RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's Jim Sarkauskas has been involved in shooting sports for 25 years.
At 68 years old, he's considered among some of the best competitors in the state.
Last weekend, he competed at a state event held in Hudson. He won the senior veteran's division title.
Jim recently earned All-American status in the sport. It's the second time he's done that in three years.
Jim is the owner of Rancho Del Zorro shooting academy just outside of Rhinelander.
He enjoys competing against shooters who can be half his age. And some are even younger.
"I love it, I love the competition," Sarkauskas explains. "I've shot where I was the only English speaking participant and loved ever minute of it."
Wednesday night at 10pm in our "Northwoods Spotlight," we'll have more on this 2-time All-American shooter. He even put his teaching skills to the test by giving Joe Dufek a lesson. We'll see how he fared."
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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