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Elementary projects: Board to consider spending millions
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The Antigo school board may move forward with millions of dollars in elementary school improvement projects Tuesday.

The board will convene for its regular May session at 7 p.m. in the media tech room at the high school.

Leading the agenda will be formal action on a resolution to borrow up to $7.925 million in interest-free debt instruments through the Qualified Zone Academy Bond program. The purpose would be to upgrade and replace infrastructure in eligible schools.

The bonds allow certain qualified schools to borrow money cheaply because the purchasers receive federal tax credits to subsidize much, if not all, of the school district’s interest costs.

Funds can be used for renovation and rehabilitation projects (including energy projects), as well as equipment purchases (including computers). The bonds cannot be used for new building construction.

Those awards will be announced in early June and could be combined with a State Trust Fund loan or general obligation promissory notes to fund a variety of projects taken from a list of elementary needs identified by the CESA No. 10 study. Those would include projects to increase energy effici
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Fire dangers exceptionally high today
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A red flag was raised today for fire danger in the forests of northern Wisconsin, including Langlade County, running into the evening hours.

The entire red flag covers Ashland, Iron, Price, Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Forest, Florence, Oconto, Marinette and Menominee counties

A Red Flag Warning is issued when a variety of weather factors come together to create especially dangerous wildland fire conditions. Warm temperatures, low humidity, high winds and exceptionally dry fuels are anticipated and can result in catastrophic fires. Fuel conditions in sandy soils and pine country are extremely dry and very receptive to ignition and large fire development.

As a result, the Wisconsin DNR is prohibiting burning with DNR-issued burning permits and is asking the public to be especially careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildland fire.

Campfires, outdoor grills, smoking, chain saws, off-road vehicles or other small engines have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a dangerous and destructive fire. Please use extreme caution during these unusually dangerous conditions.

Citizens are also being asked to double check campfire
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Boys and Girls Club gets new gym floor, ready for next generation
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The gymnasium floor at the Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County is ready for another generation of young athletes.

Infinity Wood Floors of Crandon donated the hard maple flooring while the Remington Foundation provided the funding for installation.

The Antigo Optimist Club topped off the renovation project with money to purchase new wall pads and adjustable basketball backboards and hoops.

The kids love it, Angel Zimmerman, the club’s executive director, said. The new floor also has lines painted on it, which the old one did not.

Zimmerman said the old floor had also become unsafe, with missing areas and other concerns. The wall padding is also an improvement and the basketball hoops are adjustable for all ages.

More than 700 youth use the gym throughout the year.   
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Top photo, from left, Dave Corcoran, program director, Tanya McKenna-Trabant and Fred Kawalski Optimist Club board members, Jean Lucht from the Remington Foundation and Angel Zimmerman, executive director. The lower photo shows Pat Tallier, owner of Infinity Wood Floors along with  Boys & Girls Club members and staff.
Mark McKinney gains title of fire executive
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Mark McKinney has joined the ranks of elite firefighters.

Lt. McKinney, emergency services director with the city of Antigo Fire Department, has completed an arduous four-year program to earn the certification of executive fire officer.

The program was offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

The local announcement was made at a recent meeting of the Antigo Common Council, where McKinney received a round of applause from aldermen and fellow firefighters.

He thanked the city, the fire department and his family for supporting him during the absences.

Every time I left the fire department the crew had to cover for me, he said. My family had to take care of things in my absence. The school work was only part of it.

The program included two weeks of classes annually and four courses, one per year, each requiring a written applied research project to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations within the student’s own organization. Each of the projects was evaluated through a formal process, and progression through the program
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Lt. Mark McKinney, left, receives his certificate from Antigo Fire Chief Jon Petroskey.
City, county courting state to move DNR forestry office here
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Antigo and Langlade County officials say this is the perfect location for a relocated state forestry office, and they are working together to let the Department of Natural Resources know why.

Rather than presenting a proposal explaining the benefits a relocated state office would bring to the area, local officials are preparing a packet of information detailing what the area can do for the DNR.

The key is how do we make it the right choice for the state, Mark Desotell, the city’s director of administrative services, said. To have the agency here would allow them less travel and give them more results.

Specifically, Desotell said the proposal will address how the community is suitable as the relocation site, how it is connected to the forest community and how it is advantageous for the Division of Forestry.

Forestry is in the DNA of Langlade County, Angie Close, executive director of the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation, said. We are involved in forestry from the seed to the finished product.

Wisconsin’s current state budget requires the DNR to develop a plan to relocate the division headquarters from Madison to somew
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Langlade County Corporation Counsel Robin Stowe and Angie Close, director of the county’s Economic Development Corporation, discussed the DNR proposal with members of the County Board this week.
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