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Minocqua woman dies in crash

A?three-vehicle accident last Thursday morning involving a tour bus on Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae resulted in the death of a 67-year-old woman from Minocqua and 14 other injuries, according to a press release from the Wisconsin State Patrol North Central Region Wausau Post.

Barbara C. Hilleque was fatally injured in the crash, which occurred at approximately 10:09 a.m. on Highway 51 near Old 51 N.

A vehicle driven by a Hilleque was struck by a

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:50 PM
West Bend man drowns in Lake Shishebogama

A 56-year-old West Bend man has been reported dead after a drowning incident on Lake Shishebogama in Minocqua Saturday, according to a report from the Minocqua Police Department.

The subject, Russell E. Steiner, was transported to Howard Young Medical Center and was pronounced dead Sunday, July 27, at approximately 7:30 a.m. by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities received a 911 call at approximately 10:58 p.m. Saturday night from the residents of 8919 W. Minch Dr. in Minocqua. It was reported that a person in Lake Shishebogama appeared to be struggling. Rescue efforts were immediately initiated.

Prior to emergency personnel arriving on scene,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:19 PM )
Three Lakes preliminary budget shows balance surplus of $171,000
By Briana Jones
News Correspondent

Last week’s Three Lakes School Board Meeting included discussion on positive budget numbers, increases in staff stipends and hot lunch prices, and more information on the student- and community member-focused Fab Lab.

The board reviewed the 2013-’14 budget and considered final expenditures and approval of budget transfers, and reviewed adjustments to the 2014-’15 budget. Board members will approve the final budget at the annual meeting Aug. 27 at 7:15 p.m., following the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

“The goal in our referendum projection was a budget

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:48 PM
Vintage thunder
The Vintage Thunder Grass Drags and ATV?Rendezvous was held Saturday at Don Burnside Park in Three Lakes. All-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders got the chance to try out a 50-foot mud pit and an obstacle course. Meanwhile, snowmobiles in classes ranging from Kitty Cats to four-cylinder modified machines took turns racing on a 320-foot grass drag racing track in the park (pictured). The event was sponsored by Three Lakes Trails, Northern Lights Snowmobile Club and the Three Lakes Nicolet ATV Club.    —Staff Photo By  KURT KRUEGER
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:47 PM
WPS reports bill scam

Wisconsin Public Service is receiving multiple reports per day of customers receiving calls from scammers telling them that if they don’t pay their bill with a credit card or a prepaid card for a local CVS or Walgreens, their service will be turned off in 45 to 60 minutes.

“We have also found out that the scammers are now giving out our customer service 800 number when they talk to these customers both residential and commercial,” said a WPS spokesperson.

Company officials continue to remind customers that this is not the way WPS collects on past-due bills.

“If someone would call and tell a customer

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:47 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:48 PM )
Rabies poses threat in North Woods

After two recent diagnoses of rabies in bats in Vilas County, the Vilas County Public Health Department would like to remind people that rabies poses an ongoing threat to humans and domestic animals.

During the warm summer months, North Woods residents are urged to take extra precautions against rabies exposure from wild animals such as bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.

Wild animals are more likely than domestic animals to be infected with rabies due to widespread vaccination of domestic animals.

“As wild animals become more active in warmer weather,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:46 PM
Nicolet College awarded $1.9 million in grant funds
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (right) and Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson visited the Nicolet College Campus to announce the nearly $2 million grant to advance workforce training at the college.                                                              —Contributed Photo

Workforce training at Nicolet College will get another big boost thanks to nearly $2 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grants from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

The $1.92 million in funding will expand academic opportunities in five areas: business, welding, information technology, health care and early childhood education.

“Workforce training is at the heart of what we do at Nicolet and the Fast Forward grants will go a long way in helping Nicolet meet that mission,” said Nicolet Interim

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:45 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:17 PM )
Rotary to hold 54th Antique Show, Sale

The 54th annual Eagle River Antique Show and Sale  will be held at the Eagle River Derby Track Exposition hall, located on Highway 45 north of Eagle River, Friday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This antique show will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eagle River.

“This event is the longest running antique show in the North Woods and the only antique show up north en­tirely benefiting a service club’s community projects,” said an antique show spokesperson.

Exhibitors for the show are professional antique

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:45 PM
Anderson honored
Friends and library patrons gathered at the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River Monday for a reception for library director Diana Anderson, who is retiring after 20 years of service. Anderson received a number of placques, including one presented by Washington Town Chairman Jim Spring, right. She also received a certificate signed by all six member municipalities of the joint library agreement. Nan Adrews will take over as the new library director Aug. 1.  —Photo By Ken Anderson
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:44 PM
New bids will help Pines save $100,000 for health insurance
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The Northland Pines School District will save taxpayers nearly $100,000 after seeking competitive bids for providing group medical health insurance, according to district administrator Mike Richie.

“With Act 10, we could seek bids for our health coverage and we received five bids,” said Richie. “Of the bids, four actually would have increased our cost, and one, from the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA), reduced our cost by $99,121. Therefore, our rate is lower than last year.”

Under the WCA plan, the rate for a single

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:43 PM