RHINELANDER - We all know the Hodag is both fierce and awesome.
Now the whole nation will know...or at least, anyone watching the Travel Channel.
Travel Channel producers picked up the Hodag for their show, "Mysteries at the Museum."
The segment will get into the history of the Hodag and logging life in the Northwoods.
Historical Society volunteers are happy about that.
They hope the national attention will bring more people to the museum and historical complex.
"The exposure is important because especially now adays people don't have time to think or read a lot about history, and that's our purpose: to preserve and present Rhinelander's history," says Rhinelander Historical Society and Museum President June Thiel.
This isn't the Hodag's first brush with fame.
It was featured on Scooby Doo last August.
It gained national attention back in the late 1800s when Gene Shepherd created the mythical creature.
It became so famous the Smithsonian in Washington, DC became interested.
"He didn't admit that it wasn't real until the Smithsonian was sending some scientists up to see this because the name at that time, the Hodag, the fame of it, traveled outside of Rhinelander, outside of the state, into the whole United States," Thiel explains.
The "Mysteries at the Museum" episode about the Hodag airs on the Travel Channel Aug 29 at 8pm.
ANTIGO - A new grant program could bring new businesses to downtown Antigo. The area has had trouble filling empty buildings for the past few years, but county and city leaders say Downtown Antigo is making a comeback.
Now, business owners who open a store downtown can get some money back.
WISCONSIN - With the Fourth of July right around the corner, many people will enjoy the holiday out in the warm weather. If you plan to be one of those people, it's important to remember some food safety tips to avoid getting sick this weekend.
MADISON - The Legislature may vote on a financing deal for a Milwaukee Bucks arena as well as proposed changes to the prevailing wage law in a special session, the Legislature's budget committee co-chair said Tuesday.
VILAS COUNTY - Earlier this month, legislators put a proposal into the state budget that would take away a county's ability to make its own shoreline zoning regulations. Here in the Northwoods, two counties have come out against that proposal.
If the state budget went through as it's written right now, individual counties and lake associations could lose their power to set zoning regulations. That's a big issue for many in the Northwoods. Vilas County alone has 1,300 lakes. The proposal has caused great concerns.
"The concern was that the proposal had the potential for doing great damage to the environment, had the potential for causing a severe problem as far as assessment procedures, and generally was opposed by the citizens-the residents-of this county," said Chuck Hayes, a Vilas County supervisor.
Vilas and Oneida counties both held board meetings last week. Both counties voted to ask for removal of zoning changes from the budget. They argue the issue of shoreline zoning was never given any time to be discussed.
"At the very least, I think the public should have had a chance to weigh in on this issue that affects the environment," said Hayes. "The counties, the municipalities and individual residents, their opinion wasn't sought on this. It was simply put in."
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