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Biking adventure
Bicyclists from around the state set up camp Saturday on the grounds of Northland Pines High School as part of the Great Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River. The bike tour began on the Wisconsin River near the border of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Participants left Sunday morning to continue along low-traffic roads along the 427-mile length of the river as it winds through the North Woods, central sand counties and Wisconsin’s dairy land. —Staff Photo By  ANTHONY?DREW
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:16 PM
Three Lakes Town Board updates 20-year plan, revokes liquor license
By Briana Jones
News Correspondent

Three Lakes Town Board members moved forward with Chapter 10 future land-use revisions in the town’s comprehensive plan before voting to revoke the liquor license for Weasel’s Exotic Entertainment at last week’s meeting.

The town’s 20-year comprehensive plan is divided into a series of 12 chapters that focus on nine required elements, one of which is land use.

Chapter 10, future land use, is a key element of the comprehensive plan,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:15 PM
Trustees to seek Visner contract
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The Walter E. Olson Memorial Library board of trustees requested a contract from Jeff Visner of De­sign/Build by Visner of Eagle River last week to design the library renovation and ex­pansion project, though city officials have maintained they want all aspects of the project bid.

While city of Eagle River  officials indicated Visner was hired at the meeting last week, new trustee President Laurie Stoegbauer said that was not the case.

“Mr. Visner was not pres­ent and the trustees voted to request a contract from him,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:14 PM
Eagle River man killed in motorcycle crash

A 34-year-old Eagle River man was killed in a crash between his motorcycle and another vehicle at the intersection of U.S. Highway 10 and state Highway 186 about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Brian Jovanovic was killed in the crash near Auburndale, the agency said.

Jovanovic, who was not wearing a helmet, was westbound on Highway 10

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:14 PM
St. Germain to commence Independence Day festivities
Community Independence Day parades will kick off in St. Germain this Sunday, June 29.                         —STAFF PHOTO
By News-Review Staff

St. Germain will kick off the area’s Fourth of July celebrations with events Sunday, June 29, from 8:30 a.m. to dusk at St. Germain Community Park.

The day will begin with the 10th annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the race to follow at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be given during the day’s festivities.

The St. Germain Lions Club will sell food and drinks from 1 p.m. to dusk,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:12 PM
Vilas Food Pantry gets glowing review from assistance program
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Vilas Food Pantry recently received a favorable review from Kitty Kocol,  coordinator of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), after she conducted an official monitoring visit.

The pantry must recertify each year with NEWCAP Inc., a nonprofit Wisconsin agency fighting against poverty. The protocol allows for random unannounced visits for inspection.

Serving between 220-240 households comprised of 540-570 individuals, the Vilas Food Pantry is run by 15 volunteers, seven voting board members and three nonvoting board members.

Volunteers put in an average of 230 hours per month,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:12 PM
National tourney
The Eagle Waters Resort docks were a busy place Saturday morning for the start of the Professional Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT)?event on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. PMTT?tournament director Tim Widlacki, left, handed out boat tags to the participants as fans and cameramen looked on from the piers.           —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:11 PM
Meshigauds plead guilty, face 20 years in prison

MADISON?—?John Vaudreuil, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, has announced that Charlie Sunn Meshigaud, 25, and Andrew Meshigaud, 27, of Lac du Flambeau pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Madison to conspiring to possess oxycodone with intent to distribute.

From January to June 2013, the Meshigauds made numerous trips to Milwaukee to purchase 30 milligram pills of oxycodone, according to Vaudreuil.

“During that time period, they, and others at their request,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:10 PM
Four teachers lose Pines appeal for salary level
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Four teachers in the Northland Pines School District lost their appeal of a salary level adjustment after the district held reviews in closed session.

Northland Pines has developed a “pay for performance” salary program with five levels established for salary adjustments, according to District Administrator Mike Richie.

“We have very good teachers and these four were no exception,” Richie said. “We have a rubric that details what is expected of teachers at each of five levels. These simply did not meet the criteria for a more advanced level, although some

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:09 PM
Airport project set in Land O’ Lakes

Gov. Scott Walker has announced a $136,843 project to construct a new building for snow-removal equipment at King’s Land O’ Lakes Airport.

Ryan Donnelly, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), said the project will provide the airport with a building to house and maintain snow-removal equipment.

The funding breakdown is as follows: state, $6,842;

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:09 PM