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Blue Ribbon school: Spring Valley wins national honors
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Spring Valley Elementary is among eight public educational facilities in Wisconsin being honored as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The awards, announced Tuesday afternoon, were received by just 337 schools across the nation. Recipients were chosen based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps.

Tollef Wienke, school principal, said students heard the news this morning through a video and an announcement. A larger celebration is planned after the official awards ceremony held in Washington D.C. on Nov. 10 and 11.

“There are only a handful of schools in each state that earn the Blue Ribbon honor each year,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said. “Winning this award is due in large part to the collaboration of teachers, school leaders, and staff members as well as families and the school community. They work together to put student learning at the center of daily activity.”

Spring Valley was nominated by Evers early this year and advanced to the national competition based on a comprehensive application process completed by staff.

“It’s a pretty prestigious award,” Cindy Fischer, director of instruction for the A
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AHS students to 'dominate cancer'
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Antigo High School students and the Gridiron Club are hoping to “dominate cancer.”

This is Dominate Cancer Week at the school, with students selling specially-designed T-shirts with proceeds to benefit the Volm Cancer Center at Langlade Hospital.

The shirts were created by students in Tim Krueger’s graphic design classes based on a winning design submitted by Lizzy Limon.

The group hopes to sell 100 shirts at $10 each, and will also raise funds at a 50/50 raffle at Friday’s night’s football game versus the Rhinelander Hodags. It is the highly contested Bell Game, so it is sure to bring a crowd out to Schofield Stadium.

Today marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the nation, with pink the dominate color.


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Antigo High School graphic design students and the Red Robin football team captains are shown with the “Dominate Cancer Week” T-shirts.
Some areas have salt problems
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The reward for surviving last winter’s frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — and that’s if they can even get it.

Replenishing stockpiles is proving challenging, especially for some Midwestern states, after salt supplies were depleted to tame icy roads last winter. And price increases of at least 20 percent have been common in places including Boston and Raleigh, North Carolina.

The sitiuation is better on the local level, officials said.

Tim Rusch, Highway Commissioner of Langlade County, explained that the county and state have separate salt supplies. The county’s stock is thought to be adequate and the state used an average winter use pattern to set its purchases hoping it will be a year that fits them.

In Antigo, Street Commissioner Bob Piskula said a price increase from $55 to $65 a ton has crimped supplies a bit.

“We allot the same money, so we’ll be buying a little less,” Piskula said.

That won’t be a problem if the winter is normal, since the city, which has traditionally purchases 600 tons, is often left with a bit of a surplus that it can stockpile. Bu
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Officials said that local supplies of road salt are plentiful as the city and county prepare for scenes such as this view along Superior Street from last winter.
40th anniversary of Ice Age Trail to be celebrated here on Saturday
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This is a very big weekend for Ice Age Trail enthusiasts in Langlade County.

On Saturday morning, the final 2014 hike on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Langlade County will take place over the Kettlebowl segment northeast of Polar.

And that evening, supporters will gather again for the 40th anniversary celebration dinner at Swartzendruber’s Supper Club.

The hike will serve as a local annual observance of National Trails Day held earlier this summer in other parts of the country. The special day is organized each year by tail groups to observe the Oct. 2, 1968 signing of the National Trails Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Interested persons and groups should meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Langlade County Forestry Office at the fairgrounds. Chapter membership or fees are not required as the outing is open to the public.

Hikers are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch for the early fall stroll. Transportation to the trailhead northeast of Antigo will be by carpooling from the fairgrounds.

The five-mile Kettlebowl segment includes scenic high ridges and large kettles formed by ice chunks lodged in the landsca
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Joe Hermolin snapped this photograph along the Ice Age Trail route. The final hike of the year is Saturday, followed in the evening by a 40th anniversary dinner.
Area enjoys perfect fall weather
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After a winter, spring and summer of less than perfect weather, Saturday and Sunday may have made up for some of it.

High temperatures blazed into the 70s and it brought people out for fall yard work, picnics and other outdoor activities. It was simply that nice of day.

At the Dells of the Eau Claire, shown in the photograph above, the crowd Sunday was massive. Picnic tables were filled, the walking paths were equally busy and the parking lots were buzzing with cars and motorcycles. It was obvious there was pent-up demand for a few days just like this.

The high temperature on Saturday was a mild 76, and it was ticked up a bit on Sunday when the reading went to 78.

Mix the mild air with some sunlight and the color of the fall foliage, it was ideal along the Eau Claire River.

The fall season is roughly divides the state into thirds for the distribution of color with the north, which includes Langlade County, pretty well at its peak.

There is still a bit to go south of here and more changes are due in the southern part of the state in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, the next step here is raking all of those beautiful leaves up
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A big crowd was on hand for the stunning Sunday at the Eau Claire Dells park in Marathon County. Photo by Jim Martinsen.
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