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Land trust names Eckstein, Mueller to board of directors
Ron Eckstein, left, and H.K. Mueller have joined the Northwoods Land Trust Board.                        —Contributed Photo

The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) recently welcomed two new members to its board of directors, according to NWLT Executive Director Bryan Pierce.

“Ron Eckstein and H.K. (Kirk) Mueller bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in ecology and wildlife management and finan­cial and organization skills, respectively,” said Pierce.

Eckstein grew up in Wisconsin and received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:26 PM
Oversize load
 The State Patrol and Wisconsin Public Service assisted Perkins Specialized Transportation in moving two tractor-trailer rigs with evaporator sections from Beaver Dam to an oil project in Canada last Thursday. This was the scene as the rigs made their way along the Highway 45/70 bypass in Eagle River.                             —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:25 PM
Sex offender relocates to Pelican Lake area

ENTERPRISE?—?The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department has announced that convicted sex offender Steven A. Kunze recently relocated to 3441 Highway Q?in Pelican Lake.

Kunze was convicted in 2006 for second-degree sexual assault and in 2001 for exposing his genitals to a child.

He was placed on parole in 2013 in the city of Rhinelander and recently relocated.

Kunze has certain restrictions. He is not to have unsupervised contact with minors,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:24 PM
Fire in Plum Lake destroys mobile home

A garage fire at 8616 Camp Highland Road in Plum Lake last Wednesday resulted in the loss of the garage and an adjoining mobile home, according to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities received a 911 call reporting the blaze at approximately 10:59 a.m. from Mark Hildebrand.

The Vilas County Deputy on scene reported the garage was fully engulfed containing one vehicle. The fire spread to an adjoining mobile home, and both structures were a complete loss.

No injury or loss of life

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:23 PM
Parties come to mutual agreement on Sam Campbell Trail logging
Those who went on the snowshoe outing to discuss the future of the Sam Campbell Memorial Trail included, from left, Tamarack Song, Bob MacGregor of the U.S. Forest Service, Eagle River-Florence District Ranger Harv Skjerven, Dan Reynolds of the U.S. Forest Service and Three Lakes Historical Society Vice President Tom Rulseh. 		     —Contributed Photo
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

After a snowshoe outing on the Sam Campbell Memorial Trail, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Service came to a mutual agreement with the Three Lakes Historical Society regarding a scheduled selective tree harvesting along the trail.

News of the timber sale wasn’t sitting well with the society and other residents of the town who enjoy hiking, biking and snowshoeing on the 1.7-mile trail near Old Military Road in Three Lakes.

The site was donated to the U.S. Forest Service and set aside for use as a nature trail. The trail was named in honor of nature enthusiast, philosopher and writer Sam Campbell.

Eagle River-Florence District Ranger Harv Skjerven,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:21 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:23 PM )
Trees center to host teacher, adult workshops

Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River will host three teacher workshops, three adult workshop programs, and one designed for both groups during 2014.

The teacher workshops aim to provide educators with an invigorating way to earn university credit or continue professional development

The adult workshops are designed for people interested in learning a new skill that either uses natural resources or provides an avenue to explore the outdoors.

“Both our teacher and adult skill-builder workshops provide fun,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:21 PM
Klondike competition
While Klondike Days in Eagle River is promoted as a historical and educational festival, the event also includes many outdoor competitons. A  chainsaw carver (above) put the finishing touches on a carving using a grinder.                  —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:19 PM
Pines has concerns on Common Core
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Legislation affecting Common Core teaching standards currently making its way through the Wisconsin Legislature was discussed at the Northland Pines School Board meeting last Monday.

District Administrator Mike Richie outlined some of the changes that could take place should Assembly Bill 617 be adopted.

The rules would require a board of 15 people, including persons from private voucher schools, even though those institutions would not be required to follow the statewide academic standards of public schools.

Richie has stated there are only two views of Common Core —

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:18 PM
Small-business counseling appointments available

A counselor from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Stevens Point will be in Eagle River, by appointment only, Tuesday, March 11.

Confidential business counseling will be available without charge to current or prospective small-business operators on issues ranging from financial management to sources of capital.

The SBDC staff member will meet clients at the Vilas County UW-Extension Office, located at the courthouse at 330 Court St. in Eagle River, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments must be made in advance by calling (715) 346-4609 or visit

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:18 PM
Business owners gather to discuss Conover-Phelps bike trail project
By Sharon Gifford
Phelps Correspondent

Thirty-four business owners from Conover and Phelps recently took part in an informal meeting at the Conover Town Center to make a list of ideas to attract bikers and hikers to the area and discuss points for a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grant totaling $171,000.

The meeting was generated by the Great Headwaters Trails (GHT) system, including President Jeff Currie and grant writer Ann Currie.

“We were very happy with the turnout and the ideas that were generated from this meeting,” said Ann Currie.

Phelps Chamber of Commerce President Renee Snook opened

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:17 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, March 05, 2014 3:36 PM )