Barrel train will join tractors in annual Plow Days lineup Sunday|
Fly Me To the Moon is theme for Elcho High School prom Saturday
|A great little barrel train will join the line-up of heavy iron at the fourth annual Old Time Plow Days Sunday.|
Sponsored by the Northwoods Tractor Club, the event will be hosted by Golden Arch Farm, located four miles northwest of Antigo at the corner of Angle Road and Highway I.
The barrel train was constructed by John Steger with help from Karl Illichmann, Wally Igl, Mike Shefel and Noskowiak Small Engine, which supplied the steering wheels. It is made up of six barrel cars, perfect for young engineers, pulled by a garden tractor.
The train will draw the younger set, but the real attraction of Plow Days is the array of old-time tractors and equipment that will be on display, and put to use.
“We will be plowing this year,” Mike McDougal of the Northwoods Tractor Club said.
He noted that the past two years brought unfavorable conditions that kept the tractors out of the fields, but Sunday’s forecast promises seasonably pleasant and most importantly dry conditions.
Plowing will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an old tractor parade, complete with the barrel train, at 12:30 p.m.
A crosscut saw competition gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with
John Steger, left, and Mike McDougal look over the barrel train, which will be among the features at Sunday’s Old Time Plow Days.
Second Avenue water project advances
|“Fly Me to the Moon” is the theme of Elcho High School’s 2015 junior prom, taking place Saturday evening in the school gymnasium.|
Candidates for king, queen and court are shown in the photo below. In the back row, from left, are Brennen Nowland, Brandon Roberts, Victor Taylor and Victor Wagner. In the front row, from left, are Erika Briggs, Alexxis Groat, Samantha Reichl, Cianna Reynolds and Holly Ullman.
The prom is slated from 7 to 11 p.m. with the grand march at 8:30 p.m. A photo booth will be operating from 9 to 11 a.m.
Prom season opened last Saturday evening with Antigo’s Casino Night. White Lake will hold its spring promenade on May 16.
The Elcho High School prom court. Names are printed in the article above.
Lukas will saddle Mr. Z for Derby Saturday, still thinks there is a win
|A fast-moving—and intricate—project to repair battered water mains along Second Avenue should be completed by early May.|
On Wednesday, crews from Kautza Excavating, working from Langlade Road, bore a line under Spring Brook to connect with water lines on the west side of the creek.
“It was deep,” Charlie Brinkmeier, the city’s project manager, said. “We went about seven feet under the creek, and that’s 10 or 15 feet below the road bed.”
The work is part of an overall project funded in part by a $483,250 Community Development Block Grant and city street and water utility funds.
The $168,000 project includes constructing about 800 feet of horizontally-drilled 10-inch water main on Second Avenue from Aurora Street to Langlade Road and replacement of three 14-inch water main valves at the water plant and two locations on First Avenue.
Brinkmeier explained that the area was previously served by a six-inch cast iron water main that fell victim to the brutal winter of 2013-14, which caused freeze-ups and water main breaks throughout the city.
“We had so many breaks along that main that we couldn’t chase them all down,” he said.
Crews began much-needed utility upgrades along Second Avenue near its intersection with Langlade Road Wednesday.
Climber with ties here survives Nepal quake
|In horse racing, picking a one-two finish is known as an exacta.|
A one-two-three is an trifecta—a bit tougher. Select finishers one through four and you’ve got a superfecta, and a big payoff.
One through five is almost unheard of—known as a Super High Five at some tracks—and there’s not even a category for six.
Antigo native D. Wayne Lukas could conceivable pull off that feat–with trainers not horses—in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
Lukas, a Hall of Fame trainer with four Derby wins to his credit, will saddle Mr. Z in Saturday’s 141st Derby, and then watch with pride as up to five of his former assistants try to beat him.
“I enjoy it,” Lukas, clearly delighted in the success of his legion of former assistants, said. “I enjoy the camaraderie but I have a whole different perspective than I did probably 25 years ago. I can stand back and watch this thing unfold and watch the young guys do things I wouldn’t, but I probably did when I was 25 years old.”
Leading the Lukas brigade is Todd Pletcher, whose four entries represent one-fifth of the expected 20-horse field. His top horse is Carpe Diem, whose owners paid $1.6 million to buy and third
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, third from left, gathered five former assistants, all with horses in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, outside his barn at Churchill Downs in Louisville Wednesday. From left, Todd Pletcher, Dallas Stewart, Lukas, George Weaver, Kiaran McLaughlin, and Mike Maker.
|A mountain climber with ties to Summit Lake, attempting to be the first wounded warrior to summit Mt. Everest, has survived an avalanche set off by the powerful earthquake in Nepal that has killed more than 5,000 people.|
Benjamin Breckheimer, 30, whose father, Dan Breckheimer, operates Billy Timber’s bar and restaurant in Summit Lake, was trying to become the first soldier seriously injured in combat to climb Mount Everest, according to his mother, Mary Lyons of Menomonee Falls.
“He and his guide had just come down from the mountain about five minutes before it hit and a lot of people were running,” Mary Lyons said.
Breckheimer took to social media early on in the trip — posting photos of his arrival in Nepal and the first days of his trek. He had reached Base Camp 1 when an avalanche triggered by that earthquake sent falling rocks, debris and snow barreling into camp.
“He did not get specific. He just reiterated that it was bad,” his stepfather, Tim Lyons, told a Fox News station.
Twice on Saturday, Breckheimer called the Lyons in Menomonee Falls, according to Fox6 News. Their conversations were brief.
“He said that the base camp wa
Benjamin Breckheimer, who has ties to Summit Lake, on the slopes of Mt. Everest. He was shaken, but unhurt, in the weekend earthquake that shook Nepal.
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