- A motorcycle crash near Merrill put a Minnesota man in the hospital. LINCOLN COUNTY The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department tells us the 69 year old man was hurt Sunday morning.
- When you think of the Northwoods, you probably never thought you'd put the words, "lake" and "surfing" together. MINOCQUA Erik Quamme is a novice wake surfer, and this is just the third time he's skimmed the waves in Minocqua. He gotten started thanks to SurfSCONSIN's Mike Scandin and Chad Baker. "Just appreciate the power the wave has. They don't have to work that hard. It is just that balanced motion," said Scandin. Nearly every day for the last two summers, Chad drives the boat while Mike coaches. The boat goes at a low speed to create the perfect wave and that keeps your body from taking a beating. "Everybody is getting older. Everyone feels those aches and pains. You just don't have those major wipeouts," said Baker. The key to wake surfing is the boat does all the work. Friends Erik Quamme and Chad Scott are two of SurfSCONSIN's newest surfers. They're still pretty new at riding, but both say it's the coaching that's helped them learn fast. "Mike is sitting there telling you to move your left foot forward or scrunch your toes forward," said Quamme. "If Erik and I had a boat and a couple of boards-- it could take days to figure out foot placement and rope length," said Scott. You can catch 12-year-surfer Mark Mapes with Mike and Chad almost every day, sometimes showing off a trick or two. For him, it's the socialness of wave surfing that makes the sport special. "You can talk to each other, the boat is moving slow you can hear. You can talk to the surfer back there," said Mapes.
- The Habitat for Humanity of Wausau celebrated a big milestone on Saturday. The organization held the grand opening for its new Recycled Building Materials facility. WESTON The new building is a place where people can go to buy new and used building materials. For the grand opening, there was face painting for kids, free hot dogs, and even a visit from Woody Woodchuck.
- During the summer Northland Pines High School is being used as the home base for a foreign exchange program. EAGLE RIVER
The Northwoods Adventure Quest Program brings students from China and America together.
Last year travel rules stopped the program from happening, but this year the students and organizers are more driven than ever to keep their mission going.
"You get to form relationships with people from around the world," said 10- year- old Chase Neubauer. This is Neubauer's first time joining the two week Adventure Quest Program. The goal of the program is to do more than just keep kids busy during the summer. "[It] promotes connections with Wisconsin especially the Northern part [of Wisconsin with] all of China," said WISP Executive Director Xiaodong Kuang. Kuang is one the organizers of the quest program. He couldn't think of a better way of promoting his goal than starting with young students. "[So that] the young generation, who will be the future leaders of the world, [can] appreciate cultures and know more about each other," said Kuang. This is Power Liu's first time coming to America with the program.
- The first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a horse this year comes from Clark County. MADISON The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection says the unvaccinated horse was euthanized. West Nile is carried by mosquitoes and kills 90 percent of the horses it infects. Symptoms include depression, appetite loss, drooping eyelids, fever, weakness, or paralysis.
- A judge says a Wisconsin county is likely violating the U.S. Constitution with its requirement that game developers obtain permits for augmented-reality apps like Pokemon Go to be played in parks. MILWAUKEE U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller said in a ruling Thursday that Milwaukee County can't enforce the ordinance for now. The ruling came at the request of Irvine, California-based game developer Candy Lab Inc., which is suing to overturn the rule.
- State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) believes state government doesn't do enough to protect private property rights of people in Wisconsin. MADISON On Thursday in Madison, he rolled out a set of bills he's calling the "Homeowners' Bill of Rights." Tiffany is teaming up with State Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) on the bills. They say courts have gone too far in regulating what people can do on their property.
- Parts of Wisconsin remain underwater or in cleanup mode after flooding. ARCADIA That now, that includes western Wisconsin.