The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has new information that a wanted suspect is in the Wausau area, and authorities believe he is armed and extremely dangerous. More >>
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has new information that a wanted suspect is in the Wausau area, and authorities believe he is armed and extremely dangerous. Officials urge you to call 911 immediately if you spot Christopher Meindel. More >>
It took 58 days, riding 3,000 miles through 8 states, but Helen Pagenkopf and Brenda Memer can say they've rode their bikes across the country.More >>
MONDOVI (WAOW) -
A warmer and drier than average winter is causing sled dog trainers to use off-season training techniques in lieu of sleds, according to Sno-Trek Sled Dog Adventures trainer Howard Thompson.
"Simply put we're running on wheels. We've had a tradition for decades actually of preparing our dogs for the winter season by having them pull motor less four wheelers or ATV's" Thompson told Newsline 9.
Portion so Central Wisconsin have seen daytime temperatures nearly six degrees warmer than usual in January, and the region is more than 11 inches below normal snowfall levels. Those factors have led to little to no snow pack in areas of unusually snow-covered Wisconsin.
Even areas with snow do not have enough to allow sleds to be used to run the dogs.
Regardless of trail conditions, Thompson says his team of Alaskan Huskies maintains their fitness. His dogs are part of Sno-Trek Sled Dog Adventures, W573 US Highway 10, Mondovi. The team takes tourists for rides through the landscapes of east central Wisconsin.
"Alaskan Huskies are a breed of dog that has resulted from a lot of cross breeding of different breeds in Alaska during the Gold Rush around 1900. The hear better, smell better, and see things that we don't see" Thompson said.
Thompson says that no matter what the conditions or weather is like, his dogs' safety comes first.
"You always finish and leave gas in their tank. That's how you develop trust. They know you'll rest them before they need rest. You water and feed them before they need those things" he said.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.