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2012 Record Year for Tourism in Eagle RiverSubmitted: 04/23/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


Photos By Kailey Burton

EAGLE RIVER - The City of Eagle River saw more revenue from tourists in 2012 than ever before.

According to the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses can thank a number of year-round special events for the increase in customers.

"We strategically do events throughout the complete season... In other words there's events in the winter, spring, summer and fall, and just different things to bring different people to the area. We continue to try to make them grow, and continue to look for new ways and new things to do to bring people to the area," said Conrad Heeg, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce Director.

Some of those events include the US Pond Hockey Tournament, Klondike days, Cranberryfest, The World Championship Snowmobile Derby, and Journey's marathon.

The chamber also draws people in by advertising Eagle River and its events as far away as Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

"People come from those distances to come here to do things, well they're automatically going to stay overnight. And if they stay overnight they're spending money on lodging, to buy gas to go shopping to go to dinner," said Heeg.

Chamber Director Heeg, also credits their database of more than 400 volunteers for making the many large-scale events possible.


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It's all thanks to a man dedicated to combining nature with what's manmade.

Ken Schels isn't your typical carpenter or welder. 

He welds, chops, and carves fantasy into reality for his clients at his KMS workshop. 

The Northwoods native can tell you where every piece of wood in his shop comes from.

He'll also tell you about all of the metal pieces he has collected over the years for his projects.
Gears, chains, axes, and bolts are just some of the pieces you can spot in his art. 

"One guys says, 'That's a Ford wrench, that's worth $30!' Well I'm like, you stand there and watch me weld it in," said Schels. 

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PCA owns the dam that controls the flowage.

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MINOCQUA - A Green Bay man died in a snowmobile crash in Minocqua Tuesday night.

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 This year the Three Lakes Park District donated an ice skating rink to the Three Lakes Elementary School.

The Three Lakes Fire Department and other members of the community joined in to put the rink together. 

The ice skating rink was originally at Burnside Park. Moving the rink to the school made it smaller and more accessible for students.

"It's a really good feeling because, it gives the kids something to do," said Three Lakes Fire Chief Dave Kirby. 

"You can only [go on the swings a certain amount of times] in the winter. 

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