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

Clothing program reaches $70,000 fundraising goal

Donations to Warm The Children (WTC), a program sponsored by the Vilas County News-Review under the auspices of the Eagle River Rotary Club Foundation to provide winter clothing for children in nee

Hake Alward, left, of Chanticleer Inn in Eagle River donated $500 to the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club. Sno-Eagles president Howard Wolf accepted the donation on behalf of the club.  —Contributed Photo

Trails to open this Thursday in Vilas County

With the recent snow and cold temperatures, the state-funded snowmobile trail system in Vilas County will officially open at noon this Thursday, Dec. 15, for the 2016-’17 winter season.

Baldwin set to battle for wolf delisting

After much lobbying by Republicans to get Democrats in Washington to join hands in the fight to regain local control of the growing Eastern gray wolf population in Wisconsin, U.S. Sen.

Tripp Anderson was presented the chamber’s 2016 Man of the Year award. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, son Michael Anderson, Tripp Anderson, son Peter Anderson and presenter Tom Obrodovich, the 2015 Man of the Year.                      —Staff Photos By JO DANIEL
Chamber President Amy Young, left, presented the Woman of the Year award to Katie Hayes.
Chamber Executive Director Kim Emerson, right, presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Rick Reimer.
The chamber’s 2016 Business of the Year award was presented to WERL/WRJO—Heartland Communications. Chamber Executive Director Kim Emerson presented the award to Craig Whet­stine, vice general manager and his staff.

Chamber honors Hayes, Anderson

Members of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center honored Katie Hayes and Tripp Anderson as the Woman of the Year and Man of the Year, respectively, at the organization’s an

DNR secretary touts plan which realigns state agency

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rolled out state wide changes in front of its employees last week in a two-day debriefing that detailed a less- enforcement-driven idealogy initi

Richie proposes starting school before Sept. 1

The Northland Pines School Board discussed last week developing a request for a waiver from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to start school earlier than Sept.

Cold, snow needed for trails to open

Even if snow and lake ice conditions were favorable, Vilas County snowmobile trails wouldn’t open until on or after Dec. 12, according to county Parks and Recreation Administrator Dale Mayo.

WTC fundraiser slated Wednesday

Friendship House Family Restaurant in Eagle River will host a spaghetti fund­raiser for the Warm The Children (WTC) program Wednes­day, Dec. 14, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Headwaters Council plans holiday show

Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts will host Home for the Holidays!, a Christmas show featuring American Big Band, Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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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.