EAGLE RIVER - Mother Nature's impact on the spring sports schedule is not a secret.
It's now even effecting some summer sports activities.
Eagle River Speedway was suppose to begin the season today.
However, the opener has now been pushed back a week. Last weekend's cold temps kept the track in poor racing condition.
The new opener will now be next Tuesday, May 21st.
Whenever the season finally begins, fans and drivers will have more than one night to choose from at the track.
"We're not just racing on Tuesdays," says track manager Ryan Glembin. "We're also running on Sundays and one Thursday. We decided to branch out to attract more drivers. Also to give fans and drivers more opportunities to come to the track, than on a normal Tuesday night."
On Saturday, TNT Speedway in Three Lakes will have their season opener. Hot Laps begin at 6:30pm. Racing begins at 7:15pm.
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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