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Rhinelander hosts annual Green & White Day, welcome former PackerSubmitted: 08/05/2017
Katie Leszcynski
Katie Leszcynski
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kleszcynski@wjfw.com

Rhinelander hosts annual Green & White Day, welcome former Packer
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander hosted its annual green and white day on Saturday. But this year, there was a little green and gold mixed in. Not only was it the usual scrimmage and family day, but the Hodags also welcomed a former Packer player.

"This is Hodag Country, you've got to come back here. I love it up here. I love the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I love the people up here," said former Packer, William Henderson.

After 12 years in Green Bay, he still can't stay away from Wisconsin.

"This area definitely represents the Packers very well," said Henderson.

He now lives in Virginia, but has teamed up with Rhinelander GM to make occasional trips back to the area.

Having him at the green and white scrimmage made the day a little more exciting for everyone involved.

"It's just fun knowing that someone of that capability here watching you and it's just fun having that around," said senior Cole Spaulding.

Spaulding is looking forward to his new role this season.

"This whole season is about stepping up into that leadership role," said Spaulding.

And his teammate, Senior Jared Fabich says Green and White Day is one of his favorites.

"It's really the first chance we get to play like a game. It gives us that game scenario, the game feel," said Fabich.

That's the enthusiasm Henderson comes back to see.

"Keep inspiring people to be ambassadors of the game, to keep representing football well, to enjoy the game and keep getting the community stronger," said Henderson.

Last year the Hodags started their season 2-0 and the team is looking to start this year the same way.

"We want the community to really believe in us and show that we are that team that can be a force in the Great Northern Conference and show that we mean business," said Sapulding.

Next up for the Hodags is another scrimmage next Friday with Northland Pines and then they hit the road the following Friday, August 18th, to open their season at Prescott High School.




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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/18/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


We take our Long Summer Weekend to Vilas County where we show you a garden in Land O'Lakes overflowing with produce - and a strong sense of community.

We talk to participants and organizers of the National Championship Musky Open in Eagle River.

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Superior at Merrill

Berlin at Antigo

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That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

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"We have 47 miles of paved bike trails. I don't think that any place in the state can match that, it's awesome," said Mary Vangrinsven.

Those nearly 50 miles make up the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail.

"It's like being on vacation every day of my life," said Vangrinsven.

When the trail started nearly 20 years ago, bikers, walkers and runners were very excited.
"I was pretty amazed by how much use it was getting. I wondered if this was just a fad or whether it was something real," said Vangrinsven.

But it was real. The finished trail goes through four different communities.

"It's been a great addition to what you can do in Vilas County," said Ken Wiesner.

Bikers can go from St. Germain to Manitowish Waters and hit up Sayner and Boulder Junction along the way.

"In my opinion, it's really changed the local economy for the better," said Wiesner.

Every Wednesday, a group of nearly 50 people bike along a part of the Heart of Vilas County Bike trail.

"I think we're really finding, especially in the areas up here, that we have very active adults," said Vangrinsven.

Wiesner and his wife Barb joined the group because they have a cabin in Vilas County.

"We've made a lot of new friends over the past 10 years, primarily in the biking," said Wiesner.

Whether you do it with a group of friends, or by yourself, there's also something to enjoy along the trail.

There are shops along the trail to rent bikes if you don't have one. If you would like more information on the trail, click on the link below.

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Sometimes, people want to take a piece of that Northwoods culture home with them.

You might not recognize this sign in its beginning stages.

Mike Patek makes these handmade signs under the name "Vintage Cabin Signs" in Manitowish Waters. He controls everything from the cut to the paint.

His signs go all over the country. They're based off of Northwoods vacation images from the 30s and 40s; think old fishing magazines, travel posters, and postcards.

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SHAWANO COUNTY - One person died when an explosion leveled a home in Shawano county early Thursday morning.

The Shawano County Sheriff's Department says 54 year old Diane Pickett was found dead in the remains of the house.

A second person who lived at the house was out of town when the explosion happened.

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The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a $3 billion tax break package for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group.

The bipartisan vote Thursday now sends the bill to the Senate, where it must also pass in identical form before it goes to Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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EAGLE RIVER - About 1,300 people will attempt to snag the biggest Musky during a long-standing tournament in Vilas County this weekend.

"When you go on the water and see all these yellow hats you'll know the tournaments on," said Wisconsin Musky Clubs Alliance Secretary Donald Gilbert.

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