Tomahawk entrepreneur launches homemade candlesSubmitted: 06/25/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Tomahawk entrepreneur launches homemade candles
Photos By Shardaa Gray

TOMAHAWK - For small business owners, keeping up with a changing economy can often mean being flexible with your business plans.

For a Tomahawk woman it meant introducing a new product to her store.

"It's a labor of love for me. It's something that I'm proud of." said Scarlet Garden owner, Dawn Baus.

A labor of love indeed.

Dawn Baus makes homemade candles.

That might sound like fun, but the four day process takes a lot of time and dedication.

"I have several places I get my scents," Baus said.

"Then it's a matter of creating, mixing and falling in love with while each time you mix your scents, you have to test all those."

She started her Scarlet Garden floral shop business in 1995.

Before that she was working a desk job and wanted to spread her creative wings.

"It was kind of on a wimb. It was kind of I like this. I have no experience.' a nd I went and trained for a month with another florist," Baus said.

"So it just evolved from there."

Baus started creating her candles since this past winter, but started selling the new products over Memorial Day weekend.

"You can buy candles everywhere. It's nothing new. But it's unique," said Baus.

"It's got a great look. Like I said the uniqueness of the sense is what are really selling them and they sell themselves."

Next, Baus wants to sell her candles online and at farmers markets.

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ARBOR VITAE - You won't want to wear your best clothes to one race in May.

Minocqua's Color Run Fundraiser is a 3K and 5K race for Arbor Vitae-Woodruff and MJ1 schools.

The race is one of the schools' biggest fundraisers for field trips, additional school supplies and equipment.

The Color Run raised almost $20,000 last year.

"It comes from all of the kids and their fundraising in the community, with the help of grandparents and parents and friends," says AVW Principal Rich Fortier.

The race will be at the Minocqua Park Complex on May 5.

To find out how to register, click below.

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RIB MOUNTAIN - A Wisconsin State Patrol Captain wants to know, who's ready to report for duty? The department is looking for  new cadets. But recruitment and training is no easy task.
"[It's] very hard to find qualified candidates. It's a struggle," said Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Adrian Logan.
Captain Logan wants five people to answer the call. 

The department's looking for new cadets who'll train to become state troopers.
However, the process of finding the right candidate is no easy task and takes dedication from both sides.
"It's a very extensive process," said Logan.
After passing a background check and interview, candidates will go through 12 weeks of field training, 26 weeks of training with an officer, then a yearlong probation period.
"You've got to be committed to it," said Logan.
The dedication for the role doesn't stop there. 

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TOMAHAWK - If you feel stir-crazy this time of year, taking a quick drive Tuesday afternoon might help.

Hometown Chiropractic in Rhinelander and Tomahawk hopes to spread smiles during, "Sunshine on the Streets."

The doctors will wave signs with their favorite positive quotes starting at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Chiropractors normally work to get your physical health in check, but they want to help your mental health, too.

"I want to say we are one of the smaller countries in the world, but we take almost 80 percent of the world's anti-depressants. So we want to make sure we have positivity energy and positive thoughts because it will help us heal better and feel better," says Dr. Grace Zuiker Nash.

"Sunshine on the Streets" also marks the First Official Day of Spring.

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RHINELANDER - A two vehicle crash caused Highway 8 to close down for almost an hour Monday.

The crashed happened around 1:30 p.m. west of Rhinelander.

A car was trying to turn into Roberts Repair when a truck hit it from behind.

There was one person in each car. At least one driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Police are looking for information about the death of a Wisconsin Rapids man.

Police found 29-year-old Jacob Johnson dead in a home on Chestnut Street Saturday. 

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VILAS AND ONEIDA COUNTIES - Oneida and Vilas Counties will close their snowmobile trails this week. 

Lincoln County will also close its remaining trails. Zones 2 and 3 are already closed. Zone 1 will close at midnight on Monday, March 19.

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ANTIGO - A crowd gathered in Antigo to talk about drug abuse Monday night, about how it affects all aspects of the community and ways it could possibly be fixed.

One thing that everyone could agree on, is that it's an issue that needs to be resolved.

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