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Lac du Flambeau Lions Club to host 25th District Convention

Lions and Lioness club members from all over northcentral Wisconsin will gather at the 25th annual District Convention and Exposition Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at the Lac du Flambeau Convention Center.

The hosting Lac du Flambeau Lions Club and district committee has scheduled many activities in promoting the motto “We Serve.”

The District is made up of eight counties, 44 Lions Clubs with 1,600 members, 11 Lioness clubs with 425 members and two young adult clubs called LEO sponsored by the Rhinelander and Tomahawk clubs.

Activities will begin Friday with adult and

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:19 PM
Patriots to discuss Pines ‘sex-ed’ class

Parental options and mandated curriculum will be the topics at a meeting to be hosted by the Northwoods Patriots Tuesday, April 8, at Eagle River Inn.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will bring experts to the discussion on these subjects, according to meeting coordinator Kim Simac of Eagle River.

“Arrangements are in the works for speakers to address aspects of the current sex-education program being conducted at Northland Pines High School,” said Simac. “Recent attention was brought to the community when an angry parent spoke out against

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:18 PM
DOT announces frozen road law ends

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that the frozen road law has ended and spring thaw and Class II?road restrictions are effective statewide, including Zone 1 north of Highway 8.

Class II roads include about 1,400 miles of state highways susceptible to damage from heavy trucks during the spring thaw period as frost leaves the ground.

More information regarding Class II roadways and roadway postings can be found online at

The declaration of spring thaw also means the

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:17 PM
WPS reminds past-due customers winter moratorium ends April 15

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) reports that as of the end of February nearly 26,000 of its customers were four months or more behind on their utility bills.

Customers could face disconnection of their utility service after April 15 unless they make prior payments or arrangements.

State law bars utilities from disconnecting residential service from Nov. 1 to April 15 annually. WPS reports that the number of customers past due is slightly higher than last year but the amount they owe is substantially higher because of the colder winter.

“We don’t want to disconnect service to customers

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:16 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:18 PM )
Utility customers must arrange for late payments by April 15

One of the advantages of being a locally owned, not-for-profit utility is the ability to work directly with customers in the community — and for Eagle River Light & Water, that means keeping the lights and heat on for individuals and families on tight budgets.

Throughout the year, utility employees may help customers make arrangements to catch up on late payments, but as winter comes to an end, it’s especially important that customers contact the utility to avoid disconnection.

In Wisconsin, electric utilities may not disconnect service from Nov. 1 to April 15 during the cold winter months. However, utilities may issue final disconnection notices after April 15.

“We understand

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:16 PM
Walker touts tax relief during North Woods visit
Gov. Scott Walker, right, discussed his tax relief plan with Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Executive Direcor Connie Heeg Monday during a North Woods visit.              —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

After signing Special Session Senate Bill 1 Monday, Gov. Scott Walker made a stop in the North Woods to tout his “Blueprint for Prosperity” that is expected to put more money in the hands of state residents.

Walker, who first introduced his Blueprint for Prosperity in January 2014 following the news of a $911 million surplus stemming from higher-than-projected state revenue, said the plan provides significant tax relief for Wisconsinites and invests in worker training.

The governor explained the bill’s major accomplishments

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:45 PM )
A beauty
With winter down creating a white outline of its feathers and its telltale white head in heavy plummage, the bald eagle is a sight to behold in late winter. This one was feeding on fish left by ice anglers.               —Staff Photo By?KURT?KRUEGER
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:34 PM
LdF tribe declares 273 northern lakes for spring spearing

State eyeing options
to reduced bag limits

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Lac du Flambeau Band, historically one of the most active and proficient spearers of the six Chippewa bands in the state, told the Voigt Inter-Tribal Task Force last week that the tribe has increased the number of lakes to be speared this year to 273 — including 21 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

According to Brandon Thoms, director of public relations for the Lac du Flambeau Band, the tribe has declared a total of 27,868 walleye and 886 muskie. The maximum safe walleye harvest for all six Chippewa tribes is calculated at 81,011, with the tribes declaring 63,488.

Last year, the Lac du Flambeau tribe declared

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:33 PM
Sports Arena closed ’til structure tested
The Eagle Riveir Sports Arena, known as the Dome, stood quiet Monday evening.                                    —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The historic Eagle River Sports Arena, also known as the Dome, has been temporarily closed due to possible structural damage to the roof, according to an Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) official.

“It has been temporarily closed for safety reasons until a structural engineer can check it out,” said ERRA President Robert “Mac” McDonald.

McDonald said several weeks ago ERRA Board members noticed a wooden crosspiece in the roof’s south end that appeared to be weak.

“They decided to error on the side of caution,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:30 PM
Elections slated in 10 districts for Vilas County Board seats
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

More than half of the Vilas County Board could be composed of new members after election contests are held in 10 districts next Tuesday, April 1. Community polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vilas County Board Chairman Steve Favorite is not seeking re-election, according to a candidate list released by Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman.

Of those running unopposed for seats on the county board, five are incumbents and four are new candidates.

Incumbent Charles Hayes will

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:19 PM