CONOVER - People come to the Northwoods for blue skies, clean water, and fresh air. But how can we make sure it stays that way? One Conover resort has an idea--
Sandy Shores Resort is the first business in the city to be “Certified Travel Green." Juli Welnetz, who owns the resport along with her husband Curt, couldn't be more proud.
"It means a lot to us, the property has been with us since 1931. Our kids are
the fourth generation that have been here, anything we can do to live green.”
"Certified Green" businesses recycle more and use Energy Star appliances to cut out pollution. Welnetz said it was easy enough for her. She hopes she's starting a trend to preserve a place people love.
"A lot of it is promoting your local community; we have menus and different things in our cabins that help do local events. It's just another way of promoting the Northwoods."
One more way the resort cuts energy use-- cabins aren’t air conditioned. There is, however, a year-round breeze.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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