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It promises to be a rare, quiet weekend in the northwoods.

A lack of snow has diminished winter sport opportunities, with the ski and snowmobile trails, quiet, icy and largely barren of the white stuff.

But there's still plenty to do, including the Optimist's annual Christmas tree burn on Monday, movies at the Palace, and, in just a few weekends, the L.A. arts Snow Ball.

A look ahead, taken from the Antigo Daily Journal's advertising columns, follows:

TRAILS OPEN

Winter activities are beginning to stir after a drought of snow and warm temperatures.

Zone A of the state-funded snowmobile trail systemâ€mainly the wooded northern and eastern parts of the countyâ€will open at 5 p.m. this afternoon. Expect early season riding conditions.

Also, cross-country ski trails are beginning to improve. Jack lake is packed, The Moccasin Trail at Elcho has been packed and tracked and is reportedly in good skiing condition although ongoing logging operations will limit usage of some sections in the near future.

Maranatha Ski Trail at Silver Birch Ranch, Langlade, has been tracked but is in poor condition.

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Planned tree burn almost goes up in smoke days early
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A brief but odd variety of activity turns up on the law enforcement blotter from yesterday.

A passing motorist called to tell Antigo police that someone prematurely started the Christmas tree burn across from the high school at 6:49 p.m. The called identified an old white pickup truck leaving the scene, and dropping trees from its bed onto the road. Police were unable to locate the truck, and the Antigo Fire Department extinguished the fire, preserving most of the pile for the big planned event Monday.

The Langlade County Highway Department reported that for the second time recently, a stop sign at the intersection of County Road I and Ackley Road has been stolen. The first time it disappeared post and all, this time only the sign has vanished. Footprints were discovered at the scene, but no suspects.

There were two citations issued at Antigo High School yesterday. A 13-year-old male was cited for disorderly conduct for lighting a firecracker in a bathroom on Monday. A 14-year-old male was cited for punching another student last Friday.

A 12-year-old male was referred for a theft that occurred Dec. 14 at Antigo Middle School.

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Antigo Area Weekend Activities
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A sure sign that the holiday season is dwindlingâ€the placement of trees on the curb for pickupâ€will lead toward the Optimist Christmas tree burn just over a week away.

With little snow for outdoor winter activities, the area is in a bit of the January doldrums, but that could change with any forecast. There is plenty of winter and miles of trails out there to explore.

A look ahead, taken from the Antigo Daily Journal's advertising columns, follows:

FINAL HOLIDAY EVENTS

The Christmas holiday is in the books, but there are a few lingering events.

The city of Antigo will have curbside tree pick-up all next week. Please take trees to the curb. The annual Optimist tree burn, fueled by all those evergreens, will take place on Monday, Jan. 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the large south parking lot at Antigo High School. Optimists will be serving free hot chocolate and hot dogs.

And there are still two holiday concerts. The Antigo Middle School band will perform on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium, and Middle School choir and honors choir on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the high school's Volm Theater.

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Local man bound over on drug charge
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Langlade County Circuit Judge John Rhode bound Landon J. Now, 36, over for arraignment in a case alleging he and another man brought 133 pounds of marijuana to the Langlade County Airport, and it was destined to be sold in Central Wisconsin.

Now, who resides north of Aniwa, will return to court on Feb. 4 for arraignment and a possible plea on charges of conspiracy to commit manufacture or delivery of THC (marijuana.)

If convicted of the class E felony, Now faces a fine of not more than $50,000 and not more than 15 years in prison, or both.

Dennis Carroll, a senior special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, testified during the preliminary hearing in court Thursday about a multi-day flight that Now and a Wausau man, Pao Vang, took from Antigo to Oroville, Calif. and back during May, 2017.

The alleged plan ran into trouble when Pao Vang drove into a ditch along Highway 52 northeast of Antigo, near the airport, with the 133 pounds of marijuana stored in three duffle bags in the back of his vehicle.

Carroll explained that it is reasonable to assume Now knew he was taking part in a criminal activity.

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Antigo Area Weekend Activities
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The Christmas wrapping paper is all but a memory and it's time to ring out the old and welcome the new.

Many area night restaurants are planning New Year's Eve dining specials, and there is more on the docket as well, including the annual Breakfast at Garztke's morning of fun and the appreciation dinner for Salvation Army bell ringers.

A look ahead, taken from the Antigo Daily Journal's advertising columns, follows:

BREAKFAST AT GARZTKE

Gartzke Flowage trails and lodge will be filled with local and visiting families Saturday morning for the year-end Breakfast at Gartzke.

The event will take place at the Gartzke Flowage ski, snowshoe and hiking trails, located nine miles east of Antigo. Take Highway F east of Antigo and continue east on Fifth Avenue Road to the trailhead.

Everyone is invited to hike the quarter mile trail to the lodge at the flowage where Antigo Bike and Ski Club members will be hosting breakfast including Belgian waffles, sausages, hot chocolate, coffee donated by The Brown Mug. Visitors can bring treats to share, but not required along with optional donations that help the club maintain the lodge and
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Antigo, WI 54409
Phone: 715-623-4191
Fax: 715-623-4193
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Antigo, WI 54409
Phone: 715-623-4191
Fax: 715-623-4193
Mail to: Fred Berner
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