TOMAHAWK - As we first told you on Wednesday, weather conditions forced several changes to the upcoming seasons for the Great Northern Conference.
On Thursday morning, GNC Commishioner Scott Winch sent out a memo outlining the changes.
• Golf – Any of the seven conference meets that are canceled due to weather will not be made up.
• Track – Invites will not be made up, Conference Meet will still take place in Antigo on May 16th.
• Girls Soccer – 2nd round of scheduled games will count towards the conference standings. The second round starts on May 2nd for girls soccer. Any games played prior to this will be considered non-conference events.
• Baseball/Softball – Double headers (will start at 5:00) will be scheduled on the second round conference dates. If all seven schools play all twelve conference games then conference champion will be determined by the records of the schools in those games. In the event that all seven schools don't play all twelve games, due to weather, the first game played against another school will be counted as the conference game.
• May 11th will be set aside as a make up day for softball, Medford and Antigo have agreed to be host sites if schools need to play more than one team on that day. Teams that play at each of these sites will split the cost of umpires equally.
• May 18th will be set aside as a makeup day for baseball, Antigo and Tomahawk have agreed to be host sites if schools need to play more than one team on that day. Teams that play at each of these sites will split the cost of umpires equally.
The Athletic Directors met with Winch Wednesday in Tomahawk. The meeting took about three hours, going over all possible scenarios.
Although all of the schools in the GNC are effected, Northland Pines, Lakeland, and Rhinelander were considered to be in the worst shape for their athletic fields. Rhinelander's Hodag Park alone had around 12 inches of snow on their baseball diamond.
RHINELANDER - If you did a double take driving down county highways this week, it was for good reason. Oneida County posted its weight limit restriction signs Monday. That's the earliest those signs have gone up in more than 15 years.
Usually weight limits go into effect in mid-March. Counties put them on to protect roads as frost comes out of the ground. Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek tried to wait as long as possible.
MCALLEN, TX - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.
It's the first time the Wisconsin Republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday.
ONEIDA COUNTY - If your truck cracks through the ice, your first thought might be, "get off ASAP."
There are workers who head the opposite way--onto the ice to help.
That describes one local team who carefully went to work on the Willow Flowage in Oneida County in Little Rice on Tuesday.
"This ain't no joke out here," said Tom Quandt, Jr., the owner of Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service. "I do get nervous, and today's a day I'm nervous because of the ice conditions."
That nervous energy is what likely helps Quandt and his crew carefully cross the ice and get sunken vehicles back above water level.
It's not easy. Quandt and his crew set nerves aside, driving in a bombardier about two miles off the shore on Willow Dam Road to get to the truck, which was near an island.
"I was looking at the ice," Quandt says as he describes the drive out to the car. "I was looking for holes in the ice, I was looking for the color of the ice...There was water coming up out of spots as we were driving out here."
The crew tried a few times to get the truck back on safer ice, but the car fell through again. The crew then decided to drill a trench to a nearby island and pull the car out that way.
"We can sit and play that game all day and it's not going to get us anywhere without a lot of time and labor into this," Quandt said.
The team got the car out and onto the island around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Quandt said the owner of the car may try to tow his truck back to shore later this week.
The DNR is aware of the situation. By state statute, you have 30 days to remove your car from the ice or get a fine.
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