Northwoods 'Paleo Foodie' talks healthy eating Submitted: 10/12/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera

Northwoods 'Paleo Foodie' talks healthy eating
SUGAR CAMP - "[I] usually I look for something that doesn't have a bunch of bruises and dark spots on it," said Kelsey Harfert as she looked through the bin of eggplants inside Rhinelander's Golden Harvest Market. 
The 25-year-old 'Paleo Foodie' living in Sugar Camp sometimes has limited options when she goes grocery shopping, but that doesn't stop her from getting creative. 

"On paleo you're not able to have dairy. This is mostly made out of cashew nuts and water," said Harfert as she looked at a bag of nut cheese. 

Harfert has been following the paleo diet for about six years now. 

She says the easiest way of describing the diet is eating the way a caveman would eat. That includes anything you could get outside like fish, meat, and vegetables. 

"Golden Harvest is one of my main places to get the good whole foods," said Harfert. 

"The produce department usually has a lot more options than a larger size grocery store and then in things like teas and nuts and dry fruits and stuff like that," said Golden Harvest Market Timothy Conjurske. 

Harfert then heads home where she normally cooks for herself and her boyfriend. That's where the creativity begins. 

"There's a lot of different ingredients to be creative with and different spice mixtures that will make it taste differently than it would," said Harfert. "Just substitute one or two ingredients from a regular recipe and then it will make it so much better for you." 

Harfert says those small choices go a long way. And that one of the most important parts of this lifestyle is knowing those grocery trips will help you at the end of the day.

"Eventually you'll feel better, I think, mentally and physically about yourself and your decisions. I think the outcome is worth the money that you're going to spend," said Harfert. 

Harfert has a social media page where she keeps track of a lot of her recipes. For more information on that, click on the link below.

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WAUSAU - When you think of Wisconsin, two things might come to mind - beer and snow. 

The Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau decided to combine the two and host an annual brew fest. 

Andy Ledesma is the head brewer at Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau. The Granite Peak Brew Fest is one of the many perks of his job.

"No other beer fest is like this, that's for sure," said Ledesma.

He definitely wasn't alone serving more than 40 beers on Saturday. 

Jeff Geurink works for South Shore Brewery in Ashland. They've been around for 20 years, but they wanted to make this brew fest a part of their line up.

"Get our name out there and make sure people are enjoying our beer and get as much information as possible out about our brewery so then when they go out and get a beer, they remember us," said Geurink.

Something everyone will remember from the brew fest was the set-up.

"Snow bar?! You can't get that in the summer time," said Roland Bruhnke.

He's right. Most beer festivals are in the summer. But when it's still feeling like winter in March, Granite Peak turns lemons into lemonade, or more appropriately, hops into beer.

"I think it definitely helped that when they get to the bottom of the hill, you see a bunch of beer," said beer salesman Jesse Bartnik.

So even though beer and physical activity isn't the best combination, dozens of people were loving it this weekend.

"The winter, the skiing, the beer, it's all one big package all rolled into one," said Bruhnke.

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RHINELANDER - This time of year, winter activies start to wind down and the summer fun hasn't quite started yet.

That's why Fisher's Resort and Bar on Lake George in Rhinelander enjoys having it's annual ice golf tournament each year.

"In year's past, March is always kind of a slower season up here in the Northwoods so we figured we'd create an event and put efforts towards a local organization," said Fisher's Resort and Bar owner, Russ Fisher.

That local organization they raise money for is the Hodag Sno-trails snowmobile club.

This year, the tournament had it's biggest turn out.

30 teams came to play, including first timer Dennis Herrmann who lives right across the lake.

"This has nothing to do with golf, I can tell you that right now. But it's a challenge for all the obvious reasons. But you do it for the charity, you do it for the fun and it gives everybody the chance to get out," said Herrmann.

This year they cut it down from 18 holes to 13 so people could get inside faster to enjoy the chili and the raffle items after their round of golf.

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Bill Eastwood and Blake McMahon own Outboards Bar and Grill in Tomahawk.

The duo's combined restaurant and business experience helped them hit the ground running.

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"Friday night is the night that pretty much everyone goes out to eat. So if you don't have a good fish fry, people around here start talking!" say Eastwood.

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Police arrested Leo Pelot, 67, on Tuesday. 

According to a criminal complaint, an undercover agent with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office posed as the 15-year-old's aunt. 

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Gregory Loomis, 43, sexually assaulted two children in 1988 and 1992.

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"I just recently got my third gallon," Woodford said.

The universal donor (Woodford has O-negative blood) likes to give as often as she can, but Friday's blood drive was one she simply couldn't miss.

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