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Hard Water Perch Fishing

As winter is fast approaching some people have already started ice fishing on the smaller ponds in our northern region. As a year round tour guide for fishing, I can tell you that my clients are very excited to be catching perch thru the ice. These tasty fish offer some of the best table fare for the winter sportsman. Â


ith my 12 wood, heated and insulated ice houses on seven different lakes, the guests are always catching fish at one of these many locations. We begin by fishing locations that are deeper, such as off the sides of rock bars down at the bottom, near or in the soft sediment. Other locations are out in lakes or ponds that have deep brush, around 15 to 50 feet deep or off a long under water point that sticks out into the lake connected from the shoreline. These spots are all marked earlier in the open water season with a hand held G.P.S. This allows us to make quick contact with the fish when the lakes are frozen over. For people just getting started ice fishing, I recommend the use of a hand held G.P.S. during the summer time so they can easily find the fish during freeze up. Starting out with a small ice rod, reel and 2 lb. test line, yes, 2 lb. test line; the light line is very important for consistent catching and proper presentation of the bait, which we mostly use wax worms, wigglers and some pieces of night crawler for the bait. Now please do not misunderstand, you will catch Perch on heavier line and other baits, I am describing what we use and what works for us. Tying on small ice jigs or small ice hooks in the size range of 1/64 oz. or 1/32 oz. is standard and normal. Using a spring tip rod is very common; this tip is made out of very soft spring material and allows you to see the tip of your rod move even on the most

gentle of bites from a fish. Although, I like to have my guests use a tiny slip bobber, (which I have installed before they get there) this is much easier for them to see and to focus their attention on, by looking down into the ice hole at the bobber, rather than staring at the tip of their rod. The slightest twitch of the bobber and they are instructed to set the hook. This works: remember, you are in a heated ice house, the slip bobber is free and clear of any ice building up to block the line from moving freely thru the bobber. The use of an underwater camera has become one of the most important tools for the fisherman. During open water fishing the underwater camera has truly increased the knowledge of the people who use them. This also is true with the ice fisherman. How does this help us? Well, for example, if we walk around the ice and drill 25 holes all about 20 feet apart we can start fishing in each hole until we catch fish, or we can go from hole to hole and put the camera down to simply see if there are fish there or not. Then, once we see fish we can go directly to that hole where we see all the fish and start fishing. In my situation I would locate the fish with the camera and then move an ice house directly over that spot and have the guest start catching, not fishing. No more just sitting on a bucket waiting for a bite, we now know before we ever put a hook down if there are fish there or not. This piece of technology will not work well in those dark coffee colored lakes, but any-

where else this truly does work and works very well. Perch fishing can be very easy once we locate them but there are times when several factors come into play to help get them to bite. One very important issue is the color of the hook or jig head we are using, this can easily be decided by lowering our hook to a desired location where we already see fish on the underwater camera and watch the reaction of the perch to the hook. We do not bait the hook at this time but only observe the behavior of the fish to the color we are presenting to them, remember we can already see the fish with the camera so watching the reaction of the fish to the color of the hook or jig head is a very critical concept to this test. Some colors will actually spook or scare the fish and other colors will get no response and then you will discover how some of the fish will actually move toward certain color hooks or ice jigs, with no bait on the hook, this is very important and now it’s time to put the bait onto the hook that got the most positive response from the Perch. Watching the actual fish in color or black and white depending on your camera is truly remarkable, we can see what kind of fish, the size of the fish, how our behavior excites or spooks the fish and the clients are going to learn more in just a few minutes than some of them ever have learned in the past. Fishing in the weeds is also very good during the ice period, using your camera and locating Perch on the sloping deeper part of the weeds is a very good location. Also very mild current areas are a good choice. This can be down where two lakes are connected by a small channel then fishing away from the channel out a short distance into the lakes at 6 to 15 feet deep. You must be able to find the narrow channel between the weeds which signifies the actual channel. This area is very good for perch fishing. Good luck and tight lines. Stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people. John Andrew, Expert Guide 715-686-2012 715-892-3020 (immediate attention) Â



Editor’s Noteboo k Winter Racers Turn up the Heat

Dean S. Acheson

I have no desire to be looking up at lake ice from the underside, if you know what I mean, but a camera view of snowmobiles blistering the ice on a 1,000-foot shaved ice track overhead would be neat to see. Last year, I visited the St. Germain Radar Run, which bills itself as “Home of the fastest shaved ice track in Wisconsin.” Hundreds of people witnessed dozens of amazing runs, including by bikini clad ladies. Fans of straight-line racing, or radar runs, have plenty of opportunities this winter to see what modern and vintage sleds are capable of as drivers pilot their machines down the track. The National Straightline Snowmobile Racing (NSSR) is sponsoring a couple of regional races, including the 2013 kick-off on Saturday, Jan. 12 on Lake Namakagon in Cable. Chetek’s Winterfest on Feb. 23 will host another NSSR event. Oval and sno-cross races dot the landscape also, with the biggie being the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River in mid-January. Our home-town hero in Tomahawk, Nick Van Strydonk, will be back to defend his 2012 world championship title. You can read more about the young racer in this issue. This is the 50th anniversary of the Derby. I have been to a number of them over the years, doing photo shoots, and the excitement and competitive field always amazes me. Our coverage in Up North Action gravitates towards those events drawing the most number of people, but I do want to give a shout-out to the athletes par excellence competing in the Tuscobia Winter Ultra on Dec. 28-30. Distances are 35, 75 and 150 miles! Competitors can choose to run, ski or bike the routes. The Tuscobia is a qualifier for the Iditarod Trail Invitational. I don’t even want to think what that latter race demands of racers…honey, hand me a blanket and the remote. I think I have a shiver coming on. You can cheer on the 150-mile elite group starting at the Chequamegon Canoe Club bistro in Park Falls: Runners, 6 a.m. Dec. 28, followed by skiers, 11 a.m., Dec. 28 and bikers at 6 a.m. Dec. 29. For more info about the Tuscobia run go to Speaking of elite racers, here’s a reminder for fans of American short course off-road racing. The Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL’s Crandon International Off-Road Raceway races over the 2012 Labor Day weekend, will be broadcast in a two-hour special on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. Airing at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 29 on NBC, the Red Bull Signature Series will showcase Traxxas TORC PRO class action, including the PRO 2, PRO 4 and Cup truck races -- all produced by the awardwinning Red Bull Media House.

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St. Croix Rods......................................................................................................... Inside Front Cover Holiday Shopper..................................................................................................... Inside Back Cover Price County Tourism......................................................................................................... Back Cover Conover Visitor Guide................................................................................................. Center Section

Region Communities Lincoln County................. Pg. 14 Oneida County................. Pg. 17 Polk County..................... Pg. 21 Price County.................... Pg. 24 Sawyer County................. Pg. 25

Shawano County.............. Pg. 28 U.P. Michigan/Iron County.Pg. 37 Vilas County..................... Pg. 30 Washburn County............. Pg.38

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Bayfield County

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H Iron River Area Chamber of Commerce H 800-345-0716 • 715-372-8558

Washburn Chamber of Commerce 715-373-5017 • Bayfield Chamber of Commerce 800-447-4094 • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center 715-685-9983

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Douglas County

Superior-Douglas Chamber of Commerce • 715-394-7716 Superior-Douglas County Convention & Visitors Bureau 800-942-5313 •

Forest County

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Iron County Development Zone Council • 715-561-2922 Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce 866-340-4334 •

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Oneida County

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Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce • 800-446-6784 715-356-5266 •

Rusk County Visitor Center 800-535-7875 • 715-532-2642

Oneida Country Visitors Bureau 800-236-3006 • Pelican Lake Chamber of Commerce H 715-487-5222 • Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce 800-236-4386 • 715-365-7464 Three Lakes Information Bureau 800-972-6103 • 715-546-3344

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Langlade County

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Lincoln County

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Rusk County

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Balsam Lake Village 715-485-3424 •

Community Development Corp. 715-627-6384 •

Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce 888-408-4800 • 715-339-4100

Lake Tomahawk Information Booth 715-277-2602 • oniedacountywi. com/laketomahawk/index.shtml

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Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce • 877-762-2703 715-762-2703 •

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Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Inc. • 800-236-3432 715-547-3432 • Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce • 888-626-9877 715-543-8488 • Phelps Chamber of Commerce H 877-669-7077 • 715-545-3800 Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce H 888-835-6508 • 715-686-2910

Birchwood Area Chamber of Commerce • 800-236-2252

St. Germain Chamber of Commerce 800-727-7203 • 715-477-2205

Hayward Area Chamber H of Commerce • 715-634-8662

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Winchester Chamber of Commerce 715-686-2232 •

Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce 715-865-3302 •

Birchwood Area Chamber of Commerce • 800-236-2252

Winter Area Chamber of Commerce 800-762-7179 • 715-266-2204

Shawano County

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Vilas County

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H Conover Chamber of Commerce H 866-394-4386 • 715-479-4928

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Upper Peninsula

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Ashland cou n ty Calendar

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Jan. 12 Ashland – Northwoods Harness Club’s Sleigh & Cutter Rally: Various classes of horse-drawn sleigh and cutters parade at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Hook-up is 11 a.m., exhibition 1 p.m. Food and refreshments inside the center. Feb. 2-3 Bayfield – Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race: More than 100 teams compete. Races start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. North of Bayfield. Feb. 9 Ashland – Snowmobile Drag Races: Entrance at Maslowski Beach on Chequamegon Bay. Racing starts at 11 a.m. Food and refreshments available, free parking.

Relive a Currier & Ives Moment in Time (ASHLAND) – The Northwoods Harness Club will present its 26th annual Sleigh & Cutter Rally Saturday, Jan. 12. The beloved rally, which includes a narrated parade, takes place on the spacious grounds of the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, near Ashland. Visitors can readily imagine themselves drawn back to the late 1880s as antique sleighs and cutters, along with drivers and passengers in authentic costumes of that era, parade by. The center is located 2.5 miles west of Ashland just off Hwy. 2. Admission to the Rally & Parade is free. Inside the Visitor Center, visitors can warm up, view a display of harnesses and sleigh bells as well as purchase hot chocolate and food. Before the parade you can talk with club members and watch as they harness the horses and hitch them to a sleigh or cutter. Hook-up is at 11 a.m. and drivers will often take the horses out for a quick trot to warm them up. The parade officially gets underway at 1 p.m. and lasts for about two hours. As the bells jingle on the trotting horses, judges score each entry on costume, sleighs and how the driver and animals interact with each other.

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Bayfield coun t y Snowmobilers Look to Break Speed Records (CABLE) – National Straightline Snowmobile Racing announces that the kick-off race for the 2013 season will be Saturday, Jan. 12 on Lake Namakagon with headquarters at Lakewoods Resort, Cable. In case of inclement weather, races will be held the following day. Races are run on a 1,000-foot shaved ice track with a 2,000-foot shaved ice shutdown. The event draws a number of professional racers or advance masters of the ice, but the organizers also welcome trail riders who want to see how fast his or her machine can go on a professionally timed course. There are separate tracks for each group. There are more than three dozen classes for racers to compete in, including unlimited, vintage classes for the old iron, junior and mini mods. For more information about the organization, go to


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Dec. 15 Cable – Christmas Bird Count: Headquarters at Cable Natural History Museum. Winter bird census around Cable and Hayward. Early morning. Call (715) 798-3890 to volunteer and for more information. Dec. 21 Cable – Winter Solstice Celebration: 4-5:30 p.m. Cable Natural History Museum, Stories and s’mores around the campfire, then games and crafts inside. Donation. Jan. 12 Cable – Seeley Hills Classic: Races begin 10 a.m. 42 K and 22 K. Register

Jan. 12 Cable – Snowmobile Races: National Straightline Snowmobile Racing on Lake Namakagon, headquarters at Lakewoods Resort. Timed drag racing on 1,000-foot shaved ice track. Jan. 13-20 Cable – IP Nordic Skiing World Cup: Telemark Resort. Adaptive sport athletes compete for titles in cross-country skiing and biathlon events. Jan. 19 – Cable Birkie Tour: Untimed, non-competitive, opentrack style event open to skiers age 13 and older. Held at Telemark Resort near Cable.

Seeley Hills Classic Offers $1,000 Top Prize (CABLE) – The top finisher in the men’s and women’s division of the 20th annual Seeley Hills Classic on Saturday, Jan. 12 will each receive the Penman Prize for their efforts. The $1,000 cash award is named in honor of the late Gary “Gordy” Penman, a founder of the Classic and promoter of skiing. The races will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hwy. OO warming building.

ski hat. Various awards will be presented, including in the wood skis class. The Seeley Hills Classic is a major fundraiser for the Seeley Hills Club, which uses the proceeds to promote skiing and for trail maintenance and development.

The all classical technique 42K and 22K uses the mid-sections of the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail, and thus is a favorite with competitors conditioning themselves for the various Birkie races the following month. The Seeley 42K is a Birkie qualifying race and is sanctioned by USSA. Register on-line at (closes at midnight Jan. 9), or in person at the Sawmill Saloon on Friday, Jan. 11 from 5-9 p.m. or on race day from 7-9 a.m. Bib pickup will also be at those times. The first 400 racers to register will receive a SWIX classic



Burnett coun t y Calendar

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Jan. 27 Siren – Siren Destination Wedding Fair: Exhibitions, wedding styles, designs and service demonstrations.

Snowmobile & ATV Trails Play Well Together

Although ATVing is making inroads in number of riders, snowmobiling still reins king during the winter. There are more than 220,000 snowmobiles registered in Wisconsin, and countless others from neighboring states whose owners make the trek each winter to play on the Badger State’s 25,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. It’s a fair statement that more than a few of those snowmobilers find their way to Burnett County where they find fun and exciting recreation on more than 300 miles of groomed and signed trails. Terrain is varied, including forests, farmlands, lakes and streams. The county forestry department and the Phantom Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, as well other clubs, work diligently to groom the trails to top perfection. Their efforts pay off each season as riders are treated to a smooth ride as they enjoy the exquisite winter scenery. Call (800) 788-3164 for more information. That doesn’t mean ATVers have been overlooked. ATVs may use state-funded winter use ATV trails on Burnett County Forest Lands once the ground is frozen and the Frozen Ground ATV Trail System has officially opened. Frozen Ground ATV Trails are signed with green blazers and are shown on the Frozen Ground ATV Trail Map. Winter Use ATV Trails crossing land under other ownerships are closed until a four-inch groomed snow base has been received and are officially opened. These trails are signed with blue blazers and are shown on the Burnett County Snowtrails Association map in blue. Snowmobile trails are signed with orange blazers.

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Forest count y

Fisheree Set for Pine Lake Become a Wildlife Tracker (GRANTSBURG) – Much of the wildlife at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area has taken refuge in deep burrows or other winter shelter or migrated to warmer climes. But that doesn’t mean there’s not any activity going on! Visitors are invited to join locals for a couple of outdoor-themed events this January. On Saturday, Jan. 12, take a class in wildlife tracking skills from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center. You will learn such skills as sign identification, understanding footprints and interpreting gait. The workshop begins with classroom lectures about large and medium carnivore track identification and basic wolf ecology and behavior followed by outdoor field training. Persons completing the training will qualify to become a DNR volunteer carnivore tracker and can assist the center’s crew with the winter carnivore tracking surveys. The workshop will be taught by Bob Hanson, wildlife technician, and Steve Hoffman, wildlife biologist, both of the DNR. Lunch and materials are free, provided by a Citizen Science Monitoring grant from the DNR. Register by calling (715) 463-2739 or e-mail Then on Saturday, Jan. 26 enjoy a candlelight walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski at Crew Meadows Wildlife Area. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. The mile-long trail lit by luminaries will take you through mostly forest with a small observation tower overlooking a marsh. Afterwards, warm up inside the center with hot chocolate and baked goods. Snowshoes will be available on a first come, first serve basis. A part of Wisconsin’s scenic Indianhead Country, the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is located in Burnett County, just north of the Village of Grantsburg. At 30,000 acres, Crex is one of the largest state owned wildlife areas in Wisconsin.

(TOWN OF HILES) – For more than 45 years, the Hiles Fire Department has run a Fisheree on Pine Lake in Hiles, rewarding skilled and lucky anglers with prizes and lots of fun. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 8 a.m. If good weather is to be had that day, they can expect hundreds of anglers anxious to catch a prize-winning fish. There will be plenty of good food, refreshments and prizes, along with children games (it can be tough luring kids away from that fishing hole!), raffles and prizes for the heaviest fish. Categories are walleye, bass, northern, bluegill, crappie and perch. Deadline to register fish is 5 p.m. There will be paddle raffles throughout the afternoon. They expect to give away $500 in special ticket drawings. Proceeds will benefit the Hiles Fire and Rescue Department and the Hiles Service Club, which is serving the food. Whether by yourself, with buddies, friends, or in a tournament such as this one, rest assured there’s plenty of lakes in the Township of Hiles to explore this winter. The township measures an impressive 132 square miles and encompasses a lot of lakes and forests. Indeed, 75 percent of the township comprises lakes, state and national forests. In addition to lake riding, there are groomed snowmobile trails to take you through miles of beautiful scenery. The Three Lakes Trails start right in Hiles, leading riders to and from Three Lakes, Eagle River and the UP.


Langlade county Calendar

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Jan. 12 Antigo – Chili Feed & Ride-in: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tombstone-Pickerel Sno Club. Jan. 12-13 - Antigo – Sled Dog Races: Dozens of sled dog teams compete in various classes. Saturday races begin at 10 a.m.; Sunday races at 9 a.m. Food and refreshments available. Feb. 9 Pickerel – Pickerel Fun Day: Features Schuh’s Winter Plunge/Jump In at 1 p.m. Starts with breakfast 8-11 a.m. at Hill’s Still, Pearson. Snowmobile raffle drawing 3 p.m. on the ice.

Sled Dog Teams Head to Antigo (ANTIGO) – The Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club is set to mush over to Antigo the weekend of Jan. 12 & 13, bringing with them dozens of sled dog teams and their handlers. The staging area for the Trailblazer Challenge Sled Dog Races will again be the parking lot of Culver’s Hwy. 45 N, Antigo. Races will start 10 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, with both days finishing about 3 p.m. WI Trailblazers organizes and runs the Antigo races, which are sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association. The Antigo/Langlade Chamber of Commerce is the race weekend host. Visitors will see 10 Dog (10 miles), 6 dog (6 miles) and 4 dog (4 mile) teams competing. There are also 3 Dog Jr. (4 miles), 2 Dog Jr. (2 miles) and skijoring, 2 Dog (4 miles). In skijoring competition, dogs pull their handlers who are on crosscountry skis.

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Admission is free for spectators; however, they are not to bring their personal dogs to the races. Food and refreshments will be available in a heated facility, so you can warm up if the weather is a bit nippy. Remember, too little snow can cause a race cancellation or postponement to another date. Last year, the club had to cancel races due to a lack of snow. Surprisingly, too much snow can also wreak havoc as it’s difficult or impossible to set a proper trail. Check www. for updated information.




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Feb. 2 Merrill – Artisans Showcase: Bell Tower Residence’s Assisi Hall.

Feb. 2-3 Merrill – Sled Dog Races: Races start 10 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday. Start and finish at the Pine River School. Various classes.

Nick Van Strydonk to Defend World Title (TOMAHAWK) – For a young driver, 22-year-old Nick Van Strydonk certainly has paid his dues en route to claiming the most famous of all snowmobile racing honors, the Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby title. He will be back to defend his title at the Derby track Jan. 18-20 with the championship race that Sunday afternoon. Nick first straddled a Kitty Cat at the tender age of four. Since then he has run hundreds of ice oval races in 120 class, Juniors and beyond. As a pro driver, he crashed in his first attempt at the Champ 440 race at the famed Eagle River Derby track, placed fifth in his second attempt, lost a belt on his third attempt and finally, after 17 years of going around in endless circles claimed the Eagle River Derby’s Pro Champ 440 title last season. Piloting Polaris #13, the Tomahawk native turned in the fastest lap in his semi-finals last year. Racing against the world’s best drivers in the feature race, including four-time World Champion P.J. Wanderscheid, Nick brought the roaring crowd to their feet (the few who weren’t already standing) when he edged 2010 World Champion Matt Schultz by 0.025 of a second to win the coveted title. He will be among the favorites when he returns to the Derby track, with the AMSOIL World Championship on the line Jan. 20. His racing team, T & N Racing, will bring two new machines this year, in the 600 factory class and the Champ 440. The Polaris Pro Champ 440 sled is nearly built (as of this late-November writing), just waiting for the pipes to be finished. He has a large crew, including crew chief Tom Duplayee. The all important role of telemetry specialist falls to Ben Bolte of ABC Computers. Nick works at his parents’ Polaris and Victory dealership, Erv’s Sales & Service, in Tomahawk. Nick notes that his winning 2011-12 sleds will be waiting in the wings if they’re needed. They make 11 major races each season, sometimes dropping one venue and picking it up the next year or so. That’s the case this season when Escanaba, MI will be included. The busy schedule means long and grueling road trips with races in Minnesota, Michigan and Canada in addition to Wis-

consin. There’s an alphabet of sanctioned races: USSA, ORA, CPTC, and the Eastern Pro Tour Series. The traditional start to the season will be to defend his Canadian Power Toboggan Championship (CPTC) title he won last year (he also won in 2009) at the CPTC Complex in Beausejour, Manitoba. Notwithstanding the Eagle River Derby victories, the CPTC Complex is still his favorite track, he notes. Its rich history goes back 50 years, features a longer track and a city that supports snowmobile racing 100 percent. He will also close the race season at Beausejour. Back in Eagle River, a combination of the grueling 30-lap feature and 100 mph speeds wreak havoc on the body, especially the left arm. He compares it to sleeping on your arm – soon the muscles scream enough already, and the grip becomes weak. “You can’t even make a fist,” he said. To counter that he lifts weights, does a bit of running, practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and yoga. Once the season ends, there’s a “rest” period of about two weeks and then they’re back into building a new sled. The winning combination, he muses, is about 80% driver and 20% sled. That all goes out the window however when a mishap sends sled and driver into the hay bales (if he had his druthers, Nick says, he would prefer the softer straw bales). His worst crash came at Rock Rapids, Iowa with another notable mishap at Eagle River. He and other drivers mostly chase the prestige – the titles – with a hope that the track payout will cover expenses. But when you can put “World Champion” in front of your name, it changes things a bit. The Eagle River Derby championship title has added significant sponsorship money behind #13. Among the major new sponsors are Dayco Products and NGK. Nick admits to pre-race jitters, but they get tempered as the season wears on, he said. Once racing, he’s tries to focus as much as possible on finding the right line; listening to sleds moving up on him; trying not to think about the hay bales; hoping the equipment stays together; eating the snow dust; worrying about emerging dirt spots; looking for the pass; the checkers. The high level of professionalism in the Champ 440 race means there’s little trading of paint, but in other classes drivers take it personally sometimes i.e. Jeff Gordon-style. Nick thinks this year’s Derby’s feature race – with its $60,000 collective prize money – will ramp up the competition and hard riding. His advice to young drivers? Never give up. Follow your dreams. He’s living proof. As a Kitty Cat racer in Eagle River, he told his mother, “I’m going to win that (Derby championship) someday.” Also, pick an idol and emulate him. His personal hero is Jeff Ludwig, an excellent driver and whose clean passes don’t cut fellow drivers off. As world champion, Nick knows there are youngsters looking up at him now. “That’s pretty cool,” he said. He pays frequent visits to schools to talk about the sport, his involvement and to sign autographs.

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Polar Plunge Enters Eighth Year (TOMAHAWK) – Singles, couples and groups are encouraged to register and take part in the eighth annual Polar Plunge sponsored by The Happy Snapper, on Tomahawk’s south side, New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. In the morning, volunteers use chain saws to open the ice of Lake Mohawksin adjacent to The Happy Snapper in preparation for the polar bears. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the first polar bears will begin jumping about 1 p.m. into the open water of Lake Mohawksin. A bon fire will warm up the brave jumpers afterwards. Over the past several years, more than $60,000 has been raised by the Polar Plunge participants for their favorite charities and organizations, most of them local. Pledge sheets are available at The Happy Snapper (ask the bartender for a sign-up sheet. Prizes for the best costume and the top fund-raisers. All plungers receive an official Polar Plunge t-shirt. Call the bar at (715) 453-8686 if you have any questions. If you plan to be a spectator, get there early so you don’t miss all the fun.

(TOMAHAWK) – Caring adults can make a big difference in the lives of young people this Christmas season by volunteering to become a youth mentor through Kinship of Tomahawk. It seems appropriate that Kinship of Tomahawk made their first match in 1997 during the season of caring – December. The youth mentoring program has been a success since, but the need for additional matches remains. Kinship is a program that matches adult volunteers with boys and girls, ages 5 and older. The goal of the program is to befriend children, who, for a variety of reasons, need a special relationship with an adult who cares. Some are asking to learn how to fish or ski, or someone to go to the movies with, for example. There are more than a dozen area youth currently waiting to pair up with an adult who will provide stability, support, friendship and personal growth in our community. Kinship, Inc., is a private, non-profit organization that local Kinship affiliates rely on for resources. Adults who volunteer to become mentors are screened, both for background character and time commitment for a positive outcome. The local affiliate sponsors group activities for all the youth involved in Kinship, as well as sponsoring fund-raisers. One of them, the annual Polar Bear Plunge, is held in late February. Even if you can’t become a mentor, you can help “kinskids” through a donation to the organization. For more information, visit or call Executive Director Patti Hilgendorf at (715) 453-1910.

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Ice Fishing Tournaments are Favorite Pursuits (TOMAHAWK) – The many lakes in and around Tomahawk provide ample opportunities for winter warriors to catch fish during the “hard water” season. The number of anglers who ice fish has exploded over the last decade, according to Wisconsin officials. Part of the reason is the number of fishing tournaments that are fun for families as well as fishing buddies. Here’s a look at the Tomahawk area tournaments: Saturday, Jan. 12 Hundreds of anglers will descend on Lake Nokomis on Saturday, Jan. 12 for the fifth annual Ice Fishing Tournament sponsored by the AMVETS Post 724 & NCO Club. Fishing headquarters will be at the Hwy. N boat landing. There, you can register on-site from 7-9 a.m. inside the large, military-style tents set up on the ice. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 9 and younger. Fishing hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prizes for largest fish (first through third place) in categories of northern pike, walleye, perch, bluegill and crappie. Early bird drawing, hundreds of door prizes and raffles. Veterans with at least a 70 percent disability rating from the VA are especially welcomed to fish the tournament. As part of the Wounded Warrior Project outreach, volunteers will provide transportation to heated ice shacks for the eligible vets. Holes will be drilled and hooks

baited as needed. Proceeds from the event help support military members and programs. Saturday, Jan. 26 Tomahawk Fishing Unlimited will have their winter Family Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. You can fish anywhere in Wisconsin, but you must register your fish by 6 p.m. at Road Lake Pub & Grill, N8796 County Hwy. S, Tomahawk. (Remember, you cannot legally transport live fish.) Registration fee is $5 for adults (16 and older) and $3 for 15 and youngphoto by Dean S Acheson er. Registration closes 10 a.m. Jan. 26. Registration forms are at the Road Lake Pub & Grill, Aquatic Arts, Tomahawk bp, Chuck’s Sport Shop and Viequt’s Do It Express. Cash and certificates presented for first through third place in each group: walleye, northern, bass, crappie, perch and bluegill. There will be food, raffle drawings and refreshments at the Road Lake Pub & Grill. Tomahawk Fishing Unlimited will also draw the winning tickets for their raffle that started Dec. 1. Top prizes are a Smith & Wesson BG 380 Bodyguard semi automatic pistol with laser, $200 cash, and a handmade quilt, in that order. Saturday, Feb. 2 Alice in Winterland Ice Fishing Festival on Lake Alice will be Saturday, Feb. 2. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on-site; advance registration at Aquatic Arts, Chuck’s Sport Shop, and Pine Point Resort. Fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Lake Alice from the bridge to the dam. Prizes for the three largest fish caught in five categories of fish species: northern pike, walleye, perch, bluegill and crappie. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family. Food, refreshments, door prizes and numerous raffles. There will be a warming tent on the ice. Sponsored by the Lake Alice Lake Association, the contest attracts more than 700 anglers each year.

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Dec. 29 Minocqua – Chill Out: Polar bears of all ages to jump into Lake Minocqua, 1 p.m., Thirsty Whale. Dec. 29 Minocqua – Light up the Night Concert: Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center, 6 p.m.

‘Cruzin for a Cause’ Gets Outpouring of Support (VILAS AND ONEIDA COUNTIES) – Now in its sixth year, “Cruzin for a Cause” has raised thousands of dollars for cancer research and provided support to people suffering from cancer. Geared toward snowmobilers – although anyone can participate – the fundraiser is supported by more than 30 restaurants and taverns in the Northwoods. This year’s recipient of funds is again the Angel on My Shoulder organization. The 2012-13 rally, now in progress, culminates with a gala party on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at 5 p.m. at the Arbor Vitae town hall. For more information go to Participants enter the event by buying a “passport” ($10 each) and having them stamped at participating sponsors. Once complete, each passport has a chance to win and includes dinner, open bar and live entertainment by 2 Miles South at the Feb. 16 party.

Dec. 31 Woodruff – Red Hot New Year’s Eve: Ring in the New Year at the Woodruff Town Hall. Chili feed, kids crafts, skating, sledding starting at 5 p.m., fireworks at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 Minocqua – Ice Cold Beer Fest: 1-5 p.m. Campanile Center for the Arts, downtown Minocqua. • (715) 356-9700. Jan. 26 Minocqua – Ice Fishing Tournament: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lake Minocqua. Thirsty Whale is headquarters. Cash prizes for largest fish; door prizes; raffles. For details, contact Matt Schmidt at (715) 3565206, ext. 2184 or mschmidt@

In addition to numerous prizes, there will be three grand prize cash prizes: $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third. Angel on My Shoulder, a registered 501(x)(3) non-profit organization based in St. Germain, offers several programs for people affected by cancer, whether themselves or their loved ones. Among other outreach endeavors, it provides free weekend camps for children and scholarships. ...continued on Page 20

Feb. 2 Minocqua – Wolf Tracks Rendezvous: 42K and 26K cross-country ski races with first wave starting 9 a.m. at Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center. or (715) 356-3309 for registration info. Feb. 2 Minocqua – Kind Gary Fisheree: On Squirrel Lake from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Headquarters off Squirrel Lake Road. Prizes for various categories, raffles, prizes and food. (715) 588-1747. Feb. 2 Minocqua – Loop Around the Lake: Candlelight cross-country ski, snowshoe and hike on Lake Minocqua from 4:308:30 p.m. Food and refreshments. • (800) 44-NORTH. Feb. 8 Rhinelander – Taste of Chocolate: downtown Rhinelander.




Sunday, December 2, 1:00pm. The Campanile Chorus and the Lakeland Community Concert Band once again join forces to showcase our local talent in one of the most popular events of the year. Be sure to come early and bring friends! Suggested minimum donation $5.


Thursday, December 6, 7:00pm. Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season with the bold sound of brass and five accomplished musicians. Adults $20, Students $10.


Wednesday, December 19, 7:00pm. The Blue Canvas Orchestra returns after last year’s almost sellout. Their original sound puts a wonderful spin on the classics and their own Christmas favorites. Adults $20, Students $10.


Wednesday, January 23, 7:00pm. One of the country’s most popular and highly acclaimed A cappella groups will fill the auditorium with pure voice(s). Adults $20, Students $10.


Monday, February 25, 7:00pm. You’ll hear the music and see the showmanship of all the greats: Supremes, Spinners, Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye and the list goes on. Adults $20, Students $10.

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Blue Canvas Orchestra to Perform Christmas Show (MINOCQUA) – It’s not only BIG, it’s Big Top Chautauqua’s Blue Canvas Orchestra and they will be returning to Campanile Center for the Arts with their updated Christmas show on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $20 Adults, $10 Students. The Big Top selections, include traditional songs such as “Silent Night” (an audience sing-along), “Up on the House Top,” and “Greensleeves,” will have a gospel, bluegrass, or “Irish pub” style that gives a distinctive Big Top touch to the familiar tunes.

Ice Fishing Tournament Set for Lake Minocqua (MINOCQUA) – Lake Minocqua is a multi-species lake popular with anglers near and far. There’s always a chance for a lunker and plenty of action on the smaller fish, so it’s not surprising that supporters of Creative Minds and Woodland Progressive charter schools picked the lake for their inaugural Ice Fishing Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 26. Fishing hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lake Minocqua. Registration (fee) will be at the Thirsty Whale, which is right off the downtown boat landing (west of the business district). Eligible species are perch, bluegill, crappie, walleye and northern pike. Cash prizes for largest fish in each category, plus door prizes and grand prize. The students from the charter schools at Minocqua-HazelhurstLake Tomahawk School District will be running a food stand in the tent on the ice. For more information, contact Matt Schmidt at (715) 356-5206, ext. 2184. Donations of prizes and sponsorships are also appreciated.

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(MINOCQUA) – One of the largest gatherings of snowmobilers in the Northwoods -- Cruiserfest -- will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9 on Lake Minocqua, just off the Island of Minocqua. It’s an opportunity to see hundreds of radar runs including the famed bikini runs, every make, model and color of modern sleds, vintage snowmobiles and much more. Sponsored by the Cross Country Cruisers (CCC) Snowmobile Club, the event draws upwards of a thousand snowmobilers who positively swoon at the aroma of brats boiling in beer and two-stroke oil in the air. Proceeds from the event helps with trail maintenance and development expenses.

The 13th annual Cruiserfest officially starts Friday night (6-8 p.m.) inside a huge, heated tent on the lake where riders and other members of the public can find food, refreshments and music. The evening’s much-anticipated snowmobile parade on Lake Minocqua gets underway at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the line-up, which starts at Stack’s Bay on the east side of Lake Minocqua before returning to the Aqua Bowl (the lake area between Matt Morgan’s and The Thirsty Whale). A large bonfire on the ice keeps everyone warm as participants swap stories about their favorite rides and trips.

The next morning it’s time to chow down as there will be a breakfast served from 8-11 a.m. in the heated tent out on the lake. Beginning mid-morning Saturday, are the radar runs organized and run by the St. Germain Racing Club. Pony up a few bucks to see what speed your sled can achieve on a measured, shaved 1,000-foot ice track or hard pack snow track. Each year, the fastest sleds top 130 mph. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The bikini races are at 2 p.m. Bring your vintage sled and display it with those of like-minded owners. Area snowmobile dealers will have displays and will lead demo rides. Food and refreshments available throughout the day in the tent. Dinner is at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall but tickets must be purchased in advance. Youngsters will enjoy the free rides on the CCC’s trail groomer, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If in need of a part or two, or even a new sled or ATV, there’s an all-day swap meet out on the ice. Saturday night welcomes everybody for an evening of music and cash bar at the American Legion Hall. Also taking place are the gun drawings.


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Winter Fest Features Ice Drags and Lots More Fun (BALSAM LAKE) – Chase away those winter blues at the Balsam Lake Winter Fest on Feb. 1-3 in Balsam Lake. Events are planned for the entire weekend both on and off the ice. The fun begins Friday with a Pub Crawl which extends through Saturday. Visit your favorite tavern or restaurant and take part in the festivities with live music, DJ, karaoke, along with drink and dinner specials. Saturday is packed full of fun including the 10 a.m. start of the bone chilling “Royal Flush” Polar Plunge! Last year’s participants plunged in everything from bikinis to very creative costumes. The exciting 4X4 truck Ice Drag Races will begin at noon on the ice drag strip located at Town Bay. Last year 70 trucks competed for first place trophies in four different classes. The fastest of the fast will be crowned, “King of the Ice.” Women can compete for a first place trophy in the feature race. Enjoy the day watching the events or even better, register to participate! Several adult and kids games are being planned on the ice throughout the day. Warm up next to the fire and enjoy concessions that will be available or help yourself to some booya (sponsored by the Sportsman’s Club). Feeling really adventur-

Dec. 12 Centuria – Cozy Country Christmas Dec. 14 Amery – ArtZ Gallery’s Artist’s Reception, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 15 Frederic – Christmas in Frederic: Dec. 31 Clear Lake – Fireworks. Jan. 19 Amery – Balsam Vinter Fest: XC races for all ages at DD. Kennedy Park. Door prizes, food booth. (715) 268-8655.

Jan. 26 Frederic – Winter Fun Day: Fishing contest, snow sculpting, garage sales. Jan. 26 Amery – Candlelight Ski: At Soo Line. Jan. 27 Amery – Ice Fishing Contest: Feb. 1-3 Balsam Lake – Winterfest: 4-wheel drag races, adult and kids games on the ice, helicopter rides, polar bear plunge, ice pond hockey, all on Saturday; ice fishing contest is on Sunday. Feb. 2 Amery – Ice Fishing Contest: Wanderoos/Lake Wapogasset. Feb. 7-10 Luck – Winter Carnival:

ous? Get a bird’s eye view of the action by taking a helicopter ride or take a peaceful ride through the area by horse and buggy. After the races, head over to one of the local establishments in town and have more fun participating in events, enjoying music, beverages and dinner. Those polar bears who got a first-hand look at the fish during their plunges Saturday should certainly return Sunday for the 25th annual Ice Fishing Contest on Balsam Lake. Cash and other prizes will be presented to the first through third place finishers in various classes. Those with a keen eye will be looking high and low during the medallion hunt Sunday, the first to find it collects a $100 reward. While searching stop in and warm up with booya on the ice. Visit or go on Facebook, Balsam Lake Winter Fest, for more information. All events held weather permitting.

Balsam Vinter Fest Challenges All Ages of XC Skiers (AMERY) – The beautiful wooded acreage of D.D. Kennedy Park near Amery will be the site for the 16th annual Balsam Vinter Fest on Saturday, Jan. 19. The fest is a competitive feast for cross-country skiers with races for children, middle and high school students, and adults. In good years (lots of snowfall), the race attracts upwards of 250 racers. Again this year there will be the 2K children’s Barnelopet (kids 3-12), starting at 9:45 a.m.; the 6K high school/middle school at 10:15 a.m.; 10K Sjoland Rennet, and 20K Norseklopet. The 10K and 20K racers will have a mass start at 11 a.m. Both courses are considered moderate to challenging in skill level. Medals will be

presented in age categories as well as an overall men and women. Trophies will be presented to high school winning teams. There will be drawings for door prizes and a food booth will be provided. Registration is from 9-10:30 a.m. on race day. For fee information, including early registration, call Larry Behne at (715) 268-8655. The park’s ski trail complex also includes a lighted segment of four kilometers out of the 12 total kilometers. Lights go on at dusk, off at 11 p.m. The park also has several kilometers of snowshoe trails.




Vintage Snowmobiles on display at the Depot (FREDERIC) -- The Frederic Area Historical Society will host the fourth annual Vintage Snowmobile Show at the 1901 Soo Line Depot in Frederic, Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Owners of the older snowmobiles that started the whole snowmobile recreation industry are invited to show them off, and maybe take a ride on the Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trail (snow conditions permitting). Trailer parking is available. Judging and awards will take place at 1 p.m. with unique trophies awarded to the best pre-1970, 1971+ leaf spring, and best original (unrestored) snowmobile.   In 2009, Jeff Moats of Frederic correctly identified 22 brands of snowmobiles and the dealers that sold them within a 12-mile radius of Frederic to win the “Name the Dealer” contest.  His winning list will be on display, and you can see if you remember them. Located on the Gandy Dancer State Trail, the restored 1901 Soo Line Depot serves as the Frederic Area Museum. The Depot/Museum is open from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season in the fall, holidays, and for several special events in Frederic. The Depot/Museum will be open for tours; coffee and snacks will be available during event hours. There is no admission charged for the event or the museum tours.

“Christmas in Frederic” is also occurring Dec. 15, so a lot of activities will be happening in town. For more information, call (715) 327-4158 or (715) 327-4892 evenings.

Frederic to Host Winter Fun Day (FREDERIC) –Spend a perfect winter day in Frederic when they host Winter Fun Day Saturday, Jan. 26. The Frederic Chamber of Commerce and Frederic Parks Board are jointly sponsoring this fifth annual Winter Fun Day.

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A fishing contest will take place on Coon Lake, a relatively shallow lake. Consequently, the organizers of the fishing contest expect to have only two species of fish, northern pike and panfish (and possibly bass), eligible for prizes (first through third). Cost is $8 with kids 10 and under admitted free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with fishing hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be raffles and door prizes. Raffle prizes include an electric ice auger and fish TV camera. Visitors are also encouraged to try the community’s 5 km crosscountry ski trail, near Coon Lake. The trail is groomed for both classical and skating styles. There is no cost to use the trail, but a donation box awaits your generosity. The community also boasts an outdoor, hockey-size skating rink. There will be open skating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. that day. They have a number of skates to use at no charge if you forget yours or don’t have skates. Both figure and hockey skates in a variety of sizes will be available. There is a warming house and they play music throughout the day at the rink. In past years, a snow sculpturing contest has taken place at the rink, which is located next to the elementary school.

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Jan. 29 Park Falls – “Thuringer Jan. 1 Phillips – Polar Bear Salonquintett” Concert: 7 p.m., Plunge: Harbor View Pub & Eat- Chequamegon High School. Music ery. At 1 p.m., brave humans performed by a chamber music imitate polar bears as they leap quintet ensemble. www.woodinto the icy waters of Long Lake. Bonfire, raffles, door prizes, si- Feb. 2 Phillips – Chili Golf lent auction. www.bbbsnorth- Open: Golf the 9-hole, par 3 course on Long Lake with plowed Jan. 26 Phillips – Phillips fairway and greens. Register and Flurry Snowshoe Race: 10 a.m. play anytime between 9 a.m. and start at Phillips School Forest 2 p.m. Chili cook-off; auction 3 Trail. Registration 8-9:30 a.m. p.m., raffle drawing 4 p.m. Head5K & 10K courses. Awards, chili quarters at Harbor View Pub & Eatery. www.harborviewonline. feed, bake sale. com. Jan. 26-27 Phillips – Winterfest: Spirit– Ice Fishing JamTwo days of activities includ- Feb. 9 ing Saturday’s radar runs, snow boree: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Little Spirit sculpture contest, candlelight Lake. No entry fee. Cash prizes, walk, ski, snowshoe, snowmo- food and refreshments, raffles, bile parade and fireworks; and heated tent. (715) 427-3778 • Sunday’s breakfast at Club 13, raffles, ice fishing contest on Lake Duroy. (place your event for only $10)

Radar Runs and More at Phillips Winterfest (PHILLIPS) – If you’ve mastered the “art” of making s’mores – those wonderful creations of graham crackers and marshmallows slowly roasted over an open fire – then it’s time to tackle making a pudgy pie. Learn how to make them from the experts during the annual Phillips Winterfest set for the weekend of Jan. 26-27 in Price County. Two days of family fun await attendees, including the popular radar runs and candlelight walk on Saturday. The radar runs will be held at Birch Island Resort on Wilson Flowage. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the first of the runs at 11 a.m. Bring your snowmobile, ATV, lawn mower and vintage sleds as all are eligible for cash prizes and trophies. Additional activities Saturday include tug-of-war and barrel toss at 1 p.m., live music from 3-7 p.m., snow sculpture contest, free hot chocolate, hot dogs and the opportunity to cook your own pudgy pies at Elk Lake/Lionite Park. Pudgy pies are ingredient-filled “pockets” of bread placed in the “pie iron” (think of it as a sandwich maker) and roasted over a campfire. Then at 6 p.m. is the candlelight walk, snowshoe or ski (1/2 mile) on Lake Duroy to the island and back, fun & refreshments at rest stops and chamber tent, snowmobile parade at 7 p.m. from Birch Island to Lake Duroy, fireworks to follow. Sunday heralds the ice fishing contest on Lake Duroy. Registration begins at 6 a.m. on Lake Duroy. The Chaparrals breakfast buffet at Club 13, on trail #102, will be from 8-11 a.m.

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Feb. 2 Winter -- Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe, Hike: Choose your footwear and traverse a 1.8 km trail lit by 600 candles, from 6-9 p.m., beginning at Flambeau Hills Ski Trail trailhead. Trail fee waived beginning 5 p.m. Warming fires and grills available to cook your own food. Hot dogs, chili and spiced tea provided. (715) 332-5271, ext. 101.

XC Racers Get Early Start on Birkie Hopes (HAYWARD) – Gear up and have fun with the Hayward Lions PreBirkie Cross-Country Ski Race on Saturday, Feb. 9. The 26K classic racers will start at 9:30 a.m. on Lake Hayward followed by the skate racers at 10 a.m. Since this race is a precursor to the American Birkebeiner, which takes place two weeks later, many skiers traditionally use this as part of their training regimen for the Birkie. Now in its 31st year, the event gives all levels of skiers a chance to ski the world famous American Birkebeiner trail at a more relaxed atmosphere. The sponsors note that that everything – from registration to parking to busing – is convenient. Food stations will be located about every 6 km along the course. At the finish line, Lions will be serving their famous doughnuts and beverages. Every skier who finishes the race will receive a Pre-Birkie sweatshirt. Awards will be given in all classes for each division. For more information, call (715) 634-4994 or visit Ample parking will be available at several locations in proximity to the start. The Fishing Hall of Fame parking lot (by the Big Fish) and adjacent areas will be opened for racer and spectator parking. Parking on Lake Hayward is discouraged as ice conditions can vary greatly year-to-year.

Feb. 23 Cable to Hayward – 40th Annual American Birkebeiner: Largest cross-country ski race in North America. Includes family events, ski equipment demos, expo, music, food Feb. 21-23.

Luminaries Adds Romance to Ski Trail (WINTER) – An enchanting evening of cross-country skiing is yours for free during the annual Candlelight Ski on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 6-9 p.m. on the Flambeau Hills Ski Trail in the heart of the Flambeau River State Forest. A 1.8 km loop of trail will be groomed, tracked and lit by more than 600 luminaries. The cross-country ski trail accommodates both classic and freestyle skiers. Hikers and snowshoers are also welcomed that evening. Picnic tables and a large barbecue grill will be available near the trailhead for those who wish to cook out. Large warming fires will be lit and maintained throughout the evening. The State Forest staff urges people to come out for this event as it’s a wonderful way for families to enjoy a magical ski through the forest. Especially so if the sky is cloud-free and the stars shining brightly! Beginning at 5 p.m., the day-use trail fee will be waived. Start the ski at the trailhead located on Cty. Hwy. W, 20 miles west of Phillips or 15 miles east of Winter. The event is scheduled regardless of weather, but if it’s really bad out and you’re coming from a distance, call (715) 332-5271, ext. 101 to ensure it hasn’t been postponed or cancelled.

Skiers will be bused from the finish line at County Highway OO parking lot, back to Hayward to the Fishing Hall of Fame parking lot and to the VFW. They will also have a spectator bus at both the Fishing Hall of Fame and the VFW on Saturday morning until 10:30 a.m. at which time the buses leave for the finish at County Highway OO (Birkie trailhead parking lot). This year the Lions will hold a spaghetti feed beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Hayward Vet’s Center. The feed is open also to the general public.



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(TREGO) – A 28-mile ride on one of the more beautiful trails in northwestern Wisconsin awaits riders of vintage and classic snowmobiles on Saturday, Dec. 22 during the annual Casey Loop Vintage Rally. The Northwest Relic Riders Vintage Snowmobile Club sponsors the event, which is free to all sledders. This event starts at Pair O’ Lakes Lodge, W7541 Pair O’Lakes Rd, Spooner. The NW Relic Riders will have a short meeting prior to the 10 a.m. ride. A trail party is planned at about the halfway mark. Riders are encouraged to wear vintage clothing. For more information, visit Another vintage outing has been announced for Saturday, Jan. 19. The fifth annual Sno-Trails Vintage Stud Run welcomes all riders of vintage machines. Registration is $10 per sled, which includes the meals. Sign-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at Big Musky Resort & Motel off Hwy. CC, Hayward. Plan to depart about 10 a.m. for a 28-mile trip that goes mostly on the Chippewa Flowage. The riders will stop on Picnic Island for lunch, a bit of card playing and other games. Call Bruce McMillin at (715) 462-4566 or Diane Collins at Big Musky, (715) 462-3782 or visit for more information. Be sure to stop by and view the early machines at the NW Relic Riders Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Show on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Pat’s Landing on the Chippewa Flowage. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Yet another vintage ride to bring back memories of “old iron” days will be held Saturday, Feb. 2. The seventh annual Kaye Johnson Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Ride will be headquartered at Trails End Resort, Hwy. K, Hayward. Registration starts at 9 a.m.; $15 per sled by Jan. 26, $20 day of event. Go to to get a registration form. Call Bruce McMillin at (715) 462-4566 for more information. Before the ride begins, there will be a people’s choice voting. A lunch on the trail is also scheduled. The ride will finish back at Trails End around 4 p.m. There will be a meal served along with prizes, raffles, silent auction and live music.

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Jan. 1 Shawano – Polar Bear Jump: 2 p.m. at The Lighthouse, W6440 Gumaer Road. (715) (COUNTY-WIDE) – Winter fun 526-5600. and adventure is always on tap in

Shawano Country – the marketing moniker that highlights what to see and do in Shawano and Menominee counties. You undoubtedly have read about the painted “quilts” that cover more than 100 barns throughout Shawano County. But come winter, another covering – snow and ice – opens the barn door to numerous cold weather recreational pursuits. The lakes in the two counties slowly freeze over and by mid-December the adventurous (and brave!) ice fishermen are creeping along on the new ice for easy pickings when the bite is right. As winter progresses into January and the ice thickens the rest of us are out on the lake drilling through eight inches or more of ice on favorite bays. Ice shanties pop up overnight; the ATVs and snowmobiles are the first machines out to be followed later by four-wheel drive pickup trucks. Clusters of shanties grow as the word spreads of “hot spots.” At 6,000 acres, popular Shawano Lake holds countless possibilities to find walleyes, northern pike, perch and crappies. The distant whine of snowmobile engines can be heard as riders cross the lakes en route to another trail connection. Shawano Country is a snowmobiler’s paradise with more than 400 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails that wind through majestic forests and scenic meadows. There are plenty of places to eat and relax along the trails, and many lodging establishments can boast they are “right on the trail” so there’s no need to trailer one’s sled. ATVs can also be used on most of the snowmobile trails (with the exception of the Mountain Bay and Wiouwash trails) as long as the temperature is less than 28 degrees. Shawano Country does not neglect the silent sports enthusiast. Numerous cross-country ski trails challenge all levels of skiers. Check out the XC and snowshoe trails at the Navarino Nature Center. The center has 12 miles of groomed XC ski trails. Go bold with your bear paws on the ungroomed snowshoe trails. Snowshoe rentals are available. The center has a candlelight snowshoe & ski each January. There is also a gentle sloping sledding hill next to the nature center, perfect for the youngsters. Another sledding hill can be found at the Maple Hills Recreation Area, on Hwy. 22, two miles south of Shawano. The large, lighted sledding hill with parking facilities is complemented by the nearly seven miles of groomed hilly trails for cross-country skiing. Other good bets for easy, quick XC ski outings: Shawano Lake County Park (1 mile of trails) and Wilson Lake County Park (over a mile of trails). Hayman Falls County Park offers snowshoe trails also.

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Jan. 11-13 Eagle River – Loadmaster Classic Vintage Weekend. Derby Track. Various vintage and classic snowmobile classes, oval track racing, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; championship runs on Sunday.

Dec. 9 Manitowish Waters – Christmas for the Town: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. Free lunch, baked goodies, prize Jan. 12 St. Germain – Primetimdrawings, and a visit from Santa ers Snowflake Dance: St. Germain Community Center, 7-11 p.m. Live and Mrs. Claus. entertainment, food and beverDec. 14 Presque Isle – Christ- ages. (715) 479-6310. mas Event Jan. 17-20 Eagle River Dec. 16 Eagle River – Silver – AMSOIL World Championship Blades Ice Show: 7 p.m. Eagle Snowmobile Derby: Various races River Ice Arena. Admission by on oval track, daily starting at 9 donation of food item for food a.m. with championship race at pantry. 3 p.m. Sunday.www.derbytrack. Dec. 26-31 Manitowish com • (715) 479-4424. Waters – Marvel in Manitowish Jan. 19 Manitowish Waters Waters – January Chill Chaser: 11 a.m. Dec. 29 Boulder Junction – Winter Park Celebration: 4-6:30 p.m. Boulder Jct. Winter Park. Chili dump, bonfire, music, ice skating, cross-country skiing and fireworks. (715) 3852400.

Jan. 5 St. Germain – Polar Bear Plunge: Big St. Germain Lake with headquarters at Fibber’s Restaurant. Plunge begins at noon. Proceed benefit Angel on My Shoulder charities. www. • (800) 860-3431. Jan. 5 Sayner – Ridge Runner Classic Ski Race: Headquarters at the Corner Store, registration at 8 a.m., start at 10 a.m. 3K, 7.5K or 15.5 classic ski competition. (715) 542-3501

to 3 p.m., Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing an hiking on trails at North Lakeland Discovery Center. Snowshoe rental and lunch available. (715) 543-2700

Jan. 26 Phelps – Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament: Lac Vieux Desert, headquarters on west shore boat landing. Sponsored by Phelps Lions Club. (715) 545-3327. Feb. 1-3 St. Germain – Snowmobile Radar Run: Little St. Germain Lake. Fun Runs on Friday. Trophy runs, including bikini runs, on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outlaw drag racing on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food and refreshments available. • (715) 479-2934.

Snowmobilers Invited to Ride with the Champs (ST. GERMAIN) – A full day of riding the beautiful snowmobile trails of the Northwoods and an evening of relaxing and reminiscing about the sport of snowmobiling, along with induction of members into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, await participants in the 30th annual “Ride with the Champs” on Saturday, Feb. 16. Hot Dawg garage heaters by Modine is again a major sponsor of this year’s ride, said Loren Anderson, executive director of the St. Germain-based Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum. The annual fundraiser for the Hall of Fame gives members of the public a chance to rub shoulders with some of the greats in the industry as well as racing legends. The $140 registration fee gets you breakfast, a guided trail tour during the day, a visit to the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, lunch, admission to the Hall of Fame dinner and 2013 induction ceremony at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain, souvenir bib and event cap. The Ride with the Champs includes two late model and two vintage model groups. After registration and breakfast Saturday morning at the Whitetail Inn, a vintage and a late model group will make a run to Fish Tales on Lake Gogebic, Mich. Vintage riders successfully making the 150-mile round trip to Lake Gogebic will receive a certificate during the evening gala. During the 2012 outing, 40 of the 47 sleds successfully made the trip. The two other groups will hit the trails around the Northwoods area. There’s an opportunity to gather some autographs during the 6 p.m. cocktail hour with the dinner at 7 p.m. The drawing for a 2013 Polaris 600 Indy SP will also take place that evening. Tickets will be available during the banquet. Candidates to be inducted into the Hall of Fame that evening, include Blair Morgan, the famed sno-cross racer; Norman Ball III, drag racer and builder/designer; John Zeglin, snow show, race and swap organizer, and Bob Bracy, designer/builder of the Manta and other in-cockpit sleds. This year the Hall of Fame is featuring an exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River. For more information about the Ride with the Champs or the special exhibit, visit the Snowmobile Hall of Fame website at or call Loren Anderson at (715) 542-4463.

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(ST. GERMAIN) – The weekend package of the St. Germain Radar Run (“Home of the Fastest Shaved Ice Track in Wisconsin”), legendary bikini radar runs and Outlaw Drag Races will entice snowmobile enthusiasts and other fun seekers, far and near, to make the trip to St. Germain, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 1-3. Sponsored by the St. Germain Radar Racers, the 2013 snowmobile radar runs will take place on the west bay of Little St. Germain Lake, near the intersection of Paton Road and Hwy. 70. Spectator parking allowed on the ice, safe conditions permitting, and with entrance fee. Fun runs and practice runs are scheduled for Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again Saturday morning. Trophy runs begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue until 4 p.m. Professional groomers shave one lane into 1,000 feet of mirror smooth ice for the veteran racers. Another track, 660 feet long, consists of packed and groomed snow, designed for those who want to see how their personal sleds performs. Entry fees vary depending on chosen track and number of runs. All classes are sponsored for trophies and prizes, which will be presented at Knocker’s Pizza Co. at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The top speed driver wins the Sno-King traveling trophy, which then goes on display at the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. Other fun events At 1 p.m. Saturday, contestants compete for cash and prizes as they push grocery carts (foot power only) down the track. The popular Bikini Runs start at 2 p.m. Saturday. Cash, trophies and prizes for the top speed and top pledge raiser. Funds are designated for the Pink Ribbon Riders, St. Germain Fire & Rescue Department and the Plum Lake Ambulance. Then at 3 p.m., it’s the world speed record exhibition sleds’ turn to shine. On Sunday, the St. Germain Drag Racers group is sponsoring Outlaw Drag Race, also on Little St. Germain. There’s racing on two lanes on 550 feet of shaved ice with 100% payout. Hot food, beverages, vendors and music on the ice both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (800) 445-5370 or go to

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AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby 50th Anniversary Feature Race has Richest Payout Ever

(EAGLE RIVER) -- Wisconsin’s premier winter sports event and the world’s most prestigious snowmobile race – the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby -- will have a grand 50th anniversary celebration Jan. 17-20. In addition, the Derby in Eagle River hosts the largest vintage snowmobile races in the world. Those races will open Derby Week on Friday, Jan. 11 with the Vintage Snowmobile World Championship feature race on Sunday, Jan. 13. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. daily. “We feel the 50th anniversary of the Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby is truly a historic milestone in the sport of snowmobiling. The entire staff at the Derby is really excited to work with our title sponsor AMSOIL, as well as all of our affiliate sponsors to make this event the best ever seen in snowmobile racing,” said Derby Track General Manager, Todd Achterberg. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, an official product sponsor of the AMSOIL World Championship, is giving away $50,000 cash to the 30-lap championship race winner. Combine that with $10,000 being paid out by the AMSOIL Derby Track and the 2013 champ can take home a check for $60,000. If he also wins the first 10 lap segment he will win another $5,000 for a grand total of $65,000. The 2013 Derby will have a large number of the past world champions returning to “meet and greet” their fans. Their actual winning sleds or detailed replicas will be seen both on display and on the race track that made them famous. All the past Derby Queens have been invited and will be appearing with the former champs to visit and reminisce with race fans. Opportunities to meet past and current race drivers will be a big part of the weekend with a large heated VIP tent and an expanded Expo Hall Loft for sit down dining. This Loft will be the site of the Saturday night Top Ten ring presentation, open to all fans. There will be visiting celebrities from the auto racing world as three-time Indy champion Bobby Unser and that well known “Voice of Indy” Paul Page are going to be at the track. You’ll hear these two from the announcer’s booth and see them in the VIP tent.

Racing is always highly competitive on the Derby oval but in 2013 the final championship race with a $60,000 first place payout plus the additional purse paid to the remaining 11 drivers in the final will make this event the race of the century. This year’s Derby championship total cash purse is $81,600, making this the richest payout to one class final in the history of snowmobile racing. “The 2013 AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby is one event that you do not want to miss – it will have all the best of our winter race world in one big weekend,” Achterberg said. For information on advance tickets, hot seats, etc., go to www. or call (715) 479-4424. Here’s a look at the major events for Derby Week:

World Championship Vintage Snowmobile Racing

Friday, Jan. 11 -- Friday Night Thunder show; Saturday, Jan. 12 -- Class finals and qualifying; and Sunday, Jan. 13 – More class finals with the Vintage World Championship feature race at 3 p.m.

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Thursday, Jan. 17 – competition starts with time trials for the World Championships, plus a full day of oval sprint and sno-cross qualifying; Friday, Jan. 18 – sno-cross and oval sprint racing; Friday night, Jan. 18 – Parts Unlimited Friday Night Thunder, 6 p.m. pre-race activities start, including 120 cc sno-cross, ice motorcycles and the phenomenal show will split the action. 7 p.m. racing starts with the Sweet Sixteen pole position final at 9:30 p.m. sharp; and then the Ultimax sno-cross world championship at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 – World Championship top 10 qualifying, snocross qualifying, select oval and sno-cross racing finals; and Sunday, Jan. 20 – Championship Day. Class finals all day. 1 p.m. World Championship last contestant qualifying; and 3 p.m., World Championship feature race.

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Drop a Line at Turtle-Flambeau Flowage Tournament (MERCER) – The eighth annual Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage will be Saturday, Jan. 26. The ice fishing tournament will be headquartered out of Donner’s Bay Resort, which is right on the flowage. There will be both adult and youth divisions. Fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Product and cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in these categories: northern pike, walleye, crappie, and perch. Last year’s competition was extremely close: in some categories a quarter inch in length separated first and second place fish and ties were broken by weight. The JPD Warrior Project, Inc. sponsors the tournament and allocates proceeds to suicide prevention and support programs.

Dec. 6-9 Hurley – Red Light Rally: Snowmobile poker run, vintage snowmobile display, live music, balloon parties. www. • (715) 561-4334. Jan. 4 Hurley – Pro-Vintage Snowmobile Olympics: Vintage sled parade on Silver Street on Friday evening. Racing Saturday and Sunday in Ironwood. Jan. 5-6 Ironwood – Pro Vintage Racing: Racing Saturday and Sunday at Gogebic County Fairgrounds. Practice Friday and vintage sled parade Friday night through Hurley. Jan. 8-9 Ironwood – Wolverine Ski Challenge: Held on Wolverine Ski Trails. Open to CXC,

You do not need to fish to participate as there will be many raffles, including a grand prize drawing, along with food and beverages in the big heated tents set up on the ice. Fireworks over the ice will immediately follow the awards ceremony. For more information, call Jeff or Jane Donner at (715) 762-2956.

Keep the Fun Going at Mercer Winter Blast (MERCER) – Mercer has you covered – well, like Mother Nature covers Mercer with tons of snow – when you want to hitch your sled to some of the best snowmobile riding in the Northwoods. Beautiful, groomed snowmobile trails radiate from Mercer throughout Iron County and beyond. When it’s time to have more fun, the Mercer Sno-Goers has just the ticket – and it says free admission. Their eighth annual “Winter Blast” will be Saturday, Jan. 19 along with a poker run that starts Jan. 11 and ends with the drawing at the Jan. 19 celebration. Each poker run sheet costs $10 with prizes awarded to the overall top four poker hands. There’s a minimum of five stops to make. For more information, call 476-7878. Winter Blast will be held at the groomer barn in downtown Mercer. It starts at 10 a.m. and closes at midnight with food and refreshments served throughout the event. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. and goes ‘till 11:30 p.m. As noted, there’s no cover charge. Lots of raffle drawings and prizes. Proceeds will help the club maintain and expand its trails. 800-353-4511 • 5 Star Marketing & Distribution •

Juniors, college, high school and middle school, youth, adaptive, and open class (includes Citizen racers). For more information: Jan. 12 – Ironwood – SISU Ski Fest: Cross-country ski races include 42K marathon, 21K half marathon, kids races, ski expo, live music. Jan. 19 Mercer – Winter Blast: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Food, refreshments, raffles all day and live music beginning at 6:30 p.m. in groomer barn, downtown Mercer. Jan. 26 Mercer – Justin Donner Ice Fishing Tournament: Fishing 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Raffles and food, also fireworks after tournament. Call (715) 762-2956 for details. Feb. 16 Mercer – Lions Ice Fishing Jamboree



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Jan. 12 Spooner – Jack Frost Fest: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held on or near Yellow River Flowage, antique snowmobile show & ride, pond hockey tournament, ice

Feb. 8-10 Birchwood – Winter Camping Rendezvous, Sawmill Campground. Bring bowl of chili for Saturday night “chili dump.”

Discover the Fun Side of Winter (SPOONER) – Spooner’s favorite winter celebration – Jack Frost Fest – returns for the 12th time on Saturday, Jan. 12. You can solo this event and meet new friends or bring family and friends to share in the fun. The Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce spon-

sors Jack Frost Fest, which is held on the Yellow River Flowage (near Tony’s Riverside) and in downtown taverns. The many activities include an ice fishing contest, ice pond hockey tournament, open skating, Bar Olympics, antique snowmobile show in the event tent, Jack’s Snowshoe Jaunt for adults and Little Jack’s Snowshoe Fun Run for youth, turkey bowling and “Minute to Win It” games. Roast marshmallows at the old-fashioned bonfire, and enjoy hot drinks and chili, and sample the results of the best chili and ribs contests. There are free movies for the kids at the Palace Theatre. The Chamber of Commerce invites those interested in the pond hockey tournament to register early by contacting them at (715) 635-2168 or visit and follow the links on the Jack Frost Fest page. Registration for other contests can also be found there. There will be raffles and merchandise for sale in the event tent. Registration for the fishing contest begins at 7:30 a.m. with fishing hours set for 8 a.m. to noon. Bar Olympics at participating taverns includes Foos Ball, nine-pin bowling, straight eight pool, 301 darts, and Texas Hold-em.

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