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  • BILL SIGNED TO RESTORE MINING IN BADGER STATE
    RHINELANDER — Gov. Scott Walker came to Rhinelander Monday to sign a bill that removes the...
  • MIRACLE ON DOME ICE
    According to some fans attending the Northland Pines boys hockey game last Tuesday night, they...
  • X-MAS TIME
    Santa made an appearance in a couple of different areas around...
  • UTILITY DONATES
    Eagle River Light & Water Utility (ERLW) recently donated $215 to three area service...
  • TURKEYS GALORE
    A flock of wild turkeys fed along a snow-covered field edge, searching for seeds and other grains as...
  • CAKE AUCTION
    Eighth graders at Three Lakes School held their annual fundraising cake auction last week to help...
    
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:50 PM
    The Vilas County Tavern League last week received a $10,000 state grant that according to Dan Ullsperger of Buckshot’s Saloon & Eatery in Eagle River will put into place a safe ride home program inside the county.
    “I was really excited to get this program started, and not just for me but for the other establishments,” Ullsperger said. “Even though we’re not a place that typically stays open late, we want our guests to be able to enjoy themselves in a responsible way.”
    According to the Wisconsin Tavern League, the state has witnessed a considerable difference in statistics since individual counties began implementing
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:49 PM
    Officials involved with the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library expansion and renovation project will host a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony this Friday, Dec. 15, at 9:45 a.m.
    Gov. Scott Walker, retired Lt. Col. Jennifer Pritzker, Library Director Nan An­drews and library foundation members are all scheduled to speak during the ceremony. In addition, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8637 members will be participating, leading a flag-raising ceremony.
    Construction and interior work on the library began last spring after years of fundraising and planning by the Olson Library Foundation and Board of Trustees. A total of nearly
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  • Three Lakes advances building project
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:47 PM
    The plan to raze and rebuild Three Lakes’ town office and police department moved a step closer last week as the town board approved funding for the $1.6 million project.
    “The plan commission has approved some of the preliminary construction materials and we (town board) approved the funding and now Three Lakes is moving ahead with a new own office project and police department,” said Three Lakes Chairman Jeff Bruss. 
    Bruss said the town board hopes to break ground next spring. 
    The building was designed by
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  • Beenken wins sculpting awards at World Taxidermy competition
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:06 PM
    Jim Beenken, owner of Wildlife Expressions in Eagle River, a full-service taxidermy studio, won the Carl E. Akeley Award/Best in World for live taxidermy sculpture at the World Taxidermy Championships held earlier this year in Peoria, Ill.
    Taxidermists from around the world attended and competed in the competition.
    Beenken has owned Wildlife Expressions for the past 15 years. The studio is located at 804 E. Wall St. in Eagle River.
    At the competition, Beenken won First Place/Best in Category in the presculpted category. He sculpted a mountain lion from clay that could be used as a form by
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:05 PM
    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Reforestation Program began its annual tree seedling and shrub sales earlier this fall.
    The orders will be distributed in April and early May, and can be picked up at the state nurseries located in Boscobel, Hayward or Wisconsin Rapids or delivered to a central location designated by the local DNR forester.
    Tree and shrub seedlings are available to all Wisconsin landowners interested in planting for conservation purposes such as forest products, wildlife habitat and erosion control. Landowners can get information on seedling availability, species information, tips on how to prepare a site for tree planting and ordering instructions at
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  • Big night from Gill, Franzen keeps Phelps boys undefeated
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:04 PM
    What has been a balanced offensive approach to the season thus far saw a couple of headlining efforts Friday as Phelps’ Andrew Gill poured in 20 points, and alongside 17 from Michael Franzen, helped keep the Knights perfect in a 76-43 win over Goodman-Pembine.
    Sitting a perfect 5-0 now on the season and 2-0 inside the Northern Lakes Conference, the schedule gets a bit tougher this week, beginning with a showdown Friday at Laona-Wabeno
    Blessed with one of their most dynamic offensive teams in recent years, coach Chris Rader said what’s kept Phelps on top to start the season has been a
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:03 PM
    For the first time in the existence of the Great Northern Conference, the Northland Pines girls hockey team is looking up at their rival Lakeland/Tomahawk in the league standings.
    Following a 4-0 loss to the Lady T-Birds Monday night inside the Eagle River Dome, coach Patrick Schmidt said that while his team has the offensive tools in their toolbox, they’ve struggled finding a way to use them.
    “Really it was just a frustrating game Monday night,” Schmidt said. “We just didn’t come out ready to play at all in the first two periods. Lakeland too is a good team, don’t take anything away from them. They have some
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  • Clothing effort wrapping up 2017 season
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:02 PM
    Donations to Warm The Children (WTC), a program sponsored by the Vilas County News-Review under the auspices of the Eagle River Rotary Foundation to provide winter clothing for needy children, have now reached approximately 98.2% toward the 2017 fundraising goal.
    “Donations are still coming in and we expect to meet our goal of $70,000,” according to News-Review Publisher Kurt Krueger. “We will hopefully exceed the 2017 goal, en­abling us to start the 2018 season with money already in reserve.”
    Program coordinator Jacki Risjord said, “We are extremely grateful for each and every donation, no matter how large or small it is. I hope people will remember this wonderful program as they
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:01 PM
    Northwoods Share will host its next community dinner Tuesday, Dec. 19, starting at 4:30 p.m. at The Rock Mission Center in Eagle River.
    This Christmas dinner will be sponsored by Ascension. The menu will include sliced ham, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, dinner rolls and a dessert. 
    The Madrigal Singers from Northland Pines High School, under the direction of Kate Janssen, will perform Christmas music at the dinner.
    Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with light snacks and drinks followed by dinner served at 5:30 p.m.
    Everyone is welcome, regardless of
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  • Service groups seek holiday donations
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:59 AM
    Local service groups in and around the Eagle River area are continuing to keep their good faith in the community this holiday season.
    Residents interested in contributing to charitable service groups during the holiday season have several opportunities to do so through programs sponsored by local businesses, banks and churches throughout the community.
    The Salvation Army is sponsoring its annual Christmas toy giveaway to help provide new toys for area children ages newborn to 18 years old.
    The toy program has numerous drop-off locations throughout the area, including businesses and area banks.
    Toy donors should obtain a
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