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Our view

First-year review shows
ATV riders following rules

It’s encouraging news that a one-year review of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use on Three Lakes town road routes turned up few problems — no talk of property owners registering noise or other complaints, and no major safety issues involving motorists or pedestrians.

The town board’s review proves that with the right rules in place,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:56 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters is rewarding experience

Letter to the Editor:
I am so excited to read about Big Brothers Big Sisters in the North Woods! I moved from the Twin Cities to Rhinelander about a year and a half ago and was involved as a Big in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities program and had a wonderful experience.
The match specialists at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:55 AM
Rep. Swearingen earns misrepresentation award

Letter to the Editor:
Representative Rob Swearingen, you have earnestly earned the “Outstanding Misrepresentation Award” for showing true courage in the face of reason by not listening to the people most affected by the proposed mine for the Penokees.
Your vote to continue defunding of public education

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:55 AM
Proposed legislation subjects kids to political whipsaw

Letter to the Editor:
Wake up Wisconsin. Proposed legislation to create a Model Academic Standards Board is more than just another committee. Senate Bill 619 is a partisan takeover of the bedrock of schooling: the standards that describe what our kids should know and be able to do in each academic subject area.

The bill would set up the repeal of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics and have legislators shape and debate

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:54 AM
Our view

Silent sports aren’t quiet
on economic impacts

A North Woods case study on the economic impacts of active silent sports enthusiasts shows that even fitness-minded tourists spend millions of dollars on trips here, disproving old stereotypes about skiers and cyclists being too frugal to help tourism.


Among other things, the study showed that nonresidents of Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties accounted for 95% of the roughly 26,700 participants in skiing and biking events during 2012.


The study defines an active silent sports enthusiast as someone who

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:28 PM