ST. GERMAIN - Imagine flying down a stretch of ice at 170 miles per hour.
Add a little snow and hundreds of sleds and you've got the St. Germain Radar Run.
"We've got a beautiful snow track for people to come in off the trails to just try it for themselves and see what it's all about," said Mark Hiller, director of the race.
The 10th annual Radar Run brings almost 200 snowmobile racers to the West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake.
"We have 2 different tracks down here. We have a snow track that is 660 feet long and then we have an ice track which is shaved with a Zamboni blade, it's 1000 feet long for the race and there's 2000 feet of so that's 3000 feet of shaved ice out there," said Hiller.
Racing on the ice isn't just about getting a good time. It's about raising awareness for a good cause.
"I had lymphoma back during nursing school, and it was my junior year and I knew something was going on and finally I over Christmas break, my junior year I had surgery and they found out it was Lymphoma," said racer Mitchelle Schroader.
Today Mitchelle Schroader is 18 years cancer free and racing in the bikini run to fight breast cancer.
"The fact that I'm here and it's been 18 years, and I'm doing well, I'm healthy and happy and my husband is also a cancer survivor so it means something to me in more than one way," said Schroader.
Fourteen thousand dollars was raised at last year's event and this year's goal is 20 thousand.
"It's not just about me it's about everyone and the cancer patients that this money will help support, and fund so, good cause," said Schroader.
"You've got to be proud of raising this much money, all of it goes back to either charity or the community, and the local civic groups," said Hiller.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
MADISON - New state regulations designed to retain teachers are going into effect.
The package was published Tuesday. The provisions allow retired teachers or teachers nearing retirement to apply for a nonrenewable five-year license without submitting a professional development plan. They also increase the time that short-term substitute teachers can serve in the same assignment from 20 days to 45 days.
CRANDON - For some Northwoods families, it can be hard to find the money to pay for their kids' school supplies every year, but a back-to-school program in Forest County is giving children the supplies they need to succeed.
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter on crack sealing roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
Arguably, that runway is even older than most roads people drive on. The runway was last redone in 1971. On a busy day, the 5,000-foot runway hosts upwards of 80 takeoffs and landings. Airport manager Rob Hom showed Newswatch 12 a number of places where the pavement is buckling and cracked. That can lead to dangerous landings for small planes.
"Relative to a car or a truck [a prop-powered airplane is] pretty light relatively speaking, so having a smooth runway is imperative," Hom said.
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
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