MINOCQUA - Northwoods Beer connoisseurs flocked to Minocqua this afternoon for a deal you can't beat. All you can drink beer from 1 to 5 at the 15th annual Ice Cold Beerfest. Minocqua's Campanile Center filled up quick, and people's mugs stayed full for 35-dollars. It was a great opportunity for local breweries looking to show off their best draft choices. "We're in the first hour right now and there's already more people than last year. We're expecting a record year. "Said Minocqua Breweries Brewmaster, Ryan White.
"We don't get a lot of events this time of year, and the nice thing about it, is it breaks up winter. It gets us out of the brew house and gives us a chance to connect with people." Red Eye's Head Brewer Kevin Eichelberger mentioned. Visitors said the beer was great, but a certain event in San Francisco may have influenced some Packers fans to keep it low key. "We'll I think everybody else will be pacing themselves and waiting and enjoying a little more beer during the game. But it's indoor tailgating in Minocqua." Beerfest aimed to raise 5-thousand dollars to benefit local non-profit organizations.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
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