RHINELANDER - Ice fishing probably sounds like the last thing some people would want to do in these frigid temperatures.
But some professional fishermen braved the cold with the help of some green technology.
Bone chilling temperatures didnít stop fishermen from trying to get the best catch of the day.
"Youíre nose and hands get a little chilly once in a while, but usually you stay pretty warm overall." said Solar Sportsman representative, Jim Davis.
11 teams competed on an icy Boom Lake in Rhinelander.
This was the first Team Extreme Ice Fishing Tournament in Wisconsin.
Fishermen from as far as Minnesota and Maryland traveled to Rhinelander to qualify for the Team Extreme Championship.
"You have to be able to go above and beyond and be able to take what mother nature gives you because weíre not only out here competing against each other, weíre competing against mother nature." said Wisconsin Team Extreme Ice Fishing director, Raymond Tiffany.
The tournaments director figured out a way to use Mother Nature to their advantage.
Itís all thanks to a solar powered tent.
"This tent is heated. Itís lighted. We run our scales off the power. We run our PA System off the power," Tiffany said.
"Weíre not even touching the power output that this tent is capable of."
The Wisconsin based company, Solar Sportsman, made a solar ice tent last year just for this tournament.
Itís powered by a 400 watt solar module that feeds into a battery inside the tent.
"We wanted to be able to run a PA System. We wanted to be able to run a monitor. We want to have the option to run an AC Scale," said Davis.
"So we needed power out here. The one thing we didnít want to have running out on the lake is a generator to keep everything going."
"We have to move green to save our planet. We want to show that we can beÖ we as ice fishermen can be responsible," Tiffany said.
"We want to show we care about the outdoors and the environment."
Staying warm and keeping the air free of pollution keeps both fishermen and Mother Nature happy.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts donít know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses donít get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
RHINELANDER - It won't be much longer before the Hodag water show gears up for the summer, but right now they need to make repairs to their building. Rod Olson says it may cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to make repairs to the building. To watch the video click on the video link.
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