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Great chance to witness
world-class snomo racing

The oldest, grandest event in snowmobile racing history is a half-century old and going strong, with the 51st running of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River slated this weekend.


It is not often that some of the world’s top sports competitors come to the Eagle River area, other than for a vacation. But it will happen this Thursday through Sunday, when the best snowmobile racers on the globe converge on this small northern Wisconsin city for the top show in snowmobile racing.


What an opportunity for North Woods residents to view a world-class sporting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:29 PM
Offers response to ‘far left’ writers

Dear Editor:

I would like to comment on three letters from far left liberals in the Jan 1. Vilas County News-Review. Most of what I say applies to all three writers.

In the first letter, Mary Jo Berner says that 53% of the employees in Vilas County work in low-paying jobs and that it has been increasing since the 1970s. I agree, however, it is not because of the rich as she would have us believe. It is because of the disappearance of good middle class jobs, such as those from mining and logging in the North Woods.

Ms. Berner and her foundation continue to promote

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:28 PM
Donors, bell ringers vital to Salvation Army

Dear Editor:

Those of us who work and play in Vilas County, Eagle River and the North Woods live in an exceptional area whose history is rich in the volunteer and philanthropic spirit.

Our events, organizations and services success ultimately depend on the volunteers and donations of our residents and visitors. The federal government calculates that a volunteer’s time is worth $25 an hour. Do the math, for one year that is millions upon millions of dollars.

Our philanthropic history contains names like Olson, Pritzker, Kalmar and Beck. However, of equal importance is the collective sound of thousands of quarters being dropped into a red bucket and immeasurable dollar bills being crushed into a small slot that also allows the Salvation Army to continue programs

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:28 PM
ObamaCare ignores basic concept of insurance

Letter to the Editor:

In response to the Jan. 8 Robert Reich column, “Health law deserves time.”

Robert Reich says that the Affordable Care Act deserves time before we can pass judgment on it. He admits that only 35% of those questioned in a CNN poll support the law.

Turns out it is not affordable because it ignores the basic concept of insurance. That rationale is to provide coverage for a large, unexpected loss. Homeowners insurance is a good example. You purchase this by using your own money to pay premiums.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:27 PM
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Eagle Waste committed
to these communities

Eagle Waste & Recycling Inc. has completed a massive building and equipment expansion, bringing at least 17 new year around jobs and state-of-the-art recycling advances to Eagle River and the area.


It is rare in the tourism-focused economy of area communities to see that type of industrial-based job production in a single project, so that is the major victory in the latest development — full-time, year-around employment with benefits.


We’re grateful to owner Alan Albee because

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:06 PM