EAGLE RIVER - Life as a division one athlete isn't always glamorous. Getting to that level can be down-right demanding.
Just ask future Badger Austin Ramesh.
Ramesh excelled for Northland Pines in football and hockey. Now he's getting ready to train with some of the bigger boys.
Ramesh had his final workout in Eagle River this afternoon.
He's leaving for Madison on Friday.
Ramesh has been working out with Rhinelander native Matt Huebner for the last 3 months. His football career included a stint of indoor pro ball. He also owns Next Level Nutrition.com.
Ramesh will have summer training with the Badgers. He says the reality is hitting both himself and his family.
"I've been trying to prepare for it mentally as much as I can," says Ramesh. "But, I'm sure when I get (to Madison) it will be set in stone the way it will be the next four or five years. I've been pretty nervous a couple of months back. I guess you could say it's more excitement now. My mom is getting pretty emotional now, that's to be expected. But they're happy."
Huebner spent one season the Green Bay Blizzard indoor football team.
He adds, "the closer he (Austin) gets to coming to the goal, the harder he's working. You can't measure his heart. It's getting bigger and bigger."
Austin will not officially join the team until the spring of 2014. That was a condition of his scholarship.
"He's tasting success," says Huebner. "He's getting a feel for it. I think he's ready to explode when he gets on the scene."
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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