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Classic Cruise another big success
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The 13th annual Classic Cruise, an annual winter event for the vintage and antique snowmobile crowd, was another giant success here Saturday.

A spokesman for the Deerbrook Bridge Runners, Mike McDougal, explained that this year there were a range of machines dating back to the infancy of the snowmobile movement more than a half century ago to pretty snappy models — older, yes — but still sleds that move quickly.

McDougal said there were Polaris models that dated to the early 1960s with Kohler engines that move fairly slow.

They made it to Kool’s Klub and came back, he said.

But the other speedier models were all over the place. There was a bonfire at Jack Lake and the machines and riders branched out every which-way from the headquarters of the ride at Quinn’s at Neva.

He said two visitors came with older racing machines that had been calmed down for trail-riding. McDougal suggested those two Yamaha’s cold keep up with just about any new sled.

McDougal and his wife, Regina, who serves as the president of the antique snowmobile organization, said there were a number of new faces in the crowd this year, which numbered ove
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ANTIQUE SLEDS — The Schroepfer family came to the Classic Cruise with a Polaris and a Arctic Cat snowmobiles dating back to the earlier 1960s. From the left are Teresa, Nicole and Jim Schroepfer. They went out riding from the cruise starting point, but the sleds are a bit slower. But the machines represent the infancy of the industry about 54 years ago.
School board to eye referendum marketing
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Now that it has approved the paperwork for a spring building and remodeling referendum, the Antigo school board will turn its attention to how to sell it to the public.

The board will meet in an informal committee of the whole session on Tuesday, and its main focus will be marketing its $25.9 million referendum slated for voter action on April 5.

The referendum calls for construction of a new citywide elementary school, renovations to Mattoon and Crestwood and closing East, West, North, Pleasant View and Spring Valley schools.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board will hear a proposal from the administrative committee on the informational campaign for the referendum.

Ideas includes possible open house dates, website updates, and a referendum video, along with key messages to emphasize.

The board may also look at potential sites for construction of the new elementary school, either near the existing high school or on the northeast side of the community.

The agenda does not indicate any action is planned.

In a related matter, Building and Grounds Supervisor Jake Letterman has prepared a summary of potential summer maintenance pro
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Spychalla shelter dedicated Saturday
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The Spychalla family urged everyone to enjoy your cabin in the woods Saturday.

The event, held at the Jack Lake Ski Trail, marked the dedication of Spychalla Lodge, constructed with a $35,000 donation from the family in honor of patriarch Jim Spychalla, who died in December, 2014 at the age of 87.

Consider this your cabin in the woods, James Spychalla, one of Jim’s four sons, said. Use it for any activity you wish, picnics, reading, small parties, solitude, knitting, playing cards or just for soaking up some heat. Again, this is your cabin.

The program drew a substantial crowd to the trail for an afternoon of skiing, socializing and sharing memories about Jim, a longtime Antigo potato grower, entrepreneur and athlete.

Spychalla logged many hours on the Jack Lake ski trails, as well as Gartzke Flowage and other facilities and was well-known for his longevity and tenacity.

We were together for 58 years and together we raised potatoes and children, Jim’s wife, Gertrude, said. It’s been a long run and together we completed the course.

In his brief remarks, Spychalla thanked Langlade County architect Nate Heuss for designing
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Six-year-old Nathan Spychalla, son of Mark and Sarah Spychalla of Madison and grandson of Jim Spychalla, cuts the ribbon officially opening Spychalla Lodge at the Jack Lake ski trails. He is shown with his uncles, Peter, left, and James.
Snow Ball will mix elegance with excellent music for a worthy cause
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The Langlade Area Arts, commonly known as L.A. Arts, invites the public to its fifth annual fundraiser Snow Ball, An Evening of Glamour and Ambiance, next Saturday night the North Star Banquet Hall,.

The ball will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature music by Hip Pocket, a powerful 10-member band, with a four-piece horn section and a rocking rhythm section led by local percussionist, Mike Fittante of Antigo along with lead vocals by his brother Joe Fittante, also of Antigo, on the keyboard.

The North Star banquet hall will be transformed by New York designer and Antigo native Jeremy Doucette. As the director of production design for RWS & Associates Entertainment, a full service production firm based in New York City’s Times Square, Doucette plans to bring to Antigo a treasure trove of scenic materials that he has collected over the years and from the many corners of the earth that he has traveled with his company.

During the evening, guests will be treated to a variety of sweet desserts and savory hors d’ ourvres, and a cash bar will feature signature cocktails. There will be a silent auction, with themed gift baskets and various art works provided by
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A scene from the 2015 Snow Ball, an elegant party.
DNR to retain area ponds, will sell land
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Langlade County’s spring ponds—known worldwide as unique geographical features vital to free-flowing streams— will remain under the ownership of the Department of Natural Resources.

Following an extensive review, the DNR this week recommended that the agency retain the seven parcels that had been considered for sale.

The recommendations, included as part of an overall land sale discussion, will be forwarded to the Natural Resources Board for action at its Feb. 24 meeting.

Media reports last fall that the DNR was considering the sale of the ponds sparked a furor among sportsmen and conservationists. The agency was finally able to quash the rumor by stressing that the ponds would have been offered for sale only to Langlade County, if at all. And this week’s recommendations appear to have ended that discussion as well.

Doug Haag, deputy bureau director in charge of land sales and acquisitions, said the decision shows that the review process works.

It’s exactly what we intended the process to do, Haag said, explaining that various agencies examined each parcel for its potential sale and value within the state program. It does work
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The Willow Spring Pond will stay in DNR ownership.
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