RHINELANDER - Early Saturday morning, the WIAA released the final 224 team field for the football playoffs. Despite a tough loss in Medford last night, and finishing the regular season with a (3-5) overall record, the Rhinelander Hodags are on the list.
Rhinelnader was among the eight teams in the Division 3, Group A field - which also included Great Northern Conference foes Mosinee and Medford. The Hodags will be making their first appearance in the playoffs since 1989.
On Wednesday, the WIAA granted Rhinelander what was termed "temperary relief" of their final year of a 4-year post season ban. Rhinelander was put on the ban because they left the Wisconsin Valley Conference voluntarily to join the Great Northern Conference. Five teams from the GNC will be in the playoffs. They are Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Mosinee, and Rhinelander.
Other teams making the playoffs include Northland Pines (Division 4), Crandon (Division 5), Laona/Wabeno (Division 6), and Florence (Division 7).
Meetings throughout the state will be held later today. The final pairings as well as locations and times are expected to be released either late this afternoon or early this evening.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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