PHELPS - Most of us like to add syrup on our pancakes or waffles.
But have you ever wondered how it's made?
People in Phelps celebrated a tradition.
This was the third annual Phelps Maple Syrup Fest Saturday.
People traveled as far Milwaukee to come enjoy this event.
The chairperson of the festival says some local residents wanted to share the tradition of making syrup with the rest of the state.
"We go to local sugar bushes and we show people the art of making the maple syrup from a primitive manor up to a commercial state. So there's a variety of ways to do it. We go through the whole process of bottling it," said Maple Syrup Fest Chairperson, Renee Snook.
"We also give tree taping demonstrations. It's a nice hands on thing for the kids. We like to see them get involved."
They also had a maple syrup judging competition.
Some of our Newswatch 12 team participated in the judging.
The chairperson says they're working on some new ideas to make next year more unique.
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.
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.
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