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Phelps joins towns for ‘Connect’ effort

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) has accepted the town of Phelps into its Connect Communities program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown and urban corridor revitalization efforts.

Phelps was among 21 other cities, towns and villages around the state that were accepted into the program.

The new communities, representing a diverse geographic and economic mix, will join 19 communities that were part of the inaugural year of the program.

The 20th original community, La Crosse, was accepted

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 3:06 PM
Nonprofits could earn grant thru WPS Energy Challenge

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is issuing a challenge to area nonprofit organizations in its customer service area to participate in the fourth annual WPS Energy Challenge.

Up to 15 selected non-profit community organizations could earn up to $1,500 for their energy conservation efforts, saving energy at members’ homes and assisting community members in weatherizing their homes.

Nonprofits must apply before the Aug. 22 deadline.  Participating organizations from the WPS service area will undergo a qualifying selection process and be notified by Sept. 3.

To receive the grant,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:28 PM
New forms required for voter registration

The Government Accountability Board (GAB) recently cautioned those registering as voters for upcoming elections to make sure they’re using the new forms.

Many Wisconsin municipal clerks have reported receiving voter registrations on old forms that do not have space for newly required information about the voter’s proof of residence, according to Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the GAB.

“State law changed April 4, and most voters who register must now provide proof of residence,”

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:28 PM
City votes to give up oversight of Olson Library expansion
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The Eagle River City Council, in a special meeting Monday afternoon, approved transferring the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library prop­erty from the city to any of the other six municipalities that are part of the joint library agreement, as well as removing the city as fiscal agent for the library.

“The key for us is we want the library; that’s not the issue,” declared Councilman Jerry Burkett. “The issue is how we get there. If you find a member to take it over, we will deed it to them.”

Mayor Jeff Hyslop told members of the Olson Li­brary board

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:13 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 08, 2014 3:35 PM )
Independence parade
The Red Hat Society’s St.?Germain chapter was on hand to distribute bead necklaces from its float during an early Independence Day celebration Sunday in the town of St. Germain.             —Staff Photo By ANTHONY?DREW
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:12 PM
Emerson named executive director of chamber, center
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Kim Emerson has been named the new executive director of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, the board of directors announced Saturday.

Emerson joined the chamber 13 years ago as the events coordinator and will begin to transition into her new role immediately, according to chamber board President Amy Young.

“Kim has done an exceptional job as the events coordinator and will be

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:11 PM
Karling, DA accept deferred prosecution

Three Lakes School District Administrator George Karling, who was charged with disorderly conduct stemming from an incident with his wife April 19, has reached a deferred prosecution agreement in Oneida County Circuit Court.

Karling, 60, of Minocqua, and Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek  accepted the deferred prosecution agreement last Thursday with Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom.

Conditions of the agreement include:

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:10 PM
Built for speed
 Race boats of all shapes and sizes were on hand for the Three Lakes Fire Department’s Shootout/Radar Run and Fly-In last Friday and Saturday. Several thousand spectators showed up to watch boats race at speeds of more than 120 mph across Big Stone Lake. About a dozen aircraft were on display at the airport.         —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:08 PM
The seventh annual Shootout was held on Big Stone Lake in Three Lakes Saturday, with activities on Big Stone Lake. Above, preparing an engine for the radar run. The event was a fundraiser for the Three Lakes Fire Department.                           —Staff Photo By                   GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:59 PM
La Marre seeks recall of Briggs in Plum Lake
By Wally Geist
St. Germain Correspondent

Town of Plum Lake resident Craig La Marre presented the first legal forms required for a recall of town Chairwoman Dianne Briggs.

The recall forms were obtained from the Government Accountability Board (GAB) in Madison and delivered to Plum Lake Clerk/Treasurer?Sharon Brooker last Tuesday, June 24, according to La Marre, a  retired business owner.

The forms included a statement of intent to initiate

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:56 PM