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Menominee County News, LLC

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Periodical’s Postage paid at Norway, MI 49870. WENDRICKS TRUSS WINS UNIQUE CHRISTMAS CONTEST

MiTtek Industries challenged truss production companies in the U.S. and Canada to use their design software to produce a Christmas tree made from truss building materials. Wendricks took up the challenge and went above and beyond creating not only a tree but a gift, a snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and a locomotive. Several companies were in on the competition with the winner receiving $250 worth of pizza. Josh Bedgood was the tree's designer but explained the tree was a product of a company wide effort. Wendricks received an email confirming they had seized the title. To win the contest, the company had to show the quantity of plates, the number of angle cuts and also the uniqueness of the tree as well as holiday spirit." Wendricks winning tree was made up of 300 pieces of lumber, around 650 joiner plates and 1500 light bulbs.

Anyone that saw the display would surely agree, it was an amazing accomplishment. Rumor has it that plans are already under way to defend their title for next year! Awesome job! There is no doubt this was an amazing display of talent and community spirit. DNR RESCUE STRANDED SNOWMOBILERS

Four snowmobilers were rescued Saturday night from the ice of the Big Iron River by a pair of conservation officers who risked their own safety to find the riders and bring them back to waiting emergency crews. The ordeal began at about 6:30 p.m. EST Saturday, when Negaunee Regional Dispatch broadcast a report of snowmobilers being separated from their larger group. They were now stranded on the river, south of White Pine. Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers Jenni Hanson and Zach Painter – who typically patrol Gogebic County – had been working earlier in the day near Bergland with U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Josh Lopac. The three officers were working to police careless snowmobiling Saturday in Ontonagon County. “We work together a lot,” Painter said. "There's a lot of land in this part of the Upper Peninsula that's part of the Ottawa National Forest."

That same day, Painter had responded to a personal injury accident, involving a snowmobiler who struck a tree and had to be airlifted to a Wisconsin hospital. Hanson had been assisting with a women’s snowmobile clinic in Bergland. She was on her way home when the call came in. One of the members from an original group of seven or eight snowmobilers made his way back 10 or 15 miles to the Konteka Black Bear Resort in White Pine. From there, police were alerted that four riders had not kept up with the group. They were now stranded where their sleds became stuck in slush in the middle of the river. Painter said the snowmobilers had ridden up the river, which is illegal under federal regulations, to do some backcountry off-trail riding. Hanson, Painter and Lopac, along with an Ontonagon County Sheriff’s deputy, were the first law enforcement officers arriving on the scene. CONTINUED PAGE 20 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers Jenni Hanson and Zach Painter patrol Gogebic County. They worked Saturday to rescue four stranded snowmobilers in Ontonagon County

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