EAGLE RIVER - Soccer is becoming one of the more popular sports around the world.
Last weekend, the Headwaters Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) hosted it's end of the year tournament. It's been going strong for more than 25 years.
We check out some of the sights and sounds in tonight's Northwoods Spotlight.
"Soccer is exciting," HYSA President Patti Gill says. "It's a great way to get the kids to get out and move. We start in August and go thorugh September. It's a great way to get the kids to move."
Kurt Hartwig of Eagle River is watching his son Andrew play.
"This is my fourth child going through," Hartwig explains. "He's the last one. This has been a great weekend. Beautiful weather. He's having the time of his life."
Andrew Hartwig adds, "I like playing soccer because it follows in my brothers and sisters footsteps. You also get to learn different positions and play with different people."
"Years ago, it was a little lumpier," Kurt remembers. "Actually, we have grass now. Before they used to play on brown stuff. It's very green this year. We had a tent before. People used to huddle inside to keep warm. Weather has been great this year."
"I think with World Cup, people are getting excited about soccer," Gill says. "It's growing."
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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