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Last ride
There was plenty of snow across the North Woods for snowmobilers to take one final ride last weekend. The trails closed Monday in Vilas and Oneida counties.                                —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:43 PM
Tough winter
While the winter of 2013-’14 already was stressful enough for the deer herd, an additional three inches of snow fell in the North Woods last Thursday evening. While deer are following trails through the woods, a spring thaw finally arrived Sunday giving some relief to wildlife, including deer and turkeys.                                     —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:42 PM
Suspect charged in 2011 shooting in Three Lakes
By News-Review Staff

A Brillion man has been charged in Oneida County Circuit Court for his alleged involvement in the shooting of a Three Lakes man three years ago.

Daniel J. Frausto, 38, who is currently serving jail time in the Waupun Correctional Institution, faces three felony charges in a burglary and shooting of Donald G. DalPonte in the town of Three Lakes Feb. 9, 2011.

Frausto has been charged with first-degree reckless injury,

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:41 PM
The Dome deemed safe, says structural engineers
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The historic Eagle River Sports Arena, temporarily closed last month until possible structural damage to the roof was inspected, has been deemed safe, according to an Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) official.

“We had a structural engineer who specializes in wooden structures come in and he determined the building is safe to use,” said ERRA President Robert “Mac” McDonald.

Several weeks ago, ERRA Board members noticed a wooden beam in the roof’s south end that appeared to be weak.

“The structural engineer said the slight sag

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:39 PM
Waldron, Rose named chairs for Northwoods Relay For Life
This year's Northwoods Relay For Life honorary chairs with the guests who introduced them include, from left, Julie Welnetz, honorary survivor Peg Waldron, honorary caregiver Lolly Rose and Mary Kay Horant.                          —Photo By Kitty Sookochoff
By News-Review Staff

About 75 people were present for the 2014 kickoff of the Northwoods Relay For Life at Eagle Waters Resort last week as committee member Amy Sookochoff announced this year’s goals of 30 teams, 200 survivors and a fundraising target of $84,000.

During the evening, Peg Waldron of Eagle River and Lolly Rose of St. Germain were named as the honorary chairpersons for this year’s Relay.

Waldron, who is a five- year survivor of colorectal cancer,

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:38 PM
New mapping program in Vilas could help with floodplain issues
Vilas County Mapping Department manager Deb Gibson and GIS analyst Adam Grassl made a presentation of LiDAR to the Vilas County Board at a meeting last Tuesday.
By Wally Geist
St. Germain Correspondent

A new mapping program that uses lasers could help Vilas County property owners and officials with floodplain and zoning issues in the future, county board members learned last week.

Vilas County Mapping Department manager Deb Gibson and digital mapping analyst  Adam Grassl made a presentation of the new LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) program to the Vilas County Board last Tuesday.

LiDAR could be the answer to floodplain questions in

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:35 PM
Vilas County Board approves wireless communications rules
By Wally Geist
St. Germain Correspondent

The Vilas County Board approved a wireless communications ordinance on a 14-4 vote at its meeting last Tuesday, though the public hearing process has been removed from the rule.

The ordinance, as presented, was a complete rewrite of the previous ordinance on radio transmission tower zoning in the county. The board was told Wisconsin mandated changes to the original ordinance to speed the application and approval process for all wireless communication towers.

In effect, the ordinance removed a public

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:34 PM
Clean Boats effort sees state revisions; new training slated
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) watercraft inspection and boater education program  is undergoing a major revision this year, according to Ted Ritter, Vilas County invasive species coordinator.

The program features  teams of volunteers, as well as some paid staff, performing boat and trailer checks, disseminating informational brochures and educating boaters on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Ritter said the CBCW inspection form will be new in 2014 and the data entry procedure will be adjusted to accommodate the new form.

“The form will include prompts to encourage

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:32 PM
Fundraiser planned to benefit Mayor Hyslop

A?family dance fundraiser is slated Saturday, April 12, at The Rock at 1019 Wall Street in Eagle River to help pay Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop’s medical expenses, which he incurred after being hospitalized with a case of E. coli meningitis.

All proceeds from the event will help pay for Hy­slop’s medical bills.

Tickets cost $5 at the door (children will gain free admission) and the dance will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Children’s activities will be available,

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:32 PM
Vilas Economic Development Corp. applies for broadband expansion grant

The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) has applied to a new broadband expansion grant program providing reimbursement for equipment and construction expenses incurred to extend or improve broadband service in underserved areas of the state.

Made available through Wisconsin Public Service, this grant was instituted in acknowledgement of rural areas throughout the state that have little or no broadband access.

“We recognize that broadband access has played an

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:31 PM