ARBOR VITAE - Brandy Lake Disc Golf Course in Arbor Vitae has only been around for 2 years. But Disc Golf players from throughout the Northwoods have played at the facility. Next week, some of the best players from not only the state, but nationwide will be playing there.
The inaugural Brandy Lake Shootout runs May 10-12. Some of the best pro and amatuer players will be competing.
"This will be the third year of operation," says Bill Stolpa the course organizer. "In our league program we averaged almost 50 players per week. The next logical step was to showcase the property and host a PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) event."
Disc Golf is played just like regular golf. Only instead of hitting a little white ball, you use discs. It's become very popular because of low costs.
Adam Hemmes is one of the early favorites in the Advanced Men's Division. The Arbor Vitae competitor is just 14-years old.
"I just like the challenge of getting the disc into the basket," says Hemmes. "If you hit a tree, you can't blow up. It's just part of it."
Success for the weekend isn't strictly about Disc Golf. With up to 220 players competing, the tourney is on target to make an economic impact in the Lakeland Community.
Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Baltus estimates "every visitor roughly spends $150 a day outside of accomidations... So you can figure that's about $300 dollars a day (including hotel). That's a significant impact."
The tournament will be on Mother's Day weekend. Plenty of openings still available for the historic event. The event is free for the people to check out the action.
ROTHSCHILD - Wisconsin farms play a key role in our economy, but today's farm owners aren't getting any younger.
One apprentice program hopes to change that.
The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program is building and preparing the next generation of farmers. It gives young farmers hands-on training and a path to a career in dairy farming.
"There's a lot of farms that are going to be transitioned and transferred in the next decade or so, and what we really need is somebody to be able to take these farms over," says program director Joe Tomandl. "We don't have that training program in place, and that's what the dairy grazing apprenticeship is about."
A recent government census of American agriculture found the average age of a farmer is 58 years old. Leaders believe the apprentice program has already seen success with new farmers over the past few years.
"We have a number of new producers just in the last four years in Marathon and Lincoln counties now running their own dairy farms using managed grazing techniques," says Paul Daigle of the Marathon County Conservation, Planning, & Zoning Department. "It's still a struggle no matter what, but it offers a profitable way to get into farming today."
Cattle farmers met at the 20th Annual Winter Grazing Conference today in Rothschild.
RHINELANDER - If you never met Monica Bartishofski, you would have loved her smile.
“Oh it was contagious, you couldn’t not smile when Monica greeted you into the store,” says Patti Pazera, Rhinelander Trigs Employee.
These are the aisles Monica used to walk during her days bagging groceries for the people of Rhinelander.
“You always knew if it was going on close to 1:00 in the afternoon, and we would go here comes Monica and we’d always just see her bright smiling face,” says Anne Cline, Rhinelander Trigs Employee. “She’d come and visit us before her shift and she just enjoyed coming down and seeing us girls.”
Monica was killed in a car accident on Valentines Day.
“It was Valentines Day when she had her accident,” says Cline.
“At first it didn’t hit me you know it didn’t comprehend and then I’m checking out a customer and of course we’re busy and the tears start coming down,”says Christa Stolzman, Rhinelander Trigs Employee.
“We all just stood there in shock and the day stopped for a bit,” says Cline.
“I had to apologize to my customers because I had tears in my eyes and I said I’m sorry I don’t mean to be crying but we just lost Monica and I tell you what, a lot of those customers couldn’t believe it and they teared up with me,” says Stolzman.
“After her accident customers were all coming up saying how they missed her smile that it always made even if they were having a bad day it made it a good day whenever they came in and saw Monica,” says Pazera.
Monica’s coworkers decided to raise money in memory of Monica. They sold carnations for donations and raised over $2,700 toward Special Olympics.
Monica Bartishofski worked here inside the Rhinelander Trigs for 17 years but it was her commitment to the special Olympics that coworkers, friends, and family will remember most.
“You could call her Monica “Special Olympics” Bartishofski,” says Tony Bartishofski, Monica’s dad. “She always had a good time bowling. She was really outgoing, bubbly.”
Monica lived life to the fullest.
“You just remember her with her smiling face, her laugh was just you know a great laugh that she had and just bright eyed always happy to be at work,” says Stolzman. “So I think that would be a good way of remembering her.”
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