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Last week Three Lakes students got a special ride to school and the program has been a success for several years.

Andy Beach of the Three Lakes Fire Department says the "Ride To School" program completed its seventh year. He spoke with Ken Krall....

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Three Lakes is asking the DNR for an upgrade of it's wastewater treatment facility.

DNR wastewater engineer Steve Smith says the facility is more than 30 years old and is in need of replacement...

"'s really a case of the age of the facility at this point, it's 38 years old, It's beyond it's useful design life and a lot of equipment is wearing out..."

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The Wisconsin legislature  last year convened a study committee on the shortage of volunteers for emergency responder services.

Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhoff recently updated the Three Lakes town board about upcoming changes for ambulance services.

Kortenhoff says detailed the proposed change....

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When voters in Three Lakes go to the polls next Tuesday they will see two advisory questions on the ballot. Both include possible renovations involving the town hall complex and the next door Demmer library. Ken Krall talked with Three Lakes town chair Stella Westfall about the questions, and some other decisions facing the town board...

The Three Lakes town board next month will consider whether to place advisory referendums on the November ballot to renovate the town hall building, and the nearby Demmer Library. At a special meeting Wednesday two advisory referendums were forwarded for consideration on August 2. One referendum would allow up to $ 900,000 for expansion to the Demmer Library and a second resolution would ask for up to $1.8 million for town office renovation. Should the town board approve asking for the advisory referendums, they would appear on the November 8 ballot.

The Oneida County Board agreed Tuesday to push the state Department of Transportation harder about putting up more road signage along an ATV route in Three Lakes, but it might not matter.

Supervisor Bob Mott says the U.S. 45 bridge over Crystal Lake is unique to have ATV's along the bridge with road speeds at 55 miles per hour.(see related story below) He wants a more visible warning sign on each side of the bridge to alert motorists. He says the terrain on each side of the bridge could lead to a serious accident as drivers might not see the ATV's along the bridge...

The town of Three Lakes is in the initial stages of looking at the town's airport.

The town board Tuesday discussed applying for a grant says town chair Stella Westfall. She says to be eligible for state DOT grants, they have to have a survey to present. The last survey done at the airport was completed in 1977...

" this hearing we had, kept the same airport layout plan and just updated the date to 2015 so we would be eligible for grant money to get a survey done and update the airport layout plan. So we're stepping through hoops, basically...."

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.

Three Lakes' Story Hour Celebrates 50 Years

Nov 25, 2014
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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.