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Rhinelander skater ready to carry the torchSubmitted: 07/17/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

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RHINELANDER - 14-year old Lauryn Cook of Rhinelander will compete against some of the best figure skaters in the country. She'll also get to do something few get the chance to do.

Lauryn will carry the torch in the games opening ceremony. The event is the State Games of America. It's in Hershey, PA. Over 10,000 athletes in 26 events will compete at the games.

She qualified by winning the dance competition and finishing 3rd in the skate program at the Badger State Games. That was back in February in Mosinee.


The State Games of America is an amateur Olympic style event.

After submitting her information, including a short essay, she was among the selected athletes to carry the torch.

Besides medaling at Badger State, she mentioned playing soccer and volleyball in the essay.

Lauryn is excited, and a little nervous about the honor.

"I just don't want to drop (the torch)," Cook admits. "It's going to be really fun. I'm going to have a great time."

Lauryn has practiced between 6-10 hours a week for over 11 years.

The State Games of America runs July 31-August 4th.


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Soaring through the trees, Labor Day weekend fun Submitted: 08/30/2014

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MINOCQUA - Despite the dreary weather we experienced Saturday, people still soared through the trees in Minocqua on this Labor Day weekend.

Northwoods Zip Line hosted its first Zip Line Extravaganza just off of Highway 51.

People normally would fly through the woods on a regular day, but the owner added interesting games such as using water balloons to hit targets.

Some might think rain would run customers away from the outdoor activities, but the owner believes rain makes it just as fun compared to a sunny day.

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People dressed up in their brightest outfits. They also wore a lot of glow sticks.

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The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says Zay-Vun Mooreland of Milwaukee died Friday night at the Rodeway Inn & Suites.

A message left with the hotel manager was not immediately returned Saturday.

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Driver found dead after hit-and-run, shootingSubmitted: 08/30/2014

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Authorities say the driver was found dead Friday night in a vehicle that had gone off the road and hit a pole at 31st and Hope.

During their investigation, police learned the driver had been involved in a hit-and-run just a few blocks away. A male who was possibly associated with that first accident shot at the other driver -- who fled, lost control of his vehicle, and hit the pole.

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Potato Fest draws in large crowd, teaches kids about agricultureSubmitted: 08/30/2014

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RHINELANDER - Potato salad, french fries, mashed potatoes...just about every form of potato was at the second annual Potato Fest in Rhinelander Saturday.

"[We've got] great food. We have just about every single food that can be made with a potato. We have lots of fun games," said the 67th Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks. "We have potato sack races, the potato dig for kids, and the Wisconsin spud mobile is here as well."

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Couch potato race promotes physical activitySubmitted: 08/30/2014

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RHINELANDER - One type of potato you couldn't find at Potato Fest this year was a couch potato. Leaders at the YMCA of the Northwoods helped promote health and staying active by putting on the second annual couch potato race.

Teams of racers had to build a moving couch and push it down Brown Street in downtown Rhinelander. They also had to finish obstacle courses along the way.

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