CRANDON - The legendary Crandon International Raceway provided drivers and fans with another spectacular weekend. The annual Brush Run wrapped up Sunday.
There were 137 races over the past two days. The biggest one pitted the Pro 4x4 Trucks against the Pro 2's in the Forest County Potawatomi Cup. It was Chad Hord of Felch, Michigan taking home the second cup of his career.
Earlier in the day, in the Pro 4x4 Trucks Johnny Greaves of Abrams, Wisconsin pushed out to an early lead and coasted in for the win.
Then in the Pro 2 wheel drive, Johnny's son C.J. Greaves sped out to the front. C.J. led from wire-to-wire, taking the checkered with more than a 3 second advantage.
The Pro Light race had 22 trucks on the track. Nick Baumgartner crashed on the first lap. Then on the restart there was a ton of dust in turn one and a huge pileup. Bryan Osborn ended up on his side. He'd climb out and be ok.
So third try was the charm. After running a tight race, Crandon's own Keegan Kincaid in the number 7 won in front of the home crowd.
All the drivers enjoyed putting on a show.
"We had to get ready three times because of the restarts but that's racing I guess, that happens, Kincaid explains. "Being in front of my home crowd, home track means more than anything to me. I'm just happy to be up here again. Winning never gets old."
Other local drivers put on quite a show at the Big House as well.
Rhinelander's Mark Steinhardt swept the weekend's races in the 1600 Buggy. Steiny has been racing at Crandon since 1985 but he says the thrill is still the same now, as the first time he took the track.
"On the starting line my stomach still has butterflies. Once you lose that I think you're losing your edge," says Steinhardt. "You've gotta be nervous. But the land rush start here is unbelievable. The fans are unbelievable, the officials do a great job. Of course being my home track, I always look forward to coming here cause I know a lot of people in the stands."
MCALLEN, TX - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.
It's the first time the Wisconsin Republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday.
RHINELANDER - If you did a double take driving down county highways this week, it was for good reason. Oneida County posted its weight limit restriction signs Monday. That's the earliest those signs have gone up in more than 15 years.
Usually weight limits go into effect in mid-March. Counties put them on to protect roads as frost comes out of the ground. Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek tried to wait as long as possible.
ONEIDA COUNTY - If your truck cracks through the ice, your first thought might be, "get off ASAP."
There are workers who head the opposite way--onto the ice to help.
That describes one local team who carefully went to work on the Willow Flowage in Oneida County in Little Rice on Tuesday.
"This ain't no joke out here," said Tom Quandt, Jr., the owner of Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service. "I do get nervous, and today's a day I'm nervous because of the ice conditions."
That nervous energy is what likely helps Quandt and his crew carefully cross the ice and get sunken vehicles back above water level.
It's not easy. Quandt and his crew set nerves aside, driving in a bombardier about two miles off the shore on Willow Dam Road to get to the truck, which was near an island.
"I was looking at the ice," Quandt says as he describes the drive out to the car. "I was looking for holes in the ice, I was looking for the color of the ice...There was water coming up out of spots as we were driving out here."
The crew tried a few times to get the truck back on safer ice, but the car fell through again. The crew then decided to drill a trench to a nearby island and pull the car out that way.
"We can sit and play that game all day and it's not going to get us anywhere without a lot of time and labor into this," Quandt said.
The team got the car out and onto the island around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Quandt said the owner of the car may try to tow his truck back to shore later this week.
The DNR is aware of the situation. By state statute, you have 30 days to remove your car from the ice or get a fine.
RHINELANDER - Smartphone tracking technology can rescue lost drivers, help authorities find kidnapped victims and let parents keep tabs on their kids. However, this tracking can turn to stalking if the wrong person uses it. "It's actually something that's more common than you would think. That it's a very dangerous…it's a volatile situation because the perpetrator will know where the victim is at all times," said Tri-County Council Domestic Violence Coordinator Melissa P.
She says stalkers can find where you live, where you work, and even what stores you shop at. "The abuser starts to lose control when they go to all lengths to find their victim...If they feel like they are losing control…they have nothing else to lose," explained Melissa.
AT&T Sales Consultant Dusty Struck says stalkers can track smartphones by hacking into a built in chip. "It's like a GPS location services…basically every smartphone has a GPS chip built inside of it," said Struck.
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