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Eagles soccer flys to sectionals; Hodag swimming wins home finaleSubmitted: 10/11/2012
Story By Joe Dufek

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EAGLE RIVER - Regional Finals were on the line in boys soccer. Teams were just three games away from a trip to state.

Two area squads met in Eagle River - Northland Pines and Mosinee. In the end, Trevor Laszczkowski and Northland Pines was too much. Laszczkowski scored two goals in the first ten minutes of the game. Northland Pines advanced with a 5-1 victory in the regional final.

Northland Pines faces Xavier in Appleton in the D-2 Section Semifinals on Thursday.


In girls swimming, the Hodags had their final home meet of the season. Rhinelander ended it in style, as the hodags defeated Wittenberg-Birnamwood 101-68.

In the 400 yard free relay, Rhinelander won the event, finishing in 4 minutes, 16.8 seconds.

In the 100 yard breaststroke, Heidi Mortenson for the Chargers was the winner. winning by over 10 seconds. Her final time was 1:14:34.

In other local sports notes, Chequamegon boys cross country team captured their fourth straight Marawood Conference championship at Marathon High School. Edgar won the girls team title.

In volleyball, Merrill won their second straight Wisconsin Valley Conference crown. The Bluejays defeated Wausau East three games to one to secure it.

Also in volleyball, Wabeno won the Northern Lakes Conference title outright, with a win a Pembine. The Lady Logrollers finished a perfect (9-0) in NLC play.


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State Representative will plead no contest, could face jail timeSubmitted: 10/23/2014

WISCONSIN - Wisconsin state representative Bill Kramer could spend nine months in jail.

Kramer faced trial next week for two felonies of second-degree sexual assault. The case won't go to trial, though. Kramer has agreed to a plea deal.

He'll plead no contest to two misdemeanors. Those were for fourth-degree sexual assault.

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Fatal bike-truck crash in Oneida County UpdateSubmitted: 10/23/2014

ONEIDA COUNTY - A truck and a bicyclist collided along US 51 heading southbound near Leary Road early Thursday morning.

We now know the bicyclist has died.

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New York leaders: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in citySubmitted: 10/23/2014

NEW YORK - A law enforcement official and a New York City official say a doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus.

It's the first confirmed case in the city.

The officials received notification of preliminary test results and told The Associated Press but weren't authorized to discuss the case publicly before a Thursday night news conference.

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Grant to help improve Vilas trails appSubmitted: 10/23/2014

VILAS COUNTY - Tourism leaders hope updates to a smartphone app will bring in an extra $350,000 to Vilas County.

The app will now offer GPS services to the county's non-motorized trail app.

Vilas County Tourism & Publicity will pay for it with a nearly $40,000 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the state department of tourism.

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Partial solar eclipseSubmitted: 10/23/2014

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NORTHWOODS - Most of Northern Wisconsin was too cloudy to make out the partial solar eclipse Thursday evening. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. The last partial solar eclipse that could be seen in Northern Wisconsin was more than 10 years ago. Calculations for when and where solar eclipses occur are quite precise, according to local astronomer and planetarium owner Frank Kovac.

"The solar system is like a clock," explained Kovac. "We can predict eclipses many years out and it is very geometric, it's very mathematical."

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Appeals court rejects John Doe rehearing requestSubmitted: 10/23/2014

MADISON - A federal appeals court has unanimously rejected a conservative group's request to reconsider a ruling last month tossing a lawsuit challenging an investigation into possible illegal campaign coordination.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the request from Wisconsin Club for Growth to rehear the case after a three-judge panel last month sided with investigators.

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International group considers Wisconsin one of four most improved states in energy efficiency Submitted: 10/23/2014

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WISCONSIN - An international energy efficiency group ranked Wisconsin in the top four most improved states in the U.S. when it comes to energy efficiency.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is an international non-profit. The group pushes for better energy efficiency around the world.

They ranked Wisconsin 23rd in the U.S. last year, but Wisconsin made their most improved list for 2014.

"A shift in efficiency administrators had caused a temporary drop in saving," ACEEE State Policy Research Analyst Annie Gilleo said. "We are seeing that Wisconsin is once again realizing consistent levels of electricity and natural gas savings."

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