RHINELANDER - You may have already fired up your grill this spring with burgers and brats.
If those brats came from Trig's, consider yourself lucky.
The Smokehouse brats can only be bought at Trig's grocery locations and small retailers around northern Wisconsin.
But that could change soon.
Starting at the end of May, you can order Trig's brats and other meat products online.
"This will be very good for Trig's Smokehouse here. This facility was built for the future," said Gary Husnick, director of Trig's meat and smokehouse operations. "We have a 30,000 square foot facility, we haven't even tapped the potential of it yet. Right now, we are currently supplying our six stores, plus some small retail stores. So we have plenty of capacity to grow into the future.
By midsummer, shoppers in southern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois might be able to find Trig's brats in some grocery stores.
Husnick says their brats stand out partly because they're leaner than other brands.
"We found that there's a lot of demand for it, not only within northern Wisconsin here, but with a lot of our customers that come up north during the tourist season," Husnick said.
Trig's will also make private-label brats and smoked meats for stores around the Midwest.
Right now, the facility puts out between 4,000 and 6,000 pounds of brats per day.
But it can handle up to ten times that.
Trig's expects to hire ten more people by the end of summer to deal with increased production.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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