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2012 Record Year for Tourism in Eagle RiverSubmitted: 04/23/2013
Story By Kailey Burton

2012 Record Year for Tourism in Eagle River
Photos By Kailey Burton

EAGLE RIVER - The City of Eagle River saw more revenue from tourists in 2012 than ever before.

According to the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses can thank a number of year-round special events for the increase in customers.

"We strategically do events throughout the complete season... In other words there's events in the winter, spring, summer and fall, and just different things to bring different people to the area. We continue to try to make them grow, and continue to look for new ways and new things to do to bring people to the area," said Conrad Heeg, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce Director.

Some of those events include the US Pond Hockey Tournament, Klondike days, Cranberryfest, The World Championship Snowmobile Derby, and Journey's marathon.

The chamber also draws people in by advertising Eagle River and its events as far away as Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

"People come from those distances to come here to do things, well they're automatically going to stay overnight. And if they stay overnight they're spending money on lodging, to buy gas to go shopping to go to dinner," said Heeg.

Chamber Director Heeg, also credits their database of more than 400 volunteers for making the many large-scale events possible.


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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/21/2018

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The nice weather we've been having will get some people in the mood for a bonfire or a BBQ, but the fire danger is still very high for much of the Northwoods. We talk to a local paramedic and a meat market employee about the dangers and how to stay safe while grilling.

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And we'll show you how the city of Rhinelander is letting residents "Walk with the Mayor."

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A man robbed a store in Wisconsin Rapids at gunpoint Sunday night.

The police were called around 9:00 p.m. to Jimmy Johns on 8th street.

A man came in, showed his gun, and demanded money. The employee handed over the cash.

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WOODRUFF - Black bear sightings become more common this time of year.

As bears come out of hibernation, they tend to be pretty hungry.

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CITY OF PORTAGE - At 9:53 AM Sunday The Portage Police Department received a call about a structure fire at the Historic Apartments on 207W. Cook St in the City of Portage. Officers found the hallways and staircase filled with heavy smoke. Officers started evacuating residents when they were told a young child was possibly trapped in an apartment on the fifth floor. 

Due to fire and smoke firefighters could not reach the child. Later firefighters were able to access the fifth floor and remove the child. The child was transported to Divine Savior Healthcare where the child passed away. 

Multiple residents at the Historic Apartments are currently displaced and receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. 

The fatal fire is currently under investigation by the Portage Police Department and the Portage Fire Department. 

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RHINELANDER - The process of applying to college can bring headaches and stress.
Paying for it once you're in is a bigger challenge. Rhinelander businesses and donors provided $300,000 to Rhinelander High School seniors to remove some of that financial weight in college.

The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation gave out 187 scholarships this year.
PR Chair Kelsey Thompson said the community's contribution shows the value it has in students' college education.

"This is a community that really stands behind these seniors and puts a vote of confidence in their futures and says that we as a community want to support them and believe in them," said Thompson. 

There were 90 student applicants and 87 recipients this year.

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WOOD COUNTY - The Wood County Dispatch Center received a 911 call about a body found in the Wisconsin River Sunday. The body was found north of the Centralia Dam. Officers determined it was a Caucasian male. At this time the identity of the male is unknown and the cause of death is under investigation. 

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RHINELANDER - Spring clean ups get rid of the mess winter left behind.The Drs. Foster and Smith Dog Park in Rhinelander was no exception Sunday.About 20 volunteers helped with the 2nd annual dog park cleanup Sunday.

Park founder Tina Werres said people helped rake, blow and pile leaves and pines to clear the park for the dogs. 
 
"We like the base to be clean and nice and ready for the whole summer it makes it easier for the people to walk," said Werres. 

Werres says it's her responsibility to maintain the inside of the park.Some volunteers said since opening last year, the park has done so much for their community and they wanted to pay it forward. 

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