RHINELANDER - Going the distance can be overwhelming for a triathlete.
And sometimes, races take place too far away.
But one triathlon brings its first-ever annual race closer to home.
Holiday Acres will host the first W.I.L.D. Hodag Mini-Triathlon next Saturday in Rhinelander.
Athletes can either compete individually or team up for the 300-yard swim, 10k offroad bike, and 5k run.
Sometimes, organizing a first-year event can be a challenge.
But the triathlon looks like it will be a success.
"Things have been going pretty well so far. At two weeks out, we had about 30 registrants, and we thought for a first-time annual event, that was pretty good going into it. We knew most of the signups would take place in the last one to two weeks. We felt really good coming into this week and we're even more excited for the triathlon coming up a week from this Saturday," says organizer Tim Thorsen.
The triathlon will benefit W.I.L.D., a ministry that serves to spread the Christian message in Africa as well as here in the Northwoods.
Follow the link below to learn more or to sign up for the triathlon.
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.
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.
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."
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