Don Sidlowski

Polka Host

Don Sidlowski is a native of the Chicago Suburbs (Orland Park) where he grew up in an ethnic Polish-Czech family. From his earliest childhood days, he was immersed in polka and waltz music in both styles and learned to sing many of these songs in Czech as a child. Growing up, opportunities to hear live polka music were as simple as heading to any Chicago Forest Preserve grove on a Sunday afternoon.

Today, Don is a year-round resident in Three Lakes where he and his wife Judy tend to their horse, burro, two dogs and cat on their hobby "Oak Leaf Cluster Farm." Now retired from corporate America, Don serves as a government and civic strategist. A past elected official in the Town of Three Lakes, Don continues to advocate in Madison for broadband expansion and economic development in Northern Wisconsin, sits on many boards and advisory councils and is responsible for the FabLab initiative in the State. In all of his “spare time” he’s also an avid organic vegetable gardener, Eagle Scout Chair for the Crystal Lake District of Samoset Council BSA, a hiker, biker and retired Masters cross-country skier.

Don's love of polka and waltz music remains unabated with the passing of time and for the past four years it’s been his privilege to be one of the regular hosts of The Polka Show. Na Zdrowie and Na Zdraví!

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Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Three Lakes Tuesday at the Demmer Memorial Library.

It was eight years in the making but the major renovation of the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes formally got underway on Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony in front of the legacy structure. A dozen dignitaries associated with the project over the past decade donned hard hats and hefted shovels to indicate a newly reconstructed library was on the way. In fact, work has been ongoing for some weeks now.

Library Director Erica Brewster explains.

Samoset Council Boy Scouts of America

For the past two years, a new scouting program has been gaining steady growth and popularity in the Northwoods.

It's called STEM Scouts: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is at the heart of the program for students in 3rd grade through high school. Tested five years ago in only one Boy Scouts of America council in Knoxville, TN it was rolled out in 2015 as a pilot program to just twelve councils nationwide.

Town of Three Lakes

At Tuesday's town board meeting in Three Lakes, taxpayers got an update on four major construction projects currently underway.

Construction was slated to begin in 2018 on a new town office complex while at the same time next door major renovations to the Demmer Library are being undertaken. But meeting attendees learned that one of those projects has hit a snag. Town Chairman Jeff Bruss explains....

Olson Library

Governor Walker was among those at the ribbon-cutting of the newly renovated Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River.

WXPR's Don Sidlowski has more....

Demmer Memorial Library

More information is here.

With electors voting to build a new town office complex in Three Lakes, the next-door Demmer Memorial Library is also moving forward with their renovations. Don Sidlowski reports...

Two votes in Three Lakes Tuesday are approved.

Three Lakes school district voters passed a referendum to exceed revenue limits by slightly more than $3 million per year for five years. The vote total was 750 in favor of the referendum, 294 opposed.

Also yesterday in Three Lakes, town electors approved building a new town hall.

At a special town meeting on Tuesday, electors authorized the town board to borrow $1.6 million to tear down the existing structure and build a new town office and police department on the existing footprint.