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A few changes for '15 fair, 187 days away
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The 2015 Langlade County Fair is 187 days away, and there will be a few changes along with some old favorites.

Members of the Fair Board recently returned from the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells, a key industry conference where fair officials from across the state share ideas, discuss their problems and triumphs, and most importantly book acts.

“It’s really a good chance to network,” fair administrator Rhonda Klement, who also serves as the District 1 representative on the Wisconsin Association of Fairs State Board, said.

Klement reported that the 2014 exposition, plagued by difficult weather that trimmed turnout, still posted a profit of $8,967.81, money that will be plowed right back into the 4-H program for member trips at the regional and national levels and maintenance at Camp Susan.

“We’re always pleased when we make money,” Klement said. “It was a successful event.”

She hopes to continue that trend at this year’s exposition, slated July 29 through Aug. 2, with the theme “”Country Nights & Carnival Lights.”

“We will have more vendors and exhibitors,” she said. “The fair is getting bigger.”

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Members of the Langlade County Fair Board attended the Wisconsin Association of Fairs convention in Wisconsin Dells recently. From left are Deb Wirth, secretary, Rhonda Klement, fair administrator, Adeline Hess, 4-H agent Krista Otto, Shelli Hagerty, treasurer, Dennis Klement, president, and Bill McFarlane, vice-president.
Local bank heist figure may be tied to another
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A Langlade County man has been linked to a second armed bank robbery, this one across state lines.

The Illinois-based Round Lake Beach Police Department has identified Kevin J. Calhoun, 29, of Antigo as the man who stole money from a branch of the U.S. Bank on Oct. 8, 2014.

The community is located approximately 50 miles from Chicago on the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

Calhoun is currently being held in the Marathon County Jail awaiting formal charges in connection with another bank robbery, this one occurring Jan. 13 at a branch of the U.S. Bank on Camp Phillips Road in Weston.

Officials have not disclosed how much money was stolen from either financial institution or if those funds have been recovered.

A second suspect, 21-year-old Andrew Gibney, also of Antigo, remains housed at the Langlade County Jail on a probation hold. It is believed he drove the get-away car in the Wisconsin robbery. He has not been linked to the Illinois crime.

Surveillance videos obtained from both banks were crucial to Calhoun’s identification and subsequent arrest at a Rothschild motel this past weekend, less than a week after the Weston robbery.

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Brickners poised for big camper year
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With the economy on an uptick, RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, with production of the rolling homes expected to return to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.

And Brickners of Antigo RV Center is ready.

The dealership will hold a preseason open house on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with deals, tours of the latest models, prizes, demonstrations and more.

“We’re encouraging people to come and buy campers now,” Jeff Schuster, who handles RV sales for the dealership, said. “After a couple years that have been slower than normal, we are getting lots of inquiries and lookers.”

Overall recreational vehicle shipments from manufacturers to dealers — a key measure of consumer demand — are expected to increase by nearly 4 percent to 361,400 units in 2015, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association said. Shipments totaled 353,400 units in 2007, the last year before sales tanked along with the economy.

Shipments to dealers’ lots in 2014 are forecast at 348,000 units, up 8.4 percent from the prior year, the group said. The momentum carried into the last half of
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Jeff Schuster poses in a new camper at Brickners of Antigo RV Center. He expects 2015 sales to be brisk.
Czaja, Tiffany plan listening session here
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State Senator Tom Tiffany and State Rep. Mary Czaja will be holding a joint listening session in Antigo on Saturday.

Tiffany, who represents the 12th Senate District, and Czaja, 35th Assembly District, will be at Antigo City Hall from 10 to 11 a.m.

The meeting is one of several Tiffany is holding with Czaja, along with State Representatives Jeff Mursau, 36th District, and Rob Swearingen, 34th Assembly District, this month.

“This is a great opportunity to hear what constituents from throughout the district have to say about legislative issues and the state budget.” Tiffany said. “I am looking forward to talking with the people of the northwoods about the upcoming legislative session.”

“The biennial budget will be introduced shortly after the legislative session begins,” Czaja added. “We welcome input from our citizens in order to get accurate feedback and meet the needs of our region while developing the state budget.”

Czaja’s district includes Antigo and western Langlade County.

On Monday, Tiffany will travel east for a town hall meeting with Mursau, whose district includes White Lake and eastern Langlade County. That session will be
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Big bonfire closes Yule season
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There seems to be something special about a hot dog fresh from the grill in front of a roaring bonfire. Perhaps it is even better when it is served on a 30 degree winter evening.

That was the case Tuesday when the city’s Street Department and the Antigo Optimist Club got together for the annual Christmas tree burn.

It clears up the used Yule trees and provides an outing for dozens of people who enjoy the warmth from the blaze. They also have an opportunity to say farewell to the busy holiday season.

The city employees travel the streets picking the trees up from curbs in front of residences and the local service club lights the blaze and serves the hot chocolate and hot dogs. They both seemed to taste especially good on Tuesday.

For many of the years in the decades-long history of the event temperatures have been ghastly, sinking to readings well below zero. But Tuesday it was a mild 30 degrees at the Antigo High School parking lot, which was on edge of the pyre, making the event far more comfortable for the spectators and Optimist hot dog-hot chocolate crowd.

It is a delightful way to dispose of the trees and provide a great evening outing.
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Nick Salm was manning the grill for the Christmas tree burn Tuesday evening preparing a snack for the crowd.
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