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Young artist
 A youth squirted a T-shirt with yellow paint during the recent Wild Eagle Days at Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River.                                —Photo By Kitty Sookochoff
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 3:03 PM
New era in construction

Schiffmann invents composite foundation

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Concrete foundation walls have been the industry standard for residential homes in the United States for more than 100 years.

That is about to change, however, with the introduction of patented Epitome Quality Foundation Walls from Composite Panel Systems.

Nearly seven years in the making,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 3:02 PM
Buell sentenced to three years in state prison
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

A former custodian for the Phelps School District, who in June entered guilty pleas to two counts of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to three years in the Wisconsin Prison System in Vilas County Circuit Court last Thursday.

Richard Buell, 62, was originally charged last August with 10 counts of child pornography after it was learned a school computer he was using for custodial work had child pornography images. The other eight counts were dismissed in the plea agreement.

In addition to the prison sentence, Vilas Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 3:01 PM
Father, son sentenced for possessing eagle

A father and son who farm in the Sugar Camp area were sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson for conduct relating to the possession of an American bald eagle.

Alvin Sowinski, 78,  re­ceived a $30,000 fine, a seven-year ban on his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges, $100,000 in restitution and one year of probation and four months of home confinement, announced John W. Vaudreuil, U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

His son, Paul Sowinski, 46, received a $10,000 fine, a five-year ban

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 3:00 PM
Vilas Fair starts Thursday
Midway rides will be one of the featured activities at the Vilas County Fair Thursday through Sunday.     —STAFF PHOTO

The 98th annual Vilas County Fair will be held in Eagle River Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 7-10, supplying area families with an abundance of activities as it has since the inaugural event in 1916.

The fair will open Thursday night with the signaling of the Civil War cannon.

“Join us for our second annual truck pull Saturday at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:59 PM
Paul Bunyan Fest scheduled Aug. 13

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is seeking vendors to display their  Woods-themed and other handmade crafts for sale at Paul Bunyan Fest set Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Eagle River.

The event will feature more than 75 arts and crafts booths, chain-saw carving demonstrations by Ken Schels and live musical entertainment.

Also available will be the Heap’n Help’n Paul Bunyan-size

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:59 PM
Good times
The Three Lakes Fire Department held its annual Firemen’s Picnic as a fundraiser Sunday at Cy Williams Park. Above, attendees picked out a door prize.          —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:58 PM
Primary races set Aug. 12
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

Democratic candidates for governor Mary Burke and Brett Hulsey will be among those included on primary election ballots next Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The incumbent Rep. Sean Duffy will be challenged by Don Raihala in a Republican primary race for Wisconsin’s 7th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Burke is a former Trek Bicycle executive and

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:56 PM
Business counselor available Aug. 12

A counselor from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Stevens Point will be in Eagle River, by appointment only, Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Confidential business counseling is 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 in the Courthouse, located 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 through the SBDC’s website at

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:56 PM
Outdoor deck approved for Leif’s Café in city
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

An opportunity for Leif’s Café customers to dine outside moved forward when the Eagle River City Council Board of Appeals granted a variance to construct an outdoor deck with a few conditions last week.

Café owner Raul Torres requested to construct an 18- by 30-foot patio on the south side of the restaurant, located at 904 N. Railroad St., but it would encroach upon the setback to North Bluebird Road.

Torres indicated the outside of the deck

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:56 PM