RHINELANDER - Duck hunting season will take a five day break this week.
The hiatus began at sundown Sunday and will last through sunrise on Saturday.
This is the first time in several years the season has been split up in the northern part of the state.
Waterfowl hunting can only last for 60 days.
This year they broke up the season to extend larger lake hunting through the end of November.
DNR Wildlife Biologist, Jeremy Holtz, said "This reason this occurred was that they wanted to make sure the season opened up back in time so it would stretch through the 25th of November. So people would have an opportunity to get together and hunt big water like Lake Michigan and Lake Superior."
This year they allowed members of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association to vote on the dates.
Because many of the marshes begin to freeze over at the beginning of November, they voted to extend large water hunting.
But the DNR says if hunters don't like the break, they can adjust the season next year.
"It's important for people to know that their feedback is valuable and we'll need to know if people liked the split or not. We set these seasons every August so we need to know this year how it turned out," said Holtz.
Hunters can resume hunting waterfowl Saturday morning.
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.
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."
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.
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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