Area News

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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Forest County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

The Forest County Health Department has reported that a dead crow found in Forest County on July 18 has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Forest County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. “The positive bird means that residents…

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Aurora Mudd Run revving up for Sunday

The Aurora Mudd Runs are back for another year and according to organizers this raucous celebration of muck and machines is good fun for the whole family. This annual event is a competition to find out whose specially modified vehicle is able to barrel through 200 feet of wet red clay mud. The Mudd Run…

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Pie for Petey garners $2,000 for DARE, Deputy’s Association

Peterson and Short take a little revenge on Teresa Chrisman, the organizer of the fundraiser who had not expected to be “pied”. Sarah Giddings After taking five cherry and whipped cream pies to the face on Saturday during the U.P. Firefighter’s Tournament, Deputy T.J. Peterson decided to share the fun with fellow deputies Teresa Chrisman…

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Thousands flock to Florence for 123rd Annual U.P. Firefighters Tournament

Bobbie Samme’ A weekend filled with fun, family and activities galore. That would best describe the 123rd Annual UP Firefighters Tournament, celebrated in conjunction with the Florence Fire Department Centennial. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were filled with something for everyone, including parades, dancing, live bands, games, prizes, firefighting competitions, food and drink. According to Joe…

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