An event that began with a few teams has grown to one of the larger events in Eagle River each winter.
For the ninth consecutive year, the LaBatt Blue USAdult Hockey Pond National Championships will be held this weekend on Dollar Lake.
Revisiting hockey games of old, the lake ice is cleared to form rinks. The first event was held in 2006 and included 40 teams and 240 players. This year 33 teams with more than 2300 participants are set to appear. 30 different states will be represented.
Eagle River’s legendary ice castle has been built once again by the area fire department.
The design is new every year, but the method isn’t: Eagle River deputy fire chief Jim Bonson says the ice harvesting saws and other tools date back more than 80 years.
“We’ve been doing it since 1933 as a community and it just has become a tradition. When we don’t have it, like the last two years due to weather conditions, people get excited when all of a sudden it appears.”
City officials in Eagle River and the Vilas county town of Lincoln are upset with the Department of Transportation about lighting along highways. The state says it's a matter of keeping past agreements and safety.
In Eagle River, in city areas officials think are "over lit" they have turned off 27 lights. A couple of lights were turned back on after people complained. But local governments would like to save more money by turning off some of the lights along the state-maintained roadways.
In spite of a rainy forecast, Eagle River is bracing for some 40,000 visitors to Cranberry Fest.
Organizer Kim Emerson is busy setting up for the weekend festival.
“Some of the preparations we’re working on is getting all the big tents set up, we’ve got to get all the crafter booths set up so all the vendors know where their spot is, get the fresh cranberries and craisins set up.”
It looks like a block grant sought by fundraisers hoping to improve the Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River won't happen this year. Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says the city was informed the grant sought by the city for the library was not approved by the feds...