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Nordic Skiing stays in Rhinelander; Crandon wins in boys hoopsSubmitted: 01/31/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

Nordic Skiing stays in Rhinelander; Crandon wins in boys hoops
RHINELANDER, CRANDON - Some good news for the Rhinelander Nordic Ski Club. Wednesday's snowfall saved the upcoming Nordic Ski Championships.

Earlier this week, the Northwood Ski Trails had very little snow. In fact, race officials were considering moving the Championships out of Rhinelander.

But thanks to over 5 inches of snow - it's staying put. Race Director Ron Techlaw is releived Mother Nature was able to help. Now it's about getting ready for next weekend's event.

Meanwhile, the Crandon boys basketball team took a huge step closer to securing the Northern Lakes Conference Championship.


Crandon defeated Laona/Wabeno 57-51 Thursday night in Crandon. With the victory, Crandon remains undefeated in conference play. They currently hold a two game lead over Laona/Wabeno with four games remaining.

Adam Flannery led the Cardinals with a game-high 23 points. Kory Kincaid added 14 points.

Zach Reeves was the leading scorer for Laona/Wabeno with 15 points. Logan Chrisman added 14 points for the Rebels.



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MILWAUKEE - Law enforcement officers are looking for 25-year-old inmate Tasir Bhatti who escaped from the Marshall Sherrer Correctional Center in Milwaukee. 

Bhatti was serving a five-year sentence for drug charges. The Department of Corrections reported the inmate's escape to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and the Milwaukee Police Department.

Bhatti is 5'9, 179 lbs., and has brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information regarding Bhatti's location should immediately contact law enforcement. 

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TOWN OF RINGLE - Emergency responders got a report of a garage fire around 12:43 a.m. Saturday morning in the Town of Ringle according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office.

When firefighters arrived to the 11000 block of Oasis Drive, the unattached garage was engulfed in flames. The sheriff's office reports the garage, which was used as a workshop, is a total loss. 

Ringle Fire, along with Wausau Fire, Easton Fire, and SAFER Fire, were able to extinguish the fire before the home became totally involved. But the side of the home does have significant damage.

The fire department and sheriff's office are investigating the cause of the fire. 



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WOOD COUNTY - A body was pulled from the Wisconsin River in Wood County Tuesday.

Devante London, 22, was reported missing on April 9. 


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CRANDON - Crandon High School honored dozens of students on Thursday as part of its Student of the Year Awards.

For the eighth year, teachers at the school were asked to select a student who excelled in their class.

This year's winners include:

Math: Claudia Krueger, Drew Boney, Jacob Wilson, Jordan Kalata, Hallie Henrie, Lindsay Littleton, Kilie Kramer

Social Studies: Allyson Stepper, Jonathon Strzyz, Jordan Brooks, Elizabeth Conway, Devon Evans, Erika Kern, Mc Kenna Jensen, Maddi Stroik, Lindsay Littleton

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TOMAHAWK - The first thing you notice about Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins is his Southern drawl.

He lived in Georgia for years.

The second thing you notice is just as out of place in northern Wisconsin. It's the black and yellow. Everywhere.

In the land of the green and gold, Packers country, Elvins is a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

He'll take you outside the Tomahawk Police Department to show you the guard posts.

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TOMAHAWK - Many race car and dirt track drivers will rev up their engines at the Tomahawk Speedway Saturday, which is when the dirt season starts.

The dirt track season starts Saturday.

"It's awesome, the adrenaline rush is great," said race car driver Shauna Cottrell when she was doing some practice runs at the speedway.

"I'm not going to lie; it can be scary at times. But it's the thrill of a life time," said Cottrell.

After doing a few practice runs around the track last week, Cottrell is ready for the dirt racing season to kick off Sunday at the Tomahawk Speedway.

"It feels great to know that I can get out and compete with the guys," said Cottrell.

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MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.

"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk. 

Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.

"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis. 

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