MOLE LAKE - More than 120 Jeep owners made their way to Mole Lake to go off-roading through the trails of the Sokaogon Band.
"Jeep Jamboree really is about learning about what your Jeep is capable of and all of the things you can do," said event organizer Eric Loewenhagen.
Jeep drivers set off into areas most people have never seen in this year's Jeep Jamboree.
"It's not a race, it's not anything to get through quick. It's just a slow ride through the woods," said local coordinator John Lewins.
Drivers came from eight different states to get a Northwoods experience.
"It's a change of pace. They love the atmosphere. They love the wooded areas. It's something completely different than what they are used to," Lewins said.
One driver isn't a stranger to the Northwoods. Eric Loewenhagen is a Wisconsin native who hosts Jeep Jamborees all over the country.
"Wisconsin is a unique state. We've got everything from flat land all the way up to rolling hills in the Northwoods. It's truly scenic, we have excellent fall colors. It's worth driving to," Loewenhagen said.
Drivers could choose from 10 different trails ranging from mild to wild. The routes are changed every year to keep Jeep lovers coming back.
"Regardless of how big or small your Jeep is, the amount of resources you have, or where you come from, everyone is here to build each other up," Loewenhagen said. "No one is trying to one up each other. We are just here to enjoy the woods."
Just owning a Jeep makes you a winner at the Jeep Jamboree.
"It's a Jeep thing, you got to love it," Lewins said. "If you like them, you like them. If you don't, you don't. It's just a Jeep family. Once you get in one and drive it off-road, you're hooked."
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MERRILL - Grampa's Farm in Merrill like a lot of businesses have had to adapt because of COVID.
"We've expanded our hours and we've expanded our play areas to include more things and outdoor space," said Jered Severt, operator at Grampa's Farm.
But change is something that Severt and his family are used to.
"The dairy industry just wasn't working out for the smaller farmer," Severt said.
Severt and his family have had their barn for over 100 years.
"When I was born I came back to this farm," Severt said. "When my father was born he came back to this farm. My grandfather and his father and the previous father have all worked the soil here and have been a part of Grampa's Farm."
And without all the help from his family and friends, he knows none of this would be possible.
"It still continues to be family run but friends and neighbors," Severt said. "A lot of people working together to make this happen for a lot of other people."
For more information on Grampa's Farm check out their website.
- Park Falls Police Department is investigating two incidents when a man approached middle school boys earlier this month. It's an incident that the City of Park Falls Chief Jerome Ernst says he has not experienced in the last 30 years.
"This type of report is very rare for us, but you see these types of things happen. You now all over the place, Park Falls is not exempt.," Ernst said.
Ernst says back on September 8th, a middle school cross country runner was approached by a man after his practice near Chequamegon High School in Park Falls. The man told the boy that he was from 'Up North', and was asking for help to find the hospital. The second incident occurred on September 16th, when a man matching a similar description was seen on Saunders Avenue in Park Falls near Hines Park. When he approached two boys who were also in Middle School.
"The person only stated 'Do you want to race', and the kid just kinda ignored him, because he is a stranger, and he wasn't comfortable about it," Ernst said. "The other child however, tells us that the person said, 'Do you want to race me to my house. If you win I'll give you some prize or treats', Something like that," Ernst said. Then last Friday a man matching a similar description was also seen in Wausau. According to a Facebook post and video posted online, he was accused of watching a group of girls. "The description of the individual, looks a little bit like the person in the video. Although it's hard to tell because the videos are a little bit shaded and dark. The vehicle is definitely not the same like it is in Park Falls," Ernst said. However, Park Falls and Wausau Police Department are partnering up to see if the incidents may be connected. Even if the cases are not connected, Ernst says it's a good reminder of stranger danger. "If you are going out to play or do things or walk over to the park, stay in groups with your trusted friends or family. Talk to them about stranger danger. Not to immediately trust, a new person or strange person," Ernst said.
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