RHINELANDER - Thanks to one sweet treat, Fat Tuesday can be a good day to be Polish or at least pretend you're Polish.
You can do it right here in the Northwoods.
Traditionally, devout Polish Catholics looked to use up their lard and sugar before heading into Lent.
That's where a pastry called a paczki comes from.
Manager Randy Zadnik of the new Zadnik's Bistro in downtown Rhinelander will make between 2,000 and 3,000 of them Tuesday.
"Oh, yes. We've got fresh strawberry, blueberry, apricot. We've got custard. We also have cream cheese. There's one I'm missing, I'm sure, but there's seven flavors," he says.
By 6:30 Tuesday morning, customers were streaming in and out of Zadnik's to get their own paczki.
Zadnik's has been open three weeks where the old Zippy's restaurant used to be in Rhinelander.
Zadnik carried a few things over from Zippy's, but is starting fresh as well.
"We're going back to the basics. We're taking all the original things that people have done in the past, and making them work again, like going back to slicing your own cheese, slicing your own meat, my Italian sausage is imported, our sausage is fresh ground," he says.
Whether it's paczki or pizza, Zadnik knows what feeling he wants to give his customers when they eat his food.
"A wow. Wow, look at that sandwich on fresh-baked bread. All the products are fresh, everything in it is fresh, it was assembled to order, and it was cooked to order. So fresh, and outstanding," he says.
Today's the only day of the year Zadnik's makes paczki.
Our expert food critics here at Newswatch 12 give them a thumbs-up.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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