RHINELANDER - Ice fishing probably sounds like the last thing some people would want to do in these frigid temperatures.
But some professional fishermen braved the cold with the help of some green technology.
Bone chilling temperatures didn't stop fishermen from trying to get the best catch of the day.
"You're nose and hands get a little chilly once in a while, but usually you stay pretty warm overall." said Solar Sportsman representative, Jim Davis.
11 teams competed on an icy Boom Lake in Rhinelander.
This was the first Team Extreme Ice Fishing Tournament in Wisconsin.
Fishermen from as far as Minnesota and Maryland traveled to Rhinelander to qualify for the Team Extreme Championship.
"You have to be able to go above and beyond and be able to take what mother nature gives you because we're not only out here competing against each other, we're competing against mother nature." said Wisconsin Team Extreme Ice Fishing director, Raymond Tiffany.
The tournaments director figured out a way to use Mother Nature to their advantage.
It's all thanks to a solar powered tent.
"This tent is heated. It's lighted. We run our scales off the power. We run our PA System off the power," Tiffany said.
"We're not even touching the power output that this tent is capable of."
The Wisconsin based company, Solar Sportsman, made a solar ice tent last year just for this tournament.
It's powered by a 400 watt solar module that feeds into a battery inside the tent.
"We wanted to be able to run a PA System. We wanted to be able to run a monitor. We want to have the option to run an AC Scale," said Davis.
"So we needed power out here. The one thing we didn't want to have running out on the lake is a generator to keep everything going."
"We have to move green to save our planet. We want to show that we can beÖ we as ice fishermen can be responsible," Tiffany said.
"We want to show we care about the outdoors and the environment."
Staying warm and keeping the air free of pollution keeps both fishermen and Mother Nature happy.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - On a busy stretch of Highway 47 near Lac du Flambeau -- where hundreds of wheels spin at 55 miles-per-hour each day -- just one tire drags at a slower pace, pulled by one man: the Tire Man.
"I guess I'm the only one nutty enough to do it, I suppose," Frank Tarantino said with a laugh.
Tarantino lives in Mercer, but trains for marathons in Lac du Flambeau. ¬†He started pulling a tire on a chain a few years ago after reading about it in a fitness magazine. ¬†People often stop to take his picture.
"Little by little you run a little further, a little further," Tarantino said.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Just a few years ago, crumbling cement, steps, and seats filled Lac du Flambeau's Indian Bowl. Now, a major reconstruction project is halfway done. It will hopefully give people from all over a chance to learn about Native American culture and traditions once again.
"We increase that sense of pride in our community," said Director of Planning and Development Emerson Coy.
Coy still remembers how the old Indian Bowl used to look like.
"It was used in bad shape before that and it was sad," said Coy.
RHINELANDER - Cancer survivors and supporters gathered at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital for the 10th annual Celebration of Life Thursday. The event honors those battling cancer or survivors of cancer and shows people what kinds of services the James Beck Cancer Center offers.
The center's namesake lost his life to cancer, but now others will be able to benefit from his gift to the hospital.
"With his vision and his dollars we were able to put this cancer center here in Rhinelander so patients don't have to travel to larger cities," said Director of Cancer Services Kimberly Hetland.
This year's speaker was Mike Regole, a survivor of tonsil cancer. He spoke about his experience at the center, how family and support affected his journey, and how he ran a business while having cancer.
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