LAND O' LAKES - For 33-years the Wisconsin Trail Blazers have been racing to the finish line of the Three Bear Sled Dog Race. The state's longest running dog sled race gave fans plenty to cheer about Saturday in Land O' Lakes.
Besides the adrenaline rush---friendship is what makes this sport something special.
Five-hundred dogs-- Eight race classes--one goal--MUSH! These pups don't know the definition of winning. But for their best friend--they'll kick all four paws into high-gear. It's the kind of connection that fans can easily see.
"We have the opportunity to see how they take care of these dogs and how well the dogs are taken care of on a regular basis." Said Volunteer, David Gunderson.
"We train quite a bit during the week and this is the only thing that I do...I'm not in a sport so this is pretty much my life during the winter." Said Four Dog Pro racer Jill Czerniak.
These Mushers work hard to win. But in the end--safety is number one. Mother Nature always has the final say.
Rob Behm is the Wisconsin Trail Blazer President. The love between the two is a reason he enjoys sled dog racing.
"There's a bond between dog and man and bother of them rely on good snow to race on"
Just in time for this competition---the Northwood's forecast delivered. Jill Czerniak and her pup had no complaints.
"We had a good berm on the side of the tail, it wasn't too punchy, it was a very good trail."
"The sun helps a little with the contrast of the trails so the dogs can see where the turns are ahead of time." Open Class racer, Dennis Marksteiner said.
And after months of training and overcoming obstacles, one thing makes it all worthwhile. Skijoring with his dog Ridge is what drives Mike Cristman when it gets tough.
"Just training him up and watching him do really good. He desires to please me, I desire to please him. It's really great."
EAGLE RIVER - In Eagle River this weekend, seven wounded warriors from around the country were able to enjoy the relaxation of being outdoors.
Marine Tyson Scott always wondered how outdoor activities helped people heal. He may never know the answer to that question, but what he does know is the outdoors has helped him and many other veterans.
GREEN BAY - When attending an NFL game, you will likely pay for the tickets, travel expenses, food, and PARKING.
But finding parking near Lambeau Field on game days can be more convenient than you might think.
Kelly Fulcer and her husband Aaron are new to the neighborhood surrounding Lambeau Field.
"We were here to buy Family Night tickets, we were first in line, we stayed over night. That day they had an open house here at this location so we walked over, came and looked at the house and we bought Family Night tickets and a house on the same weekend," said Kelly Fulcer.
Now that they're all moved in, Sunday was their first Packers game day.
Their neighbor Wendy Petrie has been doing it over the last 12 years.
"The first couple years are a little rocky because you have to learn the ropes of parking cars."
The signs you see in the neighborhood can get pretty creative.
"Thought it would be funny to put park and pee and catch everybody's attention," said Aaron Fulcer.
That wording sure was a head turner. But first, Aaron had to run it by his wife.
"He's like 'hey, what do you think about getting a port-a-potty outside?' and i said 'works for me, I don't mind'," said Kelly Fulcer.
Other preparations for the first home game included taking out a tree to create more room for parking.
The Fulcer's even took out a tree in their front yard to fit more cars on their lawn.
The rookies have shown their dedication. For the veteran next door, Wendy has gained loyal customers.
"Most of our customers are reoccurring, I would say 75% of them," said Petrie.
Even in the off-season, the parking preparations don't stop.
"The winter freezes it over and in the spring, you fill the holes with grass and soot and you're ready to rock again," said Petrie.
It's hard work, but the neighborhood does it to make sure the safe atmosphere at Lambeau doesn't change.
"Just making sure everybody has a good time. They're safe, their cars are secure, we're home the whole time, easy to get in, easy to get out," said Aaron Fulcer.
BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - The latest on a fatal shooting at a mall in Washington state:
A gunman who fatally shot five people at a Washington state mall remained at large as authorities said the motive for the slaying was unknown, but there was no indication the shootings were a terrorist act.
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