RHINELANDER - Sunday marked the end of food, beer and of course lots of country music at the Hodag Country Fest.
The 36th annual festival ended with a performance by Neal McCoy.
Lonestar, Gretchen Wilson, and Lee Brice also performed on the last day of the 4-day event.
The weather helped turnout.
About 20,000 people attended each day.
One food vendor said the weather also helped his business.
"This year it's been really great. I'm up about 22 percent from last year," said food vendor Robert M. Jones II.
We also caught up with some Hodag-goers.
They told us what they loved most about this year's Hodag Country Festival.
"Getting to meet people, and it's a very friendly crowd. We've been to all kids of concerts but everybody likes to help each other out and have a good time," said Amy Jo Plowman while attending her 23rd Hodag Festival.
"We get this same spot every year. We sit here because it's the best people watching spot...the guy that shaved his chest so it looked like a bra," said Sue Slominski at her 6th Hodag Fest.
The EMS team on-site said they have not had as many people in need of treatment.
A few had breathing issues because of the humidity and dust.
The team only had to treat a couple people for heat exhaustion.
Looking forward to next year, one Hodag fest-goer has a piece of advice.
"Never trade your belt for a beer," said Nate Rudis.
The festival hosted 16 bands.
Next year's festival will be held July 10th through the 13th.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
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