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Vilas County battles thru tough economic stretch
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

With 10 election contests planned for the 21-member Vilas County Board in April, nearly one-half of the supervisors on the board could change in 2014.

That new county board will lead a county that is faced with levy limits, declining state shared revenues, loss of equalized value and continually rising costs of operations.

But Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman recently told

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:47 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2:04 PM )
Spring thaw
 With the high temperature hitting 53 degrees Monday, North Woods residents finally got a reprieve from the extreme winter temperatures, but drivers experienced huge water puddles and slush.        —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:46 PM
Three Lakes eyes town safety zones for sex offenders
By Briana Jones
News Correspondent

A recommended list of sexual offender placement safety zones in the town of Three Lakes has been passed along to the town board following a meeting of the Three Lakes Plan Commission last week.

Vice Chairman Bill Martineau used a large zoning map for commission members to follow along and determine which areas in town zoning districts are most likely to attract children and families.

“We are not a legislative body,” said Martineau.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:43 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:16 PM )
Hyslop recovering from rare adult illness
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop is recovering at home after being hospitalized with a case of E. coli meningitis, a disease rarely seen in adults.

“The doctors don’t have a clue how I got it,” said Hyslop in a telephone interview. “I’m still weak, but everyday I’m getting better. They said it could be six months to recover.”

Hyslop said he was hospitalized about two weeks ago

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:42 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:17 PM )
Severity index climbing
Due to the deep snow in the woods, deer are following trails between bedding and feeding areas. DNR wildlife experts say conditions are severe for deer.                 —STAFF PHOTO

Wildlife experts monitoring northern deer herd

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

With about 26 inches of snow on the ground across Vilas and Oneida counties, and nearly 60 days of below zero temperatures this winter, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife experts are keeping a close eye  on deer and turkey survival.

Even with the high temperature hitting 53 degrees Monday, wildlife experts note it’s only the middle of March and some deer mortality is inevitable due to

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:40 PM
Hardy bird
Though less than five inches in length, the black-capped chickadee is a common, hardy bird that spends the entire winter here.            —Staff Photo By KURT?KRUEGER
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:33 PM
Trig’s Stuff-A-Truck food drive raises $7,100 for local pantries
Participants in this year’s Stuff-A-Truck food drive included, front row from left, Doe Muench of the Three Lakes Christian Food Pantry, Linda Remington, Candice Behnke, Kathy Hamann of Headwaters Food Pantry and Jason Sloan; back row, Trig’s Store Manager Terry Tryggeseth, Jerry Wyckoff of the Vilas Food Pantry, Richard Short of the Vilas Food Pantry, Jerry Adamovich, Pat Young, Andy Jensen and Luke Olejniczak.                             —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

Trig’s of Eagle River recently donated approximately $7,100 worth of food items to three area food pantries as a part of its annual Stuff-A-Truck food drive.

Food from the annual drive was given to the Vilas Food Pantry in Eagle River, Headwaters Food Pantry in Land O’ Lakes and Three Lakes Christian Food Pantry.

“We all know hunger exists everywhere in America,”

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:32 PM
City OKs purchase of equipment totalling $156,648 for golf course
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

New equipment purchases totalling $156,648 for the Eagle River Municipal Golf Course were approved by the Eagle River City Council last week.

Before the purchases were approved, course superintendent Ken Smith explained his preference for greens mowers, an aerator and a groundmaster along with a payment schedule of either three years or paying all costs up front.

“My preference is the Jacobson over the Toro groundmaster,”

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:32 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:18 PM )
Pines considers Good Friday for make-up day
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Making up days that school was closed due to snow or cold occupied the discussion of the Northland Pines Policy Committee last week, included the option of having school on Good Friday.

“We have another day to make up,” District Administrator Mike Richie told the committee members. “And winter isn’t over.”

As it stood last week, the last day of school would be in mid-June, with many agreeing teachers would simply be babysitting as the year drew to a close.

Richie provided the committee with three options to

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:30 PM
Castle demolished
 With temperatures in the lower 50s Monday, city of Eagle River Public Works Department employees used heavy equipment to knock down the Eagle River Ice Castle constructed by the fire department and volunteers. Thousands of people photographed the structure since it was constructed between Christmas and News Year’s.               —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:29 PM