GREEN BAY - "I trusted him. And that's the thing that probably hurts the most," Aaron Rodgers reflected in the Packers locker room on Friday.
Rodgers trusted his good friend Ryan Braun when Braun told him there was no truth to the accusations of performance enhancing drugs.
"It doesn't feel great being lied to like that. I'm disappointed about the way it all went down," Rodgers said.
Braun's now suspended from the Brewers for the rest of 2013 for doping.
In the past, Rodgers strongly backed Braun's claims to innocence.
But in the locker room after today's first day of Packers training camp, he might be regretting that.
"In hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be the better course of action," Rodgers said.
While baseball and the Ryan Braun situation by definition had to be the top topic for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the locker room Friday, there was also football, as the Packers took to the field for the first time with a full compliment of rookies on the roster.
"Me and Eddie have a lot of vets as a part of this running back crew that we can learn from and grow from," said rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, a UCLA product.
Franklin was one of two running backs taken by Green Bay in the first four rounds of the draft.
He joins Alabama rookie back Eddie Lacy on the roster.
"We're all good backs. Everybody's going out there and giving it their best shot. At the end of the day, it's the coaches' decision," Lacy said.
Coach Mike McCarthy singled out rookie cornerback Micah Hyde as having a great opening day on the field.
"It's a compliment, but it's day one. We didn't have any defense, any offense, just have to go and try to compete. Tomorrow's not going to mean anything with what happened day one," Hyde said.
Saturday marks Day Two of camp - with just 13 to go before the preseason opener.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
CRANDON - For some Northwoods families, it can be hard to find the money to pay for their kids' school supplies every year, but a back-to-school program in Forest County is giving children the supplies they need to succeed.
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter on crack sealing roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
Arguably, that runway is even older than most roads people drive on. The runway was last redone in 1971. On a busy day, the 5,000-foot runway hosts upwards of 80 takeoffs and landings. Airport manager Rob Hom showed Newswatch 12 a number of places where the pavement is buckling and cracked. That can lead to dangerous landings for small planes.
"Relative to a car or a truck [a prop-powered airplane is] pretty light relatively speaking, so having a smooth runway is imperative," Hom said.
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