RHINELANDER - If you look at the Wisconsin state flag, you see the arm and hammer symbol.
It represents the manufacturing industry.
Manufacturing is what brought Governor Scott Walker to the Northwoods today.
"You should also look at the bottom left hand corner on the shield there… the flag there's a symbol of manufacturing in this state," said Governor Walker.
Governor Walker talked about Wisconsin's state flag many times today.
"That's important because when you think of manufacturing you think of agriculture, those are two of the key industries that help build this state.
It's a proud part of our heritage, and our history," said Walker.
The stop at HyPro Incorporated in Rhinelander focused also on Wisconsin's state motto,"Forward."
Governor Walker says HyPro is a company doing just that.
"And this, not just this site but this company is growing. Between here, Berlin and now moving to Whitewater, we've got a company that's adding about 81 jobs. They've had tremendous growth in 2009 and we're pleased to see that it's a shining example of manufacturing that can do well," said Walker.
Governor Walker believes Wisconsin manufacturers can compete worldwide too.
"We can compete with anybody in the world. We can compete with sites in China, in Mexico in India and anywhere else, if we've got the right investments and capitol, if we've got the right technology and most importantly if we've got a skilled workforce," said Walker.
He says it's important to keep skilled workers in Wisconsin, and in companies like Wausau Paper.
A company in New York recently invested $130 million to buy Wausau Paper's two Wisconsin mills.
"It's one of those where we're going to continue to follow up on not only with Wausau paper but with their new partners, as well as reaching out to others in the union leadership and other wise just to make sure that we've got a full game plan and that we're doing everything in our power to make sure the jobs stay and ultimately grow here," said Walker.
LAKE TOMAHAWK - All around you witness goodwill gestures. It could be as simple as a smile and wave or opening a door for someone. In Lake Tomahawk, it's making a pie.
"I made a pretzel crust with butter and sugar, " explains Sheila Punches. Sharon Hilgendorf adds, "Flour, for the thickening."
Snowshoe baseball's been entertaining crowds since the 1960's. But over at the concession stand, the pie takes center stage.
Strawberry rhubarb, banana butterscotch pie, blueberry pie, rocky road and coconut cream are just a few of the creations. "I like making ones that I think will appeal to the crowd," says Linda Penno.
Each week a different service club's in charge of the snack shack and in turn, takes home the proceeds. Locals bakers, a lot of local bakers make their best pies and donate them to support the cause.
"You get involved with it over the years and it just becomes your way of life on Mondays," says Punches.
On an average night they sell 80 pies. Each one is cut into six pieces and are only two dollars a slice. That means making almost a thousand dollars is easy as pie.
Ken Lochte of Rhinelander exclaims, "This is the only place you get your dessert first, before you get your food." "It's a great honor and pleasure and I've been doing it for quite a few years now," adds Rebecca Morien.
No matter how you slice it, everyone benefits from this unique fundraiser.
"It is unique and different which makes Lake Tomahawk special," says Morien. "It's a very good fundraiser for the community who in turn give it all back. So, it's kind of a domino effect you know," adds Hilgendorf.
If you think this is a lot of pies, the team is requesting the bakers provide double this Friday. They're hoping to have more than 200 pies for the Snowhawks game against the Wounded Warriors.
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
MILWAUKEE - Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County.
Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a ``running gun battle'' on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the ditch near Fox Point. Three people in the van were arrested. Authorities say a fourth person left the scene.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
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