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The Phelps School Board hired Kevin Hill as the cross-categorical special education teacher at Phelps School. Hill attended UW-Stevens Point and earned a bachelor of science degree in special education. He previously worked for D.C. Everest Junior High as a teacher, job coach and support worker for adults with cognitive disabilities. He and his wife, Melissa, have one son, Orion. Hill’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, bike riding and spending time with his family.  —Photo By Sharon Gifford
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:11 PM
Women’s club to hold meeting

The Phelps Women’s Club will meet Monday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Phelps Fire Hall.

Maxine Bickelhaupt and Sharon Gifford will be the meeting hostesses. Jan Petrick will be the speaker.

Guests are welcome to attend. For information, call Gifford at (715) 545-4008.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:10 PM
Trick-or-treating planned in Phelps

The Phelps Parents Association is organizing a trick-or-treat map for the town of Phelps and is looking to hear from anyone who would like their home added to the map.

The map will have addresses of homes that will have treats for trick-or-treaters. Following the map, parents can drive their children from house to house Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m.

A party with dinner also will be held at the school from 5 to 7 p.m.

To volunteer supervising a game or serving dinner, or to add a home to the map, call Jill Mesun at (715) 545-4017 by Oct. 21.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:10 PM
Phelps Fire Department sets prime rib fundraiser
Phelps volunteer firefighters will serve as waitstaff and kitchen staff at the 18th annual prime rib dinner fundraiser. Showing off the emergency-themed aprons were firefighters, from left, Jeff Kinner, Chris Whitehead, Mike Gill and Mike Myzska. 	—Photo By Jeanne Brown
Firefighters looking to build new station

The Phelps Volunteer Fire Department will  shed  their turnout gear and don aprons for the 18th annual prime rib dinner fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 12, at Hillside Resort on Lac Vieux Desert.

Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. For a cost of $20, guests will be served soup, salad, baked potato, prime rib and dessert.

Tickets are available at  Sand Lake Pub, Northern Exposure,

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:19 PM
Alumni return for Hometown Reunion
Mary Elverson-Kismore (left), a 1959 graduate, talked to guests at the reunion about her career as a professional women’s basketball player for the Texas Cowgirls. 	—Photo By Sharon Gifford

The Phelps Hometown Reunion for those involved with Phelps School saw alumni return from California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, South Dakota, New York, Illinois, and Minnesota, according to ‘55 graduate and event organizer Kathy Schofield.

The day started at school with tours, photographs, fellowship and refreshments. The event wrapped up with a buffet and a program at Holiday Lodge.

“At the evening meal at Holiday Lodge, there was electricity in the air — the coming together of the school family from several generations was creating atmospheric conditions,” said Schofield. “It truly was a time of recharging.”

Kim Johnson, Phelps School band teacher, led the whole group in the school song, which was written in the

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:18 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:59 PM )
Donations to EMS
Northwoods Living Care Foundation recently donated $4,476 in proceeds from Picnic in the Park to the Phelps Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Taking part in the check presentation were, from left, Lynn Shotwell, Eugene  McCaslin, EMS coordinator Carole Selin, Northwoods Living Care Foundation President Cathy Grady, Jeff Kinner, Peggy James of NorthStar Hospital and Gregg Cousins. Next year’s Picnic in the Park has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 8.  —Photo By Sharon Gifford
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:36 PM
Contest winners announced from Scarecrow Fest event
Ella Sobieck was named the winner of the under-14 division of this year’s scarecrow contest at Scarecrow Fest in Phelps with her dog-themed display.

Event organizers have announced the winners from various contests at the recent Scarecrow Fest in Phelps.

Ella Sobieck won the under-14 scarecrow contest, while the Jusufi family won the over-14 division with the “live scarecrow.”

The winner of the 50/50 drawing was Steve Dunphy.

The largest pumpkin contest’s first-place

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:35 PM
Brat sale
Mary Ann Pinterics (left) and Jackie Fruth recently manned the brat stand at Trig’s in Eagle River in an effort to raise money for Phelps area snowmobile trails.  —Photo By Sharon Gifford
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:51 PM
Low-income clinic project seeks professional volunteers

Deb Elverson of Phelps has met with the new owner of the vacated Lillian Kerr Nursing Home building in Phelps in an effort to set up a nondenominational ministry and nonprofit low-income clinic and community center.

The building’s owner will allow the project with one stipulation: she must receive commitment by Sunday, Sept. 22, from volunteer lawyers, doctors, dentists, optometrists, board of directors, and others with expertise in their occupation.

She also must hear from those interested in using the services provided.

To volunteer or for more information, call Elverson at (715) 545-2572.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:50 PM
Bill Jamerson speaks on CCC at historical museum open house
Phelps Historical Society open house speaker Bill Jamerson autographed copies of his book, “Big Shoulders,” for attendees.   He also gave a presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps at the event.                                     —Photo By Sharon Gifford

The Phelps Historical Museum recently hosted an open house which included refreshments, music and speaker Bill Jamerson, who gave a presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The CCC was a federal program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 which put men to work restoring natural resources, building roads and fighting forest fires.

“An average CCC boy planted 1,015 trees a day, a

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:45 PM

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