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County Board to name new highway commissioner Tuesday

The Langlade County Board of Supervisors will refinance some debt and officially name a new highway commissioner on Tuesday.

The board will convene at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the Safety Building for the regular June session.

Leading the agenda will be action on awarding the sale of approximately $1.075 million in general obligation refunding bonds.

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Volunteer firefighters hone their skills

Local volunteer fire departments gathered in eastern Langlade County for a live fire training exercise, simulating some very possible occurrences.

The event, held at the Wolf River Volunteer Fire Department, drew 30 firefighters from the Langlade, Wolf River, White Lake, Rural Fire Control, Pickerel and Elcho departments.

The scenario, developed with help from the Frontier-Servco FS liquid propane training team, involved problems with small tanks such as those used on gas grills, as well as larger tank and home propane storage units. Crews practiced extinguishing the flames and turning them off in a safe manner.

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Elcho Book Club opens town's second Little Free Library

A second Little FreeLibrary has opened in Elcho.

Sponsored by the Elcho Book Club and constructed by Bob Brown, the free neighborhood library is located outside the Elcho town hall. It joins a similar library outside the Post Lake Community Center.

Books at both locations are free for the borrowing. There are titles for all ages and participants are invited to take, and leave, as many as they wish.

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Four Charged In Lincoln County Home Invasion

Four people have been arrested and charged in Lincoln County following an investigation into a home invasion in the Town of Bradley, North of Tomahawk. One of the suspects triggered the investigation after reporting to law enforcement he was the victim of a robbery while riding in a vehicle on U.S. Highway 8. The report was allegedly an attempt to explain injuries to his family. According to the Lincoln County Sheriffs department, the suspects traveled to a home on Deer Lake Road in Tomahawk and entered a home armed with a hatchet and crowbar. After an altercation with the homes residents, the suspects fled. Charged with armed robbery and burglary are; 20 year old Dalvin Sanders, 24 year old Christopher Mason and 28 year old Chad Staehle, all of Tomahawk. Also charged is 26 year old Nicholas Cliver of Merrill. Sanders and Cliver are also charged with misdemeanor and aggravated battery. Stahele is charged with misdemeanor battery and he and Cliver both face charges of felony bail jumping. Sanders, Mason and Staehle are currently in the Lincoln County Jail...

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Antigo School Board Will Discuss Facilities At Committee Of The Whole Meeting

Tonight the Antigo School Board will hold a committee of the whole meeting, designed to start a plan to solve the district's facilities issues. In a recent community survey, an overwhelming majority of respondents stated they would be in favor of closing some rural elementary schools, while others would be in favor a mix of closing both rural and elementary. While reviewing the results, board member Patrick McKenna said the time for discussing was over and they needed to start acting on the issues they face.

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Elks host annual Flag Day ceremony

The Antigo Elks Lodge held its traditional Flag Day program Thursday evening in the pavilion at the Langlade County Fairgrounds with the assistance of local Boy Scouts and a spirited crowd.

The event was moved indoors by assurances of inclement weather.

While June 14 is the official date for Flag Day, the lodge chose to hold it on Thursday to enjoy the attraction of the Music in the Park program and plenty of pie and custard.

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Man linked to thefts sentenced to prison

Jeffrey L. Jeter gave an affirmative response to a judge’s chance at a “do-over” Wednesday with an eye-toward bettering himself during a term of incarceration prior to a return to his home town.

“I love Antigo. I have a family here. I have a son here. I will take the opportunities prison gives me and come back to Antigo and be successful,” the 21-year-old said.

The words came just weeks after Jeter, who attorneys said suffered from an addiction to alcohol and drugs, was identified and arrested in connection with a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles and garages. Close to 100 different locations were hit during the spree with the actual number of thefts perhaps even higher in that some residences had more than one auto entered.

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Antigo restaurant assists with funds for crime dog project

Customers at Antigo’s Culver’s Restaurant helped take a bite out of crime—literally—on Thursday.

Patrons of the northside business enjoyed their Butterburgers and Concrete Mixers while donating toward the Antigo Police Department’s fund-raiser to bring a K9 unit to Langlade County.

And some even had the opportunity to receive their burger baskets and sundaes from members of the department.

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A Look Ahead To Weekend Events

There are several events that will be taking place today and throughout the weekend. Tonight, the Monthly Mens Club will have their Friday Night Fish Fry serving 5:00 to 7:00 PM, at the Jack Lamar Memorial/Elcho Community Pavilion, rain or shine. The pavillion opens at 4:00 pm. On the menu is fish, fried or broiled, fries, coleslaw and custard. The cost is only $10.

Tomorrow is "Game Day" at the Antigo Public Library. The program offers teens with a huge Microsoft Surface screen. Participants can bring their favorite consoles and games to the library to share, and play them on the big screen all day long. Hours are from 10AM-4PM, for more information, call Steph Cherrywell at 715-623-3724.

On Sunday from 3-5PM, The Antigo Area Youth Hockey Association, in collaboration with the City of Antigo Park & Rec Department, will be offering a summer open skate session at the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building.

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Trail welcomes 'warriors' here

The Langlade County segments of the Ice Age Trail welcomed some warriors last week.

U.S. Army veterans Jenni Heisz of Boscobel and Natalie Koffarnus of Colby are participating in the Warrior Hike, a national program to provide veterans returning from combat an opportunity to pursue an outdoor experience such as a long-distance hike as part of the transition to civilian life.

They received some local hospitality courtesy of members of Antigo’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Leland-Tollefson Post 2653 as they traveled through the area’s Ice Age Trail segments.

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95 years after death, marker erected for Kolpack kin

Ninety-five years after his death, Alexius Johannes Emil Kolpack final resting place is being properly recognized.

Alexius, was just six days old when he died on Dec. 8, 1919 at his family’s home in the town of Almon, Shawano County. The son of Alex and Elsa (Riemer) Kolpack was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Kolpack Road, Town of Almon. Only his father was present.

On May 16, family members held a private ceremony and placed a grave stone at the site. A short sermon was read by his brother, Rueben Kolpack, followed by the singing of “Jesus Loves Me.’’

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Debt issue settled at quick city meeting

The Antigo Common Council blazed through a light agenda Wednesday, taking just eight minutes to roll through the regular June session.

On a unanimous vote, aldermen approved a resolution to refinance of existing debt, which has a balloon payment due this summer, at a lower interest cost. Principal amount of the promissory notes will be $2.67 million, with an interest rate of 3.25 percent.

The funds were originally borrowed to finance lease-purchase agreements for several industrial expansions. Payments are made by industries through those leases.

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Man Narrowly Avoids 4-Wheeler Accident In Langlade County

On Wednesday morning, the Antigo Vet Clinic reported a dog bite of a person in the parking lot. A woman was taking a man's dog to the vet for severe arthritis, and he bit the handler as she attempted to get the dog out of the car. The dog was not up to date on its shots. The owner told the woman to just leave. Police called the man and told him to quarantine in the dog.

Just after 6PM, a Langlade County man stated he was riding his 4-wheeler on the trail near Sherry Road, when two ATV's driven by younger kids sped around the corner and nearly struck the man head on. He stated he went off the trail to avoid the accident. He got license plates of the two machines.

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Flag Day Celebration Moved To Fairgrounds Due To Rain

Due to the rain in the forecast for Thursday evening, the Flag Day Celebration, scheduled for the park will instead be held at the livestock pavilion on the Langalde County Fairgrounds. A Flag Day ceremony takes place at 5:30 pm with music by Of Chorus and Northernaires.

St Mary Hyacinth families will be serving pies with Culvers Custard and the Langlade Dairy Promotion Committee will be serving a variety of cheeses and crackers for everyone to enjoy.

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Dr. Deep of Antigo elected to health panel

Antigo physician Dr. Noel Deep has been elected to the American Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health.

Balloting was held at the AMA annual meeting in Chicago. He will serve a four-year term with the potential for re-election to a second term.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this honor bestowed on me by my peers who have chosen me to serve my patients and profession through the work of this council and I shall strive hard to prove myself worthy of this trust that is placed in me,” Dr. Deep said.

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Downtown grant program eyes new businesses

A public-private partnership hopes to pay big dividends for downtown Antigo.

The city of Antigo, in combination with CoVantage Credit Union and the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation has established a Downtown Antigo’s Entrepreneur Grant Program, with a goal of attracting new businesses to the downtown core.

“The program objective is to enhance the overall economic vitality and character of downtown Antigo by attracting tenants to fill vacant commercial spaces,” Angie Close, director of the economic development corporation, the lead agency for the program, explained.

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Shawano County Deputies Respond To Possible Drunk Driving Accident

Monday morning at about 8am, Shawano County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 2 vehicle crash on Hwy 156 at Laney Road. A dump truck was making a left turn when the vehicle behind it slammed into the rear end. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck were transported to the hospital for injuries. The front end was severely damaged. The driver of the pickup truck has a revoked license, and is also suspected to be under the influence of alcohol.

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Local Restaurant Will Help Antigo PD Get K9 Unit On Staff

Culvers in Antigo will be working on Thursday to help the Antigo Police Department's cause to get a K9 Unit on the department. 10% of sales all day will go towards the department's cause, and throughout the day, several Antigo Police officers will be serving the food. If you are unable to make it and would still like to help, go online to gofundme.com/antigo-k9...

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Highway 47

Traveling Highway 47 between Antigo and Phlox isn’t without challenges including a stoplight to allow for installation of a culvert, lower photo, and construction of a new bridge over the Red River just east of Phlox, shown in the upper photograph. The culverts may slow motorists down a tad, but it is necessary to make a true detour at the Highway 47 bridge. The state has created an “official” detour traveling many, many extra miles along highways 64 and 52, but Wilhelm Lumber Co. has been advertising a far more simple and short route in the Antigo Daily Journal. That takes motorists north of Phlox Pond along Pond Road off of Highway 47 west of the bridge...

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Light agenda faces council Wednesday

An exceptionally light agenda, led by the refinancing of a series of bonds dating from 2010, awaits the Antigo Common Council on Wednesday.

Aldermen will convene at 6 p.m. in the chambers at City Hall.

The main topic will be action on a resolution authorizing the redemption of taxable general obligation refunding promissory notes dating to 2010, and maturing on Sept. 1, 2015. Principal amount of the promissory notes will be $2.67 million, with an interest rate of 3.25 percent.

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Fishing day is a great success

Youngsters from across the northwoods dipped their line in the trout ponds set up at City Park on Saturday, experiencing the thrill of catching their first trout.

The annual Kids Fishing Day, hosted by the Antigo Chapter of Trout Unlimited, brought about 400 youngsters to the park for a day of instruction, prizes, refreshments and most of all, fun.

The day is a cooperative effort between volunteers from Trout Unlimited, Silver Moon Springs and a host of local organizations.

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Cancer Society's Relay for Life opens with poignant messages, plenty of hope

Honorary survivors mixed humor with a serious message to cancer survivors, caregivers, family and friends as Relay for Life opened Friday at Antigo High School’s Listle Field.

The overnight fund-raiser came to an end shortly after 5 a.m. this morning, but not before over 12 hours devoted to a celebration of life and a remembrance of those lost.

“You’re still here fighting back,” Chairman Jolene Guenthner said, opening the event, stressing that “inspiration is everywhere.”

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AHS drama department opens fund drive for new theater sound system

The Volm Theater at Antigo High School—the site of everything from Community Theater and student dramas and musicals to performances by professional musical troupe—is getting an upgrade.

The high school drama club is gearing up for a fund-raising drive to revamp and improve the sound system in the 21-year-old facility, which remains among the finest in the northwoods.

The project got a boost recently from The Salvation Army, with Bill Kelly presenting a donation for $524 raised from concessions during the Antigo Community Theater’s spring whodunit, “Ten Feet From the Source of the Heat.”

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Weekend Area Police Activity

On Friday afternoon, the Antigo Police Department responded to a woman's residence for a report of fraud. The woman stated she had given her credit card to another female to pay her cable bill. She did but then charged the card again for the next month's bill. The woman received her statement and said there were other charges on the card from another company that she did not authorize. The investigation continues.

Late Saturday morning, a Green Bay couple driving behind a truck reported the vehicle had gone into the ditch, become airborne, rolled twice before coming to rest on its top. The accident took place on Highway 55, south of Lily. The driver was hanging upside down from her seatbelt when EMS personnel arrived. The woman told authorities she had gotten a cramp in her leg, and lost control of the truck. She hit a culvert and flipped twice. She was not seriously injured.

Saturday evening a man called intoxicated and belligerent, wanting to report a theft complaint of medication. Dispatch staff says the man was swearing at them, was hard to understand and kept hanging up. 12 hours later he called again, still beligerent, demanding to know why nothing had been done about his complaint. He was told he could call an officer at 3:30, using the non-emergency line. The man apparently couldn't wait that long and showed up in person to the safety building two hours later. He again swore at front desk staff and called the police a joke...

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Middle School graduates its students, the mood is upbeat

Student Council President Emma Brown noted that one chapter is ending, while another is just beginning as Antigo Middle School hosted a graduation assembly for its eighth grade class on Thursday.

The program included awards, music and remarks and filled the gymnasium with students, faculty, family and friends.

Brown’s speech reflected the theme, “turning the page to a new chapter.” She thanked Middle School teachers and staff, noting “you have been a big part of our lives in helping us grow and prepare us for high school” and shared a few memories of instructors.

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Relay for Life starts this evening

Skies are expected to turn sunny for this evening’s opening ceremonies for the 18th annual Relay for Life, an overnight fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. at Listle Field on the Antigo High School campus, with activities and laps continuing throughout the overnight hours.

“We have more pre-registered survivors than ever,” Chairman Jolene Guenthner said. “That’s awesome.”

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