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It’s great that our schools
support shooting sports

It is great news for gun safety instruction, public awareness of the shooting sports and America’s outdoor heritage that both the Northland Pines and Three Lakes school districts will soon have a school-sanctioned trapshooting club.

 

Pines has had such a club for a couple of years now, overseen by tech-ed teacher and shooting coach Tim Lehman. That program, the first in the area, is open to both middle school and high school students.

 

The Three Lakes School Board approved the formation of a trapshooting club last month,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:01 AM
 
Past concerns still valid for more piers at lodge

Letter to the Editor:

We wish to strongly object to the Wild Eagle Lodge pier proposal scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Town Hall.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has tentatively approved the placement of five piers with a capacity of 68 boat slips on the beds of Duck and Lynx lakes.

A similar but even smaller proposal was denied a

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:00 AM
 
Ban use of plastic bags in Eagle River stores

Letter to the Editor:

Earth Day is near and in keeping with this special day, think about something meaningful we can do to celebrate the care of our world.

Many cities worldwide (even Chicago) are considering or have adopted ordinances which ban the use of plastic bags, the kind which merchants give to customers to carry their purchases home. The very real danger to wildlife and the harm to the environment in general by these bags cannot be disputed.

I’m suggesting that

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:59 AM
 
Family apologizes for cancelled benefit

Letter to the Editor:

The Lemmons family would like to apologize to everyone who tried to go to the spaghetti benefit Saturday, April 12, at BBT’s. We were informed Friday, April 11, the owner of BBT’s wouldn’t do any benefits.

The benefit was for Crystal Beth Lemmons, 24. She was diagnosed in February 2014 with terminal bladder cancer. All proceeds from this benefit were to pay for medical bills since she doesn’t have health insurance.

Again,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:58 AM
 
Additional piers would be detrimental to Chain

Letter to the Editor:

Lakefront property owners have been informed that Wild Eagle Lodge on Duck Lake is again requesting a permit to install additional boat slips.

Many people will remember the destruction to the shoreline affected by the previous owners and management of Wild Eagle Lodge. The current owners didn’t do that and they will ask us to factor that into our communal contemplation of this resubmitted request. We cannot in good conscience do that, as it is not relevant nor will it prevent the damage to the public interest and navigational difficulties that will certainly ensue if this project is approved.

The current owners being better operators of their resort,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:58 AM
 
Our view

Hearing attendance, vote
crucial on trolling issue

Though a compromise statewide motor trolling plan has already won approval from the Natural Resources Board, the public will get one more chance for input at the spring fish and game hearings in every county next Monday, April 14.

 

Gov. Walker delayed implementation of the compromise plan, asking for another public review before the state forces single-line trolling on lakes in Vilas, Oneida and 15 other counties that voted down trolling with three lines per angler at last year’s hearings.

 

Motor trolling is currently allowed on only 105 lakes

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:46 AM
 
Serving on county board was rewarding, fulfilling

Letter to the Editor:

After working in the Vilas County clerk office for nearly 30 years, I retired only to start working as an elected county board supervisor representing District 19, Wards 1, 2 and 3 of the city of Eagle River. I served my constituents for the next 10 years and made a decision not to run for re-election this spring and retire again.

During my tenure, I saw quite a few changes take place. The biggest change being the implementation of Act 10.  Vilas County adapted and has moved forward with great strides toward bringing the budget under control.

Over the years, I’ve come to learn that Vilas County’s biggest economic

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:45 AM
 
2014 Farm Bill hurting North Woods families

Dear Editor:

Regarding your article, “Trig’s Stuff-A-Truck food drive,” March 12, it should be noted that Sean Duffy, the 7th Congressional District representative, and his Tea Party collaborators in the House of Representatives, passed the 2014 Farm Bill.

This bill and a previous one cumulatively cut nearly $1 billion per year from the nation’s already inadequate food stamp program. These cuts are hurting a lot of poor, working poor and unemployed in the North Woods.

Unlike food banks (which are clearly well-intended efforts to help the hungry),

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:44 AM
 
Integrity should be a national standard

Dear Editor:

I have to admit that the more I delve into various matters of national importance and consequence, the more I am offended and dismayed by what is intentionally presented for consumption by our political class.

And although I realize that integrity usually takes a back seat when it comes to a politician’s main objective of steering thought, we as followers will continue to reap exactly what we allow to be sown.

In yet another determined effort by one of Wisconsin’s elected officials to cast a positive glow on the embattled Common Core State Standards (CCSS), State Rep. Mandy Wright, in the March 19 “What Others Say” column on this opinion page, stated: “When it became obvious that

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:43 AM
 
Our view

Snomo clubs, volunteers
kept trails well-groomed

A long and grand snowmobiling season ended at midnight Monday in Vilas and Oneida counties when clubs closed their trails and state insurance lapsed on the easements that cross private land.

 

Like the winter that still lingers here, the trails opened earlier than normal, prior to Christmas, and they were generally in excellent condition throughout January, February and March.

 

The extreme cold that forced school cancellations and

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:33 AM
 
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