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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
Pines schools to start earlier

Due to the frigid temperatures and inclement weather this school year, the Northland Pines School District plans to start earlier in the morning to make up for canceled school days.

The school board has decided to make the time up by starting school 10 minutes earlier each day, beginning April 7. This is the Monday the school will return from spring break.

Rather than starting at 8:25 a.m., all schools in the district will begin school at 8:15 a.m. All bus pickups will be 10 minutes earlier than what the scheduled pickup time currently is.

The school has made up some of these days already and has extended its school year to June 11. Even so, in order to meet the minutes and days required by state law, the school will have to add additional time to its school year.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:18 PM
Home destroyed
A home at 5219 River Run Drive in the town of Sugar Camp was destroyed by a fire Monday afternoon. Area fire departments were dispatched to the fire at 2:47 p.m. No one was home at the time of the fire.              —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:17 PM
Vander Bloomen, Hassey vie for Lincoln Board seat
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Bill Hassey and Kara Vander Bloomen are vying for a town board supervisory position for the town of Lincoln in the spring election next Tuesday, April 1.

The two candidates defeated incumbent town board supervisor Leon Kukanich in the primary election Feb. 18.  Incumbent Supervisor Bruce Richter also has an expiring term this spring, but is unopposed.

Because the town of Lincoln has a five-member town board, Chairman Dick Stoegbauer, supervisors Brian Uttech and Scott Nordstrom, and Town Clerk/Treasurer Shelly Sauvola aren’t up for re-election this spring.

In the primary, Hassey garnered 159 votes,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:15 PM