MANITOWISH WATERS - The cold April meant you could ski and ice fish longer, and had to keep your winter coat at hand.
But it also could have an impact on northern Wisconsin crops.
Cranberries from the Northwoods might be smaller and not as deep red in color this year.
That size and color difference shouldn't make a difference on how our official state fruit tastes this year.
The expected difference in how they grow is due to the shortened growing season compared to last year.
Cold weather into May this year pushed things back much further than last spring.
"Last year, we were at one extreme, and this year, we're the other extreme. Last year was probably the longest growing season we've ever had. This year, I would predict that it would be closer to what the average growing season would be," says Bob Winter of Vilas Cranberry.
A short growing season often produces berries smaller and lighter in color.
That doesn't change the taste.
But it could change profits for growers.
"You'd probably have to wait a little longer into growing season before you start harvesting to get a little better color. Size is weight, so, the bigger the berries, the more they weigh. You get paid by the hundred pounds, so size is good," Winter says.
Many growers are flooding their bogs right now to help get frost out of the ground faster.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
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