WOODRUFF - An imposing Army tank will now greet people coming into Woodruff on Highway 47.
The National Guard hauled it from southeastern Wisconsin and finished their work in Woodruff on Tuesday.
Veterans believe it's more than just a piece of heavy machinery on display.
They say it serves as a symbol for troops who fought in our country's wars.
"This tank was in a battle. It's something defending our troops. A lot of troops were saved by these tanks, they followed them behind the tanks," said Frank Zagar, the Lakeland VFW Post 7898 Commander.
Bringing the M60A3 tank here was a project years in the making for Woodruff.
"I get chills. It just gives me the chills to see that tank sitting there. It's a dream come true for me. I'm just proud to have it here. I hope everyone is as proud as I am," Zagar said.
The Lakeland VFW helped get the tank to Woodruff from Hartford, Wisconsin.
Once in Woodruff, it took hours and heavy machines to get in place just right.
National Guardsmen were in charge of getting it to Woodruff and getting it placed.
"(Their work was) fantastic. I was amazed they were doing it so good. It's just perfect. I just couldn't believe it. These guys are really good," Zagar said.
M60A3 tanks were used in battle until about a decade ago.
The tank sits next door to the post office in Woodruff.
The VFW hopes families and kids visit to see and touch the tank.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
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