RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's Jim Sarkauskas has been involved in shooting sports for 25 years.
At 68 years old, he's considered among some of the best competitors in the state.
Last weekend, he competed at a state event held in Hudson. He won the senior veteran's division title.
Jim recently earned All-American status in the sport. It's the second time he's done that in three years.
Jim is the owner of Rancho Del Zorro shooting academy just outside of Rhinelander.
He enjoys competing against shooters who can be half his age. And some are even younger.
"I love it, I love the competition," Sarkauskas explains. "I've shot where I was the only English speaking participant and loved ever minute of it."
Wednesday night at 10pm in our "Northwoods Spotlight," we'll have more on this 2-time All-American shooter. He even put his teaching skills to the test by giving Joe Dufek a lesson. We'll see how he fared."
We'll update you on what appears to have been a suicide of a Lac du Flambeau woman whose body was found in a Crandon home following a report of a gunshot early Wednesday morning and leaving three people in jail.
At the close of the high school sports season, Lakeland Union High School had the most successful season of all the schools in the Northwoods. We'll review their season and talk with the Athletics Director and two student athletes about the school's success.
And in spite of all the recent rain, a Tomahawk area family is very excited about today's opening of their strawberry farm. We talk to them about the first day and about how the recent rain may affect the berry growth.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
MADISON - A federal judge says Wisconsin's use of solitary confinement in its juvenile prisons poses "acute, immediate and enduring" harm to young inmates and is ordering that it be dramatically scaled back.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Friday also ordered that shackling juvenile inmates and the use of pepper spray be used much more sparingly than now.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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