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America to celebrate

community newspapers

Next week marks the annual observance of National Newspaper Week, a time for the residents of Vilas and northeastern Oneida counties to think about the significance of having a community newspaper.


The newsrooms of America’s newspapers still encompass the nation’s largest news-gathering force. Newspapers were never intended to make the news — just report it. And local news that you won’t find on cable television and talk radio is our specialty.


We hold public officials accountable, advocate for openness in government and champion the cause of ordinary citizens because we are committed to the municipalities and counties we serve. We support local events and many progressive projects because their success is vital to our communities.


What people sometimes forget is that newspapers are legal documents that protect citizens. Requiring legal notices to be published in a venue independent of government is a form of insurance for taxpayers. In an era where anyone can say anything and call it news, it is newspaper content that consistently gets it right and keeps it in context. There are no unexplained, unresearched hoaxes running on our news pages.


As a community newspaper, we want to thank our readers and the business owners who market products and services through us. You are ensuring the future and the vitality of your local newspaper — a vital part of the free press in America. We will continue to strive for excellence to earn and keep your support.

Districts here provide

high quality education

Kudos to the Northland Pines, Phelps and Three Lakes school districts for meeting or exceeding expectations on the most recent Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) report card, a new evaluation system which measures student achievement, growth and post-secondary readiness.


Pines led with a rating of 76.4, the highest rating of all the K-12 school districts in District 9 of the Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA). Pines was in the “exceeded expectations” category along with the Phelps district at 75.5, though Phelps High School was too small to be rated.


The Three Lakes District met expectations with a score of 71.3, just shy of the 73 points needed to put the district into the “exceeded expectations” category. Three Lakes Elementary exceeded expectations at 80.1, and Sugar Camp Elementary scored 71.2.


What the report cards tell us once again is that despite a serious lack of financial aid from the state and the resulting curriculum limitations, the three school districts here offer quality education. They were far from joining the 58 schools that failed to meet expectations or the 169 that met few expectations.


School administrators were quick to credit their staffs and students, and we agree. But we’d also like to credit everyone involved, including administration, parents and school board members. Their dedication and commitment to providing students with above-average educational opportunities is exemplary.

Behind the editorial ‘we’


Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:30 PM

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