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VOL. 127, NO. 10



Memorial Day, muskie opener to boost North Woods tourism ___________ BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH NEWS-REVIEW EDITOR


The multimillion-dollar tourism industry is expected to get a big boost this week with the three-day Memorial Day weekend and the opening of the muskie fishing season on North Woods lakes. By far the highlight of May tourism, Memorial Day weekend signals the end of the school year and the start of the summer vacation season are just around the corner. Figures released earlier this month by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism highlight the economic impact of travelers in Vilas and Oneida counties, where tourists spent $353 million in 2010. In addition to the three-

day weekend for many vacationers who will visit the North Woods for community events or to open their cottage or summer home for the summer, many will come here to fish for muskies as the season opens this Saturday, May 26. Terry Margenau, a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries supervisor, says that now is an exciting time to be a muskie angler in Wisconsin as the new 40-inch muskie size limit takes effect. “Twenty-five years ago, our muskie populations were growing in numbers, but many fish were midsized, or 32 to 36 inches long,” he said. “However, with the continued practice of live release by sport anglers and more restrictive regulations, there

has been a shift toward more larger fish — what the muskie angler wants.” That growing catch-andrelease ethic has made a big difference that anglers this year will enjoy, he said. “Over the past several years, our crews are seeing more and more 30-pluspound fish in our nets, not to mention that occasional 40pounder and larger,” said Margenau. “Some of our populations in the north have more than 50% of the adult muskie population over 40 inches. This is an exciting time to be a muskie angler in Wisconsin — expect some big things with a little hard work in 2012.” New size limit The new 40-inch size limit is in effect statewide and

applies to 94% of muskie waters in Wisconsin, Tim Simonson, DNR fish biologist who chairs the DNR’s muskie committee, said. There are 41 waters that continue to have either lower size limits or higher size limits. The daily bag limit for muskellunge is one on all waters statewide, except Escanaba Lake in Vilas County (no daily bag limit) and Yellowstone Lake in Lafayette County (daily bag limit is 0). Simonson says the new size limit, increased from 34 inches the past decade, will allow muskie populations to better reach their full biological growth potential. “Angler harvest is low, but even low harvest of the larger fish still impacts the averTo BUSINESS, Pg. 8A

Three Lakes, Phelps to host graduations ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR


Seniors at Three Lakes and Phelps high schools will receive their diplomas this weekend, while Northland Pines High School will have commencement ceremonies in two weeks. Indoor ceremonies are set for Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at Three Lakes and Saturday, May 26, at 2 p.m. at Phelps. Northland Pines in Eagle River will hold its graduation ceremony Sunday, June 3. The details of the graduation ceremonies at Three Lakes and Phelps are as follows: Three Lakes The Three Lakes grad-

uation ceremony for 46 seniors will begin at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnaTo SENIORS, Pg. 2A

Two Vilas panels approve Hwy. A for ATV route Supervisors agree on 2-year trial period ___________ BY KEN ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT


NESTING TIME — A common loon settled in on its nest, made out of reeds and grasses on the edge of the water. Boaters this

Former Vilas leader, Marquardt, dies at 98 ___________ BY JOE COSTANZA SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-REVIEW


Charles L. Marquardt Jr., a longtime town of St. Germain resident who was active in Vilas County politics and community service for more than 40 years, died Thursday, May 17, 2012. He was 98. Marquardt, known to his many friends and former colleagues as “Chuck” or “Charlie,” was a member of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors for 32 years, representing St. Germain’s Ward 1. Until his retirement in 2004, he served on five county board committees — Advertising and Publicity, Forestry and Recreation, Law Enforcement, Legislative and Judicial, and Finance and Budget. For 25 years, he chaired the county Planning and Zoning Committee. Before service on the Vilas County Board, Marquardt was elected St. Germain town


chairman for two terms from 1967 to 1971. He also was a member of the Vilas County Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone remembers To MARQUARDT, Pg. 3A

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Anglers offered muskie tips n Muskie experts say anglers should use small baits early in the season. Pg. 11A

Memorial Day weekend are reminded to keep their distance from loon nests. —Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER

The Vilas County Highway Committee, meeting jointly with the county Forestry and Land Committee, voted 8-1 last Friday to draft a resolution to allow allterrain vehicles (ATV) on a portion of Highway A in Phelps. That vote came after supervisors discussed the Phelps town ordinance that eliminated Highway E from the town’s ATV route proposal and set a two-year trial on the ATV route system — the first in Vilas County. With committees approving the draft resolution, the county board, at its next meeting, will consider allow-

ing use of ATVs on Highway A for a two-year trial period. County board Chairman Steve Favorite cast the only negative vote. Vilas County recreation trail coordinator Dale Mayo and county highway commissioner Jarred Maney told the committees and the standing-room-only crowd that Highway E had no connectivity with any other trail or route, but that Forest County had extended use of Highway A in the town of Alvin to the Vilas County line, thereby providing connectivity. Mayo and Maney also conTo ATV, Pg. 8A

Veterans to be honored Memorial Day programs set across North Society of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Fire/Police Pipes and Drums; area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts offering poppies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a fallen soldier memorial delivered by Jensen; and a performance by the Northland Pines High School choir. The ceremony will close with a cannon salute, the benediction from Trosien, a rifle salute by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8637 and the playing of taps. The choir will conclude the program with “God Bless America.”

Men and women who died in military action for their country will be remembered during Memorial Day services Monday, May 28, in communities across the North Woods. Veterans, area residents, government officials and North Woods visitors are welcome to attend all the ceremonies. Veterans organizations in Eagle River, Three Lakes, Land O’ Lakes, Phelps, St. Germain and Rhinelander have provided the following details of Memorial Day weekend programs. St. Germain’s program will be Sunday, May 27. Eagle River The Eagle River Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (front grounds of the Vilas County Courthouse) in Eagle River. Ceremony participants are asked to assemble at 10:45 a.m. at the park. The program will be held rain or shine. The program will open with the Northland Pines High School band performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Following a cannon salute from the 8th Wisconsin Artillery, The Rev. William Trosien will lead the opening prayer. The master of cere-

North Woods residents and visitors will attend Memorial Day services and visit veterans memorials in communities across Vilas and Oneida counties Monday. —STAFF PHOTO

monies will be retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Scott Jensen. Retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John M. Erpenbach

will be the guest speaker. Other highlights will include bagpipe music by Tom McKale of the Emerald

Three Lakes Memorial Day in Three Lakes will be observed Monday, May 28, with a program at the Three Lakes Cemetery preceded by a solemn procession down Superior Street, beginning at 10 a.m. The procession will include the American Legion Color Guard and Firing Squad, the Three Lakes High School band and the traditional riderless horse provided by Ginny Sidlowski. Three Lakes American Legion Post 431 Commander Mike Silber will be the main speaker. Other speakers will be Three Lakes To SERVICES, Pg. 2A






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

LAST SEVEN DAYS Hi Wed., May 16 ............65 Thurs., May 17 ..........68 Fri., May 18 ...............82 Sat., May 19 ..............86 Sun., May 20 .............80 Mon., May 21 ............64 Tues., May 22 ............73

Lo 33 39 50 54 63 40 35

Prec. None None .02R None None .52R None

ONE YEAR AGO Hi Mon., May 16 ............60 Tues., May 17 ............68 Wed., May 18 ............67 Thurs., May 19 ..........70 Fri., May 20 ...............74 Sat., May 21 ..............76 Sun., May 22 .............75

Lo 29 28 39 48 44 54 54

Prec. None None None Tr.R Tr.R None .88R


The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 67, while the average overnight low was 39. There was rain on four days totaling .51 of an inch.


Days precipitation recorded since April 1, 2012, 20 days; 2011, 26 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2012, 66; 2011, 58. Average low of past 30 days, 2012, 39; 2011, 35.


Due to recent dry conditions, campers on Memorial Day weekend are urged to use caution with campfires. Burning permits are needed for outdoor debris burning.


Lake activity will increase this weekend with the threeday Memorial Day weekend and the muskie fishing opener in northen Wisconsin.


Wednesday will be partly sunny and windy, with a high of 77 and a low of 48. Thursday strong afternoon thunderstorms are possible, with a high of 80 and a low of 58. Friday should be cooler with showers early, with a high of 68 and a low of 49. Saturday there is a chance of a few thunderstorms, with a high of 70 and a low of 47. Sunday scattered afternoon thunderstorms are forecast, with a high of 78 and a low of 50.


Services: High School seniors Keirsten Neihous and Trenton Stefonek. The program will conclude with the playing of taps and “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national flag at the cemetery is raised to full staff. The public is welcome to attend. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the Three Lakes School auditorium at 10 a.m. For information about where the program will be held, contact the American Legion at (715) 546-3431. Land O’ Lakes There will be a Memorial Day service at the Land O’ Lakes cemetery Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. Conover Memorial Day in Conover will be observed at Hildegard Cemetery at 10 a.m. The Rev. John Kuziej of Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church will conduct the service. Phelps Phelps will have a Memorial Day service Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at the cemetery. St. Germain St. Germain will have its Memorial Day ceremony Sunday, May 27, at 3 p.m. at the War Memorial near the intersection of highways 70

Seniors: sium Friday. Senior Keirsten Neihous will offer the welcome, followed by the salutatory address by Charlie Starke. Principal William Greb will give recognitions. Valedictorians Ross Thorn and Ben Wales will give the valedictory address, followed by a senior slide show. Greb will present the Class of 2012 to the board of education, and teacher Sue Ridderbusch will read the class roll. School board member Mike Kwaterski will present diplomas to the graduates. Seniors Jena Kendall and Stephanie LaBeau will read the graduate’s creed, and classmates Sarah Kwaterski and Zana Lorbetske will offer the closing. The high school band, under the direction of Richard Gonitzke, will play the traditional processional song “Pomp and Circumstance.” The recessional will be “Tattoos On This Town.” Phelps Phelps High School will hold commencement exercises for 10 seniors Saturday at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Senior Thomas Crawford will introduce the speakers, and Sydney Munds and Shane Ray will offer the welcome. The salutatorian address will be delivered by Emma Korinek, and the valedictorian address will be given by Ross Samuelson.


and 55. State Rep. Tom Tiffany (RHazelhurst) will be the guest speaker. The St. Germain Lions Club, which donates new flags each year for the memorial, will replace the U.S. flag, five service flags and the Missing In Action flag. Two Lions Club members from each branch of the military will raise the flag for their service. An invocation and benediction also are planned. Rhinelander The Oneida County Veterans Council will host a Memorial Day service Monday, May 28. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., a river ceremony will be held at the Davenport Street bridge, where a wreath will be lowered into the water in honor of those who were lost or buried at sea. Guests can view the ceremony from Trig’s parking lot. Upon completion, participants and guests will march and walk to the Oneida County Courthouse, where the final Memorial Day ceremony will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Guests can take a lawn chair. For more information about the ceremonies, contact the Oneida County Veterans Service office at (715) 3696127.

FROM PAGE 1B The commencement address will be offered by teacher Landen Leslie. Dean of students Jason Pertile will introduce the Class of 2012, and a school board member will present diplomas to the graduates. District Administrator Delnice Hill will present the Phelps School Hall of Fame inductees. Following the Hall of Fame inductions, the Class of 2012 movie will be shown to the audience by Winter Riihimaki and Sydney Munds. Delnice Hill will announce the graduates after the movie. A presentation of academic awards and scholarships will then take place, and seniors Winter Riihimaki and Sarah Wesenberg will offer a farewell to their classmates. Delnice Hill also will present a message to the class. The band will play several musical selections, including the traditional processional “Pomp and Circumstance” and the recessional song “Tattoos On This Town” by Jason Aldean. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.


VIETNAM WALL DONATION — Alan Albee, left, owner of Eagle Waste & Recycling Inc. in Eagle River, donated $1,250 to help bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Eagle River June 30 to July 4. He presented the funds to Wall Committee members

Todd Achtercherg, Al Pittelko, Amy Price and Greg Hahn. The traveling wall will be open to the public at the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby Track from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

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On the Three Lakes Chain next to golf course 131' frontage on Big Stone Lake For additional information, contact David Jensen (715) 848-8009 or (715) 574-4416.






Hutchinson recalls time as bomber in Air Force ___________ BY SHARON GIFFORD PHELPS CORRESPONDENT


Milon Hutchinson was born in Sussex in 1917, one of four boys. His first airplane ride, in a Stearman, was at a family farm. After graduating from Waukesha High School in 1935, he worked on the farm and for the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1940, he began working at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle as a riveter on a B-17 bomber. He joined the Army Air Force in November of 1942, and graduated in August of 1943 at Moore Field in Texas. In February of 1944, he flew a new B-25 bomber to India via the South Atlantic Ocean, across Africa to Tezgon, India. He was assigned to the 81st squad in the 12th bomb group of the U.S. 10th Air Force. The squad was aiding the British against the Japanese advance into Burma, India and China. Hutchinson and a sixman crew flew 70 bombing missions before returning to the United States in April of 1945. Hutchinson said he greatly admired his commander, Maj. Warren Sutton, and was deeply saddened when he perished in a low-level bombing mission. Sutton flew 127 missions. Hutchinson graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor of arts degree in forestry in 1950. He later joined active reserves at Mitchell Field in Milwaukee, where he flew an A-T6, the P-51 Mustang Fighter and an F80 jet. He retired in 1961 as a captain. Hutchinson recalled that Maj. Gen. Charles Thompson said that he was one of his better pilots. He and his wife, Mary, met at church in Sussex and

Milon Hutchinson, a World War II U.S. Army Air Force veteran, shows his old bomber jacket. He was recently offered $1,000 for the jacket, but refused to part with it. He served in the 81st squad of the 12th bomb group of the U.S. 10th Air Force aiding the British against the Japanese advance into Burma, India and China. —Photo By Sharon Gifford

married in 1953. Mary, now 85, graduated in 1948 and worked at Milwaukee County General Hospital in nursing. Hutchinson worked at a lumberyard in Sussex. The couple retired in Phelps in 1978 to enjoy life in the North Woods. Together they made maple syrup and jam. Hutchinson and his wife took on jobs at Jonathan Furniture making spice racks for Watkins. They have two sons, Lynn, who served in the Marines for four years, and Scott, who served in the Army Reserves for eight years. They have three grandchildren and are active members of Twin Lakes Bible Church. Hutchinson was also the post commander of the Sus-

sex Veterans of Foreign Wars 377 and a member of the Phelps American Legion Post 548. Hutchinson briefly flew a Canadian floatplane on a fishing trip. In 2010, he rode in a 1911 Wright Flyer at Dayton, Ohio. He has also been privileged to speak at the annual Experimental Aircraft Associates event in Oshkosh and share his military life. Mary recalled how much fun they had at their squadron’s annual reunions. “They would send us out on low-level bombing missions in Burma,” said Hutchinson. “There were three airplanes in the group. We were flying a railroad track. The engineers had to modify the bombs, as they bounced off gravel and dirt around the tracks. On

the tip of the bomb they inserted an iron spike about 2 feet long so when that spike would hit, it would stay in the gravel and then 20 seconds later the tail fusing would go off and the bomb would go up and it wouldn’t be skipping around. “I would drop the bomb from about 200 feet and the other pilots would be in line with me. I would count to 10 and release the bomb. After I dropped all my bombs, the next plane in the line would move over and bomb. We would cover about 200 miles of railroad track.” Hutchinson said the Japanese had built bunkers around the riverside. “The bunkers were made out of teakwood timber, a very strong wood. Our artillery guns couldn’t make a dent in them. Gen. Stillwell asked for some very heavy bombs. They were loaded up with 100- to 200pound bombs and could only carry about two or three in a plane. We had a long flight in the rain, but what I remember to this day is, when we dropped them from 7,000 feet, the mud and the timbers were flying up 2,000 feet.” Hutchinson said that after reporting in after a difficult five-hour mission to Wongling, China, Sept. 15, 1944, Col. Dalton said three airplanes were lost. Hutchinson wrote the following poem in 1943 at Moore Field: Ode to a Cadet O you who came with hopes so high bent on conquering the sky, If at times you despair, don’t give up, say a prayer, You are in God’s vast domain; a frontier so vast and untamed, Take heart and if fly you must, place in God undying trust.

Marquardt: saw growth in St. Germain FROM PAGE 1A Charlie as such a wonderful and friendly guy,” said his wife, Kay, who is now 91 and was his constant companion since their marriage April 14, 2000. Originally from a small town near Shawano, Kay has lived in St. Germain most of her adult life and she and Charlie had many mutual friends. They include Jerry Eliason of St. Germain, who owned and operated Eliason’s Some Place Else supper club in St. Germain for more than 30 years. “He hardly ever missed a New Year’s Eve at my restaurant in all that time,” remembered Eliason after learning of his friend’s death. Charles Louis Marquardt Jr. was born in Berwyn, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, on July 28, 1913. He moved to St. Germain in 1960 from Illinois, where he owned an electrical supply business for several years. However, his roots in the North Woods go back to his boyhood days. “My folks used to come up here when I was a kid,” he said as he neared his 90th birthday in 2003 when he was interviewed for an article that was published in the Vilas County News-Review in July of that year. “My dad loved to fish. We used to go golfing a lot. My folks would vacation here often. In 1955 we bought some land on Little St. Germain Lake and then five years later moved up here.” In 1957, Marquardt built and then opened Anchor Inn on West Bay of Little Saint. He and his wife of 60 years, the late Helen Marquardt, ran the resort for 12 years before selling it to his brother-in-law and sister, Bill and Edna Fligel. Charlie and Helen were married from 1936 until her death in 1996. He and the former Kay Ramminger of St. Germain had been friends for many years before their marriage 12 years ago. Kay’s first husband, Ray, died in 1978. Still hale and hearty at 83 and for many years beyond,

Marquardt was as active as any senior, immersed in politics and the community. He enjoying regular visits to the golf course and supper clubs and loved a good fish fry. His daily routine included riding a stationary bike and working out with weights. “I have to be active,” he said in the News-Review article. Kay confirmed this by adding, “He hates to sit still.” While in St. Germain — more than 50 years full time only to be interrupted with a trip now and then out of town — Marquardt saw rapid growth in what was once a tiny village founded as Farmington in 1907. He watched St. Germain grow tenfold in size from around 200 original settlers to a year-round diverse population of 2,000. Growing up in Illinois, Marquardt first went to work as a manager for the Hoover Vacuum Co., a job he would return to after military service in World War II. Marquardt was a Navy gunner’s mate stationed aboard the USS Tennessee, which had been damaged along with other American warships in the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. During 1944-’45, the Tennessee and its crew saw major action in the Pacific marked by key battles at Leyte Gulf, Surigao Strait, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Tennessee fired more than 150,000 projectiles and took a few kamikaze hits, the biggest coming near the end of the war in 1945 when a Japanese suicide plane struck the ship, killing 22 men and injuring 107. While some of his shipmates died or were wounded badly, Marquardt escaped with a couple of perforated eardrums from the noise of the big guns. “We were in the turret most of the time. Up on deck, there were smaller weapons. I recall seeing dismembered arms and legs up there. There are some things you never forget,” Marquardt said during his interview for the 2003 news article. Charlie, his fellow sailors,

dozens of dignitaries and the top brass headed by U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur witnessed the formal Japanese surrender Sept. 2, 1945, held aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The Tennessee and its nearly 1,200-member crew earned a Navy unit commendation and 10 battle stars for World War II service. Returning to civilian life, the normally easygoing Marquardt took government and politics seriously and didn’t mince words on occasion. For example, when he was a Vilas County supervisor about a dozen years ago, the idea of building a new jail came up and sparked much debate. Officials said the project was going to cost several million dollars. Charlie, always frugal-minded and not shy about speaking his mind, wasn’t happy about the constantly rising cost estimates. “They don’t need a palace over there,” he said. Later on, during board meetings, he voiced the same sentiment, plainly and sparsely, as was his style. Besides playing golf, Marquardt liked other sports. Although he remained a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, for which he took a lot of ribbing from his Green Bay Packersloving friends, Charlie’s heart was always with Wisconsin and especially his beloved St. Germain. “This has always been home to me,” he would say. “Whenever I’m away for a while, I can’t wait to get back to St. Germain.” Kay echoed, “We’re St. Germainiacs through and through.” Despite leaving politics a decade ago, Marquardt stayed interested in local issues especially those involving the plight of fellow seniors struggling to make ends meet. “Prices are always going up, but income isn’t,” he said. “I’m concerned about inflation and elderly people trying to survive on fixed incomes.” But his simple recipe for a long life was to not worry, eat right and exercise regularly.

Charlie said he wanted to live to be 100 and he came pretty close. He would have been 99 this July. Thanks to good genes — his mother and father, both German immigrants, lived into their 90s and three siblings also lived lengthy lives. In recent years, Charlie and Kay frequently were seen downtown St. Germain at the grocery store and other shops exchanging pleasantries and laughs with old friends. It was only in the last couple of years that he showed signs of slowing down. Even as his health was failing, his optimism never waned and he stayed characteristically cheerful. In the end, Charlie left this world the way all who knew and loved him hoped he would — peacefully. He fought the good fight and finished the race, as St. Paul wrote. Marquardt is survived by his wife, Kay, stepson David Ramminger of Shawano and two nephews. Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family. A private graveside service is planned at St. Germain Cemetery.

City to purchase 18-acre property at Hwys. 45/G ___________ BY KEN ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT


The Eagle River City Council approved purchase of 18 acres at the intersection of highways 45 and G upon recommendation of the city Plan Commission in order to control future development of the parcel. The property was part of the former Settle Inn and HiPines Campground development. The development originally proposed a convenience store and restaurant at the site. The property is now owned by Business Bank of Green Bay. Originally thought to be valued near one-half million dollars, the assessed value is now at $350,000. The purchase price offered and accepted by the Business Bank was $150,000. Four local banks submitted financing rates to the city with the council accepting the quote by River Valley Bank of 2.1%. “We had a couple of interests in the property,” said Mayor Jeff Hyslop. “This is decent land. We want to make sure we own the sign and be free and clear of any encumbrances.” City administrator Joe Laux indicated that with the city purchase, the land could be rolled into the Tax Incremental District 2 sometime in 2013. The Plan Commission had questions about the current sign on the land. In its recommendation to acquire the property, the commission made clear that any purchase “insure the city will own the sign free and clear of encumbrances upon closing.” Visner property A request by Jeff Visner to rezone part of a property he owns where the former Catholic church and school were located received approval by the council after the Plan Commission separated the request into three parts. Visner needed to change the zoning for the blacktop area he owns behind the soon-to-be Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for parking, which was not allowed under single-family residential. He requested it be changed to office residential. Visner explained to the Plan Commission his proposed activity on the property. “I need to have off-street private parking for the ADRC and Commission on Aging and for loft apartments I plan in the former school. The access to the parking area would be off Fourth Street,” he said.

At a public hearing, discussion centered on the grassy area north of the parking lot and if that needed a change in zoning. Commission members also questioned if the proposed apartments would be within the existing school structure or expanded beyond the current footprint. “These will be one-bedroom apartments and limited to two persons without saying it,” Visner continued. “They will be on the upper level and I’ll leave the lower level as a community center. I don’t have a plan (for the upper grassy area along Division.).” The Plan Commission then recommended re-zoning the parking lot area, recommended a conditional use permit (CUP) for multi-family zoning in the former school with a condition being apartments are within the current structure. The city council voted to follow the commission recommendations with Alderman Jerry Burkett indicating “it was refreshing for planned apartments to already have a parking plan” before they are built and rented. Other action The City Council also approved the recommendation of the commission to adopt resolutions 833 and 834 to designate Tax Incremental Financing Districts 1 and 2 as “severely distressed.” This will extend the life of the districts out to 40 years to recover city expenditures. A meeting with the other taxing districts affected will be held within 30 days to have them either support or oppose the designation. A conditional-use permit for a planned indoor laser tag operation by Mark Cropsey at 1040 E. Pine St. was also adopted by the council following the recommendation of the Plan Commission. This is near the present Eagle Falls mini golf site and will be in a new 40-foot by 56-foot pole building. The council also adopted a conditional-use permit application of Ken Schels for an off-premises sign on his property to allow him to rent space on the sign, with Schels agreeing to limit any advertising to only businesses in the city.


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OBITUARIES Violet ‘Vi’ Becker Violet “Vi” Becker, a resident of Land O’ Lakes for most of her life, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, at InnCare in Phelps. She was 95. Mrs. Becker was born Sept. 25, 1918, in Conover, the daughter of Otto and Sophie Flodin. She owned and operated Wanigan Club, now named The Bear Trap Inn, in Land O’ Lakes. Mrs. Becker was elected town chairwoman of Land O’ Lakes, the first woman to serve as a town chairwoman in Wisconsin. She was instrumental in the process that brought North Central Airlines service to the Land O’ Lakes Airport and was a member of the Vilas County Tavern League, the Frosty Snowmobile Club and Associ-

ation of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; and a son, Walter “Buddy” Becker. Survivors include three daughters, Anne Marie (Leo) Sutkus of Kalispell, Mont., Marilyn (David) Peacock of Granger, Ind., and Carol Becker of Land O’ Lakes; two sons, Bruce of Watersmeet, Mich., and Brian (Laurie) of Land O’ Lakes; one stepson, Bob (Jan) Becker of East Peoria, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at Ely Memorial Church United Church of Christ in Land O’ Lakes. a Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Woodrow ‘Woody’ Brewer Woodrow “Woody” Brewer, a resident of Phelps for most of his life, died Friday, May 18, 2012, at his home. He was 96. Mr. Brewer was born March 29, 1916, in Kentucky, the son of Gardener and Malvery Brewer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. Prior to retiring, he was employed by the U.S. Forest Service. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Brewer;

and three brothers, Goodlow, Lonzo and Lenox. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Edith (nee Burkett); a daughter, Vicki (Scott) Patterson of Phelps; two sons, Gary and Roger (Carole), both of Phelps; a sister, Rosie Filtraunt of Libertyville, Ill.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 23, at noon at Twin Lakes Bible Church in Phelps. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Rev. Theodore Paul Crusius Theodore Crusius, 88, of St. Germain, Wis., died May 6, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz. The Rev. Crusius was born on Nov. 7, 1923, in Sigourney, Iowa, to the Rev. Helmut and Bertha Crusius. After graduation from Menominee Falls High School, he continued his education, completing college at Franklin and Marshall, and then attended Lancaster Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church. He served several parishes in central Pennsylvania, three years at Oak Lane United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, Pa.; 13 years at First Reformed UCC in Manitowoc, Wis.; 10 years at First Edison Park UCC in Edison Park, Ill.; and was administrator for nine years at Good Shepherd Manor in Barrington, Ill.

He served as interim pastor at Community UCC in St. Germain after his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Anna Katharine Kehle. He is survived by his brother, the Rev. Richard E. Crusius and his wife, Mary; his children, David Paul of San Marcos, Texas, Katharine Ann Crusius of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Peter Mark Crusius, his wife, Sally; and his grandson, Brian, of Phoenix, Ariz. A memorial service will be held at the Community United Church of Christ in St. Germain on Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Community United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 178, St. Germain, WI 54558. 2360

Betty E. Hicks Betty E. Hicks of Three Lakes, formerly of Western Springs, Ill., died Sunday, May 13, 2012. She was 96. Mrs. Hicks was born May 28, 1915, in Ironwood, Mich., the daughter of G. E. (Ed) and Karin Marander. A graduate of Ironwood High School and Gogebic Junior College, she worked for several years as a librarian at Ironwood High School. Mrs. Hicks moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1942, where she served as organist and parish visitor at Calvary Lutheran Church and also performed with the Chicago Piano Symphony. She married John F. Hicks in 1943 and the couple lived in Western Spring, Ill., for 47 years before retiring to northern Wisconsin. Mrs. Hicks was a performing member and past presi-

dent of the Western Springs Music Club and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Western Springs Methodist Church and the Western Springs Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her husband in December 2011; her parents; two sisters; and her son-in law, Arthur Smith. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Smith, of Oakmont, Pa.; a sister, Jeanette Norquist of Homosassa, Fla.; one granddaughter; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreatgrandchildren. Burial will be in Ironwood, Mich. Memorials may be made to Oakmont Presbyterian Church Organ Fund, 415 Pennsylvania Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139.

Stuart ‘Stu’ F. Hunt Stuart “Stu” F. Hunt of Land O’ Lakes, formerly of Waukesha, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at his home. A full obituary was published in the March 14, 2012, edition of the Vilas County

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David S. Tikalsky D a v i d Tikalsky, 53, of St. Germain, Wis., beloved son of Leland and Marilyn Tikalsky of New Holstein, Wis., passed away TIKALSKY unexpectedly on May 18, 2012. Dear brother of Lee Brey of Kiel, Wis., Kevin (Liz) Tikalsky and John Tikalsky, both of Charlotte, N.C., Paul (Julie) Tikalsky of Stillwater, Okla., Nancy Tikalsky of Zion, Ill., Mary Tikalsky of Wheaton, Ill., Lynn Tikalsky of Troutdale, Ore., and James Tikalsky of Plymouth, Wis.; loving uncle of 10 nieces and nephews; and two grandnieces; nephew, cousin, Godfather, friend and colleague of many. David was the president and owner of Angry Dave’s Bar & Grill restaurant in St. Germain for the past eight years. He was the current president of the St. Germain Lions Club. He graduated from New Holstein High School in 1977, and then served honorably in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was a graduate of Lewis University, Ill., and worked for Britt Airways before working as an aircraft mechanic for United Airlines in Chicago for 18 years. David was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved the North Woods of Wisconsin. He is also survived by his dog and dear friend, Coco. A Memorial Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Holy Rosary Cathoic Church, 1724 Madison Street, New Holstein, Wis. The Rev. Harold Berryman will officiate with Deacon Pat Knier assisting. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date. Family and friends may call at the church on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. In addition, a memorial celebration will be held in St.Germain at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to support the work of the St. Germain Lions Club or the charity of your choice. The Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein is assisting the family, (920) 898-4300 or visit PAID OBITUARY


Stephens earns Emerald Award Century 21 Burkett & Associates announced that Tara Stephens, broker associate in Three Lakes, has achieved the Emerald Award in the Century 21 Masters Award Program for 2011. “Tara places real-estate wisdom and passion for life into her everyday business, helping to make clients more comfortable with the real estate transaction as they make what may be the most significant purchase of their lives,” said Jerry Burkett, broker owner. Stephens had ranked in the top 2% for real estate sales in the entire Greater Northwoods Association of Realtors, and was top saleswoman for the Three Lakes real estate market in 2011, with more than $7 million in sales. “Our organization is very proud of her efforts and attribute her success to unparalleled effort and exceptional-quality service,” said Burkett.


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Historical society to dedicate Henry Ashby’s military marker Shortly after noon next Monday, May 27, following the Memorial Day ceremonies at the Vilas County Courthouse, the Eagle River Historical Society will dedicate a military marker for Henry Ashby at the cemetery. Ashby was Eagle River’s first black resident and a Civil War veteran, serving with the 6th Light Artillery, Wisconsin Volunteers in the Army of the Tennessee Before and after the dedication at the cemetery, Ron Hettwer will fire a salute with his Civil Warera 2-pounder saluting cannon. Ashby was born a slave in Missouri and ran away from his master shortly after the start of the Civil War, according to Craig Moore of the Eagle River Historical Society, who researched Ashby’s life. He served with an engineer company, digging entrenchments near New Madrid, Mo., along the Mississippi River.

Later, Ashby joined up with the 6th Light Artillery, Wisconsin Volunteers, and served in several campaigns. Ashby was wounded at the Battle of Corinth in Mississippi in 1864, receiving powder burns to his face and eyes. Because his name was never entered on the unit’s muster roll, Ashby was denied a pension by the Department of Veterans Administration in his later years, according to Moore. It wasn’t until 2011 that a marker stone was donated by Joseph and

Carla Wagner of Menominee Granite Co. to mark Ashby’s gravesite in Eagle River. A Grand Army of the Republic star was donated by Chrys Steidemann of Another Time Antiques and Collectibles to help mark Ashby’s gravesite. “The photo (that accompanies this story) shows Ashby wearing his Grand Army of the Republic medal, probably sometime in the 1890s,” said Moore. “The picture was taken by P. Bogrand, Eagle River’s first photographer, who was snapping pictures during Eagle River’s earliest days.” Moore said the public is welcome to attend Ashby’s military marker dedication ceremonies at the Eagle River Cemetery Memorial Day. The dedication site is in the northwest corner of the cemetery, near the Division Street entrance. There is ample parking at that entrance, with overflow parking behind the old Tula’s building.

No down payment required for USDA’s rural home loans The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development recently announced the availability of its No Down Payment Direct Home Loan program, which provides 100% financing with no down payment required for low income individuals or families at a 3.25% interest rate. These loans are made directly through USDA Rural Development and are offered for a period of 30-38 years. The repayment on the loan may be subsidized by the federal government, based on the household income. Direct loans may be made for the

purchase of an existing home or new home construction. The amount loaned is determined on repayment ability of the borrower. The number of dependents and buyer’s income are also factors in the loan package. Loans made under this program are to families with income 80% below the median income level of the county where they live and who would not otherwise qualify for a conventional loan. Median income is calculated and some expenses are taken into consideration. County income limits for the programs are posted on the

USDA Rural Development Wisconsin website at and by searching for “Income and Property Eligibility” on the right side of the screen. The program offers a broad range of homeownership assistance available to individuals and families who wish to or currently live in rural areas, cities and communities. For more information or to get a free prequalification, call the Shawano USDA Rural Development Office at (715) 524-8522, ext. 4, or visit the website at rurdev.usda. gov/wi.

Trees center offering $1 seedlings Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River is now offering tree seedlings from its natural resources specialty school for a cost of $1. Purchases will help provide scholarships for students to attend Trees For Tomorrow. There are six varieties of evergreens available in 2012, including white and red pine, blue and Norway spruce, white spruce hybrid and the northern white cedar. All seedlings are contain-

er-grown to ensure an increased survival rate compared to bare root stock. “You’ll receive each seedling in a small plug of soil with a well-established root system,” said a Trees For Tomorrow contact. “It is recommended to transplant the tree seedling while maintaining the soil already encasing the roots, to prevent shock and aid their long-term survival.” The seedlings vary greatly in physical attributes, so the characteristics of the individ-

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ual varieties are detailed in a downloadable brochure and order form online at Seedlings also can be ordered over the phone at (715) 479-6456. Seedlings will be available from midMay through mid-October, while supplies last. Local pickup is available at the campus, located at 519 Sheridan St. E. in Eagle River. A shipping and handling fee will be charged for orders that must be sent via mail.

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The topics of unemployment and the need for qualified workers will be addressed at a discussion session, Solving the Workforce Paradox, Thursday, May 31, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Nicolet College. The event will be free and open to the public. Jim Morgan, president of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation, will share his insights from more than 50 listening sessions with more than 300 manufacturing representatives from across the state. Morgan will be joined by Nicolet College representatives Ron Skallerud, execu-


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ANGEL FLIGHT — Pilot Gordon Lewis of Edina, Minn., stands next to his Cirus SR22 after taking a patient back to Eagle River Union Airport from a medical procedure in Minnesota. Lewis is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight who selects missions filed on


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St. Germain man pleads not guilty to 16 counts of forgery, uttering A 25-year-old St. Germain man charged with 16 counts of forgery and 16 counts of uttering a forgery, was bound over for arraignment in Vilas County Circuit Court last week after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. Benjamin J. Rizzo entered a not-guilty plea and Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III set a pretrial conference for July 10 at 11 a.m. Rizzo is alleged to have forged checks he took from James Errington and the Star Lake Store and cashed them at businesses in the towns of Washington, Conover and Plum Lake in February and March 2012. The 10 checks totaled about $2,000. He also is charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft, party to a crime. In another case, Rizzo was convicted April 23 of the theft of a snowmobile from the Sayner Pub parking lot Feb. 13, 2011, and that sentencing was adjourned to Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. A charge of misdemeanor theft was dismissed in that case. In other felony cases, Lucas A. Johnston-Burnett, 19, of Eagle River, was

charged with felony bail jumping May 2 in the town of Washington for failing to comply with the terms of his bond on other felony charges. He also was charged with escape, felony bail jumping and criminal damage to property May 7 in the town of Washington. According to the complaint, Johnston-Burnett was being arrested for felony bail jumping May 2 when he escaped from officers and later broke out of his handcuffs. He was arrested in Oneida County May 7. Johnston-Burnett also has been charged in the theft of money, beer and candy from the Eagle River Sports Arena sometime between March 3 and 4 with Victory Perotto. As a condition of his bond, he was to have no contact with Perotto and was arrested May 2 at Perotto’s residence in the town of Washington. Shane L. Philemon, 32, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with delivery of schedule II narcotics, was not present for an initial appearance last week. Philemon allegedly sold two oxycodone tablets for $70 in a controlled purchase June 22, 2011, in Lac du Flambeau. A warrant will

Multiple forest fires reported Saturday The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department reported several 911 calls Saturday indicating forest fires throughout the county. Fire danger in the Eagle River area was reported as high. Officials advised people to consider the present environmental conditions of the area before burning. At 1:24 p.m., Vilas County Dispatch Center received a report of a forest fire caused by downed power lines near Pomeroy Lake Road and Hartman Drive in Presque Isle. Presque Isle Fire Department and emergency medical services (EMS), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)-West Fire Control and Excel Energy responded to the fire. It is unknown at this time as to the extent of the fire or related damages, according to officials. At 2:23 p.m., Vilas County Dispatch Center received another report of a forest fire possibly caused by a nearby fire pit. Eagle River Area Fire Department and DNR-East Fire Control responded to the scene. Officials said the

extent of the fire’s damage is unknown at this time. At 2:47 p.m., Vilas County Dispatch Center received a third report of a forest fire in Land O’ Lakes between Spring Road, Anderson Lake Road and Highway B, possibly due to downed power lines. Responding to the scene were Land O’ Lakes, Conover and Phelps fire departments; Watersmeet, Mich. fire department; Land O’ Lakes EMS; DNR-East Fire Control, Vilas County Sheriff’s Department and WE Energies. “The acreage the fire encompassed is not known at this time, but a preliminary report indicated two outbuildings were destroyed by the fire,” said Lt. David Gardner. “There were no reports of any injuries by civilians or emergency personnel.” At 5:05 p.m., Vilas County Dispatch Center received a fourth report of a forest fire in Arbor Vitae near 2726 Witches Lake Road. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time. Arbor Vitae Fire Department and DNR-West Fire Control responded to the scene.

be issued. Sean C. Irish, 35, of Madison, charged with six counts of failure to support, had a preliminary hearing set for June 6 at 3:30 p.m. Irish signed a $10,000 signature bond with the condition he remain current with his child support. According to the complaint, Irish failed to provide child support during various times from Sept. 1, 2009, through March 31, 2012. Records show that the total due in this case is $11,724. Jay P. Pawley, 48, of Woodruff, charged with operating a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration, fifth offense, was in court for a motion hearing. His attorney, Michael J. Reilly, made a motion to dismiss or suppress, based on statements made to law enforcement officers at the time of his arrest Dec. 3, 2011, in Arbor Vitae. Pawley was on probation with a no-drink stipulation. According to the complaint, Pawley was arrested with a preliminary breath test of .05%. Attorney Reilly claimed in his motion that there was no lawful basis to arrest the defendant, who also was charged with operating a motor vehicle after revocation. Melissa R. Ackley, 26, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, had a jury trial rescheduled from last Wednesday to July 25. Ackley is accused of pushing another vehicle into the woods off of Cloud Street in Lac du Flambeau May 21,


2011. According to the complaint, Ackley was upset with the woman in the other vehicle because she was dating Ackley’s boyfriend. The woman had two children in her vehicle. It was reported nobody needed medical attention. Ackley also is charged with felony bail jumping Aug. 31, 2011, because she failed to appear for a scheduled court date. That case will track with the other charges. Timothy L. Mann, 44, of Lac du Flambeau, entered a guilty plea to exposing a body part and having sex with a child age 16 or older, a misdemeanor, in a plea agreement. Two counts of second-degree sexual assault were dismissed. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for July 19 at 2 p.m. Mann’s $10,000 cash bond was continued with the conditions he have no contact with the victim or females under age 18, he is not to possess or consume intoxicants and no taverns. According to the complaint, Mann had sex with a 16-year-old girl Sept. 15, 2011, at his residence in Lac du Flambeau. Timothy J. Zimmerman, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with sexual assault of a child under age 16 and child enticement, entered a not-guilty plea and a pretrial conference was set for June 26 at 11 a.m. Cash bail was set at $1,000, with the condition that he have no contact with minors, excluding his sister and daughter. Zimmerman allegedly had oral sex and sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl in Lac du Flambeau April 23.

Vilas County Sheriff A total of 331 complaints were entered by Vilas County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers last week. In addition to those with sufficient detail to report below, a review shows at least 16 vehicle accidents, two requests for agency assistance, one ambulance request, one attempt to locate, three burglaries, six burglar alarms, seven requests for citizen assistance, two reports of criminal damage to property, 11 disturbances, one report of domestic violence, three fires, one fireworks complaint, one report of found property, four reports of harassment, 11 reports of hazardous conditions, three juvenile problems/runaways, one report of lost property, four reports of suspicious circumstances, four thefts, two threats, 11 traffic violations, one vacation check, one weapons offense, five welfare checks, 11 911 hang-ups, five driveoffs, four drug problems, two intoxication problems and one report of illegal dumping. At least 14 calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department and there were at least 13 informational or procedural entries. In the past week, at least 14 people were booked at the Vilas County Jail, including four for disorderly conduct, six for operating while intoxicated, two for resisting arrest, three for probation violations, one for possession of marijuana, one for forgery, one for operating after revocation and one for battery. During the week, the inmate population ranged from 68 to 81. As of May 21, there were 70 inmates.

Monday, May 14 - 8:00 a.m. - A two-vehicle collision was reported on Highway B and Little Portage Lake Road in Land O’ Lakes involving Bradley J. Knaack of Land O’ Lakes and Mark E. Miller of Eagle River. Miller cut the corner turning left onto Little Portage Lake Road. Tuesday, May 15 - 5:57 p.m. - A one-vehicle accident was reported on East Bass Lake Road near Nine Mile Road in the town of Washington involving David A. Winkler of Eagle River. Eagle River Police Among the calls received by Vilas County dispatchers were at least 29 calls for the Eagle River Police. These included two vehicle accidents, two burglary alarms, one request for an ambulance, two reports of criminal damage to property, three disturbances, one domestic violence complaint, two drug problems, one drive-off, one report of propane fumes, four reports of intoxicated persons, one litter complaint, one report of lost property, one request for officer assistance, one report of suspicious circumstances, one theft, one theft of medication, two traffic violations and one utility problem. Three Lakes Police This police department reported one vehicle accident, one alarm, two requests for an ambulance, two reports of animals at large, one apprehension request, one request for agency assistance, one gas drive-off, one parking violation, two reports of reckless driving, two suspicious circumstances, one theft and seven traffic stops.

TRAINING OFFICERS — Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich, left, presented Deputy Randy Schneider with a letter of commendation for 17 years of work as a field training officer. The field training of new deputies is a 12-week process and Tomlanovich said that training gives the department high-quality personnel. Other officers (not pictured) receiving commendation awards included Deputy Matthew McMahon for nine years and Deputy Jason Molle for 10 years as field training officers. —Photo By Ken Anderson

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FOOD PANTRY DONATION — Thanks to the community and area mail carriers, a record $4,600 worth of food was recently donated to the Vilas Food Pantry in Eagle River. For the third year, area residents filled donation bags that were left at mailbox-

es and mail carriers picked up the food for the pantry. Taking part in the presentation were volunteers, from left, Gerry Plank, Leonard Posto, John Croker, Richard Short, Carolyn Tesch and Janlee Goska. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

Room taxes collected increase 46%; town plans to build concession stand ___________ NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR


With a quorum of only the town chairman and two supervisors, the Three Lakes Town Board passed the majority of its agenda’s action items with minimal discussion at last week’s meeting. Town Treasurer Mary Turk presented the board with the quarterly financial and tax accommodations reports for the first quarter of 2012. Accommodations taxes collected in the first quarter of 2011 were 3,534, according to Turk. The first quarter of 2012 saw an increase of 46% as the town received $5,151. “I think we’ve had more rentals through the year where people usually are closed down already,” said Turk. “I think with the economy people are sticking closer to towns closer to them. Also, the people that are responsible for collecting and putting in the room tax are being a little more diligent about paying on time.” Seventy percent of the accommodations taxes goes to the Three Lakes Chamber

of Commerce in accordance with state law, which requires that 70% be spent on tourism promotion and development. The remaining 30% will again be used for grants in the town, according to Chairman Don Sidlowski. “And, of course, 30% of the room tax goes toward the solicitations for tourismrelated grant activities in the town of Three Lakes, which we do once a year,” said Sidlowski. The board also announced a special meeting of the town electors Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m. to grant the board approval to construct a concession/announcer booth at the ball field at Don Burnside Park. Three Lakes Plan Commission Chairman Rich Javenkoski said Wausau Homes of Rhinelander approached the town offering to build a concession stand at the baseball diamond closest to Highway A. “They did the same thing for Sugar Camp a few years ago,” he said. “They will provide all building materials and labor to put it together.” Javenkoski noted that the town and park commission

would be responsible for pouring the concrete slab, the baseball team’s booster club would be responsible for electric service and the town would likely contribute $600 to $700. “What we’ve been trying to do is gradually upgrade each field over time, and this is a golden opportunity to take care of that,” he said. The proposed building would be 10 feet by 12 feet and 19 feet, six inches, at the peak. There would be two levels, with the concession stand on the lower level and the announcers booth at the top. Wausau Homes requested only that the town include a sign saying they donated the building. “I think it’s a small price to pay to have a little bit of advertising on the side of it to get a facility like that,” said Sidlowski, who added that the special meeting was called because of statute. “The bottom line is, to construct any building in the town, even if it’s free, the electors have to approve it,” he said. In other action, the town board: — heard updates from the Plan Commission about Fire

State law prohibits signs on right of way: DOT With a major election set Tuesday June 5, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a reminder to citizens that state law prohibits the placement of any type of sign — including political, commercial or garage sale signs — on state highway right of way. “We certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from participating in elections, but signs within highway right of way are a public safety concern,” said Deb Brucaya with the DOT’s Bureau of Highway Maintenance. “Improperly placed campaign signs can distract motorists or obstruct their view, especially at intersections,” she said. “And when people enter an intersection or highway right of way to install a sign, they’re putting their own safety at risk, as well as risking the safety of the road crew worker who will remove the sign.” The State Highway System includes all numbered state, federal and interstate highways, said Brucaya. In general, state highway right of way in rural areas extends to beyond shoulders, ditches and any adjoining fence line. In urban areas along the

state highway system, signs are prohibited from the roadway area to at least one foot past the sidewalk. Sign posts, street-name marker posts and most utility poles are all within highway right of way. Signs are not allowed within highway medians or roundabouts. With the landowner’s consent, political signs are permitted on private property without a billboard permit, as long as the signs do not exceed 32 square feet and contain no flashing lights or moving parts. Improperly located signs are dealt with as part of regular highway maintenance, according to the DOT. “A sign that poses a traffic safety hazard will be promptly removed,” said Brucaya. Road crews are asked to make reasonable attempts to preserve campaign signs that are taken down and to provide campaign offices an opportunity to claim the signs. “Remember, if you see road maintenance workers removing illegal signs, they’re simply following our directions to enforce state law and help keep our roadways as safe as possible for all travelers,” said

— firewood purchased from a vendor within 25 miles of the national forest destination or brought from home that same distance; and — wood that has been certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (certified wood can be brought into the forest from a distance of more than 25 miles). In addition, state and federal laws forbid moving hardwood firewood out of EAB quarantined areas. Currently, this means hardwood firewood that has been stored, purchased or harvested in the following areas may not be moved out of these areas in Wisconsin: Brown, Crawford, Vernon, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Washington, Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, La Crosse and Racine counties. A federal quarantine also prohibits the movement of hardwood firewood out of all or parts of more than a dozen other states and parts of Canada. For more information about EAB, visit

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Campgrounds are now open across the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF), and firewood restrictions are in place to slow the spread of emerald ash borer (EAB). Because the invasive beetle typically travels on firewood, campers are asked to leave their firewood at home unless they live within 25 miles of their national forest destination. The firewood restriction is one way of slowing the spread of EAB, an exotic beetle from Asia that kills ash trees. This invasive insect’s larva kills ash trees by destroying the soft layer of wood just under the bark, according to national forest officials. Since 2002, EAB has spread to 13 states, including Wisconsin and two Canadian provinces. Movement of infested wood or nursery stock being transported from one location to another is likely the cause of new infestations beyond normal dispersal patterns of the insect. Acceptable firewood to bring to the CNNF includes: — wood gathered from within the forest with a valid permit;

Brucaya. State law (Section 86.19) provides for a fine from $10 to $100 for signs that violate state law. Local municipalities may have additional guidelines regulating the placement of political signs along county highways or local roads and streets. More information on state laws pertaining to the placement of political signs is available online at

PUBLIC MEETINGS Oneida County Fair Planning Team — Tuesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m., Curran Professional Park. Agenda: Approval of contracts and expenses, fundraisers. Phelps Town Board Meeting — Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., town hall. Agenda: Workshop to discuss and compile a new dog ordinance, presentation by Ken Stuebbe, Vilas County Economic Development Corporation director.

House No. 2 and the proposed relocation of the east end of Golf Course Loop Road; — announced that a Board of Review adjourned meeting will take place Tuesday, June 5, at 5:50 p.m.; — approved a prorated liquor license for Peyer’s Loon Saloon, a sandwich board for Snappy’s, an amplifying device for a wedding, and three permits for the annual Radar Run Shoot-Out & Fly-In; — approved a resolution for additional funding for the Townline Lake boat landing, along with an engineering contract from MSA Professional Services; — accepted a Lions Club donation of a swimming pier at Maple Lake Beach; — awarded a construction contract for Rice Lake Road to Pitlik & Wick, who gave a low bid of $82,216; — set a public hearing July 3 at 5:45 p.m. for the discontinuance of a portion of Sobiesky Avenue; and — set a public hearing July 3 at 6 p.m. for vacation of a platted road between lots 21 and 22.

Beth Sondgeroth of Stanford, Ill., is the lucky winner of this month’s Eliason Realty drawing for an iPad 2. The drawing was held on Friday, May 18, 2012. Each of the eligible names were assigned a number and then a random number was generated by to pick the winner. Beth Sondgeroth’s lucky number was 167. “Thank you to all the Eliason team members who treat us like family . . . we are appreciative recipients. I am a Christian school administrator and we are considering ways to incorporate tablet technology into our program in the near future. This gift comes at a great time,” said Beth Sondgeroth. Beth, a customer of Rick Lovdal, went on to explain, “Even as I’m writing this, we’re dreaming of the lake, raspberry pancakes at the Wolf Pack, lunch and sweet treats at Soda Pops, pizza from Spang’s and Blue Moon ice cream from Cathy’s! And . . . a little cabin in the woods. Perhaps someday . . .” Eliason Realty is doing a drawing for a new iPad 2

every month to celebrate the release of their brand-new website at To register for the drawing, you simply need to go to and register to use the site. There is no cost or obligation, but you will automatically be registered for the site. In addition, you will have access to all of the tools the site offers. Diane Misina says, “Feedback from our buyers and months of research led me to what I feel is not just a great tool for our buyers on the web, but it is also a great tool for them to use with their mobile devices. The increase of mobile use from our customers was a material part of the choices we made as we chose this website. “In fact, we were so excited about the website we wanted to kick things off with a special promotion to entice people to experience it. We are very confident that once they use the site, they will know why we call the Ultimate Northwoods Search Engine.”



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NEWS City eyes removing parking slots at mural ___________ BY KEN ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT


The Party with the Packers event June 7 will feature six Green Bay Packers players from the Super Bowl XXXI team. Lolly Rose, founder of Angel On My Shoulder, was joined by Craig

Newsome, William Henderson and Gilbert Brown at an event in 2009. They will return, along with Dorsey Levens, Santana Dotson and Marco Rivera. —Contributed Photo

Party with the Pack set June 7; event to include kick-off parade Angel On My Shoulder previously announced plans for a fundraising event, Party with the Pack, slated at The Penalty Box in Eagle River Thursday, June 7. Monday organizers announced an additional event, The Packer Parade, that will commence at 5 p.m. in downtown Eagle River. The free parade will feature the six Green Bay Packers players from the Super Bowl XXXI team, including Gilbert Brown, William Henderson, Dorsey Levens, Santana Dotson, Marco Rivera and Craig Newsome. The players will escort Parade Marshal Lolly Rose, executive director of Angel On My Shoulder, to the fundraising event at The Penalty Box. The public is welcome to attend the parade. The committee organizing the parade is encouraging other groups or local businesses to enter a float and be part of the celebration. The parade will meet at the Eagle River Depot Museum parking lot at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, June 7. The

most creative float/entry will be awarded an autographed photo of the six participating Green Bay Packers. Parade entry and registration information is available by emailing “We never get six Packer players at one time in our community,” said Rose. “I can’t thank them enough for helping to make this year’s party and Golf Spectacular a success.” Angel On My Shoulder is a locally based, nonprofit cancer support foundation, wellknown for the children’s camps it sponsors. The organization also does hospital outreach to patients, as well as sponsoring and organizing support events for the caregivers of cancer patients. “There’s a lot of work to do, and our organization is all volunteer-staffed andsupported,” said Rose. “This annual fundraising effort makes a huge impact on the services we’re able to provide.” Party with the Pack starts with a cookout, compliments of Trig’s which is providing the food, and the

Northland Pines High School football team, who are doing the grilling for the event. In addition to the Packers, who will provide autographed memorabilia to raise funds, the evening also will include Bret & Frisk, a local acoustic duet who will provide music. Their repertoire includes hits from 1950s rock ’n’ roll to 1960s folk music to alternative rock music of today. The duo, based in Land O’ Lakes, originally met in Breckenridge, Colo., 20 years ago. They have been providing musical entertainment in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and North Woods of Wisconsin since then. “They have been strong supporters of community events and we are thrilled to have them as part of our event,” said Rose. Party with the Pack has become a community effort, with sponsorship not only from The Penalty Box, but other area businesses including Trig’s, WRJO FM and WERL AM, WJFW 12, Vilas County NewsReview, Sprecher Brewing Co., Nicolet Water, Discover Mediaworks Inc. and River

Valley Bank. Tickets for the Party with the Pack are available from Trig’s in Eagle River, The Penalty Box, River Valley Bank or by calling 1(800) 860-3431. The public is welcome to Party with the Pack at The Penalty Box. The party will start at 5:30 p.m. immediately following the parade. Packers autographed memorabilia will be on-site and available to purchase between 7 and 8 p.m. All proceeds will go toward Angel On My Shoulder. The full Tailgate Party will kick off at 7 p.m. and run through 8:30 p.m. Food will be available throughout the evening. Admission is $20 for adults; $8 for students (18 and younger), and children younger than 5 are free. There are also familypack tickets at $50 for two adults and three children. The admission fee will cover a meal that includes a sandwich (brat, hamburger, hot dog), chips and side, with a beverage. For more information on Angel On My Shoulder or the Party with the Pack, call 1-(800) 860-3431.

Eliminating six parking spaces in front of the large mural on the west side of a vacant building on Railroad Street in Eagle River and placing benches for people ran into opposition at a city Parking Committee last week. Supporters noted the mural attracts visitors who admire the rendition of Eagle River’s past and vehicles parked in front of the mural often prevent the public from realizing the impact of the painting. But parking spaces within the city remain at a premium, the opposition noted, especially during the summer months and near the downtown business district. “One of the biggest concerns remains lack of parking and to sacrifice six spaces is counterproductive,” said committee member and Alexander’s Pizza owner Brian Crist. “These spaces are critical, especially on cold and rainy summer days. Any number of urban planners (who have looked at the city) have always suggested more parking.” Bill Doerr reminded the committee that the historical society once offered to place a caboose at the depot and it was strongly opposed by the Revitalization Committee because it would have eliminated some parking. Committee member Sally Kemp indicated she had conflicting thoughts about the parking spaces. “I’m both ways,” Kemp said. “We have worked hard to gain more parking spaces, but on the other hand, that mural is wonderful.” Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen agreed that for three months parking is a problem, but suggested a possible compromise. “We could create an offset from the building with a barrier and still keep the six spaces,” he said. Vander Bloomen noted the

area is used as a gathering location for teenagers at night. The owner of the building, Barb Collins, was not present to provide input and Parking Committee Chairman Jerry Burkett said he wanted her input. Burkett also requested a position from the Eagle River Business Association on eliminating the six parking spaces. The city Parking Committee met again Monday and voted to recommend to the City Council the six parking spaces in front of the mural remain. The committee also received a letter from Collins stating she had no problem removing the parking spaces, but whatever they wanted to do was OK with her. A survey of downtown merchants by both Crist and Kemp favored keeping the parking spaces. In other business, Vander Bloomen told the committee there was a conflict with ordinance language on overnight winter parking on streets and alleys, but not in municipal lots. He said this creates a problem with snow removal for the city crew. Vander Bloomen was requested to draft language for the committee to review concerning overnight winter parking in municipal lots.

City seeks title to Pride property ___________ BY KEN ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT


The Eagle River City Council has gone on record seeking title to the Chuck Pride property by adopting a resolution asking Vilas County to take title through tax delinquency foreclosure proceedings and then turn the property over to the city. The property consists of approximately 15 acres and is located about three blocks south of the city business district. The property contains a single-family house that “is in a dilapidated condition and has had public utilities, water, sewer and electricity, disconnected,” but is currently occupied by the property owner, according to a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) performed by MSA Professional Services. The Vilas County Forestry & Land Department had previously completed a transaction screen assessment (TSA) of the property which considered the condition of the exterior grounds. Vilas County chose not to obtain title via tax foreclosure based on a report of that assessment dated Oct. 11, 2010, due to concerns over possible costs of clean up. The assessment stated “the property contains four pickup trucks, a dump truck, a logging truck, two boats and two campers in dilapidated condition.” According to the report, “numerous piles of junk were scattered on the ground surface, including tires, household

materials and furniture, propane cylinders, lawn mowers and wood and sheet metal construction wastes.” On April 18, 2012, a walking tour of the property was conducted by MSA environmental engineer Brian Hegge, city administrator Joe Laux, and Eagle River Police Department Officer Tony Justice, who served an inspection warrant and was present during the walk. Owner Charles Pride declined to be present and on site during the site visit. The ESA summary identified a number of recognized environmental conditions, including: — several mounds of unidentifiable fill material contained metal, asphalt, concrete and wood, and a portion of an air conditioning unit buried in the fill; — a fire recently destroyed a garage or storage shed, and a previous TSA indicated containers of petroleum products on the property, and several were observed in this Phase I ESA; — a five-gallon pail of broken waste fluorescent bulbs was observed and the prior TSA identified car batteries; it was noted fluorescent lights may contain mercury and ballasts may contain PCBs; and — numerous containers of paint and automobile fluids stored on shelves and directly on the dirt floor of the basement. According the Vilas County Circuit Court records, Pride has filed an objection to the 2012 tax liens (12 CV 94) and asks to “vacate the

unlawful special assessments contained as part of the property taxes.” Other action In other action, the council approved donating $750 toward the cost of bringing a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall to Eagle River. The replica is 6 feet by 300 feet as a three-fifth scale of the memorial. The wall will be located inside of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile

Derby Track June 30 to July 4 and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at no charge. A discussion on how to route traffic during reconstruction of Silver Lake Road favored using Third Street, with no heavy trucks allowed. Concern was expressed by Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen about traffic through the school zone. It was noted Third Street has stop signs at every intersection.

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vehicle route. The joint committees voted 8-1 to draft a county board resolution allowing use of the county highway for a twoyear trial period. —Photo by Ken Anderson

ATV: 2004 referendum was advisory only tacted other county highway commissioners, who stated they had no maintenance issues in allowing ATVs on county highways. “The bike interests indicated they agreed they had no connectivity for Highway A going east and were not opposed for ATVs on (Highway) A,” Mayo said. “Neighboring counties allow ATVs and, they say, with proper signing, it’s working,” added Maney. Phelps Town Board Chairman Collin Snook said Highway A was a good candidate to allow ATVs for a trial period. “It is clear of trees, visibility is excellent and it’s the best road we could pick for a trail; it’s a perfect place for a test,” he said. Phelps Supervisor Loren Johnson took issue with the request, presenting an alternative viewpoint. “There is a lot of opposition in Phelps to this and I suggest if a town referendum was held, it would be opposed,” Johnson said. “It’s always been presented as an economic boost, but we have no trail system whereas other towns and counties do so. I don’t believe it will be an economic boost. “There is a standing resolution by the county board against use of county lands for ATVs,” he concluded. Mayo also said the U.S. Forest Service, in its current land-use plan, indicated the service would work with towns if the towns wanted ATV trails. Roger Flaherty, president of LandOver ATV Club, asked the county to let the towns decide if they wanted ATVs. “We’re just asking the county to get out of the way of towns and amend that resolution so when towns are ready to put something on a map, we can work with them,” Flaherty said. “Our club will fund the signs and we’ll put them up if we’re permitted.” ATV opponent Sue Drum of Presque Isle said Vilas County was unique in not allowing ATVs. “Vilas is now a destination of nonmotorized vacations,” Drum said. “People come to Vilas because they do not want to compete with ATVs.” But Drum’s statement was challenged by Highway Committee member Chris Mayer, who wanted to know “what

the basis of that claim was.” Supervisor Ralph Sitzberger asked how allowing ATV use on Highway A would bring business to Phelps without a trail system. Snook agreed a trail system would be more fun for ATV enthusiasts to ride in the woods. “If it was a safety issue, more counties wouldn’t allow them,” Snook said. “This is a Phelps issue, not a countywide issue. Phelps in unique; we border Forest County and Michigan and we can have connectivity. “Do the trial run (for two years) and, if it doesn’t work, it’s done,” Snook said. “You can’t justify a claim of Vilas County being high tourism due to silent sports. We can’t prove anything unless we collect the data.” Supervisor Kathleen Rushlow, a member of the Highway Committee, reminded the citizens attending that

the highway department always worked with the snowmobilers and they will work with ATV groups should the county board resolution be amended. “This is a work in progress,” Rushlow said. “A test is a good idea.” Supervisor Sig Hjemvick also supported the two-year test. “Of the letters on this, roughly 20-to-1 are from outside Phelps and I do know the Phelps Town Board has worked diligently on this,” Hjemvick said. “We’re talking about a test and an opportunity and, without the test, we can’t get it off the road.” Highway Committee Chairman Charles Rayala Jr. supported the trial. “They’ve got a good plan and I think it’s a workable plan,” Rayala said. “I’m against outside interests telling a town what they can

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(Two Weeks, 5/23-5/30/12) Orange Door Storage 416 Hwy 70/PO Box 219 St Germain, WI 54558 TO Bryan Kirby PO Box 92 Three Lakes, WI 54562 ____________________________________

(Three Weeks, 5/16-5/30/12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT VILAS COUNTY — PROBATE — Order Setting Deadline for Filing a Claim (Formal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 27 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GUS E. PANAGOS A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent, with date of birth June 10, 1937 and date of death Oct. 23, 2011, was domiciled in Vilas County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 4922 Hwy. 70 W., P.O. Box 1676, Eagle River, WI 54521. 2. All interested persons waived notice. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is August 24, 2012. 2. A claim must be filed at the Vilas County Courthouse, 330 Court St., Eagle River, Wisconsin. BY THE COURT: /s/ Dawn R. Halverson Circuit Court Commissioner 5/10/2012 Attorney William W. Anderson P.O. Box 639 Eagle River, WI 54521 (715) 479-6444 Bar No. 1013904

NOTICE OF SALE ____________________________________ At 11:00am on June 8, 2012, at 5196 Hwy 70W, Eagle River, WI the items contained in unit 36 will be sold unless payment in full is received. BRIEF inventory includes: Furniture, plastic totes, boxes, and bags. 860


(Two Weeks, 5/23-5/30/12) Orange Door Storage 416 Hwy 70/PO Box 219 St Germain, WI 54558 TO Tanya Frederick 4723 Loggers Run Road, Apt 4 Eagle River, WI 54521 ____________________________________ NOTICE OF SALE ____________________________________ At 11:00am on June 8, 2012, at 5196 Hwy 70W, Eagle River, WI the items contained in unit 78 will be sold unless payment in full is received. BRIEF inventory includes: Indoor and outdoor furniture, children’s toys, weight machine, lawn mower, boxes. 863



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or can’t do. Try it for two years and, if it works, fine; if it doesn’t work, junk it.” Mayer reminded his fellow supervisors that the 2004 referendum was advisory only and a lot has changed in 10 years. “I can’t hold someone to an issue 10 years ago that was advisory and I can’t see why we can’t do it,” Mayer said. “I can’t find any issue why we can’t grant a two- year trial basis that would affect anybody negatively. Threats bother me and that’s why I’m here today. I can’t believe anyone in this room would be so impacted by a two-year trial.”



Big business here And muskies are big business in Wisconsin, particularly in the North Woods where

there are hundreds of muskie lakes. The DNR said the number of people fishing for muskie has more than quadrupled over the last 50 years. An estimated 456,000 anglers pursued muskellunge in Wisconsin in 2001, the latest year for which survey results are available. Muskie fishing packs an economic wallop, with $425 million spent directly on muskellunge fishing in Wisconsin. This does not include indirect economic impacts, such as wages and tax revenue. Simonson said an angler’s chance of catching a muskie is improving. He said catchand-release, protective regulations and the DNR’s stocking program have helped turn the famed fighter from the fish of “10,000 casts” into the fish of “3,000 casts” in Wisconsin. It used to take two anglers in a boat 25 hours to catch a fish. Now it is closer to 12 hours.

Beuscher named to medical panel Nurse Practitioner Tara Beuscher of Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center pain management department has been selected to serve a four-year term on the Content Expert Panel (CEP) for the Pain Management Certification Exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The credentialing center is the largest certification organization for nurses in the country and provides ongoing review and development of the test content outline for examinations. “I was one of eight panel members selected from a

nationwide pool of applicants to serve on the CEP for the Pain Management Certification Exam,” said Beuscher, certified in the field since 2005.“This group sets the standards for certification in the specialty of pain management.” “This is a great honor for Tara Beuscher and speaks highly of the character and expertise on our Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center’s pain management team,” said Kelly Rydeski, manager. For more information, contact the center at (715) 3581814 or 1-(800) 347-0673.


This year, celebrate the spirit of Memorial Day with us as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the liberty we all hold so dear. All area branches will be closed this Monday, May 28. They will resume normal hours on Tuesday. The following will be closed Monday, May 28 for observance of Memorial Day:







A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Vilas County Courthouse last Friday to attend a joint meeting of the Vilas County Highway and Forestry committees with the town of Phelps to determine if portions of Highway A could be used for an all-terrain

age size of fish in a muskie population,” he said. The growth potential of muskellunge easily exceeds 40 inches on the vast majority of muskellunge waters in the state, except in a few high-density, slow-growing populations typically found in smaller lakes, Simonson said. Down the road, the increased size limit also will help better meet the expectations of muskie anglers in Wisconsin in terms of the size structure of populations. State mail surveys of anglers indicate that most anglers consider a trophy muskie to be 50 inches or greater. Among avid muskie anglers, the proportion considering 50 inches or greater a trophy has increased from 44% in 1989, to 62% in 1999, and to 77% in 2011, Simonson said.






Pink Bucket program continues Eagle Waste donates services to AIS collection effort Several years ago, the Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association (ERCLA) instituted the Pink Bucket program which provides a means for anglers to dispose of weeds, including Eurasian water milfoil (EWM), brought into their boats while fishing. It is a well-known fact that EWM spreads when plant pieces break off and float in the water. Eventually, these fragments take root in new locations, spreading the aquatic invasive species (AIS). In an effort to control the spread of EWM, bright-pink three-gallon buckets and AIS/EWM identification materials were placed at nine critical boat landings on the Eagle River Chain. The pink buckets are provided for recreationists to take with them while on the water, according to Carole Linn of the Chain of Lakes association. “In addition to providing an onboard AIS message, the users are prompted to put EWM fragments into the bucket and dispose of the plant materials in containers at the boat landings,” said Linn. Alan Albee, owner of Eagle Waste & Recycling Inc., offered his services again this year to help ensure success of the program. Eagle Waste has provided waste receptacles at seven Eagle River Chain of Lakes boat landings and will pick up all refuse free of charge for the entire summer season. Recreationists will find containers with pink buckets

at all public boat landings. A bucket is borrowed for use on the boat. Any weeds obtained while fishing are placed in the bucket and then disposed of in the refuse containers supplied by Eagle Waste back at the landing. Waste receptacles are labeled to accept both weeds and boat refuse. “By placing weeds in the bucket rather than disposing of them in the lake, the spread of EWM can be slowed,” said Carole Linn. The Pink Bucket program

River Chain of Lakes Association for weeds and boat refuse. —Contributed Photo

is part of the Unified Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Commission’s EWM management plan on the Lower Eagle River Chain. The ERCLA supports the efforts of the commission both financially and through volunteer efforts. “The Pink Bucket program is an example of how the ERCLA supports the work of the commission, as all expenses associated with this program are paid for by the ERCLA,” said Carole Linn. The Pink Bucket program

sponsored by the ERCLA, according to Linn, is an innovative way to help bridge the gap between traditional AIS signage at the boat landings and boaters utilizing the lake system. “This program would not be possible without the services of Eagle Waste & Recycling and ERCLA volunteers Dick Matkin, Paul Hennes and Steve Linn who maintain the Pink Bucket supplies at the boat landings,” said Carole Linn.

Pines’ Mork denied Regional track following appeal process, court ruling ___________ BY KEN ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT


A Northland Pines High School student suspended from athletic activities on allegations of violating the district code of conduct for athletes was denied an injunction in Vilas County Circuit Court against the school district to reinstate him. Senior Richard Mork III, through his attorney Steven Lucareli, requested Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III issue a temporary restraining order that would allow Mork to continue using the athletic facilities in preparation for competition in Regional track and field events, essentially suspending the code to allow him to compete. According to a statement issued by District Administrator Mike Richie, Mork was involved in a fight May 1 and, as a result, the district enforced an athletic code violation of “conduct unbecoming an athlete” and imposed a suspension from athletics. The code of conduct provides an administrative protocol for appeals, but no appeal was filed until Judge Nielsen denied the restraining order. That appeal was heard by the hearing board last Wednesday and reviewed by the board of education last Friday. Injunction denied At the outset of the hearing last Tuesday, Judge Nielsen questioned his authority to “insert the court in the school’s administrative process,” asking if it was “appropriate for the court to enter when the administrative process has not been completed.” Lucareli indicated the timing of the school’s appeal process does not allow Mork to adequately prepare for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Regional competition, scheduled for Monday, May 21, in Colby. “He has a right to compete as a student in good standing and you are the last resort for him to compete,” Lucareli told the judge. Steve Garbowicz, attorney for the school district, countered it was not a right, but a privilege to compete in athletics. “Students and guardians sign the athletic code and agree to abide by it,” Garbowicz stated, indicating a Chippewa Falls School District case where Judge Barbara Crab ruled participation was a privilege. “In addition,

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS The real estate transactions listed below are being published at the request of many of our readers. The information is public record and reflects an index of each week’s transactions. Property transactions exceeding $10,000 recorded at the Vilas County Courthouse the past week and the transfer fee: May 15, 2012 Denice M. Snyder to Denice M. Snyder et al and Philip J. Friend et al, prt SW NE in 11-43-7, gov lot 3, prt NE SW in 11-43-7, gov lot 5, $82.50 Scott Cramer and wife to Jacob J. Cabino and wife, lot A of plat 48 in Charlotte Lake Forests, $130.50 Frederick G. Scharf et al and Carol R. Leonard et al to Abundant Life Outreach Center Inc., prt SW SW in 27-40-10, gov lot 4, $120 Integrity First Bank to Linda M. Capodice, prt NE NE in 36-40-6, $135

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the WIAA oversees competition and, with a code violation, they could take separate action,” said Garbowicz. Garbowicz told the court student athletes have to comply with a stricter code of conduct. “While all students sign a code of conduct or handbook, an athlete has to comply with a stricter set of rules yearround; our code is clear, it’s a 12-month obligation for an athlete,” said Garbowicz. “It’s voluntary. There is no requirement to participate in athletics.” Judge Nielsen again questioned his ability to grant relief due to not having an underlying action that was applicable. “In the Chippewa Falls case, the athlete went through the code appeal process and Mork has not,” said Nielsen, recognizing the timing issue for the Regional. Garbowicz reminded the court the petitioner, Mork, has to show a reasonable probability of success and it isn’t there in this case. “Even if the petition is granted and he competes, the WIAA steps in and strips the student of any awards in a state-sponsored event,” Garbowicz said, referring to a student athlete in Tomahawk where that happened. Judge Nielsen, in denying the request, gave a long explanation as to how the court felt. “The goal of a court is trying to find a way to ameliorate negative consequences and I don’t often get a chance to work with a gifted person like Mr. Mork,” said the judge. “The administrative review process has to be played out and you don’t get an end run around that process. “Courts review the process but do not substitute its judgment; just that appropriate

consideration was given,” said Nielsen. “If we don’t move quickly, Mr. Mork will lose something very important to him.” Indicating he would not hear testimony, Judge Nielsen continued. “I don’t believe there is a fundamental right to extra curricular activities; it’s not a protected interest, so I don’t believe the pleading states a proper cause for relief to be granted by this court. By the court inserting itself in the process, it takes away the administrative process that belongs to the school.” “I feel badly in reaching this decision for Mr. Mork and would encourage the district to expedite the process of appeal,” said Nielsen. “The school, in order to be seen as a full participant in the lives of their students, should provide the appeal as quickly as possible. “If not successful, Mr. Mork has learned a hard lesson in life,” said the judge. “I therefore deny the request as premature since it takes away from the district and their due-process procedure.” Appeal process The school board took the advice of the court to expedite the due-process action in the athletic code of procedure and convened the hearing board identified in the code to review the discipline given to Mork for his “conduct unbecoming an athlete.” They heard the appeal in closed session last Wednesday. The code indicates the hearing board is to be five persons representing the grade levels of the district, plus the district administrator and a representative of the clergy. After meeting in closed session, the hearing board upheld the violation on a 5-0 vote.

An appeal was made the next day to have the full school board review the suspension. Since Regional competition in track and field will start on Monday, the school board called an emergency session with two hours’ notice to meet Thursday afternoon. After several hours in closed session, the board announced, on a vote of 3-2, to also uphold the athletic code violation. Voting for upholding the violation were board members Mike Sealander, Mike Jovanovic and Mark Vander Bloomen. Voting to overturn the code violation were board members Eric Neff and John Sarama. Judge’s order Judge Nielsen denied the request for a restraining order on Northland Pines last Friday afternoon and signed a court order with the following language: “This court is not satisfied that the plaintiff has a protected-property interest in competing in the state track meet. Even if he does, however, it is now clear that interest has not been denied without substantial, and not minimal, due process. He has had two separate due-process hearings. The plaintiff is now back before this court because he is unhappy with the outcome. “Mr. Mork had to know that causing violence to another student . . . is clear that he knew it was this alleged act of hitting a fellow student that led to his dismissal from the track team. He participated in the dueprocess hearings with that full understanding. “The court does not believe there is a likelihood of success upon the merits of this litigation and therefore must reject the request for injunctive relief.”


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Trig’s customers donate $5,000 to autism programs Demonstrating their generosity during National Autism Awareness month in April, customers at all five Trig’s stores bought thousands of $1 puzzle pieces to support the fight against autism, raising $5,000 for the Trig’s Fresh Hope philanthropy program. The funds were donated and presented to the Central Wisconsin Autism Society and Central Wisconsin AUsome Social Network. “Many kids and families in the communities we serve

are dealing with the challenges of autism every day, since one in every 88 children is affected by autism,” said Alan Alden, vice president of Retain Operations for the T.A. Solberg Co. “We’re lucky to be able to work with our customers to support the efforts to combat autism and are humbled by the generosity and willingness demonstrated by our communities.” The donation the Central Wisconsin Autism Society receives from Trig’s and its customers is the singlelargest donation received by

the organization all year, and it has a significant impact on their programming, according to Alden. The money raised by Trig’s and its customers allows the Autism Society to provide scholarships for kids to go to Camp AUsome in St. Germain, offer autism training for law enforcement and send families to the state Autism Conference.

The public is welcome to participate in the 2012 Northwoods Land Trust annual meeting Saturday, June 2, at the Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center. The event will begin with a free light lunch and an opportunity to meet the land trust board at noon. The annual meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with a summary report and virtual tour of the year’s outstanding conservation projects and other achievements, according to Bryan Pierce, executive director of the trust. Following the annual meeting, the group will hike and carpool into the heart of the new Winter Park Pines Nature Preserve, a 3,195acre conservation easement property protected by Ken and Carolyn Aldridge. As the largest conservation easement donation to a Wisconsin land trust, this extensive property protects 13 miles of river, stream, lake and pond shorelines, including more than five miles on the Squirrel River, a Department of Natural Resources Northern Rivers Initiative priority river. The land also helps to buffer the Squirrel River Pines State Natural Area and provides lasting protection for about 43 kilometers of the core of the Minocqua Winter Park crosscountry ski and snowshoe trail system.

Carolyn and Ken Aldridge posed earlier this year by the new Winter Park Pines Nature Preserve sign. —Contributed Photo

“Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate this exceptional conservation project,” said Pierce. Wearing long pants, long sleeves and insect/tick protection is recommended by organizers. The guided walk will include some trail hiking. Pierce said guests are asked to call to help plan for the lunch by contacting the Northwoods Land Trust office at (715) 479-2490 or nwlt@northwoodslandtrust.o rg. To get to Minocqua Winter Park, take Highway 70 west

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Department. “One of our objectives is to increase safe-water education for school-age children,” said Blake. “One way we’re addressing this issue is promoting local youth water safety.” The Northwoods YMCA receives monies from United Way to teach students a water safety program called Y Swim, Play and Learn Aquatic Safety Habits featuring hands-on training designed to help both swimmers and nonswimmers stay safe and healthy in and around the water. The task force helped

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As warmer temperatures in the North Woods prompt area recreationists to take to the lakes, Oneida County Public Health Department has formed the Drowning Prevention Task Force to help keep youths safe on the water. According to The Burden of Injury Report 2011 in Wisconsin, drowning is the leading cause of injury deaths for children ages 1 to 4 years and the third cause of injury death for children ages 5 to 9. Oneida County has recorded nine deaths due to drowning between 2007 and 2010, according to Oneida County public health nurse Jill Blake. Members of the Drowning Prevention Task Force include YMCA of the Northwoods aquatic department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) safety warden, Rhinelander School District, Safe Kids Organization, Oneida County Forestry and Parks and the city of Rhinelander Parks




OUTDOORS Beware: Lake jumping can be dangerous LET’S SAY you hit the Eagle River Chain early for walleyes, head to Boot Lake for some crappie action, and then finish up the day catching the rest of your daily walleye limit on Butternut Lake. Sounds like a plan. Similar scenarios are played out again and again this time of year as anglers make the most of their days. It’s called lake jumping, and it’s an inseparable part of Wisconsin’s fishing tradition. The trend has become even more common since tribal spearing gave us three-walleye and two-walleye bag limits, where anglers are forced to change lakes in order to legally harvest five walleyes — still the daily bag limit statewide. But at no time in history has the practice become more controversial, or more dangerous, because of the increased chance of spreading aquatic invasive species to uninfested waters. Anglers are more mobile than ever before, possessing the technology and knowledge to more quickly locate new spots as they search for the species of their choice. The lake-jumping scenario involving the Eagle River Chain, Boot Lake and Butternut is as real as any, and also a cause for alarm. The downstream portion of the 28-lake Chain of Lakes, you see, contains Eurasian water milfoil (EWM). So do portions of Boot. But Butternut and more than 90% of our lakes don’t have it.

In the Outdoors By Kurt Krueger EWM appears to be the fastest-spreading invasive species. It’s a huge problem because the aggressive exotic chokes out native species and forms dense mats at the water’s surface, hampering navigation, skiing and swimming. The most recent Department of Natural Resources (DNR) study shows 80% of the boat owners who reported moving their boats to different water bodies actually checked their trailers, propellers, anchors, ropes, livewells and bait buckets for weeds. But the battle is ongoing and far from being won, because it only takes one careless angler or boater to pick up an invasive species in a livewell or on a trailer and transport it to another lake. Once there, plant fragments and juvenile animals can take hold. Because two of every 10 anglers are still a potential hazard to our water resources, town lakes committees will again coordinate boat inspection programs at landings throughout the area. Their purpose is twofold — hands-on prevention and public awareness. My plea to anglers and oth-

er boaters is one for tolerance and patience. If we really care about the lakes and the fisheries in them, there is no room for defying a simple request to check over a boat and trailer. While I can’t cover all the potential problems that might arise at a busy boat landing, it should be understood that this isn’t a sting operation. These inspectors can’t write tickets. They are not confrontational. The only thing they’re enforcing is a personal conviction to keep exotic species out of the lake. Here are some of the main tips from the DNR: • Inspect your boat, trailer and boating equipment and remove any plants and animals that are visible before leaving any water body. A new state law makes it illegal to transport any kind of aquatic vegetation while traveling roads and highways. • Unless you have minnows to take home, empty your bait bucket on land before leaving the water body. Never intentionally release live bait into a water body, or release aquatic animals from one water body to another. • Drain all water from your boat in order to prevent the spread of any invasives, whether it be the perch parasite found on the Eagle River Chain or viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), a deadly fish virus known to exist in Lake Michigan and the Lake Winnebago system. That last one is admittedly

Anglers who trailer their boats to several lakes in a single day or weekend are reminded to check their trailer, boat and motor for invasive species such as Eurasian water milfoil. —Contributed Photo

frustrating, seeing that anglers don’t have livewells so they can empty them at the landing — then drive home 30 minutes and clean dead fish. But it’s the law. Here’s a list of 19 lakes that are known to contain invasive milfoil: Arrowhead, Boot, Big Sand, Long, North and South Twin, Upper Gresham, Forest, Little St. Germain and 10 lakes on the Eagle River Chain — Cranberry, Catfish, Voyageur, Eagle, Scattering Rice, Otter, Lynx, Duck, Yellow Birch and Watersmeet. Anyone fishing Lake Metonga in Crandon, which harbors inva-

sive zebra mussels, would be entirely irresponsible if they went to any other lake without cleaning and disinfecting their equipment. Zebra mussels are harder to detect and to wash off than vegetation. This issue is a serious one, for careless lake jumpers could someday destroy the sport of fishing as we have known it for decades. Anglers who choose this tactic for maximizing their opportunities need to act with extreme caution. Once you have safely launched your exotics-free boat, good luck with the fishing!

Fishing with the Guides By George Langley

Water temps on rise should help fishing

Lakes will be busy this weekend for the muskie fishing opener in northern Wisconsin. Fishing experts say small baits work well

early in the season as muskies are coming out of the annual spawning ritual. —STAFF PHOTO

Muskie season opens Saturday Smaller baits will work best early The northern zone muskie season opens this Saturday, May 26, and anglers are likely to find good prospects for catching the official state fish, now that water temperatures are finally climbing and making the fish more active, state fisheries biologists say. Anglers are reminded there is a new statewide 40inch minimum size limit for muskies. There are 41 waters that continue to have either lower size limits or higher size limits. “The start of the 2012 northern muskie fishing season should be timed perfectly with an increase in fish activity now that water temperatures have warmed into the mid- to upper 60s throughout most of northern Wisconsin,” said Dave Neuswanger, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries supervisor based in Hayward. “Most muskellunge completed their annual spawning ritual weeks ago during an early warming period, so they have long since recovered and will be ready to chase just about anything that moves,” said Neuswanger. Neuswanger says that jerk baits and even spinners with bucktails should provide

good action. “Anglers will find healthy muskie populations in traditional waters, but do not overlook some of the smaller out-of-the-way lakes and streams that often have surprising numbers of fish between 36 and 44 inches long,” he said. Fish in these waters tend to be more naïve than those in heavily pressured lakes, so they are more likely to be encountered and caught. Multiple-fish days on some of the less-pressured lakes and streams are not uncommon. “Also, this is the time of year when anglers targeting bass with spinner baits are subject to surprise attack by muskies, so using a wire leader and keeping some hook-out tools and gloves in the boat are good ideas,” Neuswanger said. Mike Vogelsang, fisheries supervisor based in Woodruff, reported that muskie in his area spawned at least two weeks ahead of “normal,” with the peak right around mid-April. “Water temperatures have been steady and cold for several weeks now, but they are finally beginning to moderate a bit, a trend that should continue through the muskie opener. That will make the

muskie active,” said Vogelsang. “Look for them near newly emerged weeds with deeper water nearby — the transition from weeds to deep water on the edges of bays are key spots.” Weedy open flats that are 5 to 9 feet deep also make for nice “drifts” while casting, Vogelsang said. “Early in the season anglers may also want to scale down the size of their baits a bit — it’s not always necessary to throw those big tandem bucktails or 12-inch jerk baits,” said Vogelsang. “For the first couple weeks of muskie fishing, smaller bucktails and 6-inch twitch baits can work equally well if not better.” Book updated Anglers can rely on the new version — the 2012 version of the Wisconsin Muskellunge Waters book — to help lead them to the waters offering the potential to catch a monster muskie or the prospect of lots of action. The 35-page booklet is available online at and can be downloaded and printed. Hard-copy versions are available by contacting a local DNR service center and asking for a copy of publication FH 515 (2012).

The printing of the booklet was paid for by the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin, along with its individual member clubs. Funding was also provided by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration program. Tim Simonson, DNR fish biologist who chairs the DNR’s muskie committee and edited the book, said the update is the first since 1996. Some smaller, minor lakes have been taken off the list of muskie waters, as well as some lakes that had been stocked in the past but hadn’t produced fisheries. The book also updates the status of waters as far as whether they are Class A, the premier muskie waters providing the best muskie fishing; Class B, waters that provide good fishing; or Class C, waters with muskie present but not of major importance to the overall fishery. About 47% of the 667 classified muskie lakes in Wisconsin are Class A waters and 29 of the 100 classified river segments are Class A. “By all measures, muskie fishing has continued to improve,” said Simonson. “The percentage of large fish — over 45 inches — continues to increase in our sampling surveys.”

Warmer weather is speeding the spawning process of all the fish that are presently on the shorelines and should make for some excellent fishing Memorial Day weekend. With the water temperatures rising on a daily basis, it bodes well for “normal” fishing this summer. The North Woods needs rain, however, and a lot of it. Water levels are again receding throughout the area. Look for water temperatures in the 60s, though on some of the warmer days water temps could even get into the 70s in bays. There is now better weed growth starting in shallow water. On the clear lakes, anglers are starting to report some deeper weed growth. Walleye fishing is good throughout the area, with the fish now recovered completely from spawning and the bigger fish are hitting on most lakes. Jigs and minnows remain the favored bait, but leeches and crawlers are starting to work. Look for fish in the weeds. Some anglers also have reported some action on stick baits thrown over those weed areas. Bass action is just great all over the area. These fish are on or near shorelines on all lakes, spawning or nearing the spawn. Remember that it is catch-and-release only until June 16. Stick baits or leeches are working quite well for both smallies and largemouth bass. Northern action is great. These aggressive fish are hitting minnows, larger minnows and artificials equally. Look for weeds for these fish. The Chain has had great action for northerns all season. Muskie fishing will get into full gear this weekend, as the season starts Saturday. It looks now like these fish have gotten a good spawn in and are starting to move on a more active post-spawn pattern. Look for these fish in the weeds. Small baits work best. Bucktails like No. 5 Mepps and Rizzo Tails work very well in the beginning of the season, along with smaller twitch baits and small jerk baits. Panfish action also has been very good in the area, with both crappies and bluegills on the shorelines. Both of these fish are very catchable when on the shores. Minnows for the crappies and worms for the ’gills will work best. Perch are in the deep weeds and also hitting well. It’ll be a great overall week for getting out there and fishing. Good luck and good fishin’.





Callie Rohr canoe race planned for June 9-10 The eighth annual Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe & Kayak Race to benefit children’s brain cancer research will take place June 9-10. With 14 different race classes, this event is open to all skill levels of paddlers and all types of canoes and kayaks. The race will start at the Rohr’s canoe resort and campground at the headwaters of the Wisconsin River in Conover Saturday, June 9, and activities will end at Eagle River Inn & Resort in

Eagle River Sunday, June 10. The Rohrs have raised more than $90,000 over the last seven years and have funded three research programs. This year, the race proceeds will go to Dr. Tomita’s research program at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill. For more information, contact the Rohrs at,, (715) 547-3639 or stop in at Rohr’s Wilderness Tours, located at 5230 Razorback Road in Conover.





Nearly 200 lakes in Vilas, Oneida revised with five-walleye bag limit While the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced adjusted sport angler daily walleye bag limits on 250 lakes speared by Chippewa bands in the Ceded Territory prior to the opening weekend of fishing season, another 288 lakes actually increased to a five-fish bag limit. The DNR made the announcement for the revised bag limits May 2, just prior to the opening weekend of fishing season May 5 and 6. Of the roughly 900 walleye lakes in the Ceded Territory, 165 now have a daily sport angler bag limit of three, 83 have a daily bag limit of two, one has a daily bag limit of one, and one lake is catch-and-release only. But another 288 lakes, including 88 in Vilas County and 107 in Oneida County, went from a two- or threefish walleye bag limit to a five-fish walleye bag limit. For example, on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes, Deer, FIRST TURKEY — Jacob Hardtke, 15, of Land O’ Lakes shot his first turkey, a 16-pound jake, in the Land O’ Lakes area during the last seven-day hunting period. —Contributed Photo

Spring Classic scheduled June 9-10 on Eagle Chain The 32nd annual Spring Classic of Champions Muskie Tournament, sponsored by the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., will take place on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. There are still openings for the tournament, according to event co-Chairman, Jim Heffner. He said about 50 teams have already entered the tournament. “That’s down quite a lot from last year, but with the way the economy is, we’ll take everyone we can to keep this tournament alive,” said Heffner. “Since 2009, we have continued to drop, but the economy is not helping.” Registration will be Friday, June 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Boondocker’s Lounge, located at Wild Eagle Lodge. A mandatory meeting for teams will be at 8 p.m. There will be raffles Friday evening and early Sunday afternoon. Provided there is a full

field of 150 boats, the winning team will walk away with $15,000 based on a full field. Payouts go through 10th place. The entry fee is $330 per team. Judge boats will be used so contestants may continue to fish the rest of the day as long as the fish was successfully released. The Spring Classic is one of the fundraisers for the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. Money raised from the tournament is used to help fund Guides Day for Kids, Fishing Tips for Kids, Fishing Has No Boundaries, repair or replace docks in Vilas and Oneida counties, muskie research programs and other activities throughout the year. The Headwaters Muskies Inc. Memorial Scholarship also benefits from the classic. To register for the Spring Classic, contact tournament directors Jim and Carol Heffner at (715) 477-2667.

Muskie tournaments set Memorial Day weekend The World Muskie Tournament Series (WMT) will host tournaments on Lac Vieux Desert Saturday, May 26, and a one-day event the following Monday, May 28, on North and South Twin lakes. The Lac Vieux Desert and North/South Twin events are the fourth and fifth events on a schedule of 14 qualifying one-day tournaments for the inaugural season of the Muskie Country Tournament Circuit (MCTC). Both tournaments are the first tournaments for the WMT Series to be hosted in Vilas County in 2012 that will culminate in the championship on the Eagle River Chain Oct. 6-7. The top 50 finishing teams during the 2012 MCTC will qualify for the WMT Series Championship, where a firstplace prize could net a team

$100,000. Each of the Lac Vieux Desert and North and South Twin lakes tournaments will have a purse of $19,000 when the field of competitors reaches 75 teams. The cost to compete in an MCTC event is $370 per twoangler team for each event. Both the Lac Vieux Desert and North and South Twin lakes muskie tournaments still have some openings. To register, visit the Hillside Resort Friday, May 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The awards for the Lac Vieux Desert event will be held at the Hillside Resort, while the North and South Twin lakes tournament awards will be at Grape’s Twin Haven Resort. For more information, visit or call (715) 277-4411.

Dog, Rangeline and Round lakes all went to a five-fish limit. Other popular Oneida County lakes that went to a five-fish limit include Willow, Whitefish, Indian, Pier, Pine, Stella and Swamp lakes. In Vilas County, the 88 lakes that went to a five-fish bag limit include the popular Big Crooked, Muskullenge, Pickerel, Pioneer, Deerskin, Found, Irving and Little Trout lakes. In Vilas County, six lakes earlier went from a two-fish limit to a three-fish walleye bag limit, including Annabelle, Black Oak, Crab, Cranberry, High and North Turtle. Big St. Germain dropped from a three-fish to a two-fish limit. Ten lakes in Oneida County earlier were revised from the two-fish walleye bag limit to a three-fish limit, including six lakes on the Three Lakes Chain: Big Stone, Fourmile, Island, Laurel, Little Fork and Long. The other lakes are Julia, Moen,

Rhinelander Flowage and Sevenmile. Anglers are reminded that on Buckskin Lake in Oneida County, a tribal spearing violation resulted in the total safe harvest being exceeded. As a result, the lake is posted for catch-and-release fishing for walleye. In Forest County, eight lakes went to five-fish lakes, including Birch and Silver. Iron County saw adjustments on 12 lakes that are now five fish, including Big Pine, Fisher, Long and Pine. The early warm spring weather followed by a cool spell led to a long spearing season. Tribal spearers harvested more than 32,300 walleye from 184 different lakes through April 30. Tribal declarations totaled 54,507 walleye. Anglers are reminded to check bag limit signs at boat landings and the Revised Ceded Territory Walleye Bag Limits pamphlet for lakespecific information.

Ducks Unlimited sets dinner Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited (DU), the Plum Creek Chapter of DU will hold its 31st annual spring dinner event in Sayner Tuesday, June 12, at the Sayner Pub from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 apiece and include the Pub’s all-you-can-eat buffet, a chance to win guns, decoys, artwork and sporting goods as raffle prizes and the opportunity to bid on exclusive DU commemorative items on a silent auction. The event is open to the public and tickets will be

available at the door. They also will be available in advance at Up North Traders, Sayner Mobil Express and Sayner Pub or by calling (715) 542-3501. Attendees can come for all or part of the evening. Small raffle prizes will be given away throughout the evening, with major raffle prizes and silent-auction items awarded at 8 p.m. Ducks Unlimited has been a leader in wetlands conservation, preservation and restoration for 75 years. The organization has completed projects throughout Canada,

Kids Fishing Day scheduled June 2 The Eagle River-Florence Ranger District will host its second annual Kids Fishing Day Saturday, June 2, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s (CNNF) Lost Lake Campground in Florence County. Registration for this free event will begin at 11 a.m. “We hope to get lots of kids to come to this day of fun,” said event planner Melissa Simpson. “We’re lucky to have great sponsors, so all the poles and other equipment are provided for. All people need to bring is a camera to capture the smiles.” This family event is part of Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend, and no fishing licenses or trout stamps are required for anyone to fish.

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the United States and Mexico, which have enabled the waterfowl populations of North America to rise to record levels in recent years. Last year, the Plum Creek Chapter was awarded a 150acre status for having conserved that many acres of wetlands since DU began its recognition program several years ago. “This organization is something those of us on our local committee believe in with all our hearts,” said Committee Chairman Will Maines. “Without the work of DU, many species of ducks, geese and swans would have been in dire trouble long ago, along with hundreds of other species of birds, reptiles, insects and other animals which depend on wetlands for their very survival. “We’re proud to be part of the effort on a local level and encourage everyone to come on out and support DU at our spring dinner,” he said.


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home run against Laona-Wabeno. The Bluejays won the NLC game 6-1. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Jays baseball team gets win, anticipates Regional play ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR


The Three Lakes baseball team lost 9-8 to Elcho in a Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) game last Tuesday before going 1-1 in a doubleheader against NLC rival Laona-Wabeno. The Jays jumped to a 4-0 lead after two innings versus Elcho, but couldn’t hold on as errors and mental mistakes piled up and allowed the Hornets to hang around and eventually win the game. Jaeger Adams relieved Kyle Fischer for Elcho and kept the Bluejays batters at bay. “We had an opportunity to really put them away early and repeatedly had chances to win down the stretch but didn’t,” said Three Lakes coach Jeff Liebscher. “Brent LaDuke did a very nice job of pitching, but there were too many mistakes.” Hunter Mathison led the Jays offensively, going 2-3 with two walks. The first game against Laona-Wabeno was the continuation of a suspended contest that was resumed in the sixth inning. They lost the contest 20-19. The Jays struggled to end innings in the game, repeatedly getting one or two outs and failing to close it down with a third. “Our focus was not on the game the way we needed it to

Three Lakes pitcher Ben Wales fielded a bunted ball and fired a throw to first base against Laona-Wabeno.

be,” said Liebscher. “This was a game that we shouldn’t have lost. “The Rebels have played everyone tough this

year, but we pretty much giftwrapped this one for them.” The game went 10 innings and the Bluejays held a lead

for seven of those. Pitching was solid with Ben Wales on the mound for the completion of the game. Riley Liebscher, Hunter Mathison, Wales, Jake Schneider, Anthony Briggs and Matt Wilkowski all had multiple hits. The Jays stranded 15 runners on base in the course of the game. The second game of the doubleheader was a different story, as Three Lakes got the 6-1 victory. Wales threw two solid innings, while Mathison pitched the middle and late innings and Riley Liebscher closed out the game for the save. They combined to give up only one run and a single hit, according to the coach. “Our bats really exploded after a slow start,” said Liebscher. “We finished the game with 12 hits.” Among those getting multiple hits for the Jays were Riley Liebscher, Wilkowski, LaDuke and Dalton Tietsort. Tietsort also hit a two-run home run in the fourth to give the team a 4-0 lead. “We finally limited our errors and walks,” said coach Liebscher. “We’re a good team when we just play solid ball and don’t let mistakes snowball.” Three Lakes was scheduled to play its final game against Florence Monday night. They will start Regional play Thursday, May 24, at Crivitz.

Eagles have busy week on soccer field ___________



The Northland Pines girls soccer team played five games in seven days the past week, winning two, tying two and losing one. Pines traveled to Medford last Tuesday for a Great Northern Conference (GNC) game and the teams battled to a 3-3 tie. The Eagles got on the board first with a goal from Allison Hartwig after receiving a pass from Paige Healy. Medford answered with their own goal off a direct kick. The ball took a bad bounce and went right over goalkeeper Allyson Sima’'s head. The first half ended with a goal from Mary Loeser after she got a long pass from Katrina Tameling. She got her foot on the ball which found the back of the net to make it 2-1 in favor of Pines. The second half saw Medford attacking the ball and Pines had to adjust its play. “They put a lot of pressure on our defense, which did a great job holding them off,” said Pines coach Wendy McCormack. “Katrina Tameling, Holly Darton, Claire Decker, Carly Bohnen, Libby Collins and Jessie Wilkins all contributed to keeping Medford from scoring more. They all work well together and cut off the angles to keep the attackers from making it to the net.” But Medford scored 13 minutes into the second half to make it 2-2, as Sima came far out of the penalty box to

clear the ball out and, as she was getting back in front of the net, Medford kicked a long ball from almost midfield which sailed into the net. Less than a minute later, Loeser got a pass from Caitlin Riley in the goal box and put the ball in the net. “It was great to see Mary fight for the ball and get that goal,” said McCormack. “ Many times the players do not follow their shots and, if they did, we might have more goals this season.” Medford tied the game up at 3-3 off a corner kick which got past Sima. Neither team scored in two 10 minute overtimes. Pines had 37 shots with 20 of them on goal, while Medford had 17 shots with nine shots on goal. Pines traveled to Newman Thursday and lost 4-1. “At least two of the goals were three on zero with our goalkeeper Sima,” said McCormack. “Sima did a great job holding them off and had some big saves, but Newman was right there for the counterattack and got the ball in the net. In the second half, Pines came out strong and connected on its passes and won the 50-50 balls. Pines got on the board when Healy took the ball down the center of the field and shot from outside the 18. But Newman answered back with its fourth goal . Sima tallied 16 saves in the game. Pines had 22 shots with 10 on goal and Newman had 19 shots with 13 on goal. The Eagles then traveled to Antigo on Saturday for a double dual. The Eagles beat Anti-

go 2-0 and tied Wausau West 1-1. Pines took control of the Antigo game early by scoring off a corner kick. Tameling placed the ball right inside the goal box, where Riley got a head on it and put it in the net. The Eagles then scored about 20 minutes into the second half on a pass from Riley to Molly Robinson who was positioned perfectly in front of the net. Pines had 20 shots with 12 on goal. “More of them should have gone into the net, but I give Antigo keeper Cassie Brennecke a lot of credit,” said McCormack. “She came up with some really great saves.” In the second game in 85degree heat against Wausau West, McCormack said the Eagles used a regular subbing rotation to keep the girls fresh. Pines had the opportunity to get on the board in the first half when West had a handball in the penalty box. Lauren Lenz took the penalty kick and placed the ball low and to the right of the goalkeeper, but she managed to get a hand on the ball and save it. The second half saw another West handball in the box and this time Lenz put a little more on the ball which ended up in the back of the net. West was awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box late in the game, which got past Sima to make it 1-1. “I think there was too much traffic in front of Sima and she just couldn’t see the ball and it got past her,” said McCorma-

ck. “Overall, this was a good but really physical game.” Pines had 21 shots with 17 on goal and West had 11 shots with eight on goal. Pines traveled to Kingsford, Mich., Monday for a nonconference game against Iron Mountain, Mich. The Eagles won 2-1 for their seventh win of the season. Iron Mountain scored on a one-on-one against Sima, but Pines answered back with an outside shot from sophomore Carly Ridderbusch. “Carly got the ball about 35 yards out and shot the ball which sailed into the net. It was a beautiful shot,” said McCormack. Pines took control the second half and moved the ball well around the field. Riley finally found the net toward the end of the half after receiving a nice pass from Sammy Pusateri. Sima came out of the box with about three minutes left to shut down an Iron Mountain breakaway, which she did, but got a yellow card in the process for pushing. According to Michigan rules, when a yellow card is given, the player must come off the field for 10 minutes. Healy stepped in as keeper and had a few nice saves. Pines had 39 shots with 23 of them on goal. Pines, 4-5-2 in the GNC and 7-8-6 overall, was scheduled to host Lakeland in the final GNC game of the season on Tuesday of this week. The Eagles will travel to Kingsford, Mich., this Thursday, May 24, for a nonconference game at 5 p.m.

Green Bay Packers fans who live in the North Woods and don’t have season tickets will have an opportunity to watch their beloved Pack and experience Lambeau Field this summer. The annual Green Bay Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, will take place Friday, Aug. 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Lambeau Field. The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Now in its 12th year, Family Night will feature an intra-squad scrimmage between the Packers’ offense and defense. Evening activities will get under way at 5:30 p.m., followed by on-field football drills at 6:30 p.m. and the scrimmage at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $10, will go on sale June 25 at 9 a.m. through Ticketmaster and can be purchased in person, over the phone or via Internet. Tickets also can be purchased at the Packers ticket office in person. There is no ticket limit on purchases. All individuals, regardless of age, require a ticket for admittance. A group ticket program (minimum of 50 tickets) will be offered. The application form for the program is available online at, in person at the Packers ticket office or can be requested by calling (920) 569-7501. Included in the evening’s activities will be the Chili’s “Jerseys Off Our Backs” promotion with approximately 20 jerseys, all of which will have been worn by Packers players in the scrimmage, to be given away in a random drawing. The Kemps Packers Experience will return this year. The evening will feature other activities for younger fans, including sidewalk chalk and face painting. The Copps-Pick ’n Save Family Night Picnic also will return, and the Copps-Pick ’n Save Fireworks Show will conclude the night. Parking for the event will be $5, and net proceeds will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program. Many North Woods Packers fans have taken in the Family Night and say it is worth the trip, especially for those who never witnessed a game at Lambeau Field.

Pines takes third at D-2 Regional Track Sectional set at Medford Thursday ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR


The Northland Pines High School boys track team took third place at the Regional meet at Colby Monday night, scoring 84 points and placing ahead of Tomahawk, Mosinee, Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Nielsville, Colby and Menominee Indian. Nekoosa won the meet with 186 points, followed by Medford with 105. The 4x800-meter relay team of Dylan Weber, Jacob Bozic, Spencer Gander and Walker Nelson will advance to the Sectional, along with the 4x200-meter relay team of Austin Ramesh, Ryan Ozelie, Dylan Weber and Jacob Bozic. The most remarkable story of the night came from the 4x400 team. After Ramesh, Bozic and Steven Vogel kept the team on pace for third, the baton was handed to Weber, who turned to find another runner in his lane. Despite colliding with the runner and breaking his nose, Weber held onto the third-place position with blood streaming down his face for the duration of the contest. “Dylan’s gutsy race enabled the 4x400 team to advance to the Sectionals meet Thursday,” said Pines coach John Hayes. Michael Eicher shattered his personal best of 5 feet, eight inches in the high jump, finishing with a jump of 6 feet, one inch. The leap clinched second place and will send him to the Sectional meet in the event. Johnny Schwenn doubled up, advancing with a firstplace finish in the 400-meter dash and a second in the 200meter dash. Devin Sauvola advanced in the 3,200-meter run, taking second. Ozelie advanced in the 100-meter dash, taking fourth with a 11.65. Vogel also qualified in the 400meter dash with a fourth-

place finish. At the Great Northern Conference (GNC) outdoor meet last Thursday, Pines tied for fourth, scoring 89 points and placing ahead of Antigo with 83 and Rhinelander with 65. Lakeland took first at the meet, scoring 158 points and beating Medford with 116, Mosinee with 36 and Tomahawk, which tied for fourth with 89. “We were not as successful last week as we were the week before,” said Hayes. “As a team, it was a little bit of a letdown since we were second in the GNC Indoor Championship. The Eagles’ 4x800 team of Weber, Bozic, Nelson and Gander won the first event. “Walker ran a personal best in the race and Dylan and Jacob both ran gutsy races, but Spencer Gander ran a downright heroic anchor leg for the win, beating Medford by one-tenth of a second,” said Hayes. Schwenn took second in both the 400-meter and 100meter dash. He was also fourth in a tough 200-meter dash. “Johnny had a tough night running five races between preliminaries and finals,” said Hayes. The 4x400 team of Ozelie, Bozic, Vogel and Ramesh took third at the end of the night. Nick Staege took fourth in the long jump, while Eicher was fourth in the high jump. Ramesh threw a personal best in the discus, which earned him fourth place in that event. Sauvola took fourth in the 1,600-meter run, beating his previous best by eight minutes in that event, according to Hayes. The Sectional meet is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, at Medford Area High School.




SPORTS Three Lakes soccer beats Phillips 4-0 ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR


The Three Lakes softball team lost to Laona-Wabeo in a key game last Thursday, but the Lady Jays still won a share of the

conference title. The Jays Laureen Sowinski, center, tried to run down a Rebels runner on this play.

Lady Jays lose to Laona, but still tie for first in NLC ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR


With a record of 12-1, the Three Lakes softball team is now tied for first in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) after taking a 3-0 loss to Laona-Wabeno last Thursday. The Lady Jays defeated NLC rival Elcho 9-0 earlier last week. Three Lakes coach Tony Lorbetske said it took a little bit to get the bats going against Elcho. “Once the girls did, they hit the ball well to get runs across the plate,” he said. Maddie Lorbetske went 2for-2 with a single and a homerun to go with 2 RBIs. Seven other girls chipped in with a hit apiece. Zana Lorbetske got the win for the Bluejays, striking out 17 batters and giving up zero hits. “It was a good win with contributions coming from all the girls,” said the coach. Thursday’s game against Laona-Wabeno was a defensive struggle until the third inning, when the Lady Jays allowed three earned runs. “They reached on a walk, then reached on an error to put two on,” said coach Lorbetske. Laona-Wabeno then got their first run across on another error and had a timely hit to take a 3-0 lead

Three Lakes left fielder Haley Sankey threw the ball into the infield after chasing down a Rebels hit. Backing up the play was centerfielder

and put an end to the scoring. “Offensively, we had a couple of nice opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize on them,” said coach Lorbetske. Hannah Tinsman got the

Stephanie LaBeau. The Lady Jays softball team will start tournament play May. 29. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

win for the Rebels, allowing four hits and striking out six. The No. 1-seeded Lady Jays will host the winner between Manawa and Crandon Tuesday, May 29, in

WIAA Regional play. If they win that game, they will host the Regional final Thursday, May 31, likely getting a rematch against LaonaWabeno.

Eagles beat Medford in split game, open tourney at home Thursday ___________ BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH NEWS-REVIEW EDITOR


The Northland Pines softball team played six Great Northern Conference (GNC) games to finish out the season, including a key doubleheader against Medford at Pines’ home park last Tuesday. The first game in the twin bill was a continuation of a game that was suspended after three innings in Medford due to poor weather conditions. The game was picked up in the top of the fourth with the Eagles leading the contest 16-11. Pines started fast again, scoring three runs in the fourth inning on hits by Morgan Munnik, Sami Johnston and Melissa Wagner. The Eagles held on the rest of the way and picked up the win, 19-14. Stephanie Sawalski got the win on the mound for the Eagles, going seven innings in the split game. Kelsey Bergum had a big game for Pines, getting a triple with three RBIs, scoring two runs, stealing three bases and was on base five times. Stephanie Sawalski

and Munnik each scored three runs. Sawalski reached base five times and Munnik had two hits and three RBIs. Jordan Welnetz had two hits and two RBIs, and Sami Norman had a hit and two RBIs. “This is the first time the Eagles have beaten Medford in a number of years and it was a big boost to our softball program,” said Pines coach Steve Sawalski. “It was a very important win because it ultimately gave Pines the edge in the postseason seedings and earned the Eagles a first-round Regional game against Medford this Thursday. “Anytime you can achieve a home game during the postseason, it is a good thing,” said coach Sawalski. “It was a goal the girls had to start the season and it was nice to see them reach that goal.” In the second game of the doubleheader, Medford defeated Pines 12-2. Johnston, Munnik and Megan Ebert all had a hit for the Eagles. Stephanie Sawalski and Munnik each had an RBI and Bergum was on base twice and scored a run. Kristen Bohenstengl also scored a run.

In action last Saturday, the Eagles traveled to Antigo for a doubleheader against the Red Robins. In the first game, Antigo got three runs in the first and two runs in the fifth to get a 5-0 shut-out victory. “Both teams played very nice defensively and got good pitching, which made for a nice, competitive contest,” said coach Sawalski. Stephanie Sawalski went the distance for the Eagles on the mound, giving up four earned runs and did not walk a batter. Munnik and Welnetz each had a hit for the Eagles. In the second game of the twin bill, Antigo won 16-3. Johnston had two hits for the Eagles with a run scored and an RBI. Stephanie Sawalksi and Munnik also had a hit. Pines ended the week with GNC games against Tomahawk and Rhinelander. In the Tomahawk contest, the Eagles were defeated 14-4. It was a tight game early, with Tomahawk leading 5-3 going into the fourth inning. Tomahawk pushed across four runs and they were able to put the game away. Bohenstengl had two hits

and two runs scored to lead Pines. Wagner also had two hits and two RBIs, and Munnik had a double. Stephanie Sawalski had a hit with a run scored, and Johnston and Ebert each collected a hit. The final contest of the week was against GNC-leading Rhinelander. The Hodags had good pitching to win the game 9-3. “Rhinelander has had a good year and this win earned them a share for the GNC crown,” said coach Sawalski. “We played good defense and hit the ball, but it wasn’t enough to stay with the Hodags.” Ebert did a nice job defensively at third and also collected three hits, according to the coach. Megan Unseth had two hits with a double and an RBI, and Welnetz had a hit and two runs scored. She also stole two bases. Johnston and Bohenstengl also collected a hit. Pines, seeded fourth in the WIAA Regional, will host fifth-seeded Medford this Thursday, May 24, at 4:30 p.m. The winner will play top-seeded Mosinee Tuesday, May 29, in Mosinee at 4:30 p.m.

The Three Lakes girls soccer team went 1-1 last week, falling to Washburn 1-0 Tuesday before beating Phillips 40 Thursday. After allowing Phillips to come back for a tie earlier in the season, the Lady Jays proved it was a momentary lapse with the win. Natalie Miller, Cassie Hoger, Erika Running and Catherine Meeder contributed one goal each. Assists were credited to Stephanie Comella and Natalie Miller. The shutout went to Kacey Running and Cassie Hoger, who split time goalkeeping. “I’m proud that the girls didn’t play down to the deflating 3-3 tie we played Phillips to last time,” said Three Lakes coach Stacy Stroud. “They came out strong and got the lead and held on to it this time. It was a great game to watch, and the girls played very well.” The game against Washburn was nearly an even match, as both teams battled only to keep the game scoreless in the first half.

Washburn found the back of the net late in the second half and held Three Lakes for the win. “We’re a direct team that relies on our speed to get us in scoring position, and Washburn has an extremely short field that didn’t allow us to get up to full speed before we ran out of space,” said Stroud. “Washburn is a good team. It was a fun game to watch and we would love to see them again.” The Three Lakes girls soccer team also held its Parents Night Out fundraiser Friday, entertaining approximately 70 elementary school students so their parents could enjoy a night out. “We had movies, gym games, arts and crafts, Nintendo Wii games and board games,” said Stroud. “It was a great success. The proceeds will help the girls toward the purchase of warm-up jackets and team shirts. The team thanks the community for its support.” The Lady Jays will compete in a WIAA Regional game Thursday, May 31.

Belland gets Modifieds win at TNT Speedway Saturday A week after mechanical problems relegated two-time defending Three Lakes TNT Speedway WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series (WADTS) Midwest Modified track champion Bruce Belland to a 10th-place finish in the feature, the Eagle River driver was back to his winning ways. Belland’s feature victory highlighted the racing program Saturday at the speedway. Jordan Kurtti of Bruce Crossing, Mich., picked up his second consecutive clean sweep in the WADTS Street Stocks. Lac du Flambeau’s John Johnson Sr. held off a late challenge in the TNT Pure Stocks, Adam Johnson of Tomahawk edged out Logan Lannet of Bruce Crossing in the TNT Stingers and Birnamwood’s Sean Thayer captured his second consecutive victory in the TNT Trucks. The one positive about Belland’s poor finish May 12 is that his low-point average gave him outside pole position for Saturday’s feature.

A first-lap incident between pole-sitter Dan Melton of Rhinelander and Three Lakes’ Stan Rychlock forced a second attempt to start the race. Belland, on the pole for the restart after Melton was sent to the back for bringing out the caution, led all 25 laps of the main event. The first 17 laps flew by under the green flag before a spin involving Tomahawk’s C.J. Hedges Jr. set up an eight-lap dash to the finish. Rychlock tried to mount a challenge on the restart, but quickly had to deal with Jeff Klopstein Jr. of Tomahawk, allowing Belland to pull away. Belland’s victory vaulted him from 10th to third in the class standings, tied with Rychlock, who finished second. Klopstein, Hedges and Rhinelander’s Dennis Mikkelson rounded out the top five. Racing will continue Saturday, May 26, at Three Lakes TNT Speedway. All five classes will take part in the show. Hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m., with racing set for 7:15 p.m.

Hoosier basketball camp planned at Pines in June Northland Pines High School will host the Hoosier School of Basketball June 2426 for boys and girls entering grades four through 12. This year’s camp will emphasize new drills and ideas, along with emphasis on team play and games. In these concentrated sessions, proper techniques of shooting, ball handling, passing, dribbling, inside moves, setting/receiving screens and defensive fundamentals will be stressed. The Hoosier School will teach the importance of developing a winning attitude, fundamentals, good work habits and the importance of team play. The staff will consist of high school and college coaches from the Midwest. The camp, directed by Woody

Wilson, will have a 10:1 camper-to-coach ratio to maximize individual attention. Also featured this year will be UW-Green Bay standout Kati Harty, who will assist at the camp. In her four-year career at UWGreen Bay, she was instrumental in the success of the Phoenix program. “Camp enrollment is off to a good start and campers are welcome to submit their applications soon to secure a spot in the camp,” said Pines boys basketball coach Ryan Clark. “Sufficient playing time will be provided daily so that the concepts being taught are applied to the game of basketball,” he said. “This camp guarantees to make you a better basketball player.”




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SPORTS Three from Pines reach D-2 Sectional ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR


JV TRACK MEET — At the Northland Pines junior varsity outdoor track meet last Thursday, John Puffer finished first in the high

jump for the Eagles with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches. The Eagles finished third in the meet. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

Eagles top Hurley 15-5; tourney starts this Friday ___________ BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH NEWS-REVIEW EDITOR


The Northland Pines baseball team topped Hurley 15-5 in a nonconference game on Senior Night last Friday at Eagle River. Earlier in the week, the Eagles fell to Phillips 7-6 and lost to Rhinelander 17-1 in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) game. In the Hurley game, the Midgets took a two-run lead in the top of the first, but Pines answered with one in the bottom of the inning on a Matt Meyer triple and a runscoring base hit from Jacob Shlitt. Pines erupted for eight runs in the second inning to take a commanding lead. Tanner Beaman led off the inning with a walk, Brett Hughes was hit by a pitch, Matt Goska bunted for a hit, Schlitt and Dominic Caroselli had back-to-back hits, Brandon Wallace drew a walk and T.J. Harsla and Beaman ended the rally with a hit apiece. Hurley did put up a fight by responding with two runs in the third inning to make it 9-4 but, in the bottom half, Pines put another five-run

rally together. Meyer led off the inning reaching on an error, Schlitt was hit by a pitch, and Caroselli, Harsla, Beaman and Goska all had base hits to give Pines a 14-4 lead. Hurley came back to score one in the fifth to extend the game, but in the sixth, Caroselli drew a bases-loaded walk to give Pines the win by the 10-run rule. “It was Senior Night at the ballpark, and the seniors rose to the occasion,” said Pines coach Rob Govek. Leading the way for Pines was Caroselli, who was 2-for4 with five RBIs. Schlitt and Harsla also had a big day at the plate, with two hits and three RBIs each. Goska and Beaman added two hits and an RBI apiece. Meyer had a triple with three runs scored, while Hughes and Alek Helgeson each supplied a base hit. Caroselli pitched a complete game on the mound, striking out four to get his third win of the season. “Dominic did a great job challenging the Hurley hitters, only allowing two free passes,” said Govek. The Eagles also hosted Phillips in a nonconference game last Tuesday, losing 7-6.

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LAKE FOREST TUESDAY SENIOR MEN’S GOLF Results of 5/15/12 Low gross: Ron Grulkowski 43; Kim Watt, Mike Maass, John Klein, Paul Noel 41; Paul Berta 37. Low net: Jim Bert, Mike Maass 31; Ron Grulkowski, Arnie Gink 29; Morrie Steller 27. Fewest putts: John Klein 12. Flag event winners: Arnie Gink 1,9; Don Goldschmidt 2; Jim Kortes 3; Mike Maass 4; John Klein 5; Ron Grulkowski 6; Jim Will 7; Roland Zimmermann 8.

Dreger, Mike Springer, Mike Winter 38. Low net: Mike Winter, Tom Beyer 32; Tom Mucci 30; Tom Dreger, Mike Springer 29. Eagle: Hole 3, Bob Richardson. Flag event winners: Bob Richardson 2, 3, 6; Jerry Cleary 5; Shorty Carney 9. Fewest putts: Tom Mucci 12.

THREE LAKES WOMEN’S TUESDAY MORNING GOLF LEAGUE Results of 5/15/12 Event: Regular golf (full handicap) Winners: Group 1, Miriam Bredesen (38); Group 2, Jan Lederhaus (39); Group 3, Audrey Kortes (44).

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Phillips had a 2-0 lead going into the fourth inning when Pines got on the board. Caroselli led off the inning reaching on a Phillips error, stole second and third bases and scored on ground out from Harsla, making it a 2-1 game. Pines took the lead with a five-run outburst in the sixth. Meyer started the rally with a lead-off single; Schlitt, Caroselli, Wallace, Harsla, Beaman and Hughes all had consecutive hits to take a four-run lead at 6-2. However, Phillips was able to answer with five runs of their own in the seventh to get the 7-6 win. Caroselli went 2-for-4, and Hughes went 1-for-3 with a double to lead Pines. Schitt, Wallace, Harsla, Beaman and Meyer each added a single apiece. Wallace got the start on the mound and went six strong innings, only giving up two runs. Northland Pines fell to Rhinelander in a GNC game last Thursday at Hodag Park.

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“Giving up 12 free passes, combined with 15 Hodag hits, we didn’t give ourselves much of a chance,” said Govek. Meyer went 1-for-2 with a double, and Goska added a single to lead the Pines’ offensive attack. Pines, 5-15 overall and 012 in the GNC, was scheduled to host Wausaukee on Monday of this week. Pines will open WIAA Division 2 Regional play-off action this Friday, May 25. The sixth-seeded Eagles will play at third-seeded Tomahawk at 4:30 p.m. The winner will play second-seeded Clintonville Tuesday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m.

The Northland Pines girls track team will advance three girls to the Sectional in Medford Thursday, May 24, after the team took eighth place out of nine teams at the Regional meet Monday. Nicole Sullivan advanced in the high jump after placing fourth in the event with a jump of 4 feet, 7 inches. “We figured she would need to jump near her personal best to have a chance to advance and she got it done,” said Pines coach Josh Rhode. “This is Nicole’s first time making it to Sectional and she’s excited to see what she can do.” Samantha Goll advanced in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.8 seconds, which was good for third place. “Samantha has been very successful in the hurdles all season and is looking to close out the season strong,” said Rhode. “She also took fifth in the pole vault and anchored the fifth-place 4x400 team.” Goll will enter as the No. 6 seed at the Sectional and the top four finishers will move on to the State meet. “If she can work on finishing stronger and being clean over the last two hurdles, she can definitely do it,” said Rhode. Emilie Robins was the Regional champion in the 1,600-meter run. She tied her personal best time of 5:29 in the event and was never challenged in the race. She also ran for the fifth-place 4x400-meter relay team. “Emilie will head into the Sectional as the No. 3 seed and I expect her to run a better time with better competition,” said Rhode. “Emilie is continuing her fantastic season in the distance events and I look forward to seeing her compete at the Sectional meet. “I would like to give a special thank-you to our seniors, Taylor Neis, Kylie Rhode,

Nicole Sullivan, Sara Shaetz, and Kelly McGinnis, for all of their years of hard work,” said Rhode. “This has been a great group of girls who have been the heart and soul of our team for the past four seasons,” he said. “We will miss them as athletes, but, most of all, we will miss their great personalities that they have brought to the team for so long.” Pines also took sixth place at the Great Northern Conference outdoor meet last Tuesday, getting some good individual finishes in the process. “This was not our best meet and we needed better performances out of the team than what we had,” said Rhode. The team had some lineup changes due to injuries and was disqualified from the 4x100-meter relay event. “We lost a lot of points in that event because we came across the finish line in third, but instead received zero points,” said Rhode. Two Eagles earned allconference honors in four events. Samantha Goll was second team all-conference in the 100-meter dash and the 300-meter hurdles. Emilie Robins earned honorable mention for thirdplace finishes in the 1,600meter run and 800-meter run. Robins broke her own school record in the 1,600meter event.

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Our View Honor America’s patriots with attendance Monday The one message we never get tired of delivering is that freedom is not free — that there has been and continues to be an extraordinary price paid in terms of American lives to protect our borders and our national security. That fact makes it sad that most Americans pay nothing more than lip service to our country’s greatest heroes. One of the sacrifices that many could easily make — attending a Memorial Day ceremony next Monday, May 28 — often takes a distant second to fishing, golf and general relaxation on a long holiday weekend.



Kids, pets know persistence pays ONE OF THE most important traits we want our children and grandchildren to learn is that persistence is a key ingredient of success. We urge our children to “never, never give up” and to try, try again. As a result, we know a lot of kids who have learned the lesson too well. They know three nos might mean a maybe, or even a yes. If they persist, they know their parents will eventually give in to their demands. People with pets know that even a pet dog can get its way simply by being persistent. The dog knows that if it whines long enough, he’ll get a table scrap or be let outdoors. Never underestimate the power of persistence. Employers in this difficult economy might want to remember this. Job seekers might also remember it: Be persistent. *** DR. MEHMET OZ, the Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon-author who has his own TV show, was a celebrity contestant on “Jeopardy!” last week. He had a brief bit of advice and insight for host Alex Trebek regarding our constant search for “the secrets to a long and healthy life.” Paraphrasing Dr. Oz: “Times have changed. Technology, automation and the abundance of unhealthy food options have made it too easy for Americans to do the

People Make the Difference By Byron McNutt wrong things.” *** DO YOU KNOW anyone who still wears a bow tie? Well, the February 1986 issue of Success magazine said most people do not have the flair necessary to wear a bow tie, therefore, they should leave them at home in the closet. That’s advice that is still true today. “The rare person who wears a bow tie is distrusted by almost everyone,” the article said. “Attorneys traditionally avoid putting a bow tie wearer on a jury because they are not likely to be moved by sound argument.” The magazine says if you must wear a bow tie, buy the proper accessories for it: a red nose and a beanie cap with a propeller. *** THIS ELECTION year, like all election years, will be decided by economic issues. The main issue in the Wisconsin Recall Election June 5 centers around union collective bargaining rights, job creation and budget priorities. The national Presidential Election in Novem-

ber will feature a dirty class warfare battle, tax reform and how the United States and the European Union handle their respective economic challenges. We can all rest a little easier now. For all of you readers who haven’t been able to figure out just where the economy is headed in 2012-’13 I have the following economic analysis for you that was first published in 1981. As you will find, the analysis boils the whole matter down into terms we can all understand. Maybe you should save a copy of this report and offer it to your friends who haven’t had the fortune of this knowledge. Here it is, in simple terms: Sales and income figures show an easing up of the rate at which business is easing off. This can be taken as ample proof of the government’s contention that there’s a slowing up of the slowdown. Now to clarify that, it should be noted that a slowing up of the slow-down is not as good as an upturn in the downturn. On the other hand, it’s a good deal better

We are all being asked to take an hour out of our schedules to attend a Memorial Day service. There we will remember the young men and women who so courageously said goodbye to family and friends, hugged their children, left their towns, gave up their jobs and went off to war. They said they’d return, but they never came home.

lures was a Super Duper. Classified as a spoon, in truth it was little more than a strip of steel bent in a tight “U” with a treble hook attached at one end. It was mostly gold with the ends painted red, I guess to simulate a bleeding minnow. Whatever it looked like, it caught fish. As a matter of fact, I caught my first-ever northern pike on it, though I didn’t do it in textbook style. What happened is that on one cast the nut on my reel handle fell off and rattled away somewhere in the bottom of the rowboat I was fishing from. I was all of about 8 years old at the time, and I was in near panic mode as I searched for the nut, finally found it and frantically threaded it back in place. The task finished, I took one, maybe two cranks of the reel and bang, a fish hit. Best I can figure, upon reflection, is that a 20-inch northern pike saw that shiny Super Duper lying on

IT WASN’T EXACTLY the belly of the beast Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited recently on a picture-perfect commencement day at “the world’s largest Christian University,” but his appearance was a test as to whether the conservative school, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, would embrace a devout Mormon. And Romney passed. The more than 30,000 assembled in Liberty University’s stadium to hear his commencement address not only applauded him when he proclaimed that marriage was a relationship between one man and one woman but also when he appealed to a “common purpose” in pursuit of shared goals, regardless of theological differences. While President Obama is all about coolness, Romney is the sober grown-up. Republicans support Romney not because of his personality, but because he credibly addresses our shared critical challenges. Mark DeMoss, president of the DeMoss Group, an Atlanta-based public relations firm and also a member of Liberty’s board of trustees and a Romney adviser, introduced Romney. DeMoss’s late father, Arthur S. DeMoss, was a generous donor to the university in its early days. DeMoss said of Romney, “I suspect I won’t agree with Mitt Romney on everything but — I will tell you this — I trust him. I trust him to do the right thing, to do the moral thing, to do what’s best for our country. I trust his character, his integrity, his moral compass, his judgment and his perfect decency. And finally, I trust his values — for I am convinced they mirror my own.” That’s a better endorsement than some evangelicals give each other. In an interview following the commencement, I talked with Romney about his campaign and about the recent Washington Post story that claimed he took part in a bullying incident in 1965. I

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“Let us then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds about them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us in this solemn preserve renew our pledge to aid and to assist those whom they have left among us as a sacred charge upon the nation’s gratitude — the soldier’s widow and orphan.”

If we could grab the attention of the 176 graduating seniors at Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps, we would urge them to be humble enough to thank their parents, teachers and the entire community for their opportunities and accomplishments. Parents and guardians have made some incredible sacrifices to see the Class of 2012 through to graduation, not to mention helping them with homework and following extracurricular activities. We’d urge them to take the time to thank the teachers, counselors, administrators and coaches who have nurtured their education for 13 years. We have some of the nation’s best teachers in the three schools here. Lastly, we hope the graduates have learned the importance of citizenship and volunteerism. Communities thrive when people share their time and talents.

Behind the editorial ‘we’ Members of the Vilas County NewsReview editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.

*** WHEN A NICE-looking guy (they called him a gorgeous hunk) walked past two teenage girls at a local restaurant last week, one of them said, “That’s my kind of man.” Her companion, who was clearly the wiser, said, “Don’t be too sure. A friend of mine married a man with a twocar garage, but all he had in it was a bicycle.”

Warming up to Romney

We hope all able-bodied citizens will help veterans groups as they deliver the heartwrenching message about the true price paid for the freedoms we enjoy in these United States. The responsibility to do so was clearly placed upon the American people on that first Memorial Day proclamation in May 1868:

One more message for the Class of 2012

than either a speed-up of the slowdown or deepening of the downturn. Also, it suggests that the climate is about right for an adjustment of rate structures. Now, turning specifically to rates, we find a very definite decrease in the rate of increase. This clearly shows there should be a letting down of the let-down. Of course, if the slowdown should speed up, the decrease in the rate of increase of rates would turn into an increase in the rate of decrease. And finally, the inflation of the recession would turn the recession into a depression while a deflation in the rate of inflation would give the impression of a recession of the depression. So, there you are folks. A very simple and clear explanation. This should make your choice of candidates much easier, and that will solve most of our economic problems.

Cal Thomas

The wounds are horribly fresh for those families who lost loved ones in the War on Terror or the war in Iraq. Yet all of our fallen heroes deserve respect and gratitude, all the way back to the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Those of us who can take the day off as a holiday are enjoying a free society in a secure nation because millions have responded to the call of duty. Come and see the patriots of America as they are honored once again. Hear taps played in their memory.


Perfect time for spring kayaking

One great way to enjoy the North Woods scenery during Memorial Day weekend is spring kayaking or canoeing. There’s no substitute for a quiet paddle on one of the region’s innumerable lakes and streams, which are most often teeming with diverse wildlife. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

My junk will be your treasure IN THE time-honored tradition of the North Woods, this weekend I will be joining hundreds, nay thousands, who will either be selling or buying at garbage — er, garage — sales all over the countryside. I won’t be buying, as someone else’s junk is seldom my treasure. Instead I will be selling, trying to convince as many people as possible that my junk is their treasure. Since I am committed to a garbage sale, I figured it would be a good thing to start getting a few things together which would make a treasure for someone. My little classified ad states that I will have fishing tackle, so right now I am concentrating on figuring out just what it is I can bear to part with from the 14 tackle boxes and 17 five-gallon pails I have filled with invaluable fishing “stuff.” You know, it’s tough deciding to part with favorite fishing lures. In the corner of the rusty old metal

Trails & Tales By Will Maines tackle box I bought 50 years ago when I graduated eighth grade, for instance, is a halfounce black Abu spinner with which I caught eight northern pike in one afternoon. I ask you, how do you give up a lure like that while it still has three strands of hair held on by a shred of cracked, yellowed thread and has a spinner blade that still spins if you bend and shake it just right? Such is the consternation I feel as I try to sort out, evaluate and decide which precious lures will have a gaudy price tag placed upon them, telling a treasure seeker that for a mere 10 or 20 cents he or she can own a piece of my personal fishing history. One of my first favorite




OP-ED/READER OPINION Maines Millions spent on recall FROM PAGE 16A could go into our schools Letter to the Editor: When in Arizona, we attended a lecture by a noted leading economist, Dr. Barry Asmus. He was named by USA Today as one of the five most requested economists to speak in the United States. He talked about Wisconsin. He commended Gov. Walker for the tough decisions he had to make, and that he was on the right track to move Wisconsin forward. He emphasized that Wisconsinites should “do the math.” The Wisconsin State Journal had supported Scott Walker and listed his platform goals. To state a few facts: The budget has been balanced without raising taxes; unemployment is down to 6.8%, the lowest since 2008; teachers have been given their “freedom of choice” to say yes or no to the union; union dues do not go back into our schools, they are

placed in the political arena; $200 million has been repaid that Gov. Doyle and his Legislature “took” from the Medical Compensation Fund, which was not state money, to try and balance the bud-get; and Gov. Doyle left the office with a $3.6 billion debt. Finally, our precious Wisconsin schools. With the reforms, our schools are fiscally more healthy. Talk to your administrator. We have. We stand behind our schools. We stand for excellence in teaching for our students who are the future generation of our state and country. Also, the future of our economy. Millions will be spent on this recall. Wouldn’t it be great if some of these millions could go into our schools for our Wisconsin students. Think about it. Carol and Dolf Pfefferkorn Three Lakes

the bottom, watched it with the mean eye of the predator it was and, at first movement, slammed it hard. The how and why weren’t all that important to me then, only the end result which was my cousin, Brian, slipping the net under it and triumphantly lifting it into the boat. My next real favorite was a hammered gold Rattlespoon which I got just before my first trip to Canada at the age of 13. As a sort of eighth-grade graduation reward, my dad and Millard Long took me and my cousin, Buckshot, to Graham, Ontario. It was a long trip, taking until about nine at night to get there, so we had to wait

until the next morning to finally get at the fabled Canadian pike and walleye Buckshot and I had been chomping at the bit to get at for several weeks. Dad, Buckshot and I hit the water early the next morning, and we set the tone right away as we started catching all kinds of walleyes and pike. We were mostly fishing minnows on plain hooks, but in one spot on the north side of the lake, after going a half-hour without much happening, I tied on a hammered gold Rattlespoon and started casting. First cast — wham! Twenty-two-inch walleye. Second cast — wham! Twenty-one-inch walleye. Third cast — wham! Twenty-fiveinch walleye. Fourth cast — wham! Right at the boat, 30inch-plus northern pike. Chomp. Pike hit, pike bite,

and pike swim away with Rattlespoon in his mouth. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t using a wire leader, and the pike treated my 8pound mono line like it wasn’t there. Even worse, after having talked smart for five minutes about renting my Rattlespoon to Buckshot and my Dad for an exorbitant fee, I had to watch my meal ticket swim away in a pike’s jaws. None of us had another Rattlespoon in our tackle boxes, so for the rest of the trip all I could do was dream about what might have been with my newest favorite lure. Since then there have been other favorite lures; a red and white Hula Popper, a yellow Mepps bucktail, a Crazy Crawler in frog finish, a black Jitterbug and several other generic lures without so much as a whimsical “fishy” name between them.

Some caught only one memorable fish in their lifetime before I either lost them or traded them off to an unsuspecting friend because that one fish was the only one to ever hit them. Others became tried and true friends and were only retired when bruised, battered and bent beyond serviceability. Others were never really favorites but somehow managed to hang onto the places they had staked out in one of the many tackle boxes I owned over the years. Some of those pretenders were reluctantly given up to garbage sales in prior years in order to make room for new favorites. Now, at the urging of the gentle woman who rules my household, more yet will be sacrificed to the altar of the garbage sale this weekend. Come see me. I promise nothing but treasures.

Hoping for another Mudfest in 2013 Letter to the Editor: I would like to compliment the organizers of Mudfest 2012! It was a great event that brought many visitors to the area for this past weekend. Laura and Carol at Eagle Waters, along with the Eagle Waters staff and many great volunteers, put in countless hours to ensure a well-organized and super fun event! I am hoping that this will be an annual event. I own a cottage on North Twin and have been coming to the area my entire life and was thrilled to be able to attend a concert in the area. I was somewhat worried that I was too old (50s) to attend an outdoor concert of this magnitude, but I am so very glad I went. The music was fabulous! The crowd was very well

behaved, dancing and singing along with the bands inside the Derby Track. There was plenty of security and volunteer event staff everywhere to provide direction. And the musicians from Saliva, Fuel and Puddle of Mudd were very fun and friendly, meeting outside the VIP area. (Don’t let the long hair fool you, the majority of these performers are nice guys.) Even the weather cooperated for a change. Mudfest 2012 couldn’t have been any nicer! Thank you so very much to everyone who worked on Eagle River’s first (annual, I hope) Mudfest 2012! It was a beautifully run event. Most fun I’ve had in the Eagle River area in many years! Mary Kehoe Superior

Tyler Kritz is not forgotten Letter to the Editor: I never had the honor of meeting Sgt. Tyler Kritz. I say honor for the simple fact that due to the sacrifice of this man and the countless others before him, I’m able to enjoy this great country of ours and live in freedom. I have a picture of Sgt. Kritz on my desk and every morning his photo reminds me that he is not forgotten, nor was his life in vain. As my family and I enjoy all the offerings of the beautiful North Woods, I can picture Tyler enjoying all these things that are taken for granted by many of us and

were taken away from him all for the cause of our freedom. In his picture, Sgt. Kritz is holding a puppy and has a beautiful smile and he will forever be that smiling young soldier from Eagle River — gone but never forgotten. May God bless all our soldiers and Sgt. Tyler Kritz. Marc Belich and family Eagle River Editor’s note: Sgt. Tyler J. Kritz served in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Iraq. He was killed in action June 3, 2007, at the age of 21.

Anti-Walker group changing its tune Dear Editor: Notice how the anti-Gov. Walker rhetoric has changed in the last year? The recall was first said to be about bargaining rights but has since turned to talk about anything the anti-Walker group thinks might stick. The public employee union knows it cannot win the recall on the original

issue so they are spinning it into something else weekly. We still know it’s about Cadillac benefits, compensation, work standards and accountability for how our children are taught. The new false-talking points we hear are only a smokescreen. Charlie Gullan Eagle River

Mudfest ‘event staff’ not there to help Letter to the Editor: My husband and I recently moved to the beautiful North Woods in the middle of this past winter from the Milwaukee area. One thing we thought we would be missing is our great music entertainment that we have such access to in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. We were pleasantly surprised with some lineups at Lake of the Torches, and even happier with the news of the first annual Mudfest, featuring Puddle of Mudd, along with Fuel and Saliva. What a treat that these national bands would come to our tiny town! Although not youngsters, we are by far not ancient, so please realize that this criticism isn’t from someone who is upset with “loud noise and sassy teenagers.” Even though the event appeared to have run smoothly, we were extremely disgusted with the “event staff.” Most volunteers, workers or whatever they were, wore neon-colored shirts advising that they were event staff. Event staff consisted of a range of people which included teenage girls with cut-off shirts with their bodies showing to middleaged men who were walking

around with friends, beer in hand and several under their belt, couples drunk and hanging on each other while making out, and — you get the picture. One event staff worker told me in the bathroom that she was just there for the concert, had no intentions of helping and was “totally hammered.” From our perching point on the hill at the side of the stage, my husband and I could see many neon shirts in the crowd, hanging out and almost all were intoxicated or well on their way. We saw three out of four men hanging around an all-terrain type vehicle with beers in their hands. Who was driving? To me, event staff means that they are there to help, not to socialize and drink. They are part of the team, representing the Mudfest and the sponsors. If asked a question, the normal response was a shoulder shrug. Again, I realize that this was the first time this event occurred, but please, let’s get some leadership!

In larger cities, event staff are not allowed to drink, you are there for a job that you made the commitment to. You are there to set an example. This really could have been a catastrophe. Police presence (no fault of their own) was minimal including, but not limited to, leaving the parking lot. It very easily could have gotten out of hand. We have seen it, even with a much smaller crowd. Who would help? The intoxicated, inept event staff? I apologize for generalizing. I did see at least three workers walking around with walkie-talkies and a look of authority and professionalism, along with some young


“I’m in this to get America right. I’m absolutely convinced that the future of liberty, not just for us but for many in the world, depends on America changing its ways. And we are going to have to dramatically cut back on the scale and influence of government, or else we’re going to become a second-tier nation, unable to defend ourselves and defend our liberties and the liberties of friends around the world. “I’ve learned it’s not just about slowing down the growth of programs, because what will happen four or eight years later, is someone will just raise the growth of these programs and we’ll be right back to where we started. If you’re going to change things, you must eliminate programs.” Romney says many programs that “are still good” can be sent to the states “and then grow the funding at the rate of inflation,” or in the case of Medicaid or Food


WHAT OTHERS SAY Wearing seat belts is common sense ___________



Traffic deaths in Wisconsin so far this year have increased compared with the same time last year. Tragically, in all too many of these recent deadly crashes, the drivers and passengers may have survived if they had been buckled up. It is a proven fact that wearing a safety belt will effectively protect you from being ejected from a vehi-

cle or thrown around violently inside during a crash and possibly hitting another vehicle occupant with massive force. Wearing a safety belt at all times is common sense, so it’s hard to understand why approximately one out of five motorists in our state does not buckle up. To increase safety belt use, law enforcement officers throughout Wisconsin will be patrolling city streets, rural roads, and major highways — day and night — during the Click It or Ticket mobilization from

May 21 to June 3. The Click It or Ticket message is clear — whenever officers observe an unbelted driver or passenger, they will stop the vehicle and issue tickets. The ultimate goal of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and our traffic safety partners is to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to “Zero in Wisconsin.” To achieve this life-saving goal, all of us in Wisconsin need to buckle up every time we drive or ride in a vehicle.

wanted to know why he didn’t hit back harder at the charges and why he hasn’t challenged the Post for not delving deeper into the president’s past. Romney said simply, “That’s probably not my nature. “We’ll see how the campaign develops over time. We may take on some of those issues, but probably our best course will be that the president wanted to turn around the economy, and he hasn’t and that it is bumping along the bottom. A lot of people like him. You can’t forget the fact that a lot of people who voted for him last time, I need to have vote for me this time.” When I asked him about the unfulfilled promises from previous Republican presidents to reduce the size and cost of government, it produced his longest answer:

men behind stage who were the muscles behind the moving of the equipment between shows. But, that’s about it. Next year, let’s really think about who gets handed out neon shirts that basically shouts out, “I am here and I can help you.” Let’s think about who we want to represent us and how we want it done. I would love for this to be an annual event, and a more positive one. It’s hard enough to get those type of headliners here, let’s not ruin our chance by making our town look bad because of our “staff.” Sincerely, Angie Krohn Eagle River

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Stamps or workforce training programs, “maybe inflation plus 1%.” He predicts if structural changes are made, federal spending will be reduced to “20% of GDP, rather than the 25% it is today.” Good ideas, but not new for Republicans. The challenge will be getting them through Congress which, even when it is run by Republicans, has been difficult. While evangelical voters blew hot and cold on other GOP candidates during the early primaries, Romney’s reception at Liberty University is a sign they are slowly warming to the idea of him as president. To read the entire transcript of my conversation with Mitt Romney, go to Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 2010 Westridge Drive, Irving, TX 75038. Readers may also email Cal Thomas at




Beware of blastomycosis Dear Editor: I feel compelled to reinforce the importance of being as informed and educated as you can be about blasto. Not familiar with blastomycosis? It could cost you, someone you love or your family dog their life. If you are a survivor such as myself, you will live with debilitating joint pain like I have endured over the past 12 years. The record-breaking warm temperatures and dry conditions of this past winter are the perfect scenario for this silent, invisible blight in our beautiful area. This disease crosses all age groups and does not discriminate whom it strikes! If you are spring digging in your garden, protect yourself with a surgical mask. I was unlucky enough to not be diagnosed in a timely manner until I was instructed to visit the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, where you will find the finest in infectious disease/rheumatology departments.

Merchants stepped up for Team Max Letter to the Editor: I have a heartwarming story to tell. Saturday morning about 11:30 a.m., I pulled into the gas station on highways 45 and B, and noticed three boys, each holding a large fluorescent sign. The sign that caught my eye was the one that read “Kids for Cancer.” So I went over to talk to them and find out what this was about. They told me they were raising money for an organization called Team Max, for a child that passed away on Thanksgiving Day and one of his wishes was to raise $100,000 to fight cancer; to date they raised $94,000 toward this goal. So far that morning, they had not received any donations other than what I had offered them. So I took it upon myself to ask them if it would be OK if I went to every merchant in Land O’ Lakes and asked for a donation for Team Max. After walking through town and speaking with many of the merchants, I received a very generous amount of money, gift cards and free bowling games for a raffle that would be held. I’m just an ordinary person who likes to help the disadvantaged, and I want to give credit and thanks to all the merchants who donated that day. All the merchants of Land O’ Lakes deserve the utmost credit. Thank you again, Mike Miller Land O’ Lakes

Questions timing of sign removal Letter to the Editor: Wasn’t it conveniant for the state to decide to remove all advertising along Highway 17 three weeks before the Walker recall election? If this decision was politically motivated (public employees, you know), is this the same crowd that gathered at our state capitol — deficating, fornicating, crawling through our capitol’s windows — causing thousands of dollars for cleanup and repairs while the “famous 14” hid out in flatlander territory? Real class, real class Norm Gherardini Phelps

KEEP THE GREEN LIGHT SHINING Thanks to MDA research, the future looks brighter than ever.


Save yourself 10s of thousands of dollars in extremely expensive antifungal antibiotics, hospital stays and years of chronic pain. Know the symptoms of blasto: an unusual dry cough and flulike symptoms. If you are told that you have pneumonia or bronchitis, and a round of regular antibiotics did not help, ask for a sputum test. Just spit that phlegm you’ve been choking on into a specimen jar for a culture. To add insult to injury, I am now being told that my follow-up physician, who was directed to prescribe me the lowest dose of a 12-hour timerelease medication to help me cope with this ongoing deterioration, is no longer able to prescribe this medication. To start from scratch is just not an option to me — I’m just a victim/survivor trying to run our small family business for another season. Don’t let your blasto story be similiar or worse! Teena M. Bennett Eagle River


May 23, 2012