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Homemade Shovel RaceSubmitted: 01/26/2013
Story By Ryan Abney

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CRANDON - In the middle of a Northwoods winter, some frosty fun might be what you need.

One thrill-seeking group in Crandon has you covered.
The goal was to build the fastest sled or shovel to blur past the competion.

In Crandon, it was winner take all at the 3rd-annual Homemade Shovel Race. No matter how wacky the design--top speed was king in this competition.

Race Coordinator Benjamin Dewing got this contest started to get the community active. He definitely know's what it takes to hit the hay the quickest.

"Skis work really well. Otherwise the less surface area the better.

On a weekend right before the Superbowl What better thing to do than to hit the slopes

This competition's fastest sled went to Jonah Dewing. His ride topped out at 21-miles per hour.

"You get to race against all the other kids and when you crash. It doesn't Hurt."






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The Retail Shed looks to play a piece in improved economy in LaonaSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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LAONA - A drive through Laona might convince you that the community is struggling economically. That's true for many small Northwoods towns. But one locally-owned, independent store is trying to move things in a better direction.

Within the last few months, both the grocery store and the hardware store in Laona closed.

Now, the hardware store is back open, with new owners and a new name. It's called The Retail Shed.

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High school students play role in hair product education videoSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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MERRILL - You might not think of Merrill when it comes to hair products, but a salon in the town sells more of a brand than any competing salon in the U.S., according to Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon Vice President/Co-Owner Thomas Christensen.

Stylists at Cost Cutters in Merrill can take credit for selling so much of the Piranha X brand. The company uses stylists and marketing to target young men.

"You got to speak their language, and so we really want to do that make sure that is important," Piranha X CEO Michael Vincent said. "And we want to do it with credibility so we are just not posing, we're actually really a part of that lifestyle."

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Freeze the Gain encourages holding weight steady over the holidays in Forest CountySubmitted: 11/19/2014

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CRANDON - Forest County health workers hope they can help people maintain their weight over the holidays.

A national study found average Americans gain one or two pounds around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"That weight typically doesn't come off," said Forest County Health Department Director Jill Krueger. "You're accumulating a pound or two every year, which is a risk factor for obesity down the road."

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Chequamegon-Nicolet trails need workSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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NORTHWOODS - You may need to wait a little longer to go cross-country skiing on certain trails. Trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are packed with snow, but they're not ready for skiers just yet.

"We found with the ground so warm, that all of the snow that we received in the last week really packed down to very little of a base," explained Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Lands and Recreation Program Manager Jeff Mell. "We're really waiting for that base to build up where we can put a track on top of it at this time."

The trails are still open for hiking and snow-shoeing, but motorized trails won't be open until December. Forest Service leaders want people to be careful out on the hiking trails this weekend and the week following. The lands and recreation manager explains that most times, winter activities and firearm season don't overlap.

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Early major snow storm keeps Northwoods boat businesses busySubmitted: 11/19/2014

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THREE LAKES - You'd think cold weather would slow down business for boating shops. But our recent early major snow storm has actually kept boat maintenance and storage businesses busy.

"Normally we've got, you know, nicer weather than now," said Ryan Lamon, sales manager at Watercraft Sales in Three Lakes.

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Snow tires may be an unnecessary expense for some peopleSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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RHINELANDER - The roads in the Northwoods can get slippery and dangerous in the winter. If you're not careful driving in the snow, you can get into an accident.

Recently, a Wisconsin State Trooper in Winnebago County was hit while he was investigating a different accident on the road. Some people use snow tires to prevent accidents like that in the winter.

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New projects for Lakeland AirportSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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ARBOR VITAE - The Lakeland Airport could see big changes in the next few years. That could include a make-over to their entire runway. The airport managers finished building their new maintenance building two weeks ago. The building cost more than $500,000 and that cost could mean fewer projects in the near future.

"Every year the airport receives $150,000 in federal money in what's called our entitlement money," explained Lakeland Airport Administrator Jon Schmitz. "So we used up every cent we had up to 2014 for the maintenance building. You can only retain it for three years, so you use it or lose it."

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