MINOCQUA - The Lakeland Union Nordic Ski team started skiing the trails at Minocqua Winter Park 30 years ago.
The team has grown since then.
Only three members made up the team in the beginning and now they have almost 100 skiers of all ages.
"The first 5, 10 years we had three girls a couple of boys and really hardly a team," said retired coach Ken Schoville. Since starting the Lakeland Union Nordic Ski team in the 1980's Schoville has seen an increase in skiers.
"We started to develop a ski program for younger grades and from that we have continued to develop again both types of kids that come to the ski program those that are what we call skiers that already have the tools necessary to keep moving on and kids that are brand new to the sport," said Schoville.
The program has always skied at Minocqua Winter Park.
"They've been our home base for 30 some years and we continue to have good relationships with the foundation that operates it," said Schoville.
Schoville handed over coaching to Mike Bolger last year.
He says the team continues to bring in athletes- some who've never skied before.
"Going into it, I knew we had some talented skiers, but I would have to say, it's the new kids who have come out for this sport, and really bought into the program," said Bolger.
Bolger believes the program does more than just benefit the skiers. It benefits the community.
"With 4-6 inches of snow weekend Nordic ski people come, and they stay in hotels, they buy gas, they eat in restaurants, so it's a boom to the economy," said Bolger.
Schoville's glad Bolger wants to keep the ski team in the community.
"To me that long term continuity and growth and thinking that when I'm gone and move on then it's going to be here, it's going to be a part of the north, "said Schoville.
Last weekend the Lakeland Union Nordic Ski Girls team took first place at the Nordic Ski State championships in Rhinelander.
WAUSAU - Wausau police believe a dead man may have been killed. In a press release, the Wausau Police Department says officers responded to reports of a dead body in the 1000 block of Kickbusch Street on Tuesday around 10 a.m.
Investigators noted "suspicious circumstances" with the death. The department is investigating the case as a homicide.
Deputy Chief Ben Bliven tells Newswatch 12 police do not have any suspects under arrest as of 12:50 p.m. Bliven also did not release how the man died.
MERRILL - A 27-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office hopes to become that department's next leader. Lieutenant Ken Schneider announced his candidacy for Lincoln County Sheriff on Tuesday afternoon.
Current Sheriff Jeff Jaeger announced he would retire at the end of his term, which finishes in early 2019. Jaeger has been sheriff for 11 years.
Schneider currently serves as senior patrol supervisor. He started his career with the LCSO as a corrections officer. In the past, Schneider supervised the Sheriff's Office detectives, telecommunications division, and was SWAT team supervisor.
RHINELANDER - A Minocqua man pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge related to a child sexual assault case dating back nearly two years. Nathan Warbalow, 26, reached a plea deal with Oneida County prosecutors that will help him avoid a longer prison sentence and eliminated the need for a jury trial, set for this week.
Warbalow's victims, who were under the age of 13, told police he made a game of trying to pull his pants down in 2016. One victim told police Warbalow promised her a Popsicle if she touched his private parts.
RHINELANDER - Voting polls opened for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election Tuesday.
However, election officials had mixed feelings about the number of voters showing up.
Election Official Patty Fitzpatrick worked at the Oneida County Department of Aging voting location. She saw a low number of voters, but she doesn't think that's because of weather.
"A lot of people view the election for judges as kind of a snooze, which is unfortunate because it really is important, because it's the judges who are upholding the law and making the law," said Fitzpatrick.
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