Flight of service

The author with the Piper Cherokee airplane that she flew with the guidance of pilot Bruce Rutter of Niagara. Bobbie Samme’ Off we go, into the wild, blue yonder. . . and that is exactly what this writer was fortunate enough to do on Saturday. Thanks to Bruce Rutter, a local private pilot, I flew…

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Chamber to unveil new website, member benefits

Sarah Giddings The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is planning some exciting things in the coming months. On the top of that list is a brand-new website, which should be live in the next few weeks, according to President Cinde Nichols. The site boasts a clean, modern design and navigation and is designed by Marla…

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Local women face felony drug charges in Florence County Circuit Court

Bobbie Samme’ Cynthia L. Nelson, 40, of Florence, appeared by video teleconference and pled not guilty in Florence County court on Tuesday. Her attorney, Henry McRoberts, was present in the courtroom. Charged with two felony counts of possession of narcotic drugs, one felony count of possession of cocaine, second and subsequent offense, and one count…

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Walk With Ease Program now offered in Crandon

The Forest County Commission on Aging, in partnership with the Forest County Health Department, is offering a free Walk With Ease class starting February 5. Walk With Ease – a program from the Arthritis Foundation – is a structured walking program that teaches participants how to safely make physical activity part of their everyday life.…

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Winter journey

Sarah Giddings While most of us were shivering on the ground last Saturday, Don Dumke was floating in the sky, sipping hot chocolate with his daughter Aubree and her friend Zak. Despite a thermometer reading of -4 degrees Fahrenheit when spotted at 11 a.m., Dumke says it was a perfect day to go hot air…

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Roberts Memorial Ski Race slated for Jan. 27

$10 student ski lessons at Keyes Peak on race day Thanks to a selfless donation of time by the Granite Peak Ski Team coaching staff from Wausau, Keyes Peak is again offering ski lessons and racing for kids ages 6-17 on Saturday, January 27 for only $10 ($20 max per family).  This is a great…

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Bench warrant issued in Aurora drug case

Bobbie Samme’ A bench warrant was issued for Amanda A. Ayers, 25, of Niagara, in Florence County court on Tuesday. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled on Tuesday, but Ayers is currently incarcerated in Dickinson County for another matter. Ayers is charged with one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia to…

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Gus Frank retires from Forest County Potawatomi Community Executive Council

Harold “Gus” Frank announced this week his retirement from the Forest County Potawatomi Community Executive Council after 20 years of elected service for his tribe. “It’s been a great pleasure to have the opportunity to serve the tribe,” stated former Chairman Gus Frank. “I am grateful and humbled for the confidence showed in me by…

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DOJ continues Forest County officer-involved death investigation

Since January 4, 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has been leading, at the request of Forest County Sheriff John Dennee, an officer-involved death investigation that took place in Forest County. On January 4, a Forest County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call from a passer-by about a stranded…

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