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Revised shoreland rules
nothing new to Vilas

While it took more years than anyone ever imagined it would to complete the statewide shoreland zoning standards contained in NR 115 of the administrative code, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has struck a compromise that could be a win-win for property owners and the environment.


The Natural Resources Board gave final approval last week to revisions that will ease the impervious surface limit to 30% as long as impacts are mitigated, and a higher amount if property owners treat runoff or can prove it won’t impact the lake or river.


Addressing the concerns of county zoning administrators, the citizen-run board also

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:58 PM
Northern summit shows state partnerships work

Letter to the Editor:

Protecting the environment and promoting economic development are critical to the northern region’s economy and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is here to help every working day and at special events, including  the annual Governor’s Northern Economic Summit.

Business, industry and tribal leaders, along with educators and elected officials, attended the two-day economic development

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:56 PM
Candy-flavored tobacco products are lumps of coal for kids’ health

Letter to the Editor:

Take a look around this holiday season and you’ll see cheery colors on Christmas lights, cookies, ornaments, and wrapping paper. Unfortunately, we can now add tobacco products to that list.

New tobacco products are entering the market featuring flavors like cherry, grape and strawberry. Products like little cigars are also packaged using bright colors and sometimes placed near candy on convenience store shelves.

Sadly, these new tobacco products are getting noticed.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:56 PM
Returned wallet a wonderful gift

Letter to the Editor:

On Sunday, Dec. 15, while filling up at a local gas station, my wallet slipped out of my pocket. With it went my driver’s license, insurance cards, medical cards, several credit cards, library cards and virtually every form of identification I own.

But disaster was averted because a young mother and her son found my wallet on the ice, notified me at home, personally guarded it at the station for a long 30 minutes, returned it to me intact and then refused a reward.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:55 PM
Opposes proposed snowmobile trail-use fee

Letter to the Editor:

I am in full disagreement with the News-Review with regard to Assembly Bill 407 (snowmobile trail-use fee). This bill would destroy what is left of snowmobiling in these times of low employment and frequent loss of snow cover.

I currently own and register two 1993 Polaris and two entry-level 1997 Arctic Cat snowmobiles costing $60 per year. They are used primarily to access a lake to reach an ice fishing location. Only rarely are they provided to visitors for trail rides. While a snowmobile trail exists on the lake, I?do not use it to reach the ice fishing shack. The access is from a lakeside home.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:54 PM