- The Packers schedule for the upcoming season was released Wednesday night.
The Pack opens the year and the entire NFL season against the defending Super Bowl champs - the Seattle Seahawks in their house.
It's a Thursday night game - on Sept 4th. The game is live on Newswatch 12.
Of course it's a rematch of the Packers controversial loss to the Seahawks 2 years ago. Many nickname the game "Fail Mary". The interception ruled a touchdown.
Their first home game will be Sept 14th against the New York Jets.
Highlights of the schedule include the Pack hosting the Vikings on Thursday Night football. Oct 2nd is that game.
Packers are scheduled to play Sunday night games in New Orleans (Oct 26th) and at home against Chicago (Nov 9th).
Also a Monday night home game against Atlanta on Dec 8th.
– REGULAR SEASON –
Date Opponent Time TV+ Thu., Sept. 4 at Seattle Seahawks 7:30 p.m. NBC Sun., Sept. 14 NEW YORK JETS 3:25 p.m. CBS Sun., Sept. 21 at Detroit Lions 12 p.m. FOX Sun., Sept. 28 at Chicago Bears 12 p.m. FOX Thu., Oct. 2 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (Gold Pkg.) 7:25 p.m. CBS/NFLN Sun., Oct. 12 at Miami Dolphins *12 p.m. FOX Sun., Oct. 19 CAROLINA PANTHERS *12 p.m. FOX Sun., Oct. 26 at New Orleans Saints *7:30 p.m. NBC Sun., Nov. 2 BYE Sun., Nov. 9 CHICAGO BEARS *7:30 p.m. NBC Sun., Nov. 16 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Gold Pkg.) *12 p.m. FOX Sun., Nov. 23 at Minnesota Vikings *12 p.m. FOX Sun., Nov. 30 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS *3:25 p.m. CBS Mon., Dec. 8 ATLANTA FALCONS 7:30 p.m. ESPN Sun., Dec. 14 at Buffalo Bills *12 p.m. FOX Sun., Dec. 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers *12 p.m. FOX Sun., Dec. 28 DETROIT LIONS *12 p.m. FOX
* Start time may shift due to NFL flexible scheduling, which will be used in Weeks 11-17 this season.
It may also be applied in Weeks 5-10, but can be used in no more than two weeks during that period.
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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