TOMAHAWK - "The Freedom, the freedom," says motorcyclist John Ralph.
John Ralph started riding free in 1995. This weekend, he will ride with about 40,000 other motorcyclists in Tomahawk's Fall Ride.
"We're ghosts out there, no one sees us. So we always have to be alert, "says Ralph.
"Training will make you a better rider and safer out on the road" says Community Service Specialist for the Wisconsin State Patrol Ken Heis.
Ken Heis is at the Fall Ride to make sure everyone is safer on the road. He's in charge of The REF. It's a classroom on wheels for motorcyclists.
"Training won't kill you," says Heis.
But not knowing what you're doing will kill you.
"Last year, 48% of our motorcyclists that were killed in motorcycle accidents, 116 total last year, 48% were not properly endorsed," says Heis.
That's why John keeps up on his driver training.
"The thing about motorcycle riding, no matter how long you've been riding, you're never that good, where you can't learn something more," says Ralph.
Learning something more is important, so is wearing something more.
"The only thing you have on a motorcycle to protect you is what you wear. If a rock hits you in the head without a helmet or you go down and bump your head, even the slightest bump means that your days of riding could be over," says Heis.
John is doing his best to make sure he has many more days of riding ahead. "Enjoy the ride, get your training, and don't ride beyond your limits or abilities," says Ralph.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
MERRILL - Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill doesn't have room for any more kindergarten students next year.
Its class is already full, partly because some families can send their kids to Trinity for free.
For the third straight year, Trinity will participate in Wisconsin's private school choice program.
This year, the state pays tuition for about 30 of Trinity's 120 total students.
"Parents like the Christian base, obviously. That's the main reason people send [their kids] here," said School Administrator Kathy Yahr. "They're keeping them here more now because of the opportunities that we offer."
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
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