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29th annual Musky Open set on 72 lakes this weekend
National Championship Musky Open anglers fishing 72 area lakes this weekend will try to match the catch of Dan Walloch of Greendale, who recently caught and released this 411?2-inch muskie on a Conover area lake.                                     —Contributed Photo
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin, will bring the 29th annual National Championship Musky Open to 72 area lakes this Friday through Sunday.

In 2013, a record 1,222 men, women and children gathered to fish in the tournament and had an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in prizes, according to Kim Emerson, executive director of the chamber.

“We have preregistered about 900 anglers,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:13 PM
Fair at dusk
Vilas County held its 98th annual fair Thursday through Sunday, providing families with plenty of rides and games throughout the four days. The spinning rides at dusk put on a light show for fair attendees.        —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:13 PM
Paul Bunyan Fest set today

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has an­nounced Paul Bunyan Fest will take place today, Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Eagle River.

The event will feature more than 75 arts and crafts booths, chain-saw carving demonstrations by Ken Schels and live musical entertainment.

Also available will be the Heap’n Help’n Paul Bunyan-size

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:11 PM
Blue-green algae bloom confirmed in Pelican Lake

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)?has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in Pelican Lake, located in the township of Pelican Lake in Oneida County.

The DNR?is urging swimmers, boaters and recreational users to avoid direct contact with or use of water due to the toxins produced by this type of blue-green algae.

Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are microscopic organisms that are naturally present in Wisconsin lakes, streams and ponds at low levels.

When conditions are favorable, usually in summer,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:10 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:20 PM )
Big street sale
The Eagle River Business Association held its annual Street Sale last Thursday, with merchants offering sale items (above) on Wall and Railroad streets. There also was musical entertainment and a pig roast at BBT’s, with fresh sweet corn provided by the Eagle River American Legion Post members.                          —Staff Photo By ERIK BARBER
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:09 PM
Plane crash reported at Musky Day Fly-In

A?pilot sustained facial and leg injuries as a result of a plane crash Sunday morning at the Boulder Junction Airport, according to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities received a 911 call at 10:01 a.m. reporting the crash.

Upon landing, the plane crashed into the tree line located along the edge of the airfield, according to the sheriff’s office. The pilot was transported to Howard Young Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The pilot was part of the Musky Day Fly-in

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:09 PM
Two men die in Vilas in separate lake incidents

A?male subject was pronounced dead after a drowning incident on Catfish Lake in?Eagle?River?Saturday morning and a man died following an incident on Cranberry Lake last Wednesday, according to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities received a wireless 911 call at 10:38 a.m. reporting a male subject had been recovered from the water and was not breathing on Catfish Lake.

The initial investigation determined the male subject fell overboard from his boat while it was being towed by another boat with four young men, according to the sheriff’s office. The male subject was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the incident.

The four men jumped from their boat and

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:09 PM
Heavy puller
 For the second straight year, the Vilas County Fair Board sponsored truck pulls at the Fair. A nice crowd turned out to watch the trucks pull a weighted sled at the fairgrounds in Eagle River.        —Staff Photo By JEANNE BROWN
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:07 PM
DNR, Wild Eagle Resort faces appeal of approved pier project
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received an appeal to the permit issued to the Wild Eagle Lodge Condo Association to place six piers along the shoreline of the property on Duck and Lynx lakes on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes.

The DNR notified the association June 19 of the permit to place the six piers at the resort with a mooring capacity of 60 total boat slips, but the public had 30 days to appeal that decision.

Kyle McLaughlin, DNR water management specialist,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:05 PM
July second safest on record for traffic deaths in Wisconsin

Last month, 39 people were killed in traffic crashes in Wisconsin, which was the second lowest number of traffic deaths for July since monthly fatality statistics were first compiled in 1937.

In terms of traffic deaths, Wisconsin’s all-time safest July was in 1943 with 34 traffic fatalities. The deadliest months of July occurred in 1966 and 1971 with 140 fatalities.

Traffic fatalities last month also were 18 fewer than July 2013 and 19 fewer than the five-year average for the month of July.

As of July 31, a total of 252 people

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:05 PM