CRANDON, TOMAHAWK - The Crandon Wrestling Team has shown it's power throughout the Northern Lakes Conference this season.
The Cardinals are undefeated in conference duel meets. They also feature three wrestlers who are state ranked. They proved to be too much for Three Lakes on Thursday night, winning the match 63-15.
In the 195-lb. match, Crandon's Isiah Doame earned a pin. Carter Shampo - who is state-ranked - collected a technical fall victory at 132 pounds.
Emerson Hegeman collected the loan pinfall victory for Three Lakes. Hegeman is ranked #2 among the state's top Division 3 Heavyweight wrestlers.
Meanwhile in Tomahawk, the Hatchet boys and girls hockey teams had home games on Thursday. The girls game was a make-up from Tuesday night - a result of the weather which hit a greater portion of the Northwoods.
The Hatchet girls faced Marshfield, who proved to be too much. Marshfield won 9-2. Paige Johnson scored two goals and added three assists for the Tigers.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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