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Wisconsin’s public libraries to see Internet speed boost

Slow Internet connections in nearly three-quarters of the state’s public libraries will speed up dramatically with a $4.2 million federal E-rate investment in fiber broadband connectivity, according to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Area libraries in the Northern Waters Public Library System expected to see a boost in Internet speed include Boulder Junction Public Library, Eleanor Ellis Public Library in Phelps, Land O’ Lakes Public Library, Walter Olson Memorial Library in?Eagle River, Plum Lake Public Library in Sayner,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:28 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:21 PM )
Vilas Democrats to host Westlund

The Vilas County Democrats will hold a potluck and music festival featuring local musicians and Democratic congressional candidate Kelly Westlund Thursday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the Arbor Vitae Town Hall located at 10675 Big Arbor Vitae Drive.

To register, contact Haffa Abdullah at (347) 855-6441 or events@kellywestlund.­com.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:28 PM
Trees For Tomorrow taking seedling orders

Trees For Tomorrow recently announced it’s accepting orders for six types of tree seedlings which will be available for planting in middle to late spring.

Paper birch — a popular native landscaping tree with chalky white, peeling bark — joins the list of available seedlings for the first time. Others include blue spruce, red (Norway) pine, tamarack, white pine and a white spruce hybrid.

Tree seedlings are an integral part of Trees For

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:28 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:21 PM )
Jail academy
An intensive four-week course to become state certified for working as county correctional officers was recently completed with nine graduates from four counties completing the Jail Academy course through Nicolet College in cooperation with the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department. Academy graduates and the counties they will be employed included, from left, Amos O’Brien, Oneida; Trevor Anderson, Vilas; Mitch Ellis, Oneida; Glen Kortenhof, Oneida; Jake Kamnerer, Vilas; Samantha Kussard, Iron; Allisha Parrott, Vilas; Amy Danielson, Iron; and Jessica Jensen, Taylor.                       —Photo By Ken Anderson
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:25 PM
Bonack honored
Ben Bonack, left, and Janet McCabe of the Three Lakes Single Best Club accepted the proclamation from the Three Lakes Town Board on behalf of Fred “Butch” Bonack Jr. 	—Photo By Briana Jones
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:24 PM
Vilas County ramps up effort to boost dog license compliance
By Mary Platner
Special to the News-Review

This is the first of a three-art series on animal control and welfare in Vilas County. The first article focuses on current dog license statistics in Vilas County and how the county compares to the 72 counties in Wisconsin on percentage of dogs licensed based on population.

Dog license compliance continues to a problem in Vilas County, according to the Vilas County Public Health Board and its subcommittee on Animal Control and Welfare.

Dog license fees are $5 for neutered dogs and $10

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:23 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:24 PM )
Trails donation
 Track Side of Eagle River recently donated $500 apiece to the Conover Sno-Buddies and Three Lakes Trails Inc. Taking part in the check presentation were, from left, Kari Muras of Track Side, Sno-Buddies President Bob Payseur and Three Lakes Trails Vice President Jim Nykolayko.  —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:22 PM
Eagle River customers should continue running water: utility

Eagle River Light & Water Utility recently urged water customers to continue running water in their homes and businesses due to the extreme winter.

The water stream should:

— be the cold water tap on one faucet in the building;

— be at least the size of a pencil, which is approximately ¼-inch diameter at the stream’s smallest point; and

— run constantly 24 hours per day, seven

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:21 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:24 PM )
Meeting on Woodboro ATV trail rescheduled for this Thursday

An open house meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 13, to gather ideas and discuss a request to establish an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail across a portion of the Woodboro Lakes State Wildlife Area.

The meeting previously planned for Feb. 20 was cancelled due to a winter storm.

The Nokomis ATV Club is seeking an ATV trail across the southeast portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife area.  The request includes two route options, both of which would run on existing snowmobile trail routes.

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is a forested, 3,000-acre property

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:21 PM
Historical Society receives museum challenge donation

The Eagle River Historical Society has received a challenge donation of $1,000 toward the lighting for its new museum, but the anonymous donor has specified that matching donations must be received by March 26.

In response to this challenge, another donor offered an additional $1,000 to match by April 15, but only if the first $1,000 is met. As of Monday morning, $250 had already been pledged.

Lighting is one of the highest-cost items in the construction and critical to the display area, according to society Vice President Karen Sailer.

“Artifacts require museum-quality lighting in

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:20 PM