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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
Northwoods Summit to focus on bettering area communities

Treehaven, a natural resources center in Tomahawk, will host the Northwoods Research Summit Thursday, March 20, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m.

The summit will focus on discovering ways to live, learn, work and prosper as a community.

It will be sponsored by Nicolet College, UW-Stevens Point and Grow North: Regional Economic Development Corp..

Business and economics professor Jerry Hembd

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:19 PM
Donation to Lions
 The Morgan Stanley Foundation recently presented $2,000 to the Eagle River Lions Club. Taking part in the check presentation were, from left, club President Jake Weinand and foundation representative Matt Kluetz. The funds will be used to support local charities and needs in the Eagle River area.  —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:18 PM
St. Germain man found frozen

A 49-year-old man was found outside his home in St. Germain Saturday at 6:22 p.m. deceased and frozen to the ground, according to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.

Wade Willey was found lying outside his residence, according to officers who responded to the scene.

Willey was last seen Saturday morning at approximately 1 a.m.

Thursday, March 06, 2014 11:08 AM | Updated ( Friday, March 07, 2014 2:11 PM )
Klondike Days still popular despite frigid temps both days
The River Country Red’s Rendezvous and Living History Encampment were big attractions at Klondike Days in Eagle River last weekend. Trader Keith Slizewski used crude fur trade-era tools to make a walking stick.       —STAFF PHOTOS
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

While cold temperatures affected the number of spectators who attended the 24th annual Klondike Days in Eagle River Saturday and Sunday, organizers said the historical winter festival met its goal of drawing people to the North Woods in early March.

Temperatures were sub-zero both mornings as Klon­dike Days spectators arrived at the festival grounds and the high never reached 10 degrees either day.

Klondike Days executive director Amy Young said

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:32 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:48 PM )
News-Review wins award for ‘best weekly’
Displaying the eight WNA first-place plaques and cup were News-Review employees, front row from left, Anthony Drew and Gary Ridderbusch; and back row, Jean Drew, Kurt Krueger, Betsy Blei­cher and Sharina Adams.           —Staff Photo By RYAN BURGY

Eight firsts, 17 awards
topped largest division

By News-Review Staff

MADISON — For the second time in three years, the Vilas County News-Review was named the best large weekly newspaper in the state after receiving a company-best 17 Better Newspaper Contest awards last week for writing, photography and ad design.

Contest winners were honored last Friday night at the 160th annual convention of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA), staged at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.

The WNA Foundation received

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:30 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:35 PM )
Jaycees’ member charged with theft
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

A former Eagle River Woman of the Year was charged in Vilas County Circuit Court Monday for allegedly taking more than $16,000 while she was treasurer of the Eagle River Jaycees between Jan. 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013.

Michelle Albaugh, 37, of Eagle River, is charged with theft in a business setting of more than $10,000. The charge is a Class G felony that upon conviction carries a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment up to 10 years, or both.

Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III appointed

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:29 PM
DNR study could close 900 acres to hunting
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

A proposed 30-year deer research project in Vilas County could close 900 acres of public land to hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities, the News-Review has learned.

The three-decades-long experiment to determine how deer of different population levels affect forest vegetation is planned for 900 acres of public land in north-central Vilas County south of Palmer Lake, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forest research ecologist Dustin Bronson.

“Within the study area, areas of different sizes will be fenced to develop deer populations of low,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:29 PM
With sawdust flying, two lumberjills competed in the two-person crosscut saw competition during Klondike Days. There were a record 73 competitors, including several college teams, in the two-day event.                      —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:28 PM