Florence County Historical Society receives grant

Karen Wertanen of the Historical Society shared her knowledge of Florence historical buildings during the walking tours Aug. 14. Here walkers stop learn the history of Peterson Place, which now houses Seibold Law, Kastyl Insurance, The Florence Mining News and apartments.       The Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Council for Local History are pleased to…

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School building renovations to begin in this September

Parking lot safety improvements now in progress Bobbie Samme’ The Florence High School building is about to get a $14.5 million facelift. Additionally, upgrades for the safety of students, staff and the community have progressed through a separate renovation of the parking lot. According to Brandon Jerue, Florence High School principal, renovations to the school’s…

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World’s Best Endurance Barefooters to compete at Footstock

Reigning World Overall Champ David Small of England getting ready to take on Kyle Rau of Indiana. It’s been almost two years since Peter Fleck held the WBC National Figure Eight Open Championship Trophy. August 20, he hopes to do it for a record tenth time, a mark that may never be eclipsed. According to…

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Local veterans travel to Highground Memorial Park

Thirty local veterans took the tour of The Highground Veterans Memorial Park. Jill Zagar      Larry Alsteen and Dan Papapetru were two of several veterans that took a trip the Highground Memorial Park in Neillsville on August 4. Sheriff John Dennee also made the trip. He said, “The trip to the Highground was totally awesome. I…

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Florence County broadband expansion a go

Sarah Giddings Governor Scott Walker and the Public Service Commission (PSC) announced last week $1,500,000 in Broadband Expansion Grants, awarded to 13 projects in underserved areas throughout the state. Matching funds for these projects amounted to $2,310,475.60 for a total of $3,810,475.60 in broadband infrastructure investment. Florence County was awarded the full $66,712 requested in…

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Fence Fire Department receives donation of equipment to help save pets

Shelly Dumais practices using the donated pet oxygen mask on a stuffed animal during the Project Breathe training on Friday. Watching her progress are (from left): Business Development Coordinator for Invisible Fence and trainer, Katie Rosenbrugh, Fence Assistant Fire Chief Marty Kerker and Fence Fire Chief Jeff Sternhagen. Sarah Giddings First Responders with the Fence…

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Florence School District awarded QZAB funds

Sarah Giddings The School District of Florence county stands to save approximately $230,000 due to an interest-free loan recently received through the federal Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) program. The district will be able to borrow $720,000 in QZAB funds to use toward the $14.5 million referendum-approved building renovation project. Superintendent Ben Niehaus credits the…

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Crandon pilot escapes injury in Langlade County landing

Just the plane’s pontoons were visible. The whole plane was submerged into Otter Lake in Elcho Monday evening. 65 year old Roger Hillberg of Crandon was not injured.   Jill Zagar      Roger J. Hillberg, 65, of Crandon, flipped his float plane while attempting a landing on Otter Lake in Elcho on Monday, August 7, at…

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Cliff Flannery inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame

CLIFF FLANNERY President, Crandon International Off-Road Raceway   The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) has announced the Class of 2017. For the first time in ORMHOF’s 40-year history, two new inductees will join family members who have already been inducted. The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is Cliff Flannery, Dave Ekins,…

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New life jacket loaner stations make staying safe easier

Richard D Ackley, Jr Free rental life jackets are now available at three local lakes in Forest County as a measure to improve water safety. These “Life Jacket Loaner Stations” allow people to borrow life jackets free of charge to use while boating or swimming and return when finished. Life jackets are available in all…

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