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Page 2 Progress — 2011

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Progress — 2011 Page 3

Wireless Advantage expands in North

as demand for wireless services grow___________

While some businesses have strug- rural areas.”

gled to keep their doors open during the With demand for wireless service
tough economic times of the past three growing, the Dartons expanded to Iron-
years, Wireless Advantage in Eagle wood, Mich., and Antigo in 2009, and
River has witnessed unprecedented then Iron River, Mich., in 2010. The
growth. newest Wireless Advantage store in
Wireless Advantage, owned by Garth Crandon opened in February.
and Lisa Darton, is a Verizon Wireless Wireless Advantage now has 26 em-
premium retailer. ployees and will add two more at its
“The wireless business has not been new location in Crandon.
affected by recent economical chal- “We are a Verizon Wireless premium
lenges like other businesses,” said retailer, which means we have achieved
Garth Darton. “In fact, it has grown a higher status with Verizon based on
substantially due to people disconnect- customer satisfaction, store presenta-
ing home lines and just going wireless tion, product lines and volume of sales,”
to save on family budgets.” said Garth Darton, who saw company
The Dartons first entered the wire- gross sales reach more than $3 million
less business with Cellcom in 1994, in 2010.
opening their first store in Eagle River. “Our success is based on customer
“It was just Lisa and I, plus one em- service,” said Darton. “You only get one
ployee,” said Darton, who said sales chance to make a first impression. We
that first year were approximately try to make it the best one.”
$195,000. “We basically did everything The Dartons said they have many Garth and Lisa Darton, owners of Wireless Advantage, have expanded their Veri-
ourselves until we expanded.” excellent employees who are committed zon Wireless business to seven communities. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTOS
In 2006, Alltel purchased Cellcom. to helping people with their wireless
The Alltel namebrand allowed the Dar- needs. the business, according to Justin “Users can download movies in minutes
tons to expand Wireless Advantage to “Our sales specialists are compensat- Micheau, director of operations for and photos in seconds. Apps, games,
Rhinelander in 2007 and Minocqua in ed for both the sale and the customer Wireless Advantage. news — it’s what you want, when you
2008. satisfaction index,” said Lisa Darton. “Our progress and success can be at- want it.
There were additional and better “This makes the visit to our store the tributed to our two most valuable as- “Verizon Wireless network also pro-
changes in store for the Dartons, as Ver- same for the customer, no matter if they sets, our customer and our employees,” vides customers with the largest and
izon purchased Alltel in 2009. are here to purchase something or said Micheau. most reliable 3G network in America,”
“With Verizon, we were able to offer make a bill payment or resolve any is- Micheau said Verizon Wireless con- added Micheau. “That means you get
so much more — better handsets, acces- sues.” tinues to offer new plans and acces- connections from a network you can
sories and nationwide pricing, not local Wireless Advantage employees par- sories for the customers. trust.”
pricing,” said Lisa Darton. “Our newest ticipate in monthly training seminars “New offerings from Verizon Wireless Other Verizon Wireless services in-
and most exciting offering is high-speed and Internet classes to stay fully edu- include the fastest, most advanced 4G clude Friends and Family referral re-
wireless Internet, which is great for our cated on changes and upgrades with network in America,” said Micheau. wards and mobile-to-mobile nationwide
calling plans.
“Being associated with the Verizon
Wireless national brand means cus-
tomers will find that pricing is the same
right here in Eagle River as compared
to other areas of the state or country,”
said Micheau.
Locally, the Dartons are supporters
of Northland Pines High School athlet-
ic programs, the Northwoods United
Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of Langlade
County and Cole’s Foundation in vari-
ous communities. The Dartons have two
daughters, Bridgette and Holly, who are
student athletes at Northland Pines.
“Together with our employees, we
were able to raise $960 this year for the
United Way, gave $226 to the Cole’s
Foundation and $460 to the Boys and
Girls Club of Langlade County,” said
Lisa Darton.
The Dartons said they are proud to
be involved in the local communities.
“We are locally owned and operated,
so the money stays in the community,”
said Garth Darton. “And with soon-to-
be seven stores, you can get the service
Wireless Advantage has 28 employees to serve clients with all employees participate in monthly training seminars to stay ed- you deserve at any of our convenient lo-
their wireless communication needs. The Wireless Advantage ucated in technology changes with wireless phones. cations.”
Page 4 Progress — 2011

Marshfield Clinic Eagle River Center

adds staff to better serve community
Marshfield Clinic Eagle River Cen- Hrdina received her undergraduate
ter saw many changes in the past year, education at Chicago Medical School
including the addition of a new doctor in North Chicago, Ill., and her medical
and physician assistant (PA), which degree from Rush Medical College in
will allow the clinic to extend its hours Chicago, where she graduated in the
and better accommodate area resi- upper 10th percentile of her class. She
dents. completed her residency in family
The clinic welcomed Dr. Diane Hrdi- practice through the Mercy Family
na and Jill Brunstad, PA, to the fami- Residency Program in Janesville,
ly medicine department, which pro- where she was chief resident and also
vides complete health care for the en- awarded Family Physician of the Year
tire family at the Eagle River Center. as well as Educator of the Year.
Along with new family medicine Hrdina is board certified by the
providers, the Eagle River Center con- American Board of Family Practice,
tinues to offer obstetrics/gynecology and licensed in the states of Wiscon-
with Dr. John Twelmeyer; urology sin, Illinois and Arizona. She is also a
with Jennifer Dodge, PA; pediatrics member of the American Academy of
with Dr. Joanna Gudel; orthopedics Family Practice and the American
with Dr. Hugh Bogumill; nutrition and Medical Society.
weight management, lab, radiology Fender said she anticipates im-
and electrocardiogram, as well as mo- proved care for health-care clients in
bile bone density and mammography the coming year.
services. JILL BRUNSTAD, P.A. DR. DIANE HRDINA “The new family medicine providers
In addition, Dr. Richard Reinhart, have offered us the opportunity to pro-
Marshfield Clinic cardiologist, sees pa- vide more convenient appointments
tients in Eagle River as part of the cause I believed this move would allow Brunstad received her master’s of and expand hours on weekdays for
Marshfield Clinic/Ministry Health me to practice medicine the way I be- physician assistant studies at DeSales people in Eagle River,” said Fender. “In
Care Heart Care team at Ministry fa- lieve it should be practiced,” she said. University in Center Valley, Pa. She the coming year, we are looking for-
cilities in Eagle River. “We work to create a place where our received her bachelor of science degree ward to sharpening our focus on pa-
Eagle River Center manager Caro- patients feel all their medical needs in microbiology from UW-La Crosse. tient-centered, accessible, high-quality
line Fender said the new additions to are met. A place they feel safe, com- She served as a PA most recently health care.”
the staff would help the center move forted and respected — where health, with the Eastern Regional Pain Spe- For more information or to make an
forward. joy and aspirations are nurtured.” cialists in Goldsboro, N.C. She has ex- appointment, people can contact the
“We are so glad that Dr. Hrdina and Brunstad said she appreciates the pertise in women’s health care and a Marshfield Clinic Eagle River Center
Jill Brunstad, PA, chose to come to intimate Eagle River community that special interest in teen pregnancy. at (715) 479-0400.
Marshfield Clinic Eagle River Center has embraced her.
in this past year,” she said. “They are “I chose to come to Eagle River be-
both knowledgeable and approachable
family health providers who are truly
welcome additions to our clinic. They
cause I want to raise my family in a
small, close-knit community, and to
feel like I could make a difference with
my skills and knowledge,” she said. “I
are helping the Eagle River Center to
progress in ways that will best serve have found Eagle River to be very wel- subscriptions
our patients.” coming to my family, and I enjoy living
Hrdina said her decision to come to in the community that I serve.” go to
Eagle River was based on a desire to Since her arrival in Eagle River,
adhere to her medical philosophy. Brunstad has become involved in the
“I chose to come to Marshfield Clin-
ic Eagle River Center this year be-
community through the Northwoods
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Progress — 2011 Page 5

Waldmann Construction celebrates

25 years of building in the North Woods
St. Germain company
is certified ‘green’ builder

Brad and Judy Waldmann moved to Energy Star partner, committed to

St. Germain in 1985 to fulfill their protecting the environment with sus-
dream of living in the North Woods. tainable, low-maintenance, energy-ef-
Just days before ringing in the New ficient homes,” said Brad Waldmann.
Year, they took over ownership of the The green building industry is
Dutch Door Tavern and began their growing by leaps and bounds, despite
25-year journey. the recent downturn in the economy,
By making contacts through the with Waldmann building seven Ener-
tavern’s customers, Brad Waldmann gy Star-certified homes over the past
began performing small carpentry-re- two years.
lated projects with the help of just a “A Wisconsin Energy Star-certified
few friends. home is more efficient in terms of
In 1990, after losing the Dutch Door heating than similar-sized new homes
to a fire the pre- built in Wiscon-
vious winter, sin,” explained
they became rec- Brad Waldmann.
ognized as tal- Last year,
ented builders as Waldmann Con-
the new Dutch struction became
Door Tavern trained and cer-
building took tified by Energy
shape. Wald- Star to perform
mann Construc- home energy au-
tion soon hired dits. An energy
several full-time audit may be
employees and Waldmann Construction builds many performed in
began the busi- sizes and styles of homes, including order to maxi-
ness of building lakeside cottages. mize comfort and
homes. safety, while
The business grew, as did the firm’s minimizing utility bills.
reputation. With Brad Waldmann’s de- In the last 25 years, Waldmann
sign skills, many homes became Construction has grown to its current
unique statements to the owners’ indi- status of up to 45 highly trained indi-
vidual preferences. viduals.
“Clients knew they could count on “For optimum quality control, we
him to complete their project on time employ only the highest-skilled per-
and within budget,” said Judy Wald- sonnel,” said Judy Waldmann. Waldmann Construction designers can meet the customers’ needs when it comes
mann. As a general contractor, Waldmann to the interior or the home, from modern to more rustic. --Contributed Photos
In 1993, Waldmann Construction Construction manages the entire
became incorporated and added the building experience from start to fin-
rest of its current in-house trades, ish.
which include excavation, concrete, “We keep a watchful eye and hands-
custom cabinetry, drywall and paint- on approach from the moment the
ing. client chooses a plan to the day they
In addition to homes, Waldmann move into their finished project,” said
Construction has built many recogniz- Brad Waldmann. “Our philosophy that
able commercial buildings including a successful project leaves a lasting
fire stations in St. Germain, Eagle positive influence on everyone in-
River, Three Lakes and Newbold, and volved has led to repeat business from
the First National Bank buildings in past clients and many lifelong friend-
St. Germain and Three Lakes. ships.”
Waldmann Construction also has Waldmann Construction is licensed
designed and built additions to many in Wisconsin and Michigan. Photos of
churches in the area, including St. their many projects and more infor-
Mary’s Catholic Church in Sayner, Ely mation can be found on their website
United Church of Christ in Land O’ at
Lakes and Pioneer Lake Lutheran Waldmann Construction is located
Church in Conover. in St. Germain, between Minocqua
“As attention to our environment and Eagle River, at 6221 Highway 70
became an issue in the building indus- East. The office may be contacted at
try, Waldmann Construction became a (715) 479-3132 or waldmannconstruc- This Waldmann Construction home features large windows to view the outdoors
certified ‘green’ builder and Wisconsin and a sprawling deck for summer entertaining.
Page 6 Progress — 2011

The Beauty Resort salon and spa

brings new trends to the North Woods
The Beauty Resort, a full-service
salon and spa dedicated to “bringing
out the beauty” in each of its clients,
marks its fifth anniversary under the
ownership of Tiffany Krueger in 2011.
Krueger took ownership of the salon
Feb. 6, 2006, at 201 West Pine St. in
Eagle River.
Today, 12 professional technicians
are employed. Their years of experience
in the profession total more than 100
The salon’s longest-serving employ-
ee is Laurie Kordula, who has worked
at The Beauty Resort for 18 years (13 of
which were with the prior owner).
Additional staff members include
Linda Stuckart, Tiphanie Joslin,
Michelle Larson, Brittany Krueger,
Fallon Bauknecht, Ashley Snyder,
Tracy Klessig, Andrea Hansen, Joyce
Huber, April Crass and Janet Nowers.

Continuing education
“Our staff is dedicated to new tech-
niques and trends, along with ongoing
continuing education,” said Tiffany
Last January, the salon hosted a The Beauty Resort staff includes, front row, from left, Brittany Snyder, Tracy Klessig, Tiffany Krueger, Laurie Kordula, April
Keratine Smoothing System seminar, Krueger, Linda Stuckart, Tiphanie Joslin, Fallon Bauknecht Crass, Michelle Larson and Janet Nowers.
not just for in-house staff, but also for and Rhiannon Cira; and back row, Andrea Hansen, Ashley --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
area salon owners and their employ-
ees. staff members attend to grow in their Helping the community cancer treatments who anonymously
Recently, Tiffany Krueger and salon profession. Tiffany Krueger said The Beauty receive a gift certificate in the mail
employee Brittany Krueger attended Resort also “strives to serve our com- from The Beauty Resort. The program
the 2011 Redken Symposium in Las Services and products munity.” also is for caregivers.
Vegas, Nev., an internatinal hair show. Clients of The Beauty Resort take Past salon-sponsored events have “Of course, the staff enjoys putting
“This symposium is the industry’s advantage of many types of hair ser- included blood drives (the next blood together special events like last year’s
most inspiring, award-winning educa- vices, including extensions. Staff also drive will be Feb. 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Christmas in July, an in-house bake
tional event, attended by more than offer waxing, tanning, massages, facials, the salon); Can For a Tan, a program to sale which benefits Relay For Life, and
8,000 stylists from around the world,” nails, ear piercing, wedding updos, support and aid the Vilas Food Pantry; even Girl’s Night Out events during
said Tiffany Krueger. “During the makeup, along with the newest service Kindness for Kids toy drop-off site the winter months,” said Tiffany
symposium, stylists learned the latest — Keratine smoothing treatment. each December; Relay For Life partici- Krueger.
trends, and creative color, design and The Beauty Resort offers a compre- pation with Locks of Love; and Vilas The Beauty Resort hours are Mon-
finishing techniques to advance their hensive product line, including Aveda County Animal Shelter wish list drop- days through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7
skills and inspire your future.” hair, makeup and skin care products. off site. p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sat-
Last year, several other stylists at- Other product lines include Bed Head, The Beauty Resort also gives to the urdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The salon and
tended the Minnesota Premier Hair Nioxin, Redken, Kevin Murphy, Matrix Hours of Comfort program (in conjunc- spa is closed Sundays. For more infor-
Show — one of several educational op- and Biolage, most of which offer prod- tion with Beading Buds), a program mation or an appointment, call (715)
portunities that The Beauty Resort ucts for men and women alike. for those suffering from the effects of 479-1111.

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Progress — 2011 Page 7

ChoiceTEL plans broadband expansion

with ‘fiber to the home’ outside of city

ChoiceTEL, a locally owned and op- cable consists of a very thin, very pure
erated communications business, will glass, allowing more fibers to be bun-
extend its fiber-optic cable services dled in a size equivalent to a copper
outside the Eagle River city limits this cable. Data transmitted through fiber-
spring, bringing high-speed broad- optic cable travels in the form of light
band into area communities. at 127,000 miles per second.
“The North Woods deserves the “Unlike copper, the light signal in
best, and running fiber to your home one fiber does not interfere with sig-
and business is the answer to our cur- nals in other fiber-optic cables, so it
rent and future needs,” said Choice- provides both clearer phone conversa-
TEL CEO Ted Bogeman. “We current- tions and faster data transfers,” he
ly have fiber-optic cable throughout said. “Fiber does not conduct electrici-
the city of Eagle River and our plans ty so lightning storms are not a con-
are to run fiber to all areas of Vilas cern. Fiber has a life expectancy of 100
County over the next few years.” years, so the maintenance is much
Bogeman said the first expansion lower than copper lines.”
will be west of Eagle River to the St. Bogeman said there is a difference
Germain and Sayner areas. That will between technology companies.
be followed with expansion to the east, “Some companies in the area are
north and south of the city to all sur- talking about their fiber networks, but
rounding communities. unless you have a fiber-optic cable run
North Woods businesses and homes directly into your home or business, it
require greater bandwidth and more is not a complete fiber network,” he
reliable Internet connections than said. “ChoiceTEL is the only company ChoiceTEL is expanding the fiber-optic network to North Woods communities,
they did in previous years. For that in the North Woods running fiber to bringing high-speed Internet to businesses and homes. --Contributed Photos
reason, Bogeman said running “fiber the home, a true complete fiber-optic
to the home” will serve those needs network. fiber network. The more residences training followed. In September 2007,
and more. ChoiceTEL also has adopted a “Go and businesses that sign up for our the Bogemans began working with
“We will be able to provide true Green Plan,” according to Bogeman. services, the farther and faster we can Corning Cable Systems to plan their
broadband speed up to 100 megabits, “We will be keeping our North build out to the underserved commu- fiber deployment.
landline-based telephone service and Woods beautiful by using low-profile nities.” In October 2007, the Bogemans
high-definition interactive television,” enclosures made of recycled materi- said they finalized the outside plan
he said. als,” he said. Six-year project with Corning Engineers and, in
Bogeman explained that fiber-optic The “Go Green Plan” also includes The Bogeman family has operated November 2007, their suppliers final-
underground planning that will not Northern Net Exposure (NNEX), an ized orders of fiber cable, connectors
harm the environment or destroy the Internet service provider, for the past and test equipment.
aesthetics of North Woods forests and 13 years. The Bogemans saw their first
lakes. “We have enjoyed our loyal cus- spools of fiber delivered in December
In addition, ChoiceTEL’s fiber-optic tomers over the years and consider 2007 and, in January 2008, they
network is monitored 24 hours a day, them friends and neighbors,” said Bo- began their fiber network. During
seven days a week, and technicians geman. “Now we are bringing the 2008, ChoiceTEL trucks were out
will respond to any service-affecting North Woods into the future, keeping daily hanging fiber cable throughout
situation immediately, said Bogeman. up with the most cutting-edge technol- the city of Eagle River.
“ChoiceTEL technicians live within ogy, and by growing into a competitive “It was a long road to our first goal,
a mile of our office, so travel time is telephone and Internet company.” but we made it and are still going
limited,” he said. “All of our employees Bogeman said his company has strong,” said Bogeman.
are local people, keeping our economy been working on bringing true broad- ChoiceTEL connected its first cus-
growing.” band to the North Woods area for the tomer Feb. 15, 2008, and has contin-
Bogeman said plans are to hire past six years. ued to connect many area businesses
many more local employees within the In September of 2006, he attended and homes with high-speed access and
next year. the Fiber to the Home conference. telephone services over the past years.
“Tech support and billing are done Armed with the knowledge of the con- Bogeman said there have been
through our Eagle River office. We ference, the Bogemans decided to many outstanding people in the com-
never outsource our support or have move forward with their goal. munity who have contributed to
phone trees to work your way By October and November of 2006, ChoiceTEL’s fiber deployment.
through,” he said. “If you call our office they had feasibility studies done by an “Current fiber to the home cus-
during business hours, we answer our independent company. In December tomers are the backbone of our com-
phone and you can always stop by and 2006, they received competitive local munity and our company thanks you
talk to us face-to-face.” exchange carrier status in the state of so much for placing your trust in a
He said it is important for people to Wisconsin and from January through local family company,” he said. “Spe-
keep their telephone and Internet dol- April 2007, they attended fiber-optic cial thanks to the city of Eagle River
lars in the local economy. training. for all of their help and encourage-
“ChoiceTEL is an investment in our “Meanwhile, the state of Wisconsin ment on our project. We couldn’t have
community,” said Bogeman. “Living in granted us a tax incentive to grow our done it without you.”
ChoicTEL technicians respond to any the North Woods, everyone knows the fiber network,” said Bogeman. The ChoiceTEL office is located at
service-affecting situation and the net- importance of doing business locally. In May 2007, their telephone switch 118 Spruce St., Eagle River, and the
work is monitored 24 hours a day. In this case, it is key to building our was delivered and installed, and more phone number is (715) 480-4800.
Page 8 Progress — 2011

Sedlak Chevrolet Buick Inc. committed

to making automobile purchase positive

Sedlak Chevrolet Buick Inc., a fam-

ily owned and operated business, has
been serving the North Woods with
automotive sales and service for more
than 40 years.
Established in 1968 by the Sedlak
family, the dealership is located at
8240 Highway 52 S. in Minocqua.
“We are still family owned and oper-
ated and that family driven attitude is
carried through the employees
straight to our customers,” said Gener-
al Manager Richard Sedlak.
“After 40-plus years, we are proud
to say that we have served generations
of other families,” he said. “We invite
you to experience our brand of hospi-
tality and professionalism.”
Several changes have recently
taken place at Sedlak Chevrolet Buick
Inc., according to Sedlak.
Mike Harty, the new general sales
manager, joined the organization last
August. In addition, Amy Charboneau
was hired as the new business manag-
er and the dealership added new sales-
“We have increased our new and
used car inventory considerably, and
we have lowered our prices,” said
Harty. “We have a price guarantee —
we will meet or beat any of our com-
petitors’ prices on any vehicle, new or
Since the changes six months ago,
Sedlak Chevrolet Buick Inc., has sold
50 more vehicles compared to the Sedlak Chevrolet Buick in Minocqua has served the North ership offers new and used cars and trucks, and an award-
same period last year, according to since 1968. The family-owned and operated automobile deal- winning service department. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTOS
sales reports.
“We are committed to making car award-winning service department, cility. Our factory-trained, ASE-certi- repair, our goal is to provide you with
buying a pleasant experience for all,” led by service manager Jessie Halver- fied technicians have more than 125 the highest-quality service,” said
said Harty. son. years of combined experience,” said Halverson. “Visit our website at sed-
The dealership also offers an “We are a full-service GM repair fa- Halverson. “We have the expertise and and take advantage of
technology to meet all of your service the many service coupons available for
needs.” your maintenance and repairs.”
No appointment is needed for gen- The Sedlak parts department offers
eral maintenance, such as oil changes GM brand and after-market acces-
and tire rotations. Halverson said all sories. Customers can call or stop in
service repairs are backed with a 12- for any accessory for any car, truck,
month, 12,000-mile parts and labor van or sport utility vehicle.
warranty, and certain parts have a “Our plan for the future is to contin-
limited lifetime parts warranty. ue to treat our customers the way we
“Our GM-trained service advisors want to be treated. Every customer
have the knowledge to take the guess- who walks through our doors will real-
work out of caring for your vehicle. ize that we are committed to making
Your safety and satisfaction is our No. their visit a very positive one,” said
1 goal,” she said. “Customers will feel Harty. “Our goal is to make you a
confident that they are getting knowl- member of our family for a lifetime.”
edgeable and quality service when Hours for the sales department are
they bring their vehicles here to be re- 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through
paired.” Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur-
The Sedlak service department days. The service department is open
also offers a Quick Lube shop for oil from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through
changes. “We offer a free oil change Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
after every fifth oil change you do with For more information, call (715)
The Sedlak sales staff includes, from left, sales manager Mike Harty, Mike us,” said Halverson. 356-3262 or 1-(800) 443-2044 or visit
Thibeau, Jenny Ortwein, Amy Charboneau, Jean Rein and Becki Rattenbach. “Whether it’s for a minor or major
Progress — 2011 Page 9

YMCA of the Northwoods-Eagle River Branch

expands its services for almost 600 members

It has been almost eight years since community so valuable.

the YMCA of the Northwoods first The Y is an inclusive organization
brought programming to the Eagle of men, women and children who join
River area. together with a shared commitment to
The project that started as Y pro- nurture the potential of children, pro-
gram outreach was originally located mote healthy living and foster a sense
in the old Tula’s building next to Trig’s of community responsibility. These
on Wall Street in Eagle River. ideals guide our activities and pro-
As time passed, more and more ser- grams as we work to strengthen the
vices and programs were added and foundations of our community and
the outreach services turned into a promote lasting personal and social
program center. change.
In 2007, the Northland Pines
School District and the YMCA of the Founders campaign
Northwoods worked together to devel- From its inception, the Eagle River
op an innovative solution to develop Branch board of directors knew they
the Y and the collaborative arrange- needed to raise funds to help the
ment between the school and the Y dream of having a YMCA in Eagle
was created. River come true. In 2009, the board
This arrangement provided bene- started a founders campaign to pro-
fits for all involved. The school could vide the monies needed for branch de-
share its beautiful and well-equipped velopment. Generous community
fitness center with the public through members and businesses donated and
membership at the Y and in return, pledged almost $140,000 toward the
the Y would staff it, maintain the founders campaign goal of $200,000.
equipment and make certain improve- It is the board’s vision to build a Y
ments. facility on the Northland Pines cam-
Today, the Eagle River Branch of pus to further expand the services and
the YMCA of the Northwoods has al- community commitment. The process
most 600 members, not counting that at a glance appears slow, has
Northland Pines students who use the been a steady, responsible approach to
facilities at no charge, Silver Sneakers building the membership and pro-
participants or association members gramming necessary to sustain a
who make the branch their home Y. building well into the future.
Along with membership, the Y of- When the board of directors initiat-
fers multiple programs, special events ed the founders campaign, they had The YMCA of the Northwoods-Eagle River Branch has continued to expand its
and provides thousands of dollars in several imperative goals in mind. The programs for adults and students at the Pines Fitness Center. --Contibuted Photo
scholarships given to those who would first goal was to raise enough funds to
like a membership but don’t have the hire an executive director. Once that tor for the YMCA of the Northwoods- venture Alley. Adventure Alley is a
funds to pay. director was hired, the next milestone Eagle River Branch. Under her super- free benefit to members and $3 for
While at first glance the YMCA of was to position the Eagle River Y to vision, a number of changes have been nonmembers. Parents must remain on
the Northwoods-Eagle River Branch, start preparations for a capital cam- made that have helped the center site while their child is in Adventure
looks primarily like a fitness center, it paign. grow in membership and in status. Alley day care.
is much more than that. It is the car- Last summer, the local board of di- In September 2010, Stacy Stroud
rying out of the Y mission and focus rectors fulfilled the first milestone by Y hours expanded was hired as program director for the
that makes having a YMCA in the hiring Nancy Ellis as executive direc- Last summer, the center moved its branch. In her short time with the Y,
business offices out of the Phoenix she has provided a soccer camp, a car-
Center and into the fitness center, nival night, the after-school program
eliminating the need to close the cen- in St. Germain, School’s Out programs
ter down in the middle of the day. The and a “wee play” program for young
move consolidates most of the Eagle children to learn the basics of sports.
River Branch services into one loca- She also has added popular classes
tion and supports elimination of the such as Zumba, Step & Tone and a
midday gap in fitness center hours. Saturday Showdown to the existing
The Fitness Center in the North- programming.
land Pines High School is now open The Y is currently preparing for two
from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays of its annual events — the Ski Brule
through Thursdays; 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. trip and the father/daughter dance.
Fridays; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; Details are available online at ym-
and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. In-person or by calling
registration for membership and (715) 479-9500.
classes, children’s programs, and per- Community members are welcome
sonal training can now be handled in to visit the fitness center at any time
the Northland Pines YMCA Fitness to inquire about membership, take a
Center office at any time during the tour and learn about the many pro-
hours it is open. grams the YMCA offers. Door 16 at the
The YMCA of the Northwoods held its second annual Moonshine Run on the Another service now provided by Northland Pines High School is the
streets of downtown Eagle River last July. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO the Y is drop-in child care called Ad- entrance for the Y.
Page 10 Progress — 2011



When you need quality products and friendly, professional service.

Depend on the people at Nelson’s for all your needs.

• Hallmark Cards • Lawn & Garden Supplies • Hand & Power Tools • Carhartt Clothing
• Vast Battery Selection • Plumbing & Electrical Supplies & Fixtures
• Automotive Supplies • Keys Duplicated • Cleaning Supplies

Open 7 days a week to serve you
606 E. Wall, Eagle River
Hardware 715-479-4496
Progress — 2011 Page 11

Finding the right snowshoes depends on where you plan to go.
For me it’s all about breaking new trails, and since Nancy helped me
get my diabetes under control, I’m up to the challenge. She went
above and beyond, even raising money to help me get treatment.
Now my biggest concern is where the next trail leads.

Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital | 201 Hospital Road, Eagle River | 715.356.8870 |
Page 12 Progress — 2011

About the cover:

When it comes to communicating in

the 21st century, Wireless Advan-
tage is ready to help customers with
their communication needs. Own-
ers Garth and Lisa Darton have
opened seven stores as a Verizon
Wireless Premium Dealer.
--News-Review Photo


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Published by Eagle River Publications, Inc.,

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Phone 715-479-4421 • Fax 715-479-6242

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now available
on the Web at:
Progress — 2011 Page 13

Northwoods Furniture Gallery

expands showroom, products
New outlet store
opens on Hwy. 70
in Eagle River
Allen and Karen Jung purchased
Northwoods Furniture Gallery in
Eagle River in April of 2007 and have
been expanding ever since.
“We were given a great opportunity
to develop and expand a local busi-
ness. It’s hard to believe that we will
soon be celebrating our fourth year,”
said Allen Jung.
The Jungs said they have changed
many things since buying the store.
“The interior of the store has been
redesigned to give it a warm, comfort-
able, homelike appearance,” said
Karen Jung. “We’ve also upgraded our
merchandise lineup. We specialize in
handcrafted and custom-designed fur-
niture. By working with smaller, inde-
pendent furniture makers, we are able Northwoods Furniture Gallary in
to give our customers something Eagle River has expanded its
unique for their homes. And we make showrooms and products since it
sure that our prices are affordable.” opened in 2007. The main store,
In spite of the slow economic times above, is located at 630 Highway
of the past few years, the business has 45 South. The store will complete a
continued to grow. In April of 2010, the 4,000-square-foot expansion proj-
Jungs realized that they needed more ect, right, this spring. The Jungs
showroom and warehouse space. also recently opened the North-
They made the decision to move the woods Furniture Outlet Store,
warehouse to an off-site location and below, off Highway 70 West at 1171
expand the existing gallery showroom. Twilite Lane in Eagle River.
The final phase of the gallery expan- --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTOS
sion will be finished this spring. It will
offer an additional 4,000 square feet to
showcase more furniture.
In addition to the gallery store ex-
pansion, they opened Northwoods
Furniture Outlet on Highway 70 West
in Eagle River. The outlet store fea-
tures closeouts, overstocks and discon-
tinued items from the gallery store, as
well as special manufacturer deals.
“We’re always looking for ways to
assist our customers in filling their
furniture needs,” said Allen Jung.
“Our friendly, noncommissioned sales
staff are here to help, not to push you
into buying something you may not re-
ally like.”
“And we also now have an in-store
interior design service for customers
who want a little more assistance with
room planning,” added Karen Jung.
“We’d like to thank all of our loyal
customers for their support and look
forward to this exciting new year
ahead. Watch for our grand reopening
in spring and other special events
throughout 2011. Stop in and see
what’s new at Northwoods Furniture
Gallery — where friends meet
friends,” said Allen.
Page 14 Progress — 2011

Devoted to the community

First National Bank responsible, committed
Progress at First National Bank of needs a home loan, a small-business
Eagle River isn’t about the remarkable loan, a personal loan or any other form
growth since 1922, but the devotion to of financing, we work with our cus-
its community that remains at the core tomers to find the right loan that
of our business. makes sense for their individual cir-
“We take our responsibility and com- cumstances. We don’t use third-party
mitment to our North Woods communi- closing agents or centralized under-
ty seriously each and every day. It’s writing centers with distant 800 num-
part of our mission,” said Tom Ellis, bers. Your loan is originated, under-
president and CEO of First National written and closed at the office by the
Bank of Eagle River. lender or branch manager.”
“We are here for our customers. We For added convenience, First Na-
take pride in our strong value system, tional Bank of Eagle River also keeps
based on commonsense banking princi- current with banking technology. Cus-
ples,” said Ellis. “We are well run, well tomers can use online banking, includ-
capitalized and tightly regulated. As a ing bill pay and online statements.
locally owned and operated community Telephone banking also is very popular.
bank, we are proud to continue our “First National Bank of Eagle River
support in building a strong communi- is truly a North Woods bank,” said
ty. We are reliable, responsible and Ellis. “Where other banks may have
committed.” branches here, we have our roots. Our
Despite the ebb and flow of the econ- team members and board of directors
omy, First National Bank of Eagle live and raise their families here in the
River has survived a world war and the North Woods.” First National Bank has been in Eagle River since 1922 and now includes branch
Great Depression, all without govern- Branch locations include Eagle locations in Phelps, Three Lakes and St. Germain. --Contributed Photo
ment bailout. River, Phelps, Three Lakes and St. Ger-
“First National continues to serve main. next 89 years and beyond,” said Ellis. Phelps, St. Germain and Three Lakes.
and lend to our community,” said “Given this solid foundation to draw “That’s progress.” The toll-free telephone number is 1-
Patrick Nickel, vice president and chief upon, First National Bank of Eagle First National Bank of Eagle River (888) 479-4406 or find them on the Web
lending officer. “Whether someone River will continue to thrive for the branch locations in Eagle River, at

Vilas forms group to stimulate economy

The initial priorities of Stubbe are
BY KEN ANDERSON fundraising, identification of revenue
___________ opportunities, and executing the strate-
gic and work plans. The board’s goal is
The Vilas County Economic Develop- to have the organization self-funded
ment Corp. was created in January within three years.
2010 by the Vilas County Board of Su- The board identified one significant
pervisors and in its initial year saw con- obstacle to business expansion and de-
siderable progress in organizing itself velopment in this relatively rural area
into a functioning entity. — the lack of high-speed Internet.
During its first 12 months, the corpo- One of the first tasks of the corpora-
ration named a board of directors, elect- tion board was to form a broadband
ed officers, developed a strategic plan, task force to search for information on
moved from an interim director to hir- the high-speed Internet issue and to
ing a permanent director, and started seek partnerships with existing
developing partnerships to further the The economic development board includes, front row, from left, board officers Jim providers. A request for proposals was
economic activity of the county. Levandoski, treasurer; Bill Lochte, vice chairman; Steven Burrill, chairman; and John sent to eight Internet service providers
Summer resident Steven Burrill was McGraw, secretary; back row, Dick Leinenkugel, Emil Bakka, Jeff Collins, Barry to bring wider broadband access to
elected chairman and was joined by McLeane, Bob Egan, Collette Sorgel, Emerson Coy and Ken Stubbe, executive di- Vilas County.
Vice Chairman Bill Lochte, Treasurer rector. Missing from photo were Mary Cole Laub and Joe Laux. --Contributed Photo In the first year, the corporation also
Jim Levandoski and Secretary John established a Vilas County Inventors
McGraw. Other directors are Emil The vision of the corporation is to collaborative climate to support eco- and Entrepreneurs Club and partnered
Bakka, Mary Cole Laub, Jeff Collins, create a successful public-private part- nomic growth. with Nicolet College to survey existing
Emerson Coy, Bob Egan, Joe Laux, nership that stimulates sustainable In its first year, with financial sup- businesses on their plans for growth.
Barry McLeane, Collette Sorgel and economic growth throughout Vilas port from taxpayers, Leinenkugel was In December, the formation of an
Dick Leinenkugel. County. The mission is to provide inno- hired as the interim director. A search Angel Network was started for poten-
Early in the process, a vision and vative leadership to improve business- was conducted for a permanent director tial investors. The investment Angel
mission statement was adopted along es, communities and residents, and pro- during 2010 and Ken Stubbe was se- Network, dubbed “Northwoods Angels,”
with a 2010 work plan. Seed funding for mote creation and retention of viable lected to be the corporation’s first exec- provides mentoring and capital for en-
the corporation, formed as a not-for- businesses and quality jobs. utive director. Stubbe earned his under- trepreneurs and business start-ups.
profit 501(c)3, came from Vilas County, Burrill said the corporation will act graduate degree in North Dakota and The Vilas County Economic Develop-
with the county board of supervisors with transparency and integrity and did his graduate work in Minnesota. He ment Corp. website is
approving $100,000 for the corporation where appropriate will partner with began his duties as executive director and the toll-free
in its 2011 budget. local, regional and state agencies in a Dec. 1, 2010. phone number is 1-(866)-306-3690.
Progress — 2011 Page 15

New GreenStone model open

CornerStone Custom Builders goes ‘green’
with energy-saving designs and materials
CornerStone Custom Builders Inc.
has recently completed its 21st year
supplying custom-built homes varying
in style, size and function to fulfill its
customers’ visions throughout the
North Woods.
“We have always prided ourselves on
being an innovative business able to
adjust to the current trends and desires
of our clients,” said Glenn Schiffmann,
owner of CornerStone. “This motivation
is what triggered us to build our newest
model — the GreenStone — at our
Minocqua location this past fall.”
The 1,925-square-foot GreenStone
model will be certified through the fol-
lowing four programs once the certifica-
tion process is complete: Wisconsin
Green Built Initiative, Energy Star,
NAHB Green Built Home and The
Builders Challenge.
“We are very excited to offer these
four certification options to our home-
owners who wish to take their homes a
step further and go green,” said Schiff-
Green building is as much about
practices, product life cycle and durabil-
ity as it is about healthy living environ-
ments, says Schiffmann. CornerStone Custom Builders Inc. has model homes in Eagle nity to view the details of a CornerStone home. This cedar
“We have found our present open- River, Minocqua and Rhinelander, offering clients the opportu- model home is located in Eagle River. --Contributed Photo
wall component building system to be
the perfect fit for the green building Our homes are custom built with an cess,” said Darren Rubo of Corner- models.
programs offered throughout the state abundance of options available,” said Stone. CornerStone also will continue its
and national home-building associa- Steve Schmutzer, project manager in CornerStone recently announced the tradition of exhibiting at the Eagle
tions,” he said. “One large benefit to fu- Minocqua. “To assist you in your design addition of Bruce Stefonek to its staff River Sport and Home Show June 10
ture CornerStone homeowners will be decisions, you are invited to tour one of Jan. 1, as a project manager. Stefonek is and 11. The staff at each of these shows
that our standard of home specifica- our nine model homes to spark ideas the former owner of Birch Builders in will be able to answer questions and as-
tions will be patterned to a green-built and generate questions as you start Eagle River and Rhinelander and sist clients with their individual plans.
standard regardless of whether they your home-building journey.” brings a wealth of construction knowl- “The past few years we have used
choose to certify their home in one of Cornerstone’s model homes are a edge and experience with him as he this as a great way to get out and meet
these programs or not.” valuable tool for clients to use when sit- continues his passion of bringing his with our prospective clients,” said Ober-
The CornerStone team has seen sev- ting down in the planning stages of clients home-construction ideas into re- lander. “To assure individual attention,
eral changes in the past few years as building a home. ality. you are welcome to call ahead and
clients have requested and specified a “The ability to see a vaulted ceiling, “Bruce is an area native, therefore, make an appointment to speak with a
larger percentage of green building ma- the size of a potential room or kitchen he also is an expert on everything project manager during the show to dis-
terials and products offering additional layout is invaluable,” said Eric Klein, North Woods,” said Schiffmann. “Bruce cuss your building plans.”
energy-saving efficiencies in their new project manager of the Rhinelander of- will be working together with Eric CornerStone and its staff always has
homes. fice. Klein out of CornerStone’s Rhinelander the welcome mat out awaiting a visit to
The decision was made to build a CornerStone’s originality allows office.” any of its nine unique model homes.
green model home to showcase many of clients to build from their own home CornerStone will again be heading Every location is staffed with a project
these environmentally friendly prod- plans or sit down with one of Corner- to Madison and Chicago home shows to manager who will be responsible for
ucts. While some of the green products Stone’s talented in-house designers and meet customers. This will be the sev- the construction process from start to
do add costs on the front end of the pro- take a sketch to reality. enth year of creating the “Up North” finish. The models are available for
ject, the goal is to recapture this initial “Several of the homes we have built feeling down south at the Lake Home viewing in Eagle River at the intersec-
investment with energy savings over are a mixture of several home plans or and Cabin shows presented in their tion of highways 45, 17, 70 and 32; in
time while being sensitive to the de- a combination of our model home floor traditional locations in Madison Jan. Minocqua three miles south of the
mand placed on our natural resources plans,” said Klein. 28-30 and in Chicago March 4-6. Both bridge on Highway 51; and in
and the North Woods environment. CornerStone and its staff are pre- locations have proven to create oppor- Rhinelander at the intersection of high-
To learn more about green products, pared to assist clients with all their tunities for CornerStone staff to meet ways 47 and K.
people are welcome to visit with one of project needs, from a component pack- and greet potential customers looking “If your time is limited and you wish
the project managers at any of Corner- age shell to a complete turnkey home. to build throughout northern Wisconsin to speak to a project manager, call
Stone’s three locations in Eagle River, “No matter what your situation may and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. ahead to ensure their time is set aside
Minocqua and Rhinelander. be — whether you presently own prop- “It also provides a valuable opportu- for you,” said Rubo.
The backbone of CornerStone’s busi- erty, have a cabin you are planning to nity for our sales staff to sit down with To make an appointment with a Cor-
ness remains the building of custom- tear down or you are ready to draw up you and spend a few minutes determin- nerStone project manager, call Eagle
built, single-family homes. a new set of house plans — Corner- ing exactly where you are in your plan- River, (715) 479-0001; Rhinelander,
“We are uniquely equipped to build Stone has the flexibility to assist you in ning process,” said Jeremy Oberlander, (715) 362-7888; or Minocqua, (715) 356-
the home that matches your lifestyle. any or all phases of your building pro- project manager of the Eagle River 0001.
Page 16 Progress — 2011

Eagle Floor Covering has 22 years

of flooring, installation experience

Eagle Floor Covering Center has

recently completed its 22nd year serv-
ing the North Woods commercial and
residential flooring needs.
“Our goal is to offer the newest
products and designs and, more im-
portantly, help the customer select the
flooring system that best suits their
lifestyle, design and budget,” said
Brett Edwards, owner of Eagle Floor
Eagle Floor Covering has more
than 2,000 square feet of showroom
and inventory displays. Four show-
rooms, including tile and stone, wood
and laminate, carpet and vinyl, as well
as an inventory showroom, display the
vast array of colors, patterns and tex-
tures available.
“Tile and stone have long been
known for their durability and long-
term value,” said Edwards, who’s been
with the company since 1993. “Today,
the ability to mix glass tile with the
rugged beauty of natural stone give
endless design options.”
In addition, many of today’s long-
lasting tile and stone floors are made
with up to 40% recycled content while
continuing to offer resistance to mois-
ture, stains and bacteria.
He said hardwood flooring has
probably seen the greatest change
over the past decade.
“While traditional three-quarter-
inch nail-down systems remain popu-
lar, Shaw’s new EpicHardwood™ fea- Eagle Floor Covering manager Ty Prigge and owner Brett Ed- way 70 west of Eagle River, located on Twilite Lane across
tures a high-density fiber core of recy- wards stand in their expansive, modern showroom on High- from Eagle River Cabinets. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
cled wood fiber and uses 50% less
wood than comparable engineered known as LVTs, have made a strong edgeable advice,” said Ty Prigge, man- ty work of its installers.
wood floors,” said Edwards. “Now you comeback in recent years. While these ager of Eagle Floor Covering. “When “Despite the increase seen in the
can have a wood floor that’s fashion- floors have always been popular, im- we buy in large quantities, it allows do-it-yourself sectors, the quality in-
able, environmentally friendly and provements in durability, look and the customers to take advantage of stallers working with us are a vital
available in a variety of species, ease of maintenance have helped pro- volume pricing, regardless of the size part of our longevity. Each of them has
shades and finishes.” pel this flooring choice back to the top of their project.” a passion for what they do and bring a
Laminate flooring is one of the of the list. professional and knowledgeable atti-
newer floor systems available. These Mannington Adura™ is a vinyl tile Service tude to the job site every day,” said
tough floors hold up very well to wear available in wood visuals as well as Prigge, who’s been with the compa- Prigge.
and tear from everything from pets to tile and stone visuals. Wood visuals ny since 1989, said over the years “They, too, must keep up to date on
sand to stains. Available in wood and give the look of hardwood flooring there have been many advances in the the latest advancements in the instal-
tile visuals, there is a laminate floor to with the warmth, water resistance field of flooring. lation process, including low VOC
fit most any decor. and easy care of vinyl flooring. “From eco-friendly composite cork emission adhesives and pad, as well as
He said carpet is still the most pop- and wood floors to high-performance the proper installation techniques to
ular flooring choice due to the vast Do-it-yourselfers crack-isolation systems for tile and ensure the customer gets the most out
array of colors and styles. Eagle Floor Covering’s large in- stone, we have the knowledge to assist of their flooring purchase,” he said.
“While wool continues to be a popu- stock inventory gives the do-it-your- and inform the customer of the ever- “This is a great place to raise a fam-
lar choice, most of the advances have selfer a large selection of quality floor- changing advancements in the floor- ily, and in a caring community,” said
taken place in the synthetic fibers,” ing at reduced prices available to take ing industry. We will take the time to Edwards. “We are thankful for all the
said Edwards. “From Shaw’s new home immediately. explain these benefits and how they friends and customers we have gotten
ClearTouch™ with 25% recycled con- “With fuel prices approaching $4 a relate to the customer’s needs,” he to know through the years.”
tent to Anso Nylons with lifetime gallon and people’s time becoming said. Eagle Floor Covering is located on
stain and 20-year texture-retention more valuable, there is no need to Prigge said though the past several Highway 70 west of Eagle River at
warranties, carpets remains a warm, drive to the big-box stores for the best years have been challenging, one of 1160 Twilite Lane, which is across
stylish and economical choice.” pricing. We have competitive pricing, the major reasons for Eagle Floor Cov- from Eagle River Cabinets. They can
Vinyl and luxury vinyl tile, also quality products and friendly, knowl- ering’s endurance has been the quali- be reached at (715) 479-4480.
Progress — 2011 Page 17

Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital

uses new initiatives to ‘keep patients first’

Ministry Eagle River Memorial

Hospital (MERMH) witnessed a vari-
ety of progress in 2010 — all working
toward the goals of offering compre-
hensive health care and keeping pa-
tients first.
Hospital officials said some of the
highlights of the past year included
implementing the Lean Six Sigma
Ministry (LSSM), accreditation of the
MERMH laboratory, taking delivery of
a new ambulance and initiating a new
naming structure and marketing cam-

LSSM implemented
Ministry Eagle River Memorial
Hospital officials said they continually
look for ways to improve the patient
care process. One way is through
LSSM, a process that eliminates
waste and reduces variation — mak- The Partners of Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital Auxil- equipment. Last year, the group donated $50,000 toward a
ing the hospital as efficient and pro- iary works closely with the hospital to purchase much-needed new ambulance. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
ductive as possible.
Hospitals and clinics within Min- two successful projects using Lean Laboratory supervisor Alicia age, accumulated miles and physical
istry Health Care will utilize the over the past year, according to Evensen said Ministry Eagle River is condition.”
LSSM process to reduce the cost of Clough. one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredit- In an emergent situation, the first
health-care services and improve the “One of the projects focused on im- ed laboratories worldwide. hour — known as the golden hour —
quality of care and the health-care ex- proving the patient admissions pro- “We were very excited to receive of care is often the most critical, ac-
perience for their patients. cess and another project improved the this distinction,” said Evensen. “This cording to Brodhead.
The concepts of Lean and Six Sigma discharge experience for our patients,” is an unannounced inspection that oc- “For that reason, the Emergency
have their foundations in the manu- said Clough. curs every other year to maintain the Medical Services (EMS) personnel at
facturing industry and have a long A team of staff members evaluated laboratory’s accreditation.” Ministry Eagle River received ad-
history of proven success, according to each aspect of the patient care pro- The CAP Laboratory Accreditation vanced education and training to be
Sheila Clough, president, Ministry cess. Inefficiencies were removed from program, begun in the early 1960s, is able to provide paramedic-level ser-
Howard Young Health Care. the patient admissions process and recognized as being equal to or more vices — the highest level of pre-hospi-
Ministry Eagle River has been patients are now taken to a hospital stringent than the government’s own tal care possible,” he said.
using the LSSM process since 2008 to room where their care begins sooner. inspection program. The Partners of Ministry Eagle
improve the patient care experience The patient admissions team achieved During the on-site inspection, the River Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
by reducing wait times, ensuring ap- a 52.5% reduction in the average time CAP inspectors examine the laborato- raise money throughout the year
propriate use of tests and supplies, for the patient’s care to begin. ry’s records and quality control of pro- through sales at the hospital gift shop
and reducing the cost of services. The discharge aspect of the project cedures for the preceding two years. and the thrift shop in Eagle River.
“In order to keep patients first in improved the communication prac- Inspectors also examine the entire “Our volunteers work so hard
everything we do, teams at Ministry tices between doctors and nursing staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s throughout the year to raise money
Eagle River continually work together staff to better ensure a coordinated equipment, facilities, safety program that is in turn donated to our commu-
to evaluate processes that impact our patient departure time, based on pa- and record, as well as the overall man- nity hospital,” said Pat VanAcker, aux-
patients, utilizing the tools of Lean Six tient status and condition. There was agement of the laboratory. iliary president. “We are committed to
Sigma in various departments,” said a 49% reduction in discharge time so Ministry Eagle River and were
Clough. “This enables staff to provide patients can get home and recover in New ambulance pleased to provide this gift to the
the best possible care for patients, their own home. The Partners of Ministry Eagle Howard Young Foundation for a new
keeping every aspect of their visit our “We are confident the Lean Six River Memorial Hospital Auxiliary do- ambulance.”
primary concern.” Sigma tools are helping us to effective- nated $50,000 to the Howard Young “Through philanthropy, the mission
Each LSSM project follows a de- ly improve the patient experience in Foundation toward the purchase of a of the Howard Young Foundation is to
fined sequence of steps and has check- our hospitals,” said Clough. “There- new ambulance for the hospital. help achieve excellence in providing
in points throughout the process. Most fore, we will continue to use these According to Roderick Brodhead, quality medical and patient care to
projects normally take three to six tools to assess our services and con- M.D., emergency department medical those patients and their families we
months. stantly strive for excellence in patient director at MERMH and Howard serve,” said John Lund, executive di-
“When staff begins a Lean project, care.” Young Medical Center, safe and reli- rector, Howard Young Foundation.
they map out the current process to able ambulance transportation is crit-
identify and eliminate the eight types Lab accreditation ical to ensuring that patients get to New name
of waste,” said Cynthia Heenan, The Ministry Eagle River Memorial and receive timely hospital care. Eagle River Memorial Hospital
LSSM, Ministry Health Care. “We Hospital laboratory was re-awarded in “Ministry Eagle River retired one of took on the new name Ministry Eagle
then gather data to identify root caus- 2010 an accreditation by the Commis- the three area ambulances needed to River Memorial Hospital in 2010.
es and variations in the process to be sion on Laboratory Accreditation of transport patients in emergent situa- Ministry Health Care announced in
eliminated to improve the overall pro- the College of American Pathologists tions and replaced it with a new vehi- mid-May that it unified the names of
cess flow for our patients.” (CAP), based on the results of a recent cle,” said Brodhead. “This vehicle re-
Ministry Eagle River has completed on-site inspection. placement was necessary due to the To MINISTRY, Pg. 18
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Eagle River segment of Three Eagle Trail

goes from concept to reality with DOT grant
The creation of an Eagle River seg- from the city of Eagle River’s Common
ment of the popular Three Eagle Trail Council,” said Rulseh, “They willingly
went from concept to reality in 2010. sponsored an application for 80% feder-
In late October, then-Gov. Jim Doyle al funding of this project through the
notified Eagle River Mayor Jeffrey Wisconsin Department of Transporta-
Hyslop that the state Department of tion based on our offer to raise volun-
Transportation (DOT) had awarded a teer donations for the remaining 20%.
grant requested for construction of the Simply put, this project would not be
trail. This notification was the culmina- possible without the city’s support.”
tion of a lengthy planning process by The total cost to design, engineer
the Three Eagle Trail Foundation and and construct the 2.75-mile trail was
its supporters. estimated at $745,000. Under the 80/20
The process included route plan- terms of the DOT Trail Enhancement
ning, site visits by government agen- program grant, the city of Eagle River
cies and securing land-use agreements will be reimbursed up to $596,000. The
from public and private landowners. Three Eagle Trail Foundation will em-
When the city of Eagle River agreed to ploy a multiphase approach to raising
be the municipal sponsor for the project the remaining $149,000. The ongoing
in July of 2010, the Three Eagle Trail first phase is targeting supporters of
Foundation submitted the grant re- the first segment of the trail.
quest to the state DOT. In December of 2010, a local philan-
According to Tom Rulseh, president thropic entity, Tara Lila LLC, an-
of the Three Eagle Trail Foundation, nounced a $15,000 contribution to the
the project was the result of the collab- project and included a challenge grant
orative efforts of private citizens, of up to $10,000 for any donations re- The scenic Three Eagle Trail between Three Lakes and Eagle River features sev-
groups like Vilas Area Silent Sports As- ceived on or before the end of 2010. eral bridges and boardwalks, including the Black Spruce Boardwalk.
sociation and the Sno-Eagles, and both The success of the fundraising thus --Contributed Photo
town and city government. far has prompted Tara Lila to expand Feb. 28, 2011. To date, the Three Eagle Project coordinator Mike Robillard
“We are especially grateful for the and extend its challenge grant to Trail Foundation reports receipt of stated that the design and engineering
enthusiastic support we have received match the first $20,000 received before $13,245 eligible for match by Tara Lila. phase will begin this spring with con-
“This region is so fortunate to have struction slated to begin in the spring
the Three Eagle Trail for enjoyment of 2012. A training session conducted
and recreation,” said Amy Jo Aylward, by the Wisconsin DOT will be attended
co-manager of Tara Lila LLC. “The new in February by Three Eagle Trail repre-
Eagle River segment will give Eagle sentatives and Joe Laux, Eagle River
River residents and visitors the oppor- city administrator.
tunity to easily and safely take plea- Questions regarding the project can
sure in the local beauty year around. be directed to Robillard at (920) 312-
Tara Lila is pleased to be able to help 8937.
make this happen, and we hope our Tax-exempt donations can be mailed
challenge will encourage others to do so to Three Eagle Trail Foundation Inc.,
as well.” P.O. Box 297, Three Lakes, WI 54562.

Silent sports group forms in Vilas

An organization focusing on coordi- the county and to utilize existing snow-
nating the efforts of silent sports enthu- mobile routes to the extent possible.
siasts in the Vilas County area devel- A VASSA goal for 2011 is continued
oped in 2010. outreach and expansion of its board of
The Vilas Area Silent Sports Associ- directors. The current board includes
ation (VASSA) was formed to facilitate Richard Aylward of Tara Lila LLC, Jeff
the development of regional sport trail Currie of GWHTSF, Sue Drum of
infrastructure and to encourage cooper- Presque Isle Pedalers, Jed Lechleitner
ation between local groups and agen- of M&I Bank, Alan Piel of Wilderness
cies toward achieving that end. Lakes Trails, Mike Robillard of Three
The group spent the early part of Eagle Trail and GWHTSF and Perry
2010 working on a comprehensive bike Sippl of WalkAbout Paddle & Apparel.
and pedestrian trail plan for Vilas The board has two ex-officio directors in
County. In the spring of 2010, the Vilas Jim Behling, Vilas County supervisor,
County Forestry Committee gave and Joe Laux, Eagle River city adminis-
VASSA the approval to work with the trator. The VASSA board also is seek-
North Central Wisconsin Regional ing representation from the Boulder
Planning Commission (NCWRPC) to Junction and Lac du Flambeau areas.
develop such a plan. VASSA’s most ambitious goal over
The objective was to identify estab- the next 18 months is the completion of
lished or already planned trails and a study on the economic impact of silent
then identify potential linkages be- sports in the Vilas County area.
tween those trail systems and sur- For more information about VASSA,
rounding communities. Forestry direct- contact Mike Robillard at (920) 312-
ed VASSA to solicit input from around 8937 or
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Progress — 2011 Page 21

Vilas residents growing at Nicolet College

Citizens getting workforce training, education opportunities

“It’s all about jobs.” — traditional credit classes;

That’s how Nicolet College President — specific job training classes for un-
Elizabeth Burmaster described one of employed and underemployed workers;
the most important initiatives for the — workforce training for those look-
college during this past year and a con- ing to improve their skills for the job
tinued focus in the foreseeable future. they currently have;
“We are still facing tough economic — Academic Success classes to earn
times in the North Woods,” Burmaster a general equivalency diploma (GED)
said. “This is true for the many individ- or high school equivalency diploma
uals who have found themselves under- (HSED) or to brush up on the academic
employed or without a job and for the skills necessary to succeed in a college
numerous businesses and industries classroom;
hoping to hang on until we see solid eco- — a partnership with Northland
nomic recovery.” Pines High School where students
To help foster and speed that recov- there can earn college credit through
ery, Burmaster has made it a priority classes at the high school; and
for the college to provide more people — public safety professional develop-
and businesses with high-quality job ment.
skills training classes and programs
that lay the groundwork for a more Credit classes
prosperous future. Nearly a third of all the Vilas Coun-
“By providing this job training, indi- ty residents attending Nicolet enrolled
viduals will benefit by being qualified in college credit courses that lead to one
A Nicolet College chemistry student in the transfer program experiments with nano-
for good jobs with higher wages and of the more than 60 associate degrees,
technology in an exercise that turns a liquid into a metal. --Contributed Photos
more secure employment,” Burmaster diplomas, certificates or apprentice-
explained. “Businesses and industries ships offered at the college. years, creating the need for current credits while still in high school?
in the region also benefit by having a In the current academic year, which workers to improve and upgrade exist- That’s exactly what 21 Northland
higher skilled workforce that increases started the beginning of last summer, ing job skills in order for employers to Pines High School students did last fall
efficiency and profitability.” 478 residents enrolled. Last year saw remain successful. thanks to a partnership between the
College records show that Vilas 449 students from Vilas County enroll To help with this, Nicolet has offered high school and Nicolet College.
County residents and businesses are in Nicolet credit classes. numerous workforce training work- Under the arrangement, the stu-
taking advantage of the workforce These numbers include students in shops and classes in 2009-’10. These of- dents completed the automotive service
training and educational opportunities the University Transfer Liberal Arts ferings improved the job skills of 844 orientation class, earning college credits
at Nicolet. program, where students complete the Vilas County residents. More than 350 in the process.
During the last academic year, 2009- first two years of a bachelor’s degree at of these were employed at Lake of the
’10, enrollment reports show that more Nicolet before transferring to a four- Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau. Public safety training
than 1,500 residents from Vilas County year college or university. Nicolet also works closely with Grow Not all efforts were focused solely on
attended Nicolet, utilizing one or more North, the regional economic develop- employment skills training and busi-
of a number of educational opportuni- Workforce training ment entity, and the new Vilas County ness development. Training for the men
ties the college offers. Many businesses have seen the Economic Development Corp. to foster and women engaged in public safety
These included: workplace evolve over the past few job creation and economic growth in the was also in full swing.
North Woods. Last year, 135 individuals from Vilas
County fire departments, law enforce-
Academic success ment agencies and ambulance services
For some, the road to a college educa- participated in a wide variety of train-
tion and gainful employment is not a ing. These classes and workshops in-
straight path right out of high school. cluded emergency traffic control, emer-
For those individuals, Nicolet’s Academ- gency vehicle operation, aircraft fire
ic Success outreach centers in Eagle rescue, cold-water rescue and, for law
River and Lac du Flambeau offer a enforcement professionals, a tactical
number of academic services. workshop with the college’s use of force
These include classes for people who simulator.
have been out of a classroom any num- The college also partnered with the
ber of years to brush up on their math, Vilas County Sheriff’s Department to
reading, writing and technology skills hold the Jailer Academy, a 160-hour
so they are ready for the college class- class that trains staff to work in jails
room. The centers also offer classes that throughout the North Woods. Last year
help individuals pass the GED and nine people graduated from the acade-
HSED exams. my, including two from Lac du Flam-
In 2009-’10, 58 residents utilized the beau.
academic services through the college’s
Lac du Flambeau Outreach Center and Contacting Nicolet
another 30 at the center in Eagle River. For more information about Nicolet,
visit or call the col-
College in high school lege’s Welcome Center at (715) 365-
Demand for skilled welders is strong in the North Woods and across the state. In What could be better than getting a 4493, 1-(800) 544-3039, ext. 4493; TDD
recent years, Nicolet has expanded its welding program to accept more students. jump start on college by earning college (715) 365-4558 or 711 relay.
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Progress — 2011 Page 23

Energy system and technology upgrades

top progress in Three Lakes School District
Student success,
fitness center use
also show gains

Energy upgrades, technology ad-

vancements, student success and com-
munity outreach efforts — including
public use of the fitness center —
marked progress in the Three Lakes
School District the past year.
The school district recently complet-
ed a major project in response to the
district’s comprehensive energy study
conducted in the fall of 2009.
The project involved replacing ineffi-
cient energy systems relating to heat-
ing and cooling, hot water, mechanical
applications, and their controls. In re-
sponse to this study, the district imple-
mented digital automation at the Three
Lakes and Sugar Camp schools.
As a result of advanced micropro-
cessing and communication, direct digi-
tal control (DDC) systems have allowed
for increased controllability of facilities
coupled with increased reporting func-
tions. Gone are the days of having to
compress air and transit it through tub- Three Lakes District Administrator Dr. George Karling displays system that will save the district about $58,000 per year in en-
ing in order to gain some sort of system a portion of the new energy system at Three Lakes School, a ergy costs. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
The new DDC systems hold a pletho- accessing the district’s computer sys- crease district capabilities for running In comparing students in the Three
ra of beneficial feature functions that tem. updated programs. Replacing the dis- Lakes School District who completed
help any facility increase comfort, re- In addition, the buildings can be trict computer-aided design lab with four years of science to the rest of the
duce cost of operations, and provide re- monitored from a remote location to en- iMac computers has enabled students state, the Three Lakes students did ex-
porting and alarming functions that sure that all systems are operating as and instructors to run the latest soft- tremely well.
can substantially mitigate loss due to they should be. The system will tell the ware for vocational/technical applica- The report shows that 85% of the
mechanical failures, freezes and break- operator which boilers, air handlers, tions. Three Lakes graduates who entered
age. fans and motors are running and their Several teachers in the district are public post-secondary institutions in
The $455,000 project was budgeted capacity. also utilizing new SmartBoard technol- Wisconsin during this time had a
as a one-year expense, with an estimat- The system also will give the opera- ogy in their classroom. The Smart- grade-point average (GPA) of 2.50 or
ed payback time of less than eight tor current temperatures throughout Boards engage students in the learning above at the end of the first semester of
years. It is anticipated that the new sys- the building and a history of tempera- process by making them active partici- their freshman year, while statewide
tem will save the district approximate- tures and operating systems over time pants with instructional delivery. only 75% of the students had a GPA of
ly $58,000 per year in energy costs. The for diagnosing problems in the system. In order to keep up with society’s 2.50 or above during this same time pe-
payback will take even less time if ener- In addition to heating and cooling func- continuously changing social media, the riod.
gy costs continue to rise. tions and domestic hot water, occupan- district has added a new class in social The report also indicated that the av-
The new system has a dedicated mi- cy sensors have also been installed in technology applications. erage GPA for Three Lakes graduates
croprocessor for controlling each space all areas to control lighting. at the end of their freshman year was
in the facilities. This provides accurate Student success 2.92, while the average for the state
temperature reporting to a computer Technology upgrades The Three Lakes School District ad- was 2.81.
that controls dampers, valves, and com- For the start of the 2010-’11 school ministration recently received a report Three Lakes students’ persistence
municates with other devices so that year, the district upgraded technology from ACT titled, “The Wisconsin Col- levels also were higher than the state
data on temperature, humidity, pres- applications to better meet the needs lege and University Freshmen Success average. The persistence level indicates
sure, and other items can be integrated for instructional delivery. Four mobile Report.” the percentage of students who contin-
throughout the system. laptop carts were purchased for use The report tracks Three Lakes High ue with their program at the same in-
The advanced control processors en- throughout the Three Lakes and Sugar School graduates who attended a public stitution following their freshman year.
able district staff to program the facili- Camp facilities. post-secondary institution in Wisconsin Three Lakes’ persistence level was 85%,
ty according to when the spaces will be In addition, two mobile iPod labs also in the fall of 2006, ’07 and ’08. while the state average persistence
occupied. This enables the district to were purchased. These carts enable The report is an indicator of how suc- level was 76%.
program the facilities for occupancy classroom teachers to turn their class- cessful students are in transitioning The results of this success report are
based on the district calendar, with rooms into a computer lab with Inter- from high school to college. The report consistent with what Three Lakes has
modifications made daily according to net access for all students. combines the data for the three years seen over the past 15 years. This indi-
changing schedules. The adjustments The district upgraded server infras- from 2006-’08 and compares Three
can be made from remote locations by tructure with six new servers to in- Lakes graduates to the rest of the state. To THREE LAKES SCHOOL, Pg. 24
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Three Lakes School: fitness center use up

FROM PAGE 23 the delivery of instruction according to using the facility.
response data that relates to student
cates Three Lakes students are receiv- success. Community outreach
ing a well-rounded education that en- With the implementation of the dis- The district continues outreach ef-
ables them to adapt and perform well trict’s cultural change initiative, several forts to the community by offering com-
when presented with the challenges of of the interventions were already in munity education classes. The courses
higher education. place, but RtI has made their applica- are designed to meet the needs and in-
In order to continuously improve tion and monitoring consistent terests of community members.
upon the district’s success, Three Lakes throughout the district. The courses vary widely from basic
is providing increased writing opportu- In addition to RtI, the district has home maintenance to computer appli-
nities and instruction with an emphasis implemented Measure of Adequate cations and Great Books discussions.
on quality writing. This will prepare Progress (MAP) testing to analyze in- Each course is one hour in length,
students for their future educational structional delivery in relation to the and some of the courses have addition-
endeavors and the technical writing re- curriculum. In implementing MAP test- al follow-up classes based on partici-
quirements of their occupations. ing, the district will analyze three com- pant interest. The course schedules are
In addition, the district has institut- plete years of testing in order to deter- available in the school offices and at
ed an ACT test prep program working mine how to improve the curriculum businesses throughout the community.
with the Academic Tutoring Center lo- and delivery of instruction. The Three Lakes School Board, ad-
cated in Highland Park, Ill. The Aca- This data, along with the RtI inter- ministration, faculty, staff and students
demic Tutoring Center provides small- ventions, will enable the district to pro- continue to seek new avenues for com-
group instruction in test preparation vide more personalized education for munity involvement in the schools in
for the ACT. Data relevant to this pro- students. order to strengthen community ties and
gram shows that those who complete enable all taxpayers to utilize district
the program have improved their test Fitness center open resources to the fullest.
score by three ACT points. The Three Lakes School District’s The district believes that the level of
The district staff believes that all state-of-the-art fitness center is open to community support, and support from The Three Lakes School fitness cen-
students deserve to be and will be suc- the community. families outside the district, is a good ter is used by students and adults.
cessful. With this in mind, the educa- The center is staffed by fitness advi- indication that the district is continuing --Contributed Photo
tors and administration in the Three sors from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays to provide “personal education and life-
Lakes School District have created a through Fridays, and 8 to 11 a.m. Sat- time inspiration” that is meeting the entire population comes from outside
plan for Response to Intervention (RtI). urdays. The facility also may be utilized needs of all students. the district.
RtI is a process of providing high-quali- on days when school is in session from In addition to strong community sup- For more information on the Three
ty instruction and intervention 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. port, the district also enjoys a healthy Lakes School District, the district’s
matched to student need. Progress is Everyone is welcome to contact the influx of open enrollment students. At website can be accessed at three-
monitored frequently in order to adjust district offices if they are interested in present, more than 10% of the district’s

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Progress — 2011 Page 25

Foundation makes progress on trail

linking five Vilas County communities
The Great Wisconsin Headwaters serve. This month it started meeting
Trail System Foundation formed in with the Northland Pines Safe Routes
2010 to start work on a family-friendly to School Task Force to be sure its trail
bicycle-pedestrian trail system to con- work complements the Task Force’s
nect Eagle River to St. Germain, plans to make it safer and easier for
Conover, Phelps and Land O’ Lakes. students to bike or walk to school.
The group’s central goal — to have In February, Great Headwaters
the entire 30-plus-mile system in place Trails will begin taking stock of the
by the end of 2020. It’s a goal the foun- parts of the overall system left to be
dation’s directors feel is challenging, developed, sizing up the probable
but doable, and important. costs, possible routes and likely chal-
“Considering the obvious benefits, lenges. The group will develop a strate-
especially the economic benefits the gic plan and funding strategies to
system will have for this area,” said allow the system to move forward
Great Headwaters Trails President without being slowed by an undue re-
Jeff Currie, “it should be developed as liance on federal or state money.
rapidly as possible.” An important part of developing the
The nonprofit group’s first year ex- trail system rapidly will be formation
ceeded expectations, and directors of a multijurisdictional cooperative
plan to make 2011 even more produc- that can bring a regional perspective
tive. to development of the regional system.
They have already started to work Last fall, the Cloverland Town
with the town of Conover to develop Board passed a resolution expressing
the western segment of a trail that will its desire to form a cooperative effort
go from Conover to Phelps. That 3.2- with the other jurisdictions that the
mile crushed-limestone trail segment, system will serve.
the first part of the entire system, “The Cloverland board knows that
should be done by sometime in 2012. the system is beneficial and desirable,
Great Headwaters Trails also hopes and it knows no one municipality is
to work with Phelps officials and resi- enough to help make the whole system
dents soon to find ways to develop the go,” said Currie, who is a Cloverland
western end of the trail by 2012 as The Great Headwaters Trail Foundation hopes that one day trails will link Eagle resident.
well. River, St. Germain, Conover, Phelps and Land O’ Lakes. --Contributed Photos “We’re grateful for the support
The highlight of 2010 was getting a we’ve gotten from Cloverland’s board.
$655,000 Transportation Enhance- the park and additional snowmobile for cyclists and pedestrians in warmer And we admire the Conover officials
ment (TE) Program award to fund 80% trail. weather and for snowmobilers in win- and residents who stepped forward to
of the cost of the Conover segment. The Great Headwaters Trails has been ter. sponsor the TE funding application to
TE application was sponsored by the working with Conover and communi- The segment will include three new get the system started,” said Currie.
town of Conover. cating with area snowmobiling groups bridges across Pioneer and Muskrat “What is needed now is a joint effort
The trail segment will start in the to maximize the benefits of the trail creeks, all built to handle the weight of of area municipalities working with
Conover Town Park, and part of the development for everyone. All of the groomers. Funds to cover the 20% por- Great Headwaters Trails to find ways
project will include improvements to Conover segment will be multiuse — tion of cost that is not supplied by the to make this eastern Vilas trail system
TE money is expected to come from a reality,” he said. “Helping bring that
snowmobiling funds that will be re- joint effort into being is one of our
quested to pay for those bridges. foundation’s most important goals for
In addition to securing the TE fund- 2011.”
ing and getting its system underway, Since it began offering a member-
Great Headwaters Trails has adopted ship option a month ago, Great Head-
bylaws and elected its first board of di- waters Trails has received more than
rectors: Ann Currie, Jeff Currie, Tuck $7,600 from supporters. The group is
Daniels, John Gagnon, Gary Meister, still in the process of filing for its own
Mike Robillard, Jeff Pauly and Bob 501(c)(3) status.
Payseur. Currently, tax-deductible donations
“Our eight directors make up a can be made to the Great Headwaters
great board that is committed to devel- Trails through the Vilas Area Silent
oping the whole trail system rapidly Sports Association. Checks should be
and well,” said Jeff Currie. “They rep- made payable to VASSA Inc. and sent
resent all the areas that the system with a note directing the funds to the
will serve — Land O’ Lakes, Phelps, GWHTS Foundation. Address the en-
Conover, Eagle River and Cloverland. velope to VASSA Treasurer, P.O. Box
We all want to be sure the system pro- 912, Eagle River, WI 54521. For more
vides a great transportation and recre- information about VASSA, go to
ation facility for all residents, and also or call VASSA Pres-
for all the visitors who we know will ident Mike Robillard at (920) 312-
want to come here to enjoy riding 8937.
through this area’s beautiful wood- Anyone wishing to get involved in
lands and lakelands.” the work of the GWHTS Foundation or
Children who attend Northland who wants more information about its
Pines schools make up one particular goals or activities can contact the
The bicycle-pedestrian trail that Great Headwaters Trails plans to develop be- segment of the local population that group’s president, Jeff Currie, at (715)
tween St. Germain and Eagle River will reduce situations like this on Highway 70. Great Headwaters Trails wants to 617-0080 or
Page 26 Progress — 2011

Northland Pines Music Department expands

offerings for students with help of ‘boosters’
“The things I learned from my expe- arships to two graduating seniors and
rience in music in school are disci- two students attending summer music
pline, perseverance, dependability, camps.
composure, courage and pride in re- The first Northland Pines High
sults . . . Not a bad preparation for the School Cabaret Concert, an event run
workforce!” by the music boosters, was held in
Gregory Anrig, President May of 2009. The event showcased the
Educational Testing Service high school jazz ensemble, and also in-
cluded the high school choir and small
Knowing the importance of music instrumental groups. Local businesses
in education, the Northland Pines and community groups donated many
Music Department has made several items, including an iPod touch, Nin-
improvements and expanded offerings tendo Wii and DVD player for the
for its students in the past four years. fundraising raffle. The event included
All bands and choirs at Northland refreshments and dancing.
Pines have seen an increase in stu- Recently, Northland Pines pur-
dent enrollment. chased eight acoustical sound shells
Currently, 94 middle school and 35 for auditorium performances through
high school students are enrolled in donations by the music boosters, the
band, and 31 middle school and 52 school district, the Headwaters Coun-
high school students are enrolled in cil for the Performing Arts, Black and
choir. Decker, Artarama and SonicNet Inc.
The Northland Pines Music Depart- The shells eliminated the need for mi-
ment maintains a high retention rate crophones and amplification, resulting
from grades seven through 12, accord- in a more enriching audience experi-
ing to Brandon Bautz, director of ence.
bands. In addition to holiday and spring
“The success of the band and choir concerts, the band and choir also per-
programs can really be attributed to form at many community events, in-
parents, staff and community mem- cluding holiday tours, Sept. 11 Re-
bers,” said Bautz. “Our administration membrance Day, Veterans Day, Memo-
has played an extremely positive role rial Day and Fourth of July parades.
in the continued development for long- The high school pep band performs for
term success.” Homecoming, hockey games and bas-
The music department started the ketball games. The choirs perform the
Northland Pines Music Boosters in national anthem at all home football
the spring of 2008. The boosters pro- games, along with hockey, basketball
vide financial assistance to the music and soccer games.
department, ushers at concerts, re- Band and choir students also par- The Northland Pines High School marching band performs throughout the year, in-
freshments after concerts, grant-writ- ticipate in WSMA Solo and Ensemble. cluding at the Homecoming parade in the fall. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
ing assistance and support for music This provides an opportunity for mid-
department staff. dle and high school students to pre- on to the State Festival at UW- band camp called Jumpstart began.
In the spring of 2010, the music pare and perform musical selections Stevens Point. Last spring, Northland This is a free program to parents and
boosters gave out its first music schol- for judges. If students qualify, they go Pines school advanced 19 vocal events students going into sixth grade and
to State. In 2010, two high school band joining beginning band. Six profes-
and choir students were named exem- sional band instructors are hired for
plary soloists, an honor bestowed upon one week to help teach beginning
very few students. band students.
The Northland Pines Music Depart- “There has been a lot of success due
ment has obtained new equipment to Jumpstart. Students are able to
and instruments, including three progress a lot faster because they at-
tubas, a set of four timpani, a tenor tend this camp,” said Bautz. “We are
saxophone, two French horns, a sousa- able to do challenging music and rein-
phone, three African djembes, percus- force good practice habits. The stu-
sion equipment and more. The band dents don’t feel overwhelmed when
and choir have each purchased class- school begins.”
room sound systems from Ogren Elec- In April 2009, the middle school in-
tronics in Eagle River. termediate band received an award of
Band and choir students also re- certification for its performance in the
ceive lessons. Middle school band and Madison state capital rotunda. Mel
high school choir students each re- Pontius, fine arts consultant from the
ceive weekly private lessons. This is Department of Public Instruction,
necessary to help teach students prop- commended the high-quality perfor-
er breathing, technique and musician- mance.
ship skills, says Bautz.
In 2010, “Project: Commission
Now!” was introduced. This project, in
Band gets ‘Jumpstart’
collaboration with the music boosters,
The band program has undergone
is to hire a composer to work with
many transformations to build a Pines students and write a piece of
strong grades six to 12 band program, music for the band. Michael Sweeney
The Northland Pines Madrigals had their first dinner performance last year in the actually starting immediately follow-
high school commons. --Photo By Tim Gaffney/The Shutterbug ing fifth grade. In 2008, a summer To PINES, Pg. 32
Progress — 2011 Page 27

Vilas invasive species accomplishments

include education, prevention, partnerships

There were many noteworthy devel- change boater behavior continued to be

opments and accomplishments concern- a priority in Vilas County.
ing the battle against invasive species, Nearly 3,000 hours of volunteer in-
both aquatic and terrestrial, during the spection time were logged at area boat
past year. landings last summer. In addition, paid
Vilas County saw some positive inspectors provided more than 1,600
gains in educating boaters about aquat- hours.
ic invasive species (AIS), using landing Volunteerism is proving difficult to
inspectors and new signage. It resulted sustain, so a trend is emerging to find
in no new Vilas water bodies added to ways of paying people to perform boat
the list of lakes with Eurasian water landing watercraft inspection services.
milfoil in 2010. Several lake organizations partici-
In addition, there were gains in state pated in a pilot program last summer
and county coordination of AIS battles, which used UW-Oshkosh students as
along with the recognition of AIS prob- intern inspectors who worked under
lems in counties across the state. the coordination of the Vilas County
Lastly, the challenges of terrestrial Land & Water Conservation Depart-
invasive species were recognized with ment. Lake organizations were able to
the formation of a two-county and 13- contract with the university at a flat
agency steering committee. hourly rate for as many hours of inspec-
tion time as they wished (typically 100
AIS prevention to 200 hours).
The campaign — known as the The project worked well and will be
Clean Boats, Clean Waters program — expanded significantly in 2011.
to raise boater awareness of how aquat- Other examples of creative partner- North Woods organizations have partnered and are showing progress in the bat-
ic invasive species are spread and to To AIS, Pg. 34 tle against invasive species, including terrestrial plants. --Contributed Photo

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Phelps School District prides itself

in classroom technology, overall quality

Students attend the Phelps School

District for a variety of reasons, in-
cluding the high level of technology in-
fused into the curriculum and the
overall quality of education.
In addition, the Phelps School of-
fers a variety of student activities,
supported by a Phelps community
that cares about its students.
Looking for that sound, rural edu-
cation, 21 new students joined the
Phelps School District to start the
2010-’11 school year.
One of Phelps School District’s
strengths is the variety of technolo-
gies used throughout the school day.
For example, prekindergarten
through first-grade students use iPod
Touches, second- through fifth-grade
students have iPads and sixth-
through 12th-grade students use lap-
tops in the classroom on a daily basis.
High school students are allowed to
take their laptops home to work on re-
search and course work.
During the second semester, stu-
dents in grades prekindergarten
through fifth may be allowed to take
home their handheld technology de-
vices to share with family and show
them the different educational appli-
cations they use in their classroom. Phelps School students and teachers use a variety of techno- an interactive Smart Table and Smart Boards for hands-on in-
Teachers have noticed a vast im- logical devices in the classroom. The school recently received struction. --Photo By Sharon Gifford
provement in students’ reading fluen-
cy and comprehension, and math struction and a variety of advanced being taught at the convention Phelps Phelps community.
skills since the introduction of these placement (AP) course work. Last School District had already been im- Phelps residents have always sup-
handheld technology devices. Apple spring saw a high success rate of plemented into its classrooms. ported their school, including building
has a vast amount of educational ap- Phelps students passing AP testing Phelps delegates came away with and maintenance projects.
plications for both the iPods and with a 3.0 or better, qualifying them some new ideas, but also confirmation In conjunction with Complete Con-
iPads. Recently, iPads acquired the for college credit. that the Phelps School District is a trol, an energy audit identified and
ability to print to wireless printers, Seventh- through 12th-grade stu- leader in technology-infused educa- prioritized updates needed over the
making them an invaluable tool in the dents also have an online option for tion. next five to 10 years in the district
classroom. virtual classes through Wisconsin Vir- building.
Each week, staff and students dis- tual School (WVS). Hundreds of virtu- Community support
According to the report, the Phelps
cover new applications and different al online courses can be taken through Phelps School students are in-
School District building is in excellent
ways to use technology to enhance in- the Phelps School District. volved in a variety of activities, rang-
condition and was in need of some en-
struction and learning. Between the technology-infused ed- ing from sports to the arts. Last
ergy-efficiency updates. The first
ucation and online course work of spring, the school presented its first
items to be replaced were the two
High test scores WVS, students in the Phelps School musical, with a second musical,
arched windows. They were replaced
Phelps School ACT scores, Wiscon- District have unlimited access to “Music Man,” scheduled for May 11.
in late fall with energy-efficient win-
sin Knowledge Concepts Examination knowledge around the world. This spring, students also will com-
dows. Sensor lights and updates to
results and Measure of Academic Recently, Phelps School administra- pete in the Spanish and forensics com-
room uni-vents are other projects slat-
Progress assessments are at an all- tion and teachers attended the petitions. The final competition of the
ed for the near future.
time high. This is attributed to the statewide State Leaders Advancing year is the state Skills USA competi-
district’s outstanding staff and the up- Technology in Education conference tion. With 100% participation of Other maintenance projects com-
dates made to classroom instruction which focused entirely on technology. Phelps High School students, it looks pleted included replacing the retain-
and curriculum. Close to 1,000 educators attended, to be a very worthwhile endeavor for ing wall, and painting hallways and
Currently, all staff members are representing more than 300 Wiscon- all competitors. both gyms. These updates were need-
going through a curriculum alignment sin school districts. The Phelps School District is an ed and are expected to last for quite
project to strengthen the flow of in- Phelps delegates at the convention eager partner with the Phelps commu- some time.
struction from one grade to the next soon realized the Phelps School Dis- nity and its citizens. Welcoming citi- In conclusion, it is with great pride
and from one subject to another. This trict was on the right track and defi- zens into the school for special events, the Phelps School District strives for
has developed into a very rich and nitely in the forefront with technology walking for fitness, working in the excellence in representing its commu-
constructive discussion across the dis- in the classroom. woods/technical education lab, learn- nity as a sound educational institu-
trict. Many of the experts were teaching ing technology and using the fitness tion. It also is clear a quality educa-
Secondary students can look for- educators about the use of technology center are just some of the ways the tion can be found in the rural commu-
ward to the rigor of one-on-one in- in the classroom and 90% of what was district provides opportunities to the nity of Phelps.
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Pines: choral students present musicals

FROM PAGE 26 technology and get instant feedback. honorable mention in the WSMA Com-
The band and choir programs also position Competition with his original
has been hired to be the first compos- use video introductions at their con- choral work. He premiered and con-
er and the song will be premiered with certs as well as a video montage dur- ducted this composition at the spring
the middle school intermediate band ing intermissions. concert, performed by his peers.
in May 2012. This will be the first com- The seventh- and eighth-grade
mission ever associated with North- Choral program expands choir performs Singing Valentines
land Pines. The choral program has added mul- each February, selling live perfor-
The middle school intermediate tiple activities to provide opportuni- mances of popular songs for Valen-
band will take a trip to the Kalahari ties for students. In 2008, the Madri- tine’s Day, complete with a card and
Band Festival in Wisconsin Dells in gal Singers were formed, a co-curricu- chocolates.
March 2011. The ensemble will per- lar vocal ensemble that performs a “Many people have contributed to
form and receive a critique from four cappella Renaissance music. the growth of the Northland Pines
highly qualified band conductors. The Madrigals complete 15 to 20 School District Music Department,”
The high school band has scheduled performances each December, includ- said Kate Janssen, choir director for
its first major field trip to Orlando, ing many performances at local busi- grades seven through 12.
Fla., in April 2012 during spring nesses and community groups. In “Mr. Bautz and I value the mentor-
break. The students will perform on 2009, the Madrigals performed their ship of K-6 music teachers Laura
the Disney stage in the Magic King- first Madrigal Dinner, an annual full- Plank and Carmen Domek, who pro-
dom and experience a professional scale dinner theatre with comedic vide a diverse, exciting, comprehensive
recording opportunity with Disney skits, audience sing-a-long and full The Northland Pines music depart- music education for smooth transi-
conductors. Band students hold annu- concert. ment continues to grow. tions from kindergarten through high
al fundraisers to help pay for the Or- In 2010, high school students per- --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO school music,” she said.
lando trip, including a fruit sale and formed the first full-scale school musi- “The Music Boosters have been in-
Joe Corbi products. cal production in nearly a decade. This school year (Feb. 11-13), nearly valuable in helping get new programs
The band program also has incorpo- “Bye Bye, Birdie” involved nearly 50 70 students will perform “Seven off the ground. Lastly, the community,
rated the use of technology into the students between cast, stage crew and Brides for Seven Brothers,” a Western staff, students and administration
curriculum. The latest addition is a live pit orchestra. Private music in- comedy set in Oregon in the 1850s. have been positive and supportive of
SmartBoard in the middle school band structor Jennifer Anderson directed Since 2009, two choir students have our new events and concerts,” conclud-
room. All practice rooms at the middle the pit orchestra, while Northland prepared WSMA Honors Choir audi- ed Janssen.
and high schools are equipped with Pines staff members were the show’s tions. In 2009, one student was chosen For more information on the North-
SmartMusic computer stations. Stu- choreographers, costume designers, for the WSMA State Honors Treble land Pines band and choir program,
dents are able to practice with this set designers and stage manager. Choir. In 2010, another student won visit

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Oldenburg Sports Park taking shape

2010 projects totaled $152,000; more work planned this year

The development of the Oldenburg

Sports Park on Highway G west of
Eagle River saw $152,000 in improve-
ments in 2010, including a new con-
cession stand, ball field fencing, soccer
field development and electric service.
About $61,000 in additional work is
planned for 2011, including seeding of
the new soccer fields, erecting an en-
trance sign and completion of the con-
cession stand.
The property, which to this point
housed youth soccer fields, was ac-
quired by Vilas County with a
$325,000 donation from Wayne Olden-
burg and will consist of youth soccer
fields and ball diamonds for Little
League and softball.
County Forest Administrator Larry
Stevens said a combination of Olden-
burg funds and monies received from
American Transmission Co. (ATC) for
running power lines across county
property have been used to develop
the park. Several youth organizations
also have donated funds to the project.

2010 projects completed

A total of $152,000 in projects were
completed last year.
The first was the expansion of the
soccer fields on the south side of the
property. A total of 21 acres of stumps, There were several projects completed during 2010 at the cluding a concession stand project that totaled $142,081 and
logging debris and an old field partial- Oldenburg Sports Park on Highway G west of Eagle River, in- fencing on two ball fields. --Photo By Ken Anderson
ly overgrown with trees received graded to restore the original ground ed ball diamond. Group completed a land trade and
grinding and tilling treatment by Pit- contours. This year’s work also includes a cash deal that allowed the county to
lik & Wick Inc. The area was then The project cost of $109,456 also in- new entrance sign to be placed in purchase the property along Highway
cluded three gravel surface parking early February with landscaping to be G for the sports complex.
areas, with the topsoil utilized to cre- completed in the spring. The $5,000 The land trade, finalized in Decem-
ate two U-14, one U-12 and six U-8 cost will be paid by the Headwaters ber 2008, also will allow for the expan-
soccer fields. In addition, an addition- Youth Soccer Association. sion of the Vilas County Fairgrounds
al ball diamond with clay infield was A third project in 2011 includes in Eagle River because ball fields
constructed. putting a veneer of cultured stone on there will be moved to the new sports
The second project was the con- the concession stand at a cost of complex, according to Stevens.
struction of the concession stand, in- $20,000. Several organizations are The 78-acre parcel in the town of
cluding gutters, well, septic system paying for the project, including Head- Cloverland was previously owned by
and landscaping at a cost of $142,081. waters Youth Soccer Association, Unit- Stanley Kukanich, but was leased for
The facility is accessible for people ed Northwoods Soccer, Friends of many years by the youth soccer orga-
with disabilities. Michael Plese, Eagle River Youth nization.
The third project was adding elec- Baseball and Northwoods Softball
tric service to the site for the conces- The design for the new sports facil-
League. ity includes 18 youth soccer fields in
sion stand and to accommodate future
lighting of two ball diamonds and one Stevens said other possible projects four different sizes based on age
soccer field for $10,221. for 2011 include four dugouts on the group. It also includes three ball fields
Lastly, the fencing for two ball dia- ball fields, two sets of bases for the of varying sizes for youth baseball and
monds was installed at a cost of ball diamonds and two scoreboards. adult softball.
$33,022. The softball field was con- While materials are estimated at Funding sources for the park pro-
structed large enough to accommodate $6,600, the projects are dependent ject have included Wayne Oldenburg,
a U-14 soccer field. upon volunteer labor, according to Vilas County, Friends of Michael
Stevens. Plese, United Northwoods Soccer,
Projects set for 2011 A future project is lighting for the Headwaters Youth Soccer Association,
Stevens said proposed park devel- 300-foot softball field which will ac- Eagle River Youth Baseball and
opment activities for 2011 include commodate a U-14 soccer field. The Northwoods Softball League.
seeding and mulching the 21 acres of approximate cost for the lighting is “The numerous contractors in-
south soccer fields at a cost of $36,225. $130,000. volved in the projects awarded in 2009
The Oldenburg Sports Park includes Special attention will be given to the and 2010 voluntarily reduced costs to
18 youth soccer fields. newly created two U-14, one U-12 and Oldenburg made it possible provide this area for the youths in our
--NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO six U-8 soccer fields and newly creat- Vilas County and the Oldenburg communities,” said Stevens.
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AIS weeds is high. Grant funding from the

DNR is critical to the continuation of
these programs. However, the future of
more effectively and efficiently imple-
menting the state’s AIS program.
Local public response to the project
Partnership (WHIP), serving both Vilas
and Oneida counties.
The WHIP steering committee has
FROM PAGE 27 the funding that counties and lake was so favorable that the program was completed the process of developing a
groups have come to depend on is ques- quickly deemed successful and the state memorandum of understanding and
ing also emerged, such as the St. Ger- tionable. began finding additional counties to has acquired signatures to it from 13
main Lions Club providing watercraft It’s no secret that the state’s finan- work with. agencies ranging from the U.S. Forest
inspection services for the Big St. Ger- cial woes will result in cuts to many As of this past fall, 35 of Wisconsin’s Service, the Great Lakes Indian Fish
main Lake District. programs. Time will tell what impact 72 counties have some sort of invasive and Wildlife Commission and the Natu-
those cuts will have on our ability to species coordinator positions. Support- ral Resources Conservation Service at
AIS management continue managing AIS. ers of the Vilas County AIS partnership the federal level to Partners in Forestry,
No Vilas County water bodies were can be proud to know they were instru- Conserve School and Trees For Tomor-
added in 2010 to the list of lakes known Boat landing signs mental in launching this statewide ini- row at the local level.
to have Eurasian water milfoil (EWM). The invasive species laws enacted in tiative. Other partners include the DNR, the
At the same time, all but one of the late 2009 restricting the overland Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of
EWM-populated lakes in the county are transfer of aquatic vegetation and Terrestrial invasives Public Lands, the Wisconsin chapter of
now undergoing aggressive manage- livewell water prompted the state to up- The challenges of increasing public The Nature Conservancy, the Lac du
ment, resulting in significant reduc- date its boat landing signs with a new awareness of plants on the landscape Flambeau Band of Chippewa Indians,
tions of this invasive lake weed. AIS message. that are capable of causing environ- Lumberjack Resource and Conserva-
In addition to those lakes becoming Only Vilas County lakes with EWM mental or economic harm, and then tion Development Inc. and the Vilas
less populated with EWM, they are also populations received the new signs in taking steps to manage those species and Oneida county boards.
becoming less of a concern as sources of 2010. All other public landings in the where they have become established, A “Master Participating Agreement”
spreading EWM to new lakes. Lakes county will receive the new signs over are daunting. has been signed with the U. S. Forest
with unchecked EWM populations are the course of the coming summer. The human and financial resources Service. This will enable direct transfer
regarded as greater risks of spread. All old AIS-related signs will be re- needed to respond to the challenges are of resources (funding) from the Forest
The quality of EWM management ef- moved and recycled. Installation of the not easily found. Unlike the aquatic in- Service to WHIP to support projects
forts is also improving. As a result of a signs in Vilas County at federal, state, vasives program, which relies heavily that will help prevent the spread of in-
Wisconsin Department of Natural Re- county and city- or town-owned boat on DNR grant funding, there is no sin- vasive plants onto Forest Service lands
sources (DNR) research grant, the U.S. landings will be coordinated through gle source of financial support for ter- from nearby sites in either county.
Army Corps of Engineers is now active- the Vilas County Land and Water Con- restrial invasive species programs. More information about terrestrial
ly helping evaluate the effectiveness of servation Department. A new kind of partnership is neces- invasive plants and WHIP can be ob-
aquatic herbicides under varying condi- sary, one that brings together resources tained from the following individuals at
tions as well as monitoring lakes for re- More counties involved from a variety of federal, state, county, the Vilas or Oneida land and water con-
tention of chemicals following herbicide The Vilas County AIS coordination tribal and local allies. Efforts to initiate servation departments at either county
applications. position is now in its seventh year. such an organization locally began in courthouse. The Vilas contact is Ted Rit-
With what is learned each year from The county was chosen by the DNR 2009 and made significant progress in ter, (715) 479-3738, or
this research, management techniques in 2004 to conduct a pilot program to 2010. The Oneida con-
become more effective. determine if county-based coordinators The resulting co-op has been named tact is Jean Hanson, (715) 369-7837, or
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