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Dance competition to aid Boys, Girls Club will have North Star swinging
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“Antigo Thinks You Can Dance” returns to North Star Lanes Saturday in a one-of-a-kind fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the competition and show at 7 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Pinnacle Team of Thrivent Financial, will feature eight entrants vying for honors at Antigo’s top dancers. They include:

—Ashley Brown and Bill Schmidt, both Antigo High School seniors and veterans of high school musicals and Langlade Youth Vocalists and Entertainers.

—Crystal Smith, a former Antigo resident who now operates Washington Street Massage in Wausau and who loves to tap dance.

—Marija Jeknic and August Friedrich, exchange students from Germany and Montenegro, who have both studied dance in Europe.

—Troy and Jodie Kadlecek of Phillips, who started dancing a year ago and love to cha-cha.

—Burgundy Brockman, a Boys & Girls Club alumnus and cadet instructor, who studied tap while attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

—Justin Lindgren and Caroline Otto, both of the Phillips area, who are entering their first competition.

—Anna Zale
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From left, Jade Igl, Hilary Messer-Franz and Angel Zimmerman of the Boys & Girls Club unpack decorations for Saturday’s competition at North Star Lanes. Duane Karau and Ann Marie Gross are practicing their dance steps in the backgrounds.
Antigo First meets goals during year, crowd told
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Antigo First held its second annual meeting Thursday evening at the Edison Club, and in a quiet way celebrating the success of the fledgling organization.

Roseann Hoffman, who presides as president of the group, told the nice crowd attending, explained that the group had become active in a number of different areas to bring the area back to life.

Hoffman told those attending, that the group “had met their goals.”

The money to do that was drawn from three events and donations, adding that the Market Street Day program is on the bubble for 2015.

But the brat sale at Lakeside was a conformable source of cash, and more.

“We had a great time,” she added.

Hoffman counted through the steps the organization deals with including a vision of developing and building a vibrant downtown district.

She said that bringing people to the area is one of the group’s biggest goals with expectations. Mayor Bill Brandt supported her optimism, telling the crowd that the Antigo First organization is a “great addition to Antigo.”

He added that the city should be expected to stand up and help when possible stressing the need to keep the city “lo
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Roseann Hoffman of Antigo First discusses plans for upcoming events at Thursday’s annual meeting.
Water temperatures checked
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At the halfway point of winter, city of Antigo officials are remaining vigilant.

Crews are out flushing hydrants and checking water temperatures several times a week, and 400 homes—about 10 percent of the community—have been placed on run orders. It’s all in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the disastrous winter of 2013-14 when water lines were bursting across the community due to bitterly cold conditions.

“We’re just taking precautionary steps,” Director of Administrative Services Mark Desotell said.

Cold temperatures last year drove the frost deep into the ground, past the levels of water mains, and caused a myriad of freeze-ups that lasted well into springtime.

This year, the situation is different, officials said. Residents in homes in problematic areas—those that often report freeze-ups—have been told to allow their water to constantly trickle, keeping the flow moving through the lines.

That will cost the city some lost dollars—about $50,000 in billable revenue—but it may prevent far more costly problems.

“We know there is a cost to let-run orders, but there is also a larger cost to water main breaks,” Desotell said.

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Chad Busse and Nate Washatko flushed a hydrant and checked the temperature of water coming out of the main at Eighth Avenue and Dorr Street on Wednesday.
Langlade County again a jobless rate standout
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Langlade County is once again outperforming its neighbors in terms of jobless numbers.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Tuesday that the county registered an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent for December, up from 6.4 percent a month earlier but a full 1.1 percent below last year’s rate.

And those numbers outpaced most surrounding counties, including Lincoln, 7 percent, Forest, 8 percent, Oneida, 8.3 percent, and Vilas, 9.4 percent.

Shawano had a December unemployment rate of 5.5 percent and Marathon, 4.5 percent.

The lowest rate was found in Dane County, at 3.2 percent, and the highest, Iron, at 10.4 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, unchanged from November.

According to the latest data, unemployment rose in 64 of the state’s 72 counties in December compared to a month earlier, but was down or remained the same in 71 of 72 counties compared to a year ago.

Among the state’s largest cities, jobless figures rose in 16 and went down or remained the same in the state’s 16 other major municipalities. It decreased in all 32 municipalities compared to a year ago.

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Administrator is staying put
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For interim administrator Dr. Don Childs, the job at Antigo is not finished.

Seventeen months after being hired by the Antigo school district to fill a sudden administrative vacancy, the affable Childs had his contract extended through the 2015-16 school year, continuing at his same salary of $120,000.

Action came at the board of education’s regular January session on a unanimous vote.

“I’m continuing for another year because we have some very positive inititiaves the board is committed to undertaking,” Childs said.

Those areas include collaborative learning, student achievement and community outreach, he said.

“He’s proven to be a very valuable resource,” Board President Mike Boldig said. “He brought stability to the district at a time when we needed it.”

Part of the administrator’s role over the next 17 months will be to smooth the transition for a new superintendent. That process became clear after the board, following a closed session discussion, named Middle School Principal Brian Misfeldt as the district’s superintendent-designee. Misfeldt will work with Childs on an interim basis preparing for his role, which will become offici
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District Administrator Dr. Don Childs at Tuesday’s board of education. Board member Jeanne Long is also pictured.
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