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VOL. 127, NO. 11
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
Walker-Barrett rematch slated Tuesday, June 5 ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
In what has come down to a rematch of 2010’s governor race between Republican candidate Scott Walker and Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, voters will take to the polls Tuesday, June 5, and choose the next leader of Wisconsin. Polling places at local community buildings will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Local municipalities are expecting a 70% voter turnout, which is comparable to a presidential election. Gov. Walker faces intense criticism from his opponents over last year’s “budget repair bill,” which stripped nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers. The governor and his Republican supporters argued the bill helped balance a state budget that faced a $136.7 million shortfall. Efforts to collect enough
Veterans honored at Memorial Park
signatures to force a recall election for Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch began later that year, as Wisconsin law made the pair eligible for removal Jan. 3, 2012. Meanwhile, critics of Milwaukee Mayor Barrett blame him for dragging down Milwaukee’s economy, arguing he could do the same for the state. Most recently, the candidates have waged war against each other over job statistics, with Republicans To RECALL, Pg. 2A
Sheriff explains Evenson’s firing
The Eagle River Memorial Day ceremony was held Monday morning at Veterans Memorial Park on the front grounds of the Vilas County Courthouse in Eagle River. Some of the scenes from the program included: above, guest speaker U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Jon M. Erpenbach of Star Lake holding his granddaughter’s hand; right, Bob Cankar of Conover, who displayed his “Ultimate Sacrifice” truck at the park, sang a song during the ceremony; and below, Tom McKale of the Emerald Society of Wisconsin and Greater Milwaukee Fire/Police Pipes and Drums played the bag pipes. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
There was contention after speeding incident ___________ BY KEN ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT
Documentation received as a result of an open-records request concerning the firing of Vilas County Sheriff ’s Department jail administrator Tim Evenson listed a number of alleged reasons from Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich for “termination for cause” following an alleged speeding incident. Tomlanovich recorded in the documents the reasons for Evenson’s termination April 23 were due to “untruthfulness in a verbal communication, providing untruthful and misleading information in a written communication, failing to seek an affirmative way to cooperate with the sheriff, insubordination, failure to obey verbal directives of the
___________ BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH NEWS-REVIEW EDITOR
Spangled Banner” and “A Parting Blessing.” Staff speaker John Hayes, a math teacher in the high school, will address the class and audience. The class gift will be presented by class Secretary Morgan Kolinski and class Treasurer Kaitlin Nellessen. Principal Jim Brewer also will address the class. District Administrator Mike Richie will present the class and school board President Jim Mulleady will To PINES, Pg. 2A
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Outoors offers fishing pointers n Fishing tips and the start of the Vilas Musky Marathon are highlighted. Pgs. 9A-10A
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FHNB set on Chain this week
120 Pines seniors to graduate Sunday About 120 seniors at Northland Pines High School will receive their diplomas during a graduation ceremony this Sunday, June 3. Three Lakes High School held its ceremony for 46 seniors May 25, while Phelps had commencement exercises for 10 seniors May 26. The Northland Pines graduation ceremony Sunday will start at 1 p.m. in the high school field house. Class President Alexander Camp will offer the welcome and the Northland Pines choir will sing “The Star
sheriff, disabling equipment and unacceptable use of a county-owned computer.” Evenson, who was employed with the sheriff’s department for 17 years and was jail administrator for nine years, was contacted about the incident but declined a statement at this time. The contention between the sheriff and Evenson apparently was the result of an alleged speeding incident and other alleged driving incidents in Evenson’s assigned unmarked squad car in which he was traveling 90 mph Dec. 5, 2011. Documents show Tomlanovich met with Evenson
THREE LAKES GRADUATION — Lauren Tomasoski, left, and Kiersten Neihous were among 44 Three Lakes High School seniors who took
part in the school’s graduation ceremony Friday evening. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
The 19th annual Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB) will be this Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, offering a weekend fishing outing for people with disabilities. The event is expected to bring nearly 100 participants to Eagle River, with the event headquartered at Wild Eagle Lodge on Duck and Lynx lakes. “Fishing Has No Boundaries affords a fishing experience for individuals who otherwise may not have such an opportunity,” said event coordinator Wil Campbell, who has been involved with the program since the first event in Eagle River. More than 150 volunteers will be involved in the special fishing weekend. Opening ceremonies will start at 8 a.m. Friday, followed by fishing throughout the day. “All participants will begin the event with a flag-raising To FHNB, Pg. 2A
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.
LAST SEVEN DAYS Hi Wed., May 23 ............75 Thurs., May 24 ..........80 Fri., May 25 ...............74 Sat., May 26 ..............71 Sun., May 27 .............75 Mon., May 28 ............77 Tues., May 29 ............62
ONE YEAR AGO
Lo Prec. 47 None 53 Tr.R 48 .77R 43 .02R 43 .88R 66 None 49 .08R
Hi Mon., May 23 ............67 Tues., May 24 ............64 Wed., May 25 ............61 Thurs., May 26 ..........56 Fri., May 27 ...............70 Sat., May 28 ..............70 Sun., May 29 .............72
Lo 63 38 38 34 29 42 43
Prec. .23R .03R None None None .19R .19R
The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 81, while the average overnight low was 51. There was rain on four days totaling .17 of an inch.
Days precipitation recorded since April 1, 2012, 25 days; 2011, 30 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2012, 71; 2011, 62. Average low of past 30 days, 2012, 44; 2011, 38.
There have been sightings of white-tailed deer fawns in the forest. The DNR reminds people to leave newborn fawns in the woods, as the doe is usually not far away.
STREAMS AND LAKES
Lakes will be a little quieter this week following the busy Memorial Day weekend when anglers and recreational boaters were on the water for three days.
Wednesday will be partly cloudy and much cooler, with a high of 56 and a low of 39. Thursday morning frost followed by sun is expected, with a high of 65 and a low of 33. Friday expect scattered afternoon showers, with a high of 64 and a low of 43. The forecast for Saturday is possible morning showers and partly cloudy, with a high of 67 and a low of 45. Sunday should have more sun, with a high of 74 and a low of 49.
(PORTIONS OF THE WEATHER CORNER ARE THROUGH THE COURTESY OF KEVIN BREWSTER, EAGLE RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST.)
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accept the class. Richie, Mulleady and Brewer will award the diplomas. The farewell will be presented by senior class Vice President Walker Nelson. The band, under the direction of Brandon Bautz, will play the prelude, processional and recessional. The choir will be under the direction of Katherine Janssen. While Northland Pines does not recognize a valedicto-
rian and salutatorian, the top 10% of the class receive medals and will wear them at the ceremony. They include Kelsey Bergum, Alexander Camp, Shay Karenke, Morgan Kolinski, Loren Nelson, Walker Nelson, Katie Prigge, Nicole Sullivan, Katrina Tameling, Elizabeth Tryczak, Melissa Velpel and Jordan Welnetz. In addition, National Honor Society members will wear yellow cords.
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ceremony and then board about 20 donated pontoon boats to enjoy a day of fishing,” said Campbell. “The day will end with a traditional Friday night fish fry.” Fishing will continue all day Saturday, followed by another evening cookout on the Wild Eagle Lodge grounds, entertainment and the presentation of door prizes. Activities on Sunday will include fishing in the morn-
ing, followed by lunch at noon and the awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Campbell said activities should wrap up about 2 p.m. Campbell said FHNB is an educational, nonprofit volunteer organization. “Its mission is to open up the great outdoors to all people with disabilities through the world of fishing,” he said. To volunteer for the Eagle River event, contact Campbell at (715) 479-9309.
HONORED GLORY — Area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts placed poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the Memori-
al Day program at Eagle River Monday on the Vilas County Courthouse grounds. —STAFF PHOTO
Recall: absentee voting popular in 2012 FROM PAGE 1A citing preliminary federal Bureau of Labor statistics showing job growth and Democrats pointing out figures illustrating that Wisconsin is still ranked last in the nation for job creation. In the past week, absentee voting for the recall election has picked up, with 10s of thousands of Wisconsin residents already taking advantage of the ballots, according to the Government Accountability Board (GAB). As of last week, at least 113,000 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin’s local election officials who track them using the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). A total of 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked in SVRS for the May 8 recall primary. Just more than one-third of municipalities track absentee ballots in SVRS, including all the state’s large cities. “These numbers confirm anecdotal reports we’re hearing from local election officials that there is strong interest in absentee voting,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel of the GAB. In-person absentee voting in the clerk’s office started
Monday morning and will run through 5 p.m. Friday, June 1. Some clerks are offering extended hours to handle demand. The deadline to request an absentee ballot will be Thursday, May 31, at 5 p.m. Because of a new Republican-backed law requiring voters to have residency for at least 28 days in their voting district, Wisconsin college students returning home for the summer could find it exceptionally difficult to cast their votes. While the photo identification law has been enjoined by the courts, other provisions in Wisconsin Act 23 remain in force. Among those is the 28day residency requirement and a provision ending the practice of vouching for people registering to vote who don’t have acceptable proof of residence. Absentee ballots could prove a useful option for those students who have established a campus address and will return home for summer. Following is a brief biographical sketch of each candidate for governor: Scott Walker has served as Wisconsin’s governor since his inauguration in January 2011. Before that, Walker
served the state Assembly beginning in 1993 and was elected Milwaukee County executive in 2002. While on the state Assembly, Walker chaired several committees and authored the following pieces of legislation: Truth-in-Sentencing, photo identification requirements to vote and the elimination of the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases. During his eight-year tenure as county executive, he cut the county’s debt by 30%, reduced the county workforce by more than 25% and authored nine consecutive budgets without increasing the property tax levy from the previous year. Among Walker’s most recent endorsements are the Wisconsin chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, Physicians for Responsible Government, Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, National Rifle Association, Tavern League of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Realtors Association, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Builders Association, Milwaukee Police Association and the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association.
Tom Barrett has been the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee since 2004. He lost a bid for governor to Walker in November 2010. He previously held a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District from 1993 to 2003. Barrett’s political profession started in the state Assembly in 1984, then in the state Senate from 1989 to 1993. Job creation, fighting for education, making communities safer and protecting the environment are the foremost issues facing Wisconsin, according to Barrett. Barrett has earned the support of numerous unions and associations, including Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Iron Workers District Council of North Central States, Operating Engineers Local 317 and Transit Workers — Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 and West Allis Professional Police Association (endorsed Walker in 2010, now backing Barrett). He’s also been endorsed by state Sen. Jim Holperin, U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, along with Rep. Gwen Moore and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach.
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
NEWS School board passes preliminary budget, lettermen’s club ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
After voting to retain their current officer positions, the Three Lakes School Board passed a preliminary review of the 2012-’13 budget and voted to establish a lettermen’s club for students. In April, the board paid off the Three Lakes School building, resulting in a significant decrease in yearly expenditures on the budget. Preliminary figures showed an expenditure reduction in all funds of $1,007,662 or 9.18%. In the Fund 10 account, projected expenditures decreased $93,144 from this year. All funds revenues are expected to decrease $1,099,347, while a 2.95% decrease in the Fund 10 account will yield a reduction of $238,467. The total proposed decrease in the tax levy is $834,858 with a mill rate of 4.79, which is down from this year’s rate of 5.36. “I would be surprised if we’re not the lowest taxing K-12 district in the state of Wisconsin come next December,” said District Administrator George Karling. High school principal Bill Greb brought the suggestion to create a Lettermen’s Club to the board after meeting with students who expressed interest in the idea. “They said they would really like to participate in a lettermen’s club,” he said. “This came about from coaching staff looking at participation in activities and a developed sense of pride in the community.” According to Greb, participation in school-sponsored
CLASSIC BOAT SHOW — The eighth annual Classic Boat and Vehicle Show was held at Wild Eagle Lodge on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes last weekend, with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics sports programs. Some of the scenes from the event included: above, visitors voted for their favorite wooden boats tied up at the Wild Eagle Lodge docks; right, Fred Young of Eagle River placed a flag on the transom of his wooden 1961 Correct Craft Atom Skier; and below, a 1936 Ford Rat Rod owned by Tom Dougherty of Eagle River, cruised through the event grounds. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
events has been on the rise over the past few years. “There has been a trend where more kids are showing up, more kids are enjoying participating as an audience and it’s getting better and better,” said Greb. “It’s almost like we’ve gone back in time 20 or 30 years, where it’s fun to be a kid again in high school. We want to keep that momentum going.” Students involved in the club would be required to put in a set number of community service hours. Greb said the club members could “lead by following” by attending junior high school events to show their support of underclassmen. To be a member, students will be required to have at least sophomore status and to have participated in an activity sponsored by the school. There will be three inductions for new members each school year. In other action, the school board: — set the June meeting for Tuesday, June 19, at 3 p.m.; — approved a district long-range plan and set goals for the 2012-’13 school year; — approved a recommendation to apply an instructional staff base salary increase for the 2012-13 school year; — decided to update the school district brochure; — approved calendar revisions for next school year; and — approved handbook changes for both elementary and high school levels.
Derby Track seeking memories for 50th anniversary program The countdown has started for the 50th anniversary of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River.
Residents lose power due to thunderstorm Trees and branches on power lines, a few broken poles, power lines down and blown fuses are what Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) power restoration crews faced last Friday as the company restored power to about 2,700 electric customers. Strong winds, beginning Thursday afternoon and lasting into the evening, caused power outages to WPS electric customers in nearly all of the 19 counties that the utility serves. The hardest hit areas Friday morning included Eagle River, Minocqua, Antigo and Rhinelander. All available WPS crews were dispatched to these areas to assist in restoration efforts. WPS restored power to all areas by Friday evening. When it comes to future storm damage, WPS officials remind residents and season-
al customers to stay away from downed power lines and to treat them as if they are energized. WPS also asks customers to stay a safe distance from crews who are working on downed power lines for the customers’ and crew’s safety. “Do not attempt to clear downed trees from areas near power lines and stay away from any situation that
looks unsafe,” said Leah Van Zile, WPS public relations coordinator for Eagle River and Minocqua. “Also use caution in wooded areas where you may be hiking, biking or using motorized vehicles as wires could be laying on the ground or hanging from trees.” If anyone has an electric emergency, they can contact WPS at 1-(800) 450-7240. If
they have a natural gas emergency, they can contact WPS at 1-(800) 450-7280. For all other emergencies, call 911.
The greatest event in snowmobile racing history will reach that milestone Jan. 17-20, 2013. Derby Track officials and volunteers are developing plans for the anniversary event, including recognizing past champions, honoring
former queens and recollecting 50 years of snowmobile racing at the famous track. Longtime Derby volunteer Ron Ritzer is compiling memories of the Derby from fans and volunteers. They are welcome to submit their stories to be published in a collectors’ program for the 50th anniversary event. The Derby stories can be submitted to email@example.com by July 1.
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Jane R. Blankenship of Eagle River died Friday, May 25, 2012, at Lillian Kerr Healthcare Center in Phelps. She was 89. Mrs. Blankenship was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Albert and Lillian (nee Fink) Hayes. She had worked throughout the Eagle River area as a waitress. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly.
Survivors include two daughters, Lani (Phillip) Harper of West Bend and Sally (Tom) Poelzer of Delavan; four sons, Larry (Karen) Kludt of Pennsylvania, Richard (Kathy) Kludt of Madison, Jay (Ellen) Blankenship of Shorewood, Kerry Blankenship of Appleton and Jeffrey Blankenship of Lodi; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. No services are scheduled.
Fredrick ‘Fritz’ J. Dreyfus Sr. Frederick “Fritz” J. Dreyfus Sr. of Sayner died Friday, May 25, 2012. He was 81. Mr. Dreyfus was born Nov. 23, 1930, the son of Edward and Lorraine (Holzer) Dreyfus. Mr. Dreyfus and his wife ran Motel in the Woods, a resort on White Birch Lake, for 19 years until their retirement in 1981. Mr. Dreyfus enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was also an avid trap shooter on several teams around the area. He was a supervisor for the town of Plum Lake for 20 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder Junction and served
as an elder for more than 30 years. Mr. Dreyfus was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; one son, Frederick J. III; two daughters, Bonnie Eyre and Judy (Grant) Peterson; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder Junction Friday, June 8, at 11 a.m., with a memorial gathering one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at bolgerfuneral.com.
Kenneth Lester Kutzke Kenneth Lester Kutzke of Beloit, formerly of Boulder Junction, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at his home. He was 75. Mr. Kutzke was born Jan. 11, 1937, in Burnett. He served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. He married Miriam “Lynne” Steel June 5, 1981, in Janesville. Mr. Kutzke was a selfemployed master carpenter and a member of the National Rifle Association. His hobbies included hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald; and a sister, Donna Pollesch. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Beth (David) Okas of Eau Claire, Gail Freeman of Winston-
Salem, N.C., and Patti (Nick) Horan of Old English, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Anita Kirk of Chandler, Ariz., and Laura Middleton of Janesville; one sister, Mary (Daniel) Brown of Delavan; one brother, Bud (Penny) Kutzke of Marco Island, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Lauren Pollesch of Milwaukee; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral service was held May 29 at Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium in Beloit with the Rev. Matthew Ritchey officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the National Rifle Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family at daleymurphywisch.com.
Donald S. Meyers Donald S. Myers, formerly of Sugar Grove, Ill., died April 30, 2012, at The Birches in Clarendon Hills, Ill. He was 94. A memorial service will be held June 2 at 2 p.m. at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove. Visi-
tation will preceed the service beginning at 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery. A full obituary was published in the May 9 issue of the Vilas County NewsReview.
Marion H. Schoofs Marion H. Schoofs of Eagle River died Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital. She was 92. Mrs. Schoofs was born Jan. 30, 1920, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Herbert and Helen Schmidt. She was raised and attended schools in Milwaukee, where she graduated from State Teachers College. In July of 1943 she married Albert Schoofs in San Diego, Calif. She was a longtime teacher for the West Milwaukee/West Allis School System. After retiring in 1982, she and her husband moved to Eagle River. Mrs. Schoofs was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) in Eagle River, served at the Kalmar Center, and
was a member of the Snipe Lake Association and the Woodcarvers Club. Her hobbies included painting and knitting. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2006. Mrs. Schoofs is survived by one daughter, Eloise (Jeff) Potter of West Bend; one son, Steve (Roberta) of Johnson Creek; one brother, Herbert (Verne) of California; four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational UCC in Eagle River. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Northern Land Trust, P.O. Box 321, Eagle River, WI 54521.
Patricia McLellan Wykowski Patricia McLellan Wykowski of Eagle River and Bradenton, Fla., died April 12, 2012, in Bradenton. She was 81. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Three Lakes. Burial will be in the Three Lakes
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Cemetery following the service. A full obituary was printed in the April 25 issue of the Vilas County News-Review.
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M&I BMO Harris Bank and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking Eagle River residents to help troops call home by donating gently used cellular phones. With ongoing deployments to combat areas and elsewhere, as many as 369,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas. By donating gently used cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Eagle River residents can provide troops with a connection to loved ones back home. Beginning today, residents can donate their phones to the cause at M&I locations in Eagle River, Three Lakes and St. Germain. There also will be a cellphone box at the Eagle River Fly-in June 17. Siblings Robbie and Brittany Bergquist founded Cell Phones for Soldiers at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 114 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and -women stationed around the world.
Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase pre-paid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and veterans hospitals. “Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like M&I bank that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “We have also watched the communication gap between our Armed Forces and their loved ones continue to grow as more troops are deployed for their third or fourth tour overseas.” Donated phones are sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and onehalf hours of free talk time to deployed troops.
M&I BMO Harris Bank employees Cheryl Jenkins, left, and Cindy Mathwig, right, assist Jim Gardner of the 82nd Airborne Association with the cellphone collection. —STAFF PHOTO
Open house set at state parks June 3 People visiting Wisconsin State Parks this Sunday, June 3, will enjoy free admission, and if they visit one of the 49 parks participating in the Read to Lead at Wisconsin State Parks program, they can check out a book paired with that park, intended to help them learn more about nature and the environment. The first Sunday of the first full weekend of June is always State Parks Open House Day, and admission stickers and trail passes are waived at all Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) properties. In addition, Saturday, June 2, is National Trails Day, and trail fees on state-operated trails are waived statewide that day. Cooperatively run state trails also may participate in the statewide openhouse day. The weekend of statewide open-house day coincides with Free Fishing Weekend, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June. “We hope people who come out to enjoy our beautiful state parks on open-house day will
Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshop planned May 30 The Oneida County Land and Water Department in conjunction with the UW-Extension will host a free Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) workshop Wednesday, May 30, sponsored by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 30, at the Minocqua Community Center, located at 415 Menominee St. in Minocqua. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. The CBCW program provides an opportunity to learn how and why educational awareness is critical in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The workshop will have speakers from multiple resource agencies. Partici-
pants will receive information on AIS, along with species identification, instruction on how to organize an effective volunteer watercraft inspection program, and practice with conducting boater interviews. A CBCW water inspection handbook and kit containing all the tools an inspector needs will be available at the workshop. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. To register for this workshop, contact the Oneida County UW-Extension office at (715) 365-2750. For more information on the CBCW program, visit uwsp.edu. For any other questions, contact Michele Sadauskas, Oneida AIS coordinator, at 365-2750.
PUBLIC MEETINGS Plum Lake Lakes Committee — Wednesday, May 30, 9:30 a.m., Sayner town hall. Agenda: Reports by aquatic invasive species public awareness and education committee; clean boats, clean water coordinator; and lakes monitoring and management committee. Eagle River Joint Review Board on the Proposed Amendments of the Project Plans for Tax Increment Districts No. 2 & No. 3 — Thursday, May 31, 6 p.m., city hall. Agenda: Consideration of resolution approving an amendment to the project plan of tax incremental districts No. 2 and 3.
Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee — Friday, June 1, 9 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Resolution granting support for erosion protection using large wood in lakes project. Vilas County Economic Development Committee — Monday, June 4, 9 a.m., courthouse. Agenda: Appoint committee representative for Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation. Northland Pines School District School Board — Monday, June 4, 6 p.m., high school. Agenda: work session/salary structure meeting for certified staff.
take the opportunity to help their children, or children they know, learn more about our natural world by checking out one of our Read to Lead books,” says DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “Reading is integral to learning, and learning about nature is integral to
developing a fuller appreciation of our natural resources.” For more information on activities at state properties on National Trails Day or State Parks Open House Day, search “Get Outdoors” on the Wisconsin DNR website at dnr.wi.gov.
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 21, 2012 Jay James Froelich and wife to Julie D. Froelich, block 11 of plat 419 in village of Sayner, mis u11 of unplat prt block 11 village of Sayner, lots 2 and 3 of block 11 of plat 419 in village of Sayner, $30 R&D Paulsen Revocable Trust to Joseph C. Citro and wife, prt SW SW in 30-40-7, $855 John K. Peltonen and wife to Thomas J. Kell and wife, lots 62 and 63 of plat 161 in Kehteamaug Lodge, $1,275 Marcella L. Williams Living Trust and Joseph Hemphill Trustee to Roger G. Godleske, lot 2 of plat 797 in Eagle Estates X condominium, $285 Sharon A. Bodamer to Rosita M. Roberts, prt NE
NW in 12-39-10, $135 David A. Vandertie to Daniel L. Vandertie and wife, prt SW SW in 5-40-8, $105 Norman Redinger and Gayle Roberts POA to Thomas W. Sewart and wife, prt SE SE in 19-40-11, gov lot 2, prt NE NE in 3040-11, $390 May 22, 2012 Roger Godleske to Daniel S. Elko and wife, prt SE SE in 3-39-10, gov lot 5, $576 Krus Family Trust 9/30/91 to Robert J. Mason and wife, lots 42 and 43 of plat 17 in Big Bass Addn., $495 May 24, 2012 Miller Trust 11/15/07 to James D. Brewer and wife, prt SW SE in 11-40-8, gov lot 2, $1,065 Richard A. Ehlert and wife to Tom D. Spelbring and wife, prt NE NW, prt NW NE in 33-40-8, $123 Raymond J. Szafranski and wife to G&L Parnitzke Revocable Trust, prt SW NW in 32-40-10, $405 Calvin L. Knight to Susan G. Merkes, prt SW NE in 2440-8, $120 Calvin L. Knight to John K. Atkielski and wife, prt NE NW, prt SE NW in 24-40-8, $480
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
POLICE REPORT Vilas County Sheriff A total of 197 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 six vehicle accidents, four requests for agency assistance, one ambulance request, five animal problems, one attempt to locate, one burglary, four requests for citizen assistance, one disturbance, one fire, 33 reports of hazardous conditions, two juvenile problems/runaways, two reports of suspicious circumstances, four thefts, five traffic violations, one vacation check, three welfare checks, nine 911 hang-ups, one driveoff, two ATV problems, one vehicle fire and two reports of meds theft. At least 11 calls were referred to the Eagle River Police Department and there were at least nine informational or procedural entries. In the past week, at least
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Two-day trial set for Conover man charged for physical abuse of child to have been involved in a marijuana growing operation at 2715 Whiskey Trail in the town of Lincoln from June 2010 through June 2011. Nicholas L. Zortman, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping and third-offense operating a vehicle without a license, had a preliminary hearing set for June 14 at 9 a.m. He was arrested May 3 in Lac du Flambeau with an expired driver’s license. During the arrest, a drug-sniffing dog alerted positive for marijuana in the vehicle. Zortman also has been charged with two counts of uttering a forgery and misdemeanor theft when he allegedly altered scale slips at Scharf’s Automotive in the town of Lincoln while selling metals there July 18 and 19, 2011. Scott A. Smith Jr., 18, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with four counts of uttering a forgery and four counts of misdemeanor theft, had a plea hearing set for June 20 at 10 a.m. Smith is alleged to have altered scale slips at Scharf’s Automotive in the town of Lincoln while selling metals July 11, July 13, July 15 and July 20, 2011. Edward J. LaBarge Jr., 59, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with manufacturing or delivery of a prescription drug, had a preliminary hearing set for June 11 at 2:45 p.m. His bond was set at $1,000 with conditions that he not
al assault of a child under 16 and one count of exposing himself. A pretrial conference was set for June 26 at 9:45 a.m. Breneman’s $1,000 cash bail was continued with the conditions that he not have contact with the victim, no contact with any minors, not to possess or consume intoxicants and not to reside where there are any minors. According to the complaint, Breneman allegedly had sex with a minor in Lac du Flambeau in 2005. The victim was staying at her cousin’s home, who shared the residence with Breneman. Michael Larson, 26, of Conover, charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and seconddegree reckless endangerment, had a pretrial conference set for June 26 at 1:45 p.m. According to the complaint, a police officer pursued Larson, who was traveling on a motorcycle in excess of 130 mph on Highway 70 east in the town of Lincoln Aug. 5, 2011. Because Larson had a passenger on the motorcyle, the officer said he slowed down for the safety of the passenger. Larson was later arrested Sept. 10, 2011. James J. Lacson, 36, of Eagle River, charged with manufacturing a drug trafficking place and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, both party to a crime, was bound over for an arraignment, set for June 4 at 9:15 a.m. Lacson is alleged
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possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns and no prescriptions unless prescribed. According to the complaint, LaBarge has been prescribed Vicodin for 12 years for neuropathy and foot pain, prescribed on a monthly basis at a rate of 120 pills per month. Early in July of 2011, he allegedly sold some of his prescribed Vicodin on two separate occasions, saying he needed gas money to travel to Madison for a doctor’s appointment. He allegedly sold two to three pills each time. Carmen C. Potts, 32, of Lac du Flambeau, was charged with manufacturing or delivery of a prescribed drug, after probable cause was found that she had committed a crime. The defendant was bound over for arraignment and pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference was set for July 16 at 10 a.m. According to the complaint, Potts allegedly gave a 21-year-old Lac du Flambeau female a cyclobenzaprine tablet for menstrual cramps Dec. 21, 2011. The next day, the woman was found, following an apparent drug overdose, with the empty bottle of cyclobenzaprine tablets on the floor. Potts said there were approximately 10 tablets in the bottle.
The Vilas County Sheriff ’s Department has announced that a convicted sex offender has moved to 11005 Old Highway 51 HITCHCOCK N. in the town of Arbor Vitae. Michael Hitchcock was convicted Jan. 30, 2004, of unlawful sexual contact in Maine. According to the sheriff’s department, he sexually fondled a 13-year-old female acquaintance.
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A 36-year-old Conover man, charged with two counts of physical abuse of a child and two counts of felony bail jumping, had a jury trial set for Aug. 15 and 16 in Vilas County Circuit Court last week. Prior to the jury trial, Scott J. Borgardt will be in court for a pretrial conference set for June 26 at 9:15 a.m. and a motions hearing July 11 at 10 a.m. Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III scheduled the two-day jury trial for 8:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Borgardt allegedly caused bodily harm to two children, ages 11 and 8, in January 2011 at his home because the kitchen and bathroom were a mess. Bruises on the child’s cheek were noticed at school, according to the complaint. During another incident, Borgardt allegedly hit one of the children with a closed fist for clapping his/her hands while he was on the telephone. The two felony bail jumping charges stem from allegedly violating terms of his bail. On March 1, 2011, he allegedly consumed intoxicants in Conover and March 18, 2011, he is accused of having contact with the children at Memorial Park in Land O’ Lakes. In other felonly cases, Keith T. Breneman, 42, of Arbor Vitae, pleaded not guilty to two charges of sexu-
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NEWS Kleefisch, Mitchell meet for lt. governor
Veteran Jim Merrill of St. Germain was recently presented a Northland Pines High School diploma. Merrill, second from left, was presented the diploma by board president Jim Mul-
leady, third from left, along with administrator Mike Richie, left, and high school principal Jim Brewer, right. —Photo By Ken Anderson
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The Northland Pines School Board presented military veteran Jim Merrill of St. Germain with a high school diploma last week, under a provision allowing schools to recog-
nize veterans who cut short their schooling to join U.S. Armed Services in time of war to fight for their country. Merrill was presented the diploma by board President Jim Mulleady, District Administrator Mike Richie and high school Principal Jim Brewer.
Merrill attended Eagle River High School from 1947 to 1950 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving honorably in the Korean conflict, being discharged in 1953. He then served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1968. The St. Germain veteran was awarded the Army of
Occupation medal, National Defense Service Medal 1st and 2nd, Vietnam Service Medal and Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia. Merrill stated he was “extremely pleased to be able to hold a high school graduation certificate after all these years.”
Tick-borne diseases remain threat; state health officials urge precautions Wisconsin’s warm spring weather means more blacklegged tick activity, according to state health officials. State officials are urging people to take precautions now against tick bites when spending time outdoors. In Wisconsin, infected black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks) can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases, and these diseases are increasing, according to Dr. Henry Anderson, state health officer. In 2011, there was a preliminary report of 4,123 confirmed and probable cases of tick-borne diseases compared with 4,073 cases in 2010. Recognizing and treating tick-borne diseases early is important, Anderson noted. Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, the state’s most frequently reported tickborne illness, may occur three days to 30 days after the bite of an infected tick and can include a characteristic rash called an
erythema migraines (EM) rash, fever and chills, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. The rash is circular and red initially and expands over several days, though it may not occur in all cases. The disease is easily treated with antibiotics when detected early, according to Anderson. If left untreated, Lyme disease can result in debilitating arthritis and serious heart and nervous system complications. Other tick-borne illnesses range from mild to severe and include anaplasmosis, the state’s second-highest reported tick-borne illness, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and Powassan virus disease. Signs and symptoms of these illnesses can include fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, joint pain, headache, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and loss of appetite. Severe cases can include a change in mental status, paralysis and coma, and can be fatal. Unlike
anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis, Powassan virus infections are not treatable with antibiotics. These steps from state health officials can help prevent tick bites and reduce the chance of getting tick-borne diseases: • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter since ticks prefer these areas. Stay to the center of a trail to avoid contact with grass and brush. • Use effective tick repellents and apply according to the label instructions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using repellents with 20% DEET on exposed skin and clothing to prevent tick bites. Adults should apply repellents to children, taking care to avoid spraying in the hands, eyes and mouth. Repellents that contain permethrin can also be applied to clothing. • Wear clothes that will help shield from ticks. Long-
sleeved shirts and long pants are best. Tuck pants into the top of socks or boots, to create a “tick barrier.” Light-colored clothing makes ticks easier to spot. • Check the body frequently for ticks, and remove them promptly. Black-legged ticks are small and may be difficult to find, so careful and thorough tick checks must be done on all parts of the body. It is important to pay attention to areas where ticks tend to hide such as the head, scalp and body folds (armpit, behind the knee, groin). • Remove attached ticks slowly and gently, using a pair of thin-bladed tweezers applied as close to the skin as possible. Folk remedies like petroleum jelly, nail polish remover, or burning matches are not safe or effective ways to remove ticks. For more information, go to dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable. For information on insect repellents, go to cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect.
While most of the statewide recall election coverage is on the governor’s race, Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Democratic challenger Mahlon Mitchell will square off in the general recall election for lieutenant governor next Tuesday, June 5. Mitchell, a Madison firefighter, defeated Milwaukee private detective Ira Robins and fake Democrat Isaac Weis in the recall primary. Kleefisch didn’t have a primary opponent. The lieutenant governor’s job carries no official duties. However, the lieuteneant governor would take over if the governor were to die, leave office early or become incapacitated. Kleefisch, 36, was elected lieutanent governor in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW-Madison in 1997. She worked as a TV news reporter at WIFR in Rockford, Ill., for a year and a half after graduating from college. In 1999, she joined WISN in Milwaukee where she worked until 2004. In 2009, Kleefisch started a video blog and became a regular political commentator on
Milwaukee talk radio shows. She also owned her own marketing business. Kleefisch resides in Oconomowoc. She is married and has two children. Mitchell, 35, earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith in 2002. He has been the president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, the statewide firefighters union, since 2011. He has been a firefighter for 15 years and was the director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety’s Burn Camp. Mitchell, who resides in Fitchburg, was a real estate agent in Madison from 2005 to 2012, and he has also volunteered with organizations that deal with at-risk youths. He is married and has two children.
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
NEWS Burzinski appointed to Council on Tourism Gov. Scott Walker has appointed three new members to the Governor’s Council on Tourism, including Cindy Burzinski of Eagle River. Also appointed were Peter Helland Jr. of Wisconsin Dells and Aimee Juan of Cumberland. Burzinski, Helland and Juan all have experience and knowledge in the area of tourism. “We’re thrilled to have their combined tourism experience and insight on the council,” said Secretary Stephanie Klett. “Each individual brings a unique point of view from their involvement in the tourism industry that will help guide our work to market Wisconsin and grow the tourism economy. Their perspectives will be extremely valuable to the council’s work.” Burzinski, director of Vilas County Tourism & Publicity, has been responsible for directing and coordinating the advertising and promotion of Vilas County since 2002. In addition, she has overseen the development and NEW LIGHTS — A crew from Superior Electric of Eagle River was on site last Thursday digging holes to bury power lines for field lighting at the new adult softball field at Oldenburg Sports Park, located just west of Eagle River off the south side of County Highway G. Six poles with a total of 30 1,500watt metal halide light fixtures were installed at the field with a price tag of $86,500 for equipment and $40,217 for installation. Breaks in the fence will accomodate a U-14 field as well. —Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW
Eagle Waste taking cans for five nonprofit groups Eagle Waste & Recycling Inc. in Eagle River has started a We Can Make a Difference program to raise funds for five area charities. Jenni Raatz, accounts manager for Eagle Waste & Recycling, said people can drop off aluminum cans directly at the recycling center and designate a charity for the proceeds. “The money that would be paid out to the customer for the cans will instead be donated to the charity of choice,” said Raatz. “Checks will be presented to the charities each quarter.” The five charities are Eagle River Recreation Asso-
Tourism economy up 8% in Wisconsin from 2010 More people are having fun on vacation in Wisconsin than ever before, according to recently released 2011 tourism economic impact numbers. That’s the message being delivered by Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Deputy Dave Fantle at events throughout the state celebrating this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-13. The tourism economy in Wisconsin picked up steam in 2011 with an impact on the state of $16 billion, an increase of 8% from $14.8 billion in 2010, according to research conducted by Tourism Economics. “It was a banner year for the travel and hospitality industry in Wisconsin,” said Gov. Scott Walker. “Tourism is a core strength of the state’s economy and the research shows that tourism marketing and our platform of fun has been an effective investment for Wisconsin in attracting new visitors and enhancing the image of the state.” More than 95 million people visited the state, up for the second year in a row. Tourism also supported 181,000 jobs and $4.4 billion in personal income. One in 13 jobs in Wisconsin rely on tourism, according to the study. Lodging sales increased 18% from the lows of 2009 at the height of the recession. Visitors generated $1.3 billion in state and local revenue and $950 million in federal taxes in 2011, saving Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $565 per household. For more information on economic impact research, contact the Department of Tourism at pr@TravelWisconsin.com.
application for partnership grants exceeding $425,000 for Vilas County. She serves on numerous boards and committees including the Vilas County Chamber of Commerce, Governor’s Lac du Flambeau Region Promotion Committee and the North Central International Trade and Business Economic Development Council. Burzinski, a lifelong resident of Wisconsin’s North Woods, is an avid volunteer for area events, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. The Governor’s Council on Tourism is made up of 20 individuals appointed by the governor, hailing from all corners of the state and from a variety of occupations within the state’s tourism industry. Tourism council members provide strategic insight and advisement to the Department of Tourism to further its mission. A list of the 20-member Governor’s Council on Tourism is available on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism website at industry.travelwisconsin.com.
Campaign Success Last year’s “Picture the Fun” campaign motivated more than 2.1 million visits in the summer and fall, generating an additional $257 million in tourism spending and $22 million in tax revenue, according to Longwoods International, a tourism consulting firm that conducted the study for the Department of Tourism. For every $1 the department spent on the $3.5 million advertising campaign, $6 was returned to state and local governments in incremental tax revenue. The department received a nearly 20% increase in appropriation for fiscal years 2011-’12 that was recommended by Walker and received bipartisan support in the Legislature. “Additional marketing dollars helped Wisconsin tourism get back in the advertising game so we could
compete for tourism dollars with our upper-Midwest competitors,” said Klett. “We also found that partnering with celebrities Henry Winkler, Tony Shalhoub and David Zucker, who have Wisconsin ties, helped leverage our message, boost the exposure of our ads and increased our earned media.” Klett added that the state’s summer campaign will feature three television spots, including two newly produced for this summer. Developed by Laughlin Constable, the summer campaign launched the week of May 21 and will run in markets across Wisconsin, northern Illinois, the Twin Cities, and, for the first time, in eastern Iowa. The campaign features new TV spots, radio, public relations, social media executions as well as out-of-home advertising. Local area musicians wrote original scores for the TV spots.
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NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the official public test of the automatic tabulating equipment to be used in the June 5, 2012, Recall Election in the town of Lincoln will be conducted at the Lincoln Town Hall, 1205 Sundstein Road, Eagle River, WI 54521, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012. 866
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ciation, Vilas Food Pantry, Northwoods Children’s Museum, Humane Society of Vilas County and Trees For Tomorrow. Raatz said an advantage with the new We Can Make a Difference program is that volunteers for the nonprofit groups won’t have to handle the aluminum cans and transport them to the recycling center. The center is located at 603 W. Jack Frost St. and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Raatz at (715) 477-0077.
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VIETNAM WALL — Trig’s of Eagle River recently donated $1,250 to help bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Eagle River June 30 to July 4. Taking part in the check presentation were,
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Ultimately humanity is one, and this small planet is our only home. If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism and compassion. The Dalai Lama
Peacemaking Programs Many Ways of Peace 217 S. Main St., downtown Eagle River Monday, June 11, 7-9 p.m., “Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World,” a presentation by Dr. David Carlson, Professor, Philosophy and Religion, Franklin College, Ind.
Monday, June 25, 7-9 p.m., “Environmental Destruction – Strip Mining Wisconsin’s Sand Hills,” a presentation on frac-sand mining by Jane Schley of the Wisconsin Sierra Club.
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., starting June 6, Mindfulness Meditation, a weekly meditation practice. Bring your cushion and mat/blanket to sit on the floor or sit in a chair. Upper level of Many Ways of Peace.
Saturday, June 2, 2012, 7-9 p.m., Peace Java Jam and Open Mic, June’s theme is “Protest!” Bring your songs, stories and poems of protest. Performers of all ages are welcome.
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The ice cream party will follow the Elvis Tribute performance by Garry Wesly at the Campanile Center. Wesly’s show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available by calling the center at (715) 356-9700.
All proceeds from the ice cream sale will benefit NATH and Frederick Place, a temporary residence for individuals in need.
Appeal made Evenson has filed an appeal of his termination, according to Vilas County Human Resource Director Janna Kahl. Under the new county grievance policy, the first step is to have the appeal heard by the county’s Personnel Committee to determine if the appeal response is sufficient. If not resolved, the case would be assigned to an Impartial Hearing Officer (IHO) who would conduct a prehearing conference and attempt to mediate the dispute. Should that fail, a date will be selected for a hearing. Evenson will bear the burden of proof to persuade the IHO by “clear and convincing” evidence the county abused its discretion in terminating him. The policy states the hearing “shall be closed to the public.” It will be within the authority of the IHO to order reinstatement, a lesser adverse employment action other than termination, such as a reduction in base pay, an oral or written reprimand or that no adverse action be taken. Everson also has the right to appeal any decision by the IHO to the full county board. As of last Friday, the IHO has not been decided. Evenson has retained the services of attorney Christopher MacGillis of Milwaukee.
Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing Inc. (NATH) will hold an Ice Cream Sundae Party Tuesday, June 5, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at Island City Ice Cream, located at 300 W. Front St. in Minocqua.
The ice cream party will follow Wesly’s show, and ice cream will be sold as a freewill offering.
Speeding allegation Tomlanovich documented a number of allegations involving the use of the 2006 Dodge Charger assigned to Evenson by former Sheriff John Niebuhr. Due to a number of complaints on his driving, a GPS tracking device was installed on Evenson’s assigned vehicle. Tomlanovich indicates these allegations included complaints from “various sheriff’s office personnel” that Evenson was using the vehicle to transport one or more of his children to and from school. Evenson denied using the county vehicle for transporting his children and indicated he hadn’t done so “since I took office and, prior to that date, he had only done so with Sheriff Niebuhr’s permission.” Also, on or about Feb. 8, 2011, State Patrol Trooper Dennis Bedish made a traffic stop on Highway 45 of Evenson who was operating the assigned vehicle and admitted he was speeding, indicating he received a verbal warning but “was evasive about how fast he was going when stopped by Trooper Bedish.” On Oct. 3, 2011, a complaint on Evenson’s driving by a “former sheriff’s office employee” observed Evenson passing a stopped vehicle trying to make a left-hand turn on Highway 45 and drove onto the gravel shoulder to make the pass “which is an illegal passing maneuver.” On Dec. 2, 2011, the GPS tracking device was placed on the vehicle while it was parked in the parking garage of the Justice Center. It remained on the vehicle until Dec. 14, 2011, when it was removed. According to Tomlanovich, a review of the data “shows
on Dec. 5, 2011, Mr. Evenson was southbound on Highway 45” and “approximately 7:20 a.m. his speed was recorded at 56 mph and at 7:20.09 a.m. his speed was recorded at 90 mph” in the vicinity of 3774 Highway 45 South. This led to the meeting between Tomlanovich and Evenson on Jan. 13, 2012, when the sheriff confronted Evenson about speeding that led eventually to “terminating” Evenson’s employment with the county April 23.
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no longer reasonable to expect that he can be effective of efficient in his current job assignment,” stated Tomlanovich.
Jan. 13, 2012, and “confronted him with information” about his alleged speeding. The sheriff claims the response by Evenson was “untruthful,” in that he “denied speeding several times and referred to the information as a ‘fabrication’ and felt it was a case of mistaken identity.” Tomlanovich said this was an alleged violation of Standards of Conduct related to untruthfulness in a verbal communication. In an email letter of Feb. 10, 2012, from Evenson to the sheriff, with copies to Chief Deputy Joe Fath, Corporation Counsel Martha Milanowski, and Bob Egan, then chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee, Evenson brought up various issues discussed Jan. 13, including the alleged speeding “in excess of 90 mph on my way to work.” The sheriff responded in the documentation: “I never said he was traveling ‘in excess of 90 miles per hour,’ and I never said anything about him ‘being late for work.’ ” The sheriff claims this was providing untruthful and misleading information in a written communication and that Evenson “has irreversibly damaged his integrity with the sheriff’s office.” Concerning the allegation of “failing to seek an affirmative way to cooperate with the sheriff,” the sheriff stated that between the Jan. 13 meeting and Feb. 10 email, Evenson “did not request to speak to me or make any attempts to discuss the matter with me further.” Tomlanovich said the allegation of “insubordination” also stems from the Feb. 10 email, which the sheriff claims Evenson “deliberately defied the legitimate exercise of the managerial rights of the sheriff, undermined the sheriff’s authority and the work relationships between him and
the sheriff.” The allegation of “purposefully disabling equipment” stems from an incident after Tomlanovich placed Evenson on administrative leave March 12. While briefing Capt. Russ Kennedy and Lt. Mark Collins on jail operations and turning over countyowned equipment, Evensen briefly left for approximately five minutes. “I discovered the cell phone (Evenson turned in) had been deactivated” and, upon deactivation, all information contained is purged. Evenson admitted to deactivating the cell phone because it was linked to his personal Gmail account. The allegation of “prohibited use of a laptop computer” was the result of an alleged violation of the county’s Information Technologies (IT) policy. After obtaining Evenson’s laptop, owned by Vilas County, it was taken to county employee Mike Duening in the IT department for imaging. “Mr. Duening said he discovered that an unauthorized application had been downloaded onto the computer’s hard drive, which he identified as ‘Google Chrome Portable’ which is a Web browser,” Tomlanovich noted, adding that Evenson did not have permission from the IT department to download that onto the county-owned computer. “Mr. Duening indicated it appeared to be downloaded Feb. 17, 2012, but was unable to determine if the download originated from the Internet, a flash drive, or a CD,” Tomlanovich wrote. Tomlanovich then concludes his “termination for cause,” indicating the violations cited directly impact Evenson’s ability to perform his duties. “By making untruthful statements to a supervisor, and by providing untruthful and misleading information to statement to others, he has lost work credibility, and it is
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OUTDOORS Alaska: truly America’s last frontier SOMEONE yelled “there she blows” and the captain of our touring boat killed the engines, hoping that the humpback whale would stay its course — basically coming straight for us. We were touring off an Alaskan port on a 35-foot deck boat, hoping to see whales that measure 40 to 52 feet in length and weigh an estimated 40 tons. And we saw them, at least a half- dozen different whales at various times. When it next surfaced just 50 yards away, the sound created by the exhale of those massive lungs was as loud as the full blast of air from a large compressor. Moments later, the whale did its telltale feeding dive — the one that produces the big arched back and then the monster tail as it seemingly waves goodbye. Wow, I thought, that is exactly the experience I was hoping for in Alaska. On those feeding dives, humpback whales can stay under water for as long as 70 minutes, though the average dive is six to 10 minutes. Sometimes the things we remember most aren’t what we see, but what we feel, taste, smell or hear. The monster tail is outstanding and is the image photographed most of the time, but the roar of those lungs was beyond expectations. The wilds of Alaska boast some of the richest and most scenic lands in America, something the scribbler always knew but never
A 40-ton humpback whale shows its massive tail as it takes a feeding dive in 400 feet of water.
A 200-pound sea lion displays the massive flippers that allows it to catch salmon and other fish.
In the Outdoors By Kurt Krueger experienced prior to taking a trip there earlier this month. I’m always hesitant to write anything that promotes another tourism region, but Alaska is so remote and so different that it’s hardly a direct competitor with northern Wisconsin. The great outdoors takes on new meaning when you travel on an ocean and visit coastal ports such as Vancouver, British Columbia, and Alaskan ports such as Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Whittier. Alaska falls into that “trip of a lifetime” category for those of us who don’t have much in the way of extra time and money. The quick way to visit, by airplane and ship, comes with a price tag that makes a week-long trip to the North Woods look like the “bargain of a lifetime.” The group of eight included my wife and three other couples, friends with a similar appreciation for scenery and wildlife. Two of the couples were also making their first trip to Alaska, and the third was going for the fourth spring in a row. Our informal tour guides were good friends Jon and Lori Olsen, former Three Lakes residents who now call Florida their permanent home. But they still spend their summers in the North Woods. I don’t have much for sea legs, but the company of friends and the promise of seeing whales and glaciers up close was enough to lower my guard on the possibility of motion sickness. As my favorite pharmacist likes to say, “There’s a pill for that.” My first whale sightings were a big deal, but I gleaned just as much entertainment from a sea lion that swam right up to the boat, surfaced and stared eye to eye — its yellow, shaved-down teeth showing its years. With that huge nose and a face full of whiskers, the image was quickly burned into my mind. Then there was the sea lion that surfaced with a fish. It thrashed about in the water for a couple of minutes, throwing the fish back and forth as it slowly tore its meal into bite-sized chunks. The pieces were huge, but then, sea lions can weigh anywhere from 220 to 2,000 pounds — measuring up to 10 feet in length. They can eat 15 to 35
We took a train out of Skagway, Alaska, that led up the historic White Pass Trail that was used during the gold rush to access the Yukon Territory in Canada. The mountain scenery was fantastic. —Photos By The Author
pounds of fish in a single feeding. A wave of seagulls followed its every move, diving in to claim their meal from floating leftovers. As the saying goes, nothing gets wasted in nature. In our first stop at Ketchikan, the southeasternmost sizeable city in Alaska, our port tour of choice was a crab-trapping adventure that ended with an all-youcan-eat feast of Dungeness crab — the sweetest crabmeat I’ve ever tasted. Our second port was Juneau, the state’s capital city and a bizarre one that, like Ketchikan, can’t be reached by automobile. It’s ship or airplane, take your pick. The mountains prevent any significant road-building outside the city. In Juneau, it was time for watching whales, sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles and a surprising extra, Dall’s porpoises. I’ve never seen a sea creature that weighs 270 pounds move that fast. They were darting and crisscrossing just ahead of the boat’s bow, often breaking water but not really jumping. Our last port was in Skagway, where we took a bus/train tour into the Yukon Territory of Canada. It was six hours of touring snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, sheep-speckled rock cliffs and some of the most unbeliev-
able scenery in America. Make no mistake about it, the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 was a brilliant move. The $7.2 million price tag seemed crazy at the time, but the critics disappeared shortly after the gold and oil reserves were discovered. Today, cruise ships run the Alaskan coast from May through September. And it’s big business, evidenced by the presence of 23 big-name jewelry stores in a little town like Skagway — population 800. Alaska became an official territory in 1912 and won statehood in 1959, our 49th state. Today, state government is run pretty much on revenues from the oil industry. There is no state income tax. To the claim that Alaska is the last frontier in America, they’ll get no argument from me. It is wild, unsettled land that is so mountainous that airplanes and boats provide the major transportation. I can’t imagine living in a region where winter lasts even longer than Wisconsin and where darkness covers the winter landscape for 23 hours at a time. In Whittier, a small port located about 70 miles from Anchorage, they got 17 feet of snow in the winter just ended. Whittier was a secret U.S. military port
during World War II — a toughto-find mountain port served by a narrow, 1,000-foot-deep channel off the Pacific Ocean. It is also known as the gateway to Prince William Sound, the location of many glaciers and the College Fjord. We visited more than a dozen tidewater glaciers and saw massive chunks of ice calving off the Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay, a national park. Much of the mountain shoreline is part of the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States. We spotted brown bears (also called grizzlies) near several of the glaciers. Alaska’s scenery and wildlife certainly rivals what we have in the North Woods of Wisconsin, yet it is so different with the mountains and glaciers that they really aren’t comparable. It was a great choice for a trip and is probably the only cruise I’d ever be interested in taking. It is strictly a nice place to visit, for long winters and a lack of quality health care make it unpopular with retirees. The scribbler was more than a little happy to return to his own land of lakes, forests and wildlife. We’ve got scenery, walkable forests and small-water outdoor opportunities that the mountains and oceans don’t offer.
Fishing with the Guides By George Langley
Most species hitting due to nice weather
The three-day Memorial Day weekend was busy on area lakes as anglers pursued a variety of fish species. It also was the muskie
fishing opener in northern Wisconsin, which attracted these two anglers to the Chain of Lakes. —STAFF PHOTO
Musky Marathon kicks off 49th year The 49th annual Vilas County Musky Marathon started on all Vilas County waters May 26 (May 15 on the boundary waters) and will run through Nov. 30. Continuing a long history from its start in 1964 as a shoulder season promotion, the 2012 Musky Marathon again will have four released divisions — men’s, women’s, youth (aged 15 and under) and guide’s — providing anglers of all ages and ability the opportunity to partici-
pate, according to Janet Christianson of the Vilas County Tourism & Publicity Department. “The Vilas County Musky Marathon is a fun way to recognize an angler’s encounter with one of our North Woods ‘monsters.’ When a legal muskie is registered, the angler receives a certificate and pin,” said Christianson. “Through the generosity of sponsors, the marathon is also able to offer prizes to each 10th and 100th regis-
trant in each category along with drawing prizes awarded at the end of the marathon,” said Christianson. “The marathon’s continuation and success is due to the support received from the sponsors, registration stations, anglers and media.” Sponsors for this year’s marathon include: area chambers of commerce; Bill Lewis Lures; Elmer Jensen Guide Service; Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc.; Kari Lessner Tackle, Lax Taxidermy; Miller
Beer of the Northwoods; Mills Fleet Farm; Musky Hunter Magazine; Sierra Stream & Mountain; Smith Bait Mfg.; South Bend Sporting Goods and Vilas County Tourism & Publicity. There is no fee to participate in the marathon. Anglers catching and releasing a legal muskie (for the water being fished) need only complete a registration form and provide a picture of their To MARATHON, Pg. 10A
Memorial Day weekend provided great fishing action throughout the area, as most anglers caught their target fish in good numbers. Walleye fishing has been pretty good. The fish have completely recovered from the spawning process and are feeding now with some abandon. Jigs and minnows remain the bait of preference, but some anglers are using leeches. When walleye fishing during the daytime, just look for weeds. Bass action will be the best of the year for the next two to three weeks, as these fish are on or approaching the shorelines. Remember that it is catch and release only for these fish. All types of bait work well and don’t forget to try surface baits for both. Northerns have been creating absolutely great action all season. These fish are hitting anything that moves on the Eagle River Chain, as everyone from the crappie fishermen to muskie anglers are catching them. Muskie action started rather slowly, as it tends to do in the North. The larger fish are still recovering from the spawning process, or even still spawning on some lakes, so it will be a while before they become active. As usual, the smaller males become active sooner than the females. Panfish action is very good at this point, with many crappies still spawning and the bluegills up and starting spawning on most lakes. Both of these fish feed during spawning, so they are very catchable on those shorelines. Perch are in the weeds. Try small leeches or fathead minnows for them. It will be a great week for anglers in the area. Good luck and good fishin’.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
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WEED WALLEYES — Rick Olson of Mosinee hoists two nice walleyes caught on jigs and minnows fishing new-growth weeds Memorial Day weekend. —STAFF PHOTO
Free Fishing Weekend set June 2-3 in Wisconsin People can try fishing for the first time or rediscover times of past during Free Fishing Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, when anybody can fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free. A fishing license or inland trout stamp or Great Lakes trout stamp are not needed on these days for Wisconsin residents or nonresidents; dozens of free fishing clinics are going on across the state for people to learn to fish; and loaner fishing gear is available at many sites to help anglers try their luck. “Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends on the water,” says Theresa Stabo, who directs Wisconsin’s aquatic education. “Fishing’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s cheap, and there are places to go fishing virtually right outside your back door.” Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes, 42,000 miles of flowing rivers, and is bordered by two Great Lakes
and the Mississippi River. During Free Fishing Weekend, rules governing the number and size of fish anglers can keep are still in place, as are fishing season dates. Anglers can view the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) online fishing regulations at dnr.wi.gov to look up the rules for inland lakes. The fishing clinics, some conducted by DNR staff and others by fishing clubs and civic organizations, are free and provide equipment during the instruction and fishing time. People who don’t have their own fishing gear can borrow rods and reels and other gear from nearly 50 DNR tackler loaner sites across the state. A list of fishing clinics, tackle loaner sites, and other information to help make Free Fishing Weekend a weekend of fun with family and friends, are available on DNR’s Free Fishing Weekend Web page at dnr.wi.gov.
AIS awareness program launched urges anglers to ‘Ice Your Catch’
Outdoor women schedule outing on Kentuck
The importance of keeping lakes free of aquatic invasive species (AIS) is well understood in the heart of Wisconsin’s lake country. But Ted Ritter, Vilas County invasive species coordinator, and Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County invasive species coordinator, are reminding boaters that AIS means more than nonnative weeds. In addition to removing plant fragments from boats and trailers, boaters are required by Wisconsin law to drain all water from boats before moving over land and to never move live fish away from a water body (some exceptions exist for bait fish). Ritter said the concern with on-board water and live fish is the potential to inadvertently move invisible, but harmful, micro-organisms or fish diseases from one water body to another. “Not transporting water or live fish can create a dilemma for anglers who wish to keep their catch fresh until they get to where the fish will be cleaned,” said Ritter. “The solution is ice. Fish on ice (with no lake water) are considered out of water and dead and can be transported legally.” For that reason, Ritter and Sadauskas are launching an awareness program in Vilas and Oneida counties to encourage anglers to take ice
The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet at a private residence on the north end of Kentuck Lake for a canoe/kayak outing this Sunday, June 3, at 1:30 p.m. The outing will be followed by a social time; participants are asked to take a treat to share. All new and former participants are welcome to attend. Carpooling will leave from the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 12:45 p.m. Participants are asked to take their own watercraft and life preservers, but if they wish to share a canoe, participants can call Chris Roberts at (715) 545-2829.
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FROM PAGE 9A released muskie. “For those registrants granting permission, their pictures are posted on the marathon portion of the Vilas County Tourism & Publicity website so others may share their accomplishment.” noted Christianson. “Pictures are also essential if the registrant decides to have a reproduction of the great catch made at a later date.” Registration forms are available at registration stations located throughout the county: Boulder Junction — Northern Highland Sports; Conover — Lax Taxidermy and Northern Waters Angling & Archery; Eagle River — Eagle Sports Center, Guides’ Choice Pro Shop and Wild Eagle Corner Store; Land O’ Lakes — Bent’s Camp Resort & Lodge and Sunrise Lodge; Manitowish Waters — Townline Sports; Phelps — Hillside Resort , and Phelps Convenience Center; Presque Isle — Up North Sport & Gift; St. Germain — St. Germain Sport Marine; Sayner/Star Lake — Up North Traders. A downloadable version of the Musky Marathon registration form also is available on the website. “This allows anglers to become familiar with the rules and registration form before they go fishing,” noted Christianson. For those anglers unable to
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TOWN OF WASHINGTON The public test of the automatic tabulating equipment to be used in the June 5, 2012, Recall Election in the town of Washington will be conducted at 4:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Washington Town Hall, 2301 Town Hall Road, Eagle River, WI 54521. Michele Sanborn, Clerk Town of Washington 864
This full-color poster, issued by the DNR, is asking anglers to put their fish on ice. —Contributed Photo
with them whenever they anticipate traveling overland with a fresh catch of fish. Posters with a reminder to anglers to “Ice Your Catch” began appearing recently at bait shops, gas station convenience stores, grocery stores and other locations where ice
is sold. Design and printing of the posters were provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. More information about the program can be obtained from Ritter at (715) 479-3738 or Sadauskas at (715) 365-2750.
Marathon: register fish across county
FISHING DONATION — The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. recently presented a $500 donation to Eagle River’s Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB). Taking part in the presentation were, from left, Muskies Inc. President Bill Jacobs and FHNB Chairman Wil Campbell. —Contributed Photo
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meet all the requirements on the registration form, there is a participation division. Anglers in this division do receive a certificate acknowledging their catch of a muskie in Vilas County waters, however, they are not eligible for prizes or plaques. Current standings for registered muskies, along with pictures of some of the catches, are updated regularly on the Marathon portion of the Vilas County Tourism website at
vilas.org. Additionally, press releases with updated standings are distributed to news media and other publications throughout the marathon. For more information on the marathon, stop by any of the area chambers of commerce, registration stations, visit the Vilas Tourism website at vilas.org (click on the fishing lure) or call the Vilas County Tourism & Publicity Office at 1-(800) 236-3649 or (715) 479-3649.
A story on walleye bag limits in last week’s newspaper indicated nearly 200 lakes in Vilas and Oneida counties had been increased from either a two- or three-fish bag limit to a five-fish bag limit. However, several lakes in both counties have special regulations limiting them to a three-walleye bag limit. A revised walleye bag-limit chart recently issued by the Department of Natural Resources did not make that distinction. The special regulation three-walleye bag-limit lakes in Vilas County are: all waters on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, Big Crooked Lake, Dead Pike Lake, the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, Found Lake, Gunlock Lake, Long Lake, Little Trout Lake, Shishebogama Lake and Sparkling Lake. In Oneida County, they are: Maple Lake, the Minocqua Chain of Lakes, Shishebogama Lake, Stella Lake and Thunder Lake.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
SPORTS Eagles end season with losses to ranked Hurley and Medford
Sports Sidelines By Gary Ridderbusch
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WIAA approves move for girls State tourney
The Northland Pines softball team saw its season come to end last week following a nonconference loss to Hurley and a WIAA Division 2 Regional tournament loss to Medford. Last Monday, the Eagles hosted a talented Hurley ball club as the Midgets came to Northland Pines with an 18-1 record and a No. 7 ranking in the state — returning a number of the girls who went to State last year. The game was tight through five innings, with Hurely leading 4-1. The Midgets then had two good back-to-back innings and came away with a 11-1 win. It was Senior Night for Pines and three senior players were honored. “Kelsey Bergum, Jordan Welnetz and Melissa Wagner are the three seniors who have displayed dedication, academic leadership and athletic talents to their team and school,” said coach Steve Sawalski. “All three represented Pines their junior year on the GNC AllConference Team. They have a lot to be proud of and will truly be missed.” Bergum celebrated the evening with a home run to straightaway center field. In the second game of the week Friday, the fourth-seeded Eagles hosted fifth-seeded Medford in a first-round Regional game, but the Raiders came out on top 10-0 in five innings. Medford scored seven runs in the first inning and that was too much for Pines to rally. The Eagles held Medford to three runs in the final four
Stephanie Sawalski pitched for Northland Pines during the 10-0 Regional loss to Medford last Thursday. The Eagles finished the regular
innings, but couldn’t put anything together offensively. “The girls got a home postseason game and that was
season 3-9 in the Great Northern Conference and 5-14 overall. —Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW
their goal,” said Sawalski. “They worked hard, played hard and we are all very proud of them.”
The Eagles finished the regular season 3-9 in the Great Northern Conference and 5-14 overall.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) will pursue agreements to keep the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison and to move the State Girls Basketball Tournament to the Resch Center in Green Bay for 2013 and 2014. The board approved a recommendation by Executive Director Dave Anderson to move the Girls State Basketball Tournament to the Resch Center in Green Bay, pending the successful negotiation of formal agreement with PMI and the Resch Center to host the premiere girls basketball event in 2013 and 2014. In addition, the recommendation seeks an extension to the contract for the Boys State Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison, along with the State Football Championships, State Individual and Team Wrestling Championships, Girls & Boys Golf Championships, and the State Softball Championships through 2020, pending the successful negotiation of a formal agreement for these tournaments with the University of Wisconsin. No determination will be made on the location of the girls tournament beyond 2014 until the opportunity to experience the tournament at the Resch Center can be evaluated. The recommendation will require the 2013 and 2014 State Boys Basketball Tournament to be played on the second weekend in March followed by the girls tournament on the third weekend. This will allow the tournaments to return to the preferred weekends with an adjustment in the order of the tournaments to accommodate open weekends at the Kohl Center. The change in venue and schedule is necessary because of scheduling conflicts with the University of Wisconsin athletics schedule for 2013 and 2014. The traditional weekend of the Boys State Basketball Tournament in the Kohl Center has been reserved for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in 2013. In addition, the third weekend in March is expected to be reserved in 2014 for the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four. The Kohl Center has been home to the boys tournament since it opened in 1998 with a seating capacity of 17,230. The girls tournament has been held in the Kohl Center the past three seasons and in 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2005. The UW Fieldhouse (2002) and Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center (2004, 2006-09) have also hosted the girls tournament over the past decade. The Resch Center, opened in 2002, has been the host venue for the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament since 2002. In 2004, the Resch Center was named Tour Guide Magazine’s Best New Venue in 2004.
Schwenn makes State in two track events ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
An Eagles outfielder got control of the ball after a big hit at last Thursday’s Regional game vs. the Medford Raiders.
This Northland Pines High School batter connected after fouling one off in the first inning.
Eagles lose two more close games as 2012 season comes to an end ___________ BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH NEWS-REVIEW EDITOR
The Northland Pines baseball season came to an end last week following a 6-5 loss to Wausaukee in a nonconference game and a 6-4 loss to Tomahawk in the WIAA Division 2 Regional game. Last Monday, Wausaukee got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the second inning. Pines answered back with three runs in the third to bring it to a 4-3 game. Both teams scored one run in the fourth inning to make it 5-4 and again in the fifth to make it a 6-5 Wausaukee lead, which held up in the final two innings. Brandon Wallace pitched a complete game for Pines, striking out seven. “After surrendering four runs in the second, Brandon found his rhythm and held a
potent Wausaukee offense to two runs the remaining five innings,” said Pines coach Rob Govek. Matt Goska led the way for Pines at the plate, going one RBI. Dominic Caroselli added a triple and two RBIs and Blake Molkentine added a double with one RBI. Matt Meyer and Jacob Schlitt each provided a single. On Friday, the sixth-seeded Eagles traveled to Tomahawk to face the third-seeded Hachets for the first round of tournament play. Pines struck first with two runs in the second inning. Wallace led off with a base on balls, T.J. Harsla followed with a single, Tanner Beaman reached on an error and Molkentine drove in two runs on a fielder’s choice. However, in the bottom of the second, Tomahawk managed to push six runs across the plate on four hits, aided by two errors
and two walks. In the third inning, Pines got one run back when Meyer led off with a single and was driven in on a double from Harsla. Pines answered again in the fifth when Harsla reached on a two-out base hit and was driven in on a clutch two-out triple by Beaman, making it 6-4 Tomahawk. Neither team was able to score in the final two innings, giving Tomahawk a 6-4 win. The Hatchets were scheduled to face second-seeded Clintonville Tuesday of this week. Harsla led the way for Pines with a double, two singles, two runs scored and one RBI. Beaman added a runscoring triple and Meyer supplied a base hit. Wallace got the call on the mound, pitching six strong innings. “Brandon pitched with the most confidence and with the
most poise I have seen in him all season,” said Govek. Govek also talked about the season, which saw the Eagles finish with a 5-18 record. “While the season may have seemed like a disappointment to some with only five wins, we lost four onerun games and two two-run games, which could have completely changed the outcome of the season,” said Govek. “It was encouraging to see how we pulled together to play some quality baseball for the final few games of the season. Next year, we will miss Caroselli behind the plate, Meyer in centerfield, Hughes at first and Goska at third, but on the upside, we will be returning three of four starting pitchers and a solid defense. We expect to have more success in the 2013 season.”
Johnny Schwenn will advance to the WIAA Division 2 State track meet for Northland Pines High School after qualifying in SCHWENN the 400- and 200-meter dash events at the Sectional in Medford last Thursday. With winds reaching 50 miles per hour and thunderstorms hitting after preliminary events in Medford, a two-minute, fifteen-second weather break was called until officials deemed it safe from lightning. To qualify for State, competitors had to place in the top four at the Sectional. Schwenn will advance after taking second in the 400-meter dash in 50.51 seconds and fourth in the 200meter in 23.29. “We will take Johnny down to the State meet the weekend of June 3,” said Pines coach John Hayes. “He will compete in prelims on Friday for both the 200- and the 400-meter events, and, if
he makes finals, he will compete again in those events on Saturday.” The Eagles’ 4x800-meter relay team of Dylan Weber, Jacob Bozic, Spencer Gander and Steven Vogel took seventh, running an 8:36. The 4x200-meter relay team of Bozic, Weber, Ryan Ozelie and Austin Ramesh took eighth in 1:35. The 4x400-meter relay team of Bozic, Weber, Ramesh, and Schwenn took sixth in 3:36. Ozelie barely missed the finals in the 100-meter dash, according to Hayes. Meanwhile, Michael Eicher took ninth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches; Devin Sauvola took sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 10:09; and Vogel took 12th in the 400-meter dash in 54.6 seconds. “You see a lot of the same names mentioned in the events, and all of these athletes will return next season,” said Hayes. “This group is composed of our team leaders.” The WIAA State track meet will take place from Friday to Saturday, June 1-2, at Memorial Stadium at UW-La Crosse.
Boxrucker to be inducted into hockey hall of fame The board of directors of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame has named its inductees for 2012, including Joe Boxrucker of Eagle River. Joining Boxrucker for induction to the hall Sept. 8 in Eagle River will be George Baumann of Waupun and Peter Susens of Wausau. The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1975 and is housed in the Eagle River Sports Arena. The Wisconsin Hall of
Fame was established to honor outstanding individuals responsible for the development and success of amateur hockey in Wisconsin. The ceremonies in Eagle River include a golf tournament, banquet and the induction ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 8. All events are open to the public. Questions about tickets can be directed to Joe Boxrucker at (715) 479-9772 or Don Mulder at (920) 922-3252.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
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Jays conclude Eagles fall to Lakeland 3-2, start tourney play Thursday baseball season ___________
BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
___________ BY GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The Northland Pines High School (NPHS) girls soccer team lost to Lakeland 3-2 on Senior Night last Tuesday, as the Eagles finished the Great Northern Conference (GNC) season with a 4-6-2 record. “This was a heartbreaking loss,” said Pines coach Wendy McCormack. “We really controlled the game and out-played Lakeland. We moved the ball around the field well and worked as a unit. We connected our passes and put a lot of pressure on Lakeland’s defense.” But Lakeland got on the board first with a breakaway goal four and one-half minutes into the game. Pines was able to prevent any further damage the rest of the first half. “We kept the ball in Lakeland’s territory for most of the half, but just couldn’t find the back of the net,” said McCormack. “It seems this has been the theme for the season — lack of finishing.” Pines outshot Lakeland 33 to nine, with 21 of those shots on net. Lakeland had just five shots on net. “Lakeland’s goalkeeper, Natalie Jonas, did a great job stopping our shots and came up with 21 saves,” said McCormack. “She is tall and all of our shots seemed to go right into her hands.” The second half started with the Eagles’ Caitlin Riley finding the net 11 minutes in to tie it at 1-1, but Lakeland answered right back a minute and a half later on another breakaway. Lakeland scored its third and final goal with 18 minutes left in the game to make it 3-1. But Pines did not back
Northland Pines junior forward Mary Loeser attempted to poke the ball away from a Lake-
down and found the net a second time. Carly Ridderbusch sent a long pass in front of the net from the left side, which Lauren Lenz got a head on to get the ball past the goalkeeper. “This was a beautiful play. It got the players pumped up and they really put pressure on Lakeland the rest of the way,” said McCormack. Despite several more Pines rushes at the net late in the game, Lakeland held on for the 3-2 victory. During halftime, the
land defender in a GNC game at Pines last Tuesday. —STAFF PHOTO
Northland Pines seniors were recognized. They include players Sammy Pusateri, Katrina Tameling, Kim Van Brunt and Tess Holperin, along with managers Alex Camp and Kaitlin Nellessen. “All of the players and managers contributed a lot to the NPHS soccer program, be it on the varsity or junior varsity field, and all of them deserve recognition,” said McCormack. The Eagles also defeated Kingsford, Mich., 1-0, in a
Pines girls finish season at Medford track event ___________ BY ANTHONY DREW NEWS-REVIEW ASST. EDITOR
Finishing 30th out of 33 teams at the Medford Sectional track competition, the Northland Pines girls will advance no athletes to state this year. The weather delayed the meet for a few hours and the wind and rain made conditions challenging, but the Eagles came in ready to compete. “We ran into some amazing athletes in the meet,”
said Pines coach Josh Rhode. Nicole Sullivan finished 16th in the high jump. The opening height for the event was 4 feet, 8 inches, which is Sullivan’s personal best. She wasn’t able to clear the bar. Emilie Robins finished seventh in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:33.43. “Emilie was able to stay with the lead pack until around the third lap and just couldn’t make her way back into that top-four position,” said Rhode. Samantha Goll finished 10th in the 300-meter hur-
dles with a time of 51.75 seconds. “Sam had a great start, but started to stutter-step the last few hurdles, which gave up her position in the race,” said Rhode. “All three girls have nothing to hang their heads about, as all three had very successful seasons and should be proud of themselves for making it as far as they did,” he added. “These three have been a pleasure to coach throughout the season.”
Cech breaks speed record at Eagle River Speedway Jared Cech of Rhinelander broke the all-time track speed record last Tuesday night at Eagle River Speedway, taking first in the Micro Sprint 600 feature race. Cech turned in a 14.31-second lap, coming close to breaking 96 miles per hour. The previous record was set by Mike Hicks, when he went a little over 95 miles per hour to turn in a 14.42-second lap last year. The feature started out with Hicks’ throttle cable broke at the start. Robby Resch of Antigo had nowhere to go but into the back end of Hicks’ sprinter. While Resch was not seriously injured, his vehicle took on extensive damage. Jordan Ives of Gladstone, Mich., finished second in the feature with Hicks taking third. Jake Reif won the heat race earlier in the night. “I knew I had a fast lap, but I didn’t know if it was a track record,” said Cech from the Auto Value Winners Circle. When asked if someone is going to break the 13-second mark and hit speeds over 96 miles per hour, Cech said, “I
think it is possible, however it is going to take the perfect track conditions, the perfect line and the sprinter is going to have to be running per-
fect.” Racing will return to the oval Tuesday, June 5, with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30.
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nonconference game last Thursday. Northland Pines got its goal from Lenz midway through the first half and held on for the victory on a windy day in Kingsford. Northland Pines, 8-9-6 overall, will open WIAA Division 3 Regional tournament action this Thursday, May 31. The fourth-seeded Eagles will host fifth-seeded Medford on Sam Larson Field at 5 p.m. The winner will travel to top-seeded Seymour this Saturday, June 2.
The Three Lakes baseball team ended its season 7-7 in the Northern Lakes Conference after losing 15-11 to Florence last Tuesday and 8-6 to Crivitz Thursday in a WIAA Regional tournament game. The Jays had lost 7-2 earlier in the season to Crivitz, but had high hopes for the Regional. Three Lakes came out and scored three runs in the top of the first. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold the lead,” said Three Lakes coach Jeff Liebscher. “A couple walks, a couple hits and an error led to four runs for Crivitz and a one-run lead.” The game remained close throughout, and Three Lakes tied the game in the sixth inning, but ultimately lost by two. “We were proud of the fact that the team finally played as a unit,” said Liebscher. “I feel that even in this loss there was a good lesson learned about the importance of playing together and the importance of a team-first attitude. “Very few teams end the year with a win, but to end on an up note like this will definitely help us move forward,” he said. Ben Pitlik hit a home run to tie the game up in the fourth. Riley Liebscher and
Ben Wales each got on base three times in the game, including Liebscher missing a home run by a few feet. Ben Wales pitched good for the Jays after a slow start and Hunter Mathison closed out the last two innings well. “We were very close to having a very different outcome in this game,” said the coach. “We hit a lot of balls very hard, but they really bounced in their favor. They also were very solid defensively.” Earlier in the week versus Florence, the Jays gave the Bobcats the game, said the coach. Brent LaDuke and Hunter Mathison both pitched very well for the Bluejays, but 12 errors were too much to overcome. “Along with the physical errors, there were also a number of mental mistakes both defensively and on the base paths,” said Liebscher. “This game was pretty much the way our season went. We were very capable of great things but we didn’t get many breaks.” Three Lakes had a lot of good individual performances, including three hits apiece from Jake Schneider, Matt Wilkowski, and Mathison, who also had a home run.
Softball tourney seeking teams The 32nd annual Three Lakes Softball Classic will be June 22-24, with $600 going to the first-place team. The men’s double-elimination tournament has a $125 entry fee. Other payouts will be $400 for second, $300 for
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
SPORTS Soccer registration set at Eagle Lanes June 5 The Headwaters Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) will host a registration night for its fall soccer season Tuesday, June 5, at Eagle Lanes in Eagle River from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents also can register their children online at northwoodssoccer.org by following the on-screen instructions from the main page.
There are two forms to print and fill out. Registrants can take the forms to the registration night or mail them to HSYA-Eagle River, P.O. Box 326, Eagle River, WI 54521. The registration deadline is Saturday, June 30. For more information, contact Mike Kieffer at (715) 891-1296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davie gets hole-in-one Keith Davie of Eagle River got the first hole-in-one of the season at Lake Forest Golf Course May 20. Davie hit the ace on the 104-yard second hole using a
7 iron. The shot was witnessed by playing partners Ray Albaugh, George Duschl and Tom Katisch.
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CONFERENCE CHAMPS — The Three Lakes girls softball team tied Laona-Wabeno for the Northern Lakes Conference championship, both finishing with 13-1. records. Top-seeded Three Lakes was scheduled to face fifth-seeded Manawa in the WIAA Division 3 Regional tournament on Tuesday of this week. The team includes, front row left to right, Sam Miller, Zana Lor-
betske,Abby Zilke, Stephanie LaBeau, Hailey Sanke, Lauren Tomasoski second row, coach Joratta, Sela Wick, Brigette Schmidt, Maddie Lorbetske, Kelsey Briggs, Brooke Welch, coach Lorbestske; and top row, Abbie Baumann, Lauren Sowinski and coach Bloemers. —Contributed Photo
Dalbeck wins Modifieds at TNT debut ___________
BY JEREMY MAYO SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-REVIEW
Taking advantage of a last-minute change of plans, George Dalbeck of Ironwood, Mich., beat a good field of WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series (WADTS) Midwest Modifieds Saturday at Three Lakes TNT Speedway. Dalbeck was one of several drivers who made the trek down for 94.5-FM WRJO night after races in Ashland were rained out. Though Mother Nature threatened in Three Lakes, the rain held off until minutes after the final feature concluded. Jordan Kurtti of Bruce Crossing, Mich., continued
his dominance in the WADTS Street Stocks. Rhinelander’s Dan Schultz beat the field in the TNT Pure Stocks. Gleason’s Brandon Langbecker made a late pass for victory in the TNT Stingers and Birnamwood’s Sean Thayer recovered from a wreck in the heats to earn his third TNT Truck victory of the season. Dalbeck was one of five drivers who made their 2012 WADTS Midwest Mods debut at TNT Saturday night. He started sixth in the feature and picked his way through the field during the first half of the race. Bruce Belland of Eagle River started in pole position and felt an early challenge from Tomahawk’s Jeff Klopstein Jr. Dalbeck made his
way to third by lap four, passed Klopstein for second on lap 11 and blew by Belland a lap later. The caution flew on lap 16, as Joe Kin’s machine stalled in turn three, and again on lap 22 for an incident involving Stan Rychlock. Even though the yellows bunched the field, no one had anything for Dalbeck, who pulled away on each restart and cruised to the victory. Belland, two weeks after a 10th-place finish in the season-opening feature, ascended to the points lead with a runner-up showing. Klopstein, Jesse Aho of Twin Lakes, Mich., and Rhinelander’s Dan Melton rounded out the top five.
Racing will continue Saturday, June 2, at Three Lakes TNT Speedway with all five classes in action. Hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:15 p.m. Race results Midwest Modifieds Feature: first, George Dalbeck; second, Bruce Belland; third, Jeff Klopstein Jr. 4 Street Stocks Feature: first, Jordan Kurtti; second, Jason Jensen; third, Paul Sowinski. TNT Pure Stocks Feature: first, Dan Schultz; second, Brit Bromann; third, John Johnson Sr. TNT Stingers Feature: first, Brandon Langbecker; second, Ken Schram; third, Adam Johnson TNT Trucks Feature: first, Sean Thayer; second, Erik Kessen; third, Larry Roper Jr.
The YMCA of the Northwoods will conduct its Adult Men’s Basketball League this summer for intermediate to advanced players. League games will take place Wednesday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. from the week of June 6 through August. Teams will have a 10-man
GOLF THREE LAKES WOMEN’S TUESDAY MORNING GOLF LEAGUE Results of 5/22/12 Main event: Toilet paper event. Winners: Group 1, JoAnn Sprague 32; Group 2, Diane VanMieghem 33; Group 3, Judy Metternich 32; Group 4, Donna Goldberg 33. Hole 2, longest putt: Leigh Travis. Hole 4, longest drive in fairway, Trudy Klauk. Hole 7, closest to pin: Glenda Sorenson. Low putts: JoAnn Sprague, 11.
EAGLE RIVER WEDNESDAY MEN’S GOLF LEAGUE Results of 5/24/12 Early division First: Brassel/Mittel 72. Second: Crall/Siegmeier 65. Third: Pedersen/Younker 61. Fourth: Kauzlaric/Holtzman 58. Fifth: Kobach/Stephenson 56. Mid division First: Gilster/Wilkinson 70. Second: Ahlborn/McGee 61. Third: Christensen/Roberts 59. Fourth: Stevens/Fischer 58. Fifth: Riedel/Meyer 55. Late division First (tie): DeRuiter/Marion, Nickel/Nickel 68. Third: Will/Will 61. Fourth: Whitney/Rubo 58. Fifth: Hicks/Moustakis 57.
EAGLE RIVER MONDAY MEN’S GOLF LEAGUE Results of 5/24/12 Early division First: Van Bree/Lewis 68. Second: Erickson/Lochte 63. Third: Heimerl/Carlton 62. Fourth: Behm/Zirzow 58. Fifth: McGrane/Robish 56. Mid division First: Meyer/Alger 75. Second: Groth/Fox 58. Third: Winters/Springer 56 Fourth: Biegel/Okonek 55. Fifth: Nickolaou/Pateris 53.
Parsons of Eagle River presented a $500 check to the North Woods Little League baseball program. Presenting the check to
sons of Eagle River. The sponsorship also includes clinics with experienced instructors from former major and minor league baseball players and coaches from the Wisconsin Woodchuck baseball organization. “There’s nothing more American than Chevrolet and baseball, and Parsons of Eagle River wants to combine America’s favorite brand and favorite pastime together for our families in Eagle River to enjoy,” said Furtak. Sponsored leagues across the country will each receive 2,000 fundraiser entry tickets to distribute for a suggested donation, and the league will keep 100% of the proceeds raised. At the end of the fundraiser, there will be five winners of a Chevrolet Equinox or Chevrolet Cruze vehicle of choice, and each participating market will award a secondary prize of a television and a Blu-Ray player.
Late division First: Missling/Hotzmann 69. Second (tie): Gilster/Conant, Kauzlaric/Smith 60 Fourth: Stephenson/Anderson 59. Fifth: Sabrowsky/DeRuiter 58.
LAKE FOREST THURSDAY NIGHT MEN’S GOLF Results of 5/24/12 Low gross: Jack Risch, Terry Bingham 39; Mike Winter 40; Bob Richardson 41. Low net: Steve Decker, Terry Bingham 31; Jack Risch, Gene Dotson 32; Tom Dreger 33. Flag event winners: Jack Risch, 1; Mike Winter, 2; Ron Krueger, 4; Larry Bintz, 7; Bob Richardson, 9. Fewest putts: Bob Richardson, 12.
LAKE FOREST MONDAY NIGHT MEN’S GOLF Results of 5/21/12 Low gross: Bob Richardson 36, Todd Stanek 38, John Gabriel 39. Low net: John Gabriel 29; Bob Richardson, Gary Simac, Todd Stanek, Randy Jensen, Todd Powell 31; Mike Springer 33. Fewest putts: Bob Richardson 11. Flag event winners: Randy Jensen, 1; Tyler Powell, 2; Steve Silber, 4, 8; Bob Richardson, 5, 6, 7; John Koch, 9.
LAKE FOREST TUESDAY SENIOR MEN’S GOLF Results of 5/22/12 Low gross: Paul Berta 35; Kim Watt, Jim Will 41; Bruce Maney, Don Molitor, Mike Maass 43. Low net: Dan Zernia 30; Jerry Baerenwald, Jim Will, Jim Ellenberger, Bob Curley, Paul Berta 31; Lynn Kirsteatter, Kent Williams 32. Fewest putts: Bill Wood and Don Molitor, 12. Flag event winners: Frank Greb, 1; Mike Maass, 2; Don Molitor, 3; Don Kinsey, 4; Ron Grulkowski, 5; Paul Berta, 6, 8; Larry Morrison, 7; Arnie Gink 9.
the players was Scott Furtak, business manager for Parsons of Eagle River. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Parsons of Eagle River donates $500 to North Woods Little League Parsons of Eagle River Chevrolet-Buick recently provided North Woods Little League with a $500 donation and will give the league an opportunity to raise additional funds through a Chevy vehicle giveaway fundraiser. The dealership also will present Little Leaguers with baseball equipment, including bags, buckets, whiffle balls, hitting net, batting tees and T-shirts. The effort by Parsons of Eagle River is part of the Chevrolet Youth Baseball (CYB) initiative being rolled out across the nation from March through mid-July 2012. “Youth baseball provides positive and productive life lessons for young people across America, and the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is an extension of Chevrolet’s commitment to baseball, community and families,” said Scott Furtak, business manager for Par-
roster and the regular season will be 12 weeks long with a postseason tourney. The cost for the league is $235 per team if registered by Monday, June 4. A $50 late fee will be applied after that date. For more information, contact the YMCA at (715) 3629622, ext. 113.
Chevrolet is recognized on the national level as the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball (MLB). “Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, so we hope young people and their parents will consider a Chevrolet as an official vehicle of their household,” said Furtak. As part of Chevrolet’s continued support of communities and youth baseball, Chevrolet is also bringing back Diamonds & Dreams for its third year. Participants can enter to win a baseball field makeover for their community. Chevrolet will award 12 weekly field makeover prizes and the opportunity to win the grand prize of an all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. For more information, visit chevybaseball.com. Chevrolet has expanded its support of MLB to the youth baseball players in
communities across the country through the CYB program. The CYB program began in 2006 in Atlanta, Ga. Now going into its seventh year, more than $13 million has been contributed to youth baseball in the communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, affecting more than 2.7 million young people. Currently, about 1,600 Chevrolet dealers participate in this national program. For more information about CYB, visit youthsportswired.com. The Parsons of Eagle River Chevrolet-Buick dealership has been involved with many community projects and has helped support area youth events in the past.
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Our View We recommend Walker for more than one reason We dislike that Wisconsin allows for the possibility of a recall election without restrictions on the reasons or merit, but that’s just one reason why we recommend the voters allow Gov. Scott Walker to complete his term. Many people in the Badger State believe that recalls should be limited to criminal wrongdoing, not arguments over policy. Even a breach of ethical standards that fall just shy of criminal conduct would be a better reason for a recall than politics. Walker’s rematch with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett occurred because of a single issue, and that was the governor’s tough stance with the state’s public-employee unions. Had he not ended collective bargaining for some public unions and forced most public workers to contribute their half of payments to the state pension fund, this election would not be occurring.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
Remember: Live but one day at a time IT HAS LONG been said there are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone. The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow with its possible adversaries, its burdens, its large promises and poor performance. Tomorrow’s sun will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn. This leaves only one day — today. Any man can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities — yesterday and tomorrow — that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives men mad — it is remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. The author of this essay is unknown. But the message is universal. Let us, therefore, live but one day at a time. *** HERE ARE some random
People Make the Difference By Byron McNutt thoughts about our rapidly changing world. We are all excited and amazed by the changes coming our way, but some of us see unintended consequences to the drastic changes in the way we live. For example, in today’s Internet economic environment, many of our iconic retailers have become “showrooms” for Amazon.com. The phenomenon is appropriately called showrooming. Consumers go to a local retail store, find the products they want, the size, color, etc., then order the item online. The price is less (because of reduced overhead) and some sellers avoid sales taxes and offer free shipping. This is putting our nation’s retail industry in jeopardy. Those retailers — large and small — will eventually be downsized or go out of business. Jobs will vanish and our communities will suffer. What jobs and industries will fill the void? I saw a clip on TV last week saying people around the world are getting taller as an average. Do you think Americans are No. 1 on the list? Sorry, we’re ninth. U.S. men have an average height of 5 feet 10 inches and U.S.
women are an average 5 feet 4 inches. I believe the men and women of the Dinaric Alps are the tallest, at 6 feet one inch. Also taller, as an average, are the people of Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Czech Republic. The report cited some bad news for Americans. Americans are climbing to the top of one world category. Our people are getting bigger and heavier. Some studies show nearly 50% of Americans are becoming overweight. We eat too much. Our food is loaded with fat, sugar and salt. This has very negative health-care cost implications. *** WHEN YOU think about it, our state and federal governments are fairly limited in what they can do to manage our economic fortunes. The problem is, the two major parties see the options from different perspectives and they refuse to compromise for the good of the people they serve. 1. The federal government can try to stimulate the economy by spending trillions of dollars. Unfortunately, we
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ally messed up a mallard sneak I was making on a little bog pond on opening day of duck season 1962. Maybe worst of all, I would never have seen him fill his plate about 6 inches high — twice — at a family “Thanksgiving in July” we celebrated when I was about 10, and forget to take any turkey both times! He made up for it with an extra slice of pumpkin pie and leftover turkey sandwiches for much of the next week. I feel very fortunate that my dad never actually had to fly combat missions in World War II, but I can’t tell you the immeasurable pride I feel every time I look at the photo on his wall of his graduating class of fighter pilot cadets when they were commissioned as second lieutenants. Argue what you may about using the atomic bomb on Japan to end World War II, but I’ll tell you flat out I’m glad we did. My dad would willingly have been in the waves of fighter pilots over
Members of the Class of 2012, As a former secretary of Labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you’re picking up today. You’re screwed. Well, not exactly. But you won’t have it easy. First, you’re going to have a hell of a hard time finding a job. The job market you’re heading into is still bad. Fewer than half of the graduates from last year’s class have as yet found full-time jobs. Most are still looking. That’s been the pattern over the last three graduating classes: It’s been taking graduates more than a year to land the first job. And those who still haven’t found a job will be competing with you, making your job search even harder. Contrast this with the Class of 2008, whose members were lucky enough to get out of here and into the job market before the Great Recession really hit. Almost three-quarters of them found jobs within the year. You’re still better off than your friends who didn’t graduate. Overall, the unemployment rate among young people (21 to 24 years old) with four-year college degrees is now 6.4%. With just a high school degree, the rate is double that. But even when you get a job, it’s likely to pay peanuts. Last year’s young college graduates lucky enough to land jobs had an average hourly wage of only $16.81, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute. That’s about $35,000 a year — lower than the yearly earnings of young college graduates in 2007, before the Great Recession. The typical wage of young college graduates dropped 4.6% between 2007 and 2011, adjusted for inflation. Presumably this means that when we come out of the gravitational pull of the recession your wages will improve. But there’s a longerterm trend that should concern you. The decline in the earnings of college grads
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Case in point: It was collective bargaining rights that allowed the teachers union at Northland Pines to arbitrate and destroy administrative efforts to save the district more than $400,000 in health insurance premiums in a single year. And those savings were after the district made the teachers whole by opening health savings accounts to pay every penny of their higher deductibles. If not for Gov. Walker’s efforts to eliminate collective bargaining, taxpayers in the Northland Pines School District would have been big losers last year. His policies took effect just days after the union had won in arbitration, which would have tied the hands of school administrators.
ATVs clearly don’t belong on asphalt roadways Every time we hear or see an advertisement for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), there is a safety disclaimer that proclaims these vehicles should not be operated on asphalt. So why would the town of Phelps and Vilas County supervisors entertain a proposal to open virtually the entire length of the incounty portion of Highway A to ATVs? We might support a two-year trial that utilizes the gravel shoulder or the county highway right of way, but certainly not the paved portion of a county highway. It is clearly a place where ATVs don’t belong. County supervisors also need to be careful with the precedent they are setting in regard to ATV routes on county highways, many of which are full of hills and curves.
Behind the editorial ‘we’ Members of the Vilas County NewsReview editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
don’t have the money. To spend more money, the country will either need to print it or borrow it. The good news is that interest rates are very low. The problem is, what should the stimulus money (which we don’t have) be spent on? Do we invest in critical infrastructure that will be vital to future growth or do we borrow/print the money to fund unsustainable social program growth? 2. Governments can try to pass tax reforms. Will tax reforms raise taxes or lower them? Do you raise/lower taxes on everyone? Do you raise tax rates or close the numerous tax loopholes and tax schemes crafted to “game the system”? There’s a lobby in Washington to protect every loophole! That’s basically it. We can raise or lower taxes. We can increase or decrease government spending. Should the soaring national debt be a consideration? The answer needs to include all options. What are the chances of the current Congress and Obama administration coming to a compromise in this national election year? Stop laughing, this is serious. On Sunday, May 20, House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi basically drew lines in the sand. They vowed to hold the party lines with very To McNUTT, Pg. 15A
Disagreement over a single policy is not enough to justify a recall election, especially when there are clearly two sides to the issue. Collective bargaining has accomplished some good things for teachers and other public workers over the years, but it came at a high cost to the taxpayers and it restricted school superintendents and other public administrators from working in the public’s best interest.
There is nothing so urgent or alarming about the collective bargaining issue that it can’t be decided at the next regularly scheduled gubernatorial election. Besides, school boards and other government employers won’t, in our opinion, throw their valued employees under the bus.
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Snapping turtles are on the move
Department of Natural Resources wildlife experts are reminding drivers to be cautious of snapping turtles crossing North Woods roadways as they slowly search for sandy areas to lay their eggs. Their peak laying season is in early June. —Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER
We will never forget our heroes THE MILWAUKEE Brewers played a baseball game Sunday. I watched a few innings as they lost — again. Big deal. Indy cars roared around the famous brickyard in Indianapolis at 220 mph Sunday and stock cars ran around a track in North Carolina at 200 mph Sunday evening. Someone won both races. Big deal. On Monday, at communities all over the United States, people gathered at cemeteries and monuments to honor the servicemen and women who sacrificed everything, including their lives, to give us the freedom to enjoy watching baseball players and race car drivers do their thing. That is a really big deal! For me, Memorial Day has always been a day of remembrance and emotion as I wander the Sayner cemetery, looking at the markers of all those veterans of our little town who fought for this country so that people like you and me would not have to.
Trails & Tales By Will Maines I’m not just talking about those who fought and died, but those who fought and survived to enjoy the freedoms we all take too much for granted today. The first grave I always visit is that of my grandfather who fought in France in World War I. Grandpa Maines has always been my idol, and on every Memorial Day I give thanks that he was one of the lucky ones who came home from war safe and sound. Had he not, I would never have known the warm glow that filled me when he told me on Thanksgiving morning of 1964 how happy he was I had just killed my first buck. I would never have seen him with a hang-dog look on his face after he unintention-
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
OP-ED/READER OPINION Student-athletes at Pines Maines FROM PAGE 14A made guests say ‘Wow!’ Letter to the Editor: To the parents and School District of Northland Pines: Amazed and in awe are about the only words I can think of in describing what I witnessed while attending my son’s high school baseball game on Friday, May 18, at your school. I am the father of three student athletes and put on just a few miles in following their athletic endeavours. As enjoyable and tiring as many of you can relate, I have been disappointed lately as the schools have neglected to play the national anthem before the high school baseball games. That is, until I visited your campus that Friday. Not only did I appreciate the opportunity to turn and face the flag, what happened next had me choking back tears. The national anthem began and both baseball teams, Hurley and your Northland Pines players stood in respect. That’s normal. But then the other students who were scattered around the sports complex, practicing for soccer/track and field, etc., stopped in their tracks and
faced our nation’s flag and showed the same respect as those who could actually hear the national anthem. The speakers were facing in toward the infield on that breezy evening, so I can only imagine that these other students only saw parents and baseball players standing and more than likely did not hear the anthem. Which proves even more the character of these students. I motioned to the other parents who were in the stands with me, making sure they saw what I was seeing. A collective “Wow!” was said. I guess the word I’m adding to amazed and awed is wow. Wow! — to the character these students displayed. Wow! — to the respect they show our flag. Wow! — to the class they’ve shown, to stop their “practice” and stand in respect. Wow! — to the parents and staff of your school district. You’ve done a great job in building character. Keep up the great work! I look forward to traveling your way again! Mark Marczak Montreal, Wis.
Japan in the final invasion had the bomb not been dropped and, had that history played out differently, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t even be here thinking about how the war ended just in time for Dad and thousands of other servicemen. Without my dad I would never have learned how to fly fish for trout, or experienced the joys of sitting in a duck blind, or learned how not to cross a creek on a slippery log during a cold, snowy November morning of deer season. And the list goes on. My Uncle Dick’s brother, Bob, was one of those servicemen who did not come home from World War II, along with two fellow Eagle River High
School alums who died in Vietnam and a wall in the Sayner Town Hall is covered with the photos of all from our town who served their country from World War I forward. One of those photos is of my son, Brooks, who is roughly three months shy of finishing his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Because of a wrecked knee from my high school football-playing days, I was turned away by the Marines during the Vietnam years. To this day I often feel I let my family and country down by not serving as my grandpa, dad and two brothers did, which may be part of the reason I am so tremendously proud of what my son is doing. The thing is, he never had to be in Afghanistan. He served three years in the Army right out of high
school, and the only thing I had to worry about during his three years in Germany was whether he might break a leg skiing in Switzerland or Austria. He mustered out of the Army after that hitch and would never have had to go back in, but three years ago he decided it was his duty to do it. Now, at the age of 37, he has given me cause to worry every day he spends in Afghanistan but, more importantly, another reason to be proud of everything he is. Certainly I would rather have him home fishing walleyes on Plum Lake with me or hunting ducks in North Dakota with me, but if what he is doing in Afghanistan helps prevent one terrorist from killing one U.S. citizen, what he is doing is worth it. That belief doesn’t stop
me from waking up every morning praying that he is OK, and it doesn’t stop me from waking up and crossing off one more day on my mental calendar until he is back home. That belief does keep me thanking him and all those who serve with him and who have served in the past for making it possible to, among other things, write these words. For those who are sharing time in a boat, hiking a forest trail or camping at the edge of a North Woods lake with their hero, all I can do is say thank you, thank you and thank you again. One last thing. Memorial Day is not just the last Monday in May. It is every day of our lives for those of us who live the life of freedom because of our fallen heroes. Thank God for every one of them.
Continue to support Vilas Food Pantry Letter to the Editor: About 27 years ago, I started volunteering at the Vilas Food Pantry. At that time, a wonderful woman named Marge Scarse was the director. Marge and her many friends and social acquaintances kept the pantry going. They gave their time and money to the pantry when we could not meet the needs of the pantry. When Marge’s health started to go bad, she brought in Eve Wolff. Eve worked endless hours for the pantry. Together they let the good works of the pantry be known. Our wonderful communities responded with help of all kinds. The whole county contributed. When Eve’s health started
to decline, Pam Zaugg stepped in with the love of the Lord and his people to fill the hole from Eve’s passing. Jerry and Barb Wychoff do a superb job keeping supplies arriving, stocking shelves and whatever else needs to be done. So many wonderful people, past and present, volunteer out of love and service to their neighbors. The pantry was set up to have recipients come twice a month to receive a supplement to their own food supply — not to feed them totally. To offer a fruit, a vegetable and even a sweet twice a month is not much to give as extras. The funds were donated for food — not hoarded in a bank
election is about jobs. They say Obama hasn’t created enough jobs and hasn’t kept his 2008 promises. Democrats say the country is on the right track and it would be a disaster if Mitt Romney is elected and takes us back to the failed Bush programs. Is there any chance this election season won’t be expensive, nasty, divisive, filled with lies, finger pointing, animosity, vitriol, deceptive ads and questionable accusations? Will there be clear winners and a mandate to lead the government to the kind of compromise that is needed to stabilize our future and secure the future of our young people?
FROM PAGE 14A little chance of compromise, unless the other side is willing to cave in. We will see another tense partisan showdown with respect to the raising of the national debt ceiling (putting our debt rating at risk) and the decision about what to do about the expiring Bush-era tax cuts. Federal spending cuts are also set for January 2013. Politicians will make these issues a class warfare battle. You may have noticed Republican operatives use every opportunity to say the
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Let’s make Mudfest an annual event Dear Editor: Now that my ability to hear has returned, I just want to add my voice to the ever-swelling chorus of fans who want Mudfest to become an annual event. There will always be a few spoil sports with a glass halfempty approach. They only seem to see the negative — be it at Alpine Valley (near Milwaukee), Hodag Country Music Fest, Boulder Junction’s summer concert and powwow featuring Drums of Ireland (never met an Irishman who was for prohibition) and even tailgating at Lambeau Field. Inevitably, such events can be a magnet for an idiot or two. Personally, I witnessed two event staffers calmly and professionally defuse a situation where a woman, feeling no pain, was riding on the shoulders of a
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young man, whooping and hollering like she had just figured out she was at the wrong concert. The staffers were able to carefully get her down and escort the couple out of the restricted area. I was impressed. This is a good thing. My first impulse would have been to yank the woman off the guy’s shoulders by the hair and slap her silly for making such a fool of herself. (Not a good thing.) As for other volunteer event staffers, I never witnessed anyone being anything other than professional. However, should any staffer have faltered, perhaps they were first-shift workers who neglected to change their shirts after work before they decided to party. Maybe newcomers from Milwaukee would have felt more comfortable surrounded by the National Guard, but I felt the police presence, not quite overkill, was more than sufficient. The officers I’ve talked to recently have happily survived the concert and none seemed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. As for me — I had a blast.
I am 71 years old and, God willing, I’ll attend Mudfest every year even if the baldheaded guy in the blue shirt from the Scooter Store has to push me around the grounds. What fun — I spent hours garnering numerous autographs for my 7-year-old grandson while meeting the different band members from across the country. Backstage Puddle of Mud, Fuel, Saliva, Lords of the Trident, Black Oxygen, Nine Inch Nails and others were simply wonderful. Onstage each band let loose trying to be the most outrageous — not an easy profession. By 10:15 p.m., my heart and mind still wanted to stay, but my body refused — time to head home. One problem, it was really dark and, although I found my car, I couldn’t see where I had gotten into the parking lot. Event staffer (in neon yellow) to the rescue. Instead of shrugging his shoulders or pointing in an obscure direction, he simply said, “Follow me, I’ll guide you out.” So through the gate and past Do Not Enter barricade and onto Highway 45, out in a flash,
thanks to my knight in yellow armor. With the economy the way it is, bringing a variety of venues to highlight the North Woods is a distinct positive. So let’s rock on, Eagle River, and make Mudfest a spectacular annual event. Joen Gehr Eagle River P.S. Ms. Augie Krohn, before trash talking and insulting the natives, please do not refer to Eagle River with the all-inclusive us, we and our until you’ve lived here for years and not a few months! And by the way, the ATV you thought you saw was a golf cart.
college loans will owe more than $25,000 on average. Last year, 10% of college grads with loans owed more than $54,000. Your parents have also taken out loans to help you. Loans to parents for the college educations of their children have soared 75% since the academic year 20052006. Outstanding student debt now totals over $1 trillion. That’s more than the nation’s total credit-card debt. The extraordinary rise in student debt is due to two related facts: The cost of a college education continues to increase faster than inflation, and state and local spending per college student continues to drop — this year reaching a 25-year low. But this can’t go on. If unemployment stays high for many years, if the wages of young college grads continue to fall, if the costs of college continue to rise and state and local spending per college student continues to drop, and if the college debt burden therefore continues to explode —
well, you do the math. At some point in the nottoo-distant future these lines cross. College is no longer a good investment. That’s a problem for you and for those who will follow you into these hallowed halls, but it’s also a problem for America as a whole. You see, a college education isn’t just a private investment. It’s also a public good. This nation can’t be competitive globally, nor can we have a vibrant and responsible democracy, without a large number of welleducated people. So it’s not just you who are burdened by these trends. If they continue, we’re all screwed.
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Andrew Nickel, 18 Three Lakes graduate Three Lakes “Having a persistent English teacher who always pushed me to my maximum capacity was a big influence. She always tried to get me to do my best.”
Jena Kendall, 17 Three Lakes graduate Three Lakes “For me it was being with friends and having the moral support of my friends. I learned to deal with other people in a supportive environment.”
Shannon Cline, 18 Three Lakes graduate Sugar Camp “I took a chance and signed up for a welding class and I loved it. It is what I want to do with my life, and it’s a career that pays well too.”
really began more than a decade ago. Young college grads with jobs are earning 5.4% less than they did in the year 2000, adjusted for inflation. Don’t get me wrong. A four-year college degree is still valuable. Over your lifetimes, you’ll earn about 70% more than people who don’t have the pieces of parchment you’re picking up today. But this parchment isn’t as valuable as it once was. So much of what was once considered “knowledge work” — the kind that college graduates specialize in — can now be done more cheaply by software. Or by workers with college degrees in India or East Asia, linked up by Internet. For many of you, your immediate problem is that pile of debt on your shoulders. In a few moments, when you march out of here, those of you who have taken out
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Robert B. Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is the author of the newly released “Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it,” a Knopf e-book original.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
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READER OPINION Pleasure Island Road needs repair Letter to the Editor: What a joke! The battle continues about who really needs to take care of Pleasure Island Road. It does not belong to the school. Those patch trucks are not owned by the schools, but by the city. So, the city does own the road! Mrs. Hendrick said, in so many words, that if I don’t live in the city of Eagle River, I should just keep my mouth shut. Well, I had lived in the city for many years, owned property in the city and my parents also owned property in the city. By law, if a person uses any of the roads owned by a municipality or government body, that person has a right to complain about it to the owner, which in this case is the city of Eagle River. Also, who do you think supports the city? All of the towns around the area do — Lincoln, Cloverland, Washington — on a day-by-day basis, 12 months a year. Not to mention the other towns that send children to the Northland Pines schools in Eagle River. The City Council was worried about a liability case if any child gets hit by a car on Silver Lake Road. What about Pleasure Island Road? It has more traffic on that road on a daily basis for 180 school days, not to mention all of the other events that are held at the schools. The chamber of commerce gave me a list of eight events that take place at the schools, along with the seven or eight shows through Headwaters Performing Arts. Where else would such events be held here in Eagle River if it wasn’t for the schools? Can’t the City
Council see the trees through the woods? People rave over the high school and then get their teeth knocked out or the front end of their car taken out when they drive past the school. I know the city owns enough equipment to get Pleasure Island Road ripped up or can hire someone with a grinder and use that big pile of grindings in the back of the city shop for a good base. I am sure that the city crew, with perhaps some outside help, can at least get the base laid down for this year. If the City Council would go up to the schools for sporting events in the spring, they would see all of the cars. In addition, during a high school track meet, you will see 12 to 15 buses bringing athletes — these same buses stop for food, snacks, etc., after the meets which bring additional monies into the city. The YMCA has events that are attended by many city folks and visitors.
More people need to speak out about Pleasure Island Road. What beautiful buildings we all share an interest in, but it’s too bad that the city doesn’t look at it that way. Older people will say, “Without a school, there is no town.” Let’s get the ball rolling! A marked sidewalk for bikes and walking would give kids more of an incentive to ride to school. Last week was Ride Your Bike to School Day. At our school that did not happen! The city is good at borrowing money, so what is the difference between fixing the road or that newfound property at highways G and 45 — property that doesn’t draw a lot of interest from anyone. At least Pleasure Island Road will be seen and used by a lot of people and will probably draw praise for the nice facilities that the city of Eagle River now takes ownership of! Sincerely, Patrick Kenny Eagle River
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somewhere. The volunteers have the right to vote in new board members after they serve two years, according to the bylaws. To reinstate those who have done a good job is also their right. Betsy Reach, the treasurer of the pantry, has given her time and talents freely. When the pantry was started, we begged for volunteers. The wonderful volunteers working at the pantry who were asked to leave is tragic.
In the past, only dishonest people were asked to leave. In the future, if you make a monetary donation, earmark it for fruit and vegetables if you feel that it should be used for them. Please continue to support the Vilas Food Pantry. Do not let a few — I’m sure wellmeaning people — spoil it for the deserving ones who need it. Marge Gerhart Three Lakes