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$54,397. The funds will be study another three lakes. used for management plans They always rank very well, on Big Fork, Fourmile and especially since it is high-use water,” he said. “They are Virgin lakes. The Three Lakes Water- applying piecemeal and hope front Lakes Association sub- to have all the lakes studied mitted the lake-specific in a three- to five-year period.” applications Gauthier in the plan“It was a very said applying ning grant category in competitive cycle lake by lake the order to study (for state funds enables Lakes Three aquatic vegefor AIS projects). group to get tation, water quality, waterOnly one, the more funding shed, fisheries town of Presque than the maximum $10,000 and other facIsle, was not grant per tors that funded for three a p p l i c a t i o n . affect lake While the quality and projects.” plans study vegetation. KEVIN GAUTHIER the individual Gauthier DNR Lakes Specialist lakes, Gauthisaid the baseer said the line lake studies are necessary to develop a entire 18-lake Three Lakes long-term management plan. Chain is then under one He said those plans are umbrella plan. Also in Oneida County, required before any entity can submit future grant Lake George Lake Associaapplications for management tion received $23,211, Indian funds, including AIS popula- Lake Association received $19,737 and Sevenmile Lake tion control projects. “They received funding to Association received $16,928 for their lake management planning projects. Gauthier noted the groups seeking the funding must provide a 33% match in cash, volunteer hours or a combination of both. “These are entry-level studies that include waterquality surveys, aquatic vegetation, fisheries and watershed,” said Gauthier. The town of Lac du Flambeau in Vilas County received a $3,000 award to cover administrative costs for an AIS community survey. While a total of $545,308 was requested in the spring grant cycle, only $319,800 was awarded for large-scale and small-scale projects for lake planning. Gauthier said the town of Presque Isle in Vilas County sought three grants of $14,853 to fund the Presque Isle Wilderness Waters Program on Oxbow, Wildcat, Averill, Big, Little Horsehead, Presque Isle, Crab, LitTo AIS, Pg. 4A
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Three Lakes wins AIS grant
Boot Lake to be part of weevil study
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The Three Lakes Waterfront Association received funding for continued largescale aquatic invasive species (AIS) management planning, and Boot Lake will be part of a weevil research project, officials said Monday. Kevin Gauthier, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lakes management coordinator for the northern region, said 21 projects were approved for this county region, which includes Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, Langlade and Lincoln counties. “There weren’t that many that didn’t get funded. It was a very competitive cycle (for state funds for AIS projects). Only one, the town of Presque Isle, was not funded for three projects.” One of the big winners was the Three Lakes Waterfront Association, which will receive three grants totaling
EGG HUNT — The winner of the 2012 Northwoods Share Resurrection Egg Hunt was Lily Kulpa, 4, of Eagle River. —Contributed Photo
Tiffany announces bid for state Senate
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
EARLY RETURN — With the early spring in the North Woods, bringing open water across the Headwaters Region, migratory
waterfowl have returned to the North Woods. This pair of Canada geese toured the Eagle Chain Sunday. —STAFF PHOTO
State Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) has announced his candidacy for the state 12th Senate District seat, which is being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover). Tiffany, who currently represents the 35th Assembly District, made the announcement last Thursday with his wife, Chris, at their family’s business, Wisconsin River Cruises, in Rhinelander. “After consultation with my family, I have decided the greatest impact I can have on building a better tomorrow for Wisconsin is in the state Senate,” said Tiffany, 54. Tiffany said he has gained valuable experience serving in the Assembly. “I am so grateful to the people of the 35th Assembly District for allowing me to represent them in Madison,” he said. “With the experience gained this session, now is the right time to take on additional responsibilities in order to fully represent all people of the 12th Senate
STATE REP. TOM TIFFANY District.” Tiffany said he made three commitments to the voters during his Assembly campaign in 2010: first, to pass a legitimately balanced budget; second, to hold the line on taxes; and third, to reform the Department of Natural Resources. “I fulfilled the promises I
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Plane with engine snag lands in Phelps’ field
PHELPS — A singleengine airplane carrying the pilot and two passengers made an emergency landing in a field near Phelps Sunday evening, according to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s department received a call just after 7 p.m. from the Minneapolis Flight Center, reporting they had received information from a commercial airline flight out of Canada that a Cessna airplane was making an emergency landing. About 7:30 p.m., emergency personnel found the plane located in a field off of Davies Road in the town of Phelps. The pilot and two passengers were reported to be uninjured and the plane intact. The pilot stated he was returning from Crystal Falls, Mich., when he started experiencing oil-pressure problems with the plane’s engine. The pilot said he was beyond his 10-mile glide distance and wasn’t able to make it to the Land O’ Lakes airport. He said he landed the plane in the field as trained. Phelps Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services, Vilas County Emergency Government, Civil Air Patrol, Air Force Rescue, Forest County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources, Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, Iron County Sheriff ’s Department, were all involved in the search.
Walker signs bill creating wolf hunt
BY NEWS-REVIEW STAFF
ELECTION RESULTS ON WEB
Results of the presidential primary in Wisconsin, a referendum in the Phelps School District, the Oneida County circuit court judge, and county and town board elections will be on the News-Review’s website by 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4.
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WOODRUFF — Gov. Scott Walker signed two sporting bills into law in Woodruff Monday, including Senate Bill 411 that provides for a wolf hunting and trapping season in Wisconsin. The law establishes Wisconsin as the first state to have a wolf hunting season east of the Mississippi. Wolves came off the federal endangered species list last year, opening the door for state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) management. Walker signed the bill during an appearance Monday morning at Aqualand Manufacturing Inc., a dock maker in Woodruff. “With this law, we are opening the door for the DNR to have rules in place for a wolf hunt beginning in October of this year,” said Walker. The wolf season will run from Oct. 15 through the end of February. Walker noted the Wisconsin wolf population has grown from about 25 wolves in 1980 to more than 800. “The swelling wolf population has created a hardship for many farmers and
Wisconsin hunters will be allowed to pursue wolves during a hunting season this fall. —Contributed Photo
homeowners,” said Walker. “The DNR is ready to put the rules in place that will allow them to reduce the herd to a healthy, sustain-
able level.” Walker also signed Assembly Bill 311, which creates a 12-member Sporting Heritage Council in the
DNR. The council will study issues relating to hunting, trapping, fishing and other outdoor activities and consider options to increase access to land. This bill also offers incentives to people who recruit others to sporting activities, calls for two free fishing weekends in the state (up from one previously), reduces license fees for first-time applicants, requires the DNR to offer certain education courses online, allows school boards to grant one-half credit for hunter education, creates a disabled hunting permit and lowers the minimum age for a sturgeon spearing license from 14 to 12. “Outdoor sports including hunting, fishing and trapping are part of the heritage of our state, but in recent years, participation has been declining,” Walker said in signing the bill. “In fact, a recent study from the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance found that Wisconsin has only five new hunters joining the sport for every 10 that leave. This legislation encourages greater involvement in our long-held tradition of outdoors sports for generations to come.”
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made to the voters of the 35th Assembly District, and will take the same approach when representing my new Senate district constituents,” said Tiffany. If elected, Tiffany said he will continue to work for northern Wisconsin. “Some of the decisions my colleagues and I made were difficult, but they were necessary to lay a new foundation for future prosperity. If elected, I will work tirelessly to build a better tomorrow for the people of northern Wisconsin,” he said. Holperin, 61, survived a recall election last summer and announced two weeks ago he was not seeking reelection this fall. Holperin defeated Tiffany for the 12th Senate District seat in 2008. Holperin 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. Tiffany also ran for the state 12th Senate District against Sen. Roger Breske in 2004. Then in 2010, Tiffany ran for the Assembly after the position was vacated by retiring incumbent Rep. Donald Friske. Tiffany won the primary. The 12th Senate District consists of all or parts of 11 counties in northeastern Wisconsin, including all of Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties.
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The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 54, while the average overnight low was 28. There was a trace of snow on one day and rain on two days totaling 0.47 of an inch.
Days precipitation recorded since Jan. 1, 2012, 45 days; 2011, 47 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2012, 56; 2011, 36. Average low of past 30 days, 2012, 31; 2011, 14.
State officials are warning people to use caution when burning outdoor debris such as tree limbs and leaves. Burning permits are required for all outdoor burning.
STREAMS AND LAKES
Many streams are at high levels, perfect for a spring canoe or kayak trip. Safety officials remind people to wear personal flotation devices when canoeing.
The forecast for Wednesday is morning frost and mostly sunny, with a high of 56 and a low of 28. Thursday there also will be morning frost and partly cloudy, with a high of 53 and a low of 26. Again morning frost for Friday and mostly sunny, with a high of 57 and a low of 25. Saturday there is a chance for an afternoon shower, with a high of 59 and a low of 36. Easter Sunday should be partly sunny and breezy, with a high of 65 and a low of 38.
(PORTIONS OF THE WEATHER CORNER ARE THROUGH THE COURTESY OF KEVIN BREWSTER, EAGLE RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST.)
March subscription drive prizewinners announced
The Vilas County NewsReview has announced the winners of its March subscription drive, which celebrated the newspaper being named “Best Weekly Newspaper” in the large weekly division of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest. Winners of Kurt Krueger’s “A Wildlife Collection Celebrating Wisconsin’s Conservation Ethic” included Jan Hegstrom of Eagle River, Raymond Czerwinski of Three Lakes and Blue Loon Hideaway of Appleton. U.S. flag winners included Mary Schenian of Green Bay; Lane and Angie Kirsteatter of Plover; Cara Culver of Eagle River; Edward Cerv of Land O’ Lakes; Harvey T. Schoenheide of St. Germain; Janet D. Schneider of Three Lakes; Benji Bearman of Chicago, Ill.; Joel Bieszk of Racine; and John Koch of Eagle River. Winners can visit the News-Review, located at 425 W. Mill St. to collect their prizes.
PEACEFUL SETTING — Water quietly rippled through a small bay on Aldridge Lake on the
Vilas and Oneida County line just southwest of Eagle River. —STAFF PHOTO
ATC inspecting lines with helicopter crews
American Transmission Co. (ATC) is using helicopter crews to inspect its electric transmission system across four states through early May. The crews, using Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopters, are looking for equipment damage, right-of-way encroachments and vegetation issues throughout the system, which spans portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. ATC inspects its 9,440 miles of transmission lines by helicopter two to three times a year to identify potential problems and reach the more secluded locales in the company’s service area, especially parts of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that are difficult to access by land. Crews are looking for any damage to power lines, insulators and structures, or tree limbs and other vegetation that might come in contact with the power lines. Identifying these issues can prevent future unplanned outages. The helicopters fly directly adjacent to and above the lines at a distance of approximately 25 feet and avoid flying over livestock where possible. The inspection schedule will begin in southeast Wisconsin and move northward, and it could vary according to weather. ATC is utilizing the services of Chemair Helicopters of Jefferson for the inspections.
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
Favorite suggests supervisors’ input on reducing panels
BY KEN ANDERSON
COMMUNITY DINNER — Northwoods Share hosted a free Easter community dinner at the Northland Pines High School commons last Saturday. A total of 330 people (above) were treated to a ham dinner with ham donated by Todd and Jackie Monge from Prime Choice Meat Market. Seven member churches donated the rest of the food, including Abundant Life, Northwoods Assembly of God, Conover Evangelical Free Church, St. Germain Free Church, Three Lakes Evangelical Free Church, St. Mary of the Snow, and Our Savior Lutheran. Volunteers served the meal (left). In addition, the event included fellowship, an egg hunt (below) for youths in the field house and an Easter message from Christian leader and teacher Mike Prom. —Contributed Photos
Recall primary set May 8; general election to be June 5
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) voted 5-0 last Friday to order recall elections for Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four state senators. The elections were or dered for May 8 and, if that becomes a primary election, the general election date will be June 5. The board found that recall petitions for Walkler and Kleefisch contained significantly more than the 540,208 valid signatures required to trigger a recall. On March 12, the board made similar determinations regarding the recall petitions for the four state senators: Scott Fitzgerald, Senate District 13; Van Wanggaard, Senate District 21; Terry Moulton, Senate District 23; and Pam Galloway, Senate District 29. The GAB delayed final action until last week so all the recall elections could be scheduled on the same days. The GAB also announced it had validated the submitted recall petition, including 900,939 for the Walker recall and 808,990 for the Kleefisch recall. Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the GAB, noted staff spent the past several months reviewing more than 1.8 million signatures on more than 300,000 petition pages. “This is not a task we asked for or relished,” Kennedy said. “But now that these officials have been recalled to stand for election again, it will be up to the people of Wisconsin to settle this political dispute at the ballot box.” Under state law, the incumbent officeholder’s name is automatically on the ballot unless he or she resigns within 10 days of the election being ordered. One of the four state senators, Pam Galloway, has already resigned for personal reasons not related to the recall, and her vacant seat will be filled in this recall election. Candidates who want to run in the recall election may now circulate nomination petitions, which are due to the GAB by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. State Senate candidates need a minimum of 400 signatures and governor and lieutenant governor candidates need a minimum of 2,000 signatures. A number of candidates have already filed campaign finance registrations for the recall elections, the first step in running for office. Democratic candidates for governor include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Douglas LaFollette of Madison, and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma. The four will face off in the May 8 primary election, with the winner taking on Walker June 5. Kennedy said some people have suggested writing in Walker’s name in a Democratic primary. He said the board will direct local election officials that those writein votes should not be counted because the governor will already be a Republican Party candidate. Under state law, candidates cannot be a nominee for more than one political party. In addition to ordering the recall elections, the board voted unanimously to make a searchable database of recall petition signers’ names available on the Internet. “We believe it is important for citizens to have access to the information our staff developed in its examination of the recall petitions,” Kennedy said. Posting the signatures online will allow the public to view the work of the staff and compare it to the work of Verify the Recall, the Tea Party group that has already created its own searchable database using thousands of volunteers, he said.
The length of time it takes to get some county business done could be cut in half by reducing the number of county board committees, Vilas County Board Chairman Steve Favorite claimed in a joint meeting of the Executive and Legislative committees last week. “What’s evolved over time is all the items we take action on . . . we need to step back and take a more legislative role,” said Favorite. “What are the decisions made by us and what are the decisions made by the departments? We need to develop policy and budgets and allow department heads to run their departments.” Favorite cited the Forestry and Land Committee meetings which he chairs that usually are three to four hours in length, but “could be cut in half.” He suggested going from 22 current county board committees down to six to eight, indicating committee chairs will then have to “step up and manage those meetings.” There are eight committees required by statute, but all could be combined with other committees. The eight are Commission on Aging, UW-Extension, Highway, Land and Water Conservation, Law Enforcement and Emergency Management, Public Health, Zoning, and Social Services. There also are other boards and programs required by law, most of which there are only one county board member required. Several supervisors pointed out current policy items that may be left to department heads rather then having approval from oversight committees. “They can’t apply for grants or (approve) out-ofcounty travel without coming before a committee,” said Supervisor Chris Mayer. “If it’s in their budget, they should be allowed. We’ve put ourselves in a position to say yes or no to many little things and that’s micromanaging.” County Clerk Dave Alleman said some department heads needed committee oversight. He indicated most counties have a $5,000 ceiling on equipment purchases, but Vilas is at $500. He said that can be burdensome. Supervisor Jim Behling indicated supervisors should simplify department oversight. “Department heads need to understand their role in making decisions and county board members also have to understand their role,” Behling said. “Simplifying is the key. The department makes decisions and informs the oversight committee of
those decisions. We need to be informed, but that takes 30 seconds.” Mayer added that a packet could be presented on what the department did and “we can read it over coffee in the morning.” The budget is the driving force in department operations, according to Supervisor Linda Thorpe and departments need to understand that. Supervisor Erv Teichmiller also faulted county supervisors to some extent. “We need to look at our county board action and our oversight committees need to look at the budget and if it’s in their budget, we don’t have to have it go to the full board,” Teichmiller said. “It’s a matter of trusting the committee who are county board members and the decision could end there.” While many suggestions were made on what departments could be combined for single-committee oversight, no decisions were made. Favorite gave the supervisors a directive to come to the April 24 meeting with ideas in writing on what could be combined. “Identify how departments fit together,” he directed. “Start by functions and then how they blend together.” Claim denied In other action by the Vilas County Executive Committee, a claim of $5 million in damages by Lavera F. McBarney was denied. The claim alleges that after McBarney was taken into police custody Oct. 28, 2011, and while attempting to leave Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, she was tackled by Minocqua police officers and received a hip dislocation. The claim alleges she was transported to the county jail and did not receive medical attention for approximately six hours and was transported to Saint Joseph Hospital in Marshfield where she had hip surgery which she says was unsuccessful. A second surgery was performed which resulted in approximately eight weeks of therapy. As a result of the hip dislocation, McBarney claims loss of income, severe pain and suffering, and that tackling her was use of excessive force that the Vilas County Jail was negligent in failing to provide her proper medical care. McBarney claims relief from Vilas County, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council, officers Jay Bryner and Douglas Moore, Police Chief Andy Gee, town of Minocqua and Minocqua police officers Herman and Burrows for a total sum of $5 million.
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William ‘Bill’ Albert
William “Bill” Albert of Eagle River died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. He was 87. Mr. Albert was born April 25, 1924, in Eagle River, the son of Michael and Hilda Albert. He served in the Army Air Corps. 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.
Robert ‘Bob’ Waech Sr.
Robert “Bob” Waech Sr., a 20-year resident of Three Lakes, and formerly of Milwaukee, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital. He was 70. Mr. Waech was born June 17, 1941, in Milwaukee, the son of Waldemar and Stella (Nee Koenig) Waech. Survivors include one daughter, Amy Waech of Pewaukee; one son: Bob Jr. of Three Lakes; one sister: Jackie Prill of Milwaukee; and one grandchild. A gathering was held Saturday, March 31, at Oneida Village Inn in Three Lakes.
AIS: Crystal Lake sees GELI project
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tle Crab and North Crab lakes. “It just didn’t rank well,” said Gauthier. “They have to make them a little more competitive. But they rarely still doing things on their own with that project.” Weevil research Gauthier said Boot Lake in Vilas County will be part of a weevil-rearing research project that received $200,000 in funding through the sponsoring University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Seven lakes in the Northern Region, including Boot Lake, will be stocked with weevils over a three-year period, according to Gauthier. The other lakes include Little Bearskin, Manson and Lake Tomahawk in Oneida County; Long and Weber lakes in Iron County and Spider Lake in Florence County. “They will be stocked with weevils at high rates in Eurasian water milfoil beds,” he said. “It will probably take two to three years before we notice any changes.” Gauthier said the Boot Lake Association decided to try the plant-eating weevils over chemical treatment to get rid of the Eurasian water milfoil. “They didn’t want two methods at once, so they decided to go with the weevil project and see how it goes,” said Gauthier. “If it doesn’t work, they can always go back to chemical treatment.” Another research project that received $90,148 in funding will take place on Crystal Lake in Vilas County, in an effort to reduce or eradicate the invasive rainbow smelt population. Gauthier said 11
Gordon H. Obermann
Gordon H. Obermann passed away March 29, 2012, at the age of 78. He was born Aug. 8, 1933, in Germantown, Wis. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Shirley Obermann (nee Hafemeister). Father of Tom Obermann (Dawn) and Joyce Wassenaar (Jeff); and six grandchildren, Phillip, Kurtis, Alex, Mason, Brooke and Courtney. He was the cherished brother of Richard Obermann (Jean, deceased) and preceded in death by daughter, Joan Johnson (Greg); brother, LeRoy (Shirley); and parents, LeRoy and Anita Obermann. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before being drafted into the Army, where he became a highspeed radio operator. After his discharge, he worked for Square D Co. and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He relocated with his family to Eagle River in 1969. He and his wife owned and operated a family resort on Duck Lake for many years, as well as Eagle River Appliance for more than 26 years. More recently he enjoyed staying active by driving school bus and supporting local sports teams. He cherished time with his family, was an avid fisherman and sports enthusiast. His sense of humor and loving nature will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Visitation was Tuesday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, April 4, from 10 to 11 a.m., with the service following at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 105 N. First St., Eagle River, Wis. Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home is handling arrangements, (715) 4794777. PAID OBITUARY 6312
CBS affiliate boosts signal
WAUSAU — Local CBS affiliate WSAW TV-7 has completed its Digital Television Maximization project which will boost the signal strength to four times higher than its current power, according to station officials. The added signal strength will allow nearly 100,000 more viewers the ability to watch WSAW TV-7 programming. “We are pleased to announce our increase in power, bringing great programming to more viewers in northcentral Wisconsin,” said WSAW Vice President and General Manager Al Lancaster. “This project was started in mid-November 2011, and I’m really happy with how well it turned out,” said WSAW Chief Engineer Lance Cratty. “The increase in power will help eliminate the pixilation and interference many people were getting in the past.” As of March 30, TV-7 encourages anyone who has not gotten its signal before, or who has gotten a weak signal, to rescan their digital converter box. Picture quality will still depend on the quality of the antenna and the home’s elevation. For tips on how to get the best picture quality, log on to its Web channel at wsaw.com. WSAW TV-7 is the local CBS affiliate for the Wausau/Rhinelander area.
gradual entrainment lake inverters (GELIs) will be placed in the lake to mix the warmer surface water with colder water at the bottom of the lake. “The goal is that the rainbow smelt will slowly die off,” said Gauthier. Early detection and rapid response grants went to six lake organizations in the northern region, including $20,000 to the Kentuck Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District. “It is money saved for them,” said Gauthier. “Eurasian water milfoil was discovered there last year and is available for a rapid response project. If they don’t use the $20,000 by June 30, it could be held over or used by another group.” Other projects Other Vilas County lakes receiving funds for response projects were Manitowish Chain of Lakes, $19,965; Harris Lake, $20,000; and
Arrowhead Lake, $5,940. Pelican Lake in Oneida County received $14,355 and Silver Lake in Forest County received $16,485. Pelican Lake also received $9,999 for an AIS prevention and education project. “That will include the fifth or sixth year of watercraft inspections and onwater monitoring,” said Gauthier. “The Moen Lake Chain, also in Oneida County, received $4,530 for its similar AIS project.” Gauthier said the North Lakeland Discovery Center received $49,983 for a management planning project on the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, including Island and Spider lakes and Rice Creek. “Invasive curly pond weed was discovered in the Manitowish Chain in 2010 and they have studied the lakes in a series of grants,” said Gauthier. “They have developed a management plan and plan to start treatment this spring.” The Gile Flowage in Iron County is part of a $113,700 research project with lakes in the Madison area that has biologists monitoring spiny water fleas. “The danger of the spiny water fleas is still a question,” said Gauthier. “But we know they are at the base of the food chain.”
WPS seeks rate increase; power bill would jump $7
Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS), a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group Inc., filed a request with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin last week to modify its retail electric and natural gas rates for 2013. If approved at the requested level, the new rates will result in a monthly increase of about $7 for typical residential electric customers using 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity. If the requested natural gas request is approved, it will result in a monthly increase of about $2.50 for typical residential customers consuming 740 therms annually. The filing, based on economic forecasts from late 2011, calls for overall increases of 9.2% for electricity and 3.7% for natural gas. However, recent trends suggest a more optimistic economic picture, according to WPS. If those trends continue, they could allow WPS to reduce its electric rate increase request, WPS officials said. “The rate case development process is really a year-round effort,” said David Kyto, WPS director of the rate case process. “The forecasts used in this case do not reflect the most recent trends in the economy. We will work with the commission staff and interveners to update these forecasts, as appropriate, during the rate case.” Kyto noted that WPS’s retail electric rates have risen by less than 0.4% per year over the last four years, and that its retail gas rates have actually decreased. “We know that raising rates when the economy is still recovering is very unpopular with our customers,” said Kyto. “We’ve found areas to cut costs, like employee benefits and the 2010 workforce reduction. Utilities have an obligation to serve, which we take very seriously. That obligation comes with commitments to deliver safe and reliable energy.” Kyto explained while other industries may choose to reduce the number of shifts or even close entire plants, WPS has levels of fixed costs that are much higher than most other businesses. Those costs include maintaining and repairing the company’s generation plants, 22,000 miles of electric lines, 8,000 miles of natural gas pipes and other energy delivery facilities (electric substations and natural gas gate stations, for example) to ensure the safe and reliable energy that customers count on. Kyto said WPS incurs these costs regardless of the economy or other factors that affect energy usage. “We simply can’t cut back on the activities that ensure that the lights come on when the switch is flipped and the furnace operates when the thermostat calls for heat,” Kyto said.
Robert Arnold Thrall Sr.
Robert A r n o l d Thrall Sr. of Woodruff died March 28, 2012, at Seasons of Life Hospice House. He was 80. Mr. Thrall THRALL was born April 12, 1931, in Arbor Vitae. He attended Arbor Vitae School. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1948 to 1952. After training with the 982nd engineering construction battalion at Camp Carson, Colo., and attending engineering school at Fort Belvoir, Va., he served in Okinawa, Japan. After returning to the United States, he married Louise Kujawa in 1955. He was employed by Thrall’s Boat and Canoe Shop, a family business, for more than 30 years. In 1980, he opened and operated Bob Thrall Marine. In 1986, he opened Bob Thrall Services and worked there until he retired at age 80. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1983; his parents, Arnold and Helen (nee Kilduff); a brother, Thomas; a sister, Helen Becker; and daughter-in-law, Katie Steinberger-Thrall. Survivors include three sons, Robert Jr., Thomas (Sharon) and William; a daughter, Mary (Edward) Spatz; a brother, Edward (Carolyn); a companion, Sandra von Trott; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Woodruff, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Seasons of Life Hospice House, P.O. Box 770, Woodruff, WI 54568.
Three Lakes Town Board of Supervisors — Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m., boardroom. Agenda: Report on Fire House 2 project and consideration of resolutions and ordinances. Vilas County Forestry, Recreation & Land Committee — Wednesday, April 4, 8:30 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Resolutions to amend the forest plan and budget amendments to the Fish & Game Conservation revenue. Oneida County Planning & Zoning Committee — Wednesday, April 4, 1 p.m., courthouse. Agenda: Conditional-use permits. Eagle River Plan Commission — Wednesday, April 4, 6 p.m., City Hall. Agenda: Public hearing to consider signage and discussion of Riverview Park and W. Riverview Drive. Vilas County Board of Canvass — Tuesday, April 10, 8:30 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Canvass votes cast at April 3, spring election and presidential preference vote.
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Kenneth L. Wells, a 27year resident of Land O’ Lakes and former resident of Mundelein, Ill., died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at his home. He was 82. Mr. Wells was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Mundelein, Ill., the son of Harold “Pat” and Vera Wells. He married his wife, Carol, Dec. 29, 1951, in Waukegan, Ill. During the Korean War, he served as a first sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was employed by International Harvester in Libertyville, Ill., for 30 years as a tool and die maker. His hobbies included fishing, birdwatching and working in his yard. He was a Chicago Bears football fan. Mr. Wells was a member of the Land O’ Lakes Conservation Club, Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game Club, Little Fort Family Campers and the. Highway Hobo’s Club He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gordon and Bobby; and a sister, Ione. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Christine and Eileen (Mark) Erickson of New London; two sons, Jeffrey (Jan) Wells of Appleton, and William (Renee) of Twin Lakes, Ill.; three sisters; Donna Crites of Mundelein, Ill., Carol (Bill) Gutzmer and Bonnie (Ronald) Jagman of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Sonny of California; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 3, at Ely Memorial Church in Land O’ Lakes.
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
Vilas County Sheriff A total of 115 complaints were entered by Vilas County Sheriff ’s Department dispatchers last week. In addition to those with sufficient detail to report below, a review shows at least three vehicle accidents, three requests for agency assistance, one ambulance request, one attempt to locate, three burglar alarms, two requests for citizen assistance, one report of criminal damage to property, one disorderly conduct, one disturbance, one report of found property, four reports of harassment, two reports of hazardous conditions, two reports of suspicious circumstances, four thefts, two traffic violations, one 911 hang-up and one drive-off. At least three calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department and there were at least 10 informational or procedural entries. In the past week, at least 15 people were booked at the Vilas County Jail, including two for operating after revocation, three for probation violation, two for bail jumping, two for theft, two for possession of THC, one for possession of paraphernalia, two for operating while intoxicated, one injunction violation and two for resisting arrest or obstructing an officer. During the week, the inmate population ranged from 69 to 75. As of April 2, there were 72 inmates. Monday, March 26 - 5:35 p.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Nine Mile Road near Reschan Lane in the town of Washington involving Dennis J. Barczak of Eagle River. Friday, March 30 - 2:10 a.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Shangri La Road near Rangeline Road in the town of Washington involving Amanda C. Hook of Eagle River. She was issued two citations for operating while intoxicated. Saturday, March 31 - 3:00 p.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on Big Portage Lake Road near Babcock Road in Land O’ Lakes involving James P. Schlack of Land O’ Lakes. He was issued three citations for failure to report an accident, hit and run property and drinking in a moving vehicle. Eagle River Police Among the calls received by Vilas County dispatchers were at least 20 calls for the Eagle River Police. These included one abandoned vehicle, two accidents that damaged property, two burglary alarms, one request for an ambulance, one animal problem, one request for citizen assistance, one report of criminal damage to property, two reports of harassment, one no-burn permit, one report of an intoxicated person, two suspicious circumstances, two reports of property theft and one traffic violation. Three Lakes Police This police department reported one abandoned vehicle, three requests for an ambulance, one request for motorist assistance, two reports of an animal at large, one child in need of services, one fireworks complaint, one report of a hazard, one parking ticket, one report of found property, one report of reckless driving, one theft, one traffic control and four traffic stops.
WAITING FOR SUMMER — While the piers are curently quiet at the Track Side location on the Eagle River, they will be bustling
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Vilas County Court report
Woman accused of shooting at bar charged with endangering safety
A 37-year-old Boulder Junction woman who is accused of shooting a handgun at the door of a St. Germain tavern about 3 a.m. Jan. 1, entered a not-guilty plea in Vilas County Circuit Court last week. Karolyn A. Duwe Behn is charged with endangering safety by reckless use of a handgun, second-degree r e ck l e s s e n d a n g e r m e n t , obstructing an officer and possession of a handgun while intoxicated. During Behn’s initial appearance last week, Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III recused himself from the case and a new judge, who will schedule the preliminary hearing, will be assigned. A not-guilty plea was entered by the court. Robert S. Repischak of the Racine County district attorney’s office is a special prosecutor in the case and appeared by telephone last week. According to the complaint, Behn was having an argument with her exboyfriend at K.D.’s Wildcard Bar in St. Germain. After she took her personal belongings from the building, the man locked the door and went upstairs to an apartment. The man said he was returning down the stairs when he heard what he thought was someone hitting the door or window. When he checked the door, the window glass was shattered in “a spiderweb pattern.” He told authorities he confronted her in the parking lot and she was holding a pistol. After she pulled away from the business in her vehicle, he said he discovered a bullet hole in the glass. It was later determined a bullet had struck a pool table inside the bar. Officers later arrested Behn on Highway N after she drove into the ditch on snowcovered roads. When deputies arrived, she denied having a gun, but a box of .380-caliber bullets and a pistol case were found in the vehicle. Officers later found a .380-caliber handgun about 6 inches under the snow near the rear tire of the vehicle. The bullets were consistent with a live round found in the parking lot of the bar. When Behn was arrested, she had a preliminary breath test of 0.11%. According to the complaint, Behn told officers that she pointed the gun at the man she was fighting with and pulled the trigger three times, but nothing happened. She then allegedly went outside and fired the gun at the bar before leaving. Behn deposited an $800 cash bail, with the conditions she consume no intoxicants and that she not possess firearms or any dangerous weapon. In other felony cases, James D. Moustache, 46, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of misdemeanor battery, waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for arraignment. He pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for April 17 at 11:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Moustache was “intoxicated and belligerent” and is alleged to have pushed a 31-year-old woman to the ground at 503 Chicog St. in Lac du Flambeau Feb. 29, striking her two to three times in the face and then kicking her five times in the back and stomach. Another Lac du Flambeau woman, 33, heard screaming and went inside the home, where Moustache is alleged to have punched her in the face, causing her to bleed from her mouth and lower lip. Moustache, who had a preliminary breath test of .228%, also was charged with obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct during the incident. Kent G. Gramprie, 49, of Arbor Vitae, charged with fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, had an initial appearance adjourned to April 16 at 10 a.m., as the defendant would like more time to retain an attorney. Gramprie was arrested Feb. 25 on Peace Pipe Road after he pulled out of the Lac du Flambeau Smoke Shop parking lot without his headlights on at 10:25 p.m. According to the complaint, Gramprie’s preliminary breath test was .126%. Because he had four prior operating-while-intoxicated convictions, he is allowed .02%. He told officers he had four beers. James R. Stenberg, 26, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing/delivery of a prescription drug, had a preliminary hearing set for April 23 at 3:30 p.m. Judge Nielsen approved a bond modification from $500 cash to a $2,500 signature bond. Stenberg is alleged to have sold one 30-mg. Oxycodone tablet for $40 in a controlled purchase in Lac du Flambeau Jan. 20. Michael W. Wahlberg, 39, of Eagle River, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of endangering safety/use of a dangerous weapon. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 12 months, with the condition that he not possess or handle firearms. Wahlberg was arrested Nov. 19, 2011, in the town of Washington on an original charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. At the time he was arrested, he had a .270-caliber rifle in his vehicle, along with two or three .270-caliber cartridges and two or three 20-gauge shotguns shells. Scott J. Borgardt, 35, of Conover, charged with two counts of felony bail jumping, was bound over for arraignment and entered pleas of not guilty on both charges. A pretrial conference was set for April 10 at 9:45 a.m. Borgardt’s $2,500 signature bond was continued and he is not to possess or consume intoxicants and he is to have no contact with children. According to the complaint, Borgardt was arrested in Conover March 1 after he got into an altercation with a man and woman at the Log Cabin. He had a preliminary breath test of .13% and was not to consume intoxicants as a condition of his bond on a previous felony charge of child abuse. The second felony bailjumping charge stems from an incident March 18 in Land O’ Lakes when he was arrested at Memorial Park for pushing a child on a swing. A condition of his bond is no contact with children. James J. Callas, 52, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing/delivery of a prescription drug, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing ad journed to April 25 at 2 p.m. In addition, his $5,000 cash bail was amended to a $5,000 signature bond. Judge Nielsen granted the bond change with the condition that Callas report to family resources within 24 hours for assessment and treatment. Callas is accused of selling two 40-mg. Oxycodone tablets for $100 during a controlled purchase Feb. 24 in Lac du Flambeau. The other charges stemmed from a search warrant of his resident following his arrest.
Young drivers reminded about absolute sobriety
All drivers younger than age 21 don’t have to guess about how much alcohol they may drink and still legally get behind the wheel. Wisconsin law requires absolute sobriety for drivers younger than age 21, which means they may not consume any amount of alcohol — not even a drop — and legally operate a motor vehicle. Young drivers convicted of violating Wisconsin’s Ab solute Sobriety Law will have their license suspended for three months. They also will have to pay a $389.50 citation and will have four demerit points assessed on their license. The Wisconsin State Patrol is reminding people about the Absolute Sobriety Law during April. “At any age, even a small amount of alcohol may impair decision making, reaction time and other mental and physical skills needed to drive safely. But teens and young people, who tend to take more risks and generally have less driving experience, are especially susceptible to traffic crashes after drinking,” said Wisconsin State Patrol Capt. J.D. Lind of the North Central Region and Wausau Post. “In Wisconsin, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for young people,” said Lind. “And as the prom and graduation party season begins, we don’t want young drivers or their passengers to suffer serious injuries or tragic deaths because of a disastrous decision, such as getting behind the wheel after drinking.”
Outdoor Adventure Series plans more than 50 classes
Now in its 16th year, Nicolet College’s 2012 Outdoor Adventure Series will feature more than 50 different adventures and activities this spring, summer and fall. The activities will last anywhere from an afternoon to nearly a week in length, and will range in difficulty, from easy to physically challenging. Sea kayak and canoe classes are a mainstay in the program and will have students paddling many of the most scenic waters in the region, including the upper Wisconsin, Deerskin, Bois Brule and Manitowish rivers; the Turtle Flambeau and Rainbow flowages; and Lake Superior. To view the full list of classes, visit nicoletcollege.edu and click on the Outdoor Adventures Series link in the right-hand column.
Utility consumers urged to pay winter heating bills
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) encourages utility customers to stay connected as the heating season comes to an end. The PSC advises consumers to contact their local utility company if they have fallen behind in their utility payments for the 2011-’12 winter season. Utility service may be disconnected on or after April 16 if energy bills have not been paid or a payment plan has not been arranged with the utility. To provide health and safety protections during Wisconsin’s cold winter months, PSC rules prohibit utilities from disconnecting consumers between Nov. 1 and April 15 for nonpayment of utility bills. However, after April 15, utilities are not required to provide service to customers who are behind on their bills. To avoid disconnection, customers who have fallen behind in payments are encouraged to contact their local utility to set up a payment plan. The numbers for utilities in this area are: We Energies, 1-(800) 842-4565; and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, 1-(800) 450-7260. Consumers who have contacted their utility, but cannot reach a payment agreement should contact the Public Service Commission Consumer Affairs toll free at 1(800) 225-7729. If consumers fail to make payment or payment arrangements with the utility, the utility may disconnect service. Utility companies must inform customers before discontinuing service. In addition, the PSC strongly encourages consumers to be cautious when using alternative heat sources, such as electric space heaters. These devices are not designed or intended to be used as a primary heating source. If left unattended or around children, the heaters can be very dangerous. For more information about utility disconnections, see the PSC’s Utility Disconnections brochure at: psc.wi.gov.
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
School board OKs eight-man football
Three Lakes board also OKs hockey co-op
BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
Speakers at the broadband symposium held by the UWExtension Office of Broadband Sustainability (UWEX-OBS) and the Three Lakes Economic Development Committee included, from left, UWEX-OBS Communications & Web Man-
ager Jennifer Smith, UWEX-OBS Community and Economic Development Manager Professor Andy Lewis, UWEX-OBS Director Marie Alvarez-Stroud and Three Lakes Economic Development Committee Chairman Don Sidlowski. —Photo By Jan Hintz
Three Lakes continues work on improved Internet access
Members of the UWExtension Office of Broadband Sustainability (UWEX-OBS) were in Three Lakes for two days of discussion with the Three Lakes Plan Commission’s Economic Development Committee last week. The highlight of the visit was a symposium on broadband held last Thursday in the theater of the Three Lakes Center for the Arts in the Northwoods. Local and county officials, educators and community leaders attended the symposium. Speaking at the event from UWEX-OBS were Director Marie AlvarezStroud, Communications & Web Manager Jennifer Smith and Community and Economic Development Manager, Professor Andy Lewis. Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the Three Lakes Economic Development Committee was Chairman Don Sidlowski. The speakers noted the importance of high-speed Internet access to the community, saying it’s essential to economic development. It allows businesses, individuals and institutions, such as libraries, governments, schools and healthcare providers, to share large amounts of data very quickly over a network, according to Professor Lewis. “Everybody gets excited about or is afraid of technology,” he said, presenting charts detailing how the U.S. is falling behind in the areas of broadband access and technology compared to other developed countries. Lewis further explained that Wisconsin ranks 45th in the nation in broadband connectivity. “It is important to create infrastructure to provide broadband,” said Lewis. “There are very few communities in the North Woods that have the wireless Internet access you do in Three Lakes.” In 2007, Three Lakes set out to become the anchor for technology in the North Woods, according to Sidlowski. “Five years later, we have accomplished phase one of that plan, with highspeed Internet and 3G wireless phone service now available to almost 90% of our residents,” he said. Sidlowski added that it was important not to passively wait for technology to come to a community, saying residents must build strong relationships with providers and collaborators. As a part of what has been dubbed the “Three Lakes Model,” the town continues to work with local, regional and state agencies while building relationships with private technology providers. Alvarez-Stroud said the Three Lakes Model is being rolled out in five counties as an integral part of the Public Service Commission’s LinkWISCONSIN Region 2 Plan. The model will be used in communities with demographics similar to Three Lakes, according to AlvarezStroud, thus giving them greater chances at similar success. After the presentations, Lewis was asked what Three Lakes can do to continue to enhance broadband. “Three Lakes should continue to foster public and private partnerships,” he answered.
The Three Lakes School Board authorized the administration to change football to an eight-man program and form athletic cooperatives with the Rhinelander School District for hockey and track. Three Lakes football coach Brian Fritz pitched the idea to switch to an eight-man program and fielded questions from the board. “We’ve exhausted all efforts in order to increase the number of football and soccer participants to the extreme of going with a combination effort allowing boys to participate in both football and soccer,” he said. Although the nearest eight-man football conference is near the Stockbridge area south of Green Bay, the board supported the idea since away games are both limited and played on Friday nights. The biggest reason for the change, according to District Administrator George Karling, is to limit injuries to the Bluejays by giving them the ability to substitute players more often and regulate the amount of time younger athletes are on the field. “We have a serious liability situation, and it’s my job as administrator to advise the board about that liability situation,” said Karling. Since this is the first year the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has sanctioned eight-man football, Fritz said he expects more small schools will soon join. “I anticipate that if we do this, and do it soon, we can get other schools close to us to jump on the bandwagon,” he said. According to Fritz, the state is giving schools with a three-year enrollment average of less than 200 the opportunity to join the new program without a waiver. Although the Three Lakes average is just above that
number, the board discussed petitioning the WIAA to make an exception, particularly since the school allows dual-sport athletes. Karling made a recommendation that the board approve changing to the eight-man program and allowing the school to form a co-op with Rhinelander High School for the boys and girls hockey and boys and girls track programs. The board authorized both changes. A two-year commitment is required for the eight-man football program, while a jamboree-style State tournament will be scheduled for participating teams, according to WIAA Deputy Director Wade Labecki. Fritz said the student athletes were on board for the change as well. “They’re all for it because it’s competitive,” he said. “They just want to play football and be competitive.” Similar reasons were given for the board’s authorization of the co-op teams with Rhinelander. “I think from a track standpoint, it would open up broader participation in some events that we can’t really do right now,” said board member Terry McCloskey in reference to Rhinelander’s polevaulting facility and ability to provide teammates for relay events. In other action, the school board: — approved its 2012-’13 equipment budget; — voted 4-1 to approve a budget of $650 per town in the district for swimming lessons; — heard a scholarship report; and — accepted the resignations of junior high school special education teacher Kjersten Olson and high school boys basketball coach Brad Volkmann.
Trash burning hazardous to air, also leading cause of wildfires
People conducting spring cleanups who are thinking about taking a match to a debris pile may want to think twice, according to state environmental officials, who caution that burning household trash adds dangerous pollutants to the air. And while burning some yard waste is legal in some areas, state forestry officials caution that debris burning is the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Wisconsin, causing approximately 30% of such fires each year. “Burning any material, whether plastic, paper or wood, produces a variety of hazardous and toxic air pollutants, including carcinogens such as arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde,” said Brad Wolbert of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Waste and Materials Management Program. “Children and others with asthma are especially harmed by smoke from burning garbage. If you burn trash, you’re affecting your health and the environment more than you know.” A study by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency found that the amount of cancer-causing dioxin and furan emissions from 15 households burning trash each day is the same as those emissions from a 200-ton perday municipal waste incinerator with high-efficiency emission control technology. Because of its environmental risk, burning trash in Wisconsin is illegal. In addition, Wisconsin’s recycling law and local ordinances prohibit burning or disposing of recyclable materials in landfills. “Recycling programs are available in every community for plastic, glass and metal containers, corrugated cardboard, newspaper, and magazines,” Wolbert said. Agricultural and horticultural plastics, like silage film, haylage bags, bale wrap, woven tarps and nursery pots and trays must also be recycled or landfilled. It is illegal to burn plastics in Wisconsin. Materials that are not recyclable should go to a legal disposal facility, not a burn barrel or pile. Materials that are legal to burn, such as leaves and brush, are also regulated under state codes. Burning permits, issued by the DNR, are required for debris burns. Burning permits are designed, so that people may burn brush only in areas where and at times when the risk of wildfire is low. Burning permits only authorize the burning of legal materials. Instead of burning, state environmental and forestry officials recommend individuals visit the DNR website and search key words “open burning” for alternatives such as composting and recycling. Current law requires individuals wishing to burn legal materials to first obtain a burning permit and then call or check online on the day of the burn for the daily restrictions. Permits can be obtained online or calling 1(888) WIS-BURN from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Customers may also visit their local ranger station or emergency fire warden for permits in person. Permits are free and valid for one year. For more information on burning permits and the current fire danger in Wisconsin, see the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov.
Resources committee seeks new members, volunteers
The Three Lakes Plan Commission is seeking members and volunteers for its Natural/Cultural Resources Committee to represent the community while working on issues presented in the Town of Three Lakes Comprehensive Plan. Some of the issues include invasive species education and management, water quality, historical preservation and awareness and promoting the arts. Volunteers would assist with carrying out these projects. Anyone interested in becoming a member can contact Tamarack Song at (715) 546-2944 or tamarack@ tea chingdrum.org. Buckthorn project The committee is currently partnering with the global science class at Three Lakes High School to remove the invasive species buckthorn from the school woods. This project will run from the end of March through early May. The committee and the school welcome any community members to volunteer for this project. The project can make use of chain saws and other equipment, and needs volunteers to haul buckthorn from the woods and chip it into mulch. Students will work most days during class time, as well as some additional weekend time. Those interested in volunteering for this project can contact Al Votis at (715) 367-0405, or email@example.com.
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: March 26, 2012 David B. End to William T. End et al, lots 11 and 12 of plat 264 in Resthaven, prt NE NE in 31-40-11, gov lot 5, $215.40 David B. End to William T. End et al, lot 13 of plat 264 in Resthaven, prt NE NE in 3140-11, gov lot 5, $162 Grams Realty Inc. to Amy L. Robbins, prt SE SW in 2143-09, gov lot 6, prt NE NW, prt SW NW, prt SE NW in 28-43-09, prt NW NW in 2843-09, gov lot 1, $9,975 March 27, 2012 Patrick M. Hrdlicka and wife to James F. Haynie Jr. and wife, prt SW NE in 16-42-11, gov lot 3, prt NW SE in 16-42-11, $94.50 River Valley Bank to Creative Furniture Group LLC, lot 34 of plat 144 in Holiday Estates, $105 Scott Family Trust 6/24/99 et al and William J. Hintz et al to Star Lake Family LP, prt SE NW in 14-41-8, gov lot 2, $30 William J. Hintz to C.L. & J.A. Chizek Living Trust, prt SE NW in 14-41-8, gov lot 2, $90 William J. Hintz to MRC Leasing Inc., prt SE NW in 14-41-8, gov lot 2, $99 Dean L. Polster and wife to William R. Rotta and wife, lot 49 of plat 372, out lot 1 of plat 372, plat 372, mis. DPL Deerpath Lane in Whispering Pines, $213 March 28, 2012 Prohaska Revocable Trust to Jay R. Kidd and wife, prt NE SW in 34-40-6, $210 March 30, 2012 Bernadine A. Buswell to Gregg Alan Buswell, prt NE SW in 23-40-4, gov lot 5, prt SE SW in 23-40-4, gov lot 6, $60 Jeffrey W. Koranda and wife to Gruhle Revocable Trust of 2008, lots 306 and 32 of plat 853 in Eagle Waters Resort Condo, $876
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
Residents protest land trade, say parcel has unique features
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
CWD-positive deer found in north: DNR
State wildlife officials have announced that chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in a wild adult doe found on private property just west of Shell Lake in Washburn County — the first wild CWDpositive deer to be found in northern Wisconsin. Tissue samples have been confirmed as CWD-positive at both the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR received the final test results late last Friday. The 3 1⁄2-year-old doe was euthanized by the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office on a small parcel of private land. In order to find out if the disease is present in other wild deer in the area, this fall the DNR will begin a focused disease surveillance effort within a 10-mile radius around the positive location. “The fall archery and gun deer hunting seasons provide an excellent, cost-effective method to collect valuable samples,” said Kurt Thiede, land administrator for the DNR. State officials said it’s also the first CWD-positive deer found within the ceded territory where the Ojibwe tribes maintain harvest and gathering rights. “No changes are anticipated this fall in the broad framework of the hunting seasons,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We are reviewing (the) news with our wildlife experts and are reaching out to notify the DNR Board, tribal representatives, the DATCP (Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection) and the Minnesota DNR.” Under state statutes, the DNR is required to enact a ban on the feeding and baiting of deer in any county that is within 10 miles of any captive or free-roaming deer that tests positive for either CWD or tuberculosis. This CWD-positive deer is within Washburn County and may be within 10 miles of Barron, Burnett and Polk counties. The state anticipates the ban on baiting and feeding within these counties to take effect this fall, according to Thiede. “The location of this deer was more than 100 miles from the nearest known cases of the disease in either wild or captive deer,” he said. “Our field staff will be working with local citizens, registration stations, processors and taxidermists to collect tissue samples to learn if any other sick deer exist near this case.” In addition, the DNR will begin to implement other steps, such as collecting adult road-kill deer to gather additional samples. CWD is a nervous system disease of deer, moose and elk. It belongs to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephal-opathies (TSEs) or prion diseases. CWD occurs only in members of the cervid or deer family, both wild and captive. Current information suggests that CWD may be transmitted both directly through animal-to-animal contact and indirectly from a CWD-prioncontaminated environment. Recent studies indicate that CWD prions exist in the saliva, urine and feces of infected deer.
WATERSMEET, MICH. — Approximately 100 people gathered on County Line Lake Road a few miles northwest of Watersmeet, Mich., Sunday for a hike to Wildcat Falls to protest a proposed multi-parcel land trade between the Ottawa National Forest and a private land owner. Protesters said a Forest Service parcel included in the trade near Watersmeet contains the unique natural features of potential oldgrowth hemlock-cedar forests, rock outcrops, Scott and Howe creeks, as well as Wildcat Falls. Robert Delich has proposed the land exchange with the Ottawa National Forest. The land exchange would include approximately 421 acres of land owned by Delich and 320 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands. The gathering Sunday included not only local residents, but numerous individuals who travelled from as far away as Houghton, Hancock, Marquette, Iron River and Ironwood in Michigan, as well as Rhinelander, according to Rod Sharka of Land O’ Lakes, one of the organizers of the event. The hike was sponsored by Partners in Forestry (PIF) Coop, a local woodland owners organization dedicated to sustainable forestry practices; the Northwoods Alliance, a local nonprofit organization that promotes land conservation issues; and the Northwoods Native Plant Society, a native botany club consisting of professional and amateur botanists. Ottawa National Forest officials have agreed to trade
About 100 people against a proposed land trade between the Ottawa National Forest and a private landowner toured a public par-
cel near Watersmeet, Mich., that has potential old-growth hemlock-cedar forests. —Contributed Photos
this parcel to Delich in exchange for a large parcel of land south of the Porcupine Mountains in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. According to the U.S. Forest Service decision notice (DN), there are “benefits associated with acquiring the non-federal tract, which is a large, consolidated block of land within a semi-primitive, non-motorized recreation area and immediately adjacent to Porcupine Wilderness State Park and the North Country Trail.” The decision notice also acknowledges that “there are both positive and negative effects on landowners adjacent to the properties involved and to the general public,” but concludes that “the negative effects, as described in the environmental assessment (EA) and within this decision, are min-
Scenic Wildcat Falls, located near Watersmeet, Mich., is one of the parcels proposed in a U.S. Forest Service land trade.
imal and limited in scope.” Concerning the scenic falls, the decision notice acknowledges that Wildcat Falls “has given some who visit it a sense of place and attachment to the area.” The decision notice stipulates that the public’s concerns about the loss of the waterfall were considered in the decision, but concludes that “while the falls are appealing, they are in fact not unique in regards to their particular form or character.” Joe Hovel of Conover, president of PIF, said he believes that the proposed land exchange is not in the public interest. “First, the loss of a unique feature (Wildcat Falls) is unacceptable,” said Hovel. “The argument that recreationists can or will simply visit other waterfalls to have the same experience is flawed, since most waterfalls on the Ottawa are located much closer to Lake Superior — a much further drive for most recreationists. “Second, the loss of unique vegetative resources — namely old growth cedar and hemlock — in the parcels near County Line Lake Road, is unacceptable,” said Hovel. “The EA fails to adequately assess the rarity and value of these resources, which are rapidly disappearing from the landscape in the Upper Midwest. “Third, the loss of public land containing a portion of a high-quality perennial stream is unacceptable,” said Hovel. “The EA fails to adequately assess the value of
this resource, and the damage that could be caused to this stream and its watershed by unwise land development practices.” Six individual appeals against this land exchange are currently being reviewed by U.S. Forest Service Eastern Region Appeal Deciding Officer Chuck Myers of Milwaukee. A final decision is expected by mid-April. Sharka pointed out that the U.S. Forest Service has promoted a plan in recent years called the Open Space Conservation Strategy which states that “the loss of open space impacts the sustainability of natural systems and the overall quality of life for Americans.” In this strategy, Sharka said the first stated goal is “protecting the most ecologically and socially important lands.” “I’d like to know how is the trading of these parcels to someone who admittedly intends to log off these woods and subdivide these parcels for development, in exchange for land he has already cut over and abused, adhering to the conservation principles stated in this plan?” asked Sharka. “Perhaps these parcels are small relative to the million-acre Ottawa, but they are unique and should be treated as such. It’s not just Wildcat Falls,” said Sharka. “It’s not just the old-growth hemlock-cedar. It’s not just the impressive rock outcrops. No, it’s the combination of all of these unique features in one concentrated area that makes these parcels so special.”
River Valley lists promotions
River Valley, with a branch bank located in Eagle River, has announced two staff promotions, at its Wausau office. Erik Rajek has been promoted to AVP-credit and government guaranteed lending manager. In his new role, Rajek will be responsible for supervising the commercial credit department and serve as a contact person for all SBA activities. His office is located at River Valley’s administrative building in Wausau. Kevin DeMeyer has been promoted to customer service manager for River Valley Insurance. In his new role, DeMeyer will be responsible for working closely with the customer service representatives to manage processes and procedures to ensure outstanding customer service. His office is located at River Valley’s administrative building in Wausau. River Valley serves 13 communities with lending, investments and insurance programs.
Gibson of Vilas County named to state land information boards
Barb Gibson, Vilas County geographic information system (GIS) coordinator and land information officer, was elected to a two-year term on the Wisconsin Land Information Officers Network (LION) board last month. Gibson also has accepted a one-year appointment to the Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) board of directors and serves on the Education Committee. “Serving on these statewide boards is an honor,” said Gibson, “as well as a unique opportunity for Vilas County to have a voice in the cooperative efforts in coordinating land information data with all 72 counties as well as federal, state and local agencies throughout Wisconsin.” Gibson also noted that these cooperative efforts provide valuable information dents of Vilas County in the ease in which maps and tax information is available for their property as well as ease and accessibility for the general public on property they may be interested in purchasing in Vilas County. According to the LION website, the network was founded in 1999 as an organization with the following objectives and goals: to promote an understanding of the Wisconsin Land Information Program and county land information programs; to assist in developing successful county land information offices by promoting professional practice, best practices and communication; to encourage and support educational programs for its members; and to promote a better understanding and appreciation of how land information officers serve the public interests. The purpose of the WLIA is to foster the understanding, development, operation and maintenance of a network of statewide land information systems. These multipurpose land information systems require the spatial registration of various layers of land data that are maintained independently in various offices, agencies and organizations in both the private and public sectors. The registration of data from separate, but coordinated, information systems will provide the opportunity for all cooperating parties to access and use these land data. Specifically, the WLIA’s mission is focused on promoting sound policy and promoting interaction, cooperation, technical research and education.
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Vocke named to Government Accountability Board
Gov. Scott Walker recently named Judge Timothy Vocke to the Government Accountability Board (GAB). The appointment became effective April 2. “The GAB is essential to preserving democracy and transparency in Wisconsin, and I am confident that Judge Vocke will contribute positively to the board,” said Walker. “His independent, nonpartisan views and commitment to the law make him an excellent choice. I’m sure the board is very happy to welcome him back.” Vocke received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas before obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He served the state as an assistant district attorney for Racine County, district attorney for Vilas County, circuit court judge and reserve judge for Wisconsin. He also serves as a medical malpractice mediator and referee for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Vocke served on the GAB from June to December of last year. The GAB consists of six members, and each member must have been elected to and served as a judge of a court of record in Wisconsin. Members are appointed to six-year terms by the governor from nominations submitted by a committee called the Governmental Accountability Candidate Committee, which consists of one court of appeals judge from each of the court of appeals districts, chosen by lot by the chief justice of the Supreme Court in the presence of other justices.
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The Assistant Operations Manager will be responsible for assisting the Operations Manager with all call center aspects, including the initial implementation and build out of a new on-site call center, all front-line personnel management services (including hiring, coaching and training), various technical aspects and other general office management needs. Among other desired skills, interested applicant must possess a minimum of one (1) year supervisory or management experience, a high school diploma or equivalent, and the ability to be licensed under the Tribal Consumer Financial Services Regulatory Code. Offers of employment shall be subject to successful completion of all background investigation requirements and the Indian Preference in employment policies of the Tribe. Salary based on education and experience. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and résumé to DuckCreekTF@gmail. com or send to: Duck Creek Tribal Financial LLC, c/o Michelle Allen, P.O. 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(One Week 4/4/12) REGULAR BOARD MEETING Monday, February 27, 2012 The regular meeting of the Northland Pines Board of Education was called to order by President Jim Mulleady at six o’clock p.m. (6:00 p.m.), on Monday, February 27, 2012, at the Northland Pines High School in the Large Group Instruction Room, Eagle River. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Present were Board members: Mark Vander Bloomen; Holly McCormack; John Sarama; Mike Sealander; Eric Neff; and Mike Jovanovic. Jim Mulleady was absent as he had recused himself from support staff handbook discussions and actions. Quorum was established. Also present were Mike Richie, District Administrator; Margo Smith, Business Manager; Scott Foster, Elementary Principal/Director of Technology; Jim Brewer, High School Principal; Josh Tilley, Dean of Students; Jackie Coghlan, Middle School Principal; Dave Bohnen, Building & Grounds Supervisor; Brian Margelofsky, Activities Director; and Susie Block, Recording Secretary. There were 10 citizens in attendance. Support Staff Handbook – The Board conducted a work session from 4:30 to 5:30 to continue work on the support staff handbook. There was open discussion with support staff members in attendance. Break - The Board took a break from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. and the regular board meeting business then began at 6:05 p.m. Call to Order: Mark Vander Bloomen; Holly McCormack; John Sarama; Jim Mulleady; Mike Sealander; Eric Neff; Mike Jovanovic. All seven (7) board members are now present and quorum is established for regular meeting business. Open Meeting Verification – Jim Mulleady stated that the meeting had been duly called with meeting notices posted at the following locations: 1. The Northland Pines High School and Middle School in Eagle River 2. The Northland Pines Elementary Schools in Eagle River, Land O’Lakes and St. Germain 3. The Vilas County Courthouse Eagle River 4. The Eagle River City Hall 5. Additional notice has been given: I. The Vilas County News ReviewEagle River II. WERL/WRJO Radio Station-Eagle River III. The Rhinelander Daily NewsRhinelander IV. WHDG Radio Station-Rhinelander Approval of Agenda - MOTION by Eric Neff that the Board approves the agenda as presented and leaves the order to the discretion of the Chair. Second by Mike Sealander. Voice vote 7-0. Motion carried. Public Participation - There were no citizen comments at this time. Minutes of Past Meetings – MOTION by Mike Sealander that the Board dispenses with the reading of the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 30, 2012, and the Board approves the minutes and closed session minutes as presented. Second by Eric Neff. Voice vote 6-0. Mark Vander Bloomen abstained. Motion carried. Board Committee Reports/Communications • Staff member of the month – Brian Margelofsky is the Employee of the Month. Brian is extremely professional and conscientious when it comes to fulfilling his duties as Activities Director. He takes his job very seriously and always strives to create a rewarding experience for the students. He is extremely thorough in his hiring practices and continuously works closely with the coaches and advisors so that they have the necessary skills needed to do what is best for the students at Northland Pines. He is excellent at being a game manager. Recently, he orchestrated a WIAA Playoff competition between Northland Pines and Lakeland and was able to help provide both teams and their fans with a first class experience. His efforts in this area have garnered positive accolades for our school district across the state. Brian is always looking for ways to enhance the co-curricular opportunities and experiences for our students in the NPSD. He is committed to helping students become well-rounded individuals and cares deeply about providing them positive lifelong memories of their time spent at Northland Pines. Brian is a great asset to our district and he truly deserves this award! • Mike Jovanovic reported the Finance Committee meeting minutes were distributed in the board packet. Jovanovic reported to the Board that a copy of letter was placed in front of them this evening which is being sent out as a second attempt to collect negative food service balance account money. • Mike Sealander reported the Policy, Curriculum & Education Committee meeting minutes were distributed in the board packet. Teachers Ann Perry and Robin Indermuehle did a presentation on the many uses of Technology in the Classroom. Administrators’ Reports Mike Richie reported on the following topics: • Charter School Meeting minutes and Committee progress • Standing up for Rural Schools Award – Richie noted that we received this award again this year, this time for the Cornerstone partnership with our High School Building Trades program. Scott Foster reported on Polar Plunge (benefits Special Olympics) that Foster and Matt Spets did last Friday in Wausau. Students Terry Satran and Kylie Rhode jumped into the freezing waters with them. They raised over $1,000 for our local special Olympics chapter. Jackie Coghlan reported: • The Regional Spelling Bee was held at Phelps on February 1st. Our own Emily Klopp from Eagle River Elementary took 1st place and will advance to the State Spelling Bee on March 10th. Annalise Callaghan, also from Eagle River Elementary, took runner-up. • The MS Forensics season is now complete. The 33 students who competed represented us very well. We were the only school of the five competing schools that advanced the entire team to the Level 2 competition. • The 8th Annual Middle School Talent Show was again a great success with students and staff participating. • March is Middle Level Education Month and numerous events will be occurring at the Middle School. Discussion/Action Items: Payment of Bills – MOTION by John Sarama that the Board approves the payment of bills according to the summary check register as presented in the amount of $1,084,331.77. Second by Holly McCormack. Voice vote 7-0. Motion carried. Resignations - MOTION by Holly McCormack that the Board accepts the resignation of Sue Hlavenka effective at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Second by Eric Neff. Voice vote 7-0. Motion carried. 2012-2013 School Calendar – MOTION by Eric Neff that the Board approves the 2012-2013 School Calendar as presented. Second by Holly McCormack. Voice vote 7-0. Motion carried. Lab Fees – MOTION by Mike Sealander that the Board approves the lab fees as recommended. Second by Eric Neff. Voice vote 7-0. Motion carried. First Review: Phy Ed Requirement Change – The Board discussed the memo received from the Department of Public Instruction regarding this change option. No action was taken and this item will be on the March regular board meeting agenda for further discussion and/or possible action. Technology Plan 2012-2016 - MOTION by Holly McCormack that the Board approves the 2012-2016 Technology Plan. Second by Eric Neff. Voice vote 70. Motion carried. Mid-Year Budget Report – Margo Smith, Business Manager, reviewed the expenses to date as of January 25, 2012 and the Projections through 2015-2016 with the Board. No action was taken. 66:03 Agreements – MOTION by Mike Sealander that the Board approves the 66:03 agreements with Three Lakes and Phelps. Second by John Sarama. Voice vote 7-0. Motion carried. Charter School Resolution – MOTION by Mike Sealander that the Board approves the Charter School Resolution. Second by Mike Jovanovic. Voice vote 7-0. It was noted that this resolution was just so the committee could pursue the grant. Motion carried. Neola updates on Open Enrollment Policy – No action was taken on this item. First Review: Five Year Long Range Plan – No action was taken on this item. Co-Curricular Coaching/Advisor positions – No action was taken on this item. Executive Session – MOTION by Jim Mulleady adjourns to executive session in accordance with Chapter 19, SubChapter IV, pursuant to s. 19.85(1)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss administrative contracts; (c) Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. Second by Mike Sealander. Roll call vote: Mark Vander Bloomen, yes; Holly McCormack, yes; John Sarama, yes; Jim Mulleady, yes; Mike Sealander, yes; Eric Neff, yes; Mike Jovanovic, yes. Motion carried. Reconvene to Open Session MOTION by Mike Sealander that the Board reconvenes to open session to take such action as the Board deems appropriate, following consideration given in executive session. Second by Mike Jovanovic. Voice vote 7-0. Motion carried. Adjournment MOTION by Mark Vander Bloomen that the Board adjourns. Second by John Sarama. Voice vote 7-0. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 10:01p.m. SPECIAL BOARD MEETING March 5, 2012 The special meeting of the Northland Pines Board of Education of Monday, March 5, 2012, was called to order by Vice President Mike Sealander at fourthirty p.m. (4:30 p.m.) in the Large Group Instruction Room located in the Northland Pines High School, Eagle River, Wisconsin. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Present were board members: Mark Vander Bloomen; Holly McCormack; Mike Sealander; and Mike Jovanovic. Jim Mulleady, John Sarama and Eric Neff were absent. Quorum was established. Also present were Mike Richie, District Administrator; Fritz Crall, Building & Grounds Supervisor; and Susie Block, Recording Secretary. There were no citizens in attendance. Open Meeting Verification Mike Sealander stated that the meeting had been duly called with meeting notices posted at the following locations: 1. The Northland Pines High School and Middle School in Eagle River 2. The Northland Pines Elementary Schools in Eagle River, Land O’Lakes and St. Germain 3. The Vilas County Courthouse Eagle River 4. The Eagle River City Hall 5. Additional notice has been given: I. The Vilas County News ReviewEagle River II. WERL/WRJO Radio Station-Eagle River III. The Rhinelander Daily NewsRhinelander IV. WHDG Radio Station-Rhinelander Approval of Agenda MOTION by Mike Jovanovic that the Board approves the agenda as presented. Second by Holly McCormack. Voice vote 4-0. Motion carried. Support Staff Handbook work session The Board continued their work session discussion on pages 26-37 of the support staff handbook. John Sarama arrived at the meeting at 5:00 p.m. and joined the discussion. The Board finished the work session and decided the handbook will go forward for first review at the March 26th regular board meeting. Adjournment MOTION by Mike Jovanovic that the Board adjourns. Second by Mark Vander Bloomen. Voice vote 5-0. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m. SPECIAL BOARD MEETING March 7, 2012 The special meeting of the Northland Pines Board of Education of Wednesday, March 7, 2012, was called to order by President Jim Mulleady at six-o-two p.m. (6:02 p.m.) in the Northland Pines District Office Conference Room located in the Northland Pines High School, Eagle River, Wisconsin. Present were board members: John Sarama, Jim Mulleady; Mike Sealander; Mike Jovanovic; and Eric Neff. Mark Vander Bloomen recused himself from this meeting and Holly McCormack was absent. Quorum was established. Also present were Steve Garbowicz, Attorney; Mike Richie, District Administrator; Jim Brewer, High School Principal; Josh Tilley, Dean of Students; and Susie Block, Recording Secretary. There were four citizens in attendance. Open Meeting Verification Jim Mulleady stated that the meeting had been duly called with meeting notices posted at the following locations: 1. The Northland Pines High School and Middle School in Eagle River 2. The Northland Pines Elementary Schools in Eagle River, Land O’Lakes and St. Germain 3. The Vilas County Courthouse Eagle River 4. The Eagle River City Hall 5 Additional notice has been given: I. The Vilas County News ReviewEagle River II. WERL/WRJO Radio Station-Eagle River III. The Rhinelander Daily NewsRhinelander IV. WHDG Radio Station-Rhinelander Approval of Agenda MOTION by Mike Jovanovic that the Board approves the agenda as presented. Second by Mike Sealander. Voice vote 5-0. Motion carried. Executive Session MOTION by Jim Mulleady that the Board adjourns to executive session in accordance with Chapter 19, SubChapter IV, of the State Statutes for the purpose of conducting two student expulsion hearings in accordance with the exemptions as noted in Section 120.13(1)(c) and 19.85(1)(a)(f)(g) (a) Deliberating concerning a case which was the subject of any judicial or quasi-judicial trial or hearing before that governmental body. (f) Considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons except where par. (b) applies which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, or involved in such problems or investigations. (g) Conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved. Second by Mike Jovanovic. Roll call vote: John Sarama, yes; Jim Mulleady, yes; Mike Sealander, yes; Mike Jovanovic, yes; Eric Neff, yes. Motion carried. Reconvene to Open Session MOTION by Mike Sealander that the Board reconvenes to open session. Second by John Sarama. Voice vote 5-0. Motion carried. Mike Sealander left the meeting. Adjournment MOTION by Jim Mulleady that the Board adjourns. Second by John Sarama. Voice vote 4-0. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. 1068
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
Mud Fest set at Derby Track
4-day event to feature music, movies and mud
Eagle River will be the site of four days of live music, movie screenings and mud, as a new event called Mud Fest is scheduled to take center stage from Thursday to Sunday, May 17-20. The event, sponsored by Eagle Waters Resort, Wild Eagle Lodge, The Madison Media Institute and Leinenkugel Beer, will benefit Angel On My Shoulder, the Eagle River Recreation Association and the local youth soccer league. The music The AMSOIL Eagle River Derby Track will host the bands Puddle of Mudd, Fuel, Drowning Pool and the winner of a quad-state battle of the bands competition Saturday, May 19, with gates opening at 4 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at ermudfest.com and will cost $30. Puddle of Mudd, best known for its 2001 album “Come Clean” which sold more than 5 million copies, will headline the show. The group has won four Billboard Music awards as well as the song of the year award from both Billboard and Kerang! for “Blurry.” Additional Puddle of Mudd hits include “Psycho,” “She Hates Me,” “Control,” and “Drift and Die.” Meanwhile, supporting bands Fuel and Drowning Pool are also nationally recognized. Fuel has reunited with its original members, who have announced they will release a new record this summer. The movies Vilas Cinema, located at 216 E. Wall St. in Eagle River, will host film festival Friday, May 18, with artistic, comedy and documentary films being shown on all four screens. The event will feature Spike & Mike’s “Twisted Festival of Animation,” where South Park and Beavis and Butthead were first brought to the public eye, according to event organizers. The animation tour will feature hours of short cartoon films, a two-hour display for families and a two-hour showing for adults. As this festival comes together, organizers have planned launch parties, award ceremonies and nightly parties to keep the patrons entertained throughout the weekend. Forthcoming details will be available online at ermudfest.com. The mud Mud-based events will take place throughout the community, including mud obstacle courses, mud volleyball, mud slides and tug-ofwar. Locations and times are yet to be announced, according to event organizers. Battle of bands Beginning in April, battle of the bands contests will be held in Minneapolis, Minn.; Chicago, Ill; Milwaukee, Madison and Eagle River to determine finalists for the supporting slot on stage May 19. The winners of each competition will receive a Guitar Center gift certificate, a $50 gas card, a one-on-one consult with rock musician Martin Atkins, a T-shirt prize pack designed for each winning band, a professional photo shoot and a slot to compete at the finals at Eagle Waters Resort Thursday, May 17. The winner of the finals will be determined by a round of celebrity judges, said organizers, and will receive a $25,000 recording studio session with Atkins, Greg Lauder and Steve McCann. The chosen band also will play the opening slot at Eagle River Mud Fest. Additional events will be held throughout the community during the festival weekend, including Chicago bands performing at Boondockers after the concert at the fairgrounds. According to organizers, Eagle Waters Resort will host the Return of the Mudd Club Friday and Saturday night, where a tent on the grounds will be decorated as if it were the original TriBeCa Mudd Club in New York City during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Music from that era will be played throughout the night. Plans also are under way for producer parties, launch parties, closing parties and award parties throughout the community.
EARLY SPRING — While there is open water on lakes across the North Woods due to the early spring, piers remain quiet since it’s
only early April. This boat lift on the Three Lakes Chain held a small fishing boat for the winter months. —STAFF PHOTO
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BY KEN ANDERSON
Preliminary approval for issuing construction bonds of $693,000 and accepting $733,000 in grants for sewer and water improvements for two projects in Eagle River was given by the City Council last week. Total costs for the Silver Lake Road and Highway 70 West projects were estimated at $1,426,000, split between the sewer utility, water utility and city taxpayers through industrial revenue bonds. The Silver Lake Road project includes reconstruction and sewer and water line improvements, while the Highway 70 West project is just sewer and water to properties west of the city. Three separate grants will lower the project costs considerably, according to city administrator Joe Laux. “The grants are for $168,000, $286,000 and $279,000, leaving $693,000 to be raised by the bonds,” Laux told the council. “Of that amount, the sewer utility would be responsible for $401,000 and the water utility for $292,000. It would be a 40year loan at 2.75% interest.” U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is in the process of approving the project, according to Laux. “Rural Development views this as one project but our internal accounting needs to assign loan costs to the city, pledging premier area sales tax, sewer rate payers and water rate payers,” said Laux. The Silver Lake portion is 71.2%, divided three ways, or $162,472 each. The Highway 70 West portion is 28.8% of $199,584 assigned to taxpayers. The total annual payment assigned to taxpayers is
$15,065, with water rate payers’ annual payment being $6,806 and sewer rate payers also at $6,806. Ten percent per year is added for the first 10 years due to USDA reserve fund requirements. An official presentation of the funding and final documents will take place this spring.
The City Council approved a permit application by Laura Koranda of Eagle Waters, doing business as Northern Pike Productions LLC, to stage a three-day Mud Fest for May 18-21 at the AMSOIL Derby Track grounds. Originally planned for Oldenburg Sports Park and then the Vilas County Fairgrounds, Koranda indicated it has again been changed to the Derby site. “This is a three-day event with music, movies and mud,” Koranda explained. “It will be rock ’n’ roll; it will be loud; and it will be like a pond hockey event in May. It will benefit the ERRA (Eagle River Recreation Association), soccer association, and Angel On My Shoulder.” Koranda indicated there would be mud soccer, mud volleyball and movies at the Vilas Cinema with a variety of selections. Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen, when informed it would be at the Derby site rather than the fairgrounds, commented he didn’t see any issues with the move. Councilman Jerry Burkett expressed a concern over the decibel level, but said that, being in the bowl of the Derby Track, the level would be diminished outside. The permit application indicates music would be played from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Burkett suggested starting at 5 p.m. and going to 11 p.m. “They will be breaking the
decibel limit, but that level could be taken at the city limits rather than at the property boundary,” he suggested. Council President Carol Hendricks asked a number of questions about the proposal. “Why four days and who will be the clientele?” Hendricks asked. “If you’re going to have food and drinks out there, what’s it going to do to the downtown?” Concerning four days, Koranda said organizers need to set up the stages Thursday and music will be Friday and Saturday in order to pay the additional cost to have it on a private venue. “The demographics we’re going after will be ages 18 to 45,” Koranda said. “There will be people going downtown for breakfast and lunch. Thursday will be the battle of the bands at Eagle Waters. There is the trickle-down aspect in this down economy to bring people to town on a slow weekend in May.” Burkett said it was a refreshing, new idea for Eagle River. “You are to be commended,” he told Koranda. “That place (Derby site) has had venues before and, if we don’t like it, we can run the Mud Fest out of town.” Hendricks also asked who would pay for putting up the street banners to promote the event. Utility manager Pat Weber responded that the city crew puts them up for many events as a courtesy to the community, with Hendricks commenting, “This was not a community event.” A motion to grant the permits, subject to approvals by Vander Bloomen and having music no later than 11 p.m.,
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The council unanimously approved a contract with MSA Professional Services to conduct a phase one environmental site assessment of the Charles Pride property for $2,000. City officials said the property has been tax-delinquent for many years with the county refusing to take ownership through tax delinquent foreclosure proceedings. Burkett asked about title and access, with Laux indicating Pride still has title to the property and city attorney Steve Garbowicz saying the city could get access via the courts. “MSA needs access to get paid. It’s a site walk-through and the intent for us is to show the city did not do anything to contribute to the site,” Laux said. Apparently, there were two leaking underground storage tanks (LUST) within 500 feet of the property and the city has liability concerns. Jim Bollmann of MSA said, “The documented LUST sites will be in the city’s favor.” Burkett said he didn’t want the site the way it is and was not in favor of the city owning it. “Contamination is my greatest fear and I had alarms going off over this and I always pay attention to those alarms,” Burkett said.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
Give DNR blanket authority on seasons?
STATE anglers will be asked next month whether they support giving the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) blanket authority to decide if certain fishing seasons should be open the year around. While the department acknowledges the importance of traditions such as opening day, they argue that season closures are not as effective as bag or length limits to manage a fish population. Also, they claim it has proven difficult to set effective season dates because spawning dates vary greatly for different species, different parts of the state and from year to year. The question reads: “If the Department finds that closed seasons are not biologically necessary to protect certain fish populations, would you support rule changes that would open fishing seasons the year round?” It’s another of those advisory questions on the spring fish and game questionnaire that could end up as a proposed rule change next year if the department feels it got enough support. And there’s no guarantee that the majority vote will win on an advisory vote because, quite frankly, the DNR maintains the right to interpret and rationalize the results. They know the vast majority of sportsmen and -women don’t attend the annual hearings, which are staged in every county on the second Monday in April. I’m not looking to bash the DNR two weeks in a row so, thankfully, this question isn’t quite as threatening as the one on statewide motor trolling. But there are some serious implications here for the fisheries of northern Wisconsin which, in the past, have been wrongfully managed the same as
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central and southern counties. The truth be told, the scribbler hardly trusts the DNR’s determination of whether closed seasons are biologically necessary to protect certain species. This is the agency, mind you, that fought Vilas County for decades on delaying the bass harvest season until mid-June so that vulnerable spawning bass could be protected in most years. In fact, biologists still have trouble admitting today that delaying the harvest season was the best thing that ever happened to the modern-day bass fishery of northern Wisconsin. Bass numbers exploded within a couple of years and they are still at incredibly high levels today. The scribbler had face-to-face meetings with biologists who claimed spawning bass were not vulnerable — that it didn’t matter if they were harvested because they would be caught in summer anyway. I know. I couldn’t believe it either. And I’m supposed to trust these same biologists with blanket authority to decide if certain fishing seasons should be open the year around? Can’t do it. Won’t do it. I’m voting no. It’s not that I oppose added fishing opportunity, because that’s one of the things I live to do. I would
love a shot at river fishing every spring during the spawning run, like they do on the Wolf River system, if the fisheries on, say, the Wisconsin River could handle that added pressure. But it probably can’t. Once again, it seems the DNR is trying to fix something that isn’t broken. Wisconsin’s fishing seasons are rooted in tradition and there hasn’t been any public outcry to change them. To its credit, the department admits in the preamble to the advisory question that closed seasons “can function to defer harvest, maintaining good numbers of adult fish to a time period when they are less vulnerable and more anglers have an opportunity to participate in the fishery.” The DNR also acknowledges that anticipation for an opening day stimulates the interest and enthusiasm of anglers, and that opening-day events can result in local economic benefits. It is hard to imagine exactly what the DNR is up to here. Why don’t they just come out and say which closed seasons are not biologically necessary, when and if that is determined? Why the need for blanket authority? I’ll admit that panfish populations remain strong in northern Wisconsin despite the fact that anglers have access to them the year around. Populations fluctuate from year to year and angling pressure shifts accordingly. I might be wrong, but it seems spawning conditions and good recruitment of young fish has more influence on panfish numbers than angling pressure — even with harvest during the spawning periods. But panfish are far more numerous than game fish, and it’s important that the DNR isn’t care-
Through an advisory question, the DNR is hoping to eventually win broad authority to open fishing seasons the year around if its biologists determine fish populations won’t be affected. This from the agency that never really wanted to delay the bass opener into June. --Photo By The Author
less with our game fish populations. There are only so many good walleye and muskie lakes. The current rule-making process that gives anglers a
vote on specific season adjustments seems far safer than giving the DNR broad authority to open fishing seasons year around.
Muskies Inc. schedules sports show
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By George Langley
Weather patterns not helping fishing
We are really seeing a variety of Wisconsin spring weather conditions this year. We’ve had everything from high temperatures in the 70s to snow, with no consistent weather pattern for more than a few days. As you can imagine, this has really messed up the spring spawning patterns of the fish populations, including perch. It is anyone’s guess what the weather will do next! Anglers are somewhat limited in their fishing options right now, but the best is yet to come. If you are willing to travel, there are opportunities to fish for walleyes in some rivers in Wisconsin before the general season opener. Check regulations carefully for the stretch of river you intend to fish. In the meantime, panfish are the best local option for getting on the water. Perch spawning began after the ice went out two weeks ago and is still going on, on many area lakes. Anglers are still catching pre- and post-spawn perch in shallow bays, both in old weedbeds and in shoreline wood. Use a minnow under a bobber for best action, and don’t stay in one spot for very long if you are not having much action. While they are actively spawning, the perch will be in as little as 1 foot of water. Otherwise, anglers will find them in the weeds and sometimes out off of the deep edge of the weeds. Crappie fishing has been inconsistent, just like our spring weather so far. These fish can be found in a variety of places depending on the lake you are fishing. Anglers will find some schools of crappies 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, and so far the best action has been in 5 to 10 feet of water in the weeds. While we are still a month away from the general gamefish season opener (May 5), anglers can still get out on our local lakes and catch some panfish! Good luck and good fishin’.
EARLY OUTING — With the early ice-out, anglers are getting an opportunity to fish panfish prior to the general game fishing opener
May 5. These anglers tried their luck on the Eagle River and Three Lakes Chain of Lakes last week. —STAFF PHOTO
DNR website makes change
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website — once reachable at a variety of Web addresses — will now be found only at one simple address: dnr.wi.gov. “We’ve consolidated our website to use just one domain in order to reduce costs and improve consistency and customer service,” said J.D. Smith, who is leading DNR’s website redesign team. Anyone with general questions about the domain change can call the DNR Customer Service line at 1-(888) 936-7463, open a chat session, or click on the feedback link in the footer of any DNR Web page.
Annual spring hearings include Conservation Congress meetings
For nearly 80 years, the Conservation Congress has been reaching out to the citizens of the state, asking people to share ideas on a variety of resource management topics. The tradition continues Monday, April 9, when there will be 72 public hearings, one in each Wisconsin county, starting at 7 p.m. The hearing for Vilas County will be at the St. Germain Elementary School and the Oneida County hearing will be at Nicolet Area Technical College in the Learning Resources Center Theater. Those who attend will have the chance to elect delegates to represent their county on the Conservation Congress and they can weigh in on Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife and fisheries and Conservation Congress advisory questions and citizen resolutions. New this year, the Conservation Congress will hold a town hall meeting at the end of the night to gather ideas from attendees on how to simplify regulations and how to eliminate participation barriers to activities like fishing and hunting. In addition, DNR advisory questions will gauge attendees’ support on a variety of fishing and hunting questions. This year, wildlife advisory questions seek feedback on permanent adoption of a twoperiod bobcat hunting and trapping season with permit applicants being required to select either the early or the late season; updating licensing requirements for hunting guides; and expanding openwater hunting opportunities for waterfowl. Fishing questions this year ask opinions on allowing yearround fishing seasons in areas the DNR decides it is unnecessary to protect certain fish populations; having a single, statewide muskie season opener date; allowing motor trolling statewide; and eliminating some fish refuges if DNR finds that fish populations can be adequately protected by other regulations such as season, bag or size limits in the same area.
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NRA sets Rhinelander banquet
The 10th annual Friends of National Rifle Association (NRA) Banquet in Rhinelander will be held Tuesday, April 17, starting at 5 p.m. at Northwoods Banquet Hall. Friends of NRA banquets raise money through raffles, games and auctions and, through the NRA Foundation, donate 100% of the net proceeds to nonprofit organizations supporting shooting sports. Grant programs include firearm education, safety and training programs, Women on Target©, Scouts, range development and more. Locally, organizations that have benefited from these grants in the past include Boy Scouts of America Camp Tesomas, YMCA of the Northwoods, Hodag Sports Club and Lincoln County 4-H. For more information, visit friendsofnra.org, email email@example.com or call (715) 277-3235.
Muskie league plans meeting
The Three Lakes Wednesday Night Muskie League will have a rules meeting Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Club & Bar in Three Lakes. Anyone interested in fishing in the league should attend.
ATV safety course set in Rhinelander
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Oneida County ATV (all-terrain vehicle) Association, is sponsoring a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified ATV safety course. The course will be held at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center, located at 2000 E. Winnebago St. in Rhinelander. The course will be Monday, May 14; Wednesday, May 16; and Thursday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. each day. Fees for the course are $10 per student. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and at least 12 years old must have ATV certification to operate on public areas. Contact Deputy Brad Fogerty at (715) 361-5132 for information or to register for the course.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
By Gary Ridderbusch
Fredricks honored for community service
Just two weeks after this newspaper published a feature story by freelancer writer Michael Eder on area hockey players, one of those talented skaters from Eagle River received a special honor. The Ontario Reign, affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, announced that defenseman Jason Fredricks was selected by the league as the ECHL Community Service Award recipient. Fredricks, 25, is in his second season with the team and has always made time to give back to those in the surrounding communities. In addition to attending every scheduled team appearance, Fredricks has ventured out to appear at schools, hospitals and animal shelters on his own time. With each visit he makes, Fredricks always introduces himself to the organizer and leaves his information for any future appearances he can make or events he can contribute to somehow. “I started doing volunteer work when I was growing up, being involved with 4-H and a small-town youth hockey organization, where volunteer work was essential to keeping the program running,” Fredricks said about his roots in community service. The high school he attended, Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., also required 40 hours of volunteer work per academic year. “From these younger life experiences, the importance of volunteer work was instilled within me and I continue to try to give back to the local communities that I live in and it also helps make me who I am today,” said Fredricks. The Eagle River native has volunteered an impressive 40 hours throughout this season and has traveled to cities more than 36 miles away. Fredricks made the most of his time on the injury reserve at the beginning of the season and used it to sign autographs during a game and at a San Antonio hospital blood drive. While home for the holidays, Fredricks spent time practicing with a local high school’s junior varsity and varsity hockey teams, even making a road trip to help behind the bench. In addition to working with Northland Pines High School, he attended the practices of youth and girls hockey teams, and taught at a learn-toskate program. It looks like Michael Eder’s story was right on the money about Fredricks’ character.
Northland Pines opened its baseball season with a nonconference game against Wittenberg-Birnamwood last Thursday, with
the Chargers coming out on top 13-5. Pines took a doubleheader from Crivitz Saturday.
Eagles fall to Chargers in opener; then beat Crivitz in doubleheader
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The Northland Pines Eagles took to the field for the first time this season, fall ing to Wittenberg-Birnamwood 13-5 in a nonconference game at Eagle River last Thursday. But the Eagles bounced back by taking a nonconference doubleheader at Crititz on Saturday. On the Wittenberg-Birnamwood loss, Pines coach Rob Govek said the Eagles had a few mental mistakes on defense that allowed extra runs which proved to be the difference in the game. Tanner Beaman got the start and took the loss on the mound, while T.J. Harsla and Brandon Wallace pitched in relief. “Tanner pitched well in his first varsity start on the mound,” said Govek. “Offensively, we did a good job putting the ball in play, only striking out three times, but had many bad breaks on hard hit balls.” Leading hitters for Pines were Dominic Caroselli at 2for-4 and Harsla added a double. At Crititz on Saturday, the Eagles took game one 9-3 and followed that up with a 10-3 victory. In the first game, leading hitters were Caroselli going 3-for-4 with a triple, Jacob Schlitt went 2-for-3 with a double, and Matt Goska was 2-for-4. Harsla got the start and the win, while Beaman came in and closed the game. In the second game, Beaman had the big hits, going 2for-2 with a triple and a double. Goska was 1-for-1 with three runs scored and Wallace was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt which proved to break the game wide open. Caroselli got the start on
Ramesh commits to UW Badgers
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Northland Pines base runner Brett Hughes heads to home plate as the Wittenberg-Birnamwood catcher prepares for the collision. Hughes
tried to free the ball from the catcher, but he was called out at the plate. —Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW
the mound and the win in a complete game performance. “I was proud of the fact our defense was error free in the first game and that we made good contact at the plate,” said Govek. “The team
showed a lot of heart coming back from a 3-0 first-inning deficit by capitalizing on their opportunities with runners in scoring position.” Pines, 2-1 overall, was scheduled to host Medford on
Tuesday of this week in the first Great Northern Conference (GNC) game of the season. Pines will travel to Antigo for another GNC game this Thursday, April 5, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Northland Pines boys take second hosting invitational track meet
BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
Northland Pines junior Austin Ramesh, a standout linebacker and running back on the Eagles football team, gave his oral commitment RAMESH to play at the University of Wisconsin. Ramesh was one of six instate recruits who attended a spring football practice at Camp Randall Stadium last Saturday and told head coach Bret Bielema he wanted to play for the Badgers. Ramesh also had offers from Michigan State, Iowa and Iowa State, among others, but said he wanted to feel the pride of playing for his home state. “This is my home state and I always wanted to play here. I knew this was the only place that could present that for me,” said Ramesh. “It’s a real sense of pride for me.” Ramesh said it’s most likely he will accept a grayshirt offer, meaning he would pay his own way the first semester and then join the team in January of 2014. He will graduate from Northland Pines in the spring of 2013 following his senior year of football for the Eagles. Officials say the Badgers
could have fewer than 10 scholarships available for the 2013 class, but Bielema told Ramesh if another 2013 scholarship opens up, he would be next in line to get it. “Either way, it’s still a full ride after that first semester,” “said Ramesh. “It will give me time to get a little stronger and develop as a player.” At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Ramesh rushed for more than 2,200 yards last season for the Eagles. He led the state in rushing during the nine-game regular season, rushing for 19 touchdowns and averaging more than 10 yards a carry. Ramesh is already preparing for next fall. “I’m not out for any spring sports, but I’m spending a lot of time in the weight room,” he said. “One of my goals for next season is to rush for more yards than last year and my second goal is to excel on defense.” The Badgers like Ramesh as a fullback or linebacker, with running backs coach Thomas Hammock and linebackers coach Andy Buh both expressing interest in having Ramesh on their side of the ball. He said he will be ready wherever the Badgers put him on the field. “It feels good to make my college decision this early,” said Ramesh. “Now I can concentrate on training.”
The Northland Pines High School boys track team placed second out of eight teams as the Eagles hosted an invitational meet last Thursday. The Eagles, who scored 151 points, were edged by Kingsford with 164.5. Pines placed ahead of Athens with 112.5, Rib Lake with 51, West Iron with 45.5, Three Lakes with 27, Prentice with 26.5 and Wakefield-Marinesco
with 18. “We had a few key athletes who were not in the meet and we failed to score any points in the pole vault, shot put and triple jump,” said Pines coach John Hayes. “Kingsford just had more athletes than we did,” he said. “When you win eight of the 16 events and aren’t able to win the meet, it shows you that Kingsford had a deeper team than we did last Thursday.” Devin Sauvola won both the 1,600- and the 3,200meter run, accomplishing a
feat that Pines hasn’t witnessed in a long time, according to Hayes. “Devin once again surprised us with his strength and speed,” said Hayes. “He’s a remarkable athlete that still has potential to get even faster this season.” Rich Mork won three events in his first meet of the season, taking first in the high hurdles, intermediate hurdles and the long jump. Mork also went 5 feet, 10 inches in the long jump, which earned him second place in the event.
Despite being seeded sixth in the 55-meter dash, Johnny Schwenn dominated the field in the event. He also won the 200-meter dash and anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay team. Spencer Gander won a battle for first in the 800meter dash with a time of 2:18.55. He also took third in the 1,600-meter run in 5:06.81. “This was the first time in my coaching career that we’ve gone one, two, three in both the 1,600-meter and the To EAGLES, Pg. 12A
Scholarship Golf Outing set June 1 at Eagle River
Trees For Tomorrow will hold its 10th annual Scholarship Golf Outing Friday, June 1, beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at Eagle River Golf Course. The event will feature 18 holes of golf with a cart, along with various raffles and betting holes. Breakfast, snacks and a buffet lunch also will be provided. There will be hole-inone, putting and hole contests. “Spend an enjoyable day multitasking by supporting generations with a Trees For Tomorrow experience and going golfing on a beautiful North Woods course,” said Trees For Tomorrow Executive Director Maggie Bishop. “People also can donate prizes for the raffle, sponsor a hole or contest, make donations or volunteer for the day,” she said. The Golf Outing registration costs $75 for Eagle River Golf Course members and $100 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, contact Trees For Tomorrow at (715) 479-6456.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
Eight return for Jays baseball Eagles:
BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
FROM PAGE 11A
become a go-to guy that I can trust will run his heart out no matter what event we put him in.” Hayes also credited Nick Staege, saying he’s become an important member of the team’s sprint crew. Next Tuesday, April 10, Pines will host the conference indoor track meet at 4 p.m. “Success in the conference indoor is often predictive of success in the tournament series at the end of the season,” said Hayes.
The Three Lakes High School boys baseball team will return eight letterwinners to the diamond this season, including three who received Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) All-Conference recognition in 2011. Returning to the team will be All-Conference seniors Jake Schneider and Ben Wales, along with AllConference junior Riley Liebscher. Juniors Dalton Tietsort, Brent LaDuke and Emerson Hegeman and sophomores Matt Wilkowski and Anthony Briggs will also return to the field for the Jays. Head coach Jeff Liebscher, who will be assisted this season by Brad Bisnette, expects Schneider will be a driving force for the team in 2012. “Jake developed into one of the most dangerous hitters in the conference last year,” he said. “Both Ben Wales and Riley Liebscher are capable of playing any position of the field well. All three will be part of the pitching rotation this year.”
3,200-meter,” said Hayes. Steven Vogel had another good meet, coming in second in the 400-meter dash in 57.02 and leading off the winning 4x400-meter relay team of Vogel, Jacob Bozic, Lucas Ferber and Johnny Schwenn. The coach said Ferber ran a gutsy 400-meter race during his first attempt at the event. “Lucas has helped us out a lot this year,” said Hayes. “As a senior in his first track season, Lucas has already
Horseshoe league plans organizational meeting
Returning letterwinners for the Three Lakes High School baseball team include, front row from left, Anthony Briggs, Matt Wilkowski, Riley Liebscher and Dalton Tietsort; back row, Ben Wales, Emerson Hegeman, Jake Schneider and Brent LaDuke. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
The coach said the team will have great speed on the base paths this season and is solid at all defensive positions. However, the Jays will face the challenge of developing an inexperienced pitching and catching crew. Coach Liebscher said he
expects Goodman-Pembine, Crandon and defending conference champion Florence to compete for the top slot in the NLC. “But teams like Elcho and White Lake definitely took a big step forward last year,” he said. “With hard work and focus, we could be in the
mix.” The temperate spring weather has given all the area teams a jump on the season, and Three Lakes was no exception as they’ve already taken to the field. The Jays will host Goodman-Pembine Tuesday, April 10, at 5 p.m.
The Headwaters Horseshoe League will host an organizational meeting at Eagle Lanes Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. All teams interested in playing should send at least one member to the meeting. The 2012 schedule will be
drafted based on team representation at the meeting. A sponsor fee of $30 will be due. New teams and individuals are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Cliff Erickson at (715) 479-1059.
Off-road park workshop set
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with the Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association (WOHVA), will present a oneday workshop Friday, April 13, at Mole Lake Lodge & Conference Center in Crandon. The workshop will be a part of the eighth annual Off-Highway Vehicle Enthusiast Workshop organized by WOHVA. The event will focus on the development of an off-road vehicle park in Forest County. Topics will include park development principles and developments opportunities. A registration fee will be charged. For more information, visit nohvcc.org.
Returning letterwinners for the Three Lakes High School softball team include, front row from left, Stephanie LaBeau, Zana Lorbetske and Lauren Tomasoski; back row, Hailey Sankey, Sela Wick, Abby Zielke, Brigette Schmidt and Brooke Welch. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
STAYING ALIVE — Northland Pines batter takes a cut against Wittenberg-Birnamwood and fouls the ball off. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Lady Jays softball team returns eight to diamond
BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
The Three Lakes High School softball team will return eight letterwinners to the field this season as they look toward a repeat championship in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC). Returning to play for the Lady Jays in 2012 will be seniors Zana Lorbetske, Stephanie LaBeau and Lauren Tomasoski; juniors Brooke Welch, Brigette Schmidt and Sela Wick; and sophomores Hailey Sankey and Abby Zielke. All-state pitcher Zana Lorbetske, who was named Player of the Year in the NLC last season, will return to the mound for the Lady Jays. She led the conference in strikeouts in 2011, tallying 252 in 118 innings played.
Also expected to make a big impact for Three Lakes are All-Conference shortstop Welch, team captain and infielder Schmidt and firstbaseman Zielke. Coach Tony Lorbetske, who will be assisted by Amanda Jorata and Fran Bloemers this season, said the team has a lot of chemistry. “The girls have a strong work ethic,” he said. “We should have a much-improved outfield this season. We also have three incoming freshmen that are very strong players.” The freshmen players include Abbie Baumann, Madelynn Lorbetske and Lauren Sowinski. A lack of numbers could prove challenging for the team, however, with only 11 girls taking to the field in 2012. Although Three Lakes is
expected to perform well in the NLC, the coach said there are some tough teams in the conference. “Crandon and LaonaWabeno are strong programs that will be gunning for us,” said Coach Lorbetske. “Florence, Goodman-Pembine and Elcho are also much improved. “We look to improve on last year’s success by getting to the Sectionals and giving ourselves a chance to make a run at State,” he said. The Lady Jays will open the softball season by hosting Goodman-Pembine Tuesday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in an NLC game.
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
SPORTS Phelps Knights return seven, hopeful for 2012 in baseball
BY ANTHONY DREW
NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
Returning letterwinners for the Pines softball team include, front row from left, Melissa Wagner, Jordan Welnetz, Kelsey Bergum;
back row, Megan Ebert, Stephanie Sawalski, Sami Norman, Morgan Munnik and Kristen Behenstengel. —STAFF PHOTO
Eagles take 1 of 2 at Crivitz; face Mosinee in GNC opener
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The Phelps High School baseball team will return seven letterwinners to the field this season, while nearly every boy in the school has gone out for the sport, according to coach Alex Sjogren. Those returning to play in 2012 include Robby Doppke, Thomas Crawford, Ross Samuelson, Brandon Crass, Ryan Cirese, Cody Galek and Cameron Galek. Doppke will be a big asset to the team this season, said Sjogren. “He’s done a great job on the left side of the infield and is going to try some pitching
for us this year,” he said. Cameron Galek, who will come back to the Knights this spring, was a strong hitter last year in his first season. Meanwhile, freshman Robert Rosner is expected to do some pitching for the team, as he has experience in Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth League. Rosner is among five freshman coming to the team with similar experience, according to the coach. “Unfortunately, some of our boys in the junior and senior classes never had Little League experience, but they’re doing a great job honing their skills in high school,” said Sjogren. “We will most likely be playing several freshmen who will have to
adjust to the speed of the high school baseball level.” Although Three Lakes, Crandon, Goodman-Pembine and Florence will likely have strong teams, Sjogren said Phelps should have good competition with the smaller schools in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC). “We have a lot of excitement this year,” he said. “As a coach, I was delighted to see all these athletes come out. We have had two winless seasons, and I think it says a lot about our kids that they’re still eager and optimistic about this season.” The Knights will host Elcho Tuesday, April 10, for the first baseball game of the season.
The Northland Pines girls softball team opened its season on the road against Crivitz, splitting a nonconference doubleheader last Saturday. “Early season games typically yield offensive outbursts and defensive lapses, but this wasn’t the case with this early contest,” said Pines coach Steve Sawalski. In the first game, Crivitz scored three runs in the first to take the early lead. After that, pitcher Stephanie Sawalski settled in and allowed only two more hits, one additional run and walked no batters. The Eagles rallied in the fifth inning on RBIs from Kelsey Bergum and Stephanie Sawalski, but came up short to lose the opener 4-2. “After the first inning,
we got solid pitching from Stephanie and defensively we committed only one error to make for a very competitive game,” said coach Sawalski. Kelsey Bergum was 1for- 2 at the plate with an RBI and Megan Unseth got a hit in two at bats. Sawalski was 1-for-3 with a RBI and Sami Norman also was 1-for-3. In the second game, Pines got the bats going early and scored three runs in the first inning on hits by Norman, Unseth and Kristen Bohenstendl. Crivitz got two runs in their half of the first and the Eagles led 3-2 going into the third. The third inning featured singles by Bergum and Norman. With runners at first and second, Jordan Welnetz, batting in the cleanup spot, got into one and hit a 3-run homer to put the Eagles ahead for
good and lifting Pines to its first win of the year, 6-3. “Stephanie Sawalski pitched very well, allowing only two earned runs and not walking a batter,” said coach Sawalski. On the offensive side, Welnetz was 1-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored. Norman was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Bergum and Sawalksi each collected a hit and scored a run. Unseth had a hit, scored a run and had an RBI. Bohenstendl had a hit and an RBI. “Considering cold temperatures, starters missing due to spring break and this being the first two games of the year, we played very solid on offense and defense,” said coach Sawalski. Pines, 1-1 overall, will play at Mosinee next Tuesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the first Great Northern Conference game of the season for the Eagles.
Returning letterwinners for the Phelps High School softball team include, front row from left, Jackie Samuelson, Angela Grmick, Stormy
Schreiber and Katlynn Rosendahl; back row, Amber VanderBloemen and Kendra Pietenpol. The team is coached by Hank McEvoy. —Photo By Sharon Gifford
SATURDAY YOUTH LEAGUE Eagle Lanes Results of 3/31/12
Team results: Team No. 1 4, 300 0; Team No. 2 bye. High team game: Team No. 1 403. High team series: Team No. 2 1177. High games, girls: Morgan Gurka 179. High series, girls: Morgan Gurka 441. High games, boys: Seth Daniel 170, Joseph Pobjoy 141, Andrew Deruiter 140. High series, boys: Seth Daniel 489, Joseph Pobjoy 418, Andrew Deruiter 389. STANDINGS W 300................................................54.5 Team No. 2...................................50 Team No. 1...................................38.5 STANDINGS W L Darrell’s Dummies .............106 69 Harry’s Market ...................104 78 Wild Eagle Corner ..............100 82 Boone’s Building Supply ....100 82 Rockettes..............................76 106 Twelve Pines........................53 122
THURSDAY SPORTSMEN Eagle Lanes Results of 3/29/12
Team results: Leinenkugel’s 5, Daniel’s Distinctive Design 2; Miller Sportsmen 5, BBT’s 2; Boone’s Building Supply 5, Club DeNoyer 2; Wild Eagle Corner Store 5, XXX-OUTS 2; Harry’s Market 7, Gremban’s 0; Dyna Manufacturing 5, Hiawatha Hide Away 2. High team game: Daniel’s Distinctive Design 1000. High team series: Harry’s Market 2825. High games: Rob Erickson 280, Chris Allen 279, Jerry Cleary 277. High series: Jerry Cleary 701, Al Mayack 698, Rob Erickson 676. STANDINGS W XXX-OUTS ...................................66 Harry’s Market.............................62 Miller Sportsmen .........................52 Wild Eagle Corner Store .............49 Dyna Manufacturing ...................44 Boone’s Building Supply..............43 Club DeNoyer...............................43 Gremban’s.....................................42 Daniel’s Distinctive Design .........41 Hiawatha Hide Away ...................38 Leinenkugel’s ...............................36 BBT’S ............................................30
LADIES NIGHT OUT Eagle Lanes Results of 3/28/12
Team results: Harry’s Market 7, Boone’s Building Supply 0; Wild Eagle Corner Store 7, Rockettes 0. High games: Susie Erickson 225, Mary Simac 220, Sue Soderberg 215, Karen Landvatter 188. High series: Susie Erickson 598, Sue Soderberg 582, Mary Simac 531, Kathy Mulé 500. Hight team: Harry’s Market 972. High series: Harry’s Market 2865.
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Hyped drugs aren’t always the best
HERE MIGHT BE one reason for the soaring healthcare cost problem in the United States. Many hospitals benefit financially by making medical treatment decisions from a “best for business” standpoint. The following example is taken from an article written by New York Times News Media writer Don McNeil Jr. The article appeared in the national media March 27. It offers a clue as to why U.S. consumers are being over charged for health care as compared to patients in most other countries. For this example, let’s say you suffer a traumatic injury causing severe bleeding. When emergency medical personnel arrive, or when you arrive at a trauma hospital, you could receive a generic clotting drug costing $50 to slow the blood loss, or you could receive a “highly hyped” clotting drug costing $300. (Note: I do not know the exact cost of either drug.) Which one are you most likely to be given? In most cases, you will get the most expensive drug. For the hospital, that’s where the big money is for reimbursement. Emergency care is a high-profit center for the hospital and it is to its advantage to use the most profitable drugs, order the most expensive tests, scans and procedures. In this example, the generic clotting drug is tranexamic
People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt
acid. But is it something we would want to use in a dire situation? Well, it’s used in dozens of countries. It is approved by the World Health Organization and it is being used on the battlefield by U.S. and British armies to slow the bleeding of gravely injured accident victims and wounded soldiers. A recent study, published in March in BMC Emergency Medicine, estimated the drug could save up to 128,000 lives a year, 4,000 of them in the U.S. The generic drug is very inexpensive and is sold over the counter in Britain and Japan. So, what is the reason U.S. emergency rooms are hesitant to use this miracle drug to stop the bleeding of car crash, shooting and stabbing victims? Simply, one reason is: There is no money in it for the hospitals, the study concludes. Because the generic drug is so cheap, the makers do not promote it. Makers of the high-cost clotting drugs have financial resources to urge and encourage trauma centers to use their products. And, consumers pay for it. This is just one example of why health-care costs are so high. I’m sure hospital managers would argue that patients demand the very best and would not be happy with any less, but if a generic brand is available at a fraction of the cost and is of equal quality and value, why not order its use? Lowering exorbitant health-care costs needs to be a joint effort between patients and health-care providers. *** HERE IS another article that has health-care cost ramifications. In the March 7 edition of USA TODAY, reporter Janice Lloyd talked to two doctors/authors who know a thing or two about “is living longer always better?” Dr. Ira Byock is director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and author of “The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life.” Karen Wyatt is a physician and author of “What Really Matters, 7 Lessons for Living From the Stories of the Dying.” Byock says most medical schools do not require hospice or palliative care rotations,
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Planning grant domination is good news in the fight
News that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will award far more planning grants in Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties this spring than control grants to poison or otherwise manage infestations of aquatic invasive species (AIS) is good news in the ongoing battle against these exotic invaders. A lack of big-ticket control grants means past management has been effective in knocking back unwanted aquatics such as Eurasian water milfoil — which is usually controled through application of the herbicide 2,4D during the spring of the year. Lake planning grants ranging from $17,000 to $25,000 were approved for Lake George, three water bodies on the Three Lakes Chain, Indian Lake and Sevenmile Lake — all located in Oneida County. The Pelican Lake Association received $9,999 for education and prevention efforts, and the Moen Lake Chain Association received $4,530. The Manitowish Chain of Lakes won a $49,983 grant to study and conduct planning projects on 10 lakes over a three-year period. Friends of the Gile Flowage in Iron and western Vilas County won $113,700 to conduct long-term planning. The lone control project that won a grant in this area was a Board of Regents-UW System application for $200,000 to fund weevil rearing and research — part of which will go toward experimental management on Boot Lake north of Eagle River. It is hoped the weevils will feed heavily on invasive Eurasian water milfoil and, therefore, control the Boot Lake infestations without the use of herbicide and related chemicals. The danger in that experimental and somewhat passive management choice is that it could take two to three years for the weevils to have an impact on the milfoil, as opposed to the quick, direct impact of applying granulated herbicide. That means one of Vilas County’s largest remaining infestations will linger for years in a region where it could hamper efforts to prevent milfoil infestations from reaching other lakes. Besides that local disappointment, the DNR didn’t have enough money to fund $215,000 worth of planning grant requests. The town of Presque Isle took a big hit on the turned-down list, losing $74,600 for education and prevention efforts, as well as $87,000 toward the Presque Isle Wilderness Waters Program. The good news from the February grant cycle is that funding shortfalls are far lower than they were just a few years ago, when they topped $700,000. It’s an indication that state funding through boating account revenues has been successful in keeping up with public demand for grants. We hope people don’t forget that it was Rep. Dan Meyer (R-Eagle River), sitting on the Joint Finance Committee as it worked on a budget bill years ago, who made the new funding mechanism possible by funneling Stewardship Fund money into boat-landing aquisition and construction. That moved freed up boating account revenue for AIS work. That amendment, which then Gov. Jim Doyle didn’t destroy by veto, is what led to today’s successes in AIS prevention and control.
but maybe they should! Most doctors have been trained to treat diseases and not deal with the end-of-life issues. American medical prowess is wonderful, but we have yet to make a person immortal, he says. At some point, more disease treatment is not better care. Byock and Wyatt want people and society to think about quality of life but also quality of death. It’s important doctors don’t give up too soon on someone while also knowing the limitations of treatment. They want people to know, and to consider, that the best care possible may be dying well. To be surrounded by family at that critical time might be better than being surrounded by the trauma medical staff and resuscitators. How do you want the end to play out? *** A READER SAYS it was after the Leap Day (Feb. 29) snowstorm that dumped more than 20 inches of snow on the North Woods. The father called home and the son picked up the phone. “Let me talk to your mother,” he said. “She’s outside shoveling the sidewalk,” the son said. “Why aren’t you helping her?” “I can’t.” “How come?” “Grandma’s using the other shovel!”
Morality crisis in America
REPUBLICANS HAVE morality upside down. They’re condemning gay marriage, abortion, access to contraception and the wall separating church and state. But the moral crisis in America isn’t a breakdown in private morality. It’s a breakdown in public morality. What Americans do in their bedrooms is their own business. What corporate executives and Wall Street financiers do in boardrooms and executive suites affect all of us. We’re living through a new Gilded Age of financial fraud and conflicts of interest; exorbitant pay to executives, traders, hedge-fund and private-equity managers; tax loopholes that allow them to pay a lower rate than many middle-class Americans; and legalized bribery of public officials through unlimited campaign “donations.” Greg Smith, the former Goldman Sachs vice president who created a furor with a stinging public rebuke of the firm for putting its own profits before the interests of its clients, would have seen the same practices anywhere on the Street. The problem isn’t excessive greed. If you took the greed out of Wall Street, all you’d have left is pavement. The problem is endemic abuse of power and trust. Political scientist James Q. Wilson, who died a few weeks ago, noted that a broken window left unattended signals that no one cares if windows are broken. It becomes an ongoing invitation to throw more stones at more windows, ultimately undermining moral standards of the entire community. The windows Wall Street broke in the years leading up to the crash of 2008 remain broken. Despite financial fraud on a scale not seen in this country for more than 80 years, not a single executive of a major Wall Street bank has been charged with a crime. The new Dodd-Frank law that was supposed to stop Wall Street from a repeat To REICH, Pg. 15A
A drake, a sentry watching for danger
Migratory birds that have returned to the North Woods are sporting their fullest, most brilliant plummage of the year after spending the winter in warmer climates. This drake mallard, called a “greenhead,” was photographed on the banks of a small stream. —Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER
Walking circles is good training
THE OTHER DAY while shopping at one of our local grocery stores, I came to the end of an aisle, looked to my left and saw a young gaffer, maybe 4 years old or so, running around in a small circle again, again and again. While his mother spent five minutes apparently trying to figure out what kind of apples to buy, the little guy never slowed up. Around and around he went in a circle about 6 feet in diameter, giggling and “wheeing” the whole time. As I watched I wondered about two things: first, why he didn’t get dizzy, fall over and urp all over the produce department and, secondly, what made him get so excited about running around and around and around in small circles. After pondering that weighty issue for some time, the answer suddenly came to me clear as a bell. He — and every little kid who has ever run madly around in circles — was simply practicing for later years when going around and around and
Trails & Tales
By Will Maines
around in circles would become a commonplace practice on almost every hunting trip. Show me a hunter who says he — or she — has never walked circles in the woods trying to figure out where they were, and I’ll show you the world’s greatest liar unless, of course, we’re talking about me. In my case I have always known precisely where in the woods I’ve been on every hunting trip I’ve ever been on; just that it’s taken me a while to figure out exactly where the particular X that marked the spot was on several occasions. Mind you, I’ve never been lost, but I do remember one outing where I came perilously close to that stage. It was
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County NewsReview editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
an early November afternoon during my college years, and I was walking up partridges in the Bear Springs country. It was dark, damp and gloomy as I set out from the east side of the springs, first checking the pond for ducks, two of which I promptly missed with both barrels as they flushed from underneath a balsam hanging over the edge of the water 10 yards from me. I worked my way back and forth a goodly way around the pond, thinking I would circle the entire springs, cross over on an old beaver dam and return to my vehicle in about two hours’ time. All was going well, including a little side trip over to the northeast corner of Frank Lake, during which time I flushed a few birds and even killed one partridge that didn’t fly fast or crooked enough to get out of the way of a load of number sixes. Actually, now that I think of it, he outsmarted himself by flying too fast and too To MAINES, Pg. 15A
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
Climate change takes centuries
Dear Editor: After I read the “Global Warming” letter in your last issue, I felt necessary to reply. Rather than address the letter directly, I would like to provide what I believe to be the correct information regarding the subjects presented. The albedo of the Earth is the key climate number which, combined with the sun’s heat, determines the radiative energy input and heat retention of the Earth. The global annual averaged albedo is approximately 30%. The albedo varies with geographic region and with the time of the year. Oceans and grass have a low albedo and snow a high albedo. While the Northern Hemisphere has more land than the Southern Hemisphere, the annual average albedo is nearly the same showing the importance of clouds in heating and cooling the Earth. To say that man has not had an impact of the Earth’s albedo would be foolish. Every tree we cut, every road we build, every yard of cement we lay affects the albedo. The Earth’s 23.5-degree tilt and the long-term oscillations off the axis tilt (2 to 3 degrees) create climate and major changes to the climate. Climate and climate change are not things that get measured yesterday, 10 years ago, or sometimes not even to 100 years ago. Climate deals with elongated times as long as 700-year cycles. For example, 600 years ago they grew grapes in Greenland (warm) and 250 years ago General Washington paddled through the ice on the Delaware, the troops froze in Valley Forge and they ice-skated on the Thames in London (cold). The main ocean currents are “rivers” of warm water that move in a circular manner in both the Atlantic and Pacific — water temperatures have nothing to do with their movement as it is the Coriolis effect which steers the current system. Hurricanes come from tropical storms which come from tropical depressions which generally form near the Azores along the equator off Africa. They To CLIMATE, Pg. 16A
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crooked, not understanding how crooked the guy shooting at him normally shot. About halfway around the pond I put up another bird, which, after two hastily fired shots missed him, sailed into the spruce swamp abutting the springs at that point. Like any good goingaround-in-a-circle guy, I plunged into the heart of the swamp figuring I’d collect my elusive quarry, then slant over sideways a little to the edge of the springs, after which I would circumvent the edge of the water where I would either flush more grouse or kill a sleepy duck. Well, as all good circlers will, I slanted over just the way I figured I should,
except in 20 minutes I failed to come to the edge of the springs which should have been about 50 yards from where I started slanting. After a brief stop to figure out what I was doing wrong, I compensated by slanting back the other way. Twenty minutes later I had slanted my way around in a neat circle to the point of my mid-swamp beginning, still not one inch nearer to the springs. By that time the November afternoon was fast drifting away, and I was forced to admit that before I found my way out of the swamp, I might well wind up at the north end of Rice Lake a stout mile away to the south. Using all my wits, which by that time were a wee bit scattered, I started slanting again, only this time in the opposite direction of my first
effort. Surely I would hit the edge of the springs in short order. Twenty minutes later I found myself standing back in the same spot — conveniently located by a dead spruce I had snapped off just for that purpose. Using all my dead-reckoning powers, I decided against any more slanting and decided to walk straight ahead, marking my way with broken branches every five yards or so. Just when I figured I had to be reaching the springs, I saw an opening out of the swamp ahead. With my heart rapidly descending back into my chest, a descent mirrored by an even more rapid descent of day into night, I came to the swamp’s edge — on the Frank Lake side a quartermile from the springs. At that point I was in no mood to quibble and imme-
diately set out on a long hike back around the springs in the direction from which I had originally come. There was just the slightest vestige of light remaining when I stumbled through the last remaining balsams to where my faithful 1964 Rambler awaited me. It had been an eventful afternoon and, despite my best efforts at slanting my way through the swamp, I had completed my trek safe and sound. I even walked a circle around my car, just for ceremonial purposes, the last of the many circles I had walked that afternoon. As I reflected on my adventure, I realized the only circle I failed to walk that day was the one all the way around Bear Springs. That would have to wait for another day.
Town board, editorial wrong about S-turn
Letter to the Editor: This letter is in response to the editorial published in the March 28 edition of the NewsReview. Before the editorial staff publishes their opinion, may I suggest that they do better research into the issue being discussed. In the case of this particular editorial, the issue is slowno-wake areas, particularly the S-turn area of Laurel Lake. The editorial stated, “Supervisors (of the Three Lakes Town Board) 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.” Wrong! The Act 31 Committee wrote in their “Final Report” dated Dec. 6, 2011, “As to the Laurel Lake S turn, the Act 31 Committee was again split equally on the issue whether to change the existing situation to slow no wake.” Did the editorial staff even read the report of the committee before forming their opinion? In another section of the editorial, it is stated that “Nowake 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.” How many seconds does planing out take? In my experience, very few. Had the editorial staff taken the time, they would have discovered the 2011 Three Lakes Police & DNR Report of On-water Related Incidents. This report was sent to the Three Lakes Town Board at the request of the Act 31 Committee. Excerpts from this report include the following from Police Chief Lea: “It is my opinion that the S-curve area may have to become slow no wake. This is an area of high boat volume on the busy days of the year. This is also an area with limited visibility with the land structures. A designated slow no wake area will not be an absolute cure, but it will make the speed required consistent for all boats at a speed where injury is less likely to happen.” From two other sections of the report Chief Lea wrote, “The officers (on boat patrols) did feel that the only area with density issues was the area of the S curve on Laurel Lake. The officers felt that an option to increase safety and be less confusing was to place slow no wake buoys in the S curve.” The report also lists the Laurel Lake S curve as one of five dangerous areas on the Chain. The DNR warden wrote ,“Seems that slow no wake would keep everyone at a consistent speed and reduce the chance of boat vs. boat collision in that area.” Hmmm . . . boat versus boat! It should also be noted that To S-TURN, Pg. 16A
There’s no good reason to vote for Obama
Letter to the Editor: I can think of many reasons to not vote for Obama, but I am hard-pressed to find one reason to vote for him. With the supposed great minds, instant information stats and money at his disposal, we are worse off than when Obama started. We make less, government spends more, our retirement and homes are worthless and this list goes on. After pumping trillions into the economy, we get an IOU and nothing more. Real unemployment is staggering and that number isn’t helped by demonizing businesses and investors who then just take it elsewhere. And it’s their fault? Someone please tell Occupy Wall Street our retirements are invested in Wall Street. I am not a 1-percenter, so I must be in the 99% and you don’t represent me. Economic terrorism is unacceptable, no matter who you are. The “Divide to Conquer” mentality needs to stop! The contraceptive mandate is Obama’s version of the Equal Rights Amendment. If your insurance policy doesn’t include it, don’t expect me to pay for your lifestyle choices. Hawks and doves, rich and poor, black and white, heterosexual and homosexual, employer and employee, we’ve seen enough exploitation of our differences. Obama is the “Great Divider” and should lose his job for that reason alone, but there is more. Obama’s energy policy, cronyism, acceptance of radical religious beliefs and federal control of resources and property are supposedly acceptable, but he is intolerant of Christianity in public places. Then there is ObamaCare crammed down our collective throats. And so, when you have no successes you can point to for all of the taxpayers’ money you have spent, you change the subject and assassinate the character of your opposition! The GOP has twice proposed a budget. The Dems and Obama have not agreed on a budget during this administration. They have determined it is smarter to avoid exposing their tax-andspend policies, and more beneficial to demagogue any plan by the GOP. Rumors have it that we will hit the debt ceiling again before the November election. I can guarantee you one thing, this administration will offer up a rhetorical cure for what ails us. It will be more government control, mandates and spending packaged to look like the cavalry has come. This is a losing ideology for America. Candidate Obama in 2008 said, “I will not sign any legislation that adds one dime to the deficit.” How far off is he? Our charge as Americans is to take responsibility for our destiny, not to cede our responsibilities to the government. It’s time for another “shellacking.” Jeff Kirschmann Eagle River
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Question: What are your plans for spring
FROM ACROSS THE HEADWATERS REGION
Compiled by Jean Fitzpatrick
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performance is now so riddled with loopholes, courtesy of the Street’s lobbyists, that it’s almost a sham. Wall Street prevented the Glass-Steagall Act from being resurrected, and successfully fought against limits on the size of the largest banks. And now money is flowing more freely than ever from giant corporations and Wall Street banks into the coffers of candidates for public office. The Supreme Court’s shameful decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission opened the floodgates. Americans are entitled to their own religious views about gay marriage, contraception, abortion and God. A society where one set of religious views is imposed on a large number of citizens who disagree with them is not a democracy. It’s a theocracy. But abuses of public trust such as we’ve witnessed on the Street and in the executive suites of our largest corporations are not matters of
Geri Taylor, 59 Waitress Conover “I have one college kid coming home for spring break, and he will be returning from studying at UW-Stout. Even so, it will be a quiet Easter for us.”
Mackenzie Peaphon, 8 months Conover “I am going to visit Grandpa in Saginaw, Mich., for spring break with two older brothers, my big sister and Mom.”
Caleb Amundson, 23 Manager Eden Prairie, Minn. “I’ve been visiting friends who are on break and we like to go to Mall of America and visit the oxygen bar, where they have flavored air that is pure and gives you a serene, tranquil feeling.”
private morality. They’re violations of public morality. They undermine the integrity of our economy and democracy. They’re leading millions of Americans to conclude that the game is rigged. Regressive Republicans have no problem hurling the epithets “shameful,” “disgraceful” and “contemptible” at private moral decisions they disagree with. Rush Limbaugh calls a young woman a “slut” just for standing up for her beliefs about private morality. Republicans have staked out the moral low ground. It’s time for the rest of us to stake out the moral high ground and demand an end to the abuses of economic power and privilege that characterize this new Gilded Age. Glass-Steagall should be resurrected. The biggest banks should be broken up. Taxes should be raised on exorbitant incomes. We need a constitutional amendment to overturn the travesty of Citizens United. Twice before, reformers have saved capitalism from its own excesses by appealing to public morality and com-
mon sense. First in the early 1900s, when the captains of American industry had monopolized the economy into giant trusts, American politics had sunk into a swamp of patronage and corruption, and many factory jobs were unsafe — entailing long hours of work at meager pay and often exploiting children. In response, we enacted antitrust, civil service reforms and labor protections. And then again in the 1930s, after the stock market collapsed and a large portion of American workforce was unemployed. Then, we regulated banks and insured deposits, cleaned up stock market, and provided social insurance to the destitute. It’s time once again to save capitalism from its own excesses — and to base a new era of reform on public morality and common sense. Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.” He blogs at www.robertreich.org.
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VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
Recall election will be costly
Dear Editor: I just wish that all the people who signed the recall ballots would have to pay for the $9 million to have another election that the taxpayers paid for the first time! I think there would have been quite a few less! Wayne Liska St. Germain
S-turn: Board urged to re-examine issue
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the Three Lakes Water Patrol spent 294 hours on the water in 2011 and the DNR warden spent 151 hours on the water. How much time did the editorial staff spend? Did the editorial staff even read or consider the recommendations of the people responsible for safety on the water? When the next accident happens in the S curve (yes, I said when), citizens will be asking a lot of questions beginning with why the town board ignored the recommendations of its own police department. Will their answer be that they followed the dictates of a small majority? Good luck explaining that to families of the injured. Yes, the stakeholder survey done on the Chain did report that a majority of respondents were satisfied with the number of slow-no-wake areas. However, the survey also indicated that the top concern of respondents was boat traffic. There was much more in the stakeholder survey, but the town board chose not to consider the rest of the survey. While more than 15,000 other lakes in the state observe a slow-no-wake zone for boats within 100 feet of shore, Three Lakes does not. What do lake leaders see as advantages to this law that some in Three Lakes do not? I encourage the editors and the four members of the town board to re-examine their position regarding the S curve. It won’t kill anyone to be required to slow down for a short distance in this dangerous area; the alternative might. Tom Harris Golden, Colo.
Rock Doc writes book
What did a new kind of MRI reveal about the hearts of older male fitness fanatics? How did an unsavory kitchen blender help save the lives of monkeys in the Bronx Zoo? What salt-favoring menace lurks in hospitals and beach sand? Which ancient crop might solve modern problems? Recent scientific studies have addressed these questions and many more. Dr. Elsa Kirsten Peters regularly pores through journals and interviews researchers, then shares the utterly fascinating results in her nationally syndicated Rock Doc column. Her column appeared in the Vilas County News-Review this past winter. Now the curious geologist has compiled her favorite articles, along with a few new contributions, into Planet Rock Doc: Nuggets from Explorations of the Natural World. With her wry sense of humor, personal anecdotes, and knack for explaining the complex in simple terms, Peters stretches far beyond geology to explore a wide range of topics related to natural and applied sciences. In the process, she reflects on the remarkable observations and inventions cultivated by great minds of the past. She comments on current debates and lends promise to the future, illuminating cutting-edge research. For easy access, articles are arranged by subject matter — geology and paleontology, energy and engines, food and agriculture, climate change, human health, biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and education and history. Available in paperback, Planet Rock Doc has a list price of $22.95. It is available at bookstores or can be ordered from WSU Press by calling 1-(800) 354-7360 or online at wsupress.wsu.edu.
HAPPY FINCH — This purple finch has found that the abundance of early-spring buds on North Woods trees are to his liking. —Photo By Wally Geist
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viously by man as seen by the eye doesn’t go back very far in climatic terms and is often suspect as to measurement quality. Other things such as tree rings and ice cores offer insight into the past, but are not fully conclusive. Extreme measurements made the last two years are ominous, but in truth, as far as our climate goes, are just the last two years of extreme temperatures. There are no known links between catastrophic weather and temperatures. There is no doubt that as time passes, we will better understand the relationship between historic climate change and man-induced influences, but we should realize that the immense size of the linked ocean and atmosphere system seems to have a way of adjusting and cleansing itself. Should we be concerned — yes. Should we make obvious changes to mitigate — yes. Should we go crazy — no. More clarity will come with time. Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Terry McCloskey Navy meteorologist and oceanographer Deputy oceanographer of the Navy Meteorologist WJFW TV-12
move along the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone toward the Caribbean Sea where under the right conditions they can become hurricanes. It is a fact that only one hurricane has made landfall in the United States in the past few years because the majority of them have simply turned north into the broad Atlantic and offered no threat to the U.S. It is not hurricanes, it is simply that they have not had landfall in the U.S. Hurricane generation needs very warm water to initiate the tropical depression and to continue the growth. Methane is a greenhouse gas and comes from three main sources. It is a natural byproduct of energy production, modern landfills and cows. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is also a greenhouse gas and is both good and bad. Green vegetation needs CO2 to exist and indeed the oceans are a sump for CO2. The salt in the ocean makes it a base while the CO2 tries to make it acidic. At present, it is a base and will probably remain that way. Lastly, let me note that with the advent of satellites and computers, we have new vast amounts of data at our disposal. Data collected pre-
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