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Shumake gets jail, restitution order in marijuana case
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The second of three persons arrested in a massive marijuana growing operation on South Farming Road in Arbor Vitae in February 2012 was sentenced in Vilas County Circuit Court Monday, avoiding prison and ordered to pay restitution.

Kevin Shumake, 41, along with James Lacson and Ramon Pineiro, was charged with a total of six felonies, each involving a residence north of Eagle River owned by Jim Will and an Arbor Vitae residence owned by Regina Grey, both of which were used to grow marijuana.

Shumake pled no contest and was found guilty

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:00 PM
Vilas to see 12 new faces; four incumbents lose seats

Twelve of the Vilas County Board’s 21 seats will feature new members following last Tuesday’s elections. Of those, four incumbent supervisors lost their seats.

In District 1 (Land O’ Lakes Ward 1 and Plum Lake Ward 2), incumbent Ralph Sitzberger lost to William Otterpohl 126-79. Otterpohl is a small-business owner who has worked for 25 years in the field of stone masonry.

In District 4 (Boulder Junction Ward 2 and Plum Lake Ward 1), incumbent Dennie Nielsen lost to Vernon Wiggenhauser 119-66. Wiggenhauser is a retired banking executive with 30-plus years of financial operations experience.

In District 14 (Conover Ward 1 and Lincoln Ward 1),

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:59 PM
Hassey beats Vander Bloomen for Lincoln Town Board post

Bill Hassey defeated Kara Vander Bloomen 373-158 for a town board supervisory position for the town of Lincoln in the spring election  Tuesday, April 1.

Incumbent Supervisor Bruce Richter also had an expiring term this spring, but was unopposed.

Hassey will replace incumbent Leon Kukanich on the town board. Kukanich lost in the primary.

Because the town of Lincoln has a five-member town board,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:58 PM
Ritzer defeats Lynn for Cloverland Board

Mildred Ritzer defeated James Lynn 126-40 for a town board supervisory position in the town of Cloverland in the spring election Tuesday, April 1.

Incumbent Supervisor Marty Ketterer submitted a declaration of noncandidacy, opening the door for the newcomers.

Meanwhile, incumbent Supervisor Steve Favorite also was up for re-election, but ran unopposed.

Because Cloverland has a five-member town board,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:58 PM
Challenge grant started
After the Eagle River Hub Group meeting on April 2, participants like Fritz Laesser, left, owner of Edgwater Inn and Cottages, and Cheryl Todea, operations director for Trees For Tomorrow, stayed around to share ideas.                                     —Contributed Photo

City Plan Commission supports
Eagle River Connector bike project

A bike path to give people a safe and convenient way to come right to the doorstep of the Eagle River business area is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.

Recently, the city’s Planning Commission recommended the implementation of the Eagle River Connector project, donations to match a $15,000 matching grant are off to a good start, and a group of the city’s business owners met with the Great Headwaters Trails (GHT) members

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:54 PM