RHINELANDER - Some people have all the luck. A Rhinelander couple proved this week they're lucky both in love and on the lane.
All the excitement went down at Hodag Lane where the Larson's each bowled a perfect game in two days.
"You never know when it's going to happen. On Tuesday night I bowled well my first game. And then it just happened. If you start thinking about it too much then you're going to mess up," says Vicki Larson.
She was at Hodag Lanes for her Tuesday night bowling league when she achieved something bowlers dream of... a perfect game.
"Thirteen years ago I got my first 300 and so I've always been trying to get another one. So it took 17 years now to get another 300," says Vicki.
Her husband Rick has had a few more perfect games in his lifetime... somewhere around 20. But the bowling gods were looking down on him the very next day after Vicki's perfect game.
"I ended up on the same pair as Vicki. And the next game I ran them all and got a 300 in the same game that she got hers in the night before," says Rick.
Rick and Vicki started out decades ago, just bowling for fun.
"Saw all the good bowlers and I wanted to be like them, so I kept working at it. It's still hard. It's work," says Rick.
They both say it's the drive to keep competing with themselves that keeps them coming back.
And they insist there are a number of other bowlers in town who put their game to shame. They seem to give credit to everyone but themselves.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again, the bowling gods were very nice to us," says Rick.
"Everything was falling the right way that night," says Vicki.
Divine intervention, luck or skill- or all of the above- either way it's a story they'll want to tell for a long time.
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander community‚Ä"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
WAUSAU - In the midst of a national push to prescribe fewer painkillers, a new Wisconsin proposal appeared that would let chiropractors prescribe prescription drugs, including painkillers.
After speaking with one of the bill's authors, that notion is not at all true.
John Murray, the executive director of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, which supports the bill, said the bill was never intended to cover narcotics, or any drugs not related to neuro-muscular skeletal healing. The bill is in its early stages, having had a co-sponsor hearing on Tuesday, and future drafts of the bill will feature more specific language.
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
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