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If you live outside the Northwoods, time when visiting up here can be pretty precious. There is nothing like getting the news directly from this area at home to help plan your favorite activities prior to your arrival here. Here is a list of news publications for which you can subscribe. Some offer online and print subscriptions or your choice of one or the other.
Here is the contact information for each newspaper.
The Vilas County News Review
P.O. Box 1929
425 W. Mill St.
Eagle River, WI 54521
Phone (715) 479-4421 • Fax (715) 479-6242
The Lakeland Times and the Northwoods Super Shopper
P.O. Box 790
Minocqua, WI 54548
Phone: (715) 356-5236 • Fax: (715) 358-2121
The Northwoods River News
232 S. Courtney Street
Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501
Phone: (715) 365-NEWS (6397) • Fax (715) 365-6361
FYI Northwoods News, LLC
P.O. Box 578
Boulder Junction, WI 54512
Phone (715) 543-2065 • Cell: (715) 892-2967
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It started as a mill town back in the 1870's. The Rudolf Otto mill was one of the best single-rotary mills in Northern Wisconsin.The Mason-Donaldson mill was built in 1905 and gave its name to the town, Donaldson, about 8 miles west of the location that would be known as Stateline.
When the mill burned down in 1908, and Donaldson moved east to Stateline, a name derived from it location right on the Wisconsin/Michigan border. In 1882 it was a part of Lincoln County. Then Oneida County was divided from Lincoln County in 1885. It finally became of part of Vilas County when it was formed separately from Oneida County in 1897 and was a part of the Town of Eagle River. Stateline was not recognized as a town until 1907 when the first town meeting was held on April 1.
The area was known for exceptional tree growth and boasted about a 40-acre section of land along Highway B that produced a million board feet of lumber.
At the same time, Stateline was developing a business district and several of the town attributes tended to shuffle between Stateline, Donaldson and the Upper Peninsula. The post office, schools were part of the fluid growth.
Tourism also figured in prominently at the turn of the century. It was 1893 that Bent's Camp was established as a logging camp and became the first tourist resort camp on the Cisco Chain in 1896. Several other camps emerged at this time.
The originally the town grew in a north/south direction along the railroad corridor that ran from Eagle River through Watersmeet, Mich. With the decline of the lumber industry, the town then grew along the east/west direction of Highway B.
During 1937-1939 J.H, King built his complex that is now the present day Gateway Lodge.
Looking to fill out the weekend after a smashingly good time at Klondike Days? Here are some events listed on the Vilas County Tourism website that feature events in Vilas and Oneida counties.Great Northern Sno-Cross Race Sat, March 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Held at the Eagle River Derby Track, this is the last race of the year. Free admission ($15 hot seats). Banquet (public welcome) and awards at 5pm (reservations required). 715-479-4424. 1311 N. Railroad Street, Eagle River, WI Ice Golf Sat, March 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Held on Lake Minocqua, Teams of four, one club & one tennis ball per person - entry fee $20 per person. Raffles - prizes and free food for players. 715-356-1366. 498 W. Park Avenue, Minocqua, Wis. Pizza Fundraiser Sat, March 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Held at the Rustic Roadhouse, enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza, raffles and children's art silent auction with proceeds for Camp Jorn YMCA Child Care Center. $10/adults; $5/children 10 and under. 715-543-8808 or www.campjornymca.org 5194 Highway 51, Manitowish Waters, Wis. Boulder Junction Snowmobile Cabin Fever Party Sat, March 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Held at Gooch’s A-1 Bar & Grill. Enjoy a great dinner and tons of raffles. 715-385-2444. 6215 County Road M, Boulder Junction, WI 2nd Annual Casino Night Sat, March 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Held at Holiday Acres Resort, enjoy an evening filled with the lights and excitement of Las Vegas right here in the Northwoods. Use "fun money" to play a variety of Las Vegas-styled games including Black Jack, Roulette, Craps and Horses, then use your winnings to purchase raffle tickets for prizes. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.; Tickets are $25 (basic) and $50-$100 (high rollers) and available by phone, at the Museum or at the door.
Earlier this month we shared information on some great community programs for the more mature segment of the population. Without a doubt a retirement life in the Northwoods is an exceptional way of living. The pristine scenery, the limitless activities to participate in, a secure environment are fantastic attributes that augment a stellar lifestyle.
There are some challenges that can be part of the equation as well. One extremely valuable resource to Vilas County residents who deal with these challenges is the Vilas County Department on Aging. The staff of six women is highly trained and offers very significant assistance in a number of areas.
These services are available to those 60 and over. Some of the programs for which they give counseling do require an individual to be 65 and over. However, the comprehensive list of service is nothing short of amazing.
One of the most crucial parts of the program is the Benefit Specialist. The positions are currently held by Pamme Williams and Susan Corieri. Have questions about your Medicare enrollment? Need assistance in applying for Medicaid? Basically any questions or help in dealing with any public or private benefit programs, the Benefit Specialist can provide assistance. These services are offered free of charge, however donations are welcomed.
Certainly maintaining excellent health is a prime concern throughout one’s life and Amie Rein, Family Caregiver Coordinator/Health and Wellness, is a great resource to discover what is available for the special needs as we age. She disseminates information to caregivers about available services. Also available are individual counseling, support groups, and caregiver training to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their roles.
When caregivers need a break, here they will find information about where they can find respite care to temporarily relieve them from their responsibilities.
It's only a week away for the event Wisconsin Department of Tourism calls the #1 Winter Family Fun Festival in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 Klondike Days will fill the World Snowmobile Championship Derby Race Track, Northland Pines High School, Rocking W Stables, and the Kartway grounds with 25 separate activities to entertain, educate, thrill and delight attendees at this unique event.
Back in 1981, a winter dog run competition originated in February organized by the Tri-State Alaskan Malamute Club. With the help of Jim Tiplady and Bill Nellie, the run was held on the Lake Forest grounds and lake. The event’s major sponsor was Tuffy Dog Food and each dog team pulled an appropriate amount of dog food for the size of the team. The race was called the Eagle River Freight Race and teams would race anywhere from five to ten miles.
The event gained popularity quickly and attracted teams all over the lower 48, Alaska and Canada. By the late 80s other winter sporting events such as snowshoeing, sledding, tobogganing and skiing were added, turning the event into a true winter festival.
According to the history as told by the Klondike Days organization, the festival moved to the World Championship Snowmobile Derby track in the late 80s. In addition to more flushing out more exposure for the event, the influx of tourists would also benefit the downtown businesses.
A new name also was in order and the first idea was “Ice Fest”. This name was passed over when John Jasper, of Conover, suggested “Klondike Days”. The event reflected the history of the area steeped in Native American tradition and the, “pioneering spirit of Eagle River’s original settlers,” the history records. “The first 'Klondike Days' featured dog sled races and dog weight pulls, along with Native American programming provided by Nick Hocking’s Waswagoning Dance Theatre from Lac du Flambeau.”
It was suggested by Perry Pokrandt, who proposed the move to the Derby track, a “History of Logging” competition be held.
They're off! Particpants of the October 2013 Polish Square Fun Run/Walk - Picture courtesy of the Sugar Camp Community Website.
Tracing the history of Sugar Camp is a bit like reading a good mystery story. There were many factors that led to the development of this community that, in present day, is home to 2,000 people.
The Sugar Camp Community Website says, originally, the area was settled by 150 members of the Flambeau tribe who occupied an area by what is now Sugar Camp Lake and Indian Lake. There they hunted, fished, and gathered wild rice. They also harvested sap from the abundant maple trees and made maple sugar and syrup. This settlement was called, "The Sugar Camp,” a forerunner of the town’s name.
In the 1880s the French explored the area and the first white man, Fred Tripp, purchased 180 acres of water reserve land and built Maple Grove Resort. He envisioned the area as a prime location for vacationers. He also opened a general store, post office. The town was named after the Robbins narrow gauge railroad that was built to accommodate the burgeoning logging industry.
The first settlers arrived in the late 1890s. They were of Polish descent and bought land from the Brown Brothers Lumber Company. They made their living logging and farming.
St. Cunegunda was built in 1893 by the Brown Brothers for the Roman Catholic Polish residents. The spelling was eventually changed to St. Kunegunda of Poland Catholic Church. The current church, built in 1975, occupies the same location as the original church.
Robbins became a township in 1899. Prior to that, it was part of the Town of Pelican. The town changed its name to Sugar Camp in the 1940s.
Present day Sugar Camp offers many community sponsored activities throughout the year. Of special interest is their unique ‘Disk Golf”.
Saturday kicks off a weekend-long party agenda with the 20th Annual Great Northern Jerk Off. Make a great jerky? Well, come test your recipe against other aficionados of this chewy delicacy. Club 45, in Conover, will again host this event and entry fees are only $10.
Registration is from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM with judging at 7:00 PM. This competition is for non-commercial participants and the jerky must be made by the entrant. There should be about 20 to 30 bite-sized pieces for the judges.
There are two categories of jerky, (1) beef and venison and (2) poultry and any type of wild game jerky. First and second place winners will be awarded in the first category. The second category has a first place award.
Proceeds from the event are donated to the “Warm the Children Fund”. Club 45 is located at 4800 Old 45 Rd, Conover, Wis.
Northwoods Blizzard Blast
Sunday, February 16, winter will be celebrated in grand style as the Conover Community Park sets the stage for the “Northwoods Blizzard Blast”.
Beginning at 10:00 AM there are events challenging winter sports skills such a cross country fun run, a pond curling demonstration, snowshoe baseball, snow shovel races, ice bowling, ice golf and recliner races. There is also a snow sculpture judging; sleigh rides; a S’mores, hot cocoa and bonfire area as well as a kids’ activity arena. The grand finale will be the evening’s fireworks display.
The Snowflake Scrabble contest will culminate at this event and at 1:30 PM. The cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be drawn from the tickets earned. This contest began last bega year. The proceeds from the Snowflake Scrabble go to all Northwoods fire and EMS departments.
For those looking to get bargains at more than 50 area dining, lodging, and other businesses, be sure to purchase their Coupon Book for $20.
Photo from the Conover Chamber of Commerce at "Lions Winter Frolic"
Conover is and always has been a draw for those who loved the lakes and forests of the Northwoods. This is one town that has its roots as a tourist destination and not as a lumber town.
Conover is named for Seth H. Conover; a prominent cheese buyer from Plymouth, Wis. Conover spent a good deal of time in the Northwoods hunting and fishing in the area in the late 1800s. Because of his love for Northern sports, he made friends with Chicago and Northwestern Railroad officials and often rode north in their private cars. His particular favorite location was on Big (North) Twin Lake and the trains would make a special stop for him. After several years, the railroad men referred the stop as “Conover’s Place” and eventually built a station there. Thus Conover was born.
Seth Conover purchased 73 acres of land in 1891 for his Twin Lakes Hunting Club. The property was sold less than a year later and eventually became the Lakota Resort.
In 1907 Conover was established as a separate town from Eagle River, that lies nine miles to the south. Additional land was added in 1914 and 1920. Today, Conover consists of approximately 100 square miles, of which, 60 % is national, state and county forested public lands. There is also local access to the 600,000 acres of the Nicolet National Forest and it is only nine miles south of the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan border.
True to its roots, Conover’s soul is founded in the wilderness. Wild lands, thickly tree-lined lakes, dirt roads and a grassroots business district echo its past as an unspoiled “Up North” retreat. This is a perfect area to get away from the spoils of city life and totally immerse ones’ self in nature.
For the fourteenth year the Cross Country Cruisers and co-sponsor, Divas Snow Gear, are bringing excitement to Lake Minocqua with Cruiserfest on February 7 & 8. The event starts on Friday night with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, food, beverages and fireworks.
Saturday features the Radar Runs for the $750 purse, a swap meet, groomer rides, breakfast and lunch in the heated tent and an all day vintage snowmobile show. The thrilling Radar Runs begin at 10:00 AM. This year’s Bikini Races begin at 2 PM on Saturday and are sponsored by Slo’s Pub in Arbor Vitae.
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Have some spare time or your hands? Feeling like you would like to be an active contributor to your community? Perhaps you have a special interest you would like to share with others of a like mind. It is no secret that the Northwoods towns are havens for retired folks. The resources available to keep us healthy and happy in our senior years are abundant and easily accessible.
There are many social organizations that would love to have anyone interested to join their ranks. We will feature such organizations in communities across the Northwoods region.
Today we start with St. Germain. A very popular organization is the St. Germain PrimeTimers, Inc., for those 50 and older. There are 22 weekly activities and interests to choose from for their membership that numbers more than 300 people. Everything from card games to discounted movie matinees in Eagle River (for those 60 and over) are a part of the schedule. There is even transportation to the Vilas County Food Pantry the first and third Tuesday of every month. To see the impressive events calendar, organized trips and other club services, visit the St. Germain PrimeTimers, Inc., website or call President Judie Berard at 715-479-6659.
For those who have a passion for nature, the Sayner-St. Germain Fish and Wildlife Club meets monthly at the Community Center in St. Germain and features a variety of speakers who are experts in a number of natural topics. The focus is on the natural resources in the area and members perform volunteer tasks to sustain a healthy and vigorous Northwoods environment. For more details go to the Sayner-St. Germain Fish and Wildlife Club website or call 715-479-4718.
Let’s get a little more active! The Bo-Boen Snowmobile club has weekly rides for the snowmobiling crowd. The Apple Dumpling Gang welcomes men to join their weekly rides All you need to do is arrive at the Bo-Boen groomer building ( behind the fire department) and be ready to leave at 9:00AM sharp.
John Volkmann of North Twin Builders says,
"Here is the full episode of the program that aired on Discover Wisconsin featuring my hometown of Phelps WI. This video really showcases our community and the natural beauty here in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Phelps has a rich history in logging, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, canoeing, etc. Along with winter sports like snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing to name a few.
Phelps has a vast assortment of exciting activities for you and your family to enjoy no matter what time of year it is. Activities such as Scarecrow Fest, Maple Syrup Fest, large Fourth of July celebrations, baseball and fishing tournaments and many other organized activities.
Our area is very popular with tourist because of the vast areas of federal forest and wild areas like the Blackjack Wilderness area. There are many large and beautiful lakes in Phelps for summer and winter activities too.
There are lakes deep and cold, lakes that are shallow and warm during the summer and lakes so quite you would hardly now that it was the Fourth of July weekend!
No matter what your taste there is sure to be a lake and property or resort to satisfy your families needs.
Thank you for taking the time to view this video and witness what our town has to offer vacationers along with the people that live here.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.