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Picture courtesy Jake Alward of Toboggan Hill onto Dollar Lake
This lake is as famous for a destination as the events that it hosts. Where was the first World Championship snowmobile races held? Want to play world class pond ice hockey, where do you head in February? Where is Chanticleer resort? There you go – Dollar Lake in Eagle River.
Dollar Lake is located between Dollar Lake Rd. and E. Dollar Lake Rd., just to the north of Highway 70, east of Highway 45 and just east the Eagle River Ice Arena. This 105 acre lake is a seepage lake and is 15 feet at its deepest point.
There is no public ramp on the lake; however, there is good fishing featuring Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass and Bluegills that inhabit the lake. According to the DNR, it is a moderately clear lake.
Without a doubt, the owners of the Chanticleer Inn, the Alwards, are responsible for creating the events that launched this lake into prominence. The first official World Championship Snowmobile Races were held in 1963/64 and current owner Jake Alward’s parents, John and Betty, were responsible for organizing the races on Dollar Lake. In 1966, the races were moved to what is now the current Derby track.
This time it was Jake Alward who invited the US Adult Pond Hockey Championships to Dollar Lake in 2006. This coming February 6 through the 8, the 2015 10th Annual Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships will be held again on Dollar Lake.
For a lake of rather diminutive size, Dollar Lake has spawned two events that rapidly gained national reputations. Since 1951 the Chanticleer Inn has been in the Alward clan. Jake and wife, Sue, purchased the resort from Jake’s parents, John and Betty, in 1972. The luxurious resort features first rate accommodations and offers superb, award- winning dining along with generous Northwoods hospitality.
Headlines are filled with stories about how poorly government agencies are taking care of our veterans. Here in the Northwoods there are several local groups who have stepped up to the plate to assist veterans and their families. In today’s feature, we spoke to John Brandenburg, president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Minocqua Chapter 256.
Founded in 1976, this organization was and is open to any veteran who served in any branch of the military from 1960 to 1975. The founding president, C.W. “Chick” Caywood’s memory is honored at the Caywood Shooting Range in Arbor Vitae. Caywood passed away immediately after the VVA’s annual spring trip to the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s U.P.
Initially, the shooting range was managed by Vilas County and was, for all intensive purposes, a dump. When the County announced they intended to close it, VVA stepped forward and said they would run the shooting range if the County cleaned it up.
Today, the range is owned by the DNR. However, the VVA has a 20-year lease to manage the shooting range. Annually, about $900-$1,500 in donations is collected at the range and that money goes into improvements and maintenance. Currently, Brandenburg said, the archery range is being redesigned.
In addition to the shooting range, Brandenburg said the organization awards an annual $1,000 scholarship at Lakeland Union High School, donates annual to Social Services for gifts for 12 to 15 needy children and makes donations to Camp American Legion and King Veterans Home.
Members also give talks at local schools telling students what it was like in Vietnam. They also assist the American Legion with the Honor Guard duties at military funerals.
Brandenburg invites anyone who served anywhere in the military from 1960-1975 to drop in at the monthly meeting held at 6 p.m. at the American Legion in Minocqua the first Tuesday of every month.
Phelps, WI - This Discover Wisconsin features the Northwoods community of Phelps. Beautiful lakes, lush forests including the Nicolet National Forest, hiking/biking/snowmobiling and cross-country skiiing trails are abundant in Phelps!
Picture courtesy of Henry A Winther
While big media outlets focus their attention on the foibles of government agencies in dealing with veterans, locally American Legion Post 114 in Eagle River has stepped up with their own action plan. A two-day event for August 22 and 23 is planned to raise funds in the 2014 Wounded Warriors 3rdAnnual Golf Outing/Fundraiser.
Friday night, August 22, at Eagle Waters Resort, it’s dinner, dancing and more beginning at 6 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $30 per person or $50 for couples in advance and can be purchased at sponsors Eagle Waters Resort or First National Bank. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40 per person or $60 per couple.
Dance the evening away to a DJ and live music and participate in winning raffles and prizes.
Saturday, August 23, the Golf Outing 4-Person Scramble kicks off with the flag ceremony and the fly over from 12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.at the Eagle River Golf Course. The shotgun start begins at 1:00 p.m. Registration prior to August 2 is $65 and $75 thereafter. Non-golfing attendee fees are $20. There will be hole prizes, raffles and a silent auction.
The fee includes golfing and a cart, lunch and a hors d’oeuvre reception, hosted by Bill and Andra Draeger, at the Eagle River Country Club. Registration is limited to 30 paid foursomes. There is also a prize for the team wearing the best patriotic attire.
All funds raised will go to the local Wounded Warriors, Camp American Legion and Wound Warriors in Action. Checks should be made payable to WW Golf Outing and mailed to PO Box 623, St. Germain, WI, 54558. Donations are happily accepted and an account has been set up at First National Bank branches in Eagle River, St.
It’s here! And it’s wonderful! Independence Day weekend is the event highlight for the summer. Businesses and organizations will be sponsoring jam-packed agendas with tons of great things for young and old alike. Visitors and locals are treated to the best gol-darned, ole’ fashioned partying to celebrate the US of A’s birthday.
Cathy’s Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe really knows how to start off the weekend by offering HALF-PRICED ice cream from 4:30PM to 6:30PM today, Friday, as Channel 12’s meteorologist Melissa Constanzer broadcasts live from the shop.
Saturday, June 28, make sure to stop at Little Acorns Lodge Children’s Development Center for their spectacular fundraiser/rummage sale. Local businesses have made gobs of generous donations to raise money for little Cameron Dahm who was diagnosed with Lymphoma in March of this year. Be sure to stop by between the hours of 9AM and 3PM and pick up a treasure or two while helping a family through a very difficult time. All sales proceeds will be donated to the Dahm family.
It’s going to be a real lollapalooza all day Sunday starting with the 10th Annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Registration begins at 7:30AM and then the race starts at 8:30AM leaving the St. Germain Community Center parking lot. Trophies are awarded to the top male and female finishers with medals going to the top three in each of the eight age categories.
But there is more! Wee ones from the ages of 2 – 12 also have their own competition in the 1K race. There are five age categories that are awarded prizes.
In the past 10 years almost $25,000 dollars has been raised for the Bike and Hike trail. For registration information visit the website at www.freedom.org for the form and more details.
Beginning at 10AM is the Big Brother Big Sister Craft show benefitting this excellent organization.
A beautiful spring day helped the folks at Northern Exchange greet their customers today at their Customer Appreciation Celebration. And what a celebration it is! Delicious food, horse and pony rides, face painting, a ride in their horse drawn wagon, little animals to delight everyone - mini baby pigs (way too cute!), guinea pigs, more baby pigs, ducklings, chicks of many varieties, and pups brought from the Vilas County Humane Society looking for new homes. And all of this fun is offered free of charge at Northern Exchange.
There were also specials on greenhouse items that overflowed onto the grounds. In the store, there were many great feed specials for your critters of choice.
The good news is if you didn't make it there today, you have a chance for tomorrow! They are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. Meet your neighbors there for a wonderful way to enjoy a spectacular outdoors day!
Meet Shawn Feddema, the owner of what is undoubtedly the most colorful new business in downtown St. Germain. The Hammock Shop, located between DJ’s North Woods Family Restaurant and Krist Oil, came to town three months ago bringing 10 years of experience from his previous location in Langlade, Wis.
It was there that Shawn began making hammocks for family and friends in his friend’s basement. Eventually he and a partner opened his first location, complete with a beach front décor.
So why did he move his successful business? “I wanted to get into the woods and tap into the awesome energy it generated. I was looking for a longer selling season and a lifestyle change,” Shawn grinned.
St. Germain was not his first up north choice. He selected a location on Minocqua’s south side that unfortunately turned out to be a wrong choice. Perusing the Internet he came across the vacated storefront that today is home for Shawn and his business.
He linked up with Bernie Kazda and John Misina of Eliason Realty of the North, who helped him every step of the way to close the deal on his new business setting. Ideal it is. Shawn brought his beachfront décor to his new shop with the encouragement of several St. Germain businessmen.
The shop itself has a cozy hammock out front along, several hammocks on display, a work area and a welcoming fire pit where you might just find him grilling lunch. Inside there are three display rooms filled with hammocks in a huge array of lush materials.
Out back there is a finished trail and seating area that leads to trees hung with oh-so inviting hammocks begging for someone to give them a swing.
Shawn says there is only one style hammock but offers different sizes. “We only make one thing and we make it very well,” said Shawn.
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