EAGLE RIVER - More than 2,300 pond hockey players made their way to Dollar Lake - just outside of Eagle River. The annual Pond Hockey Championships featured 336 teams playing on 31 rinks.
"This is our ninth year playing in Eagle River," tournament manager Scott Albrich of USA Hockey explains. "It's the best weather we've had."
Many teams were from the Northwoods. Including "Range Beverage" out of Hurley. They finished second in the 30+ silver division. Cory and Ryan Moderson are brothers on the team. Cory's family enjoys watching him play. 5-year old Devin is watching dad play for the first time.
"Cool," Devin said. "I never saw him play before."
"This is his first time," Cory Moderson - Devin's dad adds. "He's probably going to want to go out there after seeing dad play."
Cory's wife Mae says it's amaizing watching the change in her husband when he steps on the ice.
"He's a completely different person," Mae explains. "Not the guys who is sitting on the couch. He's out there like an animal or a teenager playing hockey with his brother."
It's not just the men getting in on the fun. "Up Yours" is one of the 40 women's teams. They're from Houghton, MI. All of these players are older than 50.
"We can't take the down side of life," Shelley Farrey points out. "We figured we've got to make the best of everyday. Last year we decided to form a team. Played against kids we could have given birth to. It was tough. If they had a 38 and over division, we would be the only ones out there."
"Very exciting to see hockey being played in it's purest form," Albrich adds. "Chance for players to go back to when they were kids. Going outside and just playing."
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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