RHINELANDER - You can celebrate solar power, organic food, and all things green for Earth Day in Rhinelander.
Nicolet College's Earth Day Sustainability Fair is on Saturday.
"Green" businesses and organizations will have booths set up all day long for visitors to stop by and learn.
Sustainability Northwoods hosts the fair every year. The goal is to educate the community on different environmentally conscious alternatives in the Northwoods.
"Many of these businesses are small businesses that are kind of out in the sticks and they don't get to meet with people very often. So it's a time to get together with like-minded people who are interested in environmental issues," said Ann Eshelman.
Sustainability in the home is the theme for this year's fair.
One of those vendors enjoys the chance to talk with his colleagues in the industry.
"I know I shouldn't leave my booth, but I do." said MMK Solar Marc Debrock. "It's all about information, meeting people and seeing what they are incorporating into their lives as far as sustainable products."
Steve Moe specializes in "green burials." He realizes his business is a little different, but that's why he goes to the fair.
"I really encourage people to come. Because that lets them understand again--understand their relationship with the world around them," Moe says. "The fair is a great place for that. And it's really neat and cool it's happening here in the Northwoods."
The fair starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, and it's free to the public.
MERRILL - When you live to be 100, you often often outlive your friends and even family members.
Lenore Ehlert, from Merrill, turned 100 years old on Wednesday.
"Well, actually, it doesn't feel much different, it's just another day," said Ehlert.
While celebrating that milestone, she found herself thinking of her husband who she lost 65 years ago.
Her husband, Merrill Police Captain, Elmer Krueger was shot and killed while on duty in July of 1952.
"July 19th and he died about three days later," said Ehlert.
Records from that time show an officer's death didn't lead to weeks of ceremonies and salutes like it does now.
"After the funeral, everything was just kind of forgotten," said Ehlert.
But decades later, it's not all forgotten. Merrill police officers, members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and other first responders were all at the party to show that they were bonded for life after the tragedy years ago.
"It really is truly, that Lenore is part of our family," said Michael Caylor with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
In addition to law enforcement, Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Sean Duffy and Attorney General Brad Schimel all wrote Lenore letters wishing her a happy birthday.
"It's quite an honor and I know part of it is for my husband and his memory," said Ehlert.
Elmer's memory was seen all throughout Lenore's special day.
"Know that you're part of the law enforcement family. Elmer was a brother, most of us didn't know him, but he's a brother nonetheless," said Lincoln County Sheriff, Jeff Jaeger.
She was surrounded by friends and family helping her celebrate her 100 years.
"If we're all to live as old and to be as loved as yourself, what a wonderful world this is going to be," said Caylor.
When asked for advice on how to live to be 100, Lenore said to keep your mind and body active, and to eat good food.
MADISON - MADISON, Wis. (AP) - " The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's request to provide federal low-interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses affected by flooding.
The SBA will provide loans for up to $200,000 for damaged homes, $40,000 for damaged property, and $2 million to businesses for physical damage and economic loss because of flooding.
MERRILL - A $5 million facility that just opened in Merrill hopes to give people a place to learn more about heavy equipment and technology.
On Friday, Nortrax, a division of John Deere, celebrated the grand opening of a facility. Dozens of community members and officials were at the ribbon cutting.The process to open up the location on South Pine Ridge started a few years ago.
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