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  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:20 PM
    Northern Lights Snowmobile Club (NLSC) will hold its 14th annual Weenie Roast this Sunday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Three Lakes.

    The event will take place on Three Lakes Snowmobile Trail No. 8 (Kimball Trail) near Sheltered Valley. The public is welcome to attend the free event and may arrive by either snowmobile or car.

    If coming by car, the location can be found three miles east of Military Road on Sheltered Valley Road at the Horse Trail parking lot.

    There will be hot dogs and marshmallows to roast over the open fire. Hot Dr. Pepper, hot chocolate and cold beverages will also be available.

    NLSC supports fundraising activities for Three Lakes Brule River Trails, the local grooming organization.
  • Winning fish
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:19 PM
    Rich Fligor of Kewaskum shows off his walleye, which weighed in at just over 5 pounds. Fligor caught the fish on Maple Lake during the 64th annual Three Lakes Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby. With Fligor is Lions Club member Bob Borek. —Photo By Jan Hintz
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:18 PM
    The Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club will host its annual Ice Fishing Derby at Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort on Sand Lake on the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes this Saturday, Feb. 17, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    There is a $20 entry fee; youths age 12 and younger fish for free. Participants can preregister Friday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

    There will be prizes for the biggest fish overall in each category. Hourly prizes will also be offered.

    There will also be three grand door prizes, including first prize, $1,500; second prize, $1,000; and third prize, $500. Raffle drawings will be held at
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:17 PM
    IRONWOOD, MICH. — The Ottawa National Forest will implement fee increases at signature recreation sites across the forest in summer 2018, including the Sylvania Recreation Area.
    All new fees were approved by the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC) in April 2017. Committee members represented a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and publicly acceptable fee changes. 
    Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operations and maintenance, and market assessment.
    Most (80% to 90%) of the revenue collected at recreation fee sites remains on the forest to operate, maintain and
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 12:01 PM
    Results from Wisconsin’s 2018 midwinter waterfowl survey show an increase in waterfowl seen compared to 2017 totals despite subzero temperatures during much of the survey, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
    Officials said, however, that 2018 has seen milder weather compared to last winter. Species like mallard ducks and Canada geese that move with the snow line were observed during the January 2018 survey.
    “Department of Natural Resources biologists visited any open bodies of water they could find from Jan. 2 through Jan. 8 to count waterfowl and eagles,” said Taylor Finger, DNR migratory bird ecologist. “Work done by our biologists is
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 12:00 PM
    Youths and adults who are 4-H members can downhill ski from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp 10 south of Rhine­lander on Saturday, Feb. 24, during a “Learn to Ski” day sponsored by the Oneida County 4-H program. 

    Parents as well as youths are encouraged to participate. The $25 charge covers the lift ticket as well as ski rental. Participants with their own equipment can purchase a lift ticket for $20.

    Ski instruction will be provided by experienced 4-H adult and youth leaders. Preregistration and payment for this event is necessary by 
  • Area clubs to host ice fishing tournaments in coming weeks
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 11:59 AM
    A number of area service organizations and nonprofit clubs will be hosting ice fishing tournaments on Vilas and Oneida County lakes.
    Below is a listing of area fishing events being held in the coming weeks:
    Feb. 10, Three Lakes — The 65th annual Three Lakes Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby on Maple Lake from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be prizes and food available at the chamber office parking lot, with the raffle drawing at 4 p.m. For information, call (715) 546-3457.
    Feb. 10, Sayner/Star Lake — The Sayner/Star Lake Lions Club will host its annual Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tournament on Plum Lake from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place at
  • Mush, you huskies
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 11:58 AM
    The Three Bear Sled Dog Races in Land O’ Lakes attracted mushers and their teams from seven states and Ontario, Canada. This musher stayed low behind her sled in the Adult Sled 6-Dog Speed Class as her team of huskies headed down the trail. More than 70 teams were entered in five classes. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 11:57 AM
    A new demand-based pricing structure for Wisconsin State Park System properties will go into effect Feb. 15 that is intended to encourage use and manage capacity while providing funds for property improvements that directly enhance visitor experiences.

    There will be no increase in the annual admission fees to park system properties, however, daily admission fees will increase at three properties: Devil’s Lake, Peninsula and Willow River state parks. 

    Devil’s Lake daily admission fees will increase $5, with resident daily fees going from $8 to $13 and nonresident daily fees going from $11 to $16. Daily fees at Peninsula and
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 11:56 AM
    Landowners, hunters and land managers with properties of 160 acres or more are encouraged to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) prior to Thursday, March 1.
    Applications submitted prior to this deadline will receive priority access to the program’s perks including a site visit in 2018 by a professional wildlife biologist and forester, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
    The program provides informational resources and professional assistance re­gard­ing wildlife habitat management techniques for properties of any size to help participants improve
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