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.
- A Nicolet College club provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and allies to socialize and discuss personal issues related to gender and sexual orientation.
However, outside of the campus, there is no supportive group in the Northwoods. Now, the Rainbow Hodags Club is helping to get a community LGBT group started. Club member Don Schindhelm says he wishes a club like this existed years ago.
"I really felt like I didn't know anyone else who was gay or lesbian. It was frowned upon, so I suppressed it for most of my life. That's why I struggled with it for so many years," said Schindhelm.
RHINELANDER - Most people stop by Rhinelander's chamber of commerce to get their picture taken with the giant hodag out front. Visitors to the chamber can also stock up on Rhinelander trinkets and gear.
Now, the chamber has decided to downsize its store in order to let someone else set up shop.
EAGLE RIVER - A lot of things need to go right to build a 40,000 square foot addition in just one year. Workers in Vilas County used a fairly mild winter to their advantage to work toward that goal.
Construction on the county courthouse's addition is both on budget and essentially on time. Crews have the drywall up on the second floor and are working to do the same on the first floor soon. Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says a rainy spring held some masonry work up, but it's nothing crews can't handle to stay on track.
"Very well disciplined," Alleman said of the workers. "They're working every day, things are being done on time. I think overall that makes for a good project."
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