TOMAHAWK - In 1897, Tomahawk had a football team travel to what is known today as Wisconsin Rapids. They lost. But it was the beginning of a long story of Tomahawk Sports. A former Hatchet wrestling coach is documenting that rich history.
In 1978, Bob Skubal joined the Tomahawk wrestling team as an assistant coach. He wanted to tell the story of Tomahawk Athletics - the complete story. Over 30 years later, the "History of Tomahawk Sports" was born.
"We wanted kids to respect what had come before them," said Skubal. "The fact we live in a small town - and don't want kids to specialize in one sport - we thought it would be good to research all of the teams."
The first book - published last year - covers over 80 years of Hatchets athletics. Last month, the second of the series of 4 books was released. It covers the fall of 1980 - to the summer of 95.
Bob along with his wife Donna spent many hours in local libraries, making phone calls, and looking up old year books. At first it was about researching the teams. But interesting stories were also getting discovered.
Skubal adds, "There is no other high school in the U.S. we could find with access to as complete a history as we have. Many schools have one sport. But nobody has every sport, every score, every coach - good and bad."
"History of Tomahawk Sports" can be purchased at WJJQ Radio, Tomahawk BP, Nelson's County Market, Tomahawk Leader, and Olde Towne Mall. You can also contact Skubal at (715) 453-5690.
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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