GREEN BAY - One man who grew up in Tomahawk is now in charge of keeping thousands of fans safe at Lambeau Field.
For a noon kickoff game most Packer fans start preparing a few hours before.
"It's actually a full weekend for me it'll start Friday night into Saturday," said Green Bay Police Department Operations Commander Paul Ebel.
Ebel is the Operations Commander for the Green Bay Police Department and needs a 48 hour head start to cover all his responsibilities.
"If something does happen at the stadium it's one of those things when they turn around and say okay what do we do and that's my role," said Ebel.
Ebel's is in constant communication with departments like the FBI and SWAT team during home games while he patrols with odor detecting dogs.
"It's a little bit more stressful than people think. I also look at world events, what's going on in the world and how we're postured for security," said Ebel.
Since starting his position about four years ago.
Recent attacks around the world changed how Ebel views safety at Lambeau Field.
"There are standards on conduct the NFL has. If you're rude and obnoxious to fans inside the stadium you'll be asked to leave," said Ebel. With those 80,000 fans Ebel never knows what he's going to get.
Some try to break the rules by sneaking in unwanted items like marijuana pipes.
That's when Ebel has to give them a quick reality check.
"You ask them to see the clarity of the situation. I'm giving you the opportunity to walk away," said Ebel.
However, for every rambunctious fan there's someone who makes the long hours and days worth it.
"You talk about the bad fans but they're a lot of good fans here," said Ebel.
Ebel has worked more than 200 Packers games.
Knowing what goes on behind the scenes changed his view of the world and the game.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
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