WOODRUFF - Northwoods Bears fans might think the most humiliating feeling is putting on a Packer jersey.
But a pink Packer jersey - has to be even worse.
"It's hard to swallow, but you gotta do what you gotta do," says Woodruff's Matt Schuh.
Wearing a pink Packers jersey is even harder to swallow since Schuh is a diehard Chicago Bears fan.
Packers fan Michael Hawke owns a business right next door to Schuch in Woodruff.
"We decided that whoever had the better regular season record, the loser needed to wear a jersey of the opposite team while he worked all week long. Then I was like, 'let's make it a pink jersey'," Hawke says.
Thursday, Schuh was forced to eat lunch outside and wave to drivers on busy Highway 47.
"I had a bunch of customers stop in and stuff, just to give me a little harassment. It's just all good fun and humor. It's all for a good time," he says.
But it was Schuh, the Bears fan, having a better time early in the season.
"When the Seahawks game happened, Matt came in and said, as a Bear fan, I apologize for that, that was a travesty of a game, but you're still going to look pretty in pink. But who's laughing now?" chuckles Hawke.
This is the third year of the bet.
Hawke's worn one pink Brian Urlacher jersey, but it's now one pink Aaron Rodgers, one pink Clay Matthews jersey for Schuh.
The pressure's even higher next season.
"The stakes are going up next year. We are doing the Polar Plunge next year. Loser's gotta go in with the jersey," says Schuh.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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