Unusually hot summer helps crops catch up after late season snowstormsSubmitted: 07/09/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

Unusually hot summer helps crops catch up after late season snowstorms
MINOCQUA - Some farmers had a slow start this year.

"I was at the winter market in Wausau twice during snowstorms on Saturdays in April," said Charles Valentine.

"It seemed challenging," said Valentine. 

But he said the weather switched drastically. By May, Valentine could start planting at Valentine Gardens and Greenhouse in Clark County. 

"It was a record late getting out this spring," said Valentine. "But then the heat turned it around." 

Valentine says the unusually hot summer temperatures have made all the difference. 

"It speeds stuff along," he said.

The weather has sped thing along so well that now Valentine is having a great season.

"We started tousling sweetcorn the last week of June, which is a new record," said Valentine. "A lot of things are ahead of normal three weeks." 

The heat isn't just helping his crop. It's also bringing Valentine more customers at venues like the Minocqua Farmers Market.

"They seem to kind of go with how the gardens come in," said Minocqua Farmers Market President and ZZ Farms owner Tyrena Brzezinski. "So as the produce comes in we get more people coming out." 

Going from snow in April to an especially hot summer certainly isn't normal, but Valentine takes it in stride.

"It's different," said Valentine. "But that's the challenges we deal with." 

You can find Valentine's products at nearly every Minocqua Farmers Market on Mondays and Fridays.

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Starting a new health routine can be intimidating, but easing into the process can do the trick.

Just as balance is key in yoga, it is important to have in your lifestyle, too.

That's a mindset that Laurel Parins lives by.

"Whether that is a twenty minute walk, a class here at the studio… that will make you happier when you're not restricting yourself," says Parins.

She opened Roots Health Studio in Minocqua at the end of May after working in the fitness and nutrition field in Green Bay for some years.

"I really wanted to bring my knowledge of healthy lifestyle-living back to the community I grew up in."

Laurel gets that a new "health journey" can be intimidating, but she says you can't go wrong.

"Once you try it, you'll never regret it."

Laurel offers yoga and barre classes, personal training, and nutrition services at Roots.

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MILWAUKEE - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill that would allow all of Wisconsin to watch the Green Bay Packers.

Currently a dozen counties in northwestern Wisconsin are relegated to watching Minnesota Viking games whenever they play at the same time as the Packers. Florence County is in the Marquette, Michigan, market and must watch the Detroit Lions whenever they play at the same time as the Packers.

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MERRILL - Charlotte Strehlow might be the last living member of her childhood family. 

"My folks are gone, my brothers are gone, sisters, I'm the one left," said Strehlow. 

But she's taken their lessons and used them to live a very long life. 

"I had very good parents, my father was a pastor," said Strehlow. 

Strehlow says the life her parents showed her how to live helped her to reach her 110th birthday. 

"We've had a countdown for a while now, she was so excited about it," said personal care worker Emily Winchell.

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MINOCQUA - The roads in Minocqua got a little bit safer thanks to the generosity of a local business.

The Minocqua Police Department's speed board was falling apart and in desperate need of repairs.

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A set of twins in Manitowish Waters spend their days floating around on "Dock N' Shop."

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CRANDON - Leaders in four Northwoods counties hope a $38,633 grant will bring in almost 10 times that much money to the area. Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties got a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Wednesday.

The counties will use the money to promote the natural resources, history, recreation, and local cultural sites along the Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway.The byway runs 145 miles through the four counties.

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Rollover on Highway 17Submitted: 07/18/2018

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HIGWAY 17 - A driver walked away mostly uninjured from a one-car rollover north of Rhinelander this morning.

The accident happened on Highway 17 around 9:45 a.m. 

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