This week’s news briefs
Snowmobile safety class offered
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) is sponsoring a Wisconsin DNR certified snowmobile safety course three nights in January at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center. Class times are 4-7 p.m., on Jan. 20, 21 and 23. Anyone born on or after Jan, 1, 1985 and at least 12 years old must have certification to operate on public areas. All ages can enroll in the course, and parents and other adults are encouraged to enroll and participate. Cost is $10 per person. Register online at the DNR Go Wild website. Students are required to have a DNR customer ID number for the class, which can be obtained by calling 888-936-7463. Students who need special accommodations are asked to notify the OCSO when registering. For more information on the class, contact Deputy Michael Baran, 715-493-0540.
Shake it off in 2020
The YMCA of the Northwoods is inviting all community members to join in on some “heart pumping fun” from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 4. Join five cardio-dance instructors to Shake it off in the new year and have fun at the same time. Prizes will be given away during the event. No registration is needed, the event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation to the Y’s Annual Support Campaign is requested. For more information, call the Y at 715-362-9622 or visit ymcaofthenorthwoods.org.
Homeowners see higher lottery credit on tax bills
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is reporting the average lottery and gaming credit for homeowners has increased by an estimated $24. The increase is due, primarily, to lottery sales exceeding estimates. The statewide average credit is $184 compared to $160 in 2018-19. Overall, the Lottery Credit distributed more than $271 million to Wisconsin homeowners for property taxes levied in 2019. Last year, that figure was $236 million. Since 1988, the Wisconsin Lottery has provided over $4.6 billion in property tax relief to eligible Wisconsin homeowners.
Women’s self defense class
A seven week women’s self defense class is being offered at the YMCA of the Northwoods beginning at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Self defense is a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal skills, safety strategies and physical techniques. The course will provide psychological awareness and verbal skills, not just physical training. It will focus on valuable maneuvers that build confidence for women. Certified personal trainer and retired law enforcement officer Larry Sparling will be the instructor. The cost for the class is $15 for members and $35 for the general public. Registration is required by Jan. 8. For more information, call the Y at 715-362-9622 or visit ymcaofthenorthwoods.com.
Northwoods Nordic to host Hodag Challenge
More than 15 schools and up to 350 skiers are expected at the Ced A. Vid Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) trails Jan. 18-19 for the third annual Ascension Northwoods Nordic Hodag Challenge Cross Country Ski Race. High school and junior varsity skiers will complete on a 5K course and the middle school on a 3.3K course. Racers will start at timed intervals on Saturday and then at intervals Sunday, based on their times from Saturday. Medals will be awarded for both freestyle (skate) and classic racers. Spectators are welcome for all races, with many areas of the course spectator accessible.