WAUSAU - The UWMC Huskies announced their recruiting class for next year. Two players from the Great Northern Conference have committed to joining the men's basketball program: Jonathan Nyberg, a 6'5" forward from Tomahawk and Brandon Piotrowski, a 6'5" forward from Mosinee.
The Central Wisconsin -10 conference is providing three student–athletes for the Huskies. Rosholt's Max Yenter (6'1" shooting guard) and Josh Studinski (6'1" guard) have indicated their intent to attend UW-Marathon. Gresham's Brady Hoffman (6'2" forward) is the third CW-10 player to commit. . Additionally, Weyawega-Fremont's Bryce Behn (6'4" shooting guard) has signed. Wega-Fremont is a CW-8 conference school.
UW-Marathon is coming off an unfamiliar 2nd place finish in Western division of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) with an 8-2 conference and 11-9 overall record. The addition of this new group should help bring the Huskies back to prominence in WCC play.
"These guys are all good students with great basketball skills" remarked Huskies' head coach Bill Gibbs. The Huskies will return 8 members of the 2012-13 campaign, 4 with starting experience. "This group coming in will have plenty of opportunity to contribute. I look forward to the elevated level of competition we can create" remarked Gibbs.
WABENO - Wabeno prides itself on drawing more and more people to its small community. It's doing things like building new trails and coming up with new events.
This weekend, the town will host the first ever "Wabeno Art and Music Fest". People in Wabeno say they have a unique passion for the arts.
"The Wabeno Art and Music Fest, or WAM Fest, as we call it, is an outgrowth of the various art activities that have been burgeoning here in Wabeno over the last number of years," said Tim Friesen, a coordinator of the event.
WAUSAU - The name sounds scarier than most of the symptoms would suggest, but doctors take West Nile virus seriously.
This week, a dead crow in Marathon County tested positive for West Nile. The Marathon County Health Department reported the discovery Monday. Counties look mainly at crows, blue jays, and ravens to find the virus. It is spread mostly through mosquito bites.
PARK FALLS - Filling a downtown with businesses doesn't just happen overnight. Leaders in Park Falls found that out over the past six years, but slowly they're making progress. This year, the Park Falls Downtown Beautification Committee finished a plan to improve downtown.
"It's a very dedicated group, small group of people that just kept at it and at it and at it over the last six years until we came to the finished product," says committee chair Laurie Wagner.
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