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Free business counseling available by appointment

A counselor from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Stevens Point will be in Eagle River, by appointment only, Tuesday, July 8.

Confidential business counseling is available without charge to current or prospective small-business operators on issues ranging from financial management to sources of capital.

The SBDC staff member will meet clients at the Vilas County UW-Extension Office, located in the courthouse at 330 Court St. in Eagle River, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments must be made in advance by calling (715) 346-4609 or through the SBDC’s website at

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:38 PM
Three area school districts get $184,000 in transportation aid

Three area schools are set to receive a total of more than $184,000, as the Department of Public Instruction is distributing $5 million in aid for districts with above-average student transportation costs under the first year of the high-cost transportation categorical aid.

Northland Pines, will receive $92,465.77 in aid, while Phelps will get $20,467.92 and Three Lakes will accept $71,248.19.

Districts are eligible for high-cost transportation aid

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:38 PM
Old iron
Antique snowmobiles were found at the AMSOIL?Derby Track Expo Hall in Eagle River on June 28 and 29. Machines ranging from antiques to the latest racing machines could be found and observed by visitors.          —STAFF?PHOTO
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:37 PM
Pines sex ed advisory committee discusses purpose and direction
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Members of the Northland Pines School District Human Growth and Development Advisory Committee discussed its purpose and the direction of human growth and development instruction in the school district at the panel’s initial meeting last week.

Pines curriculum director Gayle Daniel led the group of community and district members on the requirements of the committee and the requirements of instruction topics. State statutes indicate the purpose is “to promote the optimal health and well-being of pupils.”

Daniel indicated if a school district offers a

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:37 PM
Found Lake association to hold annual meeting

The Found Lake Property Owners Association will hold its annual meeting Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at VanderVort Park on Lost Lake Drive North in St. Germain.

Topics to be covered at the meeting include motor trolling, boat landing inspections, recruitment of volunteer inspectors, reports on activities of the Town of St. Germain Lakes Committee and the Sayner-St. Germain Wildlife Club, muskrat damage and trapping, and spring spearing.

Carolyn Scholl, head of the

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:36 PM
Wristbands help promote biking
Wristbands that promote bicycling in Vilas County are being sold for $5 each at area businesses.        —Contributed Photo

“Thumbs up to bicycling in Vilas County” is the slogan on Bike Bands being sold in various locations around Vilas County this summer.

A person wearing his or her lime-green silicon wristband is entitled to special offers at all participating businesses around the county.

Bike Bands also give people “an easy and fun way to show that

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:35 PM
Relay For Life raises $43,000
Keenan and Patti Roberts (couple at left), and Jack and Jane O’Brien, all of Eagle River, walked hand-in-hand during the survivors walk at the Northwoods Relay For Life in Eagle River last Friday.         —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

28 teams walk track, honor 128 survivors

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The 15th annual Northwoods Relay For Life raised more than $43,000 Friday night at the Northland Pines High School track in Eagle River as participants raised money to find a cure for cancer and offered support to those battling the disease.

The 2014 Relay, which raises money to benefit the American Cancer Society, followed the theme of “The future is so bright. Let’s finish the fight.”

This year’s Relay was held in June instead of August

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:22 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:14 PM )
DNR gives OK to new piers at Wild Eagle
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has approved an application for a permit to place six piers — allowing for 60 boat slips —  along the shoreline at Wild Eagle Lodge on Duck and Lynx lakes on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes.

Kyle McLaughlin, DNR?water management specialist, notified Wild Eagle Lodge owners last Thursday that the agency was approving the application with a few limitations.

“Because objections were received during the public comment period, this permit is not valid until July 19, 2014,”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:21 PM
Phelps Town Board tries for ATVs again

Ordinance hinges
on county approval

By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Phelps Town Board unanimously approved an ordinance last week that could allow all-terrain vehicle (ATV) traffic on town roads for a two-year trial period, pending approval by the Vilas County Board.

This ordinance is identical to a mandate passed by the board two years ago in an attempt to get ATV traffic in Phelps. The 2012 ordinance was rendered null and void after the Vilas County Board rejected the use of Highway A in Phelps for ATV?travel by a 12-8 vote.

The Phelps Town Board is seeking approval from the county

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:20 PM
Phelps man pleads guilty to possessing child porn
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

A former custodian for the Phelps School District entered guilty pleas to two counts of possession of child pornography in Vilas County Circuit Court last week, with eight similar counts dismissed.

Richard Buell, 52, was originally charged last August with 10 counts of child pornography after an examination of the school computer he was using.

Vilas County District Attorney Albert Moustakis requested the court order a presentence

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:20 PM