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  • BILL SIGNED TO RESTORE MINING IN BADGER STATE
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:53 PM
    RHINELANDER — Gov. Scott Walker came to Rhinelander Monday to sign a bill that removes the...
  • MIRACLE ON DOME ICE
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:51 PM
    According to some fans attending the Northland Pines boys hockey game last Tuesday night, they...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • X-MAS TIME
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:40 PM
    Santa made an appearance in a couple of different areas around...
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:39 PM
    A defense motion to dismiss a charge of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon against Jeremiah Solis, 19, of Eagle River, was denied in Vilas County Circuit Court last Thursday, with a preliminary hearing set for this Thursday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m.

    Solis is also charged with homicide with a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance, a Class D felony.

    Solis is alleged to have handled and pulled the trigger on a Smith and Wesson Sigma Model .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol on Sept. 3 in an apartment at 421 E. Wall St. in Eagle River, hitting Connor Stephens, 20, of Three Lakes in the chest. Stephens later died.

    Defense Attorney Albert Moustakis told Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III the state
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:38 PM
    The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteer committee members to advise the agency on recreation fee changes at national forest sites throughout the northeastern United States. 

    Vacancies exist for four current positions and four “back-up” replacement positions on the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. 

    Committee members provide recommendations on new or changing recreation site fees for national forests and grasslands in 13 northeastern states. Committee members receive travel and per diem expenses for regularly scheduled meetings, but do not receive pay or other compensation.

    Nominated committee members must 
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides offered during holidays
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:34 PM
    Visitors to the North Woods have made it a tradition during the holiday season to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Rocking W Stable in Eagle River.

    Draft horse teams take groups through the scenic wooded trails located just north of Eagle River. The 3-mile trail provides visitors with a chance to enjoy the scenic North Woods during the winter months. 

    Halfway through the ride, guests stop, gather around a bonfire and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

    Rocking W Stable owns a variety of sleighs for groups of any size. 

    The sleigh rides start 
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:31 PM
    The purchase of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property by Vilas County in the town of St. Germain could be used to replace the withdrawal of 72 acres from the county forest to allow continued use of the Highway G Landfill.
    However, who would pay for the purchase of the DNR property was debated last week by the Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee.
    Vilas County purchased a 17-acre DNR parcel on Hunter Lake and has approval to purchase 117 acres for $180,000 in the town of St. Germain for a future gravel source and added outdoor recreation opportunities. While the $67,000 Hunter Lake purchase was funded through the county’s segregated land account, supervisors were told that
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