RHINELANDER - The frigid temperatures might have made you think twice about stepping outside the comfort of your home to watch the Super Bowl this evening, but we talked to a couple of people who braved the cold for a little partying.
We visited Bucketheads Sports Bar and Grill in Rhinelander first.
Even though the Packers weren't playing, football fans were still enjoying the game.
"I've thrown parties in the past. If the packers were in it I would probably be throwing a party," said 49ers fan Andy Hildebrand.
"But it's a little cheaper to come to the bar instead of providing all your friends with food and drinks. So it's easier to come down the waterhole and hang out."
But at Cross Country Bar and Grill, the crowd was even more rowdy.
"I think the commercials are fun so far, but I think all the hype is kinda fun to watch," said Dave Laulainen.
"We like to get together and have a good time."
"I think it's hanging out with people. It's something that brings all different types of people together," Kara Fleming said.
"And I feel like I can see all of my friends when I do this. It's fun to be with a lot of people who you don't know who are all excited about something. That's a lot of fun."
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
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