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  • Independence Day activities held throughout downtown
    The July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, organized by the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce, were held last Wednesday throughout the downtown area.

    The day started with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard leading a multitude of floats that were entered for the town parade along Highway B. Residents and tourists alike showed up in their finest red, white and blue clothing to watch the parade and fill their bags with candy.

    First prize for float decoration went to Headwaters State Bank, second prize was awarded to Big Portage Lake Association, third prize went to Signature Hair Salon and the youth prize went to
  • Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) will hold a series of upcoming events this month: 
    • A Book of Leaves session is slated Thursday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, where students will create sturdy books for collecting and identifying leaves using special papers and paint.
    • The free summer music series, Porch Songs, will feature Steve Kickert July 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the LOLA deck. Kickert will play acoustic guitar and perform a mix of his own music along with various singer/songwriters from across the country. 
    • A Play in the Clay Free Pottery Wheel Demo with Rita Kickert will take place
  • Vilas K-9 unit fundraiser held at Pine Cone Café
    A fundraiser for the Vilas County K-9 unit was held last Saturday at Pine Cone Café in downtown Land O’ Lakes.
    The diner was packed to capacity all morning as canine unit, Helo, his handler, Zachary Stern, and six other officers of the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department served customers for tips to benefit the K-9 unit.
    Also on hand to help were two dispatch officers, Detective Sgt. Joe Whitney, from Appleton, and Whitney’s parents and Pine Cone Café owners Dawn and Bill Whitney.
    The event was organized jointly by
  • Celebrate
    Patriotic North Woods residents and visitors crowded the Highway K corridor in downtown Conover last Wednesday for the annual Fourth of July parade and celebration. Following the parade, many people took part in the festivities in the nearby town park where music, food, beverages, a dunk tank and children’s games were enjoyed by many. —Staff Photos By DOUG ETTEN
  • Minocqua artist Christgau hired to paint mural of bygone era
    Armed with some old photographs of Conover, Minocqua artist Joan Christgau, funded by Deborah Jensen in memory of her husband, Roger, was hired to paint a mural in Conover of the buildings as they were in bygone years. 

    The red brick building, made of locally produced bricks, is one of the oldest buildings in Conover. 

    The second part of the mural, which will be started soon, will depict Conover in the 1950s. Christgau said she hopes to finish before July 28 for the mural dedication and street dance. 

    Christgau started her outdoor art on
  • Cat’s meow
    Land O’ Lakes Arts Board President Lynn Richie, Vice President Barb LeMoine and Head of Conserve School Stefan Anderson pose at the LOLA 1920s-themed speakeasy fundraiser that took place June 20 at Conserve School. —Contributed Photo
  • The Land O’ Lakes Historical Society will celebrate the centennial of the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars,” with a free film and lecture presentation Friday, July 13, at 1 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Library by Richard L. Pifer. 
    Pifer will discuss the impact of World War I on Wisconsin’s people, from the sacrifices of young men on the battlefield, to the patriotic fervor with which most Wisconsin residents devoted themselves to the war effort. He will also focus on the threat war posed to civil liberties, and the role played by vigilantes and superpatriots as they attempted to impose their view of the war effort on their neighbors. 
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  • The public is invited to Land O’ Lakes Saturday, July 7, to celebrate the installation of public art in Land O’ Lakes. 

    Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) will host a free bear-themed art project at the center from 10 a.m. to noon, with the installation celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. at the intersection of highways B and S at the bike trail pavilion. 

    The artwork has been donated by Joe and Nancy Braucher. Titled “Bruno,” the artwork is a 653-pound steel bear created by artist Doug Weigel of Albuquerque, N.M. 

    Weigel designs and produces
  • Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) has a series of classes scheduled:

    • Flowers for Vincent will take place Tuesday, July 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. Studying Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Vase with Sunflowers,” students will make their own version with paint and recycled materials.

    • Free face painting will take place Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in the LOLA art room.

    • Sun Prints is slated Thursday, July 5, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Also known as cyanotypes, students will work outside with a variety of natural materials to create sun prints which, once developed, will be turned into
  • Society scholarship
    Land O’ Lakes Historical Society President Chris Tews is shown with scholarship recipient Angela Pietenpol. —Photo By Bob Hughes
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