 440, Frank Borkowicz 421, Walt Maciag 411.

SENIOR CHAMP — M&I/BMO Financial Group representative Connie Olson, left, congratulates Russ Groth, the 2011 senior champion at Eagle River Golf Course. Groth won the match four up with three to play over Tom Marion. M&I/BMO sponsored the event. --Contributed Photo

Eagle Lanes Results of 10/29/11 High games, boys: Joseph Pobjoy 193, Seth Daniel 169, Judd Klotz 159. High games, girls: Morgan Gurka 154 High series, boys: Seth Daniel 479, Joseph Pobjoy 472, Dylan Haagen 390. High series, girls: Morgan Gurka 359.

Results of 10/26/11 Team results: BBT’s III 2, BBT’s I 1; Club 45 II 1, BBT’s II 2; Bucktale Inn I 3, Club 45 I 0; Club DeNoyer II 1, Bucktale Inn II 2; Club DeNoyer I bye. Top women shooters: Barb Schofield 5/12, Greta Jackman 4/15, Delores Zdroik 4/14, Deb Jensen and Sharon Olander 4/12, Kelly Falcetta 3/13, Cyd Brunswick 2/14. Top men shooters: John Ariola 6/15, Jason Zdroik 6/14, Gary Goodness 5/14, Skip Brunswick 4/15, Bob Radtke and Tim Alexander 4/12. Home runs: Greta Jackman, Cassie Hilliard. STANDINGS W BUCKTALE INN I ....................9 CLUB DENOYER I ...................7 BBT’S I.......................................7 CLUB DENOYER II..................4 BBT’S II .....................................6 CLUB 45 II ................................3 BBT’S III ....................................5 BUCKTALE INN II...................5 CLUB 45 I..................................2 L 0 2 5 5 6 6 7 7 10

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Results of 10/24/11 Team results: Mud Creek Saloon 7, Jake’s I 2; Uncle Kent’s 6, Jake’s II 0; Oneida Village 5, Tiny Tap 4; Uncle Kent’s II 5, Club DeNoyer 4; Pine Isle 5, Eagle Lanes 4; Boomers bye. Nine-ball break: Renee Bollmann. STANDINGS W UNCLE KENT’S I .....................23 PINE ISLE .................................24 TINY TAP ..................................20 MUD CREEK SALOON............15 CLUB DENOYER......................19 EAGLE LANES .........................17 UNCLE KENT’S II....................12 BOOMERS .................................12 JAKE’S II ...................................13 JAKE’S I.....................................10 ONEIDA VILLAGE ...................12 L 10 12 16 12 17 19 15 15 20 17 24

Results of 10/26/11 Team results: OV 3 Diamonds 3, American Legion A 0; Oneida Village II 3, OV Nomads 0; American Legion I 3, Oneida Village I 0; OV Wildcats 2, Village People 1. Top women shooters: Joanne Matthiae 4/9, Jan Lederhaus 4/7, Gail Smith 3/7, Doe Muench 2/9, Connie Lyons 1/6, Judy Metternich 1/9, Rosie Obukowicz 1/5. Top men shooters: Walt Bredeson 5/7, Dale Samuel 5/9, Bob Borek 4/7, Paul Matthiae 4/9, Rich Moczynski 3/9, George Brunette 2/6, Joe Petreikis 3/7, Bob Ginnow 2/7. Home runs: Betty Koehler, Donna Mather, Debbie Hintz, Doe Muench. STANDINGS W ONEIDA VILLAGE II ...........10 OV 3 DIAMONDS....................7.5 AMERICAN LEGION A ..........7.5 OV WILDCATS ........................7 AMERICAN LEGION I ...........5 ONEIDA VILLAGE I...............4.5 VILLAGE PEOPLE .................3.5 OV NOMADS ...........................3 L 2 4.5 4.5 5 7 7.5 8.5 9

EAGLE RIVER WOMEN’S POOL LEAGUE WEEK 8 WINNER — Randy Harris, left, of Conover was the winner of the Vilas County News-Review’s football contest for Week 8. Jered Cech of Lampert Lumber in Eagle River presented the $100 cash prize. Harris had 14 of 16 picks right and won on the second tiebreaker, the total offensive yards by both teams in the game of the week. Harris predicted 612 yards and the total for the Dallas and Philadelphia game was 741. In the first tie breaker, Harris predicted 41 total points in the game and the total was 42. --STAFF PHOTO
Results of 10/25/11 Results: Bucktale Inn 3, Uncle Kent’s II 6; Uncle Kent’s I 4, Buckshots 5; Tiny Tap 6, Smuggler’s Lounge 3. Five-ball run: Irene Sarkauskas. Six-ball run: Barb Vugrinec. STANDINGS W TINY TAP.................................26 BUCKTALE INN .....................18 UNCLE KENT’S I....................18 UNCLE KENT’S II ..................16 BUCKSHOTS...........................15 SMUGGLER’S LOUNGE ........15 L 10 18 18 22 21 21

Children from 2nd to 8th grade will compete in a variety of events including shooting, dribbling and passing. Those who qualify will compete in the All-Star Events Saturday, Nov. 5. Everyone who tries out receives a FREE T-SHIRT! The night will be filled with music, dance, games for children of all ages, raffles, a silent auction and, of course, the first-ever All-Star Competition.




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NEWS-REVIEW Is the full college experience still affordable?
WHAT SHOULD WE learn from the announcement that total U.S. student-loan debt has now exceeded $1 trillion and that debt actually tops outstanding credit-card debt for the first time? Should we be concerned? Should we be re-evaluating the college experience? Millions of students take four to six years to earn degrees in majors that often do not prepare them for jobs after graduation. Millions of students graduate with student-loan debt that could total $20,000 to $100,000. A married couple might double that amount! When they can’t find work in this tough economy, they will struggle with the debt, and they can’t get relief via bankruptcy. Experts say the cost of college has soared 538% over the past 30 years, double the increase of health care. No relief is in sight. Saddled with this debt, these young grads can’t afford to buy homes, start a business, save for the time their kids will go to college, or to put money aside for their own retirement. The College Board says 56% of 2009-’10 bachelor’s degree recipients at public four-year colleges graduate with debt, averaging $22,000. At private universities, it’s 65% and about $28,000. This does not include money

People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt
loaned to students by their parents. Going on for master’s or law degrees can easily add $70,000 to $106,000 to the debt load, according to the experts. Financial help for undergraduates comes from: federal student loans, 43% ($65.8 billion); federal Pell grants, 18% ($28.2 billion); institutional grants, 17% ($26 billion); other federal grant programs, 8% ($12 billion); and other state, private and federal sources, 15% ($23 billion). Is there an end to soaring tuition increases as states cut subsidies? Many public colleges raised tuition rates 4% to 8.3% last year, double the inflation rate of 3.6%. We need to ask: What are college administrators doing to hold down rising costs? Will the American dream of a college education slip away from future students? One observer said many public universities have become “fun parks for the students” and we shouldn’t make all students pay for all the fun and games. He cited the growth of athletics on campuses, and all the other non-academic attractions. There could be sliding tuition rates for students able to afford “the full experience” and a lower tuition rate for “the basic education.” Blaming the administration is one thing, but what are future college students and their parents doing to stem the tide of rising costs? Are students being realistic when they choose a college? Are they being smart about choosing a college course major? Are they investing their tuition money on a good education, on the best party school, without thought about the debt they are incurring? We all know students who work several jobs to pay for their college experience while bypassing “the amusement park environment.” They should be rewarded for their planning and sacrifices. They will leave school with a degree, a good work ethic and minimum debt. Experts say students need to go into science and math majors. We don’t need more liberal arts education majors.


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Our View
Damaging water legislation shouldn’t be rushed into law
In the name of economic stimulus and an attempt to streamline the state’s permit process, a Wisconsin Legislature controlled by Republicans is proposing to relax regulations that protect navigable waters, lakebeds and shoreline habitats. Senate Bill/Assembly Bill 24 is on the fast track, set for a special session of the Legislature following a single public hearing in Madison. It is a dangerous bill that weakens environmental standards and is being rushed into law. The bill has been red-flagged by Wisconsin Lakes, a statewide nonprofit organization that represents more than 80,000 citizens who are individuals, business owners or members of a lake association or district. First, SB/AB 24 is a comprehensive regulatory bill that deserves more exposure and public hearings than a hurried process that prevents the public’s right to participate fully in the legislative process. Secondly, it would alter the public notice process to require a Class I notice on the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) website, instead of the public notice pages of your local newspaper. The plan includes no consideration for rural residents without Internet access. Thirdly, the bill calls for default permitting — where a permit is automatically granted if the DNR runs out of time, even if department staff worked diligently on an application or if the application wasn’t complete. In many cases, the DNR would have only 30 days to complete its review. And the clock begins on public comment once the department gives notice of a pending application, which may not be a complete application. The DNR is allowed only one request for additional information if it determines the information insufficient and there is no time limit for an applicant’s submittal. Under the bill, general permits would be allowed for greater removal of lake bed (dredging) in navigable waters from 10 cubic yards to 500 cubic yards. It also would allow municipalities to place additional fill on the lakebed without a permit. On the subject of piers in navigable waters, the bill exempts all piers from the permitting requirements — grandfathering everything that exists on the day the bill becomes law, including over-the-water party decks that go way beyond the functions of a pier. Public input would be severely curtailed under this legislation. Not only would there be no Class I public notices in newspapers, but the DNR would no longer be required to hold a public hearing. The bill also requires that the DNR set, by administrative rule, time limits for high-capacity well permits, prospecting permits and oil/gas production licenses. If time limits are not met, default permitting occurs. The bill comes at a time when the DNR is understaffed because of hiring freezes. A bill with such far-reaching, negative impacts shouldn’t be rushed into law.

We need engineers, healthcare professionals and creative thinkers. A degree in 18th century literature isn’t in great demand in this economy. Maybe student loans should be weighted to those choosing majors that offer the best job prospects. If a student is going to take on $50,000 of debt, they shouldn’t pick a major that won’t be in demand or lead to numerous job offers. Those poor decisions will have a negative impact on their adult lives. Consider the selection of a college major as an investment. This is more true today than ever before. To avoid this trap, experts suggest students take advantage of local community colleges and trade schools. Before going into life-changing debt, consider attending a public or state university for two to three years, then transferring to the more prestigious private school for the final year or two to finish work on the degree. The fact is, the college game has changed. A college education, while important, must be treated as a major investment. College administrators need to limit the fun park atmosphere and reduce the costs of the college experience for the students who can’t afford the “all-inclusive” To McNUTT, Pg. 15A

Andy Rooney

What’s right? A great deal!
COLUMNISTS MAKE a living pointing out things that are wrong with America. There isn’t much money in talking about all the good things because it’s dull. What are some of the things that are right with America? Let me count the ways: We choose our leaders. We vote for officeholders all the way from minor officials in our small towns to the president of our country. Americans accept the authority of the person the majority elects, whether they voted for that person or not. The stories in the newspapers and on television are of murder, rape, theft and fraud, but by several hundred thousand-to-one, we are honest and law abiding. We stop for traffic lights, not because we’re afraid of being arrested, but because we live by an unwritten covenant. We abide by the law because it’s the law. We complain that they are too high, but we pay our taxes. Millions of men with normal sexual desires are thrown together in all kinds of situations with millions of women and, in all but a tiny number of cases, rape is unthinkable. The average American eats better than anyone in any country in the world. The shelves of our supermarkets runneth over with good things. Our government is not oppressive. It does what we ask it to do. We give up our freedom to do as we damn please all the time because we understand that it’s in the best interest of us all. We agree not to smoke in public places, not to drive more than 55 mph. We agree to having inconvenient caps on potentially dangerous bottles of things because we recognize a little inconvenience to us will save the lives of oth-ers. People are suspicious of journalists, but those in the To ROONEY, Pg. 15A

Morning fog, frost are common now

With overnight temperatures in the North Woods dropping below freezing during the night, a thin layer of fog rolled into a bay on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes last Friday morning. The colder mornings also mean frost on the landscape and lakeside docks. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

A time and place for everything
THERE IS A time and place for everything, and Saturday it was ordained that the time for this old duck hunter was midafternoon, and the place, a duck blind on Rice Lake. It was gray and a bit gloomy when I loaded up the implements of the trade and wheeled the red truck northward from my house, shifting into second gear while tossing a cheerful, “See you later with a brace of ducks in each hand,” at the lady of the house, to which she murmured a less than enthusiastic response, “Yeah, sure, if you say so.” Truth is, I knew the odds of returning with so much as a single duck were stacked heavily against me, but old duck hunters don’t think about something so piddling as the kill on a late October

Trails & Tales
By Will Maines
hunt in north Wisconsin country. We of the fraternity hunt ducks until the law says we can’t anymore, simply because it is the right thing to do. It would be a crime not to spend a prime October afternoon in a duck blind, no matter the prospects of a limit bag. On the afternoon in question, I arrived at Rice Lake to find not a breath of wind to chase the water around. Instead, it was a sheet of slate gray which greeted me.

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There to idly watch me as I went about the task of launching my square-stern canoe were 14 swans-a-swimming, floating lazily in front of the blind I would soon occupy at the west edge of the lake’s bog. I finally hit their alert button and, with a chorus of Chicago-worthy traffic jam honks and a great flapping of wings, they were off on a short hop to the lake’s south end. Quickly I paddled across the lake until, emerging from a field of wild rice about 30 yards in front of my blind, I spooked a flock of 40 mallards from their resting place. I watched them wing away, dwindling to mere black specks in the sky and finally to nothingness. Rather than To MAINES, Pg. 15A





What would be gained with recall of Walker?
Dear Editor: I have been away for a few days, but feel it necessary to respond to your recall Walker story of Oct. 19. Your caption states that Nov. 15 is set to start the recall, as announced by the Democratic Party. However, I see contradictions. In paragraph two, you reveal that the state law prohibits a recall until one year after Gov. Walker’s inauguration. In paragraph five, you state, according to Ms. Retrum, representing United Wisconsin, that they already have gathered 202,000 pledges to sign a petition. Then she goes on to state that they have been doing very well for the past five months. I have some troubling questions: 1. Doesn’t the law outline the rules, including the amount of time to collect the necessary signatures for a recall? 2. What has Gov. Walker actually done to justify a recall? Is trying to save the taxpayers money and getting control over our public employees’ benefits and working conditions justification for such action? 3. What constitutes malfeasance in office in the mind of the union leaders and their Democratic supporters? In the context of adequately informing your readers, I’m a bit surprised that you wouldn’t ask about these discrepancies and just why they are doing this. 4. What is going to be gained by change? I see a lot of expense involved with no possible good for such actions. Thank you very much. Harvey Hyslop Eagle River

being disheartened, I was encouraged by the fact that there were at least a few ducks still in the country. Once in the blind, I sat back and finally remembered to load my gun, something I had overlooked while admiring the swans. The blind needed a bit of touch-up work and, for several minutes, I busied myself adding a little marsh grass here and there until, like my decoy spread, it met with my satisfaction. For most of the afternoon, the sky remained gray as clouds hung tight, and I began to think of how the lake and its surrounding bog was beginning to look like the abandoned, forlorn place it would become in a month or so hence when duck season would be over and harsh winter would be fast closing in. It was quiet, unnaturally quiet, as I sat scanning the

sky for any sign of ducks winging my way. Aside from swans occasionally honking from the lake’s south end, there was nothing to make noise, not even a whisper of breeze to rustle the cattails. The small birds, sparrows and blackbirds and the like that flitted incessantly around me while sitting in the same blind a month ago were nowhere to be found. A swoosh of wings from behind broke the silence one time, and I looked up to see an immature bald eagle passing overhead. In seconds, even the noise of its passing disappeared, and I would not hear from it again except for a burst of excited twittering it let loose — yes, it appears even eagles are using twitter technology — as it perched on a white pine limb along the eastern shoreline. The afternoon began to die, the same drab grayness it had been wearing for hours still cloaking it, when all of a sudden, the day’s last hour changed dramatically.

As if I needed more reason to be content with such a place of peace and solitude, the clouds parted and rays of sunshine transformed my little piece of the world. In an instant, the scene went from bleak to brilliant. I thought it quite amazing that all which had been colored in dull shades of gray mere seconds earlier was now displaying a glow of shining beauty. Suddenly the trunks of white birch on the far hill were great beacons of light. The dark green balsam and white pine mixed among them made for a fine contrast, and even faded tamarack needles still clinging precariously to trees scattered across the bog were rich with color. Thinning beds of wild rice not yet tilled under by the snows and ice of winter seemingly had new life as they reflected a golden glow from the sun’s slanted rays. I watched this glorious end to the day, and I was grateful for the duck hunter’s blood

that flows in my veins, the blood that commands me to return again and again to the places I love best. I philosophized much as the afternoon drew quickly to a close, and I remarked to myself how uncanny it is that I am able to come up with so many pearls of wisdom whenever I find myself alone and at peace in a duck blind. The swans eventually bade me a good evening, rising in small groups from the lake’s south end. In all, there were over 30 graceful birds in the air, some winging a mere 20 yards over my head. It was one of those wonderful sights you do not soon forget. Then it was home, there to face the lady to whom I had earlier boasted of a brace of ducks in each hand. To her credit, she did not say, “I told you so,” nor even give me so much as a disdainful look. Instead, there were steaming bowls of homemade chili and fresh biscuits on the supper table. A fitting end to a fine day.

Library is a town center; support the campaign
Letter to the Editor: Olson Memorial Library is a town center, a reflection of a community’s needs. That is why, in this fragile economy, our library continues to increase its circulation numbers and its overall usage. More and more community members and visitors request meeting space, additions to the book, film and audio collections, the expansion of teen and children’s areas, fast-speed Internet and other up-to-date resources. To fulfill its requirements, the library needs to expand its services, its space and its commitment to area families, retirees and visitors. All of our widespread communities use the library and count on its continued growth. At our fingertips are music compact discs; current movies and old favorites; e-book access; audiobooks; travel, musical, historical and exercise videos; newspapers; current magazines; art displays; and more. The helpfulness of the librarians and volunteers makes everyone feel comfortable. In a fast-paced, noisy world, who doesn’t benefit from a place that provides time to reflect and wonder? Let us all make sure that our library’s “magic” continues with support for its expansion campaign using the perfect slogan: “Right Before Your Eyes.” JoAnn Gelling Eagle River

Moline has allowed snowmobile trail
Dear Editor: I’ve been reading about the proposed all-terrain vehicle (ATV) routes and what they would mean for the North Woods area. It seems that there are some questions that still need to be addressed concerning the ATV routes and their benefits to the area. As for Pete Moline, we should be grateful for almost 40 years he and his family have allowed the snowmobile trail to run through his property. People, you can’t cry foul just because you don’t like the opposition’s tactics. Gregg Cook Conover many fronts. Those families must make better choices. Can they afford private colleges? Public universities? Local community colleges? We must demand the state university administrators stop raising tuition costs, make public schools affordable again and steer students into degree programs that will serve them well when they leave school.

Economic, political system devoted to so few
Letter to the Editor: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has just released a report titled “Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007.” What it shows is that over those 28 years, the growth of after-tax income was a very lopsided affair: The top 1% enjoyed a 275% increase in income, the rest not so much. Even the rest of the top 20% experienced a gain of “only” 65%. Everyone below that — 80% of us — got, well, essentially nothing. In addition, it points out that only the top fifth increased its share of total income. The rest — again, the 80% — all lost ground during that time period. What is surprising (even laughable) about all this is not what the report says, but the “breaking-news” type coverage it is receiving in the news media. This is puzzling because what is being reported by the CBO is hardly new. Frankly, anyone with one eye and half a brain cell could have (and should have) figured this out a long time ago. The United States of America has been transformed over the past 30 years into the world’s largest Plutocracy and a global leader in economic inequality. Thirty years of “trickle-down” economic theory, set forth by Republican and Democrat alike, has taken its toll. We have been duped — or otherwise coerced — into believing that the road to prosperity lies in our willingness to trust in the good graces of American-style capitalism. Less government, less regulation, more financial gimmickry. More Goldman Sachs. But look around, people. Unions have all but disappeared or are under relentless assault. Trade policy and “outsourcing” have decimated whatever is left of an industrial base, leading to widespread and, for many, permanent unemployment. A decent college education is unaffordable to most. Health care is both unaffordable and nonexistent for millions of Americans. Tax policy has aligned itself completely with the “1%,” with top marginal rates half what they were when Ronald Reagan took office, and capital gains and dividends taxed at levels far below even that. Corporations are now “people” with the same constitutional guarantees as actual human beings, but with an outsized ability to virtually own the political system. Corporate money is the leading indicator of electoral success, and democracy in the United States is a sham. Conservative political commentators shake their heads and scream “class warfare” over the idea that anyone would actually acknowledge the reality of present-day life in America. They endlessly repeat that it is the “job creators” who will save us, if only we give them a little bit more. And they mock and dismiss the protesters of New York and across the nation for bringing that reality into focus. Well, they mock and dismiss at their numbered by the men who meet at noon or Wednesday evenings for fellowship at Kiwanis, Rotary or Knights of Columbus gatherings in every city in America, none of whom would dream of blowing up any part of the country they love. Our telephones work; electricity is dependable and available to all of us with a flip of a switch; water flows into our homes to drink and to wash with; we have heat when it’s cold and now, even the miracle of air conditioning when it’s hot. When the British colonized own peril, because that anger on display in America’s streets is telling us a truth we all need to hear. It is telling us that an economic and political system so thoroughly devoted to the interests of so few cannot sustain itself indefinitely. Welcome to the revolution. Jeff Laadt Eagle River

offerings. What good is served by awarding out-of-demand degrees to young people who will struggle to repay their student loans? Middle class families have reached a tipping point on

Letters policy
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F R O M A C R O S S T H E Compiled by Jean Fitzpatrick HEADWATERS REGION

Question: What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

news business are, 10,000-to1, driven, not by a desire to acquire money, but by an obsession to find the truth and reveal it. And the other good thing about our news is, newspapers, radio and television are free and independent of government control. It is not us against the government. We are the government. The number of nuts who belong to some kind of quasi-military, anti-government militia are vastly outSusan Macek, 51 Housewife Eagle River “I loved carving the pumpkins and decorating the house with my son, who is now 20 years old and is in the U.S. Army.” Nicole Brewer, 29 Stay-at-home mom Pulaski “We come to Phelps for the area Halloween party at the Phelps School every year. The school has tons of games and the kids win treats and prizes.” Darrin Niec, 11 Student Pulaski “Candy! We get to come up to Grandma’s to celebrate Halloween. We go trick or treating, then to Grandma’s, then to Phelps School for their party.”

much of the world, their interest was money. Our actions in world affairs in the recent past have been motivated not by greed, but by a desire to do the right thing. We can’t police the whole world, but it’s nice when we see some great injustice and use our power to try to correct it. Next week, back to what’s wrong. (Write to Andy Rooney at Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207 or email




READER OPINION National forest managed like wilderness
Dear Editor: Dr. David Mladenhoff, a UW-Madison professor, recently penned a letter titled, “Tiffany lacks facts on timber harvest.” He criticized both me and the Vilas County News-Review about an article that appeared in the paper Sept. 28. Dr. Mladenhoff thought the News-Review was entwining opinion — a press release from my office — into a news story. I leave the “opinion in a news story” charge to the editors of this paper to answer. In regard to the difference of opinion Dr. Mladenhoff has with me, I asserted the wildfires that recently occurred in northern Minnesota — remember the stench of smoke in early September — may be a precursor of events to come on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF). Dr. Mladenhoff claimed I was being an alarmist and I was mixing apples and oranges because the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is designated as a wilderness area with very strict regulations against active timber management, while the CNNF is a national forest which has less strict regulations. My point is the CNNF is increasingly being managed like a wilderness area. Here are a few facts. According to the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis, the CNNF has more wood dying than is being harvested by a 2:1 margin. More dead wood leads to increased wild fire risks. Just look at the western states to see the impact of the lack of proper timber management leading to more wild fires. Increased fire risks are not the only impact of decreased forest management on the CNNF. The lack of timber harvest has led to a loss of jobs leading to fewer families living in communities near the CNNF. Glidden recently closed their school. Laona is on the verge of closing their school. There is also the effect on wildlife. The golden-winged warbler is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s list to be considered as an endangered species. The golden-winged warbler inhabits areas with early successional forest types like aspen. Aspen harvest has collapsed on the CNNF over the last 20 years from 6,000 acres annually to 1,000 acres. The lack of management for early successional species has reduced the habitat for the warbler. Hardwood harvest has become almost nonexistent, falling from 22 million board feet in 1988 to 2 million board feet in 2010. Action Floors built their plant in Mercer 20 years ago because they thought they had a reliable source of hardwood timber in the CNNF. Now, they have to import 40% of their wood from Canada. Sagola Hardwoods recently reopened a shuttered mill in Florence. They would like to run a second shift but lack access to the timber necessary to run a second shift. Would you call an institution that is responsible for killing jobs a good neighbor? Would you call an institution that creates the conditions for more endangered species and deteriorating forest health a good neighbor? Ladies and gentlemen, that is today’s U.S. Forest Service, and they are your neighbor. State Rep. Tom Tiffany Hazelhurst

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