Northwoods Resort Uses Obstacle Course to Fight Snow Drought Submitted: 01/13/2013
Story By Ryan Abney

EAGLE RIVER - The Northwood's hasn't been the winter wonderland we all know and love.
While it's no fun for winter sportsmen, tourism-focused businesses might have the most to complain about. It's not easy to fill hotel rooms in winter when the snow isn't falling.

Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River is finding innovative ways to bring people its way.

"We decided to create this obstacle course for the holiday season, to give our guests something to do, something fun, a group fun activity out in the out

doors. Because alot of people didnt have the opportunity to go snow mobiling or cross country skiing." Said Resort owner, Laura Koranda.

Quick thinking and beautiful scenery help Eagle Waters Resort stay busy.
But it might not be the same story for other businesses.

"We don't have anymore football, so we're definitely going to want that white gold. So if everyone can go out tonight and do a snow dance that would be great for all of us."

At least with the World Championships coming back to Eagle River this week--area businesses will feel some relief from the lull.

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EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River hosted its 36th annual Cranberry Fest during October's first weekend.

Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

"People come to this whether there's good weather of bad weather," said Executive Director of the Eagle River Chamber Kim Emerson. "And with this year being great weather, we had above-average crowds and it was just spectacular. We're so happy about that."

By 3 p.m. Saturday, the World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake had already been devoured. Sales of slices go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. 

Organizers said they also almost sold out of cranberries, but they said they would still have more to sell on Sunday. 

There were also dozens of craft vendors, food and wine and cranberry marsh tours.

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NEKOOSA - People in Nekoosa could go back in time this weekend.

Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp portraying lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. all had a piece of history to share.

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RHINELANDER - Harvest Hoedown started Saturday at noon at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.

The event had a hay maze, horse drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

"I think it's going great. We got a little sunshine right now. We got probably a couple hundred people here. People are buying food, spending money. It's what we're after," said Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hanson.

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BOULDER JUNCTION - Lakes bring a lot of visitors here to the Northwoods, but they also bring scientists.

The UW Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction just wrapped up its summer research season.

The UW Trout Lake Station is a research station for limnology students at UW Madison. It's mostly graduate students and faculty from Madison's Center for limnology.

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RHINELANDER - Swiping your credit cards could soon be a thing of the past.

Businesses across the country are switching to a chip card reader for credit and debit cards.

Credit companies say the new system will help cut back on fraud.

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MERRILL - One Northwoods farm wants to give all families the full Fall experience.

Grampa's Farm in Merrill has been a popular fall destination in Wisconsin since 2010.

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