RHINELANDER - On Friday night's, it's not often you hear a girls name announced on the football field. But this year for the Hodags, Gabbe Millot has been a regular fixture, and has made history in the process.
She may only be 5' 1'', but Gabbe Millot's kicks, pack a punch.
"Being smaller, I felt like I had to prove myself that much more to show that despite my size," Millot explains. "I could make contributions to the team."
Head coach Jim Moore said it was a great fit for the team. "She's probably one of the more natural athletes that we have. She's very instinctive. We don't have to spend a whole lot of time teaching them how to kick, cause that's what they do. So, it's a great arrangement."
"Kicking a football is so much different than kicking a soccer ball which is what I'm used to," Millot adds.
The Hodags have a history of using soccer players as kickers.
Gabbe started playing soccer when she was just 4 years old, and that's helped tremendously with football. But the technique of kicking is very different.
Millot says, "You kick a soccer ball for spin, and normally the soccer ball is moving. While the football is stationary and you have to hit it perfectly."
It's clear Gabbe's teammates enjoying having her around. Gabbe also had a big role in Rhinelander's first win of the season.
Luke Linsmeyer, the Hodags captain explained, "She's the first girls ever to kick a field goal in Rhinelander school history. So right there she is making history."
Gabbe adds, "It's been a trip. I wouldn't have traded this year or last year for anything."
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
EAGLE RIVER - A new type of foundation could give you a better way to build a home, and the idea for the improvement starts right here in the Northwoods.
Composite Panel Systems in Eagle River builds composite panels for home foundations. Composite means anything made of two or more materials, which includes fiberglass in this case. The company describes the EPITOME Quality Foundation Wall as a revolutionary composite building solution for residential foundations.
The company makes them off site, and then they put them together on location. Composite Panel Systems' Scott Weber says that means a shorter build time compared to concrete foundations.
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