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Council evaluates zoning, sewer issues for library project
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Several more hurdles involving the transfer of the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library to the town of Lincoln were discussed by the Eagle River City Council last week, including the zoning classification for the property and concerns about storm water runoff that could double the present volume following planned expansion of the library.

The council had offered ownership of the property — located within the city limits — to any of the member municipalities that are part of the joint library agreement and to transfer fiscal responsibilities from the city. The town of Lincoln accepted the offer,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:43 PM
Alvin Volunteer Fire, Rescue plans annual picnic Aug. 30

Alvin Volunteer Fire and Rescue will hold its 17th annual Labor Day Picnic Saturday, Aug. 30, at Buchanan Park in Alvin.

Festivities will begin at 11:45 a.m. with the raising of the flag and Pledge of Allegiance.

Free musical entertainment will be held from noon until 5 p.m., featuring Mark Wayne and his steel guitar, Bobby Bullet and Pamela Nesbitt, vocalists Donna Gaspardo and Bill Wilkinson, and The Judge and Jury Band.

There will be beverages, burgers,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:43 PM
Boat winner
Paul Morack of New London won the raffle boat at this year’s National Championship Musky Open in Eagle River. On the stage were, from left, Musky Clubs Alliance President Larry Slagoski, Morack, Steve Lindahl of Ranger Boats and event emcee Steve Heiting of Musky Hunter Magazine.                                            —Staff Photo By ANTHONY?DREW
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:42 PM
Lac du Flambeau man sentenced for drug charge

John Vaudreuil, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, recently announced that Ronald Peterson, 53, Lac du Flambeau, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to 21 months in federal prison for distributing oxycodone in April 2013.

Peterson pleaded guilty to this charge on May 20, 2014.

During an investigation conducted by state and local law enforcement,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:42 PM
Eagle River man sentenced
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

One of five persons facing felony drug charges as a party to a crime for selling marijuana agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement Monday after spending 90 days in the Vilas County Jail since his arrest.

Caleb Grosskopf, 20, of Eagle River, along with Joseph Woodward, 21, of Land O’ Lakes, James Mahar Jr., 19, of Conover, Kasey Tank, 20, of Sayner and Deanna Worthen, 46, of Eagle River, were taken into custody after law enforcement officers executed a search warrant May 19 at a residence on Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

Vilas County Assistant District Attorney David

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:41 PM
Wisconsin Public Service installs solar panels at Three Lakes School
Employees from Wisconsin Public Service busied themselves last Wednesday installing 10 solar panels on top of the roof of Three Lakes School as a part of its SolarWise for Schools program. 	—Staff Photo By ANTHONY?DREW

Three Lakes High School in northern Wisconsin will be the 53rd high school to join the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) SolarWise for Schools program.

The installation of 10 solar panels last Wednesday will provide the school with renewable energy from the 2.8 kilowatts (kW) photovoltaic system, according to Michael Moore, Sr. Renewable and Product Services consultant at WPS.

“The installation is a roof mounted ballast system and it’s

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:40 PM
Oneida honors AIS volunteers

The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program recently recognized several individuals and one lake group for outstanding achievement this past year for their activities in protecting Oneida County’s lakes and rivers from AIS.

Winners received specialized award certificates at the 2014 AIS Awards Banquet held on Aug. 6, at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.

Outstanding Lake Stewardship awards were presented to Paul Schreiber (Lake Thompson) and Norris Ross (Three Lakes Waterfront Association).

Outstanding Stewardship awards

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:40 PM
Three snowmobile supporters to be inducted into Hall of Fame

The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, located at the World Snowmobile Headquarters in Eagle River, will induct its 2014 class Saturday, Sept. 13.

This year’s inductees include Gail Hanson of New Hampshire, Larry Shepherd of Minnesota and Lyle Shipe of Michigan, all long-time supporters of snowmobiling in their state.

The 25th annual induction banquet will be held at the Eagle River Inn, with social hour at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5:45 p.m. and the induction ceremonies at 7 p.m. The cost is $50 for the formal sit down dinner.

Other activities during the weekend will include a

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:39 PM
Paul Bunyan Fest
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center held its annual Paul Bunyan Fest downtown last Wednesday. Pictured, the Pinery Boys sang songs from the lumberjack era.          —Staff Photo By ERIK BARBER
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:38 PM
Council learns EMS payment could drop 6.5%
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The Eagle River City Council learned last week the ambulance subsidy paid to Ministry Health Care will be lowered by 6.5% should the member municipalities all pay by the Jan. 1, 2015, start date of the new contract.

Members of the Ambulance Study Committee asked their communities —?including the city of Eagle River — to absorb a proposed increase for  emergency medical services through Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hos­pital.

While the total subsidy paid by the city of Eagle River

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:37 PM