WOODRUFF - Black bear permits reached a record high for the upcoming 2018 hunting season.
Bear population numbers in Wisconsin are at a healthy level, which means more permits are allowed.
The DNR's main goal is to keep the bear population healthy.
"We're looking to stabilize or maintain the same number of bears in the state with the exception of Zone D, where we do want to see a decrease in our population to reduce some of the bear conflicts," said DNR wildlife biologist Michele Woodford.
Overall, hunter success rates have been low.
"What we've seen is actually a decrease in the success rate of hunters being able to harvest bears. And that will impact the number of permits that are released," Woodford said.
Permit success rates are used to determine how many permits will be allowed each season.
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.
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.
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