EAGLE RIVER - Last weekend in Eagle River, you could hear some very distinctive sounds. The roar of the chainsaw. the crack of the ax. Marisa Silvas heads to the forest to find out why the chips were flying.
The logging industry has a rich history in Northern Wisconsin, and many events that began in these forests were on display last weekend.
Patrick Grove the UW-Stevens Point Timbersports Co-Cordinator says, "It just brings you back to a simpler time."
"We have chopping, so we have very sharp axes and saws. And it's just a great time," adds UWSP junior Allison Johnson.
"We really enjoy Klondike Days. It's in our backyard and it's a wonderful kickoff to the season," says Nancy Zalewski, a World Record Holder.
Axe throwing, sawing, and chopping. Just a few of the skills featured at the 23rd Anniversary of the Great Northern Lumberjack competition in Eagle River.
The event is the only winter contest of its kind in the country. Competitors came from Colorado- even West Virginia. One group didn't have to travel far - the team from UW Stevens Point.
Timber sports are all about timing and accuracy. But it also helps to have top of the line equipment.
The world record for one woman in single buck is 11 seconds. It took Alison and me 43.
EAGLE RIVER - Some schools give out movie tickets, pizza parties, or ice cream coupons for students with good grades and good behavior. We do things a little differently here in the Northwoods.
Twenty-two students from Northland Pines Middle School will enjoy a half-day of fishing with a local guide as a reward for their success in school. The "Guides for Grades" program rewarded students on Monday for setting a good example in the classroom.
Supporters of a second softball field at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander will need to wait for any decision on if those plans can move forward.
The Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee decided Monday night to hold a public hearing in front of the full city council before deciding on whether it wants to accept the park plans.
The Rhinelander softball program hopes to build a second softball field at Pioneer Park just south of its existing field. The program would use about $50,000 from donations and fundraisers to build the new field. Softball coach D.J. DeMeyer tells Newswatch 12 the second field would allow the city to host upwards of 70 games a year, including RHS softball games, tournaments, and city recreation leagues.
But the new field would require cutting down nearly 10 trees and take up space routinely used by the fair and farmers' market. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says she's heard from plenty of people worried about space issues.
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