Visitors are pouring into Eagle River in time for Cranberry Fest. This weekend’s event is expected to draw 40,000 people to the area.
Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Emerson says planning the huge event takes all year.
“So when it’s over I start over on the next year. And you’re getting all of the things lined up – the cranberries, the craisins, the marsh winery tours. All of the different integral parts that help make the festival so special.”
My town of Eagle River has a population of 1398. If our town’s population were a year, we’d still be in the Middle Ages. So it’s that much more amazing that every year 40,000 people show up on the first weekend of October for Cranberry Fest. 40,000 people drive across the state and beyond to engage in a frenzy over a little red berry that hardly anyone eats raw.
Lac du Flambeau held a dedication ceremony for a remodeled historic building today…that remains part of a tragic legacy of federally-run boarding schools. The Boys Dormitory will now house historic and cultural preservation offices.
The Boys Dormitory building dates back to the boarding school era around the early 1900s, when the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs forced Native American children to go to schools far away from their families. They weren’t allowed to speak their native language, maintain their cultural identity or even keep their given names.
It’s turning into a beautiful fall in the Northwoods. In much of the state, leaves on deciduous trees started to change color a little later than usual. Bill McNee, DNR Forest Health Specialist in Sheboygan says that’s thanks to recent wet weather.
“We had a lot of soil moisture and the trees are less stressed. Which means the trees aren’t in a hurry, as they would be in a year when there’s not enough moisture.”
A scholarship fundraiser Saturday remembers a Northwoods deputy who died while on duty.
Nicolet College Foundation is sponsoring the Run To Remember and Family Fun Day at the Rhinelander campus. The event honors Kory Dahlvig, a Rhinelander High School and Nicolet College graduate who worked with the Lac du Flambeau and Eagle River Police Departments before joining the Vilas County Sheriff's Department in 2007. He was killed in a traffic crash in 2010 while responding to a mutual aid request from another department.