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Blue Heron Awards presented in Vilas
Winners of Blue Heron Awards were, from left, Nick and Carol Williams, Eric and Betsy Matz, who live on Crab Lake in Presque Isle, and Eric and Betsy Matz, and Dan and Janie Russell of Island Lake.                            —Contributed Photo

The Blue Heron Shoreline Stewardship Awards were presented at the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association annual meeting and workshop June 13 at Nicolet College.

This year’s recipients are Nick and Carol Williams, who live on Crab Lake in Presque Isle, and the Island Lake Woods Homeowners Association (ILWHA) on Island Lake in Boulder Junction.

The Williamses own 7.6 acres with 1,200 feet of frontage on Crab Lake,

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:49 PM
Barber appointed summer intern

Erik Barber, a senior at Carroll University in Waukesha, has been named the summer intern at the Vilas County News-Review.

The Carroll University student, with a major in communication and minor in business marketing, is writing articles and taking photographs for local businesses featured in the newspaper’s summer publication, Vacation Week.

He will return to Carroll this fall to finish his last semester of college

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:48 PM
River Valley Bank named ‘top performer’

WAUSAU — ICBA Independent Banker, the magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America, recently recognized River Valley Bank as an ICBA Top Performer in its June issue.

River Valley Bank’s recognition is based on its earnings and operational efficiencies throughout 2013.

“Whether it’s a small community bank serving a rural area or a large community bank serving a metro and suburban area, you’ll find they operate with the same focus by always putting their customers and communities first,” said Chris Lorence,

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:48 PM
Lake group donates to buoy program
Sue Saxhaug, left, treasurer of the Cranberry Lake Association, presented Jim Spring, town of Washington chairman, a check for $500 for the buoy program.                 —Contributed Photo

Recognizing the importance of maintaining and replacing the navigational buoys on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, Cranberry Lake Association has once again donated $500 to the town of Washington for this purpose.

The town of Washington coordinates the Eagle River Chain buoy program. The towns of Washington and Lincoln, and the city of Eagle River

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:47 PM
Auto show
The Eagle River Business Association (ERBA), in conjunction with the Eage River Airport, combined a car show and fly-in last Saturday and billed it as Props & Pistons. The event featured a car show in downtown Eagle River and a classic fly-in at the Eagle River Airport. The highlight of the day was a radar run on the airport runway where street- legal cars tested their speed on the runway for one-quarter of a mile.           —Staff Photo By               RYAN BURGY
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:46 PM
Bank provides AIS bridge loan
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

For the sixth consecutive year, First National Bank of Eagle River has offered a financial bridge loan to the Unified Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Commission to assist in the management of aquatic invasive species (AIS) on the lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)  grant obtained by the commission to treat Eurasian water milfoil on the Chain is a reimbursement grant, which means all project costs must be paid in full before reimbursement can be made.

The commission, in partnership with the DNR, treated approximately 34 acres of Eurasian

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:45 PM
Three Lakes Shootout, Fly-In planned on Big Stone Lake

The roar of high-powered race boats will return to Big Stone Lake in Three Lakes Friday and Saturday, June 27-28, for the seventh annual Three Lakes Shootout/Radar Run and Fly-in.

The Shootout grounds are located on Highway 32 east of Three Lakes at Sunset Grill and Anchor Marine, with some activities kicking off Friday night at Bonnie’s Lakeside restaurant on Highway 32.

All event proceeds will benefit the Three Lakes Fire Department.

This year, the Ministry Health Care Spirit helicopter will visit at the nearby Three Lakes airport,

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:45 PM
Rotary Club donation
The Eagle River Rotary Club recently donated $2,500 to the Eagle River Historical Society to help fund its ongoing renovations at the new historical museum   located on Highway 45. Taking part in the check presentation were, from left, Chris Stark of the Rotary, Val Dreger of the Rotary, Karen Sailer of the historical society and Jed Lechleitner of the Rotary.  —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:43 PM
Ministry Health Care warns of billing scam

Ministry Health Care has announced a potential billing scam involving a company identified as NCC?Common Wealth.

A member of Ministry staff recently received a call from a patient who has been receiving collection letters from the company collecting on debt from one of Ministry’s hospitals.

The letter indicated a phone number of (570) 347-1115.

“A quick internet search turned up a number of scam

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:43 PM
City OKs Associated Bank facility at corner of Railroad, Pine streets
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

A new bank facility near downtown and a development agreement for a housing project were approved at the Eagle River City Council meeting last week.

Associated Bank’s plan for a drive-up and walk-in facility at the corner of Railroad and Pine streets was presented to the city Plan Commission two weeks ago. The commission recommended the city council approve the facility and the council gave its support last Tuesday.

An Associated Bank office is currently located

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:42 PM