Wis. Hist. Lib. in Madison has 1997 and 2001 editions. Lowwood has the first (1997) and fourth (2008) editions.
Entries include Star Lake and most of the towns included in this database. The entry for the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation is recommended.
The Star Lake entry (p. 267-268) [differs slightly from the first edition]: "Check out the Star Lake Forestry Plantation, on the remains of an old lumber camp. The plantation, begun in 1913, was the first attempt at silviculture in northern Wisconsin. a phenomenally successful venture, considering the forest is still around. Also in the area you'll find the Star Lake-Plum Lake Hemlock Natural Area, one of the state forest's 14 state natural and scientific areas.
"A lodge of some repute in Wisconsin. Hintz's North Star Lodge, tel. (Hwy. K. 715/542-3600 or (800) 788-5215, hintznorthstar.com) was once a grand old logging hotel, catering later to the Chicago railroads. The lodge offers housekeeping units, villas, and two lake homes, both with whirlpools. The lodge, however, is most popular for its creative Midwestern cuisine--a homey eatery since before the 20th century. Rates start at a promising $85 per night way up to $1,500 week for a historic home in Minocqua, with multi-night minimums during peak periods.
"For classic but updated North Woods Wisconsin lodging--the kind of cabins often described as "well and sturdily build-- try Camp Edna and Bear Cottage (715-736-9696, campednabearcottage.com, $850-1,500 weekly). A year-round woodsy home and cottage (housing eight and six, respectgively), they're classic."
From the story of the Hodag, part of the Rhinelander entry (p. 257): It all started in 1896, when local Gene Shepard showed up with a photograph of a ferocious beast that had sprung at him in the forest.... Wildfire rumors spread [and] a lumberjack posse led by Shepard supposedly captures it, with chloroform and a long pike, yet oddly nobody be he could look at it. When the jig was about up, Shepard claimed the Hodag escaped, but ultimately, somewhat reluctantly, admitted the hoax. He had constgrucged the beastg of animal part, steel, and ox hids...." [No mention of the Smithsonian Institution.]