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Skijoring demonstrated by mushers in Minocqua
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Man’s best friend is good for more than playing fetch.

Area mushers Melissa and Keith Omernick and Rachel Colbath, who are members of the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club, demonstrated the sport of skijoring at the Minocqua’s Winter Park ski trails on a foggy Saturday.

Despite the unseasonable and damp conditions, several spectators stopped by to harness up and enjoy cross country skiing behind a dog. The event was part of Demo Days at Winter Park ski trails west of Minocqua on Squirrel Lake Road south of Highway 70.

Skijoring has become a national sport and is enjoyed by thousands who want the company of their best dog friend while getting the exercise and health benefits of cross-country skiing.

The sport is included in the Antigo Culver’s Langlade Challenge, tentatively scheduled for February, weather and snow conditions permitting.
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Rachel Colbath demonstrates skijoring at Minocqua Winter Park.
Airport's new snow machinery ready to go
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Langlade County Airport Manager Josh Walker may be hoping for snow.

With the help of a $192,574 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the county has purchased several massive pieces of new snow removal equipment.

“We’ve already used everything except the broom,” Walker said Thursday, inspecting the heavy machinery, and noting just a tiny bit of wear on one of the snowplows.

In addition to the broom, the equipment includes a bi-directional tractor, blower, loader, blade and plow.

The grant was awarded in May, with the state of Wisconsin and Langlade County each kicking in $6,313 to cover the $205,200 total cost.

At the time the grant was awarded in May, Walker explained that the new equipment would be much more efficient and cleaner, allowing the airport to do a better job, faster and with lower maintenance costs.

The airport had been relying on an older tractor and end loader to perform snow removal duties, a cumbersome process.
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Langlade County Airport Manager Josh Walker with the new broom, part of a mix of new snow removal equipment financed through a federal grant.
Remington Foundation has long record of funding groups, latest is firefighters
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When people in this part of Wisconsin were buying Texaco oils and fuel products and Pontiac automobiles, no one dreamed that the man selling them would one day be one of this area’s leading philanthropists.

Before his death in April, 2010, Elwyn “Al” Remington established the Remington Foundation and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, an assortment of community projects and the local aquatic center.

Since his death, the foundation, now headed by a board led by his longtime friend, Jeanne Lucht, has continued the philanthropy unabated.

The latest example occurred Wednesday afternoon when the Remington Foundation distributed tens of thousands of dollars to 12 volunteer fire departments from throughout the area.

“This was one of Al’s favorite causes,” Lucht told representatives of the agencies. “Thank you for all the work you do.”

Lucht noted that the volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, helping to keep their communities safe.

Neal Wozniak, chief of Rural Fire Control and president of the Langlade County Fire Chiefs Association, applauded the donation, which he said will be used by the departments for neede
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Representatives of area fire departments and the Remington Foundation posed at the grant ceremony Wednesday at Rural Fire Control. From left are (back row) Brian Owens, Mattoon; Randy Berger, Birnamwood; Jim Zahn, Mattoon; Nick DeHart, White Lake; John Uttech, Pine River, Jon Petroskey, city of Antigo; Mike Winski, Town of Antigo; Neal Wozniak, Rural Fire Control; front row, from left, Jeanne Lucht, Remington Foundation; Dave Gregurich, Peck; Diane McKinney, Norwood; Brian Messer, White Lake; Maureen Winter, Remington Foundation; Dan Duley, Rural Fire Control, and Howard Caddle, Langlade.
Santa shares his stories at museum
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Santa Claus is as old as Christmas and as young as the gleam in a toddler’s eye.

The Jolly Old Elf is inviting youngsters to visit him at the Langlade County Historical Society Museum through Sunday, sharing stories of life with Rudolph and the elves at the North Pole, trolling for cookies and milk under the balsams on Christmas Eve, and reminding children to be nice, not naughty or risk getting coal in their stockings.

“I bet three out of four households in Antigo have a photo of me,” Santa says, suggesting that he has been visiting with three or even four generations of families since he made Antigo his wintertime headquarters over 40 years ago, “I love it, every minute of it.”

Santa has heard it all, with items from Disney’s “Frozen” franchise topping the list this year, along with a mix of Barbie dolls, trucks and other toys.

“All kids want something a little different,” Santa says. “Sometimes, you have to negotiate with them, like when they ask for a horse. You’ve got to explain that sometimes that’s just not possible if you live in town or in an apartment since a horse needs a barn and a pasture and lots of room.”

And of course, there a
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County Board welcomes new veterans officer on Tuesday
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The Langlade County Board passed the master plan for compensation and benefits for its employees and approved a part-time employee for the Department of Social Services through 2015 at its December meeting Tuesday.

Dale Oatman, the retiring Langlade County veterans service officer, introduced his replacement, John Zenkovich.

Supervisors also heard a stunning report on health hazards, presented by health department director, Ron Barger.

Barger brought a report that explains the requirements for reporting the hazards in residences and the ways the problem must be addressed.

Barger explained that the health problems do exist, noting that during 2013 there were 73 problems reported, 115 contacts made and 27 enforcement actions ordered.

His report has pages of upsetting pictures showing filled toilets, septic failures and contamination, stacks and stacks of trash and garbage, indoor environment problems, mold and other issues.

The hazards also include drug paraphernalia, structural issues, cases of hoarding, which Barger said are very difficult to control. He also noted animal neglect after stunning pictures in the report that were upsett
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