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New bids will help Pines save $100,000 for health insurance
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The Northland Pines School District will save taxpayers nearly $100,000 after seeking competitive bids for providing group medical health insurance, according to district administrator Mike Richie.

“With Act 10, we could seek bids for our health coverage and we received five bids,” said Richie. “Of the bids, four actually would have increased our cost, and one, from the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA), reduced our cost by $99,121. Therefore, our rate is lower than last year.”

Under the WCA plan, the rate for a single

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:43 PM
St. Germain Chamber to host 10th Pig in the Pines this weekend

The St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce re­cently announced that its 10th annual Pig in the Pines Ribfest will be held July 31 through Aug. 2 at the St. Germain Community Park.

The event hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day, with a free admittance period from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The gate fee after 1:30 p.m. will be $5. Children 10 and  younger will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The Ribfest will feature five award-winning rib vendors including Ohhh Lardy’s BBQ,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:43 PM
Vilas board approves ATV amendment to plan
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Vilas County Board voted 15-4 Tuesday night in favor of an amendment to the 15-year Vilas County Forest Comprehensive Land Plan to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on some public roadways and designated trails in the county forest.
Board supervisors discussed the matter for more than two hours in front of hundreds of concerned citizens at the Arbor Vitae Town Hall.
Four separate amendments to the language of the original amendment under consideration were voted down during the course of discussion.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:23 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:02 PM )
Star Lake woman dies after rescuing juvenile

A 47-year-old Star Lake woman died last Tuesday after rescuing a juvenile swimmer on Star Lake in the town of Plum Lake.
Karen Wessel was transported by Spirit Helicopter to Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m.
An 8-year-old male also was transported to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff for immediate treatment related to the same incident.
The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at approximately 12:39 p.m. reporting two adult females attempting to rescue three children who were swimming in Star Lake.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:10 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:02 PM )
Panel favors per capita for ambulance payments
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

Members of the Ambulance Study Committee unanimously voted last week to base the cost of ambulance service through Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital on the percentage of each municipality’s total population.

While the total subsidy paid by the city of Eagle River and towns of Lincoln, Washington, Cloverland and Hiles was about $71,000 for 2014, Ministry Health Care is requesting about $277,000 for paramedic-level emergency service in 2015 — an increase of $206,000.

The shares being recommended by the committee are as follows:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:56 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:59 PM )
Dock scenes
One of the new exhibits at Artarama in Eagle River Saturday featured the 3-D custom dock scenes by Jen Norqual of Naples, Fla. The artist showed one of her works to Beth Preston of Las Cruces, N.M.                   —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:55 PM
Albaugh avoids Vilas jury trial, pleads no contest
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Former Eagle River Woman of the Year, Michelle Albaugh, avoided a jury trial and entered a plea in Vilas County Circuit Court Monday.

Albaugh, 38, was charged with one count of theft from a business setting greater than $10,000 and one count of identify theft when she was the treasurer of the Eagle River Jaycees.

According to the criminal complaint,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:54 PM
Art Impressions set in Land O’ Lakes

Art Impressions, co-sponsored by the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans, will take place on the grounds of the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall this Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

More than 80 fine artists and crafters will have their work for on display and for sale at the event.

The artistic creations include paintings, jewelry,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:54 PM
Working hard
Two muskie anglers worked the edge of a weed bed on the Eagle River and Three Lakes Chain of Lakes Sunday morning, doing “figure eights” to entice a strike. See more on fishing conditions in Outdoors.                     —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:52 PM
Guest count increasing at new historical museum

The Eagle River Historical Museum has been open for nearly two months, and according to historical society Vice-President Karen Sailer, visitor counts have been increasing.

A recent attraction has been added with the loan of a vintage Rhinelander boat by Todd Powell.

The new historical museum — located 1181 Highway 45 S. —

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:47 PM