HAMPTON, VA - Earlier this summer, we told you about three Northwoods stock car racers competing for Decker racing.
In fact, Decker is their last name. And the young racers are taking part in a unique camp held by NASCAR.
It's called the Drive for Diversity program. It's to help identify and train young felmale and diverse drivers at the grassroots level.
Sisters Paige and Claire, along with their cousin Natalie are representing Wisconsin. In fact, Paige took part in the camp last year.
The camp is in Hampton, VA. Monday was the first day of the camp. 20 drivers from 12 states and Mexico are there.
The Decker girls are competing against the field for the chance to drive for a race team next summer. That would be in the Summer Shootout Series.
NASCAR's Drive for Diversity combine was created in 2004.
On Tuesday, the drivers had to drive using a Late model. It took adjusting for Paige.
"I'm comfortable on this track, so it was really just learning how to ease into the gas," said Paige Decker. "I'm used to driving a Super Late Model, so I'm trying to tone down my driving a lot for this kind of car."
Decker participated in the Combine last year. This year, her younger sister Claire and cousin Natalie also earned the opportunity to try out for the 2014 Rev Racing team.
"Coming in, I was way more confident and was able to tell my younger sister and cousin what to expect," said Paige Decker. "They had a really good idea of what they were getting into, and I was expected to do so much better because I had been here before."
"I'm really happy with not only how I did but how my sister did. I really think the times are so close, but I really feel like we're there. I'm very happy and pleased with the results."
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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