PHELPS - Imagine driving a snowmobile, while blindfolded.
"Not being able to see totally disorients you," racer Jeremiah Chmiel admits.
Another racer, Ray Kangas explains, "It's a freaky feeling cause you're only going by what someone is telling you."
This unique fundraiser came about in memory of Ken and Peto Buell. The Phelps community rallied around the idea.
Race Coordinator Cindy Regozzi is proud.
"Blindfolded snowmobiling race! We're a fun, goofy place and have lots of great ideas," Regozzi says. "That came up in a discussion one night and we tried it. That was last year and it was very successful so this is our second year."
This is the helmet the drivers used to go around the track. They assured me that once you put it on, you can't see a thing.
"There is absolutely zero vision," Chmiel adds. "If you're claustrophobic it's probably not the best thing to put on, cause there's nothing there."
The weather didn't cooperate, but the experience was like nothing else you've ever seen.
"It sounds scary, but once you do it, it's exciting and you'll want to do it again," racer Ron Buell proudly explains.
Three Phelps seniors are competing to win a scholarship from the money raised. The decision will be made based on academics, extra curriculars and community service.
Jackie Samuelson - a Phelps senior has big goals.
"I plan to go to the University of River Falls for Pre-veterinary medicine," Samuelson says. "I'm going to try everything I can to get a lot of scholarships and this is one that I'd greatly appreciate."
"Hopefully we can draw some more people, raise some more money," Buell points out. "Help these kids out and give them a better chance to go on in life."
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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