Trees Coming Down On Dr. Pink Drive

Jul 7, 2016
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A rebid to remove trees for a Minocqua road project saved the town a bundle of cash. Minocqua supervisors Tuesday approved a bid of $12,500 by Foley Tree Service of Tomahawk to remove 20 trees along the road in advance of it being repaved. The only other new bid was by Custom Caretaking & Landscaping of Arbor Vitae for $16,500. The board also approved the $118,625 bid of Pitlik & Wick of Eagle River to repave Dr. Pink Drive. Their original bid include a subcontract bid of nearly $22,000 to remove those trees deemed too close to the pavement for safe snowplowing.

Earlier this week, Governor Scott Walker announced a new initiative called the Broadband Forward Community Certification Program. A state spokesperson says the program will help communities pave the way for improved broadband coverage.

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin spokesperson Elise Nelson says the program makes it easier for communities to get through the application process....

Anna Catlin

The Vulcan Steam Train in Laona celebrated it’s 100th birthday last weekend. Anna Catlin experienced first hand the Camp 5 Museum and the Vulcan in all it’s glory. She spoke to visitors and president of the Camp 5 Museum Foundation, Cate Dellin.



Anna Catlin

  The Camp 5 Museum in Laona Wisconsin celebrated the 100th birthday of their Vulcan steam engine this past week. The engine was bought in 1926 to be used for logging in Laona, but is now used to haul visitors to and from the Camp 5 Museum complex. President of the Camp 5 Museum Foundation, Cate Dellin says there’s a lot of hard work involved in keeping the steam engine running.

Members of Rhinelander Fire Department Local-1028 will again be asking motorists to "Fill The Boot".

The annual "Fill The Boot" campaign is set for Thursday through Saturday says Muscular Dystrophy Association spokesperson Heather Buchberger..

"....they are going to be at the corner of Stevens and Dwight Streets, and what they're going to be doing is filling their boots for MDA. All the proceeds stay local in the Northwoods area...."

Buchberger says the money donated will help people in need in this area...

The group Forward Rhinelander is going out to meet the public as it continues to work toward growing Rhinelander in a positive way. The group formed 18 months ago with a mission to set a vision for the Rhinelander area over the next 20 years so that it stays a competitive, vibrant, and enjoyable place to live for all community members.

One of the co-organizers is Melinda Childs. She says they've held meetings with individuals and groups with a focus on positive assets within the city...

Deer, Coyotes On The Lakeland Runway Cause Problems

Jul 6, 2016

The Lakeland Airport has a problem that many Northwoods homeowners can relate to – how to keep deer off its property. But in the case of the Arbor Vitae airport, the consequences can be far deadlier than having flowers devoured.

Report Recommends Three New VC Deputies

Jul 6, 2016

A draft staffing report on the Vilas County Sheriff's department presented Thursday to the county law enforcement committee had 14 recommendations and called for an increase in deputies, cross training, changes in management communications, and changes in jail staff work hours.

The report, prepared by the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, recommends adding three patrol deputies and two jail staff.

A deadline is nearing if you want to display something at the upcoming Oneida County Fair in Rhinelander. Oneida County UW-Extension leader Lynn Feldman says a deadline is later this week...

"....the deadline is for fair registration, fair entries. This is for people to bring things they have made through the course of the year to the fair, to exhibit, to get fair premium money, to excite other people...."


Lakeland area residents will have a chance to talk to a local UW-Extension agent about what they want to see here in the future.

Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator Miles Alexander says he will be at the Minocqua Farmers Market Friday to hear from the public...

"...what are the best things? What do they want to perpetuate from the past? What has been grand and glorious that gives us clues about what we can build on to make a sustainable future? What are the things people don't want to lose as change continues to happen...."

The Town of Boulder Junction has joined a state program to help revitalize its downtown.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's Connect Communities Program recently told the town they were accepted into the program. Connect Communities Program is similar to the better-known Main Street program.

President of the Boulder Junction Community Foundation, Barbara Boston, says several volunteers organized a group and with the help of the town board were recently approved by the WEDC. Boston says some empty stores prompted the group to take action...

Winter Park Chalet Project Now at $3.3 million

Jul 5, 2016

The latest estimate to build a 17,000-square-foot chalet at Winter Park & Nordic Center in Minocqua pegs the cost at $3.3 million.

Chalet proponents hope to pay for it through donations and benefactors’ gifts. Melody Hamlin, an architect from Wausau office of Becher Hoppe Associates, presented the updated costs Tuesday, June 28 to a working group comprised of the Lakeland Ski Touring Foundation representatives, who oversee Winter Park operations, and Minocqua Public Works Director Mark Pertile.

Caritas of Eagle River is an outreach center located at Saint Francis Episcopal Church, dedicated to helping those in need of financial help. Organizer for Caritas, Janon Furlong describes the services they offer.


“Well we help people with small amounts of money.. We have some pretty strict limits. It’s $50 a month and $150 in a year. There are no financial restrictions, no residency requirements. If you need help and we’re able to help you, we’re happy to do that.”







As the doors of Many Ways of Peace in downtown Eagle River closed this past week another door opened for founder Mary Jo Berner. Anna Catlin went to the closing ceremony last Tuesday and talked to both Mary Jo and many of her dedicated friends, and members of Many Ways of Peace.

A Ponzi scheme is an illegal investment where money paid to earlier investors is paid by the newest persons contributing with little chance of being paid themselves.

A spokesperson for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare responded to statements made by politicians that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.

Dan Adcock is Government Relations and Policy Director at the organization. He says statements made by politicians are often done to prepare the public for changes....