GREEN BAY - They finally got a call to go their way, and it helped the Packers hold on for a 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Garrett Hartley's field goal attempt from 43 yards with 2:58 to play in the game split the uprights and appeared to give the Saints a two-point lead, until a holding penalty moved Hartley back and necessitated a re-try, which he missed wide to the left.
Finally, the Packers found some good luck in a week that began with an official's call that was so egregious it enraged a nation, ended the reign of replacement officials and triggered an eight-year labor agreement between the NFL and its regular officials. The Packers' week of "zebra" hell ended with the holding call that turned the tables on the Saints.
Aaron Rodgers threw a go-ahead touchdown to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter as the Packers bounced back from that controversial loss. Rodgers threw for 319 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for the 2-2 Packers. Drew Brees threw for 446 yards with three touchdowns for the winless 0-4 Saints.
"Very frustrating play," Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of what replay confirmed to be a fumble by Saints kick returner Darren Sproles, but which was canceled by "down by contact," as announced by Referee Jeff Triplette. "The call on the field was … it was blown dead," McCarthy added.
Had that call gone the Packers' way, the home team might not have needed an assist from fate at crunch time.
There was also a McCarthy coach's challenge of a catch by Jimmy Graham. The replay showed the ball hitting the ground, but Triplette ruled that the catch would stand.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
EAGLE RIVER - A new type of foundation could give you a better way to build a home, and the idea for the improvement starts right here in the Northwoods.
Composite Panel Systems in Eagle River builds composite panels for home foundations. Composite means anything made of two or more materials, which includes fiberglass in this case. The company describes the EPITOME Quality Foundation Wall as a revolutionary composite building solution for residential foundations.
The company makes them off site, and then they put them together on location. Composite Panel Systems' Scott Weber says that means a shorter build time compared to concrete foundations.
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