THREE LAKES, EAGLE RIVER - High School Sports is not the only activities getting affected. The start of the Northwoods racing season will likely be pushed back.
A look at TNT Speedway just south of Three Lakes says it all. Normally you would see grooming and other activity taking place to get ready for the season. But right now, there is too much snow.
TNT Speedway owner Tim Rutzen says, "Normally you would be grading the track. Of course there's tons of stuff to do in the kitchen, and the radio tower. Also the fense needs repairs."
Tim says it takes between 3 and 4 weeks to have the track ready for the year. With the tenative start scheduled for early May, time is running out.
Bruce Belland of Eagle River is not letting the snow get the best of him. Bruce and his crew have too much to do. Some of his helpers are fellow racers. When they get done with Bruce's car, they work on another one. So a late start isn't bad.
Conditions at other tracks in the Northwoods may vary. But everyone hopes they don't have to wait too long to go racing.
RHINELANDER - Soon you can start getting your coffee and donuts from a new store in Rhinelander. That's because there's a Dunkin Donuts coming to the area.
The new Dunkin Donuts will use the property and build where a Remax Office currently resides on Lincoln Street. They'll be across the street from the Home Depot.
Remax will move next to the Cellcom building. The national chain could affect business for other donut shops. But local business owners say they aren’t afraid of the impact of the new store.
“It's just an addition to Rhinelander and a place for people to go, but I don't think it will be any kind of competition for the Briar House because we have a different type of experience here,” says Dawn Alen, the Owner of the Briar House. “It’s more personal we have loyal customers and we have a lot more to offer than just coffee and donuts.”
There is no word on when the Dunkin Donuts is expected to open.
MARATHON COUNTY - It will take scientists and officials weeks to run tests on a harvested deer in central Wisconsin found carrying Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
The DATCP released a report Monday saying a white-tailed deer from a hunting preserve in Marathon County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
The 5-year-old buck was harvested on Nov. 4 at the Wilderness Game Farm near Eland. According to the DATCP, the deer was one of 370 deer at the 351-acre preserve near the Marathon-Shawano County boarder.
It’s been five years since scientists have found the disease on a hunting preserve in Wisconsin.
Tami Ryan, DNR Chief of Wildlife Health Program, believes this would be more of a scare if it was outside of a preserve.
"The concerns would be much different if we had noted or there had been any escapes from the facility in the past or if the fence was found to be in poor condition," Ryan said. "But none of that exists."
The DATCP says the farm was following protocol. They were tracking deer movement and other information that is required by the state. Their facility also had the proper double fence around the preserve. Those fences help keep their deer in and others out.
For now, the preserve, along with three other preserves under the same company, is quarantined. DATCP spokesperson Raechelle Cline says hunting there will continue.
"During this time they'll still be allowed to conduct hunts on the preserve because properly handled dead animals don't pose the disease risk," Cline said.
Investigators will run tests over the next couple weeks to figure out how the deer got the disease.
"We'll look at the animal's history and trace its movements from onto and off the property to determine whether or not it had any exposure or may have been exposed to any other deer from the herd," Cline said.
Cline says documentation required at hunting preserves will help in the investigation.
"It makes it easier certainly to do the epidemiological study of where this might have come from," Cline said. "It still takes time."
Chronic Wasting Disease causes weight loss until death for deer. It was first discovered in Wisconsin near Madison in 2002.
ACROSS WISCONSIN - Traps have apparently become wolf hunters' weapon of choice in Wisconsin.
New state Department of Natural Resources data shows hunters used traps to capture 174 of the 216 wolves taken between the wolf season's Oct. 15 opener and Nov. 30. Hunters shot 41 wolves with a gun and killed one wolf with a bow.
Monday marked the first day of the season hunters could use dogs to chase down wolves. DNR large carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland said no hunters using dogs had registered any wolves as of Monday afternoon.
All but one of the state's six wolf hunting zones have closed after hunters reached their kill limits in the areas. Hunters were 37 animals shy of their kill limit in the last open zone as of Tuesday morning.
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