CRANDON - A unique winter sport helped raise awareness for people affected by cancer this weekend.
"It's a little slippery out there, last year we had a few crash and burns but it's all in fun and they all get back up and go at it again," said ice bowling organizer Stacey Jameson.
"It's way different than bowling in a regular bowling alley, but still really fun," said bowler Dawn Hines.
This is the second year the Crandon community has ice bowled on Lake Lucerne. Teams are competing for more than just a prize, they're fundraising for Relay for Life.
"We all probably have special circumstances that have happened in our family, but also it's American Cancer Society and it's just a wonderful, wonderful benefit to help those that are needing. Our team is willing to do anything for that"
Teams of four played two games on the ice.
Many teams had a personal reason for playing , including a team, of tooth fairies.
"Team Julie was started a few years ago when our friend Julie, she was our co-worker, was diagnosed with cervical cancer and unfortunately she lost her battle so we've carried on the tradition of Team Julie, in her honor and in her memory," said Hines.
Jameson is part of team "My Wish" and is bowling for people she knows who are affected by cancer.
"Personally I do it for my grandmother. She passed away of lung cancer. So to me it's a very special time. I have a co-worker, an ex-co-worker that has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer so this event today is actually really meaningful to me," said Jameson.
Jameson says ice bowling will always be held at Waters Edge Lodge in Crandon.
They'll continue to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
RHINELANDER AND MINOCQUA - Summer gets us outside playing games on the lake or in the yard, but with cooler temperatures this year, trips to the lake may not be as popular.
That impacts certain businesses in a good way. Imaginuity toys stores in Minocqua and Rhinelander have noticed a difference in the toys they've sold this summer.
"We're definitely getting a lot more traffic with the cooler temperatures. A lot more people in the door, which we're loving. We are seeing a lot more people buying more project based items. They're buying a lot of the active play but not so much the water active," said Jessica Hatch, Store Manager.
Burke releases rural jobs plan, focuses on schools, health & growth
ACROSS WISCONSIN - A new job plan from Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke focuses on her economic objectives with rural Wisconsin.
Many parts of Wisconsin's rural areas, like the Northwoods, lags behind the rest of the state economically; for example, five of the ten Wisconsin counties with the worst unemployment rate in the state are in the rural portions of the Northwoods, according to June unemployment numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Her focus is on growing the rural economy, boosting healthcare and improving schools.
MINOCQUA - Many people enjoy boating during the summer months.
This weekend you can check out the beauty and workmanship of antique boats in Minocqua. More than 50 boats will be on hand for the 22nd Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show. The event is free to the public and features classics from the early 1920's to the 1960's. It will kick off tonight with a boat parade before the Min-Aqua Bat waterski show... and continues all weekend on the docks of The Boathouse Restaurant.
Boat owners and the public get together to share their love and stories of these antique beauties.
WISCONSIN/THREE LAKES - Wisconsin continues to be the best state nationwide when it comes to producing cranberries. One Northwoods farm is preparing to make this year even better.
James Lake Farms in Three Lakes harvested close to 8,000 barrels last year. They hope to meet those expectations this year.
Right now they are in the growing season. The assistant manager believes Wisconsin is a natural environment for growing cranberries.
"It's fairly consistent as compared to somewhere out on the coast where most of the other cranberries are grown. I think a lot of those things combined help make it a good place to grow," said James Lake Farms Assistant Manager Benjamin Riker.
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