THE NORTHWOODS - A week and a half ago, the Nordic Ski Championships were in jeapordy of being moved from the Northwoods Since then, tons of snow has fallen and today hundreds of students hit the trails.
This is the first time Rhinelander has hosted the event since 2007. It's the equivalent of the state tourneys held down in Madison.
For the hometown team,on the boys side, Lou Bassette finished in 39th with the best time for the Hodags. And for the girls, Hillary Wall skied her way into 20th place.
The team from Lakeland had a great day on the course. Freshman Mack Fitzpatrick took fifth place and Will Bo-Davis, Michael Orlowski and Lucas Paulson all finished in the top 20.
For the ladies, Delaney FitzPatrick glided to a second place finish, Erin Bolger 8th and Sophia Annis 11th.
The skiers will be reseeded Sunday, based on today's finishes and race a freestyle pursuit for the state title.
To the mat... wrestling regionals were held today. Merrill hosted a division one group. The top 4 finishers in each weight class move on to sectionals.
In the championships, for the 160 class, Blue Jays Mason Reinhardt showed why he's ranked number one in the state. He got the sudden victory win over Jared Mataczynski.
Rhinelander's Conor Johnson won by decision 11-5 over Alex Klug in the 195.
And Merrill's Tyler Schmidt remains undefeated on the year after beating River Judd 7-1 for the 220 class.
Crandon held a D3 regional with the top 2 finishers moving on.
In the 126 class, Cardinals Hayden Krueger won by pin over Andrew Kelley in 1:05.
Laona/Wabeno's Robbie Rocole took the top spot for 138 pounds after pinning Kollin Champine in just 47 seconds.
In the 145, Hayden Krueger from Crandon got his 150th win today and beat Alec Smith by technical fall 16-0.
For the 160, Florence's Cole Dollar took a hard fought match 10-6 over Joey Johnson.
And for the big guys, Emerson Hegeman of Three Lakes got his 101st win and won by pin over Zack Timblin.
Find all the results including D2 on trackwrestling.com
STEVENS POINT - A former Portage County doctor could go to prison for sexually assaulting his patients. Wilton Calderon pled guilty to three felonies Friday.
Calderon was a caregiver at the Plover Family Practice until leaving it in 2015. He then moved to Connecticut.
At least seven women accused Calderon of sexually assaulted them during appointments. Some patients said Calderon placed his genitals in their hands and performed unwanted gynecological exams by penetrating them with his fingers.
SUGAR CAMP - Update Feb. 17, 2017 10:20 p.m. -- The woman who runs an Oneida County animal rescue could face animal mistreatment charges.
Oneida County Deputies booked Stephanie Schneider on Thursday. She is due in court on Feb. 27.
Last week, deputies removed 39 dogs from Schneider's "It Matters to One" in Sugar Camp and put them at the Oneida County Humane Society.
Police are recommending charges to the district attorney, which include failing to provide food and water, mistreating animals, and obstructing officers.
People who know Schneider say they can't believe this is happening.
"I'm just heartsick about this, and I'm sick at heart for her," said LynnAnn Thomas, a Sugar Camp resident who says she's friends with Stephanie Schneider.
"Those are her children. She would never, ever , ever mistreat them," Thomas said.
But that's exactly what police believe Schneider did. Last week they removed the dogs from the facility after a weeks-long investigation that was prompted by complaints and concerns from several people.
"People that had worked or volunteered there were concerned about the conditions that the dogs were in and the fact that they were not receiving food or water," said Oneida County Sheriff's Capt. Terri Hook.
Those accusations baffle Thomas.
"I been over there several times, it's always been meticulously clean, happy dogs," Thomas said.
Thomas believes whatever condition the dogs were in, they came to Schneider that way.
"She does get some really, really, really desperate cases, and I imagine that they take a long time to heal," Thomas said.
Thomas added she got her own dog from It Matters To One a few years ago.
"I got my little Hankey, he came in in really bad shape, and she wouldn't let me have him until he was nursed back to health," Thomas said.
Since the dogs were removed, It Matters to One posted certificates of veterinary inspections on its Facebook page for most of the 39 dogs. The Sheriff's Office has seen those and is including them in its investigation, which is ongoing and may not end soon.
"Just to ensure that all the dogs are healed and make sure they've received all the care they need," Hook said.
Newswatch 12 has reached out to It Matters to One and has been communicating with the rescue via email.
The state Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection is helping the sheriff's office with its investigation and will decide if the rescue can keep its license.
Newswatch 12 also reached out to the veterinarian who conducted the inspections for the rescue, but has not yet heard back.
ONEIDA COUNTY - Once landfills run out of space, the county must decide where the garbage will go. At a meeting on Monday, it was announced that the Vilas County landfill has about 10 years left before it will have to find a new location to dispose of trash. Oneida County had a similar decision to make years ago.
Fifteen years ago, the Oneida County landfill was capped.
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