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EAGLE RIVER, WI 54521 • www.vcnewsreview.com
VOL. 126, NO. 40 WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011
■ The times of Christ-
mas services in area
churches can be found
in Lifestyle. Pg. 1B
Churches detail
service schedules
dents in the second and
fourth grades at Eagle River
Elementary School per-
formed with their voices and
musical instruments during a
holiday concert last Friday.
Steven Burrill, left, chairman of the Vilas County Econom-
ic Development Corporation, and Gov. Scott Walker dis-
cussed the North Woods’ economy at a St. Germain gath-
ering last week. --Photo By Walter Geist
ST. GERMAIN — The Vilas
County Economic Development
Corp. (VCEDC) brought Gov. Scott
Walker to the Whitetail Inn last
Tuesday, with more more 150 busi-
ness and community leaders gath-
ered to discuss the North Woods’
Walker first met privately with
VCEDC board members. In a half-
hour of discussing economic con-
cerns for the North Woods, four
main issues were identified — jobs,
aquatic invasive species (AIS),
high-speed Internet and trans-
Creation of jobs remains the No.
1 priority of economic development,
the panel and Walker agreed. While
most jobs depend on education,
they discussed a new program of
preparing people for jobs that
would not require a two- or four-
year degree. They identified short-
term training by business interests
as a possible solution currently
being explored.
Walker shared his enthusiasm
for job creation, saying that the
North needs to “move forward and
accelerate to be where we need to
The second issue of concern for
Vilas business leaders was water
quality relative to AIS. Eurasian
water milfoil is an ongoing AIS
problem and the parties agreed
financial strategies are needed that
will provide continuing revenue for
treating the lakes.
Funding solutions discussed
included revenues from wildlife
stickers, continued Department of
Natural Resources financial assis-
tance and additional money allocat-
Walker, area leaders identify
issues facing North’s economy
Sharing a highway commission-
er between Vilas and Oneida coun-
ties was not “right at this time,”
according to a recent letter from
the Oneida County Highway
Department sent to Vilas County
Vilas County had entertained
the possibility of a joint commis-
sioner after the retirement of Jim
Fischer last summer.
While the Vilas County High-
way Committee expressed opposi-
tion to sharing a commissioner, the
county delayed hiring a new com-
missioner while county board
Chairman Steve Favorite explored
the idea with both Oneida and
Forest counties.
The current Oneida County
commissioner, Nick Scholtes, is
due to retire at the end this year,
and his replacement is ready to
step into the job. Meanwhile, Vilas
County added the title of interim
commissioner to the job duties of
present patrol superintendent
Jarred Maney.
The response from the Oneida
County Highway Committee indi-
cates the “committee’s opinion has
been, and still is, that the timing is
not right at this time to have a
joint commissioner.” Oneida’s new
commissioner is set to start Jan. 1.
Oneida County is still open to
have a discussion with Vilas Coun-
ty on the concept of sharing a com-
missioner “sometime in the future”
and could attend a joint committee
meeting to answer questions.
With that response from Oneida
County, Favorite said Monday he
intends to drop the subject.
“I won’t press the issue,”
Favorite told the Vilas County
committee. “I need to have some-
one show me it might work. We
either have to kill it or continue
looking at it.”
Sharing equipment is a possi-
bility, and Maney was directed to
Counties won’t share commissioner
Administrators at three
area school districts say
that kindergarten for 4-
year-old children continues
steady growth and gives
the students a foundation
for their future education.
Three Lakes was the
first area school district to
offer 4-year-old kinder-
garten (4K) in 2007-’08, fol-
lowed by Northland Pines
and Phelps the following
Northland Pines started
its 4K program in the 2008-
’09 school year with 48 stu-
dents, according to District
Administrator Mike Richie.
The numbers increased to
60 students the next year,
83 for 2010-’11 and 103 stu-
dents this year.
“It’s one of the best pro-
grams we have implement-
ed in the Northland Pines
School District,” said
Richie. “The growth and
progress these students
make before entering 5-
year-old kindergarten is
Three Lakes started
with 19 4K students in the
2007-’08 school year,
according to District
Administrator George Kar-
ling. That number has now
more than doubled to 40
this year.
“We’ve seen a gradual
increase,” said Karling. “It’s
been a real positive experi-
ence for those youngsters.”
Karling said the 4K pro-
gram is offered Monday
through Friday for one-half
day each day. Parents have
the option of getting day
care for their child the oth-
School officials
say 4K program
showing progress
Teachers say students
prepared for next level
To 4K, Pg. 2A
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While snowmobile trails
in Vilas County are open
but in early-season riding
condition, the Oneida
County trail system has yet
to open.
Holly Tomlanovich of the
Sno-Eagles Snowmobile
Club in Eagle River said
the 100 miles of snowmo-
bile trails groomed and
maintained by the club
have been inspected and
are now sanctioned.
“While the land trails
are open, the lake trails,
that is the Eagle Lake and
Catfish Lake loops, are not
open and unsafe to ride,”
said Tomlanovich.
She said snowmobilers
should stay off the lakes
until trail crossings are
marked by the club and
More snow and cold are
needed to improve trails
before the holidays. The
week between Christmas
and New Year’s is tradition-
ally one of the busiest time
periods on area snowmobile
There are about 3 inches
of snow on the ground as of
Tuesday morning. WJFW
Vilas trails in poor shape;
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4K: children better prepared for kindergarten
er half of the day through a pri-
vate provider who rents space
at the school.
“We’ve had pretty good num-
bers and we can count each 4K
student as a half student for
levying purposes,” said Karling.
At Phelps, District Adminis-
trator Delnice Hill said the dis-
trict started its 4K program in
2008’-09 and the numbers have
ranged between three and 12
“Because we are a rural
school, those numbers can easi-
ly fluctuate,” said Hill. “For
example, we have three stu-
dents this year, but anticipate
nine to 12 next year.”
Hill said the 4K program
helps the students prepare for
“There is just so much more
expected of them,” said Hill.
“With 4K and 5-year-old
kindergarten, the students are
ready for first grade.”
Like Three Lakes, Hill said a
private provider has day care
available at the school. The
Phelps 4K program is held
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays for a full day, with
day care available Mondays
and Fridays.
Better prepared
Nancy Foster, a 5-year-old
kindergarten teacher in the
Northland Pines School Dis-
trict, said 4K children are defi-
nitely more prepared for
“Socially, they have already
established relationships with
the other children, kinder-
garten teachers, the principal,
secretary, as well as all support
staff including lunch room and
bus drivers,” said Foster.
She said the children come
to kindergarten more confident
because they know where the
bathrooms are, lunchroom pro-
cedures, the playground rules
and how to walk quietly in a
“The kindergarten teachers
are able spend much less time
on procedural items and get
right into learning,” said Foster.
Academically, Foster said
the children are able to count
higher, as well as recognize
more numbers and letters.
“The children are often able
to read all their classmates
names, which is great for begin-
ning reading,” she said.
A key part of the students’
academic success is also the
data the kindergarten teachers
now have available to them
because the students have com-
pleted a year of 4K.
“In the past, the kinder-
garten teachers spent a lot of
time with one-on-one assess-
ments of each child,” said Fos-
ter. “Now we can check academ-
ic progress and adjust our
teaching to best meet the needs
of each child.”
The collaboration that goes
on between the 4K and kinder-
garten staff is a big part of the
success, according to Foster.
“When the program was
developed, we worked closely
together so that children were
not receiving duplicate instruc-
tion,” she said. “We continue to
work together to adjust our
programs for maximum suc-
cess for all children.”
Statewide numbers
Kindergarten for 4-year-old
children continues steady
growth in school districts
throughout the state as well,
with 18 districts adding 4K for
the 2011-’12 school year. With
46,022 students in 4K class-
rooms in 368 districts, enroll-
ment has more than doubled
over 10 years.
“Early kindergarten, known
as 4K in Wisconsin, makes so
much sense,” said State Super-
intendent Tony Evers. “Com-
munities know and research
supports the importance of
making this educational
investment, which pays such
huge dividends for students.”
Studies have shown that
students enrolled in quality
early education programs per-
form better in school, are less
likely to be identified in need of
special education services, have
lower retention rates and need
fewer extra services. Addition-
ally, 4K programs support
social and emotional develop-
ment, language and communi-
cation skills, and acquisition of
general knowledge. Children
who attend early childhood pro-
grams are more likely to gradu-
ate from high school.
Most growth in 4K program-
ming comes through Wiscon-
sin’s pioneering community
approach, which brings agen-
cies serving children and fami-
lies together to consolidate
efforts to better address com-
munity needs.
“Communities embrace 4K
as a means to start students off
right,” said Evers. “It helps
close achievement gaps and
boost learning for all students
so they progress in school, gain-
ing the knowledge and skills
needed to graduate ready for
the workforce or further educa-
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Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.
Wednesday will be partly sunny and mild, with a high of 32 and
a low of 14. Thursday snow with minor accumulation is expect-
ed, with a high of 30 and a low of 18. Friday should be partly
sunny and colder, with a high of 24 and a low of 9. Saturday flur-
ries are expected, with a high of 26 and a low of 11. Sunday
snow showers are possible, with a high of 26 and a low of 12.
Anglers are urged to use caution when venturing on area
lakes. Fishermen say there are 3 to 6 inches of ice on most
lakes, though lakes with current can have less ice.
Days precipitation recorded since Oct. 1, 2011, 37 days;
2010, 42 days.
Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 32; 2010, 25. Average
low of past 30 days, 2011, 16; 2010, 9.
The average daily high at this time last year for the next sev-
en days was 25, while the average overnight low was 16.
There was snow on three days totaling 8.6 of an inch.
Hi Lo Prec.
Wed., Dec. 14.........35 32 .6"S
Thurs., Dec. 15.......33 31 .48"R
Fri., Dec. 16 ............23 17 .7"S
Sat., Dec. 17...........24 0 Tr.S
Sun., Dec. 18..........36 4 .3"S
Mon., Dec. 19 .........31 18 None
Tues., Dec. 20.........30 22 Tr.R
Hi Lo Prec.
Tues., Dec. 14.........16 –3 None
Wed., Dec. 15.........17 –17 None
Thurs., Dec. 16.......24 –16 None
Fri., Dec. 17 ............22 –1 None
Sat., Dec. 18...........18 3 Tr.S
Sun., Dec. 19..........23 7 Tr.S
Mon., Dec. 20 .........24 –8 None
With less than 3 inches
of snow on the ground
in most areas, snow-
mobile trails are in poor
condition. The trails
system has not opened in Oneida County.
2010-’11 ’11-’12
Snowy days 23 12
Inches to date 22.98 16.24
Ground cover 14" 1"
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healthy and meaningful holiday season.
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Contracts for operation of
the Eagle River Municipal Golf
Course were approved last
week by the Eagle River City
Council, including manage-
ment status for greens superin-
tendent Ken Smith.
The contract establishes
Smith as manager who has
authority to “supervise all
employees at the course includ-
ing employees in the pro shop,
starters, rangers and all other
individuals who are employed
in some capacity” at the golf
Smith will be paid a salary
of $56,075 a year and will be
entitled “to a performance
bonus of $2,000 following a sat-
isfactory performance evalua-
tion at the end of the season.”
The bonus is equivalent to an
increase of 3.6% above his
The city provides Smith
with a vehicle for personal use
and pays for all gas, mainte-
nance and insurance. The only
other city employee who is pro-
vided a vehicle for personal use
is Police Chief Mark Vander
While golf course advisory
committee chairwoman Carol
Hendricks voted for the bonus,
she was the only City Council
member to vote against a 1%
pay increase for city Clerk-
Treasurer Debbie Brown, say-
ing she “was opposed to any
wage increases, even 1%.”
The new contract for Smith
directs him to “make recom-
mendations to the employer
(City Council) from time to
time on the operation of the
golf course” and to “evaluate all
employees working at the
course and report to the (City
Council) a summary of his
evaluations of the employees.”
Smith asked the City Coun-
cil “What will I be informing
the council of?” with the
response that it could be a let-
ter report similar to what city
administer Joe Laux and Chief
Vander Bloomen provide.
The contract language does
not direct him to make any
reports to the citizen Golf
Course Advisory Committee.
The advisory committee
evaluated both Smith and golf
pro Brad Missling last Septem-
ber but the results, summa-
rized by Hendricks after she
took the documents from City
Hall to her residence, were not
shared with the committee.
The committee questioned its
role in light of city council reso-
lution 816, saying it was left
out of the process.
Mayor Jeff Hyslop, in a let-
ter to the advisory committee
members, reminded them their
role was advisory and the reso-
lution was “intended to provide
guidance and boundaries” to
the committee and “no way
limited the city council in
terms of jurisdiction or author-
ity related to the operation of
the golf course.”
Furthermore, the mayor
indicated resolution 816 “does
not create a protocol as to how
issues are to be addressed” and
the committee is free to advise
the council. One committee
member suggested they could-
n’t advise the council when
Hendricks sets the agenda and
leaves off items the committee
should be advising the council
Golf pro contract
The City Council also
approved the contract with
Missling. He will be paid
$34,115 in salary with further
compensation detailed as “10%
of greens fees, 10% of member-
ship fees, 10% of costs of carts
and 25% of range fees.”
The above percentages will
only apply on those amounts
which exceed what is budgeted
for the year.
Missling runs the pro shop
and will receive 98% of the rev-
enue from sales, while the city
shall receive 2% of gross sales.
He will have “exclusive conces-
sion to sell golfing equipment,
supplies and clothes at the pro
shop and shall receive all rev-
enue from club rentals” and
will provide lessons to either
groups or individuals for a fee.
As stated in the contract for
Smith, Missling will report to
him “as necessary and as
required.” The citizen advisory
committee will no longer evalu-
ate Missling and his perfor-
mance “shall be either by the
golf course manager/greens
superintendent or the city
council or both.”
Furthermore, Missling will
“report to (Smith) as to his
activities occurring in the pro
shop or on the course” in a
weekly meeting.
During the meeting, the
City Council also approved the
contract with Rogers-Anderson
as director of golf instruction.
She will be an independent
contractor whose only compen-
sation will be fees she may
charge for the services she pro-
The council approved a con-
ditional-use permit for Nel-
son’s Ace Hardware for a 1,000-
gallon propane tank to service
small propane containers.
Ken Smith named
golf course manager
Trails: ice anglers urged to use caution
The rate structure for the
Eagle River Municipal Golf
Course for 2012 was approved
last week by the Golf Course
Advisory Committee and will
remain the same as the past
Rate changes to create two
different levels of season pass
holders suggested by course
manager Ken Smith was
rejected by the committee, but
will be studied further.
Smith noted that visitors
fund the course and pass hold-
ers may be obstructing some
key play time.
“We’ve got to be careful how
many of our pass holders are
taking up tee time in the peak
summer season,” Smith said.
“We could offer a season pass
that’s good up to June 20 and
after (mid-August) for daytime
play. My concern is a pass hold-
er can make a tee time for the
whole summer. We need a pro-
cedure in the Pro Shop and this
would be a procedure to limit
(to 30 days) how far out they
can make reservations.”
The idea was not supported
by course pro Brad Missling.
“Why would you want to do
that?” Missling asked. “People
make reservations and plan
vacations around their tee
times. I’m more concerned
about making it easier for the
customer. What if they miss the
30 days and we book someone
else and then upset the regular
(groups) who play every week
at the same time? We know cer-
tain groups play every Monday
and we book them for the sum-
Committee member Fred
Kauzlaric asked if it was a
problem and was told there
was no need to change. Smith
defended his suggestion, saying
it’s an effort to avoid “clogging
up the course in peak time with
season pass holders.”
Committee member Ken
Biegel, listening by telephone,
said there may be some merit
to the idea, but that more data
was needed. He suggested talk-
ing with those groups that play
regularly each week about pos-
sible changes.
Carol Hendricks, chairwom-
an of the committee, said that
“full-pay customers get prefer-
ence and not season pass hold-
ers,” with committee members
Chuck Bonson and Sally Ayers
quickly disagreeing with that
“It’s a value to know these
groups are going to be there the
entire season and there’s a val-
ue to have season pass hold-
ers,” said Bonson. “We don’t
want to squeeze down the sea-
son pass holders.”
But Smith continued to
push for a change to two differ-
ent levels of pass holders.
“Season pass holders usual-
ly pay half of the regular price
and we need to have season
pass holders try to limit the
amount of play they use the
golf course,” he said. “At what
point do we say it’s a problem?
Is it when the course is busy
and overall revenue is down?
(Create) two types of season
pass holders and restrict one
type to more restrictive tee
times during the middle of the
summer. Have a Platinum Pass
for anytime and a reduced one
for more restrictive times.”
The committee agreed that
data was lacking, with Missling
and Smith agreeing to further
study what actually happens
during the course of a year and
report back to the committee.
When asked about holding a
golf tournament July 4,
Missling said there are usually
openings that day due to the
“The July Fourth parade
kills us,” Missling said. “It’s
July 3 and 5 that are busy.”
Clubhouse lease
The lease for the golf course
clubhouse, which includes the
kitchen, bar, restaurant, patio
and common areas, has been
held by Bill and Andra
Draeger. They indicated they
would like to renew the lease
for another year.
There had been a discussion
on utility costs, with the conclu-
sion it would be very difficult to
determine costs for individual
parts of the clubhouse. The
committee suggested the cur-
rent $5,000 lease be raised to
$6,000 to cover part of the util-
ities and to cover part of the
cost of using the beverage cart
owned and maintained by the
The committee was told an
estimate for the city cost of gas
for the beverage cart was near
$600 for the season and city
administrator Joe Laux want-
ed the leaseholder to pay for
the fuel. That was opposed by
committee members.
“A few years ago, we were
begging for people to run the
restaurant and I think that
will make things tougher,”
Biegel said. “We shouldn’t
impose another cost.”
Biegel made a motion to
have the city provide the bever-
age cart and the gas and main-
tenance and lease it for $1 per
year. That passed 4-0.
On raising the rental to
$6,000, both Biegel and Kau-
zlaric were against and Bonson
and Ayers were in favor.
Because of the tie vote, Hen-
dricks voted for the increase
and the rental was raised by
Golf course rate structure approved;
clubhouse lease increased by $1,000
ELECTRONIC SIGN — A new electronic sign with a message
board was erected last week at The Car Shop and NAPA Auto
Parks on East Pine Street in Eagle River. The Eagle River City
Council approved an ordinance allowing electronic signs with mes-
sage boards in the city’s business district earlier this year.
TV-12 meteorologist Matt
Benz said there is light snow
in the forecast for Thursday,
with more flurries expected on
Saturday and Sunday.
Tomlanovich said snowmo-
bilers also should note that
Trail No. 13 south to Three
Lakes has been re-routed due
to a landowner closing a sec-
tion of the original trail. At
the intersection of Trail No. 13
south and Trail No. 70 west
behind the Dairy Queen in the
city, Trail No. 13 will now
head west on the No. 70 west
“It will continue west until
it intersects with what is now
Trail No. 7 south, heading
south and then connecting to
the Sugar Camp trail system,”
said Tomlanovich.
The trail section that heads
south behind the Dairy Queen
is now Trail No. 10 and takes
sledders to Willow Road as the
trail always has. At Willow
Road, Trail No. 10 heads east
which also takes sledders to
the Catfish Lake loop.
Tomlanovich recommends
that riders pick up a new 2012
Sno-Eagles trail map.
Anglers report 3 to 6 inches
of ice on most lakes, but
extreme caution is urged early
in the season when venturing
on the lakes.
Todd Schaller, recreation
safety chief for the Depart-
ment of Natural Resources
said the ice always is unpre-
dictable in early winter.
“It is important that ice
fishers use caution if condi-
tions in their area allow them
to venture out,” Schaller said.
“If ice thickness is unknown,
stay on the shore and stay
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Gerald “Jerry” Ayers, a life-
long resident of Eagle River,
died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at
his home. He was 76.
Mr. Ayers was born Oct. 22,
1935, in Eagle River, the son
of Lewis and Evelyn (nee
Swanson) Ayers.
He was a retired area stone
mason. He enjoyed wine mak-
ing, gold panning and collect-
ing rocks.
Mr. Ayers served on the
Vilas County Fair board for 33
years and was a member of
the Eagle River Historical
Society. He was also a lifetime
member of the National Rifle
He was preceded in death
by his parents; one brother,
Forrest; and one sister,
Shirley Bast.
His survivors include his
wife of 54 years, Josie; three
sons, Dale (Gayle), Mitch
(Lisa) and Michael (Katari-
na), all of Eagle River; one
brother, Jim (Sally) of Eagle
River; one sister, Barbara
(Fred) Hafer of Eagle River;
and four grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be
held at a future date.
Margaret G. Oxley of
Phelps died Saturday, Dec. 17,
2011, at Lillian Kerr Health-
care by Rennes in Phelps. She
was 97.
Arrangements are current-
ly pending with Gaffney-
Busha Funeral Home in Eagle
River. A complete obituary will
be in next week’s newspaper.
Josephine Kruszczynski of
Woodruff died Friday, Dec. 16,
2011, at Avanti Health and
Rehabilitation Center in
Woodruff. She was 93.
Mrs. Kruszcyznski was
born Sept. 5, 1918, in Iron
River, Mich., the daughter of
Felix and Magdaline (nee
Stan kie wicz) Brzoznowski.
Margaret G. Oxley of Phelps
died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011,
at Lillian Kerr Healthcare by
Rennes in Phelps. She was 97.
Arrangements are current-
ly pending with Gaffney-
Busha Funeral Home in Eagle
River. A complete obituary
will be in next week’s newspa-
She married Steve
Kruszczynski on April 27,
Mrs. Kruszczynski was pre-
ceded in death by her hus-
band; three sisters, Mary
Scalcucci, Frances Miller and
Magdeline Sendek; and two
brothers, Edward and Joseph.
She is survived by one sis-
ter-in-law, Elaine Brzoznow -
ski; and many nieces,
nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be
held Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 2
p.m. at Holy Family Catholic
Church in Woodruff. A gather-
ing will take place from 1 p.m.
until time of service.
Burial will be in the spring
at Resthaven Cemetery in
Iron Riverg.
Dolores V. Fassbender of
Land O’ Lakes died Wednes-
day, Dec. 14, 2011, at Lillian
Kerr Healthcare by Rennes in
Phelps. She was 90.
Mrs. Fassbender was born
April 26, 1921, in Appleton,
the daughter of Arthur and
Lydia (nee Glasow) Wenzel.
She and her husband,
Hubert “Cub,” owned and
operated Cub’s Supper Club
in Land O’ Lakes.
She was preceded in death
by her husband in 2001; and
one son, Douglas, in 2011.
Survivors include three
sons, Tom (Janice) of Holland,
Jerry (Kathy) of Land O’
Lakes and Bill of Milwaukee;
one brother, Sonny of Kaukau-
na; two sisters, Tootie Hoff-
man of Little Chute and Pat
Loewenhagen of Kaukauna;
four grandchildren; and three
A funeral service was held
Monday, Dec. 19, at St. Albert
Catholic Church in Land O’
Lakes with the Rev. Robert
Koszarek presiding. Burial
was at Oak Hill Cemetery in
Land O’ Lakes.
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Ayers
Dolores V. Fassbender
Josephine Kruszczynski
The Rev. Arnold William
“Bud” Ludwig entered into
God’s Kingdom on Thursday,
Dec. 15, 2011, at his Eagle Riv-
er residence at the age of 82.
The Rev. Ludwig was born
to Rev. William and Gerhardi-
na (nee Harms) Ludwig in
Easton, Wis., on Dec. 22, 1928.
He grew up in Stevens
Point, Wis., and earned a
bachelor’s degree from Con-
cordia College, Milwaukee, as
well as a master of divinity
degree from Concordia Semi-
nary, St. Louis, Mo.
He married Ruby M. (nee
Winterroth) on June 27, 1954,
at Trinity Lutheran Church in
Bloomington, Ill. Their mar-
riage was blessed with nine
The Rev. Ludwig served as
a Missouri Synod Lutheran
pastor to congregations in
Merrill, Wis., for 18 years;
Moorhead, Minn., for two
years; and at Our Savior
Lutheran Church in Eagle
River, Wis., for 18 years before
retiring in 1991.
He had an enduring love of
the outdoors and was an avid
fisherman and hunter. Bud
was a master fly fisherman
whose favorite spot during the
mayfly hatch was the Deer-
skin River. He also enjoyed
walleye fishing on area lakes,
especially Butternut.
A lifelong hunter, Bud took
many trips to Wyoming, Col-
orado and northern Wisconsin
with family and friends.
In addition to his wife of 57
years, survivors include sons,
Tom (Starr), Tim (Mary Ellen),
Joel (Tiffany); and daughters,
Janet (Jeff) Drajesk, Marlee
(David) Forke, Karin (Shawn)
McCormick, Mary Jo (Jim)
Denor; daughter-in-law, Barb
Ludwig Ehlmann; and 17
He is also survived by sib-
lings, Irene (the Rev. Victor)
Brandt and the Rev. David
(Carole) Ludwig. He is further
survived by other dear rela-
tives and friends.
The Rev. Ludwig was pre-
ceded in death by his parents;
an infant daughter, Janice; a
son, Michael (1998); and sis-
ter, Esther Bartz (2011).
A funeral service of thanks-
giving and praise is scheduled
for Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at
11 a.m. at Our Savior Luther-
an Church in Eagle River,
with the Rev. David Ludwig
In lieu of flowers, memori-
als may be made to “Together
in Mission (T.I.M.)” in care of
Our Savior Lutheran Church,
223 Silver Lake Rd., Eagle
River, WI 54521.
“Blessings and glory and
wisdom and thanksgiving and
honor and power and might be
to our God forever and ever!
Amen.” Rev. 7:12
Rev. Arnold William ‘Bud’ Ludwig
Margaret G. Oxley
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prepare a report on what
equipment is currently being
shared with other counties.
ATV discussion
Vilas County Highway Com-
mittee member Fred Radtke
reaffirmed that all terrain vehi-
cles (ATVs) should not travel
on a paved county highway, but
further stated the machines
shouldn’t go across wetlands or
use highway bridges. He sug-
gested trail developers “build
their own bridges and board-
Committee member Ralph
Sitzberger said he wanted any
discussion on ATV use on coun-
ty roads or rights of way to be
“I’m not planning on dis-
cussing ATV use until that
county board resolution is
changed, modified or repealed
by the county board,” Sitzberg-
er said. “We’re wasting our time
until that is done.”
That resolution stated there
would not be any ATV use on
county lands.
Meanwhile, the Vilas Coun-
ty Forestry Department is
working on a report on using
county highway rights of way
on about 11 miles of county
roads in the town of Phelps.
Limited-term workers
While the Vilas County
Board turned down Highway
Committee requests to replace
any of four employees who
retired, they did authorize hir-
ing limited-term employees
(LTEs). Maney indicated they
have one retiree willing to take
an LTE position.
The committee authorized
advertising for LTEs with a
salary range of $17 to $21 per
hour, but Radtke said part-time
positions should be less. There
also will be a six-month proba-
tionary period, at which time
the busy winter plowing season
would be over.
Other business
In other business, the com-
— approved use of county
highways for Journey’s
Marathon next spring;
— agreed to send a resolu-
tion to the county board to fund
one-half the cost of a culvert
replacement in Presque Isle;
— approved applications for
grants to partially offset the
cost of improving County High-
way N from Highway G to
Highway K, a distance of just
over three miles.
The recommendation to
Vilas County to consolidate
committees in a $60,000 report
was discussed by the county’s
Legislative and Judicial Com-
mittee last week, focusing on
the process supervisors might
use to implement the proposal.
Committee Chairman Sig
Hjemvick discussed what
should be looked at initially.
“We can start looking at
potential changes in the stand-
ing rules of the board and
think about changes in com-
mittees,” suggested Hjemvick.
“We could schedule a meeting
with the chairs of all our com-
mittees sometime in January;
bring them in and ask their
views. In order to change the
committee structure, you have
to change the standing rules.”
County board Chairman
Steve Favorite supported that
“We have 22 standing com-
mittees and should we or
should we not consider a six-
committee form of govern-
ment?” he asked. “This will
require a lot of thought how
that would occur.”
Supervisor Jim Behling said
reducing the number of com-
mittees would take time.
“There is no current com-
mittee that has the job descrip-
tion for doing that task,”
Behling noted. “Restructuring
committees is not going to be
bad, but will be extremely time
consuming. We should look for
models for the county board to
work off of.”
Favorite suggested creating
a rough draft of what the six
committees would look like
and circulate it for reaction. He
also wanted to start the budget
process for 2013 earlier than
what has been in prior years.
“We have to have a budget
by the second Tuesday in
November by state law, so we
should start in June on the
budget and August for special
projects,” Favorite suggested.
“This would give the board
more time to deliberate rather
than being pushed.”
Behling suggested rather
than have departments pre-
pare a budget based on six or
seven months of data, they use
18 months along with a
“rolling average.” He indicated
this is a different approach
and departments would have
to start the process earlier.
Hjemvick said if a meeting
of all committee chairpersons
can be held in January, then
changes in standing rules
could be done in March and a
resolution could go to the coun-
ty board at its April organiza-
tional meeting.
While the county received
the preliminary report from
the consultants, supervisors
said they didn’t know when to
expect the final report.
Combine departments
Included in the Schenck
report was the suggestion of
combining the functions of
some departments. One sug-
gestion caught the eye of Vilas
County Circuit Judge Neal
“Chip” Nielsen III.
Nielsen said under the pro-
posal, Juvenile Intake was to
be combined with Social Ser-
vices rather than attached to
the court system. He strongly
said the way Juvenile Intake
operates now is “not broken”
and works well with his office
and the district attorney’s
Favorite said the county
needs to do some long-range
planning. He proposed looking
at creating a five-year finan-
cial plan and a five-year high-
way plan. He also wanted to
determine when the east wing
of the courthouse would be
Vilas Board committees
to look at consolidating
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A total of 150 attendees
raised $1,495 for trail groom-
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club breakfast fundraiser at
Sunrise Lodge in Land O’
Per club, $480 was desig-
nated for the Phelps Snowmo-
bile Club; $545 for the Land
O’ Lakes Frosty Club; $120
for the U.P. Thunder Riders;
and $350 for the Conover
“The club members helped
to make this a fun and suc-
cessful event,” said Sunrise
Lodge owner Phil Mendham.
“We all appreciate the hard
work the clubs do to keep the
snowmobilers coming to our
area to enjoy the great trails.”
Snomo clubs
raise $1,495
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Vilas County Sheriff
A total of 248 complaints
were entered by Vilas County
Sheriff ’s Department dis-
patchers last week.
In addition to those with
sufficient detail to report be -
low, a review shows at least 10
vehicle accidents, four
requests for agency assistance,
one am bulance request, four
animal problems, five at -
tempts to lo cate, four burglar
alarms, six requests for citizen
assistance, three reports of
criminal damage, three distur-
bances, one fire, one report of
found property, one report of
harassment, five re ports of
hazardous conditions, one hit
and run, two juvenile prob-
lems/runaways, one report of
lost property, two reports of
suspicious circumstances, five
thefts, one threat, 12 traffic
violations, two vacation
checks, two weapons offenses,
six welfare checks and 13 911
hang ups.
At least 18 calls were re -
ferred to the Eagle River
Police De partment and there
were at least 14 informational
or procedural entries.
In the past week, at least 25
people were booked at the
Vilas County Jail, including
nine for probation violations,
four for operating while intoxi-
cated, two for bail jumping,
two for operating after revoca-
tion, two for theft, one for
physical abuse to a child and
one for battery. During the
week, the in mate population
ranged from 71 to 81. As of
Dec. 19, there were 81
Sunday, Dec. 18
- 2:59 a.m. - A vehicle/deer
accident was reported on
Highway 70 near Highway C
in St. Germain, involving
Jeanne F. Rockafellow of Eagle
Saturday, Dec. 17
- 4:30 p.m. - A vehicle/deer
accident was reported on
North Star Road in Winch-
ester, involving David H.
Schleunes of Manitowoc.
Friday, Dec. 16
- 11:53 p.m. - A one-vehicle
rollover was reported on High-
way M near Highland Drive in
Boulder Junction, involving
Jack E. Drew of Mequon. Drew
was cited for operating while
intoxicated, failure to report
an accident and driving too
fast for conditions.
Monday, Dec. 12
- 11 a.m. - A one-vehicle acci-
dent was reported on Sugar
Maple Road near Highway E
in Phelps, involving Linda M.
Krause of Phelps.
- 3:23 p.m. - A one-vehicle
accident was reported on
Thousand Island Lake Road
near Goodrich Road in Land O’
Lakes, involving Michael J.
Bukowiecki of Land O’ Lakes.
Eagle River Police
Among the calls received by
Vilas County dispatchers were
at least 18 calls for the Eagle
River Police. These in cluded
one 911 hang up, three vehicle
accidents, two burglar alarms,
one animal problem, two
requests for citizens assis-
tance, three reports of criminal
damage, two drug problems,
one juvenile problem/runaway,
one vacation check, one theft,
one traffic violation and one
welfare check.
Three Lakes Police
This police department re -
ported one 911 hang up, five
accidents, one alarm, five
ambulance requests, one bur-
glary, one disturbance, one
report of hazardous conditions,
one identity fraud, four infor-
mation reports, one report of
suspicious circumstances, one
theft and two traffic stops.
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A 39-year-old Lac du Flam-
beau man who was found
guilty of armed robbery, sub-
stantial battery and three oth-
er counts was sentenced to 30
/2 years in the Wisconsin
Prison System in Vilas Coun-
ty Circuit Court last week.
Leonard R. Chosa will be
confined for a total of 15
years, including eight years
for the armed robbery convic-
tion. He will serve two years
on the substantial battery
conviction and one year for
possession of a firearm by a
felon. Those sentences will
run consecutively. Those sen-
tences also include a total of
/2 years of extended
Chosa also was sentenced
on two counts of attempted
armed robbery. The sentence
of two years of confinement
and two years of extended
supervision will run concur-
rent with the armed robbery
According to court records,
Chosa and Clyde B. Martin,
29, of Lac du Flambeau, held
up a man in his garage Oct. 7,
2010, in Lac du Flambeau,
taking money, credit cards
and a gold necklace. The man
was also pistol-whipped.
A Vilas County jury found
Chosa guilty of the five
charges Sept. 23, 2011.
Conditions of Chosa’s sen-
tencing include restitution of
$3,204.31; continued alcohol
and other drug abuse treat-
ment and counseling; random
testing; medications are to be
taken only as prescribed and
only from a single pharmacy.
A DNA sample a must be giv-
en; no contact with the vic-
tims; he is not to possess or
consume intoxicants; and no
Chosa will receive credit for
429 days served.
In other felony cases,
Michael W. Wahlberg, 39, of
Eagle River, charged with pos-
session of a firearm by a felon,
had a preliminary hearing set
for Jan. 4 at 11:30 a.m.
According to the complaint,
Wahlberg had two cased,
unloaded firearms in his vehi-
cle when he was arrested Nov.
19 in the town of Washington.
A conservation warden
reported to law enforcement
officers that Wahlberg, a con-
victed felon, was traveling
westbound on Highway 70
from Military Road about 5:35
p.m. and was in possession of
a firearm. Nov. 19 was the
opeing day of the gun deer
William R. Deditz, 17, of
Eagle River, a suspect in four
separate shoplifting incidents
at Trig’s in Eagle River, faces
four felony bail jumping
charges and four misde-
meanor theft charges.
According to the complaint,
Deditz is alleged to have tak-
en cough and cold medicine
valued at $12.38 three times
from Trig’s, Oct. 14, Nov. 17
and Nov. 19. He is alleged to
have taken Dramamine val-
ued at $4.38 from the store
Nov. 13.
Deditz was previously
charged with burglary of a
building or dwelling, party to
a crime, for his alleged
involvement in the burglary of
the Country Store in Eagle
River Sept. 6. The alleged
shoplifting incident occurred
outside of his bond curfew of 8
p.m. to 6 a.m. A preliminary
hearing on the new charges
was set for Jan. 4 at 11 a.m.
Deditz is free on a $2,500
signature bond with a new
curfew of 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., sev-
en days a week, and he is not
to go on the premises of Trig’s.
Patrick D. Hennessy, 27, of
Arbor Vitae, charged with two
counts of manufacturing or
delivery of cocaine, had a pre-
liminary hearing set for Jan.
27 at 2 p.m. According to the
complaint, Hennessy sold
approximately 1
⁄4 grams of
cocaine to investigators for
$100 during a controlled pur-
chase in Arbor Vitae March 2.
His $2,500 signature bond
was continued.
Ryan D. Turney, 18, of Lac
du Flambeau, pleaded no con-
test and was found guilty of
two amended charges of sec-
ond-degree reckless endanger-
ment from first-degree reck-
less endangerment. A presen-
tence investigation was set for
Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. A third
charge of first-degree reckless
endangerment and a charge of
carrying a concealed weapon
were dismissed, but will be
read in at sentencing. A
charge of battery by prisoners
was amended to battery.
Scott J. St. Germaine, 30, of
Lac du Flambeau, charged
with felony bail jumping, had
a preliminary hearing set for
Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m. St. Ger-
main is alleged to have
crashed a vehicle owned by a
relative on Little Pines Road
about 1:52 a.m. Dec. 3. He also
was cited for operating after
revocation, failure to notify
police of an accident and driv-
ing too fast for conditions.
Conditions of St. Ger-
maine’s $2,500 signature bond
include no possession or con-
sumption of intoxicants; alco-
hol and other drug abuse
assessment and treatment if
deemed necessary; random
testing authorized; and he can
be in no place that sells intox-
icants except for work.
Robert J. Ehmke, 42, of
Hartford, arrested for fifth-
offense operating while intoxi-
cated Nov. 19 in Boulder Junc-
tion, had an initital appear-
ance adjourned to Jan. 9 at 10
a.m. According to the com-
plaint, Ehmke was initially
stopped by a law enforcement
officer for failing to make a
proper turn at the intersec-
tion of Highway 51 and
Bakken Road. Conditions of
his $2,500 cash bond include
no possession or consumption
of intoxicants, no taverns, no
drinking and no firearms.
James D. Armstrong, 24, of
Lac du Flambeau, charged
with operating a motor vehi-
cle without the owner’s con-
sent Sept. 4 in Lac du Flam-
beau, had a plea and sentenc-
ing hearing adjourned to a lat-
er date. He also is charged
with operating a motor vehi-
cle without a license, third
Vilas County Court report
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for armed burglary, battery
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The high school senior class was in attendance at last week’s
Three Lakes School Board meeting, which was held at 2 p.m. to
give the students an opportunity to see how the school board func-
tions. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Three Lakes High School
seniors were invited to sit in at
last week’s school board meet-
ing to get a sense for how
school boards operate.
The class also heard an
update regarding the property
deeded by Frank Schnabel to
the U.S. Forest Service, which
the school would like to use for
educational purposes.
High School Principal Bill
Greb described the 2012 class
as exceptional in terms of lead-
ership, adding that they’ve
done a nice job setting the bar.
Board President Randy
Ingram said the board decided
to change its December meet-
ing time from 6 p.m. to 2 p.m.
in order to give the seniors a
chance to see how the board
“This is something I don’t
think we’ve ever done before,”
said Ingram.
Largely dominating discus-
sion at the meeting was an
update regarding the Frank
Schnabel property, located
about six and one-half miles
from the school on Military
Road in the Chequamegon-
Nicolet National Forest.
Delivering the update was
Butch Fitzpatrick, who retired
in 2003 as district ranger in
Eagle River.
“I think we’re looking at an
outstanding opportunity to
forge ahead and have some
outside environmental and
natural resources education
opportunities,” said Fitz-
patrick. “It’s close to the
Schnabel donated his prop-
erty to the Forest Service in a
life estate. With that, Schnabel
is given permission to live on
the property until he passes
away. The deed now states
that it is Forest Service prop-
“The school would like to
use this property and the cab-
in as an opportunity for natu-
ral resources education,” said
Fitzpatrick said he and Tom
Rulseh met with resource offi-
cials in Eagle River, as well as
the district ranger there.
“We asked if there was
something this school could do
to secure the use of the proper-
ty,” said Fitzpatrick. “This
included an offer to exchange
lands owned by the school dis-
Both the Eagle River Forest
Service resource assistant and
the district ranger stated they
weren’t interested in a proper-
ty exchange, according to Fitz-
“They were also asked if
they might consider some sort
of special-use agreement,
which would allow the school
to use the property and cabin,”
he said. “They have stated
locally that they’re not inter-
After a meeting with Dis-
trict Administrator Dr. George
Karling, Fitzpatrick scheduled
a Jan. 4 meeting with the for-
est supervisor.
“That’s the next level up,
and we’ll talk about opportuni-
ties and options,” said Fitz-
patrick. “A win-win situation is
what we’re looking for.”
Ultimately, the school dis-
trict would like to gain a
restrictive deed on the proper-
ty, allowing the Forest Service
timber access. However, plans
could also include the Forest
Service retaining the deed
and, through a grant, allowing
the school long-term access to
the property.
In other action, the school
— set a Jan. 11 meeting
— reviewed Wisconsin
Association of School Boards
— heard a fall activity
report from Greb;
— read parent-teacher con-
ference reports; and
— heard a technology
School board hosts senior class,
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— Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m.,
courthouse. Agenda: Condi-
tonal-use permit applications.
Eagle River Common
Council — Wednesday, Dec.
21, 4:45 p.m., City Hall. Agen-
da: Liquor license requests
and approval of 2012 union
Phelps School District
Board — Wednesday, Dec.
21, 6:30 p.m., Phelps School.
Agenda: Discussion of 2012-
’15 referendum and 2010-’11
audit report.
Vilas County Planning &
Zoning Committee —
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9 a.m.,
courthouse. Agenda: Letters
and communications.
HONORED — Eagle River Rotary Club member Julie Paez
receives a Paul Harris Fellow award from Grant Meyer, the
club’s foundation president. The honor was made possible by
sponsor Erich “E-Z” Zorr, who wanted Paez recognized for her
work on the Wine & Cheese Fest and other contributions.
A policy prohibiting Vilas
County employees from hav-
ing concealed weapons on all
county-owned or -leased
buildings, county vehicles and
leased vehicles and surround-
ing areas, such as sidewalks,
driveways and parking lots
under county ownership or
control, was approved last
week by the county’s Person-
nel Committee.
With little debate over lia-
bility issues, the policy defines
weapons to include firearms,
electric weapons such as
tasers, billy clubs, knives or
any other object created or
intended for causing injury.
While county employees
conducting county business
anywhere cannot utilize the
state concealed carry law with
or without a state permit, the
policy does not prohibit
employees from storing a
weapon in their own motor
vehicle driven or parked on
property owned by the county.
Those persons authorized
by the sheriff in writing are
exempt from the policy while
others may seek approval
from the human resources
manager for a waiver based
on unique circumstances.
Asked if there is any liabil-
ity prohibiting employees
from carrying concealed
weapons, county Corporation
Counsel Martha Milanowski
said she “didn’t know if we
were changing our liability
with this.”
But Supervisor Sig
Hjemvick, a former police offi-
cer, supported the policy and
indicated there could be a lot
of liability without it.
“Liability is incredible for
trained police officers. Just
think of the liability for an
untrained employee,” he said.
Supervisor Jim Behling
said there was not any good
reason to have employees car-
ry a concealed weapon.
“I don’t see them needing it,
unless it’s in relation to their
employment, such as the sher-
iff ’s department,” Behling
When asked about employ-
ees exercising open carry,
Milanowski stated that would
be a violation of the county’s
current policy.
Sheriff ’s department Chief
Detective Joe Fath said con-
cealed carry permits are need-
ed for tasers, but not for pep-
per spray which is available in
many sporting goods stores at
a reduced level.
“Pepper spray can be car-
ried by civilians,” Fath said.
“Yes, we have training for our
officers in using pepper spray.
We have not encouraged
Social Service workers to car-
ry pepper spray, nor have we
provided training.”
The policy goes on to state
the county may conduct unan-
nounced searches of county
property, vehicles and facili-
ties at any time. This would
include employee work sta-
tions, purses, backpacks, brief-
cases and other personal
items on county premises at
any time.
Any county employee who
knows or suspects a co-worker
violating the policy must
immediately notify their
supervisor or the human
resources manager. A viola-
tion of the policy prohibiting
concealed carry by employees
may result in discipline, up to
and including termination of
The policy, adopted in com-
mittee, does not need to go
before the full county board
for approval.
Vilas employees prohibited
from having concealed weapons
Economy: FROM PAGE 1A
National Newspaper Asso-
ciation President Reed Anfin-
son applauded a decision last
week by the U.S Postal Ser-
vice to put off the closings of
mail-sorting plants and post
offices until May 15, 2012,
while Congress works on
sweeping postal reform legis-
“NNA is deeply concerned
about the effects on newspa-
per delivery from the planned
closings,” Anfinson said.
“Because the targeted plants
have been primarily in small-
er communities, our 2,300
community newspaper mem-
bers have been alarmed at the
prospect of much longer high-
way trips for our mail, and
thus slower delivery. Our
Postal Committee has been
consulting USPS (U.S. Postal
Service) on the details and
anticipated effects since late
last summer.”
Max Heath, NNA Postal
Committee chairman, had
labeled the Postal Service’s
plans to close many plants in
smaller communities as
“I fully appreciate the
financial challenges facing the
Postal Service and agree it
has excess capacity in its ser-
vice network. But I also
believe that decisions to close
smaller and more efficient
plants with the goal of sweep-
ing more mail into large
urban facilities that have
been the source of many ser-
vice snarls in the past will
turn out to be a mistake. We
had already begun working
with USPS on setting up
transfer hubs in these smaller
plant locations to try to divert
some of our mail directly to
local post offices within a
plant’s service zone. Now, this
delay gives me hope that we
will have time to help USPS
craft solutions that will mini-
mize disruption.”
He said he believed many
of the plants on the target list
would still be closed, just later
than anticipated.
“But every day a plant
remains open is another day
we have to persuade Congress
of the value of universal ser-
vice, particularly in small-
town and rural America, and
to look for answers that keep
USPS alive without demolish-
ing newspaper mail. Particu-
larly in a world where person-
al letters and even credit card
bills become rarer inhabitants
of the mailbox, people will still
be drawn to the mail if their
local newspapers are in it.”
The Postal Service said it
would continue to hold com-
munity meetings on the clos-
ing of the targeted plants as it
analyzes whether each plant’s
closing is the right decision.
The plant closing is solely
within the Postal Service’s
discretion. A letter from 30
Democratic senators who are
seeking a six-month delay in
the closings precipitated
today’s announcement. The
senators asked for time for
Congress to consider postal
reform legislation, including
S1789 now pending in the
The Postal Regulatory
Commission is considering
the Postal Service request for
an advisory opinion on down-
grading first-class and period-
icals service by one day. (The
service change is not expected
to affect newspaper mail
entered directly in a local post
office.) Anfinson said the NNA
would represent community
newspapers in the proceeding.
Three Lakes
1784 Superior St.
Eagle River
300 E. Wall St.
St. Germain
140 Sunset Blvd.
Newspaper association applauds decision
to delay closing of mail plants, post offices
ed by the state.
The governor agreed with
the VCEDC, saying, “The goal
is to protect water quality with-
out negatively impacting local
High-speed Internet for
rural Wisconsin also is an
important concern, corporation
members told the governor.
“High-speed Internet can
unlock the world to business
and education,” said Walker. He
said as part of infrastructure, a
financial partnership between
business, the county and the
state might allow for broader
The governor expressed
concern that decisions to
install high-speed Internet
systems cannot be based sole-
ly on potential revenue from
sparsely populated areas.
Instead, the state might offer
incentive tax credits as its
part in the partnership.
The last area of concern
identified was transportation.
Improved air service, as well
as maintaining the highway
infrastructure, were identified
as key concerns for economic
Among VCEDC leaders
who interacted concerns with
Walker were VCDEC Chair-
man G. Steven Burrill, Execu-
tive Director Ken Stubbe, Vice
Chairman Bill Lochte, Trea-
surer Jim Levandoski, Dick
Leinenkugel and Bob Egan.
Burrill set the theme for the
large group gathering by say-
ing that economic development,
“Is not about me. It is about us.”
Walker built on that theme
as he reflected on the first por-
tion of his term. He reported
positive statistics for Wiscon-
sin’s growth in jobs.
“Wisconsin has 7.7% unem-
ployment as compared to 10.1%
in Illinois,” said the governor.
“While we are better as a state,
we are not yet where we need
to be.”
Walker expressed his view of
the state as a “bridge” in bring-
ing more access to capital for
small businesses.
“We need small businesses’
commitments to put more peo-
ple to work,” he said. “Keeping
water, air and land clean is a
top priority when working to
foster industrial and business
growth. Working also with sci-
ence, we should be able to make
it easier for business to go for-
ward safely and predictably.”
Walker typified Wisconsin’s
business as being able to
“export its products and import
people.” Worldwide trade is
available to all of Wisconsin
manufacturing and agricultur-
al businesses, he said.
“Preparing products for
export means more work here,”
said Walker. “There will be
more jobs to go around.”
“Importing people is all about
tourism,” he said. “When more
people come to Wisconsin, there
are more jobs making more eco-
nomic development a reality.”
The governor repeated the
mantra: “Wisconsin is open for
The question-and-answer
session was limited by the gov-
ernor’s schedule to a few ques-
tions. A question about AIS
highlighted the importance of
clean waters. In answering a
question concerning high-speed
Internet, Walker emphasized
having the government give
incentives for the private sector
to solve the problem.
The governor responded to a
question about health care
costs by saying that 96% of the
state is covered by insurance.
He emphasized that any health
care system should guarantee
access, quality and cost.
Walker said the proposed
federally mandated health-
care system would compro-
mise these factors.
“Health care has a tremen-
dous impact on economic
development,” said Walker.
The governor challenged
everyone in the room to go out
and say, “Positive things are
happening in Wisconsin.”
Walker was given a stand-
ing ovation at the end of the
Gov. Scott Walker recently
appointed Mark A. Manger-
son of Rhinelander to serve as
judge for the 3
District Court
of Appeals.
Mangerson brings with
him to the position more than
20 years of experience as a cir-
cuit judge.
“Judge Mangerson’s years
of experience make him well-
versed in all aspects of law,”
said Walker. “He knows the
rules of evidence and uses
them to deliver sound rulings.”
Mangerson began his legal
career in the Vilas County dis-
trict attorney’s office as an
assistant district attorney.
While in this position, he
served as a prosecutor on
criminal felonies and misde-
The new appointee then
served as Oneida County’s dis-
trict attorney before entering
private law practices for almost
10 years. During his time as a
lawyer, he engaged in general
practice, criminal defense and
all types of civil litigation.
“I have found Judge
Mangerson to be a man of
great courage and integrity,
willing to set aside the popu-
lar sentiment or the political-
ly popular point of view in
favor of making a right and
just ruling, no matter how
controversial the case before
him might be,” said Eagle Riv-
er attorney Steven Lucareli.
Mangerson earned a bache-
lor of arts degree in English at
Valparaiso University, and a
Juris Doctor from the Val-
paraiso University Law School.
Active in the Rhinelander
community, Mangerson serves
on the Kiwanis Club of
Rhinelander and is a trustee
of the Robert Gaffney Memo-
rial Teacher Scholarship
Gov. Walker appoints
Mangerson as judge
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another great season
and wish you the
happiest of holidays!
Northern Exchange, an ani-
mal feed store, is now open
Monday through Fridays from
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The store is located at 7486
Highway 70 E in St. Germain.
Owners Neal and Lisa
Thomas currently own and
operate a 1200-acre farm in
southern Wisconsin. Many of
their own products, including
corn and oat products will be
sold at Northern Exchange.
Items offered for sale will
include deer corn; horse, cattle
and chicken feed; bird seed;
dog and cat foods; salt and
mineral blocks and more.
Handmade deer and bird
feeders also will be offered.
Staff members include
store manager Rich Kubacki,
warehouse manager Todd
Staege, and sales manager
Eric Janssen.
A grand opening is being
planned for early 2012.
Feed store opens in St. Germain
Northern Exchange feed store recently opened
in St. Germain. Staff members include, from left,
Store Manager Rich Kubacki, Warehouse Man-
ager Todd Staege, Sales Manager Eric Janssen
with Store Owners Lisa and Neal Thomas.
The Vilas County Sheriff ’s
Department has proposed to
start charging the city of
Eagle River for responding to
calls within the city when
there is no city officer on duty.
Chief Deputy Joe Fath told
the county Law Enforcement
Committee last week the
department sent a letter to
the city indicating the charges
will be based on its response.
“We will bill Eagle River
the hourly rate of a deputy
who responds, plus fringe ben-
efit costs and add 150%,” Fath
said. “In 2011, we estimated it
cost us $5,000, so we need to
recover our costs.”
Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich
said “statutorily we can do
this.” He said he discussed the
proposal with city police chief
Mark Vander Bloomen last
spring when the city reduced
its 24-hour police coverage.
But Eagle River city attorney
Steve Garbowicz didn’t agree
with Tomlanovich.
“Not legal,” said Garbowicz.
“There is no legal basis for the
sheriff ’s department to bill
Eagle River. There is no statu-
tory authority to do so. There
is no contract with the city to
do so and city residents
already pay for the service
through their property taxes.”
A list of dates and types of
calls were provided to the city,
which Vander Bloomen also
felt was in error. He reviewed
the dates the sheriff ’s depart-
ment responded in the city
and provided a written report,
which he explained to the
Eagle River City Council last
“I looked at the list provid-
ed by the sheriff ’s office for
particular calls which came to
a total of 107,” he wrote in the
report. “Of the 107 calls, only
43 occurred when we did not
have an officer on duty. Inci-
dents included in the list were
outside of Eagle River’s juris-
diction and calls where our
officers actually responded to
the complaint.”
Vander Bloomen said he
found it strange the list
included calls that were out-
side the city limits.
“I’ve been doing this job for
almost 25 years and I find this
to be a very strange anomaly.
In just about every other
jurisdiction, road officers and
dispatchers alike know juris-
dictional boundaries to the
millimeter and, if it happens
in someone else’s jurisdiction,
they are completely hands off
unless asked for assistance,”
wrote Vander Bloomen.
What troubled Vander
Bloomen were complaints the
sheriff ’s office apparently
chooses to handle when a city
officer was on duty.
“For lack of a better term,
there were several instances
of ‘poaching’ calls, many of
which I am aware our officer
did not even know the com-
plaint was happening,” he
Vander Bloomen noted his
officers responded to calls
from the sheriff ’s department
outside the city more often.
“At first blush, it appears
we have gone outside the city
limits over 122 times this year
so far to assist the sheriff ’s
office or handle calls at their
request,” Vander Bloomen
reported. “It appears we go
outside the city to assist the
sheriff at about a 4-to-1 ratio
when compared to the calls
they handle for us.”
Sheriff responds
Sheriff Tomlanovich was at
the City Council meeting and
addressed the council.
“It appears the data in the
letter was grossly incorrect
and I apologize,” the sheriff
said. “I would request any dis-
cussion be postponed to your
next meeting.”
Mayor Jeff Hyslop was
noticeably upset.
“We have not asked for any
special services and expect to
be treated like any other tax-
payers in the county,” Hyslop
told the sheriff. “How can you
do this, under what authori-
“The county has statutory
authority to bill services to a
Class 4 city,” the sheriff
responded. “Last April, we dis-
cussed billing for shifts not
covered by the city.”
But the mayor wasn’t done.
“Some years ago, (another
sheriff) was lobbying me to
just get rid of our police
department and let the county
handle the city,” he remem-
bered. “If we asked for special
treatment or have a deputy
assigned to the city, it would
be different. We’ll contest the
authority later.”
Sheriff wants to bill Eagle River
for responding to calls in city
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 exceed-
ing $10,000 recorded at the Vilas
County Courthouse the past
week and the transfer fee (at $3
per $1,000):
Dec. 13, 2011
Russell M. Davis Revocable
Trust to Peggy A. Tameling, prt
SW NE in 32-41-8, $46.50
Dec. 14, 2011
REOCO Inc. and Acqura Loan
Services POA to Brian P. Roth
and wife, prt SW NE, prt SE NE
in 21-42-10, $501
Paul and Sheldra Moye Trust
A to William R. Bierman and
wife, prt SW SW in 7-41-9, $60
Douglas Olejniczak and wife
to Matthew D. Schultz and wife,
prt NW SE, prt NE SE in 29-44-6,
prt SE NE in 29-44-6, gov lot 4,
Dec. 15, 2011
Arnosa Group LLC to Karl
Mueller, prt SW SW in 13-42-11,
prt SE SE in 14-42-11, prt NE NE
in 23-42-11, gov lot 1, prt NW NW
in 24-42-11, gov lot 1, $30
Richard K. Ozinga to Martin
Ozinga III, prt SW NW in 28-40-
5, gov lot 4, prt SE NW in 28-40-5,
gov lot 3, prt NW SW in 28-40-5,
gov lot 5, $300
James A. Ozinga to Martin
Ozinga III, prt SW NW in 28-40-
5, gov lot 4, prt SE NW in 28-40-5,
gov lot 3, prt NW SW in 28-40-5,
gov lot 5, $300
Dec. 16, 2011
Wells Fargo Bank, Klessig
Tree Services LLP and OCWEN
Loan Servicing Inc. POA to
Klessig Tree Services LLP, Wells
Fargo Bank and OCWEN Loan
Servicing Inc. POA, prt SW NW
in 12-40-9, $315.60
River Valley Bank to Odene E.
Campbell and spouse, unit 2 0f
plat 883 in Little Arbor Vitae Dr.
Condos, $528
T. Anthony Zielinski et al and
Denise A. Balistreri et al to Bar-
bara J. Dornfeld, prt NW SE in 9-
42-10, gov lot 3, prt NE SE in 9-
42-10, $300
R.L. & R.L. Mueller Revocable
Trust to Jon C. Moldenhauer and
wife, prt SE NW in 17-42-10, gov
lot 2, prt NW SW in 17-42-11, gov
lot 3, $1,500
Thanks to MDA research,
the future looks brighter than ever.

Fishing with
the Guides
George Langley
THE FIGHT to preserve what’s
left of the aspen/birch habitat in
the national forest has more pur-
pose than ever before, seeing at
least 40 species of birds and ani-
mals are dependent on early suc-
cessional forest.
There’s been a lot of talk in this
space about the importance of
clear-cutting and the regeneration
of young aspen for ruffed grouse
and American woodcock, but the
need to protect and enhance these
young habitats goes much further.
Gary Zimmer of Wabeno, senior
biologist for the Ruffed Grouse
Society (RGS), gave an update on
the organization’s work during a
meet-and-greet session earlier this
month in Eagle River.
What the scribbler found most
startling in his presentation is
that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Ser-
vice has identified 40 species of
Greatest Conservation Need that
are dependent on young forest
habitat — 19 of which are on the
priority list and nine of which are
on a national watch list.
Young forest habitat is a con-
cern of more than RGS. The 2007
American Bird
Conservancy/National Audubon
Society Watch List includes six
species of warblers that rely heavi-
ly on this declining habitat type. It
also includes the rusty blackbird,
the willow flycatcher and the
Bell’s vireo.
The American woodcock is also
on the Greatest Conservation
Need list along with bobwhite
quail, northern flicker, northern
shrike, eastern towhee and the
According to figures provided by
the U.S. Forest Service,
aspen/birch habitat that totaled
5.3 million acres in 1935 had
dwindled to 3.4 million acres by
While that 36% drop is stag-
gering, the biggest concern
today is that the volume of
aspen/birch habitat continues
to drop at a rate of 1% per
While RGS is leading the push
to overturn this trend, Zimmer
said it is good news that the
American Bird Conservancy, the
National Audubon Society and the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have
similar concerns about preserving
young forests.
The help is welcome because
the challenge is so enormous —
trying to convince federal land
managers of the need to do more
habitat-minded logging in order to
maintain early successional forest
Nobody seems to like clear-cut-
ting, but it is really the only effec-
tive way of regenerating young
forests. And in the name of multi-
ple-use management and biodiver-
sity, the Forest Service cannot
overlook the needs of these unique
While it’s not all their fault,
Forest Service staff have been
dragging their feet on timber man-
agement — even going so far as to
stop managing areas identified as
ruffed grouse, woodcock and deer
habitats designed for hunters.
Some of those management
areas were created in partnership
with RGS and, still, they have not
been properly managed through
logging. They include popular
hunting trail systems that go by
the name of Scott Creek, Kimball
Creek and McDonald Creek.
In all fairness, the Forest Ser-
vice was saddled with lawsuit
after lawsuit in the years follow-
ing the release of a new forest
plan in 2004. Every logging pro-
posal got challenged in court and
those cases lingered through most
of 2010, when the courts finally
dismissed the suits.
But when you add that six- or
seven-year delay to the seven years
it took the Forest Service to revise
its plan starting in 1996 — a time
when logging was halted while
awaiting plan changes — it result-
ed in a 14-year delay in forest man-
agement on the Chequamegon-
Nicolet National Forest.
You read that right. We lost
an entire cycle of selective
harvest in hardwood stands,
which often occurs every 15
years, because of plan revi-
sions and lawsuits.
On top of that loss of forest pro-
ductivity and habitat, the new for-
est plan called for a major shift
from early successional forest to
longer-lived hardwoods species
and old-growth forest — a double
whammy for the crucial habitat
logging would provide.
When you add it all together,
you have a dismal picture of gen-
eral forest management and a
pathetic picture of preserving the
early forest habitat that so many
species need to survive.
At this moment, the Forest Ser-
vice is trying to play catch-up by
implementing timber sales that
should have occurred almost a
decade ago.
They claim to be making plans
to finally do some logging in those
grouse and woodcock management
areas, but so far we’ve seen no for-
mal proposals.
As a society, we’ve wasted a lot
of mature trees that toppled and
rotted on the ground, and we’ve
hurt a lot of wildlife that couldn’t
survive without the food and shel-
ter young forests provide.
These delays in timber manage-
ment are one of the major reasons
why the deer herd is still so dis-
mal in remote areas of the nation-
al forest east of here. We’ve hardly
cut a tree the past decade, and
deer need those logging jobs to
survive winter.
If the scribbler could dictate
the rules on our national for-
est here, logging would be
stepped up to where it needs
to be in 2012 — as opposed to
just playing catch-up from
Fight for logging, young forests gains ground
In the
Kurt Krueger
The young forest habitat found in the county forest is sorely lacking in the
national forest, to the detriment of many species. --Photo By The Author
Ice conditions have improved dramatically area -
wide since the warm spell and rainy weather last
week. Most North Woods lakes now have anywhere
from 3 to 8 inches of ice, but there is always the
exception to the rule. Use caution when heading out
on the ice and always check ice thickness as you go.
Walleye action has been good to very good as they
have been feeding very aggressively in the afternoons
and evenings. Overcast days have been very produc-
tive, with action starting midafternoon and continuing
until well after sunset. Anglers are having success
using darters and jigging stick baits, along with con-
sistent action on shiners and sucker minnows rigged
under tip-ups. You will find these fish at many differ-
ent depths depending on time of day and the particu-
lar lake you are fishing.
Northern action has been very good as well, with
afternoon being the best time of day to target these
fish. Best action has been on large shiners rigged
under tip-ups in the weeds and near the weed edge.
Northerns have been feeding aggressively on a daily
basis and provide great entertainment for young
anglers who need “action” to stay interested.
Perch have been hitting in the afternoons on crap-
pie minnows and waxworms, but very few jumbo
perch have been reported. Weed beds and deep weed
edges have been the best spots to try at this point in
the season.
Bluegill action has been good so far. Most ’gills are
caught in the weeds on shallow lakes or in deep holes
on the deep, clear lakes in the area. Waxworms and
spikes have been working great. Also try some of the
Berkley Gulp plastics, as they seem to catch as many
fish with less time spent rebaiting the jig.
Crappie activity has been decent at times, with
most fish being caught near the bottom of the lake in
deeper water. Good electronics are usually necessary
to find these elusive crappies.
Outdoor enthusiasts would love to have some more
snow for the holidays in the North Woods. For now, we
will have to be satisfied with good ice-building weath-
er and hope for some snow soon to help out the ski
and snowmobile trails.
Good luck and good fishin’.
Ice conditions improve
as colder temps arrive
While the ice fishing got off to a slow start this winter due to warm
temperatures, anglers are finally starting to get out on shallow
water bays that have 3 to 6 inches of ice. This angler tried his luck
in the Bull Pen on Yellow Birch Lake Sunday. --STAFF PHOTO
One hundred ten thousand
people can’t be wrong.
That’s how many more Wis-
consinites are ice fishing
these days than a decade ago,
according to results from a
recently released national
recreation survey.
“Clearly, more people are
getting interested in ice fish-
ing in Wisconsin, which is
great,” said Wisconsin Depart-
ment of Natural Resources
(DNR) fisheries director Mike
“It’s a low-cost way to try
fishing or to extend your sea-
son if you’re a veteran open-
water angler,” said Staggs.
“It’s as easy as drilling a hole
— or finding a hole someone
else left behind — and using
some basic equipment to catch
some fish for dinner.”
An estimated 590,700 Wis-
consinites 16 and older report
they ice fish, up from 479,900
in 2000, according to the most
recent National Survey on
Recreation and the Environ-
ment. DNR staff are using
results from the federally
funded survey and other stud-
ies to develop its 2011-’16
Statewide Comprehensive
Outdoor Recreation Plan.
Terry Margenau, a DNR
fish supervisor in Spooner and
an avid ice angler, credits the
sport’s growing popularity to
several factors, perhaps pri-
marily to the development of
specialized ice fishing gear.
“I’m not talking just about
the basics, but more on the
creature comforts side and, of
course, technology,” he said. “I
have never been one to freeze
my buns off for a fish, so have
always traveled with a shelter
and a heater.
“But now shelters have
evolved drastically to be light
and made of high-quality fab-
ric, heaters are better and
safer, and take your pick on
sleds to transport your gear,”
said Margenau. “Not to men-
tion the apparel now available
to keep you warm. Anglers are
equipped to catch fish and be
comfortable while doing it.”
Margenau also thinks more
people are ice fishing because
it provides angling opportuni-
ties that don’t require a boat.
And more second-homeowners
from the Twin Cities, Milwau-
kee and Madison metro areas
seem to be spending more of
their winters in the North
Woods as the Internet makes
it easier to set up a home
office anywhere.
“Tag returns from fish tag-
ging we have done supports
the contention that historical-
ly the winter is dominated by
residents,” he said.
Skip Sommerfeldt, a DNR
fish biologist based in Park
Falls and an avid angler, adds
a few other reasons for the
growing popularity, including
increased media coverage and
the popularity of recreational
television shows; the milder
winter temperatures and low-
er snow totals than in past
years, which make it more
comfortable to be outside; and
an increase in the amount of
leisure time, whether through
the growing ranks of retired
Wisconsin citizens and a high-
er unemployment rate that
makes more “fishing time”
available to some.
“And to toot our own horn
— the success of Wisconsin’s
fisheries management pro-
gram,” Sommerfeldt said.
“Season limitations, size regu-
lation and various manage-
ment activities have ensured
that there is an abundance of
Ice fishing continues to grow
Sport gains 110,000 anglers over last decade
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MINOCQUA — The public
is invited to the dedication of
the new Winter Park Pines
Nature Preserve Thursday,
Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at the
Minocqua Winter Park chalet.
The Winter Park Pines
Nature Preserve was estab-
lished Dec. 1, with the grant-
ing of a perpetual conserva-
tion easement by Ken and
Carolyn Aldridge to the
Northwoods Land Trust.
This 3,195-acre property —
nearly five square miles —
includes about 43 kilometers
of cross-country ski and snow-
shoe trails at the core of the
Minocqua Winter Park Nordic
Center’s trail system.
This project is the largest
conservation easement ever
donated to a land trust in Wis-
consin, and is an early Chris-
mas present for the many
friends of Minocqua Winter
Park. Minocqua Winter Park
is regarded as one of the pre-
mier cross-country ski trail
systems in the Midwest.
The ski chalet is located on
40 acres of land owned by the
town of Minocqua and man-
aged for public use under an
agreement with the Lakeland
Ski Touring Foundation Inc.
The Winter Park Pines
Nature Preserve surrounds
the chalet property.
Through the land protec-
tion agreement, the Aldridges
have granted skiers perpetual
access to the existing trails
and have placed limits on
forestry practices, land frag-
mentation and development,
which will keep the land in its
natural state. The land will
remain open to the public for-
ever for winter silent sports
including, cross-country ski-
ing, snowshoeing and skijor-
ing (skiing with dogs).
Ski trails now protected
include the Base Loop, Torna-
do Alley, Survivor Windy
Ridge, Nutcracker, Nose Dive,
Beaver Pond, Creek Trail, Red
Pine, Silver Strider, Sleigh
Ride, VO2 Max, Nepco’s
Cruise, most of X-C Express
and River Run, as well as the
northern half of Yukon.
Much of the newly expand-
ed snowshoe trail system is
protected, as well. The conser-
vation agreement also pro-
tects more than 13 miles of
natural shorelines on the
Squirrel River, Yukon Creek,
Howard’s Creek and other
small unnamed streams and
ponds. In addition, the land
provides natural habitat
buffers around and adjacent
to the Squirrel River Pines
State Natural Area.
A conservation easement is
a voluntary legal agreement
between a landowner and a
land trust to permanently
protect a property’s natural
characteristics by limiting
how it can be used. The North-
woods Land Trust is commit-
ted to monitoring the land
each year and ensuring that
the easement’s terms are car-
ried out in perpetuity.
To get to Minocqua Winter
Park, take Highway 70 about
6.5 miles west of Minocqua,
turn south on Squirrel Lake
Road for about 4 miles, and
follow the signs east one-quar-
ter mile on Scotchman Lake
Road to the entrance drive.
For more information on
the preserve or dedication,
contact land trust Executive
Director Bryan Pierce at (715)
479-2490 or pierce@north-
Winter Park to be protected
through 3,195-acre easement
The Phelps Lions Club will
hold its 26th annual Great
Northern Ice Fishing Tourna-
ment Saturday, Jan. 28, on
Lac Vieux Desert.
The event will feature
awards for the largest fish
caught in each category of
northern, walleye, crappie,
perch and bluegill. Registra-
tion tickets will qualify partic-
ipants for door prizes.
There will be two prizes of
$100 awarded — one for the
largest northern pike longer
than 36 inches and one for the
largest walleye longer than 26
The registration cost is $45
per person and includes a din-
ner at the State Line restau-
rant on Highway B in Land O’
Lakes. Meal-only tickets cost
$15 and must be purchased by
Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Tournament prizes and
door prizes will be awarded at
the dinner. Participants must
be present to win.
The briefing for the tourna-
ment will start at 8 a.m. at
the west shore boat landing,
and fishing will kick off imme-
diately after. Fishing will con-
tinue until 4 p.m. and event
coordinators said they will
encourage catch and release.
A portable toilet will be
available at the registration
area and brats will be sold
provided weather conditions
are cooperative.
The bar at State Line will
open at 4:30 p.m. and the din-
ner will begin at 5:30 p.m.
For entry forms, call Dick
Martin at (715) 545-3327,
Lorin Johnson at 545-4058 or
Dennis Konieczka at (715)
617-2128. Entry forms are
due by Saturday, Jan. 21.
Registrations received by
Monday, Jan. 16, qualify for
an earlybird drawing. Regis-
trations will be accepted on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Phelps Lions Club sets
ice fishing tournament
Ice fishing: FROM PAGE 9A
BIG 10-POINTER — Judie Ann Mapes shot this 10-point buck
with a 19
⁄2-inch spread in St. Germain opening day. She field
dressed the animal, which then weighed in at 184 pounds.
--Contributed Photo
WIDE RACK — Richard Plevak of Mukwanago shot this wide-
racked buck opening weekend of the gun deer season.
--Photo Courtesy Wild Eagle Corner Store
Dan Peters of St. Germain shot
this 11-point buck during the Wis-
consin gun deer season. The late
archery deer season runs through
Sunday, Jan. 8.
--Contributed Photo
sportfishing opportunities all
throughout Wisconsin.”
And lastly, said Sommer-
feldt, who ice fished 93 of 96
possible days last year and
recorded both a record number
of flags and fish caught, “It’s
just plain fun! There’s nothing
like watching the slow steady
turn on the spindle of your tip-
up and knowing that there’s a
big fish on the end of the line .
. . and then seeing that fish fill
the hole as you slide it out onto
the ice.”
Anglers can get ready for
their first trip on the ice by
visiting Ice Fishing Wisconsin
on the DNR website at
dnr.wi.gov. And once the fish
start biting, anglers can check
the DNR Outdoor Report
every week for reports on
what’s biting and where.
Ice anglers eager to start
the hardwater season are
reminded to take steps to pre-
vent spreading viral hemor-
rhagic septicemia (VHS), a
virus that can infect several
dozen fish species and cause
them to bleed to death. It has
been confirmed in all of the
Great Lakes and in the Lake
Winnebago system.
Testing to date has shown
that the virus has not spread
to new waters, but 2011
results showed that healthy-
looking yellow perch in Wis-
consin waters of Lake Michi-
gan were infected with VHS
virus even though there was
no fish kill and, earlier this
year, VHS was listed as the
cause of a fish kill that left
thousands of gizzard shad
floating in the Milwaukee
harbor ship canals.
Here is what anglers need
to know to help prevent the
virus and other fish diseases
from spreading:
• Follow bait rules. Buy
bait from Wisconsin bait deal-
ers. If you take minnows home
after a day fishing and you’ve
added lake water or fish to
their container, you can
return with them only to that
same water body the next day.
• Preserve bait correctly if
you catch your own. If you use
smelt or other dead bait, pre-
serve it in a way that does not
require freezing or refrigera-
• Don’t move live fish away
from the water. Keep the fish
you catch and want to take
home on the ice until you leave
at the end of the day, or carry
them away in a dry bucket.
• Drain all water from your
equipment. That includes all
buckets and containers of fish.
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Park Falls author Eli
Singer has come out with his
sixth book on muskie fishing
and the characters that make
the sport so fascinating.
“The Magical Musky Time
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icated to the muskellunge and
includes dozens of photos.
Singer said 90% of the photos
have never been seen before
in print.
The first 20 chapters of the
book include stories on catch-
ing trophy muskies, tech-
niques for hauling in the fish
of a lifetime, humorous stories
from the boat and the world-
record muskie controversy. ‘
That’s followed by 21 new
interviews of guides, sports
shop owners, taxidermists
and fishing experts, all with
one central theme — stories
about muskies.
Some experts who Singer
interviewed with Vilas Coun-
ty connections include Eagle
River guide Bill Jacobs, Boul-
der Junction fishing expert
Bill Sherer, Eagle River taxi-
dermist Mark Sislo and Lac
du Flambeau bait shop owner
Bill Kozak.
The final five chapters are
retrospective of Singer’s five
previous books and feature
thumbnail excerpts from prior
interviews. His previous
books were titled The Musky
Chronicles, Musky Chronicles
II, Musky Chronickles III,
That Big Fat Musky Book and
Here, Musky, Musky — Bite
Some area names featured
in the Retrospective include
George Langley, Steve Heit-
ing, Dolores Ott Lapp, Lamont
Roth, Ken Jackson, Neal
Long, Dick Lapp, Leon “Buck-
shot” Anderson, “Ranger” Rick
Krueger, Art Anderson, Joe
Bucher, Patricia Strutz, Steve
AveLallemant, Todd “Tadpole”
Powell and Patrick Sheahan.
The book is available by
contacting Singer, at 6147 N.
Dogpatch Road, Park Falls,
WI 54552 or call (715) 762-
3957. The cost is $30 includ-
ing tax and shipping. The
book also is available at Book
World stores and Rollie &
Helen’s Musky Shop in Minoc-
New muskie book
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Eli Singer of Park Falls has
recently published his sixth
book on muskie fishing. The
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stories. --STAFF PHOTO
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Sports Sidelines
By Gary Ridderbusch
Northland Pines goalkeeper Jacob Stephan was put to the test on
this offensive rush by Antigo during a Great Northern Conference
game last Tuesday. Stephan made 21 saves as the Eagles won on
a shutout 7-0. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
It is a good time to be a Wisconsin sports fan.
The Milwaukee Brewers won a divisional title in
baseball and made it to the second round of the play-
offs. The Green Bay Packers also are headed for a
divisional title and have clinched a playoff spot.
And the Wisconsin Badgers football team won its
second consecutive Big Ten Conference championship
in a thrilling game against Michigan State earlier this
The 10th-ranked Badgers will play Oregon in the
Rose Bowl Jan. 2. It’s the second straight year, and
the fourth time since 1999, that Wisconsin will be
playing in the Rose Bowl.
In addition, the Wisconsin men’s cross-country
team recently won its fifth NCAA national champi-
onship. The Badger harriers have an unbelievable
streak of 13 consecutive conference championships.
Wisconsin Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin)
reminds state residents that Badger sports are impor-
tant to the state.
“The business of intercollegiate athletics is just
that, a business. A big business,” said Lazich.
For example, on Saturdays during fall, 80,000 fans
fill Camp Randall Stadium to watch the University of
Wisconsin football team. At an average ticket price of
$46, it is $3.68 million in ticket sales alone each game.
According to its 2010-’11 annual report, the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin athletic department has an $88 mil-
lion budget for the 2011-’12 academic year. The UW
athletic department is self-funded, meaning it does
not receive state aid.
And according to an April 2011 study by NorthStar
Economics Inc., the UW Athletic Department has a
total economic impact of nearly $1 billion on the state
of Wisconsin. That’s a lot of spending by Badger fans.
“The last line of a popular song played at UW
sports games is, ‘When you say Wisconsin, you’ve said
it all.’ The self-funded athletic department might not
literally do it all; however, it has a significant impact
on the state’s economy, without costing taxpayers a
dime,” said Lazich.
And they give Badger fans plenty to cheer about!
Badgers great for fans
and Wisconsin economy
The Northland Pines girls
basketball team scored seven
unanswered points at the end
of the half and went to defeat
the Lakeland Thunderbirds
51-35 in a Great Northern
Conference (GNC) game last
Pines was coming off a big
GNC win over Rhinelander,
while Lakeland was defeated
in a close game against Med-
Lakeland applied a pres-
sure man-to-man defense that
allowed the T-Birds to hold a
10-8 lead at the end of the
first quarter, as sophomore
Ashley Mai scored six of the
Eagles’ eight points.
In the second quarter, Mai
continued to make good cuts
in the Pines; offense that
allowed her to get into good
scoring position inside.
“The girls did a very nice
job getting Ashley the ball
when she was open on the cut
through the lane,” said Pines
coach Larry Bergum. Mai
scored 17 of her game-high 23
points by half time.
The late surge just before
halftime gave the Eagles a 23-
18 lead at the intermission.
Pines out scored Lakeland
by 14-8 in the third quarter as
the Eagles built a 37-26 lead.
“The third quarter has
been a strong point for the
Eagles early this season,” said
Bergum. “The girls under-
stand that the third quarter is
the most important quarter in
basketball to keep up the
pressure and minimize any
type of run from their oppo-
In the fourth quarter, the
Eagles got into foul trouble
and had to play less agrestic,
but Pines still outscored the T-
Birds 14-9 to win going away.
“Once again our reserves
proved up to the task,” said
Bergum, noting that Abby
Alft, Mai, Darton and Bohnen
all were in foul trouble.
“Carly Ridderbusch was
very productive coming off the
bench, chipping in six points
and eight rebounds,” said
Mai led all scorers with 23
points and eight boards.
Bohnen once again protected
the paint with three blocked
shots. She also added eight
points and seven rebounds.
Darton had six points and five
rebounds. Alft chipped in six
points and four rebounds,
while Kelsey Bergum added
six assists and two steals.
Coach Bergum said the
Eagles did a good job against
a tough Lakeland man
defense by getting to the char-
ity stripe 22 times.
“We shot 60% from the free-
throw line and played strong
defense, which was key to our
win,” said Bergum.
The Eagles, 5-1 overall and
2-0 in the GNC, have off this
week and will play Hurley in
a nonconference game next
Friday, Dec. 30, at 5:30 p.m. as
part of a doubleheader with
the Northland Pines and Hur-
ley boys teams.
“It’s a compliment to the
girls that they are 5-1 to start
the year. It’s early, but they’re
playing with a lot of confi-
dence right now,” said
Bergum. “Things don’t get any
easier with Hurley and Med-
ford next on the agenda.
Hurely is ranked in the top 10
in the state, and Medford
remains unbeaten on the
Pines will host Medford
Tuesday, Jan. 3, in a GNC con-
Pines girls top
Lakeland 51-35,
improve to 5-1
While scoring goals was a
struggle for the Northland
Pines boys hockey team last
season, the Eagles found the
net seven times in two
straight games in the Dome to
improve to 4-1 in the Great
Northern Conference (GNC).
The Eagles shutout Antigo
7-0 last Tuesday and then
beat Tomahawk 7-3 Thursday.
Antigo only played two
lines in the game while the
Eagles played three lines for
the first two periods.
“Our game plan was the
same as always — play physical
in-your-face hockey,” said Pines
coach Charlie DePuydt. “We
stuck to that game plan, forcing
many turnovers early in the
game. We moved the puck very
well early on and did a great job
getting the puck to the net.”
Antigo was able to keep it
close for two periods, only
allowing two goals between
the first two periods. Adam
Kresl and Matt Kaitchuck
each found the net in the first
“Our team battled through
showing discipline and
resilience when scoring didn’t
seem to come easy early on in
the game,” said DePuydt.
It paid off for the Eagles
late in the game as Pines went
on a five-goal scoring spree in
the third period. Goals went to
Dylan Weber, Zach Kennedy,
Matt Meyer, Austin Ramesh
and Leif Offerdahl.
“They continued to keep
doing what we asked of them,
and they saw success in the
third period,” said DePuydt.
“There were some times in the
game that our coaching staff
looked at each other in awe as
we watched them move the
puck around the zone. Antigo
didn’t seem to have an answer
for the puck movement that
they saw.”
The Eagles power-play was
perfect in the game, scoring
three power play goals. Pines
was equal to the task on its
penalty kill as they were per-
fect on the night.
Pines goalie Jacob Stephan
turned away 21 shots on net
getting his second shutout of
the year.
“Stephan again showed his
ability to stay mentally
focused in the net,” said
DePuydt. “As a goaltender, it
is often difficult to stay
focused in the game when you
are seeing little action; but
Antigo had some flurries in
our zone, and Jacob had some
huge saves and was well
deserving of his second
shutout of the season.”
DePuydt said the third line
of Brett Hughes, Brandon
Hunt and Meyer played very
well and very disciplined.
“That unit has played a
huge role in our recent suc-
cess,” said the coach. “The
third line is often the differ-
ence in many games, and we
are going to need this group
down the road in bigger
games where we are a little
more evenly matched. They
even tallied a goal in the third
period for us but, more impor-
tantly, did not give up a goal.”
DePuydt said Weber had a
good game with a goal and
two assists for the night.
“Dylan has been playing
the best hockey I have seen
from him since he started in a
Pines jersey,” said DePuydt.
The Eagles had to make
some line adjustments in the
Tomahawk game as defense-
man Kaitchuck sat out with a
knee injury.
“We moved sophomore
Brandon Hunt back to defense
from the third line and gave
freshman Steven Spencer an
opportunity on that third
unit,” said DePuydt.
Jeromy Skibinski struck
first for Pines in the opening
period at about nine-minute
Tomahawk scored two
goals less than three minutes
apart; but the Eagles Kresl
added one with under a
minute left in the period, to tie
the game at 2-2.
“This was not a very good
period for us,” said DePuydt.
“We didn’t do the simple things
well enough in the game.”
The Eagles erupted for four
goals in the second period to
go ahead 6-2. Goals came from
Alex Kornely, Ramesh,
Spencer and Weber. Both
teams added a goal in the
third period, with Kornely
scoring again for the Eagles.
Stephan made 22 saves in
the game, while Tomahawk’s
tender made 37 saves.
“Our coaching staff was not
very excited about our play in
the game,” said DePuydt.
However, he said the Eagles
got continued good play out of
the third unit.
“Our third line was excel-
lent again, even without hav-
ing Brandon Hunt to finish
the line,” he said. “Steven
Spencer, who filled in on that
line, added a goal in the sec-
ond period. Even though
there wasn’t an official assist
on the play, Brett Hughes
made a huge hit on the oppos-
ing team’s blue line, causing a
turnover and springing
Spencer for a breakaway.”
DePuydt also praised the
play of Kornely, who played
well on the blue line as he
scored two goals.
“As well as Alex played in
the game, I still don’t think he
has played his best hockey
yet,” said the coach. “When he
does, everyone will know it, as
he will be an even bigger
game changer.”
Pines, 5-1-1 overall, was
scheduled to play at
Houghton, Mich., on Tuesday
of this week in a nonconfer-
ence game. Pines will play at
Medford this Thursday, Dec.
22, at 7 p.m. in a GNC game.
The Eagles will travel to
Spooner for a nonconference
game next Tuesday, Dec. 27.
Eagle boys sitting at 4-1 in GNC
following wins over Antigo, Tomahawk
The Eagle River Falcons
were fast and furious during
Saturday night’s 18-6 pound-
ing of the visiting Madison
Blues at the Dome.
The Falcons knocked home
seven unanswered goals in
the first period alone. It took
Josh Calleja just one minute
and 12 seconds to find the net
scoring the first of his five
goals on the night. Assisting
on the play was Zach Otto and
Charlie Piskula.
At 3:39 Calleja tipped in a
long pass from just inside the
blue line. Defensemen Kyle
Matucheski and Piskula setup
the score. Lucas Otto picked a
spot and nailed it, beating the
goalie glove side in an unas-
sisted goal to give the home
team a 3-0 lead seven minutes
into the contest.
Madison swapped goalies,
but the pounding continued
when Zach Otto scored short-
handed with Piskula again on
the assist. Two minutes later,
Mike Otto chipped in on the
barrage making it 5-0. Bobby
McDonald picked up the
Eagle River worked their
power play to perfection, scor-
ing power play goals at 14:09
and 17:00 with some precise
passing. Cody Litvinoff cashed
in on the first set up by Lucas
Otto and Brad Adamovich.
Calleja capitalized on the sec-
ond, when Derek Tijan and
Piskula combined for the
assist to finalize first-period
Headed into the first inter-
mission, the Falcons held a
commanding 7-0 lead.
Period two saw the home-
towners pick up where they
left off, lighting the lamp
twice within the first two min-
utes of play. Litvinoff account-
ed for the first on a 3-on-2
break with Mike Otto con-
tributing the assist.
Twenty seconds later, Otto
registered his second goal,
going upstairs with
Adamovich making the assist.
Madison was finally able to
break into the scoring column,
netting three consecutive
goals to bring the score to 9-3
11 minutes into the period.
Calleja again split the
pipes twice in a matter of 21
seconds. Tijan and McDonald
set up the first, while Tijan
teamed up with Piskula on
the latter.
With two periods in the
books, the Falcons were flying
high at 11-3.
With the win, the Falcons
improved their record to 3-2-1
in the Great Lakes League.
Falcons coach Mike
Adamovich said he was
pleased with his team’s offen-
sive output.
The Falcons will travel to
Mosinee this Friday, Dec. 23.
Faceoff will be at 8 p.m.
Falcons crush Madison 18-6
Vilas County is looking for a person to serve on the Board of Adjust-
ment as a second alternate member to replace regular members in
times of absence. The applicant must reside in one of the following
Vilas County towns: Boulder Junction, Lincoln, Manitowish Waters,
Plum Lake, Presque Isle, St. Germain, Washington or Winchester.
The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals from decisions
made by the Vilas County Zoning Committee and considers vari-
ances from the Ordinance using legally accepted criteria. Board
members receive $47 per diem and mileage pay at the IRS rate for
hearings attended.
Questions and résumés can be directed to:
Dawn Schmidt, Zoning Administrator
330 Court St.
Eagle River, WI 54521
(715) 479-3765
The deadline for résumés is January 13, 2012.
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Claire Decker (No. 8) of Northland Pines waits for an opportunity to
make a rebound shot as a teammate drives the puck toward the
Medford goalkeeper. Decker had one goal and one assist in the 4-
1 win at the Dome last Friday night. The Northland Pines girls, 6-2
overall, played at top-ranked Hayward on Tuesday of this week.
--Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
The Northland Pines boys
basketball team lost to Lake-
land 79-54 in a Great North-
ern Conference (GNC) game
in Eagle River last Friday.
The Lakeland Thunder-
birds led 12-7 after one quar-
ter and 35-19 at the half. The
T-Birds outscored the Eagles
27-12 in the third quarter to
pull away.
Pines had a 23-17 advan-
tage in the fourth quarter.
Pines coach Ryan Clark found
some positives in the loss.
“Although we lost the game,
we made good strides as a team
and saw vast improvements in
the areas of turnovers and, ball
movement,” said Clark. “We
finished with a season low of 17
turnovers, and while that is
still too many, at least what
we’ve been emphasizing and
working on in practice seems to
be carrying over to the game.”
Clark said scoring is one of
the Eagles’ strengths and that
should continue to improve.
“We are a good shooting
team, and we have the ability
to put some points on the
board if we execute our cuts
and screens along with quick
ball movement and penetra-
tion,” he said.
The Eagles were 10 of 18
(56%) on 3-pointers and 22-35
(63%) overall from the field.
“However, we are not getting
enough shots up due to our
turnovers and lack of offensive
rebounds,” said Clark. “Lake-
land crushed us on the offen-
sive boards, as they finished
with 17 to our two. We have to
display more heart and fight in
securing a rebound, as it really
comes down to which team
wants the ball more as far as
rebounding goes.”
Jon Eichman finished with
a team-high 22 points and a
team high seven assists.
Devon Gaszak chipped in nine
points. Shane Levan took a
team-high two charges.
The Eagles, 0-5 overall,
were scheduled to play at Wit-
tenberg-Birnamwood Tuesday
of this week in a nonconfer-
ence game. Pines will play at
Watersmeet, Mich., Thursday,
Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. and will
host Hurley Friday, Dec. 30, at
7 p.m. Both are nonconference
Eagles make strides
in 79-54 T-Bird loss
The Northland Pines girls
hockey team continues to
prove it is the team to beat, as
they defeated the physically
aggressive Medford Raiders 4-
1 last Friday at the Dome.
The Eagles got off to a slow
start, only managing two
shots in the first 10 minutes of
the first period.
After a brief time out called
by Pines coach Al Moustakis,
the Eagles came out and
scored twice in the next 35
seconds of the game.
Sydney Moustakis put the
Eagles on the scoreboard,
after hitting a nice rebound
off of a shot by Kelly McGin-
nis. Kali Ebert also assisted
in the play. Next, freshman
Kali Sanborn scored, assisted
by Claire Decker.
“The remainder of the peri-
od saw some of the best skat-
ing, passing and shooting by
the Eagles this year,” said
Moustakis. “Within the last
seven minutes of the period,
the Eagles’ shots went from
two to 16.”
The second period was a
continuation of the first and,
although the Raiders scored
first in the period, the game
was being controlled by
Northland Pines. Decker
scored, as line mate and cen-
ter Paige Healy assisted on
the goal.
At the eight-minute mark
of the period, the Eagles were
on a power play and scored
their fourth and final goal of
the game. Winter Nielsen net-
ted a nice wrist shot from high
in the slot area. She was
assisted by Sanborn.
Neither team scored in the
third period, but Pines again
dominated with puck posses-
The Eagles allowed 12
shots on net, while taking 45.
Kim Van Brunt continued her
strong play in the nets for the
“The team and coaches
would like to extend a sea-
son’ s greeting and great New
Year’s to the entire communi-
ty,” said Moustakis. “We hope
everyone is well provided for
in this time and season of
The Eagles faced top-
ranked Hayward Tuesday in
Hayward before the holidays.
Eagle girls top Medford 4-1 at Dome
The Phelps Knights boys
basketball team lost to
Wabeno 50-29 last Thursday.
Wabeno took an early 9-2
lead in the first quarter.
Although Phelps played well
in the second, Wabeno still
outscored them 11-7 to take a
20-9 halftime lead.
“Wabeno came out in the
third quarter with more
intensity than us,” said Phelps
coach Kregg Mueller. “They
caused a lot of turnovers and
turned them into transition
The score heading into the
fourth quarter was 40-21,
Wabeno. The Knights compet-
ed well in the final quarter,
but turnovers throughout the
game enabled Wabeno to get
too large a lead.
“We need to be able to take
care of the basketball in order
to be in the game in the late
stages of the fourth quarter,”
said Mueller.
The coach added that the
next two weeks will give the
team time to practice and be
competitive in the holiday
tournament in Mercer over
holiday break.
Nathan Cirese led scoring
for Phelps with 14 points, fol-
lowed by Ryan Cirese with six,
and Robby Doppke with three.
The Knights will compete
in the holiday tournament
Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29
and 30.
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Phelps basketball teams
will participate in The Best
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Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29-
30, at Mercer School.
The tournament will be the
unofficial championship of the
four smallest school districts
in the state with basketball
teams from Phelps (high
school population of 35), Mer-
cer (35), Butternut (53) and
South Shore (43).
Each of the four schools
plan to take turns hosting the
tournament in years to come.
The two-day tournament
guarantees each team two
games, featuring a semifinal,
third-place and final format.
Head coach for the Phelps
girls basketball team Josh
Olivotti said his team was
excited to participate in the
event, adding that the games
could bring a big boost to
school spirit.
The Lady Knights will play
their first game against South
Shore at 1:30 p.m. Thursday,
while the boys will play South
Shore at 3:15 p.m.
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Thurs., Dec. 1 Stevens Point T 4-4
Tues., Dec. 6 at Rhinelander W 9-0
Thurs., Dec. 8 at Mosinee L 5-4
Sat., Dec. 10 Waupaca W 6-3
Tues., Dec. 13 Antigo 7:00 PM
Thurs., Dec.15 Tomahawk 7:00 PM
Tues., Dec. 20 at Houghton 6:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 22 at Medford Area 7:00 PM
Tues., Dec. 27 at Spooner TBD
Tues., Jan. 3 Lakeland 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 at Tomahawk 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan. 12 Rhinelander 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 17 D.C. Everest 7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 2012 Pines Classic
Mosinee 7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 21 Hayward,
University School of Milw. TBD
Tues., Jan. 24 at Antigo 7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 28 at Wausau East 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 Medford Area 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 2 at Lakeland 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 at Waupaca 7:00 PM
Tues., Feb. 14 WIAA Regionals TBD
Date Opponent Time
Sat., Nov. 19 Badger Thunder W 3-2
MSO W 7-1
Fond du Lac L 5-3
Mon., Nov. 28 Marshfield W 1-0
Fri., Dec. 2 Eau Claire North L 3-2
Sat., Dec. 3 Sun Prairie W 3-2
Fri., Dec. 9 at Lakeland W 7-0
Fri., Dec. 16 Medford Area 7:00 PM
Tues., Dec. 20 at Hayward 6:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 3 at Ashland 6:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 6 at Tomahawk 7:00 PM
Mon., Jan. 9 at Wisconsin Rapids 5:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 Antigo/Rhinelander 7:00 PM
Sat., Jan.14 at Appleton West 6:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 16 at Marshfield 5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 Hayward,
& Sat., Jan. 21 University School of Milwaukee,
Webster TBD
Mon., Jan. 23 Lakeland 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26 at Medford Area 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 3 Tomahawk 7:00 PM
Mon., Feb. 6 Wisconsin Rapids 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 at Antigo/Rhinelander 7:00 PM
Date Opponent Time
Fri., Nov. 11 Brookfield W 5-2
Sat., Nov. 12 Vernon Hills Capitals L 8-4
Sat., Nov. 26 Oregon Outlaws W 8-2
Sat., Dec. 3 Vernon Hills Capitals L 9-5
Sat., Dec. 10 Fond du Lac Bears T 6-6
Sat., Dec. 17 Madison Blues 8:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 23 at Mosinee Papermakers 8:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 30 Brookfield Battalion 8:00 PM
Sat., Dec. 31 2nd annual Falcons
Alumni Game 5:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 7 at Fox Cities Ice Dogs 7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 14 Green Bay Deacons 8:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 21 Mosinee Papermakers
(Derby) 8:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 3 at Madison Blues 8:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 4 at Fond du Lac Bears 8:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 Calumet Wolverines
(Pond Hockey) 8:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 11 Portage Lakes Pioneers
(Pond Hockey) 8:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 17 at Mosinee Papermakers
(River Cup) 8:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 18 Mosinee Papermakers
(River Cup) 8:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 at West Bend Bombers 8:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 25 at Oregon Outlaws 8:00 PM
Fri., March 9 at Green Bay Deacons 7:30 PM
Sat., March 10 Fox Cities Ice Dogs 8:00 PM
Sat., March 17 West Bend Bombers 8:00 PM
Fri., March 23 at Calumet Wolverines 6:00 PM CT
Sat., March 24 at Portage Lakes Pioneers 5:30 PM CT
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happy holiday season and a great 2012!
The Three Lakes Bluejays
lost 48-39 to Prentice last
Tuesday before beating Flo-
rence 59-41 Thursday.
Three Lakes started on a 4-
0 run against Prentice, but
slowed down quickly when
Prentice exploded in the first
quarter to take a 20-8 lead.
The Jays put up another
eight points in the second but
were still outscored by two.
The score was 30-16 going
into halftime.
“We played very tentatively
in the first half, and Prentice
was able to take advantage of
our mistakes,” said Three
Lakes coach Brad Volkmann.
After a halftime adjustment
or two, Three Lakes had a
strong third quarter, outscoring
Prentice 12-4 and bringing the
score to 34-28, Prentice.
“We moved the ball and
played defense the way we’re
supposed to in that quarter,”
said Volkmann. “The third quar-
ter was the best quarter of bas-
ketball we’ve played all year.”
In the end, the lead was too
much to overcome for the Jays,
even with two late threes
scored by Brent LaDuke.
Three Lakes was within
three with about 15 seconds
left, but with a foul and two
turnovers in the last 10 sec-
onds, Prentice ended up win-
ning by nine.
Ross Thorn led in scoring
for the Bluejays with 15
points and 10 rebounds.
LaDuke contributed 11 points
in the game.
A big first half, particularly
in the second quarter, helped
the Jays stay ahead of Florence,
who trailed 32-13 at halftime.
“Florence is very athletic
and uses a lot of pressure all
over the floor,” said Volkmann.
“We were able to take advan-
tage of turnovers and transi-
tion points, and we owned the
lane offensively.”
Although the Bobcats fared
better in the second half, the
Jays steadily put points on
the board and held Florence to
two modest 14-point quarters.
“Ross Thorn, Ben Wales
and Trenten Stefonek all had
double figures,” said Volk-
mann. “We continue to get
scoring from many parts of
our offense, which makes us a
difficult matchup.”
Thorn had 22 points in the
game, while Stefonek con-
tributed 15 and Wales scored
14. Thorn also added 13
rebounds and four steals.
The Jays will head to a
tournament in Minocqua
Wednesday and Thursday,
Dec. 28-29, at 6 p.m. both
nights before traveling to
Laona for a Northern Lakes
Conference match at 7:30 p.m.
Bluejays take loss to Prentice,
overpower Florence in hoops
Peyton Radaj of the Lady Jays dribbled the ball
down the sideline past an Elcho defender last
Tuesday during a riveting 59-51 loss to the Hor-
nets. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
The Three Lakes girls bas-
ketball team completed a busy
week, defeating Crivitz 45-33
at home Saturday night. Ear-
lier in the week, the Lady
Jays lost 59-51 at home to
Elcho and 52-49 at Florence.
The Crivitz game was the
Lady Jays’ second game in
less than 20 hours.
“We were running on fumes
Saturday,” said Three Lakes
coach Steve Radaj. “We had
little rest from our Friday
night game and had tired legs.
Our style of play is not con-
ducive to playing back-to-back
games, and our conditioning
and desire was put to the test
against Crivitz.”
The Jays led 32-30 going
into the fourth quarter. Three
Lakes then outscored the
Wolverines 13-3 the last quar-
ter to claim the win.
“It was great to see us put
together a good fourth quar-
ter,” said coach Radaj. “We
have such a young team and
they are improving so much
from week to week and game
to game.
Peyton Radaj led Three
Lakes with 13 points, followed
by Brooke Welch, who scored
nine. Lindsay Schoff con-
tributed eight, while Natalie
Miller scored seven points.
Radaj added that freshmen
Lauren Sowinski and Erika
Running gave the Bluejays
some good minutes in the win.
Three Lakes was 19 for 96
from the field and six for 26
from the free-throw line.
“Our free-throw shooting
needs to improve and we will
focus on that this week along
with our defense,” said coach
Against Elcho, the young
Jays team suffered a huge set-
back 30 seconds into the
game, when starting junior
center Leah Mohr went down
with a knee injury.
Mohr’s injury provided an
opportunity for freshmen post
players Maddie Lorbetske and
Erika Running to see some
extended playing time.
“Maddie and Erika were
thrown into the fire early, and
both scrapped and battled
against players with more
height and weight,” said coach
Radaj. “Those two are learn-
ing on the fly as is most of our
young team.”
The Jays held a 41-40 lead
after three quarters before
foul trouble and poor free-
throw shooting caught up
with Three Lakes.
The game saw a total of 59
fouls called with the Lady
Jays being whistled for 35 of
those. Five Three Lakes play-
ers fouled out in the game.
Statistically, Natalie Miller
led the Jays with 16 points,
Peyton Radaj netted 10 points
and both Lindsay Schoff and
Brooke Welch added eight
points apiece. Kiana Liebsch-
er led the Jays with seven
rebounds followed by Schoff
and Miller with six. Miller
and Peyton Radaj combined
for 12 steals in the game.
The game against Florence
was a back-and-forth battle.
After the 6-foot, 2-inch
senior center Cheyanne
Schaut put in a rebound bas-
ket for Florence with 18 sec-
onds left in the game, the Bob-
cats led 51-49. Three Lakes
wasn’t able to put them away
in the final seconds.
“The past two games we
were right there in the fourth
quarter and let things slip
away,” said coach Radaj.
“Learning to win these close
games will come with experi-
ence and playing time.”
Miller and Peyton Radaj
combined for 31 points in the
game, and Brooke Welch
chipped in with seven points in
the fourth quarter to help the
Lady Jays stay in the game.
“Lindsay continues to play
well. She led us in rebounds
with 11, and she got to the
free-throw line 15 times, which
shows she is working hard on
both ends,” said Radaj.
Three Lakes will participate
in the Crandon Holiday Tour-
nament Wednesday, Dec. 28.
The event is billed as a battle
between the Marinette-Oconto
Conference and the Northern
Lakes Conference (NLC).
The Jays will take on NLC
conference leader Crandon in
game two at noon, while
Peshtigo and Coleman will
face each other at 10 a.m.
The consolation game will
be at 2 p.m. and the champi-
onship game will be at 4 p.m.
Jays get first win against Crivitz,
lose thrillers to Elcho, Florence
The Three Lakes High
School wrestling team took
11th place out of 14 teams at
Saturday’s Tomahawk Invita-
The Bluejays scored 56
points, placing them ahead of
West Iron County with 55,
Elcho with 50.5 and Bark Riv-
er with 14.
Hortonville won first place,
scoring 236 points. In second
was Tomahawk with 205, fol-
lowed by Somerset with 168.
For Three Lakes, Dalton
Tietsort received fourth place
in the 120-pound class, win-
ning by 9-3 decision in the
fourth round and by pin in
Round 6.
Charlie Starke received
sixth place at 152 pounds,
winning by a 17-5 major deci-
sion in round one and by pin
in the fifth round.
Emerson Hegeman won by
pin two times, in the fifth and
sixth rounds, earning seventh
place in the 285-pound divi-
Jake Schneider won by a
10-9 decision in the first
round and by pin in the fifth,
earning fifth place in the 182-
pound class.
Also winning by pin for
Three Lakes were James
Houg at 113 pounds and
Jacob Fath at 138 pounds.
Hunter Raatz got a win in
round four by injury default.
Three Lakes will travel to
the Oshkosh Wrestling Clas-
sic Thursday and Friday, Dec.
29 and 30. Wrestling will
begin at 8 a.m. both days.
Jays place 11th at Tomahawk
Results of 12/14/11
Team results: Bucktale I 1, BBT’s II
2; BBT’s III 0, Bucktale II 3; DeNoyers I
3, Club 45 I 0; BBT’s I 3, DeNoyers II 0;
Club 45 II bye.
Top women shooters: Christine Brown
5/14; Michelle Albaugh and Jill Schmidt
4/17; Rebecca Gjovick and Kristin Zdroik
3/15; Amber Arndt, Sue Heilber, Maggie
Geiss and Sue Stardy 2/15.
Top men shooters: Bob Ratke, Bob
Michaels, Al Schmidt and Daryl
Rutowski 7/17; Nate Johnson 6/14; John
Mutka and Shawn Griffin 5/14; John
Eckert 3/14.
BUCKTALE I ............................19 5
DENOYERS I ............................18 6
DENOYERS II...........................16 11
CLUB 45 II ................................12 12
BBT’S I.......................................16 14
BUCKTALE II...........................13 14
BBT’S II .....................................14 16
BBT’S III......................................9 18
CLUB 45 II ..................................3 24
Results of 12/14/11
Team results: Oneida Village II 3,
Oneida Village I 0; Triple Diamonds 2.5,
WIldcats 0.5; Village People 2, Nomads
1; Legion I 2, Legion A 1.
Top women shooters: Sue Sadowske 3/9;
Judy Metternich 2/10; Donna Mather, Gin-
ny Arvey and Lynn Freehill 2/8; Jean Dick
2/7; Trudy Klauk 3/14; Carol Baker 2/5.
Top men shooters: Bob Borek 6/9, Ger-
ry Gruhn 4/8, Lou Bruckmoser 5/8, Bob
Ginnow 4/8, Dale Samuels and Dave
Crytmus 6/14, Paul Mathaie 3/9, John
Rugotzke 2/8, Eric Wick 1/6.
ONEIDA VILLAGE II .............24 6
TRIPLE DIAMONDS..............18 12
AMERICAN LEGION I...........16 14
AMERICAN LEGION A.......14.5 15.5
NOMADS.................................14 16
OV WILDCATS.....................13.5 16.5
ONEIDA VILLAGE I .............10 20
VILLAGE PEOPLE.................10 20
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Results of 12/14/11
Team results: Jake’s II 11, Wonder’s
Pit Stop 4; Irish Waters II 11, Irish
Waters I 4; Oneida Village 10, Loon
Saloon 5; Briggs Bar 9, Jake’s I 6; Bon-
nie’s Lakeside 9, Legion Ravens 6; Black
Forest 9, Pine Lake Pub 6; Pine Isle II 8,
Legion Eagles 7; Pine Isle I bye.
Eight-ball breaks: B.J. Martzahl, Jim
Eight-ball runs: Fred Hutchins, Mark
Briggs, Terry Bingham (1); Scott McCain,
Bob Harkner (2); Bob Harkner (3).
Hot shots: B.J. Martzhal (20), Bob
Harkner (17), Fred Hutchins (16), Tom
Muench (15), John Kuglitsch (13).
JAKE’S II ...............................93 42
BONNIE’S LAKESIDE .........86 49
IRISH WATERS II.................78 57
WONDERS PIT STOP...........74 61
PINE ISLE I...........................73 62
BRIGGS BAR.........................72 63
LEGION RAVENS.................80 70
ONEIDA VILLAGE...............80 70
BLACK FOREST ...................66 69
PINE LAKE PUB...................62 73
LEGION EAGLES.................62 73
IRISH WATERSI ...................68 82
JAKE’S I.................................61 89
PINE ISLE II .........................50 85
LOON SALOON ....................45 105
Results of 12/12/11
Team results: Pine Isle 8, Mud Creek
1; Boomers 6, Oneida Village 3; Uncle
Kent’s I 6, Jake’s I 3; Uncle Kent’s II 6,
Jake’s II 3; Club DeNoyer 6, Tiny Tap 3;
Eagle Lanes bye.
Nine-ball runs: Randy Bender, Jim
Nine-ball breaks: Jason Stebbeds,
Jim Sieren, Tom Collins.
PINE ISLE.................................57 24
UNCLE KENT’S I .....................52 26
BOOMERS.................................48 33
UNCLE KENT’S II....................47 34
CLUB DENOYER......................44 46
TINY TAP ..................................39 42
MUD CREEK SALOON............38 43
JAKE’S II ...................................32 46
EAGLE LANES .........................32 49
JAKE’S I.....................................30 51
ONEIDA VILLAGE...................28 53
Results of 12/15/11
Team results: Joe’s I won 5, lost 4;
Joe’s II won 4, lost 5; Joe’s III won 5, lost
4; Club I won 4, lost 5.
JOE’S POOL HALL I................26 28
JOE’S POOL HALL III.............25 20
CLUB 45 II ................................22 13
JOE’S POOL HALL II ..............20 25
CLUB 45 I..................................15 30
TINY TAP.................................63 36
UNCLE KENT’S I....................61 38
UNCLE KENT’S II ..................54 45
BUCKSHOTS...........................44 55
BUCKTALES ...........................39 60
SMUGGLER’S LOUNGE........37 62
Results of 12/13/11
Results: Buckshots 5, Smuggler’s
Lounge 4; Bucktales 3, Uncle Kent’s I 6;
Uncle Kent’s II 4, Tiny Tap 5.
Five-ball runs: Jo Popelier, Kristine
Parker, Paula Stebbeds.
KATHAN B . . . . . . . . . . . 27 18
MOONDANCE . . . . . . . . . 25 20
GATOR’S LANDING . . . 21 15
KATHAN A . . . . . . . . . . . 19 26
KLIGEN’S . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 29
Results of 12/12/11
Team results: House of Boo’s II 10,
Uncle Kent’s 3; Sweetwater II 13, Smug-
gler’s Lounge 0; Club 45 4, O’Brien’s 9;
Club DeNoyer 1, Sweetwater I 12;
Kathan Inn 7, House of Boo’s I 6.
Six-dart out: Bob Burnett.
Eight-dart out: Bob Burnett.
Nine-dart out: Mike Jones, Mason
Gerlach, Bob Burnett (2), Greg Nagy,
Nick Warwick.
Hat tricks: Bill Kahlenberg (3),
Christ Blicharz (4), Bob Burnett (3),
Mason Gerlach, Mike Jones (2), Melissa
Jones, Ryan Kauzlarick, Greg Nagy,
Nick Warwick, Chris Blicharz, Mike
Duening, John Dutz, Bob Dutz, Cody
Schneider, Jay Rabenberg.
SWEETWATER II ....................102 28
SWEETWATER I........................98 32
O’BRIEN’S PUB .........................92 38
CLUB 45 .....................................80 50
KATHAN INN ............................64 66
HOUSE OF BOO’S II.................59 71
HOUSE OF BOO’S I...................53 77
CLUB DENOYER.......................41 89
SMUGGLER’S LOUNGE...........35 95
UNCLE KENT’S.........................26 104
Eagle Lanes
Results of 12/7/11
Team results: Boone’s Building Sup-
ply 4, Harry’s Market 3; Darrell’s Dum-
mies 7, Twelve Pines 0; Wild Eagle Cor-
ner Store 2, Rockettes 5.
High team game: Rockettes 956.
High games: Mary Simac 198, Sue
Ingham 191, Sue Soderberg 188, Lynne
Behrendt 185, Carol Kubiaczyk 185.
High series: Sue Ingham 526, Sue
Soderberg 514, Mary Simac 513, Lynne
Behrendt 492.
DARRELL’S DUMMIES . . . . 58 26
HARRY’S MARKET . . . . . . . . 46 38
WILD EAGLE CORNER . . . . 45 39
BOONE’S BUILDING . . . . . . 39 45
ROCKETTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 51
TWELVE PINES . . . . . . . . . . 31 53
Eagle Lanes
Results of 12/14/11
Team results: Rockettes 5, Twelve
Pines 2; Wild Eagle Corner Store 0,
Boone’s Building Supply 7; Harry’s Mar-
ket 5, Darrell’s Dummies 2.
High team game: Boone’s Building
Supply 994.
High team series: Rockettes 2880.
High games: Joey Tess 210, Lynne
Behrendt 200, Susie Erickson 192, Car-
ol Long 181.
High series: Joey Tess 595, Lynne
Behrendt 557, Susie Erickson 526,
Janet Boone 486.
DARRELL’S DUMMIES . . . . 60 31
HARRY’S MARKET . . . . . . . . 51 40
BOONE’S BUILDING . . . . . . 46 45
WILD EAGLE CORNER . . . . 45 46
ROCKETTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 53
TWELVE PINES . . . . . . . . . . 33 58
Eagle Lanes
Results of 12/17/11
Team results: Team I 4, Team II 0;
Team III bye.
High team game: Team III 368.
High team series: Team I 1210.
High games, girls: Morgan Gurka
High series, girls: Morgan Gurka
High games, boys: Seth Daniel 217,
Sam Smith 165, Judd Klotz 152.
High series, boys: Seth Daniel 570,
Judd Klotz 439, Dylan Haagen 424.
TEAM II ..............................................19
TEAM III........................................18
TEAM I ..........................................17
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Overall Record 159-77 162-74 161-75 163-73 160-76 160-76
Winningest Percentage .673 .686 .682 .690 .677 .677
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Phelps coach Josh Olivotti talked strategy with
the Knights between quarters during last Fri-
day’s Northern Lakes Conference game against
Wabeno. --Photo By Sharon Gifford
A lack of offense on the part
of the Phelps girls basketball
team led to a 40-20 loss to
Northern Lakes Conference
(NLC) rival Wabeno last Fri-
In a half court defensive sit-
uation, the Knights did well
against Wabeno throughout
the night. They played a cou-
ple of different defenses effec-
tively, minimizing many of
Wabeno’s shots.
The first quarter saw very
little scoring, as Wabeno
outscored Phelps 4-3. The
man-to-man pressure for the
Knights was better than the
previous week, while their
weak-side recovery in trap
setups also improved.
“These are positive steps for
us that also resulted in fewer
fouls committed in the game,”
said Phelps coach Josh Olivot-
ti. “The defensive category
that really hurt was our defen-
sive transition, which we have
stressed in practice but failed
to apply to the game.”
Phelps struggled with giv-
ing open layups and other
easy shots in the first half of
the game. Going into halftime,
Wabeno led the Knights 16-8.
“This has to improve, in
order to help keep contests
close and generate more
opportunities for us to create
runs during a game,” said
The third quarter was
much like the first two, as
Wabeno continued to put up
points, while holding the
Knights defensively. Heading
into the final quarter, the
score was 26-12, Wabeno.
Although Phelps continued
to compete in the fourth, it
wasn’t enough to overcome the
steady lead built by Wabeno.
“We didn’t initiate the
offense early enough, stick
with our cutting action, or uti-
lize the screens,” said Olivotti.
“Therefore, we were stagnant
and saw a lot of one-on-one
action and little production.”
The coach added that the
team competes at a much dif-
ferent level when there are
multiple players on the floor in
attack mode, rather than just
one or two.
“Ashley Volkmann is our
best playmaker, and she had a
great game in terms of playing
hard and with a lot of heart,”
said Olivotti. “She was in a sit-
uation where she had to force
the issue a lot in order to try
and create offense for us.”
Olivotti said Destiny
Shreiber and Nica Grmick
were also key players in the
Volkmann was the statisti-
cal leader for the Lady
Knights, scoring 19 points and
getting nine rebounds, three
steals and six blocks.
Shreiber had four offensive
rebounds and one steal, while
Grmick had four rebounds and
two steals.
The Knights will travel to
compete in a holiday tour
Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29
and 30. They will host Cran-
don Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30
Lady Knights drop game
to Wabeno in basketball
Waupaca Tournament
Results of 12/10/11
Eagle River — 3-2-1 — 6
Waunakee A — 0-3-0 — 3
First period: Nick Dean (Colton
Raymond, Ryon Ritzer), Nick Sat-
terfield (Noah Wittkopf, Joe Mail-
lette), T.J. Ebert
Second period: Nick Dean (Colton
Raymond), Ryon Ritzer (Colton
Raymond, Nick Dean)
Third period: T.J. Ebert(Colton
Raymond, Nick Dean)
Saves: 11 (Dillon Gagliano)
Shots on goal: 42
Playmaker: Colton Raymond
Eagle River — 8-5-2 — 15
Southwest B — 0-0-0 — 0
First period: Ryon Ritzer
(Andrew Neis, Colton Raymond),
Noah Weber (Noah Witkopf, Jake
Jantzen), Joe Maillette (Noah Wit-
tkopf, Noah Weber), T.J. Ebert (Con-
nor Riley), T.J. Ebert (Connor Cox),
Colton Raymond (Nick Dean, Ryon
Ritzer), Noah Wittkopf (Noah
Weber, Joe Maillette), Noan Witt -
kopf (Connor Cox)
Second period: Colton Raymond
(Connor Cox, Nick Dean), Ryon
Ritzer (Dillon Gagliano), Noah
Weber (Connor Riley), Colton Ray-
mond (Connor Cox), Noah Weber
(Jake Jantzen, Nick Satterfield)
Third period: Noah Weber,
Michaela Zingler (Hane Luebke, Joe
Saves: 6 (Dillon Gagliano)
Shots on goal: 45
Shutout: Dylan Gagliano
Hat tricks: Noah Weber, Colton
Playmaker: Connor Cox
Results of 12/11/11
Eagle River — 0-1-2 — 3
Ice Dogs — 1-3-3 — 7
Second period: Noah Weber
Third period: Noah Weber (Noah
Wittkopf), T.J. Ebert (Noah Weber,
Noah Wittkopf)
Saves: 39 (Dillon Gagliano)
Shots on goal: 22
Eagle River — 2-3-1 — 6
Waupaca — 1-2-2 — 5
First period: Noah Weber, Nick
Dean (Colton Raymond)
Second period: Ryon Ritzer
(Colton Raymond, Nick Dean), Nick
Dean (Colton Raymond), Jake
Third period: Noah Weber
Saves: 19 (Dillon Gagliano)
Shots on goal: 28
Third place in tournament
Results of 12/10/11
Eagle River — 2-1-2— 5
Keweenaw Minor — 1-0-0 — 1
First period: Sammy Spencer,
Max Zingler (Tyler Hunt)
Second period: Jack Rhode
Third period: Mikey Alfonso (Max
Zingler), Max Zingler (Cody Jant -
Saves: 24 (Ethan Polich)
Shots on goal: 35
Eagle River —4-0-0 — 4
Keweena Minor — 2-0-0— 2
First period: Tyler Hunt (Mikey
Alfonso), T.J. Burke (Jack Rhode),
Jacob Czarapata (Jack Rhode),
Tyler Hunt (Jack Rhode and T.J.
Saves: 17 (Ethan Polich)
Shots on goal: 31
Results of 12/10/11
Eagle River — 1-0-0 — 1
Tomahawk — 5-2-3 — 10
First period: Brady Snedden
Saves: 18 (Brett Wilkins)
Shots on goal: 4
Eagle River — 0-0-0 — 0
Tomahawk — 3-3-1 — 7
Saves: 25 (Brett Wilkins)
Shots on goal: 7
Results of 12/10/11
Eagle River — 0-0-1 — 1
Wisconsin Rapids — 3-5-4 — 12
Third period: Hunter Bill(J.J.
Saves: 28 (Andrew Hartwig)
Shots on goal: 40
Eagle River — 1-0-0 — 1
Wisconsin Rapids — 3-8-4 — 15
First period: Hunter Bill (J.J.
Saves: 17 (Mitchell McCanles)
Shots on goal: 32
Eagle River — 2-1-2 — 5
Ashland — 1-0-0 — 1
First period: J.J. Albee (Hunter
Bill), Hunter Bill
Second period: J.J. Albee (Hunter
Third period: Hunter Bill
(Andrew Hartwig), Cooper Fink
(Roen McGee)
Saves: 8 (Mitchell McCanles)
Shots on goal: 9
Eagle River —1-2-3 — 6
Ashland — 1-0-1 — 2
First period: J.J. Albee
Second period: Mitchell McCanles
(Evan Janet), Michael Maillette
(Roen McGee)
Third period: Michael Maillette,
Andrew Hartwig, Michael Maillette
Saves: 3 (Hunter Bill)
Shots on goal: 5
Results of 12/11/11
Eagle River — 3-1-1 — 5
Medford — 0-0-0 — 0
First period: Hannah Eibner, Alli-
son Sauvola (Joi Crass), Gabby
Herfindahl (Anna Hartwig, Amanda
Second period: Caroline Riley
(McKenzie Ebert)
Third period: Caroline Riley
Saves: 17 (Jenna Paez)
Shots on goal: 31
Eagle River — 5-2-2 — 9
Medford — 0-0-0 — 0
First period: Sallie Spencer
(Mikala Rubo, Allison Sauvola), Joi
Crass (Amber Heidenreich, Allison
Sauvola), Natalie Decker (Joi
Crass), Hannah Eibner (Anna
Hartwig), Mikala Rubo (Allison
Sauvola, Natalie Decker)
Second period: Joi Crass (Amber
Heiderreich), Amanda Sargent)
Third period: Allison Sauvola
(Natalie Decker, Sallie Spencer),
Natalie Decker (Mikala Rubo)
Saves: 4 (Jenna Paez)
Shots on goal: 27
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Results of 12/15/11
Team results: Club DeNoyer 7, Dyna
Manufacturing 0; BBT’s 7, Leinenkugel
0; Boone’s Building Supply 5, Wild Eagle
Cornerstore 2; Hiawatha Hide Away 5,
Daniel’s Distinctive Design 2; XXX-
OUTS 7, Gremban 0; Harry’s Market 5,
Miller Sportsmen 2.
High team game: Hiawatha Hide
Away 1082.
High team series: Hiawatha Hide
Away 2847.
High games: Don Tess 257, Jeff
Kaczkowski 254, Bob Ingersoll 244.
High series: Al Mayack 675, Cliff
Erickson 651, Don Tess 641.
HARRY’S MARKET...........................54
HIAWATHA HIDE AWAY..................54
BBT’S ..................................................52
CLUB DENOYER...............................47
XXX OUTS..........................................45
MILLER SPORTSMEN .....................44
DYNA MANUFACTURING...............39
GREMBANS .......................................38
Boys Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 2 Antigo 7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 3 Three Lakes (Doubleheader) 5:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 6 at Rhinelander 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 16 Lakeland 7:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 20 at Wittenberg-Birnamwood 7:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 29 at Watersmeet 6:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 30 Hurley (Doubleheader) 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 3 at Medford Area 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 5 Houghton 6:45 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 at Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 16 at Niagara 7:15 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 Mosinee 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Kingsford 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 27 at Antigo 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 Rhinelander 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb.3 at Lakeland 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 Medford Area 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb.13 at Chequamegon (Park Falls) 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 17 Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 20 at Ashland 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 at Mosinee 7:30 PM
Girls Varsity Basketball
Mon., Nov. 28 at Ontonagon, Mich. 5:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 1 at L’Anse 7:20 PM
Sat., Dec. 3 Three Lakes (Doubleheader) 5:30 PM
Tues., Dec.6 Wabeno 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 9 Rhinelander 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 16 at Lakeland 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 30 Hurley (Doubleheader) 5:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 3 Medford Area 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 Prentice 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 at Mosinee 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Watersmeet 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 27 Antigo 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 at Rhinelander 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 3 Lakeland 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 7 at Niagara 7:15 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 at Medford Area 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 13 at Chequamegon (Park Falls) 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 17 at Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 Mosinee 7:30 PM
Thurs., March 1 at Antigo 7:30 PM
Boys Varsity Basketball
Fri., Dec. 2 at Laona 7:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 8 at Florence 5:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 9 at Watersmeet 6:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 15 at Wabeno 7:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 29
& Fri., Dec. 30 at Holiday Tour TBD
Tues., Jan. 3 Crandon 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 5 Elcho 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 Butternut 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan. 12 White Lake 5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 at Goodman/Pembine 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 17 at Three Lakes 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 Watersmeet 6:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Laona 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26 Florence 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 at Gresham 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 2 Wabeno 7:00 PM
Mon., Feb. 6 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 at Elcho 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 16 at White Lake 7:00 PM
Tues., Feb. 21 Goodman/Pembine 5:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 23 Three Lakes 7:00 PM
Tues., Feb. 28 WIAA Regional 7:00 PM
Girls Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 Lakeland 7:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 2 at Laona 5:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 6 at Watersmeet 6:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 8 at Florence 7:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 16 Wabeno 7:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 29
& Fri., Dec. 30 at Holiday Tour TBD
Tues., Jan. 3 Crandon 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 5 Elcho 5:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 Butternut 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 12 White Lake 7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 at Goodman/Pembine 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 19 Three Lakes 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Laona 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26 Florence 5:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 at Gresham 5:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 7 at Wabeno 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 9 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 13 Elcho 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 16 at White Lake 5:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 21 Goodman/Pembine 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 at Three Lakes 7:30 PM
Tues., March 6 WIAA Regional 7:00 PM
Boys Varsity Basketball
Thurs., Dec. 1 Wabeno 7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 3 at Northland Pines 7:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 9 at Elcho 7:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 13 Prentice 7:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 15 Florence 7:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 28 at Lakeland Tournament 6:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 29 at Lakeland Tournament 6:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 3 at Laona 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 5 at White Lake 7:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 9 Goodman/Pembine 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 17 Phelps 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 at Wabeno 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 at Antigo 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26 at Prentice 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 Elcho 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 2 at Florence 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 6 Laona 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 White Lake 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 14 at Goodman/Pembine 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 17 Crandon 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 23 at Phelps 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 28 WIAA Regional TBA
Girls Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 2 at Wabeno 7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 3 at Northland Pines 5:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 8 at Prentice 7:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 13 Elcho 6:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 16 at Florence 7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 17 Crivitz 5:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 28 at Crandon Tournament 10:00 AM
Fri., Jan. 6 Laona 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 White Lake 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 12 at Goodman/Pembine 7:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 16 Crandon 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 19 at Phelps 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Wabeno 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 3 at Elcho 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 7 Florence 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 9 at Laona 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 13 at White Lake 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 16 Goodman/Pembine 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 21 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 Phelps 7:30 PM
Tues., March 6 WIAA Regionals TBA
Sat., Dec. 10 at Wabeno Logroller Invite 9:30 AM
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Our View
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the
North Woods, evidenced by busy churches, nativi-
ty scenes in front of homes and businesses and
generous giving to those in need — the latter of
which follows an example started by God himself,
who gave the world the gift of a special child.
For those who don’t celebrate Christmas or
who would be offended by a simple, heartwarm-
ing greeting such as “Merry Christmas,” you
might want to stop here. This is not a secular
opinion wishing “happy holidays” and “season’s
greetings.” This is more direct than the vague
words of the average Christmas card. Never have
so many vague words been written about one of
the most important events in history.
Intense commercialism, busy two-worker
families and kids going in every direction have
made Christmas so hectic for most people that
it’s not surprising that the true meaning of
this event is often buried in the shuffle.
The Holy Bible tells us that more than 2,000
years ago, a very special child was born in Beth-
lehem. The good news spread quickly that a sav-
ior was born in the city of David. It was the
Christ Child, the Prince of Peace, the Son of God.
Why should people be offended? This is the
Christmas story.
No event in the history of the world has been
more celebrated or more well-documented. Christ
went on to teach the world about peace and good-
will toward all humans. His disciples carried his
message to the corners of the Earth, as they still
do today, baptizing those who believe.
Certainly the spirit of Christmas is a miracle
all its own, a time when people give of them-
selves to help others more than any other time.
That God-given spirit is very evident in the
North Woods, from gift and clothing drives for
those having financial difficulties to caroling,
school programs and special church events. It is a
time for the renewal of relationships.
One thing that makes the North Woods such
a great place to live is that we can still enjoy
real Christmas programs in some of our schools,
as opposed to those “holiday” programs that
wouldn’t give the casual observer a clue about
what event we’re celebrating.
Our hats are off to those who have given of
themselves and their possessions during this
remarkable season, making the world a better
place for everyone. The support we’ve seen for the
Warm The Children program and The Salvation
Army’s Red Kettle campaign is inspiring.
We are reminded by Christian pastors that
even more significant than the spirit of giving is
understanding the most treasured gift that could
ever be given — Jesus Christ on Earth. We are
told that how we receive that gift and what we do
with that knowledge and grace, the year around,
is central to Christmas.
It is our hope that people realize Christmas
isn’t about the celebration itself, but the reason
behind such joyous and generous activities. Peo-
ple can deny most anything, and they can cer-
tainly believe in what they choose, but there is
no doubt that Jesus Christ is the reason for the
The reason for the season
is the ‘Christ’ in Christmas
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County News-Review
editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger,
Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor
Anthony Drew.
A FRIEND commented the
other day that he was reading
the papers, catching up on the
news, when he realized he
hadn’t read any articles that
mentioned the fact that we
should be celebrating the
birth of Christ this Christmas.
Was this a case of trying to
be politically correct? I noted
that there have been quite a
few Christmas-themed shows
and movies on TV. The point
he was making was the media
is telling us how critical the
holiday season is to the econo-
my, but we shouldn’t forget
the true reason for the season!
This occasion reminded me
of an article published in the
Dec. 20, 2001, edition of The
Delphos Herald in Delphos,
Ohio. That was shortly after
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
on America. I saved the article
and I thought it would be
appropriate to reprint it this
week. The author or compiler
of the list is not known. A very
nice presentation of the list
can also be found on the Inter-
It’s titled “25 Ways We’re
Different This Christmas.” I
hope you enjoy reading the
list and you will take a few
minutes to think about the
message. Feel free to share
the list with family and
1. Last Christmas we were
thinking about all the things
we didn’t have. This Christ-
mas we are thinking about all
the things we do have.
2. Last Christmas we were
placing wreaths on the doors
of our homes. This Christmas
we are placing wreaths on the
graves of our heroes.
3. Last Christmas we were
letting our sons play with toy
guns. This Christmas we are
teaching them that guns are
not toys.
4. Last Christmas we were
counting our money. This
Christmas we are counting
our blessings.
5. Last Christmas we were
lighting candles to decorate.
This Christmas we are light-
ing candles to commemorate.
6. Last Christmas we paid
lip service to the real meaning
of the holidays. This Christ-
mas we are paying homage to
7. Last Christmas we were
digging deep into our bank
accounts to find money to fly
home for the holidays. This
Christmas we are digging
deep into our souls to find the
courage to do so.
8. Last Christmas we were
trying not to let annoying rel-
atives get the best of us. This
Christmas we are trying to
give the best of ourselves to
9. Last Christmas we
thought it was enough to cele-
brate the holidays. This
Christmas we know we must
find ways to consecrate them.
10. Last Christmas we
thought a man who could rush
down a football field was a
hero. This Christmas we know
a man who rushes into a
burning building is the real
11. Last Christmas we were
thinking about the madness of
the holidays. This Christmas
we are thinking about the
meaning of them.
12. Last Christmas we were
getting on one another’s
nerves. This Christmas we are
getting on our knees.
13. Last Christmas we were
giving thanks for gifts from
stores. This Christmas we are
giving thanks for gifts from
14. Last Christmas we were
wondering how to give our
children all the things that
money can buy. This Christ-
mas we are wondering how to
give them all the things mon-
ey can’t (peace and security).
15. Last Christmas we were
thinking about all the pres-
sure we are under at the
office. This Christmas we are
thinking about all the people
who no longer have an office
to go to.
16. Last Christmas we were
singing carols. This Christmas
we are singing anthems.
17. Last Christmas we were
thinking how good it would
feel to be affluent. This Christ-
mas we are thinking how good
it feels to be alive.
18. Last Christmas we
thought angels were only in
heaven. This Christmas we
know they are right here on
19. Last Christmas we were
contemplating all the changes
we wanted to make in the new
year. This Christmas we are
contemplating all the changes
we will have to make in this
new reality.
20. Last Christmas we
believed in the power of the
pocketbook. This Christmas
we believe in the power of
21. Last Christmas we were
sharing/spreading/listening to
gossip. This Christmas we are
sharing/spreading and listen-
ing to the Gospel.
22. Last Christmas we were
complaining about how much
of our earnings went to taxes.
This Christmas we compre-
hend that freedom isn’t free.
23. Last Christmas we val-
25 ways we’re different this Christmas season
People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt
To McNUTT, Pg. 18A
Christmas movie on the Hall-
mark Channel the other
night starring Richard
Thomas, better known, per-
haps, as John-Boy Walton.
The name of the movie was
“The Christmas Box,” and
one of the lines that struck
me as particularly relevant
was a question posed to
Thomas by Maureen O’Hara,
whose character, the elderly
owner of a Christmas box
asked, “Of all the Christmas
gifts, what was the first gift
of Christmas?”
The question was the crux
of the movie and, because the
characters played by Thomas
and O’Hara had a difficult
time initially in establishing
a relationship, it took Thomas
most of the second half of the
movie to figure out the cor-
rect answer.
Scant seconds before Mary
— O’Hara — died, John-Boy,
or Richard as was his charac-
ter’s name in the movie, came
up with the correct answer,
allowing her to peacefully
pass away.
John-Boy inherited her
mansion and rededicated
himself to family instead of
business, as had been the
case until Mary and the
Christmas box came into his
After all that, I found
myself in bed the other night
in that la-la time between
being awake and entering
deep sleep, asking myself not
what the first gift of Christ-
mas was, but rather what
was the greatest Christmas
gift I ever received.
For myself, and it’s related
to John-Boy’s answer, it
would have to be the two chil-
dren given to me by my love-
ly wife. I don’t know of any
parent in their right mind
who would not answer in the
same way, for what is there
in the world more beautiful
or more treasured than your
Mind you, the 40 and 37
years they’ve been around —
my daughter gets the shout-
out for being the eldest —
they’ve given me more gray
hairs, worry lines and high
blood pressure days than I
would have thought neces-
The greatest gift of all
& Tales
Will Maines
To MAINES, Pg. 17A
Old hawk-eye
on the lookout
The broad-winged hawk is a stealthy hunter, diving from
its tree perch to grab mice and other small mammals on the
forest floor. They spend hours every day going branch to
branch above their favorite feeding grounds, which
includes grassy ditches and raspberry patches.
--Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER
about animals, the more com-
plex and interesting is the
behavior they exhibit. My
faithful mutt from the pound,
a dog named Buster Brown,
impresses me from time to
time with complex behaviors
aimed at getting what he
wants out of me. Most people
who live with animals can tell
you a tale or two of diabolical
– or thoughtful – animal
behavior they’ve witnessed.
But even knowing all that,
a recent study on lab rats
took me by surprise. The
research makes it clear that
rats empathize with one
another and will actively
work to help one another.
Here’s the scoop that was
recently published in the
prestigious journal Science.
The work was done by Peggy
Mason of the University of
Chicago with the help of col-
Imagine two rats in a cage,
rats that have lived together
and thus know each other.
The scientists took one rat
and trapped it in a plastic
tube. The trapped rat didn’t
like that, enough so it would
make a sound to signal its
The other rat, the one that
wasn’t trapped, would scurry
over to the plastic tube, biting
it and interacting with the
trapped rat through small
openings in the tube.
The tube had its complexi-
ties. Part of it was a trigger
that would open the door to
the tube, releasing the
trapped rat. At first the free
rat came on that trigger only
by accident but, it would
learn the trick and release
the trapped rat quickly after
it understood the scheme.
(The free rat would do all this
only for a trapped friend, so to
speak, not for a toy rat in the
You might think the free
rat did all the work involved
in freeing its companion
because it wanted its play-
mate for selfish reasons. To
Rats are decent
little souls
To ROCK DOC, Pg. 17A
sary, but all things considered
I wouldn’t trade them for any
Seriously, when my wife
went into labor with Ericka at
late afternoon the day before
deer season in 1971, I gladly
gave up the entire opener
when she stayed in labor not
only through Friday night but
all day Saturday, Saturday
night and into the one o’clock
hour of Sunday morning,
before she decided 33 hours of
labor was enough.
I’ll admit to having spent
some time during the day
Saturday stewing over the
fact deer season was going on
without me, but that first
squalling I heard from my lis-
tening post outside the deliv-
ery room made a lost day of
hunting totally inconsequen-
Truly at that early morn-
ing time of day, I knew for
sure that I had all the Christ-
mas gift I would ever need —
albeit a month early — espe-
cially when the nurse handed
that nine-pound bundle to me
for the first time ever.
Three years later, my wife
gave me the second of the
greatest Christmas presents I
have ever received, that one
almost four months before
Christmas Day when, after a
mere 14 hours of labor, my
son, all 10 pounds of him,
came into the world.
That time I got to be at her
side in the delivery room —
Luther Hospital in Eau Claire
had only just begun to allow
dads in the delivery room in
1974 — getting to not only
hear his first cries, but to
actually see a new life begin.
I still remember the wave
of anxiety I felt when a nurse
took a helpless, unmoving
form to a table where, in
moments she transformed
what I thought was a really
unhealthy looking blob into a
living, breathing, squalling
baby boy, much to my relief.
Since that day, though I
have regularly threatened to
disown both of them for vari-
ous transgressions, such as
being a Bears fan — my
daughter — or shooting a big-
ger buck than me — my son
— they have and always will
be the gifts of my life. My wife
put together two large col-
lages of photos for each of our
kids when they graduated
from high school, and I cannot
tell you how many times each
week I pause to look at them
where they are displayed on a
wall and think back to the
day each was born.
I think the best ones were
taken during their earliest
years when they were as
innocent as they were ever
going to be. Dressed in Super-
man and Wonder Woman
underwear in one picture,
both proudly displaying trout
they had caught in another,
waiting for the school bus on
the first day of school in yet
another; those pictures are a
very real snapshot of the gift
of joy they brought into my
We’ll get to spend Christ-
mas in person with my
daughter and our son-in-law
this year, a five-and-one-half
hour drive a small price to
pay for being able to celebrate
with them.
As for my son, we will have
to settle for celebrating
Christmas with him in spirit
only this year, as once again
he is spending his Christmas
in Afghanistan.
It’s been killing me ever
since the first of October not
to share our almost daily
phone conversations, idiotic
as they sometimes were, as
we debated who was the more
proficient hunter, fisherman
and overall woodsman, but
such is life when your son is
an intelligence unit team
leader at some remote FOB
and has virtually no commu-
nication avenues available.
Now, as Christmas Day
approaches, I’ll look even
more often at those pictures
on the wall and think of
Brooks, second to arrive but
tied for first as the greatest
Christmas gift I have ever
received. For me, for now and
ever in the future, the love of
a child — even a grown-up
child — shall be the first and
only Christmas gift I’ll ever
Letter to the Editor:
In the Dec. 14 Vilas County
News-Review, Mr. Schiesl sug-
gested that if we are “fed up
with outside organizations tak-
ing over our state,” or if we are
tired of untrue political ads, we
should not be signing the
Recall Walker petitions.
Odd, those are compelling
reasons in favor of signing!
Koch Industries, based in
Kansas, was a major contribu-
tor in Scott Walker’s guberna-
torial campaign and recall
efforts were precipitated by
Walker’s deceitful conduct.
If anyone is having difficulty
understanding the recall —
and to date 94% of the required
petitioners haven’t — just con-
sider it a lemon law. When you
buy a new vehicle with certain
reasonable expectations, you
do not have to write it off as
advertising rhetoric when you
discover it has no functional
brakes, thermostat, safety belts
nor air bags.
The recall provision was
written into state election laws
for the same consumer protec-
tion rationale that gave us the
lemon law. It provides a means
of recourse when the product
turns out not to be as adver-
tised (admittedly, there is no
air bag deficiency in politics).
Terrance Moe
Three Lakes
Dear Editor:
I want to thank Jim
Holperin for correcting my mis-
take in the Dec. 7 Vilas County
News-Review, when I wrote
that Jim Doyle’s 2009-’10 bud-
get was the largest in the histo-
ry of the state.
The last time Jim and I com-
municated about that budget
was when Jim was on his win-
ter vacation in Illinois! You see,
Jim had fled the state com-
plaining, that “Three days was
not enough time to deliberate
the new governor’s budget.”
I was trying to convince Jim
to come back to the state to do
his job, so I reminded him that
when he and his party had
complete control of the state, it
only took them one day to pass
their version of a budget repair
bill (SB62, February 2009) that
added nearly $1 billion to the
already deficit budget! That
had stuck in my craw and I
never thought to compare
Doyle’s last budget with Gov.
Walker’s new one. My bad!
What Jim failed to note was
Gov. Walker started with a $3.6
billion deficit! That is money
that was already committed, by
the state, to future budgets.
Jim also wrote that “It turns
out that now the state has
plenty of money to pay for the
budget.” Gov. Walker inherited
a budget with that $3.6 billion
deficit, and while it appears
that his budget is now the
largest in the state’s history, he
found a way to balance it!
Unlike many states facing sim-
ilar deficits, he did it while sav-
ing hundreds of teaching and
public worker jobs and giving
control back to local communi-
ties and school boards.
I apologize to the editor and
the readers for not doing more
homework before I wrote that
Dec. 7 letter, however, I stand
by the intent of that letter and
that was to share that many of
us wish we could do more for
our schools, senior health care
and low income families, but
the money isn’t there!
Rob Krieghoff
Sugar Camp
Letter to the Editor:
You hit the nail on the head
when you wrote about the
DNR and the total deer they
want is 1.2 deer per 40 acres is
not in the best interest for a
quality deer hunt.
Also, when the DNR was
giving out unlimited doe tags
in Unit 36 several years ago
they are still having a negative
effect for our group that hunts
in the area west of Plum Creek.
To make the situation even
worse, the DNR allowed 7,000
doe tags to be sold this season.
This 2011 deer season, our
group consisted of 14 hunters.
Of that count, 12 were sea-
soned hunters and two were
teenagers who had three and
two years of observing pine
squirrels and chickadees.
Some of our group have not
seen a deer in this area for four
years. We worked hard to pur-
chase land it back in the late
1960s. Back then, we would
observe at least 10 to 15 deer
during three days of hunting
and harvest some years up to
five bucks.
I will be the first to admit
our group did harvest some
does, but did not get carried
away as some groups do. I have
read this year at one checking
station of a group that harvest-
ed five fawn does. It looks like
more squirrels and chickadees.
I am 81 years old and start-
ed deer hunting when I was 15
years old and have seen some
lean years, but the last time I
harvested a buck was in 2002.
If this slaughter of does contin-
ues, I do not see a bright future
for the North Woods hunters.
Larry Hausner
State’s recall provision
much like lemon law
Walker inherited Doyle’s deficit
Stop the slaughter of does
Dear Editor:
A true story, but with a
much different ending than
the one I’m about to tell,
appeared several weeks ago in
the Chicago Tribune. The arti-
cle: “The $23,800 test: They
passed with honors,” rekin-
dled bittersweet memories of
an amazingly similar event in
my life that I’d like to share
with you at this reflective
time of the year.
It was a typical Monday
morning during an exception-
ally bone-chilling Chicago
winter back in January of
1994. Being a kitchen and
bath remodeling contractor,
my office that week happened
to be an unusually small 10-
by 8-foot kitchen in a near-
North Shore Chicago suburb.
My customer, a young,
recently married police officer
and his pregnant wife, closed
on the house the day before
with plans to move in after
the kitchen was remodeled.
They purchased the home
from the children of an elderly
deceased woman who lived
there alone following her hus-
band’s passing several years
prior. The policeman arrived
at the house to let us in and
announced he was leaving for
a while.
I was eager, as were the
guys working for me, to get
out of the cold and start
removing the kitchen fixtures
and old appliances. The
cramped work space together
with the extreme weather
conditions outside made for a
lively start to the work week,
though, the fun that morning
would do little to cushion the
roller coaster ride that soon
would follow.
The ride began when I real-
ized that a 36-inch wide stove,
built like a tank during the
post-World War II era, can’t
stay in the middle of a 10- by
8-foot kitchen that three men
are tearing apart, so I quickly
decided to move it to the
garage which was right off the
Since it was difficult to
slide and we were without a
dolly, the safest way to move
the clumsy old stove was end
over end. We started lifting it
onto its side and, when it got
halfway, things fell out and
crashed to the floor which was
puzzling. After the stove land-
ed on its side we couldn’t
believe our eyes and instantly
felt like kids left alone in a
candy store!
Strewn about the floor were
10 containers with a dozen 1-
ounce gold Krugerrands in
each, a number of Crown Roy-
I’m the one who took home the treasure
Wisconsin has a long,
proud history when it comes
to mining. Mining has con-
tributed greatly to our econo-
my, providing families a sta-
ble source of income well
before Wisconsin reached
statehood. What was true in
the past could become a real-
ity today as the prospect of
new mine development has
the potential to give the state
a significant economic boost
at a time when it is desper-
ately needed.
While the last iron ore
mine in the state closed years
ago, there is great supply of
the mineral in northern Wis-
consin and high demand for
it. Extending from Iron to
Ashland County, the Penokee
Range is home to one of the
largest iron ore deposits in
North America, containing
an estimated 2.2 billion tons
of iron ore in a 22-mile
I’m pleased to report that
we are taking the steps
required to reopen the door to
iron mining in the Badger
State and are closer to realiz-
ing all the economic activity
that comes with it. Last
week, Assembly Republicans
unveiled legislation to make
possible a return of iron min-
ing by streamlining the regu-
latory process. The law
change is necessary as Wis-
consin’s current mining laws
are overly complex, difficult
and burdensome. The current
regulations provide compa-
nies little certainty and dis-
courage investment in the
industry. It’s crucial we
change the perception of the
state’s hostility toward min-
ing in order to attract job-cre-
ating projects.
I believe we can accom-
plish this economic develop-
ment and provide for the nec-
essary environmental protec-
tions. Like other Wiscon-
sinites, I believe it is vitally
important to be good stew-
ards of the environment in
order for our kids and grand-
kids to enjoy our state’s won-
derful natural resources in
decades to come. In response
to concerns about the envi-
ronmental impact of mining,
this legislation was carefully
crafted to ensure historically
high standards are main-
tained. Mining legislation
has been a work in progress
this session and I’m confident
we have done the due dili-
gence needed to fully address
all environmental concerns.
The proposal creates a rea-
sonable permitting process
and timeline for mining and
Mining for jobs in the Badger State
To NYGREN, Pg. 18A
test that possibility, the
researchers also set up the
tube so that it released the
trapped rat to another cage.
Even under those conditions,
the free rat would still work to
aid the trapped one – which
seems to be pretty altruistic
Next the scientists
researched just how strongly
those altruistic feelings were
in the free rat. They did that
by putting two clear plastic
traps in a cage. One held the
trapped rat, the other held
chocolate chips. (Yup, I guess
rats like a nice chocolate high
as much as we do.)
The free rat in the cage
would work to open both traps.
In doing so, it meant the free
rat would have to share the
chocolate with the formerly
trapped rat.
That behavior is awfully
impressive. Some humans,
after all, might not release a
trapped comrade until after
they had consumed all of the
chocolate to be had (at least if
it was the super-dark, good
But the impressive behav-
ior shown by a rat is just that
– a behavior. It’s still impossi-
ble to really know what the
free rat was feeling or think-
“I think it’s extremely
unlikely that the rat has the
same conscious experience (of
decision making) that we do,”
Mason said to National Public
But it’s also awfully clear
that rats are social, empathet-
ic, and even self-sacrificing lit-
tle individuals. That’s a far cry
from the image we have of rats
that lies behind our calling
someone we detest a rat.
Scientists will now repeat
the same study elsewhere to
see if they get the same results
and start to expand on the
work that’s been done. One
point of research may be to
test how the free rat in the
scenario would respond if the
trapped rat were a stranger,
not a familiar cage-mate.
It wasn’t so long ago that
scientists assumed only pri-
mates had complex emotions
and were capable of the sorts
of behaviors seen in the rat
study. McGill University’s Jef-
frey Mogil has done studies on
mice and is impressed by the
recent findings about rats. But
he says we shouldn’t be sur-
prised to find complex and
empathetic behaviors in ani-
mals other than primates.
“Behaviors have to come
from somewhere,” he said to
National Public Radio. “And so
it would be almost absurd to
expect not to see some sort of
simpler form of human socia-
bilities in other animals.”
Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a
native of the rural Northwest,
was trained as a geologist at
Princeton and Harvard. This
column is a service of the Col-
lege of Agricultural, Human
and Natural Resource Sci-
ences at Washington State
University. Peters can be
reached at epeters@wsu.edu.
Rock Doc
al Whisky bags and cigar box-
es full of pristine-looking sil-
ver dollars mostly from the
1800s, and various full mint
sets of older coins. At the time,
the popular South African
gold pieces yielded about $375
per ounce, leading to our inex-
perienced consensus that val-
ued the treasure-trove some-
where between $40,000 and
For less than a minute,
human nature was in total
command until our con-
sciences regained control and
the three of us simultaneously
agreed that the money should
be returned to the family of
the prior owner, through my
customer. Strangely enough,
we got as much enjoyment
thinking about their pre-
dictable astonishment as we
did from finding the stash.
But what had been an
exhilarating experience up to
that point quickly turned into
a feeling of utter disappoint-
ment in my fellow man when
my customer returned and in
a New York minute, coldheart-
edly claimed the money all for
himself while laughing at my
naïve assumption that the
coins would be returned to the
elderly woman’s family. He
immediately called an attor-
ney to check the law on the
hidden riches, but such a dis-
play of callousness forfeited
all respect I had for him while
reaffirming the maxim:
“What’s legal isn’t necessarily
As you can see, things did-
n’t turn out that day the way I
had hoped. Yet, after many
years of reflection, I’ve come
to realize that even though
the officer got the coins, I’m
the one who took home the
treasure. You see, my daugh-
ter was 12 at the time and
ever since that momentous
day, she enthusiastically often
asks me to retell the “money
story” which I told to her and
my wife on that cold winter’s
night. This treasure, I’m here
to say, will last many life-
times. My customer could
have been so lucky. Merry
Frank Gabl
Prospect Heights, Ill., and
Eagle River
ued things that were costly.
This Christmas we value
things that are holy.
24. Last Christmas the
people we idolized wore
sports uniforms. This Christ-
mas the people we idolize
wear police, firefighter and
military uniforms.
25. Last Christmas peace
on Earth is something we
prayed for on Sunday morn-
ing. Now it’s something we
pray for every day.
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Dear Editor:
“Those who fail to learn from
history are doomed to repeat it.”
Sir Winston Churchill
Everyone knows about the
Holocaust, Hitler and World
War II . . . or do they? The U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum
states: “The Holocaust was the
murder of 6 million Jews and
millions of others by the Nazis
and their collaborators during
World War II.” In addition to
Jews, the targeted groups
included Poles, other Slavic
peoples, Soviets, Romanier
(also known as gypsies), the
mentally ill, the deaf, the phys-
ically and mentally disabled,
homosexuals, political oppo-
nents and others who did not
belong to the “Aryan” race.
How did this happen? The
first step in condoning and
legalizing the killing of these
people was to consider them to
be nonhuman. Are we doing
the same thing today?
Please go to 180movie.com
and watch this video. I was so
moved by this video that I want
everyone I know and meet to
see it. It will change your life
and could even save one.
Shari Curtis
Eagle River
Video’s message will change your life
Dear Editor:
I am not a music critic; I am
just a person who loves music
and who was moved by the con-
cert given by the Northwoods
Singers last evening.
I am writing this to thank
the members of the North-
woods Singers for again giving
us a beautiful concert to high-
light the Christmas season.
As I was driving to the con-
cert, the full moon was shining
down on the glistening snow-
covered trees and ground. The
first several songs performed
by the choir perfectly reflected
the beauty of the North Woods
and the beauty of the season —
serene and peaceful. The con-
cert continued with a wonder-
ful variety of musical selec-
tions, each as beautiful as the
one before. Thank you to Dr.
Pamalyn Lee and all members
of the Northwoods Singers and
the Northwoods Youth Choir
for your gift of music each
Christmas. It’s one of the best
gifts of all.
Barbara Agney
Watersmeet, Mich.
Concert reflected beauty of season

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