MERRILL - Freezing cold temperatures affect everyone in the Northwoods.
Including some animals.
But insects can survive low temperatures with some help from the snow. Snow is a great buffer for insects.
It keeps the ground underneath pretty warm.
And that allows a lot of insects to survive.
"Emerald Ash Borers, Gypsy Moths, Bark Beatles, all of those insects can over winter underneath the typical snow line so low winter temperatures really won't impact them," said Brian Schwingle, the Forest Health Specialist for the Northern Region at the DNR.
Temperatures would have to stay very low for long periods of time, every single year to make an impact on our forests.
Spring temperatures are likely to kill more bugs than frigid winter lows.
Warm weather in March or April can cause insects to hatch out.
If the cold weather comes back ,like we saw last year, the bugs will die.
"That cold, wet weather after that warm snap will kill a lot more insects than for example minus 20 in January will kill," said Schwingle.
Even most non-native bugs will survive the winter.
Although some of its larvae won't hatch, enough will to keep the bug alive in the area.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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