MINOCQUA - The Northwoods has a history rich with lumberjacks.
In Minocqua, a show featuring lumberjacks is performed 5 times a week.
It shows the history and skills used by these legendary outdoor workers.
They wear flannel shirts, chop wood, throw axes, and put on quite a show. These modern day lumberjacks perform 10 times a week in Woodruff and Hayward to hundreds of adoring fans.
"Timber sports actually started because the loggers wanted to see who was better," explains Sam Fenton who has been performing for six years.
"A lot of people don't realize the tradition of the sport," Charlie Fenton adds - another performer. "How far its come over the years and how much its grown."
So how does someone become interested in becoming a lumberjack?
Darby Hand is in his second year with the show.
"I've gone to several lumberjack competitions as a kid," Hand said. "After watching all that I thought I had to do this - this is so exciting."
"I watched a competition when I was in middle school," Sam Fenton exclaims. "I convinced my dad to get me a hatchet. I chopped down one of the trees in the back yard. That's when they knew I was kind of hooked."
Lori Ring is the announcer for the program.
"These guys are athletes first of all," Ring says. "But we also have a mix of comedy in between the events and they're really good actors."
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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