MERRILL - "If people are looking for a great Halloween scare this is the Haunted House they want to come to," said Hauted Sawmill Creator.
We take you behind the scene of this year's Haunted Sawmill hosted by the Merrill Boy Scout 599.
Dark twists and turns reveal scary scenes right out of a horror film. From mad doctors to blood smeared insane asylums. This spooky tour is bound to give you a freight.
"From the moment they get in line from the moment they exit out the door there's going to be something going on the draw their attention. We have actors outside have actors inside. It's just an all-around incredible experience," said Hersil.
It took more than 40 boys to convert this old sawmill into a house of horrors.
They've been working on it since May.
Hersil said "The building lends itself perfectly for what we want to do. It looks run down. It's creepy, it looks abandon."
This year's theme-Vincent Mudget--the mad sawmill owner who murders anyone who enters. But don't worry he died years ago…or did he?
"You'll see Vincent, Vincent will actually find you if you come in," said Hersil.
The Haunted House is more than just for fun it's a way for the boy scouts to bond and learn valuable skills.
Assistant Scout Master, Dave Stenberg, said "Leadership, construction skills the boys are involved in all phases of it. They'll hang sheeting, weld 2X4's together, putting netting on the top."
So enter if you dare…
"Bring a lot of your friends with you for protection. Hide in the middle of the group. Don't be on the front end or back end because that's where our scarers will get you. But you'll have a good time. Even though we're here to terrify you it's a good time," said Hersil.
Tickets are $7 but if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local food pantries then it's $6.
You can win free tickets by answering their daily trivia question on their Facebook page.
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
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."
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."
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.
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