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Special Olympians Hit the Slopes on Granite PeakSubmitted: 01/20/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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WAUSAU - The weather didn't cooperate this weekend for the Special Olympics Wisconsin Winter Games in Wausau.

Three hundred athletes were expected for the event Saturday. The snowshoe and cross country ski events had to be canceled due to lack of snow.

But 35 competitors still got to hit the slopes at Granite Peak for snowboarding and alpine skiing.

One of the snowboarders competing Saturday may have been even more excited for another event coming up.

Dana Shilts from Neillsville, Wisconsin will travel to South Korea to compete for Team USA in the Special Olympics.

"This is my first time competing in a world games. I'm very excited. My number one supporter is coming with me, so I'm very excited," says Shilts, who is taking her mother with her to South Korea.

Three Wisconsin athletes made Team USA. Jason Suino from Hayward will compete in cross country, and Alexander Guild from De Pere will snowshoe.

Organizers say these athletes are what make volunteering worth it.

"The athletes is Special Olympics represent probably the truest example of sports; people who are in this just for the pure enjoyment of being in sports. We don't have the types of sportsmanship issues that a lot of other organizations have. It's just when you see the difference it makes in an athlete's life; not just the joy of competing and getting an award, but what they're able to accomplish, and what they're able to do," says Bob Whitehead.

Team USA leaves for South Korea this Wednesday.

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Ride to honor fallen firefighters SaturdaySubmitted: 08/21/2014

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MERRILL - A group of motorcyclists will ride 85 miles this weekend to raise money for the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Red Knights Chapter 5 based in Rhinelander is a motorcycle group made up of firefighters and EMS professionals. The 5th annual Ride for the Memorial will honor fallen firefighter Steve Fritz.

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Teachers prepare for upcoming school yearSubmitted: 08/21/2014

RHINELANDER - Students go back to school soon, which means teachers are busy preparing for the upcoming school year.

One teacher at Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander has been getting ready since the beginning of August.

"Getting back in teaching mode starts about when the back to school flyers come out," says teacher Stephanie Pudlowski. "It's just as exciting as it is for the kids to get the school supplies and to start thinking about that."

She teaches a multi-age class with kids from first to third grade.

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No camping reservations neededSubmitted: 08/21/2014

NORTHWOODS - You might find it easier to get a campsite at a national forest campground for Labor Day Weekend.

There are nearly 50 campgrounds to choose from across the across Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Reserved sites at campgrounds within the area are actually the exception rather than the rule. Assistant Ranger of Recreation Land Evan Miller explains why those not making reservations have the advantage.

"In the state of Wisconsin, the National Forest manages about 1,200 campsites over 49 different campgrounds," said Miller. "Of those, about 75 percent are first-come, first-serve. So individuals who are here first will have the first pick. The other 25 percent are reservable through Reserve USA."

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Local woodcarvers offer workshopSubmitted: 08/21/2014

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BOULDER JUNCTION - People who enjoy working with wood could show off their talent in Boulder Junction this week. A woodcarving workshop is being held at the town's community center.

The workshop is held every year by the Muskie Area Woodcarvers from Arbor Vitae. Everyone from beginners to experts could sign up, and everyone has an opportunity to learn many different kinds of woodworking in one spot.

"We have chip carving, we have wood burning, we have deep relief, shallow relief," says Woodcarver Ron Hine. "Bob Harris, one of our members, is a bird-carver so he usually teaches a bird. There's 11 different stations and 12 instructors."

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Old Sacred Heart Hospital demolition underwaySubmitted: 08/21/2014

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TOMAHAWK - It appears work on a new senior care facility in Tomahawk is underway.

Crews have begun tearing down the old Sacred Heart Hospital on East Washington Avenue.

Milestone Senior Living bought the property at the end of May.

It will build a 40-unit facility on the site. The facility will include 20 assisted living units and a 20-bed memory care center.

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Forest County will get a new ATV trailSubmitted: 08/21/2014

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FOREST COUNTY - ATV riders in Forest County will get a new stretch of trail to ride on.

The trail will connect the City of Crandon to the International Off-Road Raceway.

The new trail will run on the existing snowmobile trail that runs along Highway 8.That trail is already on an old road bed.

Project leaders believe it will give ATVers more access to the city, brush run and county trails.

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Former volunteer fire department treasurer facing charges for stealing money Submitted: 08/21/2014

LITTLE RICE - Little Rice town leaders accuse a 34-year-old Tomahawk woman of stealing from their volunteer fire department.

According to the criminal complaint, RaginaMarie Reimert transferred money from the department's account to her husband's account that they share.

Reimert faces two charges in Oneida County. She was the former treasurer of the Little Rice Volunteer Fire Department.

Reimert is charged with misconduct of her office and theft.

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