CRANDON, MINOCQUA - In football, Crandon senior running back and linebacker Hayden Krueger rushed for state-leading 2006 yards in the regular season. He also ran for 21 touchdowns. He was also among the Northwoods top defensive stars. Krueger was the leader in tackles for the Cardinals.
In girls swimming, Lakeland senior Carolyn Kelk finished her second straight trip to Madison with a 6th place finish in the 100 yard free style. She also earned a 10th place finish in the 200 yard free. She was the Great Northern Conference's First Team in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyle.
Other Newswatch 12 Players of the Year for the fall were: Bryon Tomek (Tomahawk - boys cross country), Natalie Miller (Three Lakes - girls cross country), Taylor Wissbroecker (Rhinelander - volleyball), Lukas Molski (Pacelli - boys soccer), and Gabi Kitchell (D.C. Everest - girls tennis).
A reminder 12+ returns January 4 for the winter sports season.
FOREST COUNTY - Forest Count and Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc. (WORVPI) have found a 10,000 acre plot of land they would like to buy for an off-road park, according to WORVPI President John Schnorr.
Schnorr wouldn't discuss the exact location in Forest County, but said they would hope to buy the parcels by June 2014. Right now they’re contracting an engineering firm to evaluate the land.
"That's so environmental concerns can be met," Schnorr said. "We'll look at that as well as a pleasurable experience for an off-road visitor who is going to come up and spend hopefully a weeks vacation in Forest County."
Forest County leaders believe an off-road park could help bring more tourists to the area, and with that more money. The county has the fifth worst unemployment rate, 7.9 percent, in Wisconsin.
WORVPI used Ripon College to perform a feasibility study on the off-road park. It says the average off-roader will travel 300 miles to visit an off-road park. It also projected an off-road park could bring in nearly $28 million per year for Forest County businesses.
"It will take us some time to operate and open it up and develop the trails, the camp sites, the amenities inside," Schnorr said. "Realistically we could see an opening date of Memorial Day of 2015."
The park would host ATVs, motorcycles and other vehicles on off-road trails.
People can help fund the park by purchasing $150 charter membership passes. More than 30 have already been purchased. Schnorr says only 100 will be available.
"The pass will entitle the holder to a park pass, an annual park pass, for the first year when the park opens," Schnorr said. "It will give us some capital up front and afford them a discounted price down the road."
Even with the progress, Schnorr says the project is still in the early stages.
"If you are an optimist, you think a huge amount of progress has been made," Schnorr said. "But if you are a pessimist, not enough progress has been made."
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