TOMAHAWK - Rain, mud and a little bit of cool air were the conditions racers had to endure Saturday.
The Stubborn Mule Adventure Race tests competitors as they hunt for hidden checkpoints around Tomahawk.
"They have to try to get as many of the points that we put out in the county as possible in 30 hours or twelve hours. So if they go over that time they’re penalize," said 180 Adventure Owner, Paula Waite.
"So they start losing one point per minute they’re late. So it’s very important that they manage that time."
This type of race started in Costa Rica and has been in the united states for 15 years.
It’s been done in the Wausau area, but this is the first time for Tomahawk.
"Back in the day the Eco-challenge was kind of a big one or the Regalo," Waite said.
"The race started appealing to the general public and so there were shorter races going on."
Those short races consist of hiking, running, canoeing and biking.
Out of the four, some competitors said biking was the toughest part.
"We went out on the mountain bike and that was really technical with that," said Cedar Falls, Iowa resident, Janelle Thompson.
"We did some walking of our bikes and slipping and sliding. A few bruises and bloody areas too with some of our team members."
"It’s more just endurance I’d say. It goes straight on your body for the whole twelve hours," 12 hour racer, Jordan Nurre said.
"Like nothing’s too physically demanding. It’s just continuous."
If you think you would want to try this, but not exactly sure if you’ll make it to the end, just ask an eleven year old. SOT
"You kind of just are following the navigator on your team and trying to find a certain point in the woods. It’s basically like your bush-waking through the woods." said Rhinelander resident, Bridger Flory.
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin will get a new state attorney general this election year.That could mean new changes for the department.
But many of the candidates agree that more needs to be done to deal with heroin in Wisconsin.
Police and prosecutors say the drug continues to spread throughout the state. Republican candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, believes heroin and opiates are one of the state’s biggest challenge.
"We're seeing more people die from accidental drug overdoses than we're seeing in car crashes," Schimel said. "That is a dangerous statistic for us to be looking at."
According to a Gannet Wisconsin Investigative study, at least 199 people died in 2012 in Wisconsin from drug overdoses.
The legislature has passed several bills this session to fight heroin and help people who are addicted to the drug.
State Rep. Jon Richards-(D) Milwaukee, is one of three Democratic candidates running for attorney general. He believes the state needs to keep going after drug traffickers.
"Local prosecutors and law enforcement are already stretched to the max in terms of their man power," Richards said. "We have to be addressing these new problems of public safety in creative ways and effective ways."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
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