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NW Spotlight - Antigo hockey kids 11-13Submitted: 11/13/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas


ANTIGO - There aren't many things cuter than little kids on skates. A group of aspiring hockey players took the ice in Antigo - and they did it for free.

Put kids on skates, and it's like learning how to walk again. But they were at the rink with one goal in mind.

8-year-old Anja Strong proudly proclaims, "I really want to be a hockey player."

"I like ice skating a lot," adds 10-year-old Wyatt Dickman.

And 6-year-old Aili Strong told us, "I said, can we go and play hockey?"


USA Hockey and the NHL teamed up to offer Try Hockey for Free Day. Antigo joined nearly 500 local rinks throughout the country in hosting the event earlier this month.

Dom Hilger is the vice president of the Antigo Area Youth Hockey Association (AAYHA). He says, "We ended up with 40 kids this year, so if we retain half of that, it'll be great for our program."

Boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 9 took to the ice... and some needed more help than others.

Coaches say it's important to introduce kids to the sport at an early age.

SOTS - Dom "If they want to start when they're 10, 11, 12, 13 - sometimes it's harder for them to get acclimated," Hilger explains. "Because it's such a fast paced game."

A record 12,000 skaters took advantage of the free day across the country.



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ANTIGO - A group of tractor enthusiasts showed off their work Monday morning at Antigo's Memorial Day parade.

The Northwoods Tractor Club prides itself on refurbishing old tractors to like new condition.

The not for profit group started with just 20 members and has steadily grown to more than 100.

"Northwoods Tractor Club started in 2011 and it's a group of tractor enthusiasts that kinda thought well maybe we should get together and have an organization, maybe help out the community a little bit. So, we got together with 20 guys back then and now we're well over 100 members," says club President Mike McDougal.

Many of the tractors are hand me downs or ones that are too old to be used in the field.

That's why finding replacement parts can be tricky.

"A lot of times it's the family tractor that had been on their parents or grandparents farm. We reworked it and use it for parades such as today. Our whole general purpose of the organization is to raise money and establish an agriculture tractor museum up just north of Antigo is where we're looking at some land right now," says McDougal.

Many of the tractors date back to the 1930s.

Meeting are held on the last Monday of every month at Quinn's Bar in Neva Corners.

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MINOCQUA - While the rain this weekend stopped some Memorial Day activities, businesses in the Northwoods saw sales boom. Rain made tourists head indoors to see what different businesses had to offer.

Many Minocqua area businesses said the weekend was very busy because of the rainy and cloudy weather. Business was slower Monday compared to the weekend.

At Dan's Minocqua Fudge this weekend, staff saw thousands come in to shop.

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ARBOR VITAE - Many people enjoy being on the lake and away from work on Memorial Day.

But some volunteers were working hard Monday on local lakes to prevent the spread of AIS.

Volunteers from Clean Boats, Clean Waters work at different lakes to check boats as they come in and out of the water. They often catch common mistakes, and teach boaters how they can help stop the spread of AIS.

"They usually recommend draining the water up away from the landing that way anything mixed in with the water in the boat doesn't get back in the lake," said volunteer Aaron Tomasoski. "Pretty often people will drain it out. It's been that way for a while, but people are starting to get a hang of it. But we are making progress on that."

Clean Boats, Clean Waters is a state-wide volunteer program that grew out of a program called Milfoil Masters, created by Minocqua middle schoolers in 2003.

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RHINELANDER - The gloomy weather made it difficult to stay outside for the entire weekend, but the rain brought a lot of people to the Pioneer Park Historical Complex.

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Dozens of people were outside the zoo Monday afternoon. They held signs with messages such as "Rest in Peace Harambe."

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