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Blazing trails
Robert Polic shows different feature routes. Route A is flat, Route B presents a challenging rock course.Ryan Matthews photograph

Robert Polic shows different feature routes. Route A is flat, Route B presents a challenging rock course.
Ryan Matthews photograph

Wisconsin’s Northwoods is quickly becoming a premiere destination for cycling. Recreational cyclists are riding paved trails that leisurely wind along our highways. Gravel grinders are putting in long miles on the Bearskin Trail. And now, those seeking something on the wild side can get their fix at the WinMan Trails. (Public access)


Thursday, October 2, 2014


Green to yellow to red

Each season in Wisconsin offers something unique:  Different sports, different pastimes, different excuses to get outside and enjoy the beautiful upper midwest. The turning trees signal a final call to slow down and enjoy some biking, hiking and paddling before winter sets in. (Public access)


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Final rule for disposal of controlled substances
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its final rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances Sept. 8, thereby implementing the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. (Public access)
Friday, September 19, 2014

Rowboats and tubs; oars and clubs
I have been called “The Rowboat Guy,” “Mongo” and “Greg the Guide.” (Subscriber access)
Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Lake Where You Live

A characteristic you can’t see or feel can have subtle effects on life in your lake. It’s called pH, and it’s a measure of how acid or alkaline your lake’s water is.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled
By the end of the 1950s, my knowledge concerning what the interiors of Big St. Germain, Lake Laura, Escanaba and Clear Lake looked like was “minimal basic” but increasing with each outing on these highly productive lakes. (Subscriber access)
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Science on Tap: 'Hook, Line and Thinker'

A healthy crowd packed Minocqua Brewing Company’s Divano Lounge April 3 for Science on Tap. The topic was fisheries. “Hook, Line and Thinker! The Science Behind the Future of Recreational Fishing in the Northwoods,” was the presentation.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Treed on the trailside

Brothers Steve and Mike Seiwert, of Park Ridge and Arlington Heights, Ill. got a special surprise while cruising the trail between Phillips and Hazelhurst Feb. 23. 

The Seiwerts came upon a handful of parked snowmobilers watching a small black bear in a tree.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Northwoods northern tops 40 inches
Charlie Allen.Charlie Allen.

Charlie Allen recently laid claim to a trophy few are able to boast. The 16-year-old LUHS student hauled in a Northwoods pike over 40 inches in length.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Getting through the winter: It's somewhat of a mystery
The gray tree frogThe gray tree frog

Animals do many different things to get through the winter.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Discussing human impact on the Northwoods
Tim Kratz (left) and Tom Steele.Tim Kratz (left) and Tom Steele.

Minocqua Brewing Company was the site of some lively discussion the evening of Feb. 6. A large crowd filled the barroom for “Science on Tap” – a new community outreach effort.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Huck hauls hefty walleye from Manitowish Chain
Gary Huck.Gary Huck.

A full moon weekend saw an afternoon bite on the Manitowish Chain that led to one angler’s biggest walleye to date. And a bit of deja vu all over again.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Minocqua racer was youngest Eagle River World Championship qualifier

Matt Ritchie and his team put up a good fight to get in with snowmobile racing’s big boys.

Ritchie, at 17, qualified for the world championship race at the Amsoil Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby Jan. 20.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Mercer School Senior Class Ice Fishing Tournament is a success

The Mercer School senior class hosted its second annual Mercer School Senior Class Ice Fishing Tournament Jan. 12 on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.

Contestants competed in four different categories – walleye, northern, crappie and perch – and had youth (10 and younger) and adult divisions.


Friday, February 1, 2013

AMVETS ice fishing tournament benefits military members

A sloppy start didn’t keep anglers away form the ice of Lake Nokomis and the AMVETS Post 724 and NCO Club Ice Fishing Tournament last Saturday.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Bullion family enjoys several generations of ice fishing
Sawyer Bullion caught this 32-1⁄2-inch northern.Sawyer Bullion caught this 32-1⁄2-inch northern.

The Bullions of Hazelhurst have been ice fishing for decades. Kieth Bullion said his love for ice fishing was spawned by a move to the Northwoods.

“We moved up here in 1963. We bought the Log Cabin Inn – a resort on Garth Lake,” Kieth recalled. “It became a tradition –­ ice fishing. Well, fishing in general – fishing and hunting.”


Friday, January 11, 2013

Eagle River youth hunter bags opening day deer
Brock Walkowski, 11, took this buck.Brock Walkowski, 11, took this buck.

Opening day of gun season is a special time in the Northwoods for those that take to the deer woods. For 11-year-old hunter Brock Walkowski of Eagle River, the special day would end early and end well. He would put a tag on his first deer.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Fifield-Park Falls 48th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count held
A pine grosbeak (female).A pine grosbeak (female).

Local bird watchers conducted the 48th annual Fifield-Park Falls Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Dec. 15, counting all birds seen or heard within a 15-mile diameter circle centered on the Fifield Post Office. 



Friday, January 4, 2013

Northwoods crew competes in Harvest Moon Regatta

Four area residents found themselves braving the elements of the Gulf of Mexico during the 26th annual Harvest Moon Regatta, held Oct. 25-26 off the coast of Texas. They’d make a strong showing.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Longtime guide Anderson looks back on rewarding career
Buckshot Anderson.Buckshot Anderson.

As many readers of his column, “Traveling Trails Less Traveled” know, longtime area fishing guide Leon “Buckshot” Anderson has moved on to retirement.

Anderson looks forward to relaxing in his comfortable St. Germain home with his wife, Peggy (aka Wifee Poo), and his dogs Belle and Buffy.


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Minocqua youth hunter bags six-pointer
Cara Hein, 13, of Minocqua, got this six-pointer.Cara Hein, 13, of Minocqua, got this six-pointer.

Thirteen-year-old hunter Cara Hein, of Minocqua, turned a change of scenery into meat in the freezer day two of the gun deer season. She was hunting with her dad, Paul Hein, when a new location offered a chance at a six-pointer.


Friday, December 14, 2012


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