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Soggy conditions sinking fields, gardens
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Enough already.

That’s what growers, gardeners and baseball players across the northwoods are saying today, after a few hours of sunshine Tuesday were replaced again this morning with gray skies and rain.

The rain really needs to stop and we need to get some heat to get the crops growing again, Dan Marzu, University of Wisconsin-Extension ag agent for Langlade County, said.

Marzu said that so far in 2017, the area has received well over 20 inches of rain, numbers usually not seen until July or August.

This is highly unusual, he said.

According to the weekly crops progress and condition report prepared by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, there were only 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork last week, with frequent rains keeping soil moisture high.

A drive through the Antigo flats shows standing water on many usually productive fields, with corn yellowing in low spots. Haying has also slowed, with no window of clear weather long enough for baling in some areas.

There is also a chance of losing nutrients due to standing water, Marzu said, with the standing water leaching nitrogen from the soil.

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James Spychalla snapped this photo of Wilbur Lake, normally a healthy field of crops, off Cherry Road.
'Young Pirates' on Volm stage Wednesday
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Is there buried treasure in the high school’s Volm Theater? Elementary students are going to find out.

Area fifth through ninth grade students  will take the stage Wednesday for Young Pirates of the Caribbean – Treasure Island for one show at 6:30 p.m.

The cast of 28 has been in rehearsal since June 12 through the Antigo Youth Theater program and bring a new energy to the pirates who are seeking a treasure.

The production begins in Jim Hawkin’s home with a young boy who has a big imagination. On his journey, he meets Billy Bones whom alerts him to the treasure and the evils of Long John Silver. As Jim sets sail with the crew of the Hispanola: Doctor Livesly, Moby Dick, and Captain Smollet. They part ways when they reach Skeleton Island. Then Jim encounters Benn Gun and a group of natives before returning home.

Jim Hawkins played by Nathaniel Pyett, Colden Carley, and James Meade. The Storytellers guiding the audience through the adventures are Lily DeWan, Lucy Slominski,  Jenna Cerneski,  Maddie Anderson, and Michaela Tomczyk.  Amerila Moreno shares her talent as Jim’s Mom while Jacob Seay is his teacher.

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The cast of Young Pirates of the Caribbean—Treasure Island during a break in Tuesday’s dress rehearsal.
Ribbon clipped at Heinzen Pavilion
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Members of the Heinzen family, equipped with a bucketful of scissors provided by Antigo Park and Recreation Director Sarah Repp, clipped a ceremonial ribbon officially opening the Heinzen Peaceful Valley Pavilion on Friday.

The ceremony, held under sunny and pleasant skies, drew Don Heinzen and friends and members of his family, Mayor Bill Brandt, city aldermen, and others for cookies and lemonade and a look inside the massive and attractive all-weather structure.

The dedication came 13 months after the ground was broken on the project, which was funded by a diverse mix of public and private resources.

The dedication celebrated the completion of the project and was an opportunity to thank those that made the project possible, Repp said.  

The pavilion is already home to the active Farmers’ Market every Saturday along with a mix of other events, including Music in the Park on the evenings when inclement weather moves the concerts indoors.

We have also had inquiries for new community events potentially hosted within and around the facility, Repp said. We are excited to work with various groups, organizations and individuals as they utiliz
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Don Heinzen, along with members of his extended family, and city officials clip the ribbon dedicating the Heinzen Peaceful Valley Pavilion.
Hidden Places: Sale shows spectacular area home
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Located just a couple of gallons of gas up the road, the Mayor Kelly house is a place of lore and legend, one-time home to gangsters, politicians and...wait for it...the anti-Christ?

And for only the second time in its history, it’s up for sale.

It’s obviously time to bring the Hidden Places crew out of mothballs.

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About nine decades ago, the northwoods became the playground for the closest thing the Midwest had to royalty—the gangsters and politicians (often one and the same) who ruled Chicagoland.

Al Capone built a compound, complete with guard towers, at Couderay, and probably stopped in at Mercer now and again for a sip of beer or hooch at his brother, Ralph Bottles Capone’s place, Billy’s Bar. John Dillinger dallied with Billie Frechette at Keshena and gunned it out with G-men at Little Bohemia in Manitowish.

And in Eagle River—decades before anyone heard of Jimmy Hoffa and the Jack O’Lantern Lodge—Chicago Mayor Edward Kelly built a stunning 7,400 square-foot mansion on Catfish Lake.

Known simply as The Mayor Kelly home, it is perhaps the most famous of the frabjous lodges that ring the chain
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A view of Mayor Edward Kelly’s great room at his home on Catfish Lake near Eagle River. The mayor, who ruled Chicago during the 1930s, was on the cover of Time, shown in the inset.
Elcho's big school project moving ahead on schedule
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From Highway 45, the Elcho school doesn’t look any different than it has for decades,

But drive around the back side, and it is a beehive of activities.

Since the April groundbreaking, work has been proceeding at a breakneck pace on the $18 million project, which will transform the educational complex over the next two years.

We’re moving along very well, Earl Doc Smith of EDS Builders, the general contractor for the project, said. Considering the amount of rain we’ve had, we’re right on schedule.

The extensive project was approved by voters in a November, 2016 referendum by a 57 to 43 percent margin.

The project will move the main office and entrance from the south to the north end of the school complex with secure doors; add an additional gymnasium with a seating capacity of 1,200; and revamp existing locker rooms and music and band areas. The existing library will be downsized, with a portion turned over to an early childhood center.

New construction will also include a community fitness center, commons/cafeteria with seating for 300 to 350 and an adjoining kitchen; technology education and a mix of classrooms.
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WALLS ARE RISING—Work is proceeding at a breakneck pace on the Elcho school addition. In the top photo, a crane sets one of the huge concrete precasts that make up the new gymnasium walls into place. In the lower photo, Earl Doc Smith of EDS Builders consults with one of the contractors on site as the walls advance in the new administrative and academic area of the complex.
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