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The trophies are unpacked and the rosettes are stacked awaiting the start of judging at the Langlade County Fair on Wednesday.

Most of A&P Amusement’s carnival rides rolled onto the midway over the weekend, with crews beginning the job of getting ready to throw the switches on the rides Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The weekend also saw work underway in the various local food booths and stands, offering everything from broasted potatoes and cheese curds to full family-style dinner.

And the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Extension office have been working for weeks processing the thousands of 4-H and open class entries, preparing the awards and arranging the details for the judging that gets underway Wednesday with the horse show at 8 a.m. and exhibit judging starting at noon.

The grandstand entertainment lineup includes the BMX/FMX Stunt Bikes on Wednesday; IRA Outlaw Sprints Friday; demolition derby Saturday; and tractor pull Sunday. T-Texas Terry will be entertaining in the multi-purpose building and on the midway Thursday through Saturday.

One of the fair’s most popular attractions is the nightly music under the midway tent. That lineup includ
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From left, Kari Lazers, family living agent, Karalee Brock, 4-H support, and Krista Otto, 4-H agent, arrange rosettes for the Langlade County Fair, which opens Wednesday.
School board to eye maintenance at meeting on Tuesday evening
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The Antigo school board will look ahead toward 2014-15 maintenance projects plus review its new committee structure when it meets Tuesday.

The regular July meeting, which will also include preliminary action on the 2014-15 budget, will get underway at 7 p.m. in the media tech room located on the second floor of the high school.

Following the usual round of citizens and delegates, the board will hear an update on academic progress monitoring and come into action items, led by preliminary approval of the budget and the maintenance work.

The budget calls for general fund expenditures of $27.261 million, an increase of $441,261, funded by a levy of $9.429 million. The levy represents a 4 percent increase, or $361,478, and will likely result in a mill rate of $8.87 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, a 3.86 percent, or 33 cents per $1,000, jump.

That means that the owner of a $100,000 home can expect to pay $887 to fund school operations, an increase of $33 over the current year’s property taxes.

The budget includes $640,000 for maintenance projects, including $400,000 allocated from the fund balance; $150,000 for technology changes; and staffing
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Late blight marching toward Langlade County
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Late blight, a destructive fungal-like disease caused by Phytophthora infestans, has been found in Portage County and is heading north.

According to Stephanie Plaster, University of Wisconsin-Extension agriculture agent, Langlade County is now considered to be at high risk for a late blight outbreak due to the presence of the pathogen in close proximity. This disease can kill plants and wipe out whole fields in a matter of weeks and is easily spread through the wind and rain. The additional cost to farmers to prevent and control late blight is measured in millions of dollars.

“Community members need to recognize the risk late blight poses to their own home gardens and our community,” Plaster said. “ It is especially important for Langlade County to prevent the spread of late blight since we are the number one seed potato producing county in the state and have many additional commercial potato and tomato farms which will be greatly impacted. Anyone who is not growing late blight resistant varieties is strongly urged to be on a five-day fungicide spray schedule using products containing either copper or chlorothalonil as an active ingredient.”

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A file photo of a potato sprayer, perhaps battling late blight.
Athletes splash and dash their way through Veterans Memorial Park
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Splash-N-Dash is growing by leaps and bounds.

Langlade County’s unique aquathon drew 91 racers to Veterans Memorial Park at Jack Lake one week ago for the second annual event.

“Even though thunderstorms were predicted, Mother Nature provided an ideal day with perfect water temperatures and a not-too-hot and humid trail run,” organizer Michelle Koss said. “Racer comments were very positive saying that it was a ‘fun, challenging course’; ‘not your usual race’; and ‘very well organized’.”

The majority of racers came from the Antigo/ Langlade County area but there were also competitors from Saukville, Rhinelander, Merrill, Wausau, and Sturgeon Bay and even as far away as from Texas, California, Oregon and Colorado.

Also the 1975 Blu-Gold college female swim team from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire came to the event.

“They enjoyed it so much, they decided that they are going to make this an annual reunion trip and take on the Antigo Swim Club,” Koss said.

Racers either participated in the long course, which was a half-mile swim and 5 kilometer run or the short course, which included a quarter-mile swim and 5K run. There was also a
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Runners dash through Veterans Memorial Park after splashing through Jack Lake.
Antigo Truck Repair marking its 40th anniversary on Saturday
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Antigo Truck Repair will celebrate four decades—a significant milestone for a family-owned business—Saturday.

The open house will run from noon to 6 p.m. and will include food, refreshments, and a chance to take a look at some of the big equipment that has made the business so successful. The Northwoods Tractor Club will also have a display of vintage machinery.

Antigo Truck Repair was started in 1974 by Doc and Rose Spencer in the heart of Antigo. It moved to its present location just off Highway G west of Highway 45, on land the Spencers owned, in 1997. The complex now includes a large garage, office space and new blacktop, completed just in time for Saturday’s event.

The business caters to heavy equipment—large industrial and agricultural trucks—and the mechanical and fabricating duties necessary to keep them rolling.

The Spencer credited several factors as key to their longevity.

“It was really perseverance,” Rose said. “We had a lot of ups and downs over the years.”

They are the inventors of the ATR Box, an auxiliary transmission unit with various configurations of two and three speeds, air and manual shifts, available. The uni
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From left, Rose and Doc Spencer with Dillon and Rocky Spencer, Bob VerHagen, Todd Spencer and grandson Marcus Spencer outside Antigo Truck Repair, celebrating 40 years in business on Saturday.
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