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Big Brothers Big Sisters is rewarding experience

Letter to the Editor:
I am so excited to read about Big Brothers Big Sisters in the North Woods! I moved from the Twin Cities to Rhinelander about a year and a half ago and was involved as a Big in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities program and had a wonderful experience.
The match specialists at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:55 AM
Rep. Swearingen earns misrepresentation award

Letter to the Editor:
Representative Rob Swearingen, you have earnestly earned the “Outstanding Misrepresentation Award” for showing true courage in the face of reason by not listening to the people most affected by the proposed mine for the Penokees.
Your vote to continue defunding of public education

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:55 AM
Proposed legislation subjects kids to political whipsaw

Letter to the Editor:
Wake up Wisconsin. Proposed legislation to create a Model Academic Standards Board is more than just another committee. Senate Bill 619 is a partisan takeover of the bedrock of schooling: the standards that describe what our kids should know and be able to do in each academic subject area.

The bill would set up the repeal of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics and have legislators shape and debate

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:54 AM
Our view

Silent sports aren’t quiet
on economic impacts

A North Woods case study on the economic impacts of active silent sports enthusiasts shows that even fitness-minded tourists spend millions of dollars on trips here, disproving old stereotypes about skiers and cyclists being too frugal to help tourism.


Among other things, the study showed that nonresidents of Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties accounted for 95% of the roughly 26,700 participants in skiing and biking events during 2012.


The study defines an active silent sports enthusiast as someone who

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:28 PM
Many helped raise funds to battle breast cancer

Letter to the Editor:

The Ladies Night Out Bowling League hosted its 10th annual fundraiser Strike Out Cancer at Eagle Lanes Saturday, Feb. 15,  in Eagle River to raise money for Marshfield Clinic for  breast cancer research.

There were 111 bowlers who bowled and enjoyed knocking down pink pins, participating in raffles and a silent auction, including a Green Bay Packers football silent auction, and buying pink ribbon cookies.

All the participants  helped us realize our goal of $10,000, with money still coming in to support this cause.

There is a tremendous amount of work involved

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:27 PM
Musical was amazing

Letter to the Editor:

Northland Pines High School did it again and it is simply amazing. The “Sound of Music” the weekend of Feb. 7-9 was absolutely great. The talent of our young people in the Eagle River area is astounding.

The school musical last year, “Footloose,” was the best play/musical I have ever seen and the “Sound of Music” stands shoulder to shoulder with last year’s musical.

The auditorium was nearly full Saturday

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:27 PM
Gift bags were appreciated

Dear Editor:

We would like to recognize  Mrs. Garbowicz’s first grade class at Three Lakes Elementary School for the Valentine’s Day gift bags they made for the senior citizens who receive meals from the Oneida County Department On Aging in the Three Lakes area.

We deliver meals once a week on Thursdays and

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:26 PM
It’s not easy to pull yourself out of poverty

Letter to the Editor:

Robert Reich, in his recent column “Conservatives point to poverty,” criticizes conservatives because they place more emphasis on the problem of poverty than they do on inequality. Why not?

We should care more about the poor than we do about the gap between the super rich and the impoverished. What difference does it make whether there are 10 or 1,000 billionaires in the country? The important measure is the number of people in poverty and

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:18 PM
Our View

Pond hockey event adds
to Eagle River’s legacy

It was another chapter of history in the making last weekend for the Eagle River hockey tradition, as more than 2,000 hockey players from 30 states converged on Dollar Lake for the Labatt Club USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championships.
In its ninth year, the country’s largest pond hockey event drew 336 teams and chronicled 588 games over three days. They played on 30 rinks that were carved from the snow-covered ice of historic Dollar Lake, the site of many events including the first running of the now-famous snowmobile derby.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:21 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:23 PM )
Remember to salute our nation’s veterans

Letter to the Editor:
The week of Feb. 9-15 is designated National Salute to Veterans Week.
The employees and volunteers at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and the Rhine­lander VA Outpatient Clinic salute America’s heroes — the nearly 20,000 men and women we proudly care for and serve, as well as more than 210 of our employees and 220 of our volunteers who served their

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:20 PM