MINOCQUA - The Northwoods provides many summer activities to enjoy outdoors. But not all of them include free entertainment... Three nights a week, you can head to Lake Minocqua and take in a waterski show.
Andrew McFerrin "We're a 100% amateur waterski club," Andrew McFerrin explains. He's one of the members of the Min-Aqua Bats.
Another member, Elin Wahman adds, "It's been one of the best things I've done in my life."
Since 1950, the Min-Aqua Bats have been entertaining locals and tourists with a top notch ski show. The performers range from pre-teens to 25 years old and it's clear they love what they do.
"It's like acrobatics on waterskis and it's an incredible thing to watch," says Anna Tedstrom also from the Min-Aqua Bats.
Mary Beyer is a fan.
"It's nice enjoyment and it's wonderful to see what the kids do out there."
For many of the skiers, being a Min-aqua bat runs in the family.
Elin "My mom was a Min-Aqua Bat," Elin Wahman proudly proclaims.
Connor Tedstrom adds, "My grandma was a Min-Aqua Bat in the '50's."
Some just grew up liking the idea of performing.
Christian Wahman says, "I definitely thought that these people watersking were so cool and I wanted to be one of them when I was older."
Anna Tedstrom adds, "I used to watch the shows and be like, oh my god, that's the girl on top of the pyramid, I want to be her."
They're known as the world's oldest amateur waterski team... and they perform a wide variety of exciting acts.
The shows here attract quite a crowd and the skiers become local celebrities.
"It's fun to walk downtown with a bunch of our Min-Aqua Bat friends and they're like, oh those are the Min-Aqua Bats," Anna Tedstrom explains.
Christian Wahman says, "It's great to have all the little kids come down and ask for autographs after the show."
And this talented group shows no signs of slowing down.
Chris Coleman is a former Min-Aqua Bat.
"I'm hopeful that the club continues and that they can maintain the heritage that we've built."
Connor Tedstrom says, "There's a lot of traditions here and we've just got to keep it going for another 64 years."
PHILLIPS - About seven years ago, a driver killed a pedestrian walking across Lake Avenue, the main street in downtown Phillips. It was dark and misty that night, and the walker was trying to cross in the middle of a block.
But pedestrians are often at risk in Northwoods downtowns, even on sunny days, and even when they're using crosswalks.
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
RHINELANDER - We'll enjoy great weather this week, but we know it won't last too long. Workers at golf courses across the area know that incoming fall weather spells the end of their season, so they're trying to capitalize on the next few weeks of warm forecasts.
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