ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses don't get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
Their goal is to bring back efficient rail to their counties. The group has been working with Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) officials, like Dennis Leong, since forming the group in 2012.
Leong believes there is an opportunity to bring back rail to the region based off of the feedback from businesses and local governments.
"We did a survey of businesses in the Northwoods area and found potentially quite a few business interests in rail," Leong said. "They're meeting with CN (Canadian National) and having discussions, so hopefully maybe certain sections can be brought back to service."
Leong wants to help expand rail in the north, but private companies might only re-establish rail if they think they can make money on it.
"Part of the challenge is that you have to have the volume in which the railroads want to make sure they have an operating system to put back in service," Leong said.
Leaders at the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission are trying to win a multimillion dollar federal grant, TIGER, from the U.S. Department of Transportation to get more log cars for rail in the Northwoods. They'll host their monthly meeting Friday at 10 a.m. at the Oneida County Courthouse.
Wisconsin has 13 freight railroads using a system of more than 33 hundred mile of rail, according to WisDOT.
EAGLE RIVER - In Eagle River this weekend, seven wounded warriors from around the country were able to enjoy the relaxation of being outdoors.
Marine Tyson Scott always wondered how outdoor activities helped people heal. He may never know the answer to that question, but what he does know is the outdoors has helped him and many other veterans.
GREEN BAY - When attending an NFL game, you will likely pay for the tickets, travel expenses, food, and PARKING.
But finding parking near Lambeau Field on game days can be more convenient than you might think.
Kelly Fulcer and her husband Aaron are new to the neighborhood surrounding Lambeau Field.
"We were here to buy Family Night tickets, we were first in line, we stayed over night. That day they had an open house here at this location so we walked over, came and looked at the house and we bought Family Night tickets and a house on the same weekend," said Kelly Fulcer.
Now that they're all moved in, Sunday was their first Packers game day.
Their neighbor Wendy Petrie has been doing it over the last 12 years.
"The first couple years are a little rocky because you have to learn the ropes of parking cars."
The signs you see in the neighborhood can get pretty creative.
"Thought it would be funny to put park and pee and catch everybody's attention," said Aaron Fulcer.
That wording sure was a head turner. But first, Aaron had to run it by his wife.
"He's like 'hey, what do you think about getting a port-a-potty outside?' and i said 'works for me, I don't mind'," said Kelly Fulcer.
Other preparations for the first home game included taking out a tree to create more room for parking.
The Fulcer's even took out a tree in their front yard to fit more cars on their lawn.
The rookies have shown their dedication. For the veteran next door, Wendy has gained loyal customers.
"Most of our customers are reoccurring, I would say 75% of them," said Petrie.
Even in the off-season, the parking preparations don't stop.
"The winter freezes it over and in the spring, you fill the holes with grass and soot and you're ready to rock again," said Petrie.
It's hard work, but the neighborhood does it to make sure the safe atmosphere at Lambeau doesn't change.
"Just making sure everybody has a good time. They're safe, their cars are secure, we're home the whole time, easy to get in, easy to get out," said Aaron Fulcer.
BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - The latest on a fatal shooting at a mall in Washington state:
A gunman who fatally shot five people at a Washington state mall remained at large as authorities said the motive for the slaying was unknown, but there was no indication the shootings were a terrorist act.
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