MINOCQUA - A wake up call. That's what Northwoods snowmoblie clubs are asking for.
Several clubs from the Northwoods met in Minoqua tonight, discussing issues and concerns for the future of the trails.
The first of those issues?
Lack of snow this winter.
But thatís just the beginning.
Others include lack of new and younger members in clubs.
Only 30 percent of snowmobilers in Wisconsin actually belong to a club.
Without members, trails canít be properly maintained.
Snowmobile clubs say something needs to change.
"If something does not happen, positively, there could be a chance in the near future that one or more clubs could go down and if there are no more snowmobile clubs to maintain the trials, the economic input would be just devastating for the northwoods," said Gus Jones, vice president of the Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club.
Leaders from tonight's meeting want to increase partnerships between local businesses and clubs.
Then they can prevent problems like this from happening next season.
"My hope in calling for this meeting was to address local businesses and have them understand the value of the clubs to their businesses. We have a lot of businesses out there," said Pat Harkins, president of the Minocqua Forest Riders Club.
Harkins hopes more businesses will step up to better business on the trails.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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