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  • BIG TIGER
    Ken Mathwig of Land O’ Lakes caught this giant 52-inch tiger muskie on a Vilas County lake. The fish...
  • BEATING THE HEAT
    With temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s last weekend, the beach was the place to cool off. Playing...
  • LOCAL TALENT
    The country band Northern Lights from Nashville, Tenn., played at the Hodag Country Fest last...
  • ST. GERMAIN BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW CHAMBER BUILDING
    ST. GERMAIN — After years of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held last Monday for a new...
  • OAM TOURNEY
    Northland Pines hockey team alumni gathered for the 18th annual OAM Alumni Hockey Tournament in...
  • SHOW TIME
    Attending a waterski show is a “must-do” for many visitors to the North Woods. In this area, there are...
    
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  • Pines, Three Lakes receive $219,000 to boost school safety
    Two area school districts have been awarded more than $219,000 in grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program, administered by the DOJ’s Office of School Safety.
    A total of 40 schools and school districts across the state will receive $2,895,658 in this round of grants which will be spent on building safety improvements, as well as training for faculty and staff.
    The Northland Pines School District received $132,746 and the Three Lakes School District was awarded $86,749. The Phelps School District was awarded $23,107 earlier this summer. More grants will be awarded soon, according to
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  • Moving forward with plans for a new Community Center, the St. Germain Town Board decided last week it will hold a special meeting Thursday, July 26, with Melody Hamlin of Funktion Design Studios (FDS), who will present conceptual drawings of the exterior of the proposed structure at the 6 p.m. meeting.
    In addition, the board scheduled two informational meetings for electors Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. 
    A special electors meeting to vote on the building project will be Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m., when electors will cast a written ballot for or against the project. The vote will be binding as
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  • Three Lakes School District officials are working on moving ahead with a plan to acquire a 40-acre parcel of land along Highway A outside Three Lakes which would cost the district $63,000.
    The land, currently owned by the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, is located halfway between Sugar Camp and Three Lakes.
    According to Three Lakes School District Administrator George Karling, plans for the property have not been solidified, but some ideas have included a multiuse facility that would be the site of mountain bike trails, cross-country ski trails and a three-house trapshooting range, along with a large gathering area and
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  • 46th annual Artarama slated at Riverside Park this Saturday
    The 46th annual Artarama will take place at Riverside Park behind the fairgrounds in Eagle River this Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    A judged and juried show that attracts hundreds of applications, Artarama 2018 will present more than 90 artists. The free show and sale will be held rain or shine.
    Other features of Artarama will include two silent auctions, the Young at Art tent, musical entertainment and picnic-style foods.
    “Our number one priority is choosing truly gifted artists, creators of unique works of art,” said Lori Hahn, Artarama chairperson. “Secondly, we strive for
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  • Waterfowl breeding numbers stable with good wetland conditions in state
    Wisconsin’s 2018 spring waterfowl population surveys indicate stable to increased numbers of breeding waterfowl pairs as well as relatively good wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across most of the state.
    “Overall, we saw fewer numbers of birds than the 2017 estimates; however, we did see an increase in the mallard population estimate and stable estimates for wood ducks and Canada geese,” said Taylor Finger, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) migratory bird ecologist. “We continue to be at or above the long-term average for all but blue-winged teal.”
    This survey information, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continental duck survey and
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  • Kids’ Day
    With a boost from the Eagle River Guides Association and Muskies Inc., the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center staged its 38th annual Fishing Day for Kids last Thursday. —Photos By Staff and Contributors
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  • YMCA of the Northwoods will host its 18th annual golf scramble Friday, July 20, at Pinewood Golf Course in Harshaw.

    The event is a fundraiser for the Rhinelander-based YMCA, which over the course of the year hosts athletic events and community programs for children, adults and families.

    “The ‘Y’ is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Dan De Lisle of YMCA of the Northwoods. “Serving the North Woods for more than 18 years, we have the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but
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  • The Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) Board of Directors is accepting letters of application for individuals interested in coaching for the 2018-’19 youth hockey season.
    The ERRA is looking for coaches at American Development Model (ADM), Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Girls U12 and Girls U14 levels. Candidates should indicate ages or levels they are interested in coaching. 
    Coaches will be required to be certified and insured with USA Hockey by Dec. 31, 2018. Application letters will need to be on file with the ERRA Board by midnight on
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  • The 25th annual Wine, Craft Beer & Cheese Tasting, sponsored by Eagle River Rotary Club Foundation, will be held Monday, July 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s gala event will take place at Reiter Center, located at 1858 S. Michigan St. in Three Lakes.

    Approximately 100 do­mes­tic and imported wines will be available and ex­perts will be on hand to describe their characteristics. There will also be three craft beer breweries offering samples.

    To complement the wine tasting, a large variety of Wisconsin cheeses will also be available along with a large number of handcrafted appetizers provided by Riverstone Restaurant & Catering of
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  • Vacationland Voices, a North Woods choral group based in Eagle River, is set to give its annual concert Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Northland Pines Middle and High School auditorium.
    This year’s choir features 105 singers with piano accompaniment by Marlene Rieck and Norma Yeager. Additional instrumental ac­com­paniment will be provided by Tom Mackin on flute and trumpet, Gerry Plank on saxophone, Cindy Nelson on violin, Laura Plank on flute, and Mike Rieck on percussion.
    The choir will once again be under the direction of Steve Kolling. There is no admission charge for this concert.
    “This year’s concert is titled 
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