A severe thunderstorm that dumped 3 to 5 inches of rain across Vilas and Oneida counties last Thursday left Highway 70 in Eagle River flooded for about an hour. See story on power outages on Page 4A.                    —STAFF PHOTO
King Lance Bontrager and Queen Arianna Will reigned over the  Northland Pines Homecoming festivities last Friday.    —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The docks at Chanticleer Inn were a busy place last week as the Upper Mississippi Steamboat Group held its sixth annual outing on the Eagle River and Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. Boat owner Mike Apple of Three Lakes explained to visitors how his steamboat operated. The outing attracted eight boats.                           —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Area residents gathered on the Vilas County Courthouse lawn last Thursday in recognition of Patriots Day and a Sept. 11 Memorial Service. The Rev. Jim Fosdick led a prayer (above).
The Phelps Women’s Club sponsored its fifth annual Scarecrow Fest in downtown Phelps Saturday. It was estimated that more than 2,000 attended to enjoy the food, music, games, seaplane rides, arts and crafts vendors, antique vehicles, hayrides and, of course, the homemade scarecrows.	 —Photo By Sharon Gifford
Northland Pines High School held Homecoming festivities last week, culminating with a football game and dance Friday night. Other activities included dress-up days, a pep rally and parade. Some of the scenes from the festivities included:  Above, having some fun at a rain-soaked Homecoming parade.

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