MINOCQUA - Most of us can name some state Capitols, a few major rivers, and hopefully all seven continents. But one Northwoods 7th grader can name all the ports in Africa. And it's that kind of knowledge that took her all the way to the state geography bee.
Asha Jain won the Wisconsin Geography Bee last weekend. When asked if she viewed this as a major accomplishment she replied...
"For me it was, but there's a next step ahead of it," says Asha Jain, Wisconsin Geography Bee winner.
...And that's Nationals. Part of her drive comes from her family. Her brother made it to Nationals three times and finished second there last year.
"It's a family thing because my mom, she spends time with us. She quizzes us all the time. My dad always tries to find out new stuff for us, business related obviously. So everyone puts in effort," says Asha Jain.
She is already preparing for nationals. She studies maps and politics for foreign countries.
"For the major cities, you have to research them online and see what they are famous for. What are the important things in the past that have happened there?" said Asha Jain.
The National Geographic Bee takes place in Washington D.C. in late May.
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
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."
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.
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
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