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Northwoods Spotlight: Youth Outdoor Hockey Tourney 1-9Submitted: 01/09/2013

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MANITOWISH WATERS - One hundred youth hockey players traveled to Manitowish Waters for competition and a fun filled weekend. But Marisa Silvas found out - this tournament is played outside.

Groomed Ice, Fresh Air and Hockey. The scene was set for the second annual North Lakeland Outdoor Winter Classic.

Last weekend six area squirt teams took part in this unique opportunity.

"The parents love it, " said Chuck Benson - the President of North Lakeland Hockey Association. "The kids are exicted. It's a different thing for them."


For the adults, it was a chance to get back to their roots.

"It was a step back in time," adds Nate Bunnell - D.C. Everest Coach. "I was excited to get up here. These kids have never experienced something like this before."

"The fresh air gives you more energy and stuff," said Quinn Stack of the D.C. Everest squirt team.

While the kids are enjoying playing outdoors... the environment does provide many challenges.

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Rhinelander coach Joe Pequet says, "The ice is alot harder. The puck bounces alot. Many times, it's not in our favor."

Bill Guelcher - Lakeland Coach
"You come out here and it's kinda cold," adds Max Toyjala of the Lakeland Squirt Team. "You don't know what to do and stuff."



But the elements didn't stop everyone from having a great time.

I bet you haven't seen a trophy quite like this. the Buck Cup was awarded to Rhinelander after the Hodags won the championship game.




Story By: Marisa Silvas

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First indoor Easter egg huntSubmitted: 04/20/2014

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But with the recent snow fall, some were in danger of being canceled.

One Northwoods camp found an alternative to keep the festivities going.

Camp Jorn YMCA in Manitowish Waters hosted their first Easter Egg Hunt.

More than 30 kids ran around inside of the camp.

Camp Jorn daycamp director says they got the idea from Boulder Junction's Easter Egg Hunt.

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Wisconsin DNR assessing winter deer killSubmitted: 04/20/2014

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But it's a reality some families in the Northwoods have to live with.

The suicide rate in north-central Wisconsin has gone up in 2013.

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Some might have Easter breakfast or have their own Easter Egg Hunt.

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Another three horses were found dead.

Cattle Rescue Inc. will be caring for the surviving horses. Director Bill Blemke says they are malnourished.

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For business owners, that means an increase in sales.

The Pine Cone Boutique in Minocqua says they've seen an increase in customers.

They're right off Highway 51 North, right next to McDonald's.

One of the sales associates just started working there.

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It burned more than 34 acres.

Pittsville Fire chief says it happened around 1:55 Saturday afternoon.

Rock and Vesper fire departments also helped put the fire out.

The DNR also helped by using a patrol plane to spot the fire.

The chief says it started after debris traveled from a burn barrel.

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