WAUSAU - We all love maple syrup on our pancakes and waffles, but here in Wisconsin it's more than a breakfast staple. It's a booming business.
Today Wisconsin maple producers gathered at the "Winter Maple Institute and Maple trade show" in Wausau.
The show gave producers a look at new technology and tips on maple tree health and climate change.
Wisconsin produced 50 thousand gallons of syrup in 2012.
Although that's down from 2011, producers like Steven Anderson say it's still sweet to be a maple syrup producer right now.
"Our industry is in a good time right now. Things are going well, there's syrup around, there's a lot of expansion going on. For some reason our industry hasn't been as affected as much as others as the recession goes," said Steven Anderson of Anderson's Maple Syrup.
The trade show continues into tomorrow, at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Wausau, with breakout sessions and an auction of maple equipment and supplies.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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