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Vilas County battles thru tough economic stretch
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

With 10 election contests planned for the 21-member Vilas County Board in April, nearly one-half of the supervisors on the board could change in 2014.

That new county board will lead a county that is faced with levy limits, declining state shared revenues, loss of equalized value and continually rising costs of operations.

But Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman recently told

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:47 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2:04 PM )
Spring thaw
 With the high temperature hitting 53 degrees Monday, North Woods residents finally got a reprieve from the extreme winter temperatures, but drivers experienced huge water puddles and slush.        —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:46 PM
Three Lakes eyes town safety zones for sex offenders
By Briana Jones
News Correspondent

A recommended list of sexual offender placement safety zones in the town of Three Lakes has been passed along to the town board following a meeting of the Three Lakes Plan Commission last week.

Vice Chairman Bill Martineau used a large zoning map for commission members to follow along and determine which areas in town zoning districts are most likely to attract children and families.

“We are not a legislative body,” said Martineau.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:43 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:16 PM )
Hyslop recovering from rare adult illness
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop is recovering at home after being hospitalized with a case of E. coli meningitis, a disease rarely seen in adults.

“The doctors don’t have a clue how I got it,” said Hyslop in a telephone interview. “I’m still weak, but everyday I’m getting better. They said it could be six months to recover.”

Hyslop said he was hospitalized about two weeks ago

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:42 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:17 PM )
Severity index climbing
Due to the deep snow in the woods, deer are following trails between bedding and feeding areas. DNR wildlife experts say conditions are severe for deer.                 —STAFF PHOTO

Wildlife experts monitoring northern deer herd

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

With about 26 inches of snow on the ground across Vilas and Oneida counties, and nearly 60 days of below zero temperatures this winter, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife experts are keeping a close eye  on deer and turkey survival.

Even with the high temperature hitting 53 degrees Monday, wildlife experts note it’s only the middle of March and some deer mortality is inevitable due to

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:40 PM