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The Oneida County Board has spelled out what county roads and a bridge where ATV/UTV use will be allowed.

 Last year Three Lakes allowed ATV/UTV use on town roads. But the number of lakes halted the recreational vehicles from going across the town because they couldn't cross the U.S. 45 bridge at Crystal Lake. Town chair Stella Westfall said giving permission for the vehicles to cross the bridge would tie all the trails together...

Last weekend a  raid by U.S. forces in Yemen tried to free American hostage Luke Somers who had been held hostage by Al-Qaeda since September of 2013. Somers and a South African were killed by their captors. Somers was in Yemen to capture the aftermath of the uprising in Yemen.

A Three Lakes man has vivid memories of Luke Somers. Six years ago, Somers spent six months at Teaching Drum School in Three Lakes. Director Tamarack Song talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about Somers' time in the Northwoods.

Thomas Siebold went missing in Alaska last year. He has not been found.

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Parents and children gathered in Three Lakes Tuesday…to mark fifty years of reading stories out loud at the library.  

Demmer Library in Three Lakes celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Story Hour yesterday.

In 1964, there was no kindergarten program in the public schools. Barbara Holtz and Virginia Javenkoski started Story Hour help teach young children the social skills they’d need for school. Mrs. Holtz recalls the Three Lakes’ town board’s response to starting a Story Hour:

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High praise for  the Townline Lake Boat landing  in Three Lakes.

The States Organization for Boating Access  presented the 2014 Outstanding Project Award  to Three Lakes for the reconstructed landing on Maple Lake Dam Road.

The project included  construction of a new launch ramp,replacement of the existing non-conforming dock, expansion of the number of parking stalls from 7 to 16, compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards  and installation of riprap and erosion control practices.

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The summer tourism season is over, but for one Northwoods museum, that doesn’t change much.  WXPR Contributor Emily Bright reports on one man’s singular passion for gasoline...that led to an unusual museum.  

The gas station. It’s a familiar place, but when you’re filling your tank, how often do you stop and think about where you are when what you’re doing?

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Three Lakes has completed a detailed survey of terrestrial invasive species in the town. 

The data was collected by one individual: Baerbel Ehrig walked and biked 260 miles in Three Lakes last year…on both sides of each and every town road. 

Ehrig explains the purpose is to better understand which invasives are present on a local level, and how many of them there are.  And roads are a good place to start. 

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Three Lakes has also picked up state money to promote an event coming this summer.

State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett stopped by this week to present a $7,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Chamber of Commerce to promote Heritage Fest in July.

 

Northwoods Heritage Festival is a two day event taking visitors through a journey of German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Wisconsin cultures. The festival provides guests with a taste of the past and features traditional foods, crafts, demonstrations, exhibits, dances, and music.

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An effort that will train high schoolers and entrepreneurs is coming to Three Lakes schools this year. 

The Fab Lab concept has been growing across the nation as a way to train people to manufacture goods in their own home, or to work for employers in a new type of manufacturing environment.

WXPR News Director Ken Krall discussed the Fab Lab, the new school curriculum at Three Lakes, and how this idea, brought about by upgraded high speed internet, could make the Northwoods into an new era enterprise zone.

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.”

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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.

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