The best snowmobile racers in the world will be returning to Eagle River this weekend for the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Last year’s winner, No. 38 Matt Schulz, will be competing on the ice oval.                                         —STAFF PHOTO
For the 54th consecutive year the world-famous AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby returns to Eagle River Jan. 19-22.Considered to be the “world’s greatest snowmobile race” the 2017 Derby continues a five-decade long tradition as fans and... more
For the first time in three years, the weather cooperated and the Eagle River Area Fire Department and other volunteers were able to build the Eagle River Ice Castle. For more photos on the construction, see Page 1B. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Just because they are vintage sleds doesn’t mean they don’t have speed and power on the AMSOIL Derby Track ice oval. These racers powered through turn four Sunday afternoon in a 340 modified class. There were more than 800 entries for the three days of racing.                                           —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
It was a race weekend that started with sub-zero temperatures each morning, but that didn’t stop hundreds of racers from competing in Trig’s Smokehouse World Championship Vintage Snowmobile Derby, presented by Bull Falls Brewery.In a pre­lude to the... more
Slippery roads resulted in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 45, south of Conover last Thursday morning. A Conover Fire Department responder assisted the driver of the pickup truck through the snowbank to an ambulance, where the man was checked over... more
Handing out “Eagle” trophies on the finish at the Trig’s Smokehouse Vintage World Championship Snowmobile Derby Sunday were, from left, Princess Rebecca Beyersdorf, Derby Queen Jenna Sima, Princess Sophie Spiess and Sno-Eagles Queen Victoria Sleeman... more
Firefighters with the Eagle River Area Fire Department and other volunteers gathered to build the Eagle River Ice Castle last Wednesday through Sunday. Some of the scenes included first, firefighters building the ice castle with about 2,000 blocks... more
The best snowmobile racers in the world will be returning to Eagle River this weekend for the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Last year’s winner, No. 38 Matt Schulz, will be competing on the ice oval.                                         —STAFF PHOTO
Just because they are vintage sleds doesn’t mean they don’t have speed and power on the AMSOIL Derby Track ice oval. These racers powered through turn four Sunday afternoon in a 340 modified class. There were more than 800 entries for the three days of racing.                                           —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Frederick Place benefit marks sixth anniversary

To mark the sixth anniversary of the opening of Frederick Place, the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing Inc. (NATH) will host a benefit dinner Saturday, Feb. 4.

Firefighters and volunteers will take ice from Silver Lake this week.    —STAFF PHOTO

Traditional ice castle to be built this week

While many North Woods residents scoffed this past week at the below-zero temperatures, Eagle River Area Fire Department and Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center officials were

Two employees injured in Phelps due to explosion

A Friday morning explosion at Phelps Cast severely burned a Berntsen Brass and Aluminum Foundry employee and injured one other person, according to reports from company officials.

Rhinelander man dies in Highway 45 crash

A 60-year-old Rhinelander man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 45 in the town of Stella last Saturday night, according to authorities.

Hard-charging Vintage class racers will be competing on the AMSOIL Derby Track oval this Friday through Sunday, with more than 800 entries expected.           —STAFF PHOTO

Prelude to the Derby

The famed Derby racetrack will get a three-day vintage racing warm-up this Friday through Sunday, Jan. 13-15, as a prelude to the 54th annual AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby Jan.

Members of Phelps Fire Department and Phelps Area Emergency Medical Service stand by as the Spirit 2 helicopter lands at Phelps Cast following an explosion Friday. One man was airlifted and another was treated locally for injuries sustained in the blast. —Photo By Sharon Gifford

Two employees injured in Phelps Cast explosion

A Friday morning explosion at Phelps Cast severely burned a Berntsen Brass and Aluminum Foundry employee and injured one other person, according to reports from company officials.

Sima to reign over 2017 Derby

Northland Pines High School senior Jenna Sima has been named Derby Queen for the AMSOIL World Snowmobile Championship in Eagle River later this month.

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The best snowmobile racers in the world will be returning to Eagle River this weekend for the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Last year’s winner, No. 38 Matt Schulz, will be competing on the ice oval.                                         —STAFF PHOTO, Derby Queen Jenna Sima will reign over the festivities during the AMSOIL World Championship.                —STAFF PHOTO

For the 54th consecutive year the world-famous AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby returns to Eagle River Jan. 19-22.

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Firefighters with the Eagle River Area Fire Department and other volunteers gathered to build the Eagle River Ice Castle last Wednesday through Sunday.