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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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MERRILL - Organizers broke ground on the Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill Saturday.

It will serve veterans, boy, girl and cub scouts as well as the community.

Northwoods Veterans Post marketing Chairperson Tracy Jopek lost her son in 2006 when his truck hit a bomb while he was serving oversees in Iraq.

"I'd like to think if he was the one that came home, that he would have a place to go. It's important to not just talk the talk about supporting the military but to actually do it," said Jopek.

Saturday, Jopek and other organizers broke ground on the Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill.

"The Northwoods Veterans Post offers a place that we can bring in resources," said Jopek.

Those resources were never offered at the more than 100-year-old Merrill VFW building.

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Girls on the Run Park Falls coach Katie Rybak said the run isn't about time or winners but to make sure everyone knows that they are capable of finishing.

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TOMAHAWK - An old school Tomahawk business didn't win Wisconsin's Main Street Makeover Contest. It could have received state money for remodeling. However, the owner says it's creating a prize of its own and moving forward with its makeover project. 

Doug Kirby has kept the Tomahawk community stitched and sewn together for the last 32 years.

"You have to change to survive in any business," said Kirby.

Kirby thought his Sew-N-Vac store in Tomahawk might win Wisconsin's Main Street Makeover Contest and help with its survival.

"The $10,000 grant would have been nice but we had planned to remodel anyhow," said Kirby.

Kirby's store didn't make it to the final round of the contest.However, that didn't stop him from moving forward with his $30,000 renovation project.

"We're enlarging areas that need to be enlarged like our classroom area," said Kirby. 

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A new Your Boat Club location just opened this season in Minocqua. 

Your Boat Club lets you rent a boat for the day, or become a member and use a boat any time during the year.


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