LAONA - You'll see plenty of trains in Northwoods Museums, but things feel different in Laona.
The Lumberjack steam train cowboy robbery reenactment is all about bringing cowboys to the Northwoods. The event happens twice a year.
It's sponsored by a local nonprofit, Camp 5.
"I got a telephone call about eight years ago from a man that said he'd like to come up and rob my train," Camp 5 President Cate Dellin said. "I said, you want to rob the train?"
So that's what happened.
Cowboys rob an old steam train on horseback. The family friendly event also helps keep Wisconsin's logging history alive.
Camp 5 wants to make sure people are not just having fun, but they're learning.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to educate people about natural resources and the wise use of natural resources," Dellin said.
That's the goal at Camp 5. They think younger Wisconsinites don't know enough about their state's past. Dellin hopes places like the Camp 5 logging museum can change that.
"I just hope that we can continue to educate people and have them understand that a lot of people's grandparents were in the north like this, and whose great-grandparents worked in the woods," Dellin said. "It's kind of a cultural thing for Wisconsin."
A culture founded on the railroad and sustained by logging. Things might be different today. But that doesn't stop Camp 5 from going back.
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.
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.
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter to seal cracks in roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
KNOWLTON - When you think of Wisconsin, you probably think of the Packers, dairy, and beer. One of the quintessential things that makes this state great is its cheese, and you'll find no shortage of that in northcentral Wisconsin. The largest family-owned cheese factory in the state is right in our own backyard, and it continues to push its limits in the industry.
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."
WAUSAU - School is the way to success, but with that path comes a huge price tag. Gov. Scott Walker stopped by Northcentral Technical College in Wausau to discuss student debt.
At the conference Walker put an emphasis on the importance of financial literacy.
The President of NTC, Dr. Lori Weyers, said, "All of the students at NTC do go through financial literacy information, and what I think the governor is trying to do is make sure we do that will all students and parents so they understand that."
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