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The 37th annual Hodag Country Festival was held in Rhinelander last Thursday through Sunday, drawing country music stars and tens of thousands of fans. Above, fans standing and cheering their favorite singer.      —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:59 PM
 
Pines gives names in records request
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Four Northland Pines School District teachers who appealed a decision by the school board to deny a higher salary level have been identified after an open records request was filed and the district determined the names could be revealed.

The appeals were heard in closed session by a combination of board members, administrative staff and teacher representation. Returning to open session, District Administrator Mike Richie said all four appeals were denied but declined to identify the teachers,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:58 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:58 PM )
 
Mental Health Summit slated in Iron Mountain

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mich. will host its second annual Mental Health Summit Tuesday, July 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Holman Room as a part of a national initiative to improve mental-health care for veterans.

The purpose of the Mental Health Summit is to bring together key stakeholders in the community with the goal of enhancing access to mental-health services and addressing the mental health-care needs of veterans and their family members residing in the Upper Peninsula of

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:57 PM
 
Statewide effort to find AIS comes to Vilas County lakes
Quita Sheehan of the Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Department, looks for aquatic invasive plants in area lakes.                                       —Contributed Photo

Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Department employees, staff and volunteers are assisting a statewide effort to determine the extent of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Wisconsin.

The surveys are part of a five-year effort by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), volunteers and partner organizations to survey or monitor 200 randomly selected?Wisconsin lakes each year.

The project is the first effort of this scale in the U.S.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:56 PM
 
Two children injured in boating accident in Manitowish Waters

A?boating accident on Little Star Lake in Manitowish Waters last Thursday resulted in two children being transported to Howard Young Medical Center for injuries.

Vilas County 911 received a report of the accident at approximately 2:20 p.m.

It was reported that two children being pulled on a boat tube had struck the side of a pontoon boat and were injured.

The children — a brother and sister, ages 11 and 12,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:56 PM
 
Chamber announces parade float winners

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced this year’s Fourth of July parade float winners.

This year’s parade had nearly 90 entrants participating with more than 70 floats.

“The theme of ‘Saluting Our Volunteers and Service

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:55 PM
 
Trail work
Celebrating its seven-year anniversary, the Three Eagle Trail recently underwent a major restoration of its limestone surface. The work included grading (above) to the original trail width, re-establishing proper drainage, adding fresh, crushed limestone and compacting the entire surface for a firm, uniform riding surface. The eight-mile trail runs from Three Lakes to Eagle River. Funding of trail maintenance relies entirely on voluntary donations to the Three Eagle Trail Foundation and can be made at 3eagletrail.com.       —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:54 PM
 
Reduced-price meals climbs 7.3% at Pines

Student poverty rates in the Northland Pines School District have climbed 7.3% since 2012-’13, according to statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), while rates at districts in Three Lakes and Phelps have remained nearly the same.

At Pines, 44.5%?of students were eligible for free and reduced-price school meals this past school year compared to 37.2% in 2012-’13.

Meanwhile, in Three Lakes, 42.9% of the student body qualified for the subsidy program compared to 41.9%?last year, marking a slight increase of 1%.

Phelps School District saw 59.1% of students

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:53 PM
 
Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters schedule bike trail dedication July 26

BOULDER?JUNCTION?— The communities of Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction have announced there will be an official trail dedication for the completed biking/hiking trail segment joining the towns Saturday, July 26, at the wayside intersection of highways H and K.

The dedication will take place from noon to 2 p.m., when the Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction Lions Clubs will hold a complimentary brat and hot dog fry.

The trail now connects to the Heart of Vilas County

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:53 PM
 
Country baritone
Country music star Josh Turner, the man with the unmistakable baritone voice, performed to a big crowd at the Hodag Country Festival Friday.  —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:42 PM
 
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