Land O' Lakes woman finalist in $1 million potato chip contest
Story By Jaymee Toler
LAND O' LAKES - A Northwoods woman's idea for potato chips could make her one million dollars richer. But she needs your help to do it.
Last fall Karen Weber-Mendham of Land O Lakes saw an ad for the Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest, and decided to enter.
Weber-Mendham chose cheesy garlic bread as her flavor.
In October, she found out she was a finalist in the top 3 of the competition.
She and the two other finalists went to the Lays headquarters in Dallas to taste their flavors.
"I got to see these chefs make actual cheesy garlic bread," Weber-Mendham said. "They perfect that recipe first. And then they had me take a bite of this cheesy garlic bread, and then hand me a potato chip. And I tasted the cheesy garlic bread potato chip."
The cheesy garlic bread flavor is up against Sriracha-- and chicken and waffles.
Karen is in New York City this week to promote her flavor.
Monday, she appeared on Good Morning America. Tuesday, she rang the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange.
All three flavors are in stores now, and voting is open, although they're not in Rhinelander yet.
You can vote for the flavor by following the link below.
- Dr. Lewis Jacobson of Eagle River was one of 27 World War II veterans from northcentral Wisconsin participating in the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight last week. Nearly seventy years ago, he came home from Europe. He was a young, Jewish, American soldier who spent a year and half fighting Hitler's war machine.
- Plus, tomatoes brought in from warmer parts of the country this time of year can often be tasteless. Some supermarkets bring those tomatoes in because most local tomatoes aren't ripe. But one local family-owned greenhouse is ready for harvest. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to Antigo to find out how they do it.
We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
WISCONSIN - Wisconsin Public Service encourages any emergency responders to apply for its "Safety is Worth the Energy" grants. It will award 25 $2,000 grants this year.
All of WPS's service area can apply. Money is used for departments to provide special equipment or training which they otherwise wouldn't have.
"This is the second year we're offering the "Safety is Worth the Energy" grant for our local emergency responders in our service area," said WPS Community Relations Leader Leah Van Zile. "That would be fire departments, emergency rescue squads, police departments."
WASHINGTON, DC - A retired Northwoods doctor from Eagle River flew to Washington, DC last week. Dr. Lewis Jacobson was one of 27 World War II veterans from northcentral Wisconsin participating in the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Nearly seventy years ago, he came home from Europe. He was a young, Jewish, American soldier who spent a year and half fighting Hitler's war machine.
"I served from July of 1943 to early January of 1946, a total of about two and a half years, and 18 months was with service overseas in Europe: England, France, and Germany," Jacobson explained.
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