TOMAHAWK - "The Freedom, the freedom," says motorcyclist John Ralph.
John Ralph started riding free in 1995. This weekend, he will ride with about 40,000 other motorcyclists in Tomahawk's Fall Ride.
"We're ghosts out there, no one sees us. So we always have to be alert, "says Ralph.
"Training will make you a better rider and safer out on the road" says Community Service Specialist for the Wisconsin State Patrol Ken Heis.
Ken Heis is at the Fall Ride to make sure everyone is safer on the road. He's in charge of The REF. It's a classroom on wheels for motorcyclists.
"Training won't kill you," says Heis.
But not knowing what you're doing will kill you.
"Last year, 48% of our motorcyclists that were killed in motorcycle accidents, 116 total last year, 48% were not properly endorsed," says Heis.
That's why John keeps up on his driver training.
"The thing about motorcycle riding, no matter how long you've been riding, you're never that good, where you can't learn something more," says Ralph.
Learning something more is important, so is wearing something more.
"The only thing you have on a motorcycle to protect you is what you wear. If a rock hits you in the head without a helmet or you go down and bump your head, even the slightest bump means that your days of riding could be over," says Heis.
John is doing his best to make sure he has many more days of riding ahead. "Enjoy the ride, get your training, and don't ride beyond your limits or abilities," says Ralph.
MINOCQUA - Heading back to school makes many students stress about what they are going to wear, especially when it comes to that first day look. And educators at one Northwoods school want their students to know that dressing for success, is more important than dressing to fit in.
At Lakeland Union High School, the dress code is designed to promote making wise fashion choices. Administrators say they want students to get in the routine of dressing, as if they're going to work.
"We're teaching them how to get ready for college and how to get ready for a career that they're going to be going into, 'career and college readiness', we want to make sure that they understand 'dressing for success', and a lot of times we spend a lot of time talking from that point of view," said Lakeland Union High School principal Jim Bouche.
Lakeland Union High School doesn't require uniforms, but they do have specific guidelines in place. They don't spell out what students can wear, but instead tell them what they can't. The overall goal is to keep kids focused in class.
VILAS COUNTY - Whether you're in the Northwoods for Labor Day Weekend or you call it home, you will have to be more careful around mosquitoes.
A dead crow in Vilas County tested positive for West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.
According to a Vilas County Public Health Department press release, this is the first bird this summer to test positive for it.
Gina Egan of the Vilas County Health Department said over the years the county has found infected birds.
Egan suggests avoiding mosquitoes and wearing bug spray. She also suggests getting rid of standing water outside your home, such as bird baths or gutters.
Public health nurses stress that most people who do get West Nile do not get sick.
"Twenty percent of the people have it really mild," said Oneida County public health nurse Dawn Klink. "Eighty percent of the people have no symptoms. And less than one percent get really really deathly ill. And those are usually the ones that get tested for it and go in. Other people just think they've got a bug and don't go in."
Nurses want you to call the local health department if you do see a dead bird.
If you do feel you have severe symptoms of West Nile, nurses say to go to your doctor to get tested.
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.
But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.
"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.
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