Rhinelander Mock Trial Team headed to state for 27th straight year
Story By Hayley Tenpas & WJFW News Team
RHINELANDER - Look at the Miami Heat's line in the NBA standings tonight and you'll see a streak of 17 straight wins.
A Northwoods Mock Trial team puts that streak to shame.
Rhinelander's team will go back to state this year for the 27th straight year.
Competitions take place this weekend at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison.
It gives students the opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case developed by state bar members.
Rhinelander's racked up 15 state championships and 1 national title over the years.
"I'm very excited, and nervous," team captain Amber Tobeyek said. "I think the whole team is nervous. We're hoping we do our best, we've been preparing for this for so long so we hope everything goes well."
Kathy Vick-Martini has coached the team all thirty years.
They've also has some expert help from Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom and Attorney Jim Jacobi.
"It's enjoyable to see the kids when they start out as freshman, how they develop by the time they're seniors, and it's personally very satisfying to look at this group," coach Kathy Vick-Martini said. "Because they are so talented and they are so good."
If the team wins this weekend, they'll head to the National championship in May.
MADISON - A team of students from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is conducting research on foxes and coyotes in hopes of learning how the animals and humans can peacefully coexist.
Forest and wildlife associate professor David Drake and his students are humanely trapping the animals, running tests, then fitting them with tracking devices. The goal is to learn about traveling patterns, diseases the animals might have, and how they interact with other animals and humans.
Drake says foxes and coyotes are moving into areas where people are living. And if that continues, and the animals lose their fear of humans, they could become aggressive in extreme cases.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says residents should stay a safe distance from foxes or coyotes, and shouldn't feed them.
MILWAUKEE - A winter storm warning will go into effect in the Milwaukee area and far southern Wisconsin on Saturday night â€" and the National Weather Service says as much as 10 inches of snow could fall in Kenosha County by early Monday.
Snow is forecast to begin falling late Saturday and continue all day Sunday. Lake-effect snow is expected to combine with a low pressure system from the south to drive up snowfall totals in far southeast Wisconsin. Milwaukee could see up to 9 inches.
Blowing and drifting snow is expected and winds could gust to over 30 mph, making travel dangerous.
Other parts of the state, including Sheboygan, Dodge, and Waukesha counties, will be under a winter weather advisory starting Saturday night. Snow accumulations could reach 4 to 7 inches.
NEW YORK - More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.
The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all the vehicles covered in Saturday's announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags, but the carmakers' original attempts to fix the defects only worked about 85 percent of the time.
MINOCQUA - Many current high school students will need to know how to use the latest technology when they enter the workforce, which means they need to have more than just math, writing, and science skills.
Some Northwoods high schools have started offering different classes that develop 21st century skills.
The Media Productions class at Lakeland Union puts on a live broadcast for the school.
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