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Annual Wisconsin H.O.G. Rally held in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 08/16/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson


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.

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ANTIGO - A group of tractor enthusiasts showed off their work Monday morning at Antigo's Memorial Day parade.

The Northwoods Tractor Club prides itself on refurbishing old tractors to like new condition.

The not for profit group started with just 20 members and has steadily grown to more than 100.

"Northwoods Tractor Club started in 2011 and it's a group of tractor enthusiasts that kinda thought well maybe we should get together and have an organization, maybe help out the community a little bit. So, we got together with 20 guys back then and now we're well over 100 members," says club President Mike McDougal.

Many of the tractors are hand me downs or ones that are too old to be used in the field.

That's why finding replacement parts can be tricky.

"A lot of times it's the family tractor that had been on their parents or grandparents farm. We reworked it and use it for parades such as today. Our whole general purpose of the organization is to raise money and establish an agriculture tractor museum up just north of Antigo is where we're looking at some land right now," says McDougal.

Many of the tractors date back to the 1930s.

Meeting are held on the last Monday of every month at Quinn's Bar in Neva Corners.

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ST. GERMAIN - Thousands of visitors come to the Northwoods each year in search of treasures old and new.

That's because one of the largest flea markets happens right in St. Germain.

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RHINELANDER - The gloomy weather made it difficult to stay outside for the entire weekend, but the rain brought a lot of people to the Pioneer Park Historical Complex.

The complex opened for the season on Saturday.

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- We will take you across the Northwoods to show you Memorial Day celebrations that took place today.

- Plus, while the rain this weekend stopped some Memorial Day activities, businesses in the Northwoods saw sales boom.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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SHARON, WI - Authorities say four people were killed and four others were injured when a fully loaded semi-truck hit a pickup truck and SUV in Walworth County.

The Walworth County Sheriff's Office says a preliminary investigation finds that the semi-truck was headed north on Highway K about 11:45 a.m. Saturday when the pickup truck failed to yield at a stop sign.

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SAULT STE. MARIE, MI - The U.S. Coast Guard is working on plans on how it will try to free a freighter that ran aground in Whitefish Bay off Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Yaw says the Coast Guard on Sunday was continuing to monitor the safety of the crew of the Roger Blough and to monitor for any environmental problems.

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MARATHON COUNTY - Firefighters call a Town of Berlin house a total loss after a fire destroyed it early Sunday morning.

According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, crews got a call around 1:40 a.m. to the 11,000 block of Naugart Drive. When they got there, the house was totally up in flames.Several surrounding fire departments were called in to help.

No one was hurt. The house is valued at more than $100,000. 

Investigators don't think the cause of the fire was anything suspicious, but they are still investigating. 

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