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Stores see more business after rainy Memorial Day weekendSubmitted: 05/30/2016

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MINOCQUA - While the rain this weekend stopped some Memorial Day activities, businesses in the Northwoods saw sales boom. Rain made tourists head indoors to see what different businesses had to offer.

Many Minocqua area businesses said the weekend was very busy because of the rainy and cloudy weather. Business was slower Monday compared to the weekend.

At Dan's Minocqua Fudge this weekend, staff saw thousands come in to shop.


"I can't even begin to count how many people came through," said Dan's Minocqua Fudge manager Michael Johnson. "There was a line out the door for half the day, so we had thousands of people come through."

Packerland Plus packed in customers. Staff say they sold lots of Packers and Bears gear over the weekend.

"Business over the weekend went pretty well," said Packerland Plus employee Zoe Trapp. "With all the rain, all the people were downtown, and when the sun would come out it would slow down. But it rained on and off a lot, so we did well."

Workers at Imaginuity said the rainy weather was perfect for people to grab a game and stay indoors.

"With the rain and cloudier weather, it's just been really busy this weekend," said Imaginuity manager Jessica Johnson. "We sold a lot of games. It's a great way to pass the time. And puzzles were flying out the door."

And even though it rained, people still wanted a break from the weather to get some treats.

Island City Ice Cream in Minocqua thought they'd see even more business Monday.

"Today now that the sun is shining I'm sure that everyone is out on the lakes, and taking the last opportunity they can for Memorial Day to be outside," said Island City Ice Cream owner Susan Jaster. "We saw people yesterday from Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Indiana. We just saw people from all over."

Last year, Oneida County brought in the second largest amount of tourism revenue in the Northwoods.


Story By: Mary O'Connell

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ARBOR VITAE - Many people enjoy being on the lake and away from work on Memorial Day.

But some volunteers were working hard Monday on local lakes to prevent the spread of AIS.

Volunteers from Clean Boats, Clean Waters work at different lakes to check boats as they come in and out of the water. They often catch common mistakes, and teach boaters how they can help stop the spread of AIS.

"They usually recommend draining the water up away from the landing that way anything mixed in with the water in the boat doesn't get back in the lake," said volunteer Aaron Tomasoski. "Pretty often people will drain it out. It's been that way for a while, but people are starting to get a hang of it. But we are making progress on that."

Clean Boats, Clean Waters is a state-wide volunteer program that grew out of a program called Milfoil Masters, created by Minocqua middle schoolers in 2003.

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WHITE LAKE - People held grand ceremonies all over of the United States today in honor of Memorial Day.

But perhaps some of the most dignified ceremonies happen in small towns right here in the Northwoods.

With a population of less than 400, White Lake is one of those towns that doesn't let the number of people in the town determine its significance. 

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RHINELANDER - The gloomy weather made it difficult to stay outside for the entire weekend, but the rain brought a lot of people to the Pioneer Park Historical Complex.

The complex opened for the season on Saturday.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/30/2016

- We will take you across the Northwoods to show you Memorial Day celebrations that took place today.

- Plus, while the rain this weekend stopped some Memorial Day activities, businesses in the Northwoods saw sales boom.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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