EAGLE RIVER, WI 54521 • (715) 479-4421 • www.vcnewsreview.com VOL. 127, NO. 2
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
State, Lac du Flambeau reach agreement for 3-fish bag limit
Pact does mean two-fish harvest on 14___________lakes area
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has renegotiated the tribal and state three-walleye bag limit agreement to allow the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians to name 14 lakes at a two-walleye bag limit for 2012. The agreement was finalized between DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp and Lac du Flambeau President Tom Maulson last week. Stepp said the agreement
will provide a three-walleyeper-day bag limit for sport anglers on most lakes the tribe harvests. Last year, the state and the tribe had an agreement allowing Lac du Flambeau spearfishers to name 10 lakes for a two-walleye bag limit. The three-fish bag limit agreement has been in place since 1997, but did not provide any mechanism to prevent the Lac du Flambeau members from spearing on Mole Lakedeclared lakes, nor did it restrict the Mole Lake band from declaring and sharing permits with other Chippewa bands on many lakes within the ceded territory, according to Stepp. Under this year’s agreement, the tribe will assure a three-fish daily walleye bag
limit for sport anglers on the more than 200 lakes it declares. Lakes speared by Lac du Flambeau band at a two-walleye-per-day bag limit last year will return to three-walleyeper-day bag limit this year. Those lakes included the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Bearskin, Minocqua, Squirrel, Willow, Big St. Germain, Plum, Squaw, Trout and Tomahawk lakes. Bill Cosh, DNR spokesman, said this year’s two-fish lakes declared by the Lac du Flambeau band are not known at this time. “We do not have the list of the 14 lakes the Lac du Flambeau will spear with a twowalleye bag limit yet,” said Cosh. “Until we get the official revised declarations from the
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, we can’t be sure which 14 lakes it is.” The renegotiated agreement was first developed last year, because the Mole Lake band in 2010 declared 16 walleye lakes that had traditionally been speared by Lac du Flambeau, reducing angler bag limits to two walleyes on those lakes, instead of the three-fish guarantee that Lac du Flambeau has provided since 1997. Stepp said the agreement is good for North Woods tourism. “We believe that the agreement is good for both the northern tourism interests and the tribe,” she said. “I am very pleased to say we also agreed to meet in May to work To PACT, Pg. 2A
MAPLE TOUR — Luke Kokat-Sizemore of Caledonia learned how to drill for maple sap from sugar bush owner John Jackl at the Phelps Maple Tour Saturday. —Photo By Sharon Gifford
Presidential primary slated next Tuesday
Six Republicans on ballot with 42 delegates at stake
BY NEWS-REVIEW STAFF
EARLY START — While the game fishing season doesn’t open until May 5, anglers have been on the water trying their luck for
panfish due to the early spring. Dan Pudlo of Eagle River reeled in a nice perch on the Eagle Chain Saturday. —STAFF PHOTO
State election officials are predicting up to 35% of the voting age population — or approximately 1.5 million people statewide — will turn out to vote in the Tuesday, April 3, election due to the Republican presidential race. “We expect turnout in this election to be similar to the February 2008 presidential preference primary,” said Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB). “The Republican presidential nomination is still very contested, just as the Democratic nomination was very contested when Wisconsin voted in 2008,” said Kennedy. The front-runners on the Republican ballot include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania,
former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. President Barack Obama is the only name on the Democratic primary ballot. The presidential preference primary coincides this year with Wisconsin’s nonpartisan spring election. Unlike last year, there are no statewide races for state officials. The only state office elections are in the four Wisconsin Court of Appeals districts and several circuit court districts. There also will be local races for county, municipal and school board offices. (Sample election ballots can be found in Section 1B in this newspaper.) With Santorum, is still trying to catch Romney for the Republican presidential nomination, Wisconsin sits as an To PRIMARY, Pg. 2A
Phelps School voters head to polls April 3
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Supervisor contests set for Vilas County Board
Sayner man hit by vehicle on Hwy. 155
The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 31-year-old Sayner man who apparently was hit by a car on Highway 155 early Saturday morning, according to authorities. Casey L. Anderson died in the incident, according to the Vilas County Coroner’s Office. The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department dispatch center received a call at 12:16 a.m. with the caller stating a man was laying on Highway 155 near the intersection of White Pine Lane. According to sheriff ’s department Capt. Russell Kennedy, a 19-year-old Sayner woman and her passenger were driving northbound on the highway and saw a body laying in the middle of their lane of traffic. Upon arrival of law enforcement personnel at the scene, an officer reported that it appeared that Anderson had been hit by a car. Authorities said the female driver then admitted to hitting Anderson. Kennedy said the sheriff’s department was still investiTo DEATH, Pg. 2A
BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
PHELPS — Voters in the Phelps School District will go to the polls next Tuesday, April 3, for a referendum asking district residents to allow the school board to exceed the revenue limit by $895,000 each of the next three years. District Administrator Delnice Hill said the district is in the third year of the current referendum dollars. Phelps residents have approved two previous referendums to exceed the stateimposed revenue limit. The 2006 referendum was for
$850,000. The 2009 referendum had two questions, one for operations and a second for a community fitness center, for a total of $835,000. “By passing the 2012 referendum, the Phelps School District will remain open, continue to provide an excellent education for our community children and our citizens will maintain local control,” said Hill. “All of the Phelps School referendums have spanned a three-year period and the refTo PHELPS VOTE, Pg. 3A
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Senator Holperin won’t run in ‘12
n State Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover) said he won’t seek re-election for the 12th District. Pg. 2A
Of the 21 Vilas County Board supervisors with expiring terms, contests will be held for six positions, including races in District 19 (Eagle River Wards 1, 2 and 3); District 16 (Phelps Ward 2 and Washington Ward 2); and District 11 (St. Germain Ward 1). In District 19, the incumbent Linda L. Thorpe will be challenged by Sheb Schebella, while incumbent Bob Egan and Lorin W. Johnson will contend for the supervisor seat in District 16. Marvin Anderson and Mark M. Rogacki will vie for the position in District 11, as Fred Radtke will not seek re-election for the seat. Following is a brief biographical sketch of each supervisor candidate, along with a statement from each about why they are running for office. Thorpe has lived in
Eagle River for the past 23 years. She has two children. Her occupational experience includes currently serving as Vilas County Board supervisor, a position she’s held since 2004. Thorpe is retired from the Vilas County clerk’s office, where she was employed for nearly 30 years. Thorpe worked in the field of county government for a combined 37 years. She has two-and-one-half years of college education. She served on the Prince of Peace church council a combined total of 10 years and as president of the congregation for one year. Thor-
pe also served on the board for DayBreak Adult Center Inc. since 2004 and has recently been elected to the chairwoman position. Statement: “The state of Wisconsin, as well as Vilas County, has had quite an historic year with the passage of the Act 10 bill which resulted in the reduction of some funds and requirements in many areas of county government. “I have personally been involved with several committees working on solutions to meet these changes, at the same time considering the best interests of the To VILAS, Pg. 3A
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.
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ONE YEAR AGO
Hi Mon., March 21 ......37 Tues., March 22......33 Wed., March 23 ......26 Thurs., March 24 ....28 Fri., March 25 .........30 Sat., March 26 ........34 Sun., March 27.......29
LAST YEAR COMPARISON
The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 42, while the average overnight low was 14. There was snow on two days totaling .5 of an inch. Days precipitation recorded since Jan. 1, 2012, 45 days; 2011, 45 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2012, 52; 2011, 33. Average low of past 30 days, 2012, 26; 2011, 13.
The snow cover is 2010-’11 ’11-’12 gone across the North Snowy days 69 59 Woods, meaning burn- Inches to date 65.78 71.14 ing permits are now Ground cover Bare 5" required. Local maple syrup producers are collecting sap. Anglers are taking advantage of the early open water by fishing perch in shallow bays on the Chain of Lakes. Waterfowl are returning to the North Woods. Wednesday will be windy with a morning mix possible, with a high of 45 and a low of 39. Thursday expect a chilly start and partly cloudy, with a high of 51 and a low of 23. Friday scattered morning showers are in the forecast, with a high of 46 and a low of 33. Saturday should be partly cloudy and milder, with a high of 56 and a low of 31. The forecast for Sunday is warm with a chance of showers, with a high of 65 and a low of 38.
STREAMS AND LAKES OUTLOOK
(PORTIONS OF THE WEATHER CORNER ARE THROUGH THE COURTESY OF KEVIN BREWSTER, EAGLE RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST.)
State Sen. Holperin won’t seek re-election; Tiffany eyes position
HITTING THE LINKS — Tom Gaffney, left, and Colyn Carter, right, took advantage of the nice weather Monday afternoon and played
a round of golf. They said it was the earliest date they had ever golfed at the Eagle River Golf Course. —STAFF PHOTO
Pact: Stepp says agreement will help tourism
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out the details of a 2013 agreement, well in advance of next spring’s spearing season. Our reaffirmed cooperation and respectful government-togovernment consultation will serve tribal members and the public alike.” An ongoing agreement between the Lac du Flambeau tribe and the state gives the tribe authority to sell state fishing licenses in return for making declarations at a level that allows a three-walleyeper-day recreational angler bag limit. The state also provides funding for the tribal fish hatchery. As part of a 1983 federal Appellate Court decision affirming Chippewa off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights, commonly known as the Voigt case, the six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa set annual harvest quotas for off-reservation lakes in the Wisconsin ceded territory. As part of court agreements, the DNR reduces bag limits for recreational hookand-line anglers in lakes declared for harvest by the Chippewa bands, to assure the combined tribal and recreational angler harvest does not jeopardize the ability of walleye to sustain its population in any lake. As the ice was going out on North Woods lakes in midMarch, Stepp announced there was an impasse on negotiations between the DNR and Lac du Flambeau band concerning the number of twowalleye lakes. Just two days before the annual harvest declarations were due, Stepp said the band brought new issues to the negotiations table. The requests included reopening the court order to allow some leeway in taking larger fish, taking more fish by harvesting additional lakes at a twowalleye-per-day bag limit for sport anglers and proposed harvesting of some lakes as a pilot at higher rates than current population safeguards allow. She said the state continued its effort to negotiate with tribal leadership to help North Woods tourism.
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Health department sets open house
Gina Egan, Vilas County Public Health director, has announced an open house Thursday, April 5, for the department’s new facilities. “Come visit and help us celebrate our new facilities and National Public Health Week,” said Egan. “On April 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, our staff will be available to answer any questions you may have about the facilities and the many programs available through the Public Health Department.” The new Vilas County Public Health Department offfice is located at 302 W. Pine Street (at the stoplights at the intersection of Pine Street and Highway 45) in Eagle River.
Authorized and paid for by the Bloom For Judge Committee, Craig Zarley, Treasurer
State Sen. Jim Holperin (DConover) announced Friday he would not run for re-election in Wisconsin’s 12th State Senate District this fall. “I’ve given this decision considerable thought, not just recently, but over time,” said Holperin, 60. “Politics and legislating are fascinating and fulfilling work and I’ve enjoyed 20 years of it in the State Assembly, State Senate and as a cabinet secretary.” Holperin, an Eagle River native who know lives in Conover, was the state representative for the 34th Assembly District from 1982 to 1992 and was elected to the Senate in 2008. He also was Wisconsin Department of Tourism secretary from 2003 to 2007 and is a former executive director of Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River. “I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world, but now there are other things I want to do,” said Holperin. Holperin has the distinction of being the only Wisconsin lawmaker to face a recall election twice. He survived a recall election when he was in the Assembly, stemming from the controversy over Chippewa spearfishing rights in 1990. He survived another recall election last summer. He was one of 14 Democratic senators who avoided a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill — which took collective bargaining away from most public workers — by leaving the Senate floor and traveling to Illinois in February of 2011. Kim Simac of Eagle River ran against Holperin as the Republican State Senate candidate last August, but he survived, garnering 55% of the vote. State Rep. Dan Meyer (REagle River) of the 34th Assembly District, who announced earlier this year that he was not seeking re-election, said Monday he would not run for the 12th State Senate District.
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accident. The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department closed Highway 155 following the accident for its investigation. The highway reopened at approximately 7:45 a.m. Kennedy said the Vilas County district attorney will make any other charging decisions.
SEN. JIM HOLPERIN
“I never planned on doing it forever,” said Meyer, who was in the Assembly for 12 years. “It’s a definite no.” State Rep. Tom Tiffany, (RHazelhurst), who ran for the 12th State Senate District, first against Sen. Roger Breske in 2004, and then against Holperin in 2008, said Monday he was seriously considering another run at the seat. “I am reviewing it with my family and will make a decision by later in the week,” said Tiffany. In 2010, Tiffany ran for the Assembly after the position was vacated by retiring incumbent Rep. Donald Friske. Tiffany won the primary and general election. Holperin said he has received great support from North Woods residents. “Whatever success I’ve had politically, I owe to the voters and to the thousands of supporters who worked so hard on my behalf over the years, and especially in last year’s recall,” said Holperin. “I’m so grateful for that support and I will always appreciate those who gave me the privilege of serving.” The 12th Senate District consists of all or parts of 11 counties in northeastern Wisconsin, including all of Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties.
gating whether Anderson was walking on the roadway or was on the pavement. He said an autopsy was completed Monday but results were not available. The woman was cited for breaking Wisconsin’s absolute sobriety law for drivers under the age of 21. She was not cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Authorities noted it was foggy and the road surface was wet at the time of the
Rivers to the People™
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important state with its 42 delegates. According to the Associated Press count, Romney has 568 delegates, compared to Santorum’s 273, Gingrich’s 135 and Paul’s 50. It takes 1,144 delegates to secure the nomination. Wisconsin shares an April 3 primary with Maryland and Washington, D.C. Historically, the GAB said the highest voter turnout in Wisconsin in a spring presidential primary since 1960 was 50.2% that year. Wisconsin’s 2011 voting age population is 4,352,762 people. Voters should note there will be six Republicans on the ballot: Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Romney, Michele Bachmann, Paul and Santorum. Kennedy said Huntsman and Bachmann did not respond to the GAB’s requests to remove their names from the ballot after they dropped out of the race. “We encourage voters to make their opinions count at every level of government,” Kennedy added. “This election provides them an opportunity to influence who will be on the presidential ballot in November, and to choose their local officials.” Wisconsin’s open primary system does not require voters to declare a party. However, presidential preference primary voters may only vote for a presidential candidate of one party.
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
Supervisors reject additional meetings for county board
BY KEN ANDERSON
FISHING THE BULL PEN — The recent nice weather brought out many anglers to the Eagle River and Three Lakes Chain of Lakes
last weekend in search of perch. These anglers worked the area known as the “bull pen” on Yellow Birch Lake. —STAFF PHOTO
Vilas: Anderson, Rogacki meet in St. Germain
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citizenry of Vilas County. As this has been a very lengthy process, I am dedicated to following through with the total implementation of these changes, which results in saving taxpayer money.” Schebella, and his wife, Cherie, have lived in Vilas County for four years and have resided within the Eagle River city limits for two years. They have three children. His occupational experience includes co-owning and operating Artemis Security Forces and formerly co-owning and operating Ultima Sports S.S. He is a former U.S. Marine. Schebella was on the board of directors for the Humane Society of Vilas County for three years. He assisted and lobbied for the Clean Water Act administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University, and graduated with a master’s degree in applied mathematics with an emphasis in stochastic calculus for finance from the Central School of Paris in France. Schebella has lived on four continents and speaks English, French and German. He built two orphanages in northern Vietnam with Artemis Security Forces and assisted in the fight against human trafficking in southeast Asia since 2001. He coaches for the Headwaters Youth Soccer Association in fall. Statement: “I am choosing to run because I have watched as some of the current crop of county politicians treat Vilas County as a personal fiefdom or are dispassionate about the people who elected them. The people of Vilas County deserve better. The county employees deserve better. “It’s time to get the county government back to being reasonable stewards of the county’s resources. The incumbents don’t appear to be protecting anyone; they are either passively watching the process or actively playing at cronyism. There needs to be someone on the board who is going to hold these people accountable. Vilas County needs a passionate participant for the people.” Egan, 68, and his wife, Shirley, have lived in the town of Washington for 38 years and have two children. They lived previously in Chicago, Ill. His occupational experience includes serving in Chicago as a police officer. After moving to the area, Egan worked for McKeever’s Grocery Store for two years as a manager. He now operates Eagle River Tire with his wife and his son, Mike. Egan currently serves on the Vilas County Board of Supervisors, along with eight additional local boards. After spending 12 years in the Chicago Catholic school system, Egan attended Lewis
ANDERSON ROGACKI College in Lockport, Ill., and the Chicago Police Academy. Statement: “In my five years on the Vilas County board, I’ve been instrumental in forming the VCEDC, whose mission is to support the expansion of existing local businesses and the development of new businesses that will provide good-paying jobs for local residents and will increase new dollars flowing into the local economy. “My goals for the next two years are to continue to push for affordable high-speed Internet to all Vilas County residents, enhance fire and emergency medical services emergency communications and to continue to lobby for support of our local education system. I am dedicated to improving our countywide community and want to continue.” Johnson, 58, has lived in Phelps with his wife, Polly, for 15 years. The couple have five children and previously lived in St. Germain. Johnson’s occupational experience includes working in the building profession for 39 years, including working for Lampert Lumber in Eagle River for the past 19 years. He was a certified general contractor and a deacon of the Sarasota Evangelical Free Church in Florida, and is former chairman of the St. Germain Evangelical Free Church. Johnson is currently a member of more than 10 organizations and committees. He is a 1971 graduate of Zion-Benton Township High School, and a 1974 graduate of Allstate Construction College. He completed additional coursework at Manatee Junior College, Nicolet College and Lumber Tech University. Statement: “I am running for county supervisor to make Vilas County the best place to live, work, visit and retire. “I plan to bring new ideas and a fresh perspective and I am committed to open, accountable and accessible government. I will use my strong background in business to help achieve the most efficient county government without sacrificing quality of services. “Some of the top priorities include pursuing high-speed Internet for our entire area, controlling aquatic invasive species, maintaining our roads and promoting economic development and tourism. I ask for your support and vote on April 3.” Anderson is married with two children. He has owned property on Lost Lake since
1996 and has lived there yearround since 2004. He previously resided in Wausau. His occupational experience includes teaching and coaching at a high school for six years. Anderson is currently an administrative services contract manager for Liberty Mutual. He has 33 years of experience with three corporations. His responsibilities included managing staff, contracts, projects and budgets. Anderson also has 25 years of experience in the Army Reserve. Anderson graduated with an associate degree from Northcentral Technical College and a bachelor of science degree in education from UWStevens Point. Statement: “Serving two terms on the Marathon County Board provided me with valuable experience and first-hand working knowledge about the board’s roles, responsibilities and authority. I was involved in a number of significant county issues, including jail overcrowding and treatment issues, extensive electric power line proposals, telecommunications upgrades, union bargaining negotiations, courthouse security, among others. “I believe local government is truly citizen-based, and working closely with fellow citizens, you really know you can make a difference.” Rogacki, and his wife, Lois, have lived year-round in St. Germain for 10 years. The couple have two children. His occupational experience includes operating a small business for 10 years, serving as a chamber of commerce member for two years, and working as chairman of the Big St. Germain Area Lakes District for one year, and treasurer for two years. Rogacki has 40 years of experience working for and with county governments, including 20 years as executive director for the Wisconsin Counties Association; five years as assistant director for Milwaukee County Intergovernmental Relations; five years as executive director, for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Criminal Justice Council; six years as executive director for Northeast/Northwest Wisconsin Criminal Justice Councils;
four years as probation officer for Oneida County Juvenile Court. He has bachelor of science degree in sociology and English from UW-Stevens Point from 1969. Statement: “After you have reviewed the details of my and my opponents’ experience and qualifications, only one issue will remain undisclosed and undiscussed in the race — residency. I’ve live here year round for 10 years, through good times and bad. I’m here to stay. My opponent, however, lives and works in Wausau. He collects his lottery tax credit in Wausau. I personally don’t care where he lives, but I do care that he hasn’t told voters about this fact. His omission is disappointing. It speaks to character. He should have told you. He didn’t — I just did.” Other supervisor races There will be an election contest for the vacant District 2 (Presque Isle Ward 1 and Winchester Ward 1) seat between Chuck Hayes and Paul J. Specht. Meanwhile, Sulo H. Wainio has announced he will run as a write-in candidate. District 3 (Arbor Vitae Ward 1, Boulder Junction Ward 1, Lac du Flambeau Ward 1 and Manitowish Waters Ward 1) will see the incumbent Charles Rayala Jr., challenged by Ginger Schwanebeck. Incumbent Dennis L. Nielsen of District 4 (Boulder Junction Ward 2 and Plum Lake Ward 1) will be challenged by Diane Briggs. Incumbents running unopposed in Vilas County will be Ralph Sitzberger, District 1; Emil Bakka, District 5; Erv Teichmiller, District 6; Ron De Bruyne, District 7; Christopher Mayer, District 8; Alden B. Bauman, District 10; Steve Favorite, District 13; Maynard Bedish, District 14; Sig Hjemvick, District 15; James Behling, District 17; Leon Kukanich, District 18; Edward E. Bluthardt Jr., District 20; and Kathleen Rushlow, District 21.
An attempt to have the Vilas County Board meet monthly was defeated 15-4 at the March county board meeting last Tuesday. Each year, the county board reviews its standing rules and committee duties. This includes the number of times the county board will convene to do business. Presently, there are seven meetings a year, with no meetings held in February, May, July, October and December. Supervisor Ralph Sitzberger moved to amend the standing rules to have the county board meet the fourth Tuesday of every month. Presently, meetings are usually held the second or third Tuesdays. Two issues immediately arose, one being the fourth Tuesday in December that could fall on Christmas Day and the second was by law the November budget meeting is the second Tuesday of the month. The cost of holding a county board meeting, according to Chairman Steve Favorite, is $1,425, which includes perdiem pay and mileage for supervisors. Should there be five additional meetings, he said it would cost taxpayers $7,125. That means an increase of 58% in reimbursement to supervisors for the additional meetings. If the December meeting was dropped due to Christmas, the increase would be 50%. Supervisor Erv Teichmiller spoke both for and against the additional meetings. “We are starting to move away from micromanaging on the committee level and we should do the same for the county board,” said Teichmiller.
“Adding additional meetings is not practical, but I do agree they could be later in the month. We’ve had more meetings when necessary, but mandating it does not make sense to me.” Supervisor Emil Bakka also said there was no need for more meetings, but meetings might be better later in the month. Supervisor Ron De Bruyne reminded his colleagues the county board chairman can call a special county board meeting at any time. The amendment to add meetings was defeated on a 154 vote. Voting in favor were supervisors Sitzberger, Bluthardt Jr., Dennis Nielsen and Alden Bauman. Other action In other action, the county board: — approved seeking $1,236,000 in bonding to upgrade fire and emergency services communications; — authorized the Highway Department to purchase a crack seal patcher for $50,000 and a John Deere tractor with mower attachments for $60,000, with both paid for from the segregated highway fund; — approved moving the Commission on Aging office and subleasing the building at 541 Wall St. in Eagle River to the Aging and Disability Resource Center; — adopted an Animal Control and Welfare ordinance, creating Chapter 10 of the county general code; and — recognized county employees with years of service certificates.
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erendum amounts are each year for three years.” Revenue limits were created by the state Legislature to control property taxes, but the challenge for many rural school districts is that revenue limits uses a calculation based on 1994 school expenditures and increases are tied to enrollment. In addition, some expenses, such as heating, transportation, salaries and health insurance are not fixed expenses. The only way school districts can exceed the revenue limit is through referendum. Hill said that in 2010, the Phelps School District took several proactive measures and made some difficult budget decisions to reduce school operation costs. She said the reductions have saved the district approximately $199,244 each year for a total of $398,488 to date. Additional savings were realized for the 2011-'12 school year due to state-level changes regarding contracts, according to Hill. Those changes include: district staff paying 5.8% of their state retirement contribution; same health insurance carrier, but switched to a highdeductible health reimbursement account insurance, resulting in savings on premiums; and utilizing a different salary increase system using the consumer price index and no steps for staff. Hill said savings from these areas are expected to be approximately $125,000 per year. “All of these reductions were necessary in order to keep the referendum at a lower dollar amount,” said Hill. For a property owner with a home assessed at $100,000, Hill said the person will see an increase in school taxes of $15 per year (or $1.25 per month). She estimated the mill rate for the 2012-’13 school year at $6.65 cents per $1,000 of property value. Hill noted that the building debt for the Phelps School District will be paid off in September 2015, meaning a portion of the school property tax levy will be eliminated. For the 2014-’15 school year, she estimated the mill rate at $6.52 per $1,000 — nearly the same as the current mill rate of $6.50.
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William ‘Bill’ Albert
William “Bill” Albert of Eagle River died Friday, March 23, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. He was 95. Mr. Albert was born April 25, 1924, in Eagle River, the son of Michael and Hilda Frisk. He served in the Army Air Corp in the Philippines during World War II. A former resident of Des Plaines, Ill., he returned to Eagle River in 1987. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in 1999. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Winslow of Des Plaines, Ill., and Liane Hurston of Rockford, Ill.; a sister, Lillian Nicolai of Eagle River; a special friend, Jackie Thompson of Eagle River; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Grow North receives $1,000 grant to promote manufacturing careers
AT&T announced a $1,000 contribution to the Grow North Manufacturers’ Consortium to support the group’s efforts to help change the image of manufacturing in the region and promote manufacturing careers. The consortium will use the grant to support its efforts to educate young people about manufacturing careers and to attract future graduates to pursue skilled manufacturing professions in fields like electromechanical technology, CNC machining and welding. “We know that many of our manufacturers are looking for workers to fill highly skilled, technologically advanced jobs,” said Ben Bonnell, chairman of the Grow North Manufacturers’ Consortium and manager of process improvement at Wausau Paper. “Part of our mission is educating our young people that manufacturing isn’t the same job their parents might have done,” said Bonnell. “Today’s manufacturing is much more advanced and focused on technology, and this contribution will help us educate and encourage area students to consider exciting careers in manufacturing.” Many manufacturers in the North Woods are looking to expand their businesses, but lack certain skilled employees to be able to move ahead, according to the consortium. The Grow North Manufacturers’ Consortium is a forum for northern Wisconsin manufacturing professionals to get together to network, determine training and professional development needs, and work together to find solutions to common issues faced in day-today operations. Key goals of the organization include promoting careers in manufacturing, developing educational opportunities with Nicolet College, and working closely with its partner Grow North. Established in 2004, Grow North is an economic development corporation dedicated to helping communities in its region recruit and retain businesses, stimulate new job creation, and foster an environment conducive to entrepreneurial growth. The AT&T contribution was announced at last night’s manufacturers’ conference in Antigo that was co-hosted by Grow North and the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center. “AT&T is proud to support the consortium’s efforts to improve the economic growth and health of manufacturing in Wisconsin’s North Woods,” said Robyn Gruner, director of external affairs for AT&T Wisconsin. “Our young people need to know about the exciting, promising careers available in advanced manufacturing.”
Ellen L. Katisch
Ellen L. Katisch of Eagle River died Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She was 66. Mrs. Katisch was born Nov. 13, 1945, KATISCH in Pontiac, Ill., the daughter of Richard and Anne Lannon. Raised in Saunemin, Ill., she graduated from Saunemin High School, attended Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., and graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1967. For 15 years she worked as a contract specialist for federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy in Argonne, Ill., U.S. Civil Service Commission in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Munitions Command in Joliet, Ill., and Rock Island, Ill. She married Tom Katisch April 11, 1980, in Downers Grove, Ill. They vacationed at their North Woods home and moved here permanently in 1982. She worked at the Vilas County News-Review from 1986 to 1995 as a copy editor and reporter. In 1995, she started a computerized embroidery business which she operated until her death. Mrs. Katisch participated in the Big Brother/Big Sister program in DuPage, Ill. She was a member of the Greater Eagle River Tennis Association, St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church and the Eagle River Bridge Club. A member of WIAA, she was active as an area volleyball official. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Tish; and two brothers, John of Naperville, Ill., and William of Pontiac, Ill. Survivors include her husband; one stepdaughter, Sara; a foster daughter, Jennifer Wagner of Eagle River; one sister, Cathy of Tallahasssee, Fla.; one brother, Jim of LaSalle, Ill.; and two grandchildren. A private family service was held in Saunemin with burial in Sunnyslope Cemetery.
Robyn Gruner (center) of AT&T presented a $1,000 check to Joe Hegge (left) of Grow North and Ben Bonnell of Wausau Paper. —Contributed Photo
Over the next five years, the consortium also estimates the region will have nearly 500 manufacturing job openings due to retirements, and will need skilled workers to fill those positions and help continue to move manufacturing forward. The contribution from AT&T will help the consortium’s efforts to change the image of manufacturing in the region, promote manufacturing careers, and attract the skilled young people whom manufacturers need to continue to grow
and expand in northern Wisconsin. “The Grow North Manufacturers’ Consortium is doing important work to connect our manufacturers with the skilled workers they need to continue to compete in today’s high-tech global economy,” said Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), a former member of the Oneida County Economic Development Corp. “This contribution will help further their efforts to get young people excited about and engaged in the manufacturing profession.”
Susan Hazelton Perreau
Susan Hazelton Perreau of Eagle River died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at St. Claire Hospital in Weston. She was 87. Mrs. PerPERREAU reau was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Belfast, Ireland, the daughter of Thomas and Susan (nee Hazelton) Palmer. When she was a young girl, her family moved to Ontario, Canada, and later she served in the Canadian Army during World War II. During that time, she met her husband, Clair Perreau. She performed as a vocalist for the Clair Perreau Orchestra, traveling throughout the United States playing at Statler-Hilton Hotels. Later in life, she worked as a real estate broker on the North Shore of Chicago, Ill., and she volunteered at animal welfare shelters. She was a member of St. Mary of the Snows Anglican Church in Eagle River and Eagle River Memorial Hospital Auxillary. Mrs. Perreau was preceded in death by a grandson, Jed Simac. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Mason of Woodstock, Ill., and Kim (Butch) Simac of Eagle River; two sons, Richard Perreau of Phelps and Wayne (Nancy) Perreault of Grass Valley, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Monday, March 26, at St. Mary of the Snows Anglican Church with the Rev. James Fosdick officiating.
Oak wilt season will arrive earlier due to unusually warm spring
Forest health experts say unseasonably warm weather across Wisconsin is raising concerns that oak wilt, a serious and almost always fatal fungal disease of red oaks, will likely appear sooner than normal and they encourage landowners to stop pruning oaks from now through the end of July. “Typically, the high-risk period for oak wilt transmission is April through July,” said Kyoko Scanlon, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forest pathologist. “However, due to unusually warm spring that we have had this year, the risk of oak wilt is likely to already exist in some areas if daytime temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit and above have lasted more than seven consecutive days,” said Scanlon. Homeowners should take care to avoid wounding oaks from now through July. In fact, any action that might provide an opening into the tree, such as carving initials into the tree or attaching a birdfeeder or clothes line, could provide an opportunity for the oak wilt fungus to invade and establish itself in the tree. If an oak tree needs to be pruned from now through July, a homeowner should consider using wound dressing or paint on the cut surface as soon as the wound is created. “Very small sap beetles transport fungal spores by landing on fungal mats found beneath the cracked bark of trees that died the previous year,” explained DNR Forest Health Specialist Brian Schwingle. “The spores are then transmitted from a beetle’s body onto the fresh wound of a healthy oak tree while the beetle is feeding at the pruned or damaged site.” “Even half an hour can be enough time for beetles that transmit the disease to land on a fresh wound and infect your tree,” Scanlon said. “While the risk of spreading oak wilt is low after July, homeowners should avoid pruning or wounding oaks until November, to be on the safe side. You should check with municipalities as well. They may have their own oak wilt ordinances that you should follow.” The common beetles that transmit oak wilt disease are not capable of boring into a tree. Oak wilt also can spread from a diseased tree to a healthy tree through a connected root system. This ability to spread through root grafts means that even if only a single oak is wounded and subsequently infected with oak wilt, a new oak wilt pocket may develop in a location where oak wilt did not previously exist and will radiate to other oaks through the connected root systems. If no management steps are taken, the pocket could continue to expand year after year. Once oak wilt establishes itself in an area, control of the disease is both difficult and costly. The prevention of oak wilt is the best approach, according to forest health experts. They say builders and developers should also be very careful as many oak wilt infections and deaths have occurred through inadvertent damage to roots, trunks or branches during the construction process. Oak wilt is found in all Wisconsin counties except Vilas, Ashland, Bayfield, Calumet, Door, Douglas, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Sheboygan, Taylor and Washburn counties. But the most recent oak wilt infestation was confirmed in a small area of Oneida County in 2010. Every year, the disease kills many oaks in the state by interfering with the tree’s water- and nutrient-conducting systems, essentially starving the tree. Leaves begin to wilt and the tree may eventually die. Trees in the red oak group, such as northern red and northern pin oak, are especially vulnerable and, once wilting symptoms become visible, the tree loses most of its leaves and dies very quickly, often within weeks. Trees in the white oak group — those with rounded or lobed leaves — are more resistant to oak wilt, and the disease progresses much more slowly, often one branch at a time. White oaks could live with oak wilt for many years, and some trees may recover from the disease. “Besides oaks, pruning deciduous trees in general should be avoided in the spring, as this is the time when tree buds and leaves are growing and food reserves are low,” said Don Kissinger, a DNR urban forester. “The best time to prune any deciduous tree is winter, followed by midsummer — after leaves have completed their growth.” Anyone interested in learning more about oak wilt can visit the DNR forest health Web pages at dnr.wi.gov.
Sue Petersen of North Land O’ Lakes died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff. She was 88. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Churh in North Land O’ Lakes. Visitation will precede the service bginning at 10 a.m. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
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Gary W. Shelton
Gary W. Shelton, age 59, passed away unexpectedly March 16, 2012. Gary was born Feb. 2, 1953, in Phelps, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army (ASA), Sinop, Turkey, during the Vietnam era and was currently employed as a crosscountry trucker. Gary loved the outdoors (especially the North Woods)! He is survived by two sons, Mathew and Andrew Shelton of Central Wisconsin; and four sisters, Betty (Phil) Mertes of Fond du Lac, Carol (Richard) Olson of Conover, Marge (Grady) Higgins of Lawrenceville, Ga., and a twin sister, Gail (Larry) Butzin of Waupaca. He is also survived by aunts and uncles, along with some good friends from the Eagle River High School Class of 1971. No service is planned.
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
Vilas County Sheriff A total of 247 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 seven vehicle accidents, one car/deer collision, one report of an abandoned vehicle, four requests for agency assistance, two ambulance requests, six reports of an animal problem, one attempt to locate, 10 burglar alarms, seven requests for citizen assistance, two reports of criminal damage to property, six disturbances, five reports of found property, one report of fraud, one report of harassment, three reports of hazardous conditions, two juvenile problems, one report of lost property, eight reports of suspicious circumstances, four thefts, nine traffic violations, one vacation check, two weapons offenses, five welfare checks, two reports of drive-offs and 11 911 hangups. At least 25 calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department, and there were at least 12 informational or procedural entries. In the past two weeks, at least six people were booked at the Vilas County Jail, including two for bail jumping, one operating while intoxicated, one report of battery, two probation violations, one operation after revocation and one resist/obstruct. The inmate population ranged from 68 to 79. As of March 26, there were 74 inmates. Eagle River Police Among the calls received by Vilas County dispatchers were at least 25 calls for the Eagle River Police. These included one hit-and-run, one traffic accident, one accident with property damage, two burglar alarms, one request for citizen assistance, one report of criminal damage to property, two disturbances, one escort request, one report of found property, one lifeline alarm, three probation violations, one report of suspicious circumstances, one report of theft, one report of theft from vehicle, one report of shoplifting, two traffic violations and two welfare checks.
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NEW SIGN — Dairy Queen owner Dan Anderson said he took advantage of the nice spring weather and had a new sign installed at the business at the intersection of highways 45 and 70 and South Railroad Street in Eagle River Monday. —STAFF PHOTO
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Judge gives probation, OKs DEJ in three prescription drug cases
Two Lac du Flambeau residents received probation, while another had a deferred entry of judgment approved in prescription drug distribution cases in Vilas County Circuit Court last week. Richard A. Haugen, 59, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a plea of no contest and was found guilty of delivery of schedule II narcotics. Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III withheld sentencing and placed Haugen on probation for 24 months. Conditions of Haugen’s probation include: alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) assessment and any treatment recommended by the agent; he can get prescriptions from only one pharmacy and take medications only as prescribed; agent to monitor medications; random testing authorized; 10 days in the county jail to commence May 15; and give a DNA sample. He will receive credit for three days served in jail. Haugen was found guilty of selling three 10-mg Oxycodone tablets for $30 in a controlled purchase Oct. 22, 2011, in Lac du Flambeau. Renee D. Stewart, 49, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a plea of no contest and was found guilty to a charge of delivery of schedule II narcotics. Her sentence was withheld and she was placed on probation for 24 months. Conditions of Stewart’s probation include: AODA counseling and treatment; receive medications only from one pharmacy; agent to review prescription history or possible abuse; take medications as prescribed; and 10 days in the county jail to commence May 1. She will receive credit for three days served in jail. According to court records, Stewart sold 35 10-mg Oxycodone tablets for $300 in a controlled purchase Oct. 7, 2011, in Lac du Flambeau. Shylena N. Poupart, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a plea of not guilty and a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) was approved on a charge of manufacture or deliver of a prescription drug, party to a crime. If Poupart completes the requirements of the DEJ, the charge will be dropped. Those conditions include: commit no crimes, AODA assessment within 30 days and complete all recommendations of the agent; 100 hours of community service; no alcohol and no taverns; obtain a mental health assessment within 30 days and complete all recommendations of the agent; no contact with Jacob Jackson; full-time employment or school or a combination of both; and take no prescription medications unless prescribed. According to the complaint, Poupart sold two 40-mg OxyContin tablets for $100 in a controlled purchase Aug. 9, 2010. The original charge is a Class H felony and carries a maximum $25,000 fine or six years in prison or both. In other felony cases, Timothy O. Birchbauer, 33, of St. Germain, charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense in five years, waived his preliminary hearing. Judge Nielsen found probable cause that a crime had been committed. Birchbauer was bound over for arraignment and pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for April 24 at 9:15 a.m. According to the complaint, Birchbauer was driving a vehicle along Highway 70 in Eagle River about 10:20 p.m. March 8 when he struck a sign at South Fifth Street and he continued on. His vehicle was found at a residence at 409 E. Tamarack St. Officers entered the building and Birchbauer is alleged to have jumped from a secondstory window and ran from the premises. An officer caught up to Birchbauer in the alley to the east of First National Bank after a one and half block chase on foot. Birchbauer also was charged with obstructing an officer and misdemeanor bail jumping. His blood alcohol concentration was .16, according to the complaint. Benjamin J. Rizzo, 25, of St. Germain, charged with theft of movable property and misdemeanor theft, both party to a crime, and two counts of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, had a plea and sentencing hearing set for April 23 at 1:30 p.m. Rizzo is alleged to have been involved in the theft of two snowmobiles from a parking lot at Sayner Pub Feb. 23, 2011. Mark Zdanowski, 37, of Sayner also is charged in the case. James D. Mustache, 46, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana and five other misdemeanors after he was arrested Feb. 29 in Lac du Flambeau, had a preliminary hearing set for March 26. According to the complaint, Mustache is alleged to have been intoxicated and pushed a 33-year-old woman to the ground, struck her three times and kicked her about five times in the back and stomach. According to the complaint, his preliminary breath test showed an alcohol concentration of .228. Mustache also is charged with misdemeanor battery domestic abuse, misdemeanor battery, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. Marcella Wayman, 48, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with second-degree reckless endangerment Jan. 4 after she allegedly stabbed a 49year-old Lac du Flambeau man in the back, waived her preliminary hearing and was bound over for arraignment. She pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 17 at 9:45 a.m. Wayman also is charged with misdemeanor battery domestic abuse and disorderly conduct domestic abuse. Lynn E. Chapman, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule III non-narcotics, waived her preliminary hearing and was bound over for arraignment. She pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 17 at 10:45 a.m. Chapman is alleged to have sold four 5-mg Vicodin tablets for $20 in a controlled purchase. Patricia L. Roche, 42, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of a schedule III substance Aug. 1, 2011, had a preliminary hearing adjourned to April 16 at 11 a.m. Rae Ann T. Allen, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, who was originally charged Aug. 8, 2008, with physical abuse of a child, had her case dismissed following a motion by District Attorney Albert Moustakis.
Carolyn Scholl, conservationist for the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Department, recently announced the availability of cost-share funds available from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to help local farmers plan and implement a variety of conservation practices on the land. “These funds are provided to the county in an effort to meet nonpoint-source pollution abatement goals outlined in the current Land and Water Resource Management Plan,” said Scholl. “The cost-share funding covers from 50% to 70% of the cost of materials and installation of conservation practices. The remaining percentage is the responsibility of the landowner.” Conservation practices eligible for cost share must comply with requirements identified in Wisconsin Administrative Code ATCP 50, according to Scholl. Eligible practices for cost share include the following: manure storage systems; manure storage system closure; barnyard runoff control systems; access roads and cattle crossings; animal trails and walkways; contour farm-
ing; cover crop; critical area stabilization; diversions; field windbreaks; filter strips; grade stabilization structures; heavy-use area protection; livestock fencing; livestock watering facilities; milking center waste control systems; nutrient management; pesticide management; prescribed grazing; relocating or abandoning animal feeding operations; residue management; riparian buffers; roofs; roof runoff systems; sediment basins; sinkhole treatment; streambank and shoreline protection; stripcropping, subsurface drains; terrace systems; underground outlets; waste transfer systems; wastewater treatment strips; water and sediment control basins; waterway systems; well decommissioning; and wetland development or restoration. Vilas County landowners interested in cost sharing for a conservation project on farmland property can contact Scholl at 330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521 or (715) 4793747.
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The public test of the automatic tabulating equipment to be used in the April 3, 2012, Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary in the town of Washington, will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Washington Town Hall, 2301 Town Hall Road, Eagle River, WI 54521. Michele Sanborn, Clerk 1043 Town of Washington
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Town of Arbor Vitae Mary Reuland, Clerk Town of Boulder Junction Town Clerk Town of Cloverland Mildred Ritzer, Clerk Town of Conover James Hedberg, Clerk Town of Lac du Flambeau Nancy Edwards, Clerk Town of Land O’ Lakes Flossie Knoth, Clerk Town of Lincoln Shelly Sauvola, Clerk Town of Manitowish Waters Susan Patterson, Clerk Town of Phelps Marjorie Hiller, Clerk Town of Plum Lake Sharon Brooker, Clerk Town of Presque Isle Lorine Walters, Clerk Town of St. Germain Thomas Martens, Clerk Town of Washington Michele Sanborn, Clerk Town of Winchester Louise Eifert City of Eagle River Debbie Brown, Clerk Town Hall Community Center Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Fire Hall Town Hall Town Hall Community Center Town Hall Town Hall City Hall 10675 Big Arbor Vitae Dr. 715-356-3120 5386 Park St. (Hwy. M) 715-385-2220 5860 Perch Lake Rd. 715-479-2392 4665 Co. Hwy. K 715-479-8688 109 Old Abe Rd. 715-588-3358 4331 Hwy. B 715-547-3255 1205 Sundstein Rd. 715-479-7000 4 Airport Rd. 715-543-8400 4499 Town Hall Rd. 715-545-2270 8755 Lake St. 715-542-4531 8306 School Loop Rd. (Hwy. B) 715-686-2725 545 Hwy. 155 715-542-3813 2301 Town Hall Rd. (near Hwy. 17) 715-479-1669 10363 Co. Hwy. W 715-686-2123 525 E. Maple St. 715-479-8682
Screening planned for film on Iran
A North Woods exclusive screening of the 2011 documentary film “Iranium” will be held Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at Lake Tomahawk Bible Church. The film, produced by Christians United for Israel, explores the global ramifications of Iran’s nuclear program. Narrated by Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, the film covers Iranian foreign policy, Middle East policy, terrorism and nuclear proliferation. For more information, call Pastor Marcus Guthrie at (715) 277-2520.
Notice is hereby given that the public test of the optical scan tabulating equipment to be used at the April 3, 2012, Spring Election in the town of Cloverland will be conducted at 2819 E. Hunter Lake Road, Eagle River, Wis., at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 29, 2012. 1053 Millie Ritzer, Clerk
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In opposition to the chairman, Three Lakes Town Board supervisors voted 4-1 to maintain the current boating regulations and not consider the results of a Three Lakes Wa t e r f r o n t A s s o c i a t i o n (TLWA) stakeholders survey at a meeting last week. Supervisor Jeff Bruss led the argument against using the survey for town board purposes, saying its results were open to interpretation. He added that there is already a committee in place to make boating safety recommendations to the board. “Why do we need to bring in more data when we appointed the Act 31 Committee?” Bruss asked Three Lakes Town Chairman Don Sidlowski. “If this data contradicts the committee, are you suggesting we follow this data instead?” Sidlowski contended that he didn’t see any harm in reviewing the questions. “We could just save it for the next meeting with the police recommendations and the Act 31 recommendations and take them all at one
time,” said Sidlowski. Arguing that the board should take the Act 31 Committee’s recommendations alone, Bruss said the survey results should have no impact on his decisions regarding boating regulations in Three Lakes. Supervisor Ed Starke voiced his agreement with Bruss. Getting to the crux of the issue, Sidlowski advocated the idea of placing regulations on the potentially dangerous Laurel Lake S curve. “We can take exception to any lake, or any part of any lake,” said Sidlowski. “There’s one particular place on our Chain, the Laurel Lake S curve. I never said anything about the entire Chain of Lakes. It’s the one place we’ve been looking at that’s a safety issue, and that’s where I’m going with this.” Bruss pointed out that the Act 31 Committee addressed the Laurel Lake S curve directly, while the survey didn’t. Meanwhile, Starke asserted that there haven’t been any accidents on the S curve. Rather than take time between meetings to consider the TLWA survey results, Bruss asked whether the
board could take action on the matter of boating regulations that night. “We are having a review of the town of Three Lakes code and topics related to any aspect of boating regulations may be discussed during this review,” said Sidlowski. “All agenda items are assumed to be discussion and decision, which means there would be nothing preventing a supervisor from making a motion.” Bruss immediately put forward a motion that the board make no changes to the town’s boating regulations for the 2012-’13 boating season. The motion was seconded by Starke and carried by all four supervisors. Sidlowski cast the sole dissenting vote. Although the board didn’t take the survey results into account, the survey showed that 58% of respondents thought the number of slowno-wake zones on the Three Lakes Chain was “just right.” Only 25% thought there were too few slow-no-wake zones. “And that will take care of any further discussion for the 2012 boating season,” said Sidlowski before adjourning the meeting.
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I am married to Shirley Egan. We have two adult children, Mike and Kathleen. We moved to Eagle River from Chicago 38 years ago. Prior to moving to Eagle River, I was from Chicago and a police officer. After moving to Eagle River, I worked for McKeever’s Grocery store for two years as a manager. Then Shirley and I started Eagle River Tire. Along with our son, Mike, we still own and operate the tire store. I have enthusiastically worked for my constituents as a dedicated public official and local leader for many years for the town of Washington, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors and numerous county committees and local community boards. • Vilas County Board of Supervisors 5 years (currently serving) • Vilas County Economic Development Corp. (currently serving) • North Central WI Regional Planning Commission (currently serving) • WI Federal Property Committee (currently serving) • Northwoods Rail Coalition (currently serving) • Living History Encounter (currently serving) • Vilas County Law Enforcement Committee Chairman (currently serving) • Nicolet Technical College Advisory Board (currently serving) • Great Lakes Log Crafters Association Trustee (currently serving) • Grow North Regional Economic Development Corp. (currently serving) • Town of Washington Supervisor 10 years (past service) • Eagle River Airport Commission 19 years (past service) Education: K-12 Chicago Catholic School System; Lewis College, Lockport, IL; Chicago Police Academy In my five years on the Vilas County Board, I have been instrumental in forming the Vilas County Economic Development Corp. (VCEDC). The VCEDC mission is to support the expansion of existing local businesses and the development of new businesses that will provide good paying jobs for local residents, and will increase new dollars flowing into the local economy. My goals for the next two years are to: continue to push for affordable high-speed Internet to all Vilas County residents; enhance fire and EMS emergency communications; and continue to lobby for support of our local education system. I am dedicated to improving our countywide community, and want to continue to serve you.
Oneida County plans elections for two local supervisor seats
BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
Election contests are slated next Tuesday, April 3, for two supervisor seats on the Oneida County Board. In District 7 (Three Lakes Ward 2), incumbent supervisor Jim Sharon will be challenged by Bob Mott. Meanwhile, incumbent Scott Holewinski will contend with Jack Sparks Jr. for the seat in District 14 (Sugar Camp Wards 1 and 2). Supervisor Dave Hintz will run unopposed in District 13 (Three Lakes Wards 1, 3 and 4). Following is a brief biographical sketch of each supervisor candidate, along with a statement from each about why they are running for office. Sharon, 79, has lived in Pelican Lake with his wife, Jean, for 40 years. They have three children. His experience includes serving for seven years on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors in District 7. He was a town chairman for 15 years, served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was a Wisconsin notary public. He owned an automobile dealership for 25 years and worked as a sales representative for the health-care industry. Sharon attended college in Oklahoma for one year. He declined to provide a statement. Mott, 64, has lived in Pelican Lake full time since 2007, but has a history with the North Woods dating back to 1973. He lived in Neenah from 1970-2007. He is married and has three children. His occupational experience includes teaching at Neenah middle and high schools from 1970-2003. He coached basketball for 28 years as well as track and football. Mott has 33 years of experience dealing with the public as a teacher and coach; worked in negotiations for 17 years; was a board member of the Pelican Lake Property Owners Association; wrote grant applications for the association dealing with aquatic invasive species; served as vice president of the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association; was on the town of Schoepke All-terrain Vehicle Committee; was on the United Church of ChristElcho Building Committee and trustee.
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SHARON MOTT HOLEWINSKI SPARKS
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He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a master’s degree from UW-Oshkosh. Statement: “In my work with the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association and the lake association, zoning issues and the rewriting of the Oneida County shoreland ordinances have introduced me to the workings of county government. “Mining, combining of county committees and the transition affecting county workers from the previous bargaining unit to today’s new arrangement are leading county concerns. “Finally, the efficient use of taxes contributed by Oneida County citizens is a continuing challenge to balance between needs and wants. As a District 7 representative on the county board, I would present an independent and informed viewpoint.” Holewinski, 57, and his wife, Deborah, have lived in Sugar Camp for 46 years. They have three children and previously lived in Milwaukee. Holewinski’s occupational experience includes owning a cabinet shop in Sugar Camp. He is currently a contractor. He served 10 years as Sugar Camp representative on the county board; 10 years on the Highway and Buildings and Grounds Committee; eight and one-half years on the Planning and Zoning Committee with four years as committee chairman; and four years on the Labor Relations Committee. Holewinski has served 29 years on Sugar Camp Volunteer Fire Department, 19 years on town board with 15 years as town chairman and is a member of both the Sugar Camp Lions Club and snowmobile club. Statement: “I am running for this position so that I can represent the people of Sugar Camp on the county board. I will make sure that their ideas are heard and the services that they need are at a level they desire and can
afford. “Some of the main issues that face the county are increasing delinquent taxes, foreclosures on property and the economy. My 10 years on the county board, along with 19 years on the town board (15 as town chairman) give me a lot of experience to be effective representing the people of Sugar Camp on the county board.” Sparks, 64, and his wife, Jan, have lived in Sugar Camp for 31 years. They have five children. His occupational experience includes teaching sixthgrade math at Northland Pines Middle School for 36 years. During those years, Sparks held numerous parttime summer jobs, including driving cement trucks, factory work, house painting and retail work. He currently works at The Bait Shoppe in Rhinelander. Sparks has been a member of or chaired various committees. He was co-principal of the middle school for several months. He is a graduate of Rhinelander High School and Lincoln County Teacher College. He holds a bachelor of science degree in education from UW-Stevens Point, along with a master of science degree in educational administration from UW-Superior. Statement: “My main goals as an Oneida County supervisor are to support open and transparent government and to foster a positive working environment in all county departments. “I will bring a fresh, independent perspective to the Oneida County Board and will work to protect vital public services. I am concerned about our North Woods environment and will listen to current concerns with an open mind. “I consider myself to be a fair candidate with no hidden agendas and feel I will be an asset to the government of Oneida County.”
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
Van Buren of Rhinelander enters 34th Assembly race
BY NEWS-REVIEW STAFF
TRAIL DONATION — The Friendship House in Eagle River recently donated $500 to the SnoEagles Snowmobile Club. Dash Shabani (left) of
the restaurant presented the check to SnoEagles president Ken Storms. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Wisconsin DMV announces new driver’s license design
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of M o t o r Ve h i c l e s ( D M V ) announced it began issuing newly designed driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards last week. The new licenses and IDs include visible changes, including new color, new graphic images and laser engraving. The DMV began issuing the new cards at select locations and expect all DMV customer service locations to issue them within the next few months. “All driver’s license and ID card holders should know that their current driver’s license or ID card is valid until its expiration date, including those issued previously in a different style,” said DMV Bureau of Field Services Director Kristina Boardman. The new cards meet driver’s license and ID standards approved by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), and have federally recommended security features designed to avert counterfeiting, reduce the risk of identity theft and decrease fraud. “These upgrades in design make driver’s licenses and ID cards more secure,” said Boardman. “They look great, too.” Colors distinguish types Each license type is further distinguished with the use of colored font. Regular licenses are blue, commercial licenses are green, occupational licenses are black, probationary licenses are red, ID cards are black and instruction permits are purple. Under 21 vertical format Persons younger than 21 will receive driver’s licenses and ID cards in a vertical format, making them easily distinguishable. New driver’s licenses and ID cards issued from a central facility further enhances security, according to Boardman. People will leave the DMV with a temporary driving receipt good for 45 days, as well as their existing/expired product, if available. The receipt serves as a valid driver’s license or ID card until the new card arrives in the mail. New driver’s licenses and ID cards will be made in a controlled, secure environment and mailed to the driver’s license or ID card holder’s home in an unmarked envelope (similar to a passport or a credit card) and should arrive within two weeks, according to Boardman. Customers will typically receive their product within three to five business days. Anyone who has not received their driver’s license or ID card within 15 days should contact the DMV at email@example.com or (608) 264-7049 to inquire about status. For more information, visit dot.wisconsin.gov.
Merlin Van Buren of Rhinelander has joined the list of candidates for the 34th Assembly District to replace State Rep. Dan Meyer (REagle River), who announced he is not seeking re-election. Van Buren, who is running as a Democrat, will join Democrat Roberta Retrum of Eagle River and Republican candidate Alex Young in the contest. Van Buren ran against Meyer in 2010 and lost the election contest. The 51-year-old Van Buren said he is running for office to provide the North Woods with the representation it deserves in Madison. “The economy is obviously the No. 1 issue in this election. I don’t agree with tax breaks to try to create jobs. Tax breaks do not create jobs. Demand for goods and services create jobs,” he said. “Companies hire when they are no longer able to meet the demand for their goods or services. That demand is overwhelmingly created by the middle class.” Van Buren also sees education as a key issue.
MERLIN VAN BUREN
“We need to think more long term than short term. Education provides the basis for the future generation to support their families and provide the quality employees that our employers need. The next generation’s future is dependent on a strong, quality education and this is dependent on funding,” he said. “For the short term, we need to make sure that retraining is available for the unemployed, venture capital is available for new startups, and government agencies are there to help new businesses, not hinder them.” Another of Van Buren’s priorities is the environment,
stressing that the beauty of the North Woods lies in its lakes and streams. “We have been entrusted with this natural beauty,” he said. “We must ensure that this beauty is preserved for future generations to enjoy.” Originally from Waukesha, Van Buren and his wife, Anne, moved to Rhinelander 16 years ago. They have two sons. He is employed in the purchasing department at Foster and Smith. Van Buren has been active in Scouts, serving as a Cub Scout leader; in soccer as a youth soccer coach and boys junior varsity coach for Rhinelander High School. He is involved at First Congregational church teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, youth group, chairman of the Christian Education Board and as church moderator. He also is currently serving on the Rhinelander School Board. Van Buren was born and raised on a small dairy farm near Waupun, graduated from Waupun High School in 1978 and UW-Madison in 1982. After college, he moved to the Chicago suburbs before moving to Rhinelander.
Vilas and Oneida to receive $284,700 in forest road aids
Gov. Scott Walker an nounced last week that 24 Wisconsin counties, including Vilas and Oneida, will share $284,700 in state funds to help maintain and improve public roads in county forests. The 2012 fiscal year funds are distributed through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s County Forest Road Aids program. They will help improve more than 900 miles of public roads within county forests. Vilas County, with more than 48 miles of eligible county forest roads will receive $15,203. Meanwhile, Oneida County, with more than 37 eligible miles, will receive $11,759. Marinette County has more than 220 miles of eligible roads and will receive the largest payment of nearly $70,400. “These funds will help cover county costs associated with improving and maintaining public roads within county forests,” said Walker. “This is another example of how the state partners with local governments to enhance our transportation system and quality of life.” To qualify for the state funding, roads must meet minimum design standards of a 16-foot surface width and a 20-foot roadway width; must be located within county forests; must be open and used for travel; and cannot be town roads, county or state highways. County Forest Road Aids are separate from the larger General Transportation Aids (GTA) program. GTA returns to local governments nearly 19% of all state-collected transportation revenues (fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees), helping offset the cost of county and municipal road construction, maintenance, traffic and other transportation-related costs.
REQUEST FOR BIDS
Vilas County Fair Board is accepting bids from organizations to run
Minimum bid required is $1,000.00 Minimum bid required is $500.00
LUNCH STAND POP STAND PARKING CONCESSION
Bid is on a percentage basis. (Parking fee is set by Fair Board)
Fraudulent letters bearing USDA logo surface in state
Recently, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials issued a warning that fraudulent letters are being sent by fax to individuals and businesses in at least four states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information. These letters are false and in no case should a recipient respond with personal and financial information, according to the USDA. The fraudulent letters bear the USDA’s logo and seal and are signed by an individual identified as Frank Rutenberg, using a title of senior procurement officer. Letters have been received by fax in Alabama, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, but may have also been sent to other states. Recipients should not respond and should not supply the requested information. The USDA is investigating this matter through the Office of the Inspector General. Those suspecting they have received such a letter or have questions can contact the USDA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 7209448.
Fair dates are Aug. 9, 10, 11, 12, 2012
Please submit all sealed bids in writing before May 1, 2012. Bidding organizations guarantee they will have sufficient workers to man their area for the duration of the fair hours over the 4-day period. Certificates of insurance must be submitted with bid and updated if necessary prior to the opening of the fair. The Fair Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Send bids to Fair Secretary, P.O. Box 1013, Eagle River, WI 54521. Bid winners will be notified in writing. Questions can be directed to 7410 715-479-2057.
MASTER TREASURER — Vilas County Treasurer Jerri Radtke has been declared a master county treasurer by UW-Green Bay for completing 114 hours of workshops and leadership development made up of 84 hours of course work in critical thinking skills, innovative processes, and 30 hours in professional leadership. This is the highest level of recognition for a county treasurer. Radtke is one of only two county treasurers to achieve this ranking. —Photo by Ken Anderson
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
(Six Weeks, 3/21-4/25/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 11-CV-223 ______________________________________________ Cenlar FSB, Plaintiff, vs. Andrea Ciskowski, Leonard J. Ciskowski, Associated Bank NA, BMO Harris Bank, NA as successor in interest to M&I Bank of Eagle River and Citifinancial, Inc., Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 22, 2011 in the amount of $119,535.27 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier's check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier's check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court's confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold ‘as is’ and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: On the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River DESCRIPTION: Lot 11 in Sherwood Estates, as the same appears of record in Volume 9 of Plats, page 17, being part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter and part of the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section Thirty-four, Township Forty North, Range Six East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, Arbor Vitae Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 11662 Sherwood Ln Arbor Vitae, WI 54568-9242 DATED: March 9, 2012 Gray & Associates, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff 16345 West Glendale Drive New Berlin, WI 53151-2841 (414) 224-8404 Please go to www.gray-law.com to obtain the bid for this sale. Gray & Associates, L.L.P. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 1022 will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 0995
Croker, Ayers recognized for service
The Vilas County Fair Board recently awarded Honorary Membership certificates to Eagle River residents James Croker and Josie Ayers in recognition of their years of service. The board also posthumously awarded the honorary certificate to Jerry Ayers, Josie’s late husband. In 2011, Croker retired from the board of directors after serving for 50 years. For the past 18 years, he has served as board president. Josie Ayers served as secretary of the fair board for 36 years from 1960-’96 and Jerry Ayers served for 33 years, from 1962 through 1995. Memorable moments Josie Ayers recalled included the day all the fair board members decided to ride the carnival rides and also the pontoon float parades that were a part of the festivities. Croker noted that memorable moments for him included the fireworks salute at the start of the fair and the family picnics when fair families would work to get the grounds ready for the annual fair. The Vilas County Fair Board recently revised its Honorary Membership program for the Vilas County
(Six Weeks, 2/29-4/4/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 10-CV-296 ______________________________________________ JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association, Successor by Merger to Chase Home Finance, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Henry L. Szott, Nancy J. Szott a/k/a Nancy Szott, Ministry Medical Group Northern Region, Neal A Potrykus, DDS, James S. Kim, DDS, State of Wisconsin, Department of Revenue, United States, Milton Propane Inc. and Ultra Mart Foods, Inc d/b/a Pick 'n Save, Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 30, 2011 in the amount of $430,677.75 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier's check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold ‘as is’ and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: On the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River DESCRIPTION: The North One-half (N1/2) of Government Lot One (1) in Section Thirty (30), Township Forty (40) North, Range Nine (9) East lying East of Birchwood Drive; Except the South 425 feet thereof. Being located in the Town of Cloverland, Vilas County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1610 Birchwood Dr Saint Germain, WI 54558-9176 DATED: February 15, 2012 Gray & Associates, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff 16345 West Glendale Drive New Berlin, WI 53151-2841 (414) 224-8404 Please go to www.gray-law.com to obtain the bid for this sale. Gray & Associates, L.L.P. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 0964
Longtime Vilas County Fair Board members were recognized recently for their years of service with honorary memberships in the Vilas County Agriculture Society. Participating in the certificate presentation were, left to
right, President Dale Ayers; recipient Josie Ayers who also accepted the award for her late husband, Jerry; recipient Jim Croker; and Vice President Cass Braaten. —Contributed Photo
Agricultural Society. The board will accept nominations at any time throughout the year and recipients will be announced at the annual meeting in September. Criteria for consideration as an honorary member will be based on the individual’s involvement and dedication
as an exhibitor, a volunteer or a board member. Acceptance will be based on an individual’s significant contributions to the fair in any of those capacities. Benefits of Honorary Membership will include voting privileges at the annual meeting of the Vilas County Agricultural Society, waiving
of membership fees, a free lifetime parking pass for the Vilas County Fair and inclusion in annual fair book honorary members listing. For more information or to obtain a nomination application, contact the fair office at (715) 479-2057 or email@example.com.
Vilas to hire finance manager; elected officials to get pay hike
BY KEN ANDERSON
The position of finance manager was created by the Vilas County Board last Tuesday, with an estimated cost of up to $104,318 a year including salary and fringe benefits. Saying a finance manager could professionally identify and implement the overall fiscal policies of the county, which has a $25 million budget, Chris Mayer, chairman of the county’s Finance Committee, urged approval of the position. “We have an urgent need for a finance manager and to have leadership that doesn’t work on a two-year cycle,” said Mayer, referring to the two-year term of office for county supervisors. “We can offset the cost with streamlining duties and committee consolidation to make this county as efficient as possible.” Supervisor Erv Teichmiller supported the resolution for adoption and the need to have a linchpin to look at streamlining. “It’s clear changes we make will be dependent on this person,” said Teichmiller. “Micromanagement is a concern and this could avoid a lot of that.” Among the duties of the position will be to develop a long-range fiscal program and financial system; to supervise centralized accounting, inventory and cash management services of all county departments; and supervise all budget preparation activities. Supervisor Ralph Sitzberger wanted the person to independently report only to the Finance Committee and not to the county board chairman or
any individual supervisor. Creating the position was adopted by unanimous vote with direction to the Personnel Committee to fill the position in accordance with the county hiring practices. Elected officials Terms of office for county elected officials have been changed from two-year terms to four-year terms. Affected this year will be the offices of county clerk, treasurer, register of deeds and surveyor. Salaries for these positions must be set prior to the first day that nomination papers can be circulated, therefore, the county board made adjustments for the next four-year terms. The increases were adopted on a 14-5 vote. For county clerk and surveyor, the Personnel Committee recommended an increase of 3.5% for each year of the four-year term. The county clerk salary would go from $50,258 this year to $56,566 in 2016. The surveyor salary would increase from $10,344 to $11,642 in 2016. For the county register of deeds and treasurer, the committee recommends a 3% peryear increase from $47,378 to $54,367 in 2016 for both positions. According to human resources manager Janna Kahl, there are 27 counties that provide an increase every year during the term rather than setting the same salary for the entire term of office. Several supervisors had questions about the increase and how the county will pay for it. “Raises of this magnitude will have an impact and I can’t support it in today’s economy,”
Supervisor Ron De Bruyne declared. “I agree,” said Supervisor Ralph Sitzberger. “Where are the extra dollars going to come from? If you pass this, you can bet every department head will be coming for these same raises and I can’t support it at this time.” Supervisor Jim Behling looked at it differently. “We’ve been looking at market value for salary and, over time, those in county government are below market value and need to come up to what the market is,” said Behling. “Vilas should be near the middle and that’s how salaries are established.” Kahl indicated she looked at salaries for these positions in this geographic area, but did not do a comparison of counties with similar population. The increases were adopted, with Supervisors Sitzberger, De Bruyne, Bedish, Kukanich and Nielsen voting against. The new salaries will take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Other positions A series of resolutions were presented to fill anticipated or current vacant positions. All were approved by the county board. Assistant Vilas County Corporation Counsel Tara Alfonso will leave to be the assistant city attorney for Wausau. Her duties in Vilas County included guardianships and protective placement, juvenile cases, mental health and alcohol commitments, paternity, zoning and miscellaneous legal cases. The position requires membership in the Wisconsin Bar Association and graduation
from an accredited school of law, plus two years of experience ether as a government attorney or a private attorney with government clients. The annual cost of salary and benefits was estimated as high as $95,978. With the retirement of Lt. Gary Peske from the sheriff’s department, the position of communications lieutenant was filled in-house with a current deputy, Dale Soltow. The board also approved filling the deputy vacancy that would be created with Soltow’s move. The communications lieutenant position has an annual cost of $81,150 and the deputy sheriff position has a cost of $71,350 including benefits. The retirement of the shop foreman in the Highway Department was authorized and will be filled in-house. The annual cost is $67,706. Highway Commissioner/Superintendent Jarrod Maney indicated they would combine this position with a mechanic, thereby reducing staff by one person and saving the county more than $60,000. A vacancy in Social Services due to a retirement also was authorized. The title was modified from Bookkeeper A to Account Technician I and carries a fiscal impact of $53,000. Two specialist positions were authorized to be filled in the new Aging and Disability Resource Center (ARDC). These persons will be employees of Vilas County contracted to provide services through the ARDC. While the two positions will have a combined cost of $123,720, the ARDC contract with the county pays for the cost. The resolution notes that if grant funding ceases, the positions will cease.
(One Week, 3/28/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY — PROBATE — Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Deadline for Filing Claims (Formal Administration) Case No. 12PR15 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF KEITH A. POSTO, deceased. A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth July 25, 1955 and date of death February 27, 2012 was domiciled in Vilas County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 4221 Chicago Ave., Conover, WI 54519. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard at the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River, Wisconsin, before Circuit Court Judge/Circuit Court Commissioner Hon. Neal A. Nielson III, on May 8, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is June 26, 2012. 3. A claim may be filed at the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court Street, Eagle River, Wisconsin, Probate Branch. 4. Heirship will be determined at the hearing on petition for final judgment. 5. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call (715) 479-3642 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: /s/ Dawn R. Halverson Circuit Court Commissioner March 21, 2012 Atty. Colyn E. Carter P.O. Box 1088 Eagle River, WI 54521 (715) 479-4488 Bar No. 1008534 1040
(Four Weeks, 3/14-4/4/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 11-CV-226 ______________________________________________ BMO Harris Bank, NA, as successor by merger to M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank f/k/a M&I Bank of Eagle River, Plaintiff, v. Kevin B. Kent, Defendant, State of Wisconsin, Department of Children and Families; West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Added Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE ______________________________________________ By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure made in the above-entitled action on August 30, 2011, I will sell at public auction in the Vilas County Courthouse, located at 330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521, on March 8, 2012 Adjourned to April 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., all of the following described premises, to wit: A parcel of land being a part of Government Lot 5, Section 9, Township 40 North, Range 10 East, Lincoln Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at a point marking the Southeast corner of said Government Lot 5; thence Northerly along the East line of Government Lot 5 a distance of 265.0 feet to a point and the Place of Beginning of the parcel to be described; thence continue Northerly along the East line of Government Lot 5 a distance of 200.0 feet to a point; thence Westerly parallel to the South line of Government Lot 5 to the West line of Government Lot 5; thence Southerly along the West line of Government Lot 5 a distance of 200.0 feet to a point; thence Easterly parallel to the South line of Government Lot 5 to the East line of Government Lot 5 and the Place of Beginning. Tax Key No. G5-4 a/k/a 14-739 THE PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO ALL LEGAL ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: CASH OR CASHIER’S CHECK (10% downpayment at sale, balance due within ten (10) days of Court approval). DATED at Eagle River, Wisconsin, on March 9, 2012. /s/ Frank Tomlanovich Sheriff of Vilas County, Wisconsin BASS & MOGLOWSKY, S.C., Attorneys for Plaintiff The above property is located at 2227 Highway 45 North, Eagle River, WI 54521. 999
(Six Weeks, 3/28-5/2/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case Number: 10 CV 421 ______________________________________________ BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P., Plaintiff, v. NANCY F. BEAY, et al., Defendant(s). ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 12, 2011, in the amount of $65,818.52 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: at 330 Court Street, Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521 DESCRIPTION: Lot 15 in Block 2 of C.L. PERRY’S THIRD ADDITION to the Village (now City) of Eagle River, Wisconsin, said addition being a part of Government Lot 4 in Section 28, Township 40 North, Range 10 East, City of Eagle River, Vilas County, Wisconsin, as the same appears of record in Volume 1 of Plats, page 14. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 217 West Ohio Street, Eagle River, WI 54521 TAX KEY NO.: 221-811 Scott D Nabke State Bar # 1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to www.blommerpeterman.com to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C. is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285663 1042
(Six Weeks, 3/14-4/18/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 10-CV-294 ______________________________________________ CitiMortgage, Inc., successor by merger to ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., Plaintiff, v. Deirdre Kozlowski a/k/a Deirdre L. Kozlowski, Defendant. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 8, 2012 in the amount of $161,781.08 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold ‘as is’ and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: On the front steps of the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River DESCRIPTION: East 330 feet of West 660 feet of Government Lot 1, Section 15, Township 42 North, Range 9 East, Township of Land O'Lakes, Vilas County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 6114 Clair Fire Trail Land O Lakes, WI 54540 DATED: March 8, 2012 Gray & Associates, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff 16345 West Glendale Drive New Berlin, WI 53151-2841 (414) 224-8404 Please go to www.gray-law.com to obtain the bid for this sale. Gray & Associates, L.L.P. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained
(Two Weeks 3/21-3/28/11) Vilas County Zoning and Planning Committee Public Hearing Notice Date: April 11, 2012 Time: 9:00 AM Location: Vilas County Courthouse, Conference Room #1, 330 Court St, Eagle River, WI 54521 Public Hearing Description The hearing will be on a petition submitted by Greg Schoone, agent for Jay Schutte, to amend the official Vilas County Zoning Wetland Map on a portion of a property from Wetland Zoning District to non-wetland status on Lot 49 of Sellstroms Subdivision in Government Lot 1, Section 8, Town 43 North, Range 6 East, Town of Presque Isle, Vilas County, Wisconsin; known as Vilas County Computer Parcel Number 22-277 and located on Presque Isle Lake. An on-site may be conducted at the Committee’s discretion, with the public hearing to follow at the Vilas County Courthouse. A copy of the petition is on file in the Vilas County Zoning Office. Dated at Eagle River this 13th day of March, 2012. Dawn M. Schmidt, Zoning Administrator For: Zoning and Planning Committee If you have special needs or require special accommodations please call (715) 479-3620 or write: Vilas County Zoning, Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court St, Eagle River, WI 54521 ANY ZONING COMMITTEE MEMBER UNABLE TO ATTEND PLEASE CONTACT THE ZONING OFFICE 1034
(One Week, 3/28/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT, VILAS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 12SC47 File No. 1419324 TO: PAMELA A. HUFFMAN 362 LAVIGNE RD. MANITOWISH WATERS, WI 54545 Defendant(s) You are being sued by Portfolio Recovery Associates assignee of CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA) NA in the small claims court for VILAS County, Wisconsin, 330 COURT ST., EAGLE RIVER, WI 54521-0369. A hearing will be held at 1:15 P.M. on 04/12/2012. If you do not appear, a judgment may be given to the person suing you. (A copy of the claim has been mailed to you at the address above.) Dated: March 15, 2012. /s/ Ryan M. Peterson Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik LLC Attorneys in the Practice of Debt Collection 250 N. Sunnyslope Rd., Suite 300 Brookfield WI 53005 Toll Free: (877) 667-8010 1064
Vilas County supervisors collect $145,000 in 2011
BY KEN ANDERSON
Information from the Vilas County clerk’s office indicates Vilas County supervisors collected $145,000 in reimbursement for expenses in 2011, including $85,000 for attending meetings. Reimbursement is made to supervisors for county work including per diem for attending meetings, mileage, both taxable and nontaxable meals, lodging, parking and registra-
tion. County board Chairman Steve Favorite collected the most, $12,275, which included $4,077 in salary. Supervisor Charles Rayala Jr. was second, receiving $11,882 including $1,523 in salary as county board chairman before he resigned that position. Supervisor Bob Egan was highest among the other supervisors, being reimbursed $10,380, followed closely by Supervisor Ralph Sitzberger at $10,124. Supervisor Leon Kukanich
was the lowest of the 21 members of the county board in receiving reimbursement at $2,836, followed by Supervisor Maynard Bedish at $3,633. Other supervisors receiving reimbursement were Emil Bakka, $9,457; Al Bauman, $9,482; James Behling, $6,711; Ed Bluthardt Jr., $5,745; Gene Ciszek, $3,861; Ron De Bruyne, $5,715; Jack Harrison, $5,228; Sig Hjemvick, $6,910; Chris Mayer, $4,363; Dennis Nielsen, $8,736; Mary Platner, $5,700; Fred Radtke, $4,254; Erv Teich-
miller, $5,667; and Linda Thorpe at $7,645. Total mileage reimbursement for all supervisors for 2011 was $50,866, with Rayala having claimed most mileage at $5,707, followed by Bauman at $4,836 and Sitzberger at $4,337. Rayala lives in Manitowish Waters, Bauman in Lac du Flambeau and Sitzberger in Land O’ Lakes. The courthouse is located in Eagle River. The supervisors who claimed the lowest mileage were Kukanich at $298 and Bedish at $578.
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
No snomo deaths reported in Vilas
But area hospitals report 70 accidents with injuries
BY KEN ANDERSON
Area hospital emergency departments reported 70 snowmobile accidents in the great Vilas County area that required medical attention this past winter, but no deaths were reported. That information was provided last week to the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail Safety Committee by county recreation coordinator Dale Mayo. Mayo said this was the first year since the 1998-’99 winter season that Vilas County did not record a snowmobile fatality. The previous two seasons had one death each in the county. “There were 10 snowmobile fatalities statewide this past season, the lowest number also since 1998-’99,” Mayo told the committee. “Part of the reason was little or no snow in December and January, with grooming not starting until Feb. 1.” The highest number of snowmobile deaths recorded was the winter of 2004-’05 with 37 and the following winter with 36. The highest number of deaths in Vilas County also occurred during those two seasons with six and seven deaths, respectively. Mayo said he believes the nighttime speed limit has had a positive impact for snowmobilers. “The 55-mph night speed
limit was introduced during in the 2006-’07 season and the number of deaths statewide dropped from 36 down to 26,” he reported. Of the 10 state deaths this past winter, only one victim had taken a Wisconsin Snowmobile safety course. This person was “water skipping” and drowned when his sled stopped and sank on a river in Rusk County. One other death by drowning is pending when the victim drove into open water on a lake in Beaver Dam in Dodge County. Eight accidents were caused by speed most often in combination with alcohol as reported by Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The youngest victim was 24 years old and the oldest was 58. Eight were male and two were female. Collision with a fixed object, usually trees, caused five deaths. Local accidents With cooperation of Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital, Howard Young Medical Center, Marshfield Clinic and Spirit Flight for Life, the Vilas County accidents that required medical attention were provided to the trail safety committee. All accidents requiring medical attention, according to state law, have to be reported within 10 days on a mandatory reporting form and provided to the DNR. In the 2010’11 season, there were only
four reported accidents from Vilas County — which prompted the committee to meet with medical staff requesting snowmobile accident information. Thanks to the cooperation of the medical facilities, 70 accident reports were provided. These included 35 from Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, 27 from Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital, six from Marshfield Clinic and two from the Spirit Flight for Life. Mayo compiled information on the 70 accidents. Most accidents, 36, were from noon to 8 p.m., followed by 10 from 6 a.m. to noon, nine from 8 p.m. to midnight, and eight from midnight to 6 a.m. There were 25 accidents reported happening Saturdays, 15 Fridays, and 12 Sundays. The lowest number of accidents occurred Tuesdays, three, and Wednesdays, one. The average age of the victims was 36, but ranged from a low of younger than age 16 to older than age 60. Of the accidents reported by the emergency departments, 40 occurred in Vilas County, 10 in Oneida County, nine in Gogebic County, and one each in Iron and Forest counties. Seven did not have a county identified. Of those injured requiring Spirit helicopter transport, six were from Vilas County and two from Gogebic County. No information was provided on
the sex of the victims. DNR Conservation Warden Tim Price told the committee about his conversation with one business that rented snowmobiles showing the level of damage accidents caused. “This business said they had six rental sleds totaled, with each sled having a value of $8,800 and 25 accidents they considered had major damage,” said Price. “The major damage was at least $1,500 or more, and they had 10 sleds with $4,000 in damage or more.” Price said it was “pure luck” Vilas County did not have any fatalities given this information from just one rental business. Trail use A snowmobile trail-use statistic was provided from committee member Leo Crawley of Presque Isle, showing the impact snowmobiling can have on a community. “We put a trail counter on Trail 6 by the rearing pond in Presque Isle,” said Crawley. “It was operational from our opening on Dec. 6 and closed on Feb. 20. During that time period, there were 18,120 snowmobiles that used that trail.” Crawley said on the busiest day there were 786 counts and on the slowest day there were only 10. The committee said they may place additional trail counters in various locations next snowmobile season.
CLOSING IN ON $4 — The price for unleaded regular gasoline is closing in on $4 per gallon in Eagle River. According to wisconsingasprices.com, the national average is $3.86 a gallon. —STAFF PHOTO
Oneida County Planning & Zoning Committee — Wednesday, March 28, 1 p.m., courthouse. Agenda: Review revisions to the Oneida County Zoning and Shoreland Protection Ordinance. School District of Three Lakes Board of Education M e e t i n g — We d n e s d a y, March 28, 6 p.m., board room. Agenda: Consider swim program and restructuring of football program. Vilas County Economic Development Committee — Monday, April 2, 9 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Economic development reports. Vilas County Social Services — Monday, April 2, 9:45 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Interviews for Account Tech I vacancy.
Utility cautions against disconnections as winter payment moratorium ends
Eagle River Light & Water is advising residential electric customers who are behind on their bills to make payment arrangements with the utility to avoid service disconnection. Wisconsin’s Winter Emergency Period, often referred to as the moratorium on residential service disconnection, ends April 15. After that date, utilities statewide may begin to disconnect service to customers who are past due on payment of their electric bills for any period of time, including the winter months. “The end of the winter moratorium on disconnections is fast approaching,” said Patrick Weber, city utility manager. “Unpaid bills drive up costs for the whole community. It is Eagle River’s goal to do what we can to collect unpaid bills and to help customers avoid service disruptions for nonpayment.” The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin established the annual moratorium — from Nov. 1 to April 15 — to protect customers from service disconnection during harsh Wisconsin winters. According to Weber, more than 110 utility customers have overdue bills representing $35,000. Despite these figures, nearly 90% of customers pay their bills on time each month. “We understand that situations can arise, making it difficult for customers to pay their bills,” said Weber. “However, to avoid disconnection, we are urging customers to make the appropriate payment arrangements. We would like to help these customers make suitable arrangements to avoid shutting off their service.” Customers can call Eagle River Light & Water to make payment arrangements. The utility will negotiate payment options with customers, according to Weber. Weber also said the utility will issue a final disconnection notice prior to limiting service. To apply for energy assistance, customers should call 1(866) HEATWIS (432-8947). Under the eligibility requirements, customers at or below 60% of the state’s median income may qualify for assistance from Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, including: — A single person earning up to $24,319 per year; — a family of four with an annual income of up to $46,768. To make payment arrangements or to explore payment options with the utility, call the utility at (715) 479-8121 between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
The real estate transactions listed below are being published at the request of many of our readers. The information is public record and reflects an index of each week’s transactions. Property transactions exceeding $10,000 recorded at the Vilas County Courthouse the past week and the transfer fee (at $3 per $1,000): March 19, 2012 Stephanie Vodicnik to Mary Jo Walker, prt NE NW in 24-43-6, gov lot 2, $159 Mark W. Suckow and wife to William A. Jones and wife, prt SE NE in 16-42-5, $450 March 20, 2012 Marianne Ashton to William W. Kahlenberg Jr., prt NW NE, prt NW NW, prt NE NW in 10-4210, $135 March 21, 2012 Don D. Suominen and wife to Broken Arrow Holdings LLC, prt NW SW in 34-42-6, gov lot 1, $1,575 March 22, 2012 Bruce P. Vineyard, R.G. Norlander POA, Sarah King Foy to Bruce P. Vineyard, prt NW SE in 31-43-10, gov lot 3, prt NE NE in 31-43-10, gov lot 1, prt SE NE in 31-43-10, gov lot 2, prt SE NW in 31-43-10, gov lot 4, prt NE NW in 31-43-10, gov lot 5, $1,050 March 23, 2012 Charlotte Schultz to Ronald Bella, prt SE SE in 24-40-6, $52.80
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This business meeting will include reports by the Chairman of the Board, the Credit Union President/ CEO and ﬁnancial reports for the year ending December 31, 2011. Nominees for expiring terms on the Board of Directors will be introduced and elections will be held. Any member in attendance (age 18 or over) who has been a primary member of Ripco for at least 90 days as of 04/18/2012 will be eligible to vote. Coffee and dessert will be available after the meeting.
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(Six Weeks, 2/29-4/4/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY Case No. 11-CV-262 ______________________________________________ JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff, v. Jade A. Kopanski, Alisa A. Majewski a/k/a Alisa Kopanski and Marshfield Clinic, Defendants. ______________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE ______________________________________________ PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 27, 2011 in the amount of $89,285.96 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold ‘as is’ and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: On the front steps of the Vilas
County Courthouse, Eagle River DESCRIPTION: Lot 5 of Certified Survey Map No. 1134 as recorded in Vol. 4 Certified Survey Map, page 388, being part of the SW ¼ of the SW ¼, Section 35, Township 40 North, Range 10 East, Lincoln Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1020 Taylor Lake Rd Eagle River, WI 54521-9300 DATED: February 15, 2012 Gray & Associates, L.L.P. Attorneys for Plaintiff 16345 West Glendale Drive New Berlin, WI 53151-2841 (414) 224-8404 Please go to www.gray-law.com to obtain the bid for this sale. Gray & Associates, L.L.P. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 1995
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
DNR pushing statewide motor trolling, again
IN IT’S infinite wisdom, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says there is no biological justification for different motor trolling regulations across Wisconsin. Vilas and eight other counties have won the battle to close all waters to motor trolling, while trolling is allowed without restriction in 18 counties. Another 45 counties have one or more specifically named waters that are open to trolling, and many more that are closed to trolling. The department will ask sportspeople statewide April 9, at spring fish and game hearings in every county, if they want motor trolling to be allowed statewide. It’s an advisory question, but as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, any split vote or sign of potential approval will mean a proposed rule change in 2013. The scribbler for one can hardly fathom the DNR arguing for any one-size-fits-all regulation. Just look at the trout and walleye regulations in this state and you will soon learn that equality doesn’t exist between regions of the state — not biologically, politically or socially. To its credit, the department notes on the questionnaire that “motor trolling has been controversial because trolling may take up more acreage per angler than casting and could result in higher user conflicts among anglers.” Vilas got rid of motor trolling in the late 1980s for that reason. There also were serious concerns about anglers targeting trophy muskie, walleye and lake trout with this very productive method. Sportspeople in Vilas decided that, with the small average size of its lakes compared to say Minnesota, traditional fishing methods
In the Outdoors
By Kurt Krueger
were a better fit for fewer conflicts and less productivity — especially on the largest and scarcest of game fish. With today’s technological advances, it could be argued that anglers don’t need any more help. Sonars equipped with special cones and side-view options allow anglers to find any and every piece of bottom structure. Underwater cameras have also been added to the mix. Global Positioning System (GPS) units take the guesswork out of returning to favorite spots. Proponents of motor trolling say it will mean a boost for tourism, especially in a muskie fishing fraternity that knows the effectiveness of trolling on monster fish. What we don’t know is whether trolling will have negative impacts on the majority of anglers who choose to fish by traditional methods. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion on what constitutes fun on the water. A lot of people just want to catch some fish, and trolling makes it easier to cover vast areas with less physical effort. No doubt trolling is attractive for a lot of reasons a nontroller, like myself, doesn’t know. Personally, trolling is the most boring form of fishing ever devised. The equipment used is generally so heavy that you might as well be reeling in a bowling ball, because really feeling the “fight” of a fish is difficult. There’s no finesse in the cast or the retrieve —
entirely missing the challenge of detecting the light bite. I don’t want to be the one to stand in the way of progress, but I’m really not worried about that on this issue. Legalizing motor trolling statewide would not represent progress. It would be a step backward — caving into the demands of modern convenience. It’s my opinion that the residents of Vilas County should have a weighted voice on this issue, as opposed to having a whole state ram this regulation down their throats. The locals know well the importance of both tourism and conservation. They are wellequipped to decide the balance that is required. Vilas and neighboring Oneida County harbor the highest concentration of inland lakes found anywhere in Wisconsin. These are unique resources and the lakes are already heavily used. Adding to that congestion with motor trolling makes little sense. But then, the DNR has never been accused of using much common sense. So it is pushing a statewide regulation as if all parts of the state were created equally. They should know better. Wisconsin generally doesn’t have lakes like Minnesota and Canada. Mille Lacs, Leach, Vermillion, Lake of the Woods and others can handle motor trolling, biologically and socially, without much problem. In 1998, the DNR proposed a rule change at the spring hearings to allow motor trolling statewide. The resulting vote was 1,969 no to 1,322 yes. The department was forced to drop anchor on its plan. My suggestion is that residents of Vilas and Oneida counties, and anyone who doesn’t want this statewide fix, turn out in big num-
Decades of traditional-only fishing in Vilas County could change if the DNR gets its way on statewide motor trolling. —Photo By The Author
bers and vote at the spring hearings. Even if the vote favors motor trolling statewide, the voice of counties here might still be heard by the Natural Resources Board or legislators upon review of any future administrative rule. It’s about all we can do, short of
getting our friends and relatives to do the same in other parts of the state. I’m making some calls and sending some emails. We are going to need some help on this one, lest we stand idle and allow fishing and lake use to deteriorate.
DNR says Unit 35 slightly above goal; antlerless deer permits likely in 2012
Unit 39 to remain buck-only in fall
Fishing with the Guides
By George Langley
BY KEN ANDERSON
Yes, folks, it’s March and there’s open water
Who can believe the ice is out on all area lakes already? Most lakes have been open for over a week after our unusually warm spell in the middle of March and nobody seems to recall an earlier start to the open-water fishing season here in the North Woods. Usually at this time of year, we are still enjoying some great panfish action through the ice, but the ice fishing season is behind us now and it’s time to think about open-water fishing. There are many fishing opportunities right now in this area and elsewhere, giving anglers an excuse to get out and enjoy this great early spring weather. Perch spawning began last week after the ice went out and will continue this week as the water temperatures hold in the upper 40s. The males of the species are staging in shallow bays adjacent to the shoreline spawning areas, feeding very aggressively and waiting for the females to show up. Usually, the bigger females are most active during the middle of the day as the sun warms the water. Use a minnow on a small hook under a bobber for best action, and look for brush piles and fallen trees in these shallow spawning areas. While they are actively spawning, the perch will be in as little as 1 foot of water. Crappie fishing also can be very good after ice-out. These fish can be found in a variety of places depending on the lake you are fishing. Anglers will find some schools of crappie in deep water and some up in shallow bays and on midlake structure. Although these fish are not spawning yet, they will be found in schools and can feed very aggressively at times in the early spring. Minnows or small plastics are always the best baits for these fish. If anglers are willing to travel, there are opportunities to fish for walleyes in some rivers in Wisconsin before the general game fishing season opener on May 5. Check regulations carefully for the stretch of river you intend to fish. Some local residents also will travel north for steelhead and salmon fishing on Lake Superior and its tributaries. Again, check regulations to be sure the season is open. No matter what you decide to fish for at this time of year, it is a great time to get out and get some fresh air and sun after another long winter indoors. Good luck and good fishin’.
RHINELANDER — After a couple of years of buck-only seasons in deer management Unit 35 in northern and eastern Vilas County, wildlife experts will likely recommend antlerless deer permits for the unit for fall 2012 hunting seasons. That was the message provided to about 50 sportspersons at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deer herd management forum in Rhinelander last Tuesday night. “The guideline we use is plus or minus 20% of goal,” explained DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. “If the deer population is within that range, we discuss the history of the unit and what our recommendations would be for any antlerless harvest.” Most units in this area have an overwinter goal of 20 deer per square mile with the exception of Unit 36 with a goal of 25. Holtz said the majority of bucks harvested across the north are 3 years old or younger and the fawn-to-doe ratio has been below the longterm average. He said the preliminary results of a fawn mortality study in winter show 73% of fawns die the first year, mostly from bear and bobcat predation. DNR wildlife biologist Michelle Woodford said the deer herd in Unit 35, which stretches across the northern tier and eastern edge of Vilas County, has rebounded enough that antlerless tags will likely be issued this fall. “Unit 35 is a challenging unit,” said Woodford. “We were slightly below goal last year and had another buck-only
Following two years of buck-only hunting in Unit 35, hunters will likely see antlerless permits
available there in 2012, according to DNR game experts. —Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER
season. We are now slightly above goal and will be recommending an antlerless harvest of between 1,400 and 1,600. We have gone from an estimate of 19 deer per square mile in 2011 to an estimated 23 per square mile in 2012. The overwinter goal is 20 per square mile.” That translates to having up to 4,000 antlerless permits available for sale. The last years there were antlerless permits in Unit 35 in 2007 and 2008. The success rate in 2007 was 27% and in 2008 it was 23% of the quota permits sold. Woodford said the popula-
tion goal for Unit 35 is 7,080 deer, with the sex-age-kill (SAK) formula used by the DNR to estimate the deer herd indicating the number at 8,142. The buck harvest in Unit 35 in 2011 was 832. Unit 36, which covers south central Vilas County and north central Oneida County, is a small but productive unit, according to Woodford. “We are at goal of 25 per square mile and will recommend another buck plus quota season for 2012,” she said. “The success rate for quota permits in 2011 was 24%. There were 8,000 permits
available and 4,080 antlerless permits were sold. The total antlerless harvest was 1,639 which included gun, bow and Chippewa antlerless harvest.” The buck harvest in Unit 36 last year was 965. Woodford said Unit 38, which includes the southeast corner of Vilas County and the eastern part of Oneida County, is slightly below goal with the preliminary recommendation seeking an antlerless harvest of 700 to 900 deer. That would translate to having about 3,000 quota permits To PERMITS, Pg. 11A
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
Musky Marathon anglers get awards
The annual Vilas County Musky Marathon presentation to the county board last week included distribution of plaques to the top anglers. Present to receive their plaques during the March 2 meeting were Jon Jantzen of St. Germain for third-place Men’s Released Division; Michelle Luedtke of Eagle River for first-place Women’s Released Division; Bob Jacobs of Eagle River for first-place Guide’s Released Division; Bill Jacobs of Eagle River for second- and third-place Guide’s Released Division; and Carlos Gutierrez of Land O’ Lakes for third-place Youth Released Division. Also present were marathon sponsors Elmer Jensen of Jensen’s Guide Service and Bill Jacobs, president of Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. Both entities have been longtime supporters of the marathon. Jensen’s Guide Service has supplied lures for youth registrants along with a Half-Day With A Guide drawing prize for youth registrants. The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. has provided the plaques for the top three finishers in each of the released divisions for many years. “For 48 years, the Vilas
State deer trustee sets public meetings
The Wisconsin Conservation Congress in conjunction with Dr. James Kroll announced six town hall meetings around the state between April 16 and 21, including one meeting in Rhinelander Tuesday, April 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Rhinelander High School auditorium. The purpose of the meetings is to gather ideas and solutions from citizens, sportsmen and sportswomen to help forge a new age for Wisconsin’s deer management practices, according to Wisconsin Department of Administration contact Ed Eberle. Kroll is Wisconsin’s whitetailed deer trustee who has been contracted by the State of Wisconsin to conduct an independent, objective and scientifically based review of Wisconsin’s deer management practices. There also will be a meeting in Hayward Wednesday, April 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hayward Intermediate School gymnasium, located at 15930 W. Fifth St. in Hayward.
Shoeder’s RV & Marine presented service award
Taking part in the plaque presentation for the Vilas County Musky Marathon were, front row, from left, Carlos Gutierrez and Michelle Luedtke; and back row, plaque winner and sponsor Bill Jacobs, Jon Jantzen, Bob Jacobs and sponsor Elmer Jensen. —Contributed Photo
County Musky Marathon has been a North Woods tradition,” said Janet Christianson of the Vilas County Tourism and Publicity Department, “and the presentation and awarding of plaques at a full county board meeting is a great opportuni-
ty to recognize our participants, sponsors and registration stations. We also enjoy the opportunity to share photos and stories of the recently concluded marathon.” Christianson noted the plans are being finalized for the 49th annual Musky
Marathon which will run May 26 (May 15 on boundary waters) through Nov. 30, and information should be available shortly on the website, vilas.org, or by calling the Vilas County Tourism and Publicity Department at (715) 479-3649.
Hunters registered 347,711 deer in 2011
Final 2011 deer harvest numbers and statewide deer population estimates are now available, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and state wildlife experts are beginning to develop recommendations for 2012. Hunters registered a total of 347,711 white-tailed deer in all combined deer hunting seasons in 2011, including 257,511 harvested in all gun seasons and 90,200 harvested in the archery season. The recently finalized harvest numbers are being shared with the public at deerhunter forums this month. “Last year’s harvest numbers are just one piece of information that hunters provide every fall when they register a deer, and the information is used to help estimate the size of the deer population on a u n i t - b y - u n i t b a s i s,” s a i d Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist. “This information, along with the input provided by the public, all help to shape the season framework proposal and quotas that we’ll propose to the Natural Resources Board in late April,” said Wallenfang. In addition to department staff being on hand to answer questions and provide information on the deer herd, the focus of the forums is to seek input from hunters and those interested in deer. “All comments will be taken into consideration when we make decisions about the upcoming season. It is important for deer hunters to understand that population estimates are just one of the factors that go into the annual decision-making process for establishing the upcoming season,” said Wallenfang. “Another important factor is input from the public.” The harvest totals for 2011 are available on the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov and can be found by searching the key words “deer harvest.” Harvest figures are broken down by buck or antlerless deer in each of 136 deer-management units ,and county by deer season type. Anyone who missed a forum in their area still has an opportunity to participate by using the new online survey. Go to the DNR website and type in key words “deer hunter forum.” In its first week of use, more than 2,000 people reviewed information about their favorite deer-management unit, filled out the survey and provided written comments. “We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on the survey option and the efforts we’ve undertaken to get the word out on the forums and the survey,” said Wallenfang. “I want to encourage everyone interested in deer to attend a deer-hunter forum to give their perspective on the 2011 season, or please fill out the survey. Our goal is to make the fall seasons enjoyable for hunters, while at the same time addressing all the other factors that make deer management so challenging in Wisconsin.”
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3/19/12 3/23/12 — Remaining spring turkey permits not issued through the permit drawing will be available for sale beginning at 10 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis through license sales outlets and DNR service centers. In addition, licenses can be purchased online through the DNR website or by phone at 1-(877) 945-4236. 3/31/12 — Trout season opens on designated sections of some Lake Superior tributaries on the last Saturday in March. See the current Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide for more information. — Hunting, fishing, sports and conservation patron licenses expire. — Annual spring fish and game hearings in all 72 counties in state, starting at 7 p.m.
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Permits: Unit 39 deer herd still not rebounding
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available to hunters. Roger Sabota of Rhine lander, who has a hunting camp in the unit, requested no antlerless permits for 2012 in Unit 38. Last season there were 3,242 quota permits sold in Unit 38 with a success rate of 29%. The antlerless harvest in 2011 was 1,492, with a buck harvest of 995. The goal of 20 deer per square mile would put the population at 8,680, with the SAK indicating a population of 8,151. Woodford said units 29B and 34 in western Vilas County are both below goal. She indicated 29B will be recommended for a buck-only season again in 2012. The goal is 3,495 deer, but the population is closer to 1,800 deer. The overwinter goal was increased from 12 to 15 deer per square mile in 2010. When asked what the forum participants thought about antlerless permits in Unit 34, the response was for another buck-only season. Unit 34 has a population goal of 5,240 with the SAK number indicating the herd size is 3,930. The overwinter goal was raised from 17 to 20 deer per square mile in 2010 and the herd still has not grown to that level. The buck harvest in 2011 was 355. Both Holtz and Woodford indicated they will take audience comments about low deer numbers in the north into consideration when making their final recommendations and will look to a more conservative 2012 season than what the SAK formula may indicate. Unit 39, while not on the official discussion for the Vilas and Oneida county meeting, shows a deer population below goal since 2003. Even with mild winters since 2008 and no antlerless quota permits available, the population has not responded in the unit that covers much of Forest County. Wildlife manager Chuck McCullough, of the DNR’s Antigo office, said the unit remains more than 20% below goal. The estimated population for Unit 39 at goal should be 8,500 deer, with the SAK indicating a population of 5,525. The buck harvest in 2011 was 675. “We will recommend a buck-only season in 2012,” said McCullough. “The folks at the meeting for Florence and Forest counties indicted they also wanted a buck-only hunt for archery. That is what we will forward to the deer committee.” Experts say there is the potential for mature bucks in Unit 39 due to low hunter pressure of about eight hunters per square mile of deer range on opening day. The unit has very little private land is primarily Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest land. Deer hunters can look at the history of any deer management unit in the state on the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov. There also is a questionnaire hunters can fill out about the deer population in units they hunt.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
By Gary Ridderbusch
North’s early spring means time to train for Journeys
With the early spring in the North Woods, runners have an opportunity to get in some early training for the 16th annual Journeys Marathon set for May 12. Sponsored by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, the event will take place on scenic Vilas County backroads between Eagle River and Boulder Junction. Kim Emerson, chamber events coordinator, said more than 250 runners are entered in Journeys Marathon, voted one of the Top 5 “Best Kept Marathon Secrets” by Runners World magazine. “The race will again take place in the beautiful North Woods and offers something for everyone — competitively and noncompetitively,” said Emerson. Events include a 26.2-mile full marathon, a 13.1mile half marathon and power walk, a 5K and a fun run for kids 12 and under. (All races are open to runners and walkers.) Journeys Marathon and half marathon are USATF-certified courses and the full marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The event will kick off with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and race registration/packet pickup at Northland Pines High School Friday, May 11. Then Saturday, May 12, the full marathon starts at 8 a.m, the half marathon and power walk start at 9:15 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. The kids fun run will start at various times beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m. The popular postrace celebration will be Saturday evening, according to Emerson. “It’s a great time to share your success and race stories of the day with fellow racers, family and friends,” she said. “This event is a fun-filled evening designed for relaxation and camaraderie with a hot buffet dinner, musical entertainment, door prizes and much more.” For more information about Journeys Marathon or to register, contact the chamber at (715) 479-6400.
Returning letterwinners and new coaches for the Northland Pines baseball team include, front row from left, seniors Matt Meyer, Dominic Caroselli and Matt Goska; back row, head coach Rob
Govek, juniors Jacob Schlitt, T.J. Harsla and Brandon Wallace and junior varsity coach Jacob Husing. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
New Pines coach Govek to build team around seven returning letterwinners
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The Northland Pines baseball team will have seven returning letterwinners and a new coach when it takes the field for the 2012 season. Rob Govek has taken over the coaching duties for the Eagles. Govek, who was the Northland Pines junior varsity baseball coach the last couple of seasons, replaces Brad Dodge at the helm. Govek played high school baseball at Wausau East and went on to play college baseball at UW-Stevens Point and UW-Stout, graduating from Stout in 2004. In 2011, Northland Pines finished 1-11 in conference play and 6-15 overall. Last spring, the Eagles had six
nonconference games cancelled due to poor weather. “With the early spring, we have been able to get outside and practice on the junior varsity field,” said Govek. While the 2011 campaign was tough, the Eagles ended the season on a high note, posting a victory over rival Tomahawk in the first game of the WIAA play-offs before losing a heartbreaker against a solid Mosinee team 7-6 to end the Eagles’ season. The Eagles lost four starters to graduation, including pitcher Mitch Steinke, center fielder Taylor Ridderbusch, first baseman Andrew Ambrosius and third baseman Billy Pfeiffer. Ridderbuch, Ambrosius and Pfeiffer also pitched for the Eagles last season. Returning letterwinners in 2012 for the Eagles include
seniors Dominic Caroselli, Matt Meyer and Matt Goska; and juniors Jacob Schlitt, Brandon Wallace, T.J. Harsla and Jon Eichmann. Evaluating this year’s team, Govek said Meyer is the team’s leader in the outfield, Caroselli will be a key to the offensive attack at the plate and Harsla will be the backbone of the pitching staff. Wallace started at shortstop last year and Schlitt and Harsla saw more playing time as the season progressed. “We have a solid defense and a lot of guys who can throw strikes on the mound,” said Govek. “One of our challenges will be to get more guys on base to apply pressure to opposing pitchers.” Looking at the Great Northern Conference (GNC), Govek sees Mosinee, Antigo
and Rhinelander as the teams to beat. “We are looking to build off of last year’s strong finish in the play-offs,” said Govek. Assisting Govek this spring are junior varsity coach Jacob Husing, along with Tom Caroselli, Steve Beckett, Larry Jankowski, Nick Bolte and Mike Krein. The Eagles will open the season with a nonconference game against Wittenberg-Birnamwood this Thursday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northland Pines High School field. Pines will travel to Crivitz this Saturday, March 31, for a nonconference doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. The Eagles’ first GNC game will be next Tuesday, April 3, against Medford at 4:30 p.m. on the Northland Pines diamond.
Falcons drop two games to end regular season
BY GENE ADAMOVICH
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Pines boys take fourth at home track meet
BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
The Northland Pines High School boys track team took fourth place out of seven teams at a coed indoor invite Saturday at the Pines fieldhouse. The Eagles scored 80 points, putting them ahead of Houghton, Rhinelander and Ironwood. D.C. Everest won the meet, scoring 170 points, while Ashland took second with 121 and Tomahawk took third with 91. “It was a long Saturday, but what a great opportunity to see some amazing athletes,” said Pines coach John Hayes. “We reserved this Saturday to run against some bigger schools so our athletes could have a chance to match up with athletes of similar speed.” Johnny Schwenn broke his own school record in the 55meter dash, clocking in at 6.78 seconds. “Johnny worked very hard in the off-season so it was good to see him knock a tenth off his time,” said Hayes. Schwenn also won the 200meter dash with a time of 24.34 seconds, was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 6.03 meters and led off the winning 4x200-meter relay consisting with Nick Staege, Lance Bontrager and Lucas Ferber. The team came in at 1:42.47. Devin Sauvola broke his
The Eagle River Falcons ended the 2011-’12 Great Lakes Hockey League regular season last weekend with two losses in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Facing the always competitive Calumet Wolverines on Friday and the talented Portage Lakes Pioneers on Saturday, the Falcons suffered 10-9 and 3-1 losses, respectively. On Friday night, Eagle River played from behind much of the game and found themselves down 10-6 with five minutes remaining in regulation time. Not ready to succumb to the host Wolverines, the Falcons rallied with three quick goals to get within one. Then, with three seconds left on the clock, it took a spectacular save by the host team’s goalie to prevent it from going into overtime and to secure the Calumet win.
Saturday night’s game was one of defense, as both teams skated hard. After one period, the score was knotted up at 0-0. But the Pioneers wore down the shorthanded Falcons, finding the net three times in the remaining two periods, while holding Eagle River to one in claiming the victory. Brandon Gwidt was in the net for both games for the Falcons. The Falcons’ overall record for the season was 11-12-1. They will compete in the league tournament this weekend in Madison, facing Fond du Lac Friday at 1 p.m. “We would like to thank all of our faithful fans and sponsors for their support all season long,” said Falcons coach Mike Adamovich. “We play in a lot of locations, and there are no fans anywhere that surpass ours. We are extremely proud of that.”
Kaitchuck, VanBrunt get first team All-State honors
Northland Pines senior defenseman Matt Kaitchuck was named to 2012 first team All-State boys hockey team and senior goalie Kim VanBrunt was named to the first team All-State girls team. The Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association and the Girls Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association named their respective All-State teams during the WIAA State Hockey Tournament in Madison. Kaitchuck was the defensive leader for the Eagles and produced 21 points on 10 goals and 11 assists in Great Northern Conference (GNC) play. He helped the Eagles win the GNC title with a 13-1 record. VanBrunt had a .900 save percentage in GNC action. She led the Eagles to the Sectional final in the WIAA playoffs. Another Northland Pines player, sophomore goalie
Northland Pines junior Jacob Bozic reaches for the pit in the triple jump during an indoor meet in
the field house Saturday. The Eagle boys placed fourth in the meet. —STAFF PHOTO
own 3,200-meter run indoor record, running a 10:46.44 and taking second to Bryce Miller from Ashland. “Devin is a much stronger runner than he was last year and coach Czarapata, the distance coach, thinks he is going to improve a lot more,” said Hayes. Dylan Weber battled for third in the 400-meter dash
and anchored an exciting 4x400-meter relay, where Duncan Hosking fought to keep the Eagles in the race. “We have a talented group of freshman this year, including Ryan Ozelie, Bailey Ramesh, Carson Cox and Lance Bontrager, whoms we are starting to depend on for points,” said Hayes. “It’s a big responsibility for those young guys to be varsity runners.”
The Eagles will host another meet Thursday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m. “We’re trying to figure out what is the best combination of athletes we can put together for the conference indoor meet after spring break,” said Hayes. “We had a lot of sick and injured athletes early in the season, so it was good to see some of our athletes able to compete at a high level.”
Jacob Stephan, received honorable mention on the AllState boys teams. He led the GNC with a .914 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1.87 a game. He allowed 23 goals during the GNC season and made 246 saves. Two other Northland Pines girls received honorable mention All-State on the girls team. Senior Kelly McGinnis received recognition as a forward and junior Winter Nielsen was honored as a defenseman.
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
YMCA schedules gymnastics program
The YMCA of the Northwoods recently announced the beginning of its new session of gymnastics, which will be held at the James Williams Middle School balcony in Rhinelander. The programs, coached by Kersti Lamers and April Denis, will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, with times dependent on the participant’s current level. The spring program will run from April 15 to June 2. “This will be the final session of level gymnastics classes until the fall session,” said YMCA contact Dan Burmeister. “However, we have plans to run a weeklong summer gymnastics camp in August.” To register for the gymnastics program at the YMCA of the Northwoods, visit ymcaofthenorthwoods.org. For more information, call (715) 362-9622.
Pudlo awarded for performance at Northland College in Ashland
Former Northland Pines High School graduate Emily Pudlo was among 18 Northland College student athletes recognized by the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) for outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom for the 2011-’12 season. The UMAC recognized 326 student athletes in 13 institutions for the award, which requires a grade-point average of 3.5 or better in the respective semester of competition. Northland College is a fouryear liberal arts college located off the shores of Lake Superior in Ashland. The NCAA Division 3 school’s mascots are the Lumberjacks and Lumberjills. The Jacks and Jills compete in a total of 10 varsity sports.
Returning letterwinners for the Northland Pines girls track team include, front row from left, Kylie Rhode, Taylor Neis, Nicole Sulli-
van, Kelly McGinnis, Sara Schaetz; back row, Samantha Goll, Emilie Robins, Brooke Dreger, McKenna Harsla and Angele Gehrke.
Eagle girls return 10 in track, take seventh at invitational
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The Northland Pines High School girls track team has returned 10 letterwinners to competition for the 2012 season. Returning to the team were seniors Kylie Rhode, Kelly McGinnis, Nicole Sullivan, Taylor Neis, and Sara Shaetz; juniors Emilie Robbins and Samantha Goll; and sophomores McKenna Harsla, Angele Gehrke and Brooke Dreger. Robbins, a leading distance runner for the Eagles who holds two school records from her freshman year, returned to the track after being out with an injury her entire sophomore season in 2011. “Emilie has been training hard to improve her times and should have a fantastic season,” said Pines coach Josh Rhode. Another key member of the team this season will be Goll, whose training in the off-season has paid off, according to Rhode. “She’s poised to have a very successful year,” he said. “Samantha can do just about anything in the sport, but she has been focusing on becoming a better sprinter, polevaulter and hurdler. She has improved her hurdling technique and has become a very talented pole-vaulter.”
Although the girls team is small, there’s a lot of talent to go around, said the coach. “We have a strong distance crew with Taylor Neis, Kylie Rhode and Emilie Robbins looking to improve from last year,” he said. The team is also expected to perform well in the sprints, with Dreger, Goll and Harsla leading the team. “Nicole Sullivan and Kelly McGinnis will also score big for the team in the high jump,” said Rhode. The small team will be the greatest challenge this season, especially against the larger schools. “We do not have enough athletes on the roster to fill all the individual events or the relays,” said Rhode. “Because of this, we will be giving away points simply because we don’t have the athletes to complete a full line-up.” Tomahawk and Lakeland are expected to lead the Great Northern Conference (GNC) in 2012, as both teams have large programs with plenty of new talent along with veteran leadership, according to Rhode. “Mosinee also has an outstanding team and could contend for the conference championship if they can perform
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well at the GNC championship,” he said. Pines invite Hosting their second invite of the season, the Eagle girls took seventh out of eight teams, scoring 34.5 points.
Sixteen girls lined up at the starting line for the 1,600-meter run during the Northland Pines
indoor invitational at the field house on Saturday. Eight teams were in the meet.
The score put them ahead of Ashland with 32, but behind first-place Tomahawk with 163, D.C. Everest with 137, Houghton with 75, Rhinelander with 63, Wabeno with 54 and Ironwood with 41.5. “This was a great meet with talented teams in attendance,” said Rhode. “I thought our girls competed well. We definitely have room for improvement, but, overall, the team did a great job.” The team’s Most Valuable Player award went to Goll, who scored 22 points. She won the 200-meter hurdles event and took third place in the pole vault and 55-meter hurdles. “Samantha is off to a great start this season and has been competing with confidence,” said Rhode. “It’s nice to see her have success after working so hard in the off-season.” The team’s Most Outstanding Performance award went to Kylie Rhode, who broke the Northland Pines indoor school record in the 800-meter run. “This has been a goal of Kylie’s, and she was really happy to accomplish that,” said the coach. “Kylie is the team captain and is demonstrating her leadership through hard work and dedication each day at practice. McGinnis competed in the shot put for the first time and took fifth overall against some veteran throwers. Robbins and Lauren Czarapata also had solid performances in their events, according to Rhode. The Eagles will host a meet Thursday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m.
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
T&M Lanes Results of 3/21/12 Team results: Northern Exposure 4, Lanny’s Fireside 3; Rusty Nail 2, Great Lakes Stone 5; Ramesh Motorsport 7, bye. High team game: Lanny’s Fireside 864. High team series: Lanny’s Fireside 2344. High games: Mike Bukoweicki 245, Josh Horst 243, Jason Wehrmeyer 202, Chad Hosey 201, Rich Lambert 193. High series: Josh Horst 593, Mike Bukoweicki 587, Chad Hosey 541, Ron Keller 528, Jason Wehrmeyer 526. STANDINGS W RAMESH MOTORSPORTS ....63 NORTHERN EXPOSURE .......56 RUSTY NAIL ..........................56 LANNY’S FIRESIDE ...............53 GREAT LAKES STONE ..........50 L 35 42 42 45 48
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Eagle Lanes Results of 3/21/12 Team results: Wild Eagle Corner Store 3, Twelve Pines 4; Harry’s Market 5, Rockette 2; Boone’s Building Supply 5, Darrell’s Dummies 2. High games: Susie Erickson 216, Joey Tess 212, Jill Helgeson 210, Joyce Leander 178. High series: Susie Erickson 576, Joey Tess 536, Joyce Leander 517, Jill Helgeson 515. Hight team: Harry’s Market 983. High series: Harry’s Market 2838. STANDINGS W L DARRELL’S DUMMIES..........106 69 BOONE’S BUILDING ............100 75 HARRY’S MARKET...................97 78 WILD EAGLE CORNER ..........93 82 ROCKETTES .............................76 99 TWELVE PINES........................53 122
Eagles return five to softball diamond
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The Northland Pines girls softball team has five returning letterwinners for new head coach Steve Sawalski as the team has started practicing for the 2012 season. While the Eagles will have a doubleheader this Saturday, March 31, the Great Northern Conference (GNC) season doesn’t start until April 10. Sawalski takes over for Larry Bergum as the varsity coach. Sawalski was Bergum’s assistant coach last year. Bergum is an assistant coach this year. The top returning players include three senior captains in Kelsey Bergum, Jordan Welnetz and Melissa Wagner; and juniors Stephanie Sawalski and Sami Norman. Bergum is the team’s top returning hitter after batting .441 in conference games last year. She also was a team Gold Glover last year at second base and led the teams in stolen bases in 2011. Welnetz also was solid at the plate, hitting .361 in conference games last year. Welnetz anchors the Eagles’ defense at first base and was a team Gold Glover last season. Wagner was another good hitter for the Eagles in 2011, hitting .429 in conference games last year. She also provides speed on the bases and is a leader in the outfielder. Stephanie Sawalski hit .357 in conference games last year is the likely leadoff hitter this year. She also offers good base running speed and willl anchor the pitching staff. Norman is the returning starting shortstop for the
Eagle Lanes Results of 3/22/12 Team results: Miller Sportsmen 5, Dyna Manufacturing 2; Gremban’s 5, Daniel’s Distinctive Design 2; Hiawatha Hide Away 0, XXX-OUTS 7; Harry’s Market 2, Club DeNoyer 2; BBT’s 0, Wild Eagle Cornerstore 7; Boone’s Building Supply 2, Leinenkugel’s 2. High team game: Miller Sportsmen 976. High team series: Harry’s Market 2650. High games: Steven Greenberg 268, Steve Hutts 242, Cliff Erickson and Paul Riedel 228. High series: Cliff Erickson 638, Paul Riedel 621, Steven Greenberg 617. STANDINGS W XXX-OUTS..........................................64 HARRY’S MARKET ...........................55 MILLER SPORTSMEN .....................47 WILD EAGLE CORNER STORE......44 GREMBAN’S.......................................42 CLUB DENOYER...............................41 DANIEL’S DISTINCTIVE DESIGN..39 DYNA MANUFACTURING...............39 BOONE’S BUILDING SUPPLY ........38 HIAWATHA HIDE AWAY..................36 LEINENKUGEL’S ..............................31 BBT’S ..................................................28
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T&M Lanes Results of 3/22/12 Team results: Black Bear Industries 5, Northern Exposure 2; FMN Floral 4, Northern Carpets 3. High team game: Northern Carpets 823. High team series: Black Bear Industries 2249. High games: Rick Schacht 201, John Neumann 200, Dick Owen 198, Gary Goral 194, Mike Froemming 192. High series: Mike Froemming 544, Rick Schacht 538, Gary Goral 523, Dick Owen 514, John Neumann 508. STANDINGS W FMN FLORAL.............................56 BLACK BEAR INDUSTRIES...51 NORTHERN EXPOSURE.........40 NORTHERN CARPETS ............35 L 35 40 51 56
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T&M Lanes Results of 3/22/12 Team results: Sparo Coin 2, Tackle Box 5; All in the Family 5, LOL Pharmacy 2; Bent’s Camp 2, T&M Lanes 5. High team game: All in the Family 781. High team series: All in the Family 2198. High games: Kari Bartleme 210, Renee Horst 188, Kyha Buell 176, Jodi Hook and Amy Froemming 173. High series: Kari Bartleme 502, Ronee Horst 477, Yvette Garrison 474, Roni Kopanski 473, Karen Koskelin 471. Split conversion: Jodi Hook 6-7-10 STANDINGS W TACKLE BOX ........................67 T&M LANES..........................62 ALL IN THE FAMILY ...........52 LOL PHARMACY ..................44 BENT’S CAMP.......................39 SPARO COIN .........................30 L 31 36 46 54 59 68
Northland Pines softball players took some time to sharpen their hitting skills in the bat-
ting cage in the field house Friday due to poor weather outside. —STAFF PHOTOS
Eagles and hits with power. Coach Sawalski said the team’s strengths include good senior leadership, speed on the bases and strong returning players, including three starting infielders. “But, we are young at many positions, even some of the returning players are young,” said Sawalski. “We have to overcome some very tough conference foes because we are the smallest school in the Great North-
ern Conference.” Looking at the conference, Sawalski said the GNC overall graduated some very good, talented players. “There will be some unproven talent, which will make it interesting to play those teams,” he said. “There are no weak teams. Mosinee and Tomahawk have the early edge as conference leaders. Medford will be right there. Rhinelander and Antigo will be very competitive and
might surprise some folks.” Sawalski said the team goals include improving their overall and conference records and have a postseason home game and win it. The Eagles will open the season this Saturday with a nonconference doubleheader at Crivitz starting at 3 p.m. The first GNC game will be at Mosinee Tuesday, April 10, and the first home GNC game will be against Rhinelander Friday, April 13, at 4:30 p.m.
The town of Lincoln will be accepting bids for the re-blacktopping of Evergreen Road from Highway 45 to the town line (Barrish Road). Specifications: Add 4" CABC and pulverize, final grade and pave 21⁄4” thick, 21” wide, approximately 6,200 feet long, install 3' shoulders and blend in driveways. Bid forms are available at the town office. Sealed bids are to be in the office of the town clerk, Shelly Sauvola, P.O. Box 9, 1205 Sundstein Road, Eagle River, WI 54521 by 3:00 p.m., April 9, 2012. Bids will be opened at the Town Board meeting on April 10, 2012. The Town Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids or parts of bids and accept bid most advantageous to the town. Completion date of the project to be no later than October 15, 2012. By Order of the Town Board /s/ Dick Stoegbauer Town Chairman
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CONSOLATION CHAMPS — The Eagle River Squirt B hockey team recently won the consolation championship at the State Tournament, defeating DePere 3-1. The team included, front, Jesse Ebert; second row from left, Max Brown, Brett Nesbitt, Leo Horant, Trevor Romatoski, Zachary Maillette, Matthew Szafranski; third row, Sam Garske, Jacob Martin, Cameron Ramesh, Abby Ahlborn, Adam Sima, Cooper Cox; back row, coaches Leo Horant, Ron Garske, Kurt Romatoski, Woody Ahlborn and head coach David Cox. —Contributed Photo
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Coaches clinic set at Lakeland Union
Marshfield Clinic Sports Medicine will offer a free educational clinic for coaches, parents and athletic directors Saturday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Lakeland Union High School, located at 9573 Highway 70 in Minocqua. The half-day clinic will cover current topics in sports medicine and will provide hands-on injury-prevention information and taping techniques. “This program will help adults involved in youth sports better prepare athletes for an activity, and will teach them how to recognize sportsrelated injuries,” said Jon Coniglio, a licensed athletic trainer with Marshfield Clinic Sports Medicine. Program topics will include proper warm-up and cooldown routines, preseason conditioning, injury recognition, emergency action planning, concussions and taping and bracing. Casual attire is appropriate for this workshop. Registration is required. For more information or to register, email Jon Coniglio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Coniglio at (715) 358-0610.
Seventh graders showing their new warm-ups purchased by the Northland Pines Basketball Association included, front row from left, Cameron Wait, Noah Weber, Davey Mendham, Scott Young
and Blake Modjewski; back row, Landon Lax, Noah Christensen, Jake Martinez, John Thorton-Welch, Michael Rosinski and Hunter Kaehler. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
NPBA purchases shirts, jerseys from All-Star Event fundraiser
With funds raised at the Northwoods All-Star Basketball Event, the Northland Pines Basketball Association (NPBA) recently provided more than 100 new warm-up shirts to fourth- through eighth-grade players on Eagle River teams. The association also presented 50 new jerseys to its seventh- and eighth-grade teams. The NPBA currently serves more than 175 boys and girls, age 5 to 14, playing on 18 teams from Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes and St. Germain. More than 150 youths participated in November’s AllStar Event celebrating basketball at Northland Pines High School, raising nearly $3,000 to support NPBA’s programs. More than 70 trophies also were awarded that day. The NPBA, which began in 2000, stresses basketball fundamentals and having fun. Each junior high school team travels to compete in at least five tournaments. “The program has made great strides in helping Northland Pines be more competitive in basketball,” said NPBA President Don Tess. “The NPBA and the boys and girls who participate in our program sincerely appreciate all of the community support that help make our teams successful.” Teams within the NPBA are improving at the sport and winning exciting games against tough teams, according to coach Kevin Gauthier. “We hope to build on our momentum this off-season by providing many opportunities for player and team development such as summer camps, shoot-arounds, open gym, more tournaments and having skill-focused practices for all our players,” he said. The second annual All-Star Event is planned for the fall of 2012. For more information about the NBPA or the Northwoods All-Star Basketball Event can email Don Tess at email@example.com.
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SECOND AT STATE — Kerri Seyfert, 11, of Eagle River, recently placed second in the all-around competition at the YMCA State Gymnastics Meet. She placed third in floor, fourth in bars and fifth in beam. She competes at a level 6 with the Woodson Whirlers from Wausau. Seyfert is the daughter of Cori and Kurt Seyfert of Eagle River. —Contributed Photo
BASKETBALL TOURNEY — The Northland Pines sixth-grade girls basketball team recently took fourth place in an eight-team tournament in Park Falls, despite being down in points at the start of each fourth quarter. The team included,
front row from left, Kali Kolehouse, Carsen Hickson and Payton Calix; back row, coach Gary Schween, Kelsey Bellman, Ashlin Messner, Jade Martin, Cassie Gauthier, Hadley Kruse and coach Gail Schween. —Contributed Photo
Senior softball league seeking players
As the group’s popularity continues to grow, a local fourteam softball league coordinated by Mark Weinand of Eagle River is seeking players 55 and older in an effort to expand. The league plays using a groove-pitching format and will play games Tuesday nights beginning in mid-May. To join, players are required to be 55 or older by December, 2012. “I started the league, so I could keep playing,” said Weinand with a laugh. “I’m 64, so it was a little difficult playing in the 45-and-older division. We have a great time, and this is our fourth year as a league.” Those interested in participating can contact Weinand in Eagle River at (715) 479-5341; Doug Horstman in Phelps at (715) 889-1768; Chuck Templin in Boulder Junction at (715) 604-2726; or Roger Weber at (715) 892-5386 or Bob Kern at 892-3546 in Sayner.
The 55 and older softball league includes Eagle River team members, front row from left, Bruce Richter, Dennis Carter, Ed Carter, Keith Numrich, “Ball Game” Baughman and Steve Favorite; back row, Mark Weinand, Jerry Hasenberg, Dave Bathel, John Tijan, Dan Jefferson, Jack Bergins and Pat Weber. Missing from the photo is John Ebann. —Contributed Photo
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Many baby boomers had drug problems
THE OTHER DAY, an old friend stopped me at the post office and said he read in the paper that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in an adjoining county. My friend, who is in his mid-60s, asked me a rhetorical question, “Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?” Note: For the record, this story has been around for at least 12 years. The author is unknown. I replied, “I did have a drug problem when I was young. I was drug to a house of worship every Sunday. I had perfect attendance for about 16 years. “I was drug to church for weddings and funerals and all kinds of socials and holiday programs. I was drug to family reunions and holiday gettogethers no matter the weather. “I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me. “I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profane four-letter
People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt
word. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s fields. “I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the worksite to return the money. “Those drugs are still in my veins, and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack or heroin; and if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.” *** FUNNY THINGS happen to practitioner of every profession. Last week a friend emailed me a list of embarrassing things that doctors experienced during medical exams. I can’t verify if they are true, but here are three examples that might bring a smile to your face. Dr. Mark MacDonald of San Francisco tells of the time a man came running into the emergency room of his hospital, yelling “My wife’s going to have a baby, she’s outside in a cab.” Dr. MacDonald grabbed his stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady’s dress and began to take off her underwear. Suddenly, the doctor noticed that there were several cabs, and he was in the wrong one! Dr. Richard Byrnes of Seattle says he was at the beginning of his shift when he placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall. “Big breaths,” Dr. Byrnes instructed. “Yes, they used to be,” replied the patient without skipping a beat. An unidentified doctor shared this valuable learning experience about the time he welcomed a baby’s first visit to his office. It was a busy day and a woman and a baby were in the
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Three Lakes right on vote to shun more no-wake areas
Despite heavy-handed pressure being exerted by the town chairman, the Three Lakes Town Board voted 4-1 last week to retain the same slow, no-wake system that it has had for years on the Three Lakes Chain. Town supervisors should be commended for listening to their constituents instead of caving into the agenda of Chairman Don Sidlowski, which seems to be an endless effort to add more no-wake areas to the chain in the name of boating safety. Supervisors did the right thing last week, making a motion and calling for a vote before any more time was wasted. In doing so, they followed the recommendations of a special Act 31 Committee that Sidlowski had formed to study the issue and report back to the board. The decision made last week also falls in line with a survey done by the Three Lakes Waterfront Association — a study in which the majority of 600-plus respondents said they see no reason for more no-wake areas on the Three Lakes Chain. In fact, only 25% of the respondents said more no-wake areas were needed. It appears Sidlowski wasn’t happy with the results of his appointed committee, and in recent weeks, he shifted the emphasis of his call for more no-wake areas onto the survey results. He labeled the survey as one of the most extensive public outreach efforts to date, though we have no idea how he intended to twist the results of that survey in his favor. Sidlowski’s mission seems to focus on the placement of no-wake buoys in the controversial “S-Turn” area of Laurel Lake, where a boater was killed several years ago. Trouble is, both drivers were legally intoxicated at the time of the fatal accident, and many people don’t see those circumstances as a reason to change buoy regulations. We agree with town residents who have called for common-sense solutions that include centering buoys through the S-Turn along with added enforcement. No-wake areas bring with them the danger of more large boats having to power up and plane out — a time of reduced visibility for the boat operator. The Three Lakes Chain is so popular with residents and tourists alike because it offers a unique, uninhibited boating experience with limited no-wake areas. We’ve never heard of people avoiding the Chain because it is unsafe. To the contrary, many come here because the boating is both enjoyable and safe.
examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in. The doctor arrived and examined the baby, checked his weight and, being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed. The woman replied, “Breast-fed.” The doctor ordered the woman to strip down to her waist, which she did. The doctor did a very thorough, professional and detailed examination of the woman’s breasts. He motioned to her to get dressed and said, “No wonder this baby is underweight. You don’t have any milk!” “I know that,” she smiled. “I’m his grandma.” *** IF NATIONAL office candidates and their Super PACs are not going to tell the truth and not base their campaigns on the truth, they shouldn’t say anything. Are the candidates just poorly advised, don’t they know any better or do they intentionally make false promises? How can candidates continually say they will expand entitlements, reduce taxes and somehow balance the budget? Candidates tell us a new federal government program will only cost $500 billion over a 10 year period. When the ConTo McNUTT, Pg. 17A
The main event set this week
THIS WEEK, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of oral arguments in the health-care lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.” We now know the law was based on phony predictions about its cost. After promising the price would be under $940 billion over 10 years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has issued a correction of its initial estimate, which appears to have been based on sleight of hand accounting tactics by congressional Democrats and the White House. CBO now projects the measure will cost taxpayers at least $1.76 trillion over a decade. Randy E. Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse professor of legal theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, is troubled by the administration’s shifting rationale in its defense of the health-care law: “First they told us this was an easy Commerce Clause case. Then they (said) it was an exercise of the Tax Power. Now it is the Necessary and Proper Clause. If the mandate was so obviously constitutional, the government would not be shifting its position 10 days before oral argument.” Ilya Somin, an associate professor at George Mason University School of Law, adds, “Despite this seeming shift, the federal government’s brief almost completely fails to consider the question of whether the mandate is proper, as well as necessary. The Supreme Court has made clear that these are two separate requirements, both of which have to be met. And a law that can only be defended by a rationale that gives Congress a blank check to enact virtually any other mandate clearly is not proper.” Many wonder what will happen to needed reforms in health care should the individual mandate — the heart of Obamacare — be struck down. That question is answered in a To THOMAS Pg. 17A
Open water sign of early spring
During most springs, the 28 lakes on the Eagle River and Three Lakes Chain of Lakes will hold their ice until mid April. But with the mild winter and recent warm temperatures with highs in the 60s and 70s, lakes across the North Woods are free of ice. --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Just wait ’til next time
WHO WUDDA thunk it? If you had tried to tell me a month ago that I would be sliding my canoe into the lake of my choice in Vilas County on March 24 for an afternoon of fishing, I would have called you a fuzzy-headed dreamer, a halfbaked idiot or perhaps something of an even more imaginative nature. Open-water fishing on March 24 in Vilas County —not possible. But as they say, never say impossible. If you ever learned anything from the “Man of La Mancha,” it should have been that when you dream the impossible dream, anything is possible. That said, on last Saturday afternoon, an afternoon that was 10 degrees cooler than the several days preceding it, yet still quite pleasant, I found myself launching the Old Town
Tribe understands tourism
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians obviously understands the importance of a three-walleye bag limit to tourism in general, and it agreed last week to extend the 15-year-old bag limit guarantee on offreservation lakes the tribe spears this spring. Lac du Flambeau should be thanked for working with the tourism industry, in contrast to other bands that insist on spearing quotas that result in two-fish bag-limits for sport anglers. At least one band realizes that tribal casinos depend on business from tourists and sport anglers.
Trails & Tales
By Will Maines
on a mirror-calm small lake, looking for a meal of slab-sized bluegills. I was greeted at the rugged landing by the excited twittering of a bald eagle perched in a dead pine about 75 yards up the shore. I’m not sure if it was a bit huffy because I was invading its space or was maybe just expressing its anticipation of a meal of fresh fish, but either way, I was happy for its company. Pulling on the oars with which I most often propel the square stern, I headed for the east end of the lake where in
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summertime I usually wear out my arm in an hour’s time landing bluegills, many of them in the 8- to 10-inch range. I was armed this day with wax worms, angleworms, ice fishing jigs and wiggly plastictail Cubby jigs, confident that I would correct what is usually an annual exercise in frustration when I try to catch bluegills immediately after iceout. I didn’t expect to find fish in 4 feet of water where the lily pad beds will emerge in early summer, but I flipped my first casts shoreward nonetheless, just on the off-chance warm days and early ice-out had pushed the bluegills’ schedule ahead. It hadn’t. Casting a small jig tipped with a waxie in amongst a tangle of submerged logs, I To MAINES, Pg. 17A
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
People are free to disagree, Maines FROM PAGE 16A even on Phelps ordinance
Letter to the Editor: In response to the Letter to the Editor in the March 21 Vilas County News-Review by Ms. Requa, our interpretation of what was the intent is indeed the situation as we see it. In our country, in our state, in our county, and in our town, people are free to disagree on anything that is an opinion. And this is a good example of individuals exercising that freedom. Opinions are one thing, but let’s get the facts straight. Ms. Requa was at the meeting on March 12, 2012, where we were looking at the possibility of changing the way our town is governed. When this discussion/action item was brought up, Supervisor Waier said he had many issues with the wording in the Phelps Town Governing Ordinance 2012-1 as introduced in the previous meeting of the town board. As a result, he had taken the time to rewrite the ordinance in a vastly watered-down form. A copy of the new proposed ordinance was available to the voters present, including Ms. Requa. There were several questions about this new ordinance from the voters present. Town Chairman Colin Snook remarked that this ordinance would be the governing document for the town of Phelps. He also stated that a topic like this should be the result of the entire town board. The board unanimously decided to have a workshop to discuss the method of governance. The idea of changing the method of governing the town after over 100 years was one of the reasons we had questions as to the motivation of some of the board members. In her letter, Ms. Requa wrote that she would “wholeheartedly support the passage of the Phelps Town Governing Body Ordinance 2012-1 and the supervisors who introduced it.” Perhaps she would like to rethink that position. Duane and Judi Heikkinen Phelps worked for half an hour to get my first bite. It never came. My mind working with calculated precision, I eased out on a bar extending from a birch point. This time I tried vertical jigging, first with a waxie, then an angleworm and finally with a Cubby. Nothing worked. Now I know there are about 40 trillion bluegills in this particular lake, but on this day you would have had little choice but to believe they had all migrated to Mars. Nothing I did could entice a single bite, and that’s pretty bad when you are talking about bluegills, a fish so easy to catch most of the time that a 3year-old can do it. After another half-hour of fishing in that spot, I concluded I should have had a 2-year-old with me. But not to worry or despair; there was plenty more water to explore in search of the wily bluegill. I began a very slow drift across the heart of the lake, dropping a couple differentsized and colored ice jigs with waxies and angleworms over the side to vertically jig, and I came up with identical results to what I had experienced in the previous hour. I switched to a small Swedish Pimple in a hot color, first fishing it bare, and then tipped with worms. Both ways were unsuccessful. I went back to the Cubby for a while, casting at first, switching to vertical jigging when that didn’t work. I tried chumming the water with waxies and angleworms, but even after I threw overboard all but a few of each, I couldn’t get the bluegills into a feeding mode. Finally I tried the trick that always works when nothing else will. I feigned disinterest. I dropped a jig overboard —first loading it up with the juiciest, wiggliest angleworm I had — then slid into the bottom of the canoe with my back against the front seat while I waited for the bluegills to go wild. They failed to seize upon the opportunity for a free lunch within the next 15 minutes, and then I figured out what I was doing wrong. Sure, I wasn’t holding the rod, but those bluegills were crafty enough to figure out that even though I was pretending to not pay attention, I was really just waiting for the first wiggle of the rod tip to grab hold and derrick in the unsuspecting fish. Well, when I realized what I was doing, I immediately sank back against the bow seat, closed my eyes and did everything I could, including a little fake snoring, to make the bluegills think I was asleep at the wheel. Didn’t work. Carrying out my ruse for a full 20 minutes, I couldn’t trick a single fish into grabbing hold of a jig. Fact of the matter is, I actually did doze off for at least part of that time, but even that bit of authenticity did me no good. Die-hard though I may be at times, Saturday afternoon I decided that if I couldn’t fool a single bluegill in two hours of trying, it was quite likely staying any longer was only going to give them more time to make a fool of me. So, saying goodbye to my friend the eagle, perched all that time on the same white pine branch, I bid adieu to my little lake, but not until I gave the bluegills a warning that, just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, I would be back. Just wait ’til they see what tricks I have up my sleeve next time.
Phelps Maple Syrup Tour was impressive event
Dear Editor, I am a part-time resident of Phelps who has been coming here since 1980. Since I am now retired, I have more time to enjoy my home here at different times throughout the year. I want to say how pleasantly surprised I was by last weekend’s Maple Syrup Tour organized by the town of Phelps. It was really great to find something so instructive and also fun going on at this particular moment. This seems to me an ideal way for the town to promote its beautiful setting and its image at a time of year when it is surely a good idea to offer an activity that can attract people from far outside of Phelps and hence stimulate interest in the town for the longer term. The volunteers and other organizers, and the families who opened their properties for demonstrations, were all very friendly and outgoing. The final cooking demonstration and invitation to eat the products cooked with maple syrup at the Sunrise Lodge was a super way to end the day! I heard people remark along the way that they had not realized Phelps was so big, that it had such a beautiful lake, and that it had something like this going on. Someone also expressed surprise that such a great event took place after only a short planning time. The town and all the volunteers are to be congratulated. I would only add that this event certainly broadened my perspective on Phelps. I know there have been some visioning meetings with a professional recently about planning the town’s future. I think the town has great strengths to build on, and I hope this process goes forward full force. I will be keen to follow it and help out in any way I can. Ted Wachs Phelps
Voters need to take this state back
Letter to the Editor: Open letter to the Wisconsin electorate: I just finished reading the front-page headline of the Monday, March 26, issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I want to congratulate the paper’s staff for informing the Wisconsin public to what is taking place in our state’s election process. They are to be commended for their courage in publishing this article of such importance to Wisconsin voters. Now, we, as dedicated citizen voters, interested in preserving the Constitution and our American way of life, must take heed. The question is simple — are we, the legal voters of this state, going to elect the leaders we want to govern us or are we going to just stand by and allow out-of-state, unknown national union leaders to select and elect their choices to represent us? The amount of money they are willing to spend shows just how desperate they truly are, in trying to control our state politics. Just consider, this all started over 14 legally elected senators, failing to live up to the oath they took, to represent their constituents in the state Legislature. The recall election coming up shortly is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated against our constitutional form of government since its founding. Union members as well as our regular citizens are being used by these powerful union leaders. Why are they allowed to take our money, through various means, and then turn around and use these funds against our interests? In past writing, I have stated this and I’m going to say again (maybe for the last time), this spring and the coming fall election will determine whether we continue as a nation of free people or slaves of a few. I can only pray that God provides the courage and intestinal fortitude for us, the citizens, to meet our responsibilities as residents of the great state of Wisconsin and America, the greatest nation ever brought into being. Voters, it is up to us. Do we possess such courage and morality to take our state back from those who intend to enslave us? I certainly hope so, as many young men and women have given life and limb for this wonderful nation; it would be criminal for us to just stand by and watch it slip into oblivion. I say not on our watch. May God continue to bless this great nation! Harvey Hyslop Eagle River
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inition, that’s the political way. How are we different than other systems? As the campaigns approach the primary and general elections, one thing to remember is: If a candidate’s lips are moving, he/she is probably not telling the truth. Use any means to win.
gressional Budget Office looks at the proposal, they conclude the cost will be closer to $1.5 trillion, if not more! Candidates pander to a wide range of special-interest groups. They will say and promise anything and everything for a vote. Where’s the accountability and responsibility for their actions? By def-
More compromise needed
Letter to the Editor: When I was young, my father worked at a manufacturing company in our small town. He was a member of the union when they went out on strike. My dad had four mouths to feed at home, but he chose not to cross the picket line. Instead, he carpooled with several others because we didn’t have a car and they commuted to Chicago for jobs. They were gone all week and home on weekends. It was not a short trip and I was very proud of my dad for doing what he did. They eventually settled their differences and my dad worked there until the day he died. There are always two sides to every story. If we all compromised and cooperated, we could all get along. Darlene Goldschmidt Eagle River
WHAT OTHERS SAY
Colon cancer touches lives of thousands
BY REBECCA KLEEFISCH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
March is National Colorectal Awareness Month. It’s also the month I get to celebrate the birthdays of both of my daughters because I’m alive. I had colon cancer, and I want you to make sure you — or a loved one — don’t have to go through what my family did. Colon cancer is a leading cause of new cancer cases for both men and women each year and I want to honor the lives lost to this disease as well as promote the need for early detection. Colorectal cancers are the third most common cancers in our country. The American Cancer Society estimates that 143,460 people will be diagnosed in 2012. And it’s a disease that lacks a high
degree of public awareness because it deals with a part of the body that people are embarrassed to talk about. The sad reality is that colon cancer touches the lives of thousands of people in Wisconsin each year. And this month, I would especially like to encourage people around our state to learn more about the ways to detect and prevent this disease. We have better detection methods and treatment options today than we did in years past, so more of us than ever are surviving colorectal cancer. As we know, catching cancer in an early stage increases chances for successful treatment outcomes. Screening is sometimes the only way to detect precancerous polyps or early stage colon cancer because symptoms often do not present themselves until the
cancer has progressed. My only symptoms were what I thought were stomach cramps, some lower back pain and simply being tired. They were all things I dismissed as part of the daily grind of life. Don’t let anyone you love brush these things off. Colon cancer screenings, such as a colonoscopy, are one of the most effective ways to detect this disease, especially in cases where a person has no symptoms. Colonoscopies may be funny to joke about, but they aren’t painful, and you won’t remember the “embarrassing” part. Plus, it’s statistically foolish to avoid one: a study recently showed that for every 1% increase in colonoscopy use, the risk of death from colon cancer dropped 3%. And that’s good news if we can get To CANCER, Pg. 18A
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timely new book published by the Pioneer Institute, a Bostonbased public policy research organization, titled “The Great Experiment: The States, the Feds and Your Healthcare.” In a series of essays compiled by Joshua Archambault, director of Health Care Policy at the Pioneer Institute, and with a forward by Jeffrey S. Flier, M.D., the dean of Harvard Medical School, experts propose the states take the lead in reforming health care, as Massachusetts did, rather than dictate a one-size-fits-all system from dysfunctional Washington. The authors propose what they call “Competitive Federalism” that would allow for a federal partnership, but permit
states to fashion their own approach to health care based on their individual circumstances. Refundable tax credits, high-risk pools and Medicaid reform are among the specific recommendations for maintaining the high quality of health care America now enjoys while providing coverage and reducing costs for people whose access to care is now limited and for those now paying the bills. Along with the bipartisan Medicare reform plan developed last year by Rep. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which was dismissed by supporters of the status quo who prefer the issue to a solution, these are serious and doable proposals that deserve congressional consideration. As Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim Stergios writes, “Despite years of effort and mountains of regulations,
the federal government has proven incapable of screening for quality (health care), and acting on that information. It is time for states and the federal government to hit the reset button.” The Supreme Court might give them that opportunity. We should know by June how the likely slim majority will rule. Much of our future depends on the court’s decision because it goes to the heart of what the government can be allowed to impose on a free people. If the high court doesn’t invalidate the individual mandate, there will be no stopping government from threatening our most valuable possession: liberty. Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 2010 Westridge Drive, Irving, TX 75038. Readers may also e-mail Cal Thomas at email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
Global warming is
Dear Editor, No global warming, says climate-gate scientist. Sounds like something we hear by our government to further brainwash us. Fact is, there is so much CO2 that it’s been found that plants in the Amazon and elsewhere are closing off stomata as they are getting too much CO2 and, if you think CO2 is bad news, it’s nothing compared to methane and the fact that the earth is 75% water, is it not? Ocean temperatures are at record highs and control the weather and not the land. Let’s look at the facts: The ocean area covered by ice is one of the lowest ever measured by satellites. Average temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula have risen by 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 50 years. The retreat of Wilkins Ice Shelf, which is the size of Jamaica, lost 14% of its mass last year. The world’s oceans were the warmest in almost 130 years of record keeping. All of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 1997. There have been 1,820 more highs than lows broken as of 2009. June 2010 had more 90-degree F days in that month than the last three years combined! On Jan. 5, 2012, there were 115 record highs, many of which are alltime highs for the month of January. The week after, there were 1,008 high-temperature records — 98% of the country was above freezing and that’s never heard of for January. Globally, meteorologists say 17 nations have recorded alltime high temperatures last year, more than any other year. In 2011, the United States saw the most catastrophic weather on record. Ah, but don’t worry. Another all-time record is “just a cycle” and “by chance” we were around to measure it.
READER OPINION real problem Integrity of our courts of interest to all
the ice melts at the poles because ocean currents drive all weather and when there is no longer any ice at the poles, the temperature difference between the ocean at the equator and at the poles will diminish enough so there is no longer enough difference in temperatures to drive ocean currents and — you are dead! But don’t worry, global warming isn’t happening. It really is the “end of the world as we know it,” so get out and cherish the beauty and serenity of the North Woods where we live. Matt Huebner Land O’ Lakes Letter to the Editor: Last week, a revelation came to light that was so shocking in its implications that every Wisconsin citizen, regardless of party affiliation, should be deeply concerned. No less than 29 Dane County judges were found to have signed petitions calling for the recall of Gov. Walker. The fact that serving judges would indulge in partisan politics is a disgrace that threatens each and every one of us. America is a nation of laws and, if we lose confidence in the fairness of our court system, the result will be chaos followed inevitably by tyranny. The preamble to Wisconsin’s Code of Judicial Conduct is unequivocal in its commitment to judicial integrity: “Intrinsic to all provisions of this code are the precepts that judges, individually and collectively, must respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain the public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system.” Fairness and impartiality is a theme that resonates throughout the code, but is specifically underscored in SCR 60.03: “A judge shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all of the judge’s activities. (1) A judge shall respect and comply with the law and shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.” And, with regard to political activities specifically, section SCR 60.06 states: “Wisconsin adheres to the concept of a nonpartisan judiciary. A candidate for judicial office shall not appeal to partisanship and shall avoid partisan activity in the spirit of a nonpartisan judiciary.” There are only three possibilities that can explain the shameful actions of the Dane County judges: One, they never read the Wisconsin Code in the first place; two, they simply chose to disregard it; or, three, they didn’t think they would ever be caught. Bud Kuppenheimer Phelps
The oceans are saturated with all the CO2 they can take, while it was surmised they could take more by the fraudulent, they can’t, as when CO2 dissolves in warmer water, it becomes acidic along with coral reefs dying. You can tell us where the carbon in the ocean is coming from to heat it up more as it absorbs more from the atmosphere, you let us know! Find that alien carbon manufacturing plant under the sea. The only time CO2 in the air was higher was back in the age of dinosaurs. Help save the world and remove your catalytic converter. Getting rid of them would be instant and decrease fuel use by 10% and it converts CO into CO2, which is 100 times worse. On to the main culprit, methane, which is rising for a reason and setting record levels. The Arctic Ocean’s methane measured at 1,850 nmol/mol, a level over twice as high as at any time in the previous 400,000 years. Historically, methane concentrations in the world’s atmosphere have ranged between 300 and 400 nmol/mol during the ice ages. But in the last two years, it goes even higher and the key, as I’ve said before, is historial data and methane has never, ever been this high! Not only is it just higher, but more than double, so the ignorant can then decide “what earthly cause” is making this methane come out now? The Mayans were right by chance or not and 2012 is going to be a huge turning point. There will continue to be fewer hurricanes as the ocean warms as you need a difference of warm air rising into cool air to cause a hurricane. That difference does not occur at a great enough degree to cause a hurricane to form. This is also a foreshadowing of what will occur when
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Town chairman explains two candidates’ forums
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the letter in last week’s paper submitted by Charley Requa from Phelps. I would first like to address Charley’s statement, as follows: “I am frankly concerned that our town chairman allegedly organized two ‘Meet the Candidates’ forums but failed to invite the incumbents to participate.” Charley went on to state that he was not sure what message this sends and that it certainly seems disingenuous. Let’s start with the facts. Had Charley taken the time to call me, he would not have had to state that I “allegedly” organized the meet-and-greets. He would have been writing his letter based on facts received directly from the source. The facts are that these meetings were held by the new candidates Lorin Johnson and Wally Beversdorf and not me acting in the capacity as town chair. I did reserve the space and I even picked up the key. When asked by incumbent McCaslin two hours before the first meeting was to be held if he could participate, I welcomed him. My mistake here was that I did this without first speaking to Lorin and Wally. To their credit, they also welcomed both incumbents, we had an excellent turnout, and all four candidates were present and benefited. It should also be noted that on March 1, I sent an email to all four candidates inviting them to use a town email list which I have developed so they all could get their message out. This email was copied to the town clerk and the other two town supervisors who are not up for re-election. Wally and Lorin both responded and will be submitting the message they want to send. At the time of this writing, I have not heard from the two incumbents. The message that my actions send are that I am working hard for the taxpayers and I am doing everything in my power to help inform and engage all interested parties in Phelps and provide clear, unbiased information. I fully respect Charley, but in this instance I feel he totally missed the mark when using the term disingenuous to describe me and my actions. Respectfully submitted, Colin Snook Phelps
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screened and catch this disease early, especially considering that one in 20 Americans will get colon cancer at some point in their lives. During a colonoscopy, doctors can detect polyps in our colons and remove them quickly before they even become cancerous. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Colonoscopies can also help doctors spot colorectal cancer early, like in my
case, when treatment can often lead to a cure. Colon cancer doesn’t discriminate between young and old or rich or poor, it knows no color, ethnicity or gender. But my appeal to you today is not about raising fears because there is hope for people who are diagnosed with this disease. Early detection is key. And I’d like to serve as a reminder that colon cancer can be beaten with treatment. So please have the guts to get screened — it saved my life and talking about colonoscopies is funny. Talking about cancer isn’t.