MINOCQUA - For six years now, some of the best chefs in the area give you the chance to try their masterpieces. A Taste of the North was cooking in Minocqua tonight.
Twenty five food vendors made mouths water with everything from biscuits and gravy, to sauteed muscles, to chocolate fudge.
Trig's and Save More foods sponsored the event. They say this is an event they wouldn't miss.
"The reactions from the people that come here are unbelievable. There's a lot of camaraderie here. All the restaurants get together and know everybody else. So it's a good time and something everybody gets together for," says Tom Chandler, Trig's Store Director.
"We really like to get behind the businesses in the community. And the restaurants are a good lifeblood of this community too, and we like to be able to help out as much as we can," says Jim Gauden, Save More President.
Diners said the $25 ticket for the best food the Northwoods has to offer-- was well worth it.
"It's awesome. It's a great opportunity for us to share with our family and friends when they come up to visit where they should go, because we get a chance to see what everybody has," says Rick Engels.
The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors run the event. Tickets sold out weeks ago... all 350.
The Ambassadors will choose a number of local organizations and people to donate the money to. Past recipients have been the Oneida County Dive Team and scholarships for Lakeland Union Students.
Burke releases rural jobs plan, focuses on schools, health & growth
ACROSS WISCONSIN - A new job plan from Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke focuses on her economic objectives with rural Wisconsin.
Many parts of Wisconsin's rural areas, like the Northwoods, lags behind the rest of the state economically; for example, five of the ten Wisconsin counties with the worst unemployment rate in the state are in the rural portions of the Northwoods, according to June unemployment numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Her focus is on growing the rural economy, boosting healthcare and improving schools.
WISCONSIN/THREE LAKES - Wisconsin continues to be the best state nationwide when it comes to producing cranberries. One Northwoods farm is preparing to make this year even better.
James Lake Farms in Three Lakes harvested close to 8,000 barrels last year. They hope to meet those expectations this year.
Right now they are in the growing season. The assistant manager believes Wisconsin is a natural environment for growing cranberries.
"It's fairly consistent as compared to somewhere out on the coast where most of the other cranberries are grown. I think a lot of those things combined help make it a good place to grow," said James Lake Farms Assistant Manager Benjamin Riker.
RHINELANDER AND MINOCQUA - Summer gets us outside playing games on the lake or in the yard, but with cooler temperatures this year, trips to the lake may not be as popular.
That impacts certain businesses in a good way. Imaginuity toys stores in Minocqua and Rhinelander have noticed a difference in the toys they've sold this summer.
"We're definitely getting a lot more traffic with the cooler temperatures. A lot more people in the door, which we're loving. We are seeing a lot more people buying more project based items. They're buying a lot of the active play but not so much the water active," said Jessica Hatch, Store Manager.
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