RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team won the State Championship in March.
Now they're off to Nationals in Indianapolis and right now they're getting in as much practice as they can.
"I'm really nervous. Representing the state is a big responsibility." said Rhinelander High School student, Elisha Sheffer.
This is the 16th year Rhinelander High School has gone to Nationals, but it's the first time for these students.
"We are representing the state of Wisconsin. So yes we're representing our school, Rhinelander high school, but more than that we're representing the state," said Rhineland High School student, Melissa Sheth.
"So it's both something that we're really proud to do and nervous because of that pressure."
This extracurricular activity might not be physical, but Judge Michael Bloom says they put in just as much work as an athlete.
"It's just as hard, it's just as difficult and it takes just as much work and effort to be successful at mock trial as it does any other extracurricular activity," Judge Michael Bloom said.
"It involves a different type of skill, but it's just as challenging for the students and the students that are successful deserves just as much credit."
Going to Nationals is the experience of a lifetime.
Attorney Coach Jim Jacobi says part of why it's so great is the chance to get to know people from different states.
"You may never have a chance again like this to meet as many of your country men with which you have a common bond and a common activity," said Jacobi.
"So whatever time you're not spending working on mock trial, take the time to meet with these kids and talk to them."
The team will be leaving this Wednesday to make a go for the gold.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
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