BOULDER JUNCTION - It looked like a typical shooting day for members of the Boulder Junction Shooting Range. But veteran Larry Brown tried something new.
Brown served during Vietnam, the first Gulf War, and the deployment to Bosnia.
"I worked for the CIA for several years," said Brown. "When I got back into the military, that caused me to get into military intelligence."
He got to shoot without putting a dent in his wallet Sunday for an afternoon of shooting trap and skeet. The day was free of charge for veterans.
Brown said he appreciated all this effort that goes into honoring service members on this special day.
"The number of people that say thank you for your service," said Brown. "It really gives you a good feeling."
"I'm afraid we didn't get the accolades that we deserved back then. It was a totally different situation back then," said Boulder Junction Shooting President Robert Conner. "I'm very happy to see the service men and women now getting the respect that they deserve."
Conner served in the Navy in the late 1960's. He said they are a tight group since there are many veterans who come out to pull the trigger.
After a day of perfecting his shot, Brown didn't leave before he said why he's proud to have served our country.
"I remember when Kennedy said 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,' " said Brown. "I thought that's something that I could do."
TOMAHAWK - Two local car mechanics told us a stretch of Highway 51 near Tomahawk is so bad, they won't even drive on it. Both said the road is rougher than they've ever seen it, a condition echoed on roads throughout the Northwoods.
But the nine-mile stretch near Tomahawk especially stands out for some drivers.
"[Highway] 8 to Highway S, the southbound lane, is buckling so bad, you just bounce down that road. The cars, when they bounce down there, the suspension just takes a beating," said Gary Luedke, the service manager at Heritage Chevrolet in Tomahawk.
Luedke has seen problems with ball joints, tie rod ends, and even tires with chunks missing. All of the damage comes from bad winter roads like Highway 51.
PHILLIPS - You can still get protection with a flu shot. The Price County Health Department says it's not too late. In Wisconsin, the number of people taking advantage of the flu vaccine is up this year.
Last year, 37 percent of people in Wisconsin received a flu shot during the flu season. This year, that number slightly rose to 38 percent.
Many of us worry about the flu during the winter months. But it can still be a problem through the warmer months because of airplane travel. Travel between the northern and southern hemispheres will allow the flu to spread anytime during the year.
Even in late February, we are still encouraged to get the shot.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - A business development agency in the Northwoods pictures new homes, apartments, and jobs coming to Lac du Flambeau in the next decade. Building those and making them a reality may get a boost from a new tax deferral process.
Lac du Flambeau has been identified as an "Opportunity Zone." Essentially, it allows investors to avoid paying taxes on capital gains through things like profits made through trading stocks.
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