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Northwoods Spotlight: Spring Has Sprung on Outdoor ActivitiesSubmitted: 05/08/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

Northwoods Spotlight: Spring Has Sprung on Outdoor Activities
THE NORTHWOODS - Spring finally hit the Northwoods last weekend. Thousands of anglers were celebrating an unofficial holiday - the inland fishing opener. Lakes and rivers were busy. Some even got in some ice fishing. However, the cold water temps made the fishing slow.

Golf courses are opening 2 weeks later than usual. But not everyone is getting a late start. Eagle River Speedway was behind on prep work, but next week's opener is actually a week early.



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EAGLE RIVER - A woman went missing last night east of Eagle River, but searchers found her safe early Friday morning.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department got the report of the missing woman just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

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MOSINEE - If an army marches on its stomach, Captain Steve Layden and his group of soldiers should be able to do its job while very well-fed... eventually.

"Nope, commanders always eat last," Layden said with a smile Thursday afternoon.

Layden and members of his Army National Guard 173rd Engineer Battalion from Rhinelander were treated to a cookout, helping them fuel up for another week's worth of hard work.

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MANITOWISH WATERS - St. Patrick's Day won't be back on our calendars for a while. But that doesn't mean you can't get your Irish on.

Craig Van Ark, owner of Ye-Ole Shillelagh in Manitowish Waters is hosting a three-day long Irish Fest with some of the best Irish musicians around.

"They're die-hard Irish people, so I said, 'Well, if you guys want to come up and do it, we'll put it together, and here we are," Van Ark said.

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ST. GERMAIN - Families dealing with autism face different challenges. Some parents travel hours to bring their kids to a camp in St. Germain. The camp gives children and their families an opportunity to step away from their daily stresses.

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MERCER - Some of us take high-speed internet access for granted. But in parts of the Northwoods, broadband is hard to come by. Iron County is beginning to expand its broadband coverage, and it held a fair this week to get the public on board.

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EAGLE RIVER - On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism awarded the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce a Joint Effort Marketing grant.

Chamber Executive Director Kim Emerson says she was thrilled the Chamber received the $5,000 check to promote the third annual SepTimber Ride.

"We needed more marketing dollars. Dollars to showcase the event to audiences that have not seen the event," said Emerson.

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SCHOFIELD - How do you calm and comfort a child who just escaped a house fire?  It's a challenge firefighters face often.

A Wisconsin-based program may have an answer.

"Reach a Child" donated six backpacks full of books to the Riverside Fire District in Schofield on Thursday morning.  Firefighters can hand out the books to children at the scene of emergencies.

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