EAGLE RIVER - Competitors traveled from all around the world for the vintage snowmobile world championships this weekend. When the final race ended in Eagle River, the champion was just a short drive from home. Rhinelander native, Justin Ernst, crossed the line in first place to capture the championship. After the race, Ernst tried to describe his excitement. "This is the biggest deal in vintage, this is the biggest race, the biggest prize, there's 49 entries and I got the top spot. How can you replace that? It's so awesome," said Ernst.
Most competitors travel from other areas of Wisconsin, Minnesota or even Canada to compete. Ernst said he's proud to represent the Northwoods as the champion.
"Nobody around this area has done it. Nobody. Everybody comes from every other state to do this and I live right here. It's fantastic. All of my friends are here, my wife, my youngest child," said Ernst.
Ernst finished second in the vintage world championship race last year. The track will now host the 55th world championship snowmobile derby this coming weekend.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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