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Despite weather, Dragon...

Howard Young Foundation members look to continue to grow event


Lakeland cross country...

Noah Bodewes wins boys' race; Schilling second in girls' division


Tribal concerns...

Vilas County board tables the matter until September


Hazelhurst cuts ribbon...

Effort more than three years in the making


The first annual Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival took place on Saturday, Aug. 20 and even though battling sometimes torrential rainfall, attitudes stayed positive during the event. Thirty-three boats participated and a large...


Marshfield Clinic to borrow $800 million
Marshfield Clinic is planning to borrow $1.11 billion through tax-exempt, low-interest bonds to help fuel its torrid pace of expansion and improvements, according to public-hearing documents posted late last week by the health-care organization. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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News
Oneida County | Vilas County | Business
Krist Oil Company files suit over markup law
A Michigan oil company has filed a lawsuit in Vilas County Circuit Court challenging the state's minimum markup law on gasoline.

In court documents filed Monday, Krist Oil Company, based in Iron River, requested a declaratory judgment that the law violates its due process rights under the state constitution and is "therefore void and unenforceable." (subscriber access)


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Three deer shot and killed in Woodruff
According to conservation warden Tim Ebert, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 23, three deer were shot and killed from the roadway along Highway 47 between Walter Drive and Forest Trail. They were found in the ditch line. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Bouché highlights upcoming in-service week
As the school year quickly approaches, teachers will step foot inside the doors of Lakeland Union High School a few days early. At the Aug. 22 LUHS board meeting, principal Jim Bouché spoke about what exactly to expect during the upcoming in-service days. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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County helps Arbor Vitae board weigh library options
During Tuesday's meeting between two Arbor Vitae supervisors, three Vilas County supervisors and the county clerk, Arbor Vitae's library situation was the topic of discussion. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Venture Landfill Group shares medical savings with employees
During Tuesday's meeting, the Venture Landfill Group received good news about their employee health insurance - premiums are going down 5.7 percent. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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In 2016, law enforcement killed civil asset reform
The latest in a series

A bipartisan push to reform the state's civil asset forfeiture laws - a process by which police can take cars, cash, and homes, even when the property owner is never convicted or charged with a crime - failed earlier this year after state law enforcement and judicial agencies unleashed an intense lobbying effort to kill it. (subscriber access)


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Opinions
Seizing back our property rights
The biggest problem with law enforcement is, they think we're stupid.

That's why they feel emboldened to just seize all the property they can for police budgets through civil asset forfeiture, the process by which law enforcement can take property suspected of being used in a crime even if no one is ever charged with the crime.


Friday, August 26, 2016
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The Republican turncoats
I asked a successful businessman the other day what he thought about Donald Trump. He turned his thumb down. Wow. "Are you going to vote for Hillary?" I asked with trepidation. "Of course not," he replied, almost insulted by the question. "I understand the concept of a binary decision."

Friday, August 26, 2016
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northwoods political digest
Democrats unveil urban education recommendations

Democrats on the Assembly speaker's Task Force on Urban Education, which includes state Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse), released a minority report this week containing a set of policy recommendations the Democrats believe should have been included in the committee's original report, released in June.


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Take heart, conservatives, take heart
The great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone once compiled a book of his columns from the 1960s, known as "In a Time of Torment."

It mostly certainly was a time of torment, and perhaps that was an understatement.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Happy New Year
As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 - smack in the middle of winter and completely overshadowed by Christmas, just a week earlier - makes no sense as to when to begin the year. Labor Day - the first Monday in September, when days grow shorter and weather cooler, when vacations end and schools reopen and summer gives way to autumn - is the more logical New Year's Day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Vice presidential prospects
We've heard nonstop criticism of both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates - for good reasons. So are their running mates any better?

Yes.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Outdoors
Features | Hunting | Fishing
National Championship Musky Open was a big success
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin held their 31st annual National Championship Musky Open last weekend. Anglers braved rain, wind and cold front conditions to compete in the largest amateur musky tournament in the country. Anglers had seven lake groups from which to choose in their pursuit of the elusive Esox. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Mentored hunts: What you need to know as a mentor
For most outdoorsmen and women, passing on the love of hunting or fishing is important. We all enjoy seeing new people, young or old, learn how to find and harvest their own meat from the lake or forest. For hunters, the mentored hunting program offers just that opportunity and fosters an environment of learning. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Fish like a girl: Release the hounds... or not
In the last few weeks, incidents of dog/wolf interactions have increased dramatically as hunters head out into the woods with their bear dogs. The following reports come directly from the DNR website... (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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traveling trails less traveled: Berries and bears
Although not as important or widespread as it once was, harvesting wild berries for food and fun is still practiced by a few folks. During my formative years picking wild berries, preserving and storing them in our small root cellar was an important part of survival. Lots of yummy stuff was produced from a variety of wild berries, jam, jelly, pies, torte, or canned berries mixed with homemade ice cream, which makes a treat that's to die for!

Friday, August 26, 2016
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The lake where you live: The role of alkalinity
We tend to think of rainwater as the purest and most innocent substance. In reality, rainwater is acidic, enough so that many or most fish could not reproduce if they had to live in it.

How acidic is natural rainfall? On the pH scale, which measures the extent to which a liquid is acid or alkaline, rain in southeastern Wisconsin measures about pH 4.4, roughly as acidic as beer. Rain in the state's northwest region comes in at about pH 5.0, somewhat less acidic. Natural rainfall, unaffected by any pollutants in air, measures 5.6.


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Ruffed Grouse Society banquets set for September
The Ruffed Grouse Society is celebrating 50 years of managing forest habitat and preserving sporting traditions. Two chapters of the Ruffed Grouse Society, the Superior Chapter and the Chain O' Lakes Chapter, both have their annual Conservation and Sportsmen's Banquet set for the coming month. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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LT Sports
Sports | Lakeland Union High School | Mercer High School
T-Bird soccer falls to Ashland 3-1 in opener
The Lakeland Union High School boys' soccer team didn't open its season the way it might have hoped. Traveling to Ashland Tuesday, the T-Birds dropped their first match 3-1.

Orion Pergolski gave Ashland the lead on a 10th-minute penalty kick and the Oredockers never looked back. (subscriber access)


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Lakeland swimmers go 1-2 in opening meets
Taking to the pool for the first time this season, the LUHS girls' swim team competed on back-to-back nights in their home pool earlier this week.

On Monday, the T-Birds split a double dual at the LUHS pool, defeating Wausau West 81-78 and falling to Rhinelander 110-59. Tuesday night, Lakeland fell to Wisconsin Rapids 121-49. (subscriber access)


Friday, August 26, 2016
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T-Bird gridders set to take home field
After dropping its season opener at Hayward last week, the Lakeland Union High School football team is looking to bounce back this Friday, taking its home field for the first time this year against Bloomer.

LUHS head coach Dan Barutha didn't feel like the loss from last week will dampen the team's spirits. (subscriber access)


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Lakeland netters remain undefeated
Taking on two teams Tuesday night in Minocqua, Lakeland remained undefeated on the year by beating Columbus Catholic 7-0 and Pacelli 4-3. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Snowhawks fall to Coaching All-Stars
The Lake Tomahawk Snowhawks battled the Coaching All-Stars, a team compiled of various area coaches, on Monday at Snowshoe Park in Lake Tomahawk and suffered just their third loss of the 2016 season, falling 14-10. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Lakeland volleyball goes 0-3 at West quad
The Lakeland Union High School volleyball team saw its first action of the season Tuesday, dropping all three matches in a quadrangular meet at Wausau West High School. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Letters
Low-life politics has come to the Northwoods
To the Editor:

Citizens in Senate District #12 have been receiving prerecorded opinion polls asking if certain things about Tom Tiffany or Bryan Van Stippen would make them more or less likely to vote for him. The questions paint Senator Tiffany as a highly desirable candidate. Van Stippen, not so much. In fact, some questions about him have racial undertones.


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Presidential candidates urged to engage in civil discourse
To the Editor:

More than 5,650 Catholic sisters, including myself, signed a letter asking the U.S. Presidential candidates "to engage in political dialogue that reflects the principles and values upon which this nation was founded."


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Working together for us
To the Editor:

That's what Hillary said. She was right. What she meant was the blue collar supporting the one percent elite. My family has not improved in the last seven and a half years. According to federal standards, my family is at poverty level and some way below. The 4.9 percent unemployment is not correct.


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Defying the caricature
To the Editor:

Last week in the Wall Street Journal there was an important article by Joe Rago concerning Senator Ron Johnson's involvement with relieving poverty, crime and hopelessness in the predominately black north Milwaukee zip code of 53206.


Friday, August 26, 2016
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FSC certification
To the Editor:

A few counties in northern Wisconsin are considering resolutions requiring our county forest lands meet FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. FSC is an international governing body based in Bonn Germany; the current secretary is based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Wisconsin does not have representation on FSC in a voting capacity.


Friday, August 26, 2016
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A call for clean water
To the Editor:

If anyone has been paying attention to what is happening around the world and to our neighbors, we know water is one of our most valuable resources, when it's clean at least.


Friday, August 19, 2016
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Community
Features | Area events calendar | Events/concerts
Metropulos, Obermann look to bridge community and education
For Robert Metropulos and Wally Obermann, the famed T-Bird Bridge is more than just a landmark. The pair, along with the assembled "Friends of the T-Bird Bridge," are working to erect a renovated version of the recently dismantled Northwoods staple at Lakeland Union High School and attempting to reinvigorate "T-Bird Pride" in the process. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Music in the Park wrapping up ninth year
For the past nine summers in Manitowish Waters, a weekly event known as Music in the Park has become a staple for tourists and residents alike. Every Sunday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day, people flock to Koller Park for a celebration of music, food and community. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016
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'War Dogs' doesn't live up to 'The Hangover'
Earning $300 million for selling weapons to the government sounds like a great story out of fiction, doesn't it? Well, during the early years of the Iraq War, it happened.

In director Todd Phillips' first film since the finale of "The Hangover" trilogy, "War Dogs" tells the story of two young men who seek out the weapons contract.



Friday, August 26, 2016
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Briefly
St. Germain Women's Service Club's fashion show tickets on sale now

Tickets for the 38th annual St. Germain Women's Service Club's "Ready for Fall, Ready for Fashion" are now available through members or by calling Audrey at 715-479-8924. The event date is Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, but be aware that ticket sales end on Sept. 23 so the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain and the service club can prepare that perfect afternoon filled with door prizes and raffles.


Friday, August 26, 2016
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The Lakeland Barbershop Chorus
Paul Evensen directs members of the Lakeland Barbershop Chorus, top row from left, Howard Hutchinson, Don Pollard, Bill Remien, Jared Kassien and Manny Markham; middle row, Herb Ponti, Tom Lerdahl, John Davis, Bob Karabetsos, Rolf Ethun and Dan Venezia; bottom row, Jeff Walker, Jim Priovolos, Gary Rietz, Rick Wenos, Jim Duke, Ray Simmonds and Dick Lemanski, and sitting, Gene Traut and Dennis Brayton during their annual show titled "Lakeland Barbershop's Top 10" on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua.

Friday, August 26, 2016
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Call of the after loon
Dan Lincoln performs live at the After Loon Delight Craft Show on Thursday, Aug. 4, at Torpy Park in Minocqua.

Friday, August 26, 2016
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