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Friday, June 23, 2017
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Welcenbach criminal diversion agreement approved
A diversion agreement has been approved resolving the criminal case against the former head of the Oneida County unit of the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG). (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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News
Oneida County | Vilas County | Business
Minocqua to move forward with Morgan Oaks flood study
Heavy rain this spring in the Lakeland area has left its mark in many places.

That heavy rain has resulted not only in higher lake and river levels but flooded basements, streets and roads, much of which people said they haven't seen in quite some time. (subscriber access)


Friday, June 23, 2017
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Plum Lake 'EMS ball' in St. Germain's court
The Plum Lake Town Board met last Thursday and supervisor Gary Schmidt said he would be meeting soon with St. Germain town chairman Tom Christensen.

The topic of the meeting: Plum Lake's latest offer to St. Germain for emergency medical services. (subscriber access)


Friday, June 23, 2017
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No one hurt in Presque Isle fire
Firefighters from Presque Isle and Boulder Junction responded late Monday afternoon to the report of a residence fully engulfed in flames on Cutoff Road in the town of Presque Isle.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Manitowish Waters accepts sprinkler, docks donation at Rest Lake Park
The Manitowish Waters Town Board moved through a large number of agenda items at their June 20 meeting. Perhaps the items yielding the most attention was the installation of a sprinkler system and a new dock system at Rest Lake Park. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Vilas highway committee approves preliminary 2018 budget
The Vilas County board's highway committee OK'd a preliminary department budget for 2018 on Tuesday, calling for the addition of two people.

That action followed an earlier vote to add the positions, the funding for both of them based predominately on state funding projections for work department personnel do which generates revenue from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (subscriber access)


Friday, June 23, 2017
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HR request sparks discussion on lack of policy for bonuses
The Vilas County Finance Committee denied a request from the Human Resources Committee for contingency funds this week. The request was for $3,000, intended as a bonus for HR department head Debra Bohn for saving the county a considerable sum in medical insurance expenses. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Opinions
An American Trademark: Free Speech
These days the First Amendment is on shakier ground than it has been in a long, long time.

The attack on free speech by the Left has been going on for years, of course. It started decades ago with the banning of displays of the Ten Commandments in classrooms and courthouses, and the banishing of manger scenes from the public square.


Friday, June 23, 2017
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Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon
In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew - having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had shaken down from businessmen - resigned his office.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Climate change hypocrites
Maybe the most laughable reaction to Donald Trump's pulling out of the Paris climate accord came from European and Chinese leaders who blasted Trump and America for "surrendering its world leadership" role. The sanctimonious leaders of Asian and European nations pledged to move full speed ahead on clean energy without the United States. Be my guest.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Why Trump must make Putin smile
Whenever Donald Trump gratuitously insults an American ally or casually degrades our country's reputation, it is hard not to wonder what he thinks he is doing. Could the president of the United States perpetrate these damaging stunts, over and over again, merely to massage his own ego? Of all the explanations for Trump's astonishingly destructive behavior, immaturity and narcissism are actually among the more innocent possibilities.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Fly better
Wonder why your flight is late?

Why planes keep circling?

Why even after you've landed, you sometimes can't deplane?

Bad weather plays a role, but flying is also nastier because American airports use 50-year-old technology.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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The overwhelming success of Obamacare
President Donald Trump came to Wisconsin this week, and among the things he did while in the Badger state was to meet with some of the "victims" of Obamacare, which he called a catastrophe that must be reversed.
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Friday, June 16, 2017
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Outdoors
Features | Hunting | Fishing
Upper Midwest Bass Challenge anglers take on a finicky Boom Lake
Neither the post-spawn, post-front conditions nor the wind and rain could keep over 70 anglers from the Upper Midwest Bass Challenge (UMBCS) from the water last Sunday as they took on Boom Lake, what is perennially known as a finicky fishery at best. For many, last weekend was the first time they had seen the fishery. The UMBCS has been held on the west side of the state for many years until tournament director Gregg Kizewski moved to St. Germain just last year. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Dead Pike Lake Association gets nod from Natural Resource Board
For 17 years the Dead Pike Lake Association has attempted and failed to address water quality issues due to iron floc. Within the last year Dead Pike Lake was put on the Wisconsin Impaired Waters list due to high levels of phosphorus, but the iron floc is even more concerning to many residents and stakeholders of the lake. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Disabled Veterans bass tournament moves to Lake Tomahawk
This will be the second annual Disabled Veterans tournament put on by Kris Hanes, a veteran himself and member of the Portage County Bass Anglers. Hanes held the inaugural tournament last year on Shawano Lake in Shawano and this year decided to move the tournament to the Northwoods. This is a team tournament with each veteran fishing with a boater partner.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Fish like a girl
Recreational Opportunities analysis gives public chance to weigh in

A Recreational Opportunities Analysis (ROA) has been going on across the Northwoods with public input to help the Department of Natural Resources determine best fits for state lands and various recreational purposes. According to DNR Trails and Capital Development coordinator Cameron Bump, the analysis phase has given the department a chance to hear from stakeholders regarding the way they use state lands and where opportunities may lie for the future. (subscriber access)


Friday, June 23, 2017
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Traveling trails less traveled
The weatherman promised us a nice weekend for our annual camping/canoeing/trout fishing adventure, something daughter Anna and grandson Josh and I have enjoyed for 23 years. Anna and I introduced Josh to the joys of outdoor living in 1993 when he was just a tot, and now at age 28 he has become a seasoned veteran concerning our annual tri-sporting event. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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The lake where you live
Fishing friends and I have a name for those slender, tube-shaped plants that spike up in clusters in shallow water along lakeshores. We call them pencil reeds. And we're wrong. They are really not reeds at all but rushes of various kinds, in many cases hardstem or softstem bulrushes.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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LT Sports
Sports | Lakeland Union High School | Mercer High School
Four T-birds compete in New Balance Nationals track meet
While the high school track season finished up in La Crosse two weeks ago, members of the Lakeland track team traveled to Greensboro on Saturday for the New Balance Nationals meet. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Lakeland Babe Ruth teams each earn wins
Lakeland had a chance to continue its ascension in the Northwoods Babe Ruth Senior League standings at the beginning of the week with two scheduled games.

Monday's game at Crandon, however, was rained out. Still, with a home game against Rhinelander Black on Tuesday, Lakeland could pull within a half of a game of first place. (subscriber access)


Friday, June 23, 2017
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LUHS golf caps season with surprise state trip
Completing one of the strongest seasons in years, the Lakeland golf team capped off its season as far as anyone could go - the state meet at University Ridge. While the team didn't finish as well as it hoped, it was by no means a low point of the season.

Here are five key points from the 2017 T-Bird golf campaign. (subscriber access)


Friday, June 23, 2017
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T-Bird tennis builds for future seasons
While it wasn't always easy, the Lakeland boys' tennis team hurdled through difficulties to end the 2017 season on a high note. It took the challenges it faced head on and found ways through some of them throughout the short spring schedule. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Bear Cupboard Run celebrates eighth year
The countdown is on with just three weeks until the 8th annual Bear Cupboard Run (BCR), Lakeland Pantry's largest yearly fundraiser. Saturday morning, July 15, a half marathon, 5K run, 5K walk, and a 1.6K fun Cubby run will take place with other BCR race activities based at Minocqua's Torpy Park.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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13th annual Freedom 5K Fun Run kicks off St. Germain Independence Day celebration July 2
The town of St. Germain will kick off its Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 2, with the 13th annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. with race day registration and check in from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Letters
Response to recent opinions
To the Editor:

Observations on a couple of recent articles. First on the "Our View" opinion piece. It is completely mystifying how the readers of this paper, in almost every publication, were subjected throughout Obama's administration to an unrelenting denunciation of his every proposal, policy or program. There was ceaseless, unending criticism and apoplectic indignation of anything he said or did. Obama could not take any action which would have not resulted in a vendetta by this paper.


Friday, June 23, 2017
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'Misinterpretation of the German psyche'
To the Editor:

I read the two letters to the editor from Ms. Kristy Lutz and G.D. Holcombe regarding Germany with great interest. Like Kristy, I also moved to Germany from Wisconsin at a similar time. I was seasonally employed at the time and was insured on short term insurance policies I paid for myself once I was out from under the wing of my parents' policy. This worked great at covering 80 percent of my $12,000 in care I received after catching a really bad illness after travels in the South but only covered me for three months at a time and it didn't do anything for my coming child. I had the luxury of a German wife ... What an American freeloader I was, right?


Friday, June 23, 2017
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Trump trashes democracy
To the Editor:

Throughout Donald Trump's candidacy and brief tenure in office, he has managed to eradicate civility, a longstanding hallmark of our great democracy.

Google the name "Donald Trump" and note the headlines, "6 Countries Trump Insulted," "Trump Threatens World Leaders," "Trump Is Running Out of Foreign Leaders to Alienate."
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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'True leadership'
To the Editor:

The Wisconsin Health Care Association and Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living (WHCA/WiCAL) represents skilled nursing and assisted living centers across the state. On behalf of Wisconsin's care providers and the elderly and disabled residents they serve every day, I would like to thank Senator Tom Tiffany for his leadership and commitment to long-term care during budget proceedings on the Joint Finance Committee. Sen. Tiffany has played a vital role in securing critical reimbursement for long-term care facilities.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Thank You from Manito Art League
To the Editor:

The Manito Art League Scholarship Committee would like to thank all the local columnists who publicized our opportunity for area high school, college students and adults seeking monetary scholarships for the arts.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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He said, he said
To the Editor:

Using "under oath" testimony as a means of determining if James Comey or Donald Trump is fabricating their stories, it would be illuminating to have both parties take a polygraph (lie detector) test. Although it won't happen, think about which of these two people might fabricate more "untruths."


Friday, June 16, 2017
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Community
Features | Area events calendar | Events/concerts
Paws in the Park event fetches success
Travel with pets has increased dramatically in the past couple of years and the Minocqua area, not wanting to be left behind, strove to create a pet-friendly event to drive tourism and community engagement, and the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce created Paws in the Park. Paws in the Park is a pet-friendly event which took place June 17 and 18 at Minocqua's Torpy Park and allowed humans and dogs alike to socialize and compete. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Minocqua hosts 16th annual Journey's Convention
For the 16th straight year, Minocqua has played host to the Journey's Convention. The four-day event sees workshops, outdoor activities and live entertainment for those currently in the Narcotics Anonymous program. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Escape room now open in Rhinelander
A unique adventure game is now available in Rhinelander. People can test their puzzle skills and race the clock at The Key to Escape, an escape room at 1015 Lincoln Street in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Area Fourth of July events
Boulder Junction

Tuesday July 4: The Star Spangled Jubilee starts at 12 p.m. on Main Street with American Legion Post 451 gun salute at Veterans Memorial Triangle, followed by singing of the National Anthem. Parade floats line up before 11:30 a.m. on Ada Street. Barb Boston will DJ at the airport starting at 7:30 p.m. with an interactive dance party at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks will be lit at airport at dusk.


Friday, June 23, 2017
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Art and Art Quilt Show on June 25
The second annual Art and Art Quilt Show at Rugger's Landing will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Rugger's Landing is about a mile north of downtown Mercer.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Free car seat inspections June 26
Three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly. Car seats, booster seats and seat belts are the law in Wisconsin. Car seat information is easy to find, but it's often hard for parents and caregivers to decide which seat is best for their child.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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