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A community reflection on 2013, a pretty good year
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There is a strong superstition surrounding the number 13. 

Hotels don’t have a 13th floor, black cats are known to stalk on Friday the 13th and some even avoid major decisions on that day of the month.

But for Antigo and Langlade County, 2013 was a good year.

We have experienced a number of business gains and recent industrial news showing interest in our community and its residents.

They include:

— An announcement by Sartori that it has launched $14 million in capital improvements, a nice share of it at the Antigo cheese production facilities.

—The sale of an already strong and growing industry, Merit Gear, to Milwaukee’s Rexnord organization. Rexnord is a massive manufacturer expected to continue the growth that has been a Merit trademark.

— The continued growth of family-owned Volm Companies, a local firm that has scored amazing innovation and expansion over the decades. It is a centerpiece of commerce in the state of Wisconsin, doing business on an international platform in an amazing range of products from sophisticated robotics packaging machinery to bags for fruits, vegetables and more.

Truly impressive.


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Reflecting just 50 years back on Kennedy's death
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On this day a half century ago the world paused for the observance of President John Kennedy’s death.

It was a true tragedy which continues to be remembered and haunt Americans today, and likely into the future.

We are running the editorial the Journal published 50 years ago today on the front page of the Antigo Daily Journal:

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Profound shock, tinged with incredulity was the reaction of most Americans, together with millions of other people throughout the world to news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Words failed to express their grief and the sense of impaired security the startling news brought. With concern for their country’s future came a deep feeling of sympathy for members of the President’s family.

Not since the assassination of President McKinley, remembered only by the older people, has a would-be assassination of an American president succeeded, although there have been attempts on the lives of others who held the Nation’s highest office. Americans had come to feel that such crimes belonged to a past age, and that the security guard of the President was so efficient that an attack on him could not succeed. I
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Badgerland crowds will be welcomed addition to downtown this weekend
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We offer a hearty northwoods welcome to the 2,000-plus folks expected to visit downtown Antigo Sunday for the big Badgerland Classics and Customs Car Show.

The show will inaugurate the newly renovated Peaceful Valley festival grounds, but traffic and spectators will certainly spill throughout the community’s core.

While the revitalization of downtown remains a work in progress, we encourage the businesses who have committed to the heart of the community to put their best foot forward. There’s still time to get those windows washed, stoops swept, and debris picked up. And if your place looks good, spend a few minutes next door, at a neighboring building, enhancing its appearance as well. Only good things can result.

The city has certainly done its part, creating the park from what was once a blighted flood plain and, for Badgerland, even ordering a couple light pole banners specific to the show. They are hanging on Sixth Avenue between Superior and Field streets.

This Sunday’s show is only the first in what we hope will be a regular schedule of activities in the downtown core. We hope, eventually, for a return of Customer Appreciation Day to where it
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Hospital CEO outlines position on ambulance service
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(Editor’s note: This letter from Langlade Hospital CEO Dave Schneider was read at Wednesday’s meeting of the city’s Finance, Personnel & Legislative Committee. It outlines the hospital’s position on possible changes to the city’s ambulance service. The Antigo Journal requested, and received, permission to print it as a letter to the editor.)

Dear Mayor Brandt and Committee,

The purpose of this letter is to outline Langlade Hospital's position concerning the operations of the county-wide Emergency Medical and Ambulance services operated by the City of Antigo Fire Department. There has been a great deal of publicity recently concerning the Mayor's stated intention to outsource the operations of the EMS service and I would like the hospital's position in this important matter to be clearly stated.

The Antigo Fire Department is Langlade County's primary emergency responder and provides excellent emergency medical services. The well trained paramedics and EMTs take their public safety responsibilities very seriously and consistently deliver a high quality of patient care. The hospital depends upon the AFD to provide quick response and transportation of seriously
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Action to cut tours at White House is confusing, silly
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Our desks at the Antigo Daily Journal are certainly far removed from Washington, D.C., and at times decisions being made in that district make it seem even further away.

One of them came Tuesday when it was announced that because of overtime cost and the sequester, tours of the White House were being halted. That’s just weeks before thousands of high school students from across the land, and even more adults visit the city for spring tours that for decades have included the White House.

There is a temptation to think that the shutdown came as a high-level reminder of the sequester, but most right-thinking folks realize that the tours are run by volunteers and the overtime potential is likely limited to security personnel.

We complained years ago when the state of Wisconsin was on a money-saving binge, and closed most of the waysides. It was a very noticeable action to remind state residents that we needed to save money — but the action was mostly designed as a message.

We even coined a term for it —“waysidism”—and we have seen it repeated again and again at all levels of government and by all political persuasions. Other examples include closing DNR
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