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A race for the history books
Van Strydonk passes Schulz in final corner



In what may have been the closest finish in Derby history, Nicholas Van Strydonk out- maneuvered Matt Schulz in the final turn to win his first world championship in front of thousands of race fans Sunday afternoon. In a battle of the top professionals in snowmobile oval racing, Van Strydonk went low in corner three to get past Schulz and then powered out of turn four in the lead. Van Strydonk held off Schulz down the home stretch on his Polaris, to take the checkered flag by not much more than a couple feet to win the 49th running of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby. “I tried to get down as low as possible and tried to come out clean. That’s the name of the game the whole time, just keep it clean,” said the 21-year-old racer from Tomahawk about his last-lap heroics. “He (Schulz) went high and washed out a little bit, so I ducked down low. I knew it was a nice clean line and hoped to get a good shot out of the inside of four. I went wide out of four to try and take up his line a little bit. That’s where he seemed to have been running, so I tried to take it away from him and it paid off. It’s a dream come true. It’s all I thought about since I was 4. Now here we are.” Despite that coveted world championship on the line, Van Strydonk said it was important to keep it a clean race during the tight pass on the ice oval. “I wanted to keep it clean. I wanted to make sure there was no confrontation. I’ve been racing with Matt a long time. He has always passed me clean, and we’re not fans of bumping out there,” he said. Schulz, of Wausau, led for 29 of the 30-lap feature on his Ski-Doo, but said his motor started missing with five or six laps to go. “I ran my same line just like always and just came up a little short,” he said after the race. “He passed me on (turns) three and four. He got down on the bot-

Thousands of race fans converged on the AMSOIL Derby Track to watch the best racers on the planet.

Thousands attend 49th annual Derby



The new world champion, Nick Van Strydonk of Tomahawk, and Derby Queen Victoria

Perkins posed with the SnowGoer Cup in the winner’s circle.

tom and made it stick, and when I went to get back on the power, there was nothing and I had to burp it (the engine) twice. But there wasn’t much distance between four and the finish line. That’s the way it goes. We’ll be back next year.” Split title race It was the second year the title race was run under a new split format where racers were required to stop for a five-minute pit stop after 10 laps. Schulz led the race after 10 laps and collected $2,500 from Jimmy John’s. Malcolm Chartier of Fair Haven, Mich., was in the second position. Racers were allowed to make adjustments to their machines and add fluids on the front

Despite cold weather Friday night and poor road conditions Sunday, the greatest race in snowmobiling brought thousands of fans to Eagle River for the 49th running of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby Thursday through Sunday. Professional and amateur racers from across the United States and Canada gathered to compete for about $100,000 in cash and prizes and the prestige of “winning at Eagle River.” Derby Track owner Chuck Decker said thousands of people witnessed the biggest race in snowmobiling, adding that attendance was up slightly from last year. “It was a pretty normal Derby,” he said. “Friday night was pretty cold, Saturday was bigger than most Saturdays.

Vintage weekend attendance was up for the whole weekend.” He said the weather gave some spectators and sponsors trouble, but that the racing was exceptionally competitive. “We were getting calls already on Friday from people down south who couldn’t make it in because of the weather and road conditions,” said Decker. “But there was still a big crowd Friday night.” Heavy overcast skies were to blame for the lack of an F16 flyby on Sunday, he said. “They couldn’t fly,” he said. “The ceilings were so low that spectators wouldn’t have even been able to see them if they could come up.” Decker said it was a safe weekend of racing, as there To DERBY, Pg. 2A

Nick Van Strydonk (inside) displayed his championship driving form during the TLR Cup race on Friday night.

A crew member with the Van Strydonk team celebrated the victory with the 21-year-old Tomahawk racer.

straight under the watchful eyes of the fans. Dustin Wahl of Greenbush, Minn., who hit the wall in qualifying Thursday night, was closing in on the leaders in the final lap and finished third on a Polaris after getting off to a bad start early in the race. “I must have been within 3 or 4 feet of the leaders in the final corner,” said Wahl, who was second in the title race in 2007. “They were running side by side and I really didn’t have much choice. I was hoping they were going to run in and push each other out wide. I was coming in and going for the bottom, but they both made it good around the corner and I just came up short again.” While he couldn’t make the pass, Wahl was able to watch Van Strydonk make the now historic pass. “They were there and Nick came on the bottom. Nick’s an awesome racer and it was an awesome move,” said Wahl. “The battle up there at the front was so much fun. There were four or five of us who were going at it. The top five guys are racing every week and it’s just so much fun racing with them and you know they are not going to clear you out.” While Arctic Cat and Ski-

Doo have dominated the title race over the years, Wahl said it was good to see Polaris back in the winner’s circle. Schulz won on a Polaris in 2010, but prior to that, it was 1978 that Polaris got its last victory. “It’s awesome that Polaris won the world championship again,” said Wahl. “Not to say that I didn’t want it. I mean we want to win more than anybody, but just came up short. Nick is an awesome driver and we are really happy for him. Hopefully we can do it in the 50th.” Two red flags Sunday’s feature race had two red flags. Travis MacDonald of Gonor, Manitoba, Canada crashed into the bales in turn three on the first lap following the mandatory pit stop. MacDonald was in third place at the time, chasing Schulz who was in first and Chartier who was running in second. The race was delayed about 15 minutes as MacDonald was checked over by an emergency crew. AMSOIL Derby Track officials said MacDonald was released from the hospital following tests later in the evening. The second red flag came To TITLE RACE, Pg. 3A
Always a fan favorite at the AMSOIL Derby Track, the high-flying Sno-Cross competitors got some big air.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012


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

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The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 21, while the average overnight low was 12. There was snow on seven days totaling 6.10 inches. Days precipitation recorded since Jan. 1, 2012, 11 days; 2011, 14 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 26; 2011, 21. Average low of past 30 days, 2012, 7; 2011, 2.



With more than 4 inch2010-’11 ’11-’12 es of snow the past Snowy days 41 31 week, snowmobile and Inches to date 38.28 40.04 cross-country ski trails Ground cover 18" 12" are in the best condition of the season, according to groomers. Anglers are driving vehicles on most lakes, but slush is a problem on some lakes due to heavy snow. The DNR urges anglers to use caution when driving on lakes. Wednesday will be partly cloudy and mild, with a high of 30 and a low of 10. Thursday there will be light snow showers and mild, with a high of 32 and a low of 19. Friday light lakeeffect snow showers are expected, with a high of 27 and a low of 13. The forecast for Saturday is windy with light snow, with a high of 18 and a low of 13. Sunday lake-effect snow will be ending and it will be chilly, with a high of 12 and a low of –1.


(PORTIONS OF THE WEATHER CORNER ARE THROUGH THE COURTESY OF KEVIN BREWSTER, EAGLE RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST.) The high-flying machines in the Sno-Cross races are a hit with the Derby fans. Driver entries were up in the Pro Sno-Cross events, according to Derby Track officials, because the Sno-Cross events were cancelled at the ESPN X-Games. —STAFF PHOTOS

Derby: gearing up for 50th in 2013
were no serious injuries or broken bones of any kind. “They took Travis McDonald in for a checkup because he hit his head pretty hard in the championship race,” said Decker. “He had a CAT scan Sunday night and was back for the banquet.” More than racing Included in the four-day event were a Celebrity Charity Ride Friday morning, the popular Friday Night Thunder under the lights with fireworks, a special reception Saturday night recognizing the Top 10 qualifiers, and the victory party Sunday night. Reigning over the Derby was 2012 Derby Queen Victoria Perkins of Eagle River. After four days of racing, Nick Van Strydonk, 21, of Tomahawk, won the world title race Sunday afternoon on a Polaris, beating a 12-sled field in the 30-lap feature race. Van Strydonk won a 5-foottall world championship trophy, $10,000 cash from AMSOIL and $10,000 from Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Second went to Matt Schulz of Wausau on a SkiDoo, and third went to Dustin Wahl of Greenbush, Minn., on a Polaris. The championship race again used its new format, splitting the race into two parts for the second year. Racers took 10 laps, breaking for five minutes, before completing the final 20 laps. “The fans like it; the drivers are adjusting well to it and, with the money Jimmy John’s puts in, it makes it good for the drivers,” said Decker. Mixed schedule Decker said fans got their fill of both Oval and Sno-Cross racing during the weekend because the Sno-Cross course is built inside the ice oval, offering a mixed schedule. The ice track was in good condition for Sunday’s big race, despite some early troubles after vintage weekend. “We got a little bit behind on the shaving side of it,” said Decker. “They were worried about ice and they didn’t shave as much as they should’ve. We learned a good lesson that we can’t let that happen.” The crew got a different shaver from Minnesota for Derby weekend, which smoothed out the track well. Driver entries increased this year, according to Decker, partly because there were no Sno-Cross events at the ESPN X-Games during the weekend. “They want to make this a permanent site for the pros that weekend,” he said. “One of the big teams said they were glad they weren’t at the X-Games. They didn’t like going out there.” A large video screen on the inside of the oval kept fans up to date on the races, including the daily schedule, race results and a live broadcast of the race action. “It was really a big hit,” said Decker. “We were able to give live reports from the racers on the track and from the fans on the banks. “All around, it was a pretty good weekend,” he said. “The weather didn’t help us out Friday night or on Sunday. It was too bad the jets couldn’t come, but hopefully next year we’ll have clear skies and they’ll be here.” Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Snowmobile Derby, and Decker said preparations have been underway for some time. “We’re talking about bringing back many of the queens from the past 50 years, champions from the past 50 years and snowmobiles that were ridden in each decade.” Volunteers vital Always a key ingredient at the Derby are the volunteers, according to Decker, ranging from people manning the admission stands, hot seats, food booths and paddock areas to those registering racers and parking vehicles. “We have a couple hundred local volunteers from nonprofit groups that get a donation after the Derby,” said Decker. “We give donations each year to organizations that help us at the Derby. We certainly couldn’t do it without them.”

Jeff Miller of Eagle River has been a volunteer flagman on turn one of the Derby Track oval for more than 30 years.

Due to their passion for snowmobiling, Scott and Jessica Farr were married at the Derby Track during Friday Night Thunder.

The unique sleds in the Outlaw 600 class made their debut at the Derby. Nick Dolezal of Eagle

River was one of a half-dozen competitors in the class that features cockpit-style machines.

A highlight of the AMSOIL Derby for many fans is the Friday Night Thunder program. This year’s

opening ceremonies featured a military Color Guard for the national anthem.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012



Title race: Van Strydonk started week with fastest time trial
when Jordan Wahl of Greenbush, Minn., crashed into the bales in corner one 20 laps into the race. Wahl walked away from the accident. At the time, Schulz sat in first, Moyle in second, and Wanderscheid in third and Van Strydonk in fourth. It was during the next 10 laps that Van Strydonk and Wahl made their move on Schulz, setting up the exciting finish. Following the top three across the finish line was Ryan Kniskern of Marinette on an Arctic Cat. Fifth-place went to last year’s champion and fourtime winner P.J. Wanderscheid of Sauk Centre, Minn., also on an Arctic Cat. The final two finishers in the 12-sled field were Gary Moyle of Houghton, Mich., who finished sixth on his Arctic Cat, and Chartier, who was seventh on his Ski-Doo. Moyle won the race in 2005 and was second last year. Moyle moved up as far as second place, but, like Wanderscheid, lost power late in the race. Other racers who did not finish the race due to mechanical problems included Cardell Porter of Camp Douglas, polesitter Brandon Johnson of Greenbush, Minn., and Brian Bewcyk of Winnipeg, Canada. Johnson, also on a Polaris, won the pole position for the title race by winning the TLR Cup Sweet Sixteen pole position race during Friday Night Thunder. In the Friday night race with heavy snow dust hanging over the track, Van Strydonk placed second and Schulz finished third. Johnson collected $1,000 for that win. But Sunday it was Van Strydonk who drew the crowd of photographers and fans following the title race. He gave credit to others for the victory, including Polaris. “I can’t thank them enough. They’ve been with me forever. They are real good friends. If it wasn’t for them and the rest of the sponsors, I couldn’t have done it. They’ve backed us forever. Hopefully, we will be back with them next year. “I also have to thank my mom and dad,” said Van Strydonk, noting they put him on the Eagle River track at a young age. “I started when I was 4 racing Kitty Cats on the front straight. I’ve been out here 17 years. I always dreamed of it (a world championship) and here it is — we are finally in the winner’s circle.” Van Strydonk said his best finish was a fifth and he had some tough luck last year. “Last year I never finished; I broke a belt in corner four and threw it in the crowd, so coming back off of that finish was sweet,” said Van Strydonk. Van Strydonk set the pace early in the weekend, turning in the fastest time trial at 17.873 seconds Thursday afternoon. Moyle had the secondfastest time at 18.155, Wanderscheid was third at 18.212 and Schulz was fourth at 18.253. Schulz happy in 2nd Schulz said his team and machine struggled all weekend and spent the most time making changes during the fiveminute pit stop Sunday. “I actually am really happy to walk away with second place. We came here and qualified fourth and it just was a long weekend,” said Schulz. “Thursday night our chassis just wasn’t working and we broke a shock mount Friday night and finished third, which wasn’t too bad. “Then Friday night we worked hard and went to our backup sled. Saturday morning we found out we had to start on the back row in the heats on Saturday. It was a struggle,” said Schulz. “We had to pass a lot of guys to get out front and got ourselves into the final and I knew if we could start on the front line Sunday, we’d have a good chance of winning this. I got the hole shot and, looking back, just came up a little short.”

The top oval racers in snowmobiling battled it out for four days in Eagle River, all hoping to be named world champion. Some of the scenes included: above, a hotly-contested heat race Saturday afternoon; left, the line-up following the mandatory pitstop; and below, winner Nick Van Strydonk calling his grandfather after winning the 30-lap championship race Sunday.

’64 STAN HAYES, Crandon, Wis..................... Polaris ’65 GEORGE GENSLER, Three Lakes, Wis. . Evinrude ’66 STEVE AVE, Duluth, Minn. ....................... Ski-Doo ’67 DUANE FRANDSEN, Pembine, Wis. ........ Ski-Doo ’68 STEVE AVE, Duluth, Minn. ....................... Ski-Doo ’69 ROGER JANSSEN, Crookston, Minn. ...... Arctic Cat ’70 YVON DUHAMEL, Valcourt, Quebec........ Ski-Doo ’71 MIKE TRAPP, Woodruff, Wis. .................... Yamaha ’72 MIKE TRAPP, Woodruff, Wis. .................... Yamaha ’73 BOB EASTMAN, Roseau, Minn................ Polaris ’74 GUILLES VILLENEUVE, Quebec ............. Alouette ’75 JIM BERNAT, Roseau, Minn. .................... Polaris ’76 ED SCHUBITZKE, Duluth, Minn............... Yamaha ’77 STEVE THORSEN, Fergus Falls, Minn. ... Polaris ’78 STEVE THORSEN, Fergus Falls, Minn. ... Polaris ’79 BOB ELSNER, New London, Wis............. Arctic Cat ’80 JACQUES VILLENEUVE, Quebec............ Ski-Doo ’81 BRAD HULINGS, Thief River, Minn. ......... Scorpion ’82 JACQUES VILLENEUVE, Quebec............ Ski-Doo ’83 BRAD HULINGS, Grand Rapids, Mich. .... Ski-Doo ’84 JIM DIMMERMAN, White Bear Lk., Minn.... Phantom ’85 MICHEL GINGRAS, St. Gregoire, Quebec.. Ski-Doo ’86 JACQUES VILLENEUVE, Quebec............ Ski-Doo ’87 CHUCK DECKER, Eagle River, Wis......... Ski-Doo ’88 BOBBY DONAHUE, Wis. Rapids, Wis. ..... Ski-Doo ’89 BRUCE VESSAIR, Ontario ....................... Ski-Doo ’90 DAVE WAHL, Greenbush, Minn. ............... Wahl ’91 GREG GOODWIN, Zion, Ill....................... Ski-Doo ’92 GARY VESSAIR, Honey Harbour, Ontario .. Ski-Doo ’93 AL FENHAUS, Wausau, Wis..................... Ski-Doo ’94 DALE LORITZ, Green Bay, Wis. ............... Ski-Doo ’95 DALE LORITZ, Green Bay, Wis. ............... Ski-Doo ’96 DAVE WAHL, Greenbush, Minn. ............... Wahl ’97 DAVE WAHL, Greenbush, Minn. ............... Ski-Doo ’98 TERRY WAHL, Greenbush, Minn. ............ Ski-Doo ’99 MIKE HOULE, Wyoming, Minn. ................ Ski-Doo ’00 MIKE HOULE, Wyoming, Minn. ................ Ski-Doo ’01 JEREMY JOHNSTON, Arcola, Sask. ....... Ski-Doo ’02 P.J. WANDERSCHEID, Sauk Centre, Minn. . Arctic Cat ’03 P.J. WANDERSCHEID, Sauk Centre, Minn. . Arctic Cat ’04 LARRY DAY, Lyman, Maine ...................... Arctic Cat ’05 GARY MOYLE, Houghton, Mich. .............. Arctic Cat ’06 P.J. WANDERSCHEID, Sauk Centre, Minn. . Arctic Cat ’07 GARY MOYLE, Houghton, Mich. .............. Arctic Cat ’08 BRIAN BEWCYK, Winnipeg, Manitoba..... Ski-Doo ’09 BRIAN BEWCYK, Winnipeg, Manitoba..... Ski-Doo ’10 MATT SCHULZ, Wausau, Wis................... Polaris ’11 P.J. WANDERSCHEID, Sauk Centre, Minn... Arctic Cat ’12 NICK VAN STRYDONK, Tomahawk, Wis.. Polaris

While Van Strydonk received checks for $10,000 from AMSOIL and $10,000 from Jimmy John’s in the winner’s circle, a call to his grandfather, Erv Van Strydonk, was another highlight of the championship moment. “He started the business, Erv’s Sales and Service (in Tomahawk), and it’s always been revolving around snowmobiles. We’re always around snowmobiling 24/7,” said the young racer. “Unfortunately he

couldn’t be here.” Van Strydonk, who was competing in his fourth world championship, said oval racing is all about speed and fans. “That’s why we all do it,” he said. “It’s for the fans.”

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012
Eagle River, Wisconsin

Derby Photos By:
Kurt Krueger, Gary Ridderbusch, Anthony Drew and Chris Blicharz

Place Bib # Driver City/State Machine

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th

13 38 74 616 28 66 33 58 747 22 8 39

Nicholas Van Strydonk Matt Schulz Dustin Wahl Ryan Kniskern P.J. Wanderscheid Gary Moyle Malcom Chartier Cardell Potter Jordan Wahl Brandon Johnson Travis MacDonald Brian Bewyck

Tomahawk Wausau Greenbush, Minn. Marinette Sauk Centre, Minn. Houghton, Mich. Marine City, Mich. Camp Douglas, Greenbush, Minn. Greenbush, Minn. Gonor, Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba

Polaris Ski-Doo Polaris Arctic Cat Arctic Cat Arctic Cat Ski-Doo Ski-Doo Polaris Polaris Arctic Cat Ski-Doo


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North Woods

With thousands of fans watching, race teams made adjustments to snowmobiles during the

mandatory five-minute pitstop after 10 laps in the championship race.

Nick Van Strydonk (right) inched past Matt Schulz at the finish line in one of the closest Derby title races in history.

The fun starts here…


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012



Allen, Stephenson take top Oval events
Dolezal of Eagle River wins new Outlaw 600 class



Toby Allen of Merrill and Blaine Stephenson of Hutchinson, Minn., were both double-winners in this year’s ice oval sprints at the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River over the weekend. Nick Dolezal of Eagle River took first place in the new Outlaw 600 class, which featured cockpit sleds. Allen, riding a Ski-Doo, took first place in both the Limited 600 and Limited 500 classes. Coming in behind Allen in the 600s were Tyler Schmidt of Merrill on an Arctic Cat in second and Ryan Kniskern of Marinette on an Arctic Cat in third. Finishing behind Allen in the 500s were Schmidt in second place and Cody Knutson of Wisconsin Rapids on a SkiDoo in third. Stephenson took first in the Combo Sportsman & F-500 class, and also came away with the first-place trophy in the Formula 500. Placing second in the Combo Sportsman & F-500 was Alan Dahlke of Antigo on a Polaris, followed by Malarie Bergene of

Whitelaw on a Polaris. Coming in second in the final Formula 500 race was Mike Van Dolder of Annan, Ontario, riding a Ski-Doo. Dahlke took third. In the Outlaw 600 class, Trevor Fontaine of Webster took home second place, followed by Derby Track owner Chuck Decker of Eagle River on his Ski-Doo. The class, which was a big hit in its debut season, is only expected to grow in popularity, according to Decker. Derby Track manager Todd Achterberg said the revolutionary new idea places the driver on a left-side cockpit driving position, surrounded by a full roll-cage. It is driven much like a Sprint car with a steering wheel, foot pedal controls and a five-point harness. In the spirit of cultivating future Derby racers, four separate classes of Junior ice Oval races were run, including Junior Stock, Junior F500, Junior I Sprint and Junior II Sprint. Winners also were declared in ice Oval races during Friday Night Thunder. See sepa-

Racer Dusty Gehrke of Morrisville, N.Y., was interviewed in the winner’s circle after winning the Semi Pro Champ class. Sharing

the moment with her younger brother was Kelly Gehrke of Louisville, Ky. —Staff Photos By KURT KRUEGER
Blanchet, Drummondville, Quebec, Ski-Doo. Formula 500 First, Blaine Stephenson, Hutchinson, Minn., Arctic Cat; second, Mike Van Dolder, Anna, Ontario, Ski-Doo; third, Alan Dahlke, Antigo, Polaris. Sportsman 600 First, Josh Wilson, Helenville, Yamaha; second, Jacob Bergene, Marinette, Arctic Cat; third, Chuck Drees, Peshtigo, Arctic Cat. F-500 Sport First, Gavin Bihner, Oakdale, Minn., Polaris; second, Jacob Bergene, Marinette, Arctic Cat; third, Malarie Bergene, Whitelaw, Polaris. Combo Sportsman & F-500 First, Blaine Stephenson, Hutchinson, Minn., Arctic Cat; second, Alan Dahlke, Antigo, Polaris; third, Malarie Bergene, Whitelaw, Polaris. Semi Pro Champ First, Dusty Gehrke, Morrisville, N.Y., Wahl; second, John Henke, Amherst Junction, Arctic Cat; third, Michael Lehman, Arbor Vitae, Ski-Doo. Limited 500 First, Toby Allen, Merrill, Ski-Doo; second, Tyler Schmidt, Merrill, Arctic Cat; third, Cody Knutson, Wisconsin Rapids, Ski-Doo. Limited 600 First, Toby Allen, Merrill, Ski-Doo; second, Tyler Schmidt, Merrill, Arctic Cat; third, Ryan Kniskern, Marinette, Arctic Cat. Outlaw 600 First, Nick Dolezal, Eagle River, Arctic Cat; second, Trevor Fontaine, Webster, Arctic Cat; third, Chuck Decker, Eagle River, Ski-Doo. Pro Sprint 600 First, Regan Vehring, Milwaukee, Yamaha; second, Doug Drexler, Edgar, Wahl. World Championship First, Nicholas Van Strydonk, Tomahawk, Polaris; second, Matt Schulz, Wausau, Ski-Doo; third, Dustin Wahl, Greenbush, Minn., Polaris.

rate story for results. The champions in each class received cash payouts, 49th anniversary checkered

flags, Coldwave jackets and “Eagle” trophies proclaiming the racer as the world champion in his or her respective class. The following are the results by class from the Ice Oval, followed by finish, racer, hometown and snowmobile make:
Junior Stock 11-13 First, Jacob Ricci, Wausau, Polaris; second, Sara Miller, Hudson, Ski-Doo; third, Tyler Metz, Poplar, Arctic Cat. Junior I F-500 11-13 First, Danielle Behn, Waupaca, Polaris. Junior I Sprint First, Sabrina Blanchet, Drummondville, Quebec, Wahl; second, Gavin Bihner, Oakdale, Minn., T&N; third, Miranda Miller, Hudson, T&N. Junior II Sprint First, Miranda Miller, Hudson, Polaris; second, Gavin Bihner, Oakdale, Minn., Sprint; third, Sabrina

While there were very few accidents on the ice oval throughout the weekend, there were a few

incidents where drivers ended up on the ice and snowmobiles in the bales.

Friday Night Thunder remains fan favorite at Derby



After 18 years, the Parts Unlimited Friday Night Thunder program continues to be one of the most popular spectator attractions during the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby, officials said. “It still reigns as one of the highlights of the weekend for many Derby fans,” said Chuck Decker, owner of the most famous track in snowmobiling. The program featured a colorful opening ceremony recog-

nizing the top professional racers in Oval and Sno-Cross snowmobile racing, a brilliant fireworks display and racing under the Derby Track lights, including the new Outlaw 600 sleds. Decker said the highlight of the night was the TLR Cup Sweet Sixteen pole position race as the top 10 Pro Champ racers battled for 16 laps in snow dust on a cold Friday night. Brandon Johnson of Greenbush, Minn., won the race on a Polaris, winning the $1,000 for the TLP Cup victory and qualifying him for Sunday’s big event and the pole posi-

Brandon Johnson (center) held up his $1,000 check after winning the TLR Cup race during Friday night Thunder. Nick Van Strydonk (left) was second and Matt Schulz (right) was third.

tion. Matt Schulz of Wausau, placed second in the event on a Ski-Doo and Dustin Wahl of Geenbush, Minn., was third on a Polaris. “By winning on Friday night, Brandon was able to sit out of Saturday afternoon’s qualifying and allowed him to prepare for Sunday’s championship,” said Decker. Johnson was only able to complete 15 laps on Sunday, and left the race due to mechanical problems. Another highlight of the night show was introduction of the Outlaw 600 class to race fans. The revolutionary new idea in Outlaw 600 race machines places the driver on a left-side cockpit driving position, surrounded by a full roll cage and driven much like a Sprint car with a steering wheel, foot pedal controls and a five-point harness. Nick Dolezal of Eagle River won the Outlaw 600 race Friday night, passing Rick Bickle of Janesville in the final lap. Both were driving an Arctic Cat. Tim Hibbard of Lempster, New Hampshire, was third on a Hibbard and Trevor Fontaine of Webster was fourth on an Arctic Cat. Former world champion Decker also climbed into an Outlaw sled and finished fifth. In Friday Night Thunder Sno-Cross racing, Robbie Malinoski of Aurora, Minn., won the Carlisle Pro Open race on a Ski-Doo. Second went to Ross Martin of Burlington on a Polaris and third went to Tim Tremblay of St. Cloud, Minn., on a SkiDoo. Tremblay went on to win the Pro Open on Sunday. The Carlisle Pro Lite class went to Kody Kamm of Shakopee, Minn., on a Polaris. Second went to James Johnstad of Beltrami, Minn., and

The big bore motorcycles returned to the AMSOIL Derby Track for the Friday Night Thun-

der program. The bikes feature studded tires to provide grip on the ice oval.
Sno-Cross 120 Champ 7-14 First, Evan Christian, Finley, N.D., Arctic Cat; second, Sophia Hulsey, Belvidere, Ill., Polaris; third, Brandon Nelson, Chisago City, Minn., Polaris. Carlisle Pro Open First, Robbie Malinoski, Aurora, Minn., Ski-Doo; second, Ross Martin, Burlington, Polaris; third, Tim Tremblay, St. Cloud, Minn., Ski-Doo. Carlisle Pro Lite Class 2 First, Kody Kamm, Shakopee, Minn., Polaris; second, James Johnstad, Beltrami, Minn., Polaris; third, Andrew Carlson, Elk River, Minn., Polaris. Sport Super Stock Class 2 First, Trevor Leighton, Eagle, Idaho, Polaris; second, Jake Geeseman, Cadillac, Mich., Ski-Doo; third, Tyler Adams, Arlington Heights, Ill., Arctic Cat.

third went to Andrew Carlson of Elk River, Minn. Following are the results of the individual races run during Friday Night Thunder.
Oval Formula 500 First, Blaine Stephenson, Hutchinson, Minn., Arctic Cat; second, Gavin Bihner, Oakdale, Minn., Polaris; third, Mike Van Dolder, Annan, Ontario, Ski-Doo. Semi-Pro Champ First, Matt Ritchie, Minocqua, Polaris; second, Dusty Gehrke, Morrisville, N.Y., Wahl Polaris; third, John Henke, Amherst Junction, Arctic Cat. Junior II Sprint First, Miranda Miller, Hudson, Wahl; second, Sabrina Blanchet,

Drummondville, Quebec, Wahl; third, Gavin Bihner, Oakdale, Minn., T&N. Outlaw 600 First, Nick Dolezal, Eagle River, Arctic Cat; second, Rich Bickle, Janesville, Arctic Cat; third, Tim Hibbard, Lempster, N.H., Hibbard. TLR Cup (Sweet Sixteen) First, Brandon Johnson, Greenbush, Minn., Polaris; second, Nic Van Strydonk, Tomahawk, Polaris; third, Matt Schulz, Wausau, Ski-Doo. Factory 600 First, Malcolm Chartier, Marine City, Mich., Ski-Doo; second, Mike Van Dolder, Annan, Ontario, Ski-Doo; third, Nick LaGoy, Morrisonville, N.Y., Ski-Doo. Vintage 440 Pro Mod Free Air First, Bill Stull, Amherst Junction, Rupp; second, Brandon Gentz, Iron Ridge, Polaris; third, Tom Priebe, Three Lakes, Ski-Doo.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012



Tremblay wins Pro Open on Sno-Cross course
Kamm takes Pro Lite class; Cottew tops in Juniors



Tim Tremblay of St. Cloud, Minn., won the Sno-Cross World Championship at the AMSOIL Eagle River Derby Track Sunday, beating the field of 12 other racers including last year’s champion Ross Martin of Kansasville. Tremblay, riding a Ski-Doo, admitted it wasn’t an easy 15lap final in the Pro Open class Sunday afternoon on the quarter-mile Sno-Cross track inside the ice oval. The 25-year-old Minnesota racer was able to elude a big pileup of sleds in the first corner after the drop of the flag to start the race in a short backstretch. Getting tied up in the heap of sleds in the first turn was Robbie Malinoski of Aurora, Minn., who won the Carlisle Pro Open during Friday Night Thunder. Tremblay also had to overcome a combination of the powdery snow on the course jumps and moguls. A freezing mist also hindered the racers’ visibility much of the race. Johan Lidman of Elk River, Minn., was second on a Polaris and Justin Broberg of St. Cloud was third on a SkiDoo. Martin ended up finishing 10th and Malinoski 11th in the competitive field. Kody Kamm of Shakopee, Minn., who dominated the semi-pro Sno-Cross classes last year, won the Pro Lite Class on a Polaris. Second place went to Travis Muller of

St. Cloud on a Ski-Doo and third went to Colby Crapo of Eagle, Idaho, on a Polaris. Kamm also won the Carlisle Pro Lite class during Friday Night Thunder. The Pro Plus 30 class was won by Mike Berghorn of Ironwood, Mich., on a Polaris. John Zanon of Norway, Mich., was second on an Arctic Cat and Shaun O’Connell of Hartland was third on a Polaris. In the Pro Am Women’s class, Jennifer Pare of Eagle, Ind., was first on a Polaris, followed by Stephanie Schmidt of Crandon on a Polaris and Marranda Schmid of Fond du Lac on an Arctic Cat. The top junior racer was Cole Cottew of Lake Nebagamon, who won the Novice Super Sport and Junior 16-17 classes on a Polaris. He also was second in the Junior 1415 class. Sno-Cross winners also were awarded trophies and checkered flags in seven other junior and novice classes and four 120 Stock classes for ages 4 to 12. Track owner Chuck Decker said professional Sno-Cross teams from across the Midwest were at the Eagle River Derby Track during the weekend due to the ESPN XGames canceling Sno-Cross racing this year. The following are the results of the Derby SnoCross events, listed by class, finish, racer, hometown and snowmobile make:

Tim Tremblay of St. Cloud, Minn., was interviewed in the winner’s circle following his victory in the Pro Open Sno-Cross class Sunday
Pro Open Sno-Cross World Championship First, Tim Tremblay, St. Cloud, Minn., Ski-Doo; second, Johan Lidman, Elk River, Minn., Polaris; third, Justin Broberg, St. Cloud, Minn., SkiDoo. Pro Lite Class First, Kody Kamm, Shakopee, Minn., Polaris; second, Travis Muller, St. Cloud, Minn., Ski-Doo; third, Colby Crapo, Eagle, Idaho, Polaris. Pro Plus 30 First, Mike Berghorn, Ironwood, Mich., Polaris; second, John Zanon, Norway, Mich., Arctic Cat; third, Shaun O’Connell, Hartland, Polaris. Pro Am Women First, Jennifer Pare, Eagle, Ind., Polaris; second, Stephanie Schmidt, Crandon, Polaris; third, Merranda Schmid, Fond du Lac, Arctic Cat. Plus 30 First, Shaun O’Connell, Hartland, Polaris; second, Mike Berghorn, Ironwood, Mich., Polaris; third, Tim Cash, Mayville, Arctic Cat. Plus 40 First, Gregg Behnke, Metamora, Mich., Arctic Cat; second, John Zanon, Norway, Mich., Arctic Cat; third, Mike Gagliano, Phelps, Polaris. Sport Super Stock First, Trevor Leighton, Eagle, Ind., Polaris; second, Luke Wollenberg, Little Chute, Polaris; third, Dylan Jansen, Ham Lake, Minn., Polaris. Novice Super Sport First, Cole Cottew, Lake Nebagamon, Polaris; second, Mike Simmons, Larsen, Ski-Doo; third, D.J. Sell Jr., Suring, Polaris. Amateur 18-29 First, Kyle Rau, Lawton, Mich., Arctic Cat; second, Chris Robertson, Annan, Ontario, Ski-Doo; third, John Herzfeldt, New London, Ski-Doo. Junior Combined First, Austen Madison, Jefferson, Ski-Doo; second, Cody Patten, Arkdale, Polaris; third, Jake Tijan, Hurley, Ski-Doo. Junior 16-17 First, Cole Cottew, Lake Nebagamon, Arctic Cat; second, Ian Buchman, Joliet, Ill., Ski-Doo; third, Austen Madison, Jefferson, Ski-Doo. Junior 14-15 First, Tyler Adams, Arlington Heights, Ill., Arctic Cat; second, Cole Cottew, Lake Nebagamon, Polaris; third, Colten Swiontek, Eagle River, Polaris. Junior Novice 10-13 (Max 600) First, Nicholas Lorenz, Kenosha, Polaris; second, J.J. Vollenweider, Kewanee, Ski-Doo; third, Zachary Suhr, Spring Grove, Ill., Arctic Cat. Junior Novice 10-13 Limited First, Trent Wittwer, Bemidji, Minn., Arctic Cat; second, Taylor Cole, Medina, Minn., Arctic Cat; third, Zachary Suhr, Spring Grove, Ill., Arctic Cat. Junior Transition 8-12 (Max 300) First, Taylor Cole, Medina, Minn., Ski-Doo; second, Matthew Wilbert, Hubertus, Ski-Doo; third, Mason Hulsey, Belvidere, Ill., Ski-Doo. Junior Transition 8-12 Limited First, Justin Hodge, Watertown, Minn., Arctic Cat; second, Reid Runkel, Burlington, Arctic Cat. 120 Stock 8-12 First, Isaac Schlauderaff, Barnesville, Minn., Polaris; second, Ben Wilbert, Hubertus, Polaris; third, Gavin Drexler, Stratford, Polaris. 120 Stock 6-12 First, Isaac Schlauderaff, Barnesville, Minn., Polaris; second, Gavin Drexler, Stratford, Polaris; third, Parker Trinko, Shawano, Arctic Cat. 120 Stock 6-7 First, Sophia Husley, Belvidere, Ill., Polaris; second, Autumn Schlauderaff, Barnesville, Minn., Polaris; third, Spencer Garbacz, Wisconsin Dells, Arctic Cat. 120 Stock 4-5 First, Neil Dees, Hurley, Arctic Cat; second, Payton Glodowski, Oostburg, Polaris; third, Tyler Poker, Baraboo, Arctic Cat.

afternoon at the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby. He won the title on a Polaris.

Cole Kottew of Lake Nebagmon was a double winner in the SnoCross Novice Super Sport and Junior 16-17 classes.

Kody Kamm of Shakopee, Minn., waved the checker flag with princess Caitlin Riley at his side. He won the Pro Lite class.

With snow flying around their machines, three racers charged through the first turn in the chal-

lending Sno-Cross track at the AMSOIL Derby Track in Eagle River.

Young Sno-Cross racers Evan Daudt (No. 413) of Longville, Minn., and Austen Madison (No.

410) of Jefferson went over the front jump side by side in the Junior 16-17 class.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012


Paul George Baker
Paul George Baker of Three Lakes died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. He was 86. Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and May Baker; and four siblings. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Elizabeth “Beth”; three sons, Bruce (Jean) of Manitowoc, James (Kara) of Neenah and Christopher (Karen) of Lake Tomahawk; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held this summer in Three Lakes.

Thomas A. Hendrickson
Thomas A. Hendrickson of Phelps died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at his home. He was 80. Mr. Hendrickson was born Aug. 3, 1931, in Skadgit City, Wash., the son of Russell and Vera (nee Trueman) Hendrickson. He married his wife, Joan, Jan. 21, 1956. He worked for Consolidated Freightway for more than 20 years. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, fishing and woodworking. Mr. Hendrickson was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Charlene; and one son, Thomas Jr. In addition to his wife, survivors include; three sons, Michael (LuCinda), Mark (Jamie) and Jeff (Dawn); four daughters, Linda, Sue, Kathy (Steve) Ray and Cheryl (Lloyd) Setzer; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Phelps. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.

Deborah Marie Rothing-Hillestad
Deborah Marie Rothing-Hillestad, 58, of Woodruff, Wis., went to a pain-free place on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, surROTHINGrounded by HILLESTAD her loved ones and devoted Seasons of Life Hospice staff. She was born Feb. 8, 1953, in Ashland, Wis., to Elman and Bettie Parent. Her father, Elman, preceded her in death in 1980. Deb had a long career bartending at many establishments in Stevens Point and the North Woods. She prided herself on being the “bestdressed bartender” and always greeted everyone with an inviting, warm, welcome smile. Her sense of humor is reflected by the book she always wanted to write titled “37 Years Behind Bars,” but never got around to it before her lengthy illness. When not working, she loved to travel to her favorite spots, sunning on the beaches in Florida, the Caribbean, various Mexican cities and Cannes, France. Closer to home, she adored boating trips with good friends on the Minocqua chain and cruising through the Apostle Islands. Her hobbies included gardening, particularly flowers of all kinds, decorating, especially at Christmas, and she was a fabulous baker — famous for her amazing pistachio torte! Deb is survived by her significant other of more than 17 years, Dan Hillestad; and her beloved furry felines, Willie, Mandy and Maggie Mae, who will miss her very much! She also leaves her loving mother, Bettie Parent; sister, Cheri (Dave) Bruch; brother, Mick (Jen) Parent; and special nephews, Josh Carrington, Kurt and Zach Melby; and grandnephew, Joshua Michael Carrington. She also is survived by her second family, the Hillestads. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff Jan. 24, with visitation one hour prior at the church. Deb’s favorite song was “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum — “Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky, that’s where I’m gonna go when I die, when I die and they lay me to rest, I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best.” The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in Deb’s name be made to either the Humane Society of Vilas County, P.O. Box 904, Eagle River, WI 54521,, (715) 479-9777 or Northwoods Wildlife Center, 8683 Blumenstein Road, Minocqua, WI 54548,, or (715) 356-7400. Online condolences may be shared at www.bolgerfuneral. com. Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Richard Joseph Eudeikis
Richard Joseph Eudeikis, our “Papa Louise” became part of the bigger universe on Jan. 16, 2012. He was in love with his beautiful wife of more than 60 years, Lillian, from the first moment he spied her on their college campus. Oohing and aahing at his great life, he knew he had everything he could ever want. An avid fisherman, ice skater, bicyclist, walker, cribbage player, Charlie Brown aficionado and outdoorsman extraordinaire, he also found joy in the quieter moments of reading and thinking deep thoughts. Few who met him could believe his age of 88, as he approached life with the enthusiasm of a little boy. Yet he never shied away from embracing his future birthdays. He engaged all around him in the discussion of politics, books, movies (Dan August, anyone?), sports and the philosophy of life. Dad, we learned so much from you and know you really were listening to us. Big band music got his toes tapping, and Moby got his heart singing. Dad never stopped learning from the world around him . . . and we never stopped learning from him. Richard shaped the world around him, jumping at the chance to serve his country when he joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific during World War II. His passion then carried over to his love of teaching, where he taught so much more than industrial arts. Students remembered Richard long after they left his class, just as he remembered them. Retirement brought a renewed appreciation for life in the Northwoods. Toasting Dad’s memories are James (and Maria) of Arizona, Kathryn (and Arthur) of Colorado, Nancy (and John) of Colorado, Julie (and Vincent) of Illinois, Margaret (and Tom) of South Carolina, Thomas (and Yu-Chih) of Colorado and Ann (and Patrick) of Colorado; as well as seven grandchildren and two and one-half greatgrandchildren. Richard also is survived by his brother, Bob, of Florida; and sister, Virg, of Oregon. Don’t worry, Dad . . . we know what to do. A private family service was held complete with strawberry shakes and seven and sevens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made directly to the American Cancer Society (cancer research) in his memory.

Robert ‘Bob’ Kafka
Robert “Bob” Kafka Sr. of Sugar Camp died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. He was 79. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. Visitation will be for one hour before the service. A complete obituary will be in next week’s newspaper.

Geraldine A. Kiser
Geraldine A. Kiser, age 88, of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away on Jan. 15, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Raymond. KISER She was born May 17, 1923, to Merle and Alice (nee Berg) Patnode, in Three Lakes. She spent her early life there, graduated from Three Lakes High School and went on to attend secretarial school in Milwaukee. On Oct. 16, 1945, she was united in marriage to the late William “Bill” Kiser in Three Lakes, where they spent their early married life. They moved to Raymond for 27 years where she worked together with Bill in their family-owned business, Raymond Restoration. After retiring, they moved back to Three Lakes. Geraldine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Armed Guard Auxiliary. She enjoyed music, loved playing the piano, dancing and watching her favorite show, “The Lawrence Welk Show.” Most of all, she treasured spending time with her family, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Will and Po. Geraldine is survived by her children, Pam (Keola Sequiera) Colorado, John (Barb) Kiser, Kim Kiser and Tracey (Mike Jones) Kiser; grandchildren, Danielle (Andy) Marshall, Joe (Scott Stephen) Colorado, Chyna Colorado, Meghan Kiser, Alison (Sean) McAdams, Jack Kiser, Jayme Kiser and Cody Van Eerd. She is further survived by two great-grandchildren, Will Marshall and Po Panis-Colorado; and siblings, Merle Patnode and Arlyle Campbell. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Bill. A gathering to honor her memory will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at noon at Oneida Village Inn, Highway 45, downtown Three Lakes. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Three Lakes Cemetery, next to her loving husband, Bill. The family suggests memorials for Geraldine may be made to the Three Lakes High School Band, 6930 W. School St., Three Lakes, WI 54562. Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory, 908 11th Ave., Union Grove, WI 53182, (262) 878-2011;

Ray Scholla
Ray Scholla, age 66, a resident of St. Germain, Wis., since 1983, died on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wis. Ray was born on July 30, 1945, in Chicago, Ill., to Roman and Mildred (nee Claasen) Scholla. He owned and operated St. Germain Pioneer Tool Inc. for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his dogs. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sayner, Wis. Ray served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam at Fort Hood. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Scholla. He is survived by his sister, Louise (Donald) Baczek of Elgin, Ill.; niece, Christine; nephew, Michael (Kym); greatnephews, Brandon and Kameron; and his beloved pet, Bell. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Janet ‘Jean’ Jewell Friedrick
Janet “Jean” Jewell Friedrick, a resident of the Rhinelander area since 1986 and formerly of Conover, Merrill and Tomahawk, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Friendly Village Nursing Home in Rhinelander. She was 86. Mrs. Frederick was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Stevens Point, the daughter of Benjamin and Laura Jewell. She and her husband owned and operated Bear Cub Inn in Alaska on the Tok Highway from 1947-1968 and Easy Rental in Cottonwood, Ariz. She also worked as a waitress. Mrs. Friedrick enjoyed cooking and crocheting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; her parents; one sister, Greneth Callum-Olkowski; two nephews, Chet and Dan Callum; and a great-niece, Michell Robotham. She is survived by her son, Craig of Rhinelander; one sister, Dolores (Gerald) Driscoll of Rhinelander; nieces and nephews. A private family service was held.

Jim ‘The Butcher’ Zerjav
Jim “The Butcher” Zerjav, age 59, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., since 2004, and formerly of Columbus, Wis., Cottage Grove, Wis., and Mercer, Wis., passed away Jan. 20, 2012, at Seasons of Life Hospice in Woodruff, Wis. He was born on Jan. 23, 1953, in Watertown, Wis., to John and Hedwig Zerjav. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ixonia, Wis. He was a retired meat cutter at Trig’s in both Rhinelander and Eagle River, Wis. He owned and operated a grocery store in Mercer. Jim was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his daughters, Carrie and Katy Jo; son, Jared; brothers, Dave (Roberta) Zerjav of Green Bay, Wis., and Tom Zerjav of Watertown, Wis.; sister, Joanne (Ted) Olsen of Spooner, Wis.; one niece; seven nephews; friends and caretakers, Tony and Mary Durocher of Three Lakes, Wis. Private family services were already held. Memorials to the Leukemia Society are appreciated. Arrangements by GaffneyBusha Funeral Home in Eagle River.

Carol L. Millard
Carol L. Millard of Eagle River died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Seasons of Life Hospice in Woodruff. She was 72. Mrs. Millard was born Dec. 23, 1939, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Rhinehold and Mabel (Bonow) Poenitzsch. She had been employed as an office manager for a carpet distributor and was a member and past president of the PBX Club. She enjoyed watching and feeding hummingbirds. Come to the Mrs. Millard was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Chuck and Ron; and one sister, Betty Datthyn. Her survivors include her husband, Jim; one sister, Arlene (Charles) Shanovich of Milwaukee; and nieces and nephews. No service will be held at the request of the deceased. Memorials may be made to Seasons of Life Hospice House, P.O. Box 770, Woodruff, WI 54568.

Alice B. Gorski
Alice B. Gorski passed from this life on Jan. 21, 2012, to meet her husband, Stanley, who passed on Dec. 26, 2011. Alice and Stanley were married for 71 years. Alice was born on Jan. 23, 1916. She had been living in Jacksonville, Fla., near her two children, for the last four years. Alice was active in St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes, Wis., where she played the organ for many years. She enjoyed the flower and vegetable garden that she shared with her husband. Alice was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business for many years. Survivors include one son, Donald (Elaine) Gorski of Lake City, Fla.; daughter, Marianne (Todd) Ervin of Jacksonville, Fla.; 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 great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her sense of humor. Funeral arrangements will be in Three Lakes, Wis., and announced at a later date.

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Rita M. Hausner-Bennett
Rita M. Hausner-Bennett of Minocqua, formerly of Winter Haven, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Avanti Health and Rehabilitation in Minocqua. She was 79. She was born Aug. 17, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Clarence and Alberta (nee Byden) Rabe. Mrs. Hausner-Bennett is survived by two sons, Steve (Christine) and Tom (Deann); two sisters, Jean (Jerry) Brittain and Dorothy Anderson; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A local private service will be held for the immediate family and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Winter Haven. Memorials may be made to Avanti Health & Rehabilitation.

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Vilas County Sheriff A total of 281 complaints were entered by Vilas County Sheriff ’s Department dispatchers last week. In addition to those with sufficient detail to report below, a review shows at least 19 vehicle accidents, four requests for agency assistance, four ambulance requests, two animal problems, two attempts to locate, one battery, one burglary, eight burglar alarms, 11 requests for citizen assistance, one report of criminal damage, one disorderly conduct, four disturbances, one report of domestic violence, two reports of harassment, 12 reports of hazardous conditions, five juvenile problems/runaways, two reports of lost property, 10 reports of suspicious circumstances, 13 thefts, one threat, eight traffic violations, three welfare checks, 19 911 hang ups, five snowmobile accidents and four snowmobile violations. At least 22 calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department and there were at least 21 informational or procedural entries. In the past two weeks, at least 16 people were booked at the Vilas County Jail, including five for probation violations, one for operating while intoxicated, one for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated, one for bail jumping, three for operating after revocation, one for battery, two for disorderly conduct, one for possession of paraphernalia, three for resisting/obstruction, one for sexual assault of a child and one for physical abuse of a child. The inmate population ranged from 70 to 76. As of Jan. 23, there were 74 inmates. Thursday, Jan. 19 - 5:05 a.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 51 near Bakken Road in Boulder Junction, involving Theresa Trubachik of Ashland. - 7 a.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway M near Little Rice Lane in Boulder Junction, involving Julie A. Hook of Land O’ Lakes. Wednesday, Jan. 18 - 5:20 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 45 near Rummels Road in Conover involving Joseph H. Garries of Eagle River. Monday, Jan. 16 - 12:19 p.m. - A two-vehicle accident was reported on Highway 47 near Country Lane in the town of Arbor Vitae, involving Annabelle Sellstrom of Minocqua and Daniel L. Thoms of Arbor Vitae. Sunday, Jan. 15 - 2:08 a.m. - A two-vehicle accident was reported in the parking lot at 397 Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae, involving David B. Geiger of Woodruff and a parked vehicle owned by Felicia L. Wewasson of Lac du Flambeau. Friday, Jan. 13 - 10 p.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on E. Bass Lake Road near Nine Mile Road, involving Andre I. Johnson of Rhinelander. Eagle River Police Among the calls received by Vilas County dispatchers were at least 22 calls for the Eagle River Police. These included two vehicle accidents, one request for agency assistance, three burglar alarms, one fake identification, one animal problem, four requests for citizen’s assistance, one disturbance, one domestic violence complaint, one drug problem, one report of harassment, one restraining violation, two juvenile problems/runaways, one snowmobile violation, three reports of suspicious circumstances, and one traffic violation. Three Lakes Police This police department reported one vehicle accident, one hit and run, two ambulance requests, two animal problems, one fire, one report of hazardous conditions, two information reports, one report of found property, one reckless driving, one search warrant, one request for service, one report of suspicious circumstances, three traffic violations and one report of trespassing.

SEMI ACCIDENT — A Roundy’s semi-truck tipped over on McKinley Boulevard in Eagle River Saturday just before 8 a.m. as the driver was getting ready to make a left-hand turn onto Indiana

Street prior to a delivery to Pick ’n Save. While the driver was not injured in the incident, the truck damaged a power pole. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

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Attorney asks court to suppress evidence found during search of Leach’s residence
A 23-year-old Eagle River man charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child under age 16 and other felony charges was in Vilas County Circuit Court last Thursday for a motion hearing. Joshua Leach, who is scheduled for a trial on one of the sexual assault charges March 7, will be back in court for a pretrial conference Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III requested that both counsel be present. Leach’s attorney, Henry R. Schultz, made a motion that the court suppress all evidence searched for or seized from Leach’s residence executed on March 30, 2011. Schultz also asked the court to suppress all leads on the evidence derived from the search and seizure, including but not limited to the defendant’s statement to law enforcement on April 5, 2011. Schultz said the warrant affidavit failed to establish probable cause that contraband was found at Leach’s residence located at 560 Highway 45 South, Apartment 2, in Eagle River. Schultz said the search for and seizure of evidence found in the defendant’s home was in violation of the rights granted by the fourth and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. After listening to the motion from Schultz, Judge Nielsen set Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. for a motion hearing. According to the complaint, Leach had sexual contact with a child under age 16 in October of 2010 in Eagle River. Another motion hearing was set for April 25 at 9 a.m. related to a charge of seconddegree sexual assault of a child stemming from an incident in December 2010 at Eagle Lake Park. Leach is also charged with sexual assault of a child under age 16 between December 2010 and January 2011 in Vilas County, sexual assualt of a child under age 16 in December 2010 in Conover, intimidating a victim on April 24, 2011, and felony bail jumping Aug. 28, 2011, when he allegedly sent text messages to a minor female in Eagle River. Leach is free on a $10,000 cash bond. Conditions of his bond include no contact with minor females, no unsupervised contact with any minor females, no contact with any victims and not to go on premises of any schools. In other felony cases, Jeffrey P. Rupert, 25, of Eagle River, made an appearance in Vilas Circuit Court last Tuesday for a deferred prosecution agreement hearing. Rupert, who was found guilty of sexual assault of a child under age 16 in August of 2005, had a fiveyear deferred entry of judgment dismissed on count 1. At the time of the incident, he also pleaded guilty to an amended charge of delivery of narcotics and contributing to the delinquency of a child. He received three years’ probation and 180 days in the county jail on the third count. Donald A. Pawlak, 31, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded guilty to a charge of manufacturing/delivery of marijuana and a charge of delivery of a schedule I or II narcotics, party to a crime, was dismissed in a plea agreement last week. Pawlak sold marijuana to investigators during a controlled purchase Sept. 21, 2010, in Lac du Flambeau. Judge Nielsen withheld sentencing and Pawlak was placed on probation for 24 months. Conditions of his probation include random testing, complete alcohol and other drug abuse counseling as deemed appropriate by the agent, continue physical therapy, prescriptions as prescribed and only from one pharmacy, no possession or consuming intoxicants, no taverns, $230 in restitution to recover buy money and court costs. Jay P. Fawley, 48, of Woodruff, charged with operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and operating a motor vehicle after revocation, had a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 25 at 1:15 p.m. He was arrested Dec. 3, 2011, in Arbor Vitae with a preliminary breath test of .05%. Because he had four prior operating while intoxicated convictions, he was not to exceed .02% on a breath test. Phil W. Poitra, 29, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating while intoxicated, fifth offense, with a minor child in the vehicle and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over. Arraignment was set for Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. He was arrested Dec. 1, 2011, at 2:24 a.m. and had his 3-year-old daughter in the vehicle. Officers said the child was not in a child-safety seat.

The real estate transactions listed below are being published at the request of many of our readers. The information is public record and reflects an index of each week’s transactions. Property transactions exceeding $10,000 recorded at the Vilas County Courthouse the past week and the transfer fee: Jan. 16, 2012 Thayes R. Johnson and spouse to Alan Spatz and wife, gov lot 4 in 3-40-6, $41.70 Daniel L. Wait and wife to John W. Christofferson and wife, lot 1 of plat 887 in Evergreen Condominium, $162 CBD Eagle River Holdings LLC to Kondaur Capital Corp., lot 1 of plat 891 in Eagle River Tall Pines Condos, $402 CBD Eagle River Holdings LLC to Kondaur Capital Corp., lot 5 of plat 891 in Eagle River Tall Pines Condos, $402 CBD Eagle River Holdings LLC to Kondaur Capital Corp., lot 6 of plat 891 in Eagle River Tall Pines Condos, $402 CBD Eagle River Holdings LLC to Kondaur Capital Corp., lot 7 of plat 891 in Eagle River Tall Pines Condos, $402 CBD Eagle River Holdings LLC to Kondaur Capital Corp., lot 8 of plat 891 in Eagle River Tall Pines Condos, $402 Jan. 17, 2012 James H. Reynolds to Four Loons Nest LLC, lot 20 of plat 294 in Sharon Lake Estates, $525 Musky Point Resort LLC to Roy S. Anderson and wife, prt NW SW in 31-43-5, gov lot 7, $600 Joseph Hrudkaj et al and Raeann Diamond et al to Todd L. Viola and wife, prt NW SE, prt SW NE, prt NE SE in 31-41-8, prt SE NE in 41-31-8, gov lot 4, $643.50 NKB Investments LLC to Brian D. Hoerneman and wife, prt NW NW in 4-42-5, $42 Jan. 18, 2012 Richard J. Long Trust to William B. & Anne T. Daley Trust, lot 18 of plat 103 in Forest Lodge Condo, $645 Mary Ann Wiegert to Daniel W. Beck, prt SW SW in 27-42-10, $31.50 Jan. 19, 2012 US Bank Trustee and OCWEN Loan Servicing Inc. POA to EMK Properties LLP, lot 76 of plat 339 in Timbergate, $138.60 Bradley J. Cole to Duane M. Anderson and wife, prt SW SW, prt SE SW, prt NW SW, prt NE SW in 33-41-9, $960 Jan. 20, 2012 Marcella A. Sullivan to Eugene Dehn et al, lot 20 of plat 416 in Tambling’s 2nd Addn Assrs Plat, $166.50 Thomas B. Gannon and wife to Raymond T. Sullivan and wife, prt SW SW in 8-43-6, gov lot 7, $111 Thomas B. Gannon and wife to Raymond T. Sullivan and wife, prt SW SW in 8-43-6, gov lot 7, $111

Revised gun-training bill placed on hold in Senate
The state Justice Department will get a chance to revise concealed-carry training requirements, now that Republicans in the state Senate chose last week to allow a bill that would erase minimum conditions to languish. Under the new law, any state resident who is at least 21 years old, passes a background check and provides proof that he or she has gone through firearms training can obtain a permit to carry. But Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued an emergency rule that required applicants to complete at least four hours of training. The National Rifle Association (NRA) argued that the actual concealed-carry law contained no such hard-and-fast requirements. Van Hollen argued that the state needs a minimum standard to verify applicants had completed any training. But Republicans on the Legislature’s rules committee sided with the NRA and suspended the four-hour requirement days after the law took effect. Under state law, the full Legislature must approve a bill that would make the suspension permanent. The rules committee drafted the legislation and sent it to the Senate’s scheduling committee. Rather than calling for a vote, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) asked Senate President Mike Ellis (RNeenah) to kick it back to the scheduling committee. No one objected and Ellis complied.

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PLOWING FOR POND HOCKEY — A crew of volunteers with eight pickup trucks, and an end-loader from the town of Washington, were on Dollar Lake in Eagle River last week preparing the ice for

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Golf course advisory committee frustrated over duties of panel



Frustration over understanding the duties of the Eagle River Municipal Golf Course Citizen Advisory Committee led to two meetings and the resignation of a committee member last week. In September, the advisory committee individually evaluated golf course grounds superintendent Ken Smith and golf pro Brad Missling. The results of the evaluations were not shared with the committee and in December Smith was named golf course manager by the Eagle River City Council to oversee all course operations. The lack of knowing what the overall evaluations revealed, along with being left out of the contract process, were among the reasons that led to the resignation of advisory committee member Chuck Bonson last week. The advisory committee met last Tuesday morning and a meeting of the Eagle River City Council last Tuesday evening was called to clear the air between the advisory committee and council. Committee concerns In preparing for the council meeting, the advisory committee members vented their frustrations and discussed what they would bring before the council later in the day. Before the start of that discussion, advisory committee chairwoman and City Council member Carol Hendricks indicated she would not stay at the meeting. “I’m going to excuse myself. I prefer not to involve myself; you can do public comments and you can appoint a chair,” she told the advisory committee and then left the meeting. Committee member Bill Lochte said he had asked Mayor Jeff Hyslop to meet with the committee over the issue of Resolution 816, which gives direction on what areas of advice the panel should give the council. Particularly, the resolution states the advisory committee was “to make any and all recommendations concerning the overall operation and management of the course.” That got member Fred Kauzlaric to ask, “Why have the advisory committee if the council doesn’t seek our advice?” Member Sally Ayers responded that she felt the council wanted to take a more active part in running the golf course. Lochte expressed the inconsistency of decisions made by the council without their advice, saying, “Not a member of the council goes on the course and talks to people.” Member Ken Biegel, by tele-

phone, said the panel needs to be “direct on our feelings on what is our function after we were cut right out of it.” Biegel said the panel “hit a dead space” after making the evaluation. “We made recommendations; we have the most valid opinion and can’t see how they (city council) can function without us,” he said. “Do they want to go by Resolution 816 or not? What do they want to take on? We’re left hanging out here.” Lochte said there were two main issues to bring before the City Council later in the day — Resolution 816 and the relationship of how to govern each other. “When we asked Hendricks if she represented us to the City Council, her response was she didn’t,” Lochte said. “This board is fractured.” Biegel asked if the committee should have a new chairperson. “Can we do that? This year there’s a different element and maybe that’s our problem,” he said. “Can we have a new chair? We can work with Hendricks or change, but leave it up to the City Council to make a change. What went wrong? She took a completely different turn on how we should function.”. Ayers said maybe a change was appropriate since Hendricks doesn’t consider herself as the spokesperson of this committee. Lochte admitted only the City Council can appoint a chair to run the advisory committee, but repeated some of the earlier frustrations the committee members felt. “We kind of got drop-kicked on evaluations,” he said. “What are the rules of engagement and governance going forward? I don’t want 2012 to be like 2011 with all the phone calls I got.” Lochte was directed to be the spokesperson at the City Council meeting later in the day. Bonson resigns In his letter of resignation, Bonson identified a number of issues of concern, including accounting and budget issues, operation of the pro shop, the task force to study the future course structure and not being able to make recommendations to the council. Bonson said his biggest concerns were the evaluation and contract negotiations with Smith and Missling, and lack of evaluation with Margo Rogers-Anderson, director of golf instruction. “I disagree with having the golf committee do the evaluations, but the council oversees the contract process,” he wrote. “If the council’s desire was to directly assume the responsibility of handling the

processing of the contracts, the golf committee should have been advised of this prior to it taking place.” “Not sharing the evaluations with the committee was not proper. In short, I feel the entire evaluation and contract process was conducted poorly. How can one group (committee) conduct the evaluations and another group (council) oversee contract issues?” Bonson did not question the council’s right to change a resolution, but rather having the committee’s responsibilities change without being given prior notice. Council meeting Lochte told the council the advisory committee felt an inconsistency with Resolution 816 that gave the advisory committee direction on what areas they should provide advice. “Last spring we wondered if we would make budget; we did,” Lochte said. “We met our obligations. We’re volunteers and we care about the course, we care about providing $70,000 in tax relief.” “We did individual evaluations, compared notes privately (in closed session) and brought in both Smith and Missling to discuss both good and bad parts of their evaluations. We turned it all over to Carol (Hendricks) and then didn’t hear any more,” he said. “Then, through the grapevine, we heard about a structural change (of making Smith course manager) and we were shocked,” Lochte said. “We were shocked by the inconsistency of the resolution; no one told us why the shift.” Lochte continued to dwell on the communication gap between the council and the advisory committee. “Last spring we had eight greens gone and a big budget, but with a lot of oversight, we made that budget happen. Then there was added drama in the city on why a special task force was formed. Innuendo and the rumor mill and phone calls and letters came fast. It doesn’t look good,” he said. Lochte then focused on the two main issues the advisory committee had. “First, why didn’t you follow the resolution and why didn’t you inform us you didn’t follow the resolution? Second, is governance over who represents us to the council. We thought our chair (Hendricks) was our spokesperson and she indicated she didn’t represent us.” Advisory committee member Biegel, again giving input by phone, gave the council his view. “We want to do the right thing; the advisory committee relieves the city of micromanaging the course. Do you

want to take over management?” he asked. “ We’ve functioned very well. We’re not $50,000 to $100,000 in the hole and we’ve provided the city with $70,000. But we’ve seen a different direction and it’s a concern. We need clarification on our future.” Lochte also wondered if the city still needed the advisory committee. He referred to the letter of resignation of Chuck Bonson, indicating “we lost a good person.” Council responses Overall, the council members supported continuing with the advisory committee, but said they felt there could be better communication between the two. “I don’t want to manage the golf course; this was working well and I have no interest in managing it,” said Councilman Jerry Burkett. “We have a lovely asset and need it to grow and need that committee more than we realize.” Hendricks explained she had to wear two hats, one as an elected City Council member and the other as chairwoman of the advisory committee. Referring to Bonson’s resignation letter, she admitted, “I should have raised them (the issues) long ago” since this is a city business and the council should be involved. Burkett suggested a way to bridge any communication gap over contracts and evaluations and the roles of the council and advisory committee. “We should have a joint meeting in November,” Burkett said. “I think this resolution (816) is fine. We need to clear the air on what happened with the season so every November we add this and have an open meeting.” “They are all golfers and they do a wonderful job and we trust the people who run it. We need the committee and their monthly input; we need these people.” When asked what information the council relied on to make its decision to change, Hyslop indicated this was all done in closed session and he couldn’t reveal that. That prompted Ayers to state, “I don’t think we’ll ever know why and how the structure was changed.” When Lochte asked the mayor if the advisory committee would evaluate staff next year, Hyslop indicated, “I would not have you evaluate them unless we tell you to do so.” The mayor indicated, under the new system, Smith will evaluate Missling and the council would evaluate Smith with input of the committee. Biegel told the council that the way it was set up, it was working very well; however, he To GOLF, Pg. 10A

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First installment due for Vilas property tax
Vilas County Treasurer Jerri Radtke recently issued a reminder to county taxpayers that the first installment of their 2011 property taxes are due to the local treasurer by Tuesday, Jan. 31. “You may pay the whole tax or the first half at that time,” said Radtke. “You must make this payment to the municipality treasurer. If you miss the deadline or if you pay less than the amount due, your taxes will be delinquent.” Radtke added that taxpayers will be charged interest on the total unpaid tax amount beginning Feb. 1. The option of making second-half payments will also be lost in this scenario. Those who haven’t received a tax bill should contact either the Vilas County treasurer’s office at (715) 479-3609 or the treasurer of the municipality in which the property is located. “Remember, state law says you must pay your taxes and pay them on time even if you do not get a tax bill,” said Radtke. “Now is also the time to be sure you’re certified for the lottery and gaming credit. Please check your tax bill.” The amount of the lottery and gaming credit appears in the middle of a tax bill, directly above the net tax. Those who haven’t received the lottery and gaming credit can contact the local municipality treasurer. Residents must sign and return the form to the local municipality treasurer to be certified and receive the credit. The primary eligibility requirements are that the applicant owned the property Jan. 1, 2011, and the property was that person’s primary residence Jan. 1, 2011. “The Department of Revenue defines primary residence as the place where you live most of the time,” said Radtke. “Generally speaking, you need to live at the property six or more months of the year and you must be able to prove you are a Wisconsin resident.” For more information, contact the Vilas County treasurer’s office at the Vilas County Courthouse located at 330 Court St. in Eagle River, or call (715) 479-3609.

Vilas County Circuit Court Judge Neal A. Nielsen III (center) and new family court commissioner Deborah Hatfield presented Cal

Burton a certificate of appreciation for his 32 years of service to Vilas County. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Vilas recognizes Cal Burton



Vilas County Circuit Court officials gathered recently to honor Cal Burton, who retired as the county’s family court commissioner — and more — at the end of 2011. Burton served as the county family court commissioner for more than three decades. He received a certificate of appreciation from Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III as other Vilas County employees, friends and family members looked on. “Cal Burton has served as Vilas County’s family court commissioner for 32 years, which is a remarkable tenure and it’s sad to see him go,” said Judge Nielsen. “The people of Vilas County should be very grateful for all the service he has provided over so many years to our citizens.”

Burton has a variety of law experience, including 50 years as a private attorney in Eagle River, 12 years as a former Vilas County district attorney and 32 years as family court commissioner. “In a small town, you practice in a lot of areas,” said Burton. “It is varied experience; it’s not like practicing in a large firm. So it was very interesting and I enjoyed it. And I had time to spend with my family and that makes me happy.” Former Vilas County Circuit Judge James Mohr also was on hand to congratulate Burton on his tenure in Vilas County. “No one has done more for Vilas County than Cal Burton,” said Mohr. “Not only did he serve as court commissioner, he served the public defender’s office and he was a prosecutor. People don’t realize how much he has done over the years for this county. He’s done every-

thing you can imagine. Anytime we wanted something done, Cal was always there.” Mohr, who noted that Burton practiced law under at least six circuit judges, said Burton wore a lot of hats in the courthouse. “If someone was in jail and he or she needed an attorney, Cal was there. If we needed a court commissioner to set bond for people who were in jail when I was gone, Cal was there,” said Mohr. “He was always dependable to get the job done.” Burton said he has enjoyed family life in the North Woods as much as his job. He and his wife of 53 years, Roberta, raised four children in the Eagle River area. She was his secretary after he left the district attorney’s office. “It’s been a wonderful life up here because I’ve had a chance to be with my family, so that’s been really important,” he said.

Burton said he has no big plans for retirement, except to spend time with his nine grandchildren and continue to swim and walk to keep in good physical condition. “I enjoy swimming at Lake Forest three times a week and I walk on the other days,” he said. Deborah Hatfield, who has served as the family court commissioner to both Oneida and Forest counties since 2004, has been appointed to take over for Burton in Vilas County. The family court commissioner sets temporary orders in divorce cases, grants divorces in contested matters, hears paternity and child support cases, and deals with post-judgment and placement issues. “We have a great new commissioner in Deb Hatfield and we are looking forward to a smooth transition, but all of Cal’s experience and long service will be missed,” said Judge Nielsen.

Vilas County chamber plans annual dinner
The Winchester Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Vilas County Chamber dinner at Smokey’s Restaurant FANTLE T h u r s d a y, Feb. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will feature a social hour, dinner and a presentation by Wisconsin Department of Tourism Deputy Secretary Dave Fantle. In his capacity as deputy secretary of tourism, Fantle will provide insider knowledge on the state of Wisconsin’s economy and the role tourism plays in its recovery. He will explore initiatives already undertaken and share plans and strategies for the future. “We invite all chamber of commerce members from within Vilas County, as well as the public, to come enjoy an evening of networking with fellow business owners and Dave Fantle,” said Theresa Smith, president of the Vilas County Chamber. The evening will begin with a social hour, cash bar and light hors d’oeurves. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by Fantle’s presentation. Dinner choices include sirloin kabobs with mushrooms, onions and peppers; stuffed chicken breast with spinach, pine nuts and feta cheese; baked seafood Newburg, an array of mixed seafood. Dinner also will include a mixed-greens salad, signature bread basket, house-blend coffee or tea and chef’s choice light dessert. The cost will be $20 per person. Seating is limited, and reservations should be sent by Feb. 9 to Vilas County Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Cindy Burzinski, 330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521. Checks can be made payable to Vilas County Chamber of Commerce. For a reservation form, call (715) 479-3649 or 1-(800) 236-3649. Smokey’s Restaurant is located at 10004 Highway W in Manitowish Waters.

Snowmobile Radar Run slated Feb. 3-5 on Little St. Germain
ST. GERMAIN — The annual Snowmobile Radar Run, featuring a variety of drag racing competition on the west bay of Little St. Germain Lake, is scheduled Friday through Sunday, Feb. 3-5. The event boasts one of the fastest shaved-ice tracks in Wisconsin, according to race officials, which will serve as a domain for trophy contests, grocery cart races, charitable bikini runs and exhibition sled runs, all precluding Sunday’s sanctioned drag race. The weekend action, hosted by St. Germain Radar Racers, will begin Friday, when racers tune their sleds and take practice runs on two tracks. Racers will choose between the Twilight Bar 660 with 660 feet of groomed snow or the Thunderbird Pass 1000 with 1,000 feet of shaved ice. Anyone is welcome to test their sleds on either track for $5 per run or five runs for $20. Registration for Saturday’s main event will start at 9 a.m., with racing between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Racers will compete for class-specific trophies and prizes on the Thunderbird Pass 1000. Registration is $25 for three trophy runs or $5 for individual fun runs on the Twilight Bar 660. Race officials said Saturday’s action could begin early. “Expect world-record holders to start early Saturday morning at 10 a.m. when the track conditions are at their best,” said event coordinator Mark Hiller. The fastest rider on the shaved ice will win the SnoKing Traveling Trophy on display at the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain Saturday also will feature the Camp’s SuperValu Grocery Cart Races at 1 p.m., with teams competing for cash prizes as they push grocery carts down the ice. Angry Dave’s Bikini Run for charity will begin at 2 p.m. The crowd favorite will feature participants racing in their bikinis for top speed honors. The bikini racers gathered $11,506 in pledges last year, which were donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central Wisconsin foundation, the Plum Lake Ambulance Service and the St. Germain Fire and Rescue Department. The bikini racer with the highest combined total of pledges and speed will take home Angry Dave’s Traveling Trophy for the year along with a prize. Saturday will end with the World Speed Record Exhibition Sleds at 3 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. awards ceremony at Thunderbird Pass Bar & Grill, located off Highway J in St. Germain. Sunday will introduce MASTERS Racing Seriessanctioned three-lane drag races, starting at 10 a.m. Racing classes will include vintage, stock, pro-stock, modified, turbo and specialty classes. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top three winners in each class at Thunderbird Pass Bar & Grill. Volunteers from the BoBoen Snowmobile Club will serve food and beverages each day. Additional event sponsors include Sayner Pub, Weber’s Wildlife, Timber’s Bar and Grill, Parson’s of Eagle River, Shoeder’s RV & Marine and Badger Glass. Parking will be available on the ice for trailers, spectators and racers all weekend, and in designated parking areas along Highway 70. Signs will be posted directing traffic to the event from Angry Dave’s in St. Germain. For additional information about the 2012 Snowmobile Radar Run or registering for Sunday’s main event, visit or contact Mark Hiller at or (715) 4792934.


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Design/Build by Visner wins custom home award
Design/Build by Visner Inc. in Eagle River has been named a winner in the Professional Builder Design Awards contest, which recognizes the nation’s top home-building projects for their design excellence, sales and marketing success and construction quality. Sponsored by Professional Builder magazine, the Professional Builder Design Awards honor projects across five categories: single-family homes, multifamily homes, one-of-akind custom homes, “on the boards” projects and communities. Design/Build by Visner Inc. won a Merit Award in the oneof-a-kind custom home category. The winners were selected by a panel of residential design experts including Jean Dufresne, principal with Space Architects & Planners in Chicago, Ill.; Donald F. Evans, founder and president of The Evans Group, Orlando, Fla; and Larry W. Garnett, principal of Larry Garnett Designs, Glen Rose, Texas. Jeffrey Visner, president of Design/Build by Visner Inc. and designer of the awardwinning home-building project, said he was thrilled about the award. “It is an honor to be recognized by Professional Builder in this nationwide awards contest,” he said. “It speaks highly for our company and also brings an awareness and appreciation of the North Woods area.” The Professional Builder Design Awards winners will be featured in the January 2012 issue of Professional Builder, as well as online at


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Northern Vintage Snomo series plans Sugar Camp race Jan. 28
The second race of the 2012 season for the Northern Vintage Snowmobile Race Series (NVSRS) is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Sugar Camp Town Hall, located at 4059 Camp Four Road. Registration will be from 7 to 9 a.m. at the track and races will begin at 11 a.m. “This week’s race will be a points race and is sponsored by Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club,” said NVSRS President Jan Breivogel. The series will also run at Pelican Lake Feb. 4, Spirit Lake in Three Lakes Feb. 18, Boom Lake in Rhinelander March 3, and again at Sugar Camp March 10. In addition, the series will hold two nonpoints paying endurance races on the Moen Lake Chain Feb. 11 and on Spirit Lake March 17. For more information about the NVSRS, visit the website at About the NVSRS The NVSRS is a nonprofit group of vintage snowmobile enthusiasts that promotes fundraising through racing for other organizations. In its eighth year, NVSRS attracted roughly 130 riders who competed in 22 different classes of racing, mainly for sleds model year 1985 and older. The NVSRS has a grass drag (nonpoint), two endurance (nonpoint) and six ice oval (point) races scheduled for the 2012 season. The organization has implemented a set of rules and guidelines for snowmobile races that are hosted by various organizations throughout the area. These organizations raise funds by collecting entry fees at their hosted event. Current hosts for the eightrace series include Stella Fire Department, Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club, Hodag SnoTrails, Gerrit’s Lakeview Inn, Three Lakes Trails, Bonnie’s Lakeside, Jonny & Billy’s Birchwood Lodge & Rustic Bar and Rhinelander Fire Department. The NVSRS receives sponsorship help from other groups and businesses that help it promote and advertise events. The schedule of remaining races is as follows: Jan. 28, Sugar Camp Ovals 1, host Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club; Feb. 4, Pelican Lake Ovals, host Hodag Sno-Trails & Gerrit’s Lakeview Inn; Feb. 11, Stella Enduro, nonpoints race, host Stella Fire Department and Jonny & Billy’s Birchwood Lodge & Rustic Bar; Feb. 18, Spirit Lake Ovals, host Three Lakes Trails and Bonnie’s Lakeside; March 3, Boom Lake Ovals, host Rhinelander Fire Department; March 10, Sugar Camp Ovals 2, host Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club; March 17, Spirit Lake Enduros, nonpoints race, host Three Lakes Trails and Bonnie’s Lakeside; March 31, annual banquet at Northwoods Banquet Center. Registration is from 7 to 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted above. Races start at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted. All dates and locations are subject to change.
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TRAIL DONATION — River Valley Bank in Eagle River recently donated $1,000 to the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club in Eagle River for trail maintenance this winter. Taking part in the presentation

were, from left, vice president and business banker Chris Kuehling, Sno-Eagles president Ken Storms and vice president and bank manager Nancy Schuller. —STAFF PHOTO

Three Lakes Town Board report

Repairs planned for dams at Thunder, Maple lakes




The Three Lakes Town Board heard a favorable report last week from the engineers assigned to inspect the dams at Thunder and Maple lakes, according to Chairman Don Sidlowski. “They gave us a visual presentation of their written report,” he said. “The news on both dams is better than we had hoped and the repairs will be less extensive than we had feared.” On Thunder Lake, the procedure will be much less complicated than previously thought, said Sidlowski. “They’re going to create a half-moon shaped structure in front of the current dam, which is made of interlocking steel panels driven deep into the ground,” he said. “That dam will be set at the operational height of the lake determined by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).” The town will then haul out the old dam and let excess water flow over the new dam to the other side. There will be more extensive rebuilding of the ground around the dam, due to the possibility of high water getting past in some places. “This defeats the purpose of the dam,” said Sidlowski. “MSA Professional Services will be given orders by the town to do a survey on the east shore of Thunder Lake to determine how far the earthen wall will have to be built to ensure there is no leakage of water.” Previous inspections of the Maple Lake dam had revealed

extensive concrete deterioration. Repairing the concrete also will be less expensive than the town board thought, according to Sidlowski. “Basically they’ll put in a temporary cofferdam around the existing concrete,” he said. “Then, they’ll pump out the water, find out how far down the concrete damage goes, cut it off at that point and rebuild the structure.” Once the work is done, the temporary dam will be removed and the water will return to its original state. The dam also will be cleared of shrubs and debris and a locking cage will be constructed to prevent anyone from playing around near the dam, said Sidlowski. “We had talked about that second spillway, and the engineer admitted that they always try to get people to have a backup spillway,” said Sidlowski. “Really, he said we only need one, so there will be no second spillway.” The chairman said roughly 20 people from each lake attended the meeting. “They were helpful with their questions and supportive of the projects in general,” said Sidlowski. The board also approved an architectural design and location for a second firehouse at its regular meeting, which directly followed the special meeting. Supervisor Bill Martineau said the structure was approved by the Planning Commission. “The only thing that was approved was the basic structure of the building and its location on the property,” he said. “It’s a basic metal pole-

building structure.” Supervisor Jeff Bruss asked whether plans for a septic system and well had been considered. “It’s not on that design,” said Martineau. “Chief Herb Stuckart is trying to work within his budget, and no borings have been done yet. But they have borings on neighboring properties and it doesn’t appear that there’s going to be any problem. It will just be a regular septic and well system. Trucks will all be filled from either town hydrants or the station.” The 60-by-40-foot building will open storage space at the primary station by housing a first response truck, tanker, hazardous materials trailer and boat in the off-season. In other action, the town board: — heard a quarterly report and investment recommendations; — heard a repair and upgrade report on the Community Health Foundation; — approved a drain-line extension in Gary Post Tribune Subdivision; — announced a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss 2012 road construction; — announced a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Superior Street closures for 2012; — approved Vintage Oval Race permits for Bonnie’s Lakeside; — approved going to bid on Firehouse No. 2; — transfered non-lapsing accounts to reconcile the budget; and — proclaimed the Three Lakes Lions Club’s 60th anniversary in 2012.

Vilas County Personnel Committee — Wednesday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Initial exchange of bargaining proposals. A quorum of other committees maybe present. Vilas County Veterans Service Commission — Wednesday, Jan. 25, 9:45 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Reports and updates. Phelps Special ATV Workshop Committee — Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m., Phelps Town Hall. Agenda: Discuss ATV routes/county road rights of way. Phelps School District of Board — Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m., Phelps School. Agenda: Reports and technology update. Northland Pines School District Personnel Committee — Thursday, Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m., Northland Pines district office. Agenda: Board members will be in attendance for executive session. Eagle River Common Council — Monday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., City hall. Agenda: Silver Lake Road reconstruction.

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Eagle River Common Council Chambers 6 p.m. Jan. 30, 2012 On Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, a public information meeting will be held to consider design concepts for the proposed reconstruction of Silver Lake Road from Division Street to Sheridan Street. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall Common Council Chambers located at 525 E. Maple Street in the city of Eagle River. The design concept will consider the installation of sidewalks on either the east or west side of Silver Lake Road from Wall Street to Sheridan Street. In addition, the design concept is considering narrowing the street width which could eliminate public parking on either the east or west side of Silver Lake Road. Other design considerations will also be discussed. MSA Professional Services, Inc., consulting engineers from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, are currently preparing preliminary plans for the project. Representatives from MSA Professional Services will make a brief presentation and overview of the different design concepts. The Common Council would then appreciate hearing from the Eagle River citizens regarding these different design concepts. Written comments may also be sent to Joe Laux, City Administrator, P.O. Box 1269, Eagle River, WI 54521 or e-mail at: or by 1940 phone at (715) 479-8682 ext. 226.

A caption under a photograph in the Jan. 18 issue of this newspaper indicated Marv Anderson was on the Vilas County Board. Anderson is not a board member, however, he is a candidate for District 11 county board supervisor in the April 3 election.

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. Effective with the Spring Primary in 2012, proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued, unless the elector is otherwise exempt from this requirement. TO OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, YOU MUST MAKE A REQUEST IN WRITING. Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also request an absentee ballot by letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk. You can also personally go to the clerk’s office or other specified location, complete a written application, and vote an absentee ballot during the hours specified for casting an absentee ballot. TOWN CLERKS PRESQUE ISLE Lorine Walters 11409 Hwy. B Presque Isle, WI 54557 715-686-2725 WINCHESTER Ruth Allis 1147 Harris Lake Rd. W Winchester, WI 54557 715-686-7103

Golf: Lochte says ‘committee is fractured’
“saw some flaws with the current structure,” asking, “did you make the right move?” “In fall we’ll come together and see how the season went — what’s good, what’s bad,” the Mayor responded. Responding to the governance issues, Burkett pointed to the mayor. “It’s you, Mayor, whether you like it or not,” he said. “You’re where the buck stops. All committees are appointed by you. It all comes down to communication and saying what’s hard to say.” Lochte again indicated that “we lost faith; we saw our chair as representing us and when she told us she didn’t represent us, our mouths dropped.” Hendricks disagreed. “There’s never been a recommendation passed by the committee that I did not take back to the council,” she said. “There were almost never any recommendations that came from the committee.” But Lochte immediately challenged that view, saying there was a need for a clubhouse capital fund. “We’ve been dysfunctional since August and hit the peak when we were never told what the evaluations (summaries) were,” he said. Turning to the rest of the City Council, Lochte said they had to fix it because “our committee is fractured.” Lochte told them they didn’t get the phone calls and letter and the committee was the council’s first line of defense. After more than an hour of discussion, Lochte summed up the main concern. “Our confidence is shaken, our communication is broken, and it needs to be fixed,” he said.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012



Northern pike gaining ground in popularity
THE LOWLY northern pike, that scrappy fighter that was once labeled “snake” and cursed by many as a nuisance fish with too many bones in its flesh, is finally gaining popularity as the staple fish of winter anglers. I can’t remember another winter when more people told me of their pursuit of pike and how much they enjoy eating them. One of those anglers said he never bothered with northerns until someone showed him how to remove all the bones, including the Y-bones. Believe it or not, that extra set of bones can be removed with a few strokes of a sharp fillet knife, and without cutting each fillet into two or three pieces. And you can put the final touches on bone removal, after normal filleting, at any time prior to the next fish fry. There is no other fish the scribbler knows of in northern Wisconsin that tastes great no matter how it is cooked — deep-fried, boiled, broiled, baked. It’s even great pickled. You can’t boil just any fish and have it turn out white and flaky with a tender-but-firm consistency. Boiled northern lightly salted and dipped in melted butter is poor man’s lobster at its finest. The most unbelievable part of the northern pike saga is how anything that slimy and

In the Outdoors
By Kurt Krueger
disgusting on the cleaning table — the fillets having a distinct yellow hue — can end up being as white, firm and tasty as any fish on the globe. How disgusting does it get? I’m not sure what extra type of forage a pike would eat compared to a walleye, but sometimes it pays not to push hard on the side of a northern. The gray matter you might squeeze from its body can send anglers running from the cleaning house. Summertime is the worst. As more and more anglers target northerns, we are finding that the pressure is affecting certain year classes of fish in some lakes. Take Thunder Lake in Three Lakes, for example, where the average northern this winter is barely 20 inches. Once in a while when I get into a big batch of small northerns, three or four will make it to the cleaning table for pickling. Pickled pike put other fish, including herring, to shame.

With the number of smaller northerns around this winter, I think it’s time to share an old pickling recipe that produces firm, tangy chunks of skinless pike. No fancy removal of the Y-bones is required, as they are completely dissolved in the process. The recipe is quiet simple, and takes about five days to complete. Here goes: • Cut filleted and skinned northern pike into bite-sized chunks that will fill a salted cracker. Soak four hours in a salt brine made with 5⁄8 cup of salt for every quart of water. • Drain and rinse, then cover the fillets with white vinegar and soak 24 hours. A five-quart ice cream pail with cover is a good container. Keep refrigerated at all times. • The next step will be to dump off the old vinegar and put the fillets into a new brine that’s already been chilled. The brine ingredients are: 2 cups white vinegar, 1 cup white wine, 1 tablespoon pickling spice, 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. The brine must be boiled for five minutes and left to cool before the fish are added. Make sure to use new vinegar in the brine. I usually double the recipe. • Stir the mixture twice daily. After the first day, cut up one or

As more and more people learn how to filet the bones out of northern pike, they are discovering just how good they taste. —Photo By The Author

two large white onions and add them to the brine. The fish and onions will be ready for consumption in another two to four days, depending on thickness and desired texture. The fish achieve maximum firmness in the first week. One optional step is to pack the fish and brine in glass jars for storage, layering the fish and onions as they go. Some people add a teaspoon of lemon juice to each jar, but I have never needed it. There really

is no fishy taste to hide. I have stored pickled fish for up to a month with no problems as long as they remained cold. But I like them best in the first week, when the chunks are still very firm. Give this recipe a try and you may never be upset with a 20-inch northern pike again. But be warned: Once a taste for pickled fish is acquired, it can be addicting. And healthy, too.

Predator hunt set in Conover from Feb. 3-12
Northern Waters Angling and Archery in Conover will host its fourth annual predator hunt Friday, Feb. 3, beginning with a registration meeting at 6 p.m. Ending ceremonies will be held noon Sunday, Feb. 12, at Northern Waters. Participants should take their dogs for photo opportunities. Whitetails Unlimited will help sponsor the tournament by donating a number of door prizes. Every registered hunter will be guaranteed at least one prize with a chance at the grand prize — a FoxPro Spitfire electronic call. This tournament is made up of two-man teams, with an entry fee of $40 per team. One-man teams are allowed, but that individual will still have to pay the full amount to make the payouts at the end equal. Payouts will be 50% of entry fees for first place, 30% for second and 20% for third. There also is an optional “Big Dog” jackpot for a cost of $10 per team. Only one team member needs to be present at the registration meeting Friday night for the reading of the rules. This is also when the blocks of wood for each team will be handed out to insert between the jaws of the animal when harvested. The total number of points will determine the winner, with 20 points awarded for coyotes and 15 points for foxes. The weight of the animals will determine winners if a tie should occur. All Wisconsin rules apply. This tournament is open for Vilas, Oneida, Iron and Forest counties. This is strictly a calling or stalking tournament, meaning no baiting, running with dogs or trapped animals will be allowed. For more information or to register, contact Northern Waters at (715) 477-2224 or northernwatersconover@ The third annual Phelps Predator hunt Dec. 30 to Jan. 8 resulted in 12 coyotes harvested, with the heaviest coyote weighing in at 43 pounds. A total of 31 hunters paid an entry fee of $20 per person. Half of the entry fee went for cash prizes to the three winners with the most points. the remaining funds were donated to a needy family.

Fishing with the Guides
By George Langley

Walleyes and northerns still active in January
North Woods anglers are now experiencing more typical January weather, with more snow on the ice and occasionally some really cold weather to deal with. The lakes still have pretty good access at this point, as many anglers make it easier for everyone by plowing a road onto the ice. Ice thickness is now as thick as 18 inches on some lakes. If you do drive out on the ice, we would certainly suggest that you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, as there are snow dunes on most of the lakes from the wind. With the additional 4 to 6 inches of snow Monday, the snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski enthusiasts are quite happy. It is really pretty out in the woods at this time of year. Walleye fishing remains surprisingly good for this time of year. On some years, we seem to get a January slump, but that hasn’t happened this year. Some nice fish have been reported even through that cold front last week and many more anglers are getting out there with the warmer weather this week. As always, either sucker minJacob Wittmann recently caught nows or golden shinthis 28-inch walleye on an area lake. —Contributed Photo ers are the favored bait. At this point, it is about 50-50 between the two. Most of the fish are still being caught in the evening and after dark, but a few anglers have reported some good action jigging for them during the afternoon. Northern action also is good. The fish are moving on a daily basis through the weeds, hunting for panfish and minnows to feed on. The best action is on large shiners. Most anglers report better action if they move their tip-ups often, with the best action coming right after they drop the shiner in the water. Look for weeds for these fish, the same areas that you usually fish for bluegills and perch. Panfish action has been OK, but a little slower because of that cold front. Spikes have been reported as the best bait for the bluegills, and wigglers and waxies are best for the perch. The bigger perch are generally in deeper weeds than the bluegills. Crappies are now being found off the weeds and in the holes on the Chain. Crappies are hitting pretty much on crappie minnows only. Anglers have nice ice fishing conditions now. Take advantage of both the good fishing and the good weather. Good luck and good fishin’.

Friendly competition is part of the fishing tradition, and communities across the North Woods

are planning annual jamborees and fisherees in the months ahead. —STAFF PHOTO

Ice fishing tourneys planned
As temperatures drop and ice thickens on North Woods lakes, area towns have begun preparations for their numerous ice fishing tournaments. Following is a brief rundown of local weekend fishing tournaments organized by date: Jan. 28, Phelps — The Phelps Lions Club will host its 26th annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament on Lac Vieux Desert from 8 a.m. until noon. Headquarters will be at the West Shore Boat Landing. Phone (715) 545-3327. Feb. 4, Woodruff — The seventh annual United Way Ice Fishing Jamboree will be held near Stack’s Bay Landing on Lake Minocqua just south of Woodruff, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Phone (715) 499-2424. Feb. 4, St. Germain — The Plum Lake EMTs Holes for Life will be held on Big St. Germain Lake with registration at Fibber’s Restaurant & Resort at 7 a.m. Fishing will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone (715) 891-0572. Feb. 4, Conover — The Conover Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will host its third annual Ice Fishing Classic on Pioneer Lake from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with headquarters at the public boat landing off Chicago Avenue. Phone (715) 477-2036. Feb. 4, Minocqua — The Lakeland ATV Club “Kind Gary” Fisheree will be held on Squirrel Lake from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone (715) 588-1747. Feb. 11, Sayner — The 10th annual Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tournament will be held from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Phone (715) 542-2788 or 542-3501. Feb. 11-12, Rhinelander — The 36th annual Lions Club Fisheree and Winter Festival will be held between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days at Hodag Park. Phone (715) 365-7464. Feb. 18, Sugar Camp — The annual Sand Lake Ice Fishing Jamboree will be held at Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone (715) 479-4955. Feb. 18, Manitowish Waters — The Manitowish Waters Sno-Skeeters Winterfest Rendezvous will be held on Rest Lake. Phone (715) 543-2373. Feb. 25, Eagle River — The Eagle River Lions Club will host its fourth annual Ice Fishing Jamboree at Braywood Resort on Catfish Lake with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and fishing to take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Phone (715) 617-2016 or (715) 218-8727. Feb. 25, Three Lakes — The Three Lakes Lions Club will sponsor its 59th annual Ice Fishing Jamboree on Maple Lake from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone (715) 546-3344. Feb. 26, Land O’ Lakes — The 16th annual Kids Fishing Jamboree will be held on Lac Vieux Desert at the West Shore Boat Landing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will include food, prizes and bait. Phone (715) 547-3434. March 11, Conover — The Lions Club Kids Fisheree will be held on Denton Lake off Highway 45 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with headquarters at Club 45. Phone (715) 479-6673.






WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Sports Sidelines
By Gary Ridderbusch

Volunteers needed for pond hockey event
Holy pond hockey pucks! A record 278 teams from more than two-dozen states have already registered for the LaBatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships to be held on Dollar Lake in Eagle River Feb. 10-12. Now in its seventh year, this event continues to grow in popularity. The inaugural event was held in 2006 and had 40 teams participate. Last year’s event drew 250 teams. The Eagle River Recreation Association is still looking for volunteers to help with scorekeeping. No experience is necessary. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Marci McDonald at (715) 891-4496. Promoted as “ice hockey back to its origins,” teams will play simultaneously on 24 specially prepared rinks on beautiful Dollar Lake. Event headquarters for the entire weekend will be Chanticleer Inn & Resort, located at 1458 Dollar Lake Road in Eagle River. Preparations on Dollar Lake began last week as a crew of volunteers with eight pickup trucks plowed the east side of the lake where the rinks will be constructed. Eagle River Fire Chief Pat Weber coordinated the effort. “There were 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ice. By removing the snow, we’re hoping the lake ice will get thicker the next couple of weeks,” said Weber, noting there already was 10 to 12 inches of ice on the lake. Weber said the crew removed about 700,000 square feet of snow in six hours and will soon be building the two dozen 75- by 150-foot rinks. Each rink features a pair of 6-inch high by 6-foot wide goals. “The low goals mean players have to keep the puck on the ice,” said Weber. “No slap shots are allowed in the tournament.” All participants must be older than 21 years of age by the start date of the tournament, and be members of the United States Hockey Association. A picture ID will be required at check-in and will be checked throughout the tournament. Each team is guaranteed three games during the round-robin play format. Players may not play for multiple teams in multiple divisions. The tournament fills many area hotel rooms and provides an incredible boost to the local economy each winter. While the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce has the actual contract agreement with USA Hockey, it is the cooperative effort of the Eagle River Area Fire Department, the Eagle River Recreational Association (ERRA), the snowmobile Derby Track exposition hall, Chanticleer Inn and hundreds of area volunteers who make it all possible.

Northland Pines battled D.C. Everest in a nonconference game last Tuesday. Here, defenders Dakota Klessig (No. 18) and Matt

Kaitchuck (No. 5) get back to help out Eagles’ goaltender Jacob Stephan. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Eagles win Pines Classic with wins over Mosinee, University School



After edging Mosinee 5-4 in overtime in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) showdown for first place Friday night, the Northland Pines boys hockey team defeated University School of Milwaukee (USM) 2-1 Saturday to win the Pines Hockey Classic at the Dome. The Eagles hadn’t won the Pines Classic since 2006, but USM came into the tournament ranked sixth in the state and were coming off a 7-2 victory over Hayward in their first game of the tourney. “We had some dramatic wins over the weekend that provided some good entertainment for our wonderful fans in Eagle River,” said Pines coach Charlie DePuydt. The teams went scoreless

in the first period of the championship game, as Northland Pines shut down two USM power plays. The Eagles also missed on a power-play opportunity. About 10 minutes into the second period after some sustained pressure in the Eagles’ offensive zone, USM tried to clear the puck. Alex Kornely kept the puck in, slid across the blue line and threw a soft puck on the net. It got through traffic in front of the net and beat the USM goalie. The game stayed scoreless until the last four minutes of the game, when USM scored to tie the game after a shot from the point and a rebound beating Pines goalie Jacob Stephan. With the momentum in USM’s favor, Pines gave them even more momentum by getting whistled for a tripping penalty to put them on the

power play with just three minutes left in the game. But Adam Kresl beat a tired defenseman to the puck in the corner and passed it to a streaking Austin Ramesh, who beat the goalie over his glove to score a shorthanded goal with only two and onehalf minutes left to play.

After USM dumped the puck into the Pines’ defensive zone, Ramesh beat one of their players out of the Eagles’ zone, forcing one of the USM players to trip him so he was unable to go down the ice and score an empty net goal. “Going on the power play, To CLASSIC, Pg. 13A

Eagles girls move into second with 5-point win at Mosinee



Northland Pines sophomore Brandon Hunt uses his stick to get leverage on a D.C. Everest player.

Northland Pines junior Alex Kornely battled a D.C. Everest player for the puck near the goal.

Eagles girls lose two in Pines Classic
The Northland Pines girls hockey team lost two games at the Pines Classic over the weekend, falling 4-2 to Webster-Siren Friday before suffering a 1-0 loss to University School of Milwaukee (USM) Saturday. The Eagles came out flat against Webster-Siren, the frigid temperature of the rink appearing to have a negative impact on key Pines players. Webster-Siren scored three goals in the first period. “The rink was extremely cold,” said Pines coach Al Moustakis. “The team seemed like they were just not winning the races to the puck.” In the second period, the girls almost made a comeback, as they controlled most of the puck time and brought the game back to 3-2. The third period was a battle up and down the ice, but Pines couldn’t get the tying goal. “Once Webster-Siren scored their fourth goal on a takeaway that led to a score, the girls just couldn’t manage to get back in the game,” said Moustakis. The Eagles pulled their goalie with almost two minutes left in the game and simply couldn’t find the net. Scoring for Pines during the game were Kelly McGinnis and Paige Healy. The girls faced off against the ninth-ranked USM the next day, and Nina Andersen’s third-period score was the only goal of the game. Kim Van Brundt played excellently in the net for the Eagles, turning back 34 saves, but Pines again lacked in the scoring department. “The team played much more aggressively in the consolation game and had great scoring opportunities, but none went in,” said Moustakis. “It was a great high school matchup, and it proved to be a goalie’s game.” Sophomore goalkeeper Heidi Golembiewski of USM stopped all 15 shots the Eagles took. Northland Pines will travel to Medford Thursday, Jan. 26, for a 7 p.m. game.
Standings Conf. POINT/RAPIDS .............6-0-0 NORTHLAND PINES...5-1-1 MARSHFIELD...............4-2-1 TOMAHAWK .................4-4-0 MEDFORD .....................3-3-1 RHINELA/ANTIGO ......1-5-1 LAKELAND ...................0-8-0 OA 7-10-0 9-6-2 7-5-1 6-9-0 4-7-1 2-8-1 0-12-0

The Northland Pines Eagles girls basketball team defeated Mosinee last Friday to stay within reach of Medford, who is leading the Great Northern Conference (GNC) with a 5-0 record. The Eagles defeated Mosinee 57-52, improving to 4-1 in the GNC and one game back of the Raiders. With Lakeland’s win over Rhinelander the same night, the Eagles are in sole possession of second place. The game was a battle from the start, as it was deadlocked at 11-11 after one quarter. All of the Pines’ starters got into the scoring column in the first half, and the Eagles led at the intermission 22-21. “Everytime we made a run, Mosinee answered to keep them within striking distance,” said Pines coach Larry Bergum. “Mosinee shot the ball well and we struggled from the field.” Pines built to a 38-30 lead after three quarters, but was able to cut the margin to two points late in the fourth. But Mosinee had to foul the Eagles to get the ball back, and Abby Alft, Holly Darton, Kelsey Bergum and Ashley Mai all made clutch-free throws in the final minutes to secure the win. Mai shot 24 free throws and made 13 of them, which helped Pines on the score board and created foul issues for Mosinee. Pines shot 55% from the line, which was key to the win. The Eagles had three girls in double figures, with Mai leading the way with 21 points. She also had 10 boards. Bergum chipped in 13 points, three steals and three assists; and Darton added 10 points, five steals and two assists. Alft

led Pines in rebounding with 11 boards and had six points. Carly Bohnen had 10 rebounds, three points, two assists and two blocks. “Ellie Zyhowski gave us some nice minutes in a reserve roll with four points, three rebounds and a steal,” said Bergum, who said he was happy with the road win. “Anytime you can get a win on the road in the GNC, it’s a bonus,” he said. “I give the girls a lot of credit; they kept their composure every time Mosinee made a run. When the game was close, they never let down and, in the end, they got a welldeserved win.” Bergum said the Eagles must continue to improve their shooting. Pines got many second-opportunities shooting, as the Eagles outrebounded Mosinee 45 to 24 for the game. “We need to be more consistent shooting from the field. We have a good shooting game, and then the next game we struggle,” he said. “We’ll continue to focus on converting our good shots and tightening up our defense as we move into the second half of the season.” The Eagles, 4-1 in the GNC and 7-3 overall, was scheduled to host Watersmeet, Mich., in a nonconference game on Tuesday of this week and will host Antigo in a GNC game this Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Standings Conf. OA MEDFORD.........................5-0 11-1 NORTHLAND PINES .......4-1 7-4 LAKELAND .......................4-2 6-8 RHINELANDER................3-2 4-6 ANTIGO .............................2-3 4-7 TOMAHAWK .....................0-5 4-8 MOSINEE ..........................0-5 1-12


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012


Eagles boys get third win against Niagara 41-38



Northland Pines players celebrated their first championship in the Pines Classic since 2006. The Eagles beat Mosinee Friday and

then topped University School of Milwaukee Saturday to win the championship. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

Classic: Eagles open with overtime win over Mosinee
we asked our boys to keep the puck below the goal line, making sure we didn’t give them the opportunity to get the puck and go down the ice,” said DePuydt. After one more penalty taken by both teams, the Eagles ended up with their first Pines Classic championship since 2006. “Jacob was excellent for us in the win against USM, turning away 28 of 29 shots on net,” said DePuydt. The USM goalie made 31 saves. Mosinee win Pines moved into first place in the GNC with a dramatic win over Mosinee Friday night in the first game of the Pines Classic. Last year in the Pines Classic, the Eagles tied Mosinee after an eight-minute overtime and then went to a fiveman shoot-out which saw the Indians come out on top. This time, Mosinee went up 1-0 near the end of the first period. “We felt lucky to get out of the first period only down by a goal,” said DePuydt. “We lacked intensity in all zones and did not play nearly as physical as we would have expected, especially against this huge rival in Mosinee.” Pines finally got a powerplay goal to tie the game at 1-1 about 11 minutes into the second period. “Jacob had some big saves and seemed to be warming up for what we felt needed to be a great third period if we were going to win the game,” said DePuydt. Right after the Eagles’ power play goal, Mosinee scored about 20 seconds later to go ahead 2-1. The Eagles split up its first two lines in the third period and that seemed to do the trick. “We came out in the third period like we were shot out of a cannon,” said DePuydt. Matt Kaitchuck took the puck down the ice, skating around everyone and sniped the goalie only 40 seconds into the period to tie the game at 22. Just 11 seconds later, Newey Spencer jammed one in with an assist from Kresl to give Pines a one-goal advantage. Kaitchuck wasn’t done as he added one about a minute and a half later with an assist from Dylan Weber to give Pines a 42 lead. Just when it looked like Pines was in complete control of the game, Mosinee’s Bryce Hladovcak scored. “Two-goal leads are always dangerous to have in a game and it proved to be the case for us,” said DePuydt. With only 59 seconds left in regulation, Mosinee scored after the Eagles failed to clear the puck in front of its own bench to make it 4-4. The eight-minute overtime was back and forth to start. Mosinee ended up getting a breakaway about halfway through the overtime, but Stephan made the save. With 43 seconds left in the overtime and a face-off in the Eagles’ defensive zone, Mosinee called a timeout. Mosinee turned it over on their blue line to Weber and after it bounced off a Mosinee’s player stick, Kresl came in and fired the puck over the goalie’s shoulder, winning the game with only 5.3 seconds left in the overtime. “It was a good win and we finally got the monkey off our back by winning a big game and a close game,” said DePuydt. “We didn’t play well, but we won a big conference game and advanced to the Pines Classic championship.” Stephan made 41 saves in the game, while Jimmy Rogers made 37 saves for Mosinee. D.C. Everest loss Pines started off the week with a big nonconference game against D.C. Everest, ranked fifth in the state. “They have beat some very good teams in the state and have proved to be very stingy with letting goals in their net, giving up only 1.2 a game,” said DePuydt. “We knew this would be a very difficult game and our goal was to come out really strong and hopefully get on the board right away to potentially get their goalie rattled early on.” Pines put 13 shots on net in the first period, but just couldn’t get one behind the goaltender. “Brett Hughes had a great opportunity in the first period to get us on the board and the goalie made a huge stop for Everest,” said DePuydt. “Everest did a great job of clearing the puck out on us and slowing the game down. D.C. Everest scored a goal at the 15:04 mark in the first period, and the game remained 1-0 until early in the third period when they got their second at the 3:31 mark. “They routinely chipped the puck out of their defensive zone — many of them went down for icings — but some led to some odd-man rushes for them and that is how they scored their second goal of the game,” said DePuydt. Everest added a goal late in the third period to go home with a 3-0 victory. Stephan had 24 saves, while Everest goalie Jared Enders made 34 saves. “Our boys played a great game. They showed that they can play with any team in the state and, I feel, for the majority of the game we definitely out-played them,” said DePuydt. “We controlled most of the play, but were just unable to get one past their goalie. I know had we scored early, it would have been a much different game.” Pines, 9-1 in the GNC and 12-4-1 overall, was scheduled to play at Antigo on Tuesday of this week and will play at Wausau East in a nonconference game this Saturday, Jan. 28, starting at 7 p.m. Pines will host Medford next Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.
Standings Conf. OA NORTHLAND PINES .......9-1 11-4-1 WAUPACA ..........................9-2 12-5-0 MOSINEE...........................7-3 10-8-1 LAKELAND........................6-4 10-8-1 TOMAHAWK......................4-5 4-13-0 ANTIGO..............................4-6 6-9-0 RHINELANDER ................1-9 2-14-0 MEDFORD .......................0-10 0-14-0

The Northland Pines boys basketball team picked up its third win of the season with a 41-38 victory at Niagara last Monday. The Eagles got off to a slow start and saw Niagara jump out to a 13-6 first-quarter lead. Niagara maintained a 21-15 lead at the half. Pines played better in the third quarter, but still trailed 30-26 heading into the final eight minutes. “I give Niagara a lot of credit, as they played a nice game and pushed us to the ropes,” said Pines coach Ryan Clark. “We struggled in the first half, but I was really proud of our execution and our toughness down the stretch to eke out the win.” Clark said a good defensive game made up for a night when the offense struggled. “We played pretty good defense the entire game, and it saved us when our offense was not in sync,” he said. Defensively, Clark said the Eagles finished with a seasonhigh 28 defensive defections and 10 steals. “Offensively, we just did not show enough patience in the first half,” said Clark. “We have to do a better job of reversing the ball and not settling for the quick shot when our shots are not falling.” Devon Gaszak finished with a double-double for Pines, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. “Devin also had team highs in defensive deflections (seven) and floor burns (four),” said Clark. “Cody Lorenz again played good defense off the bench, and took a critical charge late in the game.” Cooper Kerner and Jon Eichman each chipped in nine points. Pines also faced Mosinee in

a Great Northern Conference (GNC) game on Friday at the Pines field house, but the Indians came out on top 66-34. Mosinee led 11-4 after one quarter and 29-16 at the intermission. “Mosinee’s 1-3-1 trap defense just terrorized us all game,” said Clark. “I believe we played our best defense of the season in the first half, because there is no other way to explain why we were only trailing by 13 points when we had committed 20 turnovers and missed six free throws.” Northland Pines got outscored 37-18 in the second half as the Indians put the game away. “Our inability to attack and beat their 1-3-1 is on me, as I have to do a much better job of preparing the players and putting them in position to be successful,” said Clark. “All of our mistakes are correctable, and we will continue to work to improve.” Kerner finished with a team-high 16 points and was the only Pines player to finish in double figures. Pines, 3-10 overall and 0-5 in the GNC, was scheduled to host Kingsford, Mich., in a nonconference game on Tuesday of this week. The Eagles will play at Antigo this Friday, Jan. 27, and will host Rhinelander next Tuesday, Jan. 31, in a pair on GNC games starting at 7:30 p.m.
Standings Conf. OA ANTIGO .............................6-0 12-1 RHINELANDER................5-1 9-4 MEDFORD.........................4-2 9-3 LAKELAND .......................3-3 9-4 MOSINEE ..........................2-4 6-5 TOMAHAWK .....................1-5 6-8 NORTHLAND PINES .......0-6 3-10

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The Three Lakes girls basketball team went 1-1 last week, falling to the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC), leading Crandon 54-35 last Monday before defeating Phelps 62-47 Thursday. The Knights led 13-12 after one quarter, playing an uptempo game and shooting accurately. Before halftime, however, the Lady Jays gained a narrow 32-28 advantage. “Phelps did a nice job early, and we just told the girls to stay the course and believed our press would get us some scoring opportunities,” said Three Lakes coach Steve Radaj. “We would make a run, only to have Phelps make a run themselves. We need to learn how to apply the knockout punch and put teams away.” Phelps coach Josh Olivotti said he was pleased with his team’s ability to break and score off the press. “There are few press situations we really struggle with if

we execute, and that is something we can typically hang our hat on,” he said. “But we need to continue to improve.” Scoring remained close for the third quarter, but Three Lakes gained the edge in the fourth, outscoring the Lady Knights 17-9 to post the NLC win. The connection between Bluejay sophomores Natalie Miller, Lindsay Schoff and Peyton Radaj proved to be the difference in the game, according to coach Radaj. “Natalie played a fantastic game both offensively and defensively, scoring a career and game high 19 points,” he said. “Lindsay continues to play well on both ends. She also scored a career high 16 points. Peyton Radaj drained two 3-pointers en route to 14 points and hit Miller and Schoff with several nice passes on the fast break and on inbounds plays.” Ashley Volkmann was the leading scorer for Phelps with 14 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Kendra Pietenpol was next in line for the Knights, scoring

13 points, three steals and four rebounds, followed by Angela Grmick with six points, three assists and six rebounds, Nica Grmick with six points and four rebounds and Stormy Schreiber with four points, four rebounds and two assists. “Three Lakes played as a very tight team the whole game and were able to dictate the pace and style of the game,” said Olivotti. “When you have 39 turnovers in a game, which is more than a turnover per minute, it’s going to be very tough to find a win. This is something we have to fix or we will continue to struggle to win ball games.” Against Crandon, the Lady Jays jumped to an early 12-6 lead after the first quarter. Crandon outscored Three Lakes in the second 22-7, taking a nine-point halftime lead. “We had them on the ropes and gave them a scare,” said coach Radaj. “Hopefully, this is a sign of what’s to come with our team. The girls battled Crandon to the end.” Free-throw shooting was the difference in the game, as the young Lady Jays were nine

for 28 from the line, while Crandon went 19 for 31 on their way to an NLC win. “I hope this game tells our girls that they can compete with anyone,” said coach Radaj. “It was great to see our team step up, battle Crandon and not back down.” Peyton Radaj led Three Lakes in scoring with nine points, followed by Schoff and Brooke Welch with six apiece. Miller and freshman Lauren Sowinski each scored five points. Kiana Liebscher, Maddie Lorbetske and Erika Running also found the scoring column. In two more NLC games, the Lady Jays will host Wabeno Tuesday, Jan. 24, before traveling to GoodmanPembine to take on the Patriots Monday, Jan. 30. Both games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Phelps was scheduled to host Laona Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. In a second NLC game, the Lady Knights will host Florence Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. Phelps also will travel to Gresham for a game Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 5:30 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012



Results of 1/21/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-0-1 — 2 D.C. Everest — 0-1-1 — 2 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: David Sauvola (Brady Snedden) Third period: David Sauvola (Brady Snedden, Kevin John) Saves: 15 (Brett Wilkins) Shots on goal: 21 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-0-2 — 3 D.C. Everest — 0-1-0 — 1 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: David Sauvola (Brady Snedden) Third period: David Sauvola (Brady Snedden, Alex Sternhagen), David Sauvola (Kevin John, Brady Snedden) Saves: 6 (Brett Wilkins) Shots on goal: 22 Hat Tricks: David Sauvola Play Maker: Brady Snedden Results of 1/22/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-0-0 — 0 Marquette — 1-1-0 — 2 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Saves: 19 (Brett Wilkins) Shots on goal: 16 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-0-3 — 4 Marquette — 1-2-1 — 4 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Riley McGee (Lochlan Siegmeier) Third period: Kevin John (David Sauvola), David Sauvola (Kevin John, Brady Snedden), Kevin John (David Sauvola) Saves: 16 (Brett Wilkins) Shots on goal: 18 Weber (Ryon Ritzer) Saves: 37 (Dillon Gagliano) Shots on goal: 38

Results of 1/21/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-1-1 — 2 Green Bay — 2-2-2 — 6 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: Mikey Alfonso (Max Zingler) Third period: Mikey Alfonso (Max Zingler) Saves: 30 (Nick Edwards) Shots on goal: 33 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-1-2 — 3 Green Bay — 1-1-3 — 5 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: Sammy Spencer (Jack Rhode) Third period: Max Zingler (Mikey Alfonso), Max Zingler (Jacob Czarapata) Saves: 30 (Ethan Polich) Shots on goal: 33 Results of 1/22/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 3-1-4 — 8 D.C. Everest — 0-2-1 — 3 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Max Zingler, Mikey Alfonso, Jack Rhode Second period: Tyler Hunt Third period: Jack Rhode (Mikey Alfonso), Tyler Hunt (Max Zingler), T.J. Burke (Max Zingler), Jack Rhode Saves: 23 (Ethan Polich) Shots on goal: 33 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-3-0 — 4 D.C. Everest — 1-2-0 — 3 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Tyler Hunt (Dawson Penn) Second period: Mikey Alfonso, Jack Rhode (Cody Jantzen), Max Zingler Saves: 33 (Nick Edwards) Shots on goal: 31

EAGLE RIVER SQUIRT B’s Falcon Derek Tijan (No. 23) tried to combine with a teammate during Saturday’s annual Derby game against the Mosinee Papermakers. The Dome was crowded with an estimated 1,000 hockey fans for the Falcons’ 6-1 loss. —Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW
Results of 1/14/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-1-0 — 2 De Pere — 1-1-0 — 2 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Max Brown (Trevor Romatoski) Second period: Jacob Martin Saves: 12 (Jesse Ebert) Shots on goal: 10 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-1-1 — 2 Green Bay — 0-0-0 — 0 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: Zach Maillette (Adam Sima) Third period: Adam Sima (Jake Martin) Saves: 13 (Jesse Ebert) Shots on goal: 7 Results of 1/15/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 4-2-2 — 8 Rhinelander — 1-0-1 — 2 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Jake Martin (Matthew Szafranski), Abby Ahlborn, Jake Martin, Jake Martin Second period: Leo Horant, Matthew Szafranski (Cooper Cox and Sam Garske) Third period: Cameron Ramesh (Abby Ahlborn), Max Brown (Jake Martin) Saves: 13 (Adam Sima) Shots on goal: 29 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-3-2 — 6 Rhinelander — 0-1-0 — 1 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Brett Nesbitt (Max Brown and Sam Garske) Second period: Zach Maillette, Max Brown, Jake Martin Third period: Matthew Szafranski (Cameron Ramesh), Adam Sima (Cameron Ramesh) Saves: 4 (Cooper Cox) Shots on goal: 37 Results of 1/22/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-0-0 — 0 Keweenaw — 0-0-2 — 2 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Saves: 9 (Jesse Ebert) Shots on goal: 5 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-0-1 — 3 Keweenaw — 3-2-4 — 9 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Max Brown, Jake Martin (Trevor Romatoski) Third period: Jake Martin (Zach Maillette, Cameron Ramesh) Saves: 21 (Cooper Cox) Shots on goal: 16

Results of 1/21/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-0-0 — 0 Green Bay — 6-2-1 — 9 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Saves: 32 (Mike John) Shots on goal: 14 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-2-1 — 3 Green Bay — 1-3-2 — 6 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: Tucker Wittkopf (Bobby Schilling), Tucker Wittkopf Third period: Tucker Wittkopf (Wesley Pearce) Saves: 37 (Mike John) Shots on goal: 21 Results of 1/22/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-1-0 — 1 Wisconsin Rapids — 1-2-1 — 4 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: Tucker Wittkopf Saves: 26 (Mike John) Shots on goal: 22 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-3-2 — 6 Wisconsin Rapids — 1-5-1 — 7 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Bobby Schilling Second period: Tucker Wittkopf (Wesley Pearce), Eric Saltenberger (Bobby Schilling), Bobby Schilling (Tucker Wittkopf) Third period: Tucker Wittkopf, Tucker Wittkopf Saves: 33 (Mike John) Shots on goal: 29

Papermakers beat Falcons in Derby game



In a wild and wooly game, the Mosinee Papermakers knocked off the Eagle River Falcons 6-1 before an estimated 1,000 hockey fans at the Dome Saturday night. The Great Lakes Hockey League is the only amateur league in the United States that allows full contact. And when the Falcons and the Papermakers meet, they take this exception to the max each and every game. The visitors struck first at 8 minutes, 55 seconds of the first period, scoring off a rebound for the lead. Less than 30 seconds later, Mosinee would add their second goal as Jarret Giese redirected a shot from the blue line and scored on the tip in, to post a 2-0 lead. The hometowners got within one when defenseman Cody Litvinoff unloaded a slap shot from the blue line on a power play at the 17:42 mark. Josh Calleja picked up the assist.

At the end of the first period, Mosinee clung to a 2-1 advantage. The next twenty minutes belonged to the Papermakers as they applied major pressure on the Falcons’ net, registering three unanswered goals to increase their lead to 5-1 toward the end of the period. Frustration set in for the Falcons, and three separate altercations took place simultaneously. As a result, three players from each team were sent to the showers early, including the Falcons goalie. Headed into the second break Mosinee held on to their 5-1 lead. The final period saw the visitors add one more goal, holding the Falcons scoreless to claim the 6-1 win. The Eagle River goalies combined for 37 saves in the game. The Falcons will be off this weekend before traveling to Madison Friday, Feb. 3, and to Fond du Lac Saturday, Feb. 4.

Results of 1/21/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 4-2-3 — 9 Lakeland — 0-0-0 — 0 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Julia Nesbitt, J.J. Albee, Hunter Bill, Allie Kieffer Second period: J.J. Albee, Michael Maillette Third period: Roen McGee, Allie Kieffer, Mitchell McCanles Saves: 4 (Andrew Hartwig) Shots on goal: 4 Results of 1/22/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-3-1 — 5 Ashland — 0-0-1 — 1 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: J.J. Albee Second period: Hunter Bill, Hunter Bill (Andrew Hartwig), Hunter Bill (Julia Nesbitt) Third period: Hunter Bill Saves: 2 (Zachary Szafranski) Shots on goal: 3 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-4-1 — 5 Ashland — 0-0-0 — 0 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: Mitchell McCanles, Cooper Fink (J.J. Albee), Cooper Fink (J.J. Albee), Allie Kieffer Third period: Grace Wittkopf Saves: 5 (Hunter Bill) Shots on goal: 5

Playing for Eagle River, Lucas Otto skated the puck toward the net while Mosinee players looked on from the bench.

T&M Lanes Results of 1/17/12 Team results: LOL Pharmacy 2, Tackle Box 5; All In The Family 5, Bent’s Camp 2; T&M Lanes 7, Sparo Coin 0. High team game: Tackle Box 746. High team series: T&M Lanes 2140. High games: Ronee Horst 199, Karen Koskelin 190, Jodi Hook 183, Kyha Buell 183, Amy Froemming 177. High series: Karen Koskelin 516, Ronee Horst 509, Jodi Hook 490, Kyha Buell 480, Amy Froemming 466 Split conversions: Yvette Garrison 67-10. STANDINGS W L TACKLE BOX ........................27 8 T&M LANES..........................26 9 BENT’S CAMP.......................21 14 ALL IN THE FAMILY ...........15 20 LOL PHARMACY ..................10 25 SPARO COIN ...........................6 29

Eagle Lanes Results of 1/8/12 Team results: To Be Determined 5, Wheeler Dealers 2; Bear Pack 2, Why Nots 5; Rolling Thunder 5, Head Pins 2; Bucktales 3, Underdawg 4; Twinkle Toes 7, This Week in the Northwoods 0; Tom’s Tavern Tippers 7, Bowling Oldies 0. High team game: Rolling Thunder 862. High team series: Twinkle Toes 2437. High games, women: Bonnie Godleske 196, Sue Diehl 178, Sally Ayers 171. High series, women: Bonnie Godleske 491, Sally Ayers 486, Susie Erickson 451. High games, men: Cliff Erickson 254, Fred Goertz 224, Tim Bacon 205. High series, men: Cliff Erickson 628; Fred Goertz 617; Tim Bacon 561. STANDINGS W TOM’S TAVERN TIPPERS.....25 BOWLING OLDIES ................22 WHY NOTS .............................21 TWINKLE TOES.....................20 TO BE DETERMINED ...........19 WHEELER DEALERS............18 ROLLING THUNDER ............17 BUCKTALES...........................15 UNDERDAWG.........................14 BEAR PACK ............................14 HEAD PINS .............................14 THIS WEEK ............................11 L 10 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 21 21 17

T&M Lanes Results of 1/14/12 Team results: NOO PROBLEM 2, Wrongsiders 5; FUBAR 5, Lane 7 2; Drinking Devils 0, Ally-Oops 7. High team game: Ally-Oops 755. High team series: Ally-Oops 2162. High games, women: Ronee Horst 213, Amy Froemming 192, Karen Koskelin 171, Renee Horst 160, Jodi Hook 147. High series, women: Ronee Horst 564, Amy Froemming 516, Karen Koskelin 483, Jodi Hook 410, Renee Horst 393. High games, men: Ron Keller 197, Mike Froemming 181, Bob Kempainnen 178, Dave Gall 171, Dale Grosso 163. High series, men: Ron Keller 531, Mike Froemming 481, Dale Grosso 473, Dave Gall 469, Carl Reidy 450. STANDINGS W ALLY-OOPS ................................33 WRONGSIDERS ........................32 FUBAR........................................32 DRINKING DEVILS..................30 NOO PROBLEM ........................28 LANE 7 .......................................13 L 23 24 24 26 28 43

Eagle Lanes Results of 1/19/12 Team results: Wild Eagle Corner Store 7, Dyna Manufacturing 0; Boone’s Building Supply 5, Hiawatha Hide Away 2; Grembans 5, BBT’s 2; XXXOUTS 7, Miller Sportsmen 0; Club DeNoyer 4, Daniel’s Distinctive Design 3; Leinenkugel 5, Harry’s Market 2. High team game: Grembans 983. High team series: Grembans 2664. High games: Jim Kauzlaric 278, Cliff Erickson 247, Rob Erickson 239. High series: Jim Kauzlaric 634, Mark Weinand 621, Glenn Lasowski 613. STANDINGS W XXX-OUTS..........................................21 HARRY’S MARKET ...........................16 DANIEL’S DISTINCTIVE DESIGN..12 MILLER SPORTSMEN .....................12 WILD EAGLE CORNER STORE......12 CLUB DENOYER...............................11 GREMBANS .......................................10 LEINENKUGEL’S ..............................10 BOONE’S BUILDING SUPPLY ..........7 HIAWATHA HIDE AWAY....................7 BBT’S ....................................................4 DYNA MANUFACTURING.................4

Results of 1/14/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 1-0-0 — 1 Wausau — 1-0-3 — 4 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Colton Raymond (Nick Dean) Saves: 30 (Dillon Gagliano) Shots on goal: 20 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-1-1 — 4 Wausau — 0-2-1 — 3 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Noah Weber, Colton Raymond (Andrew Neis, Nick Dean) Second period: Colton Raymond Third period: Connor Cox Saves: 39 (Dillon Gagliano) Shots on goal: 25 Results of 1/15/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 3-2-2 — 7 Mosinee — 1-2-2 — 5 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Noah Weber, Noah Weber (Ryon Ritzer, Jake Jantzen), Colton Raymond Second period: Hans Luebke (Noah Weber), Noah Weber (Nick Dean) Third period: Colton Raymond (Noah Weber), Ryon Ritzer (Nick Dean) Saves: 51 (Dillon Gagliano) Shots on goal: 30 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-1-2 — 5 Mosinee — 1-3-0 — 4 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Noah Weber, Joe Maillette (Ryon Ritzer) Second period: Noah Weber (Nick Dean) Third period: Connor Cox, Noah

Results of 1/21/12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 2-2-2 — 6 Chippewa Falls — 0-0-0 — 0 INDIVIDUAL SCORING First period: Katy Gwyn, Mikala Rubo (Hannah Eibner) Second period: Gabby Herfindahl, Anna Hartwig (Allison Sauvola) Third period: Amand Sergent, Anna Hartwig (Joi Crass) Saves: 7 (Jenna Paez) Shots on goal: 22 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-1-1 — 2 Dane County — 2-1-1 — 4 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Second period: Amanda Sergent (Caroline Riley, Hannah Eibner) Third period: Amanda Sergent (Anna Hartwig) Saves: 11 (Jenna Paez) Shots on goal: 12 SCORE BY PERIODS Eagle River — 0-0-0 — 0 Hayward Co-op — 2-1-2 — 5 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Saves: 29 (Jenna Paez) Shots on goal: 16

Eagle Lanes Results of 1/14/12 Team results: Team III 2, Team II 2; Team I 4, Bye. High team game: Team I 395. High team series: Team II 1232. High games, girls: Morgan Gurka 130. High series, girls: Morgan Gurka 336. High games, boys: Seth Daniel 204, Joseph Pobjoy 166, Dylan Haagen 161. High series, boys: Seth Daniel 563, Dylan Haagen 459, Joseph Pobjoy 458. STANDINGS W TEAM I ...........................................251/2 TEAM II ..............................................24 TEAM III.........................................201/2 Results of 1/21/12 Team results: Team I 2, Team II 2; Team III 4, Bye. High team game: Team II 468. High team series: Team I 1236. High games, girls: Morgan Gurka 160. High series, girls: Morgan Gurka 404. High games, boys: Seth Daniel 236, Judd Klotz 199, Joseph Pobjoy 183. High series, boys: Seth Daniel 613, Joseph Pobjoy 503, Judd Klotz 431. STANDINGS W TEAM I ...........................................271/2 TEAM II ..............................................26 TEAM III.........................................241/2

Eagle Lanes Results of 1/18/12 Team results: Twelve Pines 4, Harry’s Market 3; Wild Eagle Corner Store 5, Darrell’s Dummies 2; Boone’s Building Supply 5, Rockettes 2. High games: Sue Soderberg 216, Mary Simac 193, Joey Tess 193, Carol Long 177, Louise Krus 177. High series: Sue Soderberg 566, Joey Tess 534, Mary Simac 506, Lynne Behrendt 492. STANDINGS W DARRELL’S DUMMIES ..........76 WILD EAGLE CORNER ........65 BOONE’S BUILDING .............62 HARRY’S MARKET .................57 ROCKETTES............................52 TWELVE PINES ......................45 L 43 54 57 62 67 74

T&M Lanes Results of 1/19/12 Team results: FMN Floral 0, Northern Carpets 7; Northern Exposure 4, Black Bear Industries 3. High team game: Black Bear Industries 803. High team series: Northern Carpets 2232. High games: Dick Owen 221, Rick Schacht 213, Dale Grosso 211, Mike Froemming 196. High series: Rick Schacht 592, Dick Owen 575, Mike Froemming 571, Dale Grosso 538, Doug Horstman 520. STANDINGS W FMN FLORAL.............................19 BLACK BEAR INDUSTRIES...15 NORTHERN EXPOSURE.........11 NORTHERN CARPETS ............11 L 9 13 17 17

T&M Lanes Results of 1/18/12 Team results: Lanny’s Fireside 4, Ramesh Motorsport 3; Northern Exposure 3, Rusty Nail 4; Great Lakes Stone 7, bye. High team game: Ramesh Motorsport 838. High team series: Ramesh Motorsport 2313. High games: Russ Doscotch 226, Ron Keller 220, Mike Froemming 213, Jason Wehrmeyer 204, Jeff Jackl 201. High series: Mike Froemming 576, Jason Wehrmeyer 573, Ron Keller 570, Chad Hosey 532, Russ Doscotch 524. STANDINGS W LANNY’S FIRESIDE ...............25 RUSTY NAIL ..........................23 NORTHERN EXPOSURE .......19 RAMESH MOTORSPORTS ....17 GREAT LAKES STONE ..........12 L 10 12 16 18 23

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Results of 1/18/12 Team results: BBT’s III 3, Club 45 II 0; Club 45 I 2, Bucktale Inn II 1; Bucktale Inn I 0, Club DeNoyers II 3; Club DeNoyers I 3, BBT’s I 0; BBT’s II bye. Top women shooters: Michelle Albaugh 5/12, Cheryl Nagy 4/14, Pam Tinder 3/9, Jamie De La Vega 3/12, Linda Schofield 2/9, Sharon Olander and Audrey Flaherty 2/12. Top men shooters: Nate Johnson 6/14, Jeff Schmidt 5/12, Jason Zdroik 5/14, Skip Brunswick 4/9, John Olander 4/12, John Ariola 4/13, Dave Diehl 2/8. Home runs: Rick Ruffalo (2), Audrey Flaherty, Nate Johnson, Mary Burback. STANDINGS W CLUB DENOYERS I.................27 BUCKTALE INN I ....................24 CLUB DENOYERS II ...............23 BBT’S II .....................................17 BUCKTALE INN II ..................18 BBT’S I.......................................18 CLUB 45 II ................................15 BBT’S III....................................16 CLUB 45 I..................................10 L 9 12 13 19 21 21 21 23 29

Results of 1/18/12 Team results: Pine Lake Pub 12, Briggs Bar 3; Oneida Village 11, Irish Waters I 4; Pine Isle I 10, Pine Isle II 5; Bonnie’s Lakeside 10, Irish Waters II 5; Jake’s II 10, Black Forest 5; Legion Eagles 8, Legion Ravens 7; Wonder’s Pit Stop 8, Loon Saloon 7; Jake’s I bye. Eight-ball run: Rick Maney. Hot-shots: Greg Kliss (16), Fred Hutchins and Brad Soder (12), Ed Kwaterski and Matt VanSkyhawk (11). STANDINGS W L JAKE’S II .............................134 61 BONNIE’S LAKESIDE .......123 72 ONEIDA VILLAGE .............110 85 PINE ISLE I.........................107 88 WONDER’S PIT STOP........106 89 BRIGGS BAR .......................102 93 LEGION RAVENS ...............102 93 IRISH WATERS II...............101 94 PINE LAKE PUB...................98 97 BLACK FOREST ...................93 102 IRISH WATERS I ..................93 117 LEGION EAGLES .................83 112 JAKE’S I.................................82 113 PINE ISLE II .........................73 122 LOON SALOON ....................63 132

Results of 1/18/12 Team results: Oneida Village II 3, Nomads 0; Triple Diamonds 3, Legion A 0; Wildcats 2, Village People 1; Legion I 2, Oneida Village I 1. Top women shooters: Sally Willman 4/9; Ginny Arvey 4/7; Jan Hintz 2/6; Peggy Wood, Jackie Wick and Marlene Lucas 2/9; Barb Borek 3/11; Pet Freeman 2/10; Trudy Klauk 2/12. Top men shooters: Bob Borek 6/11; Dave Crytmus 6/12; Warren Yahr 4/9; Bob Thompson 3/6; Jack Schlaefer 4/10; Dick Travis and Bob Mather 4/11; Walt Bredeson 3/7; Joe Petreikis 3/9. Home runs: Carol Baker, Betty Koehler, Donna Mather, Kathy Miller, Judy Metternich. STANDINGS W ONEIDA VILLAGE II ...........32 OV TRIPLE DIAMONDS ......25 AMERICAN LEGION I .........22 AMERICAN LEGION A ........18.5 OV WILDCATS ......................18.5 OV NOMADS .........................15 ONEIDA VILLAGE I.............13 VILLAGE PEOPLE ...............12 L 7 14 17 20.5 20.5 24 26 27

Results of 1/16/12 Team results: Boomers 7, Tiny Tap 2; Pine Isle 7, Jake’s II 2; Eagle Lanes 7, Jake’s I 2; Uncle Kent’s I 5, Oneida Village 4; Mud Creek Saloon 5, Club DeNoyers 4; Uncle Kents II bye. Nine-ball break: Tom Collins. Nine-ball runs: Steve Lawonn, Tom Muench. STANDINGS W L PINE ISLE .................................86 31 UNCLE KENT’S I .....................74 40 BOOMERS .................................65 52 UNCLE KENT’S II....................56 52 CLUB DENOYER......................59 58 MUD CREEK SALOON............51 57 TINY TAP ..................................55 62 EAGLE LANES .........................52 65 ONEIDA VILLAGE ...................46 71 JAKE’S II ...................................44 70 JAKE’S I.....................................39 69

Bluejays wrestler Dalton Tietsort lifts an Elcho opponent two weight classes above his own during a 6-4 decision win last Thursday

night in Three Lakes. The Jays defeated the Hornets 54-27, largely due to Elcho forfeitures. —Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW

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Jays 3-0 in NLC wrestling after defeating Elcho 54-27

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Results of 1/12/12 Team results: Joe’s I 4, 5; Joe’s III 5, 4; Joe’s II 4, 5; Club II 5, 4. 9-ball breaks: Bob Cline. 9-ball runs: Paul Lewis STANDINGS W JOE’S POOL HALL I................44 CLUB 45 II................................39 JOE’S POOL HALL III.............39 JOE’S POOL HALL II ..............33 CLUB 45 I .................................20 L 37 32 33 30 43



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The Three Lakes Bluejays wrestling team are 3-0 in Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) duals after defeating Elcho last Thursday 54-27. The biggest match for the Jays came from Dalton Tietsort, who won by a 6-4 decision at 132 pounds over Elcho wrestler Alec Smith. “This was a standout match,” said Three Lakes coach Jed Lechleitner. “Dalton moved up two weight classes from 120 pounds to wrestle Alec for the win.” The other highlight of the evening was when sophomore Matt Wilkowski had a chance at a comeback victory against Elcho senior Eric Doering. “Matt battled back from a

6-0 deficit to have a chance to win the match in the last few seconds, but was beaten by the clock,” said Lechleitner. The final match score was 8-6 in favor of Elcho, but the Jays were on the receiving end of eight forfeits from the Hornets, allowing them the easy conference win. The Bluejays also were defeated 69-3 in a tough match against Wausau East Saturday, with the only bright spot coming from Emerson Hegeman, who won by decision in the 285-pound division. Three Lakes will have a chance to win the NLC dual season Thursday, Jan. 26, as the Bluejays will host Crandon at 7 p.m.

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 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

Bluejays senior Jordan Michalek stared down his challenger, looking for the right move during last Thursday’s dual meet.

Fri., Feb. 17 Mon., Feb. 20 Fri., Feb. 24

Jays beat Phelps 50-21

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



The Three Lakes boys basketball team beat Phelps 5021 in a Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) game last Tuesday. The Jays jumped out to an early lead, scoring 19 points in the first quarter and holding the Knights to five. “The game started with a 10-0 run,” said Three Lakes coach Brad Volkmann. “We were able to capitalize on our strengths to overcome a feisty Phelps team.” Phelps scored another five points in the second quarter, but couldn’t keep up with the Bluejays. The score was 31-10 at the half. Three Lakes’ defense came out big in the third quarter, holding the Knights to only two points. Although Phelps came back strong in the fourth and outscored the Jays 9-8, it wasn’t enough to close in on Three Lakes’ big lead. “We had 20 steals, and 34 of our 50 points were scored on the paint,” said Volkmann. “We feel our two greatest strengths are our defensive pressure applied by our guards and our interior presence anchored by Ross Thorn. Both aspects worked well

Tuesday.” Ben Wales was the leading scorer for the Jays with 16 points, followed by Thorn with 15 and Riley Liebscher with seven. Ryan Cirese led scoring for Phelps with nine points, followed by Nicholas Cirese with six.

Three Lakes was scheduled to travel to Antigo Tuesday, Jan. 24. They will travel to Prentice Thursday, Jan. 26. Game times are 7:30 p.m. The Knights were scheduled to host Laona in an NLC game Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. They will host Florence Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

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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 W 9-1 W 7-2 W 7-1 L 3-0 W 5-4 W 2-1 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 Webster & Sat., Jan. 21 University School of Milwaukee Mon., Jan. 23 Lakeland Thurs., Jan. 26 at Medford Area Fri., Feb. 3 Tomahawk Mon., Feb. 6 Wisconsin Rapids Fri., Feb. 10 at Antigo/Rhinelander Time W 3-2 W 7-1 L 5-3 W 1-0 L 3-2 W 3-2 W 7-0 W 4-1 L 7-1 W 11-0 W 5-2 L 2-0 W 7-2 T 2-2 T 1-1 L 4-2 L 1-0 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

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

Three Lakes Wrestling
Sat., Dec. 10 Sat., Dec. 17 Thurs., Dec. 29 Fri., Dec. 30 Tues., Jan. 3 Sat., Jan. 7 Thurs., Jan. 12 at Wabeno Logroller Invite 9:30 AM at Tomahawk Invite 9:30 AM at Oshkosh Wrestling Classic 8:00 AM at Oshkosh Wrestling Classic 8:00 AM at Wabeno 7:00 PM at Wittenberg-Birnamwood Invite 10:00 AM at Florence 7:00 PM Sat., Jan. 14 Thurs., Jan. 19 Sat., Jan. 21 Thurs., Jan. 26 Tues., Jan. 31 Sat., Feb. 4 Sat., Feb. 11 Sat., Feb. 18 at Merrill Northern Exposure Individual Tournament Elcho at Wausau East Invite Crandon Lakeland Union at NLC Conference Tournament WIAA Regionals WIAA Sectionals 9:30 AM 7:00 PM TBA 7:00 PM 7:00 PM TBA TBA TBA

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NEWS-REVIEW If it makes no sense, blame Gumperson’s Law
EVERYONE IS familiar with the Murphy family. They gave the rest of us a book of laws we commonly refer to as Murphy’s Laws. Well, over the years, my family always considered the Murphy family, who lived just down the road from us, as “the lucky ones.” You may also be familiar with Dr. Gumperson. He is famous for Gumperson’s Law. It accounts for the fact that you can throw a burnt match out the window of your car while going 60 mph and start a forest fire, while you can go through two boxes of matches and an entire edition of the News-Review without being able to start a fire under the dry logs in your fireplace. Dr. Gumperson served as a consultant to the Armed Services during World War II and evolved the procedure whereby the more a recruit knew about a certain subject, the better chance he had of receiving an assignment involving some other totally unrelated subject. The law, stated simply, is that the contradictory of a welcome probability will assert itself whenever such an eventuality is likely to be most frustrating. Some of Dr. Gumperson’s better-known confirmations include: — that after a raise in salary, you will have less money at the end of each month

People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt
than you had before; — that the girl at the racetrack who bets according to the color of the jockey’s shirt will pick more winners than the man who has studied the past performance of every horse on the program; — that children have more energy after a hard day of play than they do after a good night’s sleep; — that the person who buys the most raffle tickets has the least chance of winning; — that a child can be exposed to the mumps for weeks without catching them, but can catch them without exposure the day before the family goes on a vacation; — that the dishwasher and bathroom toilet will break down the evening you give a dinner party for 10 people; and — that good parking places are always on the other side of the street. There is no knowing to what further glittering heights Dr. Gumperson’s genius would have led him had it not been for his untimely death in 1947. Strolling along the highway one evening, he was obeying the pedestrian rule of walking to the left facing traffic. Wouldn’t you know it? He was struck down from behind by a Hillman-Minx driven by an Englishman visitor hugging the left side of the road. * * * NOT SATISFIED with your job? In these tough economic times, many people want a new line of work but are afraid to leave their job because finding a new one isn’t easy. Maybe the following clip from a 1992 edition of Sunshine Magazine has some value. “Everybody needs some relaxation,” says William Lyon Phelps, “but a man’s chief happiness should not lie outside his daily work, but in it.” L.P. Jacks, another writer, says that civilization saves its soul by the way it earns its daily bread. This is the testimony that comes from all real thinkers. At times work is irksome, but what isn’t? Work is unique in that it satisfies us


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more of the time than any other activity. Millions of inarticulate men and women find in their daily routine the chief zest of living. To the humble housemaid, the task of cooking meals and dusting furniture is a claim to importance and usefulness. If this were taken away, there would be little left. What is left to any of us when work is gone? How destitute is the man or woman who is unneeded, whether a millionaire or pauper! The job is everything. Failing the ideal job, any work is better than none. * * * LAST THURSDAY, Tom Wilson’s Ziggy made a good point. Allow me to paraphrase. Just about everything in our lives has been upgraded at such a fast pace, many of us haven’t been able to keep up! Poor Ziggy. His TV, his smart phone and his computer are changing faster than he can adjust. If all of these lifestyle changes and social media developments are so fantastic, why are so many of our people suffering? * * * THERE’S A STORY going around about an Eagle River business. An employee’s To McNUTT, Pg. 17 A

Our View
Thaws, cold, slow economy can’t stop world-class Derby
The 49th annual AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby drew thousands of race fans to the oldest and best snowmobile racing event on the planet last weekend, as nothing Mother Nature can dish out has ever stopped it. Whether it’s pre-race thaws or race-time wind chills that are well below zero, Derby officials have the technology and equipment to make it happen year after year. Even a subzero economy couldn’t stop this international event, which drew racers and fans from as far away as Canada, Finland and the East Coast. The crowds were down from four years ago but the action was as good as ever, from the highflying antics of professional Sno-Cross racers to one of the most exciting races ever seen in the world championship event — youngster Nick Van Strydonk of Tomahawk edging out former world champion Matt Schulz of Wausau on a last-turn pass to give Polaris the one-two finish. It is incredible that the event is just one year away from its 50th anniversary, considering that sponsor support and the fan base hit incredible lows some 26 years ago. That’s when the Eagle River Lions Club turned over the reins to a private entity organized by the Decker family, which built, raced and toured internationally on snowmobiles. For 26 years, track owner Chuck Decker, his family and his staff have recruited sponsors that not only kept it going, but made it possible to improve technology and to transform the Derby Track into the country’s only world-class racing facility built exclusively for snowmobiles. What a show race fans saw last weekend, as the Derby drew the best oval racers from the United States and Canada. Widespread media coverage will again propel the historic Derby and the famed half-mile oval into the international spotlight. As the 50th Anniversary Derby and all the anticipated special events draw closer, we hope our readers remember that the Derby is rooted in the history of a sport that brought a four-season economy to northern Wisconsin — and still does today. The event itself put Eagle River on the international map like no other event. If you don’t believe the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby is still the most important snowmobile racing event, read what 2012 world champion Nick Van Strydonk said in the winner’s circle: “...I started when I was four and I’ve been out here 17 years. I always dreamed of it and here it is, we are finally in the winner’s circle.” Our hats are off to a new world champion from northern Wisconsin, which hasn’t happened since Eagle River’s own Chuck Decker took the checkered flag in 1987 on a Ski-Doo. Racers from Wausau and Green Bay have won it since, but not a North Woods racer. After 49 years, there is a history here that is worth following and a story that is worth telling. No other snowmobile race has outlasted the Eagle River Derby. With this souvenir issue, we are supporting a sport that is vital to the economy and an event that is rich in tradition.

Robert Reich
The ongoing decline of the public good
MERYL STREEP’S eerie reincarnation of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” brings to mind Thatcher’s most famous quip, “There is no such thing as ‘society.’ ” None of the dwindling herd of Republican candidates has quoted her yet, but they might as well, considering their unremitting bashing of everything public. A society is embodied most visibly in public institutions — public schools, public libraries, public transportation, public hospitals, public parks, public museums, public recreation, public universities, and so on. But much of what’s called “public” today is increasingly private. Tolls are rising on public highways and public bridges, as are tuitions at socalled public universities, and admission fees at public parks and public museums. Much of the rest of what’s considered public has become so shoddy that those who can afford to do so find private alternatives. As public schools deteriorate, the upper middle class and wealthy send their kids to private ones. As public pools and playgrounds decay, the better-off buy memberships in private tennis and swimming clubs. As public hospitals decline, they pay premium rates for private care. Gated communities and office parks now come with their own manicured lawns and walkways, security guards and backup power systems. Why the decline of public institutions? The financial squeeze on government at all levels since 2008 explains only part of it. The slide really started more than three decades ago with so-called tax revolts by a middle class whose earnings had stopped advancing even though the economy continued to grow. Most families still wanted good public services To REICH Pg. 17 A

Young oval racers dream of winning here

While the best racers in snowmobiling competed on the ice oval and challenging Sno-Cross track at the 49th annual AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby, youths ages 4 to 12 battled each other in the 120 class races on their own ice oval on the Derby grounds last weekend. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Don’t take this land for granted
LIKE A LOT of people, I sometimes tend to take this great North Woods country of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan for granted. When you’ve been surrounded all your life by hundreds of lakes and miles of forest that is your playground for the taking, you forget what a privilege that is. If you don’t own a bunch of land, it doesn’t matter when it comes to finding a place to hunt. You can stay close to a road and share your deer stand with many others, or you can walk two miles back in the bush and find a hill above a swamp where the only other orange you’ll see all day will be the breast of a pine grosbeak. One of the things I love most about our great North is the abundance of camping opportunities. Whatever a

Trails & Tales
By Will Maines
camper is looking for, this country has it. If you like white sand beaches, sitting in the sun all day soaking up rays and listening to the cacophony of sound hundreds of fellow campers and beach lovers can make, then a place like Crystal Lake or Clear Lake is for you. If you are like me and consider any tent over 7x7 a luxury and you look for campgrounds with only a handful of sites and people, there are a lot of wonderful places out there just waiting for you.

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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.

My wife and I have spent over 40 years camping together, most of the time here in the North Woods. For someone who had never seen a tent until she made the dubious decision to become my bride, my lovely wife took to camping like a duck to water, even though she is still certain that everywhere we set up our tent, there is a large herd of bears waiting to circle our tent while trying to decide which one of us would make a better snack. Among the state campgrounds in this area, Starrett Lake, less than three miles from our house, is far and away our favorite. Back in the day, it had just a handful of loosely organized sites, maybe six or seven, but even today, with 48 sites, it is To MAINES, Pg. 17 A


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012



Generous community keeps food pantry going
Dear Editor: As a new year begins, let me take this opportunity to reach out to all Vilas County residents, visitors and businesses who have contributed to the Vilas Food Pantry throughout the holiday season and the entire year. It is through the donations of this very generous community that we’ve been able to meet the supplemental food needs of all individuals and families who have visited the pantry thoroughout the year Our figures from last year indicate we have distributed 134,525 pounds of food. We have been able to serve 8,071 individuals. In addition to our regular distribution, a “Fill the Bag” Thanksgiving project came together again under the direction of Mrs. Coghlan, principal of the Northland Pines Middle School, who is also a member of the Vilas Food Pantry Board of Directors. This enabled approximately 200 families to serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to their families in addition to their normal supplemental fill. During the troubling times being experienced in Vilas County as well as the entire country, with high unemployment and limited job opportunities, it is encouraging to know that donations to the food pantry are kept entirely in our community. The Vilas Food Pantry is exclusively operated by dedicated volunteers who have recorded 3,407 volunteer hours for last year. The board of directors would like to thank everyone who made a donation, no matter the size, but who were thoughtful enough to remember those To PANTRY, Pg. 18A

a quiet place where you can spend your days lazing under a canopy of huge white and Norway pine or drifting quietly on the 50-acre, no-motorsallowed lake looking for a crappie or walleye or smallmouth bass, none of which are usually found in abundance but are a welcome treat when one is found. There are a few walk-in sites which allow you to completely get away from neighbors while enjoying the beauty of water-side camping. A little farther up the road are some sites that are even more inviting for someone who disdains crowds as much as I do. At Nebish and Allequash Lake, there are wilderness sites which require either a boat or canoe to ferry equipment, or a strong back willing to hoist a load on a walk of up

to a half-mile to reach a site. For the effort, all you get in return is complete solitude, a beautiful view of the lake, a nearly private fishing hole and — not at all out of the question — a possible visit from Brother Bear. My wife and I have spent many weekends over the past 40 years exploring and camping the wilds of the Upper Peninsula as well. We primarily stay at national forest campgrounds, which as a rule have maybe a dozen or so sites, some less, some a few more. We have found the national forest campgrounds to be quiet places where we share space with people of a like mind, people who are looking for peace and quiet on a small lake where hiking, fishing and other silent-sports opportunities abound. Up north of Presque Isle are several of our favorite hideaways, places like Henry Lake, Moosehead Lake and

Bobcat Lake. Over to the east of Watersmeet is Imp Lake, which truly is one of the most beautiful small lakes you’ll find anywhere. A little farther are several others north of Iron River and east of Bruce Crossing. These small lakes each have their own identity and characteristics that make them favorites for any given camper. And then there is the majesty and vastness of the Porcupine Mountains along the shore of Lake Superior. Many visitors to that wilderness state park see only the things roadside visitors ever see. They can hop out of their cars and in literally a few steps be looking out from the top of a 300-foot cliff above Lake of the Clouds, one of the most photographed places in the Porkies. With just a little more effort, they can walk down about 100 steps to the

falls on the Presque Isle River over on the west end of the park, or they can park beachside coming out of Silver City and swim in 56-degree water in July — not me. But the real way to see the Porkies is to hike. Among my favorite trails are the Pinkerton to the mouths of the Little and Big Carp rivers, the Union Spring trail and the half-mile trail up to the top of Summit Peak. There are wilderness campsites all through the Porkies, and if being surrounded by 300-year-old trees, listening to Lake Superior crash ashore and catching fish from crystal-clear streams is your thing, then the backcountry sites in the Porkies are for you. I guess I could go on and on about the camping treasures of the North Woods, but I think you get the idea. Now the only thing to do is to wait for spring when we can visit them once again.

Recall efforts are sweet
Letter to the Editor: Recall efforts — sour grapes? Either Kerry Thomas doesn’t understand Aesop’s fable or he is oblivious to the groundswell of opposition to Scott Walker’s radical agenda as Nero legendarily was to the fires of Rome. Aesop’s fox could not accept the fact that the grapes were out of reach, but justified quitting his efforts by concluding that they were sour. The recall petitioners never considered quitting. They have not only continued their efforts tirelessly, but they have exceeded their ambitious goal by a large margin, collecting over a million signatures, a number almost matching the total ballots cast for Walker in 2010 — sweet!, not sour. Terrence Moe Three Lakes

Let’s reform our government
Letter to the Editor: We elect persons to serve us in all capacities. Many are in office 20 to 30 years. They now have the political notion that only we can rule. The regulations they endorse have stifled the American people. We need new ideas and solutions. We need persons who will be concerned about how much money can be put in our pocket, not theirs. Regardless of party affiliations, we need a change now. Elect, people who think as you do, not as the party thinks. Let’s reform our government. It is a good government, but needs to be redirected here and there to serve the voters in a more efficient manner. All self-interest must go. I am proud to be an American and will continue to express my feelings and thoughts. This is still a country of many freedoms and I’m expressing one of them. Don Schiesl Eagle River front door. “Maybe another time he drives along and picks you up and takes you out to dinner at a nice restaurant and then drives you home. Still better, sometimes he even takes you to his wonderful lake home.” “You mean,” said the visitor, “that he does this for an ordinary worker like you? How often does this happen?” “Oh, yes,” replied the local man. “Well, it never really happened to me, but it has happened several times to my sister!”

Reich Like reader opinion pieces FROM PAGE 16A
Dear Editor: I always read the Reader Opinion column in this paper to see what everybody has to say about everything. The letters are entertaining. What I would like to see more of is for these authors to cite where their information comes from, if they are able. Making claims and/or accusations, which can’t be checked out, are frustrating. I like to use Snopes or a similar source to check these out. Keep up the dialog. Winter goes faster when we are entertained! Scott Soder Three Lakes but could no longer afford the tab. When almost all the gains from growth started going to the top, the better-off began shifting to private institutions and withdrew political support for public ones, including their tax payments. This created a vicious cycle of diminishing public revenues and deteriorating quality, spurring more flight from public institutions. Tax revenues from corporations also dropped as big companies went global, keeping their profits overseas and their tax bills to a minimum. But that’s not the whole story. America no longer values public goods as we did decades ago. The great expansion of public institutions in America began in the early years of the 20th century, when progressive reformers championed the idea that we all benefit from public goods. Excellent schools, roads, parks, playgrounds and transit systems would knit the new industrial society together, create better citizens and generate widespread prosperity. Education, for example, was less a personal investment than a public good, improving the entire community and ultimately the nation. This logic was expanded upon in subsequent decades,

cousin from the Upper Peninsula was down here looking for a job and he asked his relatives about the place where he worked. “It’s fine,” said the local man. “The boss is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. You can be walking home from work and he comes along in his big car and he picks you up and takes you right to your



Question: What is your favorite part about

attending the Snowmobile Derby?

through the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War. The “Greatest Generation” was bound together by mutual needs and common threats. It invested in strong public institutions as bulwarks against, in turn, mass poverty, fascism and then communism. Yet in recent years the idea of the public good has faded. “We’re all in it together,” has been replaced by “You’re on your own,” as global capital outsources American jobs abroad, the very rich take home an almost unprecedented portion of total earnings, and a new wave of immigrants is described by demagogues as “them.” Not even Democrats still use the phrase “the public good.” Public goods are now, at best, “public investments.” Public institutions have morphed into “public-private partnerships” or, for Republicans, simply “vouchers.” Mitt Romney speaks derisively of what he terms the Democrats’ “entitlement” society in contrast to his “opportunity” society. At least he still envisions a society. But he hasn’t explained how ordinary Americans will be able to take advantage of good opportunities without good public schools, affordable higher education, good roads and adequate health care. His entitlements are mostly a mirage anyway. Medicare is the only entitlement growing faster than the gross domestic

product (GDP), but that’s because the costs of health care are growing faster than the economy. Social Security hasn’t contributed to the budget deficit; it’s had surpluses for years. Other safety nets are in tatters. Unemployment insurance reaches just 40% of the jobless these days. Outside of defense, domestic discretionary spending is down sharply as a percent of the economy. With declining state and local spending, total public spending on education, infrastructure and basic research has dropped from 12% of GDP in the 1970s to less than 3% by 2011. Only in one respect is Romney right. America has created a whopping entitlement for the biggest Wall Street banks and their top executives, who, unlike most of the rest of us, are no longer allowed to fail. We’re losing public goods available to all, supported by the tax payments of all and especially the better off. In its place we have private goods available to the very rich, supported by the rest of us. Even Lady Thatcher would have been appalled. Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.” He blogs at

Letters policy
Jordan Konkol, 17 Farmhand Amherst “I love the excitement and the buildup to the Derby. I like just getting here and seeing all the snowmobiles and all the girls.” Tara Wineland, 49 Telecommunications Prior Lake, Minn. “I like all of it. I like being out here at the track and watching all of the sleds and the people. We used to bring a motor home every year.” Heather Will, 27 Owner, Heart II St. Germain “I would say my favorite part about the Derby is the smell of all the snowmobile exhaust and the loud noise of the sleds going around the track.”

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A mean-spirited political party exposed in state
To the Editor: Arrogant. Condescending. Mean-spirited. With these words, which political party immediately comes to mind? Winifred Hill Eagle River

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NEWS READER OPINION Panel discussion on mining
Concerned about those who signed recall petitions
Letter to the Editor: The recall Walker folks have turned in their signatures, and if enough of them are determined to be legal, it appears we will have another statewide election this spring or summer. I am wondering, and honestly concerned, about the two men driving the blue pickup truck with Michigan license plates who stopped in Eagle River to sign the recall petition last December. Will they be required to provide a photo ID in order to vote in Wisconsin? Will they be able to use their Michigan driver's license, or will they be forced to obtain a fake Wisconsin ID to use here in our state? Just wondering?!? Rob Krieghoff Sugar Camp

set at Many Ways of Peace
Many Ways of Peace, located at 217 S. Main St. in Eagle River, will host a panel discussion on mining in the North Woods Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Eagle River attorney Susan Sommer will moderate the panel and provide information on proposed state Assembly Bill 426, which could help kick start a planned taconite mine in the Penokee Hills region of northern Wisconsin. The proposed mine, 41⁄2 miles long and 1⁄3 mile wide, would be the first stage of a subsequent 22-mile band of open-pit mining, stretching from west of Mellen in Ashland County to Upson in Iron County. The bill, introduced in December, could be voted on as early as the week of Jan. 23. While the focus of the panel will be on mining in the Penokee Hills, concerns about this legislation and mining in general in the North Woods will be addressed. Other participants on the panel will include Kevin Brewster of the Bad River Watershed Association, Northland College in Ashland professor of geology Tom Fitz, former secretary of Iron County Mining Impact Committee Richard Thiede and chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Mike Wiggins Jr. The panel will represent differing points of view on the proposed legislation and on mining in general in the region, according to organizer Debra Ketchum Jircik. Supporters of the proposed mine cite its potentially beneficial economic impact, saying it would bring more than 700 jobs to the impoverished region. Environmentalists and area tribal leaders, on the other hand, have touted concerns that the mine will contaminate one of the most pristine and water-rich parts of the state. Gogebic Taconite, a subsidiary of The Cline Group, has proposed the mine. Taconite is a type of low-grade iron ore. For more information, contact Many Ways of Peace at (715) 480-4697.

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