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Big Langlade project underway
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It was out with the old in preparation for the new at Langlade Ford Monday afternoon.

Minutes after a ceremonial ground-breaking for a major renovation, heavy equipment from Krueger & Steinfest rolled onto the site and began demolishing the old showroom and offices, a major step in a renovation that has been quietly underway for weeks.

The project is being coordinated by Keller, which is spread across a number of locations in the state including Milwaukee, Madison, Fox Cities and Wausau. It will add 12,380 square feet of area to the dealership.

While the building has been updated since it was constructed, new plans call for it to conform with the Ford Trustmark program. Under the new plan, six vehicles will be displayed in a comfortable setting with easy access to the sales, financial and executive offices.

Keller has already completed much of the exterior work on a new body shop, tucked out-of-sight at the west end of the facility. It will also segregate aluminum-bodied truck and the welding and other projects involving the new products.


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Chris Corr of Langlade Ford supervises as a big backhoe from Krueger & Steinfest claws at the front of the dealership, making way for a new addition, on Monday.
As Habitat for Humanity home takes shape, volunteers are needed
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The new Habitat for Humanity house at 1136 Lincoln St. is beginning to take shape, but volunteers are needed to keep the project moving forward.

Volunteers of all skill levels are needed every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“Groups, organizations, businesses and families are encouraged to organize teams for a day,” Paul Grinde, Habitat’s chairman, said. “Individual volunteers are welcome as well.”

To volunteer call VISTA volunteer coordinator Rachel Davis at 507-993-0139 or e-mail her at rachel.davis572@gmail.com

The home is being constructed for Jason and Crystal Moore and their two daughters, Mackenzie, 10, and Daisy, six. They will also provide a great deal of “sweat equity,” helping the volunteers who will fill the site on work days.

The home is being financed in part through a $60,000 donation from Thrivent Builds, a program of Thrivent Financial. Since 2007, Thrivent has donated $286,600 to assist the local Habitat organization in constructing homes for deserving families.

This year’s project also has a new component, assistance from young people involved in Americorps VISTA organization. Davis, the volunteer c
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Duff Leaver and Norm Dickman review the plans for the new Habitat for Humanity house now under construction at 1136 Lincoln St.
2014 fair capped, it was a great time
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The amusement company’s employees spent most of Sunday evening and night taking apart the rides and other elements that formed the most public hub of the of the 2014 Langlade County Fair.

The weather was a little cool and there were threats of rain now and then, but for the most part it ended up a pleasant five-day event.

While A&P Amusements had all of their equipment tucked away on trailers and ready to roll to the next engagement, there were other signs that the show was over.

By 10 a.m. today the fair office was dark and the few workers were preparing to leave with the last boxes of records. The dozens of food stands were also mostly gone  — not cooking up German sausages, tacos, gyros, corn dogs or cheese curds.

It was over for another year, but there will be excellent memories.

The big show opened Wednesday with judging and entertainment and continued into Sunday evening with the tractor pull.

At its heart, the fair remains devoted to youth, and Langlade County’s finest were on display and in some cases, handsomely rewarded.

The 4-H cake auction on Thursday brought over $10,000 for 49 cakes, a new record, with Erika Spe
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The stands were filled for the running of the demolition derby on Saturday night at the fair. The derby is certainly one of the highlights of the week of activities at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.
Walker makes visit to Antigo on Harley tour, a bit of campaigning
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Scott Walker, who hopes to be re-elected as Wisconsin’s governor in November, paused in Antigo Saturday with dozens of motorcycle-riding friends on a tour of the state.

“I love riding,” he said during the visit that allowed his fellow bikers to enjoy a cookie or two and quaff a soda.

Walker and his wife, Tonette, left the Harley Davidson dealership in Kenosha earlier in the day and were riding north to Rhinelander before heading south to a pig roast in Wausau during the evening.

The governor is in a heated race, challenged by businesswoman Mary Burke and he was using his motorcycle trip to do a little campaigning.

Walker was quite willing to explain the economic gains he said he has brought to Wisconsin after taking over from retiring governor, James Doyle, citing a lower jobless rate and reduced state spending and property tax reforms.

“We took on some big challenges,” he said, suggesting they have aided wide segments of the Wisconsin population including taxpayers.

After the snacking was done, the crowd, wearing “We Ride With Walker” shirts, straddled the cycles, fired up and headed north.


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Gov. Scott Walker and his wife, Tonette enjoyed a cookie with the staff at Kwik Trip Saturday afternoon during a motorcycle ride stop in Antigo.
Market animal auction sees higher numbers, and a bit of charity as well
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The Langlade County Fair Market Animal Sale got a boost Friday evening, both in prices paid for the championship livestock and the community-minded attitude of the bidders.

After a protracted bidding war with Servco FS, Strasser-Roller Funeral Home, represented by Ann Roller, took the grand champion market hog for $6 a pound, outpacing the $5.25 paid in 2013 for the grand champion hog.

Matt Bowman brought in the champion animal, with a final weight of 280 pounds. He also exhibited the 2013 winner.

Roller donated the animal to three Langlade County food pantries—the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry, White Lake Christian Food Pantry and Operation Compassion operated by Faith Center Church.

Auctioneer Duke Packard of North Central Sales opened the evening reminding bidders of the $10,000 raised at Thursday’s cake auction, noting that if that was any indication, “we should have a good sale tonight.”

He reminded bidders to remember that they were buying the area’s finest livestock, shown by outstanding young exhibitors.

“These kids have worked hard,” Packard said. “Open your pocketbooks a little bit.”

And the bidders did.


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