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Northwoods Spotlight: Record Vintage crowd; 20K expected for DerbySubmitted: 01/16/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


EAGLE RIVER - Last weekend was the first of two world championship snowmobile races in Eagle River.
Racers took us back in time, hopping on sleds at least a quarter-century old.

The Vintage Snowmobile Championships showed drivers racing on sleds which were made before 1985. Several Northwoods racers took the checkered flag on the final day of action. Including Jeff Stoxen of Rhinelander - winning in the 440 Sport Mod. Racing these old machines is a thrill.

"It's been getting bigger, and bigger," says Jeff Stoxen of Rhinelander - one of the vintage racers. "Everybody is one big family for vintage. Everyone helps everybody out."


A record 7,000 fans watched the Vintage races here at Eagle River Derby Track. Over 20,000 are expected for this weekend's World Championship Derby.

Derby track owner Chuck Decker adds, "the big news is the $60,000 prize to the World Champion this year. Just the one class alone is going to pay out $90,000."

Last year's defending champion Nick Van Strydonk will return to defend his crown. The Tomahawk racer is excited to be racing with the event celebrating it's 50th year.

Several past champions will be honored on Friday night. Time trials get underway Thursday. The World Championship is set for 3pm Sunday afternoon.

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MERRILL - It looks like Lincoln County doesn't want to keep its fairgrounds after the county approved a measure on Tuesday offering to sell the property to Merrill.

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EAGLE RIVER - Board President Julie Paez says opening the center took a lot of community involvement.

"A group of likeminded citizens got together and started the project with the Eagle River Revitalization Program. They kind of started it, kept working on it, and then slowly the board got bigger and bigger, and started programing throughout the community," Paez said.

Organizers were using the other local businesses for studio space, but that will change.

"The whole time we were looking to find a place for us so we could really fulfill our dream, which is to bring more people downtown to Eagle River, help revitalize and sustain downtown Eagle River, and bring something else here to the Northwoods," Paez added.

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ANTIGO - Some fruit growers in the Northwoods worry the cold overnight weather could hurt their crops this year. Farmers who grow more delicate fruits, like strawberries, are taking precautions.

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MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee has approved a host of changes to Gov. Scott Walker's floundering job creation agency, including removing the governor as chairman, dramatically reducing its reserves and eliminating a proposed $55 million in grants to fund regional loans

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/21/2015

- The AmericInn in Rhinelander received their fifth award in a row for service excellence from one of the largest travel websites in the country. Newswatch 12's Matt Brooks talked to the hotel manager about how they got so much attention, and what other local inns can do to get noticed. Find out tonight on Newswatch 12.

We'll have the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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Hotel earns awards for serviceSubmitted: 05/21/2015

RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander AmericInn earned an award from the world's largest travel website this month. TravelAdvisor gave the hotel its' fifth Certificate of Excellence Award. This puts them in TravelAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. Workers believe travelers are taking notice.

 "We have seen a frequency or an increase in the number of our reviews, so people are using the site more and more," explained Rhinelander AmericInn General Manager Erin Skinner. "As far as whether they choose us just because of TripAdvisor, it's hard to tell, but we do hear that from guests."

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TOMAHAWK - Car enthusiasts will head to Tomahawk this weekend.

The 21st Main Street Memories Car Show draws more than 250 unique cars to the area.

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