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Forest County awarded grant for ATV study

In a move that could provide an economic boost to northern Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded Forest County a $10,750 grant to help finance a study of an off-road vehicle park in the county.

For more than a decade, county officials have discussed developing a 10,000- acre park that would provide hundreds of miles of trails for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, trucks and other off-road vehicles.

The project — which is expected to attract ATV enthusiasts from all over the Midwest —

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:58 PM
Culvert repair set in three counties

Several culverts are scheduled for replacement or improvement throughout Vilas, Oneida and Lincoln counties this summer, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The prime contractor for the $1 million project is S & N Inc. Crews will replace and repair four culvert pipes.

A project on Highway 155 at the crossing of Lost Creek (between highways 70 and C) in Vilas County is scheduled to begin Monday, July 21. During construction, Highway 155 will remain open to a single lane of traffic with temporary traffic signals.

Construction is currently

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:58 PM
Relay For Life set this Friday in Eagle River

Survivors to be honored;
teams set $84,000 goal

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The 2014 Relay For Life of the Northwoods will be earlier this year and it will be a one evening event, but the goal will be the same — to raise much-needed funds for the battle against cancer.

The Relay will be this Friday, June 20, with a goal of raising $84,000 for the American Cancer Society and its programs of re­search and education.

According to event Chairwoman Kitty Soo­ko­choff, this year’s theme is “The future is so bright. Let’s finish the fight.”

“The future is so bright relates to the longest day of the year and

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:06 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:24 PM )
Gay marriages on hold in state
By Anthony Drew

News-Review Asst. Editor

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb last week granted Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s request for a stay on her recent order which redefined marriage in Wisconsin to include same-sex couples.

Crabb had previously ruled that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

This marked the 14th federal ruling against state-sponsored gay marriage bans since last June, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Van Hollen had then requested that Crabb’s

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:04 PM
Woman, 47, charged for embezzling $10,000

A 47-year-old Arbor Vitae woman was charged last week with theft in a business setting in Oneida County Circuit Court for allegedly taking more than $10,000 while she was employed at Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua.

Brenda Wigglesworth was arrested last Tuesday following an investigation that spanned at least five years. She worked as a bookkeeper and office manager at the center since 1999.

Wigglesworth appeared at an arraignment hearing by

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:04 PM
Luminaria to line track at Relay

The Northwoods Relay For Life is set for this Friday, June 20, at the Northland Pines High School track in Eagle River, with festivities running from 4 to 11 p.m.

The traditional luminaria candlelit-bags that line the track for all attending to read as they walk their laps are now available for a $5 minimum donation.

“The 9:30 p.m. luminaria ceremony is a ceremony of remembrance and hope. It is a way to honor survivors and those who have lost the battle with cancer,” said Laura Weber, Relay organizer.

This year, kindergarten through third-grade students

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:03 PM
Flock of flamingos
The Northland Pines girls hockey team has their flock of flamingos out and about the area as a fundraiser for the Northwoods Relay For Life. Cali Sanborn   (left) and Emily Saltenberger can be contacted to spread flamingos across a lawn or business. Contact Sanborn at 
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:02 PM
Area schoolchildren get involved in Relay
SOAR students tye-dyed their own T-shirts for Relay For Life. —Contributed Photo

Schoolchildren are gearing up for the Northwoods Relay For Life this Friday, June 20, at the Northland Pines High School track in Eagle River, as area schools have formed teams and are participating and fundraising.

Students in 4-year-old kindergarten through second grade at Eagle River Elementary School colored luminarias for the event. Luminarias will circle the track and messages will be read during a moving ceremony at sundown.

Students at Northland Pines School of Options and Applied Research (SOAR)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:02 PM
Marshfield Clinic reports progress in cancer research and treatment
Marshfield Clinic reports progress in cancer research and treatment

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently released its cancer estimates for 2014. According to the report, an estimated 1.66 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2014. Slightly more than half of those cases — about 51% —  are projected to be in men.

The ACS also projects that the three most common types of new cancer will be breast cancer (235,030 cases), prostate cancer (233,000 cases) and lung cancer (224,210 cases).

While the number of people who may be diagnosed with cancer in 2014 is sobering, the good news is that cancer care has changed a great deal over the last few years.

According to Dr. Matthias Weiss, Marshfield Clinic medical oncologist-hematologist, Oncology Research director and Community Clinic Oncology Program principal investigator, basic science-driven knowledge advances are promising to fundamentally change cancer care.

“Over the last 10 years, 80% of all practice-changing scientific advances in medicine occurred in the field of hematology-oncology. We are just at the beginning of an era of rapidly changing oncology care,” said Weiss.

“We are now expanding knowledge of the molecular basis of what is causing cancer. We are learning more at the molecular, cell level, so we are increasingly able to determine what caused the cancer and what drives its growth. When we can determine that root cause and what drives that growth, we can identify specific treatments based on the particular tumor identified on the cellular level.

“For an example, we have identified targets for treatment of breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer, among others. Medications specifically developed to take advantage of these targets have now been proven through large national clinical trials to achieve better cancer control and cure rates,” he said.

The key for the future will lie in looking at the cellular level to determine what drives the tumor growth and developing targeted therapies.

Weiss said a key factor that will be extremely important to successfully improve cancer treatments will be patient participation and engagement in clinical trials. Last year, more than 500 Marshfield Clinic patients participated in national clinical trials made available to them at Marshfield Clinic oncology-care sites.

“Marshfield Clinic believes it is vitally important to provide the opportunity to offer our patients access to these trials. Over the past 30 years, more than 9,000 clinic patients living in the communities we serve have participated in these national studies. Participation in national studies benefits everyone, as it contributes to scientific progress for all, not just Marshfield Clinic patients,” said Weiss.

“We understand we are at the beginning of a major

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:00 PM
Relay donation
Howard Stevens (left) of Eagle River recently donated $500 to Relay For Life. Accepting the check was Anthony Drew of Team News-Review.                                 —Staff Photo By GARY?RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:00 PM