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.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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