TOMAHAWK - Rain, mud and a little bit of cool air were the conditions racers had to endure Saturday.
The Stubborn Mule Adventure Race tests competitors as they hunt for hidden checkpoints around Tomahawk.
"They have to try to get as many of the points that we put out in the county as possible in 30 hours or twelve hours. So if they go over that time they're penalize," said 180 Adventure Owner, Paula Waite.
"So they start losing one point per minute they're late. So it's very important that they manage that time."
This type of race started in Costa Rica and has been in the united states for 15 years.
It's been done in the Wausau area, but this is the first time for Tomahawk.
"Back in the day the Eco-challenge was kind of a big one or the Regalo," Waite said.
"The race started appealing to the general public and so there were shorter races going on."
Those short races consist of hiking, running, canoeing and biking.
Out of the four, some competitors said biking was the toughest part.
"We went out on the mountain bike and that was really technical with that," said Cedar Falls, Iowa resident, Janelle Thompson.
"We did some walking of our bikes and slipping and sliding. A few bruises and bloody areas too with some of our team members."
"It's more just endurance I'd say. It goes straight on your body for the whole twelve hours," 12 hour racer, Jordan Nurre said.
"Like nothing's too physically demanding. It's just continuous."
If you think you would want to try this, but not exactly sure if you'll make it to the end, just ask an eleven year old. SOT
"You kind of just are following the navigator on your team and trying to find a certain point in the woods. It's basically like your bush-waking through the woods." said Rhinelander resident, Bridger Flory.
VILAS COUNTY - Whether you're in the Northwoods for Labor Day Weekend or you call it home, you will have to be more careful around mosquitoes.
A dead crow in Vilas County tested positive for West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.
According to a Vilas County Public Health Department press release, this is the first bird this summer to test positive for it.
Gina Egan of the Vilas County Health Department said over the years the county has found infected birds.
Egan suggests avoiding mosquitoes and wearing bug spray. She also suggests getting rid of standing water outside your home, such as bird baths or gutters.
Public health nurses stress that most people who do get West Nile do not get sick.
"Twenty percent of the people have it really mild," said Oneida County public health nurse Dawn Klink. "Eighty percent of the people have no symptoms. And less than one percent get really really deathly ill. And those are usually the ones that get tested for it and go in. Other people just think they've got a bug and don't go in."
Nurses want you to call the local health department if you do see a dead bird.
If you do feel you have severe symptoms of West Nile, nurses say to go to your doctor to get tested.
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.
But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.
"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.
WAUSAU - The First Thursday means more than just a day in Wausau. It's a chance for stores to stay open later, and bring people downtown. The theme for the fourth, 2015 installment focused on live art in the Wausau River District and 400 Block.
For Wausau's Valerie Berkely, it gave her the chance to get others in touch with art.
Berkely greeted people passing by with a "Hi, I teach painting here" during the occasion outside the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau.
MINOCQUA - Heading back to school makes many students stress about what they are going to wear, especially when it comes to that first day look. And educators at one Northwoods school want their students to know that dressing for success, is more important than dressing to fit in.
At Lakeland Union High School, the dress code is designed to promote making wise fashion choices. Administrators say they want students to get in the routine of dressing, as if they're going to work.
"We're teaching them how to get ready for college and how to get ready for a career that they're going to be going into, 'career and college readiness', we want to make sure that they understand 'dressing for success', and a lot of times we spend a lot of time talking from that point of view," said Lakeland Union High School principal Jim Bouche.
Lakeland Union High School doesn't require uniforms, but they do have specific guidelines in place. They don't spell out what students can wear, but instead tell them what they can't. The overall goal is to keep kids focused in class.
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