STEVENS POINT - It may be the offseason for NHL players, but Joe Pavelski's been keeping busy.
On Friday, the Plover native and 2-time Olympian hosted his 6th annual charity golf tournament.
Close to 130 golfers joined Joe on the links at the Stevens Point Country Club. There were hole prizes around the course, as well as various games and giveaways.
The proceeds from the tournament go toward the Stevens Point Youth Hockey Association.
Joe's list of hockey accomplishments continues to grow. This week he was named as a second team NHL All-Star.
The former Badger enjoys reconnecting with everyone on the course and supporting youth hockey.
"It's exciting for me to come back and see all the faces," Pavelski explains. "There are so many. We travel so much at the end of the year - we're away from family and friends. Then in the summer, we're in Madison. You don't get to see as many people as you would like. It's special. Donations go to youth hockey (in Stevens Point). You see how important it is for the kids to play. There are so many good people involved, it's a great cause."
This year's tourney didn't disappoint. It continues to grow and gives people the chance to get to know Pavelski off the ice.
We'll have more on the event Wednesday, July 2 in our "Northwoods Spotlight."
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.
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.
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