Three Lakes will soon be home to a new digital message board. The Three Lakes School District and the Chamber of Commerce are putting up a fourteen-foot sign that will feature community events and announcements.
School District Administrator George Karling says one of its goals is to get more exposure for Three Lakes Schools.
“We’ve had people move into the outer fringes, and they’ve told us later, we weren’t aware there was a school here. We thought you went to school in one of the neighboring communities.”
The resort industry in Northern Wisconsin goes back over 100 years to when tourists were first lured to the lake country on the heels of the lumberjacks. Small family owned resorts with cottages lining lake shores catered to fisherman in the early days.
In the midst of Mom and Pop operations one man had a vision to build a Northwoods resort like no other. In today’s History Afield Bob Willging tells the story of the rise and fall of the Northernaire, the Waldorf of the Wilderness.
Sharp pencils have produced a surplus from an initial budget deficit in Three Lakes.
Town chair Stella Westfall said in the early work they were about $143,000 dollars over budget. But she says staff and department heads found a way to turn that around...
"...they just did a great job and made recommendations to decrease our expenses. The department heads really tried to be efficient...bottom line is instead of this $143,000 deficit, we ended up with a $34,000 surplus...."
Three Lakes plans to pay its fire chief starting next year - at least a small amount.
An outgoing volunteer fire chief went before the town board this week to request that future fire chiefs get a small stipend to cover travel and other incidental costs. Town Chair Stella Westfall says the budget committee still has to decide how much that stipend will be.
Next weekend, June 29-30, a festival in Three Lakes highlights the heritages that make up the Northwoods.
The Northwoods Heritage Fest in Three Lakes Saturday and Sunday features a full festival dedicated to German, Italian, Polish, Irish and Wisconsin, USA, and Three Lakes heritages. Skip Brunswick from the Three Lakes Chamber says there will be much to see.
The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department, Lumberjack RC&D and UW-Extension are inviting people with a need to talk about the Northwoods to an open microphone this Thursday evening in Three Lakes.
County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the new event is called "Northwoods Expressions."
Whether to allow ATV's in Three Lakes to use busy county road "A" will return to a county committee after they decided they needed to find out more information.
The town board in Three Lakes approved the use of town roads. Other lesser-traveled Oneida county roads are open to ATV use, but Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says he has concerns about allowing ATV's on "A". The committee has given Bennett the authority to regulate whether county roads should be open to ATV's, but he says the county "A" corridor between Sugar Camp and Three Lakes is different..
The Three Lakes town board has unanimously approved a proposal to expand the local library. The board of trustees has been planning the renovation for more than three years.
The plan for renovating and expanding the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library includes a 4000 square foot addition. Board President Vicki Ruehling says the extra space is badly needed, and points to a 20 percent increase in the number of library visits last year.