PARK FALLS - To call this a typical race couldn't be further from the truth.
The Tuscobia Winter Ultra is an ultimate test in endurance and will-power.
Competitors race on foot, skis or bike.
The distance -- thirty-five, seventy-five or ONE HUNDRED FIFTY miles.
Race Director Helen Lavin came from northern California for this event. She knows how difficult crossing the finish-line can be.
"You can't sign-up for them without any training and haven't thought of it, so it's a little different you don't just jump into it and say oh I'll just do that race tomorrow."
Some racers rest a lot. Others tick off the miles almost without stopping. John Storkamp finished first on foot. He tried not to take long breaks.
"I didn't sleep during any of the event at all I was awake the entire time I did the event then....50-hours."
For a race that has some going as much as 150-miles, most said that the mental game was the most difficult. Don't talk to yourself is one thing a gentelman said and keep your eyes on the road most importantly.
"I got in at 3:30 last night, I mean 1:30 and was in by three. I'm feeling good right now." Said Skier, Mark Scotch.
"Most of the time we know a lot of people who enter, some come from out of state and of course you may not know them, but theres quite a group of us who bounce around and do these. It's alot of fun." Mentioned long-time foot-racer, Matt Long.
With typical races, there's usually a celebration at the finish line.
Future Wisconsin Project wants to bring more workers, manufacturers to Wisconsin
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
RHINELANDER - Warm temperatures and lingering snow on roofs doesn't make for a good combination.
Around 3 p.m. Monday, the weight of the snow on the roof of the building next to the Elbo Room in Rhinelander caused major damage to the building.
The awning to the building fell down onto the Brown Street sidewalk.
Fire leaders say it's important to remember to how dangerous heavy snowfall left on roofs can be this time of year.
“Well with this heavy snowfall this winter there's a lot of snow load with warm weather today the snow melting it created a lot of weight and it can damage structures with all the weight from the snow,” says Josh Schmitz, Rhinelander Fire Deptartment Deputy Chief.
No one was injured in the collapse. The fire department is not sure when cleanup will begin.
------------------------ An earlier version of this story indicated that the facade of the Elbo Room awning had fallen. That was incorrect. It was the building next to the Elbo Room. That has been corrected in the story above.
MADISON - A bill that would allow Wisconsin schools to extend school days and shorten school years to save money is up for a vote in the Senate this week.
The bill would get rid of the requirement that schools teach for 180 days or lose state funding. Schools are still required to teach the same number of hours under the bill.
Another change under the law allows the state Department of Public Instruction to fund remedial courses and interim school sessions. The package is being viewed as a cost saving measure for districts that have seen state funding decrease in recent years.
Three Democrats joined the bill's Republican sponsors, and DPI and other education groups have voiced strong support for the proposal.
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