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Posted at 11:26 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 11:26:42-04

1. A special dedication honoring our military. In Belding, several bronze statues were unveiled at Veterans Freedom Park on Monday honoring the men and women who have dedicated themselves to serving our country.

Freedom Park organizer Holly Noble was among those in attendance for the unveiling. Her father, Denny Craycraft, is the reason the park exists today.

Back in 2012, he got the approval for construction and was there for each new milestone until he passed away last year. Denny's statue was one of many unveiled Monday with Holly getting to do the honors.

In addition to the statues finishing touches were also done on a monument for those in the Persian Gulf. There was a Blue Star Mother's Monument, and a statue of a soldier waiting for the train.

2. A lot of industries are struggling during the pandemic, but golf isn't one of them.

Maple Hill Golf Course in Wyoming was packed on Labor Day, but they're not surprised. Owners say they've seen a major bump in both rounds played and pro-shop sales, from old pro's perfecting their game to newcomers trying the sport for the very first time.

Maple Hill is open year-round, even during the winter as long as there's not too much snow, so owners are thinking this upward trend will hold on for a while.

3. Gatorade wants to study people's sweat to develop the next generation of sports drinks.

The company wants a better understanding of how athletes sweat and how much electrolytes they lose. Gatorade would then use the information to develop products.

The company plans to launch a line of patches people can wear that transfers information about sweat and sodium levels to an app.

The patches are expected to be released next year.

4. Dairy Queen's plan to sell blizzard-scented candles blew out in just one hour.

The candles, which smell like caramel apple pie blizzard, fudge brownie, and other soft-serve ice cream desserts, were gobbled up quickly.

Dairy Queen hasn't released the fundraising total yet, but at $25 for each set, Children's Miracle Network should be in for quite a treat.

All proceeds will benefit the Children's Hospital Charity.

5. The Jelly Belly Founder is pulling off a Willy Wonka-Style treasure hunt.

Ahead of his retirement, David Klein is launching a golden ticket contest, where one lucky winner gets their very own candy factory.

The gold tickets are in the form of necklaces, with a verification code on them. They are hidden in secret locations across the U.S.

Klein, who no longer owns Jelly Belly, says he is giving away a Candyman Kitchens in Florida to one Grand Prize Winner. Other winners will get $5,000.

It costs about $50 to receive the riddle to play.