EAGLE RIVER, WI 54521 • (715) 479-4421 • VOL. 126, NO. 42


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Politics, ATV plan, wolves topped headlines in 2011

Snowmobile trails open and groomed in Vilas, Oneida
Castle construction delayed until more lake ice builds


While tough economic times continued to make headlines nationwide, some of the most significant local topics in 2011 were Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill that led to statewide protests and recall elections, a proposal for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) route system in Vilas County and the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list. The real estate and construction industries nationwide continued to struggle in 2011 — the effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, gasoline prices hit $4 per gallon, also affecting the North Woods tourism industry. When it came to local headlines, there was political turmoil statewide after new Republican Gov. Walker announced his budget repair bill. The legislation was designed to reduce Wisconsin’s $136.7 million budget shortfall, but it also took away almost all collective bargaining rights for most public employees. The proposal, which led to protests by teachers and other public employees across the state, called for public employees to pay onehalf of the cost of their pensions and at least 12.6% of their health insurance. The issue grew more intense when 14 state senators, including Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover) fled the state and spent time in Illinois to delay a vote in the Legislature. It resulted in a recall election against Holperin in which he eventually defeated Republican Kim Simac of Eagle River. Meanwhile, Democrats started their own recall movement, collecting signatures to recall Walker. As of December, volunteers had gathered more than 500,000 petitions to recall Walker and were working toward getting the necessary 540,208 signatures by the Jan. 13 deadline. When it came to the ATV issue, the Landover ATV Club sought support for a route system using town roads and county highways that would link Eagle River, Conover, Land O’ Lakes and Phelps. System organizers gained enough support from Phelps residents to present a plan to the town and county. While town leaders gave approval to the plan with modifications, county supervisors rejected the proposal due to the safety of ATVs running on approximately 11 miles of county highways. County officials agreed to study allowing ATV routes on county highway rights of way to connect gaps in the town road system. The battle to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protection got approval from the U.S. Fish & To REVIEW, Pg. 5



Public workers protested Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.

With about 4 inches of new snow in the North Woods, snowmobile trail grooming has resumed in Vilas Count and Oneida County has opened its trail system. While Vilas County trails opened Dec. 12, they were in poor early-season riding condition due to a lack of snow. The Oneida County-funded snowmobile trail system officially opened for the 2011-’12 winter season last Friday, Dec. 30, according to Oneida County recreation coordinator Eric Rady. “Always exercise caution when riding a snowmobile,” said Rady. “The trails can be rough and are in early-season condition.” Due to a lack of snow, snowmobile trails were in poor riding condition during the holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s. It was the

seventh time in 11 years that area winter tourism businesses were hurt by poor trails during the holidays. But the North Woods received about 4 inches of snow New Year’s Eve and more lake-effect snow fell on Sunday and Monday. There are about 8 inches of snow in the Eagle River area and the northern tier of Vilas County has more snow due to heavier lake-effect snow showers last weekend. Matt Serwe, meteorologist at WJFW TV-12, said scattered light snow is in the forecast for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which means snowmobile trails should be in the best condition of the season this weekend. Holly Tomlanovich of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club said all 100 miles of trails are To TRAILS, Pg. 2

Polar Bear Plunge planned Saturday


The gray wolf was removed from the endangered species list.

A proposal for a new public library in Eagle River was announced.

ST. GERMAIN — Fibber’s Bar & Restaurant in St. Germain will host the 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Angel On My Shoulder this Saturday. Last year, 130 plungers raised more than $33,000 for Angel On My Shoulder. All efforts have seen $250,000 raised over the past 11 years. Angel On My Shoulder is a cancer-support foundation with the mission to improve the quality of life for those affected by, or afflicted with, cancer. Mike Wolf and Amy Linnett of WRJO 94.5-FM will lead the plungers into the icy waters of Big St. Germain Lake at noon. To take the plunge, participants must collect a minimum of $35 in pledges. Food and beverages will be available before and after the

event inside the restaurant and outside in the expanded, heated tent area. There also will be raffles, with all the proceeds going to Angel On My Shoulder. Shuttle buses will run at no charge. The pickup areas will be at the St. Germain Community Center at the intersection of highways 155 and 70, and Whitetail Inn at the intersection of highways 70 and C. Buses will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every half hour. Drop off will be in front of Fibber’s. To take the plunge, volunteer or become a sponsor, contact St. Germain Lodge at (715) 542-3433. Those taking the plunge should take towels, a change of clothing and shoes or sandals for wearing in the water and on the ice. A changing facility will be available.

New Year’s Eve fire destroys Weasel’s



The cause of a fire which broke out at Weasel’s Exotic Entertainment in Three Lakes on New Year’s Eve remains under investigation, according to Three Lakes Fire Chief Herb Stuckart. The 911 call came in at approximately 7:07 p.m. Sat-

urday, according to Stuckart, who added that the fire was significantly detrimental to the building. “There was very extensive damage,” he said. “The roof came in over the dance floor To FIRE, Pg. 3

Lady Knights win tournament
n The Phelps girls won a basketball team featuring the four smallest schools in the state. Pg. 11

Seven area fire departments responded to a fire at Weasel’s Exotic Entertainment in Clearwater Lake on New Year’s Eve. The south

end of the building, containing the bar and dance floor, was destroyed. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH




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

Lo 11 16 32 29 3 0 –8 Prec. None .06R 26R None None None None

Hi Wed., Dec. 28.........18 Thurs., Dec. 29 .......28 Fri., Dec. 30 ............28 Sat., Dec. 31...........30 Sun., Jan. 1 ............30 Mon., Jan. 2............15 Tues., Jan. 3 ...........17 Lo 8 16 6 3 14 0 –6 Prec. Tr.S 1.5"S None Tr.S 3.5"S 1"S None

Hi Tues., Dec. 28.........25 Wed., Dec. 29.........38 Thurs., Dec. 30 .......36 Fri., Dec. 31 ............42 Sat., Jan. 1 .............35 Sun., Jan. 2 ............14 Mon., Jan. 3............18


The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 18, while the average overnight low was –4. There was snow on five days totaling 2.2 inches.. Days precipitation recorded since Jan. 1, 2012, 2 days; 2011, 0 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 28; 2010, 24. Average low of past 30 days, 2011, 12; 2010, 8.


With about 8 inches of 2010-’11 ’11-’12 snow on the ground, Snowy days 26 22 snowmobile trails are Inches to date 28.08 23.24 in good early-seaon Ground cover 8" 6" riding condition. Crosscountry ski trails are being groomed. Snowmobile clubs and local businesses have marked trail crossings on most area lakes. Snowmobilers are urged to follow markers on lake crossings. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy and seasonal, with a high of 25 and a low of 9. Thursday there will be passing clouds and maybe a flurry, with a high of 31 and a low of 17. Friday a light mix is possible and mild, with a high of 35 and a low of 25. Saturday scattered light snow showers are forecast, with a high of 27 and a low of 20. Sunday should be partly cloudy but cooler, with a high of 20 and a low of 7. While Vilas County snowmobile trails have been open since midDecember, Oneida County was finally able to open its trails Dec. 30. Trail conditions have improved and there are about 8 inches of snow on the ground.



Trails: volunteers put castle on hold
open in the immediate Eagle River area. “The land trails are in early-season riding condition, but are improving rapidly,” said Tomlanovich. “The lake trails, including the Catfish Lake loop and Eagle Lake trail, are open. Snowmobilers should stay by the reflective orange barrels to be safe.” Tomlanovich reminds snowmobilers that Trail 13 south to Three Lakes has been rerouted via the Sugar Camp trail system due to a landowner closing a section of the original trail. “Trail 10 will use the ‘grade’ to Willow Road as the trail always has,” said Tomlanovich. “At Willow Road, Trail 10 heads east (left turn) which also takes you to the Catfish Lake loop. Trail 13 heading through Eagle River and parts north remain the same.” Tomlanovich said snowmobilers also can get to Three Lakes via Military Road. She recommends that riders pick up a new 2012 Sno-Eagles trail map or go to for updates. Meanwhile, Rady said a portion of Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Trail 8 is closed between Oak Drive and North Rifle Road. He also reminds trail users to obey all signs and regulations and stay on the marked trails. Three Lakes Trails, the organization that grooms trails in the greater Three Lakes area, is now grooming the Forest County trails in the Brule River area east of Eagle River. For detailed information on Oneida County snowmobile trail riding opportunities, Rady said snowmobilers can contact a local snowmobile club for the area, the Oneida County Chamber of Commerce or the Oneida County

Phelps businessman, Christiansen, dies at 89
Longtime Phelps resident and businessman P.C. Christiansen died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. Phelps was the last frontier for logging in Vilas County. His family roots were in the logging and timber industry. Christiansen’s father and mother, C.M. and Leta Christiansen, purchased the assets of the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co. in 1928 after it dissolved. The lumber mill prospered and eventually provided almost 400 jobs, ranking the operation as one of the largest in the nation. Christiansen was president of C.M.Christiansen Co. in Phelps and founder of Sylvan Products Co. P.C. Christiansen also was founder of Smoky Lake Reserve Hunt and Fish Club in Phelps. He contributed a large collection of priceless memorabilia, including journals, surveyor equipment used for the layout and plans to develop the community of Phelps, desks, files, and antique equipment such as an adding machine, typewriter and more from the offices of the C.M. Christian Co. to aid in the opening of the Phelps Historical Museum. The museum was dedicated in July 2010.

Legion Riders plan meat raffle
The American Legion Riders Association of Wisconsin, District 11, will hold five meat raffle fundraisers, with four events in Eagle River and one in St. Germain. Raffles will start at 1 p.m. Sunday Jan. 8, at BBT’s (207 E. Wall St.); Sunday, Feb. 19, at Club DeNoyer (5324 W. Hwy. 70); Sunday, March 11, at The Finish Line (3973 Cloverland Dr.); Sunday, April 15, at Smugglers Lounge (123 Railroad St.); and Sunday, May 20, at New Twilight Bar & Grill (1175 Old Highway 70, St. Germain). The fresh meat is from Prime Choice Meat Market in Eagle River.

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Forestry, Land and Outdoor Recreation Department. Cross-country ski trail officials said the trails in the Eagle River and Three Lakes area are groomed for both skating and classic-style cross-country skiing. With at least 4 inches of new snow, the trails are in the best condition of the season, according to groomers. For ice fishermen, there are about 6 to 10 inches of ice on most lakes. With temperatures below zero Tuesday morning, lakes continued to make ice. Ice castle delayed The construction of Eagle River’s annual ice castle, a

community tradition for nearly 80 years, has been put on hold due to a lack of ice on Silver Lake, according to Pat Weber, fire chief for the Eagle River Area Fire Department. More than 3,000 12-inch ice blocks must be cut from the lake using antique ice equipment, trucked to town, shaved to a common size and sculpted into a new design every year by volunteers led by the fire department. “We had about 9 inches of ice on Monday and plowed the snow off. We are hoping to gain about 2 to 3 inches this week,” said Weber. “We are hoping to cut and haul and ice about a week from now. We want to have the castle up in time for the Derby.” The AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby will be held Jan. 19-22 at the

Derby Track in Eagle River, bringing thousands of people to the area. The Vintage World Championship is planned the previous weekend, Jan. 13-15. Weber said that once the ice castle is up and illuminated with colored lights, it is one of the most photographed attractions in Eagle River.

Patriots to meet Tuesday, Jan. 10
The Northwoods Patriots will host a meeting at the Eagle River Inn in Eagle River Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Shirley Kufeldt at (715) 479-9187.

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Eagle River Assistant Fire Chief Jim Bonson and Three Lakes Fire Chief Herb Stuckart watch as firefighters battled the blaze

at Weasel’s Exotic Entertainment in Clearwater Lake Saturday night. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Fire: seven area departments respond
area down to the bar. The pool table area wasn’t burnt, but there was heavy heat and water damage.” The business, located at 8100 Highway 45 in Three Lakes, was closed at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported, said department officials. The business is owned by Donald DalPonte of Three Lakes. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Three Lakes Fire Department, Three Lakes Police Department and Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. “We have two investigators and they did their initial findings Sunday and we won’t get a report for another couple of days,” said Stuckart. Responding to the scene were the Three Lakes Fire Department, Sugar Camp Fire Department, Stella Fire Department, Eagle River Fire Department, Conover Fire Department, Oneida County Ambulance Medic 10 and Three Lakes Police Department. Stuckart said most of the departments had left prior to midnight, but the Three Lakes Fire Department remained on scene most of the night. One vehicle was on location until approximately 4:30 a.m. due to some detected hot spots. “I’m just appreciative to have volunteer fire services that help one another when needed, especially on New Year’s Eve,” said Stuckart.

A firefighter sprayed water into the wall at Weasel’s Exotic Entertainment to prevent a

hot spot from igniting. Officials said the fire started in the south end of the building.

How to calculate and pay overtime to Vilas County employees after current contracts expire dominated last week’s meeting of the county Personnel Committee, followed immediately by a meeting of the Transition Committee. Act 10, passed last February, removed most collective bargaining for pubic employees and ended negotiated union contracts, except for deputy sheriffs. Vilas County has worked for several months on draft work rules to present a finished product for approval at the Jan. 24 county board meeting. Both committees argued on how overtime should be determined and how to end compensatory time off. In ending all compensatory time off, the Personnel Committee approved allowing employees who have remaining compensatory time to use all the hours by Feb. 29. Any remaining hours will be paid out with the regular payroll March 30. Committee members were more divisive when it came to overtime calculations. While there was agreement that overtime pay (one and a half times the hourly rate) would be for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week, they balked at paid leave time being counted as hours worked for overtime purposes. “I cannot support that sentence,” said Personnel Committee member and Transition Committee Chairman Jim Behling. County board Chairman Steve Favorite said the language would be a huge financial liability without providing any data, but said the county overtime needs to be managed since “we budget for straight time, not overtime.” Most overtime occurs with operation of the jail, sheriff’s department dispatchers and highway employees. The county board cut the 2012 overtime budget in the sheriff’s department by $100,000. Overtime costs to the county in 2011 were $281,000 as of early December, according to county human resources manager Janna Kahl. Paid leave time being counted as hours worked was supported by Supervisor Emil Bakka, who also is on both the Personnel and Transition committees. “If a person is on vacation and is called back to work, they should be given time and a half,” he said. Behling also suggested that being called in to work on weekends, holidays and after hours was OK and gave a veiled warning. “It’s part of the job; it’s expected for maintenance to keep the heat on just as social workers and highway workers get called in,” he said. “If it snows at night, the expectations are the roads need to be plowed. If you’re home and don’t answer the phone, that’s not meeting expectations of the job. We would have to look at a head-count reduction if we continue with overtime costs.” Two proposals fail When the Transition Committee met 30 minutes later, overtime again became the main topic. Behling favored using the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for determining overtime. “FLSA is a fair standard and I think it’s a standard we ought to follow,” Behling repeated. “After 40 hours, overtime is fair; controlling costs is

to avoid layoffs.” Transition Committee member Erv Teichmiller said supervisors didn’t have enough data to make a solid decision. “I contend we don’t have the information we need under the existing standard,” Teichmiller said, wanting to compare current overtime practice and what it would have been under FLSA. “Currently, they are paid overtime for Saturdays and holidays and we don’t know the actual costs,” said Teichmiller. “In fairness to employees who are called in on a weekend or night, it only seems fair they get paid time and a half.” Bakka agreed, saying “if a holiday falls in the middle of the week and they aren’t getting 40 hours if they are called in, they should get paid.” Transition Committee member Ed Bluthardt Jr. said, “80% of the overtime is in the Justice Center and we’re trying to lump all departments together.” Linda Thorpe, chairwoman of the Personnel Committee, favored following the FLSA, saying, “I don’t know why we shouldn’t go along with that.” Teichmiller moved to have any paid leave time be counted as hours worked for overtime purposes. That motion died on a 3-3 vote. Voting for the motion were Bakka, Teichmiller and Bob Egan; voting against were Thorpe, Behling and Bluthardt. A second motion to not include hours of vacation and other time off also failed on a 3-3 tie vote, at which time county Corporation Counsel Martha Milanowski urged the committee to work harder since current contracts expire Dec. 31. “Currently, all time is included, except compensatory time, when calculating overtime,” she said. A compromise was suggested with Bluthardt making a motion that everything be included in calculating overtime hours worked except sick leave and compensatory time. That motion was adopted 4-2 with Bakka and Teichmiller voting against. Teichmiller continued to address what he said was fair for employees. “It’s to our advantage when someone is sick and we want them to stay home so other workers aren’t affected,” he said. “Being sick is not a choice like vacation or holidays. I don’t see the need or fairness of this and we don’t know what it’s costing us. “Seems to me this is not a fair way to go and I’m disappointed with this committee,” Teichmiller concluded. Most other draft work rules were adopted as they appeared in previous union contracts.

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William Alexander
William Alexander passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at the age of 79. Bill was born on May 26, 1932, in Union Grove, Wis., the son of William and Elizabeth (nee Strellner) Alexander. In 1962, he married Nancy (nee Vogel) and continued to live in Union Grove. Upon retiring from the village, he and Nancy moved to Eagle River, Wis., so he could pursue his lifelong love of fishing and hunting. Bill is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy, of Eagle River; son, William (Roxanne); grandchildren, William (Melisssa), Spence and Nicole; and his great-granddaughter, Adelle, all of Racine, Wis. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. Pastor Ann Wahlers officiated.

Philip C. Christiansen
P.C. Christiansen of Phelps, Wis., found peace Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at age 89. Born in Chicago, Ill., to Clarence Martin Christiansen and Leta (nee Covey) Christiansen, on April 17, 1922. Graduated from Northwestern Military and Naval Academy and attended Lawrence University. Served honorably in the Merchant Marine during World War II. President of C.M. Christiansen Co., Phelps. Founder of Sylvan Products Co. and Smoky Lake Reserve Hunt and Fish Club. Businessman, hunter, forester, father — P.C. loved the woods and lakes of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and shared that love with his children. Preceded in death by his parents, C.M. and Leta; wife, Virginia (nee Danner); brother, Robert; and two grandchildren, Benjamin Earl and Julie Earl. Survived by daughters, Diane Earl of Booneville, Ky., Kathryn (Michael) Scarbrough of Sarasota, Fla., and Gail Ann (Vince) Cervera of Sarasota; seven grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Visitation was held at Carlson Funeral Home in Rhinelander, Wis., Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, and immediately prior to the services in the church. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Phelps. Private Interment was in Phelps Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Phelps Historical Museum, in either case, c/o P.O. Box 100, Phelps, WI 54554. Carlson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Christiansen family, (715) 369-1414, “Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.” --Lauren Bacall

John F. Hicks
John F. Hicks, 101, of Three Lakes, Wis., formerly of Western Springs, Ill., died peacefully at Harmer Village Care Center, Cheswick, Pa., on Dec. 27, 2011. He was born in East Orange, N.J., on March 26, 1910, the son of Frank and Mary Jane Hicks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Hicks. He died two days prior to the 68th anniversary of his wedding to his beloved wife, Betty. Survivors include Betty; a daughter, Karen (the late Arthur) Smith of Oakmont, Pa.; a granddaughter, Ashley Smith, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; and two stepgrandchildren, Scott (Sonia) Smith, of Arlington, Va., and Victoria (Timothy) Slemmons, of Dubuque, Iowa. John was a “Renaissance Man,” with a range of interests that provided a wealth of material for his prolific letterwriting and storytelling, ham radio (beginning with a crystal set mounted in his mother’s washstand), skeet shooting, fly fishing, organ building, church and barbershop singing, Masonic membership, railroading (he was approached to be a contestant on “The $64,000 Question,” photography and flying. Most of all, he was a flyer. After graduation from Franklin and Marshall College (’34), he turned to airplanes. His career began as a flight instructor in New Jersey. He joined American Airlines in 1942, was an AA de Mexico pioneer, and flew everything from DC-3s to 707s. After retiring, he returned to his love of flying “little airplanes,” which he did until age 90. Of his entire flying life, however, a trip taken in 1936 was, and remained, his proudest accomplishment. He flew a single-seat Aeronca C-2 through 36 states from New York to L.A. and back. It was during that trip that he really taught himself to fly, to do aircraft maintenance, and to “read” the weather. That little “puddle jumper” may still be the smallest airplane ever to cross the country. Arrangements entrusted to Burket-Truby Funeral Home Cremation & Alternative Services Inc., Oakmont. Interment will be private in Ironwood, Mich.

Dale Allison
Rollis “Dale” Allison III, age 58, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 29, 2011. He passed unexpectedly at his home in Ogema. Dale was born in Phelps on May 5, 1953, to Rollis J. Jr. and Neva (Ames) Allison. He was active in Boy Scout Troop 500 and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Dale graduated from Eagle River High in 1971, attended Nicolet College and worked for UPS for 41 years. He was one month from retirement. Dale was an avid hunter and would travel to all corners of the world for that prized trophy. His Bucket List was amazing and he was fortunate to have traveled extensively, usually with a hunting rifle. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Rollis Sr. and Helena B. (Zurgluh) Allison, and Irvin and Grace (Engle) Ames; and his niece, Trish Allison Semey. Survivors include his fiancée, Linda Frydrych; his children, Christopher (Dionne) of Nevada, Timothy (USMC) (Tonya) of Virginia, and Helena of Eagle River; his sister, Kathie (Ken) Stanton, of Florida; brother, Lon, of Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Michael, Grace and Everly; many nieces and nephews, cousins and a plethora of friends and customers on his UPS route who called him “friend.” The family asks to remember and share your favorite “Dale Stories” as we gather to celebrate the life of this larger-than-life man. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Phillips, with Pastor John Deitz officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Eagle River, Wis. Friends may call at the church on Saturday, Jan. 7, after noon. Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

William Koski
William Koski of Smoky Lake, Mich., died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at his home. He was 88. Mr. Koski was born March 19, 1923, in Phelps, the son of Alex and Ida (nee Honkala) Koski. He served in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He married to Joyce Byington Feb. 24, 1951, and lived in Rockford, Ill., for 23 years. Mr. Koski was selfemployed for more than 40 years as a builder and contractor and was a pioneer in log home and sauna construction. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and American Vets. He was an officer of the Smoky Lake Property Owners and served on the Stambaugh Town Board of Appeals. Mr. Koski was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Marie Martinkus and Ruth Koski. In addition to his wife survivors include; three daughters, Gretchen Kosman of Phelps, Rachel (Lane) Hagen of Iron River, Mich., and Milly (Art) Zadra of Albuquerque, N.M.; two brothers, Robert of Iron River, Mich., and Raymond (Ardith) Kangas of Phelps; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church in Conover with the Rev. John Kuzicj officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Freedom Flight or Wounded Warriors.

William Russow
William Russow, formerly of Schaumburg, was born April 10, 1938, in Chicago, to Raymond and Eleanor (Blodel) Russow. He died Dec. 30, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, Wis. Bill worked as a technician for SBC, formerly Illinois Bell, for 37 years and retired in 1993. After retirement, Bill and Joan moved to northern Wisconsin where he enjoyed boating and fishing. Bill is survived by his wife, Joan (nee Gamester) Russow; his children, James (Patti) and David Russow; his grandchildren, Alyssa, Lauren, Jordan and Nathan; his siblings, Robert (Melodee) Russow; his nephews, Tim (Vicki) and Randy (Laura) Russow. Bill was preceded in death by his son, Ricky; stepson, Keith; and his parents. Visitation Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, from 3 until 9 p.m. at Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (four blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd. Interment at Randhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family which will be donated to pancreatic research in Bill’s memory. Funeral information and condolences or (847) 253-0168.

Mary E. Bierman
Mary E. Bierman of Butternut Lake in Hiles Township died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She was 85. Mrs. Bierman was born May 31, 1926, in Mercer, Pa., the daughter of William and Helen (nee Young) Crawford. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. She was employed by Wausau Insurance Co. and retired in 1989 after 39 years of service. She was involved in numerous community and professional organizations and was appointed by the governor to the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Board and was a member of the Wisconsin Association of Lakes. Mrs. Bierman was president of both the Forest County Association of Lakes and the Butternut-Franklin Lakes Association. She also was an officer on the board of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Wausau Women’s Club. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one son, Ronald in 1988. Mrs. Bierman is survived by her husband of 59 years, Arden; one son, Terrance of Rothschild; one brother, William Crawford of Mercer, Pa.; two sisters, Nancy Crawford of New Wilmington, Pa., and Helen (Ed) MacTaggert of Green Valley, Ariz. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River with the Rev. Barb Girod officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Paula Scharf
Paula Scharf of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Eagle River died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Genesys Health Park. She was 93. Mrs. Scharf was born Oct. 10, 1918, in Tacoma, Wash., the daughter of Karl and Tyyne Hilden. She married Dallas J. Long April 11, 1941, in San Francisco, Calif. He preceded her in death June 9, 1987. She married Joe Scharf on Sept. 18, 1996, in Eagle River. The couple spent their remaining years in Eagle River and Bonita Springs, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and a great-granddaughter. Her survivors include one son, Thomas (Terry Munro) Long; one daughter, Kristina (Orley) Spees; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one stepdaughter, Carol (Scharf) Leonard; and two stepsons, Don (Darlene) Scharf and Fritz (Marlys) Scharf; eight stepgrandchildren; and 18 stepgreat-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church in Eagle River.

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Weltzien
Robert W. “Bob” Weltzien of Burlington and Eagle River died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his home in Burlington. He was 78. Mr. Weltzien was born May 16, 1933, in Big Bend, the son of the late Walter and Ella Kate (nee Neumann) Weltzien. He spent his early life in Tichigan where he attended Washington Caldwell graded school and graduated from Rochester Ag School. He married Sandra M. Guerin Oct. 6, 1956, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Waterford. The couple lived in Waukesha for a few years, then lived 35 years in the Tichigan Lake area and in Burlington for the past 25 years. Mr. Weltzien was an auto salesman and manager for most of his working life. He was a current member of Norway Lutheran Church in Wind Lake. His interests included spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, trapping and playing softball or baseball. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, Michael Burmeister; nephew Robbie Grobowski; and niece, Stacie Inman. In addition to his wife of 55 years, survivors include three daughters, Teryl (Bruce) Bramow of Racine, Rae Lynn Weltzien of Burlington and Nicole Burmeister of Eagle River; and two grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. at Mealy Funeral Home in Waterford with the Rev. Kristie Jaramillo officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1:45 p.m. with burial to follow at Norway Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Stanley J. Gorski
Stanley J. Gorski passed from this life into the next on Dec. 26, 2011. He was born in Three Lakes, Wis., on Jan. 24, 1916. He had been living in Jacksonville, Fla., near his two children for the past four years. Stanley was active on the town board in Land O’ Lakes, Wis., a member of the Lions Club and a director of Headwaters State Bank. He owned his logging business, excavating business, Mobil gas station and Northwoods Oil, all located in Land O’ Lakes. Hobbies were gardening (veggies and flowers), golf and hunting (deer and partridge). He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Alice; his son, Donald (Elaine) Gorski of Lake City, Fla.; daughter, Marianne (Todd) Ervin of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Daniel (Tracie) Gorski of McFarland, Wis., Barbara (Dave) Pockat of Woodruff, Wis., Greg (Sharon) Ervin of Burnsville, Minn., and Susan (Joe) Elberti of Long Island, N.Y.; and seven greatgrandchildren. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to the hospice of your choice. A memorial will be held on Jan. 18, 2012, at Elmcroft Assisted Living, 7620 Timberlin Parc Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Joseph Scharf
Joe Scharf, age 95, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, peacefully passed away on Dec. 28, 2011, at Milestone Senior Living. Joe was born Jan. 1, 1916, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Paul and Lily Scharf. The family moved to Eagle River in June 1916. His childhood years were spent on the family farm located on Forest Lane in the Spring Meadow area east of Eagle River. Here he developed skills as a trapper, hunter and fisherman. Joe attended Sanborn School and was a 1933 graduate of Eagle River High School. Joe married Ruth Numrich at Christ Lutheran Church in Eagle River on May 10, 1937. Together they owned and operated Deluxe Cabins on Highway 45 South. He also was a sign painter and carpenter. Joe had a lifelong interest in boats, having worked in the Sturgeon Bay shipyards building aircraft rescue boats during World War II and participating in boat racing starting in the late 1940s. In 1949, he opened Joe’s Marine Service and in 1958, moved the business to the Catfish Lake Thoroughfare, renaming it Boat S’Port. He and Ruth retired in 1977, and spent their winters in Florida. Joe was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Eagle River where a private service was held for the immediate family. Memorials to Christ Lutheran School would be appreciated, unless otherwise directed. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruth; a son, Kurt; and his second wife, Paula. Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Alex) Leonard; sons, Don (Darlene) Scharf and Fritz (Marlys) Scharf; and his sister, Dorothy Parker. Joe also will be missed by eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives.

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Carol Gertrude Mollen
Carol Gertrude Mollen died Dec. 24, 2011. She was born on Dec. 28, 1934, in Appleton, Wis. Her parents were Edward J. Mollen and Gertrude Weyenberg Mollen. Carol grew up in Appleton, attending St. Therese School and later St. John’s High School, Little Chute. In her 20s, she suffered a catastrophic illness which left her partially paralyzed. Over the years, with the help of her dedicated parents, Carol worked with determination to overcome numerous handicaps. She was an artistically talented person, writing poetry, playing the piano and painting. Carol was an avid reader and birdwatcher. Above all she valued people, keeping up a steady, caring correspondence with family and friends. She was a deeply religious person. Carol has been a long-term resident of Our Home K Care in Lac du Flambeau where she benefited from a fine staff and a variety of activities. Carol was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Roy Carlton Mollen. She is survived by a sisterin-law, Cora L. Mollen; a nephew, David E. Mollen; a niece, Anne M. Small (Scott); and two grandnieces, Ayla M. Mollen and Cora A. Mollen. Following a private remembrance service, burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Wis.

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Wildlife Service in December, the fourth time the service has given Wisconsin the go-ahead to manage wolves in the state. On three previous occasions, environmental groups have filed lawsuits stopping the decision. This time around, following studies from experts, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s final rule states that there is just one species of gray wolf in the Great Lakes Region which includes Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said the state is ready to manage the wolf population estimated at more than 780 animals. Other top headlines included Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital celebrating its 50th anniversary, the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the announcement of a $3.26 million fundraising campaign to construct a new public library in Eagle River, and holiday tourism devastated by poor snowmobile trail conditions during the winters of 2010-’11 and 2011’12. JANUARY For the sixth time in 10 years, a thaw ruined snowmobiling between the holidays . . . Donald J. Mietus, 60, of Eagle River, died after he was pinned between a liquid propane delivery truck and a house . . . Stephanie Klett, former “Discover Wisconsin television show host, was named Wisconsin Tourism secretary . . . Work on the traditional ice castle in Eagle River got under way the first week of January, as volunteers cut about 3,000 blocks of ice from Silver Lake . . . The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice to sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service if the service does not create a new nationwide wolf recover plan . . . Jeff Long of Boulder Junction announced he would not run for re-election on the town board after 37 years of service . . . The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation donated $10,000 to the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing . . . Patricia Williams, 69, of Conover, was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 45 in Conover . . . Andrea Sergent of Eagle River reigned over the 48th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby as Derby queen . . . Vilas County Sheriff John Niebuhr reflected on his 38-year career in law enforcement . . . Jacob Goede of Shakopee, Minn., piloted his Polaris 650 Starfire to the Vintage World Championship at the AMSOIL Derby Track . . . State Sen. Jim Holperin (DConover) urged Gov. Scott Walker to boost tourism spending in Wisconsin . . . Diane Geis Hapka was terminated from her position as the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce executive director . . . The 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge drew 102 plungers who raised more than $33,000 for Angel On My Shoulder . . . P.J. Wanderscheid of Sauk Centre, Minn., won a record-setting fourth title at the 48th running of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby on an Arctic Cat . . . Gary Moyle of Houghton, Mich., won the new midrace championship, but could not hang on in the final 15 laps to beat Wanderscheid . . . Ross Martin of Kansasville won the Sno-Cross World Championship at the Derby on a SkiDoo . . . The Northwoods United Way announced it had reached its $215,000 goal . . . The amount of fluoride in the Eagle River water supply was reduced by 42% . . . With 14 inches of snow on the ground, groomers reported snowmobile trails were in the best condition of the season . . . A report showed volunteer inspectors logged more than 5,000 hours checking boats for aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Vilas and Oneida counties during 2010 . . . A new state law requires carbon monoxide (CO) detectors be installed in all one- and twofamily dwellings . . . Truckers finished hauling 167,000 tons of clay to the Highway G Landfill for a landfill expansion project . . . Women on Snow celebrated its 25th anniversary of the snowmobile ride for women only . . . The Northland Pines School District moved forward with plans to start a charter school in 2013. FEBRUARY More than 300 students in three area school districts are using the state school choice law . . . An appeals court decision upheld the conviction of James A. Studenec, a former probation officer, for sexual assault and misconduct in office . . . A snowmobiler, who broke through the ice on the channel between Catfish and Cranberry lakes, was pulled from the water after 30 minutes . . . Ministry the former Settle Inn at 2332 Highway 45 N. . . . Steven Thompson of Eagle River earned the Eagle Scout award . . . A 15-year-old girl from Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes was found in the Sylvania Wilderness Area after spending the night in the woods . . . A Dane County judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking Walker’s legislation to end collective bargaining for most public employees . . . Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital announced plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary throughout 2011 . . . Due to uncertainty over the state’s budget repair bill, the Vilas County Board appointed a transition committee . . . Eagle River fishing guide and community leader Art Anderson died at the age of 75 . . . Citizens questioned the Northland Pines School Board on the decision to allow a student in-school protest against Walker’s budget repair bill . . . The Three Lakes School Board approved a 0% salary increase for its teachers, but employees will pay their share to the Wisconsin Retirement System and 10% of their insurance premiums just as they did in their last contract . . . The Northland Pines School Board rejected requests for contract extensions and changes with district teachers. APRIL The DNR renegotiated the threewalleye bag limit agreement with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Indians to name 10 lakes for a two-walleye bag limit . . . The Three Lakes Plan Commission announced 88% of Three Lakes residents can access more than five broadband providers . . . The town of Plum Lakes celebrated its 100th birthday with a celebration . . . The Vilas County Board considered hiring a human resources manager for county employees . . . Lori L. Hunter entered a not-guilty plea on two felony theft charges of embezzling from an Eagle River church . . . The Three Lakes Waterfront Association learned it would receive 11 grants totalling $94,442 for AIS research and treatment . . . Jim Brewer was named principal at Northland Pines High School and Matthew Spets was named principal at Eagle River Elementary School . . . Mark Vander Bloomen beat Todd Achterberg for a position on the Northland Pines School Board . . . Joshua Leach, 22, of Eagle River made an initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court on a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child under age 16 . . . A report showed that 286 acres of Eurasian water milfoil were treated with herbicide on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes in 2010 . . . Incumbent Carol Hendricks defeated Rollin Siegfried for a seat on the Eagle River City Council . . . Don Sidlowski edged Junior Stebbeds in the Three Lakes town chairman election contest . . . Phelps School eighth-grade student Robert Rosner won the 2011 statewide Geography Bee in Madison and advanced to Nationals . . . King Terry Satran and Queen Taylor Bolte reigned over the Northland Pines Junior Prom . . . Daily bag limits for walleyes were lowered on a record 539 lakes in response to tribal spearing . . . The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is making its fourth attempt to remove gray wolves in the Great Lakes region from the endangered species list . . . Kevin Schweer, 52, of Conover, and his dog survived a tornado near Merrill by lying in a ditch along Highway 51 . . . Fire destroyed a barn and about 8,500 bales of hay at the Robert Croker farm along Highway 17 North . . . Three Lakes electors attending the town’s annual meeting approved taking over ownership of the Three Lakes Clinic . . . Ten days after the spring election, State Supreme Court Justice Dave Prosser emerged as the winner over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg . . . Gas prices climbed to $3.99 for unleaded regular gasoline in Eagle River . . . All-terrain vehicle (ATV) supporters announced a route plan that would link Eagle River, Conover, Phelps and Land O’ Lakes . . . Recall petitions were officially filed against Sen. Holperin, surpassing the required 15,960 signatures . . . The Northland Pines School Board named a committee to begin work on establishing a charter school . . . Steve Favorite was elected chairman of the Vilas County Board. MAY ATV supporters gathered at the Derby Track Expo Hall to build support for an ATV route plan that would include using county highways . . . Jim Mulleady was elected president of the Northland Pines School Board . . . The Northland Pines School Board and teachers exchanged contract proposals, with the teachers


Health Care announced it contributed $3.5 million in free and discounted health care in 2010 . . . Bernadine Venn, 78, a longtime Eagle River resort owner, died in a house fire on the northwest side of Chicago . . . Northland Pines named Scott Foster as the new principal for the Land O’ Lakes and St. Germain elementary schools . . . More than 60 sled-dog teams competed in the Three Bear Sled Dog Races in Land O’ Lakes . . . The North Woods celebrated as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV . . . The sixth annual Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championships attracted a record 250 teams to Dollar Lake near Eagle River . . . Two snowmobilers were killed in separate accidents in Vilas and Oneida counties . . . Donald DalPonte of Three Lakes was shot during a reported armed robbery at his home; he sustained leg injuries, but survived the incident . . . The Vilas County News-Review received a company-best total of 12 Better Newspaper Contest awards . . . Nancy F. Beay, 49, of Eagle River, was sentenced to five years of probation and restitution of nearly $38,000 for embezzling from Trig’s of Eagle River . . . Public employees across the state, including North Woods teachers, opposed Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to have public workers pay half the cost of their pensions and at least 12.6% of their health insurance to repair the state’s $136 million budget shortfall . . . State Sen. Holperin and 13 other Democratic senators avoided a vote on Walker’s budget repair bill by leaving the state and traveling to Illinois . . . Warner “Junior” Stebbeds Jr. and Don Sidlowski advanced in the election race for Three Lakes town chairman; Ed Cottingham was third in the primary vote . . . The Three Lakes Town Board delayed a decision on taking over ownership of the Three Lakes Clinic . . . A February thaw ruined snowmobile trails for the Presidents Day weekend. MARCH Lori L. Hunter, 53, of Eagle River, made an initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court on a charge of embezzling more than $60,000 from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church . . . North Woods citizens began gathering signatures to recall Sen. Holperin . . . The U.S. Forest Service began taking input on a new planning rule to establish a nationwide management plan . . . The towns of Land O’ Lakes and Watersmeet, Mich., announced in interest in joining the Landfill Venture Group which operates the Highway G Landfill . . . Wolf depredation on livestock in Wisconsin increased from 28 farms in 2009 to 47 farms in 2010, according to a DNR report . . . More than 7,000 people attended the 21st annual Klondike Days in Eagle River, an event that was moved three weeks later than past years . . . Three area school districts could lose more than $1.4 million in school aids under Gov. Walker’s plan to close a $3.5 million budget gap . . . Vilas County Sheriff’s Department deputies traveled to Madison to assist police in the demonstrations over the budget repair bill at the State Capitol . . . The Vilas County Forestry and Land Committee announced plans to sell 23 properties valued at $451,000 taken by the county through tax delinquency foreclosure . . . Vilas County Board Chairman Charles Rayala Jr. of Manitowish Waters resigned over comments he made about public workers . . . Republican senators passed a portion of the budget repair bill without the 14 Democratic senators who remained in Illinois . . . After two years without antlerless deer permits in most northern units, the DNR announced doe tags would be issued for most units in 2011 . . . Milestone Senior Living opened its business in

Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital celeberated its 50th anniversary

with special activities throughout 2011. --STAFF PHOTO

seeking a three-year deal . . . Partners-Auxiliary of Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital donated $40,000 to the Howard Young Foundation . . . The Eagle River Area Festival of Flavors received a $35,760 Joint Effort Marketing grant . . . King Anatoliy Radchenko and Queen Stephanie LaBeau reigned over the Three Lakes High School Junior Prom . . . A developer in Clearwater Lake threatened to close the snowmobile trail on his property between Eagle River and Three Lakes unless a state fine of $158,000 was dropped . . . Kim Simac, president of the Northwoods Patriots, announced she would challenge 12th District state Sen. Jim Holperin in the recall election . . . Gas prices topped the $4-agallon mark prior to the opening weekend of the fishing season . . . Eagle River was selected as the Best Up-North Town by a survey in Wisconsin Trails magazine . . . Vilas County supervisors gave some initial support for ATV routes in the county . . . The Three Lakes Town Board recommended Oneida County issue a conditional-use permit for a second firehouse . . . A late spring and damaged greens from winter resulted in reduced play at the Eagle River Golf Course . . . A total of 907 runners competed in the four Journeys Marathon events . . . U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin) announced he would not seek re-election in 2012 . . . Vilas County Supervisor Kathleen Rushlow was removed from three committees for an alleged “inappropriate communication (via e-mail) to a government employee” . . . Tourism expenditures grew by more than $3 million in Vilas County, while spending dropped about $3 million in Oneida County . . . St. Germain officials announced its new four-mile bike trail extension would be completed by June 30 . . . Tribal spearers from six Chippewa Indian bands speared more than 28,000 walleyes in the spring harvest . . . Terri Kemp and Beth Anderson were named the honorary caregivers for the Northwoods Relay For Life and Eunice Hughes was named the honorary survivor . . .

Michael Wang, a former Northland Pines Middle School math teacher, was charged with 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography . . . It was announced walleye bag limits would increase on 384 lakes following tribal spearfishing . . . Craig and Amy Kusick purchased the historic Bent’s Camp Resort on the Cisco Chain of Lakes . . . The Government Accountability Board certified that David T. Prosser was the winner in the state Supreme Court justice race . . . Bauer’s service station on Eagle River’s east side was demolished . . . Jim and Sally Ayers were named parade marshals for the Eagle River Fourth of July parade . . . Lincoln County Board Chairman Bob Lussow announced he would challenge Kim Simac in the Republican primary for the 12th Senate District . . . Oldenburg Sports Park on county Highway G was dedicated . . . A total of 67 seniors graduated at Three Lakes High School and nine seniors graduated at Phelps High School. JUNE A Dane County judge struck down legislation repealing most collective bargaining for public employees, but the ruling was expected to be appealed to the state Supreme Court . . . The Northland Pines School District anticipated a $47,000 budget shortfall as a result of Gov. Walker’s budget repair bill . . . A total of 119 seniors graduated at Northland Pines High School . . . The state DNR announced Wisconsin has more than 800 gray wolves . . . Vilas County highway commissioner Jim Fischer announced he would retire after a 25year career . . . Susan Harris was named Three Lakes town clerk, replacing Courtney Peterson, who resigned . . . State Sen. Holperin announced he would support the least restrictive concealed carry legislation . . . The Northland Pines Alumni Hall of Fame inducted Glenn Schiffmann, Dallas Anderson, Michael Numrich and Jo Hendrickson . . . The Fishing Has No Boundaries event attracted 81 anglers to To REVIEW, Pg. 6

There was a statewide movement to recall Gov. Scott Walker after he took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers. --STAFF PHOTO





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the Eagle River Chain of Lakes . . . The recall election for Holperin was delayed as the Government Accountability Board reviewed the recall signatures . . . Oneida County asked the state to accept a permanent snowmobile trail easement in exchange for a portion of the fine against a Clearwater Lake developer . . . Three Lakes teachers Roger Stevens, Jane Nieuwendorp and Buddy Belt announced their retirement . . . Seven bald eagles were released near Antigo after being treated for a deadly toxin they had ingested at the Highway G Landfill near Eagle River . . . State officials certified the recall petitions and set the primary election for July 19, with Holperin’s recall election set for Aug. 16 . . . Terry Holmgren of Eagle River was killed when his motorcycle hit a turkey and then several trees on Highway 70 in the town of Cloverland . . . Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie was named a finalist for the 2011 National Superintendent of the Year award . . . Oneida County and the Three Lakes Town Board approved a redistricting plan, with Three Lakes getting 200 more people in District 13 . . . The Vilas County Board approved the position of human resources manager, as well as contracts with three county unions . . . The DNR announced the state’s Snowmobile Accident Reduction team will not patrol trails in northern Wisconsin in 2011-’12 . . . The Nicolet College Board approved a $34.4 million budget, with no levy hike . . . By a 4-3 decision, the state Supreme Court overturned a judge’s ruling that Republicans broke the state’s open meeting law when a Senate panel passed Gov. Walker’s budget repair bill . . . The Landover ATV Club announced plans for an ATV route system using town and county roads in Phelps . . . Twelve teachers and staff members at Northland Pines announced their retirement . . . Emmy Fink was named the new host of “Discover Wisconsin,” replacing Stephanie Klett . . . The Eagle River City Council announced it would allow no public drinking during the Fourth of July parade . . . Concealed carry was approved in both houses with bipartisan support and will become effective Oct. 1 . . . Eugene A. “Gene” Radloff, a former UW-Extension resource agent, died at the age of 77 . . . The reconstruction of School Street in Three Lakes was delayed due to heavy rains . . . Jackie Walker was named parade marshal for the Three Lakes Fourth of July parade . . . Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Sayner celebrated its 50th anniversary. JULY Gov. Walker signed the 2011-’13 budget, which was expected to balance a $3.6 million deficit . . . Eagle River resident Dale Safer rescued a Tomahawk man from Lake Superior . . . A 13-year-old Manitowoc girl died as a result of a watercraft accident on Rest Lake . . . The Vilas County Redistricting Committee modified its supervisory district plan following the 10-year census . . . The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) made claims that two species of wolf may inhabit the state . . . Larry Stecker, 69, of St. Germain was found dead in the Rainbow Flowage after he apparently went fishing . . . Walker signed a bill allowing Wisconsin residents with a permit to carry concealed weapons . . . Eunice Hughes of Land O’ Lakes was named the honorary survivor at the Northwoods Relay For Life in Eagle River . . . An extended heat wave in the North Woods gave way to damaging thunderstorms . . . New high school Principal Jim Brewer and new Eagle River Elementary School Principal Matthew Spets began work in the Northland Pines School District . . . State Sen. Holperin introduced legislation to strip Gov. Walker of the power to appoint the DNR secretary and grant that power to the Natural Resources Board . . . Former Northland Pines Middle School math teacher Mike Wang pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of child pornography . . . The Vilas County Transaction Committee continued work on a draft grievance policy in response to changes imposed by the state budget repair bill . . . The Vilas County News-Review won two awards from the National Newspaper Association, including first place in the community service category . . . Lori L. Hunter of Eagle River pleaded no contest to a felony charge of theft after embezzling more than $60,000 from a Prince of Peace Lutheran Church . . . Kim Simac of Eagle River defeated Bob Lussow in the Republican Primary for the 12th Senate District recall election . . . After hiring an architectural firm, the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library board settled on a proposal to build a new facility . . . The Northland Pines School Board approved the hiring of seven new teachers. AUGUST Thousands converged upon Three Lakes to witness the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales parade from Cy Williams Park through downtown . . . The Upper Peninsula Power Co. withdrew a proposal to sell 960 acres of backlands on Bond Falls Flowage in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan . . . A line of thunderstorms caused more than 1,200 power outages throughout the North Woods . . . State wildlife experts convened at Lakeland Union High School to denounce FWS claims that two species of wolf exist in the state . . . The Northwoods Relay For Life generated more than $70,000 in net proceeds for the American Cancer Society . . . Authorities reported that charges wouldn’t be filed against Deputy Ty Peterson, who unintentionally shot a 20-year-old family member as a result of a prank . . . Oneida County residents voted against a zoning proposal to strip special protection for small lakes . . . The Rennes Group announced its plans to construct a new 110-bed nursing home would be postponed until the spring of 2012 . . . Crowds gathered for free grilled cheese sandwiches and live music at the second annual Single Best Block Party in Three Lakes . . . North Woods property values decreased for the third straight year in Vilas and Oneida counties . . . The Phelps Town Board adopted a draft ordinance in preparation for a citizens forum regarding ATV usage in the town . . . Authorities announced no disciplinary action would be taken against Deputy Peterson, who accidentally shot his niece . . . The Natural Resources Board voted 7-0 to delay for two years the implementation of NR 115 . . . Officials with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest announced plans to take bids for timber harvest on 100 acres of property east of Eagle River in Forest County . . . Joshua Leach entered a not-guilty plea on sexual assault of a child charges . . . The Eagle River City Council learned it would face a $156,200 budget shortfall in its plans for 2012 . . . Sen. Holperin kept his position after defeating Simac in the 12th Senate District recall election . . . The Olson Memorial Library Foundation kicked off its building campaign after announcing Christine Caz and Phil Jensen as its leaders . . . Northland Pines School District Administrator Mike Richie was selected as one of the three semifinalists for the national Superintendent of the Year award . . . The Three Lakes Town Board discussed the results of a survey regarding the impact of Superior Street closures on downtown businesses . . . The Vilas County Board approved a 3% wage hike for certain nonunion employees whose wages were nearly frozen . . . The Kalmar Senior Community Center celebrated its 25th anniversary . . . The Phelps Town Board reviewed survey results at its public forum that showed a majority of the town’s residents were in favor of ATV usage on town roads . . . The FWS extended its comment period on the proposed rule to delist the gray wolf population in the Western Great Lakes . . . The first segment of the Great Headwaters Trail system received funding and the green light to proceed with design and development . . . The Three Lakes School District hired two teachers and two staff members . . . Gov. Walker appointed John Scocos as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs . . . Several thousand people attended the third annual Festival of Flavors at Riverview Park in Eagle River . . . An anonymous donor gave $20,000 to the Frederick Place homeless shelter. SEPTEMBER The Three Lakes School District approved a 9.42% levy decrease for the 2011-’12 school year . . . Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps students all scored above average nationally on their ACT scores . . . Despite thunderstorms, 300 bicyclists participated in the 20th annual Wheel-A-Way in Three Lakes . . . Bruce Renquist of Three Lakes was named AIS Volunteer of the Year for the northeast region of Wisconsin . . . The Northland Pines School District hired 22 new employees . . . Remembrance ceremonies were held across the North Woods to honor those who lost their lives 10 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001 . . . Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary . . . Ripco Credit Union in Rhinelander acquired the asssets of Nicolet Credit Union in Eagle River . . . The nearly 100-yearold Otter Rapids Bridge in Cloverland was removed via crane . . . The Eagle River Plan Commission recommended to the City Council that it eliminate restrictions on how many cats and dogs a landowner may own in the city . . . The Phelps Chamber of Commerce named Danielle Myszka as chamber director . . . Property tax rates on bills payable in 2011 increased significantly in many area municipalities . . . Smoke moving across many regions of Wisconsin was attributed to a wildfire burning in northern Minnesota . . . The Vilas County Public Health Department confirmed that the West Nile virus was found in a dead blue jay . . . Maya Lovdal, 13, of St. Germain competed in the National Pony Finals at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. . . . The Northwoods Petroleum Museum in Three Lakes received national recognition in Auto Week Magazine . . . The Vilas County Board approved plans for a countywide bicycle-pedestrian trail . . . Clearwater Lake Club LLC closed snowmobile trail No. 13 between Eagle River and Three Lakes, ending the busiest route between the towns . . . Queen Kelly McGinnis and King Lucas Ferber reigned over the Northland Pines Homecoming festivities . . . Approximately 134 marijuana plants and several pounds of processed marijuana were seized in Monico. OCTOBER The 32nd annual Cranberry Fest in Eagle River had a record-breaking year, drawing more than 40,000 people to the Vilas County Fairgrounds . . . Former publisher and editor of the Vilas County News-Review Daniel R. Satran Sr. died at the age of 84 . . . A survey distributed to Phelps residents showed 309 out of 540 respondents were in favor of establishing ATV routes in the town . . . Northland Pines electors approved a 2.8% drop in the tax levy for the 2011-’12 school year . . . Severe winds in the North Woods left as many as 2,000 residents without power . . . Wilderness Lakes Trails began construction on a 3.2 mile extension to the Land O’ Lakes bike and hiking trail system . . . Queen Zana Lorbetske and King Jake Schneider reigned over the Three Lakes Homecoming festivities . . . Twenty-one lake projects were approved for grants in a six-county region in the North Woods, totaling $500,000 . . . Boot Lake received a $24,000 grant to treat Eurasian water milfoil . . . A state law required the Humane Society of Vilas County to prepare expansion plans that could cost an estimated $300,000 . . . Favorable weather brought thousands to Three Lakes for the 19th annual Pumpkin Fest . . . The Phelps Town Board approved a 2012 ATV route ordinance amidst numerous concerns from those opposed . . . In anticipa-

Due to safety concerns, construction crews removed the nearly 100-year-

old bridge that went over the Otter Rapids Dam. --STAFF PHOTO

tion of the Nov. 15 starting date, recall supporters built momentum for their efforts to strip Gov. Walker of his position . . . The Vilas County Commission on Aging made cutbacks to the county’s nutrition site and home-delivered meal programs due to lack of funding . . . James G. Bauknecht, 31, of Three Lakes died as a result of a vehicle rollover crash . . . The student count for Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps school districts all saw student numbers drop on the third Friday in September enrollment day . . . The Department of Justice announced it would begin processing applications for concealed carry permits in Wisconsin . . . The Social Security Administration announced that monthly benefits for more than 60 million Americans would increase 3.6% in 2012 . . . Pitlik & Wick Inc. invented a new surface for bicycle-pedestrian trails that also may be able to withstand the pounding of snowmobiles in winter months . . . The Vilas County Finance Committee proposed a 2012 county budget that cut $1.5 million to balance the budget . . . Northland Pines Middle School sixth-grader Austin Kluever met the Green Bay Packers as a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. NOVEMBER Three Lakes High School senior Austin Wierschke won $50,000 and first place at the 2011 LG U.S. National Texting Championship . . . The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System was performed . . . Tara Lila LLC unveiled a challenge grant of $25,000 for the Three Eagle Trail . . . A Conover man was arrested after walking around Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital wearing a mask and handing out candy . . . The Vilas County Board discussed bridging benefits as a part of its new employee handbooks after Gov. Walker ended collective bargaining rights through Act 10 . . . Leaders from Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital traveled to Washington, D.C., to seek support for rural-critical access hospitals threatened by cuts to Medicaid and Medicare . . . A new law allowed Wisconsin residents to carry uncased crossbows and firearms being transported via vehicle or boat . . . Area towns and cities considered whether or not to ban concealed weapons in public buildings and at public events . . . Krist Oil Co. was ordered to pay $65,000 for allegedly selling gas cylinders that weren’t filled to the proper weight . . . American Tower Co. offered Vilas County $100,000 to purchase a perpetual easement for its communications tower in Cloverland . . . WIMI Holdings LLC obtained Wild Eagle Lodge, Black Bear Lodge and Rustic Manor Lodge and directed management of the resorts to IDM Group LLC . . . The Eagle River City Council decided against prohibiting concealed weapons in city-owned buildings . . . Vilas supervisors voted 12-7 to move the Vilas County Health Department from the courthouse to leased space in Eagle River . . . Three students were expelled from Northland Pines High School for drug-related allegations . . . The Vilas County Board publicized it would take more than $980,000 from general and segregated funds to balance its 2012 budget . . . Discover Mediaworks program “Into the Outdoors” won its eighth Emmy award in 11 years . . . The opening-weekend buck kill jumped a whopping 31% compared to the first two days of 2010 . . . The statewide petition drive to recall Gov. Walker kicked off, with organizers collecting 105,000 signatures in the first four days . . . The ERRA’s insurance firm was charged with theft in a business setting for allegedly not renewing the association’s policies . . . George Brunette of Three Lakes was named Groomer of the Year by the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs

. . . After Northland Pines High School instructor David Justice attended a small-engine instructor training course, the school received 25 new engines for the classroom as donations . . . The preliminary results of a Vilas County Board-approved study recommended the county reduce the number of its committees and merge departments . . . The total buck harvest for 2011 took a jump for the second year, up more than 18% in Vilas and Oneida counties . . . Legislation authored by Sen. Holperin and Rep. Keith Ripp to update antiquated bicycling rules in the state was signed into law . . . Trees for Tomorrow received a post-mortem donation of $50,000 from longtime supporter Bart Brown . . . Warm The Children, sponsored by the Vilas County NewsReview, began accepting online donations through the newspaper’s website. DECEMBER Two Vilas County committees met with the Phelps Town Board to consider allowing ATV routes on 11.2 miles of county highways . . . A Piper PA-31 medical airplane owned by Trans North Aviation Ltd. crashed near Chicago . . . Northland Pines School District announced it would get a fourth year from its referendum dollars . . . Attorney Calvin Burton announced his retirement as family court commissioner for Vilas County . . . Former Rhinelander police officer Gregory R. DeRosier was convicted of third-degree sexual assault, felony intimidation of a witness, two counts of felony bail jumping and threatening a witness . . . In a 15-minute annual budget hearing, the Three Lakes Town Board approved a 0.42% property tax levy decrease . . . After concluding ATVs were unsafe for use on paved portions of county roads, two Vilas County committees announced they would look into using highway rights of ways for ATV travel . . . The historic Lakeland Memorial Hospital was razed after standing for 60 years . . . Despite a general lack of snow, the Vilas County snowmobile trails opened Dec. 12 . . . Mary Pittelko was named Woman of the Year and Phil Jensen was named Man of the Year by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center . . . Tim Gaffney was named the chamber’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year . . . Wally Geist was appointed St. Germain news correspondent for the Vilas County NewsReview . . . Gov. Walker gathered with more than 150 area business leaders at Whitetail Inn to discuss the North Woods economy . . . Vilas and Oneida counties decided against sharing a highway commissioner . . . Ken Smith was named manager of the Eagle River Municipal Golf Course . . . Leonard R. Chosa of Lac du Flambeau was sentenced to 30 1⁄2 years in the Wisconsin prison system after being found guilty of armed robbery, substantial battery and three other counts . . . Gov. Walker appointed Mark A. Mangerson of Rhinelander as judge for the 3rd District Court of Appeals . . . A policy prohibiting Vilas County employees from carrying concealed weapons on all county-owned or -leased property was approved by the county’s Personnel Committee . . . Tim Vocke, John F. O’Melia and Michael Bloom all announced their candidacy for judgeship in Oneida County . . . The FWS removed the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protection . . . Northland Pines High School junior Victoria Perkins was named 2012 Derby queen and Miss Sno-Eagle queen . . . The Northland Pines School Board made longterm care insurance coverage a condition of employment for certified district staff . . . For the seventh time in 11 years, a December thaw or lack of snow during the holidays put a halt on snowmobiling in the North Woods, resulting in a blow to the tourism industry.

Emergency rescue personnel attended a service at the Vilas County

Courthouse, recognizing the 10th anniversary of 9/11. --STAFF PHOTO





Vilas County Sheriff A total of 337 complaints were entered by Vilas County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers over the last two weeks. In addition to those with sufficient detail to report below, a review shows at least 16 vehicle accidents, one abandoned vehicle, five requests for agency assistance, six ambulance requests, seven animal problems, five burglaries, six burglar alarms, 12 requests for citizen assistance, three reports of criminal damage, one disorderly conduct, five disturbances, four reports of domestic violence, two fires, one report of fraud, three reports of harassment, eight reports of hazardous conditions, three hit and runs, four juvenile problems/runaways, one report of littering, one report of lost property, seven reports of suspicious circumstances, eight thefts, four threats, seven traffic violations, five vacation checks, one weapons offense, six welfare checks, 17 911 hang ups, one snowmobile accident and two snowmobile violations. At least 28 calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department and there were at least 20 informational or procedural entries. In the past two weeks, at least 28 people were booked at the Vilas County Jail, including five for probation violations, four for operating while intoxicated, two for bail jumping, three for operating after revocation, one for operating without a license, three for battery, one for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, four for resisting/ obstruction and two for disorderly conduct. The inmate population ranged from 65 to 81. As of Dec. 30, there were 66 inmates. Sunday, Dec. 25 - 8:42 a.m. - A vehicle fire was reported at the intersection of highways 51 and M in Arbor Vitae, involving Michael D. Leikness of Wautoma. - 2:58 p.m. - A two-vehicle accident was reported in the parking lot at 211 Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae, involving Carol Rowe-Zaeske of Boulder Junction and a parked vehicle owned by Ann H. Kaseno of Green Bay. Saturday, Dec. 24 - 11:38 a.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Bluebill Road near Basswind Ridge Lane in Presque Isle, involving Mark L. Walbeck of Arbor Vitae. Friday, Dec. 23 - 1:30 p.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Nicolet Shores Lane near Kentuck Lake Road in Phelps, involving Billie Jo Cirese of Phelps. - 3 p.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Highway 45 near Isle of B Road in the town of Lincoln, involving Beverly L. Kiefer of Phelps. Wednesday, Dec. 21 - 5:15 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 45 in Eagle River, involving Christine A. Gaffron of Three Lakes. - 11:47 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 17 near Big Sky Drive in the town of Washington, involving Jeremiah C. Hansen of Eagle River. Tuesday, Dec. 20 - 12 a.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Alden Lake Road near Hunters Point in Manitowish Waters, involving Jacob M. Dern of Minocqua. Dern was cited for failure to report an accident. Monday, Dec. 19 - 11:15 a.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported at the intersection of Mail Route Road and Highway A in Phelps, involving Barbara A. Rottier of Phelps. - 3:23 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 17 near Sundstein Road in the town of Lincoln, involving Vicki L. Holewinski of Rhinelander. - 5:22 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported at the intersection of Highway 70 and Robin Lane in the town of Cloverland, involving Judith R. Tomaszewski of Lake Tomahawk. - 8:37 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 51 near Bakken Road in Boulder Junction, involving Steve G. Botes Jr. of Mercer.

STREET CLEANUP — Following 4 inches of snow on New Year’s Eve, the city of Eagle River public works crew was busy Sunday

cleaning up the streets in the city. The area received more lakeeffect snow on Sunday and Monday. --STAFF PHOTO

Motion hearing for Wang adjourned
A motion hearing was adjourned last Thursday in Vilas County Circuit Court in the case involving a former Northland Pines School District teacher charged with possession of child pornography. Michael A. Wang, 46, who now lives in Crystal Falls, Mich., was scheduled to make an appearance in court last week, but the motion hearing was adjourned, according to a circuit court official. A new date for the motion hearing has not been determined. According to court records, Wang’s attorneys, Jean Kies and Lew A. Wasserman, both of Milwaukee, filed a motion with the court “to suppress evidence obtained or derived from the unconstitutional use by a government agency of monitoring software that the defendant did not consent to, nor was aware of its use.” The motion further “seeks suppression of all information obtained from, or deriving of, the agency’s use of Aristotle Academic, an Internet monitoring software, on the grounds that the use of such software was in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” According to the complaint, Wang is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography between Jan. 1, 2010, and May 13, 2011. Authorities said they discovered pictures or motion pictures of children with approximate ages of 4 to 14 involved in sexually explicit conduct on his laptop computer owned by the Northland Pines School District. On May 6, 2011, school district officials learned that Wang had been chatting with numerous females. The Northland Pines School District monitors teachers’ Internet usage by way of systemwide reporting and surveillance software from Aristotle Academic. According to the complaint, the Vilas County Sheriff ’s Department received two flash drives from Wang’s laptop from school district officials. Wang’s attorneys further stated in the motion, “the search of the two flash drives by school officials and then by police, without a warrant, is the subject of the accompanying motion to suppress.” Wang is free on a $20,000 cash bond. Conditions of the bond include: surrender of his passport; no contact with minor females, except for his girlfriend’s daughter, and the girlfriend must be present; no computers in home; no access to the Internet; and he is not to be on any school premises. Wang was a Northland Pines Middle School math teacher and was placed on unpaid leave when he was arrested last May. The school district received a signed resignation letter from Wang, which was accepted by the school board in closed session. Wang also coached girls sports at both Northland Pines and Three Lakes.

Christmas trees needed for race
Organizers for the Three Bear Sled Dog Races & Games in Land O’ Lakes are seeking Christmas trees to be used on the racecourse. The trees can be dropped off behind the Land O’ Lakes Fire Barn on Highway B.

The real estate transactions listed below are being published at the request of many of our readers. The information is public record and reflects an index of each week’s transactions. Property transactions exceeding $10,000 recorded at the Vilas County Courthouse the past week and the transfer fee (at $3 per $1,000): Dec. 19, 2011 James R. Olson and wife to Edward A. Anderson and wife, prt SE SE in 27-41-5, prt NE NE in 34-41-5, prt SW SW in 26-41-5, gov lot 4, $1,080 Judson T. Scott and wife to Michael E. Johnson, prt SE SW in 21-43-6, gov lot 7, prt SW SW in 21-43-6, gov lot 8, prt NE NW, prt NW NE in 28-43-6, $495 Jason P. Meinholz and wife and Marzena Noch-Meinholz and husband to Eugene P. Kauffeld and wife, lot 4, block 1 of plat 414 in Tambling’s Addn., $329.70 D&L Holdings to Dennis W. Lello Living Trust, prt SE NW in 15-42-5, gov lot 4, $84 Craig C. Richardson to Kenneth J. Hanni and wife, prt SE NW, prt NE SW in 10-42-7, $720 Robert J. Bushman et al and Janet Harder et al to Robin R. Kendler and spouse, prt NE SE, prt SE SE in 25-43-7, $60 Frances M. Evitts et al to Gregory L. Gapko and wife, prt SE NE in 16-42-5, $240 Estate of John E. Gompper and Ind. Admin. Gillian Larkin to Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, prt NW NW in 14-40-4, $150 Hart B. DeNoble and spouse to Gary L. Hoffman Revocable Trust, lot 5 of plat 86 in Edgewater, $1,500 Dec. 20, 2011 Nancy P. Junkermann et al and Nancy P. Keck et al to Dunja VanPelt, prt NW SE in 34-40-9, gov lot 7, $90 Nona L. Berray et al to James W. Lemancik and wife, prt NE NE in 28-40-6, gov lot 1, $600 Bank of America to EMK Properties LLP, prt NE NE in 1139-10, $132 Dec. 21, 2011 Leslie J. Winter et al to John J. Gallo and wife, prt NE SW in 2141-5, $132 Dec. 22, 2011 American Community Bank & Trust to Maureen E. Mellom, prt SE SW in 2-42-7, gov lot 8, $1,068 John J. Wroblewski et al, Judith A. Barnhouse et al and Marian V. Lepinski et al to Randy E. Winquist and wife, prt NE NW, prt NW NE in 18-41-9, $462 Robert Dippen and wife to Ernest G. Osheim, lot 17, 18, 19, block 2 of plat 420 in Village of Winegar, $234 Dec. 27, 2011 Thomas F. Lindeman and wife to Greg Fulton and wife, prt SW SE in 25-40-6, $75 John D. Johnson Sr. et al and Christine M. Doud et al to D&J’s Automotive and Repair LLC, prt NE NE, prt SE NE, prt NE SE in 4-40-5, $48 Bryri Inc. to Charles J. Riley and wife, prt NE SE in 23-40-10, gov lot 6, prt SW SW in 24-40-10, $615 Island View IV LLC to US Voyageur LLC, lot 24 of plat 840 in Voyageur Crossings condominium, $816 Eagle River Properties Inc. to Jabodon Lodge LLC, lot 1, 2, 3, 4 of plat 92 in Everett’s Resort, lot 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 of plat 27 in Birchwoods Subd. in 3040-11, prt NW NW in 31-40-11, gov lot 4, prt SE SW in 30-40-11, gov lot 3, $5,100 Dec. 28, 2011 Rebecca L. Bower to Joseph A. Discianno and wife, prt 8-43-5, gov lot 1, $247.50 M. Dentinger Revocable Trust et al to Brian O’Reilly and wife, prt SW SW in 15-40-5, gov lot 1, $1,050 Brian D. Goff to Erich E. Pawelko and wife, prt SW SW in 23-43-7, gov lot 6, prt NW NW in 26-43-7, $435 Dec. 29, 2011 River Valley Bank to Jeffrey A. Visner, lots 15 and 16, block 1 of plat 408 in original plat of Eagle River, $132 J.R. & C.E. Larsen Living Trust to Marcia Flaherty and husband, lot 4 of plat 249 in Pleasant Bay Condo, $300 WCP-ER LLC to CMC-Hazel-

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Final retrieve, in snow, closes another chapter
IT WAS on one of those warm, calm afternoons just before Christmas when the urge hit to leave work while there was still some daylight left, a rare two-hour window of opportunity to get outdoors. Ice fishing would normally be the choice, but the equipment wasn’t in the grab-and-go condition it should have been. So I opted for a walk in the grouse woods with Gracie, our youngest black Lab. It’s seldom that the scribbler hunts ruffed grouse after winter arrives for good, but snow levels were poor and most balsam trees still protected bare ground — a great hiding spot for grouse. So we headed into the national forest east of here, hoping to find some birds in the edge cover between thick pines and aspen. We billed it as a walk for the exercise and fresh air, knowing how difficult it might be to locate winter birds that are coveyed up and no longer spread across the landscape. It’s amazing what you can see and learn in a snow-covered woods. There were tracks left by snowshoe hares all over the place, and three new scrapes left by a buck that was still looking to breed a doe. The sighting of the day was a fresh set of bobcat tracks in the snow — perfectly round prints that were bigger than those of a red fox but so much different than the track left by a coyote. After an hour of walking, we still hadn’t cut a fresh grouse track, even in the occasional balsams and pines along the way. I was just about ready to trek toward a nearby swamp edge

In the Outdoors
By Kurt Krueger
when the thunder began — a bunch of grouse flushing out of three low evergreens just off the two-track. One of about seven birds showed itself in the flurry. It went vertical on my side of the pines before bending sharply over the trees, giving me just enough of a look to get off a shot with the 20-gauge over/under. The bird didn’t fold up, but it took pellets and sort of fluttered its way toward the forest floor. Gracie must have known it was hit, because she stuck with it and was on the bird the moment it hit the ground. It was a gorgeous site to see, one I’m sharing in this space, as Gracie retrieved with a grip on just one wing. Snow was hanging from the bird’s legs and feet. She delivered to hand a large, brownphase male with a plump body and a long tail. It was an unexpected bonus from a nice lateafternoon walk. The vast majority of hunters I’ve spoken with the past two months said they saw more grouse than the previous season. The difference, mostly, was large broods of young birds following a decent hatch in June. We hadn’t see a hatch like that the previous two years, when cold,

wet weather dominated. If we see another dry June in 2012, barring any bizarre events over the winter, we could be looking at even better grouse numbers as the population cycle nears its peak. The scribbler is still getting used to this publisher business, which definitely cut into my grouse hunting time this fall. Maybe that’s why I’m still not ready to trade the shotgun for tipups. There’s is nothing more fun and challenging in God’s great outdoors, to me, than grabbing a shotgun and following a black dog through miles of grouse country. It’s not a sport for the casual hunter, for there is generally nothing easy about traversing grouse cover. Unless you stay on the roads and trails, the chase will take you into some of the thickest tangles of balsams, tag alders, young aspen and hardwood thickets you can imagine. This is not a sport where you can hope to keep your feet dry, even in the best of waterproof boots. If it isn’t water going over the boots in some swamp you take for a shortcut back to the truck, there’s the water that eventually seeps through the seams from every blade of grass and fern you encounter. Pushing through balsam trees, even hours after a rain, is like stepping into a shower. But grouse are the fastest, most elusive upland bird in the forests of Wisconsin. The challenge of finding them and trying to shoot them, however frustrating, often develops into a lifelong quest. Grouse fever is alive and well here, and it’s no secret among avid

Gracie holds a snow-covered bird she retrieved on the final outing of the season on a mild December afternoon. --Photo By The Author

grouse hunters. I saw license plates on trucks and dog trailers this fall from Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The snow that fell last week has finally brought our 2011 sea-

son to an end. Two-year-old Gracie has turned into the retriever I had hoped for, and she’s now rivaling the best dog I’ve ever hunted over — Katie. Of men and guns and dogs, the legacy lives on.

Ski area now open
As a result of the most extensive snow-making campaign in the facility’s history, the Camp 10 Ski Area officially opened Dec. 17. Although the ski area began its season with marginal skiing conditions, Camp 10 President Gren Rudd said conditions have begun to improve. “Conditions continued to improve as our grooming progressed and by Dec. 29 we were rating conditions as good and running a chair lift, a Tbar lift and a rope tow,” he said. The west side T-bar remains closed due to a derailment caused by a fallen tree. According to Rudd, that lift will be up and running soon. “While this winter has been devastating for snowmobiling enthusiasts, we continue to see skiers and snowboarders coming in from the far corners of the state,” said Rudd. “We’ll do whatever possible during this very unusual winter to promote a safe and fun experience for our guests.” Camp 10 Ski Area is located at 1604 Camp 10 Road in Rhinelander.

Fishing with the Guides
By George Langley

Wind slows fishing during New Year’s
The North Woods really does have winter now, with more snow on the ground and some really cold weather in the last week. It is a little harder to get around on the ice now, but much better than last year with all its slush. The other winter sports enthusiasts also are much happier, with better cross-country skiing and snowmobiling conditions out there. Ice thickness varies from lake to lake, but is in the 8- to 14-inch range throughout the area. People are now driving on many of the lakes, albeit with caution. It’s getting pretty late for the hand augers now, as most of the anglers have switched to their power augers. The most difficult of all weather conditions to handle for all outdoorsmen is the wind. The North Woods has certainly had a good amount of that in the latter part of the New Year’s weekend. Some of the lakes now have “snow dunes” as a result. Walleye fishing has been pretty good for the last several weeks now, with consistent evening action throughout the area. Medium shiners or sucker minnows have been the most popular of all baits. Tip-ups set on the deeper weed edges have worked best. There also has been some good daytime action for walleyes (and northerns) in some deep grass beds on some lakes. This grass can be in 25 feet of water and holds these fish well during the daylight hours because of the depth. Try some of the deeper, clear lakes for this pattern. Northern action has been very good, with most located in or very near weeds — whether it is the deep grass as mentioned above or in the usual shallower weeds looking for panfish. Larger shiners work best for the northerns, set with wire leaders on the tip-ups. Panfish action has picked up as anglers find some patterns and the increased number of anglers find the fish. Bluegills are, as always, in the weeds. Spikes seem to work best for these fish, and most anglers put several of them on the hook. Perch action has been good, but in deeper weeds. Fatheads or wigglers are working best for the perch. Crappies are in deep water off the weeds and are harder to locate now. As January rolls on, these fish will be found in the holes and fishing for them is more rewarding. Let’s hope that the wind stays down for all the outdoors people, making for better conditions out there. Good luck and good fishin’.

NICE NORTHERN — Steve Moericke of Minnesota caught this 311⁄2-inch northern while ice fishing on Thunder Lake during a holiday visit to

the North Woods. The big pike hit a minnow under a tip-up in about 3 feet of water on a reed edge. --Contributed Photo

Snowmobile safety classes available in classroom, online
Snowmobilers can help make sure Wisconsin’s snowmobile season is a safe one by completing a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) snowmobile safety course. The courses are taught by certified instructors who provide information about machine safety, responsibilities, ethics, laws and mechanical functions. DNR snowmobile safety administrator Gary Eddy said the course is beneficial to all ages, but it is a requirement for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1985 and older than age 12 to operate a snowmobile in Wisconsin. Those who successfully complete the course receive a certificate that must be carried by snowmobile operators who meet the age requirements while operating the sled. Operators must present the certificate to a law enforcement officer upon request. It also should be noted the age requirement does not apply if the snowmobile is operated on lands owned or leased by the operator’s parent or legal guardian. All Wisconsin recreational safety students must have a Wisconsin DNR customer identification number to take any recreational safety class. To get a number, people may call DNR customer service at 1-(888) 936-7463 or stop at a DNR service center for assistance. Class times, fees The snowmobile safety course fee is $10 and takes eight hours. The course includes six hours of classroom work and an optional two hours of hands-on snowmobile operation or ride simulation. Anyone age 11 and older may take the course. The safety certificate earned with completion will not become valid until the student turns 12. Class times and locations vary across the state People can check the upcoming safety education course calendar on DNR website at to find the nearest course. People who are at least age 16 can complete the course online. There are two online options: and “Make this upcoming snowmobile season safe and enjoyable by completing this important safety course,” said Eddy. “Do your part to make the trails safe for all.”

Women’s group sets hike Jan. 8
The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet at the shelter house at Razorback Ridges Ski and Mountain Bike Trails Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Participants may snowshoe or cross-country ski on the trails. The hike will be followed by the annual chili potluck. Attendees should take a cup of chili and a treat to share with the group. Both new and former participants are welcome to attend for the hike, potluck and planning for 2012. Those interested in carpooling can meet at the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center by 12:45 p.m. For more information, call Norma at (715) 477-1984.







Pines boys beat Watersmeet 67-44, but fall to Hurley in holiday games

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By Gary Ridderbusch



The Northland Pines boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season during the holidays with a 67-44 nonconference victory at Watersmeet, Mich., last Thursday. “It was a nice game to reward all of the players with playing time and everyone got on the scoreboard,” said Pines coach Ryan Clark. The Eagles jumped out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter and led 33-18 at the half. Pines outscored the Nimrods 14-9 in the third quarter and 20-17 in the final eight minutes. “Our defensive effort and emphasis on ball pressure was better and our offensive execution was pretty good,” said Clark. The Eagles were 29 of 56 on field goals (52%), grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and had a season-high 18 assists as a team. “As a team, we continued to make the hustle plays that we’ve made all season,” said Clark. “We took three charges (Cooper Kerner, Cody Lorenz, and Brandon Wallace) and had 17 floor burns.” Clark said his biggest concern from the game was turnovers. “While everyone scored, everyone also had at least one turnover. We have to make smarter decisions with the ball,” he said. “Our pass fakes have improved, but we still show panic in certain situations.” Devon Gaszak recorded the first double-double of his career with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Eicher had a solid game, finishing with four points, seven rebounds and a team-high four assists. The Eagles also hosted Hurley in a nonconference game last Friday night, with the Midgets coming out on top 72-47. “Hurley’s energy and execution right from the tip was impressive,” said Clark. “That was the first game this year that we didn’t compete in the first half. We fell down early, and we didn’t mentally refocus until the second half. “To our players’ credit, we didn’t quit and outscored Hurley 39-33 in the second half,

Pines football, Jays softball among top stories in 2011
There were many exciting local sports stories for high school teams and individual athletes during 2011. The following were some of the highlights of the past year. 1. The Northland Pines football team finished in second place in the WestPAC Conference with a 4-2 mark. The Eagles were 6-3 overall, but fell to Green Bay Notre Dame in the first round of the WIAA playoffs. It was the Eagles’ first home playoff game in five years. Eagles junior running back Austin Ramesh finished the season with 2,263 rushing yards on 222 carries and was named the league’s offensive player of the year. He had 19 rushing touchdowns in 10 games. 2. The Three Lakes Bluejays softball team finished the regular season with a 17-1 record and were co-champions of the Northern Lakes Conference with LaonaWabeno. The Lady Jays defeated Florence 1-0 in the first round of the WIAA playoffs before falling to Wausaukee 2-1. Junior pitcher Zana Lorbetske was named the Northern Lakes Conference player of the year. 3. The Northland Pines boys hockey team won the Great Northern Conference (GNC) title with a 9-3-2 record. However, the fourth-seeded Eagles were upset by fifth-seeded D.C. Everest 5-3 in the first round of the WIAA Regional playoffs at the Dome, ending the Eagles; season with a 14-8-2 overall record. Eagles coach Charlie DePuydt was named coach of the year in the GNC. 4. The Three Lakes wrestling team won its first Northern Lakes Conference title since 2000, with four all-conference wrestlers in Dalton Tietsort, Cory Briggs, Dan Larson and Ryan Kerns. Kerns advanced to the WIAA State Tournament in the 215-pound class following a third-place finish at the Sectional. He won his first match at State, but lost his next two and finished the season with a 40-10 record. 5. The Northland Pines boys soccer team was declared the GNC champions after the WIAA ruled Mosinee had to forfeit six games due to using an ineligible player in those games. Pines finished the conference season with a 7-3 mark, while Mosinee was second at 6-4. 6. Northland Pines senior Rich Mork took second in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter hurdles at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet. As a team, the Eagles finished 13th out of 145 Division 2 boys teams at the State meet. 7. The Three Lakes boys basketball team finished second in the Northern Lakes Conference with a 15-3 record. The Bluejays advanced to the WIAA Division 4 Regional final, losing to Marathon 61-38. 8. P.J. Wandersheid, 28, of Sauk Centre, Minn., won a record fourth title at the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby on an Arctic Cat. 9. Despite rain, cold and a north wind, a total of 907 runners participated in four Journeys Marathon events. Aaron Foote, 22, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., won the full marathon for the men in a record time of 2 hours, 37 minutes and 49 seconds, while Tara Argall, 33, of Prairie du Sac was the top female winner. 10. The Oldenburg Sports Park on Highway G west of Eagle River was dedicated May 28. The expansion of the park to include soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and a new concession stand, was made possible through a $325,000 contribution from Wayne Oldenburg, owner of Oldenburg Group.

Northland Pines junior Devon Gaszak drove to the basket against Hurley Friday night. Gaszak

had a big game the night before, scoring 23 points against Watersmeet. --STAFF PHOTO

but it was way too little and too late,” said Clark. Sophomore Cooper Kerner had the best game of his young career, as he pumped in 23 points. “Cooper has put together a couple of good weeks of practice and his practice habits are starting to carry over into

the game,” said Clark. “As the season continues on, he’s just going to get better and more consistent. “I also thought junior Steven Vogel did a nice job for us. This is Steven’s first year of high school basketball, but he’s learning fast. He, along with Cooper, are two players that we will be counting on

more and more throughout the season,” said Clark. The Eagles, 1-7 overall, were scheduled to play at Medford in a Great Northern Conference game Tuesday of this week and will host Houghton, Mich., in a nonconference game this Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6:45 p.m.

Eagles lose to Hurley in nonconference action Eagle boys win



The Northland Pines girls basketball team battled Hurley in a nonconference match last Friday in the field house, but the undefeated and sixthranked Midgets defeated the Eagles 49-47. “We were aware of Hurley’s past success as they returned all of their starters from a Sectional final team a year ago,” said Pines coach Larry Bergum. Pines and Hurley both utilized full-court pressure in the first quarter, making for some fast-paced action. The Eagles missed several lay-ups early, and Hurley led 11-7 at the end of the period. Ashley Mai had four points in the first quarter to lead the Eagles. Pines still trailed Hurley 26-23 at the intermission. In the second frame, Kelsey Bergum led the Eagles with six points, and Carly Ridderbusch had four points off the bench. “The third quarter has been a strength of ours this year, but on Friday night it proved not to be,” said coach Bergum, as the Eagles got outscored 17-6 in the period. Pines trailed by 14, 43-29, going to the fourth quarter, but the Eagles didn’t let down. They were able to close the margin to two points with 2

two of three games in Spooner tourney



Northland Pines senior guard Kelsey Bergum applied pressure to a Hurley ball handler Friday

night. The Eagles trailed by 14 points, but lost by two. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

minutes left, but couldn’t get the lead in the final minutes. Abby Alft and Holly Darton gave Pines a lift, scoring six points each in the final period. “The girls didn’t get down and came back strong to make this game a very competitive contest,” said Bergum. “They showed a lot of heart and determination. Hurley made some keys plays down the stretch, and we just couldn’t

counter them enough to get over the hump. Minimizing mistakes is a key when playing quality opponents. Good teams will use those mistakes and turn them into points on their end. That proved to be the case in this game.” Kelsey Bergum led the Eagles with 12 points. Mai chipped in 10 points. Alft and Darton each scored six. Carly Bohnen had five points and

seven rebounds. Ridderbusch added four points. “Close losses are tough, but we need to stay focused and confident,” said coach Bergum. The Eagles, 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Great Northern Conference (GNC), was scheduled to host undefeated Medford (70) on Tuesday of this week. Pines will then host Prentice next Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a nonconference game.

After losing 2-1 in the opening game, the Northland Pines boys hockey team bounced back to win two games in the Spooner tournament during the holiday break. “As defending champs of this tournament, we knew that the other teams would be gunning for us,” said Pines coach Charlie DePuydt. The Eagles faced Breckenridge-Wahpeton of Minnesota in the first game and lost 2-1. “The first period was a challenge, knowing little to nothing about this team,” said DePuydt. “We went to work playing our physical style and were able to sustain a pretty good forecheck throughout the first period, keeping control of much of the play and possession of the puck.” Breckenridge-Wahpeton had two breakaway opportunities in the first period and a couple of odd man rushes in the period as well. “Jacob Stephan was excellent in the net for us the whole game,” said DePuydt. “Even though it seemed as if we had

control of the period, Breckenridge-Wahpeton still managed to put 11 shots on our goaltender in a few flurries in our end.” Austin Ramesh got Pines on the board first, scoring on the power play. During the second period, Pines adjusted its forecheck, according to DePuydt. “We adjusted to make sure that their wings would have no time to catch the breakout passes and get the puck off the boards into the neutral zone,” he said. “It also neutralized the speed of some of their very quick forwards.” The second period was scoreless, but left Pines with a 5-on-3 opportunity for about 35 seconds that carried over to the third period. “We did not take advantage of that chance,” said DePuydt. “We only got one shot through on the 5-on 3 opportunity and even though we had some great chances on the remainder of the 5-on 4, we came out To EAGLES, Pg. 11





Falcons beat Brookfield 11-4


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In Great Lakes Hockey League action last Friday night, the Eagle River Falcons defeated the Brookfield Battalion 11-4 in their second meeting of the season. Playing before a packed arena, the Falcons displayed their offensive fire power. Wing Derek Tijan contributed five goals and recorded his second consecutive game with a hat trick. Brookfield opened scoring at 4:33 to take their only lead of the game. That lead was short-lived as Nick Nelwark buried a shot seconds later off a perfect pass from Josh Calleja. The Falcons lit the lamp three more times to close out first-period scoring and give themselves a 4-1 cushion. Charlie Piskula tipped in a pass from Jake Dern and Zach Otto to record the second goal. Tijan followed up, knocking home a rebound on a power play. Setting up the play was Calleja and Bob McDonald. Mike Siergiej added the final goal by scoring up close and in traffic. Tijan and Nelwark collected the assist. Brookfield came out of the break on the attack, neutralizing the home team’s offense for the first half of the period. Tijan, on an assist from Calleja and Zach Otto, picked up his second score of the game at 1:37. The Battalion then answered on a power play to draw to within three. But from that point on the period belonged to Eagle River, as Tijan and company scored back-to-back goals within two minutes of one


Eagle River Falcons forward Josh Calleja worked his way around a Battalion defender on

his way toward the goal during last Friday night’s 11-4 win at home against Brookfield. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

another. Nelwark, showcasing some impressive stick handling, combined with Calleja to set up the first goal. Then it was Calleja maneuvering through the visitor’s defense and setting up Tijan at the crease for the second. Piskula picked up his second goal of the stanza at 14:03 with Craig Dakins and Mike Hicks credited with assists. After two periods, the

host team posted a convincing 8-2 lead. At 2:35 of the final period, the Falcons added another goal on a power play when Lucas Otto delivered a missile from 20 feet out, beating the Battalion’s goalie upstairs. Piskula and Carl Riese assisted. Brookfield found the net with a power-play goal of their own at 6:27, but Eagle River

continued their assault at 10:49 and 11:26. Siergiej hit the first with Calleja and Tijan assisting, and Tijan put in his fifth goal off Piskula and Siergiej for the latter. Brookfield found the net with a harmless goal seconds before the final horn. The 4-3-1 Falcons will travel to Appleton and face the Fox Cities Ice Dogs Saturday, Jan. 7. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Three Lakes Bluejays boys basketball team lost to Lakeland 56-33 last Wednesday before defeating Wittenberg-Birnamwood 59-37 Thursday at a tournament in Minocqua. Three Lakes started the game against Lakeland on a 7-0 run. However, after calling a timeout and getting organized, the T-Birds took a 13-11 lead by the end of the quarter. Lakeland opened the gap wider in the second, netting 22 points while holding Three Lakes to only six. “They were able to open up a comfortable lead,” said Three Lakes coach Brad Volkmann. “We had trouble with Lakeland’s length and gave up many second-chance points on offensive rebounds in the second quarter.” The Jays outscored Lakeland in the third 12-11, but big defensive stops by the T-Birds in the final quarter sealed Three Lakes’ fate. “We struggled shooting from the perimeter and didn’t get a lot of offensive rebounds,” said Volkmann. Ross Thorn led scoring for the Jays with 18 points and had a good game against a taller Lakeland center. Three Lakes jumped to an early 19-7 lead against Wittenberg-Birnamwood, playing better as a team in the second day of the tournament.

“Balanced scoring and defensive pressure allowed us to keep extending that lead throughout the game,” said Volkmann. The second quarter saw the two teams trade baskets, scoring 11 points apiece to bring the score to 30-18 with the Bluejays ahead at the half. Continued scoring and defensive stops helped Three Lakes outscore WittenbergBirnamwood 14-9 in the third and 15-10 in the fourth to take the win. “Wittenberg-Birnamwood is the type of team we usually struggle against,” said Volkmann. “They were athletic with height all across the board, but we pressured their ballhandlers and converted steals into points. Brent LaDuke’s five 3-pointers really opened things up for us.” Three Bluejays were in the double figures for scoring. LaDuke led with 15 points, followed by Trenten Stefonek with 12 and Thorn with 10. Thorn also was named to the All-Tournament team. In three Northern Lakes Conference games, the Bluejays are slated to travel to Laona Tuesday, Jan. 3, before traveling to White Lake Thursday, Jan. 5. They will then host Goodman-Pembine Monday, Jan. 9. All three games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

T&M Lanes Results of 12/17/11 Team results: FUBAR 2, Drinking Devils 5; NOO PROBLEM 5, Ally-Oops 2; Lane 7 0, Wrongsiders 7. High team game: FUBAR 762. High team series: Drinking Devils 2114. High games, women: Amy Froemming 186, Roni Kopanski and Renee Horst 180, Karen Koskelin 176, Kyha Buell 175. High series, women: Karen Koskelin 505, Kyha Buell 486, Amy Froemming 467, Roni Kopanski 459, Renee Horst 458. High games, men: Mike Froemming 188, Ron Buell Jr. 181, Dale Grosso 176, Carl Reidy 164, Dave Gall 160. High series, men: Ron Buell Jr. 514, Mike Froemming 496, Ron Keller 448, Carl Reidy 447, Dale Grosso 440. STANDINGS W L DRINKING DEVILS..................30 19 FUBAR........................................27 22 WRONGSIDERS ........................27 22 NOO PROBLEM ........................26 23 ALLY-OOPS ................................26 23 LANE 7 .......................................11 38 STANDINGS W BENT’S CAMP.......................12 TACKLE BOX ........................10 T&M LANES............................7 ALL IN THE FAMILY .............5 LOL PHARMACY ....................4 SPARO COIN ...........................4 L 2 4 7 9 10 10

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T&M Lanes Results of 12/21/11 Team results: Ramesh Motorsports 0, Lanny’s Fireside 7; Rusty Nail 5, Northern Exposure 2; Great Lakes Stone, bye. High team game: Lanny’s Fireside 859. High team series: Lanny’s Fireside 2516. High games: Jason Wehrmeyer 249, Bob Kemppainen 214, Mike Froemming 209, Josh Horst 201, Chad Hosey 197. High series: Jason Wehrmeyer 691, Ron Keller 570, Chad Hosey 541, Mike Froemming 540, Bob Kemppainen 536. STANDINGS W L LANNY’S FIRESIDE .................7 0 GREAT LAKES STONE ............5 2 RUSTY NAIL ............................5 2 NORTHERN EXPOSURE .........2 5 RAMESH MOTORSPORTS ......0 7

At the Oshkosh Lourdes Wrestling Classic last week the Three Lakes Bluejays took 51st out of 56 teams. Emerson Hegeman of Three Lakes wrestled well at the event in the 285-pound division, earning 10 points for the team. Hegeman won by a 1-0 decision in Round 1, but lost to a Cedarburg wrestler in the second round. Coming back strong, Hegeman pinned a Bonduel wrestler at 4:21 of the round, pinned an Oshkosh North wrestler at 3:30 and won by

major decision (10-2) over a contender from Racine Park. Jake Schneider, at 182 pounds, also contributed points to the team, winning by pin at 2:13 over a Bonduel opponent. Dalton Tietsort added points to the Jays’ scoreboard in the 120-pound class when he won by major decision (143) over a Mosinee wrestler. The Bluejays were scheduled to travel to Wabeno Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and will travel to the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Invite Saturday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m.

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T&M Lanes Results of 12/28/11 Team results: Rusty Nail 2, Lanny’s Fireside 5; Ramesh Motorsport 7, Great Lakes Stone 0; Northern Exposure, bye. High team game: Ramesh Motorsports 815. High team series: Ramesh Motorsports 2384. High games: Mike Bukoweicki 212, Ron Keller 199, Mike Froemming 183, Chad Hosey 183, Bob Kemppainen 181. High series: Ron Keller 576, Mike Bukoweicki 570, Chad Hosey 540, Mike Froemming 509, Russ Doscotch 479. STANDINGS W L LANNY’S FIRESIDE ...............12 2 RAMESH MOTORSPORTS ......7 7 RUSTY NAIL ............................7 7 NORTHERN EXPOSURE .........6 8 GREAT LAKES STONE ............5 9

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The Noontime Hockey League (NHL) is seeking men and women hockey players to participate in an adult hockey program between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Eagle River Sports Arena. It’s open to all ages, and no experience is necessary for the no-check hockey program, according to coordinator Michael Eder. For more information, contact Eder at (715) 477-2945.

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T&M Lanes Results of 12/20/11 Team results: T&M Lanes 5, Sparo Coin 2; Tackle Box 5, LOL Pharmacy 2; Bent’s Camp 7, All In The Family 0. High team game: T&M Lanes 765. High team series: T&M Lanes 2193. High games: Amy Froemming 201, Karen Koskelin 191, Linda Sparks 168, Kari Bartleme 161, Jan Imse 160. High series: Karen Kosekelin 541, Amy Froemming 533, Linda Sparks 473, Yvette Garrison 418, Mary Vales 416. STANDINGS W L BENT’S CAMP.........................7 0 T&M LANES............................5 2 TACKLE BOX ..........................5 2 LOL PHARMACY ....................2 5 SPARO COIN ...........................2 5 ALL IN THE FAMILY .............0 7 Results of 12/27/11 Team results: Bent’s Camp 5, LOL Pharmacy 2; Sparo Coin 2, All In The Family 5; Tackle Box 5, T&M Lanes 2. High team game: Tackle Box 760. High team series: Tackle Box 2132. High games: Diane Grosso 198, Roni Kopanski 191, Kari Bartleme 180, Amy Froemming 179, Ronee Horst 170. High series: Amy Froemming 514, Diane Grosso 513, Roni Kopanski 502, Ronee Horst 484, Kari Bartleme 434, Kyha Buell 414.

T&M Lanes Results of 12/29/11 Team results: Black Bear Industries 7, Northern Exposure 0; FMN Floral 7, Northern Carpets 0. High team game: Black Bear Industries 826. High team series: FMN Floral 2323. High games: Mike Froemming 226, Dale Grosso 220, John Neumann 220, Karl Boehm 212, Rick Schacht 211. High series: Mike Froemming 630, Dale Grosso 579, John Neumann 564, Dick Owen 560, Karl Boehm 544. STANDINGS W FMN FLORAL...............................7 BLACK BEAR INDUSTRIES .....7 NORTHERN EXPOSURE...........0 NORTHERN CARPETS ..............0 L 0 0 7 7

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Lady Knights take first place at Best With the Least tourney

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After defeating South Shore 39-36 last Thursday in overtime and Butternut 55-22 in game two Friday, the Phelps Knights girls basketball team took home the firstplace trophy in the inaugural Best With the Least basketball tournament. The tournament, held this year in Mercer, is the unofficial championship of the four smallest school districts in the state with active basketball teams. In game one, the Lady Knights played with confidence from the tip-off, as Ashley Volkmann led a scoring spark, getting eight of her 12 points in the first quarter. The game was tied at 11 heading into the second. “Angela Grmick really got her teammates fired up with a great move to the basket against their 6-foot, 2-inch center Megan Gustafson, said Phelps coach Josh Olivotti. “She converted the shot.” In the second period, Phelps continued to see good ball movement, hitting a couple of outside jump shots to spread South Shore’s defense. “They were packing in on Ashley a lot, and the play of the rest of our team forced them to spread out more,” said Olivotti. The halftime score saw South Shore leading the game 19-18. Five different players netted points for the Lady Knights in the third, as ball movement as a whole continued to improve. Stormy Schreiber and Nica Grmick combined for ten in the period, hitting jump shots after quality passes from teammates. After what Olivotti referred to as the most fluid eight minutes the girls have played all year, the score was 33-29, Phelps. The Knights struggled to get points in the fourth, despite some good looks at the basket. However, the defense was solid, forcing a number of turnovers at key moments and coming up with big stops. “Gustafson was the key to their team, and I can’t say enough about the defensive efforts of Ashley and Kendra

Eagles: top Ashland, Baldwin
of that scoreless.” Through a back-and-forth third period, the Eagles managed to get to the last minute of the game still up 1-0. But with 46 seconds left in the game, Pines tried to force the puck up the boards and, in doing so, turned it over close to the face-off dot and the opponent fired the puck passed Stephan to tie the game at 1-1. With only 19 seconds left in the game, Breckenridge-Wahpeton added another goal off an attempted clear out of the zone to win 2-1. “We made some very costly mistakes right at the end of the period and the resiliency of the opposing team paid off for them,” said DePuydt. “They never gave up and they seemed to want it a little more than us late in the game and that happened to be the difference in the game.” Ashland victory Northland Pines’ second game of the tournament was against Ashland and the Eagles came out on top 7-3. “After having some time to reflect as a team and coaching staff, we decided to suit up a lot of players based on their play in the previous junior varsity game,” said DePuydt. “All players deserved an opportunity to play in the varsity game, so that is exactly what we did. We suited up 26
The Phelps Knights girls basketball team hoisted their firstplace trophy after winning the Best With the Least tournament in Mercer last week. The Lady Knights defeated South Shore 39-36 before beating Butternut 55-22 in the championship game. --Contributed Photo

Pietenpol as they shared the responsibility of guarding her,” said Olivotti. Despite a critical turnover late in the fourth, the Phelps defense made a crucial stop, sending the game into overtime at 35 apiece. The Knights only allowed a single point in overtime, scoring four themselves for the win. “It was very exciting to watch the girls finish the game in a total team effort and move into the championship round of the tournament,” said Olivotti. Volkmann led Phelps for scoring with 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals, followed by Schreiber with eight points, three steals and three assists, Nica Grmick with seven points, five steals and five rebounds and Pietenpol with six points and six rebounds. The next day against Butternut, the Lady Knights came out huge, putting 20 points on the board to the Midgets’ six in the first quarter. The trend continued as the half ended with Phelps up 3510.

Defense reigned in the third, as the Knights held Butternut to two points, putting 10 on the scoreboard themselves. The Midgets got it together in the fourth, out scoring Phelps by two, but it wouldn’t come close to overcoming the gap, as the Lady Knights hoisted the winners’ trophy. “This tournament was a great experience for not only our team, but also our school community,” said Olivotti. “The school officials who put together the tournament did an outstanding job in making it memorable for the players, coaches and fans.” Volkmann was named to the all-tournament team, and she scored 19 points in the game. Pietenpol had 12, Schreiber and Nica Grmick scored nine apiece and Angela Grmick contributed five. In a string of home games, the Lady Knights is slated to host Crandon Tuesday, Jan. 3, before hosting Elcho Thursday, Jan. 5 and Butternut Tuesday, Jan. 10. All games are set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

players against Ashland.” Pines came out flying in the first period. Just under two minutes into the period, Leif Offerdahl scored with an assist from Zach Kennedy. The Eagles added three more goals in the period from Matt Kaitchuck, Trevor Laszczkowski and Ramesh to take a commanding lead into the second period. “It was nice to see our team come out and play with the effort they showed in the first period,” said DePuydt. “We put 19 shots on the net in the first period and gave up nine.” Pines got goals from Ramesh and Kennedy in the second period and Laszczkowski finshed the scoring in the third period. Ashland got all three of its goals in the third period. The Eagles ended up outshooting Ashland in the game 49 to 29. “Throughout the game, we were able to fit in many different players to see what they

could do in a varsity game as well as reward them for their great play in the junior varsity (JV) games over the week,” said DePuydt. Baldwin-Woodville win Pines finished the tournament with a convincing 6-1 win over Baldwin-Woodville. “We dominated play and played a very physical game,” said DePuydt. “We showed a lot of effort in the game, making some very nice plays.” Pines took 60 shots during the game and gave up 18 shots. The Eagles got three goals from Adam Kresl in the first period for the hat trick. Kennedy added a goal in the second period and Kaitchuck and Brandon Hunt scored in the third period. The Eagles, 8-3-1 overall and 5-1 in the Great Northern Conference, were scheduled to host rival Lakeland Tuesday of this week and will play at Tomahawk next Tuesday.

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

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

Phelps boys earn second at tourney





The Phelps Knights boys basketball team defeated South Shore 48-45 last Thursday before suffering a 39-18 loss to Mercer Friday in the Best With the Least basketball tournament in Mercer. Things weren’t looking good for the Knights when South Shore jumped out to an early 15-10 lead in the first quarter, but all of that would change in the second. Big plays on defense allowed Phelps to close that gap, as the boys held South Shore to only two points during the quarter. The Knights held a narrow 21-17 lead going into halftime. Quarter three saw the teams trade baskets fairly evenly, although South Shore outscored Phelps 15-12 to come within a single point of the Knights. Phelps coach Kregg Mueller said good leadership and steady free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter contributed to the win. “Ryan Cirese stepped into the role of a leader and took over the basketball game for us,” he said. “And freshman Robert Rosner hit two huge free throws down the stretch to help seal the game.” Ryan Cirese led Phelps for scoring with 26 points, followed by Nicholas Cirese with nine and Nathan Cirese with five. “We played extremely good team basketball,” said Mueller. “It was great to see us come together when we were put in a tough spot and come

out of the game with a win.” There wasn’t much scoring in the first half of the championship match between the Knights and the tournamenthosting Mercer team. The first half ended 11-8 with Mercer ahead. “Mercer played a tough zone the entire game and we really had to work to get points on the board,” said Mueller. Mercer stepped their game up a notch in the final two quarters, outscoring the Knights 11-4 in the third quarter and 17-6 in the fourth

to take the inaugural firstplace trophy. “It was a disappointing loss coming off of such a great win, but a great experience for our kids to get to the championship game,” said Mueller. Ryan and Nathan Cirese led scoring in the final game, netting six points apiece. The Knights were scheduled to host Crandon Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. before hosting Elcho this Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Butternut next Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m.

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

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

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Date Tues., Nov. 22 Thurs., Dec. 1 Tues., Dec. 6 Thurs., Dec. 8 Sat., Dec. 10 Tues., Dec. 13 Thurs., Dec.15 Tues., Dec. 20 Thurs., Dec. 22 Tues., Dec. 27 Tues., Jan. 3 Tues., Jan. 10 Thurs., Jan. 12 Tues., Jan. 17 Fri., Jan. 20 Sat., Jan. 21 Tues., Jan. 24 Sat., Jan. 28 Tues., Jan. 31 Thurs., Feb. 2 Fri., Feb. 10 Tues., Feb. 14 Opponent at Kingsford Stevens Point at Rhinelander at Mosinee Waupaca Antigo Tomahawk at Houghton at Medford Area at Spooner Lakeland at Tomahawk Rhinelander D.C. Everest 2012 Pines Classic Mosinee Hayward, University School of Milw. at Antigo at Wausau East Medford Area at Lakeland at Waupaca WIAA Regionals Time W 4-2 T 4-4 W 9-0 L 5-4 W 6-3 W 7-0 W 7-3 L 4-2 W 7-0 LWW 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM TBD 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM TBD

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

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

Date Sat., Nov. 19 Opponent Badger Thunder MSO Fond du Lac Mon., Nov. 28 Marshfield Fri., Dec. 2 Eau Claire North Sat., Dec. 3 Sun Prairie Fri., Dec. 9 at Lakeland Fri., Dec. 16 Medford Area Tues., Dec. 20 at Hayward Tues., Jan. 3 at Ashland Fri., Jan. 6 at Tomahawk Mon., Jan. 9 at Wisconsin Rapids Fri., Jan. 13 Antigo/Rhinelander Sat., Jan.14 at Appleton West Mon., Jan. 16 at Marshfield Fri., Jan. 20 Hayward, & Sat., Jan. 21 University School of Milwaukee, Webster Mon., Jan. 23 Lakeland Thurs., Jan. 26 at Medford Area Fri., Feb. 3 Tomahawk Mon., Feb. 6 Wisconsin Rapids Fri., Feb. 10 at Antigo/Rhinelander Time W 3-2 W 7-1 L 5-3 W 1-0 L 3-2 W 3-2 W 7-0 W 4-1 L 7-1 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:30 PM 5:30 PM

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YMCA prepares HCPA to present ‘Guys & Does’ for Fit for Life fundraiser performance Saturday Participants to learn
In its continuing effort to give back to the community it serves, the Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts (HCPA) will sponsor a fund-raiser performance of the musical comedy “Guys & Does.” Showtime will be Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m for seating at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. The school doors will open at 6 p.m. for those who wish to purchase tickets at the door. “Guys & Does” tells the story of Fritz Dingleheimer, a paper-mill worker eager to escape his dull routine by taking a hunting trip to the northern pines. He finds himself traveling with Duane Puddles, a local oddball who knits and loves self-help books. Along the way the two hunters encounter a magical talking deer. According to HCPA President Steve Kolling, this musical comedy is definitely a show for hunters and nonhunters alike, exploring various approaches to this ancient, vital practice and the role of the hunter in a changing world. “Our commitment to the residents and visitors of this area is to bring the highestquality stage entertainment to our area at an affordable price. Over the last several years, we have been fortunate to bring in very highquality, big-name entertainment,” said Kolling. “The community has been very generous with their support through the purchase of tickets, donations and advertising in our season handbill,” he added. Shows like “Guys & Does” give the HCPA an opportunity to provide entertainment for everyone outside of the regular season tickets. “To maintain this level of entertainment, HCPA must continue to raise additional funds. Profits from ticket sales to this show will go directly to the support of next season’s series,” Kolling explained.

healthy lifestyle routine
YMCA of the Northwoods will accept applications for the Fit for Life lifestyle change program now through Monday, Feb. 6. The Fit for Life weight loss competition, a 12-week structured exercise program with weekly workouts, challenges, weigh-ins and lifestyle lectures, will begin in February and wrap up in May. This year’s program will see the addition of individual personal training sessions and body composition analysis. The winners will be the male and female with the greatest percentage of weight loss over the 12 weeks. Last year’s winners lost more than 35 pounds each over the 12 weeks, with the greatest weight loss being 55 pounds. As a group, the 20 participants lost 387 pounds. Through this program, participants are given the tools to make long-term changes in their health and well-being. “The Fit for Life program has created results year after year and, with subtle changes to the program, we are able to see continued success and most importantly results,” said Chris Cook, Wellness Director. “Even though the program is geared toward a weight-loss program, it’s more a program which gives you the building blocks to create a healthy lifestyle routine and build relationships that last well beyond the timelines of the program,” explained Cook. Applications are available at the YMCA of the Northwoods or at They are due no later than Monday, Feb. 6. Enrollment is limited to 25. For more information, contact (715) 362-9622, ext. 113, or

Many Ways of Peace to host communication workshop
The Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts (HCPA) will present “Guys & Does.” HCPA President Steve Kolling, at left, with Vice President Lori Hahn said that tickets are still available for this Saturday’s performance to be held in the auditorium at Northland Pines High School. Proceeds from the musical comedy will be used as a fundraiser to further the efforts of the nonprofit group. --Contributed Photo

Kolling stated that, in addition to the 14 active volunteer board members, they also enlist the service of several people for technical support. This technical support, both in manpower and equipment needs, comes with a cost that adds greatly to the cost of a show itself. As part of the HCPA’s agreement with the Northland Pines School District, the group also makes substantial donations each year to the district to purchase needed equipment for the auditorium and support areas. “All of the money we take in is returned to our community in an ongoing effort to

support the arts,” concluded Kolling. HCPA Vice President Lori Hahn added, “This is a great show at a great price. This same show is playing in Wausau and, if you were to travel to Wausau to see this, your ticket could cost you twice the amount.” “The situations have the audience in stitches and the story line is very imaginative,” said Hahn. “It’s been a couple of years since we had the great ‘Guys On Ice’ musical and the HCPA board thought it would be great to bring the guys back in another great show.” This musical is one of American Folklore Theatre’s most famous productions.

The Door County-based nonprofit professional theater creates musicals produced coast to coast, including the megahit “Guys On Ice.” Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 per person at The Flour Sack on West Pine Street in Eagle River or at the door the night of the show. Advance purchase is suggested by the HCPA. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The HCPA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Any donations above the ticket price are tax deductible. For additional information, call (715) 891-0927 or (715) 479-7249.

Many Ways of Peace will host a presentation by Kathryn Gonzalez on compassionate communication Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at its resource center, located at 217 S. Main St. in downtown Eagle River. Gonzalez, who lives in the Lakeland area, began her studies in compassionate and nonviolent communication in the late 1990s. “Communication is at the heart of how we relate to others. Compassionate communication awakens our inner sense of connectedness and builds our capacity to move every relationship toward deeper understanding and mutual respect,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez will lead an exploration of compassionate communication through the use of nonviolent communication principles. She will offer simple tools and practices that


can invite more harmony into conversations with others. Follow-up practice group sessions will begin Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Many Ways of Peace. For more information, contact the center at or (715) 4804697.

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

To thine own self be true
Welcome to 2012! None of us know what this year will bring. The unemployed hope for a job. Others anticipate the birth of a child, while some know they will not live through the year. The list goes on from the superficial like winning the Super Bowl (sorry, football fans) to the serious and important. Only this moment is guaranteed. Making certain we use each one well by being present to it and by being true to ourselves matters. Minds and hearts bigger than mine have spoken to the latter. Shakespeare: “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Even Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” In 2005 Steve Jobs, the Apple computer genius: “Do not live someone else’s life.” Author, philosopher, educator and civil rights leader Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” One of my very favorite authors, Anne Lamott (“Starting Over”): “How are you going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued? Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.” NBA basketball coach Cotton Fitzsimmons: “Whether you’re winning or losing, it’s important to always be yourself. You can’t change because of the To FRIEDEL-HUNT, Pg. 13
HOLIDAY WAGON RIDE — Visitors to downtown Eagle River Saturday had the opportunity to take in an old-fashioned wagon ride down Wall Street. The rides were courtesy of the Downtown Business Association. The team of horses and wagon were supplied by Rocking W Stable, located on Eagle River’s north side. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH




There is no doubt that pianist Lorie Line’s holiday extravaganza, “Christmas Bells Are Ringing,” was exactly that when she and her entourage brought their unique musical arrangements to the Northland Pines High School auditorium Dec. 9. Sponsored by the Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts (HCPA), this class


Holiday extravaganza dazzles audience

By Barbara Wilkinson
act was professional yet intimate from their music to their set and costumes. Line is a gifted pianist who insists that her “favorite show to produce is beautifully elegant, simple yet glamorous.” Indeed, a fairyland set complete with Christmas wreaths, poinsettias, glittery trees, an elaborate chandelier and spectacular festive lights that changed colors to create an ambience beautifully complemented the piano selections and appealed to adults and children alike. The many one-of-a-kind costumes fit the mood perfectly. Line is famous for her amazing finger work and extraordinary talent. She was spectacular from the time she appeared on stage with a striking gown of holiday red with a long train that billowed behind her. Her selections were fluently executed with perfect dynamics that came from the heart. To carry out the theme, several people from the audience rang bells at strategic intervals throughout the evening led by “bellmeister” Tim Line, the musician’s husband and master of ceremonies. He was the ideal host, humorous yet humble as the mood demanded, and eas-

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Approximately 30 local children helped sing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at the recent Lorie Line holiday extravaganza performance spon-

sored by the Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts. The performance was held in the auditorium at Northland Pines High School. —Contributed Photo


LaFleur, Lukas exchange vows
Michelle LaFleur and Charles Lukas were united in marriage Friday, July 15, 2011, at Pamperin Park in Green Bay with the Rev. William Trosien of Eagle River officiating. A harpist played music during the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Ann LaFleur of Marinette. The groom is the son of Grant and Susan Lukas of Eagle River. The bride wore a long, white strapless gown with pearls and carried a bouquet made with Lego building blocks. Bridesmaids were Angela Larsen of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Sarah Lukas of Eagle River. They wore green tea-length strapless dresses and carried bouquets made of Legos. Groomsmen were William Lukas of Eagle River and Joseph Ayers of Kansas City, Kan. Mother of the bride wore a floor-length plum-colored gown. Mother of the groom wore a black floral print, scoop-necked, sleeveless gown. A reception was held at Rock Garden in Green Bay with green and gold decorations, and DJ Music Express provided entertainment. They went on a honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. The bride is employed as a special-education teacher in the Pewaukee School District. The groom is employed as a software developer at Red Prairie in Waukesha. The couple reside in New Berlin.

ily able to connect with the audience and move the performance along. With the gifted artist were her favorite musicians that she calls the “Fab Five.” Their repertoire consisted of several well-known Christmas carols, including an awe-inspiring rendering of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Eve,” which featured both Line and talented trombonist Dave Budimir, and a breathtaking “O Holy Night,” which highlighted exceptional violinist Maureen Nilson. Nilson’s beautiful mellow strings were accompanied by Line’s soft piano trills, which flowed together as one instrument. Line also effortlessly produced soft, gentle adaptations of not-so-well-known selections such as an enchanting “In the Silence of the Night,”

written by Tchaikovsky, and a delightful Old English “Golden Carol.” A gifted guitar by David Young led the latter selection, with Line at the keyboard playing the soft, rich music. All through the evening, outstanding bass player Ben Kelly skillfully performed his mellow accompaniment. Music from the 1940s brought costume changes and a rousing performance of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” written by Coots. Master drummer Nate Babbs kept a steady beat throughout and embellished the song as “Santa Tim” arrived with a group of children from the audience dressed as representatives from “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The audience joined in singing as the children per-

formed the motions of the song. Without doubt, it was every parent’s favorite moment. The most awesome selection of the evening was Line’s nine minutes and 15 seconds long beautiful rendering of Frederic Chopin’s Fantaisie in F Minor, a difficult piece because of its length. Line tackled it with ease, gently filling the audience with an uplifting holiday spirit. The evening was delightful. Thanks to the HCPA for sponsoring this outstanding concert. It was an amazing Christmas gift. Let’s hope there will be many more! North Woods resident Barbara Wilkinson, formerly of Wheaton, Ill., taught literature at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. She has written reviews and articles for local newspapers.

Folk musician to perform at Second Sunday event
Autoharp hall-of-famer Bryan Bowers will present a concert at the Second Sunday Folk Dance Sunday, Jan. 8, at Fortune Lake Camp, located on Highway 2, two miles west of Crystal Falls, Mich. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. with hosts Bette and Dean Premo (White Water), who will perform a short set along with Carrie, Emma and Susan Dlutkowski. Bowers will follow immediately. Bowers was inducted into Frets Magazine’s First Gallery of the Greats. This distinction put him alongside the likes of Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman and Mark O’Connor. After the concert, food and beverages will be served and the dance part of the evening will begin with Bette Premo & The Front Parlor Dance Band, who will play tunes and provide dance instruction until 7 p.m. For those who want to play music, fiddler Bob Arthur will lead an Old-time Music Jam Session at 1 p.m. in the dining hall. Admission is $7 per adult and children younger than 15 years old are free.

Pep band night to include alumni
The Northland Pines pep band will host an Alumni and Community Pep Band night Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6:15 p.m. during the boys basketball game in the field house at Northland Pines High School. School alumni and community members may take their instruments to perform with the band.

Les and Nancy Anderson of Three Lakes announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily, to James Rashid, son of David and Felicia Rashid of Neenah. The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Three Lakes High School. She is currently a junior at UW-Oshkosh and plans to graduate in December 2012. Her field of study is psychology with a minor in religious studies. The prospective groom is a 2007 graduate of Neenah High School and a recent graduate of UW-Oshkosh. He earned a degree in international studies. A wedding is planned Sunday, June 17, 2012.

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circumstances around you.” And Thomas Jefferson: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” One of my mentors, author and activist Sister Joan Chittister: “It is a pathetic moment in the history of the human condition when the outside world tells us who and what we are — and we start to believe it ourselves. Then, bent over from the weight of the negativity, we start to wither on the outside.” (“The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully”) Finally, English poet Parkenham Beatty: “By your own soul, learn to live, And if men thwart you take no heed. If men hate you have no care. Sing your song, dream your dream, Hope your hope and


pray your prayer.” So what does it mean to be true to myself? These quotes contain many clues/ideas about what it means. I share each one hoping it will help you answer the question for yourself if you have not done that often. Who am I? What are my values? Hopes? Dreams? Beliefs? What do I want my life to be? Who are the most important people in my life? How do I treat them? What are my needs? Next week I will elaborate on finding the answers to these questions. Mary Friedel-Hunt, MA LCWS, is a freelance writer and psychotherapist in the Madison area. She can be reached at or P.O. Box 1036, Spring Green, WI 53588.

Staying true to its longstanding mission as a community partner, Pamida gave back to local communities this holiday season. A culmination of events throughout the season has netted support for local food banks, shelters and families in need. The Pamida Foundation has announced that it gave back to local food banks with a donation of more than $128,000. The donation was raised, in part, through the generosity of customers during in-store fundraisers at Pamida locations last month. The program offered customers the opportunity to round up their purchase at store registers. The foundation also matched a portion of funds raised in each Pamida community. Additionally, many Pamida stores participated in a Gift Tree program to help cus-

tomers in need for Christmas. Stores had the opportunity to work with local community services to help collect gifts for those less fortunate. The generosity of Pamida customers was overwhelming as they helped support this effort with thousands of donated gifts, according to the foundation. “The Pamida Foundation is committed to supporting our communities year-round and especially around the holidays. There are many people in need this time of year and we are truly grateful for our customers’ support in important programs like the Gift Tree and Food Bank Round Up,” said Jessica Strohman, executive director of the Pamida Foundation. Earlier this season, Pamida stores also collected coats for local shelters in Pamida communities.

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BADGER BRIDGE — Meets every Mon. from 1 to 4 p.m. at Boondocker’s Lounge at Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River. Reservations not required. Partner provided if needed. A social and learning game, players may request help at any time. All skill levels welcome. Call (715) 362-8933. CO-ED VOLLEYBALL — Meets every Mon. at 7:15 p.m. in the Northland Pines Middle School gym in Eagle River. Sponsored by the JayCees. All are welcome. Call (715) 4799886. DUPLICATE BRIDGE — Meets in the lower level of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eagle River, Thurs. at 6:30 p.m.; Mon. at 1 p.m. Call (715) 479-8767 (days) or 4798783. MAHJONGG — American mahjongg is played Mon. at 10 a.m. at the Eagle River Golf Course clubhouse. Reservations not required. New players welcome. For more info, e-mail NORTHWOODS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM — Hands-on educational exhibits and programs. Fun for all ages. Prime ages 1-10. Call (715) 479-4623 or visit NORTHWOODS SINGERS — Meets Tues., 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 105 N. 1st St., Eagle River. New singers welcome. Call Barb Nehring, (715) 547-3333. OUTDOOR WOMEN’S GROUP — Activities are held the first Sun. of each month. Call Norma Yaeger, (715) 477-1984. SCRAPBOOK CLUB — Meets the last Tues. of each month. Call Cathy, (715) 479-3164. WATER AEROBICS — Classes at Lake Forest Resort every Tues. and Thurs. from 8:309:30 a.m. Call (715) 479-3251. WOODCARVERS — Northwoods Woodcarvers meet every Wed. at 1 p.m. at Kalmar Center in Eagle River. All are welcome. Call John Modjewski, (715) 479-6093. YMCA — The YMCA Pines Fitness Center is open for adults and youths grade six and older Mon.-Thurs., 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Sun., noon-4 p.m. Monthly, weekly and daily memberships available. Call (715) 479-9500. FIRST AID/CPR CLASSES — The American Red Cross offers various first aid, CPR and AED classes in Rhinelander. Call (715) 3625456. GED PREPARATION — Classes are available at Nicolet Learning Center, First Congregational UCC, Eagle River, Tues. from 2-6 p.m. and Thurs. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (715) 365-4455 or 1-(800) 544-3039. 11:30 a.m. at Riverstone Restaurant & Tavern in Eagle River. Call Charlie Eggers, (715) 479-1799. EAGLE RIVER AMERICAN LEGION — Post 114 holds its regular meeting the first Mon. of each month at 6 p.m. in Eagle River. Call (715) 479-3983 or (715) 477-0581. EAGLE RIVER CHAPTER OF THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR — Meets the first Tues. of every month at 7:30 p.m., 610 E. Division St., Eagle River. Call (715) 4798646. EAGLE RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Meets the last Mon. of each month at 1 p.m. at 519 Sheridan St., Eagle River. Call (715) 479-2396. EAGLE RIVER MASONIC LODGE — Meets at 7 p.m. the second Tues. of each month at 610 E. Division St., Eagle River. Call (715) 479-8646. EAGLE RIVER VFW AND AUXILIARY — Joint meeting the fourth Thurs. of the month at 6:30 p.m. at 624 W. Pine St., Eagle River. GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS — Meets every Wed. at 7 p.m. at Lac Vieux Desert Transfer Station Road in Watersmeet, Mich. GRIEF SUPPORT — A Time to Mourn, a free support group open to any adult who has suffered a loss. Meets the second Thurs. of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. at Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff. Call Connie DeBels, bereavement coordinator for Dr. Kate Hospice, at (715) 356-8805. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP — Side By Side, a free grief support group open to everyone, meets the third Thurs. of each month at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Eagle River. Call (715) 479-8704. HUMANE SOCIETY OF VILAS COUNTY — Meets the first Tues. of each month at 7 p.m. at the Vilas County Animal Shelter. JAYCEES — The Eagle River Area Jaycees meets the second Tues. of each month at 6:30 p.m. Call Michelle at (715) 617-6384 or Cheryl at (715) 617-0265. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS — Knights of Columbus meets the first Wed. of each month at 7 p.m. in Eagle River. Call (715) 479-4476. KNITTING CLUB — Northwoods Knitters and Purlers meet at 12:30 p.m. the fourth Mon. of each month at Woodruff Town Hall. Call Carol Clauser, (715) 453-8055. LAKELAND ART LEAGUE — New members and visitors welcome. Call Arlene, (715) 2721168. LIONS CLUB — The Eagle River Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wed. of each month. Call (715) 479-2666. LIONS CLUB — The Three Lakes Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Mon. of each month at Oneida Village Inn. Call (715) 546-3493. MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP — Meets the fourth Tues. of each month at 1 p.m. at Medical Arts Building on Hospital Road, Eagle River. Diane Bluthardt, facilitator. Call (715) 362-7779 or (715) 479-3625. MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP — All Things Military meets the second Mon. of each month at 7 p.m. at Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River. Family members and friends of military personnel are welcome to attend. Call Scott Jensen, (715) 479-3631. MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS — Meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wed. of each month at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River. To register, call Lisann Snedden, (715) 479-1946. MUSIC BOOSTERS — The Northland Pines Music Boosters meet the second Thurs. of each month during the school year. Call Brandon Bautz at (715) 479-4473, ext. 0802. MUSKIES INC. — The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. meets the first Wed. of most months at Eagle River Inn & Resort. Call to confirm. Business meeting at 7 p.m., guest speaker at 8 p.m. Nonmembers welcome. No charge. Call Scott at (715) 891-6133. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (NA) — Keep It Simple meetings are held every Thurs. at 6 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ,105 N. 1st St., the corner of 1st and Division streets, Eagle River. (866) 310-9077. NEW-YOU-CLUB — Meets at 8:45 a.m. Thurs. at Headwaters State Bank in Land O’ Lakes. Call Elsie Conant, (715) 547-6015. NORTHWOODS ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN — Training sessions are held the third Mon. of each month from 6-8:30 p.m. Sessions will be credited toward continuing-education hours for child-care providers. Call 1-(800) 470-5833 or (715) 479-0337. NORTHWOODS NEEDLEWORKERS — Meet the second Wed. of each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cloverland Town Hall. Call (715) 479-7850, (715) 477-2579 or (715) 545-2664. QUILTERS — Cranberry Country Quilters Inc. meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Mon. of each month at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River. New members welcome. Call (715) 479-4302. QUILTERS — Eagle River Kreative Quilters meet the second and fourth Mon. of each month at Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River. ROTARY CLUB — The Eagle River Rotary Club meets every Mon. at noon at Eagle River Inn. Visiting Rotarians are welcome. THREE LAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN THE NORTHWOODS — Meets Tues. at 8 a.m. at the arts center. Call Marie Moore, (715) 546-2299. THREE LAKES GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — Meets the fourth Mon. of each month at Demmer Library at 1 p.m. Call Nancy Brewster, (715) 546-3391. TOASTMASTERS — Northwoods Toastmasters meet the second Thurs. of each month at 7 p.m. at Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River. Call Mike, (715) 479-8681. TOPS WI 87 — Meets Thurs. at Eagle River City Hall. Weigh-in from 5-5:25 p.m., meeting follows. All are welcome. Call Holly Schmucki, (715) 479-5426. TRI-COUNTY COUNCIL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT — Support groups for domestic violence and sexual assault meet weekly. Call (715) 479-2912, (715) 362-6841 or 1-(800) 236-1222. VFW MEETING — Eagle River Post 8637 meets the fourth Thurs. of each month. Joint meeting with Auxiliary at 6:30 p.m.; regular meeting at 7 p.m. Call (715) 479-8810. VILAS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS — Meets the second Thurs. of each month at 6 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Eagle River. Call Shirley Egan, (715) 4798820. VILAS FOOD PANTRY — Food pantry is open Wed. from 8:30-10 a.m. and the first and third Tues. of each month from 3:30-5:15 p.m. at 1542 Hwy. 45 N., at the north end of the Kalmar Senior Center in Eagle River. Call Pam at (715) 479-3388 or Jerry at (715) 4771165. WRITERS GROUP — The Writer’s Voice writers group meets the second and fourth Wed. of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River. Call Karin at (715) 479-5232.

AL-ANON — Meets Wed. from 6:30-8 p.m. in the main-floor solarium at Eagle River Memorial Hospital. Call (715) 628-0023. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — Closed meetings in Eagle River Mon. and Fri. at 7:30 p.m., First Congregational UCC. ; closed step meetings every Sun., 2 p.m., Land O’ Lakes Town Hall (rear entrance). Turning Point Group meetings every Tues., 7:30 p.m., Community Church annex, Hwy. K; 7:30 p.m. St. Theresa Church in Three Lakes; and 10 a.m. Sat. at Holy Family Church in Woodruff. Closed meetings are held at St. Germain Community United Church of Christ every Thurs. at 7 p.m. and in the Newbold Town Hall every Wed. Call (715) 367-7920 or (715) 4798475. Web site: BOOK CLUB — Olson Library Book Club meets the first Thurs. of each month (except July, Aug. and Dec.) from 7-8:30 p.m. Call (715) 479-8070. BOY SCOUTS — Boy Scout Troop 601 meets every Tues. in Eagle River at 6 p.m. Call Kay Tulppo, (715) 479-7409. CELEBRATE RECOVERY® — Presented by Birchwood Community Church. Meets every Thurs. at 6 p.m. at 115 Division St., Eagle River. (715) 891-1946. CHRISTIAN COALITION — Meets the last Tues. of each month at 7 p.m. at Donna’s Cafe in Eagle River. Call Jeff Hyslop, (715) 479-4066. CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS SUPPORT GROUP — Sponsored by the Vilas County Commission on Aging, meets the second Tues. of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Kalmar Center in Eagle River. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP — Meets the first Wed. of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. in the lower level of the Land O’ Lakes library. Call Mery Krause at (906) 544-2554. DOLL CLUB — The Enchanted Doll Club meets the third Sat. of each month at 1 p.m. at Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River. Call Judy Wainwright, (715) 479-7132. EAGLE RIVER GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — Meets the fourth Thurs. of each month at 7 p.m. in the Northland Pines High School library in Eagle River. Call Sharon Rogers, (715) 8893157. EASY EAGLES — Meets every other Tues. at

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WEIGHT WATCHERS — Meetings are held Tues. at 5:30 p.m in Eagle River. Call 1-(800) 651-6000.

Mental Health Services, (715) 369-2994. MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH HOTLINE: Mothers in need of health and nutrition information, financial aid or advocacy can contact the hot line 24 hours a day at 1-(800) 722-2295 or Web site www. MOMS IN MOTION CLASS — Free classes for pregnant women or new mothers Tues. and Thurs. from 6-7:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. Call (715) 369-6522. NARCONON — Provides answers to drug addiction, free assessment, evaluation and referral services. Call 1-(800) 468-6933; Web site: NORTHWOODS AREA PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP — Meets at 10 a.m. the second Tues. of the month at Ascension Lutheran Church in Minocqua. Call Denny Leith, (715) 358-2207. SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP — Sponsored by Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. Meets Mon. from 4:30-6 p.m. in Rhinelander; Thurs., 23:30 p.m. in Rhinelander; Thurs., 5:30-6:45 p.m. in Minocqua. Call (715) 362-6841 Mon.Fri. from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP — Meets the third Thurs. of each month from 5-7 p.m. at Trig’s RiverWalk Center in Rhinelander. Meetings are free and open to the public. Call Sue Mackowski at (715) 275-5399 or Tina Werres at (715) 4993002. VISUALLY IMPAIRED — Transportation is available upon 24-hour advance notice by calling (715) 479-7450. Support group meetings are held at Kalmar Senior Center in Eagle River at 1 p.m. the fourth Tues. of each month. Call Marion, (715) 479-2312.

ACT NOW — Open to physically challenged people in wheelchairs. Call Alvin Weso, (715) 478-5120. ADVANCE HEALTH-CARE PLANNING WORKSHOPS — Meets first and third Fri. of each month at Medical Arts Building, 150 Hospital Rd., Eagle River. For reservations and/or information, call (715) 479-0375. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP — Held at Lillian Kerr Nursing Care & Rehabilitation Center in Phelps. Call Laura Javenkowski, (715) 545-2589. NORTHWOODS ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP — Meets at 1:30 p.m. the first Thurs. of each month at One Penny Place in Woodruff. Call Joan Hauer, (715) 892-0053 or (715) 356-6540. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — Meets the second Thurs. of each month at 10 a.m. at James Beck Cancer Center at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. Call (715) 361-2027. DAYBREAK ADULT CENTER — Provides relief to caregivers who have elderly persons living with them. Activities include social events, outings, noon meal and snacks. Meets Thurs. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Eagle River. Call (715) 617-0584. KIDS IN NEED — Confidential 24-hour hot line, 1-(800) 622-9120, to teens and their families. Call Mary Gadzalinski at Community

COMMUNITY DINNERS — Northwoods SHARE offers free community dinners the first and third Tues. of each month at Lincoln Town Hall in Eagle River. Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. Call Donna Goeddaeus, (715) 479-8244.

EAU CLAIRE — Four students graduated from UW-Eau Claire in graduation ceremonies held in December 2011. Lynn Ayers earned a bachelor’s degree in social work, education and human sciences; Nicole Pietila earned a bachelor’s degree in English, education and human sciences; and Kimberly Pluedeman earned a bachelor’s degree in English, arts and sciences; all of Eagle River. Sean Potter of St. Germain earned a bachelor’s degree in psycholoLIONS DONATE — The Eagle River Lions Club presented $500 to the Olson Memorial Library to expand the library’s large print and video materials. Ed Mittel of the Lions presented the check to Mickee Stuckemeyer of the library staff. --STAFF PHOTO

gy in arts and sciences. GREEN BAY — UW-Green Bay announced that the following students graduated during a commencement ceremony held in December 2011. Eagle River students included Christopher Wilhelm, who graduated cum laude and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, and Maria Zingler, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Andrea Myszka of Phelps earned a bachelor’s degree in human development.



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Fiddle contest slated Feb. 4
The Old-Time Fiddle Contest will take place at the 32nd annual White Pine Jamboree Saturday, Feb. 4, at Northwoods Banquet Center, located on Pueblo Drive in Rhinelander. Fiddlers may compete for cash prizes in Junior (age 12 and younger) or Unlimited divisions. Contestants in both divisions will be asked to demonstrate their musical abilities by playing two tunes – a slow tune such as a waltz or schottische, and a second old-time tune of choice such as Cajun, Acadian, Celtic, Appalachian, Scandinavian or other ethnic musical styles. Each contestant may be accompanied by up to two musicians. There is no admission or entry fee for contestants. The fiddle contest is part of the events scheduled for the Jamboree sponsored by WXPR public radio station. Doors will open for fiddle contest registration at 3 p.m. Participants should take their musical instrument and join an open jam session from 3 to 5 p.m. The fiddle contest will begin at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to watch and cheer. Following the contest, at approximately 7 p.m., The Mastodons, a traditional dance band, will perform. Food will be available as well as a raffle. Admission to the jamboree will be $15 for adults, $5 for children age 6 to 16 and children younger than 6 are free. A family pass (good for two adults and two children) also will be available for $35. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information or to register for the fiddle contest, call WXPR at (715) 362-6000.

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Red Cross to celebrate contributions
January is National Blood Donor Month, according to the American Red Cross. Throughout the month of January, the Red Cross will celebrate the contributions of millions of blood donors who give patients hope. Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the impact it can have on patients in need. The Red Cross has asked individuals to help maintain a stable blood supply by becoming a dedicated donor and encouraging others to give for the first time. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. A blood donation opportunity will be available Thursday, Jan. 12, from noon to 5 p.m. at Three Lakes Junior/Senior High School, located at 6930 W. School St. in Three Lakes. To donate or for more information, call 1-(800) RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit





ONE YEAR AGO For the sixth time in the past 10 years, a holiday thaw threatened the area’s tourism industry . . . Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) donated $10,000 to the Northwoods Alliance for Te m p o r a r y H o u s i n g . . . “Discover Wisconsin” host Stephanie Klett was named Wisconsin’s secretary of Tourism. FIVE YEARS AGO Critics of Interior Township’s plan to change zoning along the Bond Falls Reservoir in Michigan alleged that the township board violated open-meeting laws . . . A law went into effect allowing officers to issue citations, rather than warnings, for motorists violating the state’s child booster seat law . . . A $2 million Eagle River electrical substation on the southwest side of the city was completed and began operation. 10 YEARS AGO Three area school districts were granted more than $41,000 for computer education through the Technology for Educational Achievement Wisconsin program . . . Heating fuel prices were projected to drop as much as 40% for the winter . . . Warm The Children exceeded its yearly fundrasing goal by more than $1,500. 15 YEARS AGO The area construction boom hammered on as Vilas County reported only six less home start permits than the previous year’s record high and Oneida County home start permits were up by 7% . . . The Oneida County board was preparing to vote on a zoning ordinance that would effectively block the construction of dockominiums . . . Wisconsin Valley Improvement Co. reported that precipitation along the

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This postcard, circa 1930, features the Red Deer Cocktail Lounge at Gateway Inn in Land O’ Lakes.

HOLIDAY CAROLING — Students from Christ Lutheran School in Eagle River sang Christmas

carols at the M&I BMO Harris Bank in Eagle River prior to the holidays. --Contributed Photo

Direct Caregivers Conference set in Rhinelander Feb. 10
Anyone who provides longterm care to a relative or, friend, or as a professional is welcome to attend the sixth annual Direct Caregivers Conference Friday, Feb. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Northwoods Center on Nicolet College’s Rhinelander campus. In the past the conference was targeted mainly to professional caregivers working in skilled nursing facilities, community-based residential facilities, assisted-living facilities, home health and hospice. “This year we’ve expanded the focus to include anyone who provides care to family members or friends, as well as those who operate small adult family homes or provide supportive home care,” said Sandy Bishop, Nicolet College director of Workforce Development and a member of the Northern Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Network. The theme of this year’s conference will be Health and Wellness for Caregivers and Those They Serve. A highlight of the conference will be an awards ceremony to recognize caregiver excellence. Keynote speaker Molly Rose Teuke will present A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Your Brain on Your Side. Additional presentations will include What’s My Toothbrush Got To Do With It? by Daniel Gremban, DDS of Rhinelander Family Dentistry; Coping with Grief and Loss by Connie DeBels, bereavement coordinator, of Ministry Hospice Services; and Aging, Cognitive Impairment, and Dementia: Understanding the Changes by Christopher Koeppl, M.D., of Ministry Medical Group. The conference will be hosted by the Northern Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Network and Nicolet College. The network is a professional organization of long-term care providers, agencies and organizations who provide education and support to caregivers in a variety of settings. Early bird registration is $59 ($42.22, if age 62 or older) if enrolled by Friday, Jan. 20. After Jan. 20, registration is $64 ($47.22, if 62 or older). Continental breakfast, catered luncheon and conference favors will be included in the registration fee. Those who attend will receive up to 4.5 hours of continuing education credits and certificates of class completion. To register, contact Nicolet College at (715) 365-4493 or 1(800) 544-3039, ext. 4493. For more information about the conference, contact Nicolet College at (715) 365-4425, 1(800) 544-3039, ext. 4425 or

northern Wisconsin River Valley was 114% above normal for the previous month. 20 YEARS AGO St. Germain was preparing for an elector meeting to determine the fate of a proposed $1.2 million St. Germain golf course . . . Stateline Car Wash opened in Land O’ Lakes . . . Unseasonably warm weather had Derby officials working overtime to cover the track with a foot of ice for the Championship Derby the following weekend. 30 YEARS AGO A Sayner electrician was fined $569 and ordered to pay restitution for tapping into an underground electrical cable for four years and stealing more than $3,000 in electricity . . . A truck plunged through the ice on Thunder Lake with six passengers. All escaped after the owner was able to throw his two children to safety . . . Department of Natural Resources experts reported that crayfish had almost eradicated walleye populations on a number of northern Wisconsin lakes. 40 YEARS AGO Electors in the Eagle River school district were preparing to vote on a proposal to build a new grade school . . . Eagle River Lions Club reported that women’s

and junior events would be included in the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. 50 YEARS AGO An exchange student to Brookfield from Cape Town, South Africa visited the area. This was her first time seeing snow . . . Vilas County released a book on the conservation needs of the area. 60 YEARS AGO The Wisconsin AntiTuberculosis Association reported that Oneida County’s response to tuberculosis cases was among the best in Wisconsin . . . The Northernaire Falcons were fighting to stay afloat after a league vote that left them short of resources. 70 YEARS AGO Seven dogs in Eagle River city limits became unexpectedly ill; poisoning was suspected . . . The Vilas County Red Cross kicked off its war fund drive. 80 YEARS AGO Vilas County had the third-highest number of arrests for the month of November in Wisconsin . . . The Eagle River village board passed an ordinance banning anyone from operating a device that interferes with local radio communication.

Older adults may earn fitness prize
Active older adult members of the YMCA of the Northwoods will be rewarded for participating in wellness programs during the month of January, according to active older adult Coordinator Marilyn Duschl. Any member 55 years old or older who participates in a Y wellness program, exercise class or an educational program ten times during the month of January will earn a prize. Program coordinators stated that, in addition to the health benefits gained by participating in these activities, members will get in the habit of exercising regularly which will assist with continued improvement in health, fitness and well-being. This program will be offered at both the Eagle River and Rhinelander facilities. For more information, contact the Y at (715) 362-9622 or (715) 479-9500. receive a book to keep. A reader will read the story while the children with adults hold their books and follow along with the story. Crafts and activities will follow the story. Each book will include a reading activity sheet for further activities with the book or its theme. A list of the books and signup sheets for succeeding months may be viewed at the library. The library will offer storyhour programs every Wednesday from 10:30 to approximately 11:15 a.m. Adults and children are welcome. To sign up or for more information, call (715) 4798070 or stop at the circulation desk at the library.

AAUW to hold meeting Jan. 9
The next meeting of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be held Monday, Jan. 9, at The Brick Restaurant, located on Highway 47 in Lake Tomahawk. A social will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch to follow at noon. The speaker, Jana Hauer, curator of education at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, will base her speech on a philosophy of enhancing lives through art. For more information about AAUW or to make a reservation by Friday, Jan. 6, contact Joan Hauer at (715) 356-6540 or

Singer, songwriter to perform Jan. 7
WXPR 91.7-FM radio station and Nicolet Area Technical College will welcome Meg Hutchinson Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. to the Nicolet College Learning Resources Center theater in Rhinelander. Hutchinson is a songwriter who combines her raw storytelling folk style with strong earthy vocals and she has been deemed one of the great voices of the next generation of acoustic musicians, according to performance organizers. Originally from rural weste r n m o s t M a s s a c h u s e t t s, Hutchinson is now based in the Boston area. She has won numerous songwriting awards in the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom, including recognition from the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Billboard Song Contest and competitions at Merlefest, NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Telluride and Rocky Mountain folk festivals. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by contacting WXPR at (715) 362-6000 or
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First place: Marge and Jerry Baerenwald. Second place: Joyce Mogytych and Dan Del Ponte.
Bridge is played every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Boondocker’s Lounge at Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River and is open to the public. For information, call Ed Stoever, club manager, at (715) 362-8933.

Kalmar Center Senior Nutrition Meals
Highway 45 North Monday through Friday Serving at noon
Sponsored by Vilas County Commission on Aging

Reservations or cancellations need to be called in 24 hours in advance between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call Penny LaFata at (715) 4792633. Home-delivered meals are available based on eligibility. While there is no set fee for a meal, the suggested donation is $4 per meal. No one will be denied service because of inability to contribute. TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Herbed baked chicken Scalloped potatoes Asparagus Raisin bread Dessert WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 Spaghetti and meatballs Salad Garlic bread stick Angel food cake Strawberries FRIDAY, JAN. 13 Egg salad sandwich Split-pea soup Crackers Fruit Brownie All meals include 1% milk and coffee.

Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River has announced that the First Books for Kids program slated Wednesday, Jan. 11, will be “Where Do Kisses Come From?” by Maria Fleming. The program will run from 10:30 through approximately 11:15 a.m. The First Books organization has provided the library with 21 copies of each book to be read. The first 20 children who sign up with their adult companion will

Wisconsin’s Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides home heating assistance to eligible households. WHEAP heating assistance is a one-time benefit payment per heating season (October 1 through May 15). It is intended to help pay a portion of a household’s heating costs, not the entire annual cost of heating a home. The amount of heating assistance benefit depends on the household’s size, income and heating costs. Households with income at or below 60% of Wisconsin State Median Income (SMI) may be eligible for assistance. Households may be eligible if their gross income for the last three months is less than the amount shown below for your family size. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment at any Oneida County location or for more information, contact the Oneida County Department of Social Services at 715-362-5695 or toll-free at 1-888-662-5695. To schedule appointment at any of the Vilas County locations, contact the Vilas County Department of Social Services at 715-479-3668. Visit for outreach calendars and for more information on Home Energy Assistance. Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 THREE-MONTH GROSS INCOME $6,080.00 7,950.00 9,821.00 11,692.00 13,563.00 15,433.00 15,784.00 16,135.00 WHAT TO BRING
*Social Security cards for each household member *Fuel bills for heat and electric *Proof of all income received for past three months

YMCA offers incentives to join
The YMCA of the Northwoods wants to help individuals succeed in their New YearNew You goal and has offered several different options during January: — option one: New YearNew You special—Pay the date joiner’s fee. For example; join Jan. 3 and the joiner’s fee will be $3; — option two: The Y will give tours and a one-week trial membership; and — option three: Fit for Life,lifestyle change program applications are being accepted through Feb. 6. The Y offers a variety of programs and activities for individuals and their families. Scholarship programs are available. For more information, call (715) 362-9622 or stop by.

Tues. 1/10 Tues. 1/17 Tues. 1/24 Tues. 1/31 Arbor Vitae Town Hall, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Vilas Residents Lakeland Senior Center, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oneida Residents Arbor Vitae Town Hall, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Vilas Residents Lakeland Senior Center, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oneida Residents

Ministry offers free service
Ministry Home Care will provide free blood pressure checks the first Tuesday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Rhine Haus community-based residential facility, located at 1207 Mason St. in Rhinelander. The service will be provided the first and second Mondays of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, located at 436 N. Brown St. No appointment is necessary and there is no cost. For more information, call Ministry Home Care at 1(800) 643-4663.

*Income for people who are self-employed, farmers or seasonal workers is from a review of a 12-month income period.

Funding is provided by the Division of Energy in the Department of Administration. No qualified applicant for service of service participant shall be excluded from participation, be denied benefits or otherwise be subject to discrimination in any manner on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, religion, age, political belief or affiliation, disability or association with a person with a disability. 5980




JAN HINTZ (715) 546-2712



(Six Weeks 12/21/2011-1/25/2012) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 09-CV-306 ______________________________________________ Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, FKA Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP Plaintiff, vs. Thomas J. Porto and Jane Doe Porto Defendants. ______________________________________________ ADJOURNED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 1, 2010 in the amount of $123,564.89 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: ORIGINAL TIME: December 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ADJOURNED TIME: February 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold ‘as is’ and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: On the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River DESCRIPTION: BEING THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE IN VILAS COUNTY, STATE OF WISCONSIN; A PARCEL OF LAND IN THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER (SE 1/4 NE 1/4) OF SECTION TWENTY-FIVE (25), TOWNSHIP FORTY (40) NORTH, RANGE SIX (6) EAST OF THE FOURTH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN THE TOWN OF ARBOR VITAE, VILAS COUNTY, WISCONSIN, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS; COMMENCING AT THE S.W. CORNER OF THE SAID SE 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4 MARKED BY A 1 1/8" STEEL AXLE SHAFT, WITNESSED BY AN 8" JACK PINE BEARING S 43 DEGREES EAST 30.7 FEET, a 12" JACK PINE BEARING S 5 DEGREES E, 25.7 FEET, AND A 3/4" STEEL ROD BEARING SOUTH 16.5 FEET; THENCE EAST (SOLAR BEARING) 497.0 FEET; THENCE N 2 DEGREES 27’ 15" E, 26.3 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE HIGHWAY 70; THENCE SOUTH 87 DEGREES 20' 16" E ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE HIGHWAY 70,119.2 FEET TO A ONE INCH IRON PIPE; THE PLACE OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 02 DEGREES 39' 44" E, 300.0 FEET TO A ONE INCH IRON PIPE; THENCE S 87 DEGREES 20' 16” E, 300.00 FEET TO A ONE INCH IRON PIPE; THENCE S 2 DEGREES 39' 44" W. 300.6 FEET TO A ONE INCH IRON PIPE ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE HIGHWAY 70; THENCE N 86 DEGREES 48' 46" W, ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE HIGHWAY 70, 60.1 FEET TO A INCH IRON PIPE; THENCE N 87 DEGREES 20' 16" W. ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE HIGHWAY 70, 239.95 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. EXCEPTING THEREFROM ANY PORTION OF THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PREMISES USED FOR ROAD OR HIGHWAY PURPOSES. THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON BEING COMMONLY KNOWN AS 10822 STATE HIGHWAY 70 E. BEING THE SAME LOT OR PARCEL OF GROUND WHICH BY DEED DATED OCTOBER 15, 2001 AND RECORDED AMONG THE LAND RECORDS OF VILAS COUNTY IN BOOK 1002, PAGE 420 WAS GRANTED AND CONVEYED BY CALVIN R. SHUCHA AND RUTH M. SHUCHA, MARITAL SURVIVORSHIP PROPERTY, UNTO THOMAS J. PORTO. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 10822 State Highway 70 E Arbor Vitae, WI 54568-9705 DATED: December 2, 2011 Gray & Associates, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff 16345 West Glendale Drive New Berlin, WI 53151-2841 (414) 224-8404 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Gray & Associates, L.L.P. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 1904 $124,918.42, the undersigned Sheriff of Vilas County, State of Wisconsin, will sell at public auction in the front lobby of the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, Wisconsin, on the 19th day of January, 2012, at the hour of 2:00 p.m., on that day, all of the following described mortgaged premises, to wit: That part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (SW 1⁄4 NW 1⁄4), Section Sixteen (16), Township Forty-two (42) North, Range Seven (7) East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, Town of Boulder Junction, Vilas County, Wisconsin described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Section 16; thence on a bearing of South 19° 19' 48" East a distance of 1609.90 feet to a 11⁄4 inch iron pipe the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence South a distance of 333.61 feet to a 11⁄4 inch iron pipe; thence East a distance of 201.79 feet to a 11⁄4 inch iron pipe; thence North a distance of 319.10 feet to a 11⁄4 inch iron pipe; thence North 89° 04' 26" West a distance of 89.21 feet to a 11⁄4 inch iron pipe; thence North 83° 19' 43" West a distance of 113.36 feet to a 11⁄4 inch iron pipe the point of beginning. Reserving to the Grantor a 15 foot wide easement the centerline of which is described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Section 16, Township 42 North, Range 7 East, Vilas County, Wisconsin; thence South 19°19'48" East a distance of 1609.90 feet to a 11⁄4 inch iron pipe; thence South 83°19'43" east 15 feet to the point of beginning of this easement; thence South 5° West 154 feet; thence South 37° West 54 feet; thence South 06° East 30 feet; thence South 60° East 27 feet; thence North 76° East 87 feet; thence South 82° East 27 feet; thence South 56° East 66 feet; thence South 44° East 63 feet; thence South 86° East 26 feet. Property address: 10249 High Fishtrap Lake Road, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin 54512 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011. /s/ Frank Tomlanovich Sheriff of Vilas County, Wisconsin Walden, Schuster & Vaklyes, S.C. 707 W. Moreland Blvd., Ste. 9 Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188 Telephone: (262) 547-5517 TERMS: A down payment by certified check, cashier’s check or cash, in the amount of 10% of the total successful bid is required to be paid to Sheriff at the time of sale payable to the Clerk of Circuit Court. Balance of the successful bid must be paid to the Clerk of Circuit Court in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than 10 days after the confirmation of the sale by the court or the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold “as is” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. Purchaser to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax and recording fees. 1886

Three Lakes Senior Citizen Nutrition Menu
Reservations and cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. Phone Diana Kern, site manager, at (715) 546-2959. THURSDAY, JAN. 5 Chicken breast Parmesan-buttered pasta Sugar snap peas Wheat bread Diced pears Cookie MONDAY, JAN. 9 Boiled dinner with Ham, potatoes, carrots & cabbage Pineapple Roll Cake TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Herbed baked chicken Scalloped potatoes Asparagus Raisin bread Dessert

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH — Three Lakes Junior and Senior High School recently presented its December students of the month. Taking part in the presentation were, front row from left,

Monty Stebbeds, Ryan Rau and Havala Snyder; back row, Emerson Hegeman, Charlie Starke and Principal Bill Greb. Missing from the photo was Stephanie Pekoc. --Contributed Photo

What’s New at the Library?


Zimbeck to represent Oneida on FSA County Committee
Clint Zimbeck of the Three Lakes area was recently elected to a three-year term on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee to represent producers and landowners in Oneida County, according to Rhinelander FSA director Susan Hunter. Zimbeck grew up farming with his father, and spent 10 years during that time raising cranberries. He is a graduate of Tri-County High School in Plainfield, where he lived until 1990 when he moved to Cranmoor. Zimbeck and his wife, Diahn, have three daughters — Devin, 19, Carisa, 17, and Cheyanne, 10. He said he enjoys hunting and fishing. The new committee member worked at Lester Cranberry as assistant manager for five years; H.E. Querry Cranberry as manager for two years; Perry Creek Cranberry in Black River Falls as manager for one year; and he currently works at Thunder Lake Cranberry Marsh in Three Lakes, where he has managed for the past four years. He also served as a commercial truck driver for Swift Corp. and Unisource Co., both for five years. Zimbeck will join FSA County Committee members Todd Broullire representing Florence County, Robert Crocker Jr. representing Vilas County, David Bula representing Forest County and female advisor for the Rhinelander FSA Kathleen Wysocki. “A big thanks goes out to outgoing member Robert Evsich, who has diligently served on the FSA County Committee representing Oneida County producers for the past three years,” said Hunter. “His insight and knowledge of farming will be sorely missed on the committee.” Evsich has been involved in cranberry farming for more than 15 years and has been the manager of Sampson Cranberry Marsh in Three Lakes since 2002. The local FSA County Committee administers farm programs at the local level and helps decide the kind of programs their counties will have and how they are run. It also serves as a voting member on the local county Land Conservation Committee. The committees make decisions on payment yields, conservation programs, disaster programs when enacted by Congress, general program eligibility and hear and act on appeals from producers who have received notice of adverse decisions. The 2012 FSA County Committee members will hold an organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, before their regular meeting to determine the chairperson and vice chairperson for 2012.

The Demmer Library in Three Lakes recently added the following new nonfiction titles to its collection: “The Cupcake Diaries” by Katherine Kallinis and Sophi Kallinis LaMontagne, “Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture Is Good for the Economy, the Environment and Your Soul” by James Livingston and “The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America” by Tom Brokaw. The Friends of the Demmer Library used book sale is set for Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon in the lower level of the library. For more information or to request or renew books, visit the library at 6961 W. School St. in Three Lakes, visit the website at or call (715) 546-3391.

(Six Weeks, 11/30-1/4/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 10 CV 350 Case Code: 30404 - (Foreclosure), 30301 (Money Judgement), 31003 - (Replevin) ______________________________________________ RIVER VALLEY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER P. RUDAWSKI, individually and d/b/a NORTHERN CONTRACTING SERVICES, RENEE J. RUDAWSKI, Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE ______________________________________________ By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment entered in the above-entitled action on November 19, 2010, I will sell at public auction in the lobby of the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521, Wisconsin, in said county on January 19, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to wit: Lot 1 – Map No. 2004039 A parcel of land being part of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Section 22, Township 41 North, Range 10 East, Conover Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the North 1/4 corner of said Section 22, marked by a 3" diameter Vilas County aluminum monument in place; thence along the section line S 89° 09' 13" W for a distance of 1334.20 feet to an iron pipe marking the West 1/16th corner; thence S 00° 01' 53" W along the West line of the said NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 for a distance of 45.31 feet to an iron pipe on the Southerly right-of-way line of the town road known as Church Road; thence along said right-of-way line N 89° 10' 47" E for a distance of 190.00 feet to an iron pipe, the PLACE OF BEGINNING. Thence continuing N 89° 10' 47" E for a distance of 250.00 feet to an iron pipe; thence leaving said right-of-way line S 00° 01' 53" W parallel with the West line of the said NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 for a distance of 350.49 feet to an iron pipe; thence N 57° 03' 31" W for a distance of 297.75 feet to an iron pipe; thence N 00° 01' 53" E for a distance of 185.00 feet to the PLACE OF BEGINNING. Parcel ID Number: 008-1176-01 (the “Homestead Property”) Property Address: 4515 Church Road, Conover, WI 54519 TERMS OF SALE: 1. This is a cash sale. A certified check or bank draft in the amount of 10 percent of the amount bid must accompany the bid, with the balance due upon confirmation of sale by the Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. The property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the property. You are notified that we are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Dated this 28th day of November, 2011. /s/ Frank Tomlanovich Vilas County Sheriff John D. Leary Attorneys for River Valley Bank RUDER WARE, L.L.S.C. 402 Graham Avenue Post Office Box 187 Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702 Telephone: 715.834.3425 Facsimile: 715.834.9240 9605

Oneida Clerk of Court’s office accepting credit, debit cards
Consumers can now use credit and debit cards to make payment to the Oneida County Clerk of Court’s office for fines, forfeitures, bonds and fees using GovPayNetSM, according to Oneida County Clerk of Court Brenda Behrle. Also, using Gov$wipe, consumers who visit the office have the option to simply swipe any major credit or debit card to make payments on a wide range of obligations. “One of my goals when I first took office in January 2011 was to look at implementing a system whereby this department could accept payment by credit or debit card with minimal or no cost to the county,” said Behrle. “I’m proud to say that we actually took our first credit card payment in early November 2011.” There is no cost to Oneida County taxpayers for participation in the GovPayNet basic service, according to Behrle. “Consumers are charged a fee for the service, allowing processing fees to be eliminated from the budget while increasing our efficiency in receiving payments,” said Behrle. GovPayNet accepts major credit, debit and prepaid debit card brands, including MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express® and Discover®. “The consumer pays the fee for using the service,” said Mark MacKenzie, CEO of GovPayNet. “On the next business day, we reconcile the day’s payment with the clerk of court’s office and then electronically forward payment in full to the clerk of court’s bank account.” Payments can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week, online at or by phone at 1-(888)604-7888. Cardholders can make payments on their own behalf or on behalf of friends or family, needing only basic information about the payment and the pay location code 7163. The Clerk of Court’s office will accept credit and debit card payments in person during regular office hours Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Women’s club sets chili lunch for Jan. 18
The Three Lakes Women’s Club will hold its annual chili luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes. A social will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the chili lunch at noon. All members, their husbands and guests are welcome to attend. For reservations, contact Lois Grajkowski at (715) 546-4239 by Friday, Jan. 13. Attendees should take paper goods or nonperishable food items for the Three Lakes Christian Food Pantry.


(Six Weeks, 11/30-1/4/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 10 CV 350 Case Code: 30404 (Foreclosure), 30301 (Money Judgement), 31003 (Replevin) ______________________________________________ RIVER VALLEY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER P. RUDAWSKI, individually and d/b/a NORTHERN CONTRACTING SERVICES, RENEE J. RUDAWSKI, Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE ______________________________________________ By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment entered in the above-entitled action on November 19, 2010, I will sell at public auction in the lobby of the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521, Wisconsin, in said county on January 19, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to wit: Lot 2 – Map No. 2004039 A parcel of land being part of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Section 22, Township 41 North, Range 10 East, Conover Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the North 1/4 corner of said Section 22, marked by a 3" diameter Vilas County aluminum monument in place; thence along the section line S 89° 09' 13" W for a distance of 1334.20 feet to an iron pipe marking the West 1/16th corner; thence S 00° 01’ 53" W along the West line of the said NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 for a distance of 45.31 feet to an iron pipe on the Southerly right-of-way line of the town road known as Church Road, the PLACE OF BEGINNING. Thence along said right-of-way line N 89° 10' 47" E for a distance of 190.00 feet to an iron pipe, thence leaving said right-of-way line S 00° 01' 53" W, for a distance of 185.00 feet to an iron pipe, thence S 57° 03’ 31" E, for a distance of 297.75 feet to an iron pipe; thence S 89° 09' 13" W, parallel with the North line of said Section 22 for a distance of 440.00 feet to an iron pipe on the West line of the said NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4, thence along the West line of the said NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4, N 00' 01' 53" E, for a distance of 350.69 feet to the PLACE OF BEGINNING. Parcel ID Number: 008-1170 (the “Commercial Property”) Property Address: 4533 Church Road, Conover, WI 54519 TERMS OF SALE: 1. This is a cash sale. A certified check or bank draft in the amount of 10 percent of the amount bid must accompany the bid, with the balance due upon confirmation of sale by the Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. The property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the property. You are notified that we are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Dated this 28th day of November, 2011. /s/ Frank Tomlanovich Vilas County Sheriff John D. Leary Attorneys for River Valley Bank RUDER WARE, L.L.S.C. 402 Graham Avenue Post Office Box 187 Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702 Telephone: 715.834.3425 Facsimile: 715.834.9240 9606

(Six Weeks, 12/7-1/11/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 11-CV-261 ______________________________________________ PHH Mortgage Corporation f/k/a Cendant Mortgage Corporation, Plaintiff, vs. Benjamin R. Hoffman, Deborah J. Hoffman and United States of America, Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 11, 2011 in the amount of $118,628.31 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold ‘as is’ and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: On the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River DESCRIPTION: Lot 20 of the recorded Plat of Harmony Acres as the same is of record in Volume 9 of Plats, Page 11 and being a part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 27, Township 40 North, Range 6 East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, Town of Arbor Vitae, Vilas County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 11531 Harmony Ln Arbor Vitae, WI 54568-9208 DATED: November 11, 2011 Gray & Associates, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff 16345 West Glendale Drive New Berlin, WI 53151-2841 (414) 224-8404 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Gray & Associates, L.L.P. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 1889

Three Lakes Cable TV
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For highspeed Internet in Three Lakes, call

Three Lakes Christian Food Pantry
P.O. Box 125, Three Lakes, WI 54562-0125
Sponsored by: St. Theresa Catholic Church St. Kunegunda Catholic Church Union Congregational Church Three Lakes Evangelical Free Church Faith Lutheran Church Grace Lutheran Church Chapel in the Pines Seventh Day Adventist Church

Thanks to MDA research, the future looks brighter than ever.


The Pantry is open Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m. Three Lakes Town Office West School Street
Supported by: • Baker’s Three Lakes Foods • Feeding America • USDA • WERL/WRJO • Trig’s • Individual Contributors

(Six Weeks, 11/30-1/4/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 11CV85 30404 - Foreclosure of Mortgage ______________________________________________ CITIZENS BANK, Plaintiff, vs. MAURLEEN A. HEGEMAN, JOHN DOE Unknown Spouse of Maurleen A. Hegeman, Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled action on the 15th day of July, 2011, in the amount of


For further information, call (715) 479-5381





SHARON GIFFORD (715) 545-4008


2462 ST. LOUIS RD., PHELPS, WI 54554

JILL JAMES (715) 547-3930

LAND O’ LAKES A scrapbooking support group will meet for two Fridays, Jan. 6 and 13, from 1 until 3:30 p.m. in the art room at Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans Inc. (LOLA) Center for the Arts in downtown Land O’ Lakes. Mary Sethness will help participants complete photo album projects. The sessions are free of charge. Negative Space Drawing will be taught by LOLA resident artist Shirley Battin Thursday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. until noon at the LOLA Center for the Arts. This class will follow the class previously held on rightbrain drawing last October.


Phelps Senior Citizen Nutrition Center Menu
Lillian Kerr Healthcare Center by Rennes
Meals for seniors (60+) are served Mondays and Fridays at noon. Suggested donation is $4. Make reservations 24 hours in advance to Sandy Mutter at (715) 545-3983. Home-delivered meals available, based on eligibility. MONDAY, JAN. 9 Meatloaf Mashed potatoes and gravy Corn Chocolate cake FRIDAY, JAN. 13 Baked chicken Au gratin potatoes Green beans Blonde brownies Rye bread

Land O’ Lakes Senior Menu
Meals for seniors 60 and older are available Thursdays and Fridays at State Line Restaurant, 4072 Highway B. Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. For reservations, contact Kathy Niesen, site manager, 24 hours in advance at (715) 547-6071. THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Chicken cordon bleu Mashed potatoes Green beans Gelatin with mixed fruit FRIDAY, JAN. 13 Cheeseburger Oven french fries Brownies All meals served with fat-free milk, bread or rolls, margarine.

LOLA announces upcoming activities
The class is for all levels of drawing experience. The fee is $20 for adults and $10 for children older than 12 years old. For a supply list, visit To register, call Wendy at (715) 493-5361. Watercolor Wednesdays will be held every Wednesday in January, February and March from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Participants may take their paints to work at the Center for the Arts. An artist will be on hand to give hints, tips and help. No fee will be charged, but donations will be accepted.

Classifieds published here are those received too late for our Trader deadline, which is 10 a.m. Thursday.
FOR SALE: 2005, 18-ft. heavy-duty equipment trailer, 10,000-lb. capacity, $2,600. Excellent shape. (715) 891-4903. 2p-2214-42L FOR SALE: 1997 Toyota Rav 4. 4-wheel drive, 133,000 miles. Very clean and well maintained. Asking $4,300. Please call (715) 547-6123. 1p-2238-42 HELP WANTED: The Department of Transportation is currently recruiting for DMV Field Agents located at DMV Service Centers across Wisconsin. Starting salary is $14.393/hour, plus an excellent benefits package and career advancement opportunities. First deadline to apply is Jan. 13, 2012. For additional information and how to apply, visit and search Job Announcement Code # 1105899. 2c-2234-43L HELP WANTED: Part- or full-time kitchen help. MUST be able to work quickly and be dependable. Some weekends required. Please send résumé and/or letter of interest to: P.O. Box 22, Eagle River, WI 54521. 1c-2236-42 FUTILITY FARMS NATURAL, AWARDWINNING BEEF—Eagle River, Friday, Jan. 6 from noon to 2 p.m.; The Flour Sack, 348 W. Pine. Steaks, roasts, ground beef & more. Pork, chicken, lamb. NEW— hot dogs. (715) 447-5720. 1p-2235-42

In a photo caption last week publicizing a Phelps Elementary School visit to Lillian Kerr Healthcare Center by Rennes, a misidentification was printed. The caption should have read that, after singing carols, fourth-grader Jade Doppke gave center resident Dolores Harrington a Christmas card.
YAMAHA ENTICER SNOWMOBILES 1980 250 sgl. $750, 340 twin $850—both 1950 mi., exceptionally fine condition, one-owner garage kept. Strong runners. $1450 takes both. Sears 1979 tractor snowblower/mower in great shape. Recent go-over by local mechanic. Blower used only 2 seasons in 25 years. Wheel weights, skid chains. $500. Panasonic AE900U big-screen projector. Perfect shape w/spare bulb. Paid $2,200, yours for $450. Selling on eBay $450 to $850. Cigar humidor, 2 mo. old. Large, tiered, glass and mahogany w/lock. $95. Lowrey full-size console organ. Many bells and whistles. Needs minor work. $200 obo. 9 Kolbe windows, double hung. Like new, single pane. Ready for your project. $100 obo. Call (715) 547-6209. Cash only. 1c2239-42

RAFFLE WINNER — At the recent children’s Christmas program at Phelps School, Aaron Hickson, left, of Phelps won a 26inch, 21-speed Schwinn Range mountain bike valued at $250 to $300. Sponsored by the Phelps Historical Museum, the raffle generated $570 for the museum’s budget. Presenting the bicycle to Hickson was museum Vice President Joyce Spurgeon. --Photo By Sharon Gifford

EAGLE RIVER PROPERTIES, EAGLE RIVER, WI, EHO. Applications being taken for 2-bdrm. units. Must meet certain income limits for qualification of rental assistance. References, credit and criminal background checks required. Contact (715) 479-9688 or (218) 628-0311. 1708tfcL ST. JUDE THADDEUS NOVENA: May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude Thaddeus, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude Thaddeus, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day, on the ninth day your prayers will be answered. Publication must be promised. Thank you, Jesus and St. Jude Thaddeus, for prayers answered. 1p-2237-42

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young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorius Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942. Admission is free and popcorn will be served. New adult fiction releases at the library include the folowing: “Hidden Summit” by Carr, “McKettricks Luck” by Miller, “All Fall Down” by Hart, “Yoga Club” by Cooper, “Midnight Guardians” by King, “Chocolage Covered Murder” by Meier, “Bungalow” by Jio, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Chua, “Red Mist” by Cornwell, “Soft Target” and “Threadbare” by Hunter, “Vigilante” by Can-

Phelps Public Library will host movie afternoons the second Wednesday every month, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. The library will show Sarah’s Key, rated PG-13, and starring Kristin Scott Thomas. According to the movie description, in modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a

nell, “Future Perfect” by Brockmann and “Covert Warriors” by Griffin. New movie releases: “Apollo 18,” “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” “The Guard,” “Warrior,” “Catch 44,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “The Debt,” “Cowboys and Aliens,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “The Help” and “Friends with Benefits.” Phelps Public Library is open Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wed. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit or call (715) 545-2887.

CAXCA _____________ An old man in love is like a flower in winter. Portuguese Proverb

(Six Weeks, 12/21/11-1/25/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 11 CV 189 ______________________________________________ FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF EAGLE RIVER, Plaintiff, vs. Paul R. Biederman 2562 Highway 17 Phelps, WI 54554, Defendant. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE ______________________________________________ By virtue of and pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure filed on August 2, 2011, I will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, in the City of Eagle River, in said county, on: DATE: February 9, 2012 TIME: 2:00 P.M. all of the following described mortgaged premises, to wit: A parcel of land in the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NW 1/4 NE 1/4), Section Ten (10), Township Forty-one (41) North, Range Eleven (11) East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, Phelps Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin, more particularly described as follows: Starting on the East and West Section line 121.5 feet West of the Northeast corner of the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 10, Township 41 North, Range 11 East, as the STARTING POINT of the land to be described; thence continuing West 400 feet along said North boundary of said NW 1/4 NE 1/4; thence Southeasterly 368 feet; more or less, to the Northern boundary of the right-of-way of State Highway "17", at a point thereon which is 350 feet Southwesterly along the Northern boundary of said right-of-way, from a point that is due South of the Starting Point; thence Northeasterly along the Northern boundary of the right-of-way to a point due South of the Starting Point; and thence due North to said Starting Point. EXCEPTING THEREFROM that part described in Volume 306 Micro Records, page 391 as Document No. 166453. TERMS OF SALE: 10% down in cash or certified funds, with a minimum deposit of not less than $10,000, required at the time of sale made payable to the Clerk of Circuit Court, and the balance of the sale price to be paid within 10 days of confirmation of sale by the court. Failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. This property to be sold “as is” and subject all legal liens and encumbrances, and any delinquent real estate taxes, plus accrued interest, real estate taxes for the year of sale, and any special assessments, if any. Purchaser to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. /s/ Frank Tomlanovich, Vilas County Sheriff O’Brien, Anderson, Burgy, & Garbowicz, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff PO Box 639 Eagle River, WI 54521 1906 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 609 N Bond Eagle River, WI 54521-8401 DATED: December 1, 2011 Gray & Associates, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff 16345 West Glendale Drive New Berlin, WI 53151-2841 (414) 224-8404 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Gray & Associates, L.L.P. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 1905

(One Week, 1/4/2012) NOTICE OF LIQUOR, BEER AND/OR WINE LICENSE APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that the undersigned have applied for a license to sell at the premises described below in the town of Lincoln, Vilas County, Wisconsin, intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages as described in Chapter 125 of the Wisconsin Statutes subject to the limitations imposed by Chapter 125 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and all acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto, and hereby agree to comply with the laws, regulations, ordinances and resolutions, state, federal, and local, affecting the sale of such liquors if a license be granted the undersigned: Combination Class B Fermented Malt Beverage and Intoxicating Liquor Dirt Road LLC, Aaron Lifschutz, Agent, Michael’s Italian Restaurant at 1298 E. Dollar Lake Road Shelly D. Sauvola Clerk/Treasurer 1921

(One Week 1/4/12) DECEMBER 13, 2011 REGULAR MEETING COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EAGLE RIVER The regular monthly meeting of the Common Council of the city of Eagle River was called to order at 5 p.m. by Mayor Jeff Hyslop. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Roll call. Meadows, Burkett, Schaffer, Hendricks. Supervisors in attendance were Laux, Vander Bloomen and Brown. Motion by Meadows, 2nd by Hendricks to approve minutes of previous meetings. Carried. Approval of Class C Fireworks Permit for Friday Night Thunder at the Derby Track. Motion by Burkett, 2nd to approve by Hendricks to approve the fireworks permit with approval of chief of police of Eagle River. Carried. Plan Commission: Conditional Use Permit request by Nelson Ace Hardware Store at 606 E. Wall Street, Eagle River, Wis. for a 1,000 gallon liquid propane tank: Plan Commission did approve this. One neighbor was concerned about the possibility of odor. The Plan Commission did extensive questioning about this installation. Motion by Shaffer, 2nd by Meadows to accept the recommendation from the Plan Commission to approve this Conditional Use Permit. Carried. Presentation by Brian Holbrook of Birdseye Aviation of aerial photos of the city: Cost of $395 with black or oak fram. Next size 24x36 is $595. Motion by Schaffer, 2nd by Burkett to purchase the 24x36 with oak frame with a date plaque. Carried on the roll call vote. Hockey Capital of the World signs for the city: Discussion of signs similar to snowmobile capital of the world signs hung below the signs at the entrances to the city. Total of 4 signs would be needed. Motion by Schaffer, 2nd by Burkett to approve the addition of the 4 signs. Carried on roll call vote. Discussion of lighting sign by Burkett’s office and decorate the 3 spruce trees for Christmas next year. Approval of additional 2012-2013 poll workers. Motion by Hendricks, 2nd by Meadows to approve additional poll workers. Carried. Change of Agents for 1) Jessica LaackKucklahn for Pizza Hut-PH Hospitality. 2) Terry Marvin Citgo Quick Mart. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Schaffer to approve. Carried. Ordinance 509 Amending 58-3 Use of Firearms & 58-4 Throwing or shooting of arrows, stones & other missiles prohibited. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Meadows to pass Ordinance 509. Carried on roll call vote. Denial of sewerage backup claim from the Bridgewater Inn. Burkett explained he was on the City Council when the check valve was put in by the city. Discussion of city no fault insurance coverage. Valve was also put in White Spruce as there were sewer calls which always had grease as the cause. The White Spruce has added a grease trap. The denial closes the window for filing of a lawsuit. Motion by Hendricks, 2nd by Schaffer to deny sewerage backup claim from Bridgewater Inn. Carried on roll call vote. Approval of Golf Course 2012 budget. Carol Hendricks noted that the part time wages under golf pro was changed by the committee from $42,000 to $44,500. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Meadows to approve the Golf Course budget. Carried on a roll call vote. Approval of payment of the bills. Motion by Schaffer, 2nd by Burkett to approve payment of the bills. Carried on a roll call vote. Operator’s Licenses: J. Bittenbender, M. Bunge, S. Decker, S. Decker, B. Haring, M. Orth, M. Overholt, A. Raab, L. Spurgeon: Motion by Hendricks, 2nd by Schaffer to approve. Carried. Administrator’s Report: There will be another change on the handbook due to utility change. Golf Course Report: Discussion of newspaper article. Police Chief Report: No discussion. Letter from Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich informing the city that Vilas County will start billing us for calls when we do not have an officer on duty effective January 1, 2012. Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich explained he had learned the information he was given was grossly incorrect as far as calls. Would like to talk about this at the next meeting when he is more prepared. Mayor Hyslop explained our biggest question is that we have not asked for any special services and expect to be treated like any other resident who pays taxes to the county. Sheriff is under the understanding that they can bill us. Just want to bill us for shifts when there is no coverage in the city. Mayor Hyslop explained we will contest this billing and we have not asked for special treatment. Sheriff Tomlanovich suggested an informal meeting with council or our representatives. Burkett asked that there not be a meeting with the county without Mayor Hyslop present. He further explained that we have worked together for a long time and we understand the county budget restraints. We hope we can work well with the Sheriff Dept. Discussion with Chief of record keeping issues. Chief looked at records on mutual aid and they are on 149 calls and counting. We cannot go outside the city without a specific request. 2012 wages for Clerk/Treasurer Debbie Brown: 1% was discussed. Brown would also get the $1,000 stipend. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Meadows to give 1% increase. Carried on roll call vote. Golf Course employee contracts for Brad Missling, Ken Smith, Margo Rogers-Anderson. Per Joe Laux Margo Rogers-Anderson has reviewed this. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Schaffer to approve Margo’s contract as director of golf instruction. Carried on roll call vote. Ken Smith had some questions. He will be reporting to the council on a monthly basis. What will he be informing council of this will be discussed at a later date. Truck part is the same as last year. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Hendricks to approve greens superintendent contract. Carried on a roll vote. Brad Missling: Discussion of contract. Motion by Burkett, 2nd Schaffer to approve golf professional employment agreement. Carried on roll call vote. Restaurant lease is going to the committee and is just for the council information. Discussion of letter from Mayor to Golf Course Committee and the Mayor will schedule a meeting in January to discuss the role of the Golf Course Advisory Committee. St. Closing/Temporary Sign/Amplification/Display of Goods Permits: 1) AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile apparel & souvenir store for all of 2012 2) AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby January 19-22, 2012 3) Classic Vintage Weekend January 12-15, 2012 4) GNSS Sno Cross Race February 25-26, 2012 5) GNSS Sno Cross Race March 3, 2012 6) La Batt Blue Pond Hockey reception February 10-12, 2012 Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Schaeffer to grant permits for 2, 3, 4 and 6 as presented. Carried. Chief Vander Bloomen will check with Klondike Board on the March 3 event. Public comments: Sally Ayers, member of the Golf Course Advisory Committee explained she understands the reasoning for taking back the contracts but would like the explanation for the change and committee members should have an explanation of why things were changed. We are one of the few public courses making money in the area. She is at a loss as to why the management system was changed. It is in both contracts that they supervise the starters and other workers. Change also increased the amount Brad will pay the city. Margo’s contract uses city workers at no cost to her-range balls and range pickers. Why was decision made when we had a well running golf course. Motion by Schaffer, 2nd by Meadows to adjourn to closed session according to Wis. Statute 19.85 (1)(C) considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. (E) Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. A) 2012 wages for A.F.S.C.M.E. Dept. of Public Works and W.P.P.A.-City Hall Union B) Approval of conditional offer for new police officer C) 2012 contract for Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen D) 2012 contract for City Administrator Joe Laux E) Approval of 2012 contract with the W.P.P.A.-Eagle River Police Dept. Carried on roll call vote. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Hendricks to return to open session to act on matters discussed in closed session if any action is necessary. Carried on roll call vote. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Meadows to authorize Chief Mark Vander Bloomen to make a conditional offer of employment to new police officer. Carried on a roll call vote. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Schaffer to authorize the $1,000 stipend for Joe Laux and Mark Vander Bloomen. Carried on a roll call vote. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Meadows to direct city attorney to draft contracts for Joe Laux and Mark Vander Bloomen. Carried on roll call vote. Motion by Hendricks, 2nd by Schaffer to approve 2012 contract with the W.P.P.A.-Eagle River Police Dept. Carried on a roll call vote. St Permits: 1) AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile apparel & souvenir store for all of 2012 Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Meadows to allow music at the souvenir store at the Chief’s discretion for 2012. Carried. 5) GNSS Sno Cross Race March 3, 2012: Using south end of race track and will not affect Klondike Days. Very few participants per Todd Achterberg. No conflict with Klondike except for when they leave. He will instruct trailers to go thru Derby parking lot to leave. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Schaffer to allow the permit for the GNSS Sno Cross without using Pleasure Island Road for exiting. Carried. Motion by Burkett, 2nd by Schaffer to adjourn at 6:45 p.m. Carried. Debra A. Brown WCMC-CMC-CMTW, Clerk-Treasurer 9945

(Six Weeks, 12/28/11-2/1/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 11-CV-169 Case Class: 30404 ______________________________________________ FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF EAGLE RIVER Plaintiff, vs CLIFFORD J. OLSON and CITY OF EAGLE RIVER Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-captioned action on August 3, 2011, the undersigned Sheriff of Vilas County will sell at public auction at the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, City of Eagle River, Vilas County, State of Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 2:00 in the afternoon, on that day the mortgaged premises described by said judgment to be sold and therein described as follows: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot Seven(7) and the West 23.67 feet of Lot Eight (8), Block Four (4) of C.L. PERRY'S THIRD ADDITION to the City of Eagle River, situated in Government Lot Four, Section Twenty-eight, Township Forty North, Range Ten East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, City of Eagle River, Vilas County, Wisconsin, as recorded in Volume 1 of Plats, page 14. Per survey by Genisot and Associates dated December 30, 1977. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 315 Illinois Street, Eagle River, Wisconsin TERMS OF SALE: Cash; down payment required at the time of Sheriff’s Sale in the amount of 10% by cash, money order, cashier’s check or certified check made payable to the Vilas County Clerk of Courts; balance of sale price due upon confirmation of sale by Court. Property to be sold “where is,” “as is.” Sale subject to all real estate taxes, accrued and accruing, special assessments, if any, penalties and interest. Purchaser to pay the cost of title evidence. Dated this 16th day of December, 2011 at Vilas County, Wisconsin. /s/ Frank Tomlanovich, Vilas County Sheriff Vilas County, Wisconsin Keith K. Kost Plaintiff’s Attorney ECKERT- KOST, LLP P.O. Box 1247 Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501-1247 (715) 369-1624 ECKERT - KOST, LLP IS THE CREDITOR’S ATTORNEY AND IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON ITS BEHALF. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 1920


(Six Weeks, 12/28/11-2/1/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 10-CV-21 _______________________________________________ JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association, Successor by Merger to Chase Home Finance, LLC Plaintiff, vs. Arthur D. Hruska, Jennifer L. Hruska and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as a nominee for Lender, Citibank Federal Savings Bank Defendants. _______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE _______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 13, 2010 in the amount of $164,997.35 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier's check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier's check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court's confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold 'as is' and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: On the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River DESCRIPTION: The North 462 feet of the East 462 feet of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section Sixteen (16), Township Thirty-nine (39) North, Range Ten (10) East, Town of Lincoln, Vilas County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 305 Sundstein Rd Eagle River, WI 54521-9264 DATED: December 16, 2011 Gray & Associates, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff 16345 West Glendale Drive New Berlin, WI 53151-2841 (414) 224-8404 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Gray & Associates, L.L.P. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 1918


(Three Weeks, 1/4-1/18/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY — PROBATE — Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Deadline for Filing Claims Case No. 11-PR-86 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LYDIA VACLAVIK. DATE OF DEATH SEPTEMBER 11, 2011. A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth August 7, 1921 and date of death September 11, 2011 was domiciled in Vilas County, State of Wisconsin, with mailing address of 11612 Sherwood Lane Arbor Vitae, WI 54568. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard at the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River, Wisconsin, before Circuit Court Judge/Circuit Court Commissioner Neal A. Nielsen, on 2/14/2012 at 9:00 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 13, 2012. 3. A claim may be filed at the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River, Wisconsin, Probate Branch. 4. Heirship will be determined at the hearing on petition for final judgment. 5. Publication of this noticce is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. BY THE COURT: /s/ Neal A. Nielsen III Circuit Court Judge December 21, 2011 John C. Houlihan Houlihan Law Firm, S.C. P.O. Box 630 Minocqua, WI 54548 (715) 356-1422 Bar Number 1016296 1922


(Six Weeks, 12/21/11-1/25/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 2011-CV-202 ______________________________________________ SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. Joshua J. Arndt, Lisa Kelly a/k/a Lisa Arndt, Howard Young Health Care, Inc., Discover Bank and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as a nominee for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 26, 2011 in the amount of $117,694.62 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier's check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier's check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court's confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold 'as is' and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: On the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River DESCRIPTION: Lots 19 and 20, Block 4, of the Recorded Plat of Lake Park Addition to the Village (now City) of Eagle River, said Plat being a Subdivision of part of Government Lot 8, Section 28, Township 40 North, Range 10 East, Vilas County, Wisconsin, as the same appears of record in Volume 3 of Plats, Page 21 and the West Half of the Vacated Alley, adjacent thereto, as described in Volume 836 Micro Records, Page 299.


Vilas County, Wisconsin, is now taking applications for limited-term employment Highway Department truck drivers. This position serves to fill the needs of highway maintenance during periods of peak demand, in particular snowplow driving during the winter months. This position requires the availability of working 24/7/365, as needed. There may be required extensive flexibility in hours. Starting pay range is $17-$21/hour, dependent upon experience. No benefits, except those required by law, are associated with this position. Qualifications: CDL Class B-D is required with air brake. Prior experience operating a snowplow is highly desirable. Application materials may be obtained (and returned) from the Vilas County Human Resources office, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521; (715) 479-3797 or by e-mail to, or from the county’s website, Applications must be received no later than noon on Jan. 13, 2012. Vilas County is an equal opportunity employer. 9574

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NEWS-REVIEW With so many nice people, why so much hatred?
ONE OF THE things that impresses most of us as we grow older is how many nice people there are in this world. Even people we used to find annoying or downright irritating don’t seem to bother us so much. We discover that many of the ones we didn’t particularly like really aren’t as bad as we thought. Maybe you and I are a little smarter than we used to be? We have begun to understand why prickly pears are prickly and now make allowances for it. Other people appreciate the change in the way we react to them and it makes them more friendly toward us. Taking this tack, we have found, makes for smoother sailing. Life becomes friendlier and more enjoyable. You learn to forgive and forget. Those who don’t learn this miss out on the warmth and friendships they might enjoy. Everyone basically wants the same things. They want to support themselves, their families and to live without fear. They want a healthy family. The world news always seems to be all about strife, turmoil and hatred. The national media tells us about the troubles in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Haiti, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea and the financial mess in Europe. Why does there need to be so much violence and turmoil?

People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt
There should be ways for all to get along. My guess is, if you take any traditional family (husband, wife and children) and ask them what it is they want, they would all give the same answer. They want a safe place to call home, they want enough food to eat, work that means something, good health and hopes of a better future. This would satisfy 95% of the people in any country in the world. It is the other 5% who cause the trouble. * * * A FRIEND returned from a holiday visit to New York City recently. As he rode the subway, he saw a priest sit down beside a poor man who was busy reading a newspaper. The little old man looked over his paper and asked the priest, “How is it you get arthritis?” Thinking this was an opportunity to straighten this poor soul out, the priest told him you get arthritis by being greedy for money, liquor, wild women; living an immoral life; not going to church; living in sin; and not praying enough. The little old man nodded and went back to reading. The priest asked him why he wanted to know and was told he was reading in the paper that the Pope has arthritis and was just wondering! * * * WHAT’S GOING on here? The concept that all people in America should be treated equally is being challenged in the legal courts, and in the courts of public opinion, nearly every day. And, it seems our government is arguing against the concept. The liberals are saying: “If all people are being treated equally, then some are being discriminated against.” In affirmative action cases, minority groups contend they cannot be treated equally. They need special considerations to be treated fairly. With logic like that, it’s no wonder we’re in the mess we’re in! * * * DID YOU MAKE any New Year’s resolutions? Have you already broken them? Don’t


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Here’s some Cheers, Jeers for the year we left behind
CHEERS to Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett for the effective, accurate arguments that convinced Gov. Scott Walker and legislators to increase Tourism spending by 50% in the next two years — proven in past studies to provide up to a fourfold return in business, jobs and tax revenues. CHEERS to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for making a fourth attempt to remove Wisconsin’s more-than-recovered wolf population from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act; and JEERS to the animal rights groups that so consistently file lawsuits challenging the state’s right to manage wolves. CHEERS to the town of Three Lakes for its progressive efforts to attract communications companies that have expanded broadband options for its residents. Currently, 80% of town residents have six or more high-speed options. JEERS to former county board leaders Charlie Rayala and Kathleen Rushlow for insensitive comments toward public union workers, showing they can’t separate hardworking employees from political debate. JEERS to state legislators who acted hastily on legislation that will delay the implementation of hunting and fishing regulation changes from two years to four years — an unacceptable delay that could harm natural resources. CHEERS to the Eagle River Golf Course for putting $70,000 in profits into city coffers during a year when many golf courses were struggling. CHEERS to the U.S. Forest Service for attempting to simplify a cumbersome planning process that takes too much time and leaves land management decisions open to costly, time-consuming litigation without merit. JEERS to the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources for caving in to political pressure with its two-year delay of the revised shoreland zoning guidelines in Administrative Chapter NR 115. These are virtually the same regulations that Vilas County has used successfully since 1999 to protect its water resources without infringing on property rights. CHEERS to all volunteers who spent time policing boat landings for aquatic invasive species (AIS) as part of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, as well as all volunteers who monitor lakes for invasives, water clarity, etc. JEERS to anyone who doesn’t remove all aquatic vegetation from boats and trailers before they leave the landing, which is thwarting efforts to prevent invasives from reaching the 95% of lakes that are still AIS-free. CHEERS to the volunteer clubs and trail groomers who keep our snowmobile and crosscountry ski trail networks among the best in the Midwest. CHEERS to the Vilas County committees that voted to prevent all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from using high-traffic, high-speed county highways as routes; and JEERS to all motorized vehicle operators who don’t appreciate the privilege of trail systems by staying on them.

give up, take a do over and get back on track. For those seeking a challenge, here are a few goals to set for yourself. Start 2012 by promising yourself: — to be strong, that nothing can disturb your peace of mind; — to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet; — to make all your friends feel that there is something in them that is valuable; — to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true; — to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own; — to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the achievements of the future; — to wear a cheerful expression at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile; and — to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. These are all doable. You’ll notice they don’t require you to stop eating, drinking or sacrifice guilty pleasures. They don’t require you to exercise or lose any extra weight, even if that might be a good idea! If you can keep these promises for the year, 2012 will be a rewarding one for you, and for all those people you come into contact with as you travel life’s journey.

Rock Doc
More electric power
LIVE LONG enough, you see everything. Such were my thoughts as I studied the news reports that GM plans to build an electric Cadillac patterned on the same twist of hybrid technology used in the Chevy Volt. The Chevy Volt went on sale last December, and it’s poised to be available in increasing numbers soon. It’s an interesting blend of an electric car and a gasoline one. You plug in the Volt to charge its battery, and at first the car then runs as a purely electric vehicle. You can get through a lot of your daily driving entirely on that electric charge — from 25 to 50 miles — based on the lithium-ion battery. Running a car on an electrical charge is an economical way to enjoy the open road because kilowatt-hours cost only a fraction of the energyequivalent of gasoline. We pay a lot for our petroleum products: gasoline, diesel and jet fuel (aka kerosene). Subbing electrical current for petroleum makes economic sense when we can do it. Only if you drive beyond the purely electric range of the Volt vehicle does a gas engine kick in. The gas motor doesn’t power the wheels, it’s simply a generator that charges the battery so you can drive across the state, filling up as you go as per usual in a regular car. In a lot of respects, this is a winning combo of features; the Volt is the most fuel-efficient compact car currently on the market as measured by EPA figures. GM is now doubling its bet with this sort of hybrid technology by planning a Cadillac coupe that will have the same technology as the Volt. Rumors are the Cadillac ELR will be available starting with the 2014 model year. GM also may be headed to building a fully electric subcompact car, one that will never use gasoline. That car To ROCK DOC Pg. 19

With additional snow, trails improving here

With 4 inches of snow in the North Woods last Saturday night and Sunday morning, snowmobile trails are open and being groomed. These sledders toured the Eagle River area Sunday, crossing the bridge along Highway 70 at Watersmeet Lake just west of the city. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

To snow or not to snow
WINTER IS HERE. Finally. If you like snow blown on northers straight from the Arctic, and temperatures dangling down near zero in the morning, then you have gotten what you wanted — for a few days anyhow. The heavier white stuff may not have gotten here in time for a lot of businesses who badly wanted and needed it through Christmas week, but as is the case with most things in life, better late than never. Weather is, despite the current temperature, a hot topic around here where snow is considered white gold and, when we don’t get enough of it early enough, the talk always turns to global warming, El Niño, El Niña and anything else that has to do with the perceived disruption of longtime winter pat-

Trails & Tales
By Will Maines
terns in the North Woods. Having been here long enough to know that winter can be more fickle than a woman in a dress shop — or a man in a sport shop — I won’t argue the merits of global-warming debates, but I will state categorically that there is nothing really strange about the way this winter has started. For years, I have told my kids all about the old days when I walked 10 miles to school every day — uphill each way — holding onto telephone wires so as not to

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Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.

sink into 10-foot snowdrifts, but the truth is that even back in the old days of the 1950s and ’60s there were years when we had little snow and less than our share of below-zero weather. I have no written record to pin it down, but I do remember a year in the ’60s when my dad and I were still cutting firewood in late December, driving logging roads and carrying loads of oak out of woods that were covered with nothing but brown leaves. It seemed like we always had at least a little snow for tracking and dragging during deer season in late November, but in truth there were years when the woods were as brown as a deer’s hide. On the other hand, I recall a year in the late ’60s when I To MAINES, Pg. 19




OP-ED/READER OPINION America faces challenges Maines 18 FROM PAGE
Letter to the Editor: As has been the case for the past few decades, the vast majority of professional politicians believe that the citizens of America do not deserve a chance at self-government. It is suggested that we genuinely do. What we experience and participate in today is no longer reflective of a fully selfgoverning society. With small- to mediumsized protests occurring across America and in Europe, where some violence has taken place, it is obviously the right time to recognize that our governmental branches need to evolve to a level in which the government supports the direction that our particular society (along with a few others around the globe, as well) wants to go, versus tolerating an over-reaching national government that insists on being in control of the general populace 100% of the time. Another great challenge for us today is not what we can do for our country, but rather what we can do for ourselves and our communities that will lessen or eliminate the societal damage that is presently being caused by high-level politicians and midlevel bureaucrats that are largely unseen. We need to consider a new method of thinking and comprehension, which will in turn increase our awareness of wisdom and how it can provide inspiration for ourselves, our great country and, last but not least, all of humanity. Ray Gattavara Auburn, Wash. came home from college for semester break in mid-January, and along with a couple other guys shoveled roofs for extra cash. On one job I remember we reached the roof of a restaurant by using ladders, but got down by climbing up off the roof and sliding down piles of snow we had created. The year after that I remember shoveling Mike Froelich’s roof on the north side of Plum Lake just after Christmas. On the day of that shoveling job I never got my old ’63 Rambler home without an unplanned stop. It had been snowing heavily all afternoon, to the tune of a foot or so, and about halfway through the four-mile drive home enough snow packed up under the hood to push the fan belt off its pulleys. In the dark, without a flashlight, I tugged and cussed, pried with a stick, cussed some more and finally got the belt back on so I could get home. There were several winters of that ilk in the “old days,” years when we would be out on snowshoes as early as February cutting browse along or in swamps and pine thickets where starving deer were holed up and trapped. Then again, there were years in the ’60s that hastened the demise of local ski hills like Mus-Ski Mountain. During those years snowfall was sparse, and ski hills with no snowmaking equipment, which included all of them around here, lost too many weeks and too many skiers to continue making a go of it. Then again there were years like the winter of 1969’70 when snow came early and often. That was the year I transferred from WSU-Stevens Point to WSU-Eau Claire. I made a new friend that fall, Digger, and I introduced him to hunting. We shot partridge, squirrels and woodcock, and in Novem-

Shame on you, Scott Walker!
Letter to the Editor: The impetus for the recall effort seems so clear to me. First, there’s the issue of teachers benefits and the teachers union’s ability to demand school districts pay above fair market value for their health benefits. Of course, teachers should get a better deal than schleps like nurses and emergency medical technicians who do no more than just save lives, or those who make sure we have electricity and heat, or work in the private sector providing services or producing goods that we all use. After all, teachers are special — and especially so in Wisconsin, considering a recent study ranked our teacher quality as 34th in the nation. After all, 34th is better than 50th. Shame on you, Scott Walker, for not recognizing that our teachers contribute so much more to our society than the rest of us. And we were right about teacher layoffs. Of course, the Republicans keep beating the drum about 70% of the layoffs occurring in school districts who hurried to not implement Walker’s reforms. Always trying to confuse us with facts and figures. Shame on you, Scott Walker! Then there’s the conceal and carry law. Are you kidding? Do we actually believe law-abiding trained citizens should stand a chance against a rapist or murderer (who doesn’t have a permit to carry, but does so anyway)? Don’t criminals have any rights in this state? Shame on you, Scott Walker! And what about the voter ID law? Come on! We all know the Democratic Party needs to fudge a bit on elections in order to wage a fair fight against those rich, greedy Republicans. Even if 4.6 million Wisconsinites already have IDs, and those remaining can get one for free, this just isn’t fair or right. Shame on you, Scott Walker. To all who want to read about what corporate greed has done to Wisconsin, check out “Downward Wisconsin” on If this doesn’t convince you, nothing will. Robert Vogt South Milwaukee and Conover

ber I brought him Up North for his first deer hunt. There was already about six inches of snow on the ground opening day, but six inches was just the beginning. We rose in the dark the second morning to find about 10 inches of fresh stuff had fallen during the night. Undaunted, we urged my Rambler — yep, still driving it then — to the Big Valley where we hunted several hours with snow continuing to pile up. We didn’t have to drag a buck, but we got plenty of exercise digging out of drifts about 10 times before we finally made the five miles back to my parents’ house. Since those years there have been winters of plenty — snow, that is — like the 1980-’81 winter when my wife and I built our house. By midJanuary I was slogging through over two feet of the stuff on snowshoes trying to pack a two-mile ski trail. Then came the winter of 1995-’96 which started out with me dragging a 192-

pound buck to my truck through several inches of snow on opening day in November. The snow never quit that year, nor the cold temperatures which had all of us fishing with tip-ups through the ice for not one, but two weekends in May when fishing season opened. So yeah, there were the good old days of real winters with tons of snow, and yet, something a lot of old-timers like me tend to forget, there were a number of winters with mild temperatures and little snow. OK, so we got off to a slow start this year with the snowfall thing, but who knows how we will end up? The bottom line is that we now have snow for skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, and maybe, just maybe, come April when snowdrifts are still six feet deep, we’ll be calling this year a winter just like those we had in the good old days. Let ’er rip.

Newspaper gives hope
Letter to the Editor: I just wanted to write to both encourage you and challenge you. Thank you so much for “The reason for the season is the Christ in Christmas” editorial. There is no other message that gives more hope than the love that God lavished on us. It’s a message for both prosperous times and times of adversity like many currently face. Thank you for taking the risk of offending a few, but blessing so many. And now for a heartfelt challenge. In your same editorial, you write, “We are told that how we receive that gift and what we do with that knowledge and grace, the year round, is central to Christmas.” There is not much in the paper year round in regard to issues of faith. I don’t believe I’ve seen a regular “faith perspectives” column by local clergy as some papers provide. Faith issues are news issues. How about bringing Cal Thomas back as a yearlong “gift” to your readers? I’ve got to believe the challenges and benefits of his column far exceed the Rock Doc. It sure would be a great way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year and continue to set apart your paper as the great one that it is. Bob Evensen Phelps and Sturgeon Bay

Delivering the passion to achieve


Recently, I visited the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. I watched as students in Mr. Roberts’ jazz vocal ensemble class sang their hearts out. These students clearly loved this class and, of course, they’re not alone. Many students love courses and extracurricular offerings that aren’t always counted as core subjects like reading and mathematics: things like sports, world languages, agriculture, science and civic engagement projects. What’s more, this enthusi-

asm pays off. A number of researchers have found that kids involved in sports, the arts, clubs and extracurriculars tend to develop more confidence and social skills, and achieve more after high school. It turns out nearly a third of students attending Harvard Law School were on their high school debate team. Students who pursue arts or music throughout high school score significantly higher on college entrance exams in reading, writing and mathematics. And so on. Is it any wonder? Looking back on our own school years, aren’t our proudest moments often the times we stepped out

of the child’s role and tried on something greater? It might be a shining moment on the stage or the field, a first taste of life as a chef or business manager, a team effort toward an engineering project or international experience, or a passionate drive to change your school, community or world. In other words, these classes and activities give our students an incredible gift: the chance to develop a passion for achievement. This may be the key quality for any adult, in any occupation or activity, anywhere: a passion for achievement. Motivation that gets you moving. We have our national consumption of petroleum and substitute electricity made largely by burning coal or natural gas and running nuclear reactors or hydroelectric dams. From where I sit, that’s likely a good diversification of energy for the transportation sector. I’m often amazed, almost awed, by the complexity of the machines that take us from Point A to Point B on a daily basis, usually running smoothly and delivering us safely to where we want to go. If you have anything like my peculiar interest in motors – those miraculous devices that convert heat to work or electrical current to movement down a road – the continuing story of the American fleet of vehicles is only getting more and more interesting. All of which reminds me that technology is an unfolding narrative of forward movement. I’m not saying technology is always a good thing in itself – naturally it

amazing students in Wisconsin. In Omro, some are working outside of school hours to raise money for an outdoor classroom. (It was the vision of their teacher, Bruce Fowler, who passed away this fall.) In Sun Prairie, hundreds of students came to the high school on a weekend to help create a video that showcased the school’s activities and spirit. Online, you can see the joy in their faces. Can we doubt there are students in Wisconsin for whom these special activities are the reason they feel at home at To EVERS, Pg. 20 matters how we use the technical progress offered up by engineers and scientists. But technology reads like a story, with each chapter more interesting than the last. In contrast, our ability to govern ourselves effectively and fairly doesn’t always reek of progress, or the odds that we treat the unfortunate among us more humanely just don’t seem to get better and better each year. Thank goodness for engineers and their work. They give us all something positive to focus on when the news is just a tad dark and depressing. Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a native of the rural Northwest, was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard. Follow her on the Web at and on Twitter @RockDocWSU. This column is a service of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University.

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would be in the same niche as the Nissan Leaf, introduced to the market recently. Although the thought of a hybrid Cadillac does make me feel my age a bit, it really isn’t as odd as it sounds. There are already hybrid SUVs and a few hybrid pickups lumbering down our streets. And in an interesting business development, Ford and Toyota just announced their plans to jointly develop a hybrid motor for larger vehicles. Hybrid pickups are going to become common, indeed, projected by some analysts to get 30-40 mpg by 2020. There’s an important difference between first generation hybrids that run on gasoline power and the newer Volt-type vehicles that can run mostly on electricity for their basic fuel. It’s this newer design that will decrease




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school, the reason they keep coming and trying at the core academic subjects? Unfortunately, some of these opportunities are disappearing from our schools. That’s partly because the federal No Child Left Behind law makes schools focus on a few basic subjects at the expense of everything else. It’s also because of funding cuts, like the ones in Wisconsin’s current budget. Nearly two out of every three Wisconsin school districts that responded to a survey this fall said they cut extracurriculars, sports or subjects other than reading or math, and a majority of districts reported they expect the same or worse cuts next year. If I could have one wish for 2012, it would be that we all support and prioritize our public schools, so students don’t lose the chance to experience learning opportunities that energize them. So that every child — every wrestler, every actor, every musician, every club president — can discover their passion for achievement. Tony Evers is the elected state superintendent of public instruction.

PrimeTimers plan dance for Jan. 14
The 15th annual Snowflake Dance will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at the St. Germain Community Center, located on Highway 155 in St. Germain. The Bill Hassey Orchestra will provide listening or dancing entertainment. The group has played at many locations in the area including Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino in Watersmeet, Mich. This band also includes Skip Wagner, who is widely known in the area for playing two trumpets at once as well as playing many other instruments. The community dance will be sponsored by the St. Germain PrimeTimers. There will be no cover charge. Food and beverages will be served. Everyone is welcome.

(Three Weeks, 11/30-1/4/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 10-CV-82 Hon. Neal A. Nielsen III Br. 1 ______________________________________________ RIPCO CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. JEFFREY J. ANDERSON PETER J. ANDERSON, III, Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovecaptioned action on January 6, 2011, in the amount of $176,421.59, the Sheriff or his assignee will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. PLACE: in the main lobby of the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521 DESCRIPTION: Lots Three (3) and Four (4), Block Three (3) of the Plat of LAKE PARK ADDITION in the City of Eagle River, Vilas County, Wisconsin, being a subdivision of part of Government Lot Eight, Section Twenty-eight, Township Forty North, Range Ten East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, City of Eagle River, Vilas County, Wisconsin, as recorded in Volume 3 Plats, page 21. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 610 North Dyer Park Street, Eagle River, WI 54521 TERMS: Cash; down payment required at the time of Sheriff’s Sale in the amount of 10% by cash, money order, cashier’s check or certified check made payable to the Vilas County Clerk of Courts; balance of sale price due upon confirmation of sale by Court. Property to be sold as a whole ‘as is’ and subject to all real estate taxes, accrued and accruing, special assessments, if any, penalties and interest. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the Sale upon Confirmation of the Court. Purchaser to pay the cost of title evidence. Frank Tomlanovich, Sheriff Vilas County, Wisconsin 1885 CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No.: 11-CV-360 ______________________________________________ CREDIT ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION 25505 West 12 Mile Road Southfield, Michigan 48034 Plaintiff, vs. GARY THOMPSON LISA MERKEL-THOMPSON 507 Minnesota Avenue PO Box 1183 Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521, Defendent(s). ______________________________________________ SUMMONS ______________________________________________ THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after December 21, 2011, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is Clerk of Court, Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521-8362, and to plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is One Corporate Drive, Suite 400, P.O. Box 1519, Wausau, Wisconsin 544021519. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: December 9, 2011 Daubert Law Firm LLC Attorneys for the Plaintiff /s/ Melissa A. Fitzgerald State Bar No.: 1060672 One Corporate Drive, Suite 400 P.O. Box 1519 Wausau, WI 54402-1519 (715) 845-1805 1903

Candidates file for town seats in spring election
Election papers have been taken out and returned with the required signatures to be on the ballot in the spring election for two positions on the St. Germain Town Board. Incumbent Bill Bates will run again for position one. As of last week, Bates was unopposed. Lee Christensen has decided not to run for position two. The position will be contested by Marv Anderson and Jim Anderson. They are not related. The positions are numbered for succession and do not represent areas within the town. The deadline for filing papers for both town and county supervisor seats was Tuesday, Jan. 3.

RINK READY — The St. Germain community ice rink and new warming shelter were put to use last weekend by the Dressler family of Brookfield and St. Germain. The warming shelter was built by the town’s volunteer firemen with materials donated by Knitt’s Hardware Hank Store of St. Germain and the St. Germain Lions Club. Above: The Dressler family takes a break from skating to warm up in the shelter. Left: St. Germain volunteer firefighter Chad Bacon drives a Kubota tractor equipped with an ice-grooming brush to keep the ice in optimal condition for skating. --Photos By Wally Geist


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RASTA to hold snowshoe race
Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) will host its first snowshoe race, the Snowshoe Hare, Saturday, Jan. 14, at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander. The race, in which contenders can earn points for the ongoing Bravehearts Series, will feature two walks/races of 5k and 10k, along with a children’s race. Registration and check-in will be at 8 a.m., and 5K and 10K races will start at 10 a.m. The children’s race is slated for 11:30 a.m. Awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners to a male and female in each age category. All children’s race entrants will receive an award. The pre-registration entry fee will be $20 or $25 for raceday registrations. The children’s race for ages 12 and under will be free of charge. Free post-race food will be offered for racers. Racers should take their race bib. For more information or to register, visit or call (715) 493-3644 or email

Store owners Janean and Randy Hemauer, at left, display the recent addition of merchandise, which includes a variety of sports gift items as well as sports jerseys. --Staff Photo By JULIE SCHIDDEL

Store expands inventory to include sportswear, gifts
St. Germain Video, Gifts & Sports Pro Shop has a new look and has expanded its inventory to include new Packer merchandise just in time for the upcoming football playoffs. Items include sport team jerseys for various teams, including Packers, Bears, Brewers and Cubs, as well as caps, mugs and blanket throws. The jerseys may be special-ordered and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Store owner Janean Hemauer shared that there are over 4,000 DVD and VHS movies available to rent and has offered a rental special of $3 for a new-release movie for two days and get a second rental free. The store is located at 438A Highway 70 E. in St. Germain. Store hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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