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Hegranes retiring from county health leadership
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For decades, Karen Hegranes has focused on the health of Langlade County, figuratively taking the temperatures of 20,000-plus residents as she worked to combat disease, battle illnesses, and improve living conditions.

Now she’s going to focus on just one—her new granddaughter.

I’m the sole baby-sitter for this little grand-baby, Hegranes, clearly relishing her new role, said. That will be my main job at first.

After 27 years with the Langlade County Health Department, Hegranes is leaving her position as county health officer at the end of the month. She was feted at a department reception over the lunch hour today with a public reception slated for 4 to 7 p.m. this afternoon at The Refuge.

On Tuesday, the County Board of Supervisors shifted her duties as health officer on an interim basis to Social Services Director Ron Barger. He will serve until the recruitment and selection process has been completed.

Within weeks Hegranes and her husband, Dr. Gary Hegranes, will be settling in Gastonia, N.C., near their daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Eric Schubert, and new granddaughter, Nora Elaine, born on Dec. 30. A second daughter, Emily
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Langlade County Board of Health Chairman Bob Benishek presents Karen Hegranes with a plaque for her years of service. The public is invited to a reception in her honor this afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Refuge.
County's northern trails open Thursday
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It’s been a long time coming, but portions of the Langlade County snowmobile trails will open Thursday morning.

Langlade County Forest Administrator Erik Rantala announced this morning that Zone A will open at 8 a.m., hopefully easing the drought of wintertime activities caused by sparse snowfalls.

Zone A covers the northern and eastern areas of the county, missing the area around the central agricultural fields and to the south and west. Rantala stressed that riders should consult the new 2017-2018 snowmobile map as to the specific areas that are open, since section boundaries have changed. A link to the map is located at www.langladecounty.org.

Trail conditions in the wooded northern and eastern parts of the county will be in fair condition, with the exception of some low lying areas that may be rough, Rantala said. Trails in open fields and across lakes may be drifted and also lacking in snow cover; please use extreme caution in these areas. Expect early season riding conditions throughout the trail system.

Trails will be open to ATV’s after Jan. 28 and when the temperature is below 28 degrees.

Among the riders anticipating the
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Dave Peterson will be pulling out his 2017 Polaris for riding starting Thursday. His first sled, the 1957 Polaris Colt on the right, will likely remain in the garage.
Resolutions OKed by board
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The regular January meeting of the Langlade County Board of Supervisors was highlighted by an update on the drug problems that plague this region — and just about all others —on Tuesday.

The session started with a presentation, In Plain Sight, with Stephanie Thiede of the Langlade County Health Department, who explained hiding places for drugs and paraphernalia in places where parents would least expect it.

Elizabeth Gebert, Langlade County’s district attorney, and Lt. Dan Bauknecht, longtime drug officer with the sheriff’s department, discussed methamphetamine abuse in Langlade County, the human wreckage the substance is creating and the tremendous burden it is causing to the community and the legal system.

The board also accepted a ceremonial check from the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe at Mole Lake for $16,000, which will be shared by a number of different groups from snowmobile clubs, a silent sports group, ATV clubs, a lake district and more, most of them in the northern region of Langlade County.

When the presentations were complete, several action items were on the agenda, including a vote to temporarily fill the vacancy caused by the ret
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Corporation Counsel Robin Stowe, County Board Chairman Dave Solin and Vice-Chairman Peter Pennington with the ceremonial tribal check.
Christmas trees spark a huge blaze
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A nice crowd gathered late Monday afternoon for the annual Christmas tree burn, an event hosted by the city of Antigo and the Optimist Club.

It is a perfect partnership, the city collects the trees from curbsides in front of hundreds of homes and then the Optimist Club moves in for the burn, which over the decades has become a holiday-ending social event.

The weather was ideal Monday, with temperature readings at the time of the 5:30 p.m. fire at 17 degrees. A breeze from the northeast added a little wintery nip to the air, but it wasn’t uncomfortable.

The Optimist Club had a stock of hot dogs, buns and hot chocolate on hand for the crowd and the trees ignited quickly, this year aided by that breeze.

It was a very nice midwinter event, Nick Salm, a member of the Optimist Club said.

Salm explained that club members enjoyed seeing all of the families that turned out, and especially the youngsters enjoying the bonfire, and perhaps the warmth it was radiating.

One of the visiting television reporters said she had never seen anything quite like this, Salm said.

Another Optimist, Tim Sharon, had the food inventory figured out j
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A member of the Optimist Club crew tossed a tree on the roaring bonfire here Monday evening.
Public bus service expanding here
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Public transportation services are being expanded in Langlade County.

This week, Aspirus Langlade Hospital and Red Robin Transit announced that funding has been secured to add two additional routes on the city’s flex bus service, now operating from 9:15 a.m. until 6:35 p.m. with 18 stops six times daily Monday through Friday throughout the city.

One-way fare is priced at $1.50 for adult; $1 for seniors over age 60; and $1.25 for student. In addition, there will be an added van operating under the Reserve a Ride service. This is a door-to-door service with the rider reserving the ride in advance in which they are picked up at their location and driven to another location without the need of going to a bus stop. This service is first come-first served based on driver and vehicle availability.

Operating times are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. with coverage for all of Langlade County. Fares are based on location: In-city, within eight-miles and outside of eight-miles but within Langlade County. Cost is:

— City of Antigo: $1.50 adult; $1, senior over 60 and disabled; $1.25, student.

—Rural, within eight miles of city: $3.50, adult;
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Nicole Kubiaczyk, Andy Barth and Meghan Mattek of Aspirus Langlade Hospital with Richard Ducane of Menominee Regional Public Transit, operators of Red Robin Transit.
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