Dirty Dog Derby set to open|
Serious crash closes down Highway 45
|You’d have to be a dirty dog to complain about the weather forecast.|
Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid to upper 50s for this weekend’s kick-off of the 2014-2015 sled dog racing season, the Dirty Dog Dryland Derby.
Racing will take place Saturday and Sunday at MaKaJaWan Boy Scout Camp in Pearson.
“We encourage families to spend a few hours in Pearson at the Dirty Dog,” organizer Beth Castaldi said. “They will not only see spirited racing but have the opportunity to chat with mushers and visit with their dogs. The theme for the Dirty Dog is “Come have a blast with the dogs!” and that includes spectators.
Racing will start early to take advantage of the cool morning temperatures with the six-and four-dog rigs classes coming to the start line first. Saturday’s racing will begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday’s time at 8 a.m.
There is free admittance and free parking.
Dryland racing teams are made up of both human and canine athletes. Humans pedal bikes, kick with scooters and run behind three-wheeled carts while the dogs run and pull. There’s even canicross, a race with a single dog in harness “pulling” a human runner to help
An enthusiastic team takes a corner in a previous Dirty Dog Dryland Derby, which returns to Pearson Saturday and Sunday. It’s a favorite event for mushers and spectators.
Elcho school district gets good news from superintendent at meeting
|An Elcho woman remains hospitalized in fair condition at Aspirus Wausau Hospital today as a result of a three vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon approximately seven miles north of Antigo.|
Ruth Krueger, 85, was one of four individuals injured in the crash which closed a section of Highway 45 for more than five hours.
Also hurt were the drivers of all three vehicles, 80-year-old Raymond Krueger, 82, of Elcho, Ronald Musselman, 49, of Eagle River, and Brittany Krueger, 20, of Antigo.
An accident reconstructionist from the Wisconsin State Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.
Occurring just before 3 p.m. on a section of roadway between Highways B and C, the dramatic collision attracted an assembly line of emergency rescue vehicles, including the Wausau-based Medivac helicopter which landed directly on the highway.
Mrs. Krueger, the most seriously hurt, was airlifted from the scene. Mr. Krueger and Musselman were both taken to Langlade Hospital by ambulance while the Antigo woman was taken to the local facility via private vehicle. All three were treated and released.
According to the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department, an ini
Emergency crews transfer one of the victims in a violent crash on Highway 45 north of Antigo Wednesday afternoon to an Aspirus air ambulance.
Budget, levy OK'd at White Lake school
|District Administrator Bill Fisher brought good news, with a touch of caution, to voters attending the Elcho school district’s annual meeting Wednesday.|
“This district has been incredibly frugal and fiscally responsible to its taxpayers,’ the administrator said as he wrapped up a 45-minute presentation on the budget and school operations. “We have a fiscally sound school district that is showing growth in student achievement.”
“I look forward to this particular evening every year,” Fisher said, noting that it offers a chance to review good things happening in the district and explore the finances that support it.
A highlight of his report has the district’s improving scores, across all grade spectrums, on state tests.
“Three years ago, we made a commitment to focus on growth in math and reading and it is working,” Fisher said. “What we ultimately want to see is continuous growth in these areas, no matter what the class.”
He also touched on the district’s Hornet Hour, which awards students for good behavior.
“We’re getting some positive results,” he said. “There is some tremendous work being done and we’re going to see the results of
The graph, provided by the Elcho school, shows how budget dollars are distributed.
|The White Lake school district’s annual meeting was a bit somber Tuesday evening.|
The 2014 session came when the voters were passed the euphoria of a building project that brought the new gymnasium including a community fitness site, dining and concessions area and ancillary facilities to support the school complex.
And it came just months after those same voters declined to approve a spending referendum that would have allowed the district to continue to spend $250,000 beyond state-imposed revenue limits. That failed in April by two votes, plunging the district into a round of cutbacks and placing the 2014-15 budget in a deficit position.
On Tuesday, the crowd appeared somewhat skeptical of the board’s finances and plans for another referdnum vote. They questioned projects that include construction of a new softball diamond when there are so few students participating in sports programs, and the general spending outlook of the entire district.
Speaking to the audience, District Administrator Bill Fisher stressed he is a great supporter of the school and people of the district, citing the “spirit of White Lake” as one of the keys for the success f
ANNUAL MEETING—District Administrator Bill Fisher speaks to the crowd attending White Lake school district’s annual meeting on Tuesday. The session focused largely on fiscal issues, along with the upcoming Nov. 4 spending referendum. After a lengthy evening, voters approved the $1.8 million tax levy on a unanimous vote.
|The International Association of Firefighters is going pink for breast cancer awareness. Locals around the U.S. and Canada wear a pink-themed uniform shirt for the month of October. Antigo Firefighters Local 1000 then makes the shirts available to members of the community for a cost of $15. All proceeds from the shirt sales go to a local person who may be suffering from breast cancer or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Shirt orders may be placed with any Local 1000 member, or at the fire station. Modeling the uniforms are, from left, Linda Vollmar, Corey Smith, Chris Thorne, Chad Ashbeck, Jake Zemlicka-Retzlaff and Rick Wild.|
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