TOMAHAWK - Comepetitors are ready to flex their Lumberjack skills this weekend in Tomahawk at 60th Midwestern Foresters Conclave.
If you've never seen a pulp toss, or an underhand chop, this is your chance.
Nine collegiate teams from across the Midwest will be joined by professionals in the Stihl Timbersports Midwest qualifier, and they're ready to chop away the competition.
"There's a gentleman that calls them '6-pound razor blades" which is really true... [the edge] it's like a fillet knife," says timbersports competitor and UW Steven's Point student, Spencer Johnson.
This weekend speed and accuracy will be the key, but sometimes speed, and blades can be a dangerous combination.
"I got an ax on-the-cheap a couple years ago, from a friend who put an ax halfway into his foot," says Johnson.
Guys and girls alike will brave the competition and the blades, all day Friday and Saturday, with the pros coming out on Saturday as well.
This year, UW Stevens Point has something to prove.
"We're the defending champs, and we wanna keep it that way," says Paul Doruska, associate professor of forestry and advisor to the Timbersports team, "Come out and enjoy it, it's about a once in a 10 year occurance for us to host it. So, won't be back for about 10 years."
The event is free and the public is welcome to attend. They just ask that you bring your own seating, and leave pets at home. The event will be held at Treehaven, UW Stevens Point's College of Natural Resources educational facility.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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