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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