RHINELANDER - A Northern Lights Tour scientist explained Rhinelander's role in potato breeding and genetic studies on Wednesday night.
Every year, about 50,000 varieties of potato are tested to see if they could be commercially sold.
Only about one in a 100,000 will become a named potato variety.
"The Rhinelander agriculture research station on Highway C is really where that process starts," said UW-Madison Assistant Professor of Horticulture Jeffry Endelman."[B]y making the cross pollination, raising those plants for the first time in a greenhouse, and then evaluating them in the fields there for a couple years."
Potatoes are then evaluated in many other parts of the state until the potato variety, or breeding line, is thought to exhibit commercial potential. Then the breeding line is given to the certified seed potato program. The program's farm is also in Rhinelander.
"The reason why these farms are in Rhinelander is partly because there aren't other potato farms in Rhinelander, and so we want to try and have as isolated of an environment for those early steps in the potato process," said Endelman.
The isolation helps protect the potatoes from viruses. The scientists are part of the Northern Lights Tour, which gives science talks throughout the Northwoods this July.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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