THREE LAKES - Three Lakes Winery Manager Eileen Splitt said people get very excited about Cranberry Fest.
"It's a huge crop in Wisconsin. We're the nation's number one producer of cranberries. It's excited. It's not necessarily something people are exposed to all the time so when you get to go out and see them harvested it's very interesting," she said.
As Cranberry Fest kicks off In Eagle River this weekend, here in Three Lakes they're showing us cranberries are more than just for eating, you can drink them too.
Shelley Sims, who took the Cranberry Bus Tour said "I think it was really interesting, I learned a lot about cranberries and wine. It was really neat."
Hundreds of people took the Three Lakes Winery Bus Tour on Saturday and Sunday.
Holding the tours during Cranberry Fest Weekend is a tradition that's been going on for years.
The process--the bottles get rinsed out first. "They come in sterile from the manufacturer. The next station the bottles are filled and leveled off to the correct height of 750ml. After that they're corked. Labels are rolled on the front and back. A person takes them into the box and then they go out and are ready for sale," said Splitt.
The winery makes 30 different kinds of wines...everything from cranberries to blackberries to mixes.
Splitt said "All of the fruit wines are semi-sweet. I like it because it's tart, it's refreshing it's semi-sweet so it's not overly sweet like a dessert wine. It's very drinkable. "
Angela Popp, who took the tour said, "I like the more sweet wines. That's why I like the Three Lakes Winery because most of them are sweeter wines."
Sims said, "I like the fruitier wines and I'm visiting here so it's a real treat to see what the local winery has to offer."
The winery is open all year round. All of their wines are sold at the gift shop.
Most bottles are under $10.
The Cranberry Tour will also run next weekend during Pumpkin Fest in Three Lakes.
You can purchase tickets at Pumpkin Fest or buy them at the winery.
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.
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."
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."
MILWAUKEE - Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County.
Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a ``running gun battle'' on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the ditch near Fox Point. Three people in the van were arrested. Authorities say a fourth person left the scene.
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