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WPS proposes 8% power hike

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS), recently filed a request for new utility rates in 2015 with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW).

The proposal calls for an 8% increase in electric rates and a decrease of 0.5% in natural gas rates.

The company’s electric rates have remained relatively unchanged since 2008 and gas distribution rates have decreased over the same period.

In recent years, WPS has been able to delay anticipated

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:07 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:07 PM )
 
Last snowfall?
 With about 5 inches of snow falling last Friday, area residents had to clear driveways and sidewalks of snow one last time even though the calendar showed it was spring. This man used an ATV to clean a driveway.            —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:06 PM
 
Richter served county 33 years
DONA RICHTER

Former register of deeds,
pioneer dies at age 81

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Dona Richter, a former Vilas County register of deeds for 24 years, died Sunday, April 6, at the age of 81.

Richter was considered an Eagle River pioneer by many, growing up on the family homestead farm on Croker Road and attending the Croker School.

She was the Vilas County deputy register of deeds for nine years. She then ran for and won the office of register of deeds and held that position for 24 years. She retired Jan. 3, 1999, after serving the county for 33 years.

Richter hired Joan Han­sen,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:04 PM
 
Three Lakes School District, chamber partner on new electronic message sign
A crane from Graphic House Inc., in Wausau was used to set the huge chamber and school sign. —Contributed Photo
By News-Review Staff

The Three Lakes School District and the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce held its official ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday to celebrate the installation of the new electronic message center that is now operational.

Members of the Three Lakes School Board and the chamber board of directors looked on as school District Administrator George Karling and chamber Executive Director Skip Brunswick performed the joint ribbon cutting at the chamber office on highways 45/32.

“The new electronic school/community

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:03 PM
 
Marshal nominees sought

Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is taking nominations for the 2014 Fourth of July parade marshal, according to chamber events coordinator Kim Emerson.

The deadline to submit entries is Friday, April 25.

“This honor is created each year to give tribute to an individual who has shown support for our community,” said Emerson. “There are some very prestigious names among past recipients and we would like to continue this tradition.”

The guidelines for parade marshal are: male or female,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:02 PM
 
Spring break-up
 While the Wisconsin River is open above the Otter Rapids Dam, most lakes still have 24 to 30 inches of ice on them. There is some question whether the lakes will be clear of ice for opening of fishing May 3.                 —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:01 PM
 
Shumake gets jail, restitution order in marijuana case
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The second of three persons arrested in a massive marijuana growing operation on South Farming Road in Arbor Vitae in February 2012 was sentenced in Vilas County Circuit Court Monday, avoiding prison and ordered to pay restitution.

Kevin Shumake, 41, along with James Lacson and Ramon Pineiro, was charged with a total of six felonies, each involving a residence north of Eagle River owned by Jim Will and an Arbor Vitae residence owned by Regina Grey, both of which were used to grow marijuana.

Shumake pled no contest and was found guilty

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:00 PM
 
Vilas to see 12 new faces; four incumbents lose seats

Twelve of the Vilas County Board’s 21 seats will feature new members following last Tuesday’s elections. Of those, four incumbent supervisors lost their seats.

In District 1 (Land O’ Lakes Ward 1 and Plum Lake Ward 2), incumbent Ralph Sitzberger lost to William Otterpohl 126-79. Otterpohl is a small-business owner who has worked for 25 years in the field of stone masonry.

In District 4 (Boulder Junction Ward 2 and Plum Lake Ward 1), incumbent Dennie Nielsen lost to Vernon Wiggenhauser 119-66. Wiggenhauser is a retired banking executive with 30-plus years of financial operations experience.

In District 14 (Conover Ward 1 and Lincoln Ward 1),

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:59 PM
 
Hassey beats Vander Bloomen for Lincoln Town Board post

Bill Hassey defeated Kara Vander Bloomen 373-158 for a town board supervisory position for the town of Lincoln in the spring election  Tuesday, April 1.

Incumbent Supervisor Bruce Richter also had an expiring term this spring, but was unopposed.

Hassey will replace incumbent Leon Kukanich on the town board. Kukanich lost in the primary.

Because the town of Lincoln has a five-member town board,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:58 PM
 
Ritzer defeats Lynn for Cloverland Board

Mildred Ritzer defeated James Lynn 126-40 for a town board supervisory position in the town of Cloverland in the spring election Tuesday, April 1.

Incumbent Supervisor Marty Ketterer submitted a declaration of noncandidacy, opening the door for the newcomers.

Meanwhile, incumbent Supervisor Steve Favorite also was up for re-election, but ran unopposed.

Because Cloverland has a five-member town board,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:58 PM
 
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