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Valentine's Day is Sunday, plenty offered in our area
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Dining, comedy and plenty of gift-giving ideas will mark Valentine’s Day across the northwoods.

At Gold Miner Jewelers on Antigo’s north side, owner Bob Curran was displaying the latest in jewelry, including rings and pendants, with ideas for every budget.

Curran urged patrons to remember her with something special, because she is close to perfect but far from ordinary.

Dozens of area restaurants and businesses are offering special dining and shopping deals across the region, and there’s still time to make plans, wrap some gifts and order a bouquet or two, before Sunday.

DINING

Visit Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel Sunday for a variety of dining specials in The Springs Restaurant & Lounge. The special is surf and turf, featuring tenderloin or prime rib paired with scallops or lobster tail, all served with salad bar, dessert fountain and champagne toast.

Buck’s Pizza advises diners to order early for Valentine’s Day. Choose from heart-shaped pizzas, raspberry cheesecake bites, double chocolate brownies, with caramel if you like, cinnamon sticks, mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers. Get a free carnation with a
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Bob Curran displays some Valentine’s Day gift ideas at Gold Miner Jewelers on Antigo’s north side.
Iron Mike on the ice at White Lake, marks the derby, start of centennial
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Iron Mike is on the ice.

As a kickoff to White Lake’s celebration of its centennial year, volunteers placed the sturdy figure on the frozen waters of White Lake this week, with people invited to guess when he will tumble in..

On Saturday, Mike, who is named after longtime White Lake resident Mike Berg, will watch over the community’s annual ice fishing derby and he’ll likely remain on the ice for at least a few weeks before the springtime thaw.

Last year, the iron man fell through on April 12. But with this year’s strange winter weather, with bouts of warmth followed by frigid cold, it’s anyone’s game.

People are invited to guess when Mike will take his big tumble as determined by a timing device attached to the statue. The winner will be the closest guess to the exact time without going over.

Winning prize will be 50 percent of guesses sold up to $500 in cash. Additional prizes may be available depending on the amount of guesses sold. Guesses, at $5 each, will be taken through March 8 at area businesses and the village clerk-treasurer’s office.

Guesses, along with payment, may also be mailed to Iron
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Volunteers place Iron Mike on the White Lake ice this week, one of the first steps in the community’s year-long centennial celebration.
Snow Ball transformation at North Star facility well underway
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The decorations are being put into place, transforming North Star Lanes Banquet facility into an elegant ballroom, for a Saturday evening gala to benefit L.A. Arts.

The fifth annual Snow Ball will draw diners and dancers from across the northwoods for an evening of entertainment Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight.

There will be hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, a silent auction and music and dancing by Hip Pocket, the area’s great show band led by Joe Fittante with his brother, Mike, on percussion.

The transformation is being led by Jeremy Doucette, who honed his love of the theater design, while he was involved in the Antigo High School drama program.

Doucette is the senior director of production design for RWS & Associates, a full-service worldwide design and production firm in New York City. In this capacity, he oversees and approves all design for the company, from scenery and costumes to branding and collateral. This year RWS moved out of Times Square and into a 35,000 square foot Long Island office and rehearsal hall complex that Doucette and his team designed.

Doucette was in charge of the design for the Knickerbocker Hotel
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While preparations for the Snow Ball are well underway at North Star Lanes, it wouldn’t be moving anywhere near so elegantly and swiftly without the Antigo’s Doucette family. Shown in a picture taken Wednesday, members of the family, from the left, are Colleen Rossmanith, Cathy Peterson, Jeremy Doucette, Lynne Doucette, Mykenna Jansen, Ken Doucette, Barb Payant, Sherry Sims and Karen Carley. The event is scheduled Saturday evening.
Antigo 's David S. Stewart had the four-wheel-drive idea
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Editor’s note: This was first published in the Antigo Daily Journal in 1974, written by the late Harold Klessig.

The retired businessman had spent a portion of his life as a journalist and did special projects for the Antigo Daily Journal. Interest in the David Stewart story has sparked a reprint of the article.



By HAROLD KLESSIG

Little is known about David S. Stewart, the man responsible for the Antigo Tractor Co., but his fertile mind influenced everything from tractors to bicycle rims.

Stewart evidently had no formal education that would assist him as an inventor and designer but by the time of his death in 1938 he had dabbled in tractor manufacturing, logging, screen doors and even manufacturing the rims for bicycle tires.

He was born in Canada in 1858 and the family moved to the United States in 1865, settling in Winneconne. Later Stewart moved to Clintonville.

He may have graduated from high school but there is no indication that he ever attended a college, university or technical school.

His obituary in 1938 states that he was engaged in the sawmill and timber industry in Clintonville and in 1884 he oper
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The top picture shows the four wheel drive inventor, David S. Stewart and the bottom picture is the Antigo Quadpull tractor.
Nueske's planning big expansion in Wittenberg
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A $34 million expansion will add jobs and production capabilities to Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats in Wittenberg.

Our loyal customers know that our signature flavor, consistency, and quality are our top priorities, CEO Tanya Nueske said. This expansion will provide us with an even greater ability to give our customers everything they expect from Nueske’s.

The 153,000 square feet expansion will more than double the size and capacity of the facility. Nueske’s will also add 65 positions to its 170-person workforce.

The Nueske family is excited to be able to help support their community and to grow the specialty meat business, Nueske said. We are now preparing to become an even greater source of jobs, helping to bolster the community’s economic strength.

Nueske’s, a third generation family owned and operated 83-year old specialty smokehouse, is known for its applewood smoked bacon, hams, poultry, sausages, and other meats that have received national acclaim for their flavor and consistent quality.

The company currently produces about 9 million pounds of meat a year. The expansion will allow it to ramp up production t
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A file photo of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats in Wittenberg, which is planning an major expansion this spring.
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