DNR seeks feedback on proposed hunting rules changesSubmitted: 01/26/2015
WOODRUFF - Some of last year's hunting rules changes could become permanent.

Many of the new rules were just temporary, but some could stick around.

Last year, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board allowed temporary rule changes for the season.

Those changes came out of the Deer Trustee Report, but they'll expire this year.

Now, the DNR wants to hear from the public before permanent rules go into effect.

"Our data that is going to be coming from these online surveys and meetings will be compiled and determined to make this rule a permanent rule change or if there's some modification that needs to be added to the proposed change," said Vilas County DNR Wildlife Biologist Michele Woodford.

The DNR is offering an online form for hunters to provide feedback until February 1.

The form lets hunters easily give their opinion on a variety of rule changes.

There will also be a hearing at James Williams Middle School auditorium in Rhinelander Tuesday night to discuss the proposed rule .

"There's going to be a lot of other changes. Like the private land, public land tags that we want to know after a year's worth of hunting season and all of these changes that we implemented what the public think of those," said Woodford.

You can find the online form by searching keyword "deer" on the DNR website at the link below.

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Pacelli takes down Merrill 4-1Submitted: 01/24/2015

MERRILL - The Merrill Blue Jays hosted the Pacelli Cardinals in a non-conference showdown.

There was nothing but defense early.

Pacelli circling the Merrill goal in the first period.

They penetrate and shoot, but Merrill goalie Bryce Broeking says thanks but no thanks.

Cardinals try it again, but the Blue Jay's Kyle Kleinschmidt puts the stick down to block it.

Great team defense there.

Pacelli here again on the offensive.
Davis Cowden knifing through the defense.

He'll try the shot, but Broeking again drops the hammer.

No goal for the Cardinals, and the Blue Jays come flying back.

Dylan Heller with a full head of steam.

He'll slam on the brakes and take a shot, but this time it's the Pacelli goalie stuffing the puck.

Still 0-0.

Here's Merrill again.

Bryce Swiechowski takes his turn.

It's no good but Michael Baumann has a chance with the rebound.

Still no score.

A great defensive battle in this one early, but Pacelli takes it 4-1 in the end.

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TOMAHAWK - There was yet another GNC battle in Tomahawk Friday night.

The Hatchets hosted the Medford Raiders.

Justin Jarvensivu comes up with the strip in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Roessler on the move with it.

He bodies up against a Raider defender and uses the left hand to finish at the rim to finish the great play.

Medford's next possession, Nikola Babic gives to Trent Klemm.

A perfect give-and-go gets Medford the bucket.

Medford comes back with it again.

This time it's Tomahawk's Jordan Shilts picking the pocket.

He's flying down, and he uses the pump fake to shake off the defender, and gets the pretty finish.

Unfortunately for the Hatchets, Medford was a couple steps ahead of them, and the Raiders peel away with a 47-36 win.

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander defeats Ashland 60-52 in Rhinelander Friady.

Kent Matthews led the Hodags with 26.

Rhinelander will play at Medford next Friday.

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Daina Shilts finished second in first ever Unified Snowboarding dual slalom race at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
10 Special Olympic athletes teamed up with 10 winter-x game participants for the snowboard race.
Shilts was paired with 2006 Halfpipe Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Teter.

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The Pines girls' team hosted the Hayward Hurricanes.

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The boys' basketball team hosted the Crandon Cardinals.

Crandon is in control early.

Deion Dehart throws up the pump fake.

The pass then goes low to Brady Weber and he lays it in.

Elcho tries to answer back, but their pass is picked off by Trevor Tupper.

A pair of passes later and Matthew Mullins gets the easy bucket.

The Hornets trying to dig themselves out of a hole.

It's Max Muelver climbing the ladder for the pass.

One more dish to Cazmin Senoraske.

The freshman kisses it off the glass, but it wouldn't be enough.

Crandon wins on the road 55-35.

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Seventeen year-old Mack FitzPatrick will be a part of the United States under-18 team.

FitzPatrick treats Nordic skiing as not only a year-round sport but a lifetime sport.

"Pretty much been skiing my entire life," FitzPatrick said. "I've been on the Lakeland ski team all throughout high school and middle school teams. It's been a part of my life."

He trains hard outside of ski season.

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