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  • **  DRUMMING GROUSE VIDEO BELOW COLUMN  **


    MY QUEST to get more than still shots of a male ruffed grouse on his favorite drumming log, during spring breeding season, has been fulfilled.

    I love those nature photos of a fanned grouse at his best, don’t get me wrong, but they just don’t show enough to our readers about the exact manner in which the drumming sound is created.

    People have told me they beat their wings together. They’ve said they pound their wings on their chest to make that drumming sound. It appears that neither is correct.

    They make a percussion sound by

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  • Officials say many events also planned

    The multimillion-dollar tourism industry is expected to get a big boost this week with the three-day Memorial Day weekend and the opening of the muskie fishing season on North Woods lakes.
    By far the highlight of May tourism, Memorial Day weekend signals that the end of the school year and the start of the summer vacation season are

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  • Men and women who died in military action for their country will be remembered during Memorial Day services in communities across the North Woods.
    Veterans, area residents, government officials and North Woods visitors are welcome to attend all the ceremonies.
    Veterans organizations in Eagle River, Three Lakes, Land O’ Lakes, Phelps, Rhinelander and Woodruff have provided the following details of Memorial Day weekend programs.

    Eagle
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  • Vilas panel seeks more protection for entry officer
    Who has the most dangerous job at the Vilas County Courthouse?
    It might be the security officer stationed at the only public entrance to the courthouse at the new addition on Court Street in Eagle River.
    Jerry Burkett, chairman of the Vilas County Law Enforcement Committee, told supervisors last week that an observant citizen mentioned to him the lack of protection for the courthouse security officer, who screens all persons who enter the building.
    The security guard, from Per Mar Security Services, does not carry firearms, tasers, chemical spray — not even a baton.
    “They have the
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  • Seniors at Three Lakes and Phelps high schools will receive their diplomas this weekend, while Northland Pines High School in Eagle River will have commencement ceremonies the following weekend.
    Indoor ceremonies are set for Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at Three Lakes High School gymnasium and Saturday, May 26, at 2 p.m. at Phelps High School gymnasium.
    Northland Pines High School will hold its graduation ceremony Sunday, June 3, at 1 p.m. in the field house.
    The details of the graduation ceremonies for
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  • Look here
    Many birds are busy laying their eggs with the spring weather. Here Claire Beebe, left, and Ellie Etten find a robin’s nest in an apple orchard. —Staff Photo By DOUG ETTEN
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  • Racine man is charged in heroin case
    A preliminary hearing was set for this Friday, May 25, in Vilas County Circuit Court for Chad Goll, 32, of Racine, charged with five felonies including first-degree reckless homicide by delivery of drugs in an apparent March overdose death of Daniel Norton, 36, of Eagle River.
    Goll made his adjourned initial appearance Monday. He remains in custody under a $25,000 cash bond.
    According to court documents, Goll was allegedly involved with drug use at a residence on Highway E in Land O’ Lakes, at Edgewater Inn and at a residence on Grandview Bay Drive in the town of Lincoln.
    Authorities responding to a 911 call March 22 found
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  • The Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce, along with area sponsors, will host this year’s Summer Launch this Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout downtown Land O’ Lakes, and at the Snowflake Arena and town hall locations. 

    The event will offer sidewalk sales at area businesses and This and That sales booths, including a flea market, garage, and craft sale, along Highway B in front of the town hall. 

    The NorthernWaters Mu­seum will be open for the day, and Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) Arty Party will be at the LOLA Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    The town hall grounds will be the site for
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  • Three Lakes’ sixth annual “Bird Fest” will be held Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.
    The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes, the sponsoring organization for the local event, welcomes the public to attend one or more of the scheduled events. 
    “All are fun and interesting, family-oriented activities that offer new insights and ways to enjoy birds,” said Bird Fest Chairman Bill Lamon.
    Bird Fest is part of the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration that has been celebrated since 1993. Its goal is to foster bird conservation and education, and to introduce young and old to migrating birds. The event is hosted at more than 700 sites nationwide and serves as a call to action to preserve birds and their
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  • The fourth annual Memorial Day Arts and Craft Show is scheduled for this Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Eagle River.

    The show is hosted by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.

    Meanwhile, the Eagle River Business Association will host a sidewalk sale during the same hours Saturday.

    “We would like to invite everyone to shop our arts and crafts sale in conjunction with the sidewalk sales in downtown Eagle River,” said chamber Executive Director Kim Emerson. “We already have 54 vendors signed up for the arts and crafts show and I am expecting more by the weekend.”

    This event will be held rain or shine. There will also be
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