Canoe museum to host Verlen Kruger story on Saturday, Sept. 20

September 17th, 2014

The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum (WCHM) in Spooner will host adventurer, authorized biographer, and author Phil Peterson Sr. and his wife, Joanne, on Saturday, Sept. 20, as they present the story of Verlen Kruger, the man Canoe and Kayak Magazine called, “Arguably the world’s greatest canoeist.”

Phil’s presentation is based on his book, “All Things Are Possible, The Verlen Kruger Story, 100,000 Miles by Paddle.”

 The WCHM presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last about an hour and a half, with a pre-event social hour and a post-event question and equipment inspection opportunity.

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Oak wilt confirmed in Washburn County

September 16th, 2014

SPOONER, Wis. – Oak wilt, a deadly fungal disease of oaks, has been confirmed for the first time in Washburn County. The Department of Natural Resources forest health lab confirmed the find in wood samples from a red oak tree in the city of Spooner, Wis.

“This find is particularly concerning considering the rarity of the disease in this part of the state,” said Paul Cigan, DNR forest health specialist.

Oak wilt is commonly found in the southern two-thirds of the state and has been creeping north. Although the disease is well-known and has been in the state for a long time, it is still important to prevent further spread.

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Additional information about oak wilt is online:, keyword “oak wilt.”