RHINELANDER - Mountain bikers will get one of their first chances to race in the Northwoods this weekend.
The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) will host the RASTA Rally this Saturday.
Bikers will travel on the trails at Washburn Lake west of Rhinelander, including challenging single-track trails.
"We're hoping people aren't intimidated. Mountain biking can sound intimidating, but we're hoping folks come out and give it a try. We have something for all levels, and the registration money goes to a really good cause," says RASTA spokesperson Suzanne Flory.
The money helps fund the maintenance work RASTA does on cross country ski, snowshoe, biking, and hiking trails in the area.
This year's RASTA Rally will be at Washburn Lake for the first time.
"It's a little more challenging single-track for folks that are looking for that excitement, but all level riders are going to find something enjoyable out here," Flory says.
Bikers can register at the race on Saturday morning.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
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