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Brent, Jackie Hipke purchase Wild Wolf Inn from Buettners, bringing updates to grand facility
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The Wild Wolf Inn, a dining and recreation spot along the Wolf River just inside Langlade County on Highway 55, has new owners and changes are in the wind including a new name, Crab and Jack’s.

Brent and Jackie Hipke, who own and operate Heartbreaker’s in Antigo, a popular dining location on Forest Avenue, have purchased one of the most stunning commercial sites in Langlade County.

On Tuesday the Hipkes explained that they plan to open the bar area today as they continue to place their stock into the coolers and get the business readly to roll under their management. It has been located on the stunning site above the banks of the Wolf River for 45 years, owned by the Buettner family.

But that changed on Monday when papers were signed and Brent and Jackie Hipke moved in, already with plans in place and preparing for the opening today.

It will be slow going for a while. The Hipkes explained that they have a number of obligations that had been booked by Andy Buettner before the property was sold, but once Nov. 1 rolls around, the menu will be limited to pizza and other ready-to-prepare foods while a new kitchen is constructed on the main flo
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From the left, Andy Buettner, Jamee Peters, Brent, Kohlten and Jackie Hipke Tuesday afternoon in front of the former Wild Wolf Inn, now Crab and Jack's.
Old south side service station razed, will be site for seed firm
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A service station on the south side of Antigo, which has been idled for decades and had become spot of blight in an improving neighborhood, came tumbling down Monday.

Mid-Wis-Ag Seed, a local firm operated for years by the Dieck family, purchased the former Mobil Oil station and razed it to make room for construction of a warehouse and office in the very near future.

Wayne Dieck and his son, Travis explained that for years, the Pioneer seed dealership has been operated from facilities in their home and there has been sufficient growth to promote a shift to the high profile spot on Highway 45. The service station was located just south of the intersection of Mapleview Road and Highway 45.

Heavy machinery from Krueger and Steinfest, Inc. moved onto the property early Monday, and it took only a matter of hours before it was pretty well down and removed from the site.

The building was in tough shape, Travis Dieck said. Being unused and unheated for so many years had allowed the roof to leak and rot, and the entire structure to deteriorate.

The Diecks said the new facilities will allow expansion of the products being offered by the seed firm, and
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There wasn't much left of the service station Monday.
Feed storage facility at massive Matsche farms burns early Sunday
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A fire in a structure used to store feed for a massive dairy farm east of Birnamwood drew firefighters from throughout the region Sunday morning.

The Bowler Fire Department received the first call for the blaze in the Matsche Farms, Inc. site on Highway N in the Shawano town of Almon. Mutual aid was called from a number of other departments, including the town of Norwood, Rural Fire Control, Mattoon, Birnamwood, Hatley, Wittenberg and Tigerton departments.

Bowler Fire Department Chief Dan Ladwig said more than a half million gallons of water were pumped into the large feed storage area during the battle that spanned a good portion of Sunday.

Ladwig told television news sources that when it comes to fires like this, crews have got to pull the hay and silage apart, and when it is burning that is a challenge. Excavators and various farm machinery from the Matsche operations were used in the battle.

Ladwig said despite the spirited battle, there were no human injuries and the heifers in a structure next to the feed storage structure were not at risk.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but spontaneous combustion is a possibility.
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A Shawano sheriff's photo of the fire early Sunday at Matsche Farms.
Elcho school project surges ahead
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The new front entrance of the Elcho school is taking shape, adding emphasis to an ongoing $18 million project that will almost totally remake the footprint of the complex.

Under the direction of Earl Doc Smith of EDS Builders, crews from a variety of trades have been working at a snappy pace on the building, which should be ready for students at the opening of the 2018-19 school year, just 10 months away.

It’s going very well and there is a lot of excitement in the air, District Administrator Bill Fisher said. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with all the contractors. They are doing an excellent job.

The project, approved by voters in November, 2015, 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
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The new main entrance to the Elcho School is beginning to take shape.
Lily woman, EMT and bus driver, to be honored for her crash site actions
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A Pickerel Rescue first responder and school bus driver is being honored for her life-saving efforts following a 2016 motorcycle versus truck accident one year ago.

In recognition of her efforts, Sandra Steenwig of Lily has been named a Wisconsin Star of Life Honoree and will be recognized at a reception in Madison with Gov. Scott Walker and the State Legislature on Nov. 1

She received the award at a formal dinner and awards program, which included a signed certificate of appreciation from Walker and a gold medallion, Sept. 21 in Green Bay.

In October, 2016 Steenwig was driving her school bus route when she came upon an accident scene, finding a motorcycle embedded in the front end of a full-size truck, with the rider thrown 40 feet.

Steenwig called the bus company and got permission to leave her vehicle after securing it and assuring the safety of the students on board. She called 911 dispatch requesting Pickerel Rescue, city of Antigo and a Flight for Life helicopter.

As rescue crews arrived, Steenwig directed their efforts while caring for the most seriously injured person herself. After her patient was transported to the helicopter, she r
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Sandra Steenwig of Lily with her Star of Life certificate and gold medallion.
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