From Hunting Widow to Hunting EntrepreneurSubmitted: 03/25/2013
From Hunting Widow to Hunting Entrepreneur
Story By Lex Gray

EAGLE RIVER - Deer season turns many wives into what we call "hunting widows."

But more women are getting in on the hunt, and one Northwoods woman is making a business out of it.

Sandy Apfel started hunting seven years ago. Five years ago, she started selling a blood tracking product.

But she found even more interesting products to talk about at hunting shows, so last year, she started a website called Track 'Em.

"It's cool to see women growing into it and honestly doing it, not just modeling it," Apfel says. "If someone can see me doing this, and it makes them think 'Hey, I can do that too' - Great."

Apfel reviews other companies' products on her website. If people decide to buy, they get a discount.

She wants to focus on growing her business, but hopes the effects are bigger.

"By women getting involved in the outdoors, it's going to get more kids involved in the outdoors," she says. "They're not going to be left home with mom anymore, mom's going to be out there doing it. And she's going to take them along, and I think that's wonderful."

Apfel has 16 companies on her site.

She personally reviews at least one product from each company.

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Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.

The conservancy plans to use some money to restore Simpson Creek by rerouting the channel and exposing the gravel floor that fish need to spawn. The group also plans to rebuild a handicap accessible boardwalk on the Oconto River and will use funds to restore habitat for the endangered Kirtland's warbler.

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The little-known position dates to territorial days, but Republicans say it's outlived its usefulness. The office has already been stripped of most of its duties over the past decade.

But it has defenders, who say it's an essential check on executive power. They argue it should have powers restored so it can function as a strong independent watchdog.

Attempts to remove the office have been voted on in the Legislature for decades, but it's never gotten enough support to go to voters until now.

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The St. Patrick's Day Parade brought in hundreds down to Brown Street.

Green beer, good food and great music made for a perfect St. Patrick's Day.

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Jason Headson and his partner Sam were out checking on timber when they saw a parked vehicle.

"We noticed some movement in the car," said Headson.

They approached the small, grey sedan, which had its hood up. Then they discovered an elderly woman in the car.

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Twenty- three years ago Straus dreamed of creating life experiences for her students.
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With a $500 grant Straus made her dream come true with an in-school Coffee House.
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