Updated: 10/23/2013 10:54 PM
Created: 10/22/2013 6:11 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
The people of Poplar have a passion for hunting. So much so that during rifle season, there are a lot of empty seats at Mission Covenant Church.
"A lot of guys are out in the woods," said Steve Cornelius, youth pastor. "They'll be gone the first opener of rifle season, but they're usually back on the second weekend."
Seventeen years ago, the church started an annual hunters expo to serve the community in more ways than one.
"We enjoy hunting and we enjoy the outdoors and we love to have people come in and just have a day where they can spent time together as a family," Cornelius said.
Hundreds of folks stopped by to enjoy the locally made food, check out seminars, and gear up for the season.
"Personally I love the chili," said Susan Berggren. But I also like looking at the mounts. The deer mounts and the racks are amazing, and to see what local people have gotten."
Nola Lebrecht was one of 25 vendors at the expo. She says events like this are popping up in communities all over Wisconsin and beyond.
"Hunting expos are becoming very popular church events," Lebrecht said. "It's a great way to meet and greet people who have a hunting passion, and see some tremendous deer."
Whether you enjoy the solitude of hunting, or prefer it as a family affair, it's time to dust off the blaze orange. Because hunting season is right around the corner.
Police Search for Shooter in Superior Homicide
The Superior Police Department says that they are searching for the person responsible for a homicide Tuesday evening. Police say they responded to a report of shooting at 3706 E. 1st St. just before 7 p.m.
Man Pleads Guilty in Deaths of Parents
An Iron River, Wis., man has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his parents last winter. 45-year-old James Crain, Jr., entered the plea Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.
Police: Reward Offered for Suspects in 5 Gas Station Robberies
Five recent gas station robberies in Duluth, Superior and Hermantown may be linked, and now Hermantown Police are offering a reward in their search for two suspects. Police say the suspects robbed the Hermantown BP for the second time early Monday morning.
Hibbing Police Looking for Man who Tackled Female Jogger on Mesabi Bike Trail
The Hibbing Police Department says that a female jogger was tackled by a male and held to the ground on the Mesabi Bike Trail Saturday.
Floodwood Man Killed When Vehicle Falls off Jacks
A Floodwood man was killed when the vehicle he was working on slipped off the jacks and fell on top of him. Police say the man was changing a muffler in his garage on Highway 2 in Floodwood. The accident happened on Monday.