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May 26, 2020

Ticks the season
With its doors open for several months now, the Woodruff-based Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence is primed and ready as it enters its first tick season.

"May is Tick Awareness Month and we do have them coming in (already)," office manager Kathy McCaughn noted. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 22, 2020

One family, one disease, one goal: Cure chronic Lyme disease
Most days, Parker Ryan is like every other nine-year-old boy: He loves to play outside and explore the Northwoods. He fishes, swims, plays basketball and climbs trees. It's what he's always done. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Everything I ever wanted to know about dragonflies, but was afraid to ask
As many who read the Outdoors section of this newspaper are aware, the Lakes and Rivers Convention, originally slated to take place at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Stevens Point, was turned into an online event. It was still very widely attended, and there were so many great sessions that it was hard to decide what to attend.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Preventing tick bites is important year-round
A recent presentation entitled "Wisconsin Ticks," highlighted three tick species in Wisconsin. The webinar was presented by PJ Liesch, the director of the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Laboratory. While there are more than three types of ticks, there are three of special significance to humans in the state, he said. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

The Lake Where You Live: OUR LAKES NEED A 'SMOKEY'
Imagine that for preaching forest fire prevention each state or county was on its own. They had to craft their own messages, create their own materials, handle distribution, and more, all at significant cost.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Women's Legacy Foundation: Millions raised for tick-borne illness center through philanthropy
The establishment of the Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence in Woodruff was a community effort - with one group forging a powerful road to meet the $3.5 million fundraising goal: The Women's Legacy Council. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Springtime is tick time in the Northwoods
Wisconsinites are all too familiar with ticks, as they come out in full force every spring and stick around for months. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 15, 2020

Oneida CDAC sets antlerless quota for 2020 deer hunt
In April, all County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) held preliminary meetings to make recommendations regarding antlerless deer quotas for their counties in the 2020 deer season. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 8, 2020

2020 fishing opener should bring good results
This year's fishing opener finds the state, and indeed the country, experiencing unprecedented challenges, with social distancing the new buzzword and many people staying close to home. In recent weeks, some municipal launch ramps around the state have been closed and then reopened. Some, in other parts of the state, are still closed. Many state parks in the southern part of the state were closed, meaning access to the lakes within those parks was also limited. Those parks and launches have now been set to reopen today, May 1. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 1, 2020

Doing what we love - a tribute to Jacob Friede
It was with total shock, and then a heavy heart, that I read an email Monday morning from our general manager, Heather Holmes. She forwarded an email to me from Jacob Friede's mom letting us know Jacob's life had been taken in a boating accident last weekend. I sat, staring at the computer, unsure what to think or how to respond. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 24, 2020

The harms of hard surfaces
We read and hear a lot of impervious surfaces on lake properties and why they are bad for our lakes. A paper from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Center for Land Use Education puts the concern in clear perspective. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 24, 2020

The effects of climate change on wild rice
During the recent Lakes and Rivers Convention, Peter David gave a presentation on wild rice and climate change. Wild rice, "Manoomin" as it is known, is culturally important to Native Americans and holds a very special significance to many. Its range is geographically small, with Wisconsin making up a good portion of that range. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 17, 2020

The challenges of distance meetings
Like many people, I have been attending a variety of online meetings lately. What I have found most interesting in attending these meetings is participation. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 17, 2020

Oneida County Deer Advisory Committee holds first 2020 quota meeting
Each county in the state has a County Deer Advisory Committee (CDAC). The purpose of the CDAC, which is a group of volunteers from many different stakeholder groups, is to gather public opinion on deer population goals, antlerless quotas and deer season options. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 10, 2020

Lake's best friend?
Dogs use their amazing noses to help us in many ways. They can sniff our drugs being smuggled across our border, help track down and find missing children, locate people amid wreckage from storms, and do many other things we humans cannot. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 10, 2020

Clean Boats Clean Waters inspectors will be missing, at least in the early season
Most boaters and anglers in the Northwoods have become accustomed to seeing Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) volunteers at launch ramps on local lakes. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

Fish like a girl
With everything changing in our lives, seemingly by the day, it is comforting to know we can still do things to bring a touch of normalcy to our lives. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

Gray to white
Last Friday afternoon I sat on the lakefront screen porch, needing only a fleece for warmth, and listened as the melt water from the roof hit the leaves on the ground below. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

Burn permits suspended in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has recently suspended burn permits across the state. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 3, 2020

A great guide to growing your own food
With many Northwoods residents stuck inside, or staying home, we are all looking for more things to do at home and more ways to stay occupied. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 28, 2020

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