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UW Stevens Point Timbersports team shows off skills at Forest FestSubmitted: 08/01/2015

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EAGLE RIVER - Trees for Tomorrow held their Forest Fest in Eagle River Saturday. The event hosts many people and companies that make a living from trees.

The UW Stevens Point Timbersports team came out to Forest Fest to show off their skills.

"We're doing most of our chopping and sawing events," explained team member Ben Hansen. "So we have the under hand, the standing block, I'll get up on the spring board tree behind me here today. And we'll do a little sawing as well one man and two man sawing."

The team wasn't just there to show off their skills. They also got people involved.

"I just got to sit on it while someone was sawing the wood and I've never got to do that before," said 7-year-old Bella Nowak.

Forest Fest gave people an opportunity to try their hand at activities they might not have gotten a chance to otherwise. Many took a turn throwing an axe.

"You know Trees for Tomorrow has been around forever and it's a great organization. They're good to us. And it's the least we can do to come out here and you know throw our hat in the pile of forestry education for these guys," said team member Spencer Johnson.

Forest Fest is always held on the first Saturday in August.

Story By: Katie Thoresen

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ST. GERMAIN - The last day of Pig in the Pines wrapped up Saturday. People were able to watch the rib eating contest in the afternoon.

Newswatch 12 got to help judge ribs from this year's four rib vendors. One of the big events happened on the main stage Saturday evening.

"We have entertainment all day long," said St. Germain Chamber President Bruce Weber. "We have the Wise Guys on our main stage. We have Laura Ernst on the aerial platform here. She also does juggling. On our major stage, we have One Ping Only, and we also have Molly Hatchet, our lead act tonight."

The Pig in the Pines volunteers had another big announcement to make. The event will be sticking around next year with some changes.

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WISCONSIN - Anyone who loves hunting and fishing will need to apply for a license. The deadline for some hunting and fishing licenses is August 1st at 11:59pm.

Hunters, trappers and spearers can go on the DNR website to apply.

"This is the time of year where not a lot of people are thinking about hunting, but that August 1st date is that date for applying for a bobcat, fisher or otter tag, sharp tag grouse, or sturgeon spearing or fall turkey," said DNR Warden Supervisor David Walz.

People may not be thinking about hunting during the summer. DNR workers say the process is very easy for people to apply.

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RIB MOUNTAIN - No one was hurt when a U-Haul trailer exploded on a busy road in Rib Mountain Friday. Police believe the explosion was an accident.

Marathon County Sheriff's officers were responding to another call in the Walmart parking lot on Rib Mountain Drive around 12:45 p.m. when they heard and felt the large explosion.

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The state Department of Natural Resources says the "County Road 601" wildfire was about 95 percent contained on Friday morning. Crews are heading out again.

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