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Pines’ Courtney Heller participates in Special Olympics Youth Summit
Courtney Heller attended a dinner cruise along the Manhattan skyline while attending a Special Olympics  summit.                                              —Contributed Photo

Special Olympics Wisconsin selected Courtney Heller of Eagle River as a Youth Activation Committee member to represent Team Wisconsin at the Youth Summit that was held in conjunction with the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, N.J., June 14-21.

Heller, a Northland Pines  High School junior, flew out of Madison with the 62 athletes participating in USA Games, which only occurs every four years, like the Olympics.

Their send-off included a performance by UW-Madison Marching Band and an appearance by Bucky Badger, who did pushups for every athlete competing at USA Games.

While in New Jersey, Heller worked with other students

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:10 PM
Nicolet Foundation gives 308 scholarships

The Nicolet College Foundation has awarded a record 308 scholarships for the 2014-’15 academic year, nearly double the number awarded 10 years ago.

“Scholarships make it possible for many students to attend college who may otherwise not get the education they need to improve their lives,” said Heather Schallock, executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation.

“The foundation’s growth over the years has been due to the generous support of a growing number of donors and to each and every one of them we extend a huge thank you,” added Schallock.

In all, the foundation has awarded $361,000 in scholarships

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:09 PM
Moonlight Run
Deerpath Stables in Conover recently donated $1,000 to the Pines Community Wellness Center’s Moonlight Run, a 5K run that will take place Saturday, July 12, at 10 p.m. in downtown Eagle River. All proceeds from the event will be used to cover the costs of maintaining and staffing the Wellness Center located at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. Above, owner of Deerpath Stables, Heather Hickson (right), presents the check to Moonlight Run committee member, Josh Rhode. For more information, to register or  to become a sponsor, visit   —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:09 PM
Presentation on GMO food slated at Many Ways of Peace

Many Ways of Peace (MWP) in downtown Eagle River will hold its monthly Peace Cafe  featuring this month’s topic, “GMOs: The Truth is Hard to Swallow,” presented by Tina Koller of Eagle River Thursday, July 17, from noon to 1 p.m.

Koller and her husband, Dave, own Grass Roots Health Foods, located east of Eagle River on Highway 70.

With 17 years of experience in the business,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:08 PM
Hodag Country Festival scheduled July 10-13
Kellie Pickler, who performed at the Hodag Country Festival in 2011, will return to the stage this Friday.        —STAFF PHOTO

The 37th annual Hodag Country Festival will take place in Rhinelander this Thursday through Sunday, July 10-13.

The 2014 country music lineup will include headliners Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker and Neal McCoy, along with 12 solo performers and groups who will take the main stage over four days.

In addition to the main stage,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:06 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:08 PM )
Northwoods Hearing Center to offer hearing aids, accessories in this area

Area residents will now have access to high-quality hearing aids at lower prices, thanks to Northwoods Hearing Center and Lab.

They currently have two locations to serve the public, located at 2990 Oak Ridge Lane in Phelps and Kalmar Community Center in Eagle River.

The new business will be open at its Phelps location Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. by appointment.  The Kalmar location is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month by appointment.

Co-owner and business manager Ann Pickart

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:05 PM
Beatles tribute band to play benefit July 12

Jake’s Bar &?Grill in Three Lakes will host the fifth annual benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation featuring The Cavern Beat, a Beatles tribute band, Saturday, July 12, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The all-ages event will feature free prizes, raffles and door prizes.

For more information, call (715)?546-3999, or visit Jake’s Bar &?Grill located at 1002 Highway 32.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:05 PM
Children's Museum donation
Shawn Feddema of The Hammock Shop in St. Germain recently donated the proceeds from four of his hammocks to the Northwoods Children’s Museum (NCM). Taking part in the $500 check presentation were, from left, NCM Executive Director Rouleen Gartner and Feddema. 	—Contributed Photo
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:03 PM
Student awards
This school year, Joe Reid, owner of Spang’s Italian Restaurant in St. Germain, sponsored the Northland Pines Middle School’s students of the month program. Awards were given out at each grade level. Reid provided a total of 24 students with a certificate for a pizza and soda at Spang’s. Above, seventh-grade students of the month, front row from left,  Noah Miller, Liam Knutson, Alex Gengler and David Sauvola; back row, Mikaela Calix, Zoey Karpinski, Catherine Stepka and Annalise Callaghan, display their certificates with Debbie Reid (back row far right) of Spang’s.  —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:02 PM
Brown joins UW-Extension

UW-Ex­tension in Lang­lade and Oneida counties an­nounced that Kim Brown is the new Wis­consin Nu­trition Ed­ucation Program (WNEP) coordinator.

Brown began work June 16 at UW-Extension’s offices in Rhinelander and Antigo.

She is originally from Michigan, and served with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 2007-’10, where she conducted public health and nutrition projects in poverty stricken communities.

She has lived in Rhine­lander for one and one-half years,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:00 PM