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VOL. 126, NO. 41
Section A
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011
EAGLE RIVER, WI 54521 (715) 479-4421
Greg Cook, a salesman at Track Side, stands next to the eet
of rental sleds ready to hit the trail. --STAFF PHOTO
While the snowmobile
season has been a bust to
this point due to a lack of
snow, track officials say
weather has been accept-
able for creating an ice oval
and Sno-Cross course for
the 49th running of the
AMSOIL World Champi-
onship Snowmobile Derby
in Eagle River Jan. 19-22.
Often called the Indy
500 of snowmobile racing,
the Derby is the oldest and
grandest event in snowmo-
bile racing history, drawing
the best racers from the
United States and Canada.
Track makeup has
evolved from snow and an
ice-sawdust mix to a slate of
pure ice at least 1 foot
thick to withstand a long
weekend of high-speed laps
and grueling corners on the
banked oval.
Its not going too bad,
said track manager Todd
Achterberg on the building
of the track. We have a
great crew down there. We
make snow for the Sno-
Cross course when the tem-
perature is about 10 degrees
up to about 18 or 20
Derby Track taking shape
Theyre making ice, snow for Jan. 19-22 spectacular
Three people have
announced their candidacy for
Oneida County Circuit Court
Judge in Branch II, including
a former Vilas County district
attorney and circuit judge.
Tim Vocke, who served as
Vilas County circuit judge
from 1979 to 1983, is seeking
to replace current Circuit
Judge Mark Mangerson, who
is retiring from the bench.
The other candidates for
the Oneida County judgeship
are Rhinelander attorney
John F. OMelia and Oneida
County District Attorney
Michael Bloom. Candidates
have until 5 p.m. Jan. 3 to file
their nomination papers.
A Feb. 21 primary will cut
the number of candidates
from three to two and the two
top voter-getters will advance
to the April 3 spring election.
Mangerson has been
appointed to the Third Dis-
trict Court of Appeals in
Wausau by Gov. Scott Walker.
Vocke served as a district
attorney in Racine and Vilas
counties before being elected
to the bench in Vilas County
in 1978. He was appointed
Vilas County district attorney
in 1976 by Gov. Patrick Lucey.
When elected to the bench
in Vilas, Vocke was the
youngest judge in the state.
But he decided to leave the
bench after just four years.
I really enjoyed it (being a
judge), but Im a capitalist,
and I wanted to go into pri-
vate practice, said Vocke.
Plus, I was in a one-judge
Victoria Perkins selected
Derby, Sno-Eagles queen
Now that the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service has announced
the removal of the gray wolf
from Endangered Species Act
protection, a Wisconsin Depart-
ment of Natural Resources
(DNR) official says the state is
ready to begin implementing a
management plan by Feb. 1,
We are eager and ready to
take on the challenges of wolf
management, said DNR secre-
tary Cathy Stepp.
Last weeks announcement
is only the first step in the pro-
cess, according to Stepp. The
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is
publishing a final rule in the
Federal Register removing
wolves in Michigan, Minnesota
and Wisconsin, and in portions
of adjoining states, from the list
of endangered and threatened
wildlife and plants.
Once wolves are delisted,
the DNR will be able to do
depredation controls via trap-
ping and permits to landown-
ers in depredation areas. The
DNR estimates there are more
than 780 gray wolves in Wis-
While the department is
committed to long-term conser-
vation of wolves in Wisconsin,
it is critical that we be allowed
to manage wildlife populations
within our borders, said Stepp.
Secretary of the Interior
Ken Salazary announced last
Wednesday that gray wolf pop-
ulations in the Great Lakes
region have recovered and no
longer require the protection of
the Endangered Species Act.
Once again, the Endan-
gered Species Act has proved to
be an effective tool for bringing
species back from the brink of
extinction, Salazar said.
Thanks to the work of our sci-
entists, wildlife managers, and
our state, tribal, and stakehold-
er partners, gray wolves in the
western Great Lakes region
are now fully recovered and
The rule removing endan-
gered species protection for
gray wolves in the western
Great Lakes becomes effective
30 days after publication in the
Federal Register. There still is
concern that environmental
groups will challenge the U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service deci-
Gray wolves are thriving in
the Great Lakes region, and
their successful recovery is a
testament to the hard work of
the Fish & Wildlife Service and
our state and local partners,
said director Dan Ashe. We are
confident state and tribal
wildlife managers in Michigan,
Minnesota and Wisconsin will
Three candidates
vying for judgeship
in Oneida County
Wolf removed from protection list;
DNR ready for management plan
The gray wolf has been removed from Endangered Species Act
protection and will be managed by the Wisconsin DNR.
--Contributed Photo
For the seventh time in the
past 11 years, a December
thaw or lack of snow during
the holidays put a halt on
snowmobiling in the North
Woods resulting in a tem-
porary blow to the winter
tourism industry.
This time, the lack of snow
across most of the North
Woods has resulted in poor
trail conditions. Vilas County
snowmobile trails are open,
but considered to be in poor
early-season riding condition.
Oneida County officials have
yet to open their trail system
due to the minimal snow cov-
John Bilogan, Oneida
County Forest director, said
Tuesday morning the trail
system could be open later in
the week. He said snowmobil-
ers should contact individual
clubs or chambers of com-
merce for an updated report.
Were hoping for more
snow, he said. Its a wait-
and-see game.
Last year, the North Woods
had about 12 inches of snow
on the ground prior to the hol-
idays, but warm temperatures
and rain ruined the anticipat-
ed business boost from snow-
mobilers between Christmas
and New Years.
There are currently 2 to 3
inches of snow on the ground,
but 1 to 2 inches of snow are
in the forecast for Thursday,
according to meteorologist
Matt Serwe at WJFW TV-12
in Rhinelander.
Light snow showers are
possible Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday, said Serwe.
Lake-effect snow showers are
back in the forecast for Sun-
While Vilas County trails
have been open since Dec. 12,
lake crossings have not been
marked due to marginal ice.
With only 6 to 8 inches of ice
on most lakes, trail officials
are warning snowmobilers to
stay off the lakes until clubs
and businesses have marked
the trails.
Its the business owners
who cater to snowmobilers
who are likely to take a big hit
this week. Motels, restau-
rants, gas stations and snow-
mobile rental businesses all
were expected to be busy the
week between Christmas and
New Years.
Butch Grenier, owner of
Track Side in Eagle River,
said he hoped his rental fleet
of 55 snowmobiles would be
on the trails most of this
We still have quite a few
reserved to go out later in the
week, but weve already had
Trails marginal for big week
Lack of snow hurting holiday snomo business
High-ying Sno-Cross racers will join the
speed of Oval class racing during the
AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile
Derby Jan. 19-22. --STAFF PHOTO
Former Vilas Judge Vocke
to face OMelia, Bloom
Victoria Perkins, a junior at
Northland Pines High School,
has been named the 2012 Der-
by Queen and Miss Sno-Eagle
Perkins has been a volun-
teer at events such as Cranber-
ry Fest, Klondike Days, Red
Cross blood drives, Scholastic
book fairs and at the AMSOIL
World Championship Snowmo-
bile Derby.
She has participated in
youth hockey, high school hock-
ey, high school volleyball and
currently serves on the student
Perkins also has been a
National History Day contest
state qualifier.
The Derby
is one of my
favorite events
of the year. I
get excited
when I go by
the track in
the morning
during Decem-
ber and I see
the workers making snow and
ice, exclaimed Perkins.
The 2012 Derby princesses
are Northland Pines sopho-
more Caitlin Riley and juniors
Paige Wiersema, Mary Loeser
and Alexandria Dean. They
also will be at the Derby.
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UTILITY DONATES The 2011 Wisconsin Public Power Inc.
Energy and Eagle River Light & Water Utility grants were present-
ed to the Vilas Food Pantry and Olson Memorial Library. Pat
Weber, center, utility manager, presented a $600 check to Betsy
Reach Spencer, left, of the food pantry, and a $400 check to Tina
Koller, right, of the library board.
Wolf: state management goal at 350
effectively manage healthy
wolf populations, now that fed-
eral protection is no longer
Wolves total more than
4,000 animals in the three core
recovery states in the western
Great Lakes area and have
exceeded recovery goals. Min-
nesotas population is estimat-
ed at 2,921 wolves, while an
estimated 687 wolves live in
Michigans Upper Peninsula
and another 782 in Wisconsin.
Each state has developed a
plan to manage wolves after
federal protection is removed.
Wisconsin had a goal of 100
wolves in its federal Timber
Wolf Recovery Plan and a goal
of 350 wolves in its manage-
ment plan.
Wolf populations in Wiscon-
sin, Minnesota and Michigan
will be monitored for at least
five years to ensure the species
continues to thrive. If it
appears at any time that the
gray wolf cannot sustain itself
without the protections of the
Endangered Species Act, the
service can initiate the listing
process, including emergency
In the Fish & Wildlife Ser-
vices May 5, 2011, proposal to
delist western Great Lakes
wolves, the agency also pro-
posed accepting recent taxo-
nomic information that the
gray wolf subspecies Canis
lupus lycaon should be elevated
to the full species Canis lycaon,
and that the population of
wolves in the western Great
Lakes is a mix of the two full
species, Canis lupus and Canis
Based on substantial infor-
mation received from scientists
and others during the public
comment period, the Service
has re-evaluated that proposal,
and the final rule considers all
wolves in the western Great
Lakes Distinct Population Seg-
ment to be Canis lupus.
The service also previously
proposed delisting gray wolves
in all or parts of 29 states in the
eastern half of the United
States. The service continues to
evaluate that portion of the
May 5, 2011, proposal and will
make a final, separate determi-
nation at a later date.
Gray wolves were originally
listed as subspecies, or as
regional populations of sub-
species, in the lower 48 states
and Mexico under the Endan-
gered Species Act in 1973 and
its predecessor statutes before
that. In 1978, the service
reclassified the gray wolf as an
endangered species across all of
the lower 48 states and Mexico,
except in Minnesota where the
gray wolf was classified as
Stepp recognized the U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service for its
responsiveness to the concerns
that she raised, especially with
regard to their finding that the
population of wolves in the
western Great Lakes is a single
In addition, she praised the
work of Wisconsins congres-
sional delegation, and that of
Michigan and Minnesota, in
raising the importance of
addressing the issue now at the
national level.
I want to acknowledge the
citizens of Wisconsin for their
patience as we worked on the
delisting, said Stepp. They
were persistent in bringing
their concerns to my attention.
It is because of that persistence
that we were able to achieve
the delisting.
We may never be strong enough to be
entirely nonviolent in thought, word and
deed. However, we must keep nonvio-
lence as our goal and make strong
progress towards it.
M.K. Gandhi
January 2012
Peacemaking Programs
Many Ways of Peace
217 S. Main St., downtown Eagle River
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Compassionate
Communication with Kathryn Gonzales. Learn
simple tools and practices that invite more harmony
into our conversations with others. (Weekly prac-
tice sessions begin Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.)
Monday, Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m. Studying Nonviolence:
the Occupy Movements, Wisconsin Uprising,
Arab Spring and More, seven-session weekly study
circle based on the book, Peace is the Way. Intro-
ductory Session: Visions of Peace facilitated by
Mary Jo Berner, president of MJ Berner Foundation
for Peace and Justice. Series concludes March 5.
Monday, Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m., Studying Nonviolence,
Visions of Peace, Gandhi, facilitated by Debra
Ketchum Jircik, director, Many Ways of Peace.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m., Mining in the
Northwoods, Eagle River Atty. Susan Sommer
moderates a panel discussion with citizens repre-
senting various organizations concerned with the
proposed iron mine in the Penokee Range in Iron
and Ashland counties. This will be an update on
activity on the Gogebic Taconite project.
Saturday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Monthly Peace Java
Jam and Open Mic. Bring your instruments, your
voices, your poetry in support of a culture of peace
and sustainability. Performers of all ages welcome.
Mondays, 9-10 a.m., Walking
Meditation. Peace is every
step. Upper level at Many
Ways of Peace.
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:55
p.m., Yoga with Betsy Schussler,
registered yoga teacher. Upper
level at Many Ways of Peace.
Visit for updates and more information.
Call 715.480.4697 or e-mail
Many Ways of Peace is a resource center for peace and nonviolence and a project of the
M.J. Berner Foundation for Peace and Justice, Inc., P.O. Box 189, Eagle River, WI 54521
The contract approved for
new Eagle River Golf Course
manager Ken Smith was the
same amount as his previous
contract as greens superin-
tendent, $56,075, plus a
$2,000 performance bonus fol-
lowing an evaluation at the
end of the year. Therefore,
Councilwoman Carol Hen-
dricks did not vote for a pay
increase for Smith as indicat-
ed in a story in last weeks
Trails: FROM PAGE 1A
some cancellations, said Gre-
nier. Im hoping for a little
snow later this week to give us
a good Thursday, Friday and
Grenier said Track Side
had 10 snowmobiles out on
the trails Monday, though rid-
ing conditions are marginal.
We are giving the people
who have sleds reserved the
option of canceling with a full
refund because the trails are
in early-season riding condi-
tions, said Grenier. We dont
want them to have a bad rid-
ing experience and then not
come back.
Jackie Walker, who owns
Oneida Village Inn in Three
Lakes, said that there are not
many reservations coming in
for this week.
I think people were wait-
ing to make a decision on com-
ing up because they knew we
didnt have much snow, said
Walker. We didnt have many
reservations to start with.
Walker said if the North
Woods can get some snow lat-
er this week, she may be able
to salvage a good New Years
We are very hopeful, she
said. Thank goodness we are
getting some ice fishermen
and hockey teams in this
Walker said there are sev-
eral key events in January
and February that will help
fill the Oneida Village Inn,
including the AMSOIL World
Championship Snowmobile
Derby Jan. 19-22 and the
Labatt Blue USA Hockey
National Pond Hockey Cham-
pionship Feb. 10-12.
We generally get some
spillover from Eagle River for
those two large events, said
Walker. In the meantime, we
can only hope we get some
snow so we get snowmobilers
and skiers thinking about
coming up.
Not unusual
According to News-Review
records, the North Woods has
experienced either rain or
warm temperatures prior to or
during the holidays seven
times in the past 11 years,
resulting in poor or unrideable
trail conditions for snowmobil-
The winters of 2001
through 2003 were plagued
with unrideable trails for the
holidays, and although trail
riding was good in 2004, more
than 1,000 blocks of ice for the
ice castle in Eagle River were
ruined due to an early Jan-
uary thaw.
Pat Weber, fire chief for the
Eagle River Area Fire Depart-
ment, said department per-
sonnel and volunteers tradi-
tionally build the castle
between Christmas and New
Years, but this years con-
struction has been delayed.
We only have about 8 inch-
es of ice on Silver Lake where
we cut the ice blocks, and we
like about 12 inches, said
Weber. We hope to have the
castle built in time for the
Records show that in 2007,
a major thaw threatened to
devastate holiday snowmobil-
ing, but tourism was saved by
a last-minute snowfall. The
period between Christmas
and New Years is a peak time
for families to travel to the
North Woods because children
are out of school.
Grenier could only shake
his head concerning another
year of marginal holiday
This is the 11th year Ive
been in business at Track Side
and there havent been many
years where we had good
snowmobiling between the
holidays, he said.
Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.
Wednesday will be cooler with light snow showers, with a high
of 21 and a low of 2. Thursday light snow is expeced with 1 to
2 inches possible, with a high of 28 and a low of 19. Friday
should be partly sunny with light snow, with a high of 27 and a
low of 17. The forecast for Saturday is windy and mild with a
few clouds, with a high of 32 and a low of 18. Sunday expect
lake-effect snow showers, with a high of 28 and a low of 20.
Snowmobilers are being urged to stay off the lakes until
clubs and businesses have marked trail crossings. Anglers
report 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes.
Days precipitation recorded since Oct. 1, 2011, 42 days;
2010, 45 days.
Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 30; 2010, 24. Average
low of past 30 days, 2011, 14; 2010, 9.
The average daily high at this time last year for the next sev-
en days was 30, while the average overnight low was 12.
There was rain on two days totaling .32 of an inch.
Hi Lo Prec.
Wed., Dec. 21.........32 12 None
Thurs., Dec. 22.......27 17 Tr.S
Fri., Dec. 23 ............22 13 Tr.S
Sat., Dec. 24...........34 13 1"S
Sun., Dec. 25..........35 19 Tr.S
Mon., Dec. 26 .........40 18 None
Tues., Dec. 27.........30 26 Tr.S
Hi Lo Prec.
Tues., Dec. 21.........28 8 3.5"S
Wed., Dec. 22.........24 19 5.1"S
Thurs., Dec. 23.......24 21 None
Fri., Dec. 24 ............27 20 None
Sat., Dec. 25...........23 23 None
Sun., Dec. 26..........28 22 Tr.S
Mon., Dec. 27 .........23 12 None
With only 2 inches of
snow on the ground,
snowmobile trails are
in early-season riding
condition. Caution is
urged when snowmobiling on rough trails.
2010-11 11-12
Snowy days 25 17
Inches to date 28.08 17.24
Ground cover 14" 2"
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The Northland Pines
School Board last week
approved making long-term
care insurance coverage a
condition of employment for
certified district staff.
District Administrator
Mike Richie decided, on a 4-3
vote, to make the coverage
mandatory through Oct. 1 of
next year.
We are in our ninth year of
having long-term care insur-
ance part of the teachers asso-
ciation contracts, although it
was not mandated by the
board as a condition of
employment, said Richie.
With it no longer in contracts
due to Act 10 that eliminated
most collective bargaining
issues, a teacher who didnt
want to pay the monthly pre-
mium could now opt out of the
That presented a problem
since the Wisconsin Educa-
tion Association that under-
writes the insurance insists
that it was all in or all out,
meaning if only one teacher
opted out, all teachers could
not have the insurance.
Our problem, being in the
program for nine years, was
that after 10 years, if a teach-
er was age 55 and retired,
they could buy up the last 20
years of coverage, he contin-
ued. With only nine years,
they couldnt do that.
The board voted on the slim
4-3 margin to make long-term
care coverage a condition of
employment to allow teachers
to reach that 10-year mark.
The downside is all teach-
ers who have less than nine
years will have to pay the
monthly premium and not see
any benefit unless they need
it, said Richie.
Board members voting to
make long-term care a condi-
tion of employment until Oct.
1, 2012, were Mike Sealander,
Eric Neff, Jim Mulleady and
Mark Vander Bloomen. Voting
against were board members
Holly McCormack, John Sara-
ma and Mike Jovanovic.
Prior to the vote, during the
public comment period the
board provides, some employ-
ees spoke for coverage, while
some opposed it.
Ann Hewitt, Dave Nied-
feldt and Mike Reimer sup-
ported continuing long-term
care coverage, while Donna
Hejtmanek was against due to
not having a choice in the
automatic deduction from her
paycheck for the long-term
care coverage.
Richie said the Wisconsin
Education Association is still
looking at modifying its posi-
tion on the all-in or all-out
In another Act 10 follow-up
matter, the board was told
Northland Pines School Dis-
trict teachers recertified their
union with a required vote.
Richie said the teachers need-
ed a yes vote from at least 63
teachers to reach the mandat-
ed 51% to recertify. He said
they received 89 votes to con-
tinue with the union.
Richie said there were 14
votes submitted as no votes
and all others who didnt sub-
mit a vote were recorded as
voting no. Teachers will have
to vote each year on whether
to maintain or not maintain a
School start time
The board voted unani-
mously to change the school
start and end times for both
teachers and students, to take
effect at the start of the 2012-
13 school year. The times
were previously bargained as
part of the teachers contract,
but the board can now set the
times due to Act 10, according
to Richie.
Teacher working hours
will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m., Richie said. Were the
only school in the Great
Northern Conference that
does not have an eight-hour
All students in the district
at all district schools also will
have a uniform start time and
end time set at 8:25 a.m. to
3:25 p.m.
The board also approved 7-
0 a modified bell schedule to
start in the 2013-14 school
year. Richie said the schedule
will allow greater flexibility
for shared staff between the
high school and middle school.
It will also be easier to
have eighth-grade students
take classes at the high
school, said Richie.
Board elections
There will be three school
board members up for election
next spring. They are McCor-
mack for the Land O Lakes
area, Sarama for the at-large
seat, and Neff for St. Ger-
Changes in the law cover-
ing school district referen-
dums also was explained to
the board by Richie.
A change in the law now
requires us to have the school
board pass a referendum reso-
lution at least 70 days prior to
the actual public vote. The
prior requirement was at
least 42 days, said Richie.
We could do an operating ref-
erendum in either February
or April of 2013 for the 2013-
14 school year.
If the public vote is in
February 2013, the board res-
olution for an operating refer-
endum to exceed the revenue
limit has to be passed by Dec.
8, 2012. If the public vote is in
April 2013, the board resolu-
tion needs to be approved by
Jan. 19, 2013.
Board gives OK
to long-term care
for Pines teachers
Workers at the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby
Track have been busy spraying thousands of gallons of water on
the track during cold days and nights, building the ice oval for Vin-
tage weekend and Derby weekend. --STAFF PHOTOS
Derby: two new Oval classes planned
Meanwhile, a 4,000-gallon
tanker truck is used to spray
water on the oval spilling
more than 2 million gallons of
water on frigid nights.
What started with a cross-
country race in 1964 is now a
stadium-style spectacle, as
thousands of race fans pack
into the only racing facility in
the world that is dedicated
exclusively to snowmobile rac-
ing complete with corporate
suites and indoor hot seats for
those who favor comfortable
As if world-class Oval racing
and high-flying Sno-Cross bat-
tles werent enough of a draw,
Derby officials came up with
the first and best under-the-
lights show Friday Night
The big question this year is
whether P.J. Wanderscheid of
Sauk Centre, Minn., can win a
fifth championship after his
record-setting fourth title in
2011 on an Arctic Cat.
For the second straight year,
the 2012 championship race
Sunday afternoon will be a 30-
lap event with a mandatory pit
stop after 15 laps. Last year,
the midrace champ was Gary
Moyle of Houghton, Mich., on a
Ski-Doo, who led the whole
way. In second was the persis-
tent Wandersheid, who was try-
ing to be the first racer ever to
win four world championships
at Eagle River.
To make the stop more
rewarding, there was a $2,500
payout to the Jimmy Johns
midrace winner. That cash pay-
out will be repeated this year.
In the second 15 laps, Moyle
and Wanderscheid exchanged
leads on almost every lap, with
Wanderscheid keeping it low
and tight and Moyle taking the
high line. But the snow and ice
buildup on the track became
too much for Moyle to drive
through and Wanderscheid
took the checkered in what
many say was the most excit-
ing race in recent history.
The 2012 Derby promises to
be another battle of the greats,
as the field will include Wan-
derscheid, two-time champion
Moyle, who won in 2005 and
2007, and Jacques Villeneuve
of St. Cuthbert, Quebec, who
finished third last year at age
57 after coming from a second-
row start.
The Top 10 field is so
incredibly competitive and,
even then, it is impossible to
predict who might emerge as
the new world champion, said
Achterberg. It could be any of
the racers who made it to the
final last year, and we saw sev-
eral new, young faces.
New features
There will be several new
attractions for race fans during
Derby Weekend, including the
unique Outlaw 600 Class and
the speedy Factory 600 Champ
The Factory 600 Champ
sleds will have 600cc motors, so
they will have less horsepower,
but more torque than the World
Championship Champ sleds,
said Achterberg. I think they
will be a little faster than the
Champ sleds. We are expecting
eight to 10 of these sleds from
out East, where the class was
Because of the unique
design of the sleds, the Outlaw
600 Class is expected to be a
big attraction for fans, accord-
ing to Achterberg.
This revolutionary new race
sled places the driver in a left-
side cockpit driving position,
surrounded by a full roll cage
and driven much like a Sprint
car, with a steering wheel, foot-
pedal controls and a five-point
harness, he said.
The Eagle River Outlaw 600
Class will be part of a nine-
event series at tracks in Wis-
consin, Minnesota, Iowa and in
Manitoba, Canada. Achterberg
said the Outlaw 600 sleds will
be on the AMSOIL Derby Track
throughout the weekend,
including Friday night and
Besides oval racing, the Der-
by has been offering high-flying
Sno-Cross events since the ear-
ly 1980s on a specially con-
structed track inside the oval.
Returning for a third year is
the Great Northern Sno-Cross
Series, which will feature seven
race events.
Achterberg said he expects
more pro Sno-Cross teams to be
on the track at this years Der-
by because the ESPN X-Games
has dropped Sno-Cross racing
from its schedule.
Were expecting the best
Sno-Cross racing ever at the
Derby, said Achterberg. Plus,
we will have the highly compet-
itive Great Northern Sno-Coss
Series racers.
Vintage first
Achterberg said the 2012
event will actually be a 10-day
show that opens Jan. 13-15
with the Vintage World Cham-
pionships, presented by
For the last nine years, the
venerable machines of
yesteryear have started the
season with their own weekend
of classic racing, said Achter-
He said race officials already
have registered 420 entries for
the Vintage weekend.
Vintage racing is stronger
than ever and we expect that
number to double by the time
the first vintage races start
Jan. 13, said Achterberg.
He said vintage race fans get
to relive a bygone era by watch-
ing races that pit sleds from
six, seven and even eight differ-
ent manufacturers.
The iron youll see on the ice
oval is superbly restored and,
in many cases, hand-built, said
Achterberg. Vintage racing
just continues to grow in popu-
The big weekend
But the event that put Eagle
River and even Wisconsin on
the international map will
start Thursday, Jan. 19, with
all-day practice sessions for
both Oval and Sno-Cross rac-
ers. Time trials for the Oval
world championship class will
be run under the lights Thurs-
day night.
After a full day of qualifica-
tion racing Friday in both Oval
and Sno-Cross, fans will pack
the Derby grounds Friday
night for the most progressive
and most popular event the
Parts Unlimited Friday Night
Thunder show.
In what Achterberg calls
undisputedly the best show in
snowmobile racing, the under-
the-lights show features races
in Sno-Cross and Oval classes.
Past events have rocked the
city with blasting rock n roll
music and an enormous fire-
works display.
Returning, by popular
demand, is the Sweet Sixteen
event where the top world
championship qualifiers go
head-to-head under the lights
to determine who will sit the
pole in Sundays championship
Were going to take the top
16 qualifiers, run two heat
races with eight machines in
each, and pull five racers from
each heat for the final, said
Achterberg. The winner is
automatically qualified in the
Top 10 and will sit the pole
position. The winner wont
have to gruel it out in qualifica-
tions Saturday afternoon.
Saturday will bring both
class finals and qualifying in
the morning, with the entire
afternoon dedicated to qualify-
ing the Top 10 finalists for Sun-
days 3 p.m. World Champi-
onship event.
Sunday, championship day,
means finals in the most com-
petitive classes. The biggest
races will be a Pro Open Sno-
Cross championship at 2:30
p.m. and the Oval champi-
onship at 3 p.m.
For information on ticket
sales, go to or
call (715) 479-4424.
AMSOIL Derby Track owner Chuck Decker
adjusted the settings on his Areco snow-making
machine last Friday. The snow is used for the
Sno-Cross course.
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POSTMASTER: Send address changes,
form 3579, to Vilas County News-Review,
Inc., P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521,
phone 715-479-4421, fax 715-479-6242.
North Woods
North of the Tension Zone
Phillip Christensen of
Phelps died Monday, Dec. 26,
2011. He was 89.
Mr. Christensen was born
April 17, 1922, in Chicago, Ill.
A funeral service will be
held Saturday, Dec. 31, at 11
a.m. at St. Johns Lutheran
Church in Phelps. Visitation
will take place prior to the ser-
vice, and visitation Friday
evening is pending.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
should be directed to the fami-
For more information, con-
tact Carlson Funeral Home in
Rhinelander at (715) 369-1414.
Phillip Christensen
Carl John Obe Oberlan-
der, a resident of Eagle River
since 1964 and a former resi-
dent of Milwaukee, died Sun-
day, Dec.25, 2011 in Eagle
River. He was 87.
Mr. Oberlander was born
June 27, 1924, in Milwaukee,
the son of Henry and Barbara
He served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II on the
battleship USS Cleveland (for
which he was a plank owner)
in the South Pacific.
Mr. Oberlander worked as
a plumber in Milwaukee and
owned Carls Plumbing and
Pump Service in Eagle River.
He owned and operated Idle-
Awhile Resort on Duck Lake
with his wife. He retired after
20 years of service as an engi-
neer with Eagle River Memo-
rial Hospital.
His interests included pho-
tography, wine making, jewel-
ry making, H.O. railroading,
R.C. flying, and coin collect-
ing. He also was interested in
rocks. In his younger years he
enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Oberlander was in a
model-railroading club in
Rhinelander and in the Sky
Barons Flying Club in Eagle
He was preceded in death
by his wife, Janice; his daugh-
ter, Holly; his parents; his sis-
ter, Betty; and his brother
Henry, Jr.
His survivors include two
sons, Bruce (Ginny) of Eagle
River and Wayne (Judy) of
Iron River, Mich.; 10 grand-
children; and 15 great-grand-
A memorial service will be
held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 3
p.m. at Gaffney-Busha Funer-
al Home in Eagle River. Visi-
tation will be held from noon
to 3 p.m.
Carl John Obe Oberlander
James Blake Schofield, a
Phelps resident since 1962
and formerly of Three Lakes,
died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011,
at his home. He was 79.
He was born Dec. 30, 1931,
in Staten Island, N.Y., the son
of James and Catherine
In 1955, Mr. Schofield
became one of the Norther-
naire Serenaders. In later
years he was the proprietor of
Northwoods Wildlife Studio
Gallery in Phelps.
Mr. Schofield was preceded
in death by his parents; one
brother, James; and one sister,
Janice Mueller.
Survivors include his wife,
Kathleen (nee McElroy); one
sister, Barbara Parker of
North Mass-
apequa, N.Y.;
two brothers,
George (Mari-
anne) of
Phelps and
Michael Per-
fetto of Boy-
ton Beach,
Fla.; and
many nieces
and nephews.
A celebration of life service
will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at
11 a.m. at Twin Lakes Bible
Church in Phelps. Visitation
will be at the church from 10
a.m. until the time of service.
Interment will be at Phelps
Cemetery in spring 2012.
A memorial will be set up
in Mr. Schofields name.
James Blake Schofield
The town of Washington Board of Supervisors will
hold their January meeting on WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4,
2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Town Hall.
Michele Sanborn
Town of Washington Clerk 1915
Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home
Alpha Crematory & Chapel
Tom & Joe Busha, Barry Wallis, Funeral Directors 715-479-4777
Locally owned and operated since 1908
Traditional Services Prearrangements Cremation Monuments
Mary D.
Aman passed
away at the
age of 80, on
Dec. 6, 2011,
after an
extended ill-
ness at St.
James Health
and Rehabili-
tation Center,
Carrabelle, Fla.
She was born Mary Della
Baggett on June 21, 1931, in
Dixon, Tenn., to parents Edgar
and Ethel Baggett.
After graduating from high
school in Missouri in 1949, she
moved to Chicago, Ill., where
she met the love of her life,
Fred Aman. After a brief
courtship, they married on
April 1, 1952.
After her husband served
in Korea, Mary and Fred
made their home in northern
Wisconsin, where they raised
three children in Land O
Lakes, Wis.
Mary worked devotedly
alongside Fred for 25 years at
his taxidermy studio, and also
was an essential partner in
their art gallery and gift shop,
Amans Gallery North, in
Eagle River, Wis.
Without a doubt, one of the
greatest joys in her life was
her two granddaughters. They
filled a special place in her
heart, like no other.
After moving to Lanark,
Fla., nearly 30 years ago, she
became involved in the local
garden club, boat club, ladies
club, as well as the River of
Life Church.
Mary always kept an upbeat
attitude, no matter what chal-
lenges life presented, and was
a friend to everyone she met.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Big Bend Hos-
pice, 1723 Mahan Center
Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
A memorial service was
held Dec. 11, 2011, at Lanark
Village Community Church.
Mary is survived by her
husband, Fred Aman; son,
Robert (Bob) Aman; and
daughter, Nancy Aman. She
also is survived by grand-
daughters, Alison Fischer and
Miranda Fischer.
She is further survived by
brothers, Guy Baggett and
Bob Baggett; and sisters, Mar-
garet Edwards, Ruth Bess and
June Baskin.
She was preceded in death
by her parents; son, Carl
Aman; brother, Ed Baggett;
and sister, Hazel Hafner.
Bevis Funeral Home, Har-
vey-Young Chapel, Craw-
fordville, Fla., is in charge of
arrangements, (850) 926-3333
Mary D. Aman
Mar gar et
G. Oxley, age
97, of Phelps,
Wis., and for-
merly of the
Wo o d r u f f ,
Wis., area,
died on Satur-
day, Dec. 17,
2011, at Lil-
lian E. Kerr
Nursing Home in Phelps.
She was born on Dec. 11,
1914, in Fairview, Mont., to
George and Irene Ledyard.
She was married to Ross
Oxley on July 19, 1938, in
Minocqua, Wis.
Margaret enjoyed embroi-
dery and her plants.
She was a member of
Phelps Congregational Church
and a lifetime member of the
Daughters of Rebekah in
She was preceded in death
by her husband, Ross; her par-
ents; and her sister, Mildred
She is survived by her sons,
Roland (Anna) Oxley of Mack-
ay, Idaho, Philip (Linda) Oxley
of Forest Grove, Ore., John
(Martha) Oxley of Sanborn,
Wis., Justin (Polly) Oxley of
Amherst, Wis., and Lynn
(Tami) Oxley of Polaski, Wis.;
daughters, Jacqueline (Stan-
ley) Robbins of Champion,
Mich., and Maribeth (Michael)
Conner of Newport, Ore.;
grandchildren, Gordon, Kath-
leen, Anne Marie, Kari, Nicole,
John, Julie, Laura, Steven,
Kristin, Heidi, Mandy, Jason,
Michael and Jennifer; great-
grandchildren, Grant, Mason,
Amy, Alex, Tanner, Cara,
Stephanie, Lauren, Madelyn,
Kevin, Aili, Noah, Nathan,
Sarah, Kathryn, Grace, Cray,
Carson, Riley and Megan;
Aubrie and Bentley; sisters-in-
law, Phyllis Falk of Woodruff
and Rita Oxley of Merrill, Wis.;
brother-in-law, Norris Oxley of
Woodruff; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be
held at noon on Friday, Dec.
30, 2011, at Gaffney-Busha
Funeral Home in Eagle River,
Wis. Visitation will be held
one hour prior to services at
the funeral home.
Margaret G. Oxley
Lynne Panci
of Eagle River,
beloved wife,
mother, sister,
daughter and
friend, died at
home Thurs-
day, Dec. 22,
2011, of ovari-
an cancer. She
was 55.
Lynne Coyer was born July
2, 1956, to Martin and Joan
Coyer in Grand Rapids, Minn.
She grew up in Cloquet and
Bemidji, Minn., and graduated
from Bemidji State University
with a degree in Environmen-
tal Studies.
Lynne married Joe Panci
June 30, 1984, in Eagle River.
They have one daughter, Han-
nah, who is currently complet-
ing a masters degree at the
University of Minnesota-
Lynne worked for the U.S.
Forest Service and for Moon
Beach Camp as the office man-
She was active in Girl Scouts
for many years, both as a youth
and an adult. Lynne loved out-
door activities, including bik-
ing, cross-country skiing,
canoeing and hiking. She made
many beautiful quilts and
loved to travel, read and work
on jigsaw and crossword puz-
Survivors include her hus-
band, Joe; and daughter, Han-
nah; her parents, Martin and
Joan Coyer, Grand Rapids,
Minn.; sisters, Gayle Coyer,
Two Harbors, Minn., Cheryl
(Mark) Couch, Palmer, Alaska,
Jill (Bill) DeVita, Stevens
Point, Wis., and Christy (Dar-
ren) Scovel, Seattle, Wash.; and
many in-laws, cousins, nieces
and nephews.
A memorial service will be
held Jan. 7, 2012, at 1 p.m. at
Moon Beach Camp, St. Ger-
main. Memorial donations can
be made to the Three Eagle
Trail Foundation, P.O. Box 297,
Three Lakes, WI 54562.
Lynne Panci
A n d r e a
Knight Peil
died Friday,
Dec. 16, 2011,
in Medford,
She was
born Nov. 11,
1924, in St.
Louis, Mo., to
Walter J.
Knight, engineer, and Anita
Gaebler Knight, poet/play-
A Mayflower descendant,
her ancestors settled in St.
Louis circa 1820.
Andrea, the youngest
daughter, was a graduate of
Mary Institute and then
Washington University, where
she studied art and painting
techniques under the direc-
tion of Max Beckmann.
Andrea also was a fashion
model pictured in many maga-
zines and newspapers, and
even had a Hollywood screen
test with William Holden.
Andrea married John W.
Peil in May of 1951, and they
were happily married for 50
years. John passed away in
August 2001.
She is survived by her three
sons, Jack (and wife, Linda),
Michael and Tom (and wife,
Kiernan); and three grand-
children, Victoria, Jamison
and Hilary Peil.
Andrea was a wonderful
wife and mother. She
expressed a talent for so many
things. She would write down
and study her dreams, analyze
handwriting and read palms!
Andrea loved to travel
internationally and her
favorite destination was Paris,
France. A great lover of the-
ater, she continued to go, with
assistance, to the Fox and
Muni Opera until 2010. As lit-
tle as six weeks before her
death, Andrea visited the St.
Louis Art Museum to see
Monets Water Lilies.
Our mother had a full and
wonderful life. Her place of
peace and tranquility was the
familys much-loved northern
Wisconsin summer home,
Blueberry Camp, on Lost
Lake, where she hosted many
artist retreats and seminars.
While there, Mother loved
to canoe, water-ski or just
walk in the woods. Andrea
was an observer. She loved to
simply be present in nature or
amongst people . . . also senti-
mental, as her tears flowed
easily for any reason, be they
from joys or sorrows.
Her love of nature included
saving endangered wolves,
afternoons stalking unusual
shapes in driftwood and hikes
seeking wild mushrooms.
After her sons left the nest,
she created an artists studio
in the home and excelled in
abstract watercolor painting
with a multimedium style
that won acclaim as well as
many national awards.
She spent several years
writing a self-published auto-
biography of her mother, titled
Mirror Shadows.
Her fascination with South-
western Indian culture found
itself expressed in many of her
hundreds of paintings. Andrea
was very proud of her family
and its history. Her paintings
captured an infusion of the
mystical and sensual and hid-
Mother turned heads when
she entered a room with her
beauty, elegance and charm.
Her spirit still lives on in
her sons and grandchildren, in
her paintings and the spell-
binding beauty of the North-
The family will have a pri-
vate ceremony at a later date.
Arrangements by Litwiller-
Simonsen Funeral Home, Ash-
land, Ore., www.litwillersi-
Andrea Knight Peil
Nancy Rozga, age 72, of
Eagle River, Wis., died on Sat-
urday, Dec. 24, 2011, at St.
Josephs Hospital in Marsh-
field, Wis.
She was born on Jan. 12,
1939, in Milwaukee, Wis., the
daughter of Frank and
Catharine Kopushar. Nancy
has been a resident of Eagle
River since 1973.
She was retired from Eagle
River Memorial Hospital with
more than 30 years of service.
Nancy was on the board of
the Eagle River Chapter of
Fishing Has No Boundaries,
a member of the Eagle River
Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
and the Northwoods Patriots.
Nancy is survived by her
husband of 53 years, Bob, of
Eagle River; daughter,
Charisse (Scott) Anderson of
Eagle River; sons, Michael
(Jan) of Indianola, Iowa, Gre-
gory (Laura) of Blue Island,
Ill., and James (Laura) of
Eagle River; grandchildren,
Kimberly, Kristen, Daniel,
William and Natalie.
She was preceded in death
by her parents; brother, Don-
ald; sister, Rosemary; and
grandson, David.
Funeral services will be
held at 11 a.m. on Thursday,
Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Theresa
Catholic Church in Three
Lakes, Wis. Father William
Horath will preside.
Visitation will be held from 3
to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec.
28, 2011, at Gaffney-Busha
Funeral Home in Eagle River
and for one hour prior to the
service at the church on Thurs-
Burial will be in St. Peter
Catholic Cemetery in the
Memorials to the Kidney
Foundation would be appreci-
Nancy Rozga
DONATION TO SERVE Richard Donohoe, left, on behalf of
Edward Jones Financial, presented a $500 donation to Don
Anderson, president of the Senior Eagle River Volunteer Enter-
prise group at the Kalmar Center. --STAFF PHOTO
In recent weeks, a number
of Wisconsinites have visited
local Division of Motor Vehi-
cles (DMV) customer service
centers to request voter iden-
tification (ID) cards only to
discover they already have
one a Wisconsin drivers
Theres a lot of confusion
out there as to what is need-
ed, and we want people to
know that the vast majority of
people already have an
acceptable photo ID for vot-
ing, and its their Wisconsin
drivers license, said DMV
deputy administrator Patrick
Fernan. Were seeing people
who think there is a separate
voter ID card that is needed,
and that simply does not
What does exist is what the
DMV has always issued
drivers licenses and ID cards.
What is different is that they,
or some other acceptable pho-
to ID, are now required for
Currently, more than 4.1
million Wisconsinites have a
drivers license. Another
481,810 Wisconsinites have a
Wisconsin ID card, issued by
the DMV. Wisconsin ID cards
are also acceptable as photo
ID at the polls.
For people who dont have
an acceptable photo ID for
voting and want one, the
DMV can issue a photo ID
free of charge if they meet the
Drivers license receipts
and ID card receipts issued by
the DMV and valid for 45
days are also acceptable forms
of photo ID for voting. For
more information, visit wis-
The Government Account-
ability Board noted that an
unexpired Wisconsin drivers
license is the most common
acceptable photo ID for vot-
An expired Wisconsin driv-
ers license or ID is also
acceptable, as long as it
expired within two years after
the most recent general elec-
tion (Nov. 2, 2010). In other
words, if a Wisconsin ID or
drivers license expired in
December 2010, it can still be
used for voting purposes in
the November 2012 general
For more information about
voting in Wisconsin, visit the
Wisconsin Government
Accountability Board online
Drivers license accepted
for voter identification
Crocks, jugs, earthenware bowls & pitchers;
art pottery, Roseville, Hull, etc.; cookie jars;
hand-decorated china; glassware before
WWII; patchwork quilts & fancywork; Orien-
tal rugs; picture frames; clocks, watches &
fobs; jewelry; oil lamps; elec. lamps w/glass
shades; old advertising items, signs,
posters, containers, boxes, mixing bowls,
etc., especially from Eagle River; coin-oper-
ated machines, slots, peanut, etc.; shot-
guns, rifles & handguns; hunting knives;
wooden duck & fish decoys; old tackle box-
es & lures; rods, reels & creels; glass min-
now traps; old tools; toys of all kinds, trains,
trucks, tractors, tin wind-ups, games, dolls,
etc.; enamelware, especially bright colors;
old photos of interiors & outdoor activities;
all magazines before WWII; postcards (pre-
1920); coin & stamp collections; old wood
carvings of animals, etc. Check with me
before you sell.
Call Jim at (715) 479-1459
Available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
Wisconsins North Woods
yours to enjoy.
A 19-year-old Lac du Flam-
beau man entered a plea of no
contest to an amended charge
of fourth-degree sexual
assault and a deferred entry of
judgment was approved in
Vilas County Circuit Court
last week.
Justin M. Theobald will be
convicted of misdemeanor sex-
ual assault if conditions of the
12-month deferred entry of
judgement are met.
According to court records,
Theobald had a sexual
encounter with a 14-year-old
girl Sept. 5, 2011, in the base-
ment bedroom of a Lac du
Flambeau residence. The girl
is now 15.
Circuit Judge Neal A.
Nielsen III said conditions of
Theobalds deferred entry of
judgement include he must
undergo an assessment on
sexual behaviors, complete
any counseling as deemed nec-
essary by the agent and com-
mit no crimes.
Theobald was orignally
charged with sexual assault of
a child under age 16, a felony.
In other felony cases,
Arlene M. Poupart, 41, of Lac
du Flambeau, charged with
manufacturing or delivery of
marijuana, possession with
intent to deliver marijuana
and possession of drug para-
phernalia, had a preliminary
hearing set for Jan. 30 at 8:45
According to the complaint,
Poupart was arrested Sept. 9
at her home in Lac du Flam-
beau following the execution
of a search warrant by law
enforcement officers.
Officers reported they
found a large indoor marijua-
na grow in a pull-behind trail-
er parked near the residence,
a large outdoor marijuana
grow just inside the wood line
near the residence, an indoor
grow in the basement and
found marijuana drying in an
upper-level room. They also
found pipes, heat lamps, mir-
rors and lighting ballasts.
Thomas J. Wilde, 53, of Lac
du Flambeau, also was arrest-
ed at the scene. He was trans-
ported to Howard Young Med-
ical Center in Woodruff for a
suspected heart problem. Offi-
cers said he escaped from the
hospital with an IV still in his
Shasta Star Klingman, 35,
of Watersmeet, Mich., charged
with substantial battery, was
denied a motion to dismiss the
case. Klingmans attorney,
Mark E. McDonald, made a
motion to dismiss the case, but
Judge Nielsen denied the
McDonald made the motion
to dismiss the case on grounds
that evidence presented at the
preliminary hearing did not
support a finding that Kling-
man committed the charged
crime. The attorney also made
a motion to compel discovery,
which the court granted.
A status on discovery hear-
ing was set for Jan. 5 at 8:15
a.m. The case is scheduled for
a jury trial Jan. 18 at 8:30 a.m.
According to the complaint,
Klingman was involved in a
physical altercation with mul-
tiple people at 1938 North bar
in Land O Lakes Dec. 5, 2010.
Klingman is alleged to have
kicked one of the victims while
the woman was on the ground.
Phil W. Poitra, 29, of Lac du
Flambeau, charged with oper-
ating while intoxicated with a
minor child in the vehicle, fifth
offense, had a preliminary
hearing set for Jan. 19 at 10
Poitra picked up the 3-year-
old girl from a babysitter Dec.
3, and the complainant called
authorities, because she
thought Poitra may be intoxi-
cated and left her house with
the child. He was arrested on
County Highway D in Lac du
Flambeau. He also was cited
for violating the child safety
restraint law and failing to
stop at a stop sign. Poitra told
officers he had six to eight
beers at a bar prior to picking
up the girl at the babysitter.
A request to modify Poitras
$500 cash bail and $5,000 sig-
nature bond was denied. Con-
ditions of his bond include no
driving and not to possess or
consume intoxicants.
Tanner Wayman, 35, of Lac
du Flambeau, who was placed
on probation for two years
Dec. 20, 2010, after he was
convicted of substantial bat-
tery, was back in Vilas County
Circuit Court last week for a
sentencing hearing on revoca-
tion due to a new charge of
misdemeanor theft Jan. 25,
2010. He was sentenced to 291
days in jail on the revocation
and nine months in jail on the
misdemeanor charge, to run
concurrent. He was given
credit for 291 days served in
James B. Armstrong, 24, of
Lac du Flambeau, had a
deferred entry of judgement
approved on an amended
charge of misdemeanor theft.
He was originally charged
with operating a motor vehicle
without the owners consent, a
felony. He also pleaded no con-
test to a charge of operating a
vehicle without a license, third
Armstrong allegedly took
another persons automobile
following a house party Sept.
4, 2010, and crashed the vehi-
cle along Highway D in Lac du
Flambeau. He was cited for
operating while intoxicated
with a blood alcohol level of
.20. The car was valued at
Other conditions of Arm-
strongs deferred entry of
judgement for the next 12
months include commit no
crimes and not to consume
intoxicants. The theft convic-
tion will be dismissed if he
completes the deferred entry
of judgement conditions. Arm-
strong was fined $226 on the
operating without a license
conviction. The fine must be
paid by Feb. 19.
Joseph G. Wildcat Sr., 49, of
Lac du Flambeau, charged
with two counts of threats to
injure or accuse of a crime,
had a jury trial postponed
from last Wednesday, as Wild-
cats attorney, Jeffrey Jack-
omino, and District Attorney
Albert Moustakis requested a
stipulated disposition of the
Wildcat was arrested for
operating while intoxicated in
2008 and is alleged to have
attempted to make Lac du
Flambeau police officer Dan
Rice and Police Chief Bob
Brandenberg withdraw the
OWI complaint.
Vilas County Court report
Deferred entry of judgment approved
in Lac du Flambeau sexual assault case
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Vilas County is looking for a person to serve on the Board of Adjust-
ment as a second alternate member to replace regular members in
times of absence. The applicant must reside in one of the following
Vilas County towns: Boulder Junction, Lincoln, Manitowish Waters,
Plum Lake, Presque Isle, St. Germain, Washington or Winchester. The
Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals from decisions made
by the Vilas County Zoning Committee and considers variances from
the Ordinance using legally accepted criteria. Board members receive
$47 per diem and mileage pay at the IRS rate for hearings attended.
Questions and rsums can be directed to:
Dawn Schmidt, Zoning Administrator
330 Court St.
Eagle River, WI 54521
(715) 479-3765
The deadline for rsums is January 13, 2012. 1912
TWO-CAR ACCIDENT Two cars collided last Thursday at the
intersection of highways 70 and 45 in Eagle River. Airbags were
deployed in the accident, although no transport was announced by
Eagle River 911. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Grow North to meet
Jan. 18 in Crandon
Grow North Regional Eco-
nomic Development Corpora-
tions next meeting of the gen-
eral membership will be
Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the
Forest County Courthouse
located at 200 East Madison
Avenue in Crandon.
Members and interested
guests are invited to attend.
The meeting will begin at 9
a.m. and conclude no later than
10:30 a.m., and will include a
presentation on Broadband
from Dr. Andy Lewis, Office of
Broadband Sustainability, Uni-
versity of Wisconsin Extension,
and will showcase Northern
Lake Service.
The event also includes the
opportunity to tour Northern
Lake Service. Grow North
Regional Economic Develop-
ment Corporation was created
in 2004 to foster cooperation
among economic development
partners, and foster economic
growth efforts in Forest,
Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida
and Vilas counties.
Members determine the
actions of Grow North, and
the primary source of funding
is the annual dues paid by
each of its members. Annual
dues range from $100 to
$2,000 per entity, and entitle
each paying member entity to
one vote at the annual Meet-
ing and one vote on all issues
that come before the corpora-
tion at regular membership
For more information, visit
the Grow North website at
The Vilas County Public
Health Department, a state of
Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade and Con-
sumer Protection-certified
water testing laboratory, has
offered the coliform bacteria
tests since 2006.
The department charges
$12 per water sample. Bottles
can be picked up at the Vilas
County Public Health Depart-
ment at the courthouse in
Eagle River during normal
business hours.
Coliform bacteria are natu-
rally occurring in soil and are
found on vegetation and in
surface waters, according to
April Springer of the health
Water from a well properly
located and constructed
should be free of coliform bac-
teria, said Springer. While
coliform do not generally
cause illness in healthy indi-
viduals, their presence in well
water indicates the water sys-
tem is at risk to more serious
forms of contamination.
Most bacteria entering the
ground surface along with
rainwater or snowmelt are fil-
tered out as the water seeps
through the soil, according to
However, several strains
of bacteria can survive a long
time and find their way into
the groundwater by moving
through coarse soils, shallow
fractured bedrock, quarries,
sinkholes, inadequately grout-
ed wells or cracks in the well
casing, said Springer.
Insects or small rodents also
can carry bacteria into wells
with inadequate caps or seals.
To ensure your well is not
contaminated, it is recom-
mended to regularly test your
water, said Springer. You
should have your water tested
at least annually and whenev-
er you notice a change in the
taste, odor or color of the
For more information, con-
tact the Vilas County Public
Health Department at (715)
Coliform bacteria water testing
available at health department
Safety First
Vilas County Personnel
Committee Wednesday,
Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m., courthouse.
Agenda: Discuss expiration of
the collective bargaining
agreement/work rules.
Vilas County Board
Transition Committee
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 4 p.m.,
courthouse. Agenda: Estab-
lish interim work rules.
Vilas County Board
Communications Commit-
tee Thursday, Dec. 29, 1
p.m., Vilas County Justice
Center Agenda: tower main-
tenance and Emergency Med-
ical Services radio systems.
Vilas County ADRC/
Human Services Commit-
tee Wednesday, Jan. 4,
9:45 a.m., courthouse. Agen-
da: Discussion of Intergovern-
mental Cooperative Agree-
ment and Long Term Care
Eagle River Plan Com-
mission Wednesday, Jan.
4, 6 p.m., City Hall. Agenda: a
majority of the City Council
may be present for decision-
making purposes.
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Heather and Mike Will, owners of the Heart II Bar &
Grill, announced plans for a full-service tiki bar in the
spring of 2012. --Staff Photo By JULIE SCHIDDEL
Heart II Bar & Grill
plans tiki bar addition
After officially opening
for business this past
July, Heart II Bar & Grill
in Arbor Vitae has
announced plans to add a
full-service tiki bar for the
spring of 2012.
Owners Mike and
Heather Will said the new
addition will overlook the
establishments volleyball
courts and horseshoe pits.
Heart II, located at
11023 Highway 70 E., fea-
tures a full menu includ-
ing homemade pizza,
soups and sandwiches
and a Friday fish fry.
Customers can keep
warm near the fieldstone
fireplace while they take
advantage of daily food
and drink specials. Spe-
cials also are available for
Packers games, which
patrons can view on four
high-definition televisions.
Although there is live
music every Saturday at
Heart II, a performance
by Chicago-style blues
artist Michael Murphy is
planned for New Years
Eve beginning at 9 p.m.
Were going to have
free food and champagne
at midnight, along with
party favors and hats,
said Mike Will.
Heather Will said she
and Mike both grew up in
St. Germain. Heather has
been in the bar and grill
industry for the past nine
years, while Mike
received a bachelors
degree in hospitality man-
agement from UW-Stout.
Were also raising two
young children, she said.
We have two sons, Cole,
who is 4 years old, and
Brody who is 1.
Like many who grew
up in the North Woods,
the Wills said they live it
up by snowmobiling, boat-
ing and icefishing.
Hours for Heart II are
Wednesdays through
Mondays from 11 a.m. to
bar close. For more infor-
mation, contact the busi-
ness at (715) 358-7000.
PRIZE GIVEAWAY Parsons of Eagle River announced the win-
ners of its holiday giveaway prizes. Taking part in the presentation
were, from left, Parsons of Eagle River general manager Bill
Weber; Don Goldschmidt, winner of a $50 Visa card; Mike
Tomaszewski, winner of an iPad 2; and new car manager Brandee
Nieckula. Not shown is John Geniesse, winner of a Kindle Fire.
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Three Lakes board report
Supervisors discuss DNR assessments
detailing Thunder, Maple Lake dams
Dam repairs in Three
Lakes was the prevailing top-
ic at last weeks town board
meeting, as supervisors
reviewed Department of Nat-
ural Resources (DNR) assess-
ments of Thunder and Maple
The water level in Thunder
Lake is currently above its
legal operating elevation and
its dam has deteriorated,
according to the DNR. Mean-
while, the concrete in the
Maple Lake dams spillway is
in poor condition.
For Thunder Lake, the
DNRs inspection also found
that the dam couldnt achieve
compliance with the lakes
current operating elevation,
the lake overflows its
embankments during times of
high water and the concrete
structure has deteriorated to
the extent that the only flow
going through was leakage.
In addition, unauthorized
alterations to the dam in 2002
effectively reduced its spill-
way to one-third of what it
was prior.
The town is now required to
take four actions as a result of
the DNRs findings, according
Town Chairman Don Sidlows-
ki. The compliance dates for
those actions are as follows:
March 31, 2012, the
town must submit a permit
application for new water lev-
els or take action to return the
dam to where it can meet its
legal operating level;
Sept. 30, 2012, complete
construction of lowering the
dams sill if a new water level
isnt being pursued;
June 30, 2013, submit
permit application for long-
term rehabilitation of the
dam; and
Sept 30, 2014, complete
construction of long-term
improvements to the dam.
According to the report, if
the town pursues a new oper-
ating level for the lake, it will
need to obtain flowage ease-
ments from lakeshore proper-
ty owners.
Without even getting an
engineer out there to look at
it, this is a significant
expense, said Sidlowski, who
added that one of the next
steps should be to get a ball-
park estimation of the costs
involved with each dam.
Supervisor Steve Garbow-
icz recommended the board
hold at least one special meet-
ing with Thunder Lakes pro-
tection district and the cran-
berry marsh owners.
Sidlowski said hed spoken
with both and agreed that the
board should hold special
The cranberry marsh own-
ers told me they understand
they have a responsibility and
a vested interest in repairing
the dam, he said. After pre-
liminary conversations,
theyre both aware and ones
on board financially.
For Maple Lake, Sidlowski
said the bottom line is that
looks can be deceiving. While
the standpipe appeared to be
in good condition, once the
engineer lifted its steel grate,
the dams problems became
The inspection found that
the concrete in the dams spill-
way is in faulty condition. The
vertical drop inlet was found
to be composed of cracked con-
crete and exposed rebar, while
the horizontal channel had
significant cracking and some
leakage present.
The DNRs report recom-
mended the construction of an
auxiliary spillway to ease the
burden during the restoration
of the existing spillway.
If were going to do an aux-
iliary spillway, to me it just
becomes a new spillway and
the old one becomes an auxil-
iary, said Sidlowski. Either
way, the bottom line is that, if
the concrete in that dam fails,
the lake will drain.
The actions required for the
Maple Lake dam and their
compliance dates are as fol-
June 30, 2012, submit
plans for concrete repairs on
dams spillway;
Sept. 30, 2012, remove
brush from the dams
Sept. 30, 2013, complete
repairs to spillway concrete;
Dec. 31, 2013, complete
and submit for review an
inspection and operation and
maintenance plan; complete
and submit an interim emer-
gency action plan and prepare
and submit for review a dam
failure analysis; and
Sept 30, 2014, complete
and submit a final emergency-
action plan.
Sidlowski said there wasnt
any good news about the dams.
However, this could be
great with all the repairs, he
said. Were going to have two
dams that will be good for
another 50 years.
In other action, the board:
heard a report on the
final funding for the East
School Street reconstruction
project and approved a grant
administration payment to
MSA Professional Services
approved operators
appointed election poll
workers to two-year terms;
adopted a MUTCD sign
regulation implementation
plan for 2012-15;
decided not to require a
form to request changes in
town snowmobile routes; and
adopted a planning
phase project plan for Safe
Routes to School.
Judges: OMelia and Bloom also in primary
county and had two small
children at home, so I went
into private practice to have
more flexibility.
Vocke has been a reserve
judge across the state and
became an alternative dispute
resolution provider, and has
mediated and arbitrated more
than 1,000 civil disputes dur-
ing his career as a private
I believe my strong point is
experience, said Vocke. I
have been a district attorney,
a circuit judge, in private
practice and a reserve judge.
A big advantage I have to the
public is I can hit the ground
Vocke graduated from the
University of Wisconsin Law
School in 1973 before gaining
his first professional experi-
ence as an assistant district
attorney in Racine County
from 1973 to 1976 and as dis-
trict attorney in Vilas County
from 1976 to 1979. He has
tried more than 100 jury trials
to verdict.
A Rhinelander attorney for
32 years, OMelia also is seek-
ing to fill the vacancy created
by Judge Mangerson leaving
the bench.
OMelia announced his can-
didacy a day after the 100th
anniversary celebration of his
familys law firm, OMelia,
Schiek & McEldowney, which
was founded in 1911 by his
grandfather, A.J. OMelia.
I am confident that the
extensive experience I have
gained during the last 32
years has prepared me to pre-
side over all areas of the law
should I be elected, said the
lifelong Rhinelander resident.
My father, grandfather
and uncles practiced law and
served this community and
region. Its what they taught
me, said OMelia. It would be
an honor to serve the citizens
of Oneida County as circuit
court judge.
Since graduating from
Marquette Law School in
1979, OMelia has worked on a
wide array of cases in private
practice. His experience in tri-
al practice includes plaintiff
and defense personal injury
cases, family law, real estate,
criminal, workers compensa-
tion, unemployment insur-
ance and Social Security dis-
Bloom was a candidate for
the Oneida County Branch I
judgeship four years ago when
Circuit Judge Robert E. Kin-
ney retired in the middle of
his term. Former Oneida
County District Attorney
Patrick F. OMelia was ulti-
mately appointed to fill Kin-
neys chair and Bloom was
appointed to the district attor-
neys office.
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The Department of Veter-
ans Affairs (VA) continues to
strive toward its goal to end
veteran homelessness by 2015.
The Secretary of VA, Eric
K. Shinseki, and Secretary of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment (HUD), Shaun Donovan,
conducted a joint conference
call last week to announce a
12% decline in the number of
veterans classified as home-
less, from January 2010 to
In the Upper Peninsula of
Michigan and northern Wis-
consin, homelessness may not
be as visible as in metropoli-
tan areas but, without a
doubt, it still exists in these
rural areas.
Some homeless individu-
als stay with friends (e.g.,
couch surfing) or at one of the
few homeless shelters in our
rural areas, which are only
designed to provide a tempo-
rary living accommodation,
said Nicole Foster-Holdwick,
homeless program coordina-
tor for the Oscar G. Johnson
VA Medical Center in Iron
Mountain, Mich.
According to statistics from
the Michigan Coalition
Against Homelessness, there
were 84 homeless veterans in
the Upper Peninsula that
sought services from commu-
nity agencies in 2010. The
total estimated total homeless
population in the same region
is 4,303, a nearly 80%
increase since 2007.
Data provided by communi-
ty service providers and shel-
ters in northern Wisconsin
show 69 homeless adults and
children in Langlade, Forest,
Oneida and Vilas counties
and 31 homeless people in
Marinette and Oconto coun-
ties as of January 2011. No
specific data was available on
the number of homeless veter-
ans in northern Wisconsin.
To address the issue of vet-
eran homelessness, the VA
has partnered with HUD to
provide vouchers to subsidize
rental housing for homeless
veterans and their immediate
The VA screens eligible vet-
erans and provides case man-
agement, while HUD provides
the rental subsidies from its
Housing Choice program.
There are currently 14 vouch-
ers being used by veterans in
the Upper Peninsula of Michi-
gan, administered by the
Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical
Center. Additionally, the VA is
meeting with local and state
agencies and organizations to
develop partnerships to
address homelessness in the
communities at the communi-
ty level.
A homeless summit was
hosted by the VA in Mar-
quette, Mich., last month,
with more than 50 people in
attendance from community
agencies and organizations.
Veterans are a part of their
communities, and that is where
we can come together to end
veteran homelessness, said
Foster-Holdwick. The VA
needs to work closely with local
community organizations.
The VAs homeless program
staff makes contact and works
with local community organi-
zations to identify veterans
who are homeless or at risk of
becoming homeless. The VA
staff then reaches out to these
veterans and provides case
management and referrals for
medical and mental health
treatment. They also collabo-
rate with community organi-
zations and agencies to meet
the veterans housing and
subsistence needs.
Veterans or someone who
knows a veteran who may be
homeless or at risk of becom-
ing homeless, can call the
National Call Center for
Homeless Veterans at 1-(877)
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VA strives to end
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Kim Schaffer of Northwoods Title & Closing LLC, received a
certificate from Vilas County Register of Deeds personnel for
presenting the 500,000th document for recording. Taking part
in the presentation were, from left, Schaffer, Kathy Clure,
Rebecca McDonald, Register of Deeds Joan Hansen and
Jane Van Wormer. Contributed Photo
Vilas Register of Deeds office reaches milestone
The Vilas County Regis-
ter of Deeds office officially
recorded its 500,000th docu-
ment Dec. 22, according to
Joan Hansen, Vilas County
Register of Deeds.
Vilas became a county
on April 12, 1893. Since that
time to the beginning of my
first term in office on Jan. 4,
1999, there were 346,520
documents recorded, said
It only took a little under
13 years to record the bal-
ance of 153,480 documents,
said Hansen. This is an
indication of how attractive
Vilas County has become for
people to live in and vaca-
Recorded documents are
not limited to real estate
documents, such as deeds
and mortgages, and may
also include lien documents,
judgments, business regis-
trations, leases and more.
Kim Schaffer of North-
woods Title & Closing LLC
submitted the 500,000th
The Register of Deeds
office staff presented the
company with a certificate
to honor the occasion.
November home sales up from 10
North region shows 27% increase over last year
November home sales in
Wisconsin were well above
last year, and the trend of
declining prices moderated
somewhat, according to data
released by the Wisconsin

Existing home sales were
up 14.8% in November, rela-
tive to that same month last
year; and the statewide medi-
an price fell just 2.2%, to
$134,000 over that period.
The strongest region in the
state was the north where
sales rose 27.7% over Novem-
ber 2010.
We are definitely closing
out the year on a strong note,
said Rob Keefe, chairman of
the WRA board of directors,
noting that the seasonal pat-
tern of home sales typically
slows as winter approaches.
The strong market of the last
few months has pulled sales
in 2011 nearly even with the
2010 level, he said.
Keefe noted that year-to-
date home sales through the
end of November are now less
than 1% below last year, and
that is without any bump
from the federal government
to stimulate existing home
Home sales were up in four
of the six regions of the state,
with three of the six regions
seeing their November home
sales grow more than 20%.
The north regions nearly
28% increase was followed by
the south central region, which
was up 25.2%; and the south-
east region up 21.4%. The
northeast region was up a solid
7.9%, whereas November exist-
ing home sales fell 5% in the
central region and were down
6.6% in the west, compared to
November sales last year.
The statewide median price
of existing homes fell 2.2% in
November, compared to
November 2010; and year to
date, median prices fell 6.1%.
This is clearly a buyers
market, and while inventories
are down from October, they
still remain high at more than
14 months, said WRA Presi-
dent and Chief Executive Offi-
cer Michael Theo. This means
buyers will be in the drivers
seat for the foreseeable future.
Regionally, there was some
volatility, with half the
regions showing median
prices down: the southeast
down 9.7%, south central
down 2.6% and the northeast
down 4.8%. The western
region was essentially flat,
and median prices in the
north and central regions
were up 7.3% and 15.8%,
The economy did get a little
good news in November with
an improvement in the nation-
al unemployment rate and
even an uptick in consumer
confidence and consumer
expectations, said Theo.
The national unemploy-
ment rate improved to 8.6% in
November, and the Wisconsin
unemployment rate has also
been trending downward
In addition, The Conference
Boards Consumer Confidence
Index improved, as did their
Leading Economic Indicator
Index due in part to better
consumer expectations.
These are both positive
signals on the economy, but
they are very preliminary;
and it will take sustained
improvements, including sig-
nificant job growth, before
many homebuyers are com-
fortable diving back into this
market, said Theo. However,
if these trends continue, new
buyers will be greeted with
very affordable housing in the
state, with Wisconsin housing
among the nations best val-
The WRAs report showed
that the November WRA
Housing Affordability Index
was at 242, meaning that the
family with median income
can afford to buy 242% of the
median-priced home in the
state, given current 30-year,
fixed-rate mortgage rates and
a 20% down payment.
Comparing Wisconsins
index with a recent National
Association of REALTORS

affordability analysis, Wiscon-

sin housing was found to be
more affordable than the
United States, where the
index was just under 200, as
well as all of the four broad
census regions, especially the
northeast where the index
was 163, and the west where
the index was 165.
Weve always known that
you get a lot of home for your
money in Wisconsin, and that
is especially true in this mar-
ket, said Theo.
All county figures on sales
volume and median prices are
compiled by the WRA and are
not seasonally adjusted. Medi-
an prices are only computed if
the county recorded at least
10 home sales in the month.
SLEDDING HILL A childrens sledding hill has
been built by the town of Washington and is
open for use. The location is at 1850 Rangeline
Road with the entrance by the town transfer sta-
tion. There is parking at the top of the hill, bench-
es for watching children sled, and it is open sev-
en days a week. Town Chairman Jim Spring indi-
cated there is no supervision. The Sno-Eagles
Snowmobile Club has volunteered to groom the
hill after a snowfall with its drag to pack it down.
Pictured at the entrance are, from left, Spring
and town crew members Mike Martens and
Russ Oberg.
Photo By Ken Anderson
Forest Riders
plan two events
The Minocqua Forest Riders
Snowmobile Club has planned
two upcoming events.
The Forest Riders Brat
Fest will be held Saturday,
Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at the new Minocqua Park,
located on Highway 70 West.
The Forest Riders will then
host a breakfast buffet Sun-
day, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. at Moose Jaw Resort in
Park Falls.
For more information
about the two events, contact
Becki at (847) 395-8528 or
mi no c quaf o r e s t r i de r s @
A cutline under a photo in
the Nov. 16 issue of this news-
paper indicated a bull elk had
been shot by Ed Richter of
Eagle River. The elk was shot
by Guy Richter, a former
Eagle River resident, but Ed
Richter was along on the
Rockie Mountain hunt. We
apologize for the error.
Check out hundreds more taken by News-Review
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Fishing with
the Guides
George Langley
Jury still out on Stepps claim of new DNR
WHILE THE open-minded atti-
tude of Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy
Stepp is a breath of fresh air, any
claim that the agency is doing a
better job one year into her tenure
is premature at best.
In a brief end-of-year column for
the media, Stepp claims the new
DNR is getting noticed in a posi-
tive way. And that got me to think-
ing about what actually transpired
the past 12 months.
Stepps first press release after
her appointment hinted of politics
beyond usual. She talked more of
creating jobs than protecting
resources. In fact, the way it read, I
wondered if the release came from
the Department of Commerce.
Despite the potential conflict in
responsibilities, the DNR estab-
lished an Office of Business Sup-
port and Sustainability which
again seems like a commerce issue
and not a resources issue.
We never heard a thing from
Stepp or her agency when Republi-
can legislators changed the entire
rule-making system related to
hunting and fishing regulations
though it will take twice as long to
make changes in what was already
a slow, meticulous system.
The change was payback for
some rules Republicans didnt
favor, most notably revisions to NR
115, the states shoreland zoning
What we got under Stepps
tenure was a two-year delay in the
implementation of those revised
zoning rules, which are intended to
protect water quality on inland
lakes and rivers while making the
rules simpler and more uniform.
We never heard a thing from
Stepp when Republicans tried to
grandfather a bunch of illegal piers
into law or when they proposed to
allow unlimited lakefront grading
and removal of material from
Beyond the politics, this is still
the same agency that issued 15,000
antlerless deer tags in three man-
agement units here, despite the
sentiments of hunters who wanted
another year of buck-only hunting.
It is still the same agency
that got us into a wolf manage-
ment program from which
there is no return.
Management of these big preda-
tors is still in the hands of federal
authorities, and the most recent
attempt at delisting wolves could
fail as dismally as the first three
Sure, Stepp and her colleagues
have pushed the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service to remove the wolf
from protection under the Endan-
gered Species Act. But shes not
being realistic with the comment,
Wisconsins long-fought battle to
manage growing wolf populations
within its border is nearly over.
For those who dont remember,
there has never been more confu-
sion about what species of wolves
were recovered or how many of
each subspecies exists in Wisconsin
today. We lost three other federal
lawsuits on lesser issues, and you
can bet litigation will be filed over
this latest delisting.
In her first year, Stepps depart-
ment maintained the same low-lev-
el priority for dealing with aquatic
invasive species (AIS). The scrib-
bler is tired of the Public Trust
Doctrine hypocrisy that the
state has authority over navigable
waters but leaves much of the AIS
battle up to towns and lakefront
property owners.
In all fairness, I cant pretend
that Stepps job is as easy as her
predecessor, with the loss of so
many veteran employees in fish
and game management, endan-
gered species and water regulation.
Republicans gave the most-expe-
rienced DNR staff members a push
when they not only changed the
rules on retirement benefit pay-
ments, but stripped from them all
collective bargaining rights.
Stepp is faced with totally
rebuilding a lot of departments,
and its hard to say what the final
outcome of that transition will
mean. Only time will tell if we real-
ly have achieved a new DNR that
is actually achieving what was
intended of this resource protection
Its a lofty goal, and I wish
Stepp the best of luck as the
new year unfolds. Hopefully
she realizes how much work
and change it will take to truly
achieve that goal.
What we cant afford to lose is
Wisconsins conservation ethic
the principles of protecting
resources, habitat and the critters
that need them. And nowhere in
that statement is there room for
protecting jobs.
Dont get me wrong. Jobs are
very important. Its just not the
DNRs job to make that happen,
unless we are renaming the agency
the Department of Numerical
In the
Kurt Krueger
With the recent warm temperatures and lack of
snow, it is easy for anglers to get around on the ice
now. Temperatures hit the low 40s on Monday, but
colder temperatures are in the forecast for this week
and should help make more ice.
Despite a couple warm days, the lakes are, ever so
slowly, building some good ice for anglers. Most
anglers report 6 to 8 inches of ice on the lakes,
depending on the size of the lake.
While the snowmobilers are waiting to get some
snow, the ice fishermen are pretty happy and can get
around well on the Norths ice-covered lakes. There is
just a light layer of snow on the ice and no slush being
Walleyes and northerns have been providing good
early-season action. Panfishing also has been pretty
good lately, as some patterns have started to develop
and the fishermen have found some fish.
Walleye fishing has been good to very good for this
time of year. Most of the action has been between 3
and 7 p.m. on all area lakes. That very late-night
action has yet to start. Most anglers are still setting
tip-ups in the early evenings right at the dropoffs and
waiting for the fish to come in from deeper water.
Medium shiners seem to be the preferred bait, with
some anglers using the medium suckers. All lakes
with decent walleye populations are producing fish at
this point. We have some reports of some real nice,
larger fish on the Chain.
Northern action has been good to very good during
those sunny afternoons. The basic pattern is classic
northern action, using tip-ups with larger golden shin-
ers in the weed areas. Some large fish have been
reported, and the numbers have been pretty good.
Bluegills are in the weeds, and the best action has
been on spikes. Afternoon action has been the best,
but a few anglers have reported action in the morn-
ings also. Weed areas are best for the gills.
Perch action also has been good, with the perch
hitting on minnows in the deeper weed areas. These
fish are quite often mixed right in with smaller
Crappie action has been reported, but these fish
are still difficult to locate. They will be schooling in
deeper water shortly, but right now they seem to be
right off the weeds in 8 to 12 feet of water on the
Chain. Minnows are best for these fish.
Look for heavy ice fishing pressure on all waters
during the holidays if this weather keeps up. They
will be driving on some lakes soon, but caution is
Good luck and good fishin.
Lakes slowly building
better ice for anglers
HITTING THE ICE While conditions are poor
for snowmobiling, anglers are nding access
excellent with 6 to 8 inches of good ice with little
snow on the lakes. --STAFF PHOTO
Whether long-term conservation of resources gets enough priority in the
new DNR is a question that will take years to answer. Right now the agen-
cy seems focused on permit shortcuts and jobs. --Photo By The Author
Anglers fish-eating habits
and favorite recipes for their
catch are the focus of new
state efforts aimed at increas-
ing awareness about the
health benefits of eating fish
while reducing exposure to
environmental contaminants.
The Wisconsin Department
of Health Services (DHS) is
seeking male anglers 50 years
and older to complete an
online survey about their fish
consumption. Previous sur-
veys have shown that some
older men eat more fish than
younger men or women.
While those most vulnera-
ble to the effects of environ-
mental contaminants are
pregnant women, their devel-
oping fetuses and young chil-
dren, older adults also can be
affected, according to Pamela
Imm, the DHS Bureau of
Environmental and Occupa-
tional Health.
The online survey,,
seeks information on where
this group fishes, how much
and what type of fish they eat,
and where they get informa-
tion about consumption advice.
At the same time, the
Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) is seeking
favorite recipes for fish caught
from Wisconsin waters. A
selection of recipes from
entrants will be included in an
online cookbook, Healthy Dish-
es With Wisconsins Fishes.
The survey and outreach
are funded by federal dollars
targeted at improving fish
advisory programs through-
out the Great Lakes, says
Candy Schrank, a DNR toxi-
cologist who coordinates the
fish consumption advisory the
DNR jointly issues every year
with the state health services
Wisconsin and other Great
Lakes states want to know
more about people who eat
fish and how to get informa-
tion to them on the health
benefits and risks of eating
fish, she said.
The data that the DNR col-
lected over the past 40 years
on mercury and polychlorinat-
ed biphenyls (PCBs) in fish
show contaminant levels at
some locations have dropped,
supporting assertions that
fish respond to sediment
cleanup and mercury emis-
sion reductions. However,
mercury levels are still high
enough that most waters car-
ry a statewide consumption
advisory with about 149 hav-
ing more stringent advice due
to higher levels of mercury,
PCBs or other chemicals.
More information about Wis-
consins fish consumption
advice and contaminant levels
in state residents who frequent-
ly eat fish, can be found on the
DNR website at
Fish cookbook
The DNR is seeking recipes
for an online cookbook,
Healthy Dishes with Wiscon-
sin Fishes.
We hope to collect healthy
recipes for a wide variety of
Wisconsin species, said
Sonya Rowe, a DNR commu-
nications specialist for the
fish contaminant program.
We want to draw more atten-
tion to the health benefits of
safely eating Wisconsin fish.
Recipes must be the
entrants own, feature Wiscon-
sin fish species and be cooked
(not smoked or pickled). The
contest is limited to one entry
per household, and people can
submit their entry using the
form found on the Healthy
Dishes with Wisconsin Fishes
contest Web page. The dead-
line is April 1, 2012.
Recipes will be judged on
originality and creativity,
healthiness, ease of prepara-
tion, species of fish and added
details on the recipes origin
and how or where it was
caught, Rowe said.
DNR seeking men over age 50
to complete fish consumption survey
The Minocqua Police
Department along with the
Forest Riders Snowmobile
Club will hold a four-day
snowmobile safety course.
Courses will be held at
Tomahawk Elementary
School Monday, Tuesday and
Thursday, Jan. 9, 10 and 12,
from 4 to 7 p.m.
A field day is scheduled
Saturday, Jan. 14. Students
should provide their own
snowmobiles for the field day.
The course is mandatory
for riders born on or after Jan.
1, 1985. It is open to anyone
age 12 and older, or to those
who will be 12 years old by
Feb. 1, 2012.
The cost for the course will
be $10. To register, contact
Joanne Krueger of Minocqua-
Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk
Elementary School at (715)
356-5206, ext. 2123.
Snomo course
set in Minocqua
Three swans
killed in state
The accidental and inten-
tional shootings of trumpeter
swans last month in Wiscon-
sin highlight the need for citi-
zens to be vigilant in helping
to protect these rare birds,
according to state endangered
resources officials.
In late November, two
adult trumpeters were shot
and found in garbage bags
north of Shawano Lake in
Shawano County. The perpe-
trators have not been caught.
In early November, a young
trumpeter swan, known as a
cygnet, was accidentally shot
and killed at a wildlife area in
St. Croix County. The hunter
who shot the swan turned
himself in and a conservation
warden retrieved the carcass.
Trumpeter swans (Cygnus
buccinator) named for their
resonant, trumpetlike call
are the largest waterfowl
species in North America.
They were present in Wiscon-
sin until the 1880s, but disap-
peared due to market hunting
and feather collecting.
People are asked to report
any suspected illegal activity
involving wildlife in Wiscon-
sin to the DNR at 1-(800) TIP-
Sports Sidelines
By Gary Ridderbusch
Lifelong North Woods businessman and club volun-
teer Larry Bosacki of Minocqua will be among the
four new inductees into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame
(SHOF) Saturday, Feb. 18.
The other 2012 inductees will include Joel Hall-
strom of Thief River Falls, Minn.; Toni Haikonen of
Finland; and Marcell Fountaine of Quebec, Canada.
The Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum are
located on Highway 70 West in St. Germain.
The induction banquet will follow the 29th annual
daylong celebrity trail ride known as the Ride With
the Champs (RWTC). Sponsored by Modine HotDawg
Garage Heaters of Racine, RWTC includes two late-
model rider groups and two vintage sled-rider groups.
Two of these groups will leave the Whitetail Inn in
St. Germain after registration and breakfast at 7 a.m.
and will travel to Fish Tales on Lake Gogebic in the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan for their traditional lunch.
One group will feature the Vintage Challenge, in
which older sleds attempt to make the 150-mile round
trip. Those successfully completing the entire trip will
receive a Vintage Challenge certificate at the banquet.
The other two groups will take shorter rides in the
local North Woods area.
The $130 event fee will include breakfast, lunch, a
souvenir bib, an event cap, the 6 p.m. social hour and
autograph session, and the induction banquet at 7 p.m.
A silent auction is planned during the banquet and
raffle tickets will be sold until 8 p.m., when the draw-
ing will take place for a 2012 Ski-Doo MXZ 600 Sport
snowmobile donated by Bombardier. Tickets are $10
each or three for $20 and can be purchased at the
SHOF or at
An open house will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at
the SHOF for early arrivers, inductees and families.
The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.
For more information about the ride or induction
banquet, call Loren Anderson at (715) 542-4HOF.
Snomo Hall of Fame
to induct Larry Bosacki
Matt Wilkowski of Three Lakes grappled Hodag wrestler Chris
Connors around the neck during a prolonged match in the 145-
pound class. In the end, the 9-15 decision went against Wilkowski
and Connors took the points. --Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW
Bluejay wrestlers face Hodags
In a wrestling event that
saw a few close matches,
Three Lakes lost 60-15 to
Rhinelander at home last
Tuesday night.
Mitch Raatz started things
off well for Three Lakes,
wrestling at 126 pounds. After
a scoreless first period, Mitch
defended a shot which put
Rhinelanders Pete Furyk on
his back, earning the pin in 2
minutes, 40 seconds.
The 182-pound Hunter
Raatz also had a big win for
the team, defeating Hodag
Mark Nyland by decision 6-4.
The match came down to the
final seconds of the third peri-
od and Raatzs last second
flurry paid off with a take-
down for the win.
Dalton Tietsort took to the
mat at 132 pound for the Jays
after bumping up from his
usual 120. Tietsort wrestled a
solid match, but couldnt
escape in the third period, los-
ing by decision 3-4.
Dalton is a returning Sec-
tional qualifier for us, and has
started his season off very
well with a third-place finish
at Wabeno and fourth at Tom-
ahawk, said Three Lakes
coach Jed Lechleitner. He has
very high goals and is not
afraid to challenge himself.
In his first year of wrestling,
Matt Wilkowski entertained
the home crowd with a hard-
fought match, eventually los-
ing by decision 9-15.
The match could have
gone either way, right up until
the end, said Lechleitner.
Jake Schneider wrestled a
tight match in the 195-pound
class for the Jays and got
caught in a last-ditch effort to
win. He lost by fall in 5:53.
Emerson Hegeman of
Three Lakes wrestled Bryce
Billogan at 285 pounds and,
after Hegemans first-period
takedown and near-pin out of
bounds, Billogan came out on
top with a fall in 1:53.
Jake Fath, at 138 pounds,
lost by a fall in 1:56 to Jordan
Lundt of the Hodags. Also los-
ing by fall for the Jays were
Ian Ratliff at 160 pounds, who
lost at 3:31, and the 170-
pound Justin Ertz, who lost in
0:40. Charlie Starke lost by a
fall in 4:46 to Richie Klaver of
Charlie is coming off a sea-
son where he was injured, and
its good to see that hes pick-
ing up right where he left off,
said Lechleitner. He has a
strong work ethic, which helps
him personally as well as our
team towards reaching goals.
The coach said the team
has more wrestlers than in
previous seasons.
The team has 18 guys this
year, he said. Its good to see
our room full of wrestlers. We
know were putting the best
kids on the mat when theyre
fighting every day for their
spot in practice.
The National Wrestling
Federation changed most of
the weight classes this year in
an effort to have fewer open
Unfortunately, the new
weight classes didnt work to
our advantage, said Lechleit-
ner. We havent had an
answer to fill the 195- and
220-pound weight classes.
The two biggest wrestlers
for the team are Schneider
and Hegeman at 182 and 285,
respectively. The coach said
the two are doing a good job of
wrestling together in practice,
despite their weight differ-
They have both started out
their seasons well and defi-
nitely will be wrestlers to
watch over the next month
and a half, said Lechleitner.
Freshmen Mitch Raatz and
Fath also have won varsity
matches this season.
Our team as a whole has a
good dynamic, which is evolv-
ing with leadership and per-
sonality, said Lechleitner.
They work hard towards
improvement and I can see
that every time they step on
the mat.
The Bluejays will travel to
Oshkosh for a two-day holiday
tournament Thursday and
Friday, Dec. 29 and 30, at 8
a.m. both days. More than 60
teams are set to compete in
the event.
Bluejay wrestler Charlie Starke went to his
knees to defend a hold against opponent Richie
Klaver of Rhinelander in the 152-pound division
during last Tuesdays meet in Three Lakes.
In the final contest before
the holidays, the Northland
Pines boys basketball team
lost to Wittenberg-Birnam-
wood 56-26 in a nonconference
game last Tuesday.
The Chargers jumped out
front 13-7 after one quarter
and built a commanding 28-14
halftime lead. Wittenberg-Bir-
namwood outscored the
Eagles 28-12 in the second
This was the first game in
which we played flat and
lacked intensity, said Pines
coach Ryan Clark. There
really isnt much to take from
this game other than not to let
it happen again.
Devon Gaszak finished
with team highs in points, 14,
and rebounds, six. Clark not-
ed that Brandon Wallace took
a charge in the game.
Clark said he hopes his
team will learn from the loss
on the road.
It doesnt matter whether
you are a sophomore with a
few dozen varsity games left,
or a senior with no more than
17 guaranteed left, he said.
Understanding the concept of
how all practices and games
are extremely finite is what
separates true basketball
players and kids who simply
play basketball for a time.
Clark said the Eagles will
have several practices over
the holidays to tune up for two
more nonconference games
this week.
The other area we need to
improve on is applying what
we do in practice to the game,
said Clark. There should be
no switching from practice to
game mode. When the ball
goes up to start a game, there
should be no nervousness.
There should be no feeling the
other team out before execut-
ing the game plan properly.
Pines, 0-6 overall, will play
at Watersmeet, Mich., this
Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m.
The Eagles will then host
Hurley in a boys/girls double-
header this Friday, Dec. 30, in
the field house. The girls varsi-
ty and boys junior varsity will
play at 5:30 p.m., while the
boys varsity and girls junior
varsity will play at 7 p.m.
Pines will return to Great
Northern Conference (GNC)
competition when the Eagles
travel to Medford next Tues-
day, Jan. 3, for a 7:30 p.m.
Eagles fall to Chargers, host Hurley this Friday
Mainstays of amateur
hockey in Wisconsin, the
Eagle River Falcons and the
Mosinee Papermakers have
more than 60 years of history
as rivals.
When these two teams face
off, anything goes, and it was
no different friday night when
the Falcons traveled to Mosi-
nee and lost their first
encounter of the season 6-3.
Defense prevailed in the
first period as Papermakers
goalie Jake Michalski turned
away all nine shots, holding
the Falcons scoreless in the
first stanza.
The host team would score
the only goal of the period on
a seldom-called penalty shot.
Mosinee clung to a 1-0 lead
coming out of the first break.
The Falcons tied it up at
one apiece at 11:40 of the sec-
ond when wing Derek Tijan
scored his first of three goals
on the night. Lucas Otto and
Josh Calleja assisted.
The host team then added a
pair of goals at 10:42 and 6:35
to conclude scoring for the sec-
ond period. Mosinee held a 3-
1 advantage at the end of the
second period.
The final twenty minutes
saw the two teams battle,
going scoreless through the
first 13 minutes of play. The
Papermakers then added to
their lead by netting a short-
handed goal with seven min-
utes remaining.
Down by three, Eagle River
rebounded a minute later
when Tijan delivered on a
power play. Setting up the
goal was D.J. Drayna and
Zach Otto. Tijan followed up
by scoring his third goal, with
two minutes remaining in
regulation time, to get the vis-
itors within one. Credited
with the assist were Nic
Weight and Calleja.
Mosinee rallied in the final
Falcons lose 6-3
to rival Mosinee
The Northland Pines girls
hockey team fell to 6-3 on the
year after a 7-1 loss to the sec-
ond-ranked Hayward Hurri-
canes last Friday.
It was clear from the start
that Hayward came to play
aggressively. Their timing was
on and their shots accurate.
The girls just never seem
to get off on the right foot in
this game, said Pines coach
Al Moustakis. They were out-
muscled and out-played.
Paige Healy got the Eagles
only goal of the night, which
tied the game in the first peri-
od. But the rest of the game
would belong to Hayward,
who outshot the Eagles 26-13.
There was constant pres-
sure in the Eagles zone, said
Moustakis. The team learned
that if they are going to be
able to compete with the top
teams in the state, that they
will not only have to step up
their game, but they will have
to get rid of mistakes.
In the fourth, Hayward
scored twice on power plays
and twice shorthanded.
The young freshmen are
stepping up their game and
playing well against the tough
teams, said Moustakis. This
will really help as the season
Pines will travel to Ashland
Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 6 p.m.
Eagles 6-3 on season
after loss to Hayward
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Results of 12/19/11
Team results: Pine Isle 8, Uncle Kents
II 1; Uncle Kents I 6, Mud Creek 3;
Boomers 5, Jakes II 4; Oneida Village 5,
Eagle Lanes 4; Tiny Tap 5, Jakes I 4,
Club DeNoyer bye.
Nine-ball break: Tom Muench (3),
Chad Lucas and Jackie Walker.
PINE ISLE.................................65 25
UNCLE KENTS I .....................58 29
BOOMERS.................................53 37
UNCLE KENTS II....................48 42
CLUB DENOYER......................44 46
TINY TAP ..................................44 46
MUD CREEK SALOON............41 49
JAKES II ...................................36 51
EAGLE LANES .........................36 54
JAKES I.....................................34 56
ONEIDA VILLAGE...................33 57
CLUB 45 II...............................29 15
JOES POOL HALL III............29 25
JOES POOL HALL I...............26 28
JOES POOL HALL II .............25 29
CLUB 45 I ................................17 37
Results of 12/22/11
Team results: Joes II 5, 4; Joes III
4,5; Club I 2, 7: Club II 7, 2.
9-ball break: Josh Horst, Joe Lafata,
Thomas Haiduk, John Olander, Jeff
Results of 12/21/11
Team results: Jakes II 13, Pine Isle
II 2; Wonders Pit Stop 12, Irish Waters
II 3; Bonnies Lakeside 11, Black Forest
4; Pine Lake Pub 11, Legion Eagles 4;
Briggs 11, Irish Waters I 4; Pine Isle I 8,
Jakes I 7; Oneida Village 8, Legion
Ravens 7; Loon Saloon bye.
Eight-ball run: B.J. Martzhal and
Terry Bingham (2).
JAKES II .............................106 44
BONNIES LAKESIDE .........97 53
WONDERS PIT STOP..........86 64
BRIGGS BAR.........................83 67
PINE ISLE I...........................81 69
IRISH WATERS II.................81 69
ONEIDA VILLAGE...............88 77
LEGION RAVENS.................87 78
PINE LAKE PUB...................73 77
BLACK FOREST ...................70 80
LEGION EAGLES.................66 84
IRISH WATERS I ..................72 93
JAKES I.................................68 97
PINE ISLE II .........................52 98
LOON SALOON ....................45 105
Eagle Lanes
Results of 12/21/11
Team results: Harrys Market 3, Wild
Eagle Corner Store 4; Rockettes 5, Dar-
rells Dummies 2; Boones Building Sup-
ply 2, Twelve Pines 5.
High team game: Harrys Market
High team series: Twelve Pines 2755.
High games: Sue Soderberg 209,
Venette Tess 188, Janet Boone 181,
Mary Simac 174.
High series: Sue Soderberg 527,
Venette Tess 499, Susie Erickson 492,
Janet Boone 477.
DARRELLS DUMMIES...........62 36
HARRYS MARKET..................54 44
WILD EAGLE CORNER ..........49 49
BOONES BUILDING ..............48 50
ROCKETTES.............................43 55
TWELVE PINES .......................38 60
Eagle Lanes
Results of 12/22/11
Team results: XXX-OUTS 5,
Leinenkugels 2; Grembans 5, Dyna
Manufacturing 2; Harrys Market 4,
Hiawatha Hide Away 3; Miller Sports-
men 5, Boones Building Supply 2;
BBTs 5, Club DeNoyer 2; Wild Eagle
Corner Store 5, Daniels Distinctive
Design 2.
High team game: Hiawatha Hide
Away 974.
High team series: Hiawatha Hide
Away 2638.
High games: Greg Maney 256, Dave
Cyrtmus 238, Don Tess 227.
High series: Greg Maney 695, Paul
Riedel 640, Steve Janssen 606.
HARRYS MARKET...........................58
HIAWATHA HIDE AWAY..................57
BBTS ..................................................57
XXX OUTS..........................................50
CLUB DENOYER...............................49
MILLER SPORTSMEN .....................49
GREMBANS .......................................43
DYNA MANUFACTURING...............41
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Boys Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 2 Antigo 7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 3 Three Lakes (Doubleheader) 5:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 6 at Rhinelander 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 16 Lakeland 7:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 20 at Wittenberg-Birnamwood 7:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 29 at Watersmeet 6:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 30 Hurley (Doubleheader) 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 3 at Medford Area 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 5 Houghton 6:45 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 at Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 16 at Niagara 7:15 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 Mosinee 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Kingsford 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 27 at Antigo 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 Rhinelander 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb.3 at Lakeland 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 Medford Area 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb.13 at Chequamegon (Park Falls) 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 17 Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 20 at Ashland 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 at Mosinee 7:30 PM
Girls Varsity Basketball
Mon., Nov. 28 at Ontonagon, Mich. 5:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 1 at LAnse 7:20 PM
Sat., Dec. 3 Three Lakes (Doubleheader) 5:30 PM
Tues., Dec.6 Wabeno 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 9 Rhinelander 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 16 at Lakeland 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 30 Hurley (Doubleheader) 5:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 3 Medford Area 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 Prentice 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 at Mosinee 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Watersmeet 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 27 Antigo 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 at Rhinelander 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 3 Lakeland 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 7 at Niagara 7:15 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 at Medford Area 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 13 at Chequamegon (Park Falls) 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 17 at Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 Mosinee 7:30 PM
Thurs., March 1 at Antigo 7:30 PM
Boys Varsity Basketball
Fri., Dec. 2 at Laona 7:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 8 at Florence 5:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 9 at Watersmeet 6:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 15 at Wabeno 7:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 29
& Fri., Dec. 30 at Holiday Tour TBD
Tues., Jan. 3 Crandon 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 5 Elcho 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 Butternut 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan. 12 White Lake 5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 at Goodman/Pembine 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 17 at Three Lakes 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 Watersmeet 6:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Laona 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26 Florence 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 at Gresham 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 2 Wabeno 7:00 PM
Mon., Feb. 6 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 at Elcho 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 16 at White Lake 7:00 PM
Tues., Feb. 21 Goodman/Pembine 5:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 23 Three Lakes 7:00 PM
Tues., Feb. 28 WIAA Regional 7:00 PM
Girls Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 Lakeland 7:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 2 at Laona 5:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 6 at Watersmeet 6:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 8 at Florence 7:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 16 Wabeno 7:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 29
& Fri., Dec. 30 at Holiday Tour TBD
Tues., Jan. 3 Crandon 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 5 Elcho 5:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 Butternut 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 12 White Lake 7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 at Goodman/Pembine 5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 19 Three Lakes 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Laona 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26 Florence 5:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 at Gresham 5:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 7 at Wabeno 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 9 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 13 Elcho 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 16 at White Lake 5:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 21 Goodman/Pembine 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 at Three Lakes 7:30 PM
Tues., March 6 WIAA Regional 7:00 PM
Boys Varsity Basketball
Thurs., Dec. 1 Wabeno 7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 3 at Northland Pines 7:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 9 at Elcho 7:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 13 Prentice 7:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 15 Florence 7:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 28 at Lakeland Tournament 6:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 29 at Lakeland Tournament 6:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 3 at Laona 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 5 at White Lake 7:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 9 Goodman/Pembine 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 17 Phelps 7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 at Wabeno 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 at Antigo 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26 at Prentice 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 Elcho 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 2 at Florence 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 6 Laona 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 White Lake 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 14 at Goodman/Pembine 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 17 Crandon 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 23 at Phelps 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 28 WIAA Regional TBA
Girls Varsity Basketball
Tues., Nov. 29 Tomahawk 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 2 at Wabeno 7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 3 at Northland Pines 5:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 8 at Prentice 7:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 13 Elcho 6:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 16 at Florence 7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 17 Crivitz 5:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 28 at Crandon Tournament 10:00 AM
Fri., Jan. 6 Laona 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 White Lake 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 12 at Goodman/Pembine 7:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 16 Crandon 7:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 19 at Phelps 7:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 24 Wabeno 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 3 at Elcho 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 7 Florence 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 9 at Laona 7:30 PM
Mon., Feb. 13 at White Lake 7:30 PM
Thurs., Feb. 16 Goodman/Pembine 7:30 PM
Tues., Feb. 21 at Crandon 7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 Phelps 7:30 PM
Tues., March 6 WIAA Regionals TBA
Sat., Dec. 10 at Wabeno Logroller Invite 9:30 AM
Sat., Dec. 17 at Tomahawk Invite 9:30 AM
Thurs., Dec. 29 at Oshkosh Wrestling Classic 8:00 AM
Fri., Dec. 30 at Oshkosh Wrestling Classic 8:00 AM
Tues., Jan. 3 at Wabeno 7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 7 at Wittenberg-Birnamwood
Invite 10:00 AM
Thurs., Jan. 12 at Florence 7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 14 at Merrill Northern Exposure
Individual Tournament 9:30 AM
Thurs., Jan. 19 Elcho 7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 21 at Wausau East Invite TBA
Thurs., Jan. 26 Crandon 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 Lakeland Union 7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 4 at NLC Conference
Tournament TBA
Sat., Feb. 11 WIAA Regionals TBA
Sat., Feb. 18 WIAA Sectionals TBA
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Date Opponent Time
Tues., Nov. 22 at Kingsford W 4-2
Thurs., Dec. 1 Stevens Point T 4-4
Tues., Dec. 6 at Rhinelander W 9-0
Thurs., Dec. 8 at Mosinee L 5-4
Sat., Dec. 10 Waupaca W 6-3
Tues., Dec. 13 Antigo W 7-0
Thurs., Dec.15 Tomahawk W 7-3
Tues., Dec. 20 at Houghton L 4-2
Thurs., Dec. 22 at Medford Area 7:00 PM
Tues., Dec. 27 at Spooner TBD
Tues., Jan. 3 Lakeland 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 10 at Tomahawk 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan. 12 Rhinelander 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 17 D.C. Everest 7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 2012 Pines Classic
Mosinee 7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 21 Hayward,
University School of Milw. TBD
Tues., Jan. 24 at Antigo 7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 28 at Wausau East 7:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 31 Medford Area 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 2 at Lakeland 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 at Waupaca 7:00 PM
Tues., Feb. 14 WIAA Regionals TBD
Date Opponent Time
Sat., Nov. 19 Badger Thunder W 3-2
MSO W 7-1
Fond du Lac L 5-3
Mon., Nov. 28 Marshfield W 1-0
Fri., Dec. 2 Eau Claire North L 3-2
Sat., Dec. 3 Sun Prairie W 3-2
Fri., Dec. 9 at Lakeland W 7-0
Fri., Dec. 16 Medford Area W 4-1
Tues., Dec. 20 at Hayward L 7-1
Tues., Jan. 3 at Ashland 6:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 6 at Tomahawk 7:00 PM
Mon., Jan. 9 at Wisconsin Rapids 5:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 13 Antigo/Rhinelander 7:00 PM
Sat., Jan.14 at Appleton West 6:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 16 at Marshfield 5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20 Hayward,
& Sat., Jan. 21 University School of Milwaukee,
Webster TBD
Mon., Jan. 23 Lakeland 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26 at Medford Area 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 3 Tomahawk 7:00 PM
Mon., Feb. 6 Wisconsin Rapids 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 at Antigo/Rhinelander 7:00 PM
Date Opponent Time
Fri., Nov. 11 Brookfield W 5-2
Sat., Nov. 12 Vernon Hills Capitals L 8-4
Sat., Nov. 26 Oregon Outlaws W 8-2
Sat., Dec. 3 Vernon Hills Capitals L 9-5
Sat., Dec. 10 Fond du Lac Bears T 6-6
Sat., Dec. 17 Madison Blues W 18-6
Fri., Dec. 23 at Mosinee Papermakers L 6-3
Fri., Dec. 30 Brookfield Battalion 8:00 PM
Sat., Dec. 31 2nd annual Falcons
Alumni Game 5:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 7 at Fox Cities Ice Dogs 7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 14 Green Bay Deacons 8:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 21 Mosinee Papermakers
(Derby) 8:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 3 at Madison Blues 8:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 4 at Fond du Lac Bears 8:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10 Calumet Wolverines
(Pond Hockey) 8:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 11 Portage Lakes Pioneers
(Pond Hockey) 8:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 17 at Mosinee Papermakers
(River Cup) 8:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 18 Mosinee Papermakers
(River Cup) 8:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24 at West Bend Bombers 8:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 25 at Oregon Outlaws 8:00 PM
Fri., March 9 at Green Bay Deacons 7:30 PM
Sat., March 10 Fox Cities Ice Dogs 8:00 PM
Sat., March 17 West Bend Bombers 8:00 PM
Fri., March 23 at Calumet Wolverines 6:00 PM CT
Sat., March 24 at Portage Lakes Pioneers 5:30 PM CT
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Sports Analyst
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Overall Record 169-83 171-81 172-80 173-79 172-80 171-81
Winningest Percentage .670 .678 .682 .686 .682 .678
Last Weeks Tally 10-6 9-7 11-5 10-6 12-4 11-5
Detroit at
Green Bay Green Bay Detroit Detroit Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay
Tampa Bay
at Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta
at Cincinnati Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Cincinnati Cincinnati
San Francisco
at St. Louis San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco
at Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia
at Cleveland Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
at Houston Houston Houston Houston Tennessee Houston Houston
at Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville Indianapolis
N.Y. Jets
at Miami N.Y. Jets Miami N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets Miami Miami
Chicago at
Minnesota Chicago Minnesota Chicago Chicago Minnesota Chicago
Buffalo at
New England Buffalo New England New England New England New England New England
Carolina at
New Orleans New Orleans Carolina New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans
Dallas at
N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants
Seattle at
Arizona Arizona Seattle Seattle Seattle Arizona Seattle
Kansas City
at Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Kansas City
San Diego
at Oakland Oakland Oakland San Diego San Diego Oakland Oakland
1:18, scoring twice to secure
the win.
Brandon Gwidt registered
40 saves in the net for Eagle
River. The loss brings the Fal-
cons to 3-3-1.
Eagle River will host
Brookfield Friday, Dec. 30, at
8 p.m. This will be the annual
food pantry game, during
which the Falcons will match
each item donated by the fans.
A raffle ticket will be given
for each item donated, quali-
fying its holder for a cash
drawing during the game.
Our food pantry benefit
has been a huge success in the
past, said Falcons coach Mike
Adamovich. Its a good oppor-
tunity to help our neighbors
in a small community.
The second annual alumni
game is set Saturday, Dec. 31,
at 5 p.m. There will be no
admission charge.
Results of 12/17/11
Eagle River 2-2-3 7
Wisconsin Rapids 1-0-0 1
First period: Brady Snedden,
Michael Paul (Riley McGee)
Second period: Trinity Foster
(David Sauvola), David Sauvola
Third period: Brady Snedden,
Gunnar Schiffmannn, Noah Miller
Saves: 7 (Brett Wilkins)
Shots on goal: 18
Eagle River 2-4-2 8
Wisconsin Rapids 0-0-0 0
First period: Noah Miller (Gun-
nar Schiffmannn), Trinity Foster
Second Period: David Sauvola
(Brady Snedden, Trinity Foster),
Gunnar Schiffmann, Brady Sned-
Third period: Gunnar Schiff-
mannn (Noah Miller), Noah Miller
(Gunnar Schiffmann)
Saves: 7 (Brett Wilkins)
Shots on goal: 28
Results of 12/18/11
Eagle River 0-0-2 2
Wausau 4-3-0 7
Third period: Noah Miller (Riley
McGee), Riley McGee (Gunnar
Saves: 37 (Brett Wilkins)
Shots on goal: 11
Eagle River 0-2-0 2
Wausau 1-1-2 4
Second Period: Noah Miller (Gun-
nar Schiffmannn), Noah Miller
(Gunnar Schiffmannn, Riley
Saves: 55 (Brett Wilkins)
Shots on goal: 11
Results of 12/17/11
Eagle River 0-0-0 0
Madison West 0-1-4 5
Saves: 20 (Jesse Ebert)
Shots on goal: 15
Eagle River 1-0-0 1
Fox Valley 4-3-0 7
First period: Zachary Maillette
(Adam Sima)
Saves: 44 (Jesse Ebert)
Shots on goal: 5
Results of 12/18/11
Eagle River 3-3-2 8
Onalaska 1-1-0 2
First period: Zach Maillette,
Trevor Romatoski (Max Brown,
Adam Sima), Cooper Cox (Zach
Maillette, Brett Nesbitt)
Second period: Adam Sima (Coop-
er Cox), Adam Sima, Adam Sima
(Matthew Szafranski, Max Brown)
Third period: Brett Nesbitt (Coop-
er Cox), Zach Maillette (Brett Nes-
Saves: 10 (Jesse Ebert)
Shots on goal: 13
Comments: Eagle River finished
in 5th place of 12 teams in Fox Fall-
ey Tournament. Adam Sima Award-
ed Hat Trick Patch.
Results of 12/17/11
Eagle River 1-1-0 2
Escanaba 1-1-1 3
First period: Noah Weber
Second period: Joe Maillette
(Noah Weber)
Saves: 18 (Dillon Gagliano)
Shots on goal: 29
Eagle River 0-1-1 2
Escanaba 1-0-0 1
Second period: Colton Raymond
Third period: Noah Wittkopf
(Noah Weber)
Saves: 15 (Dillon Gagliano)
Shots on goal: 26
Results of 12/18/11
Eagle River 0-0-1 1
Fox Valley 2-1-2 5
Third period: Nick Dean (Noah
Saves: 25 (Dillon Gagliano)
Shots on goal: 15
Eagle River 1-1-1 3
Fox Valley 1-1-3 5
First period: Noah Weber
Second period: Noah Weber (Joe
Third period: Noah Wittkopf
(Noah Weber, Joe Maillette)
Saves: 43 (Dillon Gagliano)
Shots on goal: 9
Results of 12/17/11
Eagle River 1-2-1 10
Wisconsin Rapids 0-0-0 0
First period: Max Zingler
Second period: Max Zingler
(Tyler Hunt, Cody Jantzen), Max
Zingler (Dawson Penn)
Third period: Tyler Hunt
Saves: 12 (Ethan Polich)
Shots on goal: 33
Eagle River 2-0-4 6
Wisconsin Rapids 1-0-0 1
First period: Tyler Hunt (TJ
Burke), Tyler Hunt (Dawson Penn)
Third period: Jack Rhode, TJ
Burke (Cody Jantzen), Jack Rhode
(Max Zingler and Jacob Czarapata),
Max Zingler
Saves: 16 (Ethan Polich)
Shots on goal: 31
Results of 12/18/11
Eagle River 0-1-1 2
D.C. Everest 2-2-1 5
Second period: Jack Rhode (Max
Third period: Jack Rhode
Saves: 20 (Ethan Polich)
Shots on goal: 25
Eagle River 1-2-0 3
D.C. Everest 1-0-0 1
First period: Tyler Hunt (Max Zin-
Second period: Jack Rhode (Sam-
my Spencer), Jack Rhode (TJ
Burke, Cody Jantzen)
Saves: 20 (Ethan Polich)
Shots on goal: 35
Results of 12/10/11
Eagle River 0-1-0 1
D.C. Everest 2-2-0 4
Second period: Tucker Wittkopf
Saves: 23 (Wesley Pearce)
Shots on goal: 26
Eagle River 1-2-2 5
D.C. Everest 0-0-0 0
First period: Michael John
Second period: Tucker Wittkopf,
Eric Saltenberger (Carter Staege)
Third period: Bobby Schilling,
Jack Brown.
Saves: 16 (Wesley Pearce)
Shots on goal: 32
Results of 12/17/11
Eagle River 1-0-0 1
De Pere 5-1-3 9
First period: Bobby Schilling
(Wesley Pearce, Carter Staege)
Saves: 27 (Michael John)
Shots on goal: 33
Eagle River 3-0-3 6
De Pere 2-2-0 4
First period: Tucker Wittkopf,
Carter Staege (Tucker Wittkopf),
Carter Staege (Bobby Schilling)
Third period: Syrus McCormick
(Jack Brown), Jack Brown, Wesley
Saves: 37 (Michael John)
Shots on goal: 39
Results of 12/18/11
Eagle River 3-1-0 4
Stevens Point 1-1-3 5
First period: Bobby Schilling
(Tucker Wittkopf), Tucker Wittkopf
(Bobby Schilling), Tucker Wittkopf
(Bobby Schilling)
Second period: Tucker Wittkopf
Saves: 21 (Michael John)
Shots on goal: 29
Eagle River 0-0-0 0
Stevens Point 1-1-2 4
Saves: 33 (Michael John)
Shots on goal: 31
Results of 12/17/11
Eagle River 2-1-2 5
Antigo 1-3-2 6
First period: Hunter Bill, J.J.
Albee (Hunter Bill)
Second period: Hunter Bill
Third period: J.J. Albee (Hunter
Bill), J.J. Albee
Saves: 11 (Zachary Szafranski)
Shots on goal: 17
Eagle River 1-3-1 5
Antigo 1-2-0 3
First period: Zachary Szafranski
Second period: Roen McGee
(Zachary Szafranski), Hunter Bill,
Third period: Hunter Bill
Saves: 7 (Mitchell McCanles)
Shots on goal: 10
Eagle River 2-1-2 5
Fox Valley 5-2-0 7
First period: J.J. Albee, Hunter
Second period: Mitchell McCanles
Third period: Hunter Bill, Hunter
Saves: 21 (Cooper Fink)
Shots on goal: 28
Results of 12/18/11
Eagle River 2-0-2 4
Fox Valley 0-0-1 1
First period: Cooper Fink (Roen
McGee), Hunter Bill
Third period: Hunter Bill (Roen
McGee), Hunter Bill
Saves: 10 (Andrew Hartwig)
Shots on goal: 11
Eagle River 1-0-0 1
Stevens Point 0-1-2 3
First period: Hunter Bill
Saves: 8 (Mitchell McCanles)
Shots on goal: 11
Results of 12/17/11
Eagle River 4-1-1 6
CW Storm 0-0-0 0
First period: Anna Hartwig (Aman-
da Sergent), McKenzie Ebert (Gab-
by Herfindahl), Gabby Herfindahl
(Amanda Sergent), Amanda Ser-
Second period: Jenna Paez (Gabby
Herfindahl, Amanda Sergent)
Third period: Caroline Riley
Saves: 2 (Mariah Miller)
Shots on goal: 21
Eagle River 0-2-2 4
CW Storm 0-0-0 0
Second period: Amber Heiden reich
(McKenzie Ebert), Amanda Sergent
Third period: Gabby Herfindahl
(Anna Hartwig, Mariah Miller),
Caroline Riley (Anna Hartwig,
Amber Heidenreich)
Saves: 7 (Jenna Paez)
Shots on goal: 20
Results of 12/18/11
Eagle River 1-0-1 2
Green Bay 0-1-3 4
First period: Amber Heidenreich
(Joi Crass)
Third period: Amber Heidenreich
(Amanda Sergent)
Saves: 10 (Mariah Miller)
Shots on goal: 20
Eagle River 0-1-0 1
Green Bay 1-2-1 4
Second period: Anna Hartwig (Joi
Saves: 12 (Mariah Miller)
Shots on goal: 13
Results of 12/21/11
Team results: BBTs II 2, BBTs III 1;
Bucktale I 2, Bucktale II 1; DeNoyers II
2, DeNoyers I 1; Club 45 I 1, Club 45 II
2; BBTs I bye.
Top women shooters: Barb Schofield
5/19, Kerri Johann 4/10, Dawn Stauff-
facher 4/12, Greta Jackman 3/13,
Audrey Flaherty 2/10, Pamela Tinder
Top men shooters: Bob Ratke 9/19,
Daryl Rutkowski 5/11, John Ariola 5/13,
Shane Graff and John Olander 4/9, Len
Johnson and Skip Brunswick 4/10, John
Eckert 4/11, Butch Burback 2/8.
Home run: Len Johnson, Carl Ander-
son, John Eckert.
BUCKTALE I ............................21 6
DENOYERS I ............................19 8
DENOYERS II...........................18 12
CLUB 45 II ................................14 13
BBTS I.......................................16 14
BUCKTALE II...........................14 16
BBTS II .....................................16 17
BBTS III....................................10 20
CLUB 45 I....................................4 26
The Northland Pines girls
basketball team will host Hur-
ley in a nonconference game
this Friday, Dec. 30, as part of
a girls/boys doubleheader.
The Northland Pines girls
varsity and boys junior varsity
will face Hurley at 5:30 p.m.,
and the Pines varsity boys and
junior varsity girls will play
the Midgets at 7 p.m.
The Pines girls will take a
5-1 overall record into the
Hurley game, with their only
loss coming at the hands of
LAnse, Mich., Dec. 1.
The Eagles are 2-0 in the
Great Northern Conference
and will host Medford next
Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the first
league game following the
holiday break.
Pines girls host
Hurley Friday
WEEK 15 WINNER Dash of the Friendship House in Eagle
River, right, recently presented a $100 award to Nancy Zbichor -
ski, week 15 winner of the Vilas County News-Review Football
Contest. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Piers are quiet
during winter
While piers on North Woods lakes are full of activity with
swimmers and anglers during the summer months, they
are quiet during the winter months. The trees along the
shoreline framed this fishing pier that stretches onto the
snow-covered ice of Silver Lake in Eagle River.
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NOW THAT Christmas is
over, it is a good time to ask
ourselves, What did our chil-
dren really want/need for
Steven Vannoy, author and
lecturer, has given the ques-
tion a lot of thought and writ-
ten a best-selling book, The
Greatest Gifts I Give My Chil-
Vannoy asks, Have you
ever watched children sitting
in the midst of a truckload of
wrapped presents, furiously
tearing open package after
package, only to then sit disap-
pointed when all the packages
are open?
What did they want? What
were they looking for? Not just
at Christmas, not just at East-
er, Thanksgiving or their
birthday, but at any time?
I have listened to a parent
weeping as their child spends
Christmas in jail, telling me
between sobs, I gave her
everything. She has her own
car, her own bank account, her
own everything. Dear God,
what does she want? Vannoy
Another time, Vannoy lis-
tened to parents sharing ID
information with the police to
put out an APB on their child,
saying, I gave that child
everything, and this is the
thanks I get?
There is no simple answer,
but Vannoy tells educators,
parents, child-care providers
and others to raise responsi-
ble, independent children who
will be prepared to face the
challenges of the future.
Vannoy says the 10 gifts to
give your children are:
1. The gift of feeling fully
(letting kids know and experi-
ence their emotions)
2. The gift of self-esteem;
3. The gift of compassion
4. The gift of balance
(between work and play)
5. The gift of humor
6. The gift of communica-
7. The gift of abundance
8. The gift of integrity
9. The gift of responsibility
10. The gift of conscious
Kids are people. Kids want
to be treated with respect and
understanding, compassion
and love, and time with us to
develop and grow and model
whats best in our lives that
can be the best in theirs, Van-
noy said.
* * *
As we end 2011, here are a
few items of interest that have
been in the news in recent
weeks and will appear in 2012
headlines. Needless to say,
2012 will be challenging.
1. Current and future pay-
roll tax cuts will have a devas-
tating effect on future Social
Security trust fund solvency.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul!
2. Despite our growing dis-
dain for dirty political cam-
paign practices, voters will set-
tle for the lesser of two evils
on election day. Or, will the
most evil candidate still win?
3. For most Americans, the
global economy, along with the
explosion of technology, has
worked to doom the middle
class. Asian countries alone
must create over 25 million
new jobs each year. This cheap
labor supply has wreaked hav-
oc on American workers.
4. Because of the extended
economic crisis here and
abroad, tens of millions of
American families have little
or no disposable income left at
the end of the month. Accord-
ing to census data, 49.1 mil-
lion Americans fall below the
poverty line and 146.4 million
(48%) of the population quali-
fies for the low-income catego-
5. Class warfare is raging in
America. Were becoming a
country of haves and have-
nots. The middle class is most-
ly falling to the bottom, not
rising to the top. The Ameri-
can dream has become a
nightmare for tens of millions.
Fewer people can see a recov-
ery. Even more are losing
hope. U.S. Census numbers
say just 51% of U.S. adults are
6. A new study by author
and criminologist Bob Brame,
based on data collected by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics
between 1997 and 2008, pre-
dicts nearly one in three peo-
ple will be arrested for a crime
by the time they are 23 years
of age.
7. The national sport in
America isnt pro football, its
gaming the system. There is
nothing positive about this
trend. We all lose. No one is
exempt from playing. Most
ways of playing are criminal to
some degree, but most feel
they have to play some form of
the game. Its rampant in
many cases. It wont stop until
people commit to taking per-
sonal responsibility.
8. A USA TODAY/Gallup
Poll last week found only 11%
of Americans approve of the
way Congress and the White
House are handling their jobs.
Both Republicans and
Democrats are dissatisfied and
are downbeat about the
future. They are unhappy
about gridlock and the acrimo-
Did your children get what they really wanted?
People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt
knew ye.
Just yesterday we were
shooting up fireworks and
exchanging champagne toasts
as the midnight clock rang in
the first seconds of your first
Now, in just a few brief
days, you will be gone, con-
signed to the same place all
the years of history have gone,
to the vagaries of our memo-
Some people can tell you
what practically every year of
their life has brought to them
with amazing accuracy and
precision. That would be those
people who are given to jour-
naling or, as some call it, keep-
ing diaries.
They can tell you what
phase of the moon it was on
that fateful evening of Jan-
uary 12, 1902, when they
caught that 12-pound walleye
that is still the largest of their
career. Not only that, theyll
tell you exactly how many
snowflakes were coming down
when the fish struck, who
their fishing companions were
and how inebriated they all
were at that momentous time
in history.
Me, aside from weekly ram-
blings in this column and oth-
ers I have written dating back
to the mid-1970s, prefer not to
carve my personal outdoor his-
tory in slate for students of
history to analyze.
Thing is, I prefer keeping
memories in my head so that
each time I tell a true story, I
can use the elasticity of memo-
ry to shape it in whatever
manner the situation calls for.
As the years slide by, I keep
all those stories in my head
and my heart, treasuring each
today as much or more as the
day I made them happen.
So it was that this year, this
365 days of 2011, added sever-
al more stories to my collec-
tion. They included new places
and new people. They also
included several of the old,
usual suspects that over the
years have given me hundreds
of stories to tell.
On balance, it was a good
year, but then, what year is
I enjoyed a good winter of
skiing, a year when there was
2011, we hardly knew ye
& Tales
Will Maines
Science lesson
in cookie cutter
ONE OF THE best parts of
baking for me as a kid was
the process of helping my
mama roll out and cut cookie
shapes for the oven. At this
age I know that I actually hin-
dered her work and she was
just being kind in letting me
participate, but at the time I
thought I was an aide in the
process of transforming a
lump of material into a thin
sheet of ginger-rich dough
that we could cut up into the
barnyard animals of which I
was so fond, and for which we
had many different cutter
One of the goals in the
overall process was to make
as many ginger cookies as
humanly possible from the
first roll out of dough. The sec-
ond roll out, because it neces-
sarily had more flour worked
into it, was considerably
tougher and thicker, hence not
as highly prized by anyone in
the family. Indeed, when we
were all done, we stored the
first and second roll cookies in
separate containers and ate
them at different times, so
great was our preference for
the thinner and more delicate
Truly maximizing the num-
ber of animals you can cut
from a sheet of dough and
minimizing the waste bits
between the animals is the
sort of problem that a skilled
mathematician can best
address. Its no easy task and
would take more mathemati-
cal acumen than I will ever
Still, anyone who has done
the kitchen work by the seat
of their pants can appreciate
that some patterns of animals
yield a lot more good, first-roll
cookies and less waste than do
others. (Simple squares and
rectangles do the best job of
all, capturing 100% of the
dough for first-round status,
but who wants to eat such
simple shapes when much
more is possible?)
A second more scientific
issue involves how our brains
process the shapes of cookie
Wolf delisting is good news,
but legal challenges are likely
It is good news for Wisconsins Wolf Manage-
ment Plan that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(FWS) is removing wolves in Michigan, Minneso-
ta and Wisconsin from the federal list of endan-
gered and threatened species.
Public support for the wolf program has been
on the brink of collapse for several years due to a
serious overpopulation of wolves. At an estimated
850 animals, wolf numbers in Wisconsin are cur-
rently eight times higher than the federal recov-
ery goal of 100 and more than double the states
management plan goal of 350.
The fact that we have wolves in Wisconsin
isnt the problem. Its just that too many wolves
means serious depredation issues involving live-
stock, hunting dogs and natural deer populations.
We believe acceptance of wolves by the public
which includes hunters and farmers is tied
directly to the states ability to control overpopu-
Delisting of the species means an end to
direct federal intervention in how wolves are
managed here, though the FWS can re-initiate
the listing process any time it determines wolves
cannot sustain themselves without protection
from the Endangered Species Act.
Barring the loss of yet another federal law-
suit brought by animal rights groups as hap-
pened three times previously the latest deci-
sion will shift management authority to the
Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With
that authority, state biologists can resume lethal
control of depredating wolves, something they
havent done for years due to federal interven-
Like the other two states, the Wisconsin
DNR has a plan in place that details wolf man-
agement without federal control. However,
because the plan doesnt specify any type of pub-
lic harvest mechanism for controlling wolf num-
bers, effective population reduction wont come
without a political fight and the possibility of
more legal challenges.
The good news is that with state authority
over wolves, hunters and landowners will have
more flexibility in fighting wolf depredation. It
will give property owners and everyone who
spends time outdoors more authority to protect
themselves and their pets including the use of
lethal force.
We view a fourth attempt at delisting wolves
as just another opportunity for success, despite
what the odds might be. There is still an argu-
ment being made by opponents who claim there
are two different species of wolves present in
Wisconsin, which the FWS believed to be true in
May. The agencys reversal on that issue is a pos-
itive step, but the issue could lead to uncertainty
and litigation.
Also of concern is the FWSs decision to add
portions of adjoining states to the delisting pro-
posal states that have not recovered a wolf
population or done anything to ensure survival of
the species. We believe delisting should be
reserved for the three states that did the work
necessary to recover wolf populations, and that
wolves outside those states should continue to be
protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Our View
Behind the editorial we
Members of the Vilas County News-Review
editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger,
Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor
Anthony Drew.
To McNUTT, Pg. 13A
To ROCK DOC Pg. 13A To MAINES, Pg. 13A
no pressure to ski often, hard
and long, in order to get
myself ready for the torture
test that the American Birke-
beiner is for me. To tell the
truth, it felt good to go out on
a cold winter afternoon and
ski only five or six miles if
that is all I felt like doing,
and it was often a lot more
fun stopping along the way to
check out deer, turkey, ermine
or wolf tracks which during
most years and most outings I
would have skipped over with
barely a glance as I thought
of little else than getting my
body ready for the Birkie.
I never ice fished all winter
until a nice warm spell in
March got me out jigging for
bluegills and perchwith a
substantial amount of suc-
cess, I might add.
With my freezer having
long since been emptied of
those sweet-tasting fish, it
was a real treat to put a plat-
ter of panfried fillets on the
supper table several times
during those late-winter days.
Spring brought with it
turkey season, both here in
Wisconsin and in Illinois. For
the time I put into chasing
turkeys in both states without
putting so much as a tail
feather in the stew pot, I nev-
er enjoyed two hunts more.
Turkeys kind of take con-
trol of me each spring, have
for the past 10 years or so
especially, and even if a sea-
son ends with nothing but
close calls and thunderous
gobbles raising the hackles on
the back of my neck, I could
hardly call such expeditions a
I fished more times with
more people last summer
than perhaps ever before. I
fished with old friends and
new friends, people who fish a
lot and people who were fish-
ing almost for the first time.
I watched old veterans act
like little kids catching
bluegills and bass one after
the other, returning all to the
water none the worse for wear
and tear, and I watched new-
comers shake with amaze-
ment at the powerful strike
generated by a northern pike
of no more than 3 pounds.
I got hugs from new friends
when our fishing outings end-
edone of the perks of taking
women fishing and leaving
their husbands on shore to
watchand I got high fives at
the end of fishing trips from
teenagers who otherwise
would have thought it to be a
major blow to their coolness
to even be seen in the same
area code as an old jack pine
savage like me.
North Dakota was a place
of joy in October, as it always
is, even though my time at
duck camp wasnt always
pleasant due to one of the
worst colds Ive ever had that
plagued me for almost the
entire trip.
Funny though, how a pile
of duck breasts swimming in
butter or wrapped in tortillas
can make you forget all about
such trifles as sniffles,
sneezes and aching bones.
Perhaps a fitting capper to
this fine year of 2011 was the
opening day of deer season in
Id been suffering through
a three-year buck drought,
but you, oh season of 2011,
you werent about to let me
suffer any longer. You gave me
only 26 minutes of your nine
days, but what a minute that
last one was when a nine-
pointer got in front of my
Ive already told the story a
hundred times or more, each
time adding or subtracting
details as the need arises and,
by the time 2012 ends, that
buck will probably have met
his fate in a thousand or more
Now, very shortly, it will be
time to close the book, so to
speak, on 2011. Ah, we hardly
knew ye.
cutters themselves. I read
about it recently in The Mad
Science Book by Reto Schnei-
Heres an experiment you
can do with simple cookie cut-
ter shapes: a star, a circle, per-
haps a simple Christmas tree,
and the like. First you need a
friend or relation to put them
all under a towel for you, so
you dont see the shapes.
Next, using your fingers, you
should work to identify each
cutter by its shape.
If you are like most people,
youll be quite able to accom-
plish the task with your fin-
gers. Our brains, in other
words, are good at using our
moving fingers for such work.
But if your friend presses,
say, the star shape into your
palm still under the towel
you will likely be only 50% as
good at being able to name
the shape of the cutter.
There is quite a paradox in
this result. Moving fingers
require the brain to sort
through a heck of a lot of
information. Pressing the star
into the hand is really much
more simple. But why cant
the brain recognize the shape
better in the simpler manner?
An American researcher
named James J. Gibson took
up this issue in the 1960s. He
recognized that the simple
experiment showed something
significant. He hypothesized
that our brains do better as
active explorers of the world
around them than as passive
receivers of tactile input.
One way he had of testing
the idea was to press the star
shape into a subjects hand,
then release it, rotate it a bit,
and press it in again. The pro-
portion of people who could
recognize the star increased
when he did this.
In short, the more skin dis-
turbance, the better. Or, to put
it another way, the brain does
well with different and various
input it doesnt get swamped
or overwhelmed by it.
Gibsons work led to a revi-
sion of the theory of tactile
reception. We feel things and
recognize them not because
our brains need to examine
them in the most simple way,
but because our brains are
remarkably adept.
In short, we are all of us
smarter in some respects than
researchers before Gibson
thought. That plus this sea-
son of homemade cookies is
the good news.
Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a
native of the rural Northwest,
was trained as a geologist at
Princeton and Harvard. Fol-
low her on the Web at rock- and on Twitter
@RockDocWSU. This column
is a service of the College of
Agricultural, Human and
Natural Resource Sciences at
Washington State University
Rock Doc
Dear Editor:
The recent Wisconsin Asso-
ciation of School District
Administrators survey
reveals that the majority of
school districts are adding
math, science, music, lan-
guage and art classes while
preserving athletic programs
thanks to Governor Walkers
The survey showed that
new teacher hires outnumber
layoffs by more than 1,200
statewide. The layoffs that
have occurred are concentrat-
ed in three districts which
chose to sidestep the Walker
The Milwaukee Public
Schools (MPS) was one of the
districts to sidestep the
reforms and the Journal Sen-
tinel online stated in their
Nov. 26 issue that they have
reconsidered and will now
implement them.
Their new respect for the
reforms offered under Act 10
came after MPS lost 1,000
jobs, nearly one-tenth of its
staff. Jobs, programs and
building repairs were sacri-
ficed to pay full benefits and
retirement costs for the
remaining employees. This is
even more alarming since
those benefits are so generous
that they are unheard of in
the private sector.
It is important to note that
the governor did not force any
district to implement his
reforms. The facts remain
that those districts which did
not implement the reforms
fired teachers, increased class
size, and angered parents.
Now those districts are eager
to implement Governor Walk-
ers reforms.
The anti-Walker ads cur-
rently running on TV are
probably about those schools
that didnt implement the
reforms. Is that why the name
of the school is not men-
tioned? One is left to wonder!
According to JSOnline, the
MPS school board has now
agreed, 6-3, to implement
Governor Walkers reforms.
They have realized that those
reforms do work.
Its irresponsible to recall a
Walker didnt force districts
to implement his reforms
ny in state and federal govern-
The parties cant agree on
how to spend the enormous
amounts of money. And, how
can the country continue to
borrow 44 cents of every dollar
being spent? The 2012 elec-
tions will be ugly, and divisive.
9. Over 20,000 lobbyists are
infesting the halls of Congress
and state capitols. They are
lavishing billions of dollars on
our elected officials to curry
favorable treatment. This is
very bad. Lets ban all lobby-
ing for five-six years and see
how that works?
10. About 4 million claims
are made each and every day
to Medicare. Don Berwick, out-
going chief of Medicare and
Medicaid, says 20% to 30% of
health-care spending is
waste...thats $150 billion to
$250 billion a year. Its almost
impossible to control. Berwick
told the New York Times on
Dec. 4, the waste comes from
overtreatment of patients, fail-
ure to coordinate care, admin-
istrative complexity, burden-
some rules and outright fraud.
Can anyone see it getting bet-
ter in light of the wave of 80
million baby boomers entering
the entitlement market?
Letter to the Editor:
Since becoming secretary of
the Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) 12 short
months ago, I have been awed
by the talent and dedication I
have seen here. I have learned
much, and I have been privi-
leged to work with my DNR
colleagues on many exciting
In August, the DNR was
designated as Wisconsin state
governments first and only
enterprise agency. Gov. Scott
Walker gave us unprecedent-
ed authority to implement
ideas from our staff on ways to
save money, improve process-
es and better serve the public.
In deer management, we
suspended earn-a-buck,
implemented research pro-
jects to assess the impact of
predators on the deer herd
and began work with the
states new deer trustee,
James Knoll, better known as
Dr. Deer. Deer harvest and
working with hunters has tak-
en a turn for the better. There
is still work to do.
We took an aggressive
stand in pushing for federal
delisting of the gray wolf. The
gray wolf population now
numbers eight times Wiscon-
sins recovery goal, and it is
long past time for our biolo-
gists to actively manage prob-
lem wolves plaguing many
I am pleased our leadership
has led to the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Services very recent
announcement removing the
wolf from federal Endangered
Species Act protection. Wis-
consins long-fought battle to
manage growing wolf popula-
tions within its borders is
nearly over.
We welcomed 13 new par-
ticipants with 102 facilities
into Wisconsins innovative
Green Tier program, which
has at its foundation the idea
that by working with business
we can achieve environmental
excellence. In addition, we
established an Office of Busi-
ness Support and Sustainabil-
ity to provide a single point of
contact for businesses looking
to locate or expand in Wiscon-
We worked together with
state and local partners to
eradicate marijuana grows on
public lands, respond to the
Oak Creek bluff collapse and
cleanup, and salvage valuable
timber from the massive blow-
down in the northwestern
part of the state.
We have begun rebuilding a
DNR staff hobbled by retire-
ments and long position
freezes including recruiting
a new class of conservation
And we have made cus-
tomer service working with
our publics as partners as
the priority for every one of
our staff. In January, we will
announce plans to open many
service centers for more cus-
tomer-friendly hours.
As I travel the state, I am
proud of the comments I am
hearing that people like the
new DNR and direction we
are taking. The DNRs dedi-
cated staff and I look forward
to another year of serving
Wisconsins citizens.
Cathy Stepp
Secretary, Wisconsin DNR
A strict observance of the
written laws is doubtless one
of the high virtues of a good
citizen, but it is not the high-
est. The laws of necessity, of
self-preservation, of saving
our country when in danger,
are of higher obligation.
Thomas Jefferson
Secretary Stepp gives praise to the new DNR
Dear Editor:
Newt Gingrich has now
blabbered himself into becom-
ing the subject of a mock trial.
A lot of sources for such
remarks are on the Internet.
Another source is the Mil-
waukee Journal Sentinel, Dec.
18, p.6A, Gingrich blasts U.S.
courts: GOP candidate says
theyre best ignored, by
William Douglas, McClatchy
News Service.
Gingrich claims that the
founding fathers consciously
made the judicial branch . . .
the weakest branch. Douglas
continued: In order to restore
balance between Congress,
the White House, and the
courts, Gingrich recommend-
ed ignoring rulings, impeach-
ing judges, subpoenaing jus-
tices to have them explain
their rulings and, as a last
resort, abolishing the courts
Gingrich has clearly
demonstrated that he has
latched onto a destructive
agenda, which is to destroy
our tripartite constitutional
arrangement, with its three
equal branchesLegislative,
Executive and Judiciary. That
groundbreaking system was
adopted to prevent tyranny,
the tyranny that had flowed
for centuries in England,
Europe and elsewhere.
For the Newt Gingrich
mock trial, Count One should
be dopey political persuasion.
Count Two: Attacking our tri-
partite system (Legislative,
Executive and Judiciary
branches), the heart of our
constitutional arrangement.
David Alspaugh
Three Lakes
Gingrich has destructive agenda
Compiled by
Jean Fitzpatrick
Candace Meronk, 48
Weve talked about this as a
family and we want to make
sure we have more family
meals together to sit and talk
with each other and to con-
nect with one another.
McKenzie Weber, 20
Eagle River
My resolution for 2012 is to
get a 3.5 grade-point aver-
age at UW-Madison next
semester in elementary edu-
Bill Schattner, 51
General contractor
Sugar Camp
Id have to say it will be
trying to strike a better bal-
ance between work and
family time so that it is not
all just rushing around.
Question: What is your 2012 New Years resolution?
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governor who honors his cam-
paign promises. Those promis-
es were acknowledged in an
October 2010 Wisconsin Edu-
cation Association Council
newsletter and were accompa-
nied with a warning to their
members to get out and vote
against him! Do your own
research. Google:
ober2010. The information is
on Page 3.
Scott Walker prevailed
despite their threats and
tantrums, so the Democrats
decided to try again by misus-
ing our recall process. Their
continued frivolous wasting of
millions of tax dollars on
another recall election shows
their level of disrespect for
our tax dollars.
What will it say about Wis-
consinites if we recall a gover-
nor who protected the finan-
cial stability of our public
schools while preserving the
quality of instruction?
Joyce Bant
Dear Editor:
I was reading from a recent
newspaper edition, and I read
the article Sommer to discuss
mining at Many Ways of Peace
center. This topic interests me
greatly, as I am a student at
Conserve School and, just three
weeks ago, we had a mining
Before the debate, I was
strongly against mining. I
thought that there was no way
to mine environmentally
friendly and, if you cant mine
environmentally, then we
shouldnt mine at all. To my
misfortune, I was placed in the
pro group. I didnt see how I
could debate for something
that I didnt believe in but,
after a lot of research, my opin-
ions started to shift.
The Gogebic Taconite mine
promises to mine sustainable.
They state on their website,, that
instead of using chemicals to
extract the copper and other
minerals, they are going to use
a system of water and magnets
to extract it. Americans depend
on mining. Without it, we
wouldnt have cell phones,
washers and dryers, comput-
ers, household appliances and
many other things that we use
for everyday living.
Also, the mine is going to
produce over 700 jobs which
will help boost the local
economies in the surrounding
I am pro mining now! There
are a few cons such as the pos-
sibility of ghost towns after the
mine leaves, but the pros out-
weigh the cons, and I feel that
the Gogebic mine is a necessity
not only for the local economies
but for America as a whole.
Anna Vik
Land O Lakes
Pros outweigh cons concerning mining, if done correctly
NATURES ART A nest created by paper
wasps is a work of art, a unique mix of colors,
patterns and shapes. Leaves were folded into
the shell. --Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER
Letter to the Editor:
An open letter to our
Congress and president:
You are all a disgrace to
your jobs; to the people of
America who put their trust in
you to do the right things for
them; and our country.
You are overpaid, your ben-
efits are over the top and you
remind me of a spoiled kid, but
the only difference is this isnt
a kids game youre playing.
Your job or lack of job is a
direct reflection on the people
of America, their livelihood,
their way of life and security.
Our government is turning
the greatest country in the
world to a Third World coun-
try, it appears that way.
What ever happened to
negotiations and win-win
The rules seem to change as
to what Congress and the
president want, is more impor-
tant than what the people
I can only hope that the
people of America remember
this fiasco that is going on in
our government, economy,
jobs, bailouts, recession and
use their voting rights to send
a message to all the politi-
cians. We the people have
Gene Klumpp
Government turning U.S. into Third World country
Dear Editor:
I would like to comment on
Sen. Holperins letter in last
weeks News-Review Walker
actually had a higher budget.
Yes, Gov. Walkers budget is
higher than Jim Doyles last
budget. Two of the major rea-
sons are $713 million in
increased Medicaid spending
for the poor and increased
road construction spending.
Gov. Doyle received federal
stimulus money for what we
were told were shovel ready
projects. Instead, he and his
party spent $3.6 billion of fed-
eral stimulus money else-
where, leaving us $3.6 billion
short on this years budget
compared to the last Doyle
budget. He also took money
from the transportation and
victims fund leaving us even
further behind with more to
pay back.
It is hard to believe that
even with these windfalls
and revenue from a booming
economy, Gov. Doyle and his
party raised taxes throughout
his eight years in office. This
is what Sen. Holperin and the
Democrats are running from.
Charlie Gullan
Eagle River
Doyle left state $3.6 billion short
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