RHINELANDER - The Hodag will soon be more famous thanks to a Canadian production crew.
C-M-J Productions is creating a documentary called Boogymen that features small towns with monster mascots.
Rhinelander legend has it that Gene Shepard caught the Hodag and displayed it at the 1896 Oneida County Fair.
Today more than 20 people participated in the reenactment of Shepard and his Hodag.
"Every time you hear about Gene Shepard, one of the first thing that comes out of people's mouths is that he reenacted this thing, the showing of the Hodag way back at the first Oneida County Fairs," said Jerry Shidell.
"And I thought it had to be fun then, let's do it now."
About a dozen people came to watch the fun.
Even one of Shepard's relatives came to see his family legend come to life.
"It's just been fun within my family. Growing up it was more of a family big deal," Gene Shepard's relative, Paula Barbian said.
"It wasn't real big in the area for years, but then it's really grown and grown. I just take a lot of pride in it."
The documentary won't be shown in the U.S., only in Canada.
But if it's picked up by a network in the united states, Rhinelander's legacy could be known nation wide.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's July 4th parade will follow a slightly different route this year, due a major downtown reconstruction project. But the parade organizer says people are as excited as ever for the celebrations.
Instead of going down Brown Street as in years past, the parade will step off right in front of the Oneida County Courthouse on Oneida and Davenport Streets. The route will then go down Pelham Street, past City Hall, and north up Courtney ending at Young Street.
"We know there's excitement when they're saying, 'Is there going to be a parade? Is there going to be a parade? How are you going to do it,'" parade director Dale Schlieve said.
PHILLIPS - Having just finished her sophomore year in high school, Park Falls' Allison Michels can barely drive a car legally. But even at a young age, she, like many high schoolers in Price County, is already taking college-level classes at Northcentral Technical College.
Michels is taking advantage of a summer Certified Nursing Assistant class at NTC's Phillips campus.
RHINELANDER - You can find a lot of signs around downtown Rhinelander this summer. Some say "road closed," others say "detour". But some new, large signs will help you find all the downtown businesses are still open.
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. printed several laminated signs directing people to those downtown shops and restaurants. The signs will be placed on Lincoln Street as well as various entry points downtown.
Hext Theater Owner Jim Hext, who serves as DRI's promotions director, says some store owners put signs up in front of their buildings, which made a big difference.
"A lot of traffic flowed to their businesses then because of the signage that they put up," Hext said. "So this is in hope that people will kind of see that as well too."
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