EAGLE RIVER - Hundreds of world class snowmobilers revved their engines on the first day of the World Series Snowmobile Derby. The derby complex they raced at is a landmark of Eagle River.
New ownership has worked on making it a year-round destination since August. Since the 1960s, world class races have been at the World Championship Derby Track.
Now, new owner Russ Davis is revamping the complex and said it will become year-round destination. "We've got weddings booked already, we got musky fishing tournaments, and we got the world championship UTV-ATV coming up," said Davis.
He's part of only the third ownership group in the track's history and helped with building the new expo building. The two levels of indoor seating accommodates over 1000 people.
His involvement goes beyond the track. Decades ago, Davis helped secure recognition for the inventor of the snowmobile, Carl Elason of Sayner. Elason's granddaughter Jona is grateful to Davis to this day.
"Anything I can do to help him succeed in [owning the complex], I'm more than willing," said Elason. "They're dedicated to the sport and to the city as a whole."
Davis is investing so much in the complex because of its value to not just Eagle River, but the entire Northwoods.
"From Rhinelander to Hurley to wherever. People even stay in Wausau on the way up," said Davis.
The world championship UTV-ATV derby is from July 5th to July 7th.
MERRILL - The Lincoln County fair brings about 35,000 people to the Merrill Festival Grounds.
Organizers say one of the main reasons those people come is to interact with animals.
Families gathered in the barn for a chance to see cows, pigs, horses, and other farm animals up close.
People learned about all the work it takes to keep these animals healthy.
Local farmers said they were happy to share their way of life with others.
"When people come into the barn they're like 'hey look at all these cute animals.' They don't get to see them as much as we do. We get to see them every day on the farm," said Brenna Allen, a farmer who showed her cow.
MERRILL - A church in Merrill went without an associate Pastor for almost three years. Finally, the void has been filled.
Adam Rodriguez wanted to be a pastor for a while.
"I realized quite quickly that there was a shortage of pastors because when you don't have a pastor, you need to rely on the pastors in the area," said Trinity Lutheran Church Associate Pastor Adam Rodriguez.
Now, he's at the next stop in his lifelong journey at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
"Being placed in the pastor office was humbling," said Rodriguez.
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #38 to address the issue of clean energy in Wisconsin. The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.
Executive Order #38 orders the Department of Administration to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and in partnership with other state agencies and state utilities, achieve a goal of ensuring all electricity consumed within the state of Wisconsin is 100% carbon-free by 2050.
The Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy will be charged to promote the development and use of clean and renewable energy across the state, advance innovative sustainability solutions that improve the state's economy and environment, and diversify the resources used to meet the state's energy needs.
"Today, our administration is taking a step that promises an opportunity to create cleaner and safer jobs, to stimulate the economy, to once again have an abundant and prosperous agriculture industry, and the opportunity to restore and enjoy the beautiful natural resources our state has to offer," said Lt. Gov. Barnes.
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers this week met local officials and public works staff in Wausau and Green Bay to highlight the important role that a quality transportation system plays in public safety, Wisconsin's economy and quality of life.
"The recently approved state budget contains the highest level of transportaThe 2019â€"2021 state budget invests in all transportation modes including state and local roadways, coupled with the lowest level of borrowing in 20 years. Key provisions include:
An additional $320 million in State Highway Rehabilitation funding to improve existing highways and bridges across the state A 10% increase ($66 million over the biennium) in General Transportation Aids. This funding helps offset the costs of transportation-related expenses in Wisconsin's counties, cities, villages, and townsâ€Żtion investments in more than a generation," Gov. Evers said. "With support from the legislature and the collective voices of people across Wisconsin, we've finally made significant progress in the one area that truly connects us all â€" our comprehensive transportation network."
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