RHINELANDER - Pretty much everyone in northern Wisconsin knows about the Hodag. People living in southern Mexico likely don't. But a Mexican-made handcrafted Hodag will now help Rhinelander students go to college.
Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation member Harlan Larson and his wife went to Oaxaca, Mexico several years ago and met famous woodcarver Armando Jimenez there. The couple learned Jimenez had traveled to Wisconsin in the past, but he hadn't ventured north of Baraboo.
"The first thing he says is, 'What's a Hodag?'" Larson recalled. "So, my wife did a rough diagram of the Hodag and then she asked if he could possibly carve one for us."
Jimenez did and shipped it to the Larsons. Late last year, the Larsons decided to ask Jimenez for another carving to potentially raffle off. Jimenez's wife painted the Hodag in mainly traditional Northwoods colors, but added some Mexican flair, too.
"The Hodag was completely new to him, so I think it was a challenge and I'm guessing that he enjoyed the challenge," Larson said.
Larson came up with the idea of raffling the Hodag to raise money for scholarships. The RASF board agreed to sell tickets at all home Hodag football and basketball games throughout the fall and winter seasons.
Individual tickets cost $10. Packs of three tickets cost $20. All money raised will go toward some of the nearly 100 scholarships the RASF gives out each spring.
"To know that someone else got a Hodag like I've got a Hodag will make me feel really good," Larson said.
The Hodag, which is one solid piece of comes with a log cabin home that Rhinelander Fab Lab students made. The winner will be announced on February 22nd.
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.