CRANDON - John Deere celebrated it's 175th birthday in Crandon today. The company held an exhibition of logging equipment for people in the timber industry.
The Fortune 500 company is one of the oldest in the country. But it had humble beginnings.
"John Deere, 1837, created and sold his first self-cleaning plow," says Nortrax Midwest Vice President Tim Murphy.
Wisconsin farmers have long been familiar with the brand, agriculture being a number one industry in much of the state.
But in the 1950's John Deere began making equipment for the timber industry. That's how it became a staple of the Northwoods, where logging is dominant.
"We've got four rotating seminars, we've got product demonstrations on our rubber tire cut to length, our track cut to length product, our rubber tired forwarders, some of our bark grinding and chipping processing products, and then product support services," says Murphy.
There's still time to make it out to he Crandon racetrack for some of the festivities. There's a fundraiser there to benefit the Children's Miracle Network, and it goes until 7 o'clock.
MINOCQUA - These plants may look pretty but they're taking over our rivers and lakes. Michele Sadauskas is Oneida County's Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. She is working to map and control the yellow iris, the plant you see here. She and two other conservation workers spent the day weeding Stacks Bay.
"They invade our wetlands. They're a really robust, aggressive plant. What they do is they crowd out our native species and make actually the wetland a lot less diverse," says Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS Coordinator.
Removing yellow iris is a slow process. It takes three hours of work just to properly map and control 20 feet of shoreline.
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