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87 State Cross Country Champs enter Hodag Hall of FameSubmitted: 05/04/2013
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RHINELANDER - The last time a team from Rhinelander won a WIAA state title was in 1987.

That was the Hodag Boys Cross Country team.

Saturday night they were inducted into the Hodag Hall of Fame. The event was at Holiday Acres Resort.

George Baksic was the head coach of that team. The Hodags only lost one meet - their own home invite to open the year.

Just over 25 years later, the magic of that year still brings pride to the Hodags.


"We knew we were pretty good," admits Charlie Schmock, a member of the 87 team. "Our coach said, 'You're not the best team in the state, but this is a race where anything can happen' and it sure did... When you think back at the culmination of a bunch of teenagers set a goal and bringing it to fruition, brings a tear to your eye when you think about it."

Other awards presented Saturday night included Hodag seniors Claire Tracy and Darren McGuire were named the Athletic Booster Club's Female and Male Scholarship winners.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/23/2016

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Governor Scott Walker was at Nicolet College in Rhinelander today to talk about school funding. Find out what he has to say about preparing students for higher education.

We'll tell you why some kids from low-income families in Forest County won't have to start school without supplies.

And we'll introduce you to an amazing athlete with the Rhinelander Hodags swim team who is home-schooled and hopes her younger siblings will become great swimmers as well.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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GREEN BAY - Federal investigators will be hanging onto a drone that flew over Lambeau Field during the Green Bay Packers game last week.

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A Green Bay Police commander says a drone could malfunction and crash into the crowd.

Worse....it could contain a bomb.

Police tracked the drone to a house across the street from the stadium....and said the drone operator has been cooperative.

Police have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration, which will continue to investigate.

They don't think the operator meant any harm, but there could still be charges depending on what the FAA finds.

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AUSTIN, TX - Texas and four other states are again suing the Obama administration over its efforts to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in a North Texas federal court seeks to block parts of a nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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MADISON - A federal appeals court says early voting in Wisconsin can continue.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson in July struck down a host of Wisconsin's election laws, including limits on early voting. He also ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting for anyone struggling to obtain photo ID.

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MADISON - A federal appeals court says early voting in Wisconsin can continue.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson in July struck down a host of Wisconsin's election laws, including limits on early voting. He also ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting for anyone struggling to obtain photo ID.

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RHINELANDER - The sun casts longer shadows around Tom Jerow this time of year, but he knows there's plenty of work left to do.

"It's really a year-round endeavor," Jerow said.

The gardener picked green beans by the bagful Monday morning, working quickly through the Rhinelander Community Garden to race a fast-approaching end of summer.

"Even though it's a short growing season, we do pretty good here," Jerow said.

Here, is a small plot of land just east of Hodag Park on Thayer Street. The ten-year-old community garden had a decent 2016, with cucumbers and green beans growing by the basket full.  (Jerow says they routinely pick about 20 pounds of green beans three days a week.)  But cabbage and asparagus plants were plagued by pests.

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APPLETON - Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin officials say they won't reopen its clinic in Appleton, one of three in the state, because they can't meet sufficient security standards.

The clinic suspended operations last year. Planned Parenthood officials said Monday that they reviewed security in the wake of an attack on a Colorado Springs clinic and decided they could not meet security standards.

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