EAGLE RIVER - The World Championship Snowmobile Derby is underway in Eagle River.
It's the 51st year of the event.
Eagle River Derby Track will be very busy this weekend.
Thursday afternoon, the time trials for the World Championship were held. Drivers raced 2 laps as fast as possible.
Tomahawk's Nick Van Strydonk is one of the favorites. He won the World Championship two years ago. He finished his first run in 36.093 seconds. He was in third place in the early portion of qualifying.
Malcolm Chartier from just outside of Detroit is last year's champion. He was the early leader.
Racing Friday morning gets underway at 9am. Round one of action in many classes tomorrow.
Friday Night Thunder's pre-race activities - including fireworks begins at 6pm. Nearly 20,000 fans are expected over the weekend.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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