CONOVER - A slow economy can challenge any business.
It's even more difficult for non-profits who rely on donations.
That's why one Northwoods business teamed up with an area museum to help on its busiest weekend.
Twin Lakes Trading Company hosted a fundraiser benefiting the Northwoods Children's Museum on Friday.
The home building company will donate $10 to the museum for every signature on the day's guest book.
Owner Mike Hoffman thinks the center needs help.
"You talk to any kid that goes to that museum, even adults, they have a great time, Hoffman said. "They love it, they think it's wonderful, they're appreciative that it's there but it needs funding."
Rouleen Gartner, Northwoods Children Museum executive director, says this is their busiest weekend of the year.
She thinks the museum would disappear without help from the community.
"Fundraisers like this, and support from businesses like this, are what keeps the museum open," Gartner said. "They help us build things in the museum but also, help in financial ways, and we would not be here without local community support like this."
Local business donations are about 40 percent of the children museum's yearly budget.
WOOD COUNTY - The Wood County 911 system is having intermittent outages and other issues, according to the Wood County Dispatch Center page on the Wood County website. If you can not get through on 911 dial (715)421-8701. According to the website, a fiber optic cable has been cut, and it may take several hours to get it up and running. See the link below to the dispatch center webpage.
TOMAHAWK - A Tomahawk man turns his love for logging into woodworking hobby and business.
Wesley Bushor shows and sells woodwork out of his home.
"I don't consider myself an artist. I'm just, I'm a logger who likes to glue sticks together," said Bushor.
Wesley Bushor started working on his wood pieces about 20 years ago.
"Being a logger I come across things all the time that I like in the woods, and I decided I'd start building some basic rustic furniture, and I built a bed. A few weeks later it fell apart, but I was hooked from then on," said Bushor.
Bushor's house is his gallery, and you can find his work in every room. The result: a whimsical home that showcases his love for his hobby and trade. He's proud of the work he's done.
MINOCQUA - Getting a license to become a fishing guide in Wisconsin doesn't take much effort. Applicants fill out a one-page form and send a check to the DNR.
One local guide thinks the process should include steps to ensure safety on the water. Minocqua-area fishing guide Greg Bohn wants guides to be trained in safety procedures.
"You pay a $40 fee for the license, and you're a Wisconsin Licensed Fishing Guide. It doesn't mean that you're protecting yourself. It doesn't mean that you're protecting your passengers for hire," Bohn said.
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