EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN - People from around the United States visited Eagle River to drive as fast as they could through icy courses during the second annual Subaru Winter Experience. Most of them were here for fun, but one driver meant business.
Keanna Erickson-Chang doesn't have the bravado you'd expect in a race car driver.
"Typically I'm pretty calm, in the car and out," said Erickson-Chang.
She had no interest in racing cars growing up, she just took winter driving classes to be safer on the roads.
"But once I learned all the techniques in sliding the car," said Erickson-Chang. "I started having more fun and it snowballed from there."
Erickson-Chang has raced for four years. Saturday she took a pause to hone her skills on Dollar Lake at the second annual Subaru Winter Experience in Eagle River. She normally competes on gravel, but she used the ice instead for a chance to practice at slower speeds.
"We have to be early, because with the low grip it takes so long for everything to happen so patience is a key value out here," said Erickson-Chang.
Event organizer Patrek Sandel gave her one-on-one lessons. They focused on setting up corners. This means sliding sideways into the turn so the driver can accelerate sooner towards the next turn. Accelerating too late means losing valuable seconds, and perhaps even prize money.
"Its so cool to go with people like Keanna that really have a passion for the sport the same way I do and see her progress," said Sandel. "Only during this day she's stepped it up so much and right now I couldn't do it better."
Erickson-Chang was just in Eagle River for the day, but she said she hopes her training on the ice will lead to top finishes across the country. The last day of the 2019 Subaru Winter Experience is March 1st. If you miss it, join them next year for the third annual.
BIRON, WIS. - A nearly $200 million paper mill project in Wood County will get state support while helping to create more than two dozen jobs.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced $1.7 million in tax credits Wednesday for ND Paper in Biron, which is just north of Wisconsin Rapids.
ND Paper plans to convert a machine from making white paper into corrugated material for boxes. The company will also build a recycled pulp, water treatment, and fiber recovery plants. The total cost of the project is $189 million.
NORTHWOODS - Jeff Schweizer doesn't need electricity to camp, but he knows it's a great convenience.
"If it's raining out you got the TV, you got the microwave," said Schweizer.
He and his group of friends used their generators Tuesday night because Franklin Lake Campground in Forest Co. doesn't have direct electrical access.
"Generators make a lot of noise," said Schweizer. "It's nice to have it quiet. When you have electricity you don't have those generators. It's just really enjoyable to be at a campground with electricity."
MADISON - Wisconsin-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been linked to salmonella bacteria. So far, it has sickened three people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. Symptoms of salmonellosis are similar to the flu.
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