RHINELANDER - You may have already fired up your grill this spring with burgers and brats.
If those brats came from Trig's, consider yourself lucky.
The Smokehouse brats can only be bought at Trig's grocery locations and small retailers around northern Wisconsin.
But that could change soon.
Starting at the end of May, you can order Trig's brats and other meat products online.
"This will be very good for Trig's Smokehouse here. This facility was built for the future," said Gary Husnick, director of Trig's meat and smokehouse operations. "We have a 30,000 square foot facility, we haven't even tapped the potential of it yet. Right now, we are currently supplying our six stores, plus some small retail stores. So we have plenty of capacity to grow into the future.
By midsummer, shoppers in southern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois might be able to find Trig's brats in some grocery stores.
Husnick says their brats stand out partly because they're leaner than other brands.
"We found that there's a lot of demand for it, not only within northern Wisconsin here, but with a lot of our customers that come up north during the tourist season," Husnick said.
Trig's will also make private-label brats and smoked meats for stores around the Midwest.
Right now, the facility puts out between 4,000 and 6,000 pounds of brats per day.
But it can handle up to ten times that.
Trig's expects to hire ten more people by the end of summer to deal with increased production.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
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