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Group drives a piece of historySubmitted: 09/02/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Group drives a piece of history
RHINELANDER - Some people can't wait for new cars to come on the market, but a group of people here in the Northwoods can't wait to drive their cars that changed the market a century ago.

Model T owners from all over the state are members of the Dairyland Tin Lizzies Model T Ford Club.

"We're just a group that own Model T's. We like to get out and drive them around. We have events such as what we have here now this weekend, at least one a month throughout the year," says Dairyland Tin Lizzies Model T Ford Club member Bob Bruso.

About 20 members spent this Labor Day weekend touring the Northwoods in their vintage cars.

People stopped to look at the old cars driving down the street.

"We've got a little local tour of the Northwoods here. We're going to start out here in Rhinelander. End up up in St. Germain, at the snowmobile museum, up to Sayner for lunch, back to Eagle River down to Clearwater Lake to the Petroleum Museum, the winery in Three Lakes, naturally. And then back to Rhinelander," Bruso added.

Ford created the Model T in 1908 and produced them until 1927.

People also called them "Tin Lizzies."

Ford made the Model T to give the common man an affordable car.

The model made up as much as 40 percent of the cars on the road.

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MINOCQUA -
You can help the Oneida County Dive Team by grabbing your goggles and swim cap Saturday (June 23) morning.

Swimmers will launch from Torpy Park for the Minocqua Island Swim Challenge.

The race is one mile long, but people can choose to swim just 400 meters, too.

The water temperature will be about 65 degrees during the race.

"A lot of people will wear wet suits and be very comfortable. I have seen plenty of people go without and have no trouble," says Laura Fuhrman.

Money raised from the race will go to Oneida County's dive team.

They are first responders to water rescue calls.

"We just got our dark vision gear last year through fundraisers like this. It helps us be more efficient and safe," says Assistant Dive Team Leader, Michael Fraley.

You still have time to register in person Friday night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Torpy Park.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS - A World War II veteran who spent more than a year as a prisoner of war is finally being awarded the Purple Heart.

The Leader-Telegram reports that 94-year-old Max Bergen will receive the medal Friday. The Wisconsin man says he's overwhelmed and stunned by the honor.

Bergen was serving on a bomb squadron when he was shot down over Germany in 1944. He was held prisoner at a camp in Austria for 14 months.

Bergen suffered shoulder and ankle wounds in the crash, but he had no paperwork about the injuries because he was immediately taken prisoner. Such documentation is needed for the medal that honors troops injured in combat.

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HOUGHTON - River Valley Bank will accept donations for flood victims in Houghton and the surrounding area. 

Anyone can make a donation online or in person at a River Valley Bank. 

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PRENTICE - Right now, anyone can walk into the Prentice School District building at just about any time.

There's no buzzer system and the front door mostly stays unlocked.

The district is concerned about security, but says a solution is expensive.

That will all change starting this summer.

Prentice was one of the first districts in Wisconsin to get a state grant for school security. It will install a secure entrance, cameras throughout the school, and a new communication system.

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TOWN OF BUENA VISTA - A motorcyclist died Thursday night after crashing in Portage County.

The Portage County Sheriff's Office reports the 20-year-old man was riding on County Highway J in the Town of Buena Vista around 7:00 p.m. when he lost control on a curve and went off the road.  The rider hit a utility pole and died at the scene.

Police are not identifying the man until Friday, but they did report he was from the Town of Almond.

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TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk worked for nearly 20 years to buy property to connect the city to nearby trail systems.

But bikers will have to wait another year for the connection.

The city now expects the path to be finished next August or September.

The project got pushed back because the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can't fund its part of the project this year.

Tomahawk is still ready for the addition.

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MADISON - A judge has sentenced a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three female students and choking or stalking two others to three years behind bars.

WKOW-TV reports Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke sentenced 22-year-old Alec Cook of Edina, Minnesota, on Thursday to three years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

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