RHINELANDER - The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest turns 80 this year.
But forest leaders want to make sure its publicity looks fresh and new.
"We were looking for ways to let people know about the National Forest, and make people aware that its right here, and for you to use as public lands, and so we wanted to do that in a creative way to hit a demographic that didn't know about the National Forest," says Suzanne Flory with the National Forest.
Students studying graphic design at Nicolet College showed off their promotional video projects for the first time Monday.
Seven videos from five students took hundreds of hours to make.
"I think what struck a chord with me with this particular project is I'm a user of the Chequamegon National Forest. This is my 15th year as a resident here in Rhinelander," says Jeff Koser, a student in the program.
The videos will be used on the National Forest's website and YouTube to promote recreation in the forest.
You can get your first look at the videos at the Forest Service open house.
That's the evening of April 25 at the Forest Office in Rhinelander.
RHINELANDER - The Hodag Country Musical Festival kicks off on Thursday.
But there are already plenty of people camping out for the big event in the Northwoods.
Those campers benefit businesses in the Northwoods both new and old.
Johnny Nickolaou, who opened his liquor store in Sugar Camp around Thanksgiving, understands the importance of tourism.
"Huge, you know you depend on locals year round and they are great, but if it weren't for them I could never afford to be open," said Nickalaou. "But it's really nice getting this push to hopefully get us through the winter months."
Nickolaou set up a deal in preparation of Hodag Country Festival. He discounted around 10 large orders.
"15 case orders, most of them which is quite a bit I thought," said Nickalaou.
EAGLE RIVER - If you want a new summer activity, look no further than Eagle River. A new art studio offers many different classes to kids and adults.
"We've been here for a month, but the organization has been together for about three years," said Summer Program Director Erica Bush. "We're very excited to be in our own building finally."
Classes can cost anywhere from $20 to $50. People can sign up for classes ahead of time or just walk into the center. Program directors think it's important for kids to get involved in art early on.
"It's the creativity that the kids learn about," said Bush. "Creativity can go into all different aspects—math, science—it's everywhere. So enforcing art when they're really young will really lead to a more intelligent future for these kids."
The center offers anything from painting to pottery to cooking. Kids shared why they love to take art classes. "You could just grab a piece of paper or something and then you can just doodle on it," said 4th grader Nicholas Fluegel.
"It's really calming, and there's no bad way to do art," said 6th grader Grace Florence.
LINCOLN COUNTY - A Tomahawk homeowner was able to scare off burglars back in March, even after being hit in the face with the hatchet. Now, a Merrill man will need to find 25 dollars in cash to get out of jail.
28-year-old Chad Staehle was charged with four felonies for breaking into a home in Tomahawk. Police believe he and three other men broke into the home with a hatchet and crowbar.
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