RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander 9-10 yeaR old Little League All-Star team is making history.
Last month they won their first district championship ever. That means they're making their first trip to state.
The state tournament begins Saturday in Rice Lake. Six teams made the tournament.
They'll each play five games in pool play. The top two teams will play for the championship next Thursday.
Rhinelander thinks the momentum from the district playoffs will carry over at state.
"Great team effort," 11 year old outfielder Walker Hartman described their post season. "We played great defense, hit the ball great. Pitching was outstanding - throwing strikes."
10 year old infielder Payton Johnson adds, "Great pitching and when they hit it, we've got great fielding. We're working on defense and not giving up any errors."
"I think we're a pretty good hitting team," head coach Paul Johnson explains. "I think we've fielded solidly for the most part. That and we've got some pitchers who have thrown some timely games for us."
Rhinelander faces Lakeland out of the Milwaukee area in their first game Saturday afternoon.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
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