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Get Ready for Winter Fun and Excitement The Up North Action Team brings you another issue packed with fun things to do and see in the great Dean S. Acheson Northwoods. We’ve entered another distinct season with lots of recreation possibilities. The landscape, if it isn’t already, will be blanketed soon with pristine snow – welcoming cross- country skiers, snowshoers, downhill skiers and snowmobilers. Big name events are approaching, including the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River in January and the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski races in Cable/Hayward the following month. While you may not have the endurance of Italian Sergio Bonaldi (2013 Birkie men’s 50K winner) or the tactician skills of four-time WC Snowmobile Derby winner PJ Wanderscheid, there’s still room for you to personally take part in the respective competitions. Thousands of citizen XC skiers follow the tracks laid down by elite skiers in the Birkie. The Snowmobile Derby offers numerous race classes (including those in the vintage races held the week before) for riders of all abilities. There are many other fun activities to enjoy, from brat cookouts on snowmobile trails to large winter carnivals and ice fishing tournaments. In this issue of Up North Action are also two visitor guides that we help produce for the chambers of commerce in Iron County, MI and Sayner-Star Lake. These areas offer a lot for families seeking fun and relaxation throughout the seasons. Browse the pages and pick a vacation or weekend getaway destination. No matter the season, we know you will enjoy time spent in the land they call Up North!

Inside this Issue Editor’s Notebook..............................................................................................................................................................................................................Pg. 4 St. Croix Rods.......................................................................................................................................................................................... Inside Front Cover Sayner-Star Lake Visitor Guide............................................................................................................................................................................... Page 33 Conover Community Spotlight............................................................................................................................................................................. Page 62 Iron County Community Spotlight...................................................................................................................................................................... Page 70 Price County Tourism............................................................................................................................................................................. Inside Back Cover Rosenthal’s Resort................................................................................................................................................................................................ Back Cover

Region Communities Ashland/Bayfield Counties............ Pg. 8 Barron/Rusk Counties..................... Pg. 9 Burnett County................................Pg. 10 Forest/Langlade Counties...........Pg. 11 Iron County.......................................Pg. 12

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Lincoln County................................Pg. 13 Marathon County...........................Pg. 15 Oneida County................................Pg. 17 Polk County......................................Pg. 23 Price County.....................................Pg. 24

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Sawyer County............................... Pg. 27 Shawano............................................Pg. 28 U.P Michigan....................................Pg. 69 Vilas County..................................... Pg. 57 Washburn County..........................Pg. 32

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(place your event for $10) Dec. 6 Iron River – Tree of Light Ceremony: 5pm, Visitor Center. Dec. 6-8 Cable: Christmas in Cable Weekend: Friday -- wine tasting; Saturday -Breakfast with Santa, arts & crafts fair, children’s activities, Tree of Lights, Lighted Christmas Parade at 5:15pm, Sunday, Christmas tea, closing reception. Dec. 6-8 Washburn – Merry O’ Christmas: City Hall. Dec. 7 Bayfield – Holiday Spirit Gallery Tour: 10am to 5 pm. Open house by various artists at galleries. Dec. 7 Iron River – Cookie Walk, Craft Show and Lefse Sale: 9am to noon, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Dec. 7 Port Wing – Traditional Lutefisk/Meatball Dinner: 4-8pm, town hall. Sponsored by First Lutheran Church. Dec. 7 Ashland – Garland City of the North Christmas Parade: Parade starts at 4:30pm on Historic Main Street. 800-284-9484. Dec. 14 Bayfield – Santa Visit: 11:30am-1pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on the Madeline Island Ferry.

Dec. 14 Cable – Namakagon Trail Groomers Fundraiser Banquet: Call chamber for details. Dec. 14 Cable – Christmas Bird Count: Volunteers needed by Cable Natural History Museum. 715-798-3890. Dec. 14 Iron River – Bazaar & Cookie Walk: Community Center. Crafts and cookies. Dec. 28 Cable – Snowshoe Geocaching: Call Cable Natural History Museum for details. 715798-3890. Jan. 11 Ashland – Sleigh & Cutter Rally: Sponsored by Northwoods Harness Club, horse-drawn sleighs and cutters, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Hook-up 11am, exhibition 1pm. Food and refreshments. Jan. 18 Cable – Birkie Tour: Untimed, non-competitive opentrack tour on Birkie trails, open to ages 13 and older. 25K, 45K, 50K options available. 715-634-5025 or Feb. 8 Ashland – Snowmobile Drag Races: Races on ice and groomed snow. Enter at Maslowski Beach on Chequamegon Bay. Races start 10:30am. Food, refreshments, free parking.

Ski the Famed Birkie Trails During Birkie Tour (CABLE) – The Birkie Tour on Saturday, Jan. 18 is an excellent opportunity for cross-country skiers to train for the “Big One,” i.e. the American Birkebeiner; for those wondering if they’re “ready” for the Birkie; and for those who love to ski but who are not interested in racing. What they all have in common is the chance to ski the famed Birkie trail system at their own pace and in company of likeminded outdoor enthusiasts. The event is open to skiers age 13 and older. It features a morning start window, short and long distance routes and the option to ski either skate or classic style. Do the longer distances and you can get Worldloppet credit (either 50 km gold or 25 km silver) for your efforts. There’s also a 45 km option. Fees depend on when you register: early registration gets you a long sleeve T-shirt. Everyone will get a BirkieTour pin. Bus transportation and post-tour food will be available. For more details, visit or call 715-834-5025.

Get an Early Season Start with the Drummond Ski Trails (DRUMMOND) – The Drummond Ski Trails (9 km) offer hours of cross-country skiing fun in the beautiful ChequamegonNicolet National Forest in northwest Wisconsin. Located just one mile south of Drummond, the trail system is located on gentle terrain, a bonus for family skiing. As such, they are quite suitable for skiers with beginner to intermediate skills. While there is no trail fee, there is a $5 fee for daily vehicle parking. No dogs are allowed on the trails. The Drummond Area Ski Trail Association grooms the trails for classic skiing only. The Boulevard trail is doubled tacked so you can ski side by side. The North Country Trail loop, Racetrack and Playground are located in more rolling terrain. There are opportunities to glimpse birds and wildlife, including white-tailed deer peeking around the large white pines in this northern hardwood forest.

Check out trail conditions with a call to 715-373-2667 (press “1” for updates). Here’s a brief guide to the various trails: Antler – 3.2 km, Easy Antler Chute – 2.6 km, Easy Boulevard – 9 km out and back, Easy Jack Rabbit – 6 km, Easy North Country Return – 9 km, More difficult Race Track – 4.5 km, More difficult Playground – 4.5 km, More difficult From Drummond drive southeast 1 mile on FR 313. Turn left (east) on the access road and continue 0.1 mile to the Drummond trailhead.

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Thousands of Dollars, Polaris UTV Awarded in WI State Ice Fishing Contest (CUMBERLAND) – About 100 door prizes – the top being a 2014 Polaris Ranger UTV – and a top fishing prize of $1,000 for the largest fish overall await lucky anglers and lucky ticket holders at the 31st annual WI State Ice Fishing Contest on Sunday, Feb. 9 in Cumberland.

Sponsored by Cumberland GAP, the tournament is one of the largest fishing contests in northwestern Wisconsin. Each year, about a thousand anglers take to the ice, eager to land a winning fish and perhaps one of the door prizes ($20,000 in prizes were given away last year!). The contest on the 1,163-acre Beaver Dam Lake starts at 10am and wraps up at 3pm. Eligible fish species are northern pike, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and panfish. Food and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $12 each or 3 for $30 until Feb. 7. Tickets are $20 each the day of the event. You do not have to be present to win any of the major door prizes. Tickets are available at local retailers and bait shops. You can purchase tickets by phone from Indianhead Sports Shop at 715-822-2164 or go online to order at and pick them at the tournament tent. If you need more information, contact tournament director Stewart Bertelsen at 715-419-2309.


(place your event for $10) Dec. 5 Rice Lake – Holiday Parade: 6:30pm, Main Street. Features lighted floats, other units. Dec. 6 Rice Lake – Christmas Show: Ceska Opera House. Oldtime school Christmas program. Dec. 7 Ladysmith – Winter Magic: Dec. 7 Rice Lake – Breakfast with Santa: 9am, & Children’s Christmas Shopping Corner, 10am, Cedar Mall.


COUNT IES Feb. 9 Cumberland – WI State Ice Fishing Contest: 10am to 3pm, Beaver Dam Lake. More than 100 door prizes and thousands of dollars for top fish overall. Food and refreshments available. Feb. 15 Rice Lake – Sno-Birds Vintage Pride Snowmobile Show: Registration begins 9am, Gordy’s Country Market. Food and beverages available. Professionally judged with trophies in six classes. Brian at 715-234-6636.

Vintage Sled Show Set at Rice Lake (RICE LAKE) – The Rice Lake Sno-Birds’ 16th annual “Vintage Pride” Snowmobile Show is set for Saturday, Feb. 15 in the parking lot of Gordy’s County Market, 2601 Main Street in Rice Lake. Trophies will be awarded for the best “Original” and best “Restored” sleds in each class, as well as “Best of Show.” Sleds will be professionally judged in six classes through ’93, plus “Racers” and “Ugly Junker” classes. Swap places, food and beverages will be available. Contact Brian at 715-234-6636 for more information.

Enjoy Cross-Country Skiing at its Finest (COUNTY-WIDE) – Whether you like to skate ski or traditional style, short distances or long endless loops, during the daytime or evening on lighted trails, Rusk County has a cross-country trail designed just for you. Here’s a look at three popular XC trails systems (there are others, check with the local chamber of commerce): Blue Hills Trail -- The Blue Hills Trail System has over 35 kilometers of cross-country trails looping through one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful landscapes. Both skating and classical style skiing are accommodated by this trail system that offers something for every ability level. From Bruce, head 8 miles northwest on Highway O. One-half mile east of Christie Mountain, you’ll find Fire Lane Road. Head north on Fire Lane Road for 2 1/2 miles. Sisters’ Farm Trail – Sisters’ Farm Trail System provides 12 kilometers of groomed trails along the Flambeau River. Enjoy

wonderful scenery along one of Wisconsin’s most famous riverways on excellent trails. Both classical and skating type skiing are supported by this trail system. Trails range from beginner level to expert. To get there from Ladysmith, head south on Hwy. 27 one mile. Go west on College Avenue one mile to Port Arthur Road, then 2 miles to Sisters’ Farm Road. Head south 1 1/2 miles to the trailhead. Ladysmith Area Trails Association on Facebook. Ladysmith High School Trail – The 1.4 km Ladysmith High School lighted loop is lit until 10pm each night during the season. A 0.6 km trail is groomed on the athletic field. A 0.2 km trail cuts across the lighted trail. Ski this trail and you’ll quickly understand why it’s a favorite with both locals and visitors. The nearby Greenwood Park Trail is a great place for beginner snowshoers to get a feel for the sport. From Ladysmith, take Highway 8 east to Rocky Ridge Road. Ladysmith Area Trails Association on Facebook.

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(place your event for $10) Dec. 7 Grantsburg – Santa Day: Dec. 7 & 8 Danbury – Christmas at the Fort: 11am to 6pm, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. Dec. 14 Danbury – Christmas at the Fort: 11am to 4pm, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. Dec. 14 Webb Lake – Santa Day: Main Street.

Lions to Sponsor Ice Fishing Contest (DANBURY) – Horned trout? Our fishing experience lies with walleyes and northern pike, so you’re on your own for the “horned trout” category if fishing the Danbury Area Lions 36th annual Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, Jan. 25. More than 35 years in the making, this contest is always good for a great family outing, with food, door prizes and raffles all day. The contest will take place 10am to 3pm on Burlingame Lake, off 26 Lake Road, near Danbury. The contest has only missed one year due to poor ice conditions. Prizes include $100 each

for the largest northern and bass, $75 each for the largest crappie and sunfish, and $50 for that horned trout species. Any kid 12 and under who catches the smallest sunfish gets a $50 cash prize. For door prizes and fish prizes you must have a donation ticket. They are $3 per ticket or 4 for $10. Drawings for U.S. Savings Bonds ($500, $300, $200 & $100) will also take place, but you need not be present to win. For more information, call 715-244-3403.

Spend ‘Christmas at the Fort’ (DANBURY) – “Christmas at the Fort” – the annual holiday getaway for families to Forts Folle Avoine Historic Park -- will be Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 & 8 and again Saturday, Dec. 14. Hours are Saturdays, 11am to 6pm; Sunday, 11am to 4pm. The Historic Park is between Danbury and Webster. This year’s theme is “Fairy Tale Fantasy.” The Northwoods Festival of Trees is part of this holiday extravaganza sponsored by the Burnett County Historical Society Admission is free, though some activities require a ticket. Visitors can learn about the fur-trade era as told by Angelique in her authentic teepee. Over in the blacksmith shop, visitors can watch a smithy hammer out horseshoes and other items. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Karlsborg Schoolhouse. Adults can shop in the Gift Shop and youngsters can shop for affordable gifts in the Elves’ Store.

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Forest/Lan glade

Lions Fish-O-Ree

(CRANDON) – It’s time to take the tip-ups out of storage (if you haven’t already done so), because the Crandon Lions Club will be holding their 32nd annual Fish-ORee on Saturday, Jan. 18 beginning at noon. Headquarters for the event will be at the Crandon Community Building. Purchase of a raffle ticket is your entry into the fishing contest, also. Top anglers can collect cash prizes in the following categories (based on length): walleye, northern pike, perch and panfish. First place is $50, second $25 and third $10 in each category. You may fish on any area lake but you must register your fish by 5pm. The Community Center will be bustling with children’s games, dice games, paddle wheel, food and refreshments. The drawing for the big raffle is at 6pm and the lucky ones will take home $500 for first, $250 for second and $100 for third. You need not be present to win. The Lions use all the proceeds for community projects and needs, including eye and hearing tests, glasses and hearing aids and helping those coping with a loss due to a home fire, etc. Snow Fun Day Includes Fishing Derby (LAKEWOOD) -- The following week, Saturday, Jan. 25, you can reuse those tip-ups when the annual Snow Fun Day, sponsored by the Paul Bunyan Riders Snowmobile Club,

Welcome to the Wabeno Winter Fest (WABENO) – Sometimes the best presents come in small packages. And, that holds true for small-town America where the residents and businesses go all out to celebrate family and community traditions. A nice example of this is the small community of Wabeno in Forest County, where they welcome the holidays with Winter Fest.


(place your event for $10) Dec. 4 Antigo – Chili Cook-Off: 8am to 5pm, Downtown. Team competition. Free chili samples beginning at 5pm. Dec. 4 Antigo – Christmas Parade: Parade starts at 6:30pm and goes through downtown. 40 plus floats, marching band, color guard, Santa. Dec. 7 Wabeno – Winter Fest: noon start, American Legion Hall, Santa arrives at noon; chili cook off, other food. Dec. 14 Crandon – Breakfast with Santa: Crandon K-12 School. Dec. 20 Wabeno – Library Open


COUNT IES House: cookies and cider. Jan. 11 Pickerel -- Tombstone Pickerel Snow Club Chili Ride In: noon to 5pm, clubhouse. Jan. 11 Laona -- Lions Predator Hunt & Fundraiser: Starts 1pm, Mudslingers. Jan. 18 Crandon -- Lions Club Fish-O-Ree: Area lakes with headquarters at Crandon Community Building. Cash awards for top fish; raffles, food. Jan. 25 Lakewood – Snow Fun Day: Fisheree during the day; raffles, food and beverages 1pm, Waubee Lake Lodge Resort. Langlade County

is held at Waubee Lake Lodge Resort, five miles east of Lakewood on Co. Hwy. F. Hours of the fisheree will be 6am to 4pm (any area lake), with same day registration beginning at 5:30am at the resort. Other registration sites are Pintsch’s Hardware and Lakewood Bait Shop, both the day before and the day of the derby. Cash prizes for first through third finishers according to weight and length. There’s a $5 entry fee. Starting at 1pm will be the start of the all-meat wheel raffles, 50/50 raffles as well as food and beverages. Winners of the season’s big poker run will be announced at 7pm, but remember, you must be present to win. The club’s “Big Ticket” drawing is at 10pm, but here you don’t have to be present to win. But why miss all the fun!

plenty of time for kids to visit with him and to have their pictures taken. There’s hot chocolate and cookies for all. Kids can “make & take” various crafts. Over at the American Legion Hall, from noon to 3pm, enjoy brats, hot dogs and other food, including desserts made by the church ladies. Local businesses have donated prizes for the bucket raffles. There’s a chili contest going on, and you can sample the creative recipes. Local businesses welcome you to shop their Christmas specials and gift sales.

Sponsored by the Wabeno Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2014 Winterfest will be Saturday, Dec. 7. Locals will be carving ice sculptures starting at 9am with judging at 3pm. The chamber sponsors a Christmas decorating contest, so be sure to cruise the downtown and neighborhoods – especially after dark when lights will be twinkling -- to see the results. Santa arrives at the town hall at noon and stays until 3pm,

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(place your event for $10) Dec. 7 Mercer – Candy Cane Christmas Celebration: Parade at 5pm, Santa visit at 6pm, Community Center. Children can visit with Santa, cookies and refreshments, raffle. Jan. 18 Mercer – Sno-Goers Winter Blast: 7pm to midnight, Sno-Goers barn. Live music, food, beverages, raffles, prizes. Jan. 25 Mercer – Justin Donner Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament: 7am to 5pm, Donner’s Bay Resort, TurtleFlambeau Flowage. 715-476-2956.

Jan. 25 Mercer – All-U-Can-Eat Cookout: Sponsored by the SnoGoers Snowmobile Club. Dear Lodge, 4816 County FF. 715-4762549. Jan. 25 Mercer – Candlelight Ski: 6pm, MECCA Trail. Bonfire, wood stove at cabin, hot chocolate, cookies and other goodies. Feb. 8 Gile Flowage – Snowshoe Run/Walk: 3pm, Gile Flowage. See for details.

Hurley Announces New Event Snowshoe Run/Walk on the Gile

(HURLEY) – For certain, snowshoe races are not about to overtake snowmobiling or even skiing as the premier winter

sport in the Northwoods (hey, those Sasquatch-size feet can run only so fast!). But, there’s a growing awareness of how much fun ’shoeing can be for families and individuals, especially if there’s an element of competition involved. Those who like to make big tracks in the snow are invited to the first ever “Hurley 4th of July Fireworks Snowshoe Extravaganza” on Saturday, Feb. 8. The 5K run/walk will take place on the Gile Flowage at 3pm. Snowshoe race fee is $20 per person, which includes a T-shirt and free admission to the “after party” if registered by Jan. 15. The post race party at the American Legion Hall in Hurley features a full bar and food, DJ music at 4pm and live music by “The White House Players” from 9pm to 1am. There is a cover charge (except for race participants), and you must be at least 21 years of age to attend. All proceeds will go toward Hurley’s Fourth of July fireworks. For more details, go to

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(place your event for $10) Dec. 7 Merrill – Christmas Kick-Off: Music on Main, lighted Christmas parade 5 p.m., tree lighting follows, Park Lane Manor Luminaria 6-8pm, O’Tannenbaum Tour (Saturday and Sunday). Dec. 14 Merrill – Breakfast with Santa: For details, contact chamber.

Merrill Winterfest

Sled Dog Races to be Featured (MERRILL) – More than 100 professional and amateur mushers and their dogs are expected to compete in the Pine River Run Sled Dog Race, part of the Merrill Winterfest activities the weekend of Jan. 25-26. The International Sled Dog Racing Association sanctions the races, which offers cash prizes and trophies for the top six places. The Wisconsin Trailbazers Sled Dog Club organizes the races and will have its headquarters at the Pine River School for Little Learners on Hwy. 64 just east of Merrill. Saturday’s races begin at 10am; Sunday’s at 9am. Races generally end about 3pm each day. Spectator admission is free.



Jan. 1 Tomahawk – Polar Plunge for Charity: Registration starts at 11am, plunge at 1pm. Headquarters at The Happy Snapper. Jan. 25 & 26 Merrill – Pine River Sled Dog Race & Merrill Winterfest: Sled dog races 10am Saturday, 9am Sunday, Pine River School for Little Learners. Winterfest activities include volleyball tournament, skating, etc.

The race classes include, Sprint classes: 10-dog (10 miles), 6-dog (6 miles), 4-dog (4 miles), 3-dog Junior (4 miles) and 2-dog Junior (two miles). Skijoring classes include 2- and 3-dog (4 miles). A division for children ages 7 and older is held with 2- and 3-dog teams. Food and refreshments will be available. The school sits on a hill and spectators can see the teams racing for some distance. The school is located one-half mile east of Hwy. 51 at W4165 hwy. 64. Many other Winterfest activities are planned for the weekend, including a volleyball tournament, skating at MARC, kids coloring contest and more, depending on the weather. Visit the Merrill Chamber website for the latest information.

Polar Bears Unite for a Good Cause

(TOMAHAWK) – Get an official Polar Plunge T-shirt and let the world know that you’re one of few, the brave and (slightly) frozen by taking a plunge in the oh-so-cold waters of Lake Mohawksin on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Headquarters and the official sponsor of the 9th annual Polar Plunge for Charity is The Happy Snapper. The polar plunge involves you or your team going out and getting pledges for your favorite charity. In the last eight years, over $50,000 has been raised at this event! Registration begins at 11am with the plunge at 1pm. There’s team and solo competition along with best costume and jumper awards. Cozy up to the bonfire afterwards and bask in the glow that you’ve done your good deed for the day! Registration forms are available at The Happy Snapper (715-453-8686).

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Leave Winter Doldrums Behind in a Cloud of Snow Dust (MERRILL & GLEASON) – Two race venues in Lincoln County are set to blow the doors off the winter doldrums. The action will be fast and furious on both the ice straightaway in Merrill and the ice oval track in Gleason. The Gleason International Raceway sponsors races for snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles and carts. Switching to Merrill, if the driver line-up isn’t star studded, at least the tires are. Drivers pilot their vehicles – some with studded tires – as they battle for the checkers and season points during the Merrill Ice Drags season.

Gleason Track

(night races) & 22. The track is located at the Gleason Community Club Park, downtown Gleason. Gates open 8am with races underway at 11am. Spectator admission is $5, children 10 and younger admitted free. Hot food and refreshments are available in the heated building, which has bathrooms too. In addition to snowmobiles and ATVs, there are classes for vintage sleds, junior racers, motocross bikes, outlaw carts and factory carts. The club pays 100% back on all races. For more information, call 715-873-4588 or 715-536-6513.

Merrill Track

Titled a “Winter Experience,” the Gleason ice oval track welcomes racers and fans on five Saturdays in 2014: Jan. 4 & 18 and Feb. 1, 8

Most motorists have a hard time getting traction on ice, but how about an elapsed time of 5.431 seconds and a top speed of 141.6 mph down a 660-foot strip of Mother Nature’s finest lake ice? That’s the standing record at the World Championship Ice Drags, sponsored by the Merrill Ice Draggers, Inc. Racing takes place on Lake Alexander on four consecutive Saturdays: Jan. 4, 11, 18 and Feb. 1 (championship day). Then on Feb. 8 are the post-season “grudge matches,” ice conditions permitting. Registration is from 9-11 am with races starting at noon. It’s possible races could be cancelled due to unsafe ice conditions. Enter through the Council Grounds State Park (state park sticker or daily fee required if parking inside the park, but free if parking on the ice). An ice road is plowed on the lake for easy access. You can also purchase a $10 pit pass. Food and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Tim Gritmacher at 715-693-2043.

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Snow Tubing at Sylvan Hill (WAUSAU) – Sylvan Hill Park in Wausau is home to the longest tubing hill in the state at 1,200 feet, and offers six runs for a great ride down with two wire tow lines to pull you back up. It features a chalet with snack bar, restrooms, lockers and fireplace. The hill is scheduled to open Dec. 13 (snow and weather conditions permitting), and typically remains open through February. Hours are Fridays from 6-9:30pm, Saturdays 1:305pm and 6-9:30pm, and Sundays from 1:30-5pm. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Sylvan Tubing Hill is open Monday through Saturday from 1:30-5pm and 6-9:30pm, and Sunday from 1:30-5pm. Private hill rentals are also available. Contact the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Foresty Department at 715-261-1550 for more information. For safety reasons, only tubes provided by Sylvan Hill may be used, and there is a minimum height requirement of 42 inches.

Dec. 6 Wausau – Christmas Festival & Parade: Parade starts at 6:30pm with over 100 floats, route is from Marathon Park to The 400 Block downtown Wausau;



afterwards join in the festivities at the Great Hall, hot chocolate, cookies and visits with Santa. Dec. 13-15 Rothschild -- Wisconsin Ice Fishing Show: 2-9pm Saturday, 10am to 7pm Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday, Patriot Center. Admission fee, children 12 and under admitted free.

Tubes are for single riders only. This is a very popular park when the weather is right, so be prepared for long lines and waits in between tubing runs. But we haven’t heard any complaints when we were there. There is also a 2.1 km cross-country ski trail system, offering single track and a skating lane, and a 1.2 km snowshoe trail system within Sylvan Hill Park. The park is located at 1329 Sylvan Street. From I39/US51 North, go east on Bridge Street through Wausau, to left (north) on 6th Street to right (northeast) on Horseshoe Spring Road to right (east) on Sylvan Street to park. For the latest in snow conditions call their toll-free snow conditions hotline at 888-575-SNOW (7669) or contact Sylvan Hill directly at 715-573-2424 or visit the City of Wausau’s website.

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Granite Peak Ski Area Your Modern Midwest Mountain

(WAUSAU) -- Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau is the tallest and largest ski area in Wisconsin -- and the most family-friendly, conveniently located ski destination in the Midwest. Granite Peak offers mountain skiing in the heart of Wisconsin and the luxury of a drive-to destination. Granite Peak has the tallest vertical drop in both Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula. Award-winning snowboard terrain earned Granite Peak Parks Transworld Snowboarding magazine’s top honors two years in a row. Tree skiing glades cover more area than the entire acreage of other Midwest ski areas. Today, 80 percent of the 75 runs are served by high-speed lifts -with more uphill high-speed lift capacity than any ski area in Wisconsin or Michigan.

Beautiful chalets offer floor-to-ceiling fireplaces with mountainview seating, great food and full bar service. Massive slope-side patios feature table heaters, fire rings and an outdoor kitchen serving delicious grilled items every weekend and on holidays. Lift and lodging packages are available at a variety of fine hotels in the Wausau area, and all just minutes from the slopes (at a fraction of the cost of skiing out West, without air travel expense or hassle). Book vacation packages online for peak savings. The season is filled with special events including Family Festivals (an exceptional value for a family of four), Avalanche Days and more. Find a complete calendar of events and specials online. Granite Peak Ski Area, 3605 North Mountain Rd., Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 845-2846 •

Granite Peak has accomplished major improvements every year for the past 13 years. Between a massive arsenal of snow guns, vast acreage for stockpiling snow and an impressive fleet of top-of-the-line groomers, Granite Peak can deliver outstanding snow conditions from mid-November through early April -- even in years with very little natural snowfall.

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Fireworks to Welcome in the New Year (WOODRUFF) – Take the family to a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration Tuesday, Dec. 31 with fireworks and family activities. The Town of Woodruff and the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to again sponsor an evening of oldfashioned fun Tuesday, Dec. 31 to help you welcome in the New Year. Enjoy chili and hot chocolate at the Woodruff Community Center beginning at 5pm. As you and the kids wait for the fireworks show at 7pm, the kids can try their hand at the arts and crafts event inside the center. There’s skating, sledding and a bonfire just outside. Party favors for all. The fireworks are shot over the field just north of the Community Center. Best viewing is along Hwy. 47, one or two blocks east of the Hwy. 51 intersection. Lots of room in the parking lots at the Community Center, the nearby medical clinic and the Post Office. Arrive early as the downtown streets get congested with traffic and pedestrians just before the show. Dress appropriately for the weather, of course. There are restaurants and taverns within easy walking distance if you want to enjoy dinner and drinks before or after the fireworks shows.

Dec. 3 Minocqua – Wine, Women & Winter: 5-8pm, J.J.’s Acres. Wine tasting, holiday demos, holiday appetizers, gift raffles. Benefits food pantry. Dec. 7 Three Lakes – Santa Visit: Children’s Christmas Party, begins at 11:30am at Bonnie’s Lakeside. Dec. 11 - Minocqua - Ice Cold Beer Fest: 1-5pm, Minocqua Brewing Co. 715-356-2600. Dec. 14 Minocqua – Cookie Walk: 10am start, United Methodist Church of the Pines. Dec. 14 Three Lakes – Christmas Party, Dinner and Dance: Open to the public. 715-546-3431. Dec. 28 Minocqua – Light Up the Night Concert: Campanile Center for the Arts. Dec. 28 Minocqua – Chill Out: 1-3pm, Thirsty Whale. Polar bear plunge in Lake Minocqua. Registration begins at 11am. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network. Dec. 31 Minocqua – Brat Feed: 11am to 3pm, Minocqua Park Complex. Sponsored by Minocqua Forest Riders. Chili and refreshments. Dec. 31 Woodruff – Red Hot New Year’s Eve: Starts at 5pm with



chili and hot chocolate before the fireworks at 7pm. Woodruff town hall grounds. Also, arts and crafts for kids, skating, sledding. Jan. 5 Minocqua – Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race: 11am, Minocqua Winter Park. 10K and 5K timed snowshoe race. Various race classes, including open. Jan. 11 Minocqua – Inga Lami of the Northwoods: 5:30pm, Minocqua Winter Park. Women’s retreat featuring yoga, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and more. Jan. 25 Minocqua – Chilly Chili Challenge: 11am to 2:30pm, Minocqua Brewing Company. Benefits Northwoods Wildlife Center. Feb. 1 Minocqua – Wolf Tracks Rendezvous Marathon & Half Marathon: 8:30am, Minocqua Winter Park. Cross-country ski race. Full marathon is a qualifier race for the Birkebeiner. Awards to top finishers in overall and age class. Feb. 1 Minocqua – Do the Loop: Registration starts at 1pm, Lake Minocqua. 5 km course to skate, ski, snowshoe or hike. Carriage rides, food, music, ice-skating, bonfire. Feb. 11 - Lake Tomahawk - Winter Festival and Vintage Sled Show N Ride: 9am start, Snowshoe Baseball Park.

USSSA Names ‘Moose Tracks’ as a Regional Qualifier

(MINOCQUA) – The United States Snowshoe Association Winter Park or the USSSA’s website ( for (USSSA) has sanctioned the 2014 Moose Tracks Snowshoe more details. Races in Minocqua as one of the five North Central Regional qualifying races that will send athletes to the National Snowshoe Championships. The second annual Moose Tracks will be Sunday, Jan. 5 with the 10K and 5K races underway at 11am, according to Tim Collins, director of Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center. Competition takes place in various classes and age groups, including junior. The races will take place on two relatively new wilderness trails that are as scenic as they are challenging. Moose Tracks welcomes all racers, however, and is not limited to USSSA competitors. Winners of the five USSSA regional contests – Moose Tracks is the first of the five and thusly should garner extra attention from racers – along with state champions will head to the national championships Feb. 28 to March 2 in Bennington and Woodford, VT. You must have a USSSA membership before competing in the regional qualifier, so be sure to check with

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‘Do the Loop’ on Lake Minocqua (MINOCQUA) – The fourth annual “Loop Around the Lake” on Saturday, Feb. 1 offers outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities an opportunity to traverse a 5 km course lit by hundreds of milk jug luminaries on Lake Minocqua at their own pace. Registration begins at 1pm that day. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be given around the downtown with pickup at the Minocqua Aqua Bats clubhouse. Hog dogs, brats and beverages will be available for purchase at the Thirsty Whale. Music, iceskating and a bonfire all are scheduled to start at 5:30pm. You can register in advance or the same day.

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At dusk, participants can chose to do the non-competitive “loop” via classic or skate, ski, snowshoe or by hiking. The wish lantern illumination takes place at 8pm. Proceeds will benefit the M-H-LT Firebird Foundation and the AV-W Education Foundation, both elementary school support groups.

Calling All Polar Bears (MINOCQUA) – Polar bears – the human version – will be migrating to their winter haunts at The Thirsty Whale on Saturday, Dec. 28 for the seventh annual “Chill Out” polar bear plunge to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Starting at 1pm, those signed up with pledges will jump in the frigid waters of Lake Minocqua. Registration opens at 11am. It doesn’t cost anything to watch, but donations to the charity are certainly welcomed. If you want to join the polar bears – and brag about your exploits to the less hardy – a minimum of $35 in pledges is your ticket to this unique winter fling. The first 50 jumpers get a limited edition Chill Out T-shirt. The individual with the most pledges goes home with the grand prize. Food and beverages available inside The Thirsty Whale. Call 715-3621975 or 715-356-7108 for details.

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Picture this Wild Contest (MINOCQUA) – You still have plenty of time to capture nature at its finest as the deadline to submit photos for the eighth annual Northwoods Wildlife Center’s Photo Contest and Gala is Feb. 10. The contest culminates with the Photo Gala on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6-8pm at the Campanile Center for the Arts, downtown Minocqua. Contest guidelines say you must be an amateur photographer (earning no more than 25% of annual income through photography) to participate in the contest. Entry fee is $10 per photo submitted. Complete rules are listed on the center’s website:

for your favorite in all the categories and be sure to purchase a ticket for a chance at winning a raffle basket. All proceeds from the contest go toward caring for injured and orphaned wildlife in the Northwoods. For more information call the center at 715-356-7400 or email: general@

Categories and prizes are as follows: North American Wildlife ($100), Nature ($50), Pets ($50) and Youth ($50). The North American Wildlife winner is named the center’s Wildlife Artist of the Year. Prints from that image will be available later for purchase. Prints of each category winner go on display at the center. Everyone is welcome to attend the Photo Gala to view the entries displayed on stage and to enjoy food and wine. Vote


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Cruiserfest Includes Radar Runs, Fireworks (MINOCQUA) – You don’t have to own a snowmobile to enjoy Cruiserfest 2014 on Feb. 7 and 8, but we guarantee the fun will be several notches higher when you meet and ride with upwards of a thousand fellow sledders out on frozen Lake Minocqua during this popular festival. Although we must confess, based on the dozens of cars and trucks out on the ice each year, there’s a whole bunch of other folks enthralled with Cruiserfest. The Cross Country Cruisers (CCC) Snowmobile Club, which sponsors the festival, uses proceeds for trail maintenance and development expenses. Entering its 14th year, Cruiserfest brings together all aspects of snowmobiling: rides, food and refreshments, exciting radar runs, vendors and snowmobile demo rides, swap meet, snowmobile parade and more. If you’re planning a winter vacation or weekend getaway, Cruiserfest weekend will make your visit a memorable one. In many cases across the Northwoods, access to lunch, dinner, gas, lodging and other necessities does not require trailering your sled or a walk – sled right up to the front door and be greeted with a warm northern Wisconsin welcome. Friday night features the Cruiserfest snowmobile parade on Lake Mincoqua. All sledders are invited to join the parade lineup at 6:30pm (get there a bit early) at Stack’s Bay on the east

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end of Lake Minocqua. Riders will cruise to the large heated tent set up on the ice known as the Aqua Bowl (between The Thirsty Whale and The Boathouse). Inside the tent will be food, refreshments and music. Embers rising from the bonfire outside will be matched by the fireworks display in the sky soon after the parade The St. Germain Racing Club will be running radar runs throughout the day Saturday (registration begins at 9:30am, racing at 10:30am). Race your sled on the 1,000-foot shaved ice track or the 660-foot packed snow track. Top racers will receive trophies. Then at 2pm, the bikini gals who have collected pledges for charities and other non-profits come out to race their sleds down the track. The racers with the most pledges and fastest times receive trophies. Other activities Saturday include a vintage snowmobile display at the American Legion Hall, free rides for kids on the CCC’s trail groomer 10am to 3pm, an all-day swap meet, snowmobile dealer displays and demo rides and food in the heated tent, including breakfast from 8-11am.

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UPCOMING EVENTS CAMPANILE WINTER CONCERT December 8, Sun., 1pm. The Lakeland Community Concert Band and the Campanile Chorus once again join to present their annual concert to showcase their incredible talent. Suggested minimum donation of $5.

NOLLAIG SHONA: A CELTIC CHRISTMAS December 9, Mon., 7pm. Straight from Cape Breton, it is a Christmas celebration with a Celtic flair. Come join the festivities. Adults $20, Students $10.

A BENNY GOODMAN TRIBUTE December 10, Tues., 7pm. Dave Bennett and his quartet will recreate the sounds of one of the best and even include a set of Christmas favorites “ala Benny.” Adults $20, Students $10.

SOUTHERN FRIED JAZZ January 15, Wed., 7pm. From south of the Mason Dixon Line, join us for an evening of authentic Dixie land Jazz . Adults $20, Students $10.

SWEET DREAMS AND HONKY TONKS February 16, Sun., 2pm. The Super Bowl and football is behind us so spend your Sunday afternoon with us and enjoy a tribute to Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Adults $20, Students $10.

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Goodbye & Thanks for the Great Memories! Founders, Bo & Donna Popov

Bo Popov - 1956

Original shop - 1956

Donna and Sue

Popov’s (2013) after 58 years

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Chase Away Winter Blues at Balsam Lake Winter Fest (BALSAM LAKE) – Polk County has a wide variety of winter activities that will provide you with memories that last a lifetime, especially for families. They range from ice fishing to snowmobiling, from cross-country skiing to winter festivals. Of the latter, be sure to attend Balsam Lake’s annual Winter Fest set for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-2. Winter Fest activities in Balsam Lake include those geared just for children, those for the entire family and those for adult-only such as the seventh annual Pub Crawl that begins Friday and continues into Saturday. Restaurants and taverns welcome partygoers with live music, DJ tunes, and karaoke, along with drink and dinner specials.



Jan. 1-30 Amery -- Art Exhibition: ArtZ Gallery: Jan. 10 Amery -- A Student Art (place your event for $10) Exhibit: Northern Lakes Center for Dec. 1-31 Turtle Lake – Christmas the Arts: Lights in the Park: Jan. 11 Balsam Lake -- Balsam Dec. 7 Centuria – Cozy Country Lake 100 Snowmobile Race: Christmas: Jan. 18 Amery – Vinterfest: DD Dec. 7 Luck – Luck Holiday Kennedy Recreation Area. Experience: Jan. 18 Clear Lake -- Fireman’s Dec. 7 Osceola – Vintage Sled Oyster Supper: 4 pm. Round-Up: Beginning at 9am, Jan. 18 Amery -- A Writers’ at Potting’s Bar, 7 miles south of Forum: Northern Lakes Center for Osceola. Displays, competition in the Arts. various classes, swap meet. Jan. 18 Balsam Lake -- Balsam Dec. 7 Turtle Lake – Chili Feed VinterFest XC Ski Race: D.D. with Santa: 2-6pm Parkview Kennedy County Park. 715-268-6857 Methodist Church. Jan. 25 Frederic -- Winter Fun Day: Dec. 7 Turtle Lake – Breakfast with Jan. 25 Amery -- Candlelight Ski: Santa: Glenna Farms. Soo Line Park. Dec. 7-8 St. Croix Falls – Jan. 25 Amery -- Winter Carnival: Rivertown Holiday: Jan. 25 Amery -- “Celebrating the Dec. 8 Amery – Holiday Stroll: Haggis”: Northern Lakes Center Dec. 14 Milltown – Santa Day: for the Arts. Dec. 14 Osceola – Holiday Craft Jan. 26 Amery -- St. Joseph’s Ice Fair: Homestead CC. Fishing Contest: Dec. 21 Frederic – Christmas in Jan. 31 Balsam Lake – Winterfest: Frederic & Vintage Snowmobile Feb. 1-2 Balsam Lake – Winterfest: Show: Breakfast with Santa at Feb. 1 Amery -- Wanderoos Senior Center, free sleigh rides Ice Fishing Contest: Lake 11am to1pm, vintage snowmobile Wapogasset. show at Soo Line Depot/Museum. Feb. 1-27 Amery -- Art Exhibition: Dec. 31 Clear Lake – Fireworks: At ArtZ Gallery. Park Chalet.

Most of the festival events take place Saturday, including snowshoe races 9am, polar plunge 10am, 4x4 truck ice drag races with noon start, helicopter rides, adult and kids games, archery target and pond hockey tournament. There’s chili to warm the tummy along with other concessions. There’s also a big ice fishing contest Sunday 8am to 3pm with cash and other prizes for first through third place winners in various classes along with a big raffle drawing. Headquarters is at the Balsam Lake town beach landing. Continue Sunday’s fun with the medallion hunt. Be sure to pick up a Winterfest button for a chance to win a cash prize ($300, $200 & $100). All outdoor events are weather dependent. See ad on page 6.

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(place your event for $10) Dec. 6 Phillips – Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting: 6:30pm parade followed by lighting of community Christmas tree in front of the courthouse, Christmas carols, late shopping hours. Dec. 6, 7 & 8 Phillips – Madrigal Dinner: dinner served 6:30pm Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm Sunday, Club 13. 7 course dinner, music, skits. Reservations only, purchase online at or call 715-339-2057. Dec. 7 Park Falls – Kris Kringle Christmas: Free movies; Santa’s Workshop; holiday parade, community tree lighting. Dec. 7 Brantwood – Finnish Independence Day Celebration: 4:30-6:30pm, Community Center, corner of Hwys. 8 & D. Dinner of Mojakka (stew), homemade bread and cardamon braid available for purchase; program at 6:30pm, entertainment by the Madeline House Ballet. 715-564-2520. Dec. 14 Phillips – Christmas Cookie Sale: 10am to 3pm or until gone, Community Center/Heritage House. Cookies sold by the pound. Dec. 27-29 Park Falls – Tuscobia Winter Ultra: 150-mile run starts in Park Falls at the CCC, 6am Friday; 150-mile ski at the CCC, 11am Friday; 150-mile bike at the CCC, 6am Saturday. Other races at other trailheads. Jan. 1 Phillips – Polar Bear Plunge: 1pm, Harbor View Pub & Eatery. Registration begins at 10am, bonfire, raffles, door prizes, silent auction. Benefits local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Jan. 1 Phillips – New Year’s Day Hangover Party, 1-5pm, Club 13. Luncheon, paddle wheel, raffles. Benefits Lugerville Chasers Snowmobile Club trails. Jan. 4 Phillips – Ice Fishing Rumble: 7am to 5pm, Roll-In-Point

Bar & Grill. Registration until 10am. 715-339-4585. Jan. 18 Butternut – Fisheree: Butternut/Schnurs Lake Association sponsors. Jan. 25 Phillips – Ice Fishing Tournament: 6am to 6pm, Soo Lake. 715-332-5484. Jan. 25 Phillips – Phillips Flurry Snowshoe Race/Walk: 10am race start for 5K & 10K, Phillips School Forest trail. WI State Snowshoe Championship Race. Post-race chili feed and bake sale. Phillipsflurry. com, 715-339-6254. Jan. 25 Turtle Flambeau Flowage – Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree: Jan. 25-26 Phillips – Winter Fest. 11am to 9pm Saturday, 6am to 4pm Sunday. Saturday -- Radar runs for snowmobiles, ATVs and lawn mowers, tug of war, candlelight walk, ski or snowshoe, snowmobile parade, Ice fishing contest Sunday Feb. 1 Park Falls – Sno-Gypsies Winter Fest/Fisheree: Feb. 1 Phillips – Ice Fishing Rumble: 7am to 5pm, headquarters at Roll-In Point. Registration closes at 10am. Prizes in various categories, food. 715339-4585. Feb. 1 Phillips – Chili Golf Open: 9am to 4pm, Harbor View Pub & Eatery. Golf the 9-hole par 3 course plowed out on lake. Cash prizes for golfing. Bring your own club. Chili cook-off, auction at 3pm, raffle drawing at 4pm. Feb. 1 Phillips – Cross Country Snowmobile Race: First race is 9am and continues until 3pm on Wilson Lake. Headquarters is Birch Island Resort, Bar & Restaurant. Feb. 2 Phillips – Breakfast Buffet: 8:30-11:30am, Club 13. Fundraiser for the Elk River Pioneers Snowmobile Club and for local scholarship.

‘Phillips Flurry’ to Crown State Snowshoe Champions (PHILLIPS) – The competition will be extra intense at this year’s Phillips Flurry Snowshoe Races on Saturday, Jan. 25 as the event will determine the 2014 Wisconsin State Snowshoe Championship title holders. State winners will receive an invite to compete at the national snowshoe races in Vermont later in the season. Registration is from 8-9:30am day of the race with a 10am race start. Pre-registration discounts and long-sleeve T’s available. For more information about the fees, contact Ron and Chris Kendziera at 715-339-6254 or visit Snowshoe rentals are available at The Crazy Loon. Both the 5K and 10K courses consist of groomed ski trails and packed single track on rolling terrain through the beautiful Phillips school forest. Those taking a more leisurely approach can walk the course, which, by the way, has a few large hills lying in wait. In each event, custom trophies will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers and medals to the top males and females across eight age groups. Children under age nine will receive a special participation award. Post-race activities includes awards ceremony, chili feed and bake sale. While in town, check out the Phillips Winter Fest. The school forest is open for use all year, including separate trails for snowshoeing and groomed for skiing. From Hwy. 13 go east on Hwy. H 3.5 miles, turn south on Big Elk Road for a half mile, when the road splits stay right on Worchester Road and follow signs to the entrance.

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Discover the Past at Wilson Antiques (PARK FALLS) – A treasure trove of antiques and collectibles can be found at Wilson Antiques, corner of Hwy. 13 and Division Street in Park Falls. The large brick building has three floors full of unique and interesting items, ranging from solid wood furniture both primitives and Victorian to delicate pickle castors from the Victorian age.

you and your family will treasure in decades to come.

Prices may range from a few dollars for a small item to several thousands, such as for a heavily carved American classical mirrored corner china cabinet. We almost guarantee you’ll find yourself wandering from one room to the next looking over the thousands of items in display cases and on the walls. Don’t The owner, Mark Wilson, miss the Morgan embarks on a lot of road 1927 Aero motorcar trips throughout the year, model on display! searching for quality merchandise to replenish Wislon Antiques is the stock or to add items also interested in that will prompt if not a making purchases, purchase, a conversation whether it’s a about when it was made single item or your entire collection. and by whom. Looking to fill a The items range from motor oil gap in your own and gasoline signs – perfect for the hubby’s garage – to collection? You Autumn Leaf glassware, pottery, stoneware both saltglaze can sign up for and zinc, toys and tins. There are dozens of vintage clocks and their newsletter and receive notification when a particular item lots of toy trucks and cars. Wilson’s Antiques has perhaps the appears in their paper. Hours at the Park Falls store are Mondaynation’s finest advertising egg beater jars with hundreds to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Got questions? Phone them at choose from. 715-744-3200 or e-mail: Visit for more information and to see examples Whether you want to add to your own collection, or start one, of their merchandise. Mark and his son Tim can guide you to quality purchases that

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Lots of Prizes at Fishing Event (HAYWARD) – Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin will present its 18th annual Hook & Line Family Ice Fishing Event on Saturday, Feb. 8 on Lac Courte Oreilles. Same day registration is at the public boat landing off Hwy. K with fishing hours running 8am to 2pm. Thousands of dollars in prizes for adults and youth divisions will be offered, all by drawing. Categories are walleye, bluegill, crappie, perch and northern. Participants must be present and have an event button to qualify for ice fishing event prizes. You do not need be present to win the grand raffle prizes: $1,000,

Dec. 5 Hayward – Festival of Trees: Doors open at 5pm, Flat Creek Eatery Ballroom. Auction of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths. Tickets available at the chamber (advance) or at the door. Dec. 7 Stone Lake – Children’s Christmas Party: Stone Lake Lions Hall. Dec. 20 & 29 Hayward – Winter Wonderland: 6-9pm, county fairgrounds. Sledding, ice skating, bon fires, sleigh rides. Bring your own sled, toboggan. $4 fee, includes hot chocolate and hot dogs.



Jan. 26 Hayward – All Women’s Ice Fishing Fundraiser: Contact Hayward chamber for details. Jan. 10 & 25 Hayward – Winter Wonderland: 1-7pm, county fairgrounds. Sledding, ice skating, bon fires, sleigh rides. Bring your own sled, toboggan. $4 fee, includes hot chocolate and hot dogs. Feb. 1 Hayward – Kaye Johnson Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Ride: 9am registration begins, Trails End Resort. Food provided on ride, meal and live music at end of the day, raffles, drawings, group leaders and tow sleds, awards. Bruce McMillin, 715-462-4566.

$750 and $500, plus other prizes. Contest buttons are available at Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppe or at the boat landing day of the event. Buttons are $5 for adults and $1 for kids 13-17 years old. All kids 12 and younger will be admitted free. The first 300 kids ages 17 and under will receive a free tip-up. Proceeds will support improvements to the area walleye fishery. Call 715-634-2921 for more information.

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(place your event for $10) Jan. 25 Shawano – Mooseyard Winterfest: All day activities, including chili cook-off, vintage snowmobiles, ice golf and bowling, poker run, bar Olympics, food, music. Feb. 1 Shawano – Ice Fishing Derby & Raffle: Shawano Lake. Kids prizes, food, raffles.


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MooseYard Winterfest, Ice Fishing Contest (SHAWANO) -- The 2014 MooseYard Winterfest takes place Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Shawano County Park & Shawano Lake Golf Course. Sponsored by businesses on Lake Drive (north side of the lake) in Shawano, activities will include chili cookoff, vintage snowmobile display, ice golf and bowling, live music, poker run and for the adults in the family, Mooseyard Winter (bar) Olympics consisting of pool, darts, bowling, etc. Participating businesses will also feature punch card raffles. For more information call 715-524-8711. Don’t forget your XC skis and “big shoes” as there are more than three miles of groomed cross-country and snowshoe trails within the county park and golf course that will be open. Gather up the kids, tip-ups, jigging poles and whatever else you will need for a fun day on the ice and head out to the Figure 8 Muskie Club’s 15th annual Ice Fishing Derby & Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 1 on Shawano Lake. There’s plenty of fishing room so you won’t feel crowded. The lake is 6,178 acres with a maximum depth of 42 feet. Event headquarters is at the Shawano County Park. There will be kids prizes and food available. For more information, call 715-524-2435.

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(place your event for $10) Dec. 1 Spooner – Tree of Lights: 5:30-6:30pm, Washburn County Humane Society, 1400 Cottonwood Avenue. In honor of “those special animals who light our lives.” Dec. 7 Shell Lake – Holiday Saturday: Breakfast and photos with Santa, shopping sales, arts & crafts and more. Dec. 21 Spooner – Vintage

Snowmobile Ride: 10am, Pair O’ Lakes Lodge. Sponsored by Northwest Relic Riders Snowmobile Club. Email Bruce McMilliin, milliesnor@centurytel. net for details. Jan. 11 Spooner – Jack Frost Fest: Noon start. Pond hockey, ice fishing, games.

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Kids can catch a free movie at the Palace Theatre. What’s a festival without food? Jack Frost Fest delivers with a rib and chili contest, marshmallow roast, burgers and other festival styled food.

(SPOONER) – Spooner hosts a great family festival each January on the Yellow River Flowage near Tony’s Riverside. This year, the date for Jack Frost Fest falls on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Register early for the pond hockey tournament by calling 715635-2168 or visit and follow the links on the Jack Frost Fest page. Registration for other contests can be found there also.

Sponsored by the Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce, the 13th annual event includes an ice fishing contest, pond hockey tournament, turkey bowling, toilet paper toss, minnow races, family open skating and snowshoe runs for adults and kids. You can view an interesting collection of vintage snowmobile sleds, including meticulously restored ones in the event tent.

There will be raffles and merchandise for sale in the event tent. Registration for the fishing contest begins at 7:30am with fishing hours 8am to noon. Cost is $5 per person. Bar Olympics at participating taverns includes Foos Ball, ninepin bowling, straight eight pool, 301 darts and Texas Hold-em.

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Welcome to

Sayner-Star Lake!


aunting wails of loons echo across still waters. Tall pines whisper and bow gracefully with the breeze. Nearby, children are laughing and the whine of a fishing reel’s drag protesting the pull of a mighty muskie is just within earshot. And some say they can still hear the sound of a far-off train whistle blowing in the distance -- a ghostly remembrance of logging days gone by.


It seems a bit like heaven, until suddenly, you realize that you have found yourself in Sayner/Star Lake.

Table of Contents

A Day in the Life ................. Page D Shopper’s Paradise ............... Page F Feasts for the Senses ............Page K Area Map ............................. Page N Plum Lake Trails .................. Page P Snowmobile Info .................Page R More Than a Fish Story........Page T Business Directory...............Page V

The two villages, linked by a lovely seven-mile drive along rustic Highway N, comprise the Town of Plum Lake. Aside from the richness of the area’s natural wilderness, Sayner and Star Lake offer an abundance of fine restaurants and supper clubs, a challenging ninehole golf course, housekeeping cottages, tennis courts, pristine lakes teeming with muskie and bass & walleye, groomed snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, paved bike trails, marked hiking trails, a fully-dressed library, an art gallery, several historical museums, and unique retail shops complete with haute couture from Paris. Truly, finding yourself in Sayner/Star Lake will guarantee a vacation you’ll want to replicate over and over again.

Calendar of Events



Plum Lake Ice Fishing TournamentFebruary 8. Cash prizes, door prizes, raffles, food and refreshments. Proceeds benefit area lake improvement projects. Call 715-542-3501 for details.

WELCA Pie & Ice Cream Social July 13. 11am to 3pm, Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church. Brats, pulled pork, homemade pies and more. Indoor and outdoor seating. Call 715542-3789.

President’s Day Sales - February 15, 16, & 17. Winter blow-out sales at Sayner retail stores, including GreenWeavers, Rustic River Cabin Outfitters and Traditions. Call 715-542-2884.


Plum Lake Community Garage Sale - May 24. 9am to 2pm. Plum Lake Community Building in Sayner. 20 Garage Sales at one location. Call Diane Briggs at 715-542-4334.

Star Lakers Club Annual Picnic July 21. Star Lake Pavilion in Star Lake’s Community Park. Call Bob Munsen at 715-542-2109.

August Sayner/Star Lake Street Fair - August 3. 10am to 10pm on Sayner’s Main Street and Community Park. Food and craft vendors, farmer’s market, bands in the park and on the street, sidewalk sales, children’s activities and games.

Chicken Dinner - August 9. Plum Lake Community Building in Sayner. Sponsored by the Vilas County Historical Museum. Tickets go on sale in July, limited number of dinners available. Call 715-542-3388. Spaghetti Dinner - August 11. 5pm – 8pm. Plum Lake Community Building in Sayner. Sponsored by the Plum Lake Fire Department. Call Kevin at 715-892-1877. Star Lake Mayor’s Race - August 31. 4pm at Stillwaters Restaurant, 7914 Cty Hwy K, Star Lake. Festivities, which include great food and karaoke, culminate in the announcement of the 2014 Honorary Mayor’s Race winner. Proceeds support the Plum Lake Volunteer Fire Department, the Plum Lake EMTs, and the Sayner-Star Lake Barnstormers. Call Vickie Haberle at 715-542-3559.

September Colorama Brunch and Indoor Craft Show - Sept. 28. 9am – 1pm, Plum Lake Community Building in Sayner. Raffles, door prizes and great food. Sponsored by the Sayner/Star Lake Chamber of Commerce. Call 715-542-3261. Colorama Sales - Sept. 26, 27 & 28. Storewide discounts at Sayner retail stores, including GreenWeavers, Pastimes, Rustic River Cabin Outfitters and Traditions. Call 715-542-2884. Plum Lake EMT Annual Benefit Dinner - Call Peggy Nimz 715-8910572

November Christmas Open House Sales - Nov. 28, 29 & 30. Discounts and Christmas refreshments at Sayner retail stores, including GreenWeavers, Pastimes, Rustic River Cabin Outfitters and Traditions. Call 715-542-2884. Christmas Fest - Nov. 15. 10am – 2pm, sponsored by the Plum Lake Women’s Club. Call 715-542-2020.


Spring Stampede - May 2-4. Plum Lake Community Building in Sayner. Features huge rubber stamp sale, rubber stamp demos and classes. Call 715-542-3789.

4th of July Celebration - BBQ Chicken, Corn, Hand-Scooped Ice Cream and other refreshments served in the park. Games and trout pond in the park. 11am to 3pm with parade at 3pm and fireworks at dusk. Call 715-542-3789.

Also included is a “Paddle and Portage” athletic competition. Call Jessica Drallmeier at 715-542-2101.

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Muskie and Star Lak walleye are ple nti e, but so are pan ful in Saynerfish for the kids

A Day In the Life of

Sayner/Star Lake Wave-boarding on Plum Lake


Two “sleepy” little Northwoods towns are buzzing with activity, and visitors and residents are loving it

t 7:30 a.m. on a typical summer day in Sayner and Star Lake, things are still quiet, but not for long. At Sayner’s Mobil Express Station and Star Lake’s General Store, fishermen are topping off their boat tanks and filling their coolers with ice. While one group of fishermen receives sound fishing advice from the experts at the Star Lake Store, still another is stocking up on fishing supplies and tips from the guys at Sayner’s Up North Traders. All the while, a couple of local residents passing the time at the Mobil Express are giving some newcomers the “real” neighborhood lowdown. “I think I know everything I need to know now,” chuckles one fisherman as he heads for his truck. Meanwhile, a cluster of four women are power-walking down Sayner’s Main Street. Shop owners at Rustic River Cabin Outfitters, Traditions, Pastimes, and Red Door Relics are preparing for the day ahead. A woman rom catch f singing songs in French whizzes by on her bicycle, l a c i p A ty e k bound for the Sayner bike trail. She waves at a a L r a St friend who, while busy walking a loveable puppy named “Millie,” calls out a friendly morning greeting. Sayner’s Plum Lake Library doesn’t open until 10:00 a.m., but there are eight cars parked in the lot with drivers hunched over their laptops, taking advantage of the li-


brary’s free Wi-Fi. In Star Lake, Bill Hintz of Hintz’s Star Lake Lodge is busy collecting fresh herbs from his gardens in preparation for the evening menu selections at the resort’s restaurant. The food is already simmering at Sayner’s Junction Café, where the owners are frying eggs and flipping pancakes like crazy for the morning rush. Down the street at GreenWeavers, the clothing boutique is opening early for customers shopping for dresses for an upcoming wedding. Meanwhile, locals and vacationers stop for a cup of gourmet coffee at Sayner’s Corner Store before renting their bicycles for the day, which they can obtain at the Corner Store and Up North Traders for incredibly reasonable prices. “I really enjoy being part of the Sayner/Star Lake community” says Lisa Amber, who along with partner Eric Powell opened Sayner’s Junction Café in 2012. “From the day we started working on this Kathy Nelson, former building, people would stop by and intro- New York Rockette, graces the top of the Green duce themselves, and sometimes just pass Weavers float in the by and honk. annual Sayner/Star Lake “It’s such a friendly place to be.” • (715) 542-3789


“I love camping and swimming at the Crystal Lake Campground because the lake’s water really is crystal clear” – A Sayner vacationer er e streets of Sayn rock ‘n roll fill th d an s ue bl e é. af th nction C The sounds of s outside The Ju as Cloud 10 jam

In full swing

Slightly off the main drag, Sayner’s Plum Lake Golf Club is in full swing with groups of golfers already navigating the nine-hole course, while a heated tennis match is underway at the courts in Sayner’s Plum Lake Town Park. Two of the tennis players have brought their children, who are happily amusing themselves on the park’s playground equipment. And at Sayner’s Crystal Lake and Firefly campgrounds, campfires are already smoldering while the smell of fresh coffee, bacon and sausage mingles with the fresh scent of pine and morning dew. “I love camping at Crystal Lake because the lake’s water really is crystal clear,” a vacationer tells a shop owner later in the day. “Last year, I dropped my diamond wedding ring in the water. “I looked down, and I could see where my ring fell under the water. So I just picked it up.” As the morning grows warmer and turns into midday, local guide Mike Errington is helping a group of fishermen wrestle live wells of freshly caught fish into vehicles. He directs the happy but hungry men to The Sayner Pub, which is packed with customers gobbling ½-pound cheeseburgers, sipping beer and Bloody Marys, and asking about the evening’s upcoming entertainment. Tonight, Tuck Pence -- a local musician who belts out requests and tunes from a vast repertoire that includes the Marshall Tucker Band, the Eagles, Johnny Cash, John Prine, and his own songs --begins playing at The Pub at 8:00 p.m. ck Troubador Tu s ay pl At The Junction Café, a daytime, rly Pense regula b Pu er yn outdoor band called Cloud 10 is filling the Sa at The

The Plum Lake Golf Club, voted the “Best Nine-Hole Golfcourse”

streets of Sayner with the sounds of the blues and rock ‘n roll. Meanwhile, shoppers in downtown Sayner are bustling from store to store, stopping to drop bulging shopping bags in their cars before hurrying to the next shop. One woman is walking out of Traditions carrying a huge mirror while another is leaving Rustic River Cabin Outfitters with an easy chair securely strapped into her open trunk. Still another leaves Pastimes with a custom-framed painting. Picnickers spread out in the park and the Crystal Lake picnic area The Vilas County M while the bike paths beuseum is home to a vast array of North woods memorabilia come filled with every imaginable type of cycle, including those built for two and sometimes three. At Weber’s Wildlife in Sayner, families have gathered for an afternoon of fun at the bar and restaurant, while their children are allowed access to a unique petting zoo, complete with alpacas, llamas, deer and peacocks. And at the Star Lake Store and Sayner Corner Store, hand-scooped ice cream in generous quantities is dripping everywhere, but mostly into the mouths of happy customers.

Sumptuous Sunset

Later, as shadows grow long and the sun begins its reluctant progression toward the West, the doors open at Vinchi’s Hillside Inn in Sayner and at Stillwaters in Star Lake. Dinner patrons eager for pizza, fresh walleye, home-cooked ribs and more fill the restaurants. Other hungry customers at Hintz’s North Star Lodge Restaurant, are enjoying jumbo shrimp and pan-seared Ahi Tuna while watching the sun set on gorgeous Star Lake. Others have already moved on to watch the Plum Skiters perform an amazing, often daring, water ballet on skis on Plum Lake. Soon after, the setting sun turns the lake a perfect plum color, which is how Plum Lake got its name. Then, when the moon is high and the stars shoot across the clear skies above, the sounds of classic and country rock begin to drift from Weber’s, The Sayner Pub and Danny’s Bar in Sayner. Invariably, the music blends with the sounds of lively talk, laughter, and an occasional whoop. Finally, after the last drink is downed, the last car door is slammed and the last whoop is whooped, Sayner and Star Lake -nestled among some of the richest woodlands and beneath some of the most breathtaking, starry skies in America -- rest quietly. For five or six hours, that is. • (715) 542-3789




This fashion-forward outfit, from Paris-based Beate Heymann, is just one of the ensembles found at GreenWeavers

Everyone’s talking about Sayner’s unique retail stores



ayner’s retail shop owners don’t like to brag, but they can’t resist being pleased about the feedback they’re getting from their customers. “I can’t believe this little town!” says one Sayner newcomer after shopping at Sayner’s gift, home décor and apparel boutiques. “You all have such great merchandise …. things you never see in the malls or even in the city. I’m just amazed.”


Carrie Schalinske, owner of Sayner’s Rustic River Cabin Outfitters, laughs and replies, “Thank you, but you don’t have to sound so surprised!” The customer’s comment is just one of a thousand similar reactions Sayner shop owners hear all year. At GreenWeavers, patrons continually exclaim in delight about the boutique’s fashion-forward, internationally-focused women’s apparel. “Going to GreenWeavers is like going to a boutique in Paris,” says Debra Bahrkey, a shopper from Florida. Next door at Traditions, a little boy asks if he should take his shoes off. “I thought this was somebody’s house,” he says. Jessica Drallmeier, Traditions owner, is beaming when she replies, “That’s the best compliment I could ever receive! The store is designed to look just like someone’s home.” Traditions, specializing in contemporary home décor, is designed to look like someone’s home

ters offers patrons a Rustic River Cabin Outfit contemporary lodge look

continues. “We bring fabric books to customers’ homes and measure, consult, and supply estimates. Next, we order the treatments and come back to do the installations. “If any issues arise after the installation, we’re here to help. It’s all about taking care of the client for the long-term.” Rustic River also offers unique selection of gifts, gourmet foods, and is one of few local suppliers offering Minnetonka moccasins, shoes and boots. At Pastimes , a Sayner institution for more than 70 years, patrons return annually to shop for unique home décor, men’s and women’s casual apparel, and gift items. The boutique’s inventory also includes handmade jewelry, dips and packaged food items, and an impressive selection of framed art works. Furthermore, thanks to the expertise of new owners Denise and Ron Masters, Pastimes offers custom-framing services paralleled by few. “We’ve owned and operated U Frame-It, Inc. in Madison since 1975, so yes, we know a thing or two about framing,” says Denise. Pastimes also offers another service -- loving attention from the Masters’ three Shih tzus, who are eager to shower patrons with affection. Meanwhile, at Red Door Relics, shoppers benefit from the vigorous efforts of owners Sam and Jeannie Patterson, who comb the countryside searching for antiques, memorabilia, and other treasures to sell at reasonable prices in their eclectic, colorful storefront.

Custom Services Abound

Traditions is a full-service gift and home furnishings boutique offering a wide selection of items that depart from the traditional “Northwoods” flavor. Drallmeier and her staff assist patrons in decorating their homes in style, and Drallmeier is available for offsite decorating consulting. Patrons are also supplied with decorating ideas from Traditions’ tastefully displayed rooms and can order furniture directly from Drallmeier’s vast selection of suppliers. Gift items include candles, holiday items, jewelry, handbags, wall décor, serving ware and more. “At Traditions, our focus on classic, contemporary home décor sets us apart,” Drallmeier says. At Rustic River Cabin Outfitters, owner Carrie Schalinske prides herself on the wide array of upscale window treatments Rustic River provides, as well as the store’s tasteful mix of home décor offering a contemporary lodge look. “Our window treatment packages are designed to provide our customers with a plethora of fabric and style choices, as well as a wide range of prices,” Schalinske says. “We also provide the complete package from start to finish,” she Pastimes shop pers look forw ard to being greeted by th ree friendly Sh ih tzus


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“Nostalgia and vintage flavor is what we’re hoping achieve with every treasure we bring to our customers, “ says Jeannie.

Parisian haute couture


At GreenWeavers, on the center of Sayner’s Main Street, owner Wendy Kimbrell and her staff ensure that customers can select the latest in upscale haute couture from Paris, Italy, Montreal, and the U.S. “We love assisting our customers in finding just the right apparel to suit their body type and palette, whether it’s for a special occasion, or everyday wear,” Kimbrell says. With more than 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space, GreenWeavers offers a huge inventory of women’s apparel not found at department stores. That advantage transfers to the boutique’s wedding apparel, targeted to mother-of-the-bride and motherof-the-groom shoppers, and other wedding guests looking for a special ensemble. GreenWeavers also offers apparel for professional settings. Chicago resident Loretta Pierson, for instance, travels to GreenWeavers twice annually to update her business-oriented work wardrobe. “I’ve been shopping for my clothes at GreenWeavers for 12 years now, and I simply won’t buy clothes anyplace else,” Pierson says. “Why would I?” Now that’s good feedback.

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The good old days, alive and well


very summer, a group of Southern Wisconsin fishermen travel to Star Lake, and not just for the fishing. They make it a point to stop each year at the Star Lake Store, where they load up on their annual supply of candy cigarettes. “Candy cigarettes are banned in most southern Wisconsin counties, but not in Vilas County,” says Star Lake Store owner Debbie Tennies. “So we stock them by the case.” Star Lake Store, which has been in business at the same location for more 110 years, is reminiscent of a typical General Store in America’s yesteryear. The store’s vast inventory includes gifts, groceries, bait, fishing and camping supplies, clothing, boat rentals, and deer registration services. The store, which serves as an official post office, also provides hand-scooped ice cream, beer, wine, and liquor. Star Lake Store is a fun stop for kids, because they can load up on candy four-for-a-dollar while moms shop for camping supplies and apparel like slip-on shoes and sweatshirts. “Every summer brings us more cherished memories of good times with new and old customers, who are really our friends,” Tennies says. The same sentiment applies at The Corner Store in Sayner, which offers generous portions of hand-scooped ice cream, sandwiches and snacks to summer visitors, as well as a wide selection of groceries, beer, liquor, and camping supplies. Bike rentals, picnic tables and a game arcade are also available at the all-around family fun stop. The Corner Store, an 86-year-old Sayner institution, is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Strong feelings of small-town nostalgia also abound at Sayner’s Up North Traders, where owner Paul Lofy and staffer Will Maines are generous with solid fishing tips. “When people come in and ask where the fish are biting, we can usually give them up-to-date information, so they can make the most of their fishing experience,” says Maines, who has lived and fished in Sayner/Star Lake for 64 years. Open all year, Up North Traders sells live bait, fishing tackle, fishing and hunting licenses, sporting goods, camping supplies, wild rice, ice, fireworks, and clothing. In addition, the store rents boat motors, canoes, kayaks, and bicycles. Up North Traders also serves as the location for Earth

Sense Energy Systems, which has specialized in the sales, service, and installation of pellet stoves since 1991. “Pellet heat is a safe and environmentally smart way to warm your cottage or home,” says Up North owner Paul Lofy. “Pellet stoves are clean, efficient and convenient. Pellets combine the warmth and savings that wood heat offers, without the cutting, splitting, dirt or bugs associated with wood burning. “And, installation can be within two inches of a wall and requires no chimney.” Earth Sense always has abundant supplies of pellets at the lowest prices. • (715) 542-3789


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Feasts for the

Senses Sayner/Star Lake restaurants offer mouth-watering food and drinks amidst tranquility, beauty and good times


At The Junction, breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m., when Amber and co-owner Eric Powell begin flipping pancakes, frying eggs, and brewing coffee for the earlymorning crowd. Other breakfast menu items include hash browns, breakfast meats, omelets, French toast, breakfast sandwiches and healthy options like oatmeal, yogurt and homemade granola. The café recently opened an additional dining room, doubling its seating space. Complete with a gas fireplace, the addition offers plenty of room for hungry This is just one of the snowmobilers wearing bulky gear. mouth-watering breakfasts Open Tuesday – Saturday from served at The Junction Café 6:00 to 2:00, The Junction’s lunch menu offers healthy offerings like chicken salad and wraps, as well as heavier fare like hand-carved sandwiches, Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago hot dogs, gyros, and hamburgers. The café also has a Daily Specials board, and special orders are welcome. This winter, Powell’s homemade chili will be added to the menu. Other seasonal specials – such as squash and apple soup in the fall – are also available. “It’s important to keep trying new things and diversifying the menu,” says Amber, who plans to add more healthoriented, fitness-focused items to summer patrons. Located on the Sayner snowmobile and bicycle trails, The Junction offers packaged meals for boaters, anglers and cyclists.

Good Times

Meanwhile, at The Sayner Pub, things get going a little later in the day -- around 11:00 a.m. -- because the Pub often stays open until 2:00 a.m., particularly during the summer months. “We have a great time in here,” says Eric Liebenstein, • (715) 542-3789


hen hungry patrons drive into the parking area at Hintz’s North Star Lodge Restaurant, they are greeted with a feast for the eyes. The well-tended gardens surrounding the restaurant and leading to the historic lodge are rich with color and boast more than 100 varieties of flowers, shrubbery and herbs. “This is how I relax,” says owner Bill Hintz, who tends the gardens with loving care and expertise. At Hintz’s, quality standards are high, particularly when it comes to the food, drink and ambience of the lodge’s historic restaurant. Boasting gleaming hardwood floors, a hollowed-out canoe that serves as a salad bar and a long antique bar offering a full drink menu, the dinner restaurant overlooks Star Lake and offers some of the most breathtaking sunset views in the Northwoods. Furthermore, Hintz is an expert chef and offers delectable menu items such as Seared Ahi Tuna, Jumbo Broiled Shrimp, daily specials, signature desserts and fresh walleye prepared in several different ways. All items are made from scratch with the freshest possible ingredients. “Everything we serve is made-to-order,” says Hintz, who has been preparing the Lodge’s culinary delights for 35 years. “Nothing is pre-prepared … everything is homemade.” Lisa Amber of Sayner’s The Junction Café is of the same mind-set. “Everything we Hintz’s North make is made-to-order,” Star Lodge Restaurant she says. “Our soups are offers dinner all made from scratch, as specalities with well as our biscuits and only the freshgravy. We do our own est ingredients baking, and nothing comes out of a pouch.”


The Sayner Pub is a hub for great food

and good times

Savory Specialties

Just down Highway N lies Vinchi’s


Sayner Pub owner. Liebenstein brings in the area’s best bands for entertainment and Sayner Pub patrons aren’t shy about dancing to the beat. The Pub also features 12 high-definition televisions. “Sports is No. 1 here, and we never miss a game,” says Liebenstein, who from 1983 to 1987 was a Badgers baseball star. Sayner Pub’s dinner and lunch menu includes a generous selection of salads, sandwiches, pizza, broasted chicken, Friday Night Fish Fry and daily specials. The Pub is also famed for its “amazing,” 22-oz. Bloody Marys. Take-out orders are also welcome, and many groups often rent the Pub’s extra dining

room for special meetings, events and parties. Another favorite Sayner watering hole is Danny’s Bar, where the juke box often rocks until the wee hours of the morning. Patrons have room at Danny’s to stretch out in the bar’s game room and enjoy a good game of pool, ping pong or darts. And in the summertime, the establishment’s outdoor deck beckons patrons to sit, sip, and be merry. Down the street at Weber’s Farm, families can bring the kids to see and pet alpacas and other tame farm animals while their parents can relax at picnic tables, in gazebos, or in the bar. Often, children are delighted to find newly born animals to pet and cuddle before heading to Weber’s game room for some afternoon fun. Meanwhile, at The Corner Store, huge scoops of ice cream, shakes and sundaes delight parents and children alike. The Corner Store also offers other hot snacks such as hot dogs, brats and pizza. While the kids are testing their skills in The Corner Store’s Arcade Room, parents can relax around picnic tables outside. And, instead of having to run out of town for necessities, customers can stay close to home and purchase groceries at The Corner Store.

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A typical cone from the Corner Store

Hillside Inn, where patrons can watch a good game in the bar before drifting to the dining room, which offers a full dinner menu. “We offer a special every night,” says Vinchi’s owner Jim Meka. “Monday night is lasagna night, and other special dinners include baked cod, ribs, buffalo wings or shrimp. Our Friday Fishermans’ platter includes walleye and beer-battered shrimp, and that is super popular.” A fully-dressed soup and salad bar comes with all dinner orders. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s sandwiches are hugely popular. “More and more of our customers are ordering our Italian Sausage Patty sandwich -- the meat alone weighs in at 8 ozs,” Meka says. Vinchi‘s Philly Steak Sandwich and Vinchi Burger are also 8 ozs., as are the restaurant’s other sandwiches. Star Lake visitors and residents can find a delectable, full dinner menu at Stillwaters Restaurant and Tavern, where homemade specialties include Sicilian Walleye, pasta and meatballs, steaks, prawn shrimp and all-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays, and in the summertime -- due to the fish fry’s popularity -- on Mondays as well. Thursday is Mexican night at the establishment, when patrons are offered buy one, get one free margaritas. Fresh pizza is available every night at Stillwaters. And, to add to the local entertainment, Stillwaters offers a list of 4,000 karaoke songs on Thursday and Saturday nights.

Sayner/Star Lake Eateries Sayner The Corner Store Razorback Road & Hwy N 715-542-4250 The Junction Café Kurtzweil Road & Hwy 155 Sayner Lodge Bar and Grill 3135 Historic Lodge Road 715-542-3261 Danny’s Bar 2486 Lollycoogan Lane 715-542-2100 The Sayner Pub 2962 Main Street 715-542-3647 Vinchi’s Hillside Inn 8065 Cty Hwy N East 715-542-2240 Weber’s Farm & Bar 2649 County Hwy C 715-542-3781 Star Lake Hintz’s North Star Lodge Waldheim Rd & Hwy K 715-542-3600 Stillwaters Restaurant & Tavern 7914 Highway K 715-542-3652 • (715) 542-3789


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Razorback Ridges Excellent XC Ski & Mountain Bike Trails



he Razorback Ridges is an exciting and scenic trail complex that invites mountain bike riders, hikers and crosscountry skiers to experience the beauty of au naturel trails within the lush Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. Razorback Ridges can be found on Razorback Road, two miles west of Sayner and just off Hwy. N. Developed and maintained by the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club, the complex offers more than 16 miles of cross-country skiing and three miles of snowshoeing for trampers in the winter, and nearly 20 miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking in the warmer months. Half of the ski trails are groomed for classic stride only, while the other half are groomed for skating only. The bike trails are a blend of double-track and single-track loops suitable for everyone from beginner to expert. “Corkscrew,” “Hair Raiser,” and “Suicide Hill” may play with your mind, but rest assured, other, more sedate trail segments are perfect for the entire family!

Major Loop Routes Ridge Trail – 1.8 miles, Doug’s Folly – 4.0 miles, Hair Raiser – 4.7 miles, Lion’s Pride – 6.4 miles, Wild Thing – about 1.0 mile and very challenging. A spur trail to the west leads to the Crystal Lake Campground where you can catch the Boulder Area Trails System (B.A.T.S.),

which leads to Boulder Junction. There are three major campgrounds near Razorback Ridges. Trail users will love the amenities, including a heated chalet with inside bathrooms at the trailhead. Trail maps are also available at the chalet. The chalet may be used for birthday parties, skating parties, etc. Just a few yards away is the Bernie Van Acker Skating Rink, named in honor of the late Lions member who helped develop skating as another recreational opportunity at Razorback Ridges. The trailhead area is named the Mel and Emma Long Memorial Park in honor of the early Sayner settlers whose family donated the land for the park. The Lions Club welcomes trail and chalet donations, which help maintain this outstanding trail system.

BICYCLE BONANZA!!! Plum Lake Bike Trail

A growing network of paved bicycling trails in Vilas County is attracting more and more people eager to experience the beauty of the Northwoods and charming small towns that dot the vast Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest. The trails serve a dual purpose, as many people walk them too. The bicycle trail in the Sayner area connects to a larger network of trails, known as “The Heart of the Vilas County Bike & Hike Trail.”

Donations to help maintain the trail are welcomed and should include the benefactor’s name, address and telephone number. Send contributions to: Plum Lake Bicycle Trail Project, P.O. Box 191, Sayner, WI 54560-0191. For more information regarding the Plum Lake Bicycle project, please call Diane Briggs at 715-542-4334.


By mid- to late morning, the 23 miles of the “Heart of the Vilas County” trail system begin to flash as sunlight hits the spokes of bicycles cruising the trails. The trail network includes the Plum Lake Bicycle Trail, a six-mile, paved trail that runs along County Hwy. N between Sayner and Crystal Lake Campground. The trail connects with both the St. Germain Bike Trail (to the south) and with the Crystal Lake Trail (to the west). Parking is available at the intersection of Froelich Drive and County Hwy. N (behind the log building). The entire area is an ideal place for serious cyclers as well as for families with young riders, as many quiet town roads connect with forest roads in the Northern HighlandAmerican Legion State Forest in addition to the paved hike/bike trails. The Sayner-Star Lake Chamber of Commerce and Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club maintain the Plum Lake trail. • (715) 542-3789

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Barnstormers make Sayner/Star Lake a

snowmobile hub SNOWMOBILING



f Sayner invented the wheel of snowmobiling by inventing the first machine, then the Sayner Barnstormers ensure that Sayner and Star Lake remain a snowmobiler’s paradise. “We groom our trails constantly, and make sure that snowmobilers get the best riding conditions, no matter what the weather,” says Dennis Horan, president of the Barnstormers, a group of volunteers who have graced the trails of Sayner and Star Lake since 1967. “During the summer, our members meet with state and county representatives, plan and build new trails, sign and brush existing trails, and launch fund-raisers.” The Sayner Barnstormers are proud of their expertise, and for good reason. Sayner’s Carl Eliason, touted as the inventor of the snowmobile, built his first snowmobile in 1924. “He was a trapper, and there was a lot of competition for wild game in the area,” says Barnstormers Secretary Susie Keller. “He had a club foot, and had a hard time getting out to his traps in deep snow. So he invented a machine -“a motor-tobbogan”- to get him to his traps faster.” Four decades later, as Eliason’s invention grew into a popular sport, a small group of dedicated volunteers created the Barnstormers, and began meeting in the hayloft of Henry Sayner’s barn. In 1971, the group built a clubhouse just south of town on the snowmobile trail. The Clubhouse is now undergoing a

major renovation, thanks to the generous donations from club members. In addition, the Barnstormers maintain three groomer barns housing three New Holland tractors, two Sno-Boss drags and an Arrowhead drag.

Pristine trails galore

Barnstormers is contracted to groom and maintain the 120-mile trail system connecting Star Lake, St. Germain, Boulder Junction, Eagle River, Land O’Lakes, Conover, and Arbor Vitae. The trail system, which includes the first snowmobile trail in Vilas County, runs through the heart of the Northern HighlandAmerican Legion State Forest. Fourteen regular volunteer groomer operators work to smooth the Barnstormer trail system day and night. The longest grooming run takes nine hours. The result is a network of beautifully maintained trails that snowmobilers love so much, they actually get off their machines to cheer the groomer on as it passes by. “I love when they get on their knees as if they’re praying to the groomer,” laughs one grooming volunteer. Now that’s some hub. For information about the trail system and fund-raising events, contact Anita Horan at 715-542-2952 or • (715) 542-3789

This painting of the Fredrickson Sisters’ former bait shop is just one of the many pieces of art hanging in Star Lake’s Old Schoolhouse Gallery

Art & History Lovers Flock to Star Lake, Wisconsin


hanks to a group of devoted locals dedicated to preserving Star Lake’s Northwoods heritage, Star Lake, Wisconsin, is becoming an art community. The town’s Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery, which is part of the Northwoods Art Tour – offers a collection of more than 30 Northwoods artists with varying artistic works. The Gallery itself is steeped in history. In 2005, Bill Hintz, a long-time Star Lake resident and owner of Hintz’s North Star Lodge, purchased and restored Star Lake’s original 90-year-old one-room schoolhouse and converted it into a gallery/gift shop and museum where people could come and view historic pictures of Star Lake. Today, the gallery is run by volunteers and is open Wednesday – Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. After Labor Day, the gallery will be open on weekends through Columbus Day. Meanwhile, Friends of Star Lake, along with Hintz, replicated the town’s Old Milltown Depot which is directly adjacent to the Old Schoolhouse Gallery. The group is working to relocate the Frederickson House -- the Star Lake home of two beloved sisters for nearly 100 years -- to become part of the historic community park. The home is the last original residence dating back to the Northwoods’ logging era, Hintz says. Also included in the park will be a restored version of the town’s old “Bait Shop,” where the Frederickson sisters worked and spread their love of the community and its residents to patrons for years. Plans are to create two museums -- one with the Fredrickson company house and the other with a replica of the Star Lake depot. The Fredrickson house will serve as a museum illustrating Star Lake’s history and will be full of artifacts dating from 1895. The depot will serve as a museum dedicated to Star Lake’s railroad days. • (715) 542-3789


More than just a


nglers who cast their baits across the rich waters of Sayner/Star Lake’s fishing lakes are likely to return to shore either with fish-filled live wells or a trophy muskie large enough to mount. And when those anglers tell Sayner/Star Lake fish stories, they’re probably true. “The combination of Plum Lake, Star Lake and Razorback Lake gives this community the best smallmouth fishing in America,” says Mike Errington, a licensed guide based in Star Lake, Wisconsin. “And if you’re looking to catch a muskie, the population in the Irving, Ballard, and White Birch lake chain is just incredible. Encompassing 7,554 acres of water, Sayner and Star Lake are located in the headwaters of two drainage basins – the Manitowish River basin flowing to the west and the Wisconsin River basin flowing to the south. The two communities -- which comprise The Town of Plum Lake -- offer 31 boat landings, as well as 50 named and 95 unnamed lakes. Beneath the surface lies an abundance of smallmouth bass and walleye, crappie, bluegill, perch, northern pike, and of course, muskie. Several smaller streams are managed for trout, with Sayner’s Plum Creek receiving the most attention from trout anglers.

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Teeming with fish

Partly due to the 18-inch minimum required to keep a smallmouthed bass or walleye (a regulation imposed by the Department of Natural Resources to control crayfish populations in the Town of Plum Lake) and partly due to the simple fact that smallmouth bass and walleye thrive in the cold water temperatures of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, the fisheries in the Town of Plum Lake are teeming with fish, and the smallmouths are getting “huge,” Errington says. “This summer, I caught 16 smallmouths over six pounds and two of those were over seven pounds,” he says. Aside from trophy muskies and smallmouths, which often appeal to more experienced anglers, Plum Lake’s fisheries also offer an abundance of panfish that most children and beginners can catch easily. “Sayner/Star Lake is a just great place for a family-fishing getaway,” says Errington. Now that’s one fish story you can count on.

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Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tournament Held the second Saturday every February on the ice of Plum Lake with $700 in cash prizes and $4,000 in door and raffle prizes awarded to an annual field of about 300 anglers. Tournament fishing hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the awards ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Highlights include the election of a new Ice Shack Queen, chosen from a slate of three women who each get one vote for each donated dollar they generate. Past door and raffle prizes include power augers, underwater cameras, pop-up shelters, Otter sleds, hand augers, Strikemaster Glide-Lite sleds, Jiffy Mille Lacs ice chisels and more. Cash prizes are awarded for largest fish based on length. Categories include northern pike, walleye, perch, bluegill and crappie. For additional information call (715) 542-3501 or (715) 542-3789.

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ATTRACTIONS Eagle Falls Adventure Golf Hwy. 45/70 • Eagle River, WI 54521 (715) 477-0808 Plum Lake Golf Club 3160 Clubhouse Rd. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2598 See Page U Plum Lake Public Library 8789 Peterson St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2020 E-mail: See Page J Plum Ski-ters PO Box 404 • St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 612-3027 See Page I Vilas Historical Museum 2889 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3388 Weber’s Wildlife 2649 Cty. C • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3781

DINING Sayner Pub 2962 Main St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3647 See Page L Stillwaters Restaurant & Tavern 7914 Hwy. K • Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3652 The Junction Café 2879 State Hwy. 155 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-2228 Vinchi’s Hillside Inn 8065 Cty Hwy N East • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2240 See Page M

LODGING Bowman’s Pine Hollow Cottage On Plum Lake • (847) 275-4744 Cropsey Vacation Rentals P.O. Box 356 • St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-2172 • (800) 450-7200 See Page Q Errington’s Resort 8028 Hwy. K • P.O. Box 1152 Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3646 E-mail: See Page W Hintz’s North Star Resort 7933 Waldheim Road Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3600 See Page S Harv’s Vacation Rentals 8066 Mohawk Trail, St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-3022 • (715) 891-2783 (cell) See Page U


Idle Hours Resort 1692 Idle Hours Ct. St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-3765 • (800) 221-7699 E-mail: See Page J Plum Gate Resort 3047 Plum Lake Dr. Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2224 E-mail: See Page B Star Lake Properties (920) 279-1769 Plum Lake Rentals 9272 Hwy N • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3250 Star Lake Lakefront Rental (262) 245-9400 E-mail: See Back Cover Plum Lake Station Resort Homes (800) 445-5370 White Birch Village Boulder Junction, WI (715) 385-2182 See Page Q


Eliason Lumber & Hardware 2954 Main St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3233 • Fax: (715) 542-3534 See Page M GreenWeavers 2965 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2884 See Pages G & E Knitt’s Hardware Hank Boulder Junction: (715) 385-2300 St. Germain: (715) 479-5930 See Page J Old School House Gallery 7688 Cty. Rd. K • Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3998 Pastimes 3005 Main St • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3500 See Page I Red Door Relics 2940 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2814 Rustic River Cabin Outfitters 3019 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3031 E-mail: See Page H The Corner Store 9350 Razorback Rd. • Sayner, WI 54560 • (715) 542-4250 See Page M

Eliason Realty of the North Eagle River (715) 479-4431 • (800) 472-5222 St. Germain (715) 542-3223 • (800) 472-3140 See Page M

Three Lakes Winery Downtown Three Lakes (800) 944-5434

Jim Tait Real Estate Minocqua: (800) 677-8248 Boulder Junction: (877) 385-2077 See Back Cover

Up North Traders 2977 Main St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2046 See Page B


Wild Eagle Corner Store 1970 N US Hwy 45 • Eagle River, WI (715) 479-4688

Star Lake Store 7697 Cty Hwy. K Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-2548 • (715) 542-3464 See Page W St. Germain Sport Marine 430 Hwy. 70 • P.O. Box 399 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-4930 • Fax: (715) 479-9519 E-mail: See Page T

RETAIL Country Ceramics 9272 Hwy. N West • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3250 • Fax: (715) 542-4112 E-mail: Earth Sense Energy Systems 2977 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2788 See Page B

Traditions 2959 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2101 See Page H

GENERAL SERVICES 5 Star Marketing & Distribution 409 South Park Drive • Tomahawk WI (715) 453-4511 Business Connection 1418 Hwy. 155 • Sayner, WI 54558 (715) 542-2881 email:

Chuck McGee Painting 8181 Aspen Road • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3831 • (715) 617-3831 Cell E-mail: Errington’s Guide Service P.O. Box 1054 • Star Lake, WI 54561 Resort: (715) 542-3646 Cell: (815) 298-1358 See Page W First National Bank of Eagle River 240 Hwy. 70 • St. Germain, WI (888) 479-5201 www.fnb-eagleriver See Page M Headwaters State Bank Land O’Lakes 4175 Cty Rd. B • P.O. Box 149 Land O’Lakes, WI 54540 (715) 547-3383 Presque Isle 8319 Main St. • P.O. Box 116 Presque Isle, WI 54557 (715) 686-2200 See Page U Meyer & Associates Insurance PO Box 267 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-3949 Milton Propane 2835 Plum Lake Drive Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3292 Peak Property Management 3115 Warwick Rd. Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3215 • (715) 614-7325 Sayner Mobil Express Downtown Sayner, WI (715) 542-2024 See Page J Squirrel Away Storage 8855 Glenbrook Ln. Sayner, WI 54560 • (715) 617-3885 See Page J St. Germain Pharmacy 252 Hwy. 70 • P.O. Box 280 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-7608 • Fax: (715) 479-2763 See Page E Todd Siebrecht Guide Service P.O. Box 815 • Eagle River, WI 54521 (715) 477-0900 See Page T US Bank PO Box 62 • St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-3251 Vandenberg Media Arts & Marketing W5614 Thomas Rd • Tomahawk WI (715) 218-0565 email:

Camp Highlands Northwoods Boys Camp 8450 Camp Highlands Rd. Sayner, WI 54560 (800) 868-3398


Chances R Satellite Sales & Service 2616 St. • Hwy 55 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3367 E-mail:

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (715) 385-2390

Shepherd of The Lakes Lutheran Church (ELCA) 2903 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 614-3701

Camps Northwoods Supervalu 474 Hwy. 70 • P.O. Box 99 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-9150 • Fax: (715) 479-9823 • (715) 542-3789 • (715) 542-3789


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Full Weekend of Snowmobile Races on Tap Radar Runs, Lane Drags & Bikini Runs

(ST. GERMAIN) -- The lake ice is thick and slick, the snowmobile radar and drag action lighting fast and the bikini runs, well, let’s just say they speak for themselves. It all comes together Friday through Sunday, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 when the 11th annual St. Germain Radar Run (Friday & Saturday) and the St. Germain Lane Drags (Sunday) fill the west bay of Little St. Germain Lake with non-stop action. The Radar Run gets underway Friday when they invite snowmobile enthusiasts to make fun runs and to tune their sleds on either of the twin tracks; speed and fun runs on the1,000-foot shaved ice lane and fun runs only on the 660-foot snow pack lane from 11am to 4pm. Registration opens at 10am with dozens of classes available. Saturday sled registration opens at 9am with fun runs and trophy runs from 10am to 4pm. Top speed wins the Snow-King traveling trophy, which is on display at the nearby Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Josh Smith of PMI Racing Simmons CPR won last year’s trophy after he blistered the ice at 166.12 mph. A bit of hilarity arrives at 1pm when the grocery cart races, followed by the wildly popular bikini runs at 2pm The gals put on quite a speed show while raising money for a multitude of charities. The top winner is determined by her top speed combined with her total pledge dollars collected. At 3pm is the much anticipated world speed record show begins. Trophy presentation and prizes for all classes will take place at the Legends of the North, starting at 5:30pm. The St. Germain Drag Racers’ Lane Drags take place Sunday with registration from 7-9am and side-by-side drags starting at 9:30am and going until 3pm on the 660-foot track. Top drag winners will receive cash prizes; classes range from vintage to mod racing. There will be food, music and product and sled vendors on the ice both Friday and Saturday. Food and refreshments will be available Sunday. There will be a spectator shuttle on Saturday if you don’t wish to park on the ice.

Dec. 6 Phelps – Lighting the Town Christmas Tree: 6:30pm, downtown Phelps. Santa to light tree and visit with children. Dec. 7 Eagle River – Santa Saturday: 10a, to 5pm, Northwoods Children’s Museum. Dec. 7 Manitowish Waters – Northwoods Festival of Trees: 11am-3pm, Community Center. Decorated holiday trees, children activities, music. Holiday Home Tour & Luncheon, 10am to 3pm. 715-543-2669. Dec. 13 Presque Isle – Christmas Celebration: Sleigh rides, caroling, Advent walk, children’s party, Santa visit (6pm Community Center). Dec. 15 Eagle River – Holiday on Ice: 7-9pm, performance by Silver Blades Ice Skating Club, Eagle River Ice Arena. Dec. 15 Manitowish Waters – Christmas for the Town: 11am to 1pm, Community Center. Lunch, baked goodies, kids prize drawings and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dec. 26-31 Manitowish Waters – Marvel in Manitowish Waters: Sleigh rides, live music, snowshoeing. Dec. 28 Boulder Junction – Brat Fry: 11am to 2pm, The Granary Restaurant. Benefits local snowmobile club trails. Dec. 28 Presque Isle – Breakfast Buffet: 8:30-11:30am, PI Pub. Proceeds used for area snowmobile trails. Dec. 28 Boulder Junction – Between the Holidays Celebration: 4-6:30pm, BJ Winter Park. Chili dump, bonfire, music, ice skating, XC skiing, fireworks.



Jan. 4 - St. Germain - Northwoods Original Polar Bear Plunge Plunge begins at noon, Big St. Germain Lake, headquarters at Fibber’s Bar & Restaurant. Jan. 10-12 Eagle River – World Championship Vintage Snowmobile Derby, 9am daily, Derby Track. Jan. 16-19 Eagle River – AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby, Daily at 9am, oval and snocross races. Derby Track. Jan. 18 Conover – Sno-Buddies Trail Lunch, 11am to 2pm, Maple View Resort. Jan. 19 Boulder Junction – Snowmobile Club Breakfast: 8:30am to noon, Gooch’s A-1 Bar. Jan. 31 St. Germain – Snowmobile Radar Run: Various classes, practice and fun runs. Little St. Germain Lake. Food, refreshments, vendors. Feb. 1 - St. Germain - Plum Lake EMT’s Holes for Life: Fishing contest 8am to 3pm, Big St. Germain Lake. 7am registration. Headquarters at Fibber’s Bar & Restaurant. Raffles, cash, door prizes. 715-891-0572 Feb. 1 Conover – Sno-Buddies Chili Cook-Off: 3-6pm, Club 45. Sample great chili recipes. 715547-3571 Feb. 1 Conover – Ice Fishing Classic: 7am to 3pm, Pioneer Lake. Sponsored by Conover Volunteer Fire & Rescue. 715-477-2036. Feb. 1 St. Germain – Snowmobile Radar Run: Various classes, fun runs, trophy runs, bikini run (2pm), Little St. Germain Lake. Food, refreshments, vendors. Feb. 2 St. Germain – Snowmobile Lane Drags: Side-by-side racing, 9:30am, Little St. Germain Lake. Food, refreshments.

Destination Vilas County Lodging Chanticleer Inn 1458 E. Dollar Lake Rd Eagle River, WI 54521 715-479-4486 • 800-752-9193 Year round resort motel condo complex. On Snowmobile trail 10E. On Eagle Chain of Lakes. 3 miles from Eagle River off Hwy 70.

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World Championship Snowmobile Races (EAGLE RIVER) – Derby Week at the famed Eagle River Championship Derby track comprises back-to-back weekends of world class ice oval and sno-cross racing, with a few days in between for fans and racers to collectively catch their breath and exclaim, “What a race!” The World Championship Vintage Snowmobile Derby will be Friday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 19. The AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby will crown new champions in races starting Thursday, Jan. 16 through the finale Sunday afternoon, Jan. 19. Malcom Chartier won last year’s race, the track’s 50th anniversary. P.J. Wanderscheid won in 2011, and so far he’s the only racer with four championship Derby feature titles. Food, beverages and vendors with merchandise from gloves to sleds and parts are on the grounds throughout Derby Week.

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(SAYNER) – If you have a vintage or classic snowmobile, bring it to the Jesse Roman Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Show on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Sayner Pub, pit stop #36 on the Vilas County snowmobile trail system.

Jesse was an avid snowmobiler and had started restoring vintage sleds, mainly Scorpions. His father is restoring several 1973 Super Singers, which came in colors of red, yellow, purple and white. Clark’s own restored yellow Super Stinger 400 TK has won many awards and will be at the Sayner show. Proceeds from the day will support the Vilas County Historical Museum in Sayner, which Jesse visited shortly before he passed away. Among the items their son wanted donated to the museum was his grandfather’s Eska outboard motor and some wildlife mounts that originally were at Shrimp’s Museum in Boulder Junction, his mother said.

Here’s a chance for the public to see many of the great sleds of the old iron era, which spanned the 1960s through the 80s. Sled registration for the second annual show begins at 9am with judging at 12:30pm. Registration is $5 per sled with a $20 maximum. Awards at 2:30pm. First and second place trophies will be presented in the following classes, both original and restored categories: 1969 and earlier, 1970-73, 1974-76, 197787, and race sleds. First place trophies will be presented in Best Mini, Best Cutter, Best Custom, and Best of Show. A ride for the vintage sled owners begins after the show, weather permitting. In addition, there will be a vintage clothing contest, door prizes and raffles. Clark and Kelly Roman of Merrill began the show in honor of their son Jesse, who died in 2008 at age 23 from a brain tumor.


JAN 4 14th Annual Original Northwoods Polar Bear Plunge - Plunge starts at high noon on Big St. Germain Lake near Fibber’s Bar & Restaurant to benefit Angel on My Shoulder, a non-profit cancer support foundation. 800-860-3431 JAN 31 to FEB 2 St. Germain Radar Run - Discover Wisconsin proudly presents 11th Annual St. Germain Snowmobile Radar Run headquartered on Little St. Germain Lake’s West Bay. Home of the Fastest Shaved Ice Track in Wisconsin! Friday: Fun Runs & Trophy Runs; Saturday: Fun Runs, Trophy Runs, Grocery Cart Races & Bikini Run; and Sunday: 2-Lane Drag Racing. See our ad in this issue or visit for more information.   FEB 5 & 6 Annual Groomer Show - Walker Equipment, Inc. is hosting its 17th annual show. Attendees have the chance to test the newest equipment on the Bo-Boen snowmobile trails located just behind the groomer show. 715-479-4200   FEB 15 Ride with the Champs - Celebrating 31st year in 2014! Sponsored by HotDawg Garage Heaters by Modine. Starting from the Whitetail Inn at 7:30am with registration and breakfast, there are two routes scheduled. The vintage ride group will ride area trails and take part in the photo shoot. The other groups will take the traditional longer ride and return to the Whitetail Inn for an autograph session, Hall of Fame Dinner (starting at 7pm) followed by the Hall of Fame Induction. 715-542-4463

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Home of the Fastest Shaved Ice Track in Wisconsin ! !

JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 2, 2014 Held on the West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake FRIDAY

Fun Run & Practice 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Fun Runs & Trophy Runs 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


2 Lane Drag Racing 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Twilight Bar 660’ on Groomed Snow • Thunderbird Pass 1000’ on Shaved Ice Entrance Fees: 660’ on Snow $5 each or 5 runs for $20 1000’ on Shaved Ice $25 fee includes 3 runs & extra runs are $5 each Prizes: All classes are sponsored for trophies and prizes.

Saturday Special Events

Sprecher Food and Beer Tent • Parson’s Chevrolet Vendor Row Camp’s St. Germain Sentry Grocery Cart Races • 1 PM Knocker’s Pizza Co. Bikini Run • 2 PM Cash, Trophies & Prizes for the top speed and for the top fundraiser. Proceeds from the Bikini Run races will be donated to: Pink Ribbon Riders, St. Germain Fire Department & Plum Lake Ambulance

Weber’s Wildlife World Record Speed Show • 3 PM Trophy Presentation & Prizes will be at Legends of the North • 5:30 PM Top speed wins the Sno-King Traveling Trophy on display at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

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2014 Conover Calendar of Events JANUARY

Jan. 18 Sno-Buddies Trail Lunch, Enjoy a great lunch with proceeds benefiting the Jim Scott Scholarship fund. 11am to 2pm, Maple View Resort. 715-479-4600


Feb. 1 Sno-Buddies Chili Cook-Off: Sample great chili recipes while supporting the Conover Sno-Buddies Snowmobile Club. 3-6pm, Club 45. 715-547-3571

June 29 Conover Chamber’s Taste of Conover: Come sample and enjoy fabulous foods from our Conover businesses. 11am to 3pm, Conover Town Park. 715-479-5757.


July 3 Chain Skimmers Water Ski Show: 7pm and 11:30pm shows with fireworks. Lake Pleasant. 715-5476156. July 4 Fourth of July Parade: 1pm, Town Road. 715-479-4928.

Feb. 1 Conover Volunteer Fire & Rescue 5th annual Ice Fishing Classic: Registration 7am, Pioneer Lake. 715477-2036.

July 4 Lions Club Picnic: Come enjoy food, beverages, music and lawnmower races. 1-4pm, Conover Town Park. 715-479-6673.

Feb. 9 Conover Lion’s Club Winter Frolic: Sledding & snowboarding for children, food and beverages available. 11am to 3pm, Conover Town Park. 715-479-6673.

July 4 Chain Skimmers Water Ski Show: 7pm with fireworks. Lake Pleasant. 715-547-6156.

Feb. 16 Blizzard Blast: Snow sculpturing, curling, XC ski races, games, recliner races for the entire family, 9am to dusk, Conover Park. 715-547-8130. Feb. 15 Great Northern Jerk Off: Jerky making contest. Proceeds benefit “Warm the children Fund. 5:30pm, Club 45. 715-547-3571.


March 9 Conover Lions Club Kid’s Fisheree: Children invited to ice fish on Denton Lake. Trophies, prizes, food and beverages available. 11am to 3pm, headquarters at Club 45. 715-479-6673. March 17 Sno-Buddies Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner: 4pm, Club 45. 715-547-3571.


May 4 Ladies Luncheon: Fantastic luncheon, raffle prizes, specialty vendors. Noon to 3pm, Lanny’s Fireside. 715-479-5757. May 25 Chain Skimmers Memorial Day Water Ski Show: 5pm, Lake Pleasant.


June 14-15 Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe & Kayak Race: 9am, Rohr’s Wilderness Tours, 715-547-3639. June 10 Chain Skimmers Water Ski Show: First ski show of the regular season. 7pm Lake Pleasant. 715-5476156. June 15 Conover Lions Club ‘Take A Kid Fishing’: Children invited to fish for trout in Lake Itsy Bitsy, Conover Town Park. Poles and bait provided; food and beverages available. 11am to 3pm. 715-479-6673.

July 6 Conover Volunteer Fire & Rescue and EMS Blueberry Pancake Breakfast: Enjoy pancakes, sausage, rolls, coffee and juice. 8am to 1pm, Community Center. 715-477-2036.

Welcome to Conover

Your Starting Point to Adventure

The community of Conover welcomes visitors throughout the four seasons, but especially so when winter brings lots of snow for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and the frozen lakes from where anglers can potentially bring home a trophy walleye and certainly enough crappies and sunfish to fill the frying pan. We have enough “civilization” as to where you won’t lose touch with the outside world, yet far enough away to experience the true Northwoods. We’re also within an easy drive of downhill ski hills, close enough to experience the thrill of a gaming win at one of the area casinos, and just miles from exciting action at the World Championship Snowmobile Derby or even one of the snowmobile hill climbs in the U.P. Come live an adventure with us! Browse the ads in this Conover Special to find your perfect getaway lodging, bountiful and delicious meals, and the goods and services for a daytrip or a weeklong vacation.

July 16 Chain Skimmers Special Wednesday Night Ski Show: 7pm, Lake Pleasant. 715-547-6156. July 27 Volunteer Fire & Rescue and EMS Auto Show and Craft Market: 9am to 3pm, Conover Town Park. 715-477-2036.

AUGUST Aug. 9 Conover Chamber Oktoberfest: Music, food and beverages, 5:30-9:30pm, Cover Town Park. Aug. 30 Chain Skimmers Water Ski Show: Last show of the season. 5pm, Lake Pleasant. 715547-6156. OCTOBER

Oct. 31 Lions Club Halloween Party: Costume judging, children’s games and prizes, food and beverages. 6-8pm, Conover Community Center. 715-479-6673.


Chain Skimmers Water Ski Shows at Lake Pleasant, June 10 to Aug. 30. shows are every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7pm. For more information, contact the Conover Chamber of Commerce: 715479-4928 or 866-394-FUN or write to: PO Box 32, Conover, WI 54519. Visit:, email: conover. For snowmobile conditions, visit or

Conover Chain Skimmers 2014 Events The 2014 regular season runs June 10 to Aug. 30

Water ski shows are performed every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7pm (unless otherwise noted) at Lake Pleasant. Contact number is 715-547-6156. Memorial Day Show: Sunday, May 25, 5pm June 10: Start to regular season June 26: Bake & brat sale, Trigs in Eagle River, 11am to 3pm July 2: Special 4th of July week show, 7pm July 3: Shows at 7pm and 11:30pm with fireworks July 4: Skimmers march in Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes, and Conover parades July 4: Special ski show at 7pm July 10: Trig’s Bake & Brat sale, 11am to 3pm July 16: Special Wednesday night show, 7pm Aug. 7: Bake sale at Trigs in Eagle River, 11am to 3pm Aug. 30: Special Labor Day Show, 5pm Skimmers Wednesday night shows at Wild Eagle Lodge, 7 pm on July 23 and Aug. 6 Skimmers Friday night shows at Maple View, 6:30pm on June 27, July 11, July 25 and Aug. 1


Conover, WI Financial

Headwaters State Bank 4175 Hwy. B • PO Box 149 Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 715-547-3383 Full service bank offering personal and commercial banking services including, online banking, loans for cars, homes, construction, etc.

Lodging Buckatabon Lodge & Lighthouse Inn 5630 Rush Rd., Conover, WI 54519 715-479-4660 Family vacation resort on Lower Buckatabon Lake. Two and three bedroom cabins, camping, boat and motor rentals. Pets are welcome. Deer Path Resort 5915 Jacoby Rd., Conover, WI 54519 715-479-9620 Year round resort on Upper Buckatabon Lake. Ten cabins, sand frontage, great fishing, boating, skiing and relaxation. Jefferson’s Landing 3698 Jefferson’s landing Rd., Conover, WI 54519 715-479-7066 • 715-479-9028 See the eagles soar and hear the loons call on beautiful South Twin Lake. Quiet, family friendly setting, sandy shoreline.

Maple View Resort 3360 McPeak Rd., Conover, WI 54519 715-479-4600 Cabin rentals, seasonal campsites, lodge, bar, great food, snowmobile to your door, great ice fishing, year-around family fun, beach. Sandy Shores Resort 5575 Spruce Rd., Conover, WI 54519 715-479-9848 On Lower Buckatabon Lake. Four fully furnished 2 and 3 bedroom cabins. Open mid-May to early October. Free Wi-fi in cabins. Scott’s Twin Lakes Resort 3693 Twin Lake Rd., Conover, WI 54519 715-479-9045 6 year-round cabins, excellent fishing on South Twin Lake, sandy beach, level grounds, snowmobilers welcome. Twin Pine Resort 4214 Twin Lake Rd., Conover, WI 54519 715-479-9119 4-bedroom home and three 2-bedroom cabins. Private wooded setting. 285 feet of level sand frontage. May to October.

Food & Spirits Club 45 Sports Bar & Grill 4800 Old Hwy. 45, Conover, WI 54519 715-547-3571 Overlooking Denton Lake. Serving sandwiches, pizza, Friday fish fry with salad bar. Famous Italian Beef! Daily specials. Closed Tuesdays.

Dublin Sports Bar & Grill 4394 Twin Overlook Dr., Conover, WI 54519 Off Hwy. K on North Twin Lake 715-350-2121 2 Happy Hours, 2-6pm & 10pmmidnight. 16 beers on tap, 16 flat screens. Best view in the Northwoods.

Northern Waters Angling & Archery 160 Hwy. 45, Conover, WI 54519 715-477-2224 Fishing and archery supplies, indoor 3D archery range, indoor video range. Novelty apparel, lake shirts and gifts.

The Log Cabin 226 Hwy. 45 N, Conover, WI 54519 715-479-2787 Bar & grill and café. Featuring our famous homemade pizzas, daily specials, conveniently located at Sno-Buddies pit stop #16 along Trail No. 12.

Northern Edge Sport & Marine 6200 Hwy. 45, Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 715-547-1100 www.northernedgesportmarine. com For all your boating needs, marine sales and service. Serving northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.

Retail/Services Welnetz Chiropractic 4096 Hwy. 45 S., Conover, WI 54519 715-479-8003 Treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, sports injuries and auto accident injuries. New patients always welcome. Eliason Realty of the North 4228 Hwy. B, Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 800-472-5222 Serving Northern Wisconsin, Cisco Chain of Lakes, Watersmeet and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Residential, vacant land & commercial properties. Eliason Realty of the North 302 W. Pine St., Eagle River, WI 54521 715-479-4431 408 Hwy. 70 St. Germain, WI 54558 715-542-3223 Buying or selling in the Northwoods, depend on us for proven results. Let us make your Northwoods dreams come true!

Recreation Eagle River Golf Course 457 E. McKinley St., Eagle River, WI 54521 800-280-1477 • 715-479-8111 18 manicured golf holes, golf schools and private lessons, golf packages available with lodging, on-line tee times and golf specials. Pine Point Riding Stables 2445 Hwy. 45 N, Eagle River, WI 54521 715-479-4394 • 715-891-2524 40-45 minute guided horseback rides through scenic woods. Some trotting on ride. Advance ride for experienced riders by reservation.

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‘Blizzard Blast’ Promises Flurry of Winter Fun (CONOVER) – Winter fun for everyone is happening at the Northwoods Blizzard Blast on Sunday, Feb. 16. Head over to the Conover Community Park and enjoy a full day of activities sure to cure your cabin fever. Activities kick off at 10am and continue until dusk, capped off by a fireworks celebration. Proceeds go to Northwoods area Fire and EMS Departments.

The Northern Wisconsin Pond Curling Club will host a demonstration round of pond curling. Those masters of the “stones and brooms” rival the Olympians on the ice.

Join a brisk cross-country ski race winding through the pristine nature trails surrounding the park. And for those who prefer a more serene activity, grab a hot cocoa and a toasty s’more and Whether you opt to watch the madcap recliner races and snow climb aboard for a horse drawn trail ride through the scenic shovel races from the sidelines or sign up your own team, these Northwoods. events are bound to amuse as participants slip and slide around the ice track. Try your luck in ice bowling or play a hole of ice Kids will enjoy many fun activities, including snow castle golf with a chance to win cash prizes. Challenge your creative building, downhill sledding, face painting and more, with side in the snow-sculpting contest, or join in the judging for prizes all. A warming hut is on hand to chase the chill away. Cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, chili and beverages are available “crowd favorite.” all day long. To reserve your spot in the competitions or for Dreaming of a warm summer day at the ballpark? Come out more information, visit and watch teams battle each other at snowshoe baseball.

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IronLine Sled Dog Races (IRON RIVER MI) – The second annual IronLine Sled Dog Race will take place the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1, as the organizers build on a successful debut of the sport in Iron River last year. “We are working as hard as we can to make this a fun, competitive, and exciting event for all mushers, their families and for our wonderful community here in Iron County,” said race director Josh Brindle, who, with his wife Grace, are the race directors. Much of last year’s race format will remain the same, with the goal of nearly doubling the race purse to make it more competitive as well as fun.

Dec. 7 Iron River, MI – Holiday in Light: Arts and craft show at Windsor Center and Christmas parade at 6pm. Dec. 7-8 Iron River, MI – USSA Training: Ski Brule. For details, see Dec. 21-22 Iron River, MI – USASA Snowboard Event: Ski Brule. For details, see Dec. 31 Iron River, MI – New Year’s Fireworks & Activities: Ski Brule. For details, see

Jan. 4 & 5 Iron River, MI – USSA Masters Race: Ski Brule. For details, see Jan. 4 & 5 Ironwood – Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus: Jan. 3 – snowmobile parade, fireworks; pro vintage racing both days at Gogebic County Fairgrounds. Ironwoodsnowmobileolympus. com Jan. 11 & 12 Ironwood – Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus: 10am, Gogebic County Fairgrounds. USSAProStar / TLR Cup racing. ironwoodsnowmobileolympus. com.

activities, sled dog rides and restroom facilities. Musher’s Village opens at 5pm Friday before race start and again 9am Saturday before race start. As with all sled dog races, visitors are reminded to leave their personal dog at home. Outside dogs are a distraction to the racing dogs and handlers. Also, ask permission before approaching sled dogs, either at their feeding stations or in harness. Owners and handlers are happy to explain the sport and care of their dogs whenever they are not preparing for a race.

The format includes two stages for both the 6- and 10-dog classes with a Friday night start and a Saturday afternoon second stage. The race course will also stay mostly intact for 2014: Chicagoan Lake, George Young’s Golf Course and the access community trail. As of now, the organizers hope to light the frozen lake section with LED markers for increased visibility. Scheduled on Saturday morning is a one-day, 4-dog race (rec. class). This year they plan to kick up the Musher’s Village activities and fun up a notch or two. Located in the RV Park (adjacent to the chamber office in downtown Iron River), the wintery Musher’s Village will have more – with the emphasis on “more” for all the following: heated tents, vendors, food, children’s

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Dec. 7 Holiday in Lights Weekend: Arts & Crafts Fair, 9am to 3pm, Windsor Center; bake sale and Santa visit 10am to 2pm and chili feed 4-6pm at WID Library, followed by Christmas parade at 6pm with the theme “Story Book Christmas,” and then at the Iron River RV Park -- caroling, bonfire, lighting of Christmas tree and fireworks. Dec. 7 -- Beechwood Historical Society Craft & Bake Sale, 9am to 2pm, Beechwood Hall, Iron River. Dec. 14 – Porter School Christmas Craft Show, 9am to 2pm. Porter School Market Place, Alpha. Dec. 14 – Crystal Falls Hometown Christmas, Crystal Theatre, Crystal Falls. Dec. 15 – Holiday Extravaganza, Crystal Theatre, Crystal Falls.

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JANUARY, 2014 Jan. 12 – Folk Dance, 4pm, Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls. Jan. 31 – IronLine Sled Dog Race, Iron River. You can watch the start of the races in downtown Iron River or at various points along the route. Musher’s Village in the RV Park features food, various vendors, children’s activities, sled dog rides and other family activities. FEBRUARY 2014 Feb. 1 -- IronLine Sled Dog Race, Iron River. Watch the start of the races in downtown Iron River or at various points along the route. Feb. 9 Folk Dance, Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls. Rev. Robert James, 4pm. Feb. 15 -Mid America Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb. Seasoned and novice hill climbers attempt to summit Caspian Hill.

Embrace the Winter Fun in Iron County, MI

Iron County is a winter wonderland and a recreation destination for countless people drawn to our downhill skiing facility, Ski Brule; the hundreds of miles of snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, family-friendy sledding hills and more fishing lakes than you shake a jig pole at during “hard water” time! Still others enjoy the simple pleasures of getting away from it all and spending a weekend together in the beautiful Northoods of Iron County. There’s nothing sweeter for couples than staying at a lodge or motel, dining out at a tasty eatery and grabbing their favorite brew or craft beer at a sports bar or neighborhood tavern. Iron County offers many opportunities to explore the rugged landscape, unique shopping and boundless recreation. Whether you’re a serious photographer, or a snapshooter looking for images to share with family and friends, there’s plenty of winter beauty to capture with the camera. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Iron County, MI Visitor Guide for an extended look at this vacation destination. In the meantime, let’s get you started on that winter adventure with memories sure to last a lifetime!

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ALPHA The Village of Alpha is on the Heritage Trail tour and includes the historic Porter School and Alpha Museum, both in the Alpha Circle Historic District. Several buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Village of Alpha was incorporated in 1914, which also marked the opening of the K-12 Alpha Porter School. The last class to graduate from Porter School was in 1967. Several small businesses are now located in the former school. A farmers market is held on the school grounds.


CRYSTAL FALLS Crystal Falls is the county seat of Iron County and was named for the falls on the Paint River. The city’s heritage includes early iron mining and timber exploration. The 1890 Romanesque- style Iron County Courthouse sits on top of the hill and affords visitors a stunning vista of the countryside. The Harbour House Museum is also located in the city. The city operates a hydroelectric plant and cable TV system. The industrial park is located one-half mile west of town. The local golf course overlooks the Paint River.

AMASA The unincorporated community of Amasa is home to renowned NBA and NCAA basketball flooring manufacturer, Connor Sports Flooring. The community began in 1910 as a Finnish iron mining and logging boomtown. Amasa residents are largely employed in the forest products industry. Attractions include the Amasa Historical Society Museum, which includes replicas of a trapper’s cabin and old time barbershop. CASPIAN The City of Caspian’s development mirrors the expansion of the mining industry on the west side of the county after the turn of the century. At one time, six mines operated in the immediate area, including the Caspian from which the settlement took its name by 1913. The city includes the Iron County Multi- Purpose Building/Ice Arena, Apple Blossom Biking and Walking Trail, Caspian Community Center and Industrial Park. Caspian is also home to the Iron County Museum, home of the Lee LeBlanc Wildlife Art Gallery.

Theatre & the Arts A vibrant and growing art community resonates throughout Iron County, promoting the fine arts through art shows, local art galleries and theater performances as well as three art galleries at a large museum complex in Caspian. In addition, enjoy summer concerts on the Paint River Boardwalk in Crystal Falls and the Rum Rebellion Revue Players performances in the Windsor Center in Iron River. Crystal Theatre — The restored Crystal Theatre in downtown Crystal Falls opened its doors in the spring of 1991. It hosts a wide variety of entertainment. Artists marvel at the purity of the acoustics, which many modern theaters cannot match. Crystal Theatre hosts performances 2-3 times per month. (906) 875- 3208 and Windsor Center – The newly formed West End Players hold theatrical productions in the auditorium of the Windsor

GAASTRA Gaastra is named after Douwe Gaastra, a building contractor and real estate speculator who bought the land in 1908 and platted the town. It was incorporated as a village in 1919 and as a city in 1949.

IRON RIVER Iron River is the largest city in Iron County and home to the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo and the Iron County Fair. It owes its existence to the iron first mined here in 1879. In a 2000 election, adjoining Stambaugh and Mineral Hills were consolidated with Iron River. The city has a new, 18-hole disc golf course (The Tailings). Ski Brule is located a few miles south of the city.

Center in Iron River. The Iron River Community Concepts presents its annual Rum Rebellion Revue in the auditorium of the former school. Open mic night last Saturday of each month. Recreational activities available also. Iron County Historical Museum – The museum is the home to three outstanding art galleries. The best known is the Lee LeBlanc Wildlife Art Gallery. LeBlanc graduated from Iron River High School in 1931. He worked for a number of years in Hollywood as an animator and artist as well as art director for MGM. Over 200 of his works are on display at the museum. The complex also houses the Giovanelli Italianati Art Gallery. Giovanelli is another native son of Iron River. His artistic works range from Renaissance style to contemporary art. The Bernhardt Contemporary Art Gallery contains a collection of the works of prestigious 20th Century American artists as well as some Canadian and Japanese artists. From the stoplight at US-2 in Iron River, take M-189 south to County Road 424 east and then Museum Drive (left).

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Magic of Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails


ron County offers miles of snowy terrain and XC and snowshoe trails that are groomed to perfection. Listed below are a number of cross-country and snowshoe trails in the county. Some require a trail fee while others are by donation. But remember, it takes volunteers many hours, expensive equipment and fuel to maintain groomed trails. In addition to groomed trails, snowshoers can “bushwhack” almost any direction they wish with terrain ranging from nearly level to rolling landscapes.

Bewabic State Park Trails

A 2.5 km groomed, classic style ski trail can be found at Bewabic State Park, 4 miles west of Crystal Falls on US-2. The trailhead is at the south end of the day use parking lot. Park headquarters contact number is 906-875-3324.

Ge-Che Trails

Skiers are welcome to test their skills on the Ge-Che CrossCountry Trail in the Ottawa National Forest, in southwest Iron County. Ge-che trails weave around three lakes: Hagerman, Brule and Ottawa. Named for Lake Ottawa, Ge-che in the Ojibwa language means “Big Lake.” The Ge-Che trails total 10.8 km over gentle and rolling terrain and connect Lake Ottawa with Hagerman Lake across the road.

George Young Recreation Complex

The George Young Recreation Cross Country Ski Center offers 6 km of groomed trails prepared for both classical and skating techniques. Follow the trails to explore Wagner Lake or wind throughout the wooded expanse of the complex. The varying terrain provides excellent skiing for all ability levels - from novice to expert. Trails are open from 10am to 4:30pm Thursday - Sunday (closed Monday - Wednesday). Rental equipment is available. 906-265-3401 • www.

The Listening Inn B&B

Open to the public as well as guests, the Bear Paw Trails at the Listening Inn Bed & Breakfast in Crystal Falls provide a nice workout with rolling terrain and beautiful scenery to enjoy along the way. A total of 14.5 km of groomed, classic-only trails wind over creeks and through hardwoods and virgin stands of pine. Loops range from beginner to intermediate. The Tidd Tech grooming system makes for expertly groomed trails. There are separate and well-marked snowshoe trails. Trail fee is $6 daily or a season pass for $60. XC ski and snowshoe rentals

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Lake Mary Plains Pathway

Lake Mary Plains Pathway features 9.6 miles of DNRE maintained trails. Three loops totaling 19 km are marked, groomed mostly for classical skiing. The trails will appeal to novice and intermediate cross-country skiers. Lake Mary Plains Pathway is located in the Copper Country State Forest off M-69 in Mastodon Township, between Sagola and Crystal Falls. The starting point and parking area are located at the Glidden Lake State Forest Campground. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the pathway. For more information, contact the DNRE office at 906-875-6622.

Ski Brule

Ski Brule’s 32 km cross-country ski trail system winds through the wooded and rolling terrain of the Brule River Valley. The trail is flat groomed for ski skating and tracked for traditional Nordic skiing. The trail system follows the base of the mountain and the Brule River, offering ample scenic views to enjoy. Rentals and instruction are available. 900-362-7853 • www.skibrule. com

Snowmobiling Scenic Trails

Iron County boasts more than 260 miles of extensively groomed and well-marked snowmobile trails, drawing riders from throughout the region and beyond to enjoy scenic journeys that are a trademark of trails here. The wide-open trails traverse abandoned railroad beds, weave through varied wooded terrain and cross lakes for excellent sledding. Iron County not only serves as a hub for local trails, but gives added meaning to snowmobile paradise. Snowmobilers can tap into the vast network of trails in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin for extended riding adventures. Gas stations, restaurants, pitstops and lodging, as well as sled repair shops are all readily available and eager to provide top customer satisfaction. Snowfall totals are between 90 and 120 inches each season. The snowmobiling season officially opens Dec. 1 and closes March 31. The county trail system includes Amasa, Crystal Falls, Iron River, Sidnaw and Kenton areas. The county’s two snowmobile clubs, The Iron Range Trail Club and the Chippewa Snow-Kats, welcome new members and invite visiting snowmobilers to attend their club activities, including trail rides. For more information, either write or call them at: The Iron Range Trail Club 11 W. Maple Iron River, MI 49935 906-265-7152

Chippewa Snow-Kats PO Box 124 Crystal Falls, MI 49920 906-265-7185

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The IRTC’s three Tucker groomers and drags are used to groom nearly 150 miles of trail at least twice a week during the season. The Chippewa Sno-Kats Snowmobile Club grooms and maintains about 100 miles of trail. The groomers perform a vital job! Without the groomers and the people who operate them, a snowmobile trail can become a bumpy endurance test. The groomers travel about 6 mph, and most of the runs last 12 to 14 hours round trip. In the warmer months, they brush and mark trails, and repair bridges if needed. Community organizations and chambers sponsor snowmobile derbies, winter festivals and races each season. In February, catch the exciting Mid American Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. For trail reports call 906-265-7152 or 888-879-4766, or go to For trail maps, stop by at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce office (or call 888-TRY-IRON). They are also available at most gas stations and many local businesses. Or contact the South Central UP Snowmobile Council at

The Rush at Ski Hills Ski Brule Ski Brule has a reputation of offering one of the longest downhill skiing seasons anywhere, each year making good on their promise -- “First to open, last to close.” Aided by their modern snowmaking system, Ski Brule’s expertly trained staff is committed to making the mountain’s skiing conditions perfect. In the right settings, they can cover a hill with three feet of snow in just 24 hours! The mountain tops out at 1,860 feet with a vertical drop of 500 feet and the base at 1,360 feet. The ski facility offers 11 chair lifts, 5 double chairs and 6 surface lifts, 150 acres of skiable terrain, runs up to 1 mile in length and three terrain parks. Try the rainbow box, hitching post, cannon box, angled boxes, rails and more featured at Bambi Rail Park, Snowshoe Terrain Park and Rapids Terrain Park. Caspian Hill Are you interested in skiing but not ready for a mountain? The Caspian Ski Hill just might be for you! The Caspian Ski Hill’s gentle slopes and affordable ticket prices make it accessible to everyone. The lodge is a great place to warm up, make friends and grab a bite to eat. The Caspian Ski Hill is located just east of the intersection of M-189 and Co. Rd. 424. Crystella Ski Hill Crystella Hill is Crystal Fall’s own little giant, actively supported by the Crystella Recreational Association. Take the kids out for some winter fun, including skiing, sledding, skating, snowboarding and jumps. The facility offers two tow rope lifts to pull you too the top of the “little” and “big” hills. Warm up and catch a bite to eat inside the lodge.

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MASTERS to Run Hillclimb at Caspian

(CASPIAN) -- The Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, commonly known as the MASTERS Racing Circuit, announces the Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH) at Caspian will run on Saturday, Feb. 15. Racing on the former Caspian ski jump at the Caspian ski hill gets underway mid-morning and goes to late afternoon. Racers have to get around various “gates,” before attempting to summit the bluff. The driver’s ability to “read” the hill for the best route, his or her riding ability and experience in hill climbing, and the sled itself all factor into the rider’s chances to summit. “The hill in Caspian, like all our hillclimbs, offers a different challenge to the drivers,” said Skip Schulz, MASTERS Racing Circuit president. “We have seen that in the first two years of running the MACH, very few drivers were able to actually make it through the timing chute. Much of this is due to how steep this hill is, plus the difficulty in setting up a sled for this hillclimb due to changing snow conditions.” Competition takes place in Pro Stock and Pro Mod divisions. Children can compete in the 120 cc class on a limited course. In addition to running for season points, competitors will be vying for Pro Stock King of the Hill and Pro Mod King of the Hill. Winners in both receive cash prizes as well as trophies. Spectators can park at the bottom of the hill and listen to the PA system for rider information and progress. Food and refreshments will be available. The MASTERS Racing Circuit draws professional snowmobile hillclimbers from throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. The MASTERS Circuit qualifies drivers for the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyoming. For more information, visit

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Chicaugon Lake Inn

176 Stanley Lake Rd. Iron River, MI 49935 906-265-4881 • 800-797-5226 E-mail: Lac O’ Seasons has been family owned and operated by Randy and Nancy Schauwecker since 1973. We have hosted countless numbers of families just like yours in the great Northwoods of the Upper Peninsula...the Midwest’s last unspoiled wilderness. Spend an unforgettable vacation with us making memories to be shared for years to come. See ad on page inside front cover.

1700 County 424 Iron River, MI 49935 906-265-9244 E-mail: The Chicaugon Lake Inn is open year round for your pleasure. Whether on business or for pleasure you will find you can always enjoy great fishing, golfing, boating, swimming, hiking, snowmobiling and skiing - all at a price you can afford. See ad on Page 87.

Four Seasons Motel 1100 Crystal Ave. Crystal Falls, MI 49920 906-875-6596 Whether you seek the solitude of a quiet trout stream, the excitement of a wilderness hunt, the adventure of exploring hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, or just the relaxation of enjoying nature at its finest, the Four Seasons Motel has just what you are looking for. Four Seasons Motel is close to restaurants, shopping, and gas stations, yet literally minutes from hundreds of square miles of unspoiled wilderness.

Lac O’Seasons Resort

Lakeshore Motel on Beautiful Ice Lake 1257 Lalley Rd. Iron River, MI 49935 906-265-3611 E-mail: A Motel for all Seasons...Join us for a quiet, relaxing stay off of the highway. Kitchenettes, Great Fishing, Close To Ski Hill, Restaurants & Shopping, Snowmobile Out Your Door, Ice Fishing, Sandy Swimming Beach, Boat Rental. See ad on page 87.

Pioneer Lodge

Iron River, MI 49935 800-362-7853 Pioneer Lodge is a 15-unit condominium complex consisting of 3 types of units: Standard, Elite, and Suite. The rooms on each floor adjoin. There are 2 outdoor hot tubs on the back deck of the second floor which are shared between the 15 rooms in the Pioneer Lodge.

Ski Brule Village

397 Brule Mountain Rd. Iron River, MI 49935 906-265-4957 • 800-DO-BRULE E-mail: Imagine the soothing warmth of your hot tub after a day on the slopes, as a fire burns bright in the fireplace and the snowflakes fall from overhead. This is Brule Village Lodging nestled in the Northwoods at Ski Brule. From studio condos to majestic log cabin chalets, you’ll agree Ski Brule’s selection of luxury lodging is the finest available. Properties are within walking of the slopes and include a kitchen, cookware, free WIFI, DirectTV, gas grill, daily maid service and complimentary nightly activities at Ski Brule. Year round lodging, nightly, weekly and monthly lodging is available

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