GREEN BAY - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was drafted in the first round by the Green Bay Packers to help shore up the safety position, but second-year pro Micah Hyde appears to have the early edge to start in the secondary.
Either way, the Packers hope they will have two young impact players at a position that failed to get an interception in 2013.
Veteran Morgan Burnett is the starter at one of the safety positions, though he has missed some time with ankle and oblique injuries. That has allowed Hyde and Clinton-Dix to see some snaps together on the first team in training camp.
Hyde has impressed the coaches quickly with his versatility. He made a nice interception on a red zone drill on Wednesday. Clinton-Dix was a two-year starter at Alabama.
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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