RHINELANDER - Some hunting enthusiasts like to stay sharp be shooting sporting clays. A few even compete in area competitions.
And then, there's the elite shooters.
Rhinelander's Jim Sarkauskas is one of the top shooters in the state. He's earned his second All-American team honor in three years.
"The points tallied not unlike NASCAR," Sarkauskas said. "The bigger events you get more points The high you finish, the more points you have."
Joe: Jim has been competing for 25 years. He's also the owner of Rancho del Zorro shooting academy. Teaching others the sport is almost as fun as winning.
Jim will typically shoot about 500 rounds each week to stay sharp. A Typical competition may have between 600-800 rounds. Jim put the ultimate test to his teaching skills and had Joe Dufek take a couple of shots.
"The key is hitting the targets where they're headed, not where they are," Jim explained.
At first, Sarkauskas almost had Joe shooting like a pro. "I got it."
But ultimately, Joe does need a little work. "Knew I wasn't going to hit them all."
"What I enjoy is the individual competition just like in golf," Jim says. "It's you against the ball. It's you against the target. I prefer to shoot."
Last weekend, Jim won the senior veterans title at a state competition in Hudson. He connected on 111 of 150 targets. In 1999, he won a world championship in 20-gauge shotgun.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - 4.7 might seem like just a random number, but it gives us an idea of just how cold it was this year. 4.7 degrees was the average temperature for this winter. It's the coldest winter in more than a century.
It’s common to see these sights and hear these sounds in a typical winter. But this year, we heard them a bit more. The Northwoods fought through it’s snowiest and coldest winter on record. What made it so rare was the persistent cold.
NORTHWOODS - Home sales fell in the state of Wisconsin, but they're on the rise in the Northwoods.
Real Estate experts say home sales are up 5% in Oneida County. Home sales for the Northwoods are up 4%. Experts say right now it's a buyers market.
“If you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,” says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. “We just encourage people to respond to any offer that they get not to just reject it or be offended but these days we are seeing a lot of buyers coming in and offering a lot less than what sellers are asking for.”
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
“It’s great to see that people are obviously getting back to work so they can afford to take that opportunity to put their family in their first home it's exciting for all of us,” says Highfill. “We're always happy to see somebody get that first house for their kids we're seeing some people that are making more money now so they're buying a move up house.”
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center on Wednesday.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
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