CRANDON - A unique winter sport helped raise awareness for people affected by cancer this weekend.
“It’s a little slippery out there, last year we had a few crash and burns but it’s all in fun and they all get back up and go at it again,” said ice bowling organizer Stacey Jameson.
“It’s way different than bowling in a regular bowling alley, but still really fun,” said bowler Dawn Hines.
This is the second year the Crandon community has ice bowled on Lake Lucerne. Teams are competing for more than just a prize, they’re fundraising for Relay for Life.
“We all probably have special circumstances that have happened in our family, but also it’s American Cancer Society and it’s just a wonderful, wonderful benefit to help those that are needing. Our team is willing to do anything for that”
Teams of four played two games on the ice.
Many teams had a personal reason for playing , including a team, of tooth fairies.
“Team Julie was started a few years ago when our friend Julie, she was our co-worker, was diagnosed with cervical cancer and unfortunately she lost her battle so we’ve carried on the tradition of Team Julie, in her honor and in her memory,” said Hines.
Jameson is part of team “My Wish” and is bowling for people she knows who are affected by cancer.
“Personally I do it for my grandmother. She passed away of lung cancer. So to me it’s a very special time. I have a co-worker, an ex-co-worker that has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer so this event today is actually really meaningful to me,” said Jameson.
Jameson says ice bowling will always be held at Waters Edge Lodge in Crandon.
They’ll continue to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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