SCHOFIELD - Wheat, rye, barley are just some of the things people can't eat when facing a gluten free diet.
Hidden Sources Gluten Free Grocery in Schofield is giving people in Central Wisconsin more gluten-free options.
Everything in the store--from pasta to M&Ms--is gluten free.
The owner got the idea after being diagnosed with celiac disease. That meant no more gluten in her diet and major health problems.
"Inflammation, swelling, bloating, tummy troubles. A lot of gastro troubles, "said Tracie Rajek, "But the gluten itself can attack your intestines and then they don't work. It can erode the intestine lining and then if they don't work you're not absorbing any nutrients."
Hidden Sources opened its doors about a month ago. Since then, business has been steady.
"The community seems to have embraced this. We do offer a lot of foods that you might see in your local grocery store, but what we expand on is the variety, "said Rajek. "A local grocery store can only have twelve feet of gluten-free items; where we have eight to nine hundred square feet of gluten-free items."
Hidden Sources gets new shipments in every week.
Choosing a gluten-free diet means paying attention to the labels and other words for gluten.
If you have any concerns, you can also get tested for celiac disease.
RHINELANDER - Do you find yourself looking for new places to eat out? Well, Tula's Cafe recently added a brand new location in the Northwoods. We found out what makes them unique, in our latest helping of 'Morning Meals with Marisa.'
Tula's recently reopened in Rhinelander. This is their second location and the manager told us so far, so good.
Tula's manager Lana Knack explains, "They said it's great to have a new restaurant choice to go to up in the Northwoods. Tula's is very successful in Minocqua, so we model everything that they do and it's worked very well."
They have an extensive menu with items like pigs in a blanket, cinnamon rolls and much more.
"We've got a lot of really unique breakfast items. Especially featuring the Trigs Smokehouse. Our kielbasa omelettes have gone very well. We also have a wonderful eggs benedict," adds Knack.
And of course you're going to need something to wash it all down.
Knack says, "We have liquor service to enjoy a cocktail with any of your meals starting as early as 6 a.m. for those people that are shift workers."
The decor fits right in to the Northwoods and makes for a cozy dining experience.
"It's so unique with so many booths that people come in and sit for quite a while. So it's very comfortable for them," explains Knack.
Tula's grand opening runs through Labor Day and they'll have five dollar deals all throughout. If you want to check out Tula's, they open at 6 a.m., seven days a week.
Wisconsin water supplies deal with two contaminants during 2013
WISCONSIN - Wisconsin keeps high standards for clean drinking water. On a yearly basis, they do a good job at meeting that standard, but during 2013, more water supplies were found with one of two contaminants.
One contaminant, nitrate was found in more than double the amount of water supplies during the year compared to 2012. The 56 public water supplies found with high nitrate levels is a small number out of the thousands of water supplies in the state, but it can still be a big problem.
RHINELANDER - The highway department may need to relocate.
Kwik Trip has made a formal offer to purchase the current highway department for a new highway Kwik Trip location.
If the purchase is approved, the highway department will move facilities. The details of the proposal have yet to be released. But, the county board has discussed the proposal in numerous closed sessions.
STEVENS POINT - The Spudmobile is Wisconsin's newest addition in potato education.
The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association unveiled the Spudmobile at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Stevens Point last week.
"It was a big project, 4 years of planning and development. It cost a lot of money and we don't want it to sit parked. We want to get it out there and get people touring through it and seeing it on the road," said Tamas Houlihan.
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