THREE LAKES - Three Lakes Winery Manager Eileen Splitt said people get very excited about Cranberry Fest.
"Itís a huge crop in Wisconsin. Weíre the nationís number one producer of cranberries. Itís excited. Itís not necessarily something people are exposed to all the time so when you get to go out and see them harvested itís very interesting," she said.
As Cranberry Fest kicks off In Eagle River this weekend, here in Three Lakes theyíre 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 thatís 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 theyíre 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 itís tart, itís refreshing itís semi-sweet so itís not overly sweet like a dessert wine. Itís very drinkable. "
Angela Popp, who took the tour said, "I like the more sweet wines. Thatís why I like the Three Lakes Winery because most of them are sweeter wines."
Sims said, "I like the fruitier wines and Iím visiting here so itís 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.
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.
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.
Itís 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 itís snowiest and coldest winter on record. What made it so rare was the persistent cold.
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.
ďIf you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,Ē says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. ďWe 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.Ē
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
ďItís 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,Ē says Highfill. ďWe'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.Ē
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
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