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."
NORTHWOODS - Next Monday's solar eclipse will look fascinating, but it can damage your eyes for a lifetime.
It's never safe to look directly at the sun's rays, even though there will be a partial eclipse here in the Northwoods.
Regular sunglasses won't protect you, so if you plan to view the solar eclipse you need special solar eclipse sunglasses.
Those glasses are one size fits all, so it's important to check they are snug on your child's head, too.
Kids are curious, and may want to fixate on the crescent beam of light.
"We know children are going to want to peek over the top and in just 20 to 30 seconds they could be doing damage to their eye, " says Dr. Jill Redman.
The solar eclipse light is not as intense as regular sunlight.
You won't actually feel the damage being done until the next day because the reflex to turn away won't be there.
"Missing blurry vision and central vision. Afterwards you could have light sensitivity. You could also have watering eyes. But some of the damage with maculopathy can be permanent," says Dr. Ben Redman.
Dr. Ben says if you don't have those special solar glasses, the safest option is to avoid it entirely and watch online.
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.
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.
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