Northwoods Spotlight - Eagle River Speedway opener - May 28Submitted: 05/28/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

Northwoods Spotlight - Eagle River Speedway opener - May 28
EAGLE RIVER - For the 40th year, Eagle River Speedway opened its racing schedule last week.

A record 58 cars and trucks were on hand for the historic night.

And with a crowd of around 700 fans, and beautiful weather - it made for a great night at the track.

We check out the sights and sounds in this week's "Northwoods Spotlight."

Racing at Eagle River Speedway is every Friday night. Hot Laps at 7pm. Racing at 7:30pm.

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Medical professionals in Wisconsin worry about the impact that a current nursing shortage could have on the state's health care system. We talk to a Nicolet College nursing student and a Rhinelander School District nurse about the image of nursing and how it could be affecting the decrease of nurses.

We'll take you live to Tomahawk where the School District hopes a safety roundtable session tonight will open more lines of communication between the school and community.

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