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Vilas Board below budget for operations

The 21 supervisors
average $5,447

By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The 2013 cost of overseeing Vilas County government by the 21 elected supervisors came in slightly below budget, according to data released by the county clerk’s office.

The total cost of attending meetings (per diem), miles traveled, meals, registration, lodging and parking for supervisors in 2013 was $114,378. The county board budget for 2013 was $117,128.

The 2014 budget for the county board was set at

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:57 PM
 
Concealed carry class scheduled in Eagle River

The Eagle River Police Department will host a concealed carry class this Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at City Hall.

The class allows participants to meet the state requirement for a concealed carry permit.

Class size will be limited to 25 participants, and only a few slots remain. The cost will be $40 per person and people can register at Eagle River City Hall or the police department.

An optional session on the appropriate

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:57 PM
 
Lions award
Eagle River Lions Club President Jake Weinand (left) recently presented a Knight of Sight Fellowship Award to club member Bryan Boone. This award from the Wisconsin Lions Eye Bank recognizes Boone’s continued dedication and participation in bringing sight to many residents of the state of Wisconsin. 	—Contributed Photo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:56 PM
 
Pat Kiley joins Owl’s Nest?Realty

Owl’s Nest Realty of Eagle River broker and owner Inge Knauz recently announced that Pat Kiley has completed the real estate-licensing course and is now working as a sales agent.

“Kiley comes out of retirement with a strong knowledge of real estate having worked about 36 years in banking, most of those as a real estate mortgage lender and manager,” said Knauz.

She also served as the Northwoods Association of Realtors association executive for a couple of years during which time she helped establish the current Multiple Listing Service.

Kiley has lived most of her life in Eagle River and has three grown children who have also settled in the area and four grandchildren.

In her spare time, she said enjoys knitting, canoeing,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:56 PM
 
Counseling available for small businesses

A counselor from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Stevens Point will be in Eagle River, by appointment only, Tuesday, April 8.

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 visiting the SBDC’s website at uwsp.edu.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:56 PM
 
Servant Leader Awards
Trig’s of Eagle River recently honored its Servant Leader award recipients for 2014 during a program in the store. Trig’s CEO Lee Guenther presented employee Candice Behnke (both holding the sign) with an award naming her this year’s Servant Leader of the Year. Behnke was recognized for her outstanding role as a leader and for setting a positive example within the company.  —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:55 PM
 
Presque Isle home destroyed in fire

A home in Presque Isle was destroyed in a fire last Wednesday, according to the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities received a report of the fire at 8130 S. Bay View Road at approximately 11 p.m.

The Presque Isle Fire Department responded to the structure fire with the assistance of the Winchester Fire Department,?Manitowish Waters Fire Department, Boulder?Junction?Fire Department and Excel Energy.

The one-story dwelling was discovered fully engulfed in flames by a neighbor,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:54 PM
 
Donations for safety
 Donations totaling $450 recently were presented to the Vilas County Snowmobile Safety Committee to promote public safety messages. From left, Stan Guif of the Arbor Vitae Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club presented a check for $250 to Ralph Sitzberger, committee chairman; and Carolyn Ritter, committee vice chairwoman, received a $200 check from Mike Keintz of the Land O’ Lakes Frosty Snowmobile Club. 	              —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:53 PM
 
Kennedy to leave Vilas sheriff’s office
Russ Kennedy
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

A long-time Vilas County Sheriff’s Department law enforcement officer Capt. Russ Kennedy is changing jobs and uniforms after serving 33 years in the sheriff’s office.

Kennedy has announced his retirement and is taking a position with the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department as a patrol and public relations officer. Kennedy said he looks forward to bringing his talents and experiences to assist tribal officials.

“It’s been a wonderful career with

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:52 PM
 
Animal bites top 190 in 3 years

Vaccinations required for dogs in Vilas

By  Mary Platner
Special to the News-Review
This is the second of a three-part series on animal control and welfare in Vilas County. Part one published in the March 12 edition focused on dog license statistics in Vilas County and how they compare to the rest of the state. This article focuses on prevention of animal bites and the need for rabies vaccination in Vilas County.

In Vilas County, the Public Health Department has recorded 197 animal bites in the past three years.

According to the Vilas County records, in 2011 there were 50 dog bites,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:50 PM
 
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