WOODRUFF - Six people died in snowmobile accidents since January 5 in Wisconsin.
Last year, 16 people died while snowmobiling during the whole season.
DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor Dave Walz says at this rate, Wisconsin is on track to match that.
Speed and alcohol have been a factor is almost every snowmobile crash.
"How can this be acceptable? How can people think it's okay to speed and to drink and drive?" said Walz. "They don't have to drink alcohol. There are other opportunities for that. We preach zero tolerance. That's how we're going to operate. We're going to be strict on the drinking and driving, and the speeding."
Walz says wardens will start increasing patrols on trails in the Northwoods, especially in Iron and Price counties where most of the accidents have happened.
"We want to see people out there recreate and have fun," said Walz. "That's a big part of what this is all about, but also there's quite a few laws that emulate the traffic laws with motor vehicles. Speed, alcohol, registrations, those are the type of things we're looking at."
Walz says wardens will be on patrol both during the day and at night.
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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