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National ‘excellence’ 
is most-cherished honor


As if first place General Excellence from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (NNA) wasn’t enough this year, along comes an honorable mention award (fourth place) in General Excellence from the National Newspaper Association — in competition with weekly newspapers from 50 states.


It is one of the most cherished honors the Vilas County News-Review has ever won in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest, the only other national “excellence” designation coming in 2001 — a second place. The winners were announced last week at the NNA’s 2013?Convention and Trade Show in

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:16 PM
Area rental businesses need more AIS training

Dear Editor:

This past July, my husband and I wanted to rent a personal watercraft to use while our family was here on vacation. I have been coming to Eagle River as a summer resident since I was born 35 years ago. I was saddened by the sequence of events which followed our initial personal watercraft inquiry.

Let me explain. Even though we are only summer residents in Eagle River, my family has always placed environmental concerns and local issues as very important. We summer on a lake which is thus far lucky (and I mean, simply lucky, after learning about the laws enforcing the spread of invasive

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:15 PM
Creed in your deed on mining, polluting

Dear Editor:

It is a very well-known fact that many environmental groups along with the Bad River Band are vehemently against the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Range. While I am all for protecting our environment, perhaps one should ask themselves a few questions before believing what these groups have to say.

A little over a month ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required that the Bad River Band upgrade their plant operations to correct violations of their sewage treatment facility by Jan. 31, 2014. This treatment facility dumps into the Bad River and flows into Lake Superior. The violations included a

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:14 PM
Our view

Council’s actions reflect
‘Snomo Capital’ theme

The city of Eagle River appears to be re-stating its case on deserving the title “Snowmobile Capital of the World,” for the city council voted last week to approve an ordinance that creates access routes to residences, businesses and lodging facilities.


On a one-year trial basis, the ordinance will allow sledders to use most city streets to get from trails to their destination and back again, provided sledders use the shortest route to an established snowmobile trail.


The ordinance prohibits snowmobile operation down most of Wall and

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:21 PM
Disappointed town rejected right to camp on property

Letter to the Editor:

The Plum Lake Town Board recently denied my previously existing right to camp on my residential property located within the town.

The town board justified the denial apparently (almost entirely) on statements allegedly made by some of my neighbors regarding the supposed conduct of me and my guests who stayed at the property.  These alleged statements were first gathered and then made public at the July 9 town board meeting by town board Chairwoman Diane Briggs.

The July 9 meeting report, which included direct quotes by members of the board

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:21 PM