CRANDON - A female powerlifter is spending time in the Northwoods getting ready for international competition.
Alyssa Hitchcock of Neenah and her family held a brat fry in Crandon. They're trying to cut some of the costs of traveling to Columbia for the World Games next month. In November, she also hopes to take part in the IPF Open World Powerlifting Championships in Norway.
Her family owns a cabin just outside of Crandon. She has faced some of the best powerlifters in the world.
Folks in the Northwoods have provided alot of support.
"Things have been going really great because the people up here are amaizing," Hitchcock explains. "I've been competitive powerlifting for 15 years. I was just looking for something to do in high school and I was hooked."
Alyssa says it costs around $3000 for each competition. Before today, the had raised around $600 in the first two brat frys. They will also have two more in August.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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