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The legend continues
Kay Nicklaus from Irma and 11-year-old grandson River pose for a photograph with Kay’s six point buck harvested from about 100 yards with her .308 rifle near Land O’Lakes.Contributed photograph

Kay Nicklaus from Irma and 11-year-old grandson River pose for a photograph with Kay’s six point buck harvested from about 100 yards with her .308 rifle near Land O’Lakes.
Contributed photograph

On Nov. 20, 1914, Jim Jordan shot what has come to be recognized as the highest scoring typical buck in the United States. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 12, 2014


A keen eye on fishing habitat

Fishing tourism in northern Wisconsin has been threatened by lack of walleyes in the area. While fish biologists are scrambling to figure out why walleyes have been lacking, Walleyes for Tomorrow has been busy working to improve habitat for the iconic game fish. (Public access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

2015 Wisconsin State Park stickers now on sale

People looking for the a holiday gift that keeps giving throughout the year can give outdoor enthusiasts access to thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of nature hike opportunities, dozens of beaches, and some of the most scenic areas found in Wisconsin with a 2015 Wisconsin state park admission sticker or state trail pass. (Public access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

100 years a legend

The year was 1914. The world was at war. Babe Ruth was swinging for the Boston Red Sox. A Yankee legend was born to Italian immigrants Giuseppe and Rosalia DiMaggio. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 21, 2014

Tom Karls cartoons

Tom Karls has been cartooning since he was in high school in the late 1940s and early 1950s. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 21, 2014

Remembering a local legend

Ray Kennedy was inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in September 2014 for his years of musky guiding expertise and unrelenting drive to help his customers haul in gargantuan muskies. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 7, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

I don’t fear snakes, but I do respect them and certainly don’t count snakes as one of my favorite wild creatures. We had a lot more snakes roaming the Northwoods countryside when I was a kid. (Subscriber access)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Cross Country Cruisers get new trail groomer

The Cross Country Cruisers took delivery of a new PistenBully Snow Groomer on Oct. 22. The groomer will join their fleet of three other trail groomers. (Subscriber access)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Science on Tap: UW-Madison's Partnerships in the Northwoods

Many people may not be aware how partnerships with businesses, schools, and state and local governments have contributed to the excellence of UW-Madison. (Public access)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Wilderness first aid tip

Many don’t consider autumn to be a season which presents life-threatening cold. Sunny days offer ideal apple picking and pumpkin patching weather. There are, however, the occasional cold rains. (Subscriber access)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Simple rules for safe ghouls

Here come the ghosts and goblins, Halloween is on the way! The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers some common sense costume tips to help make Halloween a safe event for little princesses, monsters, superheroes and more. (Public access)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Caught in the middle

Great Lakes Wolf Patrol made national news last week when it released a statement saying activists would be shadowing wolf hunters and trappers in Wisconsin – an activity which the group had previously pursued in Montana. The response by some was incendiary. (Subscriber access)


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Family and furbearers

Dan Nimsgern and Troy Hackett rode in a maroon pickup truck loaded with trap gear and supplies swaying back and forth down on a foggy logging road on the morning after the 2014-2015 Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season had opened. (Subscriber access)


Wednesday, October 22, 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


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