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Potato harvest, very critical to our area, slowed by soggy weather
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In a matter of days. The potato fields that cover the flats surrounding Antigo turned from dust to mud.

Heavy rains that swept through the area this week came at an inopportune point in the harvest, as heavy equipment had taken to the fields to dig the tubers that are among the major economic drivers of the community.

Growers have been working overtime between the raindrops, with crews eating on the run and digging and haul late into the evening and overnight hours as weather permits.

While it does not seem to be a threat quite yet, there is always a fear of an early fall frost, which a half century ago brought the harvest to an end.

But now, with advanced technology and dramatically improved equipment, the harvest can move ahead quickly but not when the fields are waterlogged.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wisconsin ranked third in the nation in 2015, the most recent numbers available, in number of acres planyed and harvested, with 63,000 acres in production.

Idaho was tops at 323,000 acres, followed by Washington at 170,000 and North Dakota at 82,000.

The Badger State’s potato production i
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POTATO HARVEST In a photograph taken just before this week’s heavy rains arrived, one of the Rine Ridge Farms harvesters rolled across a field south of Neva kicking up quite a dust storm. Growers here are hoping to get more of the 2016 crop tucked into storage quickly.
Colorful ceremony Wednesday marks Ho-Chunk ground-breaking
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An impressive ceremony marked the official ground-breaking for the new Ho-Chunk casino and hotel complex just north of Wittenberg Wednesday.

The tribe pulled out all of the stops for the event with a number of speakers, and an appearance by the Wasira Native Dance Troupe and the Lake Delton Singers under a big tent in front of the current gaming facility.

The tribe is planning a major project just north of the Highway 45-29 intersection during the next months to construct a five-level hotel and create other facilities to attract visitors and gamers to the central Wisconsin area.

At the program Wednesday Jon Greendeer, a former tribal president, was the master of ceremonies and offered a greeting to tribal members, many of them visiting from outside the area, Wittenberg residents and the press covering the ground-breaking.

Others speaking during the program included Elliot Funmaker, who explained the native dance troupe’s activities, Fletcher Collins, the executive manager of the Wittenberg Ho-Chunk operation, Wilfrid Cleveland, the Ho-Chunk Nation president, Kathy DeCamp, area III legislator and Royce Alsbach, the Miron Construction Co. manageme
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The Ho-Chunk tribal dancers posed for a picture Wednesday in Wittenberg.
'Fly into Fall' will raise Raptor funds
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Antigo Veterinary Clinic will Fly into Fall Saturday in a fund-raising event for the Raptor Education Group Inc.

The event, slated at the Amron Avenue clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be a mix of fun and education, with a major prize drawing for a lifetime of veterinary care for one pet.

Staff from REGI will bring birds for educational programs and there will even be an opportunity to try some bird yoga.

Those with bird brains are invited to try their hands at making a nest, which is far more intricate than one might think.

There will be tours of the clinic, coloring and pumpkin-carving contests, a water balloon throw and a silent auction.

Food and beverages will also be available.

There is no admission fee and all money raised from the drawings and raffles will go to REGI.

Sponsors of this year’s event include Integrity Realtors, LLC, Fred and Karen Hagedorn; Dan and Angela Sheldon and Mepps, Eye Clinic of Wisconsin, S.C., Langlade Ford, Volm Companies, Schulz Heating and Cooling, Ltd./Antigo Refrigeration & Heating, Ltd., Brickner's of Antigo, Gary Kieper and Kane Goerke of Thrivent Financial, and Parsons of Anti
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A REGI owl kept a close watch on youngsters looking at a display at last year’s Fly into Fall.
Band to spark football game Saturday
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The Antigo High School Marching Red Robins will present The True Heroes of Iwo Jima, its competition show, when the football team takes on the Merrill Bluejays Saturday at Schofield Stadium.

There will be another chance to see the show on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m., when the Robins host the Antigo Marching Showcase and welcomes other bands to Schofield Stadium.

The season continues at Merrill on Oct. 2, Baldwind-Woodville on Oct. 8, the University of Wisconisn-River Falls on Oct. 9 and the State Marching Band Championships at UW-Whitewater on Oct. 15.

After a flurry of fall performances, the Robins kicked off the competitive season this past weekend, competing at the Northstar Bandfest at Waukesha North High School on Sunday.

The band performed well, scoring a 61.85 and placed third while competing against larger southeast Wisconsin groups, Director Jeff Dewey said.

The band chose Iwo Jima as its showcase theme in keeping with the local roots and the traditions of the community. The three-song spectacle will pay tribute to those who fought in the deadly Pacific Theatre battle, in particular those who were unable to return home with their
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Emily Holbrook potraying a soldier in the Antigo High School Marching Red Robins’ production of "The True Heroes of Iwo Jima.
Stacks of books being moved as library continues its major renovation project
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The stacks of books have been place into storage and work is underway on renovations to the main public areas of the Antigo Public Library.

The major renovation project, which forced the library to close at the end of August, is on schedule, with the facility scheduled to reopen to the public in under two weeks.

Grand re-opening ceremonies are tentatively slated for Oct. 15.

The project is carefully choreographed chaos, with up to seven contractors working at one time on new carpeting, painting and electrical upgrades and other infrastructure improvements.

Initial improvements were focused in the staff office area, which has been substantially completed. Now work is focused on the library’s main room, with the stacks of books placed into storage and carpet replacement underway. There’s is also a fresh coat of paint on ceiling accent beams and a new high-tech and efficient circulation desk.

The main renovations carries a price tag of about $108,000, financed jointly by the city of Antigo, Langlade County and the library.
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Crews move books inside the Antigo Public Library in preparation for new carpeting.
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