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Store owners see increase in customers during Labor Day weekend Submitted: 08/31/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Labor Day weekend brought in a lot of tourists to the Northwoods. Some spent their time shopping for accessories and clothes, but others shopped for fishing gear.

Customers at Eagle Sports in Eagle River shopped for the best bait so they could get back on the water. One person from out of town bought a fishing license before heading back home.

The Eagle Sports manager, Tod Tyler, says they've seen an increase in customers compared to last week.

"This is typically probably our third biggest weekend of the summer followed by 4th of July and Memorial Day are the two biggest," said Tyler. "This will be the third. It's the last busiest weekend we'll have this year."

The manager expects the customer incline to drop after Labor Day, but that won't keep his spirit down.

"We try and keep our local crowd happy, we look forward to the next hunting season and just keep rolling with the punches," Tyler said.

The manager believes bait, fishing gear and fishing licenses were his number one sellers this weekend.


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Police find Methamphetamine in drug bust, arrest manSubmitted: 08/31/2014

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TOMAHAWK - A 27-year-old man sits in jail after Tomahawk Police found multiple packages of Methamphetamine, U.S. currency, and many paraphernalia items in a Tomahawk home on Thursday.

Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins says his department executed a state search warrant. The Police Chief says they got the search warrant because of a three and a half month long investigation into the sale and distribution of Methamphetamine.

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Farmers see younger generations more involved in farmers' marketsSubmitted: 08/31/2014

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RHINELANDER - Farmers' markets give people a chance to buy local, healthy food. Some farmers think they've been selling more crops this year because more people want to eat healthier food.

Shoppers at the Hodag Farmers' Market can ask farmers different question about how they grow their vegetables. Some farmers think people like knowing exactly what's going into their food. They think a lot more younger people have become interested in farmers' markets because they can get all their questions answered.

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Wisconsin apple growers say crop is looking goodSubmitted: 08/31/2014

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MADISON - Wisconsin apple growers expect their crop this autumn to be good or a little above average.

Growers were concerned after last year's unusually heavy harvest. But this year's crop is shaping up to be more in line with the yield of previous years.

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Local dog helped save family from potential tragic accident Submitted: 08/31/2014

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HAZELHURST - Most dog owners refer to their dogs as man's best friend. They're loyal, affectionate and caring. They're also very vigilant when someone is in distress. In Hazelhurst, one dog saved a family from a potential tragic accident.

8-year-old Chandler is Keith Stern's best friend.

"Chandler wanna go lake? Wanna go lake Chandler? Let's go lake," said Stern.

About two weeks ago Chandler stayed with her grandparents or Keith's parents in Hazelhurst. She normally sits on the edge of the balcony to watch the birds and the neighborhood, but this time she was acting unusual.

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Sausage Fest brings in large crowdsSubmitted: 08/31/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - People in Eagle River had the chance to experience a unique event Sunday.

The Eagle River Lions Club held its first inaugural Sausage Fest. The family friendly event started off with a 5k run, music from the Bill Hassey Orchestra and of course sausages as far as the eye can see.

Leaders for the event say they wanted to do something similar to Oktoberfest.

"We put together a group about two years ago to think of some kind of activity to do locally in the community that would be a lot of fun to get people to come out and just enjoy a good day at the park," said Eagle River Lions Club Treasurer Jake Weinand. "There's a lot of other local clubs in the small towns in Northern Wisconsin that do similar things like this. We've been kind of envious of them. We've been around since 1949, we just didn't have anything like this."

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Couch potato race promotes physical activitySubmitted: 08/30/2014

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RHINELANDER - One type of potato you couldn't find at Potato Fest this year was a couch potato. Leaders at the YMCA of the Northwoods helped promote health and staying active by putting on the second annual couch potato race.

Teams of racers had to build a moving couch and push it down Brown Street in downtown Rhinelander. They also had to finish obstacle courses along the way.

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UPDATE: Police arrest active shooter suspect, release nameSubmitted: 08/30/2014

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MEDFORD - UPDATE: 8/31/14, 4:30 p.m.

We now know the name of the man who police believe opened fire near a school in Medford.

Police arrested 19-year-old Harrison C. Davis. Police say they arrested him around 6:15 p.m. on the 35,000 block of County Highway M in Chippewa County. He now sits in the Taylor County Sheriff's Department Jail.

Police will refer Davis to the Taylor County District Attorney for 1st degree reckless endangering safety, discharging a firearm in a school zone, and discharging a firearm into a building.

The shooting happened on the 500 Block of South Park Avenue in the city of Medford. Police say it happened within 1,000 feet of the Holy Rosary Catholic School. There were no students in the school during the shooting. Police say there were people setting up for mass within the church.

As a precaution, Medford's police chief says they stopped the nearby Medford vs. Chippewa Falls football game and told everyone to go inside. Community members were also asked to stay inside their homes.

The game did start again just before 6 p.m..

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