RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander District Library helps kids dig into reading, quite literally.
It hosted the annual Worm Race Tuesday.
62 teams of two did everything they could to get their worms to the finish line first.
The race wasn't the only fun part of the day.
"It was fun to name him," says race winner Caleb Zastrow.
Zastrow named his worm Bob.
This was his four-year-old sister Lexie's first time racing a worm.
"It was fun playing with my brother, and when it was starting, I loved the part with the race," Lexie Zastrow added.
The event is so popular that there's a waiting list for teams to race.
That makes library staffers proud.
"Having the books and computers are nice but if you do special programming they tend to stick around and take out some books, and we really try to promote reading during the summer when sometimes it lacks," says Rhinelander District Library Associate Director Tom Hurlburt.
Kids went home with gift certificates for pizza, some gummy worms, and other prizes.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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