MINOCQUA - If you drove on Highway 70 west of Minocqua Friday, you probably saw a bunch of motorcycles.
More than 1,200 to be exact.
The annual Wisconsin State Harley Owners' Group Rally in the Northwoods.
This year Minocqua won the honor of hosting it.
"The state rally is a Harley-Davidson-sponsored, motorcycle enthusiast event. Every year the chapters and the state dealerships get to select a site of a state rally. And in April of 2012, Minocqua, Wisconsin was selected as the rally site for this year's state H.O.G. rally," Wisconsin State Rally Coordinator Randy Bates.
The three-day event brings in people from 15 states, and even Great Britain.
State rallies are most often hosted in urban areas.
But this year, they opted for a different type of scenery.
"This is the first time it's been held in Northern Wisconsin....We felt that this year's rally would be more of a riding rally. We've got routes going all the way from Merrill, Wisconsin, all the way up to Hurley, from Eagle River all the way out to Mellen," adds Bates.
For those who don't want to ride, they have bingo, slow ride activities, and live bands at the Minocqua Park Complex.
All the events lead up to the group ride through downtown Minocqua on Saturday around 5 o'clock.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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