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Governor signs bill for snomo trail fee
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 407 into law last week —  legislation requiring individuals to purchase a trail use sticker for their snowmobile before using state trails.

The legislation, authored by Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Tomahawk) and co-authored by Sen. Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac),  is expected to generate millions of dollars for the snowmobile trail fund, which helps pay to build and maintain the thousands of miles of trails in Wisconsin.

For residents of Wisconsin, the trail pass will

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:15 PM
City Council supports fiber-optic application
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The Eagle River City Council gave its support to increasing options for broadband fiber-optic connections through a private-public partnership with local provider Choicetel as its meeting last week.

Local Choicetel owner Ted Bogeman told the council he was applying for a state Public Service Commission (PSC) grant to extend a fiber-optic line from Eagle River to Rhinelander.

“This connection would encourage competition and expand

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:14 PM
Area donation
Chilly Charlie of the Northwoods Blizzard Blast (far left) and event coodinator Lanny Studdard (far right) recently presented a check for $10,000 to representatives of the northwoods area fire and emergency medical services departments including, from left, Phelps Fire Chief Steve Waier, Conover Fire Chief Randy   Barnes and Land O’ Lakes Fire Chief Sam Otterpohl. The funds will go toward winter rescue equipment. Studdard said the success of the event held Feb. 16 at the Conover Community Park was the result of a mutual partnership between volunteers and area businesses working together for the benefit of the whole community.  —Photo By RYAN BURGY
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:07 PM
Two races set for Pines Board
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

There will be two contests for positions on the Northland Pines School Board in the spring election next Tuesday, April. 1.

Incumbent board member Mark Vander Bloomen is being challenged by former board member Amy Decker in Area A, which includes the city of Eagle River and towns of Cloverland, Lincoln and Washington.

In Area B, which is the town of Conover, new candidates Jennifer Payne and Shirley Kufeldt are vying for the seat being vacated by  incumbent Mike Jovanovic, who filed for noncandidacy.

Vander Bloomen, the chief of police for the city of Eagle River,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:06 PM
Lynn, Ritzer seek post in Cloverland
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Town of Cloverland voters will go to the polls next Tuesday, April 1, to select between candidates James Lynn and Mildred Ritzer for a town board supervisory position.

Incumbent Supervisor Marty Ketterer submitted a declaration of noncandidacy, opening the door for the newcomers. Incumbent Supervisor Steve Favorite also is up for re-election, but is running unopposed.

Because Cloverland has a five-member town board, Chairman Scott Maciosek, supervisors Joe Eisele and Francine Gough, and Clerk/Treasurer Julie Priefer aren’t up for re-election this spring.

The following is a

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:05 PM
50th anniversary
Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital’s membership in the American Hospital Association (AHA) celebrated 50 years in 2013. AHA Regional Executive Kim Byas Sr. recently visited the facility to present a 50-year membership plaque. Accepting the plaque were, front row from left, Ginger Gullan, auxiliary; Marie Maciag, auxiliary treasurer; Byas; Diana Sell, auxiliary co-president; Peggy Kalt, auxiliary co-president; back row, Peggie Lambert, auxiliary past president; Laurie Oungst, Ministry Health Care Regional Vice President of Operations; and  Laura Magstadt, director of patient care services, Ministry Howard Young Health Care.                                                                  —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:04 PM
Eagle River chamber recognized at state conference on tourism

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center was informed by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism that the chamber was nominated for a award presented at the annual 2014 Wisconsin Governors Conference on Tourism.

In a letter co-authored by Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Paul Upchurch, chairman of the Governor’s Council on Tourism, the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center was nominated for the Service Excellence award.

“The awards recognize and honor individuals

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:04 PM
Chandler to be guest at Oneida luncheon

The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) will hold its annual meeting and luncheon Friday, April 25, at noon at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.

This event will bring community leaders, along with representatives of business, industry and government together to discuss the community, business needs and services available for local businesses through OCEDC.

This year’s guest speaker will be Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler. His presentation topic will be “Improving Wisconsin’s Economy: Tax Reforms for Individuals and Businesses.”

Wisconsin has taken steps to improve the state’s tax and

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:03 PM
Humane officer and municipal officers lead charge against animal complaints
Animal Control officers Bob Lass, left, of Cloverland and Don Bauman, center, of St. Germain are wearing their new animal control officer vests and receiving their new Vilas County ID cards from Jim Galloway, director of Vilas County Emergency Services. All municipal animal control officers received ID cards, vests, warning books, instructions and information for their animal control duties.                                    —Photo By Mary Platner
By Mary Platner
Special to the News-Review
This is the third article of a three-part series on animal control and welfare in Vilas County. Part one focused on dog license statistics in Vilas County and how they compare to the rest of the state. Part two focused on the prevention of animal bites and the need for rabies vaccination in Vilas County. This article focuses on who has the responsibility to investigate complaints about animals in Vilas County.

There are an estimated 4,000 dogs, 5,000 cats, 500 caged birds and 124 horses in Vilas County.

Using 2010 census figures — in addition to the 9,500 full-time residences in the county — in the peak months of June, July and August there are about 10,000 people staying in hotels and motels, 12,000 camping, 53,000 in seasonal homes and 6,000 day visitors.

The combination of animals and humans

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:01 PM
Vilas, towns announce weight limits

While warm temperatures have been slow in arriving, towns, counties and the state are posting seasonal weight limits on roads and highways in anticipation of spring breakup.

Jarred Maney, Vilas County highway commissioner, announced seasonal weight restrictions on Vilas County highways will go into effect Monday, March 31, at noon.

The following county highways are exempt from re­strictions: all of Highway W; Highway M from Highway 51 to Boulder Junction and one mile north; Highway N from Highway M. to Highway 155; Highway B from Highway 45 to Highway S; Highway B from Highway W

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:01 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:06 PM )