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Trying to pull a fast one

Letter to the Editor:

The proposed addition of five new piers at Wild Eagle Lodge on Duck Lake is at once ludicrous and maddening. It makes what is left of my hair stand on end.

The new owners knew full well that a similar request was turned down by the Department of Natural Re­sources in January of 2007.

The only thing that has changed is that there are more kayakers

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:47 AM
Patriots meeting on sex ed brought community together

Dear Editor:

Tuesday night, April 8,  there was a well-attended meeting of the Northwoods Patriots, a group of which I am a member. We invited a guest speaker, Julianne Appling from Wisconsin Family Action, to talk about the human growth and development class offered by most Wisconsin schools.

This was the result of a recent controversy with respect to a take-home assignment at Northland Pines High School which some parents felt was age inappropriate and did not adequately address all available choices.

Top school officials were in attendance,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:46 AM
Reader appalled at mine for Iron, Ashland counties

Letter to the Editor:

For months now, I’ve followed the mining controversy in Iron and Ashland counties. As a resident of Vilas County, I’m appalled that anyone would even consider such a thing as “the world’s largest open pit mine” anywhere in my state.

You see, I’ve stood at the edge of what was then the world’s largest open pit mine. It was back in the late 1970s, after the Hibbing/Virginia, Minn., mines closed and left everyone’s homes worthless. Standing there at the edge of this unfathomable hole brought one

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:45 AM
Vilas should allow ATVs

Letter to Editor:

According to a recent Department of Natural Resources publication, there are more than 330,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATV)/utility-task vehicles (UTV) registered in our wonderful state. Hmmm, sounds close to snowmobile registrations or even greater. Isn’t it time for Vilas County to realize this is an outdoor sport and it deserves to be allowed in our county?

Areas like Three Lakes and Sugar Camp

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:45 AM
Our view

Wood products industry
doing great things here

The month we are about to leave behind has special meaning to loggers, millworkers, papermakers, foresters and others who work with timber resources — as Wisconsin just celebrated Forestry and Paper Products Month.


That legislative proclamation is an annual reminder of the significance of timber products in terms of economic opportunity, job creation and the health of our forests, both public and private.


Wisconsin remains the nation’s No. 1 paper producer,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:43 AM
Believes Pines plan would close schools

Letter to the Editor:

For the people who did not attend the meeting at the St. Germain School last Wednesday night, you may not have heard of the two-step program the school board and Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie has come out with.

They would like to start sending fifth-graders from St. Germain and Land O’ Lakes elementary schools to the Eagle River Elementary School. This is the first step in a two-step program they want to implement.

It sounds good in this part of the program until you hear about the rest of the plan in

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:42 AM
Caring for neighbors alive and well in North

Letter to the Editor:

The Land O’ Lakes community has an incredible history of taking care of the people that call the area home.  Recently, St. Albert’s Parish hosted a fundraising fish fry to assist Dan and Debbie Kauzlaric with medical and personal expenses associated with Dan’s cancer treatments.

To say the event was successful is an understatement.  Well over 200 people were fed,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:42 AM
Veterans who left to serve offered high school diploma

Letter to the Editor:

The state of Wisconsin has a program under statute 120.13(37) for providing high school diplomas to veterans who left high school for wartime military service.

Both the Northland Pines and Three Lakes school districts are looking for local veterans who are 65 or older,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:41 AM
Trolling will hurt lakes like Kentuck

Letter to the Editor:

I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with the passing of the motor trolling proposal during the Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearing on April 14.

I live on Kentuck Lake, a Vilas County lake. We had already voted against motor trolling in 2013, but it is obvious that our votes, and the nay votes of the other counties opposed to motor trolling aren’t worth the time and effort it took for us to attend the meetings and cast our votes.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been pushing for motor trolling for many years, and, as several of our friends and neighbors have stated, “This proposal was going to be passed this time around for sure,” no matter how the people voted.

The DNR wants to simplify the regulations, thereby

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:41 AM
Pier plan already rejected in 2007

Letter to the Editor:

As a concerned Eagle River lake resident of 25 years, I attended the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public hearing on the proposal to allow Wild Eagle Lodge to place multiple new piers at their condo development on Duck and Lynx lakes.

I wanted to voice my concern about adding to the present boating pressure on two of the smallest lakes on the Chain, and the issue of safety on the narrow channel between those lakes.

The proposed project will place up to five piers with the combined

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:40 AM