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Picture courtesy of the Northwoods Children's Museum
To say it has been a rough winter is an understatement. Cases of rampant cabin fever are evident throughout the Midwest. Though children do love to tackle winter head on, boredom figures in heavily as the season winds down.
Fortunately, here in the Northwoods there are several options to channel that exuberant energy into constructive, and dare we say, productive time.
The area is very fortunate to be home the Northwoods Children’s Museum. Located on Division St. in Eagle River, this community supported museum is chock full of things for kids (and their parents, too) to do featuring 24 hands-on activities. The museum is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7 and there are also passes available for sale.
The Discovery Toy Store is also on the premises and sells a huge array of children’s toys that develop skill sets in everything from math to art. Proceeds from the sales of these toys go to fund the museum.
For more details, visit their website and be sure to download their brochure for a complete listing of featured events. For daily updates see them on Facebook. You also may call 715-479-4623 if you have any questions.
Do your children have a keen interest in wildlife and nature’s bounty? Manitowish Waters North Lakeland Discovery Center features several programs a month where children, seven and older, are welcome. The Discovery Center is a fabulous resource and, in their own words, “you will find learning adventures for adults, families and children – welcoming guests and members alike. From guided bird walks to canoe trips; pontoon cruises to cosmic campfires; and full-moon snow-shoe hikes to adult lectures and workshops; the North Lakeland Discovery Center provides lifelong learning and enriches the lives of residents and visitors alike.”
Natures Nook is open Monday through Saturday and features live animals as well as displays of furs and skulls and activities for children.
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
Website under development
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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.
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.
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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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.
Woodruff: Just to the north of Minocqua is Woodruff, which is also in Oneida County. The town, established in 1888, was named for the lumber baron, George Woodruff, owner of the Woodruff- Mcguire Lumber Co.
Today, tourism ranks and as the number one industry and 95 percent of the town’s land is publicly owned and not available for private sale. This phenomenon ensures an enviable longevity for its natural resources and recreational opportunities.
The area covers 38 square miles and, as of 2009, a year ‘round population of slightly more than 2,100. One of the area’s premier features is the Art Oehmcke State Fish Hatchery that was established in 1901. Still in operation today, the fish hatchery is responsible for “raising and restocking muskellunge, walleye and northern pike in lakes throughout the state,” according to the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce (MAVWACC).
Last year Woodruff celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Million Penny Parade. A project that began at the local high school to see what a million of something would look like, developed into a fundraiser for Lakeland Memorial Hospital, also referred to as Dr. Kate’s hospital. The students’ efforts caught the nation’s eye and money came in from all over the country. A total of $17,000 was raised and the hospital was built. At the 1954 parade a monument to the students’ contribution, a 10-foot by 17-inch concrete penny, the world’s largest penny replica, was presented. Today, it is on display at One Penny Place, the site of the former Arbor Vitae/Woodruff school.
A teaming hub for events all year, there are several city, county and state parks to enjoy everything from sunbathing lakeside, a fun afternoon watching a baseball game to driving a snowmobile through the forested beauty.
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Arbor Vitae: A town of 3,200 residents and encompassing 61.5 miles, it shares many of the same attributes as Woodruff and Minocqua.
It's here and it looks like Mother Nature is going to give the event a break from the bitter cold. This weekend, January 31 through February 2, the West Bay on Litlle St, Germain Lake is the scene for the 11th Annual St. Germain Radar Run. Snowmobilers will test their sleds against the speed gun and compete for cash prizes. The event is open to anyone wanting to test their metal on either the 660' or 1000' prepared tracks.
Discover Wisconsin is joined by Divas SnowGear and FLY Racing to sponsor this year's races. Saturday features the Knockers Pizza Co.Bikini Run at 2 PM. Alll funds raised raised by the ladies, who will brave the cold, will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Riders. The Pink Ribbon Riders is a charitable organization that assists families of women and men affected by breast cancer.
As in most Northwoods towns, Minocqua was founded with the coming of the lumber industry. It became a township in 1889. There are different versions as to where the name originated. One theory is that it comes from the Ojibwe word “Ninocqua” meaning “noon-day rest”, as the Ojibwe people used the island as a rest stop on their journeys. Another theory is that it was named for Ojibwe Chief Noc Wib or Minocquip.
The French fur trading industry also became prominent in Minocqua in the late 1800s and the Milwaukee Road railroad became an integral part of Minocqua’s growth. First the logging industry used it as a means to access timber. Eventually sportsmen and tourists arrived making the area a popular vacationland destination.
The town was decimated by a fire in 1912 and most of the businesses in the downtown area were destroyed. Most of the existing downtown buildings were built after that fire.
This premier vacation destination is a well-developed community offering in-depth recreational, retail, health care and educational opportunities. Many of the downtown stores cater to the tourist industry, however, the Minocqua retail community serves nearly every need.
Minocqua is the second largest city in the Northwoods. The population of a little more than 4,600 people enjoy nearly every service found in more populated areas and there are exceptional four-season recreational options. Fishing and water sports are abundant and Minocqua is a part of the developed bike trail system linking communities throughout the Northwoods. Hiking trails are plentiful and golfers can choose from several courses within the area, ranging from miniature to challenging 18-hole courses.
The area features hundreds of miles of pristinely groomed and maintained snowmobile trails maintained by the Forest Riders and the Cross Country Cruisers. The incomparable Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center, the Midwest’s premier cross country ski destination, offers top-notch skiing on 6,500 acres of pristine land and 75 kilometers of maintained ski trails.