MINOCQUA - Some classic boats were floating for show on Lake Minocqua Sunday.
Event Chairman Gordon Moore says, "This is number 19 for our boat show in Minocqua."
Gordon Moore first organized the show to bring enthusiasts and owners together to showcase their craft.
But a little more than a decade ago, the spirit of the show changed because Moore's wife came down with an illness, "12 years ago I decided to turn it into a Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser. Now all the proceeds are dedicated to the Wisconsin Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis."
Fellow boater Dave Bortner says, "It makes for a real fun weekend and it benefits a good cause in the Multiple Sclerosis Society."
A good cause that's filling up this dock at Matt Morgan's with passionate craftsman like Dave Bortner who says he's been working on wooden boats since he was a boy, "Actually when my parents bought a summer home up here 40 years ago, my father and I started restoring boats together as a hobby. It kind of got out of hand and became a business."
The crowd of classic fans certainly appreciates the wood work these owners put into their boats. Joel Cielak says, "Just absolutely the craftsmanship themselves and the way they maintain these boats is absolutely impressive as well as spectacular."
Moore agrees, "Well if you're quote, "Into wood," as I am, it's a real pleasure to see this many boats. Particularly in as good of condition as they are."
But not all boats are created equal and antique means much more to Bortner, "It's a different experience than just having a fiberglass transportation object that is a boat. Wood boats really have soul."
So whatever floats your boat is sure to be found around the Antique Boat Show in Minocqua.
NORTHWOODS - Home sales fell in the state of Wisconsin, but they're on the rise in the Northwoods.
Real Estate experts say home sales are up 5% in Oneida County. Home sales for the Northwoods are up 4%. Experts say right now it's a buyers market.
“If you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,” says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. “We just encourage people to respond to any offer that they get not to just reject it or be offended but these days we are seeing a lot of buyers coming in and offering a lot less than what sellers are asking for.”
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
“It’s great to see that people are obviously getting back to work so they can afford to take that opportunity to put their family in their first home it's exciting for all of us,” says Highfill. “We're always happy to see somebody get that first house for their kids we're seeing some people that are making more money now so they're buying a move up house.”
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - 4.7 might seem like just a random number, but it gives us an idea of just how cold it was this year. 4.7 degrees was the average temperature for this winter. It's the coldest winter in more than a century.
It’s common to see these sights and hear these sounds in a typical winter. But this year, we heard them a bit more. The Northwoods fought through it’s snowiest and coldest winter on record. What made it so rare was the persistent cold.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center on Wednesday.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
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