EAGLE RIVER - Mother Nature's impact on the spring sports schedule is not a secret.
It's now even effecting some summer sports activities.
Eagle River Speedway was suppose to begin the season today.
However, the opener has now been pushed back a week. Last weekend's cold temps kept the track in poor racing condition.
The new opener will now be next Tuesday, May 21st.
Whenever the season finally begins, fans and drivers will have more than one night to choose from at the track.
"We're not just racing on Tuesdays," says track manager Ryan Glembin. "We're also running on Sundays and one Thursday. We decided to branch out to attract more drivers. Also to give fans and drivers more opportunities to come to the track, than on a normal Tuesday night."
On Saturday, TNT Speedway in Three Lakes will have their season opener. Hot Laps begin at 6:30pm. Racing begins at 7:15pm.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
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